Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Red, White and The Blues - Club Scrap Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Club Scrap Blog Hop featuring May's The Blues Collection. If you have arrived from Kay's Blog then you are in the right spot, if not head back to the beginning to check out Karen's post on the Club Scrap Blog. There you will find a complete list of blogs participating in today's hop.

I played along with the May Artist Challenge and followed the cutting instructions to create this layout.

I chose papers from The Blues collection along with a bright red 12x12 paper from the May 2013 Cape Cod collection. On the left page, I filled up some of the open space along the edge of the vertical border strip with the notes flourish from the The Blues Greetings UM.

On the right page, I stamped a portion of the Borders and Backgrounds UM quote on the journal block and added a small piece of the laser cut musical note fiber included as a goodie in the Deluxe Kit.

Memorial Day weekend kicks off the unofficial start of summer and my family and I head off to visit family at the cottage on Gurnet Point in Plymouth, MA.

Gurnet Point Light, a beautiful flag flies over the former Coast Guard station turned into a B&B and the view down Duxbury Beach. 

It was a windy but glorious blue sky day. Perfect for taking photos of the lighthouses and my youngest Shannon climbing the hill where the the former twin lights used to stand on the point.

Gurnet Point Lighthouse (aka Plymouth Light) and Bug Light in Plymouth Harbor in the distance. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Your next stop is Anne Marie's Artfully Balanced Blog!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Mother's Day Boutonnieres

I made nine of these small pin backed boutonnieres for a donation to a local homeless shelter.

A local Facebook group organized donations to be made into baskets for the nine mothers who are at the shelter. 

I hope they all are made to feel special this weekend despite their current situations.

Club Scrap papers (Dream in Color) and sentiment stamp (Blossom), Spellbinders small scalloped circle background. Pale pink paper from stash. Tim Holtz Pine cone die rose and leaves, and Fiskars flower punch.

Thanks to my friend Kerri A. for taking a photo of the pin as I had forgotten. :)

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Club Scrap Botanicals Blog Hop and a Freebie!

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Welcome to the Club Scrap Blog Hop featuring the April Botanicals KitIf you arrived here from Kay's Keepsakes blog then you are in the right spot, if not you might want to hop back to see what Karen has created at the Club Scrap Blog. There you can find the complete list of participating bloggers so you don't miss a thing!

Each month over at the Club Scrap Forum, Marya and Anne Marie challenge folks to create cards based on a sketch.

Once these cards are created, participants upload the artwork to the Club Scrap Swaps and Challenges Gallery and share their creations with others in the Card Sketch Challenge Thread for that month.

Follow these step to create this set of four cards.

1. Choose four 8.5x11" papers from the Botanicals Deluxe kit.

2. Cut papers following the free downloadable instructions.

ALCM April 2015 Card Sketch

3. Arrange the pieces following the sketch.

4. Punch out nine small daisies from the remaining scraps of each paper color.

5. Attach daisies to each of the 2.5x2.5" squares. Then add Silver Dazzles from the Constellations kit to the centers of each flower.

6. Add a sentiment from the Watercolor Blossoms UM stamp set Retreat 2013 to each of the .5x2.75" strips.  Note - I used acrylic paints to add the sentiment to the brown paper and CS Hybrid Earth Ink to the remaining strips.

7. Layer the remaining panels and pieces onto the card bases. Add black foam adhesive squares giving dimension to the square and sentiment elements.

Here are the completed cards.

I also made a double lidded card box to house my card set. The original idea came from this blog post, but I altered the dimensions to suit my cards. Join me tomorrow at the Club Scrap Blog to see lots of photos, and get step by step instructions and a free template to create a Double Hinged Card Box.

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to download your free instructions!!

Up next on the hop is Anne Marie's Blog.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spotlight Technique

Over the past several weeks I have been infatuated with the Spotlight Technique.

I first saw this video tutorial on Pinterest, and it totally blew me away. Loved the look and feel with just a portion of the image being "spotlighted" using color.

I used this as the jumping off point I created a card using the Weathered Florals Stamp set and shared it over at the Club Scrap Blog.

I made another card using the a single stemmed flower from the Oopsie Daisy UM Borders and Backgrounds stamp set. This time I raised the "spotlighted" area and left out the mat. I have to admit,  this stamping technique can be tricky when it comes to getting the image lined up correctly so that the raised panel was square with the original stamped image.

Then today while visiting Pinterest, one of my friends shared a card using a twist on the Spotlight Technique, as if it couldn't get any cooler? It did... check out the artist's card HERE. This version took the worry about the image being lined up properly out of the equation YIPPEE!

I immediately sat down to try it using some of my favorite Club Scrap floral stamp sets, Hydrangeas, Botanicals and Oopsie Daisy.  

And here is the resulting card.

I really hope you are inspired to give these techniques a try.

Supplies used:
Club Scrap Stamp sets BotanicalsHydrangeas, Oopsie Daisy, Weathered Florals
Club Scrap paper - Serengeti Aqua and Brown, Lakes Mint, and Picnic Dark Pink
Club Scrap Inks - Ash Hybrid Ink
LePlume markers
Flower charm and pearls from my stash
Ranger spritzer tool used with Broken China Distress Marker

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Happy Spring Embossed Resist Card

Today I am sharing this emboss resist card using Club Scrap's Spring WOW UM rubber stamps.

After a long winter here in the Northeast, I needed a bit of color to get me in the spirit of the spring season.

Follow these steps to create this card.

1. Use the word collage stamp to create the resist.

2. Stamp the image on white paper with white pigment ink pad.

3. Heat emboss with Club Scrap ultra fine clear embossing powder.

4. Color the panel using Ranger Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade, and Mowed Lawn.

5. Use the spritz and flick technique to create water drop marks in the Distress inks which react with water. Use a paper towel to dab off any excess inks that may still be on the embossed words.

6. Add stamped flowers from the UM Spring WOW set and accent areas of the image with white gel pen.

7. Punch flowers using Fiskars, Recollections and Martha Stewart daisy punches and create an embellishment paired with some sheer purple ribbon. The center is a Silver Dazzle sticker included with the Club Scrap Constellations kit.

Dark Purple - Sonoma kit
Dark Pink and Light Blue - Picnic kit
8. Complete the finished A2 sized card.

Card base Light Blue paper from the Picnic Kit.

Thanks for stopping by.

Club Scrap Picnic Kit Papers
Club Scrap Constellations Silver Dazzle Stickers
Club Scrap Spring WOW UM Stamps
Club Scrap White Pigment Ink Pad

Ranger Distress Ink Pads
Fiskars Daisy Punch
Martha Stewart Daisy Punch
Recollections Small Daisy Punch

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Club Scrap 50s Kitchen Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Club Scrap Blog Hop featuring the March 50s Kitchen Kit! If you arrived here from Kay's Blog then you are in the right spot, if not you might want to hop back to see what Karen has created at the Club Scrap Blog. There you can check out the complete list of participating bloggers so you don't miss a thing!

I have fallen head over heels in love with this kit. The colors and artwork just make me smile. The first thing that popped into my mind when I saw it was, a recipe box. I have needed a new one for quite some time, and this was my chance to make it all my own!

Let's take a closer look at the project construction.

1. Cut book boards, front, back and spine, and cover with 50s Kitchen papers.

2. Create sides using a score board. Score the Lock and Key Teal papers using an accordion fold and attach to the covered boards to form a box. The accordion sides allow for some expansion as more recipes are added.

3. Create category tabs using Teal papers and an envelope punch board.

Punch in center of left edge of Teal card.
Slide card to left and line up edge at 2.5" and punch.
Remove excess at the top of card with craft knife. 
For the center tab, line up card at 1.75" and punch. 
Flip card over horizontally to the left and repeat. 

Remove excess at the top of the card with craft knife.
4. Use digital scrapbooking application to create tab labels. Type the category names in black font and add food icons mixed with 50s kitchen digital kit images to each category name. Print out onto Staples brand sticker paper.

5. Trim out each label and attach to the Teal category tabs.

6. Fill the box with recipe cards. Learn more about how I created mine HERE.

7. Decorate a panel for the front of the Recipe Box. Print out the word Recipes on sticker paper using the 50s Kitchen digital font. I changed the color from chalkboard white to a matching red. Stamp images from the 50s Kitchen UM Art Nouveau set onto panels using Ocean and WOW Red hybrid inks. Add a piece of diamond twill ribbon from the 50s Kitchen embellishment pack to complete the panel.

8. Create a mounting board for your recipe box using Pizza Boxes. Layer two sheets of Pizza Box cardboard together using Book Binding Glue. Make sure they are running in different grain directions. This will provide a more sturdy board.

9. Wrap the board in Cape Cod Red, 50s Kitchen Aqua and Lock and Key Teal.

10. Mark holes where the box will mount using three extra large brass brads.

11. Color the tops of the brads using Black Enamel Accents from Ranger.

12. Attach the box to the board with the brads.

13. Paint small wooden clothes pins with black acrylic paint and allow to dry.

14. Attach to the board with Book Binding Glue.

15. Cover the back of the board with a piece of black paper to cover the brads.

The project is done. It can be mounted on the wall or it can stand on your countertop.

Thanks for stopping by and up next on the hop is Wendy Bellino!