Friday, December 27, 2013

Aspen Blog Hop

Today is the Aspen Blog Hop beginning at the Club Scrap Creates Blog and sadly I have not been able to get my project completed and blogged for today.  Thanks for stopping by and hope you will check out the amazing artwork that the other blog participants have for you.

I have posted my completed project on the Club Scrap Creates Blog if you care to check it out!


Thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Bokeh Technique Holiday Card

I found this fun technique on Split Coast Stampers.

Bokeh is defined as the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image, esp. as rendered by a particular lens

Here is my version of this very unique technique using a variety of items from Club Scrap, including stamps from the Gnomes for the Holidays collection.  The set was very popular and has already sold out but the paper and digital collections are still available for purchase.

I created the Bokeh effect using stamps from the Neon Doodles 2013 Retreat collection and a pencil eraser with CS® White Pigment ink. I stamped it on dark brown cardstock from the 2010 Raku kit. The red is from 2001 Polynesian kit and the green is Gnome for the Holidays 2013.

I stamped the holly in white on the brown panel as well as on the dark green from Gnomes and fussy cut them out and attached them to the panel with hot glue. Also added red glitter glue for the berries and brown Sharpie marker to highlight the branches.

The two sets of 3 white dots were made using a white gel pen.

You can also check out Kay Williamson's card and tutorial for this technique on the Club Scrap Creates Blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Gnome for the Holidays Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Club Scrap Gnome for the Holidays Blog Hop!

If you have arrived here from Roni's post on her InkStains Blog then you are in the right place. If not, you may want to hop to check out the list of participating blogs at Club Scrap Creates so you don't miss out on any of the fun and creativity along the way.
Gnome for the Holidays Paper collection
This fun kit was born out of ideas discussed during one night at dinner at Club Scrap Retreat this past August. How cool is that! Anne Marie really wanted these little gnomes to be in a Club Scrap kit one way or another and she finally got her wish in this adorable collection. It's perfect!

As for me and my post today, I spent some time this past week ALSB'ing my kit. By following the detailed cutting directions supplied with the purchase of the kit, I made 10 12x12 layouts all ready and waiting for my Christmas pictures.

When I create these layouts I always try and find ways to "save" some of the papers. Some pieces get rescued from behind an 8.5x11 anchor piece and others I get by trimming papers creatively so that no background papers are covered up by large strips of cardstocks.  Check out my post HERE to find out more details on how I stretch each kits papers. Here are all the things I made with some of those carefully recovered pieces of cardstock and left over cutaparts.

I created this layout based on a sketch provided by Tiare Smith over at her iClassygirl blog.
I created the candy cane focal image by stamping it over and over again on a sheet of white cardstock using Club Scrap's Neon Green ink. I added the red stripes using the stencil and simply drew the lines in with a red Marvy marker. The stencil is specifically designed to go with the stamps and is sold as a set.  I also stamped the large Holly on white cardstock, colored them in using the Neon Green Ink Dabbers and then fussy cut them, inked the edges with brown ink so I could add as embellishments to my page. Red Glitter glue makes the berry clusters pop!

Products used in this layout:
Red Cardstock - Club Scrap's Polynesian kit (2001)
Black Cardstock - Club Scrap's Pure and Simple kit (2009)
Light & Leaf Green paper, journal block & cutapart - Club Scrap's Gnome for the Holiday's (2013)
{merry} - Thickers

Next up is a card using some of the strips of cardstocks from the kit, red fiber and a left over cutapart journalling block which I nested with some mats and stamped a sentiment from the unmounted stamps set.

Finally, I created a version of Kay Williamson's super clever Repurposed Rubber Stamp Wood Blocks project. I fell in love with this idea immediately and ran to get my blocks that I had removed the stamps off of months ago, so glad I held onto them!  Check out Kay's blog post for details.
I added a poinsettia flower and brad from my stash attached to a cluster of the fussy cut holly leaves.  Stamped the letters onto the nested photo mats and added glitter glue for a little sparkle. I think the faux stitching completed the look. I tied a small natural twine bow behind the holly too. I added pics of my 3 kiddos to the back side of each of the blocks.

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you enjoy the rest of the Hop!

Next up is Lisa at her Carpe Memoria Blog.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Free ALCM (card making formula)!!

Hi everyone!

I have been very busy today making cards using a cutting formula I created for the December 2013 Card Sketch Challenge over at Club Scrap's Community Forum.

Marya not only created a wonderful sketch with Anne Marie this month, but also added a twist to the challenge.  She came up with a terrific chalking affect technique.  Check out her blog HERE for more details.  It is so fun!

Here are some of the cards I created using the formula.

I used the sentiment from Club Scrap's Milestones collection.
The dot
I created the cards using papers from Club Scrap's Equestrian 2013 kit.
The sentiment is from Club Scrap's Milestones 2009 kit.

The dot background stamp is from Club Scrap's Tilescapes 2011 Kit.
Hope you enjoy the free set of cutting instructions.

Note: I did not sue a diagonal strip in my cards cutting formula.  You can choose to use decorative tapes, ribbon or another strip of coordinating paper to complete the sketch.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Fire and Ice Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Club Scrap Fire and Ice Blog Hop!!

 If you have arrived here from Club Scrap Creates, then you are in the right place. If not, you might want to hop back over to check out what the super talented Karen Wyngaard has created.

I decided to create some cards using a technique that I worked on using the new Neon Dabbers that were introduced by Club Scrap at their annual Wisconsin Retreat. I just loved working with these fun and vibrant colors. One challenge was getting them to work on black cardstock. Then I remembered Tricia sharing a technique where she used gesso, a stencil and then inking the gesso when dry. Check out this blog post for more details.

Here are the steps I took to create the panels for my cards.

Brush a thin layer of white gesso onto your stamp.
Stamp Fire and Ice paint stroke images onto black cardstock.   
Dry gesso with a heat tool.  Swipe ink from dabber directly onto white gesso stamped image.  Dry with heat tool.
Stamp Fire and Ice quote on top of neon background with white gesso and dry with heat tool.
Stamp the same quote directly onto the white gesso image using black archival ink.
The next panel is created in much the same way.  Brush the stamp with a light coat of gesso.  Stamp image onto black cardstock and dry with heat tool.
This time, instead of inking the stamped image, apply the Neon inks directly to the stamp.
Then stamp on top of the white gesso image.
Create a back ground panel using the ice crystals stamp and white gesso, but before drying with the heat tool, brush on Perfect Pearls to give a shimmery affect.
Attach panel to white mat and Fire and Ice orange cardstock base.
Attach panel to Fire and Ice blue cardstock base and add rhinestones from the Spring Chorus kit to embellish.
Attach panel (created with the second generation stamping from card above onto white cardstock) to Fire and Ice dark blue cardstock base. Further embellished card using Neon purple ink splatters, "love" stamp from the Neon Doodles stamp set Retreat 2013,  lines stamp from Fire and Ice stamp set, and rhinestones from Spring Chorus kit.
Attach panel to Fire and Ice yellow card base. Quote image stamped in gesso and over stamped in Neon inks.
Stay tuned to the Club Scrap Creates blog where I will explore more techniques using the Neon Dabbers.  Until then, enjoy the rest of the Hop!  Your next stop along the way is Roni's Inkstains blog.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Welcome to the Lock & Key Blog Hop!

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Welcome to my stop along Club Scrap's Lock & Key Blog Hop! So happy that you have decided to join us again this month. If you arrived here from Club Scrap Creates, then you are in the right spot, if not, you might want to hop back over there to see what Karen has created for the hop! 

This month I have chosen to create a paper flower necklace. I loved the look of the papers (some of my favorite color combos) and the wonderful metal key embellishments. 

Here are the steps I took in creating my necklace.

Find chain and jump rings at the local craft store that coordinate with the metal key embellishments. Bottle cap charms will be hot glued onto the backs of the paper flowers and then attached to the necklace by jump rings.
Choose papers from the kit to use when die cutting my flowers.
Use extra jump rings to attach the small key embellishment so that it dangles down past the bottle caps. Make sure the bottle caps are evenly spaced on the necklace and provide ample spacing for the paper flowers.
Die cut many colors and sizes from the Lock & Key cardstock for your paper flowers. Use Sizzix dies from the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals line. A brad holds the flowers together. Hot glue the paper flowers to the bottle caps.
*Note: The large size key was used to complete the necklace.
I wore the necklace to a parent group meeting last week.
If you are interested in more details on how I make my paper flowers be sure to check out THIS BLOG POST!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and hope you enjoy the rest of the hop!

Up next on your hop is RONI at INK STAINS BLOG

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Lock & Key Layout

Tiare hosted another fun Scrapbooking PJ party last night at iClassygirl on Spreecast.  What fun!

I donned my favorite Club Scrap pjs and got busy creating right along with Tiare. I also used Club Scrap's Lock & Key papers and embellishments with the addition of my favorite Pattern Basics Neutral paper.

Here is the layout I created. I used photos of my youngest daughter playing with her big star bubble wand. She made the most amazing bubbles that day!

I added a stamped panel to my layout using one of the images from the Lock & Key Borders and Backgrounds.
The "beautiful" sentiment is from Club Scrap's Comfort Zone kit.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Faux Tim Tag!

Hi everyone!

Not sure if you are in the loop or not, but today was the first day of Tim Holtz's Online Card Class called Creative Chemistry 102. You have to be a graduate of Creative Chemistry 101 before you can move on and sign up for this class.  Check out the details HERE if you are out of the Tim Holtz loop. :)

I received an email early this morning that the online class was available and off I went to learn from the Master of Grungy and everything Inky! Fun fun fun! Tim knows his stuff and always has something new up his sleeve. If day one is a preview was it to come then I already give this weeks' classes a big Thumbs UP!

So getting back to my post. I love Club Scrap and when I recreate Tim's signature tags I always try to incorporate as many of the Club Scrap products as I can. I also know that not everyone has the time and energy to spend on making the kind of incredibly detailed and technique driven tags that Tim makes.
Here is how I made a quick Faux Tim Tag using Club Scrap's Pattern Basics paper (my secret weapon in making this tag fast).
Spread CS Book Binding Glue to the surface of your tag.
*tip- I made mine from cheap manila folders
Position Pattern Basics Neutral paper on top of  tag.
Trim away any access paper and punch the hole.
Ink around the edges of your tag using your favorite ink.
I used Gathered Twigs Distress ink.  
Using a Tonic paper distress tool, run along the edges of the tag to rough them up a bit.
Stamp the Lock & Key quote to a piece of Papillon glittery blue cardstock and tear the bottom edge.
Mat onto a piece of Versailles dark blue cardstock (tear bottom edge too)  and add ribbons and key embellishment thru hole in tag.
Continue stamping using the Lock & Key images to add interest to your background.
The Comfort Zone texture stamp worked great to imitate Tim's famous Spritz and Flick technique.
Using your hand instead of an acrylic block, ink the stamp in small areas and simply stamp randomly over the tag.
This tag came together very quickly because the background was already done thanks to the beautiful Pattern Basics Neutral paper.
I hope you will give this Faux Tim Tag a try.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Equestrian Cards

I created these cards using a formula provided by Tricia Morris over at the Club Scrap Creates Blog.

She is hosting a fun challenge and someone will win Blog Candy if their artwork is chosen at the end of the month.

My set is made using the Club Scrap's Equestrian kit papers along with stamps from Interior Designs, Papillon, and Cape Cod.  I also added the fun little pearls from the Bookshelves kit.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to join in the challenge!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Welcome to the Take Wing Blog Hop!

So happy that you have joined my Club Scrap friends and I for another Blog Hop!!

If you have arrived here from Pat Huntoon's blog at the Technique Trail then you are in the right spot, if not you might want to start from the beginning at Club Scrap Creates Blog so you don't miss any of the fantastic artwork shared along the way.

Take Wing Photos on a Wire project
Inspired by many of these types of frames on the market today,  I wanted to try my hand at creating one from scratch using book board and other supplies in my stash.
Here are the steps I took in creating my Photos on a Wire project.

Cut 12x12 sheets of chip board and stack to create an 1/8 sheet of 12x12 book board.  This will be the back of the frame.  Alternate grain direction when stacking your sheets to create book board.  Glue sheets together using Club Scrap's BookBinding Glue.  Cut 4 each of 1x12" and 1x10" book board strips which will create the frame.
Attach two of 1x10" and 1x12" frame pieces directly to the top of  the 12x12 book board making sure that all are flush with the sides of the back of the project.  Using a paper piercing tool, poke holes through to the back of the 12x12" book board at 2" from the sides of the frame and 4" from the top and bottom of the frame.
Add 4 brads through each of the holes from the back to the front of the frame.
These will act as a point of attachment for the wire hangers.
Measure out two 24" lengths of 21 gauge silver wire. 
Paint the frame with black acrylic paint.
Pierce 4 more holes, this time in frame area of your project, at 1/2" from the side of the frame and parallel to the brad holes.  Thread the wires ends in from the front to the back making sure that the wires are centered on the front.
At the top of the back side of the project, twist the ends of the wire around the brads and then to form the hanger.  The bottom wire ends are twisted around the brads to secure and then trimmed off. 
Next, glue the remaining sets of frame book board to the front of the project on the top of the existing frame pieces.  Make sure that your 1x12" pieces are laying on top of the 1x10" pieces underneath and keeping all pieces flush with the sides of your frame.  
This will create a stronger frame and also sandwich the wires between the layers of the frame.
Paint the remaining book board with black acrylic paint.
Attach Take Wing white print cut at 9.75x9.75" under the wires.

Attach tiny wooden clothespins to the wires for photos.
Using scraps from your Take Wing project create quilled embellishments.
Add photos matted with Take Wing photo mats in red, green and dark green.  Your project is ready for hanging on the wall.   The photos of my daughter are from a book signing event with a gentleman named Sean Kenney who is a master Lego builder and has written a few books on the subject of creating with Legos.

The next stop on the Hop is Roni at her InkStains with Roni Blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Products used in the project.
Club Scrap Take Wing white print
Club Scrap Take Wing B&B UM sheet
Club Scrap Take Wing UM sheet
Tim Holtz Idea ology metal bird embellishment
Club Scrap mini wooden clothespins (grab bag of embellishments)