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Adirondacks Midori

Welcome to the AdirondacksBlog Hop brought to you by Club Scrap.  Each month the talented Club Scrap owner, employees and members present a project, card or layout using the monthly featured collection. The  purpose of the blog hop is to demonstrate the beauty of paper and digital crafts.
If you just happened on the blog hop today because you're a regular reader of my blog, and you'd like to view the entire hop, you can  start back at Club Scrap.If you're already hopping and linked to me from the talented Kelly's blog, you're in the right spot.
Today each member is pulling inspiration from the Adirondacks collection. I knew this outdoor collection would rival the National Parks collection which made #1 on my Top 10 favorite kits. I may have to order seconds because this first kit is nearly gone.
The stamps inspired me to make a Midori traveler's notebook.  One of my long time BFF's is turning 50 this month and I thought this would be a fabulous gift f…

Botanicals Past & Present

May's Past & Present challenge was a bit difficult for me to complete.  Botanicals 2000, Simply Beautiful 2007 and Botanicals 2015  are this month's chosen kits. Of all three kits presented this month I only had two 12x12 sheets left of the newer Botanicals. I just happen to have some Wisteria Greetings to Go bases that needed love and the purple was a great match for these prints. I didn't want to cover up much of the Botanical design but wanted to add some artistry. The last two cards have splattered gelatos on the mats.

I'm already looking forward to June's Past & Present challenge! I'm sure you can tell by now that I'm not a CS Hoarder. Here are more previous creations from Botanicals Botanicals Digital Swap Botanical Journals Botanical Greetings to Go

Remembering Your Sacrifice.

Thank you to all our military personnel and their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Take the Trails

I was really unsure on what to do with May's Card sketch. It's no secret that I like the Tall & Long cards but the circles were really throwing me.  I had to wait for others to post their examples before some ideas started going through my head. I've been using burlap, feathers and wood embellishments to compliment the Adirondacks collection and wanted to stick with that.  I found these wooden circles from Farmer's Market and had a "ah-ha" moment. I stamped the map image on the circles to give them personality. I then die cut circles from burlap for the bottom layer. Tip: Coat the back of your burlap with bookbinding glue and let dry.  This will keep them from fraying when cutting.

Artist Team Mash Up

Welcome to May's Artist Team Blog Hop brought to you by Club Scrap. Each month the team presents a themed challenge or technique. The  purpose of the blog hop is to demonstrate the beauty of paper crafts.  Today we'll be showing you a "mash-up" of ideas.  The idea of a mash-up is to combine elements and papers from any of your Club Scrap kits.
If you just happened on the blog hop today because you're a regular reader of my blog, and you'd like to view the entire hop, you can start back at Club Scrap. If you're already hopping and linked to me from Tina's Blog, you're in the right spot. This is a challenge made for me.  I love combining kits!  So when Karen asked us to combine two or more collections I got carried away.  In total...there are over 10 different kits on this layout. Can you name them all? Answers are at the bottom.

How sassy is this little princess?! Just look at the half grin.  I get that look too just before I'm about t…

Paper Smooches Flowers

Last month I created several art panels on photo paper using Color Bursts.  I decided to use up some of those amazing panels for Paper Smooches flower challenge. I don't have many Paper Smooches stamps or dies with flowers so I made do. This first card I used the rose from the Hope stamp set, colored with pencils and Wink of Stella. I also die cut "Hope" on craft foam for dimension.  So in love with this card! Paper Smooches sentiment, rose and die. Wink of Stella. Ken Oliver's Color Bursts. Club Scrap papers, background stamp. Enjoy life's flower is made with Paper Smooches heart balloon die. I just stacked the balloons in a circle and curled the "petals". Add a cute little button for the center.  Paper Smooches die and stamp. Club Scrap papers, background stamp, jewels and button. A simple card with a simple tag with so much oomph. I'm always saying "OMG" so this Paper Smooches stamp from the Slang Gang always make me giggle.  Paper Smooch…


I love a silly pun and was super excited to see Pam's NBUS (Never Been Used Stuff) topic of Snarky & Punny. I've got tons of stamps that make me giggle but only a few of you (you know who you are) that appreciate this wit. While visiting my fellow Club Scrap Artist Teammate Pam's blog I came across the Snarky Stampers. Where have these ladies been all my life?! Challenge #84 

Explore Everything Fusion

This is the last art panel with my favorite handmade paper sheet. :( I just love how the stamps barely survived the blending process. It gives the paper just a little extra oomph. Fusion Card Challenge is hosting a challenge allowing you to pull inspiration from a sketch, a photo or both. I used mostly the sketch but the navy blue and kraft colors of the photo played a part as well. Club Scrap papers, tag, ribbons, stamp and burlap. My handmade paper.

Never Stop Exploring_Mojo Monday

This week's Mojo Monday sketch #497 is a perfect fit for this faux leaf ribbon I unearthed in my craft closet. Wish I found this about a week ago! The front of wooden button didn't really match the theme of my card so I improvised. I stamped the small mountain scene on the back. Club Scrap papers, stamps, ribbon and tag. Recollections feather. 

Vintage Exploring

Are you getting tired of feathers, burlap and handmade papers? I just can't help but to use them. They seem to go really well the Adirondacks collection. Card Concept is hosting a Vintage Notes challenge.  I was inspired by the old book pages from the photos. I just happen to be cutting apart a dictionary and had these random pages lying around.  I crumpled up the section, flattened it out and ran a brown ink pad over the top to give it that vintage feel. Club Scrap papers and stamps. Recollections feather. Elizabeth Craft Designs frame die. Unknown paper ribbon. My handmade paper. 


I love Yosemite!  I've backpacked through the High Sierra's twice and would love to do it again. It might take me a little longer than last time but I just love the outdoors. I stole these photos from my sister-in-law's trip to Yosemite last summer. They're perfect for the Adirondacks deluxe collection. I didn't do anything fancy in designing the layout. In fact the design is part of the Adirondacks ALSB layouts. The cutting and assembly instructions are free every month to anyone. Club Scrap papers, stencil, tags, book plate, ribbons and borders.  I even did the stenciling which I seem to ignore since I'm generally not very good at it.  My newest trick it to add washi tape to all the edges and cover the holes I don't want ink in.  The less chance for mistakes the better.  I just use a washi tape that I'm not fond of.

The original layout.  I wish I knew where these patches came from. I would really like more!

Light Up My Life

Sunday Stamps is hosting a sketch challenge. Luckily for me I had a few extra burlap circles I die cut for another project. I came across these wooden charms in my stash and decided to stamp on them to give them a little personality. I'm really enjoying using up my outdoorsy embellishments this month with the Adirondacks collection.  Wood, burlap and feathers...oh my!

Stamping on the Edge

May's technique challenge over at Club Scrap is Stamping on the Edge. Stamping on the edge gives you a chance to look at all your stamps in a new way.  I have three examples using different stamps on different edges.  I could have easily gotten carried away! Simply stamp on the edge of your card and trim away.
Club Scrap paper, stamps, ribbon and brown burlap. Charm from my travels. Ashland burlap.
Club Scrap papers, stamps and twine. Stickles.  Club Scrap papers and stamps. Nuvo crystal drops. Unknown wooden heart.
You should give this a try. When you're finished share your creations via the Linky Party at Club Scrap for your chance to win a Club Scrap gift certificate!