Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Cape Cod Blog Hop!


Thanks so much for joining us for another Club Scrap Blog Hop!

If you came directly to my blog today and want to start from the beginning of the blog hop,  head over to Club Scrap Creates Blog to find a listing of all of the blogs participating in today's hop.

I am so excited that Club Scrap chose Cape Cod to be the theme of this month's kit!   Having grown up on Cape Cod and stayed here to raise my family,  it holds a special place in my heart.

I was so inspired by all the wonderful imagery of the Cape Cod Kit!

Just for fun,  I set out to make some items out of book board, paper and stamps.

First up was the adirondack chair out of book board.    I googled a set of construction plans and set out to "build" one.   I have really enjoyed challenging myself to come up with ways to construct ever day items using cardboard.   I was so happy with the way it came out.   Here are a few pics of the process.

I used CS bookbinding glue to adhere all the pieces of the chair together.

I painted it white using spray paint (base coat) and gesso (final coat).

I created 2 mini albums with a flip flop shape.
I cut all of the Cape Cod papers into flip flop shapes using my Silhouette SD.

The covers are made with matte boards cut using a craft knife, covered in the light blue papers, stamped with the texture "fibers" stamp in CS Hybrid Sapphire ink, and then adhered with CS bookbinding glue.

The albums are reminiscent of a swatch book as they rotate out from a simple screw post hinge.   I hid these using the punched flowers which are made using the dark navy and red cardstocks.
The centers are light blue cardstock punched suns and large pearls.
The straps are made with the stamped light blue cardstock as well and were popped up with foam squares to add dimension.

I created a contact sheet of photos of our Memorial Day weekend at the beach.  Cold and windy, but still a lot of fun and the sun even made an appearance at the end of the day on Sunday.   I used the Cape Cod Digital kit to add quotes to the photos before printing as you can see below in the lighthouse photo.   Other photos, quotes and sayings were trimmed and added to both sides of the flip flop pages.

Next up was the umbrella.   I cut an umbrella shape using my Silhouette SD.   I removed one section of the umbrella template so that it would have a more realistic shape.   I stamped the light blue cardstock using the flip flop, 3 lighthouses and star circle from the Cape Cod kit UM stamps.
I colored the stamped images using a white gel pen and Barn Door Distress marker dipped in CS Hybrid WOW Red ink to give it a richer red tone.   I also used a Peeled Paint Distress marker.
I stamped the star circle with WOW Red,  flip flops in Sapphire and the lighthouses in Adirondack Black Archival so that the image wouldn't run during coloring.

I used tiny wooden dowels painted with white acrylic paints to make the supports and handle.
Hot Glue was used to hold everything in place.   I also added a tiny punched circle of red cardstock to hide the hot glueing.

So here is the finished project.   I really hope you like my little Cape Cod creation.

Next up on the Hop is Roni's Blog!  

Enjoy your day :)

Friday, May 17, 2013

Cape Cod Bookends

When Club Scrap® told me that they were going to design an entire monthly kit based on some ideas that I submitted on the forum, I was so excited.   Then to find out that it was going to be named Cape Cod,  the place where I grew up and call home, was beyond my wildest dreams. At that time, we had just had our Bookshelves Blog Hop, where I blogged about the set of bookends I had created.  If you missed it you can check it out HERE. Thrilled with the fact that a Cape Cod kit was going to be released in May I was inspired to create a coastal themed set of bookends.

I created the same base, painted it white using Gesso, and then added papers from the Club Scrap Castaway Feb 2011 kit.   I used my Silhouette SD to cut out some tiny flip flops.  I hand punched matching hydrangea flowers and made them into clusters.   The starfish, a wood mount stamp also from the Castaway kit, was stamped with Club Scrap's Earth Hybrid Ink, fussy cut, edges were inked to add dimension, and texture was added using a ball stylus.  The wood fence was purchased in AC Moore in the unfinished wood department.   I removed the slats from the white coated wire and then wrapped thin gauge silver wire around the slats to give it a more rustic feel.   I also inked the edges of the fence slats with Weather Wood Distress Ink.  The beach grass is made with very thin strips of paper and then hot glued together at the base and hidden with real beach sand.    I was honored when the Sandwich Public Library asked me if I could donate them to a silent auction fundraiser for the Town of Sandwich 375th Birthday Celebration taking place in June.

I also donated a second pair of bookends to our Teacher Appreciation Week Raffle table at the Henry T. Wing Elementary School.   We added a gift card to a local bookstore and the recipient was so excited that she had won and was even more excited to find out that I had made them.

For this set I created the base, painted it with white Gesso and then covered with Club Scrap Cyprus Sept 2008 kit.  The hydrangeas were punched out of the Cyprus paper as well.  I created the fencing out of thin chipboard which I then inked with the Weathered Wood Distress Ink and tied the slats together using gray waxed linen thread.   I experimented this time with sand paper from the hardware store when creating the beach element.   I was so pleased with how it came out.

I can not wait to create more of these unique bookends.

Thanks so much for stopping by and let me know what you think.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

Welcome to the first official Club Scrap® {inter}National Scrapbooking Day Blog Hop!

In order to participate in this Blog Hop from the beginning you might want to hop over the Club Scrap Creates Blog.   I wouldn't want you to miss out on any of the wonderful artwork that our Bloggers have created.

First off,  thanks so much for stopping by!   I am so excited to have you here.

May 1st kicked off an entire month of crafting goodness over at Club Scrap.  Be sure to check out the CALENDAR for daily updates to the challenges list!

Today's challenge is the Geometric Challenge.   We have to use unusual polygon shapes in our crafting projects.   So I created this layout celebrating my son's graduation from high school last year.
Such a proud mom and son moment!

I cut the octagons out of blue and white cardstock with my Silhouette SD.

I stamped in colors that complimented the gorgeous Club Scrap Peacock Print onto the white octagons and then inked the edges in the matching color and nested on the larger blue octagons.

I stamped the remaining white octagon with the quote from Club Scrap's Sorrento collection.

Club Scrap stamps used on the octagons:
Wildflowers script in green
Avant Garde blocks in purple
Be Wonderful swirls in yellow
Navajo diamonds in blue

Blue cardstock punched with Martha Stewart border punch above photo

*Special thanks to Stephanie who inspired this layout design.

Thanks again for coming by and enjoy the rest of the BLOG HOP!

The next Blog you will be hopping to is Terri Sproul.  

Friday, May 3, 2013

Patti Splat Card

I decided to share this fun card I created using a number of different art medium collage techniques that I have learned.

I started off with an inspiration piece.  My sources come from a wide variety of places and this one just happened to be my daughter Shannon's shirt.   I just love it!   The colors, the subject matter, the art medium possibilities are endless!   Funny how a piece of clothing can spark something in an artist.

I found the perfect stamp (Club Scrap's Great Outdoors Collection) in this beautiful Luna Moth.   It had nice open areas in it so you would be able to see the colors and collaging through it.

I began with a piece of plain white paper and began with the art medium elements first.
I randomly dropped a juicy Distress Stain bottle onto my paper creating those terrific splats!
Just love that technique.   I used Bundle Sage for this piece.    Here is a link to a video using Distress Paints featuring the Patti Splat technique.

I inked over the whole piece using Distress Ink pads in Dusty Concord, Shabby Shutters, and Shaded Lilac.

I used the same colors when I stamped the swirls stamps (Club Scrap's Be Wonderful Collection).

Next step was to add the white splotches of color.   I used a water brush and white Gesso to make a very watery mix and dropped big juicy drops of paint from about 2 feet from my work surface.  I was really pleased with the results.

The final step was to stamp over everything using the moth stamp.   I used Adirondack Black Archival Ink.    To make the moth stand out a little more on the piece, I covered it in Glossy Accents.

Other products used:
Club Scrap Destinations Blue Panel
Club Scrap Cruisin' Black Card Base
Club Scrap Raku sentiment stamp
Club Scrap Be Aware stitch stamp