Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring Up Memories

I had to remind myself recently not to forget where I came from or rather how I got started. This is in reference to paper crafting.  I started with scrapbooking and doing layouts.  So I thought why not return to the passion that got me started. This month I decided to do a spring layout.  Nothing really fancy just a sample of my style.  I love to layer a lot on my layouts and so here ......

I am and this is how I have evolved over the years. I grabbed some pictures I recently took and got busy.  The layout is of my granddaughter who recently got a new bicycle.  I bet we all can remember those days.  I used my Silhouette to cut all the die cut images.  The background paper is so Spring.  As I said, nothing fancy, just some paper, embellishments and memories.  Do you remember how or why you started scrapbooking?  Why not take a walk down memory lane and remind yourself where you came from.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

That Hat!!


Happy Easter/Resurrection Sunday (eve)  Beautiful People!

After you read this, you may think of me differently. Perhaps some of you can relate. Growing up, on Easter Sunday my mom would make me dress in a frilly dress, gloves, patent leather shoes, and a hat. Ugh, I strongly, on the verge of hated when Easter came around. I mean, it was bad enough going to an overcrowded church but to be uncomfortable too...that was too much! Then to add insult to injury after sweating out my freshly pressed hair, I had hat hair when I was able to FINALLY take off that hat! I think out of everything, the hat was the thing I could not tolerate. I did however like to have my hair down :)

As I was looking through the Silhouette Store, I saw the Easter Hat Box. I actually cringed. Then I had a thought, I could make it and give it to my mom as a "prank" because she knows  how I feel about hats. I purchased it and this is what I came up with.
 
 


I used plain card stock for the base of the hat. I inked the edged of the scalloped edge. The hat assembled a little wonky, so to hide that, I used tulle and added pearls to the base and top of the hat. To embellish, I kept it simple. I added a piece of pink frayed rosette. I also add two yellow roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. To finish it off, I added a feather.  What do you think?

The paper hat is not so bad. Perhaps I am being healed in the area of hat hating? I can tell you one thing, on Easter Sunday, I stick to the meaning of the day and fellowship with my family afterwards (that is what I LOVE about Easter aside for the true meaning behind it). Although mom is trying her hardest to get my girls into those dresses LOL...but no hats!!! What is your favorite or least favorite Easter memory?

I hope you enjoyed today's Project! Have a great weekend everyone...until next time, Kenya~
 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Themed Card Box (A tutorial)!

Hello there!

I hope this Good Friday finds you in good spirit and with many crafty things on your to-do list this weekend!

For your viewing pleasure today, I've created what I hope is an in-depth tutorial as to how I made the box below.


 


I  made this box with the idea that I would also make coordinating cards to go inside of it (below).



I wanted to make a box that would have the following specs:
- only uses 1, 12x12 sheet of cardstock
- has a closure of some kind (in my case, a magnet closure)

The final dimensions of this box are: 8" x 3.5" x 1".

In doing so, I drew out a mini sketch to get the ball rolling:




And then I started getting crafty!

Tools you'll need include:
- a score tool of some kind
- scissors
- glue
- pretty papers and embellishments to decorate the box with!


Set your paper up on/with whichever scoring tool you're using.
I'm using my MS score board.


Score the paper initially at 1", 2", 5.5", 6.5", 10" and 11".
A total of 6 score lines!

Rotate the paper counter clockwise by 90 degrees and score at 1" and 2".

Rotate the paper AGAIN, but this time by 180 degrees and score again at 1" and 2".

You now have 4 scored lines perpendicular to the first set of score lines.

You end up with the same setup as what I have pictured above.
Once all lines are scored, using the guide above, cut out all the squares within the score lines marked with an "X".

You end up with this cool shape.

Fold all of the score lines.

Now that we see where all the lines will fold, cut out the section of the folded area shown above.

You're left with a tab like piece.

And again for the other side...




You can now start adding the glue! We first add glue to the tab we just finished making.

Then we bring the adjoining side up to meet the glued tab. 

Then we add glue to the top flap and glue it to the adjoining flap on top. 

Do the same for the other side/other tab.

Box is starting to come together!!! Whee!!

I used magnet closures on my box. You could of course use ribbon, seam binding, etc.

I marked the center of the flap where my magnet would go.


Then I added the other side of the magnet to the outer edge of the box where the flap would overlap.

This is the reason I added that extra 1" to the side with the closure.
If you will not be using a magnet, this could also be the side in which you hide any ends to seam binding or ribbon.
All you would need to do instead is pierce a tiny hole for it to come through. :)

I used my Deco corner chomper to do the edges of the box flaps.

Then I used my coredinations sanding block to rough up all the corners.

I then used some Sweet Sentiments paper from the 12x12 paper pack from Graphic 45 as the base paper for my box.

I also layered another sheet, this time from the 8x8 pad. Also from Sweet Sentiments.

Then I used some recollections bling stickers for my Easter greeting.
I also used a pencil to roll down the top left edge of the second layer of paper.
(It's easier to roll the paper if you mist it with water first!)

Then I threw on some random flowers and bling from my stash, and voila!
(Front View)

(Back View)


Phew!

I hope that wasn't an overload of a tutorial. :)

Oh! And I forgot to mention, I distressed ALL the edges of ALL the papers I used, except the paper I used for the base of the box.

Thanks so much for dropping by!
If you have any questions, please post them in the comment section and I'll hopefully be able to answer them!

Also! Please post a link to your blog or image gallery should you choose to make this box as well! I love looking at your pretty altered boxes!! :D

Super warm hugs!

Krafty Kerry signing off!
http://kerryscoolcreations.blogspot.com

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Creating with Julie Nutting Doll Stamps

Okay, I'm not really an image stamper. Sure, I've made cards and I have stamped on many of my layouts but that was mainly using sentiment, words or phrases and maybe a flower or two...you know the easy stuff. So when I decided that I just had to have all the great new doll stamps I knew it would require me to do a little more than just stamping.

I knew I would have to get markers or colored pencils if I wanted to create something with a little more color to them. But I found out that I don't have a lot of patience for sitting and coloring for long periods plus I didn't know a thing about how to get just the right color shades for skin or hair. So when I saw a post on SOC about using Gamsol with color pencils I knew that would work for me.

Here are two tags I made using doll stamp "Taylor" and "Shay". For Shay I actually did the coloring with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol. For Taylor I stamped on patterned paper, cut out the pieces and layered them on top of another stamp of the same doll. I also did the skin tone and hair color using the color pencils and Gamsol technique.

Shay Doll Tag




Taylor Doll Tag


Doll Tags by Tena E. Supplies - Doll Stamps: Julie Nutting (Prima); Tags & Flowers: Prima; Patterned Paper: Kaisercraft; Sequins: Teresa Collins; Rose Trim: Maya Road; Colored Pencils: Prismacolor; Stamps: Little Yellow Bicycle; Distress Inks: Tim Holtz.
 
I still need more practice with coloring  and blending but like how they turned out for my first try.
 
What's your favorite way for coloring in your stamped images? Please leave a comment and let me know...Happy Crafting!
 
Tena

Monday, April 14, 2014

A New Blogger Challenge and A Look Back!

Hi everyone! Cheryl here with another great challenge! This week will be a THIS or THAT challenge! That's right!! You have two fun themes to choose from! So let's get started! They are:

Baby, Oh baby!

OR...
Easter

So the challenges this week are to pull out your pastel colors and baby themed supplies for scrapbook pages, cards, or special altered projects for a bundle of joy! Or make special creations celebrating the upcoming Easter holiday!...Then again, feel free to make something with both themes for twice the fun!! 
I'm sure we will see some fabulous projects with this week's challenge, and look forward to seeing them soon! In the meantime, let's take a quick peek back at some of the projects created from last week's "ANYTHING GOES" challenge!


First up, Felisa created this cute birthday card, perfect for a teen or tween! Loving the purple, and that scroll detail is awesome! Next, MJ also shared a card for the challenge: 


Isn't this a sassy card? Just love it!!

These ladies both created more projects for this challenge, but I can't give it all away here! Be sure to stop by their blogs to see what they cooked up, and leave them a little love! Special thanks to Felisa and MJ for participating in last week's challenge! 

Interested in a chance to have your project featured here like Felisa and MJ? Just create a project using one of the themes above, or even from our recent challenges and post a direct link in the comment section below, in the Blogger's Challenge forum over on SOC, or in the special gallery link above! In addition to the opportunity of having your creation shared here, it can be posted on SOC's Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages! (Please note that only blogs displaying the Scraps of Color badge will be featured.) So you have fun creating AND get some extra bloggy love! It's a win-win! Thanks for stopping by today and have a great week!





Sunday, April 13, 2014

Game Night Thank You Cards

Recently, I went to a game night party hosted by some friends.  In the middle of a hilarious game of Pictionary, I had an idea for thank you cards.  Some of the drawings that people created were easily identifiable while others were a far stretch on the creative license spectrum.  Some of the sketches were so outrageous!  At the end of the night, I asked to keep a few sketches from the game.  I later used those sketches to create thank you cards for the event.  (I eventually gave the cards to the hosts....hmm, thank you cards as a thank you gift?! Is that weird?)  I suppose instead of thank you cards the sketches can be used to make invitations for the next party, simply by changing the sentiment on the inside.

The cards were easy to make, I just cut down each of the sketches to a size that fit on a card front, added a speech bubble and question mark stamp, and embellished it with a little ribbon.  I printed the inside sentiment with my inkjet printer.  Super simple!



Oh, are you wondering what the answers are?

Answers: Spank, Upstairs, Jail, Heat

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ghost Stamping with Background Stamps

Have you tried Ghost Stamping?? It's the process of stamping with white pigment ink first and then dye ink on top of the same image slightly offset.

Here are the two cards using the same basic pieces turned vertically and horizontal. 

I used black, juniper and kraft paper. I cut the kraft paper at 2 inches, black at 2 1/2 inches and juniper at 3 inches. The card base is a  4 x 5.5 inch white note card. 

 I took the acrylic stamp adhered it to my block and stamped the background image in White Daisy pigment ink on Kraft paper. The pigment ink took some time to dry so it was not immediate. You could use a heat gun to set the ink and make the process quicker. 

Here is a up close and personal picture. I cleaned off the stamp and inked it in Juniper. I slightly offset it so you could still see the white pigment ink. 

 Here is the horizontal card with the stamped sentiment "All things are possible to those that believe". (my offset was a little off :-()

Here is the vertical card. I used an image and sentiment which I fussy cut and added 3-D foam tape to make it pop. 

Now it's your turn!! Try your hand at ghost stamping and post the link to your project in the comment field. Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Shalana Glass, Scrappin with Shalana 

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