Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Adorable little Club Scrap Scandinavia Mini-Album

Hi there! This has been the best Fall ever in Upstate NY! Warm temps, sunny days! Love it! It's been hard to come inside and craft but getting the Club Scrap Scandinavia kit made it so much easier! This collection is so cute with whimsical designs and images from Northern Europe. I found this really cute little mini-album made from 1 sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" card stock and decided to give it a try.

Folded up it measures 2 3/4" square. Aaaahhhh how cute is that!

 I chose for mine to flip down but you could also have it open to the left or right. I LOVE that sentiment from the Greeting unmounted rubber stamps with this collection! So Funny!

Then in folds down again. Those felt flowers are so cute and come in white, gray and black.

Then all the side panels fold out. Lots of room in such a tiny little thing!

Then the last panel folds out. 

I found this on Pinterest but the pin was in another language and measured in centimeters. I had to do  little converting but it worked out great.

Start with a piece of 8 1/2" x 11" card stock. Score the 8 1/2" side at 2 7/8" and 5 3/4". 
Score the long side at 2 7/8", 3 1/8", 6", 6 1/4", 9 1/8" and 9 3/8".  Trim out the areas like the photo above. Now from here you can cut some of the side flaps shorter or even fold it over and adhere around the edges to create a little pocket. You can see from my finished piece that I cut the top left and bottom right panels a little shorter and rounded the edges to fit the felt flowers. Then just decorate all the panels however you'd like. I decided to fill every page with stamped images and sentiments from the stamps and cut-aparts from this collection. I'm going to give it a friend on her birthday. 

Close-up of the top spine - love that image from the Art Nouveau unmounted rubber stamps. 
Thanks for stopping by! I hope I've inspired you to make something with this adorable Scandinavia collection!

Have a great Day!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

World Card Making Day!

Hello my card making friends! Today is World Card Making Day!! In honor of this most auspicious day I played at a couple of card challenges! I made a card for the Sunny Day Crafting Challenge # 55 N is for Night Owl.  and Tuesday Morning # 423 Sketch Challenge. and another for the Try Stamin on Tuesday # 342 Sketch Challenge.

I used the Club Scrap October Scandinavia collection to make my card. The theme for Sunny Day Crafting was owls-perfect for this kit! The owl in a unmounted rubber stamp image available with this kit.

Here's the sketch from Tuesday Morning.

All papers are from the Scandinavia collection.

Here's the sketch for Try Stampin on Tuesday.

Make a card today in honor of World Card Making Day!!!

Have a great day!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Club Scrap Challenge-Idea Deck

Hi there! I played along at the Club Scrap Forum Idea Deck challenge today. The challenge was to use the 8 of Spades card from any of the Club Scrap Idea Decks. I have the Assembly Line Cardmaking Idea Deck - Volume 2. That card shows a Waterfall card!

I stamped all the images with Club Scrap India Ink and colored them in with Prismacolor colored pencils.

I just love the waterfall card! It's so fun!
Have a great day!

Orchard Challenge Card

Hello Friends! Fall might finally be here in Upstate NY! It was in the 60's here today. Beautiful :) The Club Scrap September collection Orchard is a great collection for this time of year-full of images of fall harvest fruits and colors.
I used this kit to make a card for a couple of challenge blogs. Tuesday Throwdown # 362 with a theme of more than one fold and Try Stampin' on Tuesday  #341 - sketch.

I made a Pop up Book Card! I found a good tutorial here. I stamped the images from the unmounted rubber stamps from Orchard and colored them in with Prismacolor colored pencils.

The card measures 6" x 6" folded up. All papers, sentiment and embellishments are from the Orchard collection.

I just love that red checker board paper!!

Here's the sketch from Try Stampin' on Tuesday.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Club Scrap Orchard Blog Hop

Hello! Welcome to the Club Scrap Orchard Blog Hop! If you've just come from Tricia's blog then you're hopping along just fine. Wow fall in Upstate NY this year has been amazing! It's 87 degrees today and has been for like a week!! With temperatures like this it's been hard to get into the typical Autumn spirit, BUT the Club Scrap September collection Orchard will help for sure! Fall colors, apples and pumpkins! Yay Fall! :)
I was looking through all my stuff the other day and came across a huge wooden clothespin I got at a craft store a couple of years ago. I always thought it would make a great recipe card holder. So that's what I did! I decorated the clothespin and made a recipe book to go with it. 

The finished recipe book measures 5 1/2" x 6".

There are 12 folders that hold recipe cards.

The book has an accordion folded spine.

Inspired by this month's kit I included only recipes made with apples, pumpkin and cherries.

I decorated the folders with papers and embellishment cut-aparts from the Orchard collection.

To make this cut 2 pieces of card stock for the front and back cover 6" x 12." Score it @ 5 1/2", 6 1/2", 7 1/2", 8 1/2", 9 1/2", 10 1/2" and 11 1/2". Fold in an accordion pattern.

Adhere them together overlapping one of the 1" accordion ends.

For the recipe folders cut 12 pieces of card stock 4 1/2" x 6 3/4". Score at 1/2" and 3 5/8". Put tape on the edges as shown and fold over into tube open on one edge. 3"x 5" recipe cards fit perfectly!

Adhere each of the folders onto the accordion folds of the book. I adhered 2 to each accordion-one on one side and then one to the other side-staggered so they are next to each other.

I adhered a ribbon across the back to hold the book together.

For the giant clothespin I just decorated the front with paper, ribbon and unmounted rubber stamped images from the Orchard deluxe kit that I colored in with Prismacolor colored pencils.

Your next stop on the hop is Hetty!

Have a great day!

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!

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!