Friday, November 30, 2012

Still WOW-ing me!

Happy Holiday Pre-Season  to you today from Kay!

Of course things change so quickly around here at Club Scrap, but for now, there are less than 20, yes 20, WOW Holiday 2012 boxes available! Actually calling it a box doesn't do it justice. The WOW Holiday Collection is more than a mere box of "stuff," it's: Awesome Paper, Embellishments, Unmounted Rubber Stamps, a Stencil, Tiny Cookie Cutters, Embossing Powder, Really Fun Keepsake Book Project, a downloadable Digital Collection, optional Cardmaking Pack and online video instruction! Whew, try saying that all in one breath! Anyway, I'm still WOW-ed by this collection!

I just happen to have a few pictures of it handy, here is my new favorite project, the Holiday Keepsake Book Project. We put Keepsake in the name because the book houses a fun box for storing special items inside.


This book has accordian pages inside as well as a watch-sized box for housing pictures and keepsakes. I still need to get my pictures from last Christmas inside the pages. Or maybe I should save it for
this year's pics!

Also, the outside printed text paper wrap was created from a Holiday themed paper collage I made by hand, really a fun touch I think!


Did you happen to see the Jingle Bells Stencil? Here is an 8.5 x 11 page I did using it.


Did you see all the cards Tricia made?
She shares so many fun techniques on her WOW Holiday video instructions.


The sheet of Unmounted Stamps is a great addition to my Holiday collection.


Speaking of the Unmounted Stamps, I had a ball making this card . . . 




The darling Tiny Cookie Cutters are such a great embellishment!


OH, and the papers . . . just so pretty.


. . . and the Verdigris Embossing Powder.


Yep, less than 20 still available, so if you've been on the fence about the 2012 WOW Holiday, don't wait any longer!

Here it is below, all packaged up and ready to go:)


Enjoy this very merry season and this great box of stuff!
Thanks so much for stopping by,

Kay of Club Scrap


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hybrid Gift Giving

Happy Thursday! Ron here with a quick hybrid gift idea for you.

With the holidays fast approaching, you want to be able to make some quick gifts for family and friends, right? How about a 2013 calendar? And not just any calendar, but one that you can customize with photos! And, if you've got a little bit of digital patience, you can even add some special dates (like birthdays and anniversaries) to the calendar!

Club Scrap® has a super cool digital calendar this year - it's set up like a Quick Drop Digital Layout, so it's really easy to add photos to each month. And each month is based on the monthly kits from 2012, so you know they're gonna be gorgeous, right? They're sized to fit on 8.5 x 11 paper, so you could even print 'em at home in a pinch (or just save 'em all to a thumb drive and bring 'em to your local copy shop and they can make as many copies as you need!). Punch a couple of holes at the top and add a bit of fiber and you've got a really cool gift that lasts the whole year. How easy is that?

You know you want a set, right? Head on over HERE and get 'em and make some quick gifts. Your family and friends will love them!

Now go and create something wonderful!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Blast from the Past...


Our Guest Blogger from a couple of weeks ago, Roni Johnson, originally wrote this post on the Stamper's Quest Blog in July 2010. Now we know that was quite a while ago, but some projects are timeless, and this is one of them! Roni took the Pure & Simple Pocket Page Album Stamper's Project, and created several smaller projects with her own twist. When we discovered we still had some of these in inventory, we just KNEW it was worth revisiting the original album project (for those who might have missed it the first time), as well as share Roni's variations. Roni made her projects by adding cardstock and stamps from the full Pure & Simple Club Stamp kit (no longer available), but you can add your favorite rubber stamps and coordinating cardstock from your stash. We just put the Pure & Simple Pocket Page Album kit on sale for a ridiculously low price, so you'll want to pick up several to make albums, gifts or cards of your very own! 

Here, in her own words, is the original post Roni wrote all those months (years) ago.

I was so excited when "The Box" from Club Scrap arrived. If you've never had the pleasure of working with a Club Scrap Kit before, they all come in a neat "pizza box" with a hint of what's inside...usually a stamped image pertaining to the kit enclosed. Once you open the box you're greeted by a gold Club Scrap seal which secures the tissue paper that is used to protect the precious goodies inside!
After careful removal of the seal (you know us crafters...gotta save every little bit of usable paper!) I was so excited to see LIME GREEN!!! This is one of my favorite colors. The paper and stamps were from a kit called Pure & Simple from April 2009 and features orchids, simple flourishes and leaves. The kit colors consisted of Lime Green, Grey, Black, White, and  translucent white vellum papers; stamps that match the theme; and, a complete kit, which if you followed their instructions, would create a nifty little 5" x 7" pocket album with inserts. 
Not one to follow directions I decided to find other ways to use the album pages and inserts! So here's what I did....


Hello Pocket Tag Card
All Projects By: Roni Johnson,  Artistic Guide
Finished Size: 5" x 8"
Supplies:Stamps:
Pure & Simple Unmounted Stamp Set (Club Scrap)
Papers:
Pure & Simple Kit - April 2009 (Club Scrap)
1 - Grey Pure & Simple Pocket Page - April 2009 (Club Scrap)
Inks:Distress Inks: (Ranger Industries)
     Forest Moss
     Bundled Sage
     Pumice Stone
     Victorian Velvet
Black Archival Ink (Ranger Industries)
Other:Ink Blending Tool (Ranger Industries)
#12 Shipping Tag (4"x8") (for pattern) (Uline)
Adhesive
Crop-A-Dial (WeRMemory Keepers)
Scissors
Paper Trimmer
Niji Waterbrush
Double Stick Foam Tape
Corner Rounder (Fiskars)
Eyelet (unknown)
Ribbon (unknown)
Directions:
  1. Randomly stamp the square line stamp image over the entire the small pocket flap using Bundled Sage and Pumice Stone Distress Inks.
  2. Apply Bundled Sage Distress Ink to the edges of the small pocket flap using the Ink Blending Tool.
  3. Again, using the Ink Blending Tool, apply Bundled Sage Distress Ink around the printed orchids on the front of the pocket page
  4. Fold the pre-creased pocket tabs on the pocket page.  Apply adhesive and attach to the orchid side of the pocket page.  Fold the second half of the pocket page to the plain side of the pocket page, apply adhesive and attach. 
    You will now have a double pocket card, a small pocket on the front and a larger pocket on the back.
  5. Stamp the orchid/square design image on a piece of white cardstock with Black Archival Ink.
  6. Color the stamped orchid image with Distress Inks and the Niji Waterbrush.  For the example I used Forest Moss, Bundled Sage and Victorian Velvet.  Carefully trim the colored image and mount it on the small pocket using double stick foam tape.
  7. Cut a piece of grey cardstock 4.25" x 4.5" and a piece of green cardstock 4" x 4.25". 
  8. Stamp the simple flourish image along the bottom and right sides of the green piece of cardstock.
  9. Stamp two leaves on scrap green cardstock using Forest Moss Distress Ink.  Trim and mount one leave directly on the green cardstock, use double stick foam tape to mount the second leaf over lapping the first.
  10. Ink the edges of the grey cardstock with Pumice Stone, ink the green cardstock with Bundled Sage Distress Inks.  Mount the green to the grey. This fits into the small pocket on the front of your card.
  11. Trace the #12 shipping tag onto a piece of green pattern cardstock and trim.  Mount the green tag on grey cardstock and trim leaving .25" around the edges.
  12. Stamp "Hello" sentiment around the entire edge of the tag using Forest Moss Distress Ink.
  13. Punch hole where desired and add a decorative eyelet using the Crop-A-Dial hole punch/eyelet setter.
  14. Tie a bow in the tag using a piece of sheer grey ribbon.
    This tag fits into the large pocket on the back of your card.
After I finished this card I thought it might be fun to add a bit of dimension to one of the pocket pages.  What do I mean by dimension?  Well, with a few creases here and there I created an ATC holder! 
And what good is an ATC holder without some ATC's to tuck inside?!?!
I also thought the pocket pages might make a cute little greeting card envelope. A snip here and a snip there and this is what I came up with...
and I made a card to tuck inside!
I still had lots of cardstock left so I made a few more cards....
As you can tell I had lots of fun playing with this kit!  I hope you've enjoyed the various projects!
Happy Trails!

(Reprinted with written permisson from author Roni Johnson)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It's Tool Time!

In honor of this week's sweet sale on tools, I wanted to share a little something that I discovered while I was at the Silver Birch Ranch (SBR) Scrapbooking Retreat.

It's rare that I have time to finish my own pages. I mean, making the assembled pages, diagrams and instructions is a pretty big project every month, and by the time all of that is completed, I'm already off to the next month's deadlines.

After lugging tons of albums with naked completed pages and a few bins of photos to the retreat, I had high hopes for what could be accomplished. And once I discovered this little 8x8" CS® Grid Ruler trick, I was off and running. Over one hundred pages were completed despite the fact that I taught seven workshops that same weekend!



A video is worth a million words, so here's the secret to my cropping success. (Go to the blog to view the video.)

Grab your 8x8" Grid Ruler. And if you don't own one, now's the time to change that!

Efficiently Yours,
Tricia

Monday, November 26, 2012

A Spoiler...and a Giveaway!


I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! Did any of you participate in the madness fun of Black Friday shopping? I have to admit, after 8 years in "retail," going shopping on Black Friday (or the day after Christmas, for that matter) holds no appeal for this gal, but I know I'm definitely in the minority.

Anyway, on this fine Monday morning I thought it might be fun to share a sneak-peek of the December Bright Lights, Big City kit that will be released/shipped in EXACTLY ONE WEEK!!! The "city" theme was one mentioned/suggested as an idea for a kit in 2013 in a thread on our Coffeehouse Chat Forum, so how fun is it that we already had this collection on the docket for 2012? I have to tell you...I was in total awe as I watched it all unfold...and I think you'll be really impressed with the originality of the artwork in this collection. So darned cool, I tell ya.


So now that you've gotten your sneaky-peek, how about a Giveaway? One of the many awesome gifts attendees of the 2012 Retreat (and Retreat in the Box) received this year was a custom t-shirt. This cool t-shirt is special, not only because it features our logo and "Retreat 2012" on the front, but because it lists the name of EVERY kit we've done since 1999 on the back! It's awesome. And guess what?!? I have FOUR t-shirts left over from Retreat gifts, and I'm gonna give them away! Now keep in mind, I have limited sizes available...two XL, one 3XL, and one 4XL. (I know they might be too big for some readers, but don't let that stop you from commenting, as these t's would make awesome sleep shirts, too!) So, to qualify for the giveaway, simply leave a comment below, including your preference of the three t-shirt sizes listed above. I'll randomly choose one person, per size/t-shirt, from all of the comments made on or before 12/2/12. The winners will be chosen and announced on my blog post on 12/3/12. Good luck and have a great week!

Creatively yours,

Karen

Friday, November 23, 2012

No Crowds, Just Crafting Today.

Hoping you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!
Kay here at Club Scrap, I'm not out in the shopping crowds today, I'd rather spend it crafting!

The November Equestrian Club Stamp kit just shipped Tuesday, so I wanted to show you some of the fun I've been having with the Club Stamp Unmounted Rubber stamps.

I stamped the fun horse illustration looking image and got out my watercolor pencils.


Then, to get a bit of an aged look, I crumpled it up....

and rubbed Sandstone Ink over the uncrumpled cardstock, leaving ink on the creases of the cardstock.


Then I attached my little work of art to a card with mini brads, and cut a cardstock frame for
on the card front.

This Birthday card will be great for my animal loving friend, or maybe I should save it for when I need a more masculine card, or maybe it should sit on my own desk for awhile until I decide. It's just so pretty to look at that I want to keep it around for awhile!

Thanks for stopping to take a peek, I hope you are spending Black Friday they way you want to be spending it!
Belated Happy Thanksgiving wishes to you,
Kay


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!


Since it is a day of thanks, I thought I'd take a moment today and share what I'm thankful for.

I'm most thankful for my family and friends - although my biological family is fairly small, I'm lucky enough to have an extended family of dear, dear friends. My DSO David, my BFF Sharon, Cherryl & my Wisconsin family - The Carney's and the Morris's - I can't imagine my life without all of these people.  And then there's my CS family, my co-workers (who are also friends!) and so many more special people in my life - I thank God for all of them each and every day.

I'm also thankful for my health. I've had quite a few health problems over the years (including a few cancer diagnoses), but I'm still here to talk about it all and I feel great, so for that, I'm thankful. And living with (and surviving) cancer has given me a different outlook on life - I'm very grateful for that.

I'm thankful for my life - it's far from perfect, but pretty neat all the same! As I write this, I realize that I could go on and on about things that I'm thankful for, but family, friends and my health - those are the most important ones, so I'll leave it at that.

Take a moment and give thanks for the wonderful things in your life - today and every day.

Creatively and thankfully yours,

Ron

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

November technique: GESSO

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Hetty here with a photo tutorial for using the gesso we made in the retreat Creative Concoctions workshop. Or maybe you have gesso on hand but never knew what to do with it!

Over at the Club Scrap forum, I post a technique every month for you all to try. This way you can see what others do with the same medium. You can find the technique of the month HERE.

There are many ways to use the gesso and here is one:

1. Begin with two pieces of cardstock trimmed to the same size. I used a 4-1/4x5-1/2" piece so that I could use it on a card. Put a blog of gesso on each piece of cardstock.

 2. I use an old credit card to spread the gesso on the cardstock. Not a too thin layer, make sure the gesso is everywhere.
 3. When still wet, put the two pieces on top of each other on the gesso side.
4. Rub it in gently and then slowly take them apart.
5. You see now that on both pieces you have structure in the gesso. Let it completely dry before going on. You can use your heatgun or do this before you go to bed and use the pieces the next morning.
 6. There are all kinds of mediums you can use to color the gesso. I love the new metalic stains and combined it with vintage distress ink to color this background.
7. Now stamp on it with black archival ink. You can also add some cut out pictures or photos. It is great for art journaling.
8. And here is the finished card. I added some glitter glue.
 9. Another way to color the gesso is with your watercolor crayons, a brush and water.
10. After you have colored the background, you can use your stamps in black or in colors.
11. This is the finished card.

Want to see some more gesso techniques? Please come and visit the technique challenge at the Club Scrap forum.

Have a creative day!