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!