I'm entering this card into Stamp, Ink, Paper's Fall challenge.
Going to the Fair this weekend and a double caramel apple with chopped peanuts is my first stop!
Seriously . . . yum!
Yum. It's Fall and I love it! This cute little card uses elements from Club Scrap's latest kit, "Orchard." The main image is from one of the cut-apart sheets and is incredibly beautiful. I added green sequins with a red-orange rhinestone in the center.
I'm entering this card into Stamp, Ink, Paper's Fall challenge.
Going to the Fair this weekend and a double caramel apple with chopped peanuts is my first stop!
Seriously . . . yum!
Howdy! If you've been hopping along with the Club Scrap blog hop, you're here from Wendy's blog. If you started somewhere else or came straight here and want to know the hop list, check out Karen's post.
As usual, I ended up with a collection of cards that are kind of all over the place. Since that is so much like me personally, I shouldn't be surprised, right?!
For the card above, I made the background paper using Distress Oxides. I spritzed a good amount of gold Tattered Angels glimmer mist on the paper and when dry, added the panel to a card base. Next, I secured the dark teal paper to the front of the card after adding several layers of gold thread around it. I mounted the cut-apart to the card with mounting tape and rounded the corners.
For this card, I layered a band of seaweed from one of the papers in the kit to the bottom portion of the card, which had been covered with the dark, mysterious-bottom-of-the-ocean paper. I mounted the sentiment on some silver paper from my stash and then added Glossy Accents to the bubbles on the dark paper. Love the moody look!
This card is what got me thinking about the wall hanging I did for the Artist Challenge. The card base has a layer of the dark green on it and then a layer of the mermaid paper also from the kit. I Glossy Accented the mermaid tail, stamped and mounted the sentiment and rounded the corners. For a little more fun, I added some droplets around the tail to look like air bubbles.
And then I completely moved away from the mermaid/water theme and make a birthday card using some of the cut-aparts and a few buttons from my stash. I mounted the sentiment onto the dark green cardstock from the kit and added the "tatting" border around it.
Can you tell I added white gel pen dots to some of the buttons? They're my favorite part!
As auntie to five nieces, I need lots of graduation cards and this sentiment is perfct for that! I started this card with the dark teal panel on the cardbase. I stamped the bubbles in Versamark ink for the tone-on-tone look. Next, I created the small panel that has a sandy neutral base and the scale print on top. I stamped the sentiment on the same sandy neutral cardstock and added it to light blue and dark teal cardstock. I finished the sentiment panel with some of the dark teal/gold stickers from the kit and then mounted it to the center of the card with mounting tape.
More of this incredible paper that reminds me of Japanese woodblock illustration! Again, I cut out some of the seaweed and popped it up with mounting tape. I die cut a circle out of the corner of the main panel, then cut out a slightly smaller circle that I stamped and embellished with small rhinestones from my stash before adding it back to the card.
Now THIS card, THIS card required a lot of thinking for me since I am self-diagnosed "spatially-impaired." I added gold gel pen around the bottoms of the scales to give them a little more definition and then cut some of them so they would come up off the card by wrapping them around a pen for a few seconds.. I attached the panel of the scales to the cardbase and inserted the stamped sentiment underneather a couple of scales for interest.
This Z-fold card is going to get remade once I get my hands on another sheet of paper I made the waves from. I created the card base and added some dark brown from my stash to the outer panel and a panel of brown with the bubbles cardstock from the kit atop it. I used the same brown cardstock to create the skinny panel that the waves are glued to. I didn't think the fold would work if I stretched the waves across the whole thing, so I made small sections that ended just before each crease in the z-fold. It looks crappy.
But I love the rest of it! I fussy cut some of the mermaid tails from the cut-aparts and snugged them into the waves. I also used one of the cut-apart sentiments and stamped a few starfish to go around the sentiment in the back. I'll update the photo when I get the change made.
I'm still learning how to use the Distress Oxide inks and often just make a muddled mess, but this one turned out nicely. I used a die to make the white frame and the rest is pretty self-explanatory. (I colored some pastel-colored pearls with one of my Copics to get them the color I wanted. And while I had the Copics out, I filled in the space where my nail polish had grown out. Worked pretty well. in case you need a quick nail fix!)
i really like stamp sets that have images I can use to make my own paper; this starfish really worked great! I used some gold thread from my stash behind the sentiment and added Glossy Accents randomly on the background.
I picked up some glitter paper at the Dollar Tree and discovered it is sticky-backed. I cut a hole in it and slapped it onto my cardbase. All that was left at that point was to stamp the sentiment in the center, stamp and fussy cut some starfish and mount them around the opening. Sometimes ya just need some flash, ya know?.
This is one of my favorites from this collection. I used a die to cut a shape into the upper corner. I added in a panel of the dark teal print on the right side of the open card, then I trimmed out one of the mermaids from the cut-aparts and attached it to the corner. I spritzed some sandy ink onto the card front and threw in some gold thread for interest behind the sentiment.
OK, this is a cool card that folds flat for mailing and will stand up on its own out of the envelope, but I want you to watch the video and follow the directions, which I did not do. Because I am from Mars instead of Venus and therefore don't read directions. Pfffft! I don't need no stinkin' directions! (And that planetary reference is based on the book Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, a self-help book from the early '90's.)
I wanted to make the card 5" x 7" instead of the A2 card the directions are for and didn't quite get the math right; consequently, my card leans just a little. Anyway, I used my favorite cardstock from the kit behind the main image, Glossy Accented the mermaid tail, mounted the sentiment with a gold bauble from my stash, and added in pieces of seaweed in front of the tail to add dimension. There's a large area on the back of the card to write in.
But seriously, watch the video!
That's it for me today. Your next stop is Lisa! Thanks for coming by and I hope you'll visit again soon!
I spent an incredible amount of time fussy cutting to get the pieces I wanted onto the book-board "canvas" I created. I used a modified version of this tutorial to help me with box basics.
First, I covered the outer edges with the scale paper from the kit and then glued the section of paper I wanted as the background onto the front panel.
I attached the two mermaid tails I'd fussy cut and then covered them with a Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen. (Sadly, I couldn't get a photo that really shows the beautiful shimmer the tails have.)
Next, I added Glossy Accents to the shimmery tails. While I waited for HOURS for the Glossy Accents to dry, I trimmed out some of the seaweed to use in front of the tails and stamped/layered the sentiment for the corner of the box.
I toyed around with adding one of the starfish from the kit to the box, but it didn't look right to me with the paper. I thought aboud some sand at the bottom - yes, Dollar Tree DOES sell sand, in different colors even - but chucked that idea because I didn't think it would add anything to the scene and might ruin the good thing I already had going on! (After it was all said and done, I went back and sponged the edges of the frame, but that's all the embellishment it was going to get!)
This is going somewhere where it can be seen in the library where I work. Kids get encouragement from places and things we don't even realize. Maybe this will resonate with one of them and make a difference!)
Oh, and just to make all of us feel really old, I thought I'd remind everyone of the movie called Splash, that starred Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks in 1984. Bonus points if you remember the name she ended up with!
For you younger chicks, or you older chicks who had to watch it repeatedly when your kids/grandkids were little, there's Disney's The Little Mermaid from 1989. I'm sure you know all the songs by heart, yes?
Well, that does it for me. Next up on the hopping trail is Wendy. I hope you have a terrific day and look forward to you visiting again!
I used the ".Lagoon" kit from Club Scrap I made the base card from one of the patterned papers, fussy cut out three starfish, and added them with mounting tape to the card. I rounded the corners added the sentiment and sponged the edges with silver ink.
Annnnnnnd, Bob's your uncle!
My card today is made with materials from Club Scrap's "Vintage Botany" kit, which features plenty of plants and flowers. You might also remember that I am plant/flower impaired. That's OK, I'm putting on my big girl garden gloves and am going to kick some serious botanical butt!
All the elements of this card except for the gold, matte metallic paper are from the kit. I stamped and gold embossed the floral and then used an art air gun to splatter the card. The sentiment, which was a cut-apart from the kit, provides a great pick-me-up for someone.
Get ready for the Vintage Botany Blog Hop in just nine more days! Come see me get my Sneezewort/Witch's Broom/Stinking Christopher/Hooker's Lips/Nipplewort/Bat Face/Devil's Hand/Dancing Girls/Swaddled Babies/Naked Lady on!
Welcome! If you're hopping today with Club Scrap, you've probably just left Wendy's blog. If not, and you'd like to start at the beginning, Karen started us out today. And there's always Club Scrap's papercrafting site to keep you busy!
This month's kit from Club Scrap, "Pattern Play," features masculine green/gray papers and chunky, graphic stamp images. In addition to masculine- and formal-feeling cards, I tried to mix up the results to show how it's possible to move the papers and stamps into a lighter and even a more elegant-feel.
My first card uses one of the stamps from the kit, stamped in white on a dark gray cardstock base, to set the stage for a tag I picked up somewhere for a whole .25. I mounted the tag onto a piece of teal paper from my scrap bin and placed it in the center of the card. I stamped one of the sentiments from the kit in gray and mounted it to more of the scrap. Finally, I stamped one of the floral images from the "Stamped Bouquet" set in gray, mounted it along the left side of the sentiment. You know I can't leave well-enough alone, so the floral images all got a little Spectrum Noir clear sparkle added to them.
I'd say this card straddles the line between feminine and masculine.
Next is a card I pushed toward feminine by using the repeated round shapes with the kicky color combination of bright green and black. (The combination is one I often see on summer sun dresses.) I used all supplies from the kit for this card except for the circle die I used to make the white circles and the Glossy Accents I used on the word "loving."
I think I'd send this card to a gal pal who is going through a difficult time - relationship, job, dieting - as a pick up. (I'm not sure the dieting thing makes life worth loving, but that's what the stamp said, so I went with it!)
So here's where I see the cardstock as being elegant in addition to masculine. I created a card base with light gray and mounted onto it a panel of darker gray I made just slightly smaller than the card itself.
I stamped the darker gray panel with one of the leaf stamps and embossed them in silver. I added silver ribbon and a silver-embossed sentiment, all ready to give to a happy couple who has NO IDEA what they are about to embark upon!
Heading back to masculine, this card features all materials from the kit except for the twine and the sliver of green seen behind the sentiment.
This card is 5 x 7 with a base of medium gray. I triple-matted the next layer which also includes ribbon from the kit. I used one of the panels from the cut-aparts, matted slightly larger than the actual size of the card, and wrapped with green twine I had on my desk. My can't-leave-it-alone moment was Glossy Accenting the leaves in the squares. (You'll remember the Glossy Accenting verb from a previous post!)
The sentiment is appropriate for encouragement.
The card below is pretty darned feminine, what with the flower and all the sequin doo-dads in the window. I've had the floral, feature piece waiting for the right moment for eons. Thank goodness this interesting floral paper showed up in the kit! (I only need Club Scrap to surprise me with the right papers about 7,652 more times to empty out one of my embellishments boxes. Please get on that soon!)
The sentiment and the decorative papers are from the "Pattern Play" kit. The rest of the card is stuff from my stash.
Below is another instance of the cardstock moving toward elegance. It is really hard to tell here because of the lines on the card front, but there is a slug? quantity? ration? glop? clot? mess? swirl? of silver thread behind the sentiment. (Someone please tell me what word I'm looking for so I don't look like a complete idiot more than a couple of days!)
I Glossy Accented the word "mind" and rounded the outside corners to finish off the card.
Below are a couple cards that I either didn't like or didn't complete. I just got the quilt die and thought I'd try it with the papers from the kit. The cards are 4.25" x 4.25." I felt that they looked a little haphazard, so I set them aside. In the future, I'll add sentiments on them and use them for gift cards.
The last card uses the bright green paper that I had a hard time using. I created a double-matted panel to go on top of the bright green card base. I used the green ribbon from the kit and added a couple elements from my stash - the green button with twine and wood words "Be bright" 'cause, well, the paper is bright.
That's it for me. Next up is Lisa! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you'll come by again.
A long-forgotten focal image and papers from my scrap bin make this card! I used a sentiment from Club Scrap's "Pattern Play" kit and used Spectrum Noir clear glimmer on the flowers.
This will require a larger envelope since I decided to extend the banner well beyond the edge of the card. All I need now is for someone to send me a gift, so I can send it!
How do I mask thee? Let me count the ways...
Hey! You must have been at Lisa's awesome blog - it's hard to have to follow her - before this. You are darned near the end of the blog hop, My Friend!
Th1s was a hard challenge . . . ain't gonna lie. I'm not very good at coloring hair using Copic markers, doing anything with flower shapes, an/or making CAS (clean and simple) cards. So, the following cards are presented with the best one first. I wouldn't be hurt if you just skipped over the other two and went right for Wendy's blog. Seriously. Ugh.
This is the card that came closest to meeting the challenge requirements. I stamped, colored, and sponged the main image, from the "Big Top" set, then used a circle punch to cut circles out of post-it notes. Then I wasted a whole lot of Distress Oxide ink getting to the colors I wanted in the background. All in all, I love it and think I'll send it in to a magazine to see if I can get published.
This was my first attempt to make a CAS card for the challenge. I stamped a background for the sentiment using the back of a stamp, then added the sentiment. I added some glossy ink to the word "life" and on the stars to help them stand out more. I flicked ink onto the paper to make it look like confetti. Meh.
Second attempt, again using stamps from "Big Top." I finally have the masking thing figured out. Sadly, I stamped the ticket upside down. That would be OK if I had maybe a couple of coins to stamp on there to make it look as someone emptied out their pockets after going to the circus. But . . . no.
Hey there! So glad you stopped by. If you came here from Lisa's blog, you're in the right spot. If you ended up here from somewhere else and you want to get reoriented, head over to Karen's at Club Scrap!
The hop today is really cool. We were challenged to put together pieces from different kits to come up with new ideas. If any of the pieces look interesting to you, check out the Club Scrap store.
For this card, I used the new Distress Oxide inks and created a dreamy, night time look. on paper from the "Shades of Winter" kit. Fireflies glow, but I didn't have any glow-in-the-dark ink so I added spots of glimmer with my Spectrum Noir clear shimmer pen. I heat embossed the jar from the "Adirondacks" kit so it would look more like glass. Finally, I added a sentiment from the same kit. The inside of the card has a panel where a tag can go. I used ribbon and more of the cardstock from the "Shades of Winter" kit to make the tag.
And that brings us to the close of yet another preternaturally lengthy blog post. Next up is Wendy! Thanks for dropping by!
This is the last of the "Cherry Blossom" cards for this go around. I have lots of paper left to make more, though, so there will be more in the future!
This card uses papers and cut-aparts from the kit. I added three flower sequins to finish off the card and like the way it looks. Clean and "professional!"
Here is another of those cards that you can't get a feel for the nuanced elements. Both the kimono and the jacket have been "painted" with Pearl Ex. I also added white gel pen to the flowers. You can see how the Pearl Ex looks from the second photo, where the kanji glows.
I'll be sad to see this kit go and look forward to "going back for seconds" in the future!
You have most likely just hopped from Karen's post to get here. If at any point, you wander astray, her post is where it all begins!
The challenge this month was to make beautiful things with this stamp set. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I am not a flower person, so this truly was a challenge for me! This was also my first chance to play with the Distress Oxides that recently came out. So, I'm not sure these cards qualify as beautiful, but they are darned unique and whoever ends up with one of them better appreciate that I like them enough to send them a dang card I made by hand.
That is all.
I was thinking summer for these flowers, but they kind of got a little closer to Fall with the colors I started with. My process, which was more or less what better qualified stampers have shown in numerous videos, was to smoosh the ink pads onto a piece of acetate or other plastic surface, spray it and the surface of the paper with water and then pick color up from the acetate by laying the paper across the surface and picking it back up. Then, where you have empty spots, you can dip the paper into the ink again until you like the way it looks.
Adding water to the ink as it is on the paper will make the colors morph a little bit. The water "stains" the existing ink. After I had the Distress Oxides inks down the way I wanted them, I added a few patches of dark ink on a piece of bubble wrap to add a different texture to the paper.
I did a little free-hand painting on the gatefold card images using the ink left on the acetate after making the background paper. I added in some loops of the orangey fibers from the Boardwalk kit and popped in a sentiment. Which I cut apart to make it smaller for the card.
I stamped one of the tall flowery images on the background with black ink, waited for it to dry, then ran it through my Big Shot to create the small window in the card. H mounted it onto a black piece of cardstock slightly smaller than the card base. I stamped the birthday sentiment from the kit onto a piece of cardstock, mounted it onto a scrap piece of coordinating paper, and added the whole schmear into the opening. After it was all said and done, I added some white gel pen to the flowers/weeds. Kind of like that background!
FInally, I free-hand painted the daisy looking flowers onto some linen watercolor paper I picked up someplace. Stamping the image on was tough because of the uneven texture, so some flowers look more, uh, flowery, than others. The Distress Oxide inks layer on each other instead of becoming a big smear, I double mated the image and attached it to a card base. I stamped the sentiment on a piece of coordinating cardstock and stuck it behind part of the pop-out from the thank you card. And because I just couldn't leave it alone, I added Sakura glaze ink to the inside of the flowers.
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Yeah, I'm kind of infatuated with round cards. I'm also really infatuated with the "Cherry Blossoms" kit from Club Scrap! I guess that makes this card a win-win!
This is not a simple card to make, but I think it's worth the effort. Here's what I did:
1. Use a large circle die to cut out a folded card base out of acetate. (I folded mine "hamburger" style for all you teachers out there!) Leave a section at the top of the card inside the die; this will make the hinge for the card. Watch this video, if my instructions don't make sense!) Crease the section of the circle you left uncut with a bone folder to help the acetate lay down.
2. Using the same size die, create a circle for the inside of the card and the back of the card. (This is where your message for the recipient will go.)
3. Use the same size die and the one nested just smaller than it. If you don't have a set, find one that will leave you with a 1/4" ring when you cut them out one inside the other.
4. Stamp, color, and fussy cut a kimono.
5. Attach the large circle pieces inside and on the back of the acetate card. Be as accurate as possible because misalignment will show.
6. Attach the ring to the front of the acetate card, I used four drops of Glossy Accents at 12, 3, 6, and 9. Again, try to be precise.
7. Attach the kimono to the front of the card.
8. Stamp the sentiment inside the card.
9. Add detailing to ring and the stamen of the flowers and allow to dry.
10. Congratulate yourself for an awesome card. You're a pro!
Hey there! I'm glad you stopped by! You've probably landed here from 's blog. If not, or if you just want to start the fun over again, head back to Karen's post.
I had so much fun with the artist team challenge, I decided to scrap my two newest kitties using the "Delft" hybrid kit. I also added an embellishment from my digital stash.
I used Photoshop to put together this page. Once again, I used the NEW, LAYERS, and PLACE functions. I started a new page, and layered in one of the "Delft" patterns as the background. My next layers were for the photos, mats, and text boxes under the cats. I followed that by a layer of matted text boxes for each kitty. (I used the font "Imperator" from DaFont for the text.) I layered in another background from the collection and reduced it down to create strips for the side and bottom borders. Finally, I added the "Love" embellishment from my digital stash.
This process is actually quite fun, and, at least for myself, leaves you feeling pretty darned accomplished when you're finished! What have you got to lose?
I'm the end of this hop, so if you'd like to take a stretch break and then hop again OR if you just want to head on over to the store to enrich your supply kit, click on the link for Karen's post above!
Thanks for stopping by!
Me? Do digital? Yes!
Well, sort of.
But before I get all crazy with this post, let me say, "Howdy!" and "Thank you for dropping by!" You most likely landed here from Karen's page, which is the start of this hop. If you get turned around at anytime, just head back to her where the master hop list lives!
OK, I've used digital stamps for many years with complete ease. Digital scrapbooking, though; not so much! In fact, I've only "successfully" created one page IN MY ENTIRE LIFE! And I qualify that "successfully," because I don't really know what I'm doing, and I'm sure there are a lot of things I need to complete or fix to really call it a success!
So bear with me as I guide you through the digital scrapbook page odyssey I've come to call "Follow the Pixel-Filled Road."
The four 8" X 8" pages I made are built using Club Scrap's digital kits called "Creative License." I supplemented some of the embellishments on the pages with elements from Club Scrap's "Fur-Ever Friends" digital hybrid kit and the "Dog" digital kit. I also added a few elements I've had since I created that ONE page I made way-back-when.
I am fortunate to have Photoshop CS6 on my work computer. Like driving a Hummer for most people, it is probably more software than I need and/or can handle! My pages do not have anything complicated going on. In fact, the steps I used to make each of them are NEW, LAYERS, and PLACE. (I also merged some layers, but that wasn't hard or even necessary.) You can do this!
I do not have any fancy screen shots, as that, too, is above my pay grade! (I spent so much time undoing to correct mistakes, the screen shots would have most likely represented my boo-boos, so I just left them out. Maybe next time...) So, I'll just break down what I did and let you know if/when I made really stupid errors I can keep you from doing, too!
To make the Teddy page, I used one of the backgrounds in the "Creative License" digital kit. I reduced it to fit the 8" x 8" page. Then I layered on the photo and the photo mat. Next, I layered in two of the other backgrounds and reduced them down to narrow strips. Finally, I layered in the "Amazing" graphic, and the steel rivets. The last thing I added was the text layer. I used the "You are Loved" font which came from DaFont. I liked the grungy look of it with the grungy papers.
Next is the Muffin page. For this one, I used a template from the collection. All I needed to do was layer in the photo and add any embellishments I wanted. First, I layered in the photo and a photo mat. Next, I layered in the frame, the stitching, and stars from my digital stash. Lastly, I added the text layer using the same font.
Chance's page was constructed using layering like I did for the Teddy page. I added the messy splotch from one of the kits behind the photo, as well as the "Good Dog" sentiment. To finish up, I layered in arrows from my digital stash.
Miss B's page was also constructed as Teddy's was. I layered in hearts from my digital stash behind the photo. Then, I layered in a different background from the kit and reduced it to become the strip at the bottom. I added the text at the bottom and the top with the same font.
Stuff to know if you want to try this:
1. It's really hard to screw anything up in digital design. Photoshop (or any similar program) lets you undo anything you suddenly realize was a bad move. Also, the program forces you the "place" everything you do. It's like saying "I do!" to the layer, but you can still "annul" the step if you choose.
2. If you get stuck on anything, there's a YouTube video tutorial for everything in the known world. At some point in the process, I closed the layers panel and needed to learn how to get it back - internet to the rescue! There are also tutorials on Club Scrap. I plan to spend some time looking at digital pages I like so next time I sit down to design, I can pull up a couple of tutorials and make myself look like a genius in comparison to these pages!
3. I wanted my photos to blend with the papers in the kit, so I used a free basic photo editor program to make them look like "old photos" which isn't exactly black and white, but still fairly neutral in color.
4. Granted, these are pretty simplistic pages, but once I got on the roll with the whole layer-and-place routine, the process was super-duper fast. I think doing pages this way can take away some of the tactile joy that comes with traditional scrapbooking, kind of like reading a book from an e-reader. The end product is the same, but something might be lost in the process. I, however, am much more likely to actually complete pages digitally, so I'm willing to make the trade-off, and if I need the tactile experience, I'll belly up to the craft table, and whip out a few cards. Choose what works for you.
Whew! That's it for me. Next on the hit parade is Donna, and you can reach her blog by clicking on the graphic below. You can also head back to Karen's page if you've missed a stop or you want to begin anew.
Until next time...
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A little background on my project is in order before we launch into the photos and text. There is the chance that I've mentioned my "disability" here before. It's a spatial relations impairment. In other words, what normal people can manipulate and "see" with their mind's eye, I cannot.
I've known about this impairment since I took that aptitude test in 8th grade that was supposed to direct you toward a career you have an knackfor. Remember that section of the test where there were wheels and pulleys with arrows and you were supposed to suss out the direction one of the wheels if the set-up was working correctly? No? How about the weird origami-type two dimensional shapes you were supposed to determine what shape would be made if it were folded up?
I bombed the spatial relations part of the test. . . even worse than the math section, which is saying a lot!
This brings me to the project I made. It's based on a tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers. There are both a set of written instructions and a video. You'd think I'd be able to understand ONE of the two, right? No.
I killed a WHOLE BUNCH of cardstock before getting close to the actual product. I will add helpful details I needed but didn't get in the instructions in case you, like me, are spatially impaired.!
This project can be whatever you want it to be. I made mine into a mini album for my last family gathering which was in Seattle. I made the project using papers and cut-aparts from Club Scrap's "Boardwalk" kit. I also used stencils from Club Scrap. I inked up the letters for the cover, cut then out and mounted them onto cardstock from the kit. Next, I placed them on the patterned paper using mounting tape and added Glossy Accents to them to aid in durability.
Once I figured the instructions for the "bones" of the album, I inserted graph paper for establishing timelines and storytelling. You could add any additional papers to the front at this point.
Past the center piece of cardstock are the album pages. (You're absolutely right in noting that the pages are kind of bare. I picked up my photos after work and didn't notice half of them were missing until I sat down to work. More photos and actual journaling to come!)
On the album section cover, I used the stencil again to show the airport code for Seattle and added an iconic photo. I turned the page and started adding photos for Day 1, which covers several pages and includes a bump-out page.
Welcome, Stampers, Scrapbookers, and all other ilk of crafters! (That might be redundant, but I don't use the word "ilk" very often, so . . .)
You've probably landed here after visiting Donna's Hawthorn Hill blog, and I'm the last stop of the hop. If not, and you want to start at the beginning, click here where you can also get a look at hop list.
I'm so glad you stopped by! I made a few cards I really like - I can't always say that - and am excited to share them with you.
Yeah, yeah, I know they're succulents, but they're also faux roses, right? Right. (Work with me here, people; work with me!)
I assembled the card base by adding the dark panel on top of a white card base. I ran the front cover through the Big Shot one hundred and seventeen times to get the die through all the layers.
Next, I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment, embossed it, and layered the panel onto a contrasting panel and popped a faux metal enamel dot from the "Color Me Happy" kit from last month.
I went back to the card base and added white gel pen accents on the darkest card stock, socked in the "roses," added glitter, and popped up the one in the center, and attached the sentiment.
Lastly, I added a strip of patterned paper from one of the cut-aparts on the bottom edge to accent the scalloped edge.
Nope, not yet. Something's amiss. What is it?
Oh, I know, add a border using that cool technique I "invented" a week ago or so~ I used my Sakura Glaze pen so it's shiny and raised. Just what it needed!
This card is really simple to make and you have all the required items to make one like it in your house RIGHT NOW!
I watched the following video to make sure the idea that was in my head would actually work. Super-duper easy but looks like a big deal. (It'll be our little secret!)
I distressed the patterned paper on the front of the card. Ran scissors along the edges, rolled the edges with my fingernails, chewed on the edges a little to give it a stranded-without-food-on-a-deserted-island-so-this'll-have-to-do appearance. Moderately effective and the cardstock didn't taste nearly as awful as I expected. (Or if you want the distressed look without all the hassle, wait to cut cardstock until 30 minutes before a deadline. Without fail, your trimmer blade will be as dull as a bread knife and shred the edges for you!)
I matted it and added it to the front of the card. I added a bow that took on a life of its own, but by that time, is was waaaay too late to turn back. Finally, I tucked the sentiment onto the front.
Inside, I added a strip from one of the cut-aparts at the top and bottom of the card to give it a finished look.
Oh, and there were those things that stand up. The letters were from my stash and the plastic came from something I dragged out of the trash. Recycling at its finest!
Some things to note:
1. The width can be whatever you want it to be, but that 2" extra on the length is a must to make sure your pop-ups have enough cardstock to grab onto at the base.
2. Most of the beautiful papers we get from Club Scrap are quite thick. Scoring the cardstock to make the interior folds was challenging. If you plan on mailing a card made with this pattern and Club Scrap papers, be ready to pay extra . . . It's quite bulky!
3. You can pretty much squeeze anything onto those clear strips, just bear in mind the heavier the items, the thicker the clear strips need to be
I am the official tail end of this hop. If you want to start over again, click the "next up" button to go back to Karen at Club Scrap. Thanks for dropping by today; I hope you'll come by again!
OK, here's the breakdown on this round - yay! - card that is essentially 5" X 5". I whipped out my roll of Sookwang double-sided adhesive strips and laid out the grid pattern on the card base. After removing the backing paper from all the tape strips, I spread glitter on top of the adhesive, and shook off the excess.
Next, I created two loops of ribbon to use as a faux bow and adhered them to the card front. Finally, I arranged the blossoms on the left side of the card, popped in the sentiment, and added Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle to the blossoms.
For added impact, I sponged some pink and white on the outer edges and added to pearl cabachons to the centers of the top two blossoms.
Yet again, the photos don't do justice to the card.
For this card, I used a burgundy card base and fussy cut some of the succulent flowers. I stamped one of the sayings from the kit onto a scrap of the light pink paper and layered it onto a pre-punched piece of vellum to add a "fancy" look. The actual plant pieces were adhered on top of the sentiment piece, with the larger top blossom popped up with mounting tape. And knowing how much I like sparkle, you know there's - squirrel!!! - a bunch of shiny stuff on the blossoms. I tried the Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle and have to say it's better than Wink of Stella.
Because I was impatient and cut the sentiment piece before the ink was dry, I had a few dark boo-boos on the light paper. I whipped out my white gel pen and added some small dots on the paper with the sentiment on it to cover up my mistakes. Then, since the white gel pen was in my hand, I decided to add a border. I usually do a faux stitched border, but I didn't like the way it looked. So after taking a deeeeep breath, I added ovals between the stitches, and what do you know, it has a lacy effect. Yay for a happy ending!
I can't say enough about the "Color Me Happy" kit from Club Scrap. The batik-print papers are so gorgeous and offer a great palette to work from.
It was totally worth the mess! (Well, I should acknowledge that I amped up the mess by deciding to do the spritzed background!)
I chose to feature the mulberry paper faux batik technique and used the small dragonfly from the kit as my "batiked" image. After stamping and embossing the image, I sprtzed the mulberry paper with three shades of spray die ink - tangerine, turquoise, and gold, which had gold shimmers in it.
Because I'm lazy and impatient, I elected to use my heat tool to dry the mulberry paper, and because the heat tool was out and hot, I thought i'd try to overheat the embossing - which is what creates the batik effect - using a folded piece of thick cardstock and the heat tool. This, surprisingly, worked pretty well, but I decided to follow up with the iron just because.
The mulberry paper stuck to the cardstock and tore in a few places. I either chose to not use the parts that got torn or fixed the tear as I stuck it onto the background. You can't even tell there was a problem. (I don't think the fix would have worked on different papers, though; what provided the camouflage were the fibers in the paper.)
To make the background paper, I spritzed more of the die ink onto cardstock, partially drying each layer before adding the next one so the colors didn't muddy too much.
I'm very pleased with the results. Pretty sure you're going to see one or two more of these beauties before it's all said and done!
I also whipped up these cards last night. The gatefold card on the left features the batik-looking paper from the kit and a belly band using the small dragonfly and the three dots I trimmed off one of the sentiments.
Apparently have a fetish for dragonflies. They're all over the place!
But to redeem myself, I also created this simple 4.75" x 4.75" note card. I stamped the leaves on a separate panel and colored them with Copics. Then, using mounting tape, I added one of the flowers from the same paper as the card on the left. I also added in some specks for fun, I used mounting tape to attach the slightly smaller panel with the flower on it to the cardbase.
I like the simple card even though it might look too plain. I recognize that sometimes I throw too much onto a card. (Yeah, probably that dragonfly thank you card, in fact.) More than once I've had to stop to think that the kind of cards papercrafters make are not what most people experience. Maybe a little less is actually more in some cases!
Hey, there! You are most likely arriving here from Donna's Hawthorne Hill blog. If not, and you want to get your bearings, head back to Karen's blog where all the fun began!
There's so much to love about the January "Color Me Happy" kit from Club Scrap. The patterned papers are divine, and the stamps and embellishments do not disappoint.
I didn't realize how gorgeous this first card was until I left the craft room and came back in. The wings gleam and have incredible depth! So beautiful!
Other than the magic of Stickles on the dragonfly wings, nothing else about this card was difficult. After cutting a circle of the patterned paper to go on top of the turquoise card base, I cut out a layer of the detail from the paper and attached it about 3/4 of the way down the card to ground the dragonflies. The last thing I did was stamp the sentiment at the bottom of the card. (And if I make a card like this again, I'll plan it a little better. The bottom of the "y" in "birthday" didn't stamp well and had to be hand lettered to fix the boo-boo.)
This is a card that will be hoarded until just the right person comes along!
second time and cut out some of the images and attached them to the card to add dimension. Finally, I heat embossed the sentiment with silver embossing powder and cut into a flag shape.
I am entering this card in the Fusion sketch challenge and am seriously going to go into overdrive with this kit - expect a lot of posts this month!
Club Scrap's kit, "Shades of Snow," included lots of stamps, many of which were not directly related to snow! These are a few cards I made using those stamps.
The birthday card features a pine bough stamp from the kit. I used a pencil eraser
to add in some gold dots to fill some of the area that didn't have a pine bough.
I also added a metal embellishment that I dipped in gold ink before adding Glossy Accents to both glue it onto the card and make it shiny. The gold ink didn't hold up under the Glossy Accents, so if I were to do it again, I'd emboss the metal piece before adding the Glossy Accents.
The other gold card uses a flourish stamp that matches the flourish on some of the papers from the kit. I love the sentiment for a "Hey, it's me!" kind of card!
The dark blue card (gotta love that metallic sheen) is a thank you card with some gold gel pen accents. I used a snowflake die my stash, then added Stickles in the negative space. I also used some of the fibers in the kit to add interest at the top of the card.
I still have a lot of paper and ideas left. The snow hasn't stopped falling yet!
I l.o.v.e. this Club Scrap "Shades of Winter" kit so much! This card features snowflakes I cut from a die, pressed onto my gold ink pad, and embossed with glitter three times. Whaaaa! If only you could see the sparkle. I used a gold gel pen to outline the snowflake on the premade panel and added Wink of Stella on top of it.
Each and every one of those skillfully fussy cut snowflakes has stickles, glitter, and/or Stickles on them. I cut them from one of the beautiful sheets of cardstock that came in the kit.
Did I mention that they were all skillfully fussy cut?
I guess snowflakes are a little like those Lays' potato chips, but in this case, it's you can't cut out just one.
I used a die from my stash to make the card above. After cutting out the snowflake, I backed the opening in the cardstock with some of the delicious blue metallic paper that came in the kit. Then, I attached the snowflake back into the opening, added Stickles, gel pen dots, and clear gems onto it, and used foam tape at specific locations to pop the end of the snowflake up away from the paper so more of the blue underneath can be seen. Finally, I added a gold pen border around the outside edge to complete it!
These cards are part of Club Scrap's December Artist Team challenge in the Club Scrap forum. Check out all the other great submissions here!
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