Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Club Scrap® Up Up and Away Blog Hop!

Welcome to our Up Up and Away Blog Hop.   Thanks for Hopping by!

My good friend Hetty at the CraftChaos Blog, decided to gather up a few of her crafting friends and organized a blog hop that will be reoccurring over the next several months.   We were challenged to create something using the February Club Scrap® kit called Up Up and Away!

As a Club Scrap Senior kit member we often get a fun project as a goodie along with our kit.  This month we received instructions available in the free Scrap Rap magazine and papers to create a mini album.  You can find this project is still available at the Gotta Have More dept. at Club Scrap HERE

I created the album and needed something special for the front cover as I didn't purchase any of the stamp sets.   So I set out to create this fun Hot Air Balloon.   I was inspired by a fun embellishment that was part of the Digital Up Up and Away Kit.   Check it out in the brand new Club Scrap Digital Store!

{This is the "digi" embellishment that inspired me!}

First I looked through some of my stamps that I felt would mimic the design of the embellishment and found a Michael Strong Stamp that I purchased at Club Scrap's Annual Retreat back in 2010.  Michael was a special guest that year!

I inked it with the clear embossing ink and stamped it onto black cardstock.

Next I used Foil Embossing powder purchase at that same Retreat in Copper.

Then I melted the powder using a heat tool.

I used my Creative Memories circle cutter and self healing mat to cut out the circle.  You could also use a large circle punch.

Next up I took a look through my stash to find some metal pieces that could be attached to the balloon.
My Idea Ology collection fit the bill.   I used some of the gears, tiny gears,  and flower all held on with brads.   I chose to stick with the aged copper for all the metal embellishments.

I used the tiny shiny red ribbon from the Up Up and Away embellishment pack that I get as a side order with my Club Scrap Senior kit membership.   You have 3 sides to choose from, Greetings To Go (Card kit), Un Mounted Rubber Stamp Sheet, or the Embellishment pack.

I carefully adhered the ribbons in pieces using ATG gun tape on the back side of the circle and then attached a glue dot to the back of my faux basket created using a tiny blank "Scrabble" tile that was an embellishment in a vintage Club Scrap kit called Memoirs.   Finally I made tiny knots of ribbon which I attached with Glossy Accents glue to the front of the balloon.

I finished off the whole look with a tiny punched paper flower using some of my scraps leftover from the kit.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how I made my version of the "steampunk" hot air balloon.

Other products used on this project are:

Club Scrap Be Wonderful Un Mounted Rubber stamps Swirls
Circles punched out of sticker sheet from Up Up and Away collection
Club Scrap Body and Soul Un Mounted Rubber stamps Sentiment

So now it is time for you to HOP on over to my good friend RON PERRY'S BLOG!   Enjoy!

*And if you ever get lost along the Blog Hop route you can hop over to the CLUB SCRAP CREATES BLOG to see the entire list of blogs participating in the hop.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Blog Hop Tomorrow!

Hope you will join us for this fun Blog Hop featuring Club Scrap's latest kit Up Up and Away!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Club Scrap® Stencil Week - PSL

I wanted to share a few of the cards I made during this week's challenge of the Pro Scrapbooker's League hosted by Club Scrap.

I used the Random Doorways Stencil (which is still available to purchase in the Gotta Have More Dept. at Club Scrap) in the above cards along with bases I cut from 8.5 x 11 sheets of plain red and pink card stocks from 2 past Club Scrap kits.   Birds of a Feather pink and Arts and Crafts red.
I stamped a simple birthday greeting onto white cardstock with the Gimme A Ring sentiment stamp also from Club Scrap in their Hybrid Ash Ink.

I had fun playing with my Distress inks in 3 primary colors - Squeezed Lemonade, Festive Berries and Salty Ocean.  By starting with the lightest color first, applying the darker color to the outside of the stencil, and then alternating colors I was able to blend them into purples, oranges and greens.  Very fun!

This is a stencil from Retreat 2010.
The kit was called Connections and the image was designed by our special guest at Retreat, Michael Strong!

 And this stencil was from another past Club Scrap kit called Common Threads.   I added a shadow to the stenciled images using a Distress Marker in Black Soot.

I finished off the artwork with a speckling technique using the inks watered down and applied with a paint brush.   Check out this fun video by Tricia Morris on how to accomplish this look.   She uses a water color crayon to achieve the same look.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Distressed Gift Bag

I need to start off by saying that I absolutely love my Silhouette SD electronic cutter.    My husband purchased it for me 2 years ago and I honestly use it all the time to cut all sorts of things from feathers for a giant Eagle display case bulletin board at school to simple letters for a title of a scrapbook page.
I love creating my own images to cut,  but often download free images from the Silhouette Store after reading their blog.   I have quite a few and finally decided to use one of them.

This little gift bag was one of those freebies!   Super cute and easy to assemble with a little help from my Club Scrap Book Binding Glue.

I was inspired this morning while browsing around Pinterest by this post from Layers of Ink Blog.  Thanks to Anna for a fantastic tutorial!

I started out by inking my Queen Anne's Lace unmounted rubber stamp from the Wildflowers Kit by Club Scrap using CS White Pigment Ink and then embossing with CS clear embossing powder.

Next up I inked my solid Wildflower image with CS Hybrid Ash Ink.   Stamping directly over my embossed images.   With a damp towel I cleaned off the embossed image which resisted the ink.

Then I chose 4 colors of Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Festive Berries, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, and Picked Raspberry

I inked the bag flat on my work surface in different areas with the 4 different colors blending together.
After which I used the damp cloth to again remove the access ink from my embossed Queen Anne's Lace image.

I wanted to mimic the look of Anna's creation but did not have any Distress Stain in Picket Fence White.   So I created a similar concoction in my mini mister of 10 drops of white acrylic paint and filled the rest of the vessel with water.  I added 2 pearls to aid in the mixing of the liquid inside the mister.   I then used the spritz and flick technique to make this wonderful speckled look on the paper.

I then used a script unmounted stamp from the same Wildflowers kit inked with CS Hybrid Earth Ink and stamped portions of the stamp randomly around the surface of the paper.

I struggled for a long time with how to manage the decorative hole that was in the front of the bag.   I decided to use a small piece of vellum taped to the inside of the bag.    I used a satin ribbon to tie it together in a pale shade of pink.

Here are a few more views of the completed bag.

Very happy with how it all came together.

I even had a practice sheet of paper (always try out the colors and techniques on a sample sheet just to make sure I will love how it comes together before working on the die cut) left over and the small cut out from the front of the bag.  So I made this card for my Pro Scrapper's League team.   This is a wonderful event hosted by Club Scrap twice a year.  Fun times!

Card base Up Up and Away Kit Club Scrap

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Friday, February 8, 2013

What do you do when there is a Blizzard?

Create an ALCM - Assembly Line Card Making formula for your friends!

Enjoy this free sketch featuring Jen's Card Sketch for February 2013 over at the Club Scrap Chat Forum!

Just click on the image and download to your computer!  

And if you are in the way of BLIZZARD NEMO please stay safe!

Thanks for stopping by!