Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Lock & Key Homerun

Let's see . . . if developing a project for this Club Scrap blog hop were a baseball game, I felt like I was on the plate with two strikes, three balls, two outs, bases loaded, tie game, in the bottom of the ninth. I thought I was all tapped out.

But it's the blog hop, and I simply had to come up with something!

This is my play-by-play:

1. Emboss four colors of 4.25x5.5" Lock & Key papers with four different folders.

2. Trim each embossed panel into six 1.5" squares. (Cut vertically at 3 and 1.5". Trim each strip horizontally at 4.5, 3 and 1.5".)

3. Prepare six 3.25" Black square mattes. Adhere one color of each square to the matte. Leave a small "gutter" around each piece--like a tile.

4. Layer onto a card base nested with that gorgeous handmade paper featured in the Lock & Key collection. Stamp a tiny image from the Collection UM beneath the matted image.

Homerun, yah?

Let's check out Hetty's batting average over at Craft Chaos! She typically hits 'em right out of the park!


Saturday, October 5, 2013

OWH Sketch #181

Hi, OWH Hoppers!

(Say that three times fast.)

If you've been here before and have tried my crazy cutting formulas, you're going to love this one. It's a doozy. The creator of this sketch had some faith in your measuring skills. But if you're new to 5/8", it's time to face up to this fraction.

Here's the original sketch:

You'll need three sheets of 8.5x11 paper in three different colors to make four cards in need of four A2 envelopes.

Trim Paper A and Paper B exactly the same way. This will create two card bases and the rest of the pieces for the cards. (Just like cookies, you can make as many batches as you like. Simply double/triple the recipe and add more colors if you want variety.)

1. Trim horizontally at 10.75 and 5.5". Fold the 5.5x8.5 in half to create a card base.

2. Cut the 5.25x8.5 horizontally at 7.75, 7, 6.25, 5.5, 4.75 and 2.5".

3. Trim the 2.5x5.25 horizontally at 4.25, 3.625 (3-5/8), 3 and 1.5". (Phew!)

4. Cut the 2.25x5.25 horizontally at 5, 4.75, 4.5 and 2.25".

To save a little time on the next step, score Paper C vertically at 4.25". Cut horizontally at 5.5". This way, you only score once and cut once. Tah-dah--two cards! And keep this trick in mind when you're cranking out tons of holiday cards or OWH cards. The time savings really adds up.

Next, sort the cards and all of the pieces onto like-sized piles and arrange the elements onto the card bases according to the sketch.

I used stamps from our brand new October collection called "Lock & Key". Almost every image came from the sweet plate of unmounted rubber you can find here.

I used one color of ink (Ocean) and no additional bulky embellishments to make them easy to mail overseas. Both ways.

And the finished cards which can be used for general OWH cards, thank you cards, or anyhero mail!

Now, cool thing. I passed along this card cutting formula to a fellow teammate here at Club Scrap. Check out how Karen's batch of cards turned out!

Thanks for stopping in!
Tricia Morris

P.S. Club Scrap is a monthly club for scrapbookers and stampers. We'd love to have you join us! You can shop without being a member, and we have monthly clubs featuring our original designs starting at $19.95. And today we're having a huge sale on cardmaking supplies!

P.P.S. Still reading? Awesome! Leave a comment below and I will add your name to a random drawing for some awesome blog candy from Club Scrap!

The winner of the blog candy is Donna Nuce, comment number 47!!! Congratulations, Donna! We will be in touch with you so we can get you your prize!