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Archive for December, 2009

Technique Tidbit Thursday: Bottle Tags

By Tammiejean

Download the template here:
Embellishments to match

Use the template to trace your card onto the cardstock.

Trace it again and cut it out leaving some space at the edges – you want the cardstock to show.
Ink your edges.

Adhere the pattern paper to the cardstock base. After they are glued together make a fold mark as seen in the photo.

Decorate away!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Have a Happy and Safe New Year!!

Club House Kudos: Jennifer McGuire, Ink.

I love this site.  Jennifer is a real teacher and has tons of how-to videos to share.  She is also an avid stamper which I find absolutely inspiring as I still have loads to learn in that department.  Check out her site and see why she deserves Club House Kudos.  :0)

Jennifer McGuire, Ink. blog

Question of the day:  Is there a new movie coming out in 2010 that you are just dying to see?

I have to admit, I am itching to see Johnny Depp in Alice in Wonderland.  It promises to be weird and wonderful as Johnny and Tim Burton get together for yet another film.  Johnny is the perfect choice for the Mad Hatter, don’t you think?

mad hatter

Club House Challenge

For this week, I challenge you to use an inanimate object as the subject of your focal photo on a layout.  So that basically means, no people or pets.  It needs to be something else like books (see my example below), food, flowers, etc.

telling the story

Please feel free to leave us a link to your blog in the Comment section so we can see what you have done.  :0)

Question of the Day:  Do you love shopping the Boxing Day sales or do you avoid the malls like the plague?

Product Spotlight: Ribbon

  Ribbon is readily available in every colour of the rainbow and in a multitude of textures.   Its versatility makes it ideal for the creative genius in you.  And, as far as embellishments go, it is quite inexpensive as well—every scrapbooker’s dream! 

Ribbon Techniques 

1.       Make a knot, trim off the excess and glue to the center of a flower.

2.       Weave it.  This can be done by cutting small slits in your paper and weaving the ribbon over and under the page. Alternatively, you can also weave multiple strands of ribbon on the page itself.  Mixing widths and textures adds pizzaz!

3.       Use it to top a tag.

4.       Create a border.

5.       Cut lengths of ribbon.  Loop and glue the ends together.  Place several of these ribbon loops in a circle formation, placing a large brad paper circle or even a button in the center.  Glue.  You have now created a ribbon flower!

6.       Stamp on it.  You may need to heat set your stamping to prevent bleeding.

7.       Create pleats for dimension.  Glue pleats down with ribbon glue or sew instead.

8.       Make your own striped paper using different ribbons instead of using patterned paper.

9.       Use it to dangle a charm off of.

10.   Make a bow or make knots for a more masculine look.

11.   Cover chipboard.

12.   Create photo corners.  Start with a 3-inch strip of ribbon (grosgrain works well). Fold both ends down at the midpoint to form a triangle; iron. Repeat until you have two or four ribbons for each picture. Slip triangles—with seams in back—over corners of photos, and use acid-free double-sided photo tape to affix them to album pages.

13.   Make curly ribbons by wrapping tightly around a dowel rod or pencil (securing with pins if needed), spraying with a cornstarch solution and baking in the oven for about five minutes. Leave to cool, set over night then remove from the dowel. Great for album covers and bindings. 

Attaching ribbon

Ribbon can be adhered to your pages by several methods:


Glue: ribbon glue by Making Memories works well as do glue dots or running it through a Xyron

Secure with brads, eyelets or nailheads


 Ribbon can add a little spice to your pages in so many ways!   Have fun and feel free to share your ideas and tips for using ribbon in the Comments section below.

Question of the Day:   What is your favorite embellishment?

Quote of the Day

I have a few Christmas quotes for you today.   Some are serious and some are meant to be more light hearted.   Enjoy and may you be blessed throughout the holiday season and in the New Year.  Merry Christmas!

Christmas is a time when you get homesick – even when you’re home. ~Carol Nelson

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. ~Roy L. Smith

Christmas, children, is not a date.  It is a state of mind.  ~Mary Ellen Chase

Christmas is the season when you buy this year’s gifts with next year’s money.  ~Author Unknown

Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance – each beautiful, unique and too soon gone.” 
–Deborah Whipp

Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas. –Dale Evans

Technique Tidbit Thursday: Decorative Vases

By Jennifer C.

These literally took me minutes and I think they will make a big difference in my decorating. I just took some old vases that were under the sink and wrapped some ribbon around them and then put a flower on one and an ornament on the other. I think I will fill one with candy and then I may make a centerpiece for the table with the other.

You could even put a plant in one of them and give as a gift. I hope you like them.  I would love to see what you come up with!  Have fun!

Club House Kudos: Fancy Pants!

I love Fancy Pants.  Yup, I do.  One of my favorite lines ever was Summer Soiree.  It was so bright and fun!  We are giving them kudos today for their wonderful products and, if you check out their blog, you will find some great Christmas layouts, ornament, and other gift ideas too.  Definately a nice way to spend the morning, right?
fancy pants

Question of the Day: Name something that you have never done but would like to do in the New Year.

Club House Challenge!

Today’s challenge is a photo challenge.  I would like you to experiment with low lighting today.  That’s right–set that camera on manual mode, grab your instruction book and start playing around!  Try photographing your Christmas tree, a birthday cake or a mennorah with it’s glowing candles.  It’s up to you but take this as an opportunity to get to know your camera a little better.
tree 2008

Question of the day: What is your favorite thing about winter?

Product Spotlight: Glitter Glue/Stickles!

Who doesn’t love a glitz in their life?  I know I do!  Using Stickles/Glitter glue is such an easy way to add some shimmer to any page.


Here are just a few ideas to get you started on your journey into glam:

  •     Doodle with it: with the fine tip applicator, it is easy to doodle with.  You may wish to do your doodles in pencil first or use stamps/rub ons for your pattern, if you are not feeling confident enough to freehand your doodles.  Then simply trace over with glitter glue and let dry.  
  • Highlight images: is there a particular area of an image you would like to draw attention to?  Add a little glitter glue to catch your eye!  For example, outline the edge of a photo matt or add sparkle detailing to snowflake stamps. 
  • Write with it: a great way to make titles or make particular words stand out is to write with glitter glue. 
  • Dress up your paper: have a piece of pattern paper that looks a little blah?  Lightly apply some glitter glue with a brush.  This works best on small areas of paper as the paper may buckle. 
  • Create your own embellishments: Spread glitter glue over paper and allow to dry.  Using a hand punch or a die cut machine, cut out various shapes and/or letters.  Feel free to try various mediums such as transparencies, chipboard, etc.  
  • Design your own icy chill:  Glitter glue is perfect for creating the look of sparkly snow. 
  • Make your own pattern paper: design your own pattern paper by creating swirls, circles, dots, dashes on your background paper.

And with it’s small compact size, these make great stocking stuffers!  You can find them at Scrapbooker’s Club House right here

Question of the Day: Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Quote of the Day

If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.
H. G. Wells

Question of the Day:  What keeps you motivated to keep going when you feel like you have “fallen”?