Monday, April 20, 2009

Busy Busy

It's still busy around here -too much to do and too little time! We had our monthly House Crop in Danville this past Saturday. I was able to scrap pages for my kids albums and start on one of my many Club Scrap projects!
I have a drawer full of Club Scrap projects - mostly books (I love to make books!) So, it's time to put them together. On the Club Scrap forum, several of us are "committing" to a project a month in order to get these items out of the bag! I hope to be posting a wired book sometime soon.
I will be at Dartmouth Middle School on May 1st for a vendor event. Come on by - I'll have various products and examples and, more than likely, a small and quick make-n-take using Club Scrap products.
I'll also be having another card workshop in May - date to be announced. In addition to using the Assembly line card deck and Club Scrap card stock - count on another technique to learn!
The above grouping of cards were made using a format from the card making deck. All the card stock is Club Scrap and the stamp set is Stampin' Up birthday set. They all went together very well - although the photo looks a bit blurry! With Club Scrap it's all about using your supplies - regardless of where they came from : )

Friday, April 10, 2009

Alcohol Ink and Microglaze

The above photos were the ones I was attempting to upload the other day. The top photo is actually a finished card made using alcohol inks, Microglaze, stencils and a "spinner". The 2nd photo shows glossy cardstock with a stencil overlaid. Microglaze is applied to the openings. Photo 3 is the cardstock with the stencil removed - you should be able to see the raised Microglaze image. The next photo shows the cardstock inserted into a Spin Art machine. Does it look familiar? They are available at some Micheal's for around $10 (less with a 40% off coupon :)) And, lastly, the cardstock after alcohol ink was applied to the spinning cardstock - the Microglaze is the scrapped off. You're ready to trim and decorate the card!
More cards and techniques to come soon!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Card Workshop

I held a card Workshop about a month ago (yeah, I know !) and I'm thinking I will have a similar workshop again in May. We played with the Club Scrap idea Deck for card making - I picked a card and we cut card stock according to the card's recipe. Everyone picked there own, different card stock colors - so we had a wide variation of finished colors combinations.

But we did not stop there! The main focal image was not stamped, but made with a stencil and a wonderful product by Judikins called Microglaze. Place stencil on cardstock and apply Microglaze to stencil openings. When you remove the stencil, the glaze creates a mask, resisting inks. Place the card stock in a child's spin art machine and turn it on. As it spins, drop Ranger Alcohol Inks onto card stock - one color at a time. You may also drop some Blending Solution to insure good coverage. When you have the desired look - turn off the machine and remove the card stock. Scrap off the Microglaze. I was hoping to show photos of this process, but I can't get them to load. I will try again soon.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Not Enough Time...

The past month has been very busy: my high school senior has perfromed in her final musical (HONK! - the story of the Ugly Duckling), meaning mom has a bunch of volunteer responsibilities; my bi-monthly (every other month?!) card making class (more on that later); Club Scrap pro scrapbooking and cardmaking league - now in it's last week; and some sad news regarding friends.

HONK! turned out to be an amazing success - selling out both weekends. We even set up an additional 35 seats and sold those as well. The kids were fabulous and enjoyed every minute - although it was bittersweet for the seniors. My daughter, Megan, has already promised to come back and see next year's play when she is on Spring Break.

One of our good friend's daughter ,who spends time with Megan, was diagnosed with a brain tumor 2 weeks before HONK! opened (she was the lead). We've been on a roller coaster with her and her family hoping all goes well with surgery and recovery. Thankfully, the results came back negative for cancer and she should hopefully come home in the next day or two. That's a relief for all of us.

There's been other stuff - too complicated to go into here. However, life is slowly getting back to normal. AND, Megan has made her decision as to which college to attend next year - the winner is Emerson College in Boston! She's very excited as she will have the opportunity to design her own major, encompassing sound for theatre, film, and TV. It's a wonderful opportunity for her!

A taste of card making - above is one of my favorites of the past couple of weeks. The background was made using an alcohol ink technique of polished stone. It was fun to make a couple of sheets of polished stone and then cut them up for cards. It's a technique I used way back when and have had fun revisiting it!
As for my card making meeting - that'll be for another post with some technique photos!