Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Club Scrap Artist Team Challenge-Color Me Happy

Hi there! Well here we are for another Club Scrap Artist Team Challenge! This month's Club Scrap kit is called Color Me Happy and boy did it make me HAPPY! Such a beautiful kit with great colors and dragonflies! AHHH love them! :) If you've followed along the hop you should have just come from the amazing Roni's Blog. This month we were tasked with creating something using a batik/faux batik technique since this kit is inspired by well...batik! Perfect! Now I'll be honest-I had a few failed attempts at creating some batik designs that were usable. BUT I tried again and I'm glad I did!

I started with a 12 x 12" piece of white cardstock. I used a mask from a prior kit and applied color from an ink pad with a makeup sponge. I dabbed and wiped and rubbed to get the look I wanted, I wanted it heavier in some areas than others. I just kept moving the stencil to cover the whole sheet.

Then I used the dragonfly mask that came with the Color Me Happy kit and rubbed on different colors over and around that. Then I stamped the smaller dragonfly images with clear versamark ink and applied clear embossing powder. I heated it and then rubbed on more colors over them.

After that all dried, I used an iron and some paper towels to lift off the embossing.

Love all the layers of colors and designs! This little guy is may favorite! A little giraffe dragonfly :)

I loved the finished sheet so much I didn't have the heart to cut it up. So I didn't! I made a folding card using the whole sheet!

Go to this tutorial to see how to score and fold this card.

The green belly band ribbon is from the kit. The stamped image is Club Scrap unmounted rubber -also from this kit. I used black embossing powder ans colored it in with an aqua painter and stamp pad inks.

I added a few stamped images and some embellishments to finish off the card. It folds up into a 6" x 6" card.
Since this attempt came out so much better I decided to try again! 

I used basically the same technique except I didn't stamp or use the embossing powder. I just used a background stencil and the dragonfly mask. 

I think I like this one better than the 1st!!

I used embossing powder on the dragonflies again and colored them in with markers for rich bold colors.

I really LOVE those dragonflies!
So take it from me-if you try a new technique and it doesn't work the way you thought it would and you get frustrated...take a break and TRY AGAIN!!! It just might work out fabulously!
So keep right on hopping over to Hetty's blog! I'm sure she's made something amazing!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Club Scrap Color Me Happy Blog Hop and Linky Party

Hello!! Yep it's that time again! Club Scrap Blog Hop time! If you've been following along the Blog Hop you should have just come from the talented Hetty's blog.
This month's kit is called Color Me Happy and it's one of my favorites so far! The theme is inspired by batik designs and features rich teal, blue and brown colors-my favorite combo!
I decided to make a little box that is fastened together with a chicago screw that holds ATC's. 

I used chipboard for the box and papers from Color Me Happy Deluxe kit to cover the box and make the ATC's. The "Love" stamp is from the Club Scrap Garden Shed kit.

This wasn't my own design although I altered the size to fit ATC's. You can find the instructions HERE.
Here's the sizes I used:
For the main box:
2 - 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" (sides)
1 - 7/8" x 3 1/2" (spine)
1-7/8" x 2 1/2" (bottom)
For the top:
3 - 1 1/8" x 2 3/4" (top and sides)
1 - 1 1/8" x 1 1/8" (front)
I used a 1" chicago screw

I decorated both sides of the ATC's so there is fun stuff to look at from both sides of the box :)

You can slide down 1 ATC at a time or a bunch! The gold and silver dots are from this kit as well!
The next stop on the hop is the Fabulous Tricia! Follow along to see what she did with this amazing kit! And don't forget to link your own Color Me Happy creation!

Have a great day!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Club Scrap Technique Challenge-Tea Stain

 Hello again! This month's technique challenge at Club Scrap is Tea Stain. I decided to play along today :)

The only tea I had in the house for this was a Celestial brand White Tea - Chai. I figured a black tea would get better results but tried it anyway. It worked great! And smelled awesome! :) 
I used various white card stocks and left them in for different lengths of time. I also tried a few different techniques as you can see. For the ones on the far right I ripped the paper before I put it in the tea.

This piece ripped kind of strangely but I liked how it showed so much of the "rip." The tea took very nicely to that part.

Again I used a ripped piece for this card.

Closeup so you can see how the ripped paper took the tea stain. Beautiful.

I painted with the tea for this sample. I really like how the textured card stock worked with this technique.

It's subtle but there's a dragonfly painted in the tea. I used a piece of card stock that I had punched out a dragonfly from as a stencil.
I hope you try this technique-it was a lot of fun! If you do-make sure to link up your creation at Club Scrap!

Have a great day!

Well...Color Me Happy!

Hello my friends! I hope everyone is staying safe and warm this winter-it's been fun as usual in Upstate NY. It was in the 20's last weekend but was over 50 degrees here today!  Ahhh Upstate NY weather how you keep us on our toes!

I keep a little journal with instructions and sizes to cut paper for the various projects I make. It's a little more handy right at my workspace than having to go to Pinterest all the time and looking up the pins and then going to the websites etc to find the instructions and measurements etc. I started just writing things down in a little spiral bound notebook as I came across them. It's worked great except there's no organization to the pages and now that there's so many entries I have a hard time finding what I'm looking for. I also got a little messy with some of the entries so it's a bit hard to read what I wrote down!

So I decided I needed a new book. There were a few things I knew I wanted-1st I wanted it to be a certain size-not too big but not too small. I also wanted grid paper for easy drawing of dimensions etc. and it had to be ring bound so I could move the papers around and organize them however I wanted. I wasn't finding anything with those requirements...so I made one! The kit at Club Scrap this month is called Color Me Happy and I love it! The colors are my favorite combination of teal and blue and brown and it has a beautiful batik designed images and papers! Beautiful!

 I love it so much I decided to use it to make my new journal!
I used Club Scrap book board for the covers-I just love how chunky and sturdy that stuff is!!
My book measures 6 1/4" x 7 1/2" with a 1 1/2" spine. I covered the book board with card stock from the Color Me Happy kit and glued it all together with Club Scrap book binding glue.

I added a 2 ring binder mechanism. I debated on whether to place it on the spine or the back and went with the back. My first plan was to have the cover be able to fold all the way back on itself so it would take up less room on my table while opened. BUT even with leaving a big gap between the book board pieces it was just too tight and I was afraid to force it and crack the paper. I'm definitely not going to complain that Club Scrap paper is too thick-though for foldy spines it kind of is :)

I found some loose leaf grid paper at Wal-Mart. It was pretty thin so I actually folded it in half and glued it together with some thinned out white glue. It was a little time consuming but I'm so glad I did it! I hate it when the writing bleeds through to the back of a page.  I cut each page 5 1/2" x 7 1/4"

I wanted the book to be more organized so added dividers with categories: Fancy Fold Cards, 3D Projects, My Own Designs etc. I used the gorgeous blue from the Deluxe kit for the dividers. I cut them 5 3/4" x 7 1/4" and used an envelope punch board to cut the filing folder type tabs.  I stamped an image from the unmounted rubber stamps with Club Scrap Metallic Sliver ink.  I used the Silver Paint Pen from this month's kit to hand write on the front of each divider.

Here's a close up of the cover. I used the stamps from the kit and black embossing powder for dimension. I hand colored the images with markers. I used the Silver Paint Pen again for details.
I'm so happy with how it came out! I feel more organized already!! :)

Have a great day!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Card Challenges with Club Scrap Color me Happy

Hello!!! I hope everyone has enjoyed their weekend. It's been very snowy near where I live though the most of it missed me! I'm OK with that!! It was still a good weekend to stay inside and play at some challenges!

Here's the sketch for Paper Play Sketches.

And here's my version! I LOVE the printed papers with this kit! Batik inspired with gorgeous colors! LOVE.

Here's my card for the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity challenge-Anything Goes. I used black embossing powder on the dragonfly and colored it in with markers. All stamped images are from the Color me Happy kit-unmounted rubber stamps.

I popped up all the layers using foam pop dots. It really gives the card a nice dimensional aspect! Love this stamping on multiple layers at once technique-Triple Mat Technique. It was very easy to do and so versatile-I used 3 different colors of papers. I usually see it with all white but decided to try this. I think it came out great! 

Have a great day,