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!!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

SOC 10th Anniversary WINNERS!!!!

Thank you so much to everyone who visited the SOC Blog and left a little anniversary love during our Turnt Up for 10 Celebration!  It was a wonderful blog hop.  Thank you to the super contributers, as well.  You provided wonderful inspiration, along the way.

Be sure you visit the blogs to see if you are the winner for their giveaways, as well.

All winners are chosen via random # generator.

And the winners are:

Mary Joyce winner of the Hero Arts Stamp Set!  Congratulations!  She shared this super cute card in the SOC Gallery.

Treva - winner of this cute bag, just perfect for carrying your crafting supplies.  Congrats!

Areletha - winner of the $10 Michael's gift card. Congrats!

And now to announce our BIG WINNER!  The winner of the Stampin' Up Gift Certificate provided by SOC Member Sharon Jacobs, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator is.....

Commenter #7:  NAPPYCP(CRYSTAL)  Woohoo!    Congratulations!

Thanks for playing along.

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Pile of Leaves

Ahh, autumn is officially here! It is my most favorite season of all.  The colorful trees are like beautiful bouquets of flowers...except tree-sized.  I was inspired to create a card that displayed the beauty of the changing leaves.  

It was simple to create, although there was a bit of fussy cutting involved.  To create this card print out photographs of fallen leaves.  If you don't have any, you can find lots of pictures online (these are the leaves that I used).  Once the leaves are printed, cut each leaf out being sure not to leave any white space around the edges.  Next, adhere the leaves to a card base in a random layout, try not to leave any of the card base showing.  The goal is to mimic the way leaves look when they fall naturally to the ground.  Finally add a sentiment and baker's twine to finish the card.  I chose a wooden sentiment from Studio Calico to keep with the organic feel.

This was a different style of card for me, but I really like how it turned out.  

Thanks for looking!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Turnt Up for 10! SOC 10th Anniversary Blog Hop!

Welcome to the SOC 10th Anniversary Blog Hop!  Oh, what a glorious time this is!

We are so glad you decided to celebrate the SOC 10th Anniversary with us.  We have a wonderful blog hop planned with much inspiration and some giveaways along the way.  So grab a drink, sit back and hop along as we stay, "Turnt up for 10" AMAZING Years. 
SOC is a wonderful community created to foster sistahood and creativity.  It is place where we are able to share our creations safely, find products and inspiration that represents our many shades.  Over the past 10 years we have grown into a great family celebrating happy times, crying in sad, getting together, supporting each other, cheering each other on, holding each others hands, building lifelong friendships and filling the world with beauty.  We are ever grateful for the past 10 years and look forward to many more, growing and sharing, together.  
If you have arrived here, you are at the starting point of the AWESOME SOC Blog Hop where we provide regular inspiration for your paper crafting needs.  If you've never been here before we'd love for you join us by signing up for our email updates, at left. 
But enough of that, let's move on to some creative goodness. For this blog hop I created this beautiful painting titled, "Sistahs," afterall, we are celebrating 10 years of sistahood.  It represents a variety of shades, sizes and personalities, just as we are, as a community.

Not only did I want to give you a bit of inspiration but I'd also like to give you a prize.  
For one lucky hopper, we are giving away a Stampin' Up  $25 Gift Certificate.  Donated by SOC Member Sharon
Sharon Jacobs,
Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

Please note: award is strictly the responsibility of the sponsor and will be provided directly from the sponsoring member and not SOC.  To win, all you need to do is visit each blog (listed below) and leave a comment on the SOC Turnt Up for 10 Blog Hop posts, including this one.  Let me know you have commented on them all and you are entered to win!  Woohoo!  Easy, peasy.  

For an extra entry be sure to tell your friends about the blog hop!  Post the link on your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram Account.  Let me know once you've shared and I'lll put your name in again for each share! Use #scrapsofcolor10 so I can find you 

Now that you know the rules and you've been inspired keep hopping for more!


Before you go, don't forget to check the blog posts for this weeks! There is a giveaway or freebie on each day! Got get your chance to win!

Happy Hopping and Happy 10th Anniversary Scraps of Color!
Tiare Smith aka Classygirl,
Founder, Scraps of Color


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