Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Ink Pad PB Storage revisited

Hi All,

My good Club Scrap buddy Chrissie created a super cool way to recycle her Club Scrap Pizza Boxes into a fun storage for her ink pads.   Check her blog post and get free instructions HERE!

Well,   I adored it and set out right away to make one of my own.

It came together very quickly and I really loved the look.    I had one problem.   I really didn't have a lot of space to keep it on my desk at home and also wanted to be able to take it with me.   So I decided to kick it up a notch.   Here is what I came up with.

I took a second Pizza Box and created a second tray just as Chrissie had instructed with the ink pad storage side of the suitcase.  Before glueing in all of the trays and dividers (which I added to Chrissie's design) I laid the two trays down onto a piece of kraft colored duct tape.  I taped both inside and outside of the trays leaving a 1/4 inch gutter between them in order for the case to open and close easily.

Then I set out gluing all the dividers into place with Club Scrap Book Binding Glue.  Then I trimmed the front cover down to create a pocket in the other half of my case.   I used a Martha Stewart punched edge to dress up the pocket a bit and stamped the front using CS's Papillon Unmounted stamps.  I attached Idea ology Hitch posts along the side of the tray with the pocket and they fit into the holes in the Grungeboard hinges which I painted with both Antique Bronze acrylic paint and Ranger Crackle Antique Brass paint.    I attached them with bronze Idea ology brads and washers.

Note:  I had to make a bit tiny cuts into the wholes of the hinges so they would slide over the Hitch posts.   **Also, please learn from my mistakes, if you want to add hitch posts do so before you add the pocket.  I almost didn't have enough room to screw it in because the hitch post wasn't long enough to go thru both sets of cardboard.    And my hand wasn't small enough to fit inside the pocket.  My daughter and I managed somehow to get the thing in without having to rip apart the pocket.  :)

So then I needed to figure out a way to carry it safely.   So I created ropes out of the duct tape and braided and knotted them into handles.   Then taped them onto the sides of the boxes all the way to the bottom to give it extra support.

This is the finished project.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Using up my scraps....sort of

A few days ago I posted some instructions for cards made using my very own ALCM instructions.   I had a few scraps left over and really wanted to try and use them for more cards.

I created 3 more cards using 8.5x11 paper in white, blue and tan.  I cut each piece so that it yielded 1 card base and 2 panels.  I stamped on one of each of the colors panels with the flower stamp and then on the scraps I stamped on the 1x5.25" strip to contrast the other layers with the Wildflowers script stamp.

With just some simple cuts and layering of the leftover strips I was able to come up with 3 more cards.

Stamps - Sorrento, Wildflowers unmounted rubber stamps - Club Scrap
               sentiment - Gimme a Ring wood mounted rubber stamp - Club Scrap

Inks - Club Scrap Earth Hybrid Ink and Black India Ink

Cardstock- Michaels Recollections Preppy Beach and White cardstock

Pearls - Michaels Recollections strips of pearls

Of course now I have 3 more panels and some other small bits left over.  What will I do with these?!   LOL :)   MAKE MORE CARDS.....  stay tuned

Saturday, October 20, 2012

We are aware.

Hi Everyone,

As most of you know it is Breast Cancer Awareness month and I think we have all been personally touched by this issue.    My good friend Tricia Morris, owner of Club Scrap®,  posted some directions on making cards using her ALCM instructions in conjunction with their We Are Aware rubber stamp collection on the Club Scrap Creates Blog.   I sat down and created this set of cards inspired by Tricia's.

I used the sheet of We Are Aware unmounted rubber stamps by Club Scrap.
Club Scrap Paper - Mosaic Twist green handmade and To you with Love pink cardstock
Club Scrap Inks - Leaf and Fuschia hybrid inks
Kraft cardstock card bases, pink rhinestones and ribbons from stash

Thanks for stopping by and being aware.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

At it again!

I have been so bad about getting my Club Scrap challenges done.   There are so many fun ones to join in on at the CS Community Forum and one of my favorites is Jen's Card Sketch Challenge.   I was always so good about getting it done right away as soon as Jen posted her challenge on the first day of the month,  but alas,  I have been busy so the first thing that gets pushed aside is crafting time.

So today I finally had a chance to sit down with the sketch that Jen chose for Sept/Oct.  I wanted to try and come up with my own ALCM (aka Assembly Line Card Making) cutting instructions for it.   I love to be able to cut all my pieces out and then stamp and assemble.   Easy peasy.

This is an intermediate ALCM formula.   I really hope you all find it helpful when creating your next batch of cards.   Feel free to click on the image above and download for your personal use.

I chose unmounted rubber stamps from the Sorrento Borders and Backgrounds.   I used CS Inks in both Earth and WOW Red.   The sentiment is stamped in CS India Ink.  I chose papers from my stash from a Recollections (Michael's Arts and Crafts Store) set called Preppy Beach.
I also used chose to use some fibers from Club Scrap's Retreat 2010 and Cruisin kit.
The pearls are also from my stash.
I used dimensional squares under the sentiments to pop them up.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Squirrelly Blog Challenge - In the Middle

I had a blast creating this card for the October Squirrelly blog challenge.
Check out Technique Junkie newsletter to see how to create the In the Middle card.  I really love the results.

I used Club Scrap's Wildflowers Borders and Backgrounds stamp set.
I colored the stamps using Distress markers in Barn Door, Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint and Mustard Seed.
The script stamp is done in Club Scrap India ink black.
The cardstock base is Club Scrap's Bridges kit denim print.
I sprayed the white cardstock with homemade yellow glimmer mist.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Halloween Cards and a freebie!

I can not believe how long it has been since I last blogged.   Where does the time go?   I think I say that every time I post something.

Well, I have been very busy with family goings on and school volunteering,  but in between all that I really try and get some crafting time in.

I was inspired by this fun card posted the other day during World Card Making Day during the OWH Blog Hop.   I decided to create my own set of Assembly Line Card Making Instructions for it and make my Halloween cards with them.

Here are the instructions with a photo of one of my cards using the sketch, the original sketch by OWH and the card from Pinterest which inspired me.
Here are the rest of the cards I created using the 5 sheets of 8.5x11 cardstock.

Products used
Stamps from Michael's (clearance last season)
Inks - Club Scrap India Black and White Pigment
Distress marker - Picket Fence Ranger Tim Holtz
Sakura Silver gel pen
Purple cardstock - Club Scrap Papillon collection
Orange and Green cardstock - Club Scrap Farmer's Market collection
White and Black - Recollections pack from Michael's