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,


  1. You have outdone yourself with this Kit. Beautiful. Happy new year.

  2. Really pretty cards! I especially love the second card - it's so classy and elegant. I'm sure it would cheer anyone's ills. TFS!

  3. Josette, your cards are beautiful! Love the twisted pop up card, such a fun one!

  4. Three beautiful cards, Josette! Thanks for sharing the details. I hope 2017 brings you even more success and joy (and fewer crazy work weeks!)

  5. Love the "smaller" pop up version of the card

  6. You got lots done I would say even during this busy time, and it's not always easy to be creative with busy work weeks! Beautiful set of cards here, extremely creative!

  7. I love those pop up cards! So beautiful with this kit!

  8. oooh oooh oooh tots LOVE this - the pop up is super cool!! I totally need to try this one!!

  9. The pop up card - excellent! So appreciate the variety of cards and the different techniques used -- great ideas and thank you for sharing!

  10. Wowzers. Beautiful cards. I give you credit for that inset die cut lettering, that had to take patience, but the results were well worth it!

  11. Absolutely Beautiful cards, and I LOVE the pop up, how neat is that!!!!

  12. Josette, your cards are so unique and I love them all!

  13. Ooh, girl, that pop-up card is on my to-do list! Yours turned out so great! Love everything you made...

  14. Your cards are beautiful and the pop up one is amazing!!!

  15. These are amazing cards, Josette! Thanks for sharing. BTW, are you on Ravelry with pictures of your spinning/spun yarns? I don't spin, but I knit (as you maybe guessed from my screen name) owned a yarn shop for 14 years ('94-'08).

  16. Beautiful cards, Josette, with wonderful details.
    Wishing you a very creative 2017!