Monday, April 13, 2015

"Dee-Dee" Digi Stamp

How many of you are stampers? Despite the fact that I have a semi-huge collection of rubber and acrylic stamps I don't consider myself a big stamper.  Especially when it comes to the kind that you have to color.

Although lately I have been catching a little stamping fever and decided to create my own digi-stamp.  I think she would be great for a Mother's day or Birthday Card.  She is named after my aunt Dee-Dee and she has a sassy vintage feel.  This was my first attempt at illustrating and digitally coloring a design of this type, but I am pretty pleased with how she turned out. 

If you would like to create a card or project with her, you are welcome to it.  Simply right click the image below and save the file.  As always, the design is free for personal (non-commercial) use only.

Thanks for looking, enjoy!

SOC Bloggers Challenge: "This or That"

Hey everyone! Cheryl here with a brand new challenge! I have another "This or That" challenge for you this week, meaning that you will have two great themes to choose from (or combine for one great project)! Our themes are:


Pastels ~or~ Mother's Day
After you finish your pages, cards, or altered/mixed media projects 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 find your creations easily! 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.) 
I see lots of fun one the horizon with this one, but before everyone gets started, lets take a look back at some projects from our "Use Your Stash" metal challenge:
 First, check out this great layout by Felisa! Love her colors!
 Princess created this great card featuring "Hakeem" from Empire! Love her addition of that clock, and her colors as well.
Finally, Treva shared this great layout over in the Blogger's Challenge forum! I just love all the
elements on this page, especially that tiny frame!
Thanks to these ladies for participating in the challenge! I hope this will inspire you to go "heavy metal" and pull out those metal embellishments in your craft stash this week! I look forward to coming back in a couple of weeks with a new challenge. Until then, take care and happy crafting!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Got Pan Pastels??

I recently attended a stamp show and not only did stamps catch my eye but also a product called Pan Pastels. I really liked learning how to use it with VersaMark so I am excited to share the technique with you. 

I made two cards and this is one of them. Follow along to see how I created this quick and easy card.

 Here are the main products I used to create this cute little card. My card base was 8x4. I folded it in half to give me a 4x4 card. I used a double mat with the kraft colored card stock cut at 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 and the white card stock cut at 3 x 3.

 I inked up my CTMH "In the Background" stamp with VersaMark. 

 I decided to stamp the image at an angle along the bottom of the mat. 

 Next step is to take the pan pastel and go over the VersaMark. I used this sponge applicator that made it so easy. The pastel adhered to the area of the card stock with the VersaMark on it. 

 Here is a snap shot of the mat once the Pan Pastel was applied to the entire VersaMark surface. 

 I really liked the "smile" sentiment from the CTMH "Paper Bird" hostesses reward stamp set. I added the sentiment in black ink. 

 Here is a finished look at the mat. 

 I added my mat to the Kraft card stock mat which I had already attached to the center of my card base. (See finished card above and below)

 I decided to make another card but this time focusing on Graduation using the CTMH "Diploma Day" stamp set. In this example I used the coarse black/metallic Pan Pastel. It had chips of glitter in it. This one I applied the pastel to the entire card base. I really like how the sentiment stood out even though I covered the entire card. 

 Here is the finished graduation card. I love pink so I decided to stamp the cap in Pixie ink and pop it up with 3-D foam tape. I added a few sparkles to add flair. 

This is the finished first card and I love the simplicity. I added a few sequins to spice it up. I sprayed each card with glitter dust.

Do you have Pan Pastels and if so how have you used it? Share your techniques in the comment section. 

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!! ~ Shalana 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Design for Scraps of Color! Creative Team Call!

Design for Scraps of Color E:spire!

April 2015!

We are currently looking for talented, innovative scrappers, stampers, mixed media, art journalist and altered artists to add to our team! We are looking for great crafters/artist to share their creativity with the world and help take the SOC BLOG to the next level.  If you are interested in a spot on our team, please see requirements below and feel free to send in your application.

Scraps of Color recruits for traditional and digital scrapbookers, stamp artists and paper crafters.  We are looking for a 6 month to 1 yr commitment.   If interested, please feel free to submit for a position with the SOC BLOG Creative Team.

Team members are asked to create 1 blog post per month on your assigned day.

Benefits of working for Scraps of Color:
Global recognition and exposure for yourself and your blog
Your creativity  and blog promoted via the SOC Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest Pages
Opportunity to share your craft with a large audience with minimal time commitment
Gain experience designing for a team
Possibility of getting free product sample from manufacturers(as provided).

All applicants must provide the following requirements listed below:
Email address
Link to Blog and other Social Media Sites (instagram, twitter, pinterest, facebook)
Why do you want to be a part of the SOC Blog Creative Team.
Tell us what commitment means to you?
Include 3-5 photos of your best work.

SOC Blog Team members will be required to create 1 item/tutorial (every month) to be posted to the SOC Blog.  We also ask that you cross promote your post(and the SOC Blog) with a sneak peek on your blog the same day of your post, as well as through your social media outlets.

Please email submissions to: classygirl at mac dot com

All submissions will receive an acknowledgement.

Submissions are due April 30, 2015 11:59pm est.  We hope to add multiple designers to the team!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Black Girls Rock!

Black Girls Rock!  Ask Hakeem.  Why Hakeem?  Over at Scraps of Color we are featuring Hakeem in our EMPIRE Take Over Challenge.  Robert Jackson is taking us for an amazing ride.  I thought why not show that a brother can stand in the background to let his Sistahs shine!  Did you see BLACK GIRLS ROCK?  It was A+wesome.   Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King were phenomenal!  They have such great energy.

So you may say, where's the tutorial or where's the technique?  This is more than a card.  It's inspiration for us to take our stash and connect with a girls group in our community to create something.  It's a tech world, but studies show those who are crafty and use their hands to create live longer.  It's because we are always thinking outside the box. Go ahead make a difference my Crafty Sistahs and Bros!  Let's express ourselves with heART.  Whatever your style is...make it yours and share with the GIRLS!

Sharing a the quote by Michelle Obama, our First lady of the United States of America, "I know there are voices that tell you you're not good enough.  Let me say those words again:  BLACK GIRLS ROCK!".  

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Upcycled Cereal Box Journals

For years I have been altering those composition notebooks; they make wonderful gifts for my kids and their friends.  But, I have always wanted to make my own.  So, over Spring Break, my kids and I packed our craft supplies and headed to a good friend's house.  My tween and I spent an entire day with our friend Barb, of Papillion Creative, making books!  What's even better, they didn't cost us a dime because we upcyled a common household item...cereal boxes!  They turned out even better than we imagined!

Can you believe we used these...
to create this!
Of course my little Bohemian tween's journal was the cutest.  My friend Barb is quite the artist, we used fabric that she painted and stamped, some embroidery pieces and sheets of wonderful handmade paper from her stash.
We hand stitched fabric for the cover and added the handmade paper in pretty colors to the inside.  We used yarn to bind them.  My daughter, long fascinated with henna tattoos, drew a beautiful design on the back cover of Barb's book.
We spent the entire day making, chatting, and laughing while the little ones played outside.  Next to the crafting time I have with my daughter, this was hands-down, the most creative fun I've had in a long time.  Barb and I kept asking each other why we waited so long to do this, and decided to get together each month.  Can't wait to see what we're doing in April!
What's on your creative bucket list?
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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Pretty Packaging

Packaging is EVERYTHING.  I love to receive purchases wrapped or packaged beautifully.  It makes my heart sing and makes me remember that item or seller.  I was asked to partner with a photographer friend of mine and deliver that same experience.  The request was to make a custom CD cover for pictures taken at an event.  I said coming right up!  The event: A jungle themed baby shower!

First up! make the CD cover.  Since I don't have CD's anymore due the wonderment of digital technology I receive a CD a month from a ministry I support.  I used that as a template and added a cover so that it would open like a door.

Then I gathered my supplies.  I used little bits and bobs, I really need to get more baby booty!

I began to layer the pieces to make the front and inside cover.  

Lets put it all together..and guess who found her jungle themed me!

What a fun little project that added a special memorable touch for the recipient.  Memory keeping that's what its all about!

Supplies: Papertrey Ink Cardstock, Fiskars Stamps, Quickutz, Distress Ink, Big Shot


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