Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Club Scrap Wisteria Blog Hop - A recipe for quick card making

I hope you're enjoying this month's blog hop sponsored by Club Scrap.

This week, I've been waking up every morning at 5am to go skating at 6am.  Skating school starts next week, and we want to look at least as good as the eight year olds!

So, I need more cards to thank our coaches and the folks involved with the school.  So many people will help us learn and grow next week, and I want to make sure they know how much we appreciate them.

How did I make this card?  I did my own sort of ALSB according to this "formula:"

  1. Cut 12 x 12 papers into 8.5 x 11 - use the wide scraps for stamping greetings and creating card panels that are 3.5 x 4.75.  I used 4 sheets to make 8 cards.
  2. Choose a contrasting color to make a large mat - I used the dark purple in the Wisteria kit.  Cut one 12 x 12 into six 4 x 5.25 mats and create two mats out of a second 12 x 12 sheet.
  3. Use the dark purple to die cut a cool label die cut.
  4. I ran out of smaller mats (3.5 x 4.75), so I found some paper I liked from the Mirror Mirror kit that coordinated.
  5. For any plain paper mats, use a variety of stamps to create your own background.
  6. Use ribbon to embellish with bows.  The Lite kit comes with some gorgeous ribbon, and then I raided my stash when I used that up.
Here are the results.  This card uses one of the patterned papers as a background.  The sentiment is from the Scholarship kit.

This card uses my own collaged background on the light blue from Mirror Mirror.  A variety of stamps are used from Full Circle, Collections, Autumn Garden, and Short Sleeve Pants.  You might notice that I used the pearl pen to create the nifty little dots in the corner of the mat for the sentiment.  Love that little touch!

Finally, I made enough cards so that I would have plenty.  I didn't adhere all of the greetings to the final card. If I don't need this many cards with this sentiment, they can easily be converted to birthday, thank you, or any other type of card!  I'm sure I have another greeting that will fit, and I still have a few scraps of paper left.

Hope you're enjoying the creativity on this month's blog hop! Next on our hop is Wendy Bellino.  If you get lost, or want to start from the beginning, check out Club Scrap Creates.  I wonder what next month's Tribal kit will bring us?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

More from the Cape Cod kit

So, last month I showed you how I used the cut-aparts from this fabulous Club Scrap kit to make a card.

My original inspiration was the recent engagement of one of my best friends by a lighthouse. The arrival of this kit was perfectly timed!

I made a box to contain my little present.

Open the box, and find a sweet little book.  The lighthouse paper is perfectly sized to create a lovely border - this book is about 4" wide.

Open the book, and you'll find some instructions, a label, and the squash book from the kit.  I decorated the cover of the book with a die cut heart.  I pre-placed some adhesive in the book cover so my friend can adhere the squash book to the cover once she's put some pictures and journaling in there.  I thought that would be easier before adhering.

The book opens up and is just so cute! I think this will be the perfect memento of a memorable day for her and her fiancee.

The final touch is a memorable card. This is one of the other photo mats from the kit, along with ribbon and buttons. I love when I'm sending a package to someone - I can make the card as dimensional as I want!

I made my husband a scrapbook of our engagement as a wedding gift, and these gifts are so special to look back at over the years.  I hope my friend enjoys many happy years with her fiancee, and cherishes all of the memories they create together.


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