Monday, July 30, 2012

Squirrely Challenge - True Love

Sliding in at the last minute as usual, here is a card I made for Nancy's Squirrely Challenge. The Technique Junkies technique is called Distress Spritzing. Contrary to my usual luck, I succeeded with the technique on the first try. Rather than using a purchased stencil, I cut a cardstock stencil on my Silhouette. I'm very pleased with the results and can't wait to try it again. Love the look. Give a faux-bleached look to the design. Cardstock from my stash used for the card and base. Fiber and Image from Club Scrap. Stickles used on letters. Distress Inks used for the technique and for edging. Thanks for looking. 

28 Sketches - Day 10 - Teacher, Teacher

Layout about an Historic Village in Tauranga. Our friend Saralee who was a teacher at the time enjoyed playing "school" in the old schoolhouse. Hubby is pulling my hair during class. This one is created on DCWV Timeless Type paper stack with ancient Heidi Swapp tape and cork as embellishment. All edges inked with Distress Inks. 

Saturday, July 28, 2012

28 Sketches - Day 9 - Drive By Shooting

This sketch worked well for random photos taken from the car window. I struggled with talking Bill into stopping for photos so I finally gave up and just started shooting from the moving vehicle. Not conducive to great photos but captured the memories. Thus the term, Drive By Shooting was coined. This layout is on American Crafts cardstock with embellishments from We R Memory Keepers Travel Light paper pad. All edges inked with Distress Ink. Thanks for looking. 

28 Sketches - Day 8 - Red Hot Poker

Another layout for my 28 Days of Sketches using Club Scrap materials for the sketch on Day 8. This time I used the All That Jazz kit. The colorful Maya Road felt flowers are from a recent Simon Says Stamp card kit for August. Letter stickers are from ancient sticker stash. All edges inked with Distress Inks. Saralee and I were enchanted by these striking flowers we saw in New Zealand. I had never noticed them before. Once I returned to California, I started seeing them everywhere. Selective perception?  Thanks for looking.

28 Sketches - Day 7 - Emily

On to Day 7 of my class. I chose photos of Bill with an emu at Sunshine Plantation. This male emu named Emily (for some strange reason) took a shine to our Bill. And I think Bill returned the affection. Layout created on Refresh the Soul kit from Club Scrap with red accents from the Gratitude kit. Kraft cardstock base was sprayed with Melted Chocolate Dylusions (my first time using them) using old sticker letters as a mask for the title and then outlined with a pen (inspiration from May Flaum at Camp Scrap). Journaling is computer generated from the trip diary. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

28 Sketches - Day 6

This sketch gave me some fits as I don't have any smaller photos. I trimmed up some of these old 3 1/2x5 photos to make it work. Cardstock is from Club Scrap and American Crafts. I used some ancient stickers from Creative Memories which aren't really my style nowadays but were purchased  specifically for this trip. So, USE YOUR STASH. Text again is copied from my original 1989 trip diary with some info obtained from the 2012 Internet regarding the kauri trees. Thanks for looking. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

28 Sketches - Days 4 and 5

The sketch for Day 4 lent itself well to a grouping of photos of Mallory at one month old. I used cardstock from Club Scrap's Lotus Pond kit with accents from another oldie kit called Tiny Treasures. 
And here's a close up photo of some of the details: inked doily and buttons. Inspiration for these clusters goes to May Flaum and Shimelle Laine. All cardstock edged with Adirondack SnowCap Dabber.

For the Day 5 sketch, I continued my journey in New Zealand with photos from our first day in that country. The layout is built on a Recollections paper collection called Union Square which I believe is unique to Michael's. I was tickled to find the sheet which says Great Southern since this is just about as far south as I'll ever be. I am really enjoying the scrapping of this trip from long ago. Reading the diary and looking at the photos is bringing back so many good memories. This layout had enough going on, being so text-heavy and with all that sparkle, that I didn't feel any further embellishment was necessary. Thanks for looking.

The layout for Day 6 is on my table awaiting text and a bit of embellishment. I still can't believe I'm keeping up with this, although I'm a piker compared to other students of this class who will have layouts for Day 7 up already before I even get out of bed in the morning. Oh, I should repeat here that it's a class from Big Picture Classes called 28 Days of Sketches. And for my friend who asked what I listen to when scraping, here's a link.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

28 Days of Sketches

Yes, I know. I’m crazy. Whack me up the side of the head, as my good friend Farley says. Even though I haven’t finished at least three other online classes, I signed up for another. This one is Lisa Day’s 28 Days of Sketches – Round 2 at Big Picture Classes.
As soon as I saw the sketch for Day One, I thought of an old K &Co. paper pad in my stash which included a page of old-fashioned alphabet blocks. Perfect! I cut them into individual images, inked each one with Distress Ink and followed the sketch just about identically. The base cardstock is from Club Scrap (Henna kit).
This layout includes photos of Mallory at the age of twelve months. A ritual of distracting her with a money bag music box while getting her into jammies for the night. So cute.

For the sketch from Day Two, I am back at work on my 1989 album of photos from our trip to New Zealand, I chose photos from our visit to Dargaville. The cardstock is from Club Scrap’s Perfect Ten kit with some embellishments from the We R Memory Keepers Travel Light pad. All edges inked with Distress Ink. Journaling is computer-generated directly from my handwritten trip diary.

On Day Three,I was challenged by circles. I actually like circles a lot but I’m usually too lazy to dig out the circle cutter or Silhouette or other tool. While I was looking through kits for an appropriate cardstock for these photos, in the same Perfect Ten kit mentioned above there was a design WITH circles. How about that? So I cut out the circle images, laid the photos upon them and BAM, the layout is done. These are photos from a visit to Tongariro National Park and Mt. Ngauruhoe on the North Island of New Zealand. Again, the journal strips are from my actual 1989 diary.

I actually have the layout for Day Four nearly completed except for words and a few embellishments so that will have to wait for another night. Of course, there will be a new sketch tomorrow morning. Aaaaack! Can I keep up? No. But I will do my best to stay on top of things. Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


This layout was created for the Monthly Sketch Relay at Club Scrap. I used the required sketch from Come Sail Away on a base of brown print and solid from a Michael Strong/Club Scrap collaboration called Whirligig. I also used the coordinating Michael Strong stamps. Love his stuff. The photo mats, etc. are from the Mirror, Mirror kit.
This layout is about our visit with the Durkins in 1989 to the thermal pools in Rotorua, New Zealand as part of our three week journey. That was such a great trip and I am finally getting around to making a scrapbook about it. I have overcome my perfectionistic fear that each page absolutely had to be the best scrapbook layout ever. More important to get ‘er done so we can enjoy our memories. Thank goodness I kept a detailed daily journal on the trip so all the details are carefully preserved. As I make each layout, I type out the entry for the appropriate day. For once in my life, I was organized. Thanks for looking.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

I Believe in You

Another card from the Simon Says Stamp May card kit. I think I could make 50 cards from this kit and still have scraps remaining. Still loving the colors and designs but I need to polish it off as the August kit will be arriving soon. (Tomorrow???)

Saturday, July 14, 2012

You Can Do Anything

Well, this layout is certainly a departure for me in my scrappin' style. In addition, in my everlovin' multi-tasking tradition, it fulfills many inspiration challenges, not the least of which is May Flaum at Camp Scrap. Early in Camp, she challenged us to use sprays on our layouts. This is a supply I have not used much in the past. I applied it to American Crafts white cardstock using Mr. Huey's Spray in Pinstripe through a Julie Balzer stencil called Pointy Circles. After that dried, I applied 6x6 papers (Basic Grey's What's Up) from my Simon Says Stamp May card kit based upon a sketch from Sketch Support. Inspired by a challenge from Glitter Girl Shimelle Laine at Two Peas, I used both ribbon and washi tape on the layout as my borders. All of the remaining elements, in addition to the stamped images,  are also from the SSS May card kit with the exception of the small doily (which was also a challenge from May's Camp Scrap in addition to a challenge to use a kit to create a layout). The doily is from the SSS June kit. I am loving doilies. 
Here is a detail shot of some of the buttons and doily I used. This is very new to me. And I am loving it.

I will be posting this at the Big Picture Classes Gallery as well as Two Peas in a Bucket, Simon Says Stamp and Paperartistsonline for their stencil/spray challenge.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

3 Looks, 1 Stamp – Paint Dabber

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This is the third card made for the 3 Looks, 1 Stamp challenge at May Flaum’s Camp Scrap. Again, all materials are from Club Scrap. I used cardstock from the Raku kit. And the stamp is from Papillon. The bling is from my stash. All edges inked with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink.
For this Look, I pounced an Adirondack Pearl Paint Dabber onto my craft sheet which already had a coating of Mowed Lawn Distress Ink and  carefully stamped the butterfly stamp into that mess. I then applied the painted stamp onto dark cardstock. The result is a shimmery look. I was quite happy with the results. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

3 Looks, 1 Stamp – Distress Ink

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This is the second in my series of cards made for May Flaum’s Camp Scrap challenge to use one stamp in three different ways. For this one, I stamped the butterfly into diluted Salty Ocean Distress Ink on my craft sheet. Once it was dried on the cardstock, I then sprayed it with my homemade Perfect Pearls spray to allow the color to run a bit and add some sparkle.

All supplies are Club Scrap materials except the inks. The card was created with cardstock from the Solstice kit. The panel was glossy white cardstock colored with Adirondack Alcohol Inks on a craft sheet. The stamp is from Papillon. The fiber is from the Refresh kit.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

3 Looks, 1 Stamp - Bic Mark-its

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This is the first of the cards I created for a Challenge at May Flaum's Camp Scrap using 3 Looks, 1 Stamp. The stamp and cardstock are from Club Scrap. I used the stamp from the Papillon kit, colored with Bic Mark-its and then sprayed with alcohol. This card was also posted for a Club Scrap challenge hosted by Hetty to use the Pixel Embellishment technique as posted recently by Splitcoast Stampers.

The cardstock is from the Raku and Blossom kits. Paper strips were adhered together and then run through Cuttlebug to emboss them together. All edges inked with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink. Black pop dots were dusted with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls. Thanks for looking.

Monday, July 9, 2012

3 Looks, 1 Stamp – Camp Scrap Challenge

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As part of the fun at Camp Scrap, May Flaum challenged us to use one stamp, three different ways. I chose a butterfly stamp from Club Scrap’s Papillon kit to use with Distress Ink, Paint Dabber and Bic Mark-its (my poor girl’s version of Copics). Details for each card follow under separate posts. I enjoyed this challenge and look forward to trying it again with many stamps. Thanks for looking.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Bling on the Blacktop

Everything is better with Stickles. DH says Tinkerbell puked.
Posted via cell phone.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tag Fence

Better late than never. Finally finished the most recent Squirrely Challenge from Young Nancy. I'm still behind on the previous one but it is on my table waiting for inspiration to complete it. 

This one is called Tag Fence and is fairly simple. If you would like to check it out, visit Technique Junkies. For the card panel, I am still focusing on Using My Stash by breaking into an ANCIENT pad I bought years ago from ProvoCraft called Pathways and designed by Michelle Anderson. The bicycle stamp is an oldie from Stampin' Up. The grape leaves are from a recent Fiskars set called Aged to Perfection. All inks used are from Tim Holtz Seasonal Summer set. Luscious. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


Happy Independence Day to you. This is a card I made for a challenge over at PaperArtistsOnline. A leftover from a June challenge but I couldn't resist using a patriotic theme. All materials from Authentique Glory collection. Embossing folders from Tim Holtz. All edges inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Hope you have a wonderful holiday!!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


This card was created for the July Card Sketch Challenge at Club Scrap. Red and blue cardstock from Club Scrap. Patterned paper from Authentique. The large star is an oldie from Heidi Swapp painted with Ranger Pearl Dabber. The smaller ones were cut on my Silhouette. All edges inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The embossing folders are from Tim Holtz. Thanks for looking.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Scrappin' at the Island

This layout was created for the monthly Sketch Relay challenge over at Club Scrap. All materials are Club Scrap (from Raku and Dream in Color kits) along with Christmas red Stickles for embellishment. I am also posting it at Big Picture Scrapbooking in May Flaum's Camp Scrap gallery as it uses a least favorite piece of paper from a kit. This is another layout about my fun day in San Jose at Scrapbook Island. Thanks for looking.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Capricieux Card

While the creative muse was buzzing, I put together a quick card using my Counterfeit Kit from Nancy along with a new Darcie's stamp set I bought while at Camp at the Island in San Jose. It's called Three Little Birds and is just too cute for words. Also used one of the new stamps from Simon Says Stamp