Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Club Scrap: Team challenge Blog Hop for December

Good morning!  It is the after Christmas just before New Years.  I bet you are relaxing and wondering what 2017 will bring.  Well for me it was a wonderful 2016.  We moved to Texas in 2014 so that my daughter Roxie could train and hopefully compete at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.  Goal was accomplished.  As we turn to 2017, she will continue riding with a goal to continue to compete in the International Arena.  What will I do.  Well Santa brought me a new Spinning Wheel and I am in love with Popup Cards.  And of course Club Scrap provides monthly anticipation as I wait for my box to arrive.  Well this month, I got caught up in the After Thanksgiving and Before the Insurance Changes (again), I work in health care, and after 60+ hour work weeks am ready to sit and spin and craft. 
So my participatin has been sparse.  On that note, my first card is a KNOCK Out!!!
But first:  You should have arrived from: Cheryl and If you want to start at theBeginning, click here.

So lets start with the first card:

This is a pop up and one of the most remarkable mechanisms.  I did not think this up.   Instructions can be found Here, I used the measurements and made the base card exactly as Karen's instructions.  The embellishments are different however.  There is another tutorial on Split Coast Stampers that also make a card in this style.  Here is the link: Twisted Pop Up Card

  Inside of card:

Some tips:

For the inlay.  I did not use the same die as in the video.  I had 2 separate words.

 Started out by using my grid mat to tape them in what I thought was right.
Cut them out of scrap paper and clearly the alignment was off, adjusted and recut.
I kept the dies taped together and removed the white paper from the die.  Then recut with the blue paper.  following the instructions in the video, placed the die in the opening and glued the blue letters into the openings.  Then I went back and cut the white paper again, removed the words and placed all the bits into the opening by pushing through the holes in the die.
Took very little time as is perfect and flat, which is needed for the mechanism to move properly.

Here a few photos of the process.
Mechanism in place
Pop up added.

All that was left was to embellish the pop up, add the sentiment and finish the front.

Closing.  Amazing, lays flat (albeit bulky) but flat enough to go through the mail.

Well after that one, I decided to focus on simple and quick but elegant.

The champagne sparkle paper was my inspiration, and what can be better than champagne and the beach.

Using the embossed paper that was in the kit, I added ink with a blending tool.

first photo is a close up and the second a comparison of the non inked paper.  I used a clean paper towel to remove the inking from the embossing.  
Tools of the Trade!!  I used Hero Arts Soft Pool for the ink. 

Sentiment was stamped and embossed in Ranger Platinum embossing powder and versamark ink on cream paper.  The inspiration paper became the mat, and I used the darker tan paper for the cardstock.  To balance everything, I added a ribbon and embellishment.  Easy but impressive.

This was photographed with softer light, to try and capture the softness of the overall effect.  I am thinking if I got this in the mail, I would feel better fast!!

Ok, now for Card 3:

This one is my go to card when I am wanting simple and generic.

Using the tan card stock, left over from Card 2, I stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with Ranger Holographic embossing powder.  Then I cut it up so that the snowflakes look random.  By stamping a larger piece and then cutting, you avoid that "placed look".  Some will fall off the edges.  

A white card base, a silver ribbon, and an embalmments grounds the image.  The sentiment in Versafine black Onyx and heat embossed in clear, turns the sentiment into the focal image.  

I don't think they are bad for an afternoon of crafting.  Your next stop is:  Jennifer

Until next time,
Happy Crafting,

Monday, December 19, 2016

Club Scrap Team Challenge for December

This month we are to create our projects for a challenge on the Club Scrap Forum.  This was a real challenge for me, I must say.  In Part, I start with the design and then build the card around the focal image.  To successfully follow the challenge, the cards must be created with the end point in mind.
Oh my!!  So, I just closed my eyes and pick one and figured I would just make it work.  Surprise, I worked and I have 3 beautiful card for my co-workers.  But before we launch into the cards, some housekeeping:  You should have arrived here from Jennifer.  You can also Click Here to start at the beginning.

My cards:

For the last challenge of 2016, I’m choosing the ACE of HEARTS this month.  I used Idea Deck 5

I followed the directions, believe me that was the Hardest Part.  I picked out 3 papers from the current kit and cut according to the directions.  The only change I made, was that I like a mat so, I cut cards from one of the beige 12 X 12 sheets for 2 of the cards and made one as indicated in the directions.  

My little pile of cut papers.  One is a print and the other 2 were sparkle paper, a beige and blue.  

I decided to make all the card and then figure out how to add the embellishments and sentiments.  

I started by glueing mats down and adding ribbon.  I mention this as I always forget the ribbon and end up trying to stuff my ribbon under the already glued mat, Geez, 
Now I needed to get all those little boxes down.  This could be tricky, I they are off, or not straight it might show up.  So, I came up with an idea.

I used a glass cutting mat.  
Lined them up, using the grid on the glass mat for spacing.  And then stuck them together with a piece of Washi Tape.

Flipped them over, added foam dimensional 
Lined them up and stuck them down, carefully removed the Washi tape. Done.

And repeated for the other 2, just changed the spacing around a bit.  

Ok 3 card bases done.  Now what!!!  Turned off the lights, that was enough thinking for one day.  Over the next few days I contemplated those blank cards, what to do.  Well I need Christmas Cards for the nursing staff, there are 3 of them, so perfect, Christmas Cards they will be.

One of the Ma's is cold all the time.  I know which one for her!!

Finishing these up (once I knew what they wanted to be) was a piece of cake.  Stamped and heat embossed the saying in Silver, Die cut and made a matching label.  Added snowflake stickers, perfect.  Inside will be the Happy Holiday Greeting. 

Jenny and I had a conversation, not too long about this very topic!!!  Perfect, she will smile remembering my conversation about "grow your own Sweater!!, advise to  Cheri ,who is cold all the time!!.  
This simple embellishment and the snowflakes balance out the card, giving the sentiment center stage.

Card 3:

Well it is boring, but more of a classic Christmas Card.  This one is for the new addition to our team.  Don't want to push over the edge with my humor, so safe is best, and it elegant.

The sentiment is from Watercolour Christmas, 2015 (CS)

The stamp is in this format.  It would have worked if I had made it a top folding card.  Which I  could have done, but the ribbon was in the wrong place.  Oh what to do?

Cut up the Stamp!!!

This is how I spaced it.  First cut the stamp apart, used a plastic grid sheet to get my placement right, stamped in VersaMark, embossed in silver, die cut it and a mat. Popped up on dimensional tape.  A few snowflakes balance out the design, Finished!!

Not bad.  Visit the forum at Club Scrap and check out all the other creations, there is good stuff over there!!!

Now time for you to hop along, you next stop is:  Cheryl

Until Next time.  
Happy Crafting,

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