Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Dahlia Blog Hop

Hello! Welcome to the Club Scrap Dahlia Blog Hop! It's beautiful Spring weather out there and beautiful Spring Flowers in here! You should have just come from Hetty's blog and saw her beautiful creations. This kit is so pretty with rich vibrant colors. You almost don't need any embellishments or extras-the printed papers are enough!

For this kit I made a roll-out recipe card book.

 What is a roll-out recipe card book you ask?'s a book that holds 3" x 5" recipe cards and opens,

then opens again...

and again.

Rolling out to it's full length with multiple pages and ways to hold the cards!
Inside you will find regular pages like a book, accordion pages and pages that open like petals! There is room for 21 recipe cards.
The book is made with covered chipboard and cardstock pages.
To make one of your own you will need:
Club Scrap bookbinding glue (or any strong adhesive you prefer, Scor-tape works fine too)
Scor-tape 1/8" and 1/4"
magnetic dots closure
bone folder
Let's get started! Begin by cutting your chipboard. You will need:
2 @ 3 3/4" x 5 1/2"
2 @ 1" x 5 1/2"
2 @ 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
3 @ 1 1/2" x 5 1/2"
For the cardstock cover cut:
1 @ 7" X 12"
1 @ 7" x 5"
1 @ 7" x 9 1/4"
With Scor-tape adhere the pieces together end to end on the 7" side in the order above-that way the seams falls in the right places.
With bookbinding glue adhere the chipboard to the cardstock-in this order:
 3 3/4, 1, 3 3/4, 1 , 4 14, 1 1/2, 4 1/4, 1 1/2, 1 1/2. Leave a border of 3/4" all the way around. Make sure to leave at least 1/8" between each piece of chipboard! This is important especially with thick cardstock. You need enough room so that when you fold the book at these places the cardstock doesn't crack on you.
Cut off all 4 corners close to the corner of the chipboard-leave about 1/8".
Add bookbinding glue to the 3/4" strip of cardstock.

Fold the cardstock over the edge of the chipboard and hold for a few seconds for the glue to stick. Do this all the way around.

With a bone folder carefully fold the book in between all the chipboard pieces-Go slow! Be careful not to crack the cardstock on the other side. If you have enough room between them they should be good.

Roll up the book and attach a set of magnetic disks onto the cover-one on the inside flap and one on the outside. I've never seen these in stores near me. I ordered them on Amazon. Love them! I've used Velcro or tied with a ribbon, and they work great too. I just really like the magnets :) Whatever method you use be sure to be attach them at the right time- I don't want the magnets to show so they need to be added now before I cover the inside. Velcro of course would go on the top of all mattes and covers.
Now cut cardstock for the inside cover:
2 @ 5 3/8" x 11"
1 @  5 3/8" x 1 7/8"
Using Scor-tape adhere them together end to end on the 5 3/8" side. Put the 1 7/8" piece in the middle-again so the seams fall in the right place. With bookbinding glue attach it to the inside.

 With your bone folder carefully fold the book again. The joints will be tighter with the cover on so go slow and ease the folds carefully.
Now the pages for the recipe cards.
Going from left to right you will have the stand up pages, accordion page and then petal pages.
Now create a little binding for the pages that will be on the far left side of the book.
Cut a piece of cardstock 5 1/4" x 3 1/4". Score every 1/4" on the short side.
Zip zag the folds with a mountain every 3 score lines-making 4 mountains.
On the under side place 1/8" scor-tape on every 3rd section-adhering the mountain folds together.
It should look like this when it's all adhered.
Put Scor-tape on the back and adhere to the 1" section between the 2-3 3/4" sections.


Cut 4 pieces of cardstock 5 1/8" x 3 5/8". Attach 1 to each of the little mountains of the "hinge" with Scor-tape.

For the accordion page cut:
1 @ 5 1/4" x 11" Score every 4"
1 @ 5 1/4" x 9 1/4"
Using Scor-tape adhere these end to end on the 5 1/4" side. Zig zag fold on the fold lines. Adhere one end to the 1st 4 1/4" section.

Now for the fold out petal pages. Cut cardstock:
2 @ 4" x 6 1/6" score on the long side at 5 1/4"
2 @ 4 1/4" x 5 1/4"score on the sort side at 3/4"
Fold on the score lines.

With Scor-tape adhere the 2 - 6 1/4" pieces on the left and right side of the 2nd 4 1/4" section. Adhere the 3/4" inch piece to the book.
Then adhere the 5 1/4" pieces on the top and bottom. Again adhere the 3/4" part.
Cut a piece of cardstock 3 7/8" x 5 1/4" and adhere to the center covering the 3/4" parts.
I decided to use photo corners to attach my recipe cards, so they could be removed but you could attach them permanently if you wanted. You could leave them blank, write or print on a computer some recipes.
Tricia is your next stop on the blog hop-check out what she's made!
Have a great day!

Monday, April 25, 2016

April Club Scrap Artist Team Challenge-Earth Day Seed Paper Flowers ATCs

Hi there! Well Spring is finally here! The weather is warming up and we've had a ton of sunshine. My daffodils are blooming and tulips have been sprouting up. Perfect timing for the Club Scrap Dahlia kit! The Artist Team Challenge for this month was to make flowers and/or butterflies to add to our projects. Since Earth day was last week and it's Springtime I decided to make some seed paper and make flowers from that. A while ago a friend sent me an article on seed paper and I thought it was such a great idea. I just set the idea aside waiting for the right time and project-and here we are!
I made pink and white seed paper and hand colored some of the flowers.

I decorated with jeweled brads and buttons.
 I drew accents on the flowers with colored sharpie markers.

I was recently turned on to Artist Trading Cards and I love them! So fun! So I decided to make some Artist Trading Cards to give on Earth day to co-workers. This was a perfect little project for seed paper! The whole card can be planted or they can take off the single flowers and plant them.
In the Dahlia Deluxe Kit was a few pieces of this great white embossed paper with large flowers on it. I used Thalo Green Color Burst powder to color the whole sheet. Then I cut them up into 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" pieces as the base of the cards. Then I used my seed paper flowers and papers and embellishments from the kit to decorate each card.
I found this great poem online and put it on the back of each card.
The seed paper was very easy to make! I used various shades of pink paper and shredded them in my paper shredder to confetti size pieces for pink paper and shredded up white paper for another batch.

 Then I put them in my food processor with some water and blended them together. I ran it until the paper and water were thoroughly mixed and mushed up.
Then I added seeds. I got a bunch of packets at the dollar store for 6 for $1. I added 6 packets to each batch (1 pink and one white.)

I used an old screen I had laying around and placed it over my kitchen sink. Then I spread the paper pulp and seed mixture onto the screen. I pressed and spread it as thin as I could and squeezed out as much water as I could. I was having a hard time getting it thin enough and smooth enough as it was sticking to my hands too much.

So I tried using a small rolling pin to spread it out. It worked a little but the pulp kept sticking to the roller and rolling up on it-breaking the sheet I was trying to make.

I used a piece of plastic wrap and that worked great! I was able to roll it thin and flat and press out a lot of the water. I used my hands and spread and flattened it too. Between the 2 methods I was able to get it nice and even. I was careful not to spread it too thin as I didn't want it to be too fragile.
Here's the 2 sheets-you can really see the seeds in the white sheet. I left it overnight to dry. It wasn't completely dry the next day so I used a blow dryer to dry it completely. I'm not very patient and wanted to speed it along, I was excited make my flowers :)
Here's the 2 sheets of paper all dry and ready to make into flowers! Notice the color change, the pink got a lot lighter as it dried. I planned to use my paper punches to cut the flowers and that worked for a the smallest flowers but I had to hand cut the larger ones, the paper was a little too thick to get in the punch. I just traced a flower I punched from regular paper and then cut it out with scissors. I was able to use a die cut I had of a butterfly and that worked great. If I had flower die cuts I definitely would have used those.
This was a great challenge and I had a lot of fun making the paper and then the flowers.
Move on to Hetty's blog to see what she made! 
Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Challenge Card-Creative with Stamps

Hello! Here is another card for the Creative with Stamps challenge-Butterflies. The card is made with materials from the Club Scrap kit Dahlia.

Check out the Creative with Stamps blog and link up a creation of your own!
Have a great day!

Creative with Stamps-Dahlia Challenge Card

Hi there! I want to share a couple challenge cards I made for the very 1st challenge at Creative with Stamps! The 1st challenge is Butterflies. I used papers from the Club Scrap Dahlia kit to create my cards.
I love the fancy folds and 3d cards! The side step card is one of my favorites! All these elements except the butterflies are from the Dahlia kit. The butterflies are cut from the Stampin Up! Butterfly Thinlits.
This one is a center step card. Again made with all papers from the Dahlia kit.
I hope you check out Creative with Stamps Blog and try your hand at a challenge!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Club Scrap April Technique Challenge-Stained Glass Look

Hello! I hope everyone is doing well on this sunny day-at least it was nice and sunny in Upstate NY today :) My studio was still nice and bright when I got home from work-perfect for creating :)
The April Technique Challenge at Club Scrap is creating a stained glass look.

Here's my take on it. The April Club Scrap kit -Dahlia has a beautiful large flower stamp that was perfect for this challenge! I started by stamping it on acetate with black Stazon ink.
Then I drew inside the petals with a fine black sharpie marker. I just kind of doodled and zentangled my way through all the empty spaces.

Then I flipped it over and colored in the petals with colored sharpie markers. I added a few blingy brads and a sentiment from the Dahlia kit.
Make sure to check out the blog at Club Scrap for all the other creations and to add your own!
Have a great day!!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Card Challenge- CAS # 80 with Club Scrap Dahlia

Hi! Yep, I'm sharing another challenge card. This one is for CAS on Sunday. I used materials from the Club Scrap kit Dahlia, which was perfect because the challenge theme was flowers! Perfect!

Clean and Simple cards are always a challenge for me! I like layers and lots of stuff. But the stamps are so pretty in the Dahlia kit and they really can stand on their own!
Thanks for checking out my card :)

Have a great day!

Card Challenge-Viva La Verve

Hey there. Been creating again today :)  I worked on cards for challenges today-this one is for Vive La Verve. The Club Scrap kit for April is called Dahlia and it's gorgeous! Beautiful colors and papers as always! All the materials for this card are from the Dahlia kit.

Here is the sketch for this month's challenge.
The only stamping I did was the sentiment and the butterflies. The other images are the printed papers from the kit! So pretty! I colored in the butterflies with an aqua painter and stamp ink, then cut them out by hand. The ribbons and fibers that come with the monthly kits are so awesome! I love this wide orange one!
Have a great day!