Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Our Family Card

Our 2011 family Christmas card:



The digital Christmas cards from Club Scrap make it so easy to make one of those custom photo cards. I save a ton of money on these because they're sized to a simple 4x6 print rather than the "premium priced" 4x8 prints.

Once you drop your photos into the card template, just upload it to your favorite developer as a standard print for roughly 10 cents each. Then, I could simply insert the card into an A6 envelope or add a handmade card to the mix.

So, I admit it. I'm a frugal gal.

Merry Christmas, dear friends!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Oldies But Goodies

When I think that we've been doing this Club Scrap thing for 150 consecutive months, it's pretty hard to believe. That's 150 themes, 150 paper collections, 150 art styles, 150 stamp sets, etc.

So, last night I didn't have to take Emily from point A to point B to point C, to point A. . . well, you get the idea. So I carved out a bit of time in my favorite room of the house--my craft room. (Which really needs a cleaning.)

We still have a few nifty stamps from past collections in our midst, so I thought I'd take some time to re-visit those and have some more fun!

This here is from "Wheel and Sprocket". Just sittin' here watchin' the wheels go round 'n round. . .
Stamped four times onto white stock with Lagoon, Leaf, Fuchsia and Sapphire inks. Matted with Expressions Blue and Blossom Green. Love the combo! Good card for a guy. Cuz guy have birthdays, too.



Then I grabbed my Retro Rhumba border stamp. It's gotta be one of my faves. You can use it as a "feature" image or as a background.

For this one, I just stamped it horizontally and vertically in black ink onto that pretty Blossom Purple. Good for a guy or girl birthday, don't you think?


Using the same stamp, only differently:



I did this one in three steps:

1. Stamp the image onto a white panel with Sandstone ink. (A very light shade of any ink will do. . . just so you can barely see the image.)

2. Color over the stamped lines with oil pastels. Use a paper towel, rag or facial tissue to blend in the oil pastels.

3. Stamp over the top of the pastels with the same image and black ink. I just used the left corner and bottom edge of the white panel to re-align my stamp perfectly.

Next, I went to Interior Designs. . . 

The unmounted sheet has this really pretty flower image. I trimmed out the flower and then used my craft knife to add some detailing. Maybe I can get Kay to take a photo this one because the scan just doesn't do it justice. (The "Happy Birthday" is from the Club Stamp Destinations Unmounted sheet.)


And this wood mounted stamp makes a nifty multi-colored background. A quote can then be added to the foreground in black ink.


I think this is one of my other favorites. I stamped the swatch/pin image onto white with Topaz, Sapphire, Ruby and Earth inks. I trimmed them out with a detail scissors and then crumpled them. Yep. . . just wrinkled and bent the heck out of 'em! Then, just attached to the panel with foam adhesive.



It's a pin-up! Love how that Gratitude Parchment paper (duplex) worked with the torn edge. A savvy postal worker might try to charge you extra postage for this one. . . but you've got him fooled. It's totally one dimensional.



Grab some of these nifty stamps while you can! They won't be around for much longer!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Comical Live Event!

What a week! We hosted our first event on Livestream.com. To be honest, I had bit of a tickle belly about it. I mean, there's a lot of stuff that can go wrong when you're "live."

Since the event began at 7pm, I left the Clubhouse a bit early to get things set up in my kitchen. I dragged up a few extra lamps from my craft room and arranged them on the counter along with two computers and my featured project, step-outs, etc.

I was excited to share the 6x6" Map Fold Book, created with materials from the Comics Collection. The vibrant colors were just perfect for my theme--a day at Lambeau Field watching the Packers beat the Broncos. (The Packers, as of this moment, are currently undefeated. Just thought I'd mention.)


You can visit a "replay" of the event at Livestream, where I take you through the project step by step:

Watch live streaming video from clubscrap at livestream.com

I decorated the inside pages of the map fold areas with 2.75x2.75" photos. To make it easy, I trimmed a 4x6 photo to 2.75x5.5". Then, I cut horizontally at 2.75" to make a square. If needed, I trimmed the square from corner to corner to accommodate the folds.

Check out how cool it turned out!








Thanks to Kay Williamson for snapping the photos of my little book!
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