Wednesday, October 29, 2014

World Kindness Day!

Hello fellow crafters – We’re moving into the time of year where holidays abound.  My pantry is filled with fun-sized candy bars ready to give out on Halloween.  I’m already making the plan for Thanksgiving.  Fried turkey, anyone?  And Christmas cards are designed and ordered.  It got me wondering.  While there are some major holidays celebrated these last few months of the year, what are some of the more offbeat ones?

I checked and found out that November 13th is World Kindness Day!  According to the website, here’s the purpose of it:

World Kindness Day is to highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness which binds us. Kindness is a fundamental part of the human condition which bridges the divides of race, religion, politics, gender and zip codes.”

Very nice!  I can’t believe this isn’t a special day that we pull out all the stops for.  Because to my way of thinking, the world needs all the kindness it can get.

So, in celebration of World Kindness Day, I’ve made a card I’m going to leave on my co-worker’s desk first thing on the morning of November 13th.  She is usually running in the door having been caught up in Atlanta traffic.  I hope it puts a smile on her face!
I used raised adhesive dots on the circle and the emoticon.

Here, I matted a journaling card on the inside to write my message.

Reminder Today card by Moanica Caston.  Cardstock, patterned paper, cardstock stickers and journaling card: Echo Park; emoticon wood chip: Freckled Fawn ; Letter alphas: American Crafts Remarks.

I hope you will take a moment and spread a little joy on World Kindness Day – it can’t hurt!


Monday, October 27, 2014

SOC Blogger Challenge: Anything Goes!

Hi everyone! Hope you've had a great weekend, getting outside to enjoy some wonderful fall weather! I'm back from break to share a new blogger's challenge! It's been a while since I posted so, I'm making this one easy! The theme this week is our ANYTHING GOES challenge!! That's right! If you have a favorite card, scrapbook page, or mixed media project you want to share with us this week, post a link in the comment section below or in the gallery (the link is in the header above).

Everyone loves visitors, so after you post your project here, stop by and check out links from other blogger participants. 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! Don't forget: Be sure to have the SOC Badge posted on your blog.

I do have some fabulous autumn creations from our Fall Color Challenge to share, so let's get started!

Treva shared this cute fall card over in the Blogger's Challenge forum! 
I just love those cute pumpkins!

Michele was inspired to make a tag for this challenge! 
I really like the mix of autumn color she used!

Special thanks to Treva and Michele for participating in this challenge! I hope these great projects inspire you to pull out your autumn-themed goodies and play! If they do, come out and share this week! We'd love to have you! Take care and have a great week!

Hey Pumpkin!

Hi Everyone,

October is synonymous with pumpkins. We carve them, bake them, chuck them, and do a host of other things with them. Well, for my SOC DT project today, I used my pumpkin as the inspiration for my card and I colored one.

I was gifted a stamp some time ago, love the image, and have been waiting for the perfect time to use it; and today is the day. 

I stamped the image on kraft card stock and colored her in with my Copic markers.  I love the color that you get using browns on kraft instead of white.  It's like I have a whole new set of markers.  I paper pieced her pumpkin outfit because sadly I have not invested in orange Copics, yet.  The pattern paper I used is from K & Company, Tim Coffey Fall Mat Pad.

So there you have it, my project for today.

I hope you try coloring on kraft card stock and let me know how you like the results.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A little Trick and Treat

Hello my wonderful crafty friends, Sharette here with my monthly post; but before I do that I have  to say "Happy Anniversary to Tiara and SOC wow 10 years that's  along time in any form; yet alone in the crafting world. We all know it's because of supporters and fellow crafters such as you all. 
 With Halloween just a few days away of course I wanted to do a. "Halloween card"  I used a dig from one of my favorite site "Simply Betty Stamps"  this is "Devilish Betty Boo"  she is a digi I printed her out and colored her with my Prisma colored pencils, I added some glitter to her tail and horns and her sparkling drink.  Cars srock is from PTI. DPI and doily are from recollections from Michaels. The cute banner is a sticker from "jokers boutique." Sentiment came with the digi.
Here is a close up of her. She is just so sassy and cute to me.  Now it's your turn; if you have any "holloween or Harvest projects that you want to share I would love to see them. Or if you have any comments or questions; please feel free to leave a comment. I hope you all enjoy the rest of the month.

Happy Crafting.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Stretch Your Sketches

I am a one page scrapper.  I almost never do double page spreads.  The only time I do a lot of them is if I have vacation pictures to scrap.  Well...I happen to have somewhere close to 800 pictures to scrap from our vacation this summer.  I will never get even the best of them done if I do all single page layouts.

Since I have so many, I thought I would look through my sketches Pinterest board to look for ideas for double page layouts.  Well, since I rarely do them, I have almost no sketches of double pages.  So, I did a search for sketches of double page spreads and discovered that most sketches are simply a focal layout facing a layout designed to carry more photos.  Armed with that info, I grabbed on of my own sketches and set out to adapt it for a double page layout.

Here is one of my sketches from my blog, created a few years ago for design team I was on.  It is actually on of my favorite basic layout designs.  I took this sketch, flipped it and made my focal page.

Next I made a page designed to carry a lot more pictures.  This design was one that was often used on the double page sketches that I liked.  I also saw several others that I plan to use in future layouts to stretch them to double page spreads.

Because this is such a versatile second page, it can be easily combined with any number of focal layouts, taken from my sketch board to make interesting double page layouts.  Here is the final layout, put together.

I hope this helps you the next time you are looking to create double page layouts, but only have one page sketches. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mixed Media Art

All the buzz around my studio is ARTSY: art journaling, journaling, mixed-media art and the list goes on.  I decided to do a quick mixed-media project with some new craft supplies that I just acquired.  That's the thing I love about crafting today, the supplies are so versatile that you can use them in so many ways.  I have an affinity for canning jars so my project uses a tiny one.  I also like to paint and stamp so of course those add flavor to the project.  One thing that I have been inspired to try in my art journaling is to use regular highlighter pens.  They are great to color with.  The stamped leaves on the tag card were colored using a green highlighter pen.  The final color is amazing.  So here is my project :

Don't you just love these stamps?  They are so versatile and clearly not just for mixed-media. Now off I go to do some more journaling.  Have a Happy Artsy Day.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Scaredy Cat Double Sided Treat Bag

Do you create fun treats for Halloween?? Each year I try to find something fun to create and the Double Sided treat bag is the winner!! This was inspired by Mychicnscratch on Pinterest.

Follow the picture tutorial to make one of your own....

 Grab your favorite piece of patterned paper and cut it to 8x8. I used CTMH Scaredy Cat paper. 

 Fold it diagonally from corner to corner. 

 Place it on your score board and score at 3/4 inch. 

 Turn your piece of paper placing it on the score board as pictured above and score at 3 3/4 inch. Flip it over and score again so you have the same score line on both sides of the triangle. 

 Fold along all score lines and then fold in the short ends as shown above. 

 Crease the center folds for a mountain look as shown above. 

 It will look like the above picture when you hold the two corners together. 

 Here is a side view showing you the fold on the bottom which allows the treat bag to stand up. 

 Grab your hole punch or in this case I used my CK slit punch. 

 Here is a pic showing how it looks with the punch at the top allowing you to thread through ribbon. 

 I used 3 different types of ribbon I had in my stash. 

 Take a coordinating piece of card stock and cut it at 12 x 1 3/8. Place the strip of paper on your score board and score at every 1/2 inch. 

 Fold along each score line which will give you the accordion look above. 
I took a piece of sticky tape and placed it on the end of the paper and adhered it to the opposite end. 

 Once you adhere both ends press down in the center to give you this rosette look. I punched two pieces of black card stock and adhered a 3-D foam square. 

 I placed the circle pieces of card stock on the front and back of the rosette to give it a foundation so it could stay flat. 

 I took my SU word window punch and punched a piece of patterned paper. I used my CTMH Frightfully Fun stamp set to stamp "Trick or Treat" as the sentiment and the ghost for the center piece. I adhered the ghost to the center circle piece of card stock and adhered it to the center of the rosette. 

 Here is the finished treat bag!! You can add some candy to both sides of this treat bag. 

The possibilities are endless as you can make this using your favorite patterned paper to represent the upcoming holidays!!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!


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