Thursday, February 15, 2018

Cork Crafts get loony with the Instant Pot!

I've been working on building my wine collection, but only seem to have success collecting corks. In an effort to find ways to use them creatively, I stumbled upon a crafty technique that may be helpful for my fellow Instant Pot owners! (And you thought your Instant Pot was only useful for cooking.)

Tutorial on peeling corks with an Instant Pot #clubscrap #instantpot #smokingloon

Here are the steps for my Instant Pot Cork Craft - 


1. Add about 1/2 cup water to the bottom of the Instant Pot bowl, insert a steamer basket, and add a handful of corks.

Tutorial on peeling corks with an Instant Pot #clubscrap #instantpot #smokingloon


 2. Close and lock the lid, push the steam button, and set the timer for five minutes. (I'd like to experiment with a few additional minutes.)

Tutorial on peeling corks with an Instant Pot #clubscrap #instantpot #smokingloon

3. Make sure the vent is set to sealing!

Tutorial on peeling corks with an Instant Pot #clubscrap #instantpot #smokingloon


4. When the cycle is complete, release the steam. Check out how plump and soft the corks look compared to when I first put them into the pot!

Tutorial on peeling corks with an Instant Pot #clubscrap #instantpot #smokingloon #corkcrafts

5. Slice the corks with a sharp knife and cutting board to create disk shapes that can be stamped or decorated.

Tutorial on peeling corks with an Instant Pot #clubscrap #instantpot #smokingloon #corkcrafts

6. Channel your inner "sushi chef" and carefully use a knife to slice away the outer layer of the cork, just like a cucumber. Below is my first attempt.

Tutorial on peeling corks with an Instant Pot #clubscrap #instantpot #smokingloon #corkcrafts

7. Try again, this time with a fabulous cork from Smoking Loon.

Tutorial on peeling corks with an Instant Pot #clubscrap #instantpot #smokingloon #corkcrafts

8. I can only imagine I'll achieve better results with more practice. (I have plenty of practice materials available.)

Tutorial on peeling corks with an Instant Pot #clubscrap #instantpot #smokingloon #corkcrafts

9. Place the cork under something heavy to flatten overnight. Then, use Club Scrap's awesome Bookbinding Glue to adhere the cork to a cardstock panel. Once again, place under a heavy object to dry, and the cork will remain flat.

Tutorial on peeling corks with an Instant Pot #clubscrap #instantpot #smokingloon #corkcrafts

10. My "heavy object" is an old dictionary I use for paper crafting. Tear out the "loon" page and incorporate into the front panel of the card.

Tutorial on peeling corks with an Instant Pot #clubscrap #instantpot #smokingloon #corkcrafts

11. Stamp the loon image from Club Scrap's Adirondacks stamp sheet onto the card with India Black Ink.
Tutorial on peeling corks with an Instant Pot #clubscrap #instantpot #smokingloon #corkcrafts

12. Adhere the art panel onto a folded card base and hand this beauty to a wine-lover who will enjoy it!
Tutorial on peeling corks with an Instant Pot #clubscrap #instantpot #smokingloon #corkcrafts

Thanks for checking out my "loony" cork craft! I can't wait to make more!
Tricia

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Ten quick color blocked cards!


It's time for Club Scrap's Surprise Linky Party and Blog Hop!

Earlier this month, Karen posted a color block technique challenge, and I wanted to participate by creating a color blocking card formula with 12x12 papers. If you follow the full recipe, you'll make a total of ten cards with color blocked panels from just five sheets of paper.

Color Blocking Card Formula with the Surprise Collection from Club Scrap #clubscrap #cardmaking #colorblocking

Color Blocking Card Formula with the Surprise Collection from Club Scrap #clubscrap #cardmaking #colorblocking

The cheerful color palette of the Surprise collection was perfect for this technique. Use Surprise White, Green, Red, Pink, and Blue 12x12s, and follow the cutting instructions carefully. In order for the measurements to work, several panels will be cut at 1/8" measurements.

Color Blocking Card Formula with the Surprise Collection from Club Scrap #clubscrap #cardmaking #colorblocking
  1. Place paper in the trimmer with the grain dipping from left to right; cut at 10.5 and 8.5".
  2. Cut the 8.5x12 horizontally at 11".
  3. Trim the 1x8.5 horizontally at 8 and 4".
  4. Cut the 2x12 horizontally at 9.5, 7.125, 4.75 and 2.375".
  5. Trim the 1.5x12 horizontally at 8.25 and 4.125".
  6. Score the 8.5x11 vertically at 4.25".
  7. Trim the 8.5x11 horizontally at 5.5". Fold each piece along the score line to create a card base.
When working with five sheets of paper, you'll save quite a bit of time at step six. You'll complete the scoring for ten cards by only scoring five times!

If you only want to make two cards, simply use one sheet of white paper and alter the colors of the panels with inks, mists, or stamped images.

I chose to use my latest embossing folders, thin cutting dies, sparkle tape, dazzles, self-adhesive rhinestones, and Surprise stamps to complete the cards. Distribute one shape of each color to each card base for lots of colorful fun!

Color Blocking Card Formula with the Surprise Collection from Club Scrap #clubscrap #cardmaking #colorblocking



Color Blocking Card Formula with the Surprise Collection from Club Scrap #clubscrap #cardmaking #colorblocking

Color Blocking Card Formula with the Surprise Collection from Club Scrap #clubscrap #cardmaking #colorblocking

Color Blocking Card Formula with the Surprise Collection from Club Scrap #clubscrap #cardmaking #colorblocking

Color Blocking Card Formula with the Surprise Collection from Club Scrap #clubscrap #cardmaking #colorblocking

I hope you give my new card formula a whirl and post it to the Linky Party at Club Scrap! (I've even asked Karen to extend the deadline by a week, and she was cool with that.)

Tricia

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

A Night at the Met Linky Party

Hi, All!

This post features cards created with Club Scrap's A Night at the Met collection. To see more creative inspiration with this kit, visit Karen's post at the Club Scrap blog. And, if you've hopped over from Julie's blog, you're probably already pretty inspired!

I used a combination of masking with CS® inks and Faber Castell oil pastels when working with the stamps from A Night at the Met.


Follow the steps below to make this fun pair of cards.

1. Mask an area of a 4x5.25" White card panel with Post-It notes or Eclipse Tape by Judikins.


2. Apply Ash, Amethyst, and Lagoon inks to the exposed area with a CS® Ink Applicator.


3. Remove the mask.


4. Stamp a sentiment and image onto the card panel with India Black ink.


5. Add a bit of color to the ballet shoes with a purple oil pastel.


5. Blend the oil pastel color with a soft cloth or paper towel.


6. Repeat steps above to create a second card panel. Stamp the ballerina image with Sandstone ink.


7. Use a Faber Castell PITT pen to add color to the arms, leg and bodice of the dancer. Apply purple oil pastels to the skirt in simple, broad strokes.


8. Blend the oil pastels with a soft cloth or towel and finish the card with a stamped sentiment.


9. Layer the white card panels onto a folded card base. Stand back and admire while creating a dark shadow in the lower right corner of the photo. (Sorry!)


I can't wait to spend more time playing with these beautiful images! Your next stop for more inspiration is Kay's blog. See you back at Club Scrap for the Linky Party!

Happy New Year!
Tricia

Monday, December 11, 2017

Make four Scandinavian Christmas cards with two 12x12 papers!

Thanks for stopping in for the Scandinavian Holiday Blog Hop sponsored by Club Scrap. If you're making the rounds, you've likely arrived from Julie's blog. Visit the Club Scrap blog to view the other participants and to join the Linky Party.

I really, really wanted to share some fresh ideas with Club Scrap's Scandinavian Holiday collection, but I'm going to be really honest with you right now:

I didn't have any.

Nada.

Enter: Club Scrap's Cardmaking Idea Deck, Volume II.

I picked the Ace of Clubs because it makes a total of four cards from just two sheets of 12x12" paper. And I got to thinking that it would be nice to make something with warm, neutral tones.

Gather the following supplies:
12x12 White Plain
12x12 Succulents Pebble Plain (This color is absolutely gorgeous.)
Ash Ink
Scandinavian Holiday Unmounted Stamps
Assorted Embossing Folders

Trim, score, and fold the papers according to the recipe card. Stamp the 2x3" panels with Ash ink and assorted images. Emboss the 1/2" strip and nesting panel, add ribbon, adhere to the card and call it done!

Club Scrap's Scandinavian Holiday stamps with neutral papers #cardmaking #clubscrap #ideadeck

The embossing makes a huge difference on the background panels. I had fun picking out my favorite patterns to complement the images. Use a grid ruler to help you adhere the narrow strip on the right side of the gatefold. I tried one without the ruler, and it's crooked. It's going to drive me crazy. Luckily, you can't see it in the above picture.

Club Scrap's Scandinavian Holiday stamps with neutral papers #cardmaking #clubscrap #ideadeck

The grey organza ribbon was a remnant from the Succulents collection. It's the perfect finishing touch!

Club Scrap's Scandinavian Holiday stamps with neutral papers #cardmaking #clubscrap #ideadeck

The silver-edged satin ribbon is from A Night at the Met. You might have some in your stash if you're a current Club Scrap member! Don't forget to stamp the inside of the card with one of your favorite sentiments from the UM sheet.

Club Scrap's Scandinavian Holiday stamps with neutral papers #cardmaking #clubscrap #ideadeck

You may need to give your Ash ink pad a fresh inking to achieve these lovely, crisp images. Don't ask me how I know this.

Club Scrap's Scandinavian Holiday stamps with neutral papers #cardmaking #clubscrap #ideadeck

Thanks for stopping by today. I want to wish you and your family a blessed and joyous holiday season.

Next up for you: Stop by Kay's blog, then add your projects, layouts, or cards to the Linky Party at Club Scrap.

Next up for me: Put up my Christmas tree.

Tricia

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Trattoria Meets Mizuhiki on a Tag


Thanks for stopping in for the Trattoria Blog Hop sponsored by Club Scrap. If you're making the rounds, you've likely arrived from Roni's blog. Visit the Club Scrap blog to view the full listing of participants and to join the Linky Party.


I stumbled upon a full package of orange Mizuhiki Paper Cord by Yasutomo in my stash, and decided to "re-re-resurrect" one of my favorite techniques.


The last time I visited the technique was with the Lakes collection in November of 2014, so I'm overdue! I included a step by step tutorial in my last blog, so this time I thought I'd make a quick video.



After completing the decorative strip, I used a portion to decorate a manila tag and then added it to a 5x7" greeting card. Simply stamp your favorite sentiments from the Trattoria Art Nouveau and Greeting unmounted stamp sheets, and you're good to go!



You can load up on Trattoria supplies at the Club Scrap store. Next up: Pam Peeling at APeeling Paper and Crafts.

Keep living the sweet life!
Tricia

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Scandinavia Blog Hop

Have you bounced your way here from Roni's blog? If so, you're moving right along on Club Scrap's Scandinavia Blog Hop. Welcome!


Each month, Club Scrap members receive free instructions to help assemble everything we send their way. In addition, they are also given a layout card that includes a grayscale sketch of a finished layout, a gather list of what is needed to complete the pages, and precise paper trimming instructions. Here is the layout sketch released in October.


The idea here is to continually provide inspiration so you can "keep 'er movin'" and not be paralyzed by a lack of inspiration.

I usually try to create a double page spread with the current month's layout card and kit. Here is my Scandinavia version . . .


I was able to incorporate a few of my favorite die cuts and cutaparts. The possibilities for embellishing the three strips on the left are endless! As always, adhere the elements with CS® Bookbinding Glue in a needle-tipped applicator.




Don't forget to reach for those layout cards whenever you feel stumped for an idea. It's an asset you can use again and again! I've shared a few other pages created with inspiration from past layout cards. Check out the Cape Cod layout using the Bold Blooms card, and this Boardwalk layout!

Now, it's time to keep 'er movin'. Your next stop is with Pam at APeeling Paper Crafts. See you there!

Tricia

Friday, October 20, 2017

Vintage Botany Meets Digi Hybrid for Last-Minute Memorial Gift

My dear friend's father passed away on Monday. He would have been 93 today. Our neighborhood is getting together to purchase something as a memorial for him, and they also wanted to present her with a poem. They sent it over to me this morning to "pretty it up" a little. I thought it was such a lovely sentiment.

Sometimes when the wind blows, I hear you whisper to me, "My Spirit is alive. My Soul is free. My love is as near, as you need me to be."


I needed it today, so I stylized the poem in Photoshop and sized it to fit in a 5x7" frame. To add an image, I simply opened my files from the Vintage Botany Digital Hybrid collection and incorporated the dandelion. Perfect!

Memorial Gift made with Club Scrap's Vintage Botany and Hybrid Kits


After printing onto Dk. Kraft paper and matting it with black/ivory/black paper, I created an envelope from the 12x12 Vintage Botany Ivory Print with the help of my Envelope Punch Board.

Memorial Gift made with Club Scrap's Vintage Botany and Hybrid Kits
The paper used for the envelope is one of my favorites from the collection!
 
Memorial Gift made with Club Scrap's Vintage Botany and Hybrid Kits

Have a creative day . . .

Tricia