Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Club Scrap Adirondack Blog Hop and Linky Party

Hello Crafty Friends! Welcome to the Club Scrap Adirondack Blog Hop and Linky Party! If you've just come from Tricia's blog then you're in the right place!
This month's kit- Adirondacks has a masculine feel with papers and stamps with images of mountains, loons and wood.
I've lived in NY my whole life and been to the Adirondack mountains countless times. When I was a kid that's the only vacations we ever took- camping in the mountains every year...and I LOVED it! Still do! This kit brought me right back there. My sister and her family still camp a lot and I I decided to make her a Traveler's Notebook.

There's a great tutorial here on how to put the strings in to hold all the inserts. I found there's a lot of different ways to do it. I made my cover from the papers in the Adirondacks kit. I adhered 2 pieces on either side of a thin piece of chipboard with Club Scrap book binding glue-love that stuff! The deer charm on the front is from the kit and the beads are from my stash. I got a big roll of the elastic string at Joann Fabrics.

For the inside of the cover I used the stencil and unmounted rubber stamped images to decorate it.

I made 3 inserts for the notebook-A decorated journal, a calendar and a blank notebook.

I used the text weight kraft paper with the kit for the pages of the journal. I decorated with cut a parts and stamped images from the Adirondacks kit.


 I used a cream colored text weight paper for the blank notebook and the calendar. I printed the calendar pages on my computer.

 Be sure to head to the Club Scrap blog and link your own Adirondacks project!!

Your next stop is Hetty!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Club Scrap Adirondacks and Distress Oxide

Hello! It's been pretty rainy here in Upstate NY so I've had a lot of time to craft!
Today I want to share some cards I made with the Club Scrap Adirondacks kit and Distress Oxide inks! Wow I love those inks! They're like magic! 

I love that sentiment! So cute! I also just love how the Distress Oxides react with water! I've seen a lot of tutorials where you spread the ink pad on the craft sheet, spray with water and then lay the paper over the ink to pick up the color...then spritz again with water. Looks so easy...but I haven't had that much luck with just got all muddy and I wasn't happy with it. I'll keep trying it but I just had better results with a stencil.

First I daubed on my colors with a makeup sponge. I overlapped some and blended until I liked the look.

Then I picked out a stencil and spritzed with water.

That's it! Done! And look at the results! AAHHH!! Magic!

I used a different stencil on the jar.

Here I just used one color of ink and daubed kind of unevenly.

So simple but such stunning results!

No Distress Oxide here but I just love that sentiment and the fireflies so I had to make another!

Have a great day!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Club Scrap May 2017 Artist Team Challenge

Hey there! I'm so glad you joined us for the Club Scrap Artist Team Challenge! You should have just come from Hetty's blog if you're following along the hop. This month we were tasked with using papers, stamps and/or embellishments from multiple Club Scrap kits to create our projects. I'm using Woven Strands, Dahlia and Color Me Happy!
I know they've been around for awhile but I just discovered Traveler's Notebooks.  If you're not familiar with these they have a simple cover and an elastic string system that holds in multiple inserts. Midori is the brand that makes the original but there are all sorts of Fauxdoris out there! I love how you can add different inserts and make it exactly what you want. I decided to make a Fauxdori with a vinyl cover.

I stamped the Woven Strands image on a piece of the vinyl with Stazon ink, cut it out and hand sewed around the edge with embroidery floss. Then I glued it to the front.

I purchased a remnant piece of vinyl from Joann Fabrics for about $5.00. I cut off a piece 9 1/2" x 6 3/4". 

I used HeatNBond (a no sew adhesive) to glue a piece of fabric to the back of the vinyl.

I cut the fabric a bit bigger than the vinyl so I didn't have to align it perfectly. I cut off the excess and rounded the corners.


I used a leather punch to punch holes for the elastic strings and a Crop A Dial to place small eyelets in the holes. You don't realy need this but I like the way it looks.

I found a good video here on YouTube showing how to thread the elastic strings.

You can add as many inserts as you want. There are all sorts of different kinds and I found a ton of different kinds on Pinterest.

You can find them to purchase but I made my own. I made 4 different kinds. The covers all measure 6" x 9 1/4". The pages inside are 5"x 8 1/2". I made a calendar insert which i created on my computer and printed out, a plain graph paper insert, an insert for notes and a mini album type-for journaling or photos etc.

The inserts slide in under the elastic bands.

You can also attach 2 together with a separate elastic string.

I used papers from Woven Strands and Color Me Happy for the covers.

 I used a variety of stamped images and papers from the different kits to decorate the pages of the mini album insert.

Here I used a mask from the Woven Strands kit and daubed ink over it to create the background.

I used cut-a-parts throughout the insert for notes or journaling.
I love how all the different kits work so well together! Especially in a project like this where you can such different inserts all together in one book. It's also a nice way to use up some of those random scraps and cut-a-parts you have laying around.

Your next stop along the Hop is Roni!

Have a great a day!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Club Scrap May Technique Challenge

Hello! I played along at Club Scrap's Technique Challenge today-Stamping on the Edge. I used this month's Adirondacks kit to make my card.

I made an inside gate fold card and used the Stamping on the Edge technique on both sides.

Check out this fun challenge at Club Scrap and all their other challenges on the forum!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Card Challenge SOSS #83

Hi there! I played along at Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #83 Y is for Yippee! The challenge was to make a congratulations card or project. 

I used Club Scrap's Adirondack kit. Adirondack has masculine feel with blue, green and kraft colors and images of mountains and loons and...well all things Adirondack!

This is a gate fold card but it's hard to see that in the photo. I used a card sketch from My Favorite Things challenge 331 but I missed the deadline for the link up. :-(
All papers including the burlap are from the Adirondack kit. I love that burlap! 

Have a great day,