Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Club Scrap Cantina Blog Hop

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Welcome to the July Club Scrap Blog Hop featuring this month's kit, Cantina. If you arrived here from Inkstains with Roni, then you are in the right place. If not, check out Karen's post over at Club Scrap for a complete list of participating blogs.

After seeing this Origami Video on Youtube (disclaimer: it is in a foreign language), I had to give it a try using the fabulous papers and stamps in this month's Cantina Collection! 

Choose Two Cantina White, and one each of Hot Pink, Orange and Aqua Print.

Score each paper at 4 and 8". Flip the papers vertically and score again at 6".

Continue to follow the rest of the steps in the video to create the origami shapes.

Take the shapes for a test drive to make sure they fit together.

Create a patterned paper using coordinating ink colors (Distress from Ranger in Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry and Ripe Persimmon) and the 50s Kitchen Art Nouveau UM image.

Use a corner rounder and punch all corners of all the origami shapes. Tip: this makes it easier to insert them all back together for reassembling the final project.

Trim two pieces of the stamped pattern paper to fit the right and left exposed tabs. Corner round these pieces before attaching to the tabs.

Unfold all the shapes and find the small triangular areas to be stamped.

Mask off the areas to be stamped. Choose a coordinating color of ink and add the Cantina Collection UM flower image to all the exposed triangular areas.

Note: on the White origami use three colors of ink to create a multi colored flower.

Reassemble the pieces.

Create labeled tabs using a die cut scallop circle.

Enjoy the finished Origami Organizer!

It even folds up flat, what a bonus!

Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the hop.

Up next is DebDuzScrappin!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

National Parks Blog Hop

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Welcome to the June Club Scrap Blog Hop featuring this month's kit, National Parks. If you arrived here from The Crafty Colonel, Donna's Blog, then you are in the right place. If not, check out Karen's post over at the Club Scrap Blog for a complete list of participating blogs.

When Tricia first showed us her idea for this project it blew me away. I knew immediately that I wanted to make one for myself. As an attendee at the Annual Club Scrap Retreat in Wisconsin last year, we received these awesome leather pencil tool roll as a gift. I wasn't sure I wanted to use it for this purpose, and was so excited when Tricia came up with this alternative. So clever!!

Check out Tricia's Treasure Map Journal Tutorial blog post to create one of these amazing hand stitched books.

I chose to use plain papers from the National Parks kit combined with London Calling Green and text weight Floral prints.

All the colors worked so nicely and complimented the gorgeous vintage look of the print papers.

Love the pocket pages to hold lots of goodies! 

To create an embellishment for the front cover, I stamp the leather flap leftover with icon images from National Parks UM Borders and Backgrounds set.

Fussy cut the shapes to add to the cover.

The quote, stamped in India ink as well, came from the same set. Layer with canvas panel and additional papers from the collection.

It is always so much fun and rewarding to make a journal or album from scratch. Hope you will give it a try!

Next up on the hop is Debby's Masculine Inspirations in Paper Crafts Blog!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Technique Challenge Mini Album

I created this little mini for the June Technique challenge hosted by Anne Marie over at the Club Scrap Blog.

I used papers and fibers from Club Scrap's National Parks and Trees kits. I created the moose paper clip embellishment along with others for Club Scrap's Blog. Check out the details HERE.

Hope you will give this mini a try.  Wouldn't it make a great little gift for Dad too?

Friday, June 12, 2015

Freebie Friday: Club Scrap June Card Sketch Challenge

Club Scrap's forum is full of wonderful folks who host some pretty great challenges.

One of my faves is the Card Sketch Challenge

Check out Merilyn's fun hand drawn sketch and super cute card creation.

Merilyn's hand drawn sketch
Merilyn's National Parks card sample
I sat down and drew up a set of cutting instructions in Club Scrap's Assembly line / Efficient style to make creating a set of four cards a snap!

Download your set of instructions for free HERE.

Here are the cards I created using the cutting instructions and papers, embellishments and stamps from Club Scrap's National Parks kit.

I used a Martha Stewart border punch and hydrangea blossoms punch along with sticker pearls for the the flower centers from Club Scrap's Bookshelves kit.

Club Scrap® products used -
CS WOW Red Hybrid ink
CS Earth Hybrid ink
CS White Pigment ink
CS Black India ink
CS National Parks Borders and Backgrounds UM Rubber Stamp set
CS National Parks Art Nouveau UM Rubber Stamp set
CS National Parks Fiber pack

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Red, White and The Blues - Club Scrap Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Club Scrap Blog Hop featuring May's The Blues Collection. If you have arrived from Kay's Blog then you are in the right spot, if not head back to the beginning to check out Karen's post on the Club Scrap Blog. There you will find a complete list of blogs participating in today's hop.

I played along with the May Artist Challenge and followed the cutting instructions to create this layout.

I chose papers from The Blues collection along with a bright red 12x12 paper from the May 2013 Cape Cod collection. On the left page, I filled up some of the open space along the edge of the vertical border strip with the notes flourish from the The Blues Greetings UM.

On the right page, I stamped a portion of the Borders and Backgrounds UM quote on the journal block and added a small piece of the laser cut musical note fiber included as a goodie in the Deluxe Kit.

Memorial Day weekend kicks off the unofficial start of summer and my family and I head off to visit family at the cottage on Gurnet Point in Plymouth, MA.

Gurnet Point Light, a beautiful flag flies over the former Coast Guard station turned into a B&B and the view down Duxbury Beach. 

It was a windy but glorious blue sky day. Perfect for taking photos of the lighthouses and my youngest Shannon climbing the hill where the the former twin lights used to stand on the point.

Gurnet Point Lighthouse (aka Plymouth Light) and Bug Light in Plymouth Harbor in the distance. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Your next stop is Anne Marie's Artfully Balanced Blog!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Mother's Day Boutonnieres

I made nine of these small pin backed boutonnieres for a donation to a local homeless shelter.

A local Facebook group organized donations to be made into baskets for the nine mothers who are at the shelter. 

I hope they all are made to feel special this weekend despite their current situations.

Club Scrap papers (Dream in Color) and sentiment stamp (Blossom), Spellbinders small scalloped circle background. Pale pink paper from stash. Tim Holtz Pine cone die rose and leaves, and Fiskars flower punch.

Thanks to my friend Kerri A. for taking a photo of the pin as I had forgotten. :)

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Club Scrap Botanicals Blog Hop and a Freebie!

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Welcome to the Club Scrap Blog Hop featuring the April Botanicals KitIf you arrived here from Kay's Keepsakes blog then you are in the right spot, if not you might want to hop back to see what Karen has created at the Club Scrap Blog. There you can find the complete list of participating bloggers so you don't miss a thing!

Each month over at the Club Scrap Forum, Marya and Anne Marie challenge folks to create cards based on a sketch.

Once these cards are created, participants upload the artwork to the Club Scrap Swaps and Challenges Gallery and share their creations with others in the Card Sketch Challenge Thread for that month.

Follow these step to create this set of four cards.

1. Choose four 8.5x11" papers from the Botanicals Deluxe kit.

2. Cut papers following the free downloadable instructions.

ALCM April 2015 Card Sketch

3. Arrange the pieces following the sketch.

4. Punch out nine small daisies from the remaining scraps of each paper color.

5. Attach daisies to each of the 2.5x2.5" squares. Then add Silver Dazzles from the Constellations kit to the centers of each flower.

6. Add a sentiment from the Watercolor Blossoms UM stamp set Retreat 2013 to each of the .5x2.75" strips.  Note - I used acrylic paints to add the sentiment to the brown paper and CS Hybrid Earth Ink to the remaining strips.

7. Layer the remaining panels and pieces onto the card bases. Add black foam adhesive squares giving dimension to the square and sentiment elements.

Here are the completed cards.

I also made a double lidded card box to house my card set. The original idea came from this blog post, but I altered the dimensions to suit my cards. Join me tomorrow at the Club Scrap Blog to see lots of photos, and get step by step instructions and a free template to create a Double Hinged Card Box.

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to download your free instructions!!

Up next on the hop is Anne Marie's Blog.