Simple Scrapper November Premium Membership Blog Hop

Welcome! Today we’re hosting a Simple Scrapper Team blog hop using this month’s Simple Scrapper Premium Membership templates. I documented a trip to the Boeing Flight Museum that we took with our sons when we first moved to the Seattle area. It’s a fantastic museum, and we visited numerous times when they were younger. I’ve never scrapped these photos, which were printed (I scanned them), and was pleased to make something of a set of photos that might otherwise be forgotten. After trying several approaches with flight-themed embellishments, I decided to go for a cleaner, simpler page in the end. The embellishments didn’t add anything to the page. 


Supplies: Anna Aspnes paper; Robyn Meierotto “Let’s Go” paper; Katie Pertiet kraft paper, photo frames, paint splatters, staples; Bebas font (title); Rockwell font (journaling)

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Check out the inspiration from the rest of the team:

Julie Aldridge

Sue Althouse

Jeryn Carlisi

Lisa Corbin-Polak

Ronnie Crowley

Jess Forster

Michele Holcomb

Margrethe Aas Johnsen

Amy Kingsford

Pam Lozano

Aimee Maddern

Valerie Mangan

The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping.


While I was working on my card for the Little Tangles Blog Hop, I stamped some extra owls. I colored them with a variety of seasonal colors, and added a titch of sparkle to their wings with a Copic Spica marker (unfortunately it’s hard to capture the shimmer with my camera). With the owls, I created a card to celebrate the Neat & Tangled challenge blog.

The first Little Tangles Challenge begins Thursday, November 15. There are free digital stamps on the Little Tangles blog for your use in the challenge. We hope you’ll play along!

Owl Woot

Supplies: Staz On white ink; American Crafts Thickers

Welcome Little Tangles

Welcome to the Little Tangles blog hop! You should have reached my post from Miriam. I created my card with the “Hello/Welcome” theme using three stamps in the Little Bear set (I’m attached to these three!) paired with a die cut from Savvy Stamps.

Hello Little Tangles

Your next stop on the hop is the Little Tangles blog. You can find the entire blog hop order there, as well as on the Neat & Tangled blog.

Don’t forget: There are two prize packages up for grabs. The winners will be picked randomly from comments on all blogs, so increase your chances of winning by leaving comments at all stops! The hop ends on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 11:59pm EST. All comments must be in by this time to be eligible to win a prize!

The first Little Tangles Challenge begins Thursday, November 15. There are free digital stamps on the Little Tangles blog for your use in the challenge. We hope you’ll play along!

Holiday Card Workshop Days 2 + 3

I’ve been busy making cards for the Holiday Card Workshop. It’s been raining and dark out, so unfortunately my photos aren’t the best – there’s just not enough light inside my house!

Day Two’s focus was on using background stamps in interesting ways. The class cards by Lisa Spangler used the Hero Arts Snowflakes & Edges Stamp. I don’t own that stamp, so I used Hero Arts Studio Calico Chevron.

I stamped the background stamp with different Distress Inks. The Festive Berries and Evergreen Bough were my favorite. The third strip is stamped with Encore silver ink. I added a sentiment from Technique Tuesday’s Jingle All the Way by Ali Edwards. The stars are die cut with some glitter paper I bought at Target.

Holiday Card Class Day Two

My second take on Lisa’s card is decidedly simpler! I paired a panel stamped with Shabby Shutters distress ink with one stamped with Festive Berries.

Holiday Card Class Day Two

Today’s lesson covered dry embossing. I wanted to give Julie Ebersole’s card a try. I added gesso to the embossed panel (using a portion of the Hero Arts Sizzix Large Christmas Words folder). I then applied Tumbled Glass Distress ink and some Rock Candy Stickles to the raised section with my finger (the Stickles are impossible to see in the photo). I added some Distress ink to the edge of the panel as well. The patterned paper is from Echo Park and the wood veneer stars from both Studio Calico and Maya Road. I colored the snowflakes with gesso. The style of this card is completely different than most cards I make. (And I probably wouldn’t send a card with the wood veneer. I happened to have those on hand. Julie’s card used something less dimensional!) That being said, it was fun to do something a little messier than what I usually do.

Holiday Card Class Day Three

Holiday Card Workshop Day 1

The Holiday Card Workshop taught by Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire kicked off today. I’ve taken every one of their Online Card Classes classes – the instruction and inspiration never disappoints. Today’s cards were both fabulous, but  as I was running short on crafting time, I created them digitally with the Hero Arts “Holiday House” kit.

My variation of Jennifer’s card pairs some holiday brights that I’ve recently enjoyed playing with. The digitally created panel was printed and mounted onto Hero Arts cardstock.

Holiday Card Workshop Day One

For my take on Kristina’s card, I colored one of the kit’s houses digitally, printed and fussy-cut it. I glued the house onto a cardstock panel that was created digitally as well. The card base uses the Hero Arts cardstock.

Holiday Card Workshop Day One

Welcome to Hogwarts

I wanted to create a Halloween-themed card that wasn’t strictly Halloween. My card depicts the “Sorting Ceremony” scene from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Professor Minerva McGonagall summons Harry to be fitted with the “Sorting Hat” which determines that he will be in the House of Gryffindor. The ceremony takes place in the Great Hall at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. I used the book-themed patterned paper from the Basic Grey “Oxford” collection to depict a library wall. The professor holds a list of the students in her hand. 😉

Welcome to Hogwarts

Supplies: Basic Grey “Oxford” patterned paper (retired)

Bats in the Belfry

For reasons unbeknownst to me, the phrase “Bats in the belfry” popped into my head the other day while I was walking Ginger.  I decided it would be fun to see if I could create a card with the phrase.

According to The Phrasefinder, “‘Bats in the belfry’ refers to someone who acts as though he has bats careering around his topmost part, i.e. his head.”

Paper Smooches “FOLKal Points” has a cute looking church/school/tower building that I used for the belfry. I added bats from both “Halloweenies” and “Spookalicious.”

Bats in the Belfry

Supplies: Spellbinders circle dies; My Mind’s Eye patterned paper; Stampin’ Up cardstock

Sparks Picture Perfect Challenge

I was captivated by this week’s Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge image. It took awhile for me to get my creative juices flowing, however, because I just wasn’t sure where to start.

I was especially drawn to the colors and to the yellow birds, so I focused on those in my card. I added glossy accents to the birds (from the Paper Smooches “Hang Ups” set) for some shine.

Sparks Challenge

Supplies: Stampin’ Up cardstock (gray, yellow); Spellbinders circle die cuts

Pirate Owl

I recently read the Happiness Project and Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin. (I highly recommend both titles.) Rubin mentions how she enjoys children’s literature aka kidlit, and I realized how much I do as well. As a result, I’ve recently been rediscovering children’s picture books.

This card, featuring the owl from the Paper Smooches “Spookalicous” stamp set, is inspired by such illustrations. As you can see I’ve added origami to the card, for which the Hero Arts newspaper background stamp works well to create a textured sail.

Pirate Owl

Supplies: Bazzill gray cardstock; Hero Arts pirate digital kit (pirate’s hat); Echo Park Letter stickers; origami paper

This and That

Happy Monday, everyone! I’ve got some scrapbooking news and some stamping news!

I’m over at Simple Scrapper today talking about how you can “pre-plan” some layouts. My scrapping productivity was considerably improved by thinking about my layout ahead of time.

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