Monday, October 30, 2017

Team You Tube Challenge.

Hello again.  This months challenge was to find a You Tube video on Club Scrap YouTube Channel and make a project from it.  Of course we needed to add our own flair.  There are many to chose from, but I spied this one:  Stacked Book Box Project.  Take a look.  A fabulous video and great project.

Before I start, lets get some housekeeping out of the way.  You should have arrived from  Debbie.  To start at the beginning, Click Here.

My Project:

The first box, while a different size, was made exactly like the video.  I am not very handy with wet glue, but played the video, followed each step, exactly.  Had a few goofs, but fixed easily and went together like a dream.  I was happy.

I started with a "real book", took the measurements and created my work sheet with all the measurements.  Once I had the pieces cut, I started on the assembly.

Step one
step 2
and so on, just like the video.
This step was almost my undoing.  I had not calculated the paper size correctly, but I pressed on and did some camo work.  Thanks to the washi tape from the kit and some extra paper.  

A ribbon helped with the camo as well, and a little charm.  This box I left plain.  I did not photograph the inside, but I have photos of box 2 and they are similar.  .

Box 2:
Took what I learned from book one, and moved away from wet glue to scor-tape and zyron.  Worked great.  But I needed to follow the assembly instructions and it helped to have a box finished.  

Once again I calculated my sizes, and cut paper and board.  Then I ran everything through the Zyron.

Trick with this technique, is you need to run the bone folder around the edges before removing the top sheet.  This breaks the adhesive at the edges and ensures better coverage.  Also all the papers and steps, need burnished well with the bone folder or a brayer. 

here they all are attached to the paper and score tape added to the flaps. corners are cut the same way.  I did remove the backing strips on the just the ends, while prepping the corners.  And proceeded as in the video, minus the glue.  
The inside covered.  Lovely!!

Finished the inside, just as  in the video.  But here I encountered a problem.  The glue moistens the paper and makes it easier to mold.  On the outside, when folded the paper pulled away and left a crack that showed the backerboard.  Fixed by adding a ribbon over the outside seam with score tape.  This was done on both sides.  Where the ribbon overlapped on the front, I added flowers.  The ends of the ribbon, on the bottom, is covered by the box.  I added the ribbon on the front of the box to give focal interest on the front but to also cover a seam.  
Another view.  

All that was left was to add some embellishments.  I added a few to the spines.  Decorated the top of the smaller box with flowers I made from Glassine paper and liquid sprays.  
A bow and done!!!.  These will be stacked and used as bedside decoration.  Love how they came out.

Well that is all for today.  Your next stop is Jennifer.

Happy Crafting,

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Club Scrap Blog Hop: Scandanavia

Time for another hop.  Are you ready?  You should have arrived from : Jennifer or if you want to start at the beginning, Click Here!  Also, I spelled Scandinavia wrong in the title. but could not change it without messing up the link, sorry!!

For this hop, I created 3 cards.   I had many challenges with these 3 cards, but I got the job done.

Lets Start with a look:
Card 1

Card 2

Card 3

Very simple this month and not complicated.  Just need to understand your products!!!

Lets start with the first one.  

Using a piece of water color paper, I laid down the wood element in the kit.  To make sure it did not move I used a glue dot in the center.  And misted away.  After dry, I added more spray to the wood element.  

Next step was to cut it down and adhered the wood element to the paper.  I used glossy accents for this.    I slightly offset the element so that that white outlined added as another feature.  

I digress.  Check out this bottle!!!  it was in my kit.  I quickly filled it with my glossy accents that was unusable because the nozzle was glued closed with my pin attached.  Love this bottle.  There was a red top one as well, my book binding glue went into that one.  Once of projects was saved by this bottle!!  But we will talk about that at another time, LOL. 

 Ok, I just cut it down added a mat, a sentiment, popped it onto a card, Voila Done!!

I wished I had a better picture of this.  The spray was a teal blue, metallic and a Gold metallic by Heidi Swapp.  It just shimmers.  Used a Pink from her line and another brand of gold.  All of this blended to form these varied colors.  And it just shimmers.  I used the pick from the kit for the mat and added a white card base.  This is slightly bigger than A2.  

Card 2:  The Beast!!
I wanted to emboss the stamp and color the back ground but how to do that.  Well I start with white card stock, embossed in clear with versa mark and then blended Distress Oxides into the card stock.  
to my horror, the embossing disappeared!!
Ok, well I restamped it in versa mark, and embossed with clear again, but used Watercolor Paper.  Rather than blend, I used three different colors and dipped the paper into the ink.  Did not work!!!

Re did the stamping, same paper and this time used Each of the inks separate and used both the oxide and the regular.  
Oxide is on the left and regular distress on the right.  This is peeled paint.  I repeated this with Broken china and Worn lipstick.  Let dry and then added more in the areas that needed it.  

This is the most accurate for colors.  I blended regular distress in to brighten the colors more in some areas.  Then I ran it through the MINC and removed all the embossing. 

The critters are more prominent and crisper.  Again this is a better depiction of the the colors.  

Inked up the edges with Ground Espresso, Now it really pops.  

Close up shows the crispness, looks washed out, but it is the lighting.  It is darker and more dramatic like the samples above.  

Added a ribbon, mounted it on a pink mat and a tiny fox charm finishes the card.  The sentiment was saved for the inside of the card.  

Card #3

Ok, that mess from the first trial.  Was trimmed down and stamped, added a fox and heat embossed his cute little face.  Trimmed down the panel.  From the Kit was a pre printed piece in smaller detail, i trimmed this down for the background.  Added a doily a flower and ribbon.  Finished as a 6X6 square card.  Perfect. 

Simple and a good use of a background that might have ended in the trash.  

That is it for me, thanks for stopping by.  Your next stop is Cheryl

Happy crafting,


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Club Scrap Blog Hop: Orchard

Well hello again.  Time for the monthly blog hop.  This month's kit was Orchard, a lovely collection of fruit and beautiful artwork.  So glad you are hopping along.  But just to make sure all is well, you should have arrived from  Jennifer or to start at the beginning Click Here.

Ok for my project.  Decided to do something besides cards and this kit is perfect for my project.  Lets take a look.

Recipe box!!

Acrylic Recipe Box

I started by creating a box for the inside to give it some color.  Using the box I made a template and cut out my paper.

Assembled,  This just slips into the box and will hold the artwork.

I started out by stamping the image with Ground Expresso Distress Ink.  then using the markers as a watercolor, colored them in.  Used a fine line black for details.  I was after a watercolor/pastel look.
this was then inked further and trimmed down .

The front panel was a combination of digital and stamping.  I used Photoshop and found a font that matched close enough to the kit's for my name and "recipe".  Cut this down to match the size of the box and stamped in the apples.  This was on White cardstock.  I used distress and as little water as possible to color the image.  Then Inked it with ground expresso to cut down on the "white glare".

The cards:

I created the recipe cards and then imported the digital images onto these cards.  I also created a blank card and stamped the fruit.  These I colored with distress markers, the same way as the lid.

Lastly I created the dividers.  I used left over paper from many kits, cut the tabs and laminated with my Minc.

These are the dies I used and I am not sure what company produced them.  I believe Lawn Fawn.  Sizzix has a similar one, Item #656629, folder tab dies.  My Favorite things has a similar one as well.  

Well that is all for me today.  Your next stop is:  Cheryl

Happy Crafting,

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Club Scrap: Team Challenge Watercolors

Sorry I missed last month.  August is a busy month in the horse show world.  Shows, getting ready to travel to Nationals in early September.  Last year we were madly getting ready for the Paralympics, this year Nationals in North Carolina.  But I am back to crafting.  But before we start, lets get some house keeping issues out of the way.  You should have arrived from  Cheryl or to start at beginning, Click Here.

This month we were challenged to use any water color method to create our projects.  I chose my go to favorite and most reliable technique. Lets start by looking at the cards.

Card 1:
Card 2:
Card 3:
Ok lets talk about how I made these. Very simply.
Marvy or Momento Markers and stamps.  I have to say the best results from this technique is red rubber.  To watch a video of the actual process, here is one to start,  Ai, basic stamping for watercolor effect .  For more just google Art Impressions Watercolor on YouTube.  They have a whole line of stamps and many videos showing step by step.  I do it different, less "fluffy" and vary the technique a bit, but you will develop your own style.  My best is not with markers.  To see how I usually use this technique, here is a video I made years ago with Twinkling H2os.  My video, enjoy.

Ok lets get to it.

I use Strathmore Water color paper and cut down to 5X6,  this gives me room to cut down to size.  I do not tape down my paper ever, my heat gun is my friend.  Not needed with markers though.
Start with the green, generally.

or the container if using one.

I generally create mask for the larger images.  Also, when using stamps that are not designed specifically for this technique it is easier to manage where they go.

More stamping and masking,

and a few oopses, LOL.  Isn't that why we do this, for the challenge.

Once images are complete.  I go back in with a black marker and other markers to put back in the detail.  I do not like the "vagueness of this technique".  So here are a few images of various stages in the process.

Zoom in to see how I added the details.
This was a bit of a challenge, I will talk about this more when we get to the cards.
Ok, Card 1 is probably the simplest.

I haven't done this with markers for a long time, and could not quite get my brain to work.  As you can see the lemons are not in the basket.  Oh well.  Still looks ok and is clean and simple.  Added a sentiment, in black with clear embossing, matted on red card stock, then an A2 card base in white.  Perfect for a quick not to drop in mail.  I should do that!!!.   Need to sign and date.  Don't forget that step, LOL.  

Card 2:
I like this card.  The apples and the saying are a perfect combo.  Again simple and clean, no fuss.  Stamped sentiment, embossed in clear. Mounted on a purple mat and finally onto an A2 White Card base.  Signed! but no date.  I will fix that.

Card 3:

This is a what if card.  Seemed redundant to keep repeating the same technique so I created one!!
Started out by inking the stamp with the marker and then randomly (well not really, but close) to my water color paper.  Then i poured on some water and let it run, dabbed it up with a paper towel and used  a brush to soften. 

Interesting, so I continued to fuss until I liked it and then stamped my words.  
Next I stamped the images along the bottom.  But they did not show up and the brown ink blended when I added water.  Oh now what.  Distress markers and inks to the rescue.  Fortunately for this step I had used my Misti, so lining up was not a problem  Inked the images in Ground espresso, wiped off some areas where I knew there should not be a harsh line, also lightening the ink  and stamped.  I was ready to trash it, so what the heck.  OK not bad.  Then I resumed using the markers, but distress this time and re-inked each stamp with appropriate color and stamped.  Still too light.  OK, I just took the ink pads and made puddles and painted in the images.  I could have used the marker, but it is faster and easier to get a big blob of ink with the pads.  Once happy, went back in with either the markers or a black fine liner and added detail.  Not the best.  But when it was finished the overall effect is fine.  

Lastly I trimmed, mounted it onto a card base from the kit.  Added brads, some ribbon and an embellishment.  Makes me think of a sign at a Farmer's Market.  

Not bad.  

Well thank you for joining me today. Your next stop is Jennifer  

See you at the blog hop, 
Happy crafting,


remember to get your supplies for this lovely kit at : Club Scrap