Sunday, November 1, 2020

Hey, Sugar

 Hello! It's been too long since my last blog post. It's been a busy, crazy year and it's totally gotten away from me! I'm glad to be blogging again and today I'm sharing a card I made for a couple of challenges.

  Sketch Saturday #634  I used Sketch #390 from 2015.

Lost Coastal Portal to Creativity Challenge 110 - Spooktacular Florals


The stamped images are Club Scrap Dias De Los Muertos. I stamped onto Strathmore Marker paper with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored in the skull image with Copics. The turquoise colored background piece is stamped with images from Dios De Los Muertos as well.

I'm so glad you stopped in to see my card today. Check out the challenges to see the other creations or link one of your own.

Have a great day!
Pam


Sunday, April 5, 2020

Soap Paper

Hi Friends! So today I'm sharing a project I made for my work Buddies. With COVID-19 all around us we're down to just 12 essential staff. We usually have 75! It's been 2 weeks now with this small crew and I wanted to make a little giftie for them. I made soap paper! Perfect for what's going on in the world right now!


Let me start by saying, yes, they turned out cute and yes, I finished the project and gave them to my friends, BUT OMG, THIS PROJECT WAS A DISASTER RIGHT FROM THE START!!! In my head I had this beautiful little plan to make perfect little squares of delicate nice smelling soap paper. I was going to color the soap, or decorate it in some way, use multiple scents...Uh Huh. By the end I was so done with the concept and lucky to even finish it!


The little containers were no problem and I love how they turned out.


I had these little plastic containers in my stash, I think I got them at the dollar store a long time ago. I used some washi tape from my stash and put it around each container.


The tops have a raised edge and so I decided to make them into a little shaker. I used some foiled paper from Stampin Up! and cut it to the size of the lid. Then I die cut the little lady bugs with a die from my stash. I decided to add the little red dots too because it added more shaky elements :) I used a small banner punch to cut the "Happy Day" sentiment. I cut a piece of plastic window sheet the size of the lid.


I put everything onto the top of the lid then ran 1/8" Scor-Tape around the edge and adhered the  window sheet. 


So cute! I loved how they turned out!

The soap paper itself though?! What a pain in my @#$!!! I first saw this on Pinterest and I watched a couple of videos and read some tutorials. It looked so easy. The basic instructions is to brush liquid soap onto water soluble paper coating both sides. Hang to dry, then cut into squares. Sounds simple enough. LIES!! ALL LIES!!!

I thought it was a perfect idea for work and everybody would be impressed blah blah blah. I was so excited and ordered the supplies on Amazon-it came in like 2 days! The videos I saw used liquid soap. I had some but it was more of a gel texture, and with this virus I really wanted to avoid the store. I decided to buy a block of cocoa butter soap thinking I would just melt it and it would be liquid and work the same. NOPE.



Now before I get to the soap debacle, let's talk about the water soluble paper. I ordered Smartsolve brand.

It's pretty thin and translucent. VERY delicate. I thought it would be really cute to stamp some images and sentiments on the paper before I brushed the soap on. That actually worked just fine. I stamped 2 sheets to start.

I cut a chunk off the 2 lb block of soap I bought and cubed it up. I added a few drops of Lemon essential oil for scent. I don't own a double boiler so decided to use a pyrex measuring cup and microwave the soap. That worked pretty good, it melted very quickly.


I placed the paper on a cookie sheet.


I used a small paintbrush and started to brush the soap onto the paper. This is where things started to go wrong. The soap cooled so fast, that it was going on too thick. The brush seized up with soap very fast and wouldn't spread evenly. In the videos the paper was thin and flexible- that's what I wanted. Not what I was getting! I decided to try the double boiler method. I figured it would keep the soap warmer and liquid longer. I rigged 2 saucepans to work as a double boiler. All good. I put the soap into the smaller pan. It took forever to melt! The water was boiling and it finally started to melt but the top kept getting too cool and creating a skim of harder soap. UGH. I was getting frustrated by this point. I'd worked all day and was tired, my feet hurt and this was not going well. I almost gave up, but decided to take a break. I was determined the make this work! 


I decided to try the liquid soap I had on hand. Bad idea! I brushed it on one side and tried to flip it over to coat the other side. The paper was so delicate and broke all apart! I have no idea what I did different from the videos but it did not work for me! I thought, maybe the slightly gel texture was too rough on the paper, so I thinned it out a little with water. OMG what a mess. The paper broke apart even more! It ended up in a slimy lump of grossness. And wasted one of my stamped sheets :(

By this point my kitchen was a mess, I was so frustrated and ready to quit again! But I so wanted this to work! I took another break and just accepted that the sheets weren't going to be exactly like I first wanted. I went back to it.


I decided to alter the soap a bit...I dumped in the rest of the thinned out liquid soap and added a little bit more water. I microwaved the soap to melt it and then put the measuring cup in the hot water from the double boiler. It was still pretty hot. This worked very well actually.


By this time I was over the creative aspect and didn't stamp anything on the paper. Plain white soap onto plain white paper. DONE! They came out thicker than I wanted but like I said, I was over it by then. I just went with it.


 I planned to use an exacto knife and cut up the soap paper. Ugh...again Nope. The paper was soft due to the soap and even a brand new blade didn't cut cleanly. It just pushed the paper in front of it and tore it. Gggrrrr. I created a grid with the size of the soaps I wanted and used scissors to cut the sheets.


The stamped sheet actually came out really cute. I had enough to put just a couple in each container.


Even though this project was a bit of a fiasco and I was ready to quit a few times, I persevered and completed the soap paper. I'm not sure I would do this again but I'm very glad I finished!
My friends liked the little giftie and had no idea all the trouble I had 😊

At least at the end of this project my hands were soooo clean!😉

Have a great day!
Pam

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Club Scrap Sketch Challenge March 2020

Hello! Today I'm sharing a card I made for the Club Scrap Sketch Challenge in their Facebook group.  

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I used Club Scrap's Surprise collection for my card. All patterned paper, and stamped images are from this collection. 

Have a great day!
Pam

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Creative with Stamps #48 Egg

Hey there! Today I'm sharing my Design Team card for Creative with Stamps #48 Egg. We're taking a break after this month so this will be the last challenge for awhile.



I cut the card base oval on my Scan N Cut. I cut the background with a free SVG I found. All the stamped images are from the Club Scrap Scandinavia collection. The colored enamel dots are from my stash.

Please join us on our last challenge for awhile and link up an Egg project of your own!

Have a great day!
Pam

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Club Scrap February Past and Present Challenge

Hi my Craftie friends! I hope everyone is staying warm on this blizzardy day, well it least it's snowy  here in Upstate NY. I've created a card for the Club Scrap Facebook group challenge Past and Present.


I used the  Falling Leaves collection for my card.


I made a Mini Miura Fold Card. It's the 1st time I've made one and I love it! I found a tutorial here
Thanks for checking out my card!

Have a great day!
Pam

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Foiled Birthday Cards

Hey friends! So I've been a little obsessed with all things foiling lately. WRMK Foil Quill, Freestyle Quill, toner reactive foil - you name it! So many colors and techniques! AHHH! I can't stop! :)
Club Scrap has an awesome Birthday Club that I try to join every month. Each month you make cards for whoever's Birthday it is that month. On your Birthday you get a ton of cards in the mail! It's so fun! 
Today I'm sharing a few cards I made for the swap. Foiled of course! For all of these cards I used Deco Transfer gel through a stencil. Let it dry completely then ran it through a laminator with foil. So easy! And the results are stunning!
All the stencils for these cards are from Club Scrap-various collections.


The hexagon stencil is Club Scrap but I don't know which kit. The stamped images are all from Garden Shed. I used gold foil on this one. Photographing foil is a challenge! Trying to get the right color but capture the shininess isn't easy.


The stencil for this one if from the Tapestry collection. Purple foil on black paper. Shiny silver ribbon.


Better photo of the color of the foil.


The stencil and stamped images are from Lagoon. I used Copic markers to color in the mermaid tail and bubbles on a shimmery silver/grayish paper. Beautiful rainbow foil. I got a bunch of new colors of Deco Foil for Christmas. So happy :)

I'm so glad you stopped by to see my foiled creations today!

Have a great day!
Pam

Friday, February 7, 2020

Club Scrap NBUS - textures challenge

Hey there! I had some extra crafting time today since my work closed early due to all the winter weather we had. I played along with the NBUS (never been used Stamp/stencil) challenge in their Facebook Group. The theme this month is Texture. 


I used the Cobblestone collection to make my card. I spread modeling paste through the Cobblestone stencil onto black card stock. When it was dry I colored it with green, yellow and blue gelatos. All stamped images and sentiment is also Cobblestone. The ribbon and dots are from my stash. I used foam dots under some of the ivy cutouts to pop them up a bit.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Have a great day!
Pam

Club Scrap Sketch Challenge February

Hi Friends. A cold and snowy day here in Upstate NY! My work closed early today so I had some extra crafting time today! Woohoo! I decided to join in on the Club Scrap Sketch Challenge on Facebook.

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I used stamped images from the Damask collection for my card. There are 3 different images and I alternated the colors and images for the pattern.

The wooden embellishments are from my stash. I colored them with gold gelato. I stamped the sentiment on a piece of vellum and adhered under the embellishment so you couldn't see the adhesive. 

Thanks for checking out my card today!

Have a great day!
Pam

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Creative with Stamps #47 Red

Hi friends! The theme at Creative with Stamps this month is Red. Today I'm sharing my Design Team project for challenge # 47.




I spread Deco Transfer gel through a Tim Holtz brick stencil onto red cardstock. Then I put it through a laminator with red foil. The stamped images are from Club Scrap Farm Critters collection. I used a WRMK freestyle quill to hand write the sentiment onto a black ribbon.

Be sure to go to Creative with Stamps Challenge Blog and link up something red!

Have a great day!
Pam

Saturday, January 25, 2020

BEES!!!

Hi my friends! Today I'm sharing a little giftie I made for my niece who's moving from NY to Colorado. It's a big move but I'm so excited for her and all her new adventures! 
A few years ago Club Scrap had a Jacob's Ladder project with their Succulent collection. Tricia did a wonderful video with instructions on how to put the whole thing together on the Club Scrap blog.  


I love bees :) I have a ton of bee and bee related stamps and papers etc. I thought Bee was the perfect theme for her gift as they symbolize the Sun, celebration and personal power. Perfect for a young girl starting her life!


I used stamped images from the Club Scrap Garden Shed collection and my stash to decorate it. I love those adorable little die cut bees on the front!





For this project you'll need:
12 chipboard squares 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"
3 lengths of ribbon 40" each
Adhesive - I used Club Scrap bookbinding glue and my ATG gun.
Card stock, stamped images, embellishments for decorating.
Follow along on Tricia's instructional video to make this adorable little mini album.

I just love the way the Jacob's ladder moves. You'll be surprised how easy it is to make one of your own.

Have a great day!
Pam



Sunday, January 19, 2020

Card Sketch at Club Scrap

Hi! It's been a perfect weekend to stay in and craft here in Upstate NY. Cold and snowy! My dog doesn't even want to go out in it! I'm spending the whole weekend crafting - perfect. 
I'm not much of a New Year resolution kind of person but this year I felt the need to make one. I haven't blogged much lately and decided to be more active on my blog. A couple of years ago I was a member of the Club Scrap Artist Team and I loved it so much! Gave my creativity purpose, deadlines an a focus. I miss that! I'm a Design Team member of the Challenge Blog Creative with Stamps and it keeps me active but not quite enough. I've gotten lazy and need to get back on track! So, this year I plan to blog more and hope to join another Design Team :)

Today I'm sharing a card I made for the Club Scrap Sketch Challenge on Facebook.

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Here's the sketch.


Here's my "W Fun Fold" card. All stamped images are Club Scrap unmounted stamps from the Garden Shed collection. The hexagon embossing folder is from my stash. The papers are Club Scrap and Stampin Up!


I love this fun fold design! The base is 4 1/8" x 11" folded in half. . The "W" is a strip 1" x 11" folded in 4 equal parts. The 4 panels are 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". The inside mattes are 3 1/4" x 3 1/4".
I used a foam blender to put Stampin Up! Crumb Cake ink through a hexagon stencil (Club Scrap). Then I stamped a few bees with the same color. I used a large hexagon background stamp from my stash to ink the top mattes in Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber. I used Stampin Up! Early Expresso to ink all the stamped images. All are Club Scrap Garden Shed except the "Bee-lieve In Yourself" which is from my stash. I popped up a couple of the bees with foam dots.

I hope you liked my card and will watch my blog for more to come!

Have a great day!
Pam

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Creative with Stamps #46 Scarf

Hello! Happy Holidays! Today I'm sharing my Design Team card for Creative with Stamps #46 Scarf.




The penguin image and sentiment is from my stash. I colored the image with Copic markers. The background is glitter paper I got at a Dollar Store near me. The snowflake stickers are from Club Scrap. I embossed the white strip behind the penguin with an embossing folder from my stash.

Check out Creative with Stamps for the other Design Team creations and to link up a scarf project of your own!

Have a great day!
Pam