Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Denim, Lace and Pearls

Here’s my altered project using some old Levi jeans that I don’t wear anymore.  I was told to cut them into shorts and wear them around the house.  My creative side lead to my favorite project…a mini album.  The theme is Denim, Lace and Pearls.  I must admit it was fun designing, but putting holes through the denim and chip board with my crop-a-dile was fierce. Thank goodness I still had my eyelet setter.  That’s why it’s hard to let go of old tools. 

This is how I got started.  I LOVE Sookwang double stick adhesive.  It was included in a goody bag that I received when I attended a crop by Tiare last year.  My scrapping sistah Lakeisa saw me using the last strip and gave me hers.  That’s why I love crops.  We always share!
 This is how I covered the outside chipboard with the material.  The inside pages had denim on both sides.

Below are views of the album.  (See close up view of the cover) Love this scripture It is more Blessed to give than to receive.  Acts 20:35.  The blue/white lace is over the satin lace and on the wide lace that's attached to the denim. It's a lot of layering, but I love the look!
All of the items used in this mini are from my stash!  
 The left side is an interactive page for lots of photos attached together with the altered paperclip,  The right has a pocket from the binding of the jeans used to store tags, photos, journal tags, etc. I took a strand of pearls and added to the satin lace and tied a knot of lace to put behind the denim flower.
 Both left and right are interactive pages.  The denim material was used to make flowers from Tim Holtz tattered florals die cut.
I found this mini file envelope by 7 Gypsies in my stash and put pearls and a flower bud on it.

 This view shows the right side above opened.  Kind of like a gate fold page to store photos.
 Back cover using the pocket from the jeans and another flower designed with Tim Holtz die cut.
Can you imagine the possibilities of using denim on your projects?  I'm going to look around and see what else I can alter or use with the left over denim.  In the meantime, if you have something you would like to challenge me to use it with let me know.  I LOVE a challenge!  Thanks for your kind comments and love you show on my projects.  Hope you are inspired!!!

Papercrafting Princess

Monday, July 6, 2015

SOC Blogger Challenge: Anything Goes


Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful July 4th weekend full of fun with friends, family, food, and fireworks! Today I am stopping by with a new blogger challenge, and its everyone's favorite:

You know how it goes! Whether you're beating the heat with summertime projects, or everyday creations, be sure to stop by here and post a direct link to your favorite blog post in the comments below, in the blog gallery above, or over in the SOC Blogger Challenge forum. If you haven't had the opportunity to participate in the challenges this year, the challenges are a great way to share your projects with bloggers and other visitors. Providing a direct link allow others to find your projects quickly and leave a little bloggy love as well.
Now that we have the details out of the way, here's some great creations from our Red, White, and Blue Color Challenge:
Alice from The Purple Loft Creations shared this adorable card over in the Blog Challenge Forum! Lovely design and that little couple is just precious!
Next, Michelle made this stunning tag for the challenge! Love her vintage take in creating with the red, white, and blue!

I love this card Treva shared over in the challenge forum! Great paper selection, design, and I love those tiny stars!
Finally, Lois made this wonderful card! Beautiful punching and layering, topped off with that great star accent! Be sure to stop by Lois' blog to see this and other Independence Day inspired creations!

Thank all of you who participated in the challenge! It was great seeing all of your creations using the red, white, and blue! I hope all of you will come back and share in our "Anything Goes" challenge, and invite a friend! I look forward to coming back in a couple of weeks with a new challenge. Until then, take care and happy crafting!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Have a Sparkly July 4th!

Today I am sharing an Independence Day easel card.  They are super easy to make and look great displayed on a desktop.

Here are most of the supplies I used, including a free digital stamp from one of my favorite designers, Whimsie Doodles, Copic markers and glitter.

I cut the white cardstock into two pieces, a longer 4 1/4 inch by 11 inch and a 4 1/4 inch by 5 1/2 inch one.  I scored the longer one at 5 1/2 and 2 3/4 inches.

Next, I colored and embellished my digi, layered it on top of patterned paper and then to adhered it to the shorter cardstock piece.

 I took the longer cardstock piece, folded it in half and folded the smaller scored section down. 

 Next, I adhered the 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch base to the front of the easel card on the bottom half.

 In order for the card to stay in the upright easel position, you need to place some type of dimensional embellishment on the bottom part of the card.

There are so many different styles of easel cards out there, can't wait to try another one!  Do you have a favorite?

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 29, 2015

A 4th of July Tribute

Once again, it’s July and I am asking myself “Where did the time go?”  It means summer is here and we’re hitting the road to visit family for the 4th.  This year, we’re headed to see my side of the family and celebrate my nephew’s 4th of July birthday at an indoor trampoline park.  I’m scared! 

But, last year we went to California to visit my in-laws.  They were really in the swing of things and we checked all the boxes:  red, white and blue clothes?  Check.  BBQ? Check.  My mother-in-law had even decorated the patio with patriotic wind catchers and other fun items. 

So, in honor of them and the upcoming holiday, I’m sharing a layout that’s all about them and our time together.  I took a cue from my mother-in-law's decorations and used as many embellishments as I could on the page.  I love how it turned out!

Celebrate by Moanica Caston.  Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper, 3-D stickers: Pebbles, Inc.; Star Gems: Favorite Findings; Ribbon: unknown; Letter alphas: American Crafts Thickers.

Be safe and I hope you enjoy the holiday and get to spend some time with your families!
Happy 4th of July!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

SOC Project and Cas Card

Hi There,

So I needed to make a card for someone who is going through some things health wise and I came across Deconstructed Sketch #46 and thought that is would pair well with a sentiment/image I saw on Facebook.

Hubs and daughter gave me a gift card for Christmas and I was able to purchase some MME 6x6 packs on sale 50% off.  Yes I know this goes against using my stash but the gift card was in my stash and need to be use soon.  It works out in my mind; I'm sure someone else can see the logic.

Anywho here is the original sketch...

I turned the sketch on its side and used it that way.  I also matted everything with Kraft card stock, added a lil paper lace, some flat back pearls from the stash and a lil glossy accents on the image and I was done. I think it came out cute. 

There always seems to be sentiments or quotes that I come across and think, that would be great on a card.  So in this case I printed the scripture and backed t with cereal box chipboard.  I have done this with several quotes with the intent of using them on cards or mini albums or any other project.

And there you have it, another card in the CAS series.  I really pray these cards inspire you to create with what you have around you.

Until next time...


What I used....

~ Scripture post found on Facebook
~ My Mind's Eye, Now and Then 6x6 pad
~ Recollections Kraft and white card stock
~ Miss Elizabeth's Adhesive Lace from the $1 store
~ Brown flat back pearls

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Colored pencils comperison and review

Hello crafty Friends Sharette here with my monthly post.. I wanted to bring a little tutorial and comparison to the two different brand of colored pencils that I use as my medium.. If you have followed me and my coloring you will know that my favorite and go to medium is my colored pencils. My main go to was and still is my Prisma Colored Pencils. Y'all know I am a prisma Girl.. I purchased a 120 set of Spectrum Noir colored pencils last year and I have been enjoying learning to use those as well.. So I thought I would do a little coloring comparison with the Two brands.

 I used this little cutie "Curly Sue" from Simply Betty Stamps. She is the perfect head shots to use to practice coloring skin and hair. because really that's all she is. She is a digi that I printed on Card stock. I printed her 4 times on one sheet.
 Starting with my Prisma Colored pencils. Prisma are wax based pencils so the colors are soo smooth and just blend really nicely.. I do use my pencils with OMS (odorless Mineral Spirits) and blending stumps. for AA skin my go to color combo are : 1080 Beige Sienna, 945 Sienna Brown, 946 Dark Brown, 947 Dark Umber and to add highlights I used 1013 Deco Peach.
 Here she is all blending and getting my shading and high lights in..
 For her hair I went with Black and again my go to colors are: 935 Black 1053 Warm Gray 70%, 1050 Warm Gray 50% and 1063 Cool Gray 50 %. For the hair I always start with my darkest color. Using little flicking motion I go over all her curls and folds where its much darker.
 Here she is with the second color added right below the darkest color again still using the flicking motion and coming out a little bit more.
Here She is all colored up! eyes. 941 Light Umber Cheeks 928 Blush Pink and 930 Magenta, Lips: 930 Magenta and 944 Henna, Dress: 1003 Spanish Orange and 1034 Golden Rod
 For this one I colored her with my Spectum Noir. Now they are very popular with their Markers. But also has a set of 120 colored pencils.. Spectrum Noir pencils and both Wax and Oil based. which is also great.. The colors are also smooth and easy to blend. Sorry their is no specific names for them. Only Numbers.. I am still practicing and learning so. I can't say I have a specific set of skin color. But this is what I am using as for now. 89,91,95,104,109 with *004 for my high lights.

 He she is colored up.. for her hair Black: 120,119,116,114
Here she is completed. checks:27, lips, 25, Dress. 15,19,21 (I for got to color her eyes.. but you can used it to identify her as the Spectrum Noir.
And here they are side by side.. Looking at them I like the skin tone on the Spectrum Noir girl,, and I like the hair on the Prisma girl. I hope you have enjoyed and if your maybe thinking about trying either or both, hope full It had given  you some ideas and comparison. As always please feel free to leave any comments or questions below. I have created several detailed tutorial on colored pencils (with my Prisma pencils) so if you feel like I missed or skipped over something please just scroll through the blog and see if you find them.
Happy Crafting

Monday, June 22, 2015

SOC Blogger Challenge: Red, White, and Blue Color Challenge


Hey everyone! Hope you were able to beat the heat this weekend with a little with some cool crafty fun! I'm stopping by with a new bloggers challenge! Actually, it's another "oldie but goodie." July 4th is coming up next week, so it's time for our annual Red, White, and Blue Color Challenge!! If you're new to the challenges, this one is easy! Simply create July 4th projects or everyday creations using these three colors. So you got it? Told you it was an easy one!

In addition to the new challenge, I wanted to share a few projects from the Embossing Challenge. I have to say you ladies really impressed me! (You'd have to read the post from the last challenge to get my corny joke, lol) But enough about that, let's get started with these embossed creations:

Felisa shared this great birthday card over in the Bloggers Challenge forum!
Treva created a birthday card too! Love the soft colors!
Next, Lois shared this wonderful card creation over on her blog, Lil Artsy Woman.
And normally I don't share my creations with these posts, but embossing is my favorite technique!
So I had to play too!  
Special thanks to Felisa, Treva, and Lois for sharing your impressive inspiration with us, and participating in this challenge! Would love to have your creations featured here too? Just like the new challenge...it's easy! After you complete your red, white, and blue project, add a direct link to your project in the comment section below, to the Bloggers Challenge forum over on SOC, or in the gallery so we can find your creations! 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.) 
Well, that's all I have tonight! But I hope you'll come out and join us in the next challenge! Thanks for stopping by and take care!


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