Tuesday, May 26, 2015

SOC Blogger Challenge: Hello Summer

Happy Tuesday everyone! Hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend! I didn't make it to the beach, but I spent time with friends and got some much needed R&R! After the icy winter we had here in NC, I am ready for some summer fun! So let's get it started with a new blogger's challenge! Our theme is:
 
Hello Summer!!

Summer is rapidly approaching, so the challenge is to pull out those beach pictures, die cuts, stamps, and embellies to use on your creations! Now in case you're new to SOC's blogger challenges, cards, scrapbook pages, mixed media and altered art creations have been shared in the past! But anything goes, as long as it has a summer theme, so let your creativity run wild!!
 
Once you finish your creation and post it to your blog, add a direct link to your creations in the comment section below, to the Bloggers Challenge forum over on SOC, or in the gallery so we can stop by to see what you've posted! From all of the projects posted, you will have the opportunity to have your creation/blog featured here, and on the SOC Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter pages! (Please note that only blogs with the SOC Badge displayed will be posted.) So now that we have the guidelines straightened out, let the Summer fun begin!!

 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memoral Day Spandex


Hello Crafty Friends. Sharette here with my monthly post.. First off let me say "Happy Memorial Day. Its the official kick off of Summer. I have not colored in a while ( I am a bit rusty at it, to tell you the truth) So I decided to pull out my crafty pencils and give it a go.
 
In the Spirit of the Memorial Holiday, I purchased, downloaded and printed this little sassy lady from Slinky Tart.  Her name is "Super Spandex".
 
 For this image I colored her up with my Spectrum Noir colored Pencils Skin Tone: 89,90,94,100,101 004 (They don't have names as my Prisma colored pencils)
  •  Hair: 120,119,117,112
 And here she is complted. Reds: 23,26,25,28,33 Blues: 67,75,73,78,77 Whites: 002,001 and of course I had to add my glitter.
And here is my completed card. DP are my MME. Stamp is from Unity Stamp Co. I hope you all enjoyed my little Super Spandex. As always I love hearing feed back, so if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below.
 
 
Happy Crafting
 
 
Sharette



Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Evolution of My Marker Storage



Over the years that I have been coloring, my marker collection has grown significantly.  As would be expected, I have had to re-evaluate marker storage several times to accommodate my growing collection.  My original storage (and still my favorite of them all) was made using a zippered lunchbox with upcycled powdered drink boxes.  Very easy to make and very inexpensive.  It is also extremely portable, making coloring on the go very easy.  It, however, does not hold very many markers.





When I outgrew this method of storage, I constructed a larger storage unit using clear plastic storage bins and clear packing tape.  I stored my markers in a larger bin/basket at my desk, so I used a 2 x 3 configuration of plastic storage units which was designed to sit down in the bin.  This arrangement served me well until VERY recently, but lacks the portability that my former unit had.  When I took markers to crops, I sat them down in my rolling tote and prayed that I wouldn't lose one. However, for someone with a moderate sized collection of markers it is a great option which can be made for a reasonable amount of money.



Recently, I have started using a reward system I read about in one of my Sparkpeople emails for packing and eating healthy lunches.  I purchased several bento styled lunch kits and pack a lunch at least 4 days a week.  When I have done this consecutively for several weeks, I treat myself from the money I saved not eating out with a non-food treat.  Last month, I took the extra money and made a large marker purchase.  Since I was barely fitting into my previous storage, that lead me to a dilemma about how to store my markers.

I originally tried the Artbin double deep satchel for storage, which came highly recommended by several coloring friends.  I was not able to locate the double wide one, so I bought the marker box and added an extra marker storage rack.  This system only holds a maximum of 172 markers and has a really large footprint for such a small number of markers. Since I currently exceed that number of markers and have a list of another 30 or so that I want to purchase before my coloring class in September, this system was not going to work for me.





I did a little more research and discovered that Copic Markers actually makes a storage bin for their markers.  I measures 16.5 x 10 x 7.5 inches, so it does not need a lot of space in your craft space. It is also very light weight, weighing only 2.8 pounds.   It holds up to 380 markers, so I could potentially purchase every one of them and still have space.  It is very sturdy, which means it will hold up well when taking to crops.  It also comes with a removable strap so that I can carry it on in the airport since I will have to fly to my coloring class in September. 





I especially like the inside.  There are six removable storage cups inside the case.  I can store my markers by color family and then remove that family as I work.  When I am done, they can quickly and easily be put back in the case to clean up.  I am very pleased with my marker case.  If you are struggling with finding a method of storing your markers that does not take up a lot of space, this may be a solution for you.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Art Journal Love

Among my many adVENTURES is art journaling.  I must confess, however that I don't spend as much time as I would like doing it.  I found some inspiration from a fellow art journaler to alter and repurpose the book below as a canvas of sorts for art journaling.  While I started the project with zeal, I have not kept up with the journey.  I do, though, like the idea of using this book because it provides such an ample amount of space to just spread a lot of journal love.  So with inspiration at my fingertips, my goal is to continue and complete this art journal adventure.





Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Color Flow for Low Mojo

Lately, when it comes to inspiration the struggle has been REAL.  I am not sure if it is in the air, the water or what.  But my creativity game has not been where I need it to be.  In order to remedy this I have been scanning some of my photography, hoping that something in the images will spark something.
  

Here is a photo that I took while visiting a local arboretum.  I love how rich the color is on such tiny flowers.  Almost like they know that this may be their only moment to shine, because once all of the larger flowers grow they may not receive as much attention.

I pulled a color palette from the picture in hopes of creating a paper project (scrapbook layout, card, mini-album) using these colors as inspiration.  Wish me luck!  

What would you create using these colors?  What do you do when your mojo is low?

Sunday, May 10, 2015

It's Bokeh Time...Stamping Style

Are you wondering what exactly is Bokeh and how it applies to stamping? In the photography world Bokeh is the visual quality of the out of focus areas of photographic image.

This same look can be applied using your stamping products. If you haven't tried this technique follow my picture tutorial and make some beautiful cards.

In the photography world here is an example of Bokeh.....


Here is the card I made using the Bokeh technique


 With this technique I used inks, card stock and a piece of acetate in which I cute 4 different size circles using my circle punch. 

 I started off with a piece of White Daisy card stock. I inked up my sponge in CTMH pear ink. 

 I randomly made circular motions on the card stock leaving some white space for my second color. 

 I used the same circular motion using CTMH Pixie ink covering the white space. I also went over some of the Pear ink which gave it a third color. I noticed a little white space so I went back and filled that in with the pear ink. 

 Once my card stock was covered I grabbed my CTMH White Daisy pigment ink and the template I made earlier. 

 I placed the template on the card stock and inked up the circles with the white pigment ink. No rhyme or reason just covering areas with the different sized circles to give it the Bokeh look. You can even have a few of the circle attach to one another. 

 When I was done I took my sponge dauber and made a few random prominent daubes which really made some of the smaller circles stand out. 

 This was my finished card stock mat. Now all you have to do is embellish as you see fit. Below are a few more cards using this technique....

 This card I masked off a portion of the left side of the card stock leaving some white space. I used CTMH Rainy Day stamp set. I colored the image with Copics. 

 I used a die to cut out the sentiment and the camera. The camera was perfect considering we are taking about Boken...Say Cheese!! 

 I masked off the top and bottom of this card mat. I stamped the sentiment using the CTMH Happy To Be Friends stamp set. 

This one I added a few more embellishments to jazz it up. The stamp set is CTMH You're The Bomb. 

I can't wait to see what you create using the Bokeh technique!! 

Happy Mother's Day to all the mommies out there :-)
~Shalana

Friday, May 8, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

My mother looks forward to my crafty gifts on Mother’s Day.  This year I altered a chalkboard for her kitchen.  Mama Minnie is old school and believes in cooking a Soul Food Sunday dinner at her home regardless of Mother’s Day or any special holiday.  I picked up this chalkboard from Michael’s and added d├ęcor to compliment her kitchen. My mother is a decorator so I had to make it pretty and add some lace at the top.


Here’s a close up of the bottom. The items are all from my stash.  Chef Phoebe digital image by Robert Jackson was added. She is whipping up the batter for some hot water cornbread!  Although my mother does not wear that attire, I thought she was too adorable and added the perfect sentiment from Basic Grey.


Here’s a close up of the top.  Finally used the Jolee silverware and tied it to some twine to hang.  Then I found the stickers to add another perfect sentiment for the top.  She can add her menu to the front or back.  

Well it’s time to wrap it in a box for delivery.  Did you make your mother something crafty?

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