Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Graffiti Chalkboard Easel

Welcome, Graffiti Blog Hoppers!

I created a nifty birthday card chalkboard easel for this month's hop (originating from The Club Scrap Creates Blog).

Front side with BDay Wish
Back side for any-day use.

I used matte board for the easel and that awesome black Chalkboard Paper from the Graffiti Lite Kit. The look and stamping technique is very similar to my Graffiti Chalkboard Paper Techniques Blog from last Thursday, however this easel is a bit larger and made with matte board.

1. Cut two 4-3/4x6-3/4" matte board pieces. I chose this size so it could be mailed in a 5x7" envelope. This easel could even be made from cereal box cardboard. Use a craft knife to remove matte board 1" from bottom and 3/4" from the left and right edges.

2. Stamp two 4x4-3/4" black chalkboard paper mattes with white pigment ink. For more stamping details, refer to Graffiti Chalkboard Paper Techniques. The Spring WOW Flutterbys seemed to be the perfect embellishment.

Flutterbys Flags altered with acrylic paint.
3. Punch two holes on top of matte boards, add eyelets and fasten with string.

4. Punch two holes on bottom of matte boards and fasten with string to serve as a catch.

5. When the recipient's birthday time has passed, she can simply reverse the easel and enjoy the artwork on the other side!

Cathy Gray's The Artful Gamet is your next stop. I'm sure you'll enjoy what she has in store for you.

Thanks for hopping!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Top 13 Cards of 2013

Happy New Year to you! Wishing you all the best in 2014!

I'm hopping in on the Operation Write Home Top "13 of 2013" Blog Hop.  It is a fun reason to revisit some of my favorite handmade cards created throughout 2013.

Card #1. I created this card using Club Scrap's Time Of Your Life Unmounted Stamps. I really enjoy the clock images and feel it's great for Birthday Time, Thank You Times, Party Time, Graduation Time, well . . . you get the idea.

Club Scrap's Time Of Your Life Retreat UM

Inside the card.
Card #2. Club Scrap has a new referral program . . . refer a member, and you get a free sheet of these Weathered Florals stamps! This card uses my favorite masking technique.

Weathered Florals Unmounted Stamps - Club Scraps New Member Referral Gift
Card #3. This card has a bit more dimension using the Lock & Key Stamps and Metal Key.

Club Scraps Lock & Key  Collection
Card #4. This card took me out of my normal element with the scoring and folding technique, but it's so cool! The Lock & Key Scrap Rap has directions and an easy to follow diagram on page 15!

Also from the Lock & Key  Collection
Card #5. Who doesn't love dragonflies? I used mini foam squares behind the wings of this stamped dragonfly to add dimension. Rubber stamps images from Club Scrap's 2013 Bugs Unmounted Stamp.
Club Scrap's Bugs Collection
Card #6. I had so much fun with this masking technique! The Take Wing Scrap Rap shows the details on page 11. Stamps are from Club Scrap's Take Wing Collection.

Club Scrap Take Wing Unmounted Rubber Stamps
Card #7.This card uses a stamp collection called Postcards From ParisI enjoy the collage stamping and masking technique . . . so why not make it #7 on my list?

Club Scraps PostCards From Paris, 2012 Retreat
Card #8. From the Wisteria Collection, this card not only has pretty florals, it has more scores and folds then what I normally do in a card. Page 16 of the Wisteria Scrap Rap shows the how-to!

Wisteria Unmounted Rubber Stamp Collection

Card #9. Look at this sweet Valentine's Day card featuring a hot air balloon stamp from the Up, Up, and Away Collection. I have the stepouts available if you click HERE.

Card #10. This card was also created with Up, Up, and Away materials. Adding the beading and stitching to the stenciled hot air balloon was a challenge for me, but worth the effort!

From a past collection, Club Scrap's Up, Up and Away! 
Card #11. Lovin' the collage look using this Get The Picture set of stamps.
Club Scrap's Get The Picture 2013 Winter PSL, Globe stamp from past Bookshelves Collection.
Card #12. There's something about the Aspen Stamps that make me want to cut out the birch tree limbs and attach to the card front with mini foam squares. I like the look of this!

Club Scrap's Aspen Collection UM
Card #13. This card uses Club Scrap's Graffiti Collection. It's going online this week so it's very exciting! I love how the fill-in stencil works with the stamps.

It was a lot of fun to review my creative year!

Thank you for stopping by . . .
Kay Williamson