Tuesday, December 31, 2013

More spoiling!

Happy Tuesdee, Bloggers!

Stop right here if you have no interest in more sneak peeks of the January Graffiti kit! 

As with nearly every collection, the birth of this kit took some interesting detours. We began with the intent of printing only black and white images on black and white papers, but we ended up adding a bit of color to several of the prints. Turns out that color is what makes graffiti art really work!

Mix of black, white, and color.
You'll notice three glorious textures of black and white papers including smooth, felt and coated. You can participate in the creation of the artwork by adding color to the black and white prints with the art medium of your choice. Fun stuff.

Color added to the White Print with Gelatos.
Color added to the White Print with oil pastels.
The Embellishment Pack (EP) contains a total of fifteen photo mattes, three each of five deeply saturated colors. Four of the five colors have an delightfully unique finish. (Hint: Tribal goodie and Castaway paper pack, for you veterans.) Kay's hubby works at the company where these papers are made. They are absolutely top of the line. The greetings to go pack also contains panels with these same fine papers.

The EP also contains the most spectacular ribbon. It's just plain yummy. Like, you'll want to spend extra time hanging out with it before you use it. Tip: if you want to flatten the rainbow-colored nylon ribbon, place it a few inches from your heat tool while smoothing it out.

Ribbon was "flattened" with a heat tool.
Another art component of the kit is the "chalkboard" look that has been trending of late. We love how it adds a little oomph to the black papers. You can subtly alter the color of the white ink on these prints by topping with the neon dabbers.

I had a blast creating the ALSB pages and Greetings to Go cards for this collection. The bright, bold colors are perfect for those of you who have been asking for themes more suited to the young fellows! Let's hear it for the boys! They are cool.

Blue/Yellow card combo. White pen provided!!!
Our team will be tucked in very early tonight as we prepare for tomorrow's big "New Year's Day Data Transfer Party." Deb has the kits assembled and ready to leave the building first thing on Thursday morning. We can't wait to liven up your new year with this beauty!

Tricia and the team.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Aspen Canvas Frame

Good Monday Morning everyone!

Aspen Hop Badge photo AspenHopBadge_rev_zpsbf13f7fe.jpg

I was so disappointed to have missed out on completing my Aspen Blog Hop project because I became ill this past week. It certainly taught me a lesson about waiting until the last minute when beginning my project. I decided that I would share it with you today.

Here are the steps I took in making my project.

Step 1. Begin with an 8x10" blank canvas flipped to the back side.
Step 1.
Step 2. Create a frame using the wood veneer paper. Cut the paper at a 45 degree angle using the Club Scrap acrylic ruler creating perfect mitered corners.
Step 2.
Step 3. Attach these pieces to the back side of the canvas using ATG adhesive or Bookbinding Glue. Cut strips of the wood veneer paper to cover the inside edges of the wood frame of the canvas. This gives your piece a finished clean look.
Step 3.
Step 4. Wrap a piece of the large grosgrain ribbon around the frame and attach with your choice of adhesive. Attach leaves and quote using hot glue.
Step 4.
Step 5. Complete the project with a favorite photo matted with Aspen cardstocks.
Step 5.

Thanks so much for letting me share my project with you today. Have a fantastic week!


Saturday, December 28, 2013

A Note from Tricia

Every week, our entire staff meets to review our schedule, goals, marketing ideas, tasks, etc. I love our get-togethers because we always walk away with a renewed sense of purpose and focus.

Then, once a year, we set aside an entire day when we look at membership growth, club kit components, comments and feedback, and brainstorm new ideas and programs for the coming year. (This is separate from the annual kit theme/color scheme planning meeting.) My favorite part of this annual meeting is the healthy food. It's an essential component to our brainstorming!

This year's annual meeting produced many changes and I'm eager to share them with you.
  1. Streamlined Membership Processing.
    This is a banner occasion for our dear Kristin, who has literally spent years on this project. Our entire staff will be working on New Year's Day to transfer data from our antiquated membership processing platform to the very same area where all other shopping takes place. You will at last be maintaining your membership options and information in one location . . . the “my account” link in the store! In addition, you will now earn loyalty points on your membership fees. Your rewards will add up quickly!

  2. Discontinued Items.
    Your shopping and membership habits indicate what you enjoy most, and well . . . what you enjoy sporadically. Two of our lowest performers are being eliminated from the monthly line-up of CS offerings.

    As the unmounted rubber accumulates for us veteran collectors, we will no longer be offering the 5.5x8.5” FontArt sheet. Those of you currently receiving this item have already been notified of this change and your account will be adjusted. We will continue to offer the remaining four sheets: Collection UM, Art Nouveau, Greeting and Borders & Backgrounds.

    The monthly Club Stamp project will be discontinued, and the Club Stamp kit configuration will be an all-inclusive membership without an option. It will include the 6.5x8.5” Collection UM and a 12-pack of paper featuring four printed sheets and eight plain sheets plus an additional fiber or embellishment. The new kit price is $21.95 plus $7.95 s/h. All “a la carte” options including Greetings to Go are still available for this membership at no additional shipping cost. The kit will ship US Priority Mail Flat Rate unless additional “with kit” orders require a box. Our team will continue to design additional projects on a regular basis and will release them along with how-to videos and instructions via the store. Those of you currently receiving the Club Stamp kit will receive an additional email about these changes in plenty of time to make any requested adjustments.

  3. Spoiler Opt-In.
    Enjoy getting a full preview of the coming month's four complete unmounted stamp plates in advance of the kit release. Members, watch for an email invitation to “Opt In” for this spoiler, and it will be sent in time for you to adjust your order, if you wish.

  4. Assembly Line Boot Camp
    Our PSL (Pro Scrapbookers League) has been a five-year tradition at Club Scrap. The initial goal was to inspire our members to add photos to their completed ALSB pages. While we begin renovations on the Coffeehouse Forum and Galleria, it is necessary that we use a more reliable platform for our winter activity as well as reduce the hundreds of hours required to run the event. You can look forward to eight weeks of challenges, inspiration and comaraderie while we unite as “one team” to raise funds for Operation Write Home. There will be random prizes, and your chance of winning increases with the number of entries you submit. Each entry will also initiate a Club Scrap donation to a worthy cause. All scrapbookers, card makers, project lovers and digi folks are welcome to join us! Watch for more details to come.
I hope you know we never make changes without lengthy consideration, deliberation and awareness of how they may impact your membership. We value and appreciate your continued loyalty and participation in this Club.

To a wonderful and inspiring 2014!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Aspen Blog Hop

I hope your holidays were wonderful! Today we're celebrating the December Aspen collection.

I just love the Wood Grain Embossing Folder included in the Aspen Lite kit. I knew my project had to incorporate it somehow. There are also a number of quotes on the Aspen rubber stamps that I really liked. So how could I put the two together? This is what I came up with:

UM stamped onto 8-1/2 x 11" Print
A fun little art piece that showcases the faux wood frame and one of my favorite UM quotes. Here's a close up of the faux wood frame:

Bridges Brown Plain embossed with Wood Grain Embossing Folder
Now let's see what our other bloggers have in store for us . . . enjoy!

Next up:
Hetty at Craft Chaos
Cathy at the Artful Gamut
Tiare at iClassy Girl
Lisa at Carpe Memoria

Creatively yours,

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Graffiti Spoiler!

Hi, Holiday Bloggers!

Wishing you a wonderful December 26th! I'm still in holiday mode, however I can't help but be excited about what's in store for the January Graffiti collection! I'm not showing much of the kit, however I can tell you it contains fun, bright colors and bold designs. Jac has outdone herself yet again!

Rubber stamping with my own coloring.
12x12 with my own colors added.
Love this quote from the cutapart.
Fun 12x12 Graffiti Print.
I know it's a busy time of year, so I'll keep this short, sweet and bright! Enjoy your day and I hope you look forward what Club Scrap has in store for you in January!

Our final, Day 25, Giveaway random drawing winner was comment #61, Heidi Orndorff! Congratulations! Watch your inbox for more information about your prize!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

**********THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED**********

It's time for our final giveaway! Today's collection is very special. It is not a kit from the past, however, it is a collection that cannot be purchased . . . it can only be earned. One lucky person who comments on today's blog post will receive our new member referral gifts: the Weathered Florals paper collection AND the Weathered Florals Unmounted Rubber stamp sheet!

We thought you might like to see the ALSB pages from the collection, too! (Of course we'll send a copy of those instructions to our lucky winner.)

For your chance to win this awesome Weathered Florals gift, simply leave a comment on today's blog post. One comment will be chosen at random, and the blogger profile name of the winner will be announced here on the December 26th blog post, by 10am. Merry Christmas and good luck!

Yesterday's (Day 24) Giveaway random drawing winner was comment #21, suzvit! Congratulations! Watch your inbox for more information about your prize!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Use that Aspen Club Stamp 12-pack

Hi, and Merry Christmas!

Don't let your 12-pack of Aspen papers included in your Club Stamp kit languish for too long!

Here is a simple way to turn those twelve sheets of paper into thirteen beautiful, yet simple cards. The majority of the images stamped onto the cards came from the Collection UM sheet, also included in the Club Stamp kit.

Shall we begin with the cutting diagrams? Grab your trimmer, paper pack, and ScorePal, and let's get started.

Score one each of the 8.5x11 Green, Pale Blue and Almond Plains, and two 8.5x11 Aqua Plains vertically at 4.25". Trim each piece horizontally at 5.5".  Fold to make ten card bases.

Use a ruler's edge as a guide, and tear the Text Weight Prints into four sections, as indicated by the artwork.

Tear away all four edges from one 8.5x11 Mica Handmade. Tear in half vertically. Tear each 4x10.5 in half horizontally.

Trim one 8.5x11 Mica Handmade vertically at 8 and 4". Trim each 4x11 horizontally at 10.5 and 5.25". Cut the .5x11 horizontally at 5.5".

Trim one 8.5x11 Pale Blue horizontally at 10.5, 8.25 and 5.5". Trim the 2.75x8.5 horizontally at 6.75, 4.5 and 2.25". Cut the 2.25x8.5 horizontally at 7.5, 5 and 2.5". Tear the .5x8.5 in half. Score the 5.5x8.5 horizontally at 4.25" and fold to create a card base.

Trim one 8.5x11 Green horizontally at 10.5, 8 and 5.5". Trim one 2.5x8.5 horizontally at 8.25, 5.5 and 2.75". Trim the other 2.5x8.5 horizontally at 6.5, 4.5 and 2.5". Tear the .5x8.5 horizontally at 4.25". Score the 5.5x8.5 at 4.25" and fold.

Cut the 8.5x11 Almond horizontally at 10.25, 9, and 5.5". Trim the 3.5x8.5 horizontally at 6.25 and 4". Trim the 3.5x4 vertically at 2.75". Cut the 2.75x4 horizontally at 2.75". Trim the 1.25x8.5 at 6.5 and 3.25". (Phew . . . I saved the most difficult one for last!)

Here are the assembled cards:

Notice the use of the small scraps as anchor strips. Small leaves stamped with Spruce ink.
Tear the text weight panel into two sections. Stamp the quote with White Pigment ink.
Stamp the skis onto the printed panel. Looks nifty!
Anchor with small, torn scraps. To fill the leaf, stamp off onto a separate sheet of paper before stamping over the leaf.
I was happy with how nice the Mica Handmade paper stamped with India Black ink.
Use an extra 4x5.25" Mica Handmade panel to line the Green card.
Fake a card panel by masking the stamped image. Use blended watercolors to create a sunset. 
You can use other Club Stamp paper collections with this formula, however keep in mind that the Pale Blue, Green and Almond sheets were cut to sizes to accommodate the stamps in this collection.

I hope you give it a try!

***********THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED**********

I can't believe today is the eve of our last kit giveaway! Today's vintage kit is the July 2005 Wings Club Scrap kit. This kit has some of the most amazing raised printed papers we have ever done. It includes both 8-1/2 x 11" and 12x12" premium papers, two wood-mounted stamps, a template stencil, rub-ons and much, much more.

For your chance to win this great kit for free, please leave a comment below. We'll select one comment at random and post the profile name of the winner on the December 25th blog post by 10am Central. Good luck!

AND YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THE DAY 25 GIVEAWAY, so be sure to visit the blog tomorrow for a very special collection to be given away as our final gift!

Yesterday's (Day 23) Giveaway random drawing winner was comment #1, tsurowiec! Congratulations! Watch your inbox for more information about your prize!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Kay's Bokeh Technique Cards

Good Monday Morning, everyone!

I recently came across a tutorial at Split Coast Stampers which detailed a very unique technique, called Bokeh, which is defined as the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image, esp. as rendered by a particular lens.

Here is an example.

Image source
Kay created an amazing card using this technique and her Aspen Club Stamp kit.

Step 1. Stamp the quote from the Aspen UM Collection onto a piece of the almond cardstock.

Step 2. Use Pistachio Gelato to add color directly to your leaf stamp from the same UM collection.

Step 3. Use a water brush to blend and lift a bit of the Gelato color onto the brush.

Step 4. Stamp the leaf image at an angle next to the quote on the almond cardstock.

Step 5. Use the water brush that has been loaded with color from Step 3, and create a halo affect around the stamped leaf image.

Step 6. Use an eraser from a pencil as a stamp and CS® Lagoon Hybrid Ink, to add dots randomly around the leaf image, overlapping the image and the quote, to create the Bokeh background.

Step 7. On a scrap piece of almond cardstock, stamp another leaf image with CS® Black India Ink. Color in the image using the Big Brush marker in May Green.

Step 8. Cut out the image of just the leaf and add shading to the leaf using the water brush and Gelato.

Step 9. Use your bone folder to create added dimension to your leaf.

Step 10. Attach your leaf to the card panel on top of the Gelato stamped image using pop dots and a line of CS® Bookbinding glue.

Step 11. Use a black fine tip marker to draw the stem onto your panel to finish the leaf.

Step 12. Nest the panel onto a black matte and then attach both to the Pale blue cardstock base.

Thanks to Kay for bringing this technique to life using the Aspen Kit. Hope you all have a wonderful week and thanks so much for stopping by.


**********THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED**********

Today's vintage kit  is the Club Scrap Lite (formerly known as Junior) Bridges kit from February 2008. This kit includes 12x12 papers, a stencil, wood mounted stamp, stickers and more!

To qualify for the drawing, simply leave us a comment on today's blog post. We'll choose one comment at random and announce the winner on the Tuesday, December 24th blog post by 10am Central. Good luck!

Yesterday's (Day 22) Giveaway random drawing winner was comment #33, cal8007! Congratulations! Please email Karen at karen@clubscrap.com with your contact information so we can arrange to send you your prize!