Monday, February 22, 2016

LOVE will keep us together-Mojo Monday challenge

Hi! Yep another card for a challenge! I told you I had a busy crafty weekend :) Unfortunately I didn't get this one blogged in time to make the linky party for this challenge but wanted to share it here anyway.

Here's the sketch for this one:
I made a double gate fold card for this challenge because it really looked like the sketch.
 I used:
 Basic Black cardstock for the base
Whisper white for the inside and front panels
Tempting Turquoise cardstock for the front matte and embossed hearts.
Everyday Chic DSP for the 2 front panels
Club Scrap Reunion kit stamp
Tempting Turquoise ink
I really like making fun folded cards!
Have a great day!

Bluebird of Happiness- CAS on Sunday Card Challenge

Hello Again. I had a nice crafty weekend and got a few challenge cards done. This one is for CAS on Sunday for their "one layer wonder" challenge.
Here is my card. I used Whisper White cardstock as the base. I scored some border lines on the front and stamped the Bluebird with Pacific Point ink. I used Crumb Cake ink on a stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and Soft Suede for the sentiment from the Lovely Amazing You stamp set. Doing such a simple card was kind of hard for me actually-I like layers and embellishments! But I really liked doing such a simple card and am happy with how it turned out.
Have a great day!

All you need is Love card-Card Challenge

Hello everyone! Was a nice day here in Upstate NY today...mid 40's and sunny. I was a busy crafter this weekend and did a few card challenges. This one works for 2 challenges- Can You Case it which is a sketch challenge and Splitcoast Stampers which is a color challenge.
 Here is my card!

Here is the sketch for this challenge.
The color challenge on Splitcoast Stampers used colors: Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow and Cherry Cobbler.
The materials I used:
Stampin Up! cardstock in Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow and Cherry Cobbler
Mossy Meadow ribbon
VersaMark Ink and clear embossing powder
Mandala stamp I got for $1 at Michaels!
Mandala embossing folder
Stazon on a strip of windowsheet
Have a great day!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Altered Books Part 1

Hey there! I hope everyone is enjoying President's Day! I had it off - a nice 3 day those :) It was much warmer here actually got into the 20's! We've been having negative numbers the last few days. We're due for another 5-8" of snow tonight too. But what do you expect for February in NY.
My BFF-Pinterest :) turned me onto Altered Books recently and I've been so excited to start one. I started my 1st one last weekend as a test and plan to use it as kind of a zentangle/doodle/found words poetry journal.  I turned my niece onto them and she joined me today to get some started. If you notice the title for today is Altered Books Part 1...I plan to blog as I go along and work on the book. If you don't know what an Altered Book is definitely check out Pinterest and see some of the amazing things people are doing with them. Basically you take an old book and alter it into a work of art by painting, drawing or cutting the pages. The options are endless! I'm so intrigued by all the possibilities! I figured I'd better get one started now before I start as a member of the Club Scrap Artist Team March 1st and maybe not have as much time.
My Mom is very creative and an amazing artist and I thought I would start a book that we can exchange back and forth - each of us doing a page and then giving it back for the other. I think she'll think this is cool and it'll be a nice project for us to collaborate on. I haven't mentioned this to her yet so if she reads this it'll let the cat out of the bag but that's ok :)
Part of the process is picking the right book and preparing it for "creating." You really need a book that has a sewn binding not a glued one. The sewn binding holds up much better against the pounding the pages may take with paint, ink, whatever you add to it. Older books tend to have sewn bindings ad it's pretty easy to tell. You should be able to bend the spine back like the photo below. You can also see the stitches when the book is open. I work for a not-for-profit agency and we have a thrift store-I've found many good choices there.

The next step is the preparation of the book. Depending on how much you plan to alter the pages you will probably need to remove some of the pages. If you don't it may stress the binding too much with all the extra paint etc you add, and the pages could fall out or the binding could fall apart. I have to be honest this part is a little traumatic for me...I don't even fold over pages as a bookmark on my hardcover books! BUT this is necessary to "alter" the book into a beautiful new artwork. And Pinterest showed me how awesome they are so I'm in :)
I tore out some of the pages, maybe every 3 or 4 to thin it out a bit. I use a metal ruler to tear against so it's a nice clean rip. Be careful not to get too close to the center or the page on the other side of the signature may fall out too.

Above is the book after ripping out the pages. As you can see the book is thinner on one side-this is what you want. Now there's room to add layers of paint, paper etc-the binding can handle the extra stuff you add to it. I save the ripped out pages as you never know what you can use them for. Yes, I am a bit of a craft supplies hoarder, but aren't we all?

The next step is gluing some pages together. This really depends on the thickness of the paper and what you plan to do with them. My 1st book had pretty thick pages but I still glued some pages together. I kind of randomly glued 2 or 3 pages together and left some single as an experiment since I don't really know what I'll be doing to each page yet. For the book for my Mom and I, I glued 3 pages together since the paper is quite thin. I used Aileene's Tacky glue and thinned it out a bit with water. I applied it with a foam brush evenly over the entire page. I wanted a nice smooth coverage and didn't want to see the glue lines of just squeezing it out of the bottle onto the paper. I applied the glue and then smoothed the page flat against the other page with my hand. That worked pretty well.

After I finish gluing all the pages I open it up like above and place on my furnace register to dry overnight. The next day I'll have to close it and put some weight on it to flatten it out. This is as far as I've gotten on the current book for my Mom and I.
This is the cover of the 1st book I made. It's not finished yet but I couldn't wait to get started on the inside pages! I glued some of the ripped out pages to the cover and then just stamped around the edges so far with a stamp from Stampin Up's Timeless Textures stamp set-which I love BT dubs.

I loved the idea of "found word poetry" and started on this page. You just find words on the page that create a poem or story or just interest you. Then create around them like I did here in this zentangle. The words I found created this poem: "Love is surrounding the world and laughter belongs everywhere." AAAHHH love it! It's a little hard to see the words so I think I'll add some color to the "found words". I just love this concept!
Here's a close up so you can see the words I found. I just drew around them and made the border bold.
Ok, so as I work on the book I'll share what I do...and also share what my Mom does :) I can't wait to see what she'll do with it! I'm sure it will be amazing :) I'm sure my niece will let me share some of her pages too. I had a great day with her today getting our books ready. I knew she'd love this idea :)
I hope you'll check back to see the progress of the books :)
Have a great day!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Challenge card-Mojo Monday 434

Hello again! It's an absolutely beautiful, bright and sunny day here in Upstate NY...and -5 degrees! A good day to stay inside and do some card challenges :)
Today I did a sketch challenge for Mojo Monday
The materials I used are:
Stampin Up1 cardstock in:
Whisper White
Strawberry Slush
Daffodil Delight
Stampin up! DSP English Garden
Simply Pressed Clay embellishment colored with Strawberry Slush
Die Cut Butterfly
2 embossed circles-not sure of the name of the's a mandala design.
Have a great day!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Club Scrap Artist Team

Hello! I'm so incredibly excited to share with all of you some big news! As of March 1st 2016 I will be a member of the Club Scrap Artist Team! Check out Club Scrap for the official announcement!
This is such a huge honor for me and definitely my next step creatively. I'll be sharing my monthly projects on here so you should definitely follow my blog so you don't miss anything ;)
The project that I applied to the team with is an original design Card Organizer Book with a set of 6 cards, a notepad and a perpetual calendar. I just love the roll out type albums and really wanted to make something unique and of my own design for my application. It didn't take me long to put this idea together...I knew I wanted something with a lot of different elements to it. I love perpetual calendars and started there. Usually I do an accordion type perpetual calendar but had this 2 ring binder and thought it would work perfectly. All the paper used is from Club Scrap. They are a monthly kit club and have a different theme each month. The Kit used here is the "Celebration" kit and is just beautiful. Their paper is such a nice quality and the colors and patterns are awesome.

The book measures 6" x 9" and almost 4" thick. the cover is chipboard covered and matted with Club Scrap papers.
 The kit contained some very cool circle cut-a-parts and embellishments. The colors are so bright and fun! I really enjoyed creating with this kit!
The book folds open in the middle and then again on each side. Here you can see the left side open with the notepad and set of cards in a folder. The notepad will slide out so you can replace it if you use all the paper.

Here's a close up of the notepad. I just decorated the top and stamped the top page.
Here's the book all the way open. There is a monthly calendar where you can tear of the old month-all 12 months are included. On the right is a perpetual calendar in a 2 ring binder.
Here you can see the back inside cover and back page of the calendar. The stamps that came with the kit were so fun! I used them as a background here and on the circle on the left. It's hard to tell in the photo but the "It's Party Time!" is embossed with silver embossing powder. I loved the sparkly silver paper in the kit too. The whole thing reminds me of fireworks!

The perpetual calendar has decorated folders that a removable tag slips into. I lightly stamped on each page so you can still write the names and dates for each month.
There is plenty of room on each tag to write many names!

The 6 cards are basic A2 size but some have fancy folds
I really like gate fold cards like this one. So fun to make and so many options. The circle motif in this kit worked perfectly for this card!
This one is an inside gate fold card, I think this is my favorite fancy fold style! Love it!
I had so much fun designing and creating this project! The kit was so beautiful with so many fun elements to add! Check it out here on the Club Scrap website to purchase on your own-you won't be disappointed!
Have a great day!