Saturday, April 25, 2015

It's a Boy" Baby shower card

Hello crafty friends, Sharette back with you for this months post.. I hope you are all enjoying the warmer days of spring.. I know I sure am, and it's hard to believe that the kids only have a few more weeks left for this school year, Summer will be here before you know it.
 


I wanted to share with you a very simple Baby Shower card that I made for a friend that is having a "Boy".. I was really excited to do a boy card, it seems lately all I have seen are little girls.. So it's nice to play wit some blues and greens for the 'gusy".. I used a die cut from "The Greeting Farms".. its called "Baby Onesies.. and it comes with one large die (of the Onesie) and four smaller dies, for you to embellish and decorate.  Along with the Die I used a Scrab book kit from "Me and My Big Ideas".. I have had it for a long time. so it was good to be able to use it for my card.. It came with DP and Stickers, and embellishments.
Here is a close up of the Die.. I used some of the same DP from the kit and along with the die cut, I ran it through my Cuddle Bug.. I added the little "bow tie" and the accent across the front.. Addd some stickers for buttons and that was it.

Here is the inside of my card.. again just using what came in the scrapbook kit. I always like to decorate the inside of my cards as well.

 Here is a picture of the Die and a few samples that I made, just to show how cute, quick and simple they are to make.. I hope you have enjoyed my little project for today, and as always if you have any questions, Please feel free to leave a comment below..
 
Happy Crafting,
Sharette


Thursday, April 23, 2015

It's Graduation Time!

Graduation season is just around the corner.  In our house, we have two graduations within a one month period.  My daughter graduates in two weeks and my son graduates in four weeks.  Add to that my nephew’s graduation, which is the same week as my son’s, and you will see that we are in full graduation preparation.




 I wanted to make a simple album for each of them to remind them of their graduation. Since my daughter and I have already done her cap and gown portraits, I used a few of those to do a mini album to display at her graduation party and then give to her after the party.  I used a cut file from the silhouette store to make my album, but you can use any mini album template or simply use your cutter to make the album. 



My particular album has pages that accommodate 4 x 6 photos in a sleeve.  I also left several pages blank to allow for photographs that are printed in other sizes and to add personalization to the pages.




This type album can also be made to give to grandmothers for Mother’s day of all the grand kids. I hope this idea inspires you to celebrate the graduate in your family with a special album.  I would love to see what you create.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Checking my List

Are you a person that likes to write LISTS?  I don't. Well, I didn't.  Recently I jumped on the listers bandwagon.  Over on Instagram there is a listers challenge titled, "ListersGottaList".  So each day there is a prompt that helps you to reflect on things that happened or is happening in your life.  All you have to do is write your answers down in a list format.  The fun part is that you can add some flair to the page by adding simple or lots of embellishments.  In other words, you can just make a simple list or you can really spice it up.  The challenge started April 1st.  Some of the listers bought journals or other books to house their creation but I made my own.  For the cover, I used "The Denim Stack" and added some alpha letters for the title.
























For the inside pages, I used craft cardstick.  Below are a few of the pages, prompts I did:






















Another fun thing about this challenge is that you can do the prompts at your own pace, you don't have to do it everyday.  (But it is so much fun that you will want to) You can just double up the next day or the next.  So if you think you don't like lists, try this challenge and you may change your attitude about making a list.  Then, go over to Instagram and look for #ListersGottaList and start your own list and also see what lists other creative people are sharing.  It's really a lot of fun!

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:
Name
Email address
Location
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!

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