Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Stamped Image Organizer

Hello All!  Renee here with a quick and easy way to store the extra stamped images we all have.  Most stampers, regardless of whether they work with digital files or rubber stamps, stamp off extra images of the projects they are working on.  I always print extra digital images when I do a print and cut (my preferred stamping method) in order to avoid wasting the cardstock that is used for copic coloring. Even when I stamp rubber or clear stamps, I make at least 2 copies of the image in case I mess up one.  Up until now, I have never had a good storage solution for the extra images I have collected.

I made this organizer for my digital images from a simple card organizer file that I purchased through the silhouette store.  It is comprised of a series of boxes, glued together to make a file cabinet of sorts to hold cards.  I made mine from inexpensive black cardstock that I purchased from Target.  It is not very sturdy cardstock, but when all the boxes are glued together the box itself is more than sturdy enough for my purposes. (Note:  If I were making this box for its intended use as an A2 card organizer, I would use as substantially more sturdy paper. However, the digital images are so lightweight that the sturdier cardstock was not needed.)

 Because all the supplies in my scrapspace are made from black cardstock and decorated with pink patterned paper from the Sabrina line from Making Memories, I drew boxes on the side panels of the main box the size I needed for decorative panels and cut them out. 

I also have all my supplies labeled for easy location.  I have used LD Boogie Down from Lettering Delights on all my supplies.  To make this simple label, I typed my label with Boogie Down and cut it from scrap vinyl, then applied it to my paper.  By using vinyl, I did not have to apply glue to the back or worry about getting the placement straight.

To hold my images, I used simple 4 x 6 note cards that I purchased from the dollar store.  I stapled a snack sized baggie to the front, taped the excess to the back and wrote the name and designer on the back of the images for easy reference when designing.  Some of my images were so old that I could not remember where I got the stamp.  I simply left those blank.  Once I use all the images from a card, I can simply recycle the cards for other images.

I hope this simple storage solution helps you to organize your stamped images.  Happy Scrapping!

Monday, April 21, 2014

SOC Blogger Challenge: Mother's Day

Hi everyone! Hope you had a great Easter weekend, with lots of food, fun, and fellowship with family and friends! Quite a few of you enjoyed time in your craft room, as there were lots of great creations for last week's challenge! More on that in a bit...Right now though, I'd like to share this week's challenge! The theme is:

Mother's Day

Mother's Day will be here before we know it! So the challenge is to create scrapbook pages, cards, and mixed media/art journaling/altered art projects celebrating and honoring moms, grandmothers, and the other special ladies in our lives this week!

Now to share a few great projects from the "Baby, Oh Baby/Easter" challenge last week! Let's get started with some adorable baby themed creations!

Emonie shared this cute Pooh themed card! Be sure to stop by her blog to check out additional pics and more "diaper" delightful details!

Alice over on The Purple Loft Creations shared this card over in the Blogger's Challenge forum. Love that cute banner! 

Next, Michele created this cute tag to celebrate Easter! So colorful and fun, and I love that vintage bunny image!

Love seeing all of the projects above, and want the chance to have your creation featured? Its really easy! Just post a direct link to your project for the Mother's Day challenge in the comment section below, in the SOC Blogger Challenge forum, or in SOC's gallery. In addition to the opportunity of having your creation shared here, it can be posted on SOC's Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages! (Please note that only blogs displaying the Scraps of Color badge will be featured.) I hope you'll come out and create with us as we celebrate Moms this week! Thanks for stopping by! Take care!

Spring Up Memories

I had to remind myself recently not to forget where I came from or rather how I got started. This is in reference to paper crafting.  I started with scrapbooking and doing layouts.  So I thought why not return to the passion that got me started. This month I decided to do a spring layout.  Nothing really fancy just a sample of my style.  I love to layer a lot on my layouts and so here ......

I am and this is how I have evolved over the years. I grabbed some pictures I recently took and got busy.  The layout is of my granddaughter who recently got a new bicycle.  I bet we all can remember those days.  I used my Silhouette to cut all the die cut images.  The background paper is so Spring.  As I said, nothing fancy, just some paper, embellishments and memories.  Do you remember how or why you started scrapbooking?  Why not take a walk down memory lane and remind yourself where you came from.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

That Hat!!

Happy Easter/Resurrection Sunday (eve)  Beautiful People!

After you read this, you may think of me differently. Perhaps some of you can relate. Growing up, on Easter Sunday my mom would make me dress in a frilly dress, gloves, patent leather shoes, and a hat. Ugh, I strongly, on the verge of hated when Easter came around. I mean, it was bad enough going to an overcrowded church but to be uncomfortable too...that was too much! Then to add insult to injury after sweating out my freshly pressed hair, I had hat hair when I was able to FINALLY take off that hat! I think out of everything, the hat was the thing I could not tolerate. I did however like to have my hair down :)

As I was looking through the Silhouette Store, I saw the Easter Hat Box. I actually cringed. Then I had a thought, I could make it and give it to my mom as a "prank" because she knows  how I feel about hats. I purchased it and this is what I came up with.

I used plain card stock for the base of the hat. I inked the edged of the scalloped edge. The hat assembled a little wonky, so to hide that, I used tulle and added pearls to the base and top of the hat. To embellish, I kept it simple. I added a piece of pink frayed rosette. I also add two yellow roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. To finish it off, I added a feather.  What do you think?

The paper hat is not so bad. Perhaps I am being healed in the area of hat hating? I can tell you one thing, on Easter Sunday, I stick to the meaning of the day and fellowship with my family afterwards (that is what I LOVE about Easter aside for the true meaning behind it). Although mom is trying her hardest to get my girls into those dresses LOL...but no hats!!! What is your favorite or least favorite Easter memory?

I hope you enjoyed today's Project! Have a great weekend everyone...until next time, Kenya~

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Themed Card Box (A tutorial)!

Hello there!

I hope this Good Friday finds you in good spirit and with many crafty things on your to-do list this weekend!

For your viewing pleasure today, I've created what I hope is an in-depth tutorial as to how I made the box below.


I  made this box with the idea that I would also make coordinating cards to go inside of it (below).

I wanted to make a box that would have the following specs:
- only uses 1, 12x12 sheet of cardstock
- has a closure of some kind (in my case, a magnet closure)

The final dimensions of this box are: 8" x 3.5" x 1".

In doing so, I drew out a mini sketch to get the ball rolling:

And then I started getting crafty!

Tools you'll need include:
- a score tool of some kind
- scissors
- glue
- pretty papers and embellishments to decorate the box with!

Set your paper up on/with whichever scoring tool you're using.
I'm using my MS score board.

Score the paper initially at 1", 2", 5.5", 6.5", 10" and 11".
A total of 6 score lines!

Rotate the paper counter clockwise by 90 degrees and score at 1" and 2".

Rotate the paper AGAIN, but this time by 180 degrees and score again at 1" and 2".

You now have 4 scored lines perpendicular to the first set of score lines.

You end up with the same setup as what I have pictured above.
Once all lines are scored, using the guide above, cut out all the squares within the score lines marked with an "X".

You end up with this cool shape.

Fold all of the score lines.

Now that we see where all the lines will fold, cut out the section of the folded area shown above.

You're left with a tab like piece.

And again for the other side...

You can now start adding the glue! We first add glue to the tab we just finished making.

Then we bring the adjoining side up to meet the glued tab. 

Then we add glue to the top flap and glue it to the adjoining flap on top. 

Do the same for the other side/other tab.

Box is starting to come together!!! Whee!!

I used magnet closures on my box. You could of course use ribbon, seam binding, etc.

I marked the center of the flap where my magnet would go.

Then I added the other side of the magnet to the outer edge of the box where the flap would overlap.

This is the reason I added that extra 1" to the side with the closure.
If you will not be using a magnet, this could also be the side in which you hide any ends to seam binding or ribbon.
All you would need to do instead is pierce a tiny hole for it to come through. :)

I used my Deco corner chomper to do the edges of the box flaps.

Then I used my coredinations sanding block to rough up all the corners.

I then used some Sweet Sentiments paper from the 12x12 paper pack from Graphic 45 as the base paper for my box.

I also layered another sheet, this time from the 8x8 pad. Also from Sweet Sentiments.

Then I used some recollections bling stickers for my Easter greeting.
I also used a pencil to roll down the top left edge of the second layer of paper.
(It's easier to roll the paper if you mist it with water first!)

Then I threw on some random flowers and bling from my stash, and voila!
(Front View)

(Back View)


I hope that wasn't an overload of a tutorial. :)

Oh! And I forgot to mention, I distressed ALL the edges of ALL the papers I used, except the paper I used for the base of the box.

Thanks so much for dropping by!
If you have any questions, please post them in the comment section and I'll hopefully be able to answer them!

Also! Please post a link to your blog or image gallery should you choose to make this box as well! I love looking at your pretty altered boxes!! :D

Super warm hugs!

Krafty Kerry signing off!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Creating with Julie Nutting Doll Stamps

Okay, I'm not really an image stamper. Sure, I've made cards and I have stamped on many of my layouts but that was mainly using sentiment, words or phrases and maybe a flower or know the easy stuff. So when I decided that I just had to have all the great new doll stamps I knew it would require me to do a little more than just stamping.

I knew I would have to get markers or colored pencils if I wanted to create something with a little more color to them. But I found out that I don't have a lot of patience for sitting and coloring for long periods plus I didn't know a thing about how to get just the right color shades for skin or hair. So when I saw a post on SOC about using Gamsol with color pencils I knew that would work for me.

Here are two tags I made using doll stamp "Taylor" and "Shay". For Shay I actually did the coloring with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol. For Taylor I stamped on patterned paper, cut out the pieces and layered them on top of another stamp of the same doll. I also did the skin tone and hair color using the color pencils and Gamsol technique.

Shay Doll Tag

Taylor Doll Tag

Doll Tags by Tena E. Supplies - Doll Stamps: Julie Nutting (Prima); Tags & Flowers: Prima; Patterned Paper: Kaisercraft; Sequins: Teresa Collins; Rose Trim: Maya Road; Colored Pencils: Prismacolor; Stamps: Little Yellow Bicycle; Distress Inks: Tim Holtz.
I still need more practice with coloring  and blending but like how they turned out for my first try.
What's your favorite way for coloring in your stamped images? Please leave a comment and let me know...Happy Crafting!

Monday, April 14, 2014

A New Blogger Challenge and A Look Back!

Hi everyone! Cheryl here with another great challenge! This week will be a THIS or THAT challenge! That's right!! You have two fun themes to choose from! So let's get started! They are:

Baby, Oh baby!


So the challenges this week are to pull out your pastel colors and baby themed supplies for scrapbook pages, cards, or special altered projects for a bundle of joy! Or make special creations celebrating the upcoming Easter holiday!...Then again, feel free to make something with both themes for twice the fun!! 
I'm sure we will see some fabulous projects with this week's challenge, and look forward to seeing them soon! In the meantime, let's take a quick peek back at some of the projects created from last week's "ANYTHING GOES" challenge!

First up, Felisa created this cute birthday card, perfect for a teen or tween! Loving the purple, and that scroll detail is awesome! Next, MJ also shared a card for the challenge: 

Isn't this a sassy card? Just love it!!

These ladies both created more projects for this challenge, but I can't give it all away here! Be sure to stop by their blogs to see what they cooked up, and leave them a little love! Special thanks to Felisa and MJ for participating in last week's challenge! 

Interested in a chance to have your project featured here like Felisa and MJ? Just create a project using one of the themes above, or even from our recent challenges and post a direct link in the comment section below, in the Blogger's Challenge forum over on SOC, or in the special gallery link above! In addition to the opportunity of having your creation shared here, it can be posted on SOC's Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages! (Please note that only blogs displaying the Scraps of Color badge will be featured.) So you have fun creating AND get some extra bloggy love! It's a win-win! Thanks for stopping by today and have a great week!


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