Monday, September 30, 2013

Pattern Basics Mash Ups Challenge

Good Monday Morning everyone!
Birds of a Feather Blue, Papillon Purple, and Blossom Green with Pattern Basic Bright Brocade
Serenity Dark Gray and Blue with Pattern Basic Bright Brocade
Ever since Club Scrap released this versatile set of papers I have been inspired to create layouts and cards. The fun part about creating with these sets is mixing and matching my large stash of Club Scrap papers with them.

Over the weekend I posted a challenge on the Club Scrap Coffeehouse Forum to create mash ups of Club Scrap cardstocks and Pattern Basics. I spent some time creating a large set of my own Mash Ups and hope some of you will be inspired to come up with your own and add to my collection in the Club Scrap Impromptu Challenge Gallery.

Here are a couple of my favorite combinations.
Pattern Basics Brights Text, Salsa Turquoise, and Written Word Lavender
Pattern Basics Neutrals Notebook Page, Egyptian Embossed Blue and Textiles and Notions Gray
Pattern Basics Brights Notebook Page, Egyptian Embossed Orange, and Science Purple

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will be inspired to join my challenge and make some Mash Ups of your own using the Pattern Basics.

Have a great week!


Friday, September 27, 2013

Real Spider Web Embellishment

Have you ever used an actual, real, natural spider web, made by a big hairy scary spider, in your paper crafting? I certainly had fun creating these layouts after the web harvesting experience I had in my yard some time ago. It's a fun project to do with young child if you happen to have one around. My daughter was amazed at the great results and appreciates the beauty of nature all the more. The idea came to me last fall in my yard when I noticed a lot of large flat spider webs suspended between the shrubs. The perfect kind for spray painting white and attaching to the Club Scrap black cardstock I had in my stash, creating the perfect background for Halloween pages and cards. 

Real Spider Web Embellishment Made By Nature, Kay Williamson


1. Find a large spider web outside suspended between shrubs or plants away from anything you would worry about getting a little paint overspray on, the standard flat round orb webs work the best. Choose to do this on a non windy day. 

2. Tap the web before you start spray painting to make sure no spiders are home. 

3. Hold a newspaper directly behind and under the web while spray painting to catch the paint that goes through the web. 

4. Use white spray paint to cover the web, spraying in circular motions. The more paint you get on the web the more it will show up on your card stock. I have a few half-used spray paint cans in my basement, so I just grabbed a white one so it would show up on black paper. 

5. Remove the newspaper carefully to not disrupt the newly painted web. 

6. Hold the black cardstock parallel behind the spider web and pull through the web. The web is naturally sticky and the paint is still wet so it dries onto the cardstock.

7. Set aside flat to dry. 

8. Use for background paper for scrapbooking and Halloween cardmaking. 

I just think this is fun to do every year about this time, so here I am blogging about it again!
Thanks for stopping by Club Scrap Creates!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Easy Digital Inchies

Happy Thursday!

The Scrap Rap, Club Scrap’s monthly newsletter, has always been a major source of inspiration, but lately, the ideas have been over-the-top! Saturday morning I had a chance to look at the latest version of this month’s Rap. It was updated on Friday to include the Club Stamp kit. And that card on page 13 really grabbed my attention. I’ve been a fan of ‘inchie’ art for a while now and loved the idea of doing a simple inchie using patterned paper.

Hey, wait a minute, can we do this digitally? You betchya!

Here’s how . . .

1. Create a 1.25 inch by 1.25 inch, 300 ppi document with a White Background.

2. Select the Marquee tool and use the top tool bar to choose a ‘fixed size’ style and set the height and width to one inch.

3. Open one of the Take Wing Digital background files.

4. Click on one of the background files. You’ll see marching ants outlining a 1" square.

5. Select the Arrow tool (also known as the Move Tool) and drag the 1 inch square to the card layout.

6. Position the patterned square in the center of the white square.

7. Select Layer Style from the Layer Menu and choose Bevel and Emboss.

8 Adjust the settings as follows:

9. Press ‘OK’ when done. This will add a bit of depth to the patterned layer.

10. Merge all layers and Save the file as a JPG.

Now make a bunch more, using different parts of the same background sheet and with different backgrounds.

Once you’ve got a collection, use them to build a card or two or as a layout element. Try these with different kits or with different colored backgrounds. You can also print at home and use them to create hybrid cards!

My version of the card that appeared in the Scrap Rap!

These inchies make nice embellishments, don't they?
And here's another card idea!

The next time you’ve got a few minutes to spare, create some digital inchies and use them to make all kinds of wonderful things.

See you next week!


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

It's a Take Wing Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Take Wing Blog Hop! We're so happy you've joined us. Grab a beverage and get comfy while our gifted bloggers share tons of creativity and inspiration . . . Take Wing style.

My project is the cute little mini album below. For brief instructions, see the end of this post.

Here's the full list of blogs on our hop today:

Club Scrap Creates (you are here)
Pat Huntoon: The Technique Trail
Julie Heyer: Cape Cod Scrapper
Roni Johnson: Ink Stains with Roni
Deb Charlesworth: Liftbridge Cards and Crafts
Deb Weller: Deb Duz Scrappin
Jill Pechauer: Jill's Place
Tricia Morris: The Efficient Crafter
Hetty Sanders: CraftChaos
Kay Williamson: Kay's Keepsakes

Cathy Gray: The Artful Gamut

Anne Hunter: Crzymom'sTidbits

Debby Hernandez: Masculine Inspirations

Janet Moran: Dishing with Janet
Tiare Smith: iClassy Girl
Lisa Oglesby: Carpe Memoria

Marya Kaszubinski: A Notebook Novel
Annette Dragon: Digital Musings

Thanks for hopping along. Your next stop is Pat over at The Technique Trail. Enjoy!

Mini Album
This is a great project for a quick gift, as the construction is rather simple: 
  1. Trim matte board to create two 6-1/4 x 6-1/2" covers. 
  2. Grab four 12x12 papers from the Take Wing Lite paper pack and trim to 6x6". 
  3. Trim two 6x9" business envelopes to 6x6", trimming away the sealed side. (This creates a fun pocket for ephemera.)
  4. Punch two 1/8" holes in each matte board cover, and all of the 6x6" pages, to accommodate binder rings for the spine. 
  5. Decorate as desired.

A 6x9" Envelope page. Great for storing fun memorabilia.
Decorate inside pages with stamping and other techniques.
Decorate cover with fibers and printed paper.
Supplies used:

Creatively yours,

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

It's a Lock & Key Spoiler!

I suppose I should keep this whole thing under "lock and key," but I can't help it.

It's just too beautiful.

Kay is in heaven. So am I. Well, pretty much everyone who has previewed it is, too.

The unmounted stamps arrived, and we had to drop everything to get them mounted. (I'm glad Kay wasn't holding her camera at the time. Dropping that would have been very bad.)

I have only one photo for you, but I think it's very telling.

It tells you about the beautiful color palette, the striking hand-drawn images, the incredible ribbon and fiber selection, the choice handmade paper inclusion, some embellishments. Yeah. It tells a LOT.

Anyone want to come over and play?

If you want to claim this beauty as your own on October 1, there's never been a better time to join us! We'd be delighted to have you.

Here to inspire . . . 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Video Inspired Cards!

Good Monday Morning everyone!

Take Wing Card 
I am sure you are saying to yourself, "this card sure looks familiar", well, that is because it should. Ron and Kay both created similar cards using completely different techniques. Inspired by Ron Perry's blog post last Thursday, I set out to create my own version. Check out Ron's excellent video tutorial HERE!

Here are the steps I took to create my Take Wing Digital Hybrid Cards.

Use Photoshop Elements to create a panel for your card,
while following along with Ron's video tutorial.
Print out your 4x5.25" panels on one sheet of 8.5x11" sticker paper.
Trim down your panels and choose 2 sheets of coordinating 8.5x11" cardstocks for card bases.
Purple and Shimmer Blue cardstocks shown from 2011 Papillon kit.
Ink edges of panels.  Score each 8.5x11" cardstock vertically at 4.25".
Then trim each sheet horizontally at 5.5" creating your 4 card bases.
Peel backing from sticker paper panels and adhere to card bases.
4 completed cards... almost...
...add a little extra bling using 2013 Spring Chorus rhinestones embellishments.
Completed Take Wing Digital Hybrid Card
Hope you enjoyed my version of this fun card and special thanks to Kay and Ron for providing the inspiration. Have a great week! 


Friday, September 20, 2013

Sneak Peek! Flip Photo Easel Project

Do you know what today is?

September 20th!

Take Wing Club Stamp Shipping Day!

And I'm really looking forward to this project "taking flight." Get it? :)

For those lucky folks receiving this option, we'll be sending the Flip Photo Easel Project. Here are a couple of sneak peeks . . .

(If you aren't a Club Stamp Member and want to be, check it out HERE.)

The project includes a dual-ring binder for displaying a dozen mini scrapbook pages, calendars, stamped artwork, ATC's, etc. on a handmade easel.

It's up to you how you decorate the pages, but mattes and a cutting formula are included! I think it's so fun and easy!

Hoping you enjoy it as much as I do!


Thanks for stopping by . . .
Kay at Club Scrap