Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Dyed Tissue Paper

This month's technique at Club Scrap was an addictive one, that's for sure! I really got involved with it and was covered in blue ink for a few days.  You can find the step by step directions with Julie here.

I have different colors of ink and varying amounts of rubbing alcohol to get the following results.

I tried to come up with the perfect card for the dyed tissue paper and my first attempt was to create a tissue paper flower.  I tore a long strip and then folded the strip accordion style to make a circular flower.  I used the Card Sketch for April Challenge to make this Happy Birthday card.

You may notice that I used some scraps leftover from my cards from the previous post.  I seldom throw scraps away but use them in another project.

Attempting to create a design for another Club Scrap challenge was rough.  We had to used a circle cutter - not punches, dies, digital cutter etc.  Having sold all of my CM round and oval cutters, I found a template that I used t cut circles with in my sewing stash.
The problem was I had to fold the paper into quarters for a circle, so I decided to used the dyed tissue paper because folding paper would leave creases in my circles.  I used the same sketch and scraps from my Birds of a Feather paper pack for this card.

Finally in order to participate in the Technique Linky Party, I had to come up with a third way to used my dyed tissue paper.  Finding a half started note card box was a bonus because it became the perfect canvas for my dyed tissue paper fan.

Here are the cards that can be found with the box.

I will post the individual cards in another post as this is getting to be a long one.
I hope you are inspired to give this technique a try!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

I LOVE everything about Shibori!

If you are a fan a fabric dyeing or anything blue, you will love this month's kit Shibori.

I started with a technique that was posted on Hetty's blog here. Since I have been crafting now for almost 20 years, I have doodled in my life more than once. :)  what caught my eye was the background paper she created on these cards and I worked hard to try and recreate them.

Using my Brusho Prussian Blue from Stampin' Up, I splattered the paper and spritzed it with water.

I then added the stamped images from the set using Night of Navy and the retiring Dapper Denim inks.

I was pretty pleased with my final design.  Now it was time to cut it up!

Club Scrap just released Idea Deck 5 in a digital format and you can find the post here.  I love everything digital as it sure does eliminate the clutter and is so much easier to find!  But I do like to print them off as I use them.

For this month's challenge, I used the 2 of Hearts, a card design and created a few cards with the formula.

I added accents with some white Close to My Heart brads and swirls, washi tape and a key from the G2G Lock and Key.  I did have fun but it has taken me days to wash the blue ink from my hands!  Oh well- the hazards of a creative mind.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Spring is on it's way?

The month of March has been an especially brutal one for weather.  Even in the Sunshine State, we have had very cool March days.  The Daffodils collection is this month's Club Scrap paper kit and it  screams "Spring!".  

To celebrate the first day of Spring I created this Scatter card using the Club Scrap Daffodils coordinating stamp set. I found the idea on a Stampin Up web site and I am sure you can find it as well.  

I created a cut file in the Cricut Design Space software since I don't have a circular thin cut or a 3" circle punch.  It is a pretty basic card that you can create in any digital cutter software.

I then stamped using the scatter image around the circle using SU YoYo Yellow, Crushed Curry and Club Scrap Leaf. (Stamp on a scrap piece of paper) Then I drew a rough circle  and stamped the daffodils in the center of the circle.  I used the inks and a blender pen to color the design.  I glued the top scatter circle onto the daffodils base and added the Close to My Heart retired Olive ribbon.  What fun it is to use up my supplies!

I hope this post gives to inspiration to celebrate Spring as well!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Looking for a Happy Life

Look no more than right here in this blog post.  I have been working on my cards for the next birthday swap and decided to enter the Club Scrap Technique Challenge for this month.  

This month's challenge is a stencil challenge.  I had printed off the directions from the blog post and they have been sitting in a pile for months.  You can find the blog post here   

This is one of my favorite techniques as I absolutely love the Club Scrap stencils and I wish I had all of them! I used the stencil from the Big Top paper pack and added the ribbon and tag from the kit as well.

This card seems just to shine with its bright colors.  I hope the lucky recipient enjoys this card as much as I do!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Heart Love to Pfaff Lovers Around the World

Here is my inspiration for the heart design that I worked on during the week for a table topper that I found on Pinterest.  Rather than use the charm square blocks for the center, I decided to create this Heart using the Word Sculpt feature in Premier+ 2 Ultra.

There is actually a sample heart design in the software but it was stitched out using the Grand Hoop and too large for my 8 1/2" center block.  So I decided it was time to challenge myself to learn the functionality of this feature.

I stitched it out last night and I was very pleased with the results.

As a special gift to my Pfaff Lover friends around the world, I am sending you this Valentine heart before the 14th. You can stitch it out and share it with the rest of the world or just keep it for yourself!  I used a 200 x 200 quilting hoop and stitched it on my Pfaff icon.  You can find the design HERE.

Please do not share the design but rather link them to my blog.  Since I dabble in a number of hobbies, I would like to share my love for all things crafty with everyone.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Color Block Valentine Challenge

I am excited to have rejoined Club Scrap again.  I love all of their paper, ribbons, bling and even their digital designs.  This month they released their Special Edition "Sweet on You" paper pack and it is stunning!

I also wanted to participate in a few of their challenges and one of the challenges is the Color Block technique.  Inspired by Karen's post here,  I dug out my Card Making Idea Deck and found the 5 of Clubs which featured this technique.  My first card went together rather quickly and the next two are waiting to be finished.  

Some ribbon, glitter die cut hearts and bling finished off the card.  I am excited to 'catch the bug' again and use up my stash at the same time!  I hope this excitement continues the rest of the year!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Club Scrap June Technique Challenge

I am taking a break and doing some paper crafting instead of stitching.  Club Scrap's technique challenge this month is to use texture paste on the project.  
Since I did not have any texture paste, I 'googled' and found a homemade version on You Tube.  I played around with the Club Scrap stencils and decided to use this one from 2010.

This is one half of the stencil and some of my stash from my CS Valentine collection.

And this it the other half of the stencil.  The stamp is from the Blossom collection. I used ink to highlight the texture paste and it really does make a difference.

I hope my designs give you some inspiration as well.