Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Club Scrap Vintage Botany Blog Hop and Linky Party

Hello! Welcome to the Club Scrap Vintage Botany Blog Hop and Linky Party! If you've been following along on the hop you should have just come from Tricia's blog. 

This month's Vintage Botany collection is just beautiful! Love the color combination and images.

I made an accordion fold perpetual calendar.

I stamped the front panel image using an image from the unmounted rubber stamps with archival ink. Then I used a water brush and stamp pad ink to color in the flowers and leaves.

 I made pockets on all the accordion pages to hold a tag. I printed the words on card stock on my computer, then just cut them down to 2 3/4" x 4 1/2" to make the tag to write the names and dates on.

Here's the other side with the rest of the months.

You can decorate the pockets and tags as much as you want! I love those little wooden postage stamps buttons in the Vintage Botany Collection-so cute! I used a Sizzix die cut to cut the pull tab. You could a piece of ribbon or just a small circle cut and folded over. So many possibilities!

Now on to the directions!

Cut 2 pieces of chip board or book board fat 4" x 6" for the covers. Then cover them with a piece of card stock  that measures 6" x 7 1/2." I used Club Scrap bookbinding glue in a needle tip applicator. That thing is awesome! I used to brush the glue on and that worked but was so much messier than this! Love this little thing!

For the accordion pages:
cut 2 pieces of card stock @ 5 3/4" x 12." Score @ 3 3/4", 7 1/2" and 11 1/2" and fold into mountain and valley folds.
Cut 1 @  5 3/4" x 7 1/2." Score this piece at 3 3/4"
Glue all of them together end to end at the 1/2" folded end-making a long continual accordion piece.
Adhere the covers onto the 1st and last pages.

I like to do all the pockets a little differently. They are all 3 1/4" wide but I cut them at various heights and diagonals. I just eyeballed those cuts.
Then decorate them anyway you want!

Now hop along to see what Hetty made. Make sure to link up your creation using this beautiful collection!

Have a great day!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Spinner card! Club Scrap technique challenge.

Hi friends! Cloudy all day today...sooo a perfect crafting day!!! I played along at the Club Scrap Technique challenge-Spinner Cards. I used July's Club Scrap kit Vintage Botany to make my card.

This was so fun to make! There are great directions on the Club Scrap blog post.

I added some beads on my string and used embossing powder on the spinner dragonfly. I used 2 duplicate stamped and embossed dragonflies-one on each side and then a die cut dragonfly in the middle. I adhered them just down the middle so the wings would be fluttery.

Make sure to try this fun technique and link it up on the blog post!

Have a great day!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Card Sketch Challenge-Sketch Saturday # 472

Hello my friends! It's a beautiful summer day here in Upstate NY! Mid 70's, breezy, sunny...YAY!!! 

Here's this week's sketch!

I made an Joy Fold card. I thought the sketch fit this fun fancy folded card perfectly!

All papers and stamped images are from the Vintage Botany collection. 

Have a Great day, 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Club Scrap Pattern Play Blog Hop and Linky Party

Hello again! I'm so glad you stopped in while hopping along with the Club Scrap Pattern Play Blog Hop and Linky Party! You should have just come from Tricia's blog! The Pattern Play collection is so fun! Black, white, shades of gray and a pop of bright green! A perfect early summer kit!
I made a 6" x 6" foldy mini album for today's hop.

All papers and embellishments are from Pattern Play. 

I love this little album-it opens once...

Then the right hand side opens again...

Then each end opens in a gate fold. I decorated each end pretty much the same, just added a different cut apart on the right hand side.

Then the middle section opens-again gate fold but this time with 2 accordion panels on each side.

Then that middle section opens with a gate fold!

And then THAT section opens in a vertical gate fold!!

Here's a view with most of the sections open so you can see the full effect.
I LOVE making these kind of foldy albums that have never ending openings!
Let me share how I made it!

For the base of this album you will need:
2 - 6" x 6" pieces of card stock
5 - 6" x 12" pieces of card stock
They could be all the same color or different. I used 3 different colors for mine. 

Score one piece at 2 1/2", 3", 9" and 91/2."  It should look like the photo above.

Then score 3 more at 3" and 9"

Attach one of these to the center of the 1st piece.

Attach the 2 - 6" square pieces to the left and right 3" flaps on the bottom layer - as shown in the photo above. Attach them to the outside of the book-so that the 3" piece shows on the inside.

Now attach the remaining 2 - 6" x 12" folded pieces to each inside end-covering the 3" flap. 

For the accordion fold outs I cut 2 pieces of patterned card stock 5 3/4" x 11." They are scored at 2 3/4", 5 1/2" and 8 1/4." I adhered them to the front side of the middle 3" flaps. 
All the green mattes that cover the gate fold openings are cut to 4 1/4" x 4 1/4"

The vertical gate fold piece in the very center is cut at 5 3/4" x 11 1/2." It's scored at 2 7/8" and 8 3/8." 
Be sure to link up your Pattern Play project on the Club Scrap Blog!
Follow the hop on to Hetty's blog!

Have a great day!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Card Challenge-Crafting with Dragonflies #83

Hi there! Today I played along at Crafting with Dragonflies challenge blog. The theme this week is "Sentiment your main focus."  I used the Club Scrap Pattern Play collection to make my card.

All papers, the enamel dots and unmounted rubber stamped sentiment are all from Pattern Play. Love that sentiment!
I hope you check out Club Scrap and Crafting with Dragonflies challenge blog!

Have a great day!

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,