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!
Moanica

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...

Kelli


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
 
Sharette
 
 

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!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Canvas Decor

After cleaning and purging my room recently, I decided that I wanted to add some handmade
decor to my craft area.  I had saved a catchy saying that I found on the web and used it as the basis for my creating.  To start, I took a small 8x10 canvas and proceeded to add some embellishments.  I layered on a scrap piece of a telephone book page, painted it and then adhered it to my canvas.


Next, I added two strips of cardstock, some of my scrap writing paper that I
write little snippets of notes, wood letters(that I painted) and then I took a clear
script stamp and covered the canvas randomly. I also added some
doodles and lastly one of my hand-drawn artsy flowers. I can't wait
to display it in my craft space.


Saturday, June 13, 2015

DIY Shrink Embellishments

Did you know that you can make your own mini embellishments?  All you need to do is collect the plastic cups at your next summer bbq.  As long as the plastic has a #6 on the bottom it will work.  I created these little plastic embellies in a few easy steps.

Some of them melted into wonky shapes, I am guessing it is due to the cylindrical shape of the cup.  But, I like the organic feel of the melted shapes.  The little butterflies are my favorites.  Is this something you would try?  What shapes would you make?


Thanks for looking!
 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Dad's Rock...Quick Masculine Father's Day Cards


Father's Day is quickly approaching. Have you made your cards? Looking for quick and simple card ideas? I created this cards fairly quick making a matted card front, cutting up a card front and adding a few stamped images. Follow along to see how these cards came together.

I used CTMH products. The ink colors are black, chocolate and juniper. The stamps sets are Hats Off, The Best Dad Ever and Perfect Fit Dad. I cut out the mustache using the CTMH Artiste cricut cart. 

 I used CTMH Jackson paper which is perfect for a masculine card. I put together 4 matted card fronts. I made an additional mat which I randomly cut into 4 pieces.

 I randomly placed the 4 pieces of the mat I cut on each individual card front. There was no rhyme or reason to this process.

 Once I had the pieces adhered to the card front I secured the card front to the A2 sized card base.

 Here is the card front attached to the card. I then had some fun stamping and embellishing the cards.

 I stamped the sentiment "You're the world's best day. It's true we checked". I embellished with a few sequins.
 I really like this stamp set. I stamped the image 3 times. On the card front I stamped in black. I wanted to add dimension to the image so I stamped the hat in juniper and the bow in chocolate. I fussy cut the pieces and popped them up with 3-D foam tape.

 On this card I focused on the mustache. I cut the mustache using the Artiste cricut cart and stamped it in black ink. I added the word "dad" using juniper ink. I added a few gold sequins to give it some flair.

Finally I stamped the "Hats off to you" sentiment which I thought was fitting. I cut the hat out from the previous stamp image in the 2nd card and tilted it to the side using 3-D foam tape. I added a few golden stud triangles to the bottom.

So simple, quick and masculine to meet your Father's Day needs. Have you made your cards yet? If so link your cards to your comment so I can check them out. I enjoy seeing the variety of card ideas.

Happy Crafting ~ Shalana

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