Saturday, February 28, 2015

Pretty Lucky!

I am an admitted monthly kit club addict!  It’s not as bad as it was during the height of my addition, but I still get a few each month.  I love getting happy mail!

Around this time of year, at least one of them will feature a very St. Patrick’s Day-themed page kit.  We don’t usually do anything or go anywhere special, so I’m always looking for ways to use this very specific paper and embellishments.

This year, I’m taking another crack at it with some vacation photos.  I took some candid shots of some of the people we saw on one of the Marquesas Islands.  We went on a 4x4 tour of the island and I was really struck by not just the beauty of the island, but the friendliness and genuine happiness of everyone we met.  

Being on an island in the South Pacific means that they are living a simpler life than you or I, but that simplicity may just be the key to the wonderful mood of everyone we met.  I think they’re the lucky ones!

So, I took two of the candid photos and decided to focus on the idea of “lucky” and use my St. Patrick’s Day kit to try to highlight that. The top photo is a farmer collecting the coconut shell used for firewood who stopped to wave at our caravan and the second is a father and daughter on their horses who waved when they rode by.


Pretty Lucky by Moanica Caston.  Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper, journaling tag and cardstock sticker: Echo Park Paper Co.; Dimensional Stickers and crystal shamrock: Recollections;  Letter alphas: American Crafts Thickers.

One of my favorite things on this page is that I cut a rainbow cardstock sticker in half and was able to use it in two different places on the page.  I also found a perfect layout to use those sparkly, glittery alpha stickers that I ordered some time ago and have been waiting to use. 

I hope you think about ways you feel “lucky” and make a card or layout to celebrate that sometime this month!
Happy Crafting!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Love bugs card

Hi Everybody,

Over the years I have learned that I suffer from what I call PPS-Project Perfection Syndrome.  You know where everything that I make has to be just perfect; the exact way I envisioned it or it's not good.

Well today I am sharing this project with hopes that it will inspire you.  I know V-day has come and gone but I really felt the need to share it with you all.  I had a hard time this year finding just a few moments to create a card for my Hubs from our daughter and one from me. It wasn't until early that morning while the two were asleep that I was able to take 30 minutes and create cards for him.

I use 2 different Studio G stamp sets and created two cards with them. Neither one is perfect but it just works somehow.

From our daughter: I started to do just a simple card with just the bugs and the sentiment, but after I colored then in with my copies the card still needed something. So I took a heart stamp and stamped in the corners. I started to do all four but thought two was enough and didn't want to turn the hearts upside down. So i thought  I would draw a border using my copies and that when the mess was made. THe lines are crooked and uneven but the idea of this coming from a 7mo old, somehow it works.

From me: I had these great elaborate plans to use this stamp, mask it off, emboss some of the hearts in red and stamp one rest in grey. Nothing went right, lol.  The only thing that was right was the sketch I used for the card.

I started not to give the cards to hubs but changed my mind. These cards reflect the last 7 months with our daughter and the last 7yrs of marriage. We have made mistakes and there have been challenges but through it all we overcame with love. Actually hubs said these were his favorite v-day cards.

So the moral of the story is just because things don't work out Perfectly doesn't mean that it's not perfect. And take a look in your stash and see what you can do with 30 min. The sets that I used I have had for years and never used them. But I am really pleased with how they came out.



Monday, February 23, 2015

Baby It's Cold Outside!

I live in the Deep South and while we have not had the massive snow storms that a lot of you are dealing with, we have had record breaking cold here.  I am officially over it and cannot wait until spring comes.  In an effort to bring a little sunshine into this blistery cold we are experiencing, I decided to try something new and make this Butterfly 3-D card file that I bought from the silhouette store.  Since it is a Lori Whitlock file, you can also purchase it from her website in SVG format. 

This is a layered card which folds flat to fit into a 5 x 7 card envelope, but opens out to a 3-D card. To make this card, start by cutting out all of the pieces of the card on heavyweight cardstock.  Ms. Whitlock recommends 100# cardstock.  I found this cardstock at a big box store for a reasonable price.

I highly recommend watching the assembly instruction video which can be found on her You Tube channel and is linked from the silhouette store.  Once you have watched the video, make all the folds as instructed.

Using a strong adhesive, glue all pieces together as instructed.  In hindsight, I wish I had used my ATG gun as the video used.  I used my standard glue for 3-D projects, which is Scotch adhesive.  This then required that I wait between each step to make sure the parts were dry before moving on.

As you can see, the card lays flat to be placed into an envelope.  It then opens out when the recipient takes it out of the envelope and makes a nice 3-D decoration.  

This is a quick, easy to assemble project that will brighten someone’s day.  What projects are you making to help warm up from the cold?

SOC Bloggers Challenge: In The Spotlight

Hey everyone! Cheryl here with a new challenge! To be honest, I had a few themes in mind, but nothing definite. I was here watching the Oscars as I typed this, when the inspiration just hit me! Our theme/challenge for the next two weeks will be:
"In The Spotlight" (with optional sparkle/shine)
Yes, I told ya the inspiration literally hit me in the face, lol! With Oscar season upon us, and March, which is National Craft Month, quickly approaching, this challenge shines the light on you! If you love cards, create your favorite style of cards! Or if scrapbook pages are your strength, bring it on! Finally if you're a Mixed media/altered artist and that is your creative passion, we want to spotlight you too! One optional twist is to add a little sparkle or shine to your creation. (As with the fashions on Oscar night, you gotta have some sparkle!)
Like our last challenge, I just know you'll have fun with this one! And speaking of our last challenge, our bloggers nailed it with the Mardi Gras/Masks and Stencils theme! Here's a look at those projects:
 Debra used the Mardi Gras colors and a great design to create this fabulous card!
 Celeta shared this great card over in the Bloggers Challenge forum! I love her use
of origami folds in the dress!
 Finally, Lois created this spectacular box card!
Be sure to visit her blog to see more pics of this creation.
Before I go, I wanted to share one of Danita's Valentine's Day creations from the challenge forum:
She created SO many wonderful projects, that I couldn't share them all here. But if you're looking for great handmade gift ideas to share year-round, I hope you will visit her blog, Danita's Designs!
Would you love the chance to see your project featured on SOC's Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook pages, or here in a future blog post? It's easy! Simply After you finish your creation and post it to your blog, add a direct link to your creations here in the comment section below, to the Bloggers Challenge forum over on SOC, or in the gallery so we can find your creations easily! Thanks to all the participants in the Mardi Gras challenge! If you didn't get to create something for that challenge, I hope you'll walk the red carpet and join us "In the Spotlight!" Thanks for reading, and Happy Crafting!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Plan Ahead!

Since I'm a full-fledged planner addict now, I'm always searching for planner inspiration.  I'm currently keeping 2 to 3 planners going.  But my eyes are especially on either a Kikki K or Erin Condren planner sometime in the future.  While thrift store hopping, I've found two Franklin Covey planners, a large and a medium one.  The large one I've already dedicated to serving as my spiritual journal, but I have not decided what to do with the smaller one.  Whenever I do go out thrift shopping, I now look for planners.  Many planner addicts buy stickers and other embellies00 to finish off their planners and give them that personal touch.  I'm grateful that I have my Cricut and Silhouette Cameo machines.  They have proved to be invaluable to me in creating my own embellishments.  I found some very valuable inspiration recently on my Instagram account, a thrifty way to print my own stickers.  Using Avery's white full sheet shipping labels, I can use my own printer to personalize my journals with my very own unique stickers.

So instead of buying 100 sticker sheets online, I can run down to my local Walmart and pick up a pack or two of these.  They work beautifully.  Here are some samples of stickers that I have created:

Here is how I use them in my planner:

Now, if you happen to have one of these tools and you are a planner addict or you are thinking about jumping on  the planner wagon, put these tools to good use and create your own personalized stickers and PLAN ON!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Je T'aime Card

I know Valentine's Day is not typically a huge card-making holiday.  But, I usually try to use it as an opportunity to send a little love to a few special people in my life.  However, I've been so busy in the last few weeks that I wasn't able to get my cards made.  

No's my stash to the rescue.  My first stop was my box of handmade cards that I keep on tap for "emergencies."  A quick search revealed this lovely little card that I had forgotten about.  

It was super simple to make.  The textured circle was made with a craft punch and an embossing folder.  And how adorable is the little girl?!  The graphic was a free printable from The Black Apple.  The illustrator has some amazing artwork. Definitely worth a look see.

Here's hoping you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day with lots of love!

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Mini Album Fun

I have to admit I am not big into mini albums. When I saw this one on Brenda Rose's blog it peaked my interest. Nothing is more exciting to me then making something that looks a lot more difficult then it really is.

Are you ready to make one of your own? Follow along with my picture tutorial......

 You will need a base color card stock. Cut 2 - 6x6 pieces for your front and back panel, 3 - 6x12 pieces for your binding (Mountain, W, Mountain) score at 3, 6 & 9 inches and 2- 2 x 5 1/2 pieces for the binding.
 Next step is selecting patterned paper. I used two different patterns. 2 for out side front and back cover and 2 for the inside front and back cover. You will cut them at 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches.

 Select 2 more card stock colors. Cut 5 pieces at 4x6 inches (this will be the top) and 5 at 2 x 6 inches (This will be the bottom).
 Take the 2 - 6x12 inch pieces we talked about in step one and score at 3, 6 & 9 inches. 

 Take the hinge pieces ( 2 x 5 1/2) we spoke about earlier and score in half. 

 Crease your folds using the bone folder and you should have pieces that look like this.

 Form your pieces in the shape of M, W, M and attach the two inside panels making one long accordion piece of card stock. This will serve as the base.

 Now take  your front and back panels you cut and adhere one side of the hinge to the panel.

 Once you have the hinge attached it should look like the above. Next you want to adhere the front and back panel using the hinge to the ends of the accordion binding.

 Take your patterned pieces you cut for the front a panel and adhere it. Don't add the back panel just yet. We will cover in a different step. 

 Do the same for the inside from and back panels. 

 Now that you have the front panel on go ahead adhere apiece of ribbon across the back panel. You are now ready to add the back panel.

 You should have the back panel adhered with the piece of ribbon secured and hidden behind the panel.
 In step three you cut two different colored pieces of card stock. Get them ready. 

 Adhere the larger 4 x6 pieces of card stock on the front side of the binding panels as show above. You can get a better look below.

 Take the smaller 2 x 6 inch pieces of card stock and adhere the the bottom portion using the back side of the binding. This will allow for the mates to go in opposite directions as you see above.

 I decided to decorate some of my panels with patterned paper. I used 3 different patterns and cut them at  1 3/4 x 2 3/4, 1 3/4 x 5 3/4 and 2 3/4 x 3 3/4.

 You can see how I started to add the pieces to the panels to jazz them up a bit. 

 Below are the pages as they came together. I kept it fairly simple however I could add more pics and embellishments at a later date if I wanted too. 

 I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. This would be great to make for Valentines Day for that special someone in your life!! Happy Crafting!! ~ Shalana


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