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Color Time

Hello my crafting friends.  Hope everyone had a great weekend and is having a great start of the week. I'm here to share a couple of fun cards with you.  I created these cards after spending a couple of days just sitting in my craft room without really thinking.

Sometimes, I like to just sit in my craft room and play with my crafting stuff.  I haven't mastered all my markers so I decided to practice a bit with watercoloring using my distress pens and Aqua ProMarkers.  Then I practiced coloring and mixing Copic with Spectrum Noir.  It wasn't about being perfect but more of relaxing and relieving a bit of stress.

The two cards I have to share is the product of my playtime.  They were both made with leftover scrap paper, reducing the small mountain I had going on (smiles). Another technique I tried during this playtime was creating liners for my cards.  After watching about 4 different ways to create a liner I finally settled on one that worked best for me.

On my first card you can see that I am truly challenged when it comes to mixing water and ink...I sometimes think it looks like something exploded on my paper and definitely not close to being perfect so if anyone has ideas for me then please share!! Watercoloring is so outside of my comfort zone but fun.

Sorry about the discoloration of the images.  I tried but evidently I am not real good with this new Samsung phone or the lighting in my photo area needs replacing.

The paper used on this card was leftover paper from my hat-box I altered and previously shared. Its from the Bo Bunny Enchanted paper collection which I have had stashed for quite some time now.  I used both Aqua Promarkers and Ranger Distress Markers to color my image and it was a good start for practicing.  My reservoir of Aqua Markers is limited to 12, but I have a complete selection of Distress Markers. Not sure if I will purchase more or not at this point.

Entering this card in the following challenges:

The Ribbon Girl - April Any Image (4/30)
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes (4/23)
Crafting From the Heart - #108 Anything Goes (4/23)

My second card was created using My Mind's Eye paper collection and I have no clue which collection because the front cover has disappeared from the sheets I have left (I've had it for a while now).

I used an image from LaLa Land Crafts that I think is called "Marci With Umbrella".  She was colored with Copic and Spectrum Noir Markers. I was really pleased with how she turned out especially the umbrella. I wanted to create a clear plastic look.

Didn't do a lot to this card, just a piece of Offray ribbon and a MS Border Punch to create a couple of embellishments, and I used a Spellbinders die to cut out my image after coloring her.

Hope to enter "Marci" in the following challenges:

Lost Coast Portal - #23 Anything Goes (4/24)
Crafty Boots - Use A Sentiment (4/23)
Cuttlebug Mania - April Showers (4/25)
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Anything Goes (4/24)
Pixie's Crafty - Snippets (4/23)

As usual I used any leftover paper to decorate the inside of the cards and this time I used the leftovers to create my envelope liners as well.

Well that's all for today.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time...
be creative and enjoy life 

Sending Hugs from Texas

Changing Focus

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Hello my crafting friends.  I thought for today's post I would change my focus from the foto folio onto altering a few things starting with a hatbox.  This particular box measures 9x5x5 which is larger than the others I've altered and its round.

I had a few sheets of paper from the Bo Bunny "Enchanted" collection and I wanted to use it for something, since I've had it since it was first released a few years ago (smiles...little hoarder).
I almost didn't have enough but I made it work by adding pieces of black card-stock here and there.

I have no clue what I am going to do with it but to start I thought it would be nice to hold perhaps my more delicate scarves and gloves.  

Let's get started with a series of photos of my "Enchanted" hat-box.

Here we have a top-view of the box.  I actually stood on a step stool to take this snapshot.  I used a chipboard Memories piece and colored it with black gesso and then sprayed it with Tattered Angels  Pearl Glitter Mist and Sparkle Dust.

After removing the lid you can see the inside of the box.  Remember how I mentioned that I had to use pieces of black cardstock so as not to run out of paper...well here you can see how I pieced the two pieces I did have together.  I used the same method on the outside around the base of the box.

Of course my flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts mixed with a few black and white flowers from Recollections (Hobby Lobby Paper Studio brand). I tied a simple black bow and added a little spray of pearls I found in the bridal section at Hobby Lobby.

Thanks for taking time to stop by and see what I have been up to. Now its back to finish another folio and perhaps I can create a few cards to enter in some challenges.

Remember I love reading your comments and appreciate your support.  I hope you will stop by again and often.

Sending hugs from Texas

Foto Folio Frenzy Day Three

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Hello again everyone.  I have been totally mesmerized by the Folio that was a frenzy a couple of years ago but for me its a frenzy now and I have been truly inspired.

There is one steampunk folio I discovered on youtube that was definitely OTT (over the top) and I think Tim Holtz should give the designer of that folio a few free gifts because she used all Tim Holtz or Ranger products in creating her masterpiece.  Her YouTube channel is Art of Craft NZ (I think her name is Diane) and I recommend you check out her work if you like Tim Holtz or Steampunk.  Click the link to her blog.

Now on to my latest folio.  My folio is very simple but it will hold quite a bit of photos.  

The front of my folio is rather simple. I used Graphic 45 Communique Collection throughout the whole folio. I added a few words created with Tim Holtz Thinlit Die #660218, a piece of scrap corded ribbon and a trinket.  My closure is a simple wrap-around (not sure what they are called) created by using a circle punch and small eyelets.

When you open the folio you have three sections, and the center section has two additional flaps. I created two pockets for tags and wallet size photos on the left and on the right I created a waterfall capable of holding 15 photos sized 4 x 6 with a magnetic band holding them all in place.

On this photo you see the two center flaps opened.  I decided to create little pouches with flaps for holding more photos or any other small item you want to keep. In the center I added two pockets large enough for the standard 5x7 portrait as well as two inserts that will also hold a 5x7 portrait on the front and back if desired.

The photo above show one of the pouches open with a photo that was trimmed down to size 3.75 x 5.75.  The pouches will hold up to 6 photos this size easily along with any journal tags or smaller photos.

Lastly I am showing how you can add the 5x7 portraits to the center inserts and the 4x6 standard photos in the waterfall. I also included a few wallet size photos to the side pockets and the pouches.  All in all this folio will hold up to 40 photos of various sizes.

Finally I added a photo of the back of the folio just for grins and giggles.  This folio was inspired by Tim Holtz small folio but was created completely with #110 lb. black cardstock by Bazzill.

The tutorial I followed was by Kona Raven which I have included below for your convenience.

Well everyone that is all I have for tonight.
I hope this wasn't a bore and that perhaps it inspired
you to try this out for yourself if you haven't already.

So until next time keep crafting
and I hope you'll stop by again real soon.

Sending hugs from Texas


Photo Folio Frenzy Day Two

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Hello everyone, Mema here to share with you my latest craze.  I know I am behind everyone but it takes me a while to catch up.  So what am I talking about you ask...well...these cute photo folios that everyone was doing last year and I was afraid to try then but now that I've started I can't seem to stop.

I shared my first one a couple of posts back which was actually a waterfall folio I did using the Graphic 45 Good Ol Sports collection.  This time I used brighter colors and the folio is smaller. 

So let's get started.

Sorry about the quality of the photo but I was having issues with my phone and no batteries for my best camera so I had to resort to a camera I've had for a while.

To create this mini I followed a tutorial by "Corene Creations" on youTube. You can search for it using the title below or scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link I provided. 

Accordion Mini Album (start to finish) Wild Orchid Crafts

For this little mini I used Authentique "Latest and Greatest" paper collection.  I also added some recollections sticker pearls and lace across the time.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the little wooden greeting was given to me by my adopted crafting daughter that she picked up from the dollar bin at Michaels.

The closure is held closed with magnets and I added the shape to the flap with Spellbinders Bracket Borders One die.  Everything was inked with Walnut Stain.

When you open the folio you have a pocket on the left side and as you can see (at least I hope you can) the pocket is perfect for a photo or even a journaling tag/mat.  In the center is a small accordion file mini designed to hold small 5 x 5 or smaller photos.

For my accordion I decided to connect it to the base of the folio but I have seen them with a pocket on the base and the accordion tucked inside.  This little folio can hold up to 12 photos depending on how big you make the accordion.

Word of caution though...the size of this folio did not take into account the addition of any pockets or photos so you may want to  test before adding the pockets...I had to remove a few and increase the size of the spine to get this to fit correctly.  The best use would be to simply mat the photo directly onto each panel with maybe a pocket on the left flap for journaling only.

I hope you like my little folio and will come back and see my next one which I am currently working on.

If you'd like to try this little mini photo album click the link below.

Thanks for stopping by and if you give this little mini a try please let me know so I can see what you create.

Hope to see you again real soon.

Sending hugs from Texas

Colors of Spring

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Hello my fellow crafters! Mema here with warm wishes for everyone that visits my blog.  My heart is heavy today because of the attacks that took place in Brussels. I wonder how anyone can justify such devastation and the taking of another person's life.  

Although it is hard to find joy at this time, we must not allow these acts to change our way of life and make us prisoners of fear.  The attacks in Boston, France and now Belgium proves that no place is truly safe when there are folks without a conscience running free, so today take time to say a prayer for peace for everyone everywhere.

Now to try and brighten up this post I have an announcement.  One of my cards was selected as Spotlight #94 for the Hearts challenge at Crafting by Designs. That put a smile on my face!

Here is another attempt to brighten up things and that is a card filled with bright happy colors and I definitely needed to get back to coloring and using my array of markers. The old saying "if you don't use it, you'll lose it" is not a me :)

The image is from one of my favorite illustrators "Mo Manning" and I believe her name is "Emma with Lamb". The paper collection is by Fancy Pants labeled "ParkBench". 

My embellishments include lace that I picked up at a local craft store "Big Mouth Scrappers" and my floral arrangement was created using Wild Orchid Crafts paper flowers. I added a few pearls, some stickles, a MS butterfly and a border punched with a really old EK Success border punch.   

On the inside I stayed with my typical habit of using any leftover scraps to maintain some continuity in the paper design.  I also added a sentiment from a set of stamps I just purchased from Stamp Simply labeled "He Has Risen" which is perfect for this time of the season.
Lastly I used a host of copic markers:

E57, 50, 51, 35, 34, 33, 25 
C05, 03, 01, 0 and R20
YR23, 21:  Y08, 21, 11, 06, 02
YG97, 95, 93: BG57, 53, 09

I would like to enter the following challenges:

My Time to Craft - #316 Flowers (3/24)
Sweet Stampin Challenge - Easter (3/24)
My Sheri Crafts - #177 Spring Fever (3/24)
Crafting With Dragonflies - Easter (3/30)
Allsorts Challenge - #355 Easter (3/24)
Gem of A Challenge - #365 Easter (3/30)
Scrappers Delight - Anthing Goes (3/29)
Digi Designs - Lots of Layers (3/25)
Crafty Friends - #27 Anything Goes (3/24)

Well that's all for today.  Hope you enjoyed my little card and will leave a comment.

Thanks for stopping by.
Sending hugs from Texas
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