February 26, 2014

Club Scrap Blog Hop - Big Deal

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Hi there!  Welcome to the Big Deal blog hop! This month we're using Club Scrap's Big Deal collection.  I'm going to show you how I used the paper and digital kits to (partially) create a fun project for your photos!

If you traveled here from Lisa's blog, then you are following the hop!  If you've lost your way or just want to see all the links in one place, head over to the Club Scrap Creates blog to see a list of all the talented bloggers participating today.

When the sneaks for this kit were revealed in January, my mind immediately began thinking of something I could do within the theme of games and cards.  I first created a Pinterest mood board to help get the ideas rolling:

Follow Marya Kaszubinski's board Big Deal Mood Board - Club Scrap Februrary 2014 on Pinterest.

I was thinking of creating a mini album out of old playing cards, but then Club Scrap had this wonderful idea of supplying a kit with a blank deck of cards for decorating with, so I decided to try a different idea.

This month was the first time I delved into the digital/hybrid world!  So exciting.  I used the Big Deal digital kit and some yummy papers from the collection to create my own playing cards and a handy box to house them in!


To create the cards, I created a template in Photoshop to resize the photos I wanted to use, then dropped the digital stamps for the numbers and suit symbols on top of the photos.  I then printed the photos, attached them to cardstock that I had printed some digital elements on to, and I have my playing cards!

You may notice that my suit of hearts are not quite the color you would expect (ie. red).  I showed my boyfriend the finished product (only the suit of hearts so far) and he said, "Aren't the hearts supposed to be red?"  This was pretty much my reaction:




So yeah, I may have given up after that point since I had already procrastinated enough and did not have the energy to start over, so I made the box instead.  I used and modified the instructions Tricia had provided in this post for her business card holder.  I cut a 7x10 inch piece of the yellow paper, scored it vertically at 1.25", 2.25", 4.75" and 5.75", then scored it horizontally at 3.5", 4.5", 8" and 9".  After I assembled it according to her instructions, I added some red pearl panels and edged the whole thing with brown ink.


So there you have it - a partially completed deck.  I'm still liking the idea of making my own cards, so I think I'm going to redo this suit in the correct color and then make the 3 remaining suits.  I'm also going to laminate the cards so they don't come apart from their backing and that might help with durability.  Check back in and I hope to have the completed project soon!

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you might try something new like me and work some digital/hybrid kits into your crafting!  Head on over to Annette Dragon's to see what she has to share.  Come back next month when we're working with the springy Trees collection!

Supplies // Paper: Club Scrap Big Deal: Red, Yellow, Ivory / Digital Elements: Club Scrap Big Deal Digital Inks: Club Scrap Earth inkTools: Envelope Punch Board

February 23, 2014

Assembly Line Boot Camp - Week 2: Torn Papers

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Hello again! I'm joining in for Week Two of Club Scrap's Assembly Line Boot Camp challenge.  If you're not sure what this this, go check out the information page if you are interested, but basically this is a weekly challenge, based on a prompt, that encourages you to get going on your layouts, cards, and projects.  Plus, not only are you eligible for prizes, but each submission earns Operation Write Home a donation, so it's for a good cause, too.

This week's theme is Torn Papers, so I searched my stash for those papers and kits that I knew already had torn elements to them.  Plus, if I couldn't use pages with torn elements already incorporated, I could easily add more!  This post will house all of my submissions this week, so be sure to click the "Come and see more!" link to see the full post and see how you can add torn papers to your projects.

Autumn in Arrowtown - both pages together
 
Autumn in Arrowtown Left - Used ALSB from Autumn Garden / Papers: Aspen Almond, vellum from stash / Stamps: Aspen Collection Unmounted Rubber , Amy Tangerine Today roller date stamp / Inks: India Ink, Topaz, Tangerine / Challenge Elements: Torn vellum over stamped leaves

Autumn in Arrowtown Right - Used ALSB from Autumn Garden / Papers: Aspen Almond, vellum from stash / Stamps: Aspen Collection Unmounted Rubber / Inks: India InkTopaz, Tangerine / Embellishments: Jolee's autumn sticker from stash,  Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go Remarks stickers in brown / Challenge Elements: Torn vellum over stamped leaves

February 9, 2014

Assembly Line Boot Camp - Week 1: Metallics

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Hi there friends! I'm joining in with Club Scrap for the Assembly Line Boot Camp challenge for the next several weeks.  Go check out the information page if you are interested, but basically this is a weekly challenge, based on a prompt, that encourages you to get going on your layouts, cards, and projects.  Plus, not only are you eligible for prizes, but each submission earns Operation Write Home a donation, so it's for a good cause, too.

This week's theme is Metallics, so I'm really looking forward to using my papers with metallic accents, gold and silver and bronze mists, brads, etc.  This post will house all of my submissions this week, so be sure to click the "Come and see more!" link to see the full post and peruse for some metallic ideas!

Day 8 title page - Papers: Bazzil Kraft, Club Scrap Tribal Red, Handmade Screen Print, Gray / Embellishments: Club Scrap Tribal Sticker, Tonic Distresser, Hematite Embossing Powder, Hardcover Foil Thickers / Stamps: Club Scrap Tribal Art Nouveau / Challenge requirements: metallic accents in the handmade paper, metallic Thickers, hematite embossing powder; embellished by distressing red and gray papers

Maori Carvings - both pages together

February 5, 2014

Bokeh Technique Card


Happy snow day to you all!  I don't know about you, but it is cold and snowy here!  Thankfully my company let us work from home this afternoon since the roads were getting so bad, and I had a chance to make this card after all my emails were taken care of.

I used the technique shown here at the Club Scrap Creates blog, and I had so much fun!  You can see it got a little messy, but next time I'll make sure not to get excess ink on my acrylic stamping blocks.  Instead of a stamp, I used my electronic die cutting machine to cut out a birthday cake image and used that as a mask.  I also inked up the sentiment with three ink colors (yellow, pink, and blue) and got this awesome rainbow effect!  Love it!  Just remember when mixing ink pads on the same stamp to ink from light to dark.

I think it's a bright and cheery card for a white winter day!

Supplies // Paper: Club Scrap GrafittiPink, white and kraft from stash/ Stamps: Club Scrap Tribal: Greeting UM, Neon Doodles / Inks: Club Scrap India Black Ink, Neon Pink, Neon Yellow, Neon Blue Tools: Copic markers
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