Friday, June 23, 2017

Club Scrap June 2017 Artist Team Challenge

Hi there! It's time for another Club Scrap Artist Team challenge blog hop! You should have just come from Hetty's blog on the hop. This month the Artist Team was given inspiration from a recent project from Tricia for the Adirondacks Blog Hop and Linky Party where she used one sheet of paper and created dimension with stamps, stencils and ink. I used the Club Scrap Pattern Play collection to create 5 cards.
This challenge was harder than I expected! You have to risk it and stamp the sentiment right on the card! No mattes, or die cuts to cover a mistake!

Yes, this is just one piece of paper! The green feather is also from the Pattern Play collection.

 I started by cutting squares from scrap card stock. I stacked them in the pattern I wanted, placed them and the banner shape for the sentiment and stamped over all of it with an image from the pattern play unmounted rubber stamps. This created the void for the squares and the background for the card.
Then I daubed Distress Oxides in various colors, covered with a stencil and spritzed with water to create the pattern. Love those oxide inks and their magical properties!!
Then I daubed black ink very lightly along the edges to create the "shadow" and the illusion of multiple mattes and the banner.

Again I used Distress Oxides and a stencil to create the frame.

Daubed ink along the edge to create the shadow.

For this gate fold card I created the illusion of a center matte and banners that go across the opening.

The enamel dots are also from Pattern Play and come in 3 colors and sizes and have a matte textured finish.

I cut masks from scrap card stock and daubed in the colors and shadows again.

I love the Distress Oxides work on black card stock too! For this I daubed on the color and spritzed with water without a stencil to change the color. Then I went back in and daubed the same color through a stencil but didn't spray with water again.

This challenge was perfect for the Distress Oxides/stencil technique! I used it on every card!!

I really enjoyed this challenge because it was just that-challenging! I really had to think about how I was going to do each card. There isn't a lot of margin for error when you're using only 1 sheet of paper!

Hop along to Roni's blog to see what one sheet wonder she made!

Have a great day!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Club Scrap Technique Challenge-Texture Paste

Hello my crafty friends! This month I am hosting the Club Scrap Technique Challenge on their forum. I'm challenging everyone to try texture paste, modeling paste, embossing goes by many names. You can even make your own! Club Scrap has a great blog post with the recipe. Texture paste is one of my favorite techniques! I use it a lot on mixed media projects but you can use it on cards and scrapbook pages too.

There are so many brands and varieties out there-these are only few of the options! I found the colored ones on clearance at Michael's and they are awesome! There's so many different things you can do with them. Let me show you a few! :)

My favorite way is through a stencil. As you can see I've accumulated just a few!

I use a palette knife to spread the paste over a stencil. Lift the stencil off and you have a raised, textured design. Set it aside to dry or speed up the process with a heat tool or blow dryer. So simple!

You can leave it white or add color.

This is a page from my art journal where I used spray inks on the page 1st, then added the texture paste with a stencil. Then I rubbed pink gelatos over the top of the texture part after it was all dry. You can paint it, use spray inks, distress crayons...pretty much any medium works!

On this example the color from underneath kind of bled through the texture paste and gave it a nice tint. The pink and gold sections are a colored texture paste that dried shiny and a bit metallic. 

You can also color it before you use it. You can add any medium such as gelatos, paint, even stamp pad ink dropped from a reinker. 

Some come already colored, just use as is right out of the container. You also draw in the texture paste before it's dry and add even more texture!

Here I used a feather shaped mask and spread the texture paste through a stencil leaving a void. Leaving a perfect empty space to draw in.

Here I spread the paste directly onto a piece of card stock like frosting.

After it was dry, I rubbed gelatos on with my finger. Again you could paint over it or use a dauber and stamp pad ink.

This medium is so versatile! Now get over to the Club Scrap Forum and link up some texture!

Have a great day, 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Club Scrap Adirondack Blog Hop and Linky Party

Hello Crafty Friends! Welcome to the Club Scrap Adirondack Blog Hop and Linky Party! If you've just come from Tricia's blog then you're in the right place!
This month's kit- Adirondacks has a masculine feel with papers and stamps with images of mountains, loons and wood.
I've lived in NY my whole life and been to the Adirondack mountains countless times. When I was a kid that's the only vacations we ever took- camping in the mountains every year...and I LOVED it! Still do! This kit brought me right back there. My sister and her family still camp a lot and I I decided to make her a Traveler's Notebook.

There's a great tutorial here on how to put the strings in to hold all the inserts. I found there's a lot of different ways to do it. I made my cover from the papers in the Adirondacks kit. I adhered 2 pieces on either side of a thin piece of chipboard with Club Scrap book binding glue-love that stuff! The deer charm on the front is from the kit and the beads are from my stash. I got a big roll of the elastic string at Joann Fabrics.

For the inside of the cover I used the stencil and unmounted rubber stamped images to decorate it.

I made 3 inserts for the notebook-A decorated journal, a calendar and a blank notebook.

I used the text weight kraft paper with the kit for the pages of the journal. I decorated with cut a parts and stamped images from the Adirondacks kit.


 I used a cream colored text weight paper for the blank notebook and the calendar. I printed the calendar pages on my computer.

 Be sure to head to the Club Scrap blog and link your own Adirondacks project!!

Your next stop is Hetty!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Club Scrap Adirondacks and Distress Oxide

Hello! It's been pretty rainy here in Upstate NY so I've had a lot of time to craft!
Today I want to share some cards I made with the Club Scrap Adirondacks kit and Distress Oxide inks! Wow I love those inks! They're like magic! 

I love that sentiment! So cute! I also just love how the Distress Oxides react with water! I've seen a lot of tutorials where you spread the ink pad on the craft sheet, spray with water and then lay the paper over the ink to pick up the color...then spritz again with water. Looks so easy...but I haven't had that much luck with just got all muddy and I wasn't happy with it. I'll keep trying it but I just had better results with a stencil.

First I daubed on my colors with a makeup sponge. I overlapped some and blended until I liked the look.

Then I picked out a stencil and spritzed with water.

That's it! Done! And look at the results! AAHHH!! Magic!

I used a different stencil on the jar.

Here I just used one color of ink and daubed kind of unevenly.

So simple but such stunning results!

No Distress Oxide here but I just love that sentiment and the fireflies so I had to make another!

Have a great day!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Club Scrap May 2017 Artist Team Challenge

Hey there! I'm so glad you joined us for the Club Scrap Artist Team Challenge! You should have just come from Hetty's blog if you're following along the hop. This month we were tasked with using papers, stamps and/or embellishments from multiple Club Scrap kits to create our projects. I'm using Woven Strands, Dahlia and Color Me Happy!
I know they've been around for awhile but I just discovered Traveler's Notebooks.  If you're not familiar with these they have a simple cover and an elastic string system that holds in multiple inserts. Midori is the brand that makes the original but there are all sorts of Fauxdoris out there! I love how you can add different inserts and make it exactly what you want. I decided to make a Fauxdori with a vinyl cover.

I stamped the Woven Strands image on a piece of the vinyl with Stazon ink, cut it out and hand sewed around the edge with embroidery floss. Then I glued it to the front.

I purchased a remnant piece of vinyl from Joann Fabrics for about $5.00. I cut off a piece 9 1/2" x 6 3/4". 

I used HeatNBond (a no sew adhesive) to glue a piece of fabric to the back of the vinyl.

I cut the fabric a bit bigger than the vinyl so I didn't have to align it perfectly. I cut off the excess and rounded the corners.


I used a leather punch to punch holes for the elastic strings and a Crop A Dial to place small eyelets in the holes. You don't realy need this but I like the way it looks.

I found a good video here on YouTube showing how to thread the elastic strings.

You can add as many inserts as you want. There are all sorts of different kinds and I found a ton of different kinds on Pinterest.

You can find them to purchase but I made my own. I made 4 different kinds. The covers all measure 6" x 9 1/4". The pages inside are 5"x 8 1/2". I made a calendar insert which i created on my computer and printed out, a plain graph paper insert, an insert for notes and a mini album type-for journaling or photos etc.

The inserts slide in under the elastic bands.

You can also attach 2 together with a separate elastic string.

I used papers from Woven Strands and Color Me Happy for the covers.

 I used a variety of stamped images and papers from the different kits to decorate the pages of the mini album insert.

Here I used a mask from the Woven Strands kit and daubed ink over it to create the background.

I used cut-a-parts throughout the insert for notes or journaling.
I love how all the different kits work so well together! Especially in a project like this where you can such different inserts all together in one book. It's also a nice way to use up some of those random scraps and cut-a-parts you have laying around.

Your next stop along the Hop is Roni!

Have a great a day!