Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Club Scrap September 2017 Artist Team Challenge - Watercolor Techniques

Hi Friends! Welcome to the Club Scrap Artist Team Challenge Blog Hop. You should have just come from Hetty's blog along the hop. The Artist Team challenge for September was to incorporate watercolor techniques into our projects. The September Club Scrap kit is called Orchard and features beautiful watercolor images by artist Swarup Murphy. There's all kinds of watercolor techniques out there but I decided to keep it old school and use basic watercolor paints to color the stamped images from the kit and then use them on some fancy folded cards. 


I started with watercolor paper cut to the size I wanted for my cards. I stamped the images in Club Scrap India ink and then just used a brush to color in with watercolor paint.


I roughed up the edges of the paper a bit with a paper distressing tool.


Then I painted in the images and background. All colored in images are from the unmounted rubber stamps.


This is a Standing Triple Panel Card that I found on Pinterest. All papers and embellishments are from the Orchard kit.


Love this Bridge Fold Card design! So easy and fun! Check out a tutorial here. For this little grouping of pears I used the single small and large pear images from the unmounted rubber stamps. I masked the front pears and stamped the image again to look like it was behind the front pears.


It folds flat to fit in a basic A2 envelope. 


I love Tri-Shutter cards-I think this is the first fancy fold card I tried when I 1st got into paper crafting. 


Folded up it fits into a standard A2 envelope.


This Double Z Card all folded up also fits in a standard A2 envelope. 


There's a great template here for this card. 

Keep hopping and head on over to Roni's blog to see what watercolor technique she used!

Have a great day!
Pam

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Club Scrap Lagoon Blog Hop and Linky Party

Hi there! I'm so glad you dropped by on your way along the Club Scrap Lagoon Blog Hop today! If you've just come from Tricia's blog, then you're hopping right along in order.
The Club Scrap kit for August is called Lagoon and it's pretty awesome! Mermaids! Sea horses! Bubbles! I decided to make underwater ATC's. And how do you make underwater ATC's? On a clear window sheet of course! If you're not familiar a window sheet is a thin sheet of plastic a little thicker than acetate and more rigid. I got mine on Amazon for like $10 for a package of 12" x 12" sheets. I made a clam shaped box for them to go in.







 Here's the back of the box.
Here's the instructions on how I made the box:
For the inside box that the cards sit in I used the basic box technique that Tricia used in the Jacob's Ladder Project. I cut my paper 5 3/4" x 6 3/4". Score at 3/4" and 1 1/2" all the way around. Then finish like in the video.
For the base that the clam shells get glued to I cut another color card stock 4" x 6 1/2" and score at 2 7/8" and 3 5/8." Folded on the score marks creating a little book.
For the clam shell pieces I cut 2 pieces of the patterned paper at 7" x ." This is where it gets a little tricky. I knew in my head what I wanted it to look like and just kind of winged it! I tried with a scrap piece of card stock and when I got the result I wanted I moved on to the good paper.


So here we go! Take one of the 7" x 5" pieces and turn it over to the plain side so you can see what you are doing better. I scored it at 3/4" on the short side and then turned and scored at 3 1/2" only to that 3/4" line as shown.


Then I scored roughly every 3/8" or so in a fan pattern to that point where my 1st 2 score lines met. I just eyeballed this...it doesn't have to be perfect.


This is what it should look like all completed.


I hand cut some off the bottom and left maybe 1 1/2" in the middle.


Then I accordion folded on all the scorelines. It's starting to look like a clam shell!


Then I folded it in half and cut the corners off. 7"x 5" is bigger than you need-I started a little bigger to make sure I had enough to cut the right shape for the covers. I just kept trimming until I got the right size and shape. I just eyeballed it.


I used my needle tip applicator and put book binding glue on the mountain folds that would touch the cover.


Then I glued it down making sure to not flatten it too much. I wanted that 3d accordion look. I glued that little 1 1/2" flap to the outside spine of the "book." I repeated on the other side with the 2nd clam shell overlapping the pieces on the spine.



Then I glued the box to the onto the back with bookbinding glue.


Viola'! Clam Shell box!


The ATC's were a bit hard to photograph since they are clear!


I used sharpie markers to color on the unmounted rubber stamps then stamped them onto the plastic.  The colored on the other side with sharpies.


I used sparkly embossing powder on these 2 and very carefully heated it to melting. If you leave the heat on too long it warps the plastic.


The bubbles are the teal jewel stickers available with this kit.


The sentiments on the unmounted rubber stamps with this kit are soo cute!


The silver coins and mini glass bottles and tags are both from the Lagoon collection. I used 2 different colors of embossing powder on this one.


I stamped the outlines in black Staz-on and then colored in on the other side with sharpie markers. The blue background in the fish one was done with alcohol ink.


I stamped the mermaids on both sides to have them going in both directions.
 I love ATC's and had so much fun with these! The clear plastic was a fun alternative.

Now hop on over to Hetty's Blog to see her awesome Lagoon project! Don't forget to link your own project!

Have a great day!
Pam

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Club Scrap Lagoon Mini Album

Hello my Friends! I can't believe it's almost September already! Wow, what a fast summer that was. When I was younger it seemed to last forever :( I had a pretty good summer this year though! My best friend went to Africa for a couple of weeks and her daughter Abbi stayed with me for awhile. We had such a good time! Man, I love that kid :) She loves a lot of the same things I do and we had a great time swimming and crafting and hanging out!
I recently saw an ad for a little printer that printed out little 2" x 3" photos and I had to have it!.  It's called the HP Sprocket and I thought it was so cool! There's no ink - the paper is magic like Polaroids. It's wireless and prints from my smartphone! And the paper is sticky backed! AAAHHH! 


And it comes in Red-my favorite color!! I got mine on Amazon.

Now I'm not really a scrap booker...I love making mini albums but I never put photos in them. I give them away for other people to fill. BUT I saw this little printer and got so excited! ATC size! Mini- albums! Cards! The possibility are endless!
The Club Scrap kit for August is called Lagoon and what a perfect summer kit. It inspired me to make a  a mini album. I used photos from my summer adventure with Abbi and from past summertime activities with her and her family.  And she loves mermaids! Perfect!!! I found a perfect little one sheet wonder mini album to make.
I found a great tutorial on how to make it on Pinterest.


The finished album  measures 4"x 5" all folded up. Perfect size for 2" x 3" photos!


It opens up once...


Then one more time.


Then the top flaps open up and 2 more pages fold down. Lots of room for photos and journaling. 


The right hand panel is a little pocket. I tucked in blank tags to journal on. With the Sprocket printer you can add words and images like in this photo. So fun!!!


Here's the back. 
This kit is so fun and was just perfect for my little mini album! It'll make a perfect little giftie for Abbi! I can't wait to give it to her :)

Have a great day!
Pam

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Club Scrap Lagoon Artist Team Challenge

Hello there! Welcome to the Club Scrap Artist Team Challenge for the beautiful August kit Lagoon! If you just came from Hetty's blog you're in the right spot. This month we were tasked with recreating a project from the Club Scrap Pinterest page. This was such a fun challenge-there were so many really awesome projects to choose from! I decided to recreate something I found in the "Why didn't I think of that " page. It was part of Grafitti Blog Hop in January 2014 and done by Janet a long time Club Scrap member-check out her original blog post for more details.



Here is Janet's original project! She used dominoes and stamped images from a bunch of different Club Scrap kits. I saw it and just loved it! I love reusing something for a different purpose and dominoes have so many possibilities!


I decided to make 4 smaller pieces to be used as coasters.


I used mostly stamped images form the Lagoon kit's unmounted rubber stamps but did use a few sentiments from other kits.


I stamped all the images with black Staz-on ink.


Aaaahhhh I love those bubbles!


I used alcohol ink and colored the edges of all the dominoes with a dauber.

I cut 4 pieces of chipboard 4" square and glued on the finished dominoes. I sprayed the finished pieces with a clear satin finish spray paint to seal. So easy and so fun!!!

Now head on over to Roni's Blog to see what she made!

Have a great day!
Pam