Wednesday, March 25, 2015

50's Kitchen Blog Hop

Welcome to the March 2015 Club Scrap blog hop! This month I'm humbled to be associated with a very talented group of paper artists as we feature the collection called 50's Kitchen

If you arrived here from Hetty's blog, you are on the right track. If you want to get back to the beginning of this month's hop, go to Club Scrap--you'll find the complete list of blogs so you can hop right along!

This month's kit is a fun, colorful collection of papers and designs reminiscent of kitchen styles of the middle of the 20th century. The element that grabbed my attention is the cherry motif--I'm drawn to the natural red and green colors, and cherries are one of my favorite fruits! So, since I received my kit at the beginning of the month, I've been trying to think of a project I could make featuring the cherry stamps found on the Art Nouveau stamp sheet. 

50's Kitchen Art Nouveau stamp sheet and project ideas

And, this, blog readers, is the card I created. I believe I got the original idea from a Technique Junkies newsletter several years ago. Not sure if I created mine the same way, but below are the steps I followed to create the grid pattern. (For a list of supplies, see the end of this post.)

Start with a 3 5/8 x 4 7/8 piece of tan cardstock.
Stamp the cherries randomly on the cardstock.

Find the center of the panel; mark a 1" grid on the scrap paper.
Use a pencil to create a grid on the panel, 
skipping the stamped images.
The stamped panel with grid pattern in pencil. 
See how the stamped images look like they 
are on top of the grid?
To add another element, use Post-It notes to mask a square
and a sponge applicator to add a light layer of ink.
Only ink a few squares--just to add interest.
Finally, trace the pencil lines with a black fine-tip pen. 
(I also edged the panel with black ink to set off the design 
before layering onto the red panel and card base.)

Here again is the completed card. I hope you try this technique. I don't think I would have ever thought to put aqua with red and green, but I like the look!

The next stop on the hop is Ann at Crzymom's Tidbits. Her creative mind is sure to inspire you! 

One more thing:
The last time I participated in Club Scrap's blog hop (January 2015), I showed how I organize my collection of unmounted stamps. This time, I'd like to tell you how I use a common office organizing tool in my craft room. Without scrolling down, can you guess how I use this file organizer? Hint: I don't put paper in it!

Could you guess? 

I use the file organizer to hold cutting mats, scoring boards, and paper punch boards. For me, it's better than stacking them horizontally, and it can sit on my work table or even on the floor beside my chair (when the table is too cluttered--as it usually is!) where I can easily reach for the one I want. Hope you like this craft room organization idea!

Continue the hop by clicking HERE to go to Ann's blog. 

Until next time,

Lisa Kay

Supplies for the Cherry Grid Card

From the 50's Kitchen collection:
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Aqua Cardstock (folded to 5 1/2 x 4 1/4)
3 7/8 x 5 1/8 Red Cardstock 
3 5/8 x 4 7/8 Tan Cardstock
Art Nouveau stamp sheet

Additional Club Scrap supplies:
Hybrid Ink Pads: Ruby, Moss, Lagoon
Ink Applicator

Other tools:
Paper Trimmer
Scoring Board (I used Scor-Pal
Acrylic Mounting Blocks 
Scrap Paper (to cover work surface)
6-inch Clear Ruler
Post-It Notes
Black Fine-tipped Pen