Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Spring Chorus Blog Hop - For the Birds!

Welcome Spring Chorus Blog Hoppers!!

So happy you stopped by.   This month the amazing Spring Chorus monthly kit from Club Scrap inspired me to create a birdhouse project that holds a mini album.   Also inspiring me was Earth Day (April 22nd) and wanted to recycle/reuse my Pizza Box that my kit comes in.

So without further ado,  here is my completed project!

I began by measuring and cutting my Pizza Box into pieces for my birdhouse and mini album covers and spine.

Cut the pieces using my Logan Matte Cutter.

Laid out the pieces and began attaching them together using Club Scrap's Book Binding Glue.

The door to the birdhouse opens and closes on a hinge that I attached using brads.

When I cut the box apart to make pieces for the house I made sure I saved the little stamped Chickadee image from the box lid for the front cover of my mini album.   Instead of covering the covers and spine with cardstock I decided to create a decorative hinge system using Memoirs Green cardstock with a punched edge.   I used up every bit of ribbon, die cut flowers, stickers and brads from the embellishment pack to create all my accents.   The fern piece was fussy cut from white cardstock after I printed images from the idea recipe cards from the collection.   I colored them with Peeled Paint Distress Stain.

I only had a small amount of cardstock left after creating my scrapbook pages from the Spring Chorus kit.  Usually I can save a few bits and pieces by creatively cutting the paper,  but this time I wasn't so lucky.   I managed to save a few larger pieces of dark blue and those I punched and cut into photo mattes for the inside pages of my mini album.   To cover the outside of my birdhouse in faux wainscoting, I needed to use more of the Memoirs green cardstock from my stash.  

I was inspired to give this scoring technique a try from watching this Gina K. Designs Video.   I accented the score lines using Peeled Paint Distress Ink.  I then attached the pieces to the outside walls of the house using ATG tape.

To create the roof I chose to purchase the digital kit so that I would have access to the wonderful imagery from the Spring Chorus kit.   I created a collage of the sheet music image and printed it out on 8.5 x 11 paper.   I backed it with more of the Memoirs green cardstock to give it some added strength and cut long strips out using my decorative "clouds" scissors.   I inked the edges using Sapphire Club Scrap hybrid ink and attached using Book Binding Glue.

Then came the fun part of embellishing the house using all of the bits and pieces from the kit I had left over.   I love making paper flower clusters and enjoyed playing with all of my punches to create them for the house.   I also added some of the wood picket fence from my stash that I had purchase at AC Moore many years ago.

This is the back of the house.  Fussy cut the Chickadee image and used some of the flower embellishments on the roof that came with the Spring Chorus kit.

Another fun idea I had was to make a bird's nest out of the the cool burlap ribbon from the kit.
I cut it into small squares and then glued it together in alternating directions with hot glue.

Then, inspired by this Pinterest technique,  I created the cute little eggs.

The mini album is assembled using a technique I learned on Laura Denison's Following the Paper Trail blog.  You can find a fun video tutorial for her unique book binding technique called Stack the Deck.

I used the Spring Chorus Fern Mask to create photo mattes for some of the inside pages.   I spritzed the mask with Sapphire Glimmer Mist and with homemade Gelatos metallic blue mist.
Then laid the misted mask down on plain white cardstock.

Next up was finding a lot of great bird photos from over the years to show off inside this fun little album.

Here a just a few of the pages.   I love how the "Stack the Deck" album design allows for so many photos to be hidden inside the pocket pages.  I created the tags using plain white cardstock and punched a border using a Martha Stewart punch out of the Memoirs green cardstock and glueing them to the edge of the tag.

Here is how the mini album fits inside the birdhouse.

I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I enjoyed making it!

It is now time to HOP over to my good friend RON PERRY'S Blog called Random Doorways!

If you get lost along the way you can begin the Hop again at the Club Scrap Creates Blog.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Hi everyone,

I am so excited to share a sneak peak of my project I will be sharing tomorrow on the Spring Chorus Blog Hop!

Start the hop over at the Club Scrap Creates Blog and enjoy all of the wonderful artwork along the way!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Oh Scrap!

I created a post 2 days ago,  if you missed it click HERE, about my Sketch Challenge cards and I created some ALCM instructions to go along with them.
Sometimes when you create a set like this you have a nice little collection of scraps left.

Here is the nice little pile.

I couldn't just let this nice little pile go into the recycling bin,  so I made 2 cards with them.

I used a dark blue plain 8.5 x 11 sheet from the Club Scrap Serenity collection.  Cut the sheet in half horizontally at 5.5,  which yields 2 - 4.25 x 5.5 card bases (A2 size).

For the card on the left I used the strips and on the right I used the rectangle pieces.

The card on the right, I stamped a sentiment into the white plain rectangle and used a matching stamp from the CS® Wildflowers stamps to add a little something in the white space.
I corner rounded the outside corners of all the rectangles as well.

Other products used
CS® Bookshelves pearl strips
CS® Gimme a Ring happy birthday stamp
CS® Serenity sentiment stamp

Thanks again for coming by!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

How about another Freebie!

So my friend Jen asked me to write her up some instructions for another of her sketch challenges.
Of course,  I couldn't say no,  and quite frankly,  I love doing this!

So since I did it for Jen,  I decided I would share it with all of you too!

Enjoy :)

Here is a close up of the cards.

Products used for these cards.
Flower punch - Fiskars
Papers - Dk Purple Print Club Scrap Milestones, Peach Solid Club Scrap Poetic, Shimmer mint green Solid Club Scrap Asian Artisan
Flower print paper on white card stock, Club Scrap flower stamp from Avant Garde embossed and inked with Distress Inks- Dusty Concord, Ripe Persimmon, and Mowed Lawn
Over stamped with Avant Garde square noise stamp in Dusty Concord
Tiny pearls embellishments from Club Scrap Bookshelves kit.
Large Pearl center of flower from stash

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

New ALCM formula to share!!

The Pro Scrapper's League over at Club Scrap has come to an end and I am still in a crafty mood.

My good friend Jennifer hosts a Card Sketch Challenge every month and I decided to jump in and create a set of cutting instructions for it.

Here is the sketch Jennifer chose.

Using the sketch as a guide I set out to create the instructions.

Here they are!    Click on the image and you can download a copy for yourself!

Here are the cards that I created using the sketch.   I also created an 8.5 x 11 print using my Club Scrap Wildflowers stamps, embossing powder and Distress inks.  The colors I used were Mowed Lawn, Squeezed Lemonade and Shaded Lilac.
I also picked out a green embossed paper from the Club Scrap Surf's Up kit.   I used the Mowed Lawn Distress ink direct to paper to bring out the deep embossing of the paper.
The sentiment is from Club Scrap Sorrento stamp set.

Thanks for coming by,  and please let me know how you like my instructions.
I hope they have been useful.