Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Club Scrap Moroccan Spice Blog Hop

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Welcome to the November Club Scrap Blog Hop featuring this month's kit, Moroccan Spice. If you arrived here from Josette Trunnell's Blog, then you are in the right place. If not, check out Karen's post over at Club Scrap for a complete list of participating blogs.

So this month I had what you would call a LIGHT BULB moment ... literally. I found a lamp shade made out of cardboard on Pinterest and was immediately inspired to create it for this month's hop project.

I headed over to Amazon to search for the cord set for a ceiling pendant light. I found one
HERE for less than $10.00.
Here is the finished piece hanging over my craft room table.

Scroll to the end of this post for photo instructions.

Up next on the hop DebDuzScrappin.


Lamp Instructions:

1. Cut long strips of Pizza box measuring 2x25" long.

2. Score the front side of each strip at 5" increments, being sure to cut through only one layer of the corrugated cardboard. 

3. Attach a strip of white duct tape to the back side of each strip leaving a 1/4" tab at one end. 

4. Create each pentagon shaped piece by attaching the ends of the Pizza box strips together with the tab of duct tape.

5. Trim pieces of Moroccan Spice paper 1.75x4.75" and attach to the sides of each pentagon. 

6. Create a template for the top of the lamp and print out on copy paper. This pentagon has 5" sides. 

7. Trace the template onto 1/8" thick white matte board and cut out with craft knife. 

8. Find the center of the pentagon by connecting the points with pencil lines. Trace the inside circle of the anchor from the light set to the matte board. 

9. Cut out the circle with a craft knife.

Take it for a test drive by making sure the light bulb socket screws into the hole.
10. Trace the matte board top (including the circle hole) onto the Moroccan Spice Kraft Print. 

11. Trim out the pentagon shape and stamp the medallion from the Moroccan Spice Borders & Backgrounds UM in Gold Metallic ink. Heat set with gold embossing powder and attach with Bookbinding Glue to the matte board top. 

12. Set the top down inside one of the pentagons and attach with hot glue around the inside rim. 

13. Trim 1" bamboo skewers with angled tips using scissors.

14. Insert three skewers into the corrugation cells on each of the remaining pentagons. ** Proper alignment of the skewers is critical for the lamp to be positioned correctly. Use the top pentagon as a guide for proper placement. 

15. Working from the top down attach each pentagon to the previous, staggering each one. 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and love reading your comments, feedback and questions. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Club Scrap November Technique Challenge

Anne Marie is hosting this month's challenge and it features a cool watercoloring technique.

I chose to use the Fairy image and quote from Club Scrap's Enchanted Forest Retreat 2015 UM Collection. The card base is from Retreat 2015 Elegance Collection.

Be sure to check out the details of this challenge HERE.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Club Scrap Big Top Blog Hop

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Welcome to the October Club Scrap Blog Hop featuring this month's kit, Big Top. If you arrived here from Debbie Weller's Blog, then you are in the right place. If not, check out Karen's post over at Club Scrap for a complete list of participating blogs.

Split Coast Stampers shares some amazing techniques to inspire crafters in their Tutorials section. I found the Double Diamond Fold to be particularly interesting, so I set out to create a card using my Big Top kit.

An assortment of Big Top prints cover the inside areas of the cleverly scored card.

 I added rosettes and 'hello' with Sizzix dies cut from Big Top Blue Pattern paper. The tag was free hand cut from the Blue paper. It was stamped randomly with an image from the UM Art Nouveau Rubber set in Club Scrap Lagoon Hybrid ink. Then it was tied with grosgrain Green ribbon.

The two large rosettes are embellished with Washi tape we received as a gift at Club Scrap's Annual Retreat 2015. Edges of the rosettes are inked with Lagoon ink.

Woven Strands sentiment stamped in Onyx ink.  Art Nouveau image embellished with Bright Lights, Big City Silver star dazzle sticker.

The next card was created based on Merilyn's Card Sketch for the October challenge at the Club Scrap Forum.

As a bonus to the blog hop, I am including some storage ideas. My latest obsession has been up-cycling boxes headed for the recycling bin into storage for my dies, embossing folders, and other crafting supplies. Check out these past blog post for details.

Magazine Box Up-Cycle project
Club Scrap Transformations Blog Hop

All these storage containers started out as large food boxes from the wholesale club.

1. Seal up the ends of the box with Club Scrap Bookbinding Glue.

2. Slice the box diagonally in half with a large box cutting blade.

3. Cover the edges with white duct tape, Washi Tapes and cover the sides with papers.

4. Add metal label plates to the front panels.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and would love your feedback on the artwork I have shared with you today.

Up next on the hop, Anne Marie's Artfully Balanced Blog.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Magazine Box Up-Cycle project

As a follow up post to the Club Scrap Transformations Blog Hop project, I created a magazine box for my daughter Alicia who is away at college. Before she left, we looked everywhere for a reasonably priced set to match her bedding.

Alicia's bedding at college.
However, everything, in my opinion, was way to much money. So I set out to create a similar item using boxes I had around the house.

1. Follow the instructions for cutting the box (in this case PopSecret microwave popcorn) and creating the magazine box, in my tutorial HERE. *note: I used paint in this version.

2. Cover the all the box edges with black duct tape.

3. Trim Botanicals Green paper and adhere to the sides of the box leaving a 1/8" reveal around the edges. Cut Black paper from stash and adhere to the bottom and back sides of the box

4. Dry emboss Botanicals White paper with Brocade Darice Embossing folder from the Tin Tiles kit.

5. Swipe Onyx Hybrid Ink pad using direct to paper inking technique to the raised areas on the white paper.

6. Trim the inked papers into strips. These measure 2x4.75".

7. Arrange the pieces in a Herringbone pattern, and attach with CS Bookbinding Glue. Trim pieces at edges of box when needed and ink the edges before adhering.

8. Cut two larger rectangles of inked embossed papers for the front edge of the box and layer with Green paper.

The project is complete!

Can't wait to send it up to Alicia at school. I hope she likes them. :)

Thanks for stopping by!