Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Oh Baby

Hi Krafters!

Anyone who knows me know I am a private person. So sharing this project was difficult and out of my comfort zone. I was looking for something and found a picture (my only bare one) of my pregnant belly! I was 7.5 months along with my oldest (2004). I didn't know she was a she at the time, but I was so proud. As I shared before, we were told we could not have children so this photo is a true testament of the power of God!

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I am participating in the Cricut Challenge and Scraplift the Person Before You this month. I had the privilege to lift Arteshamac’s Hello Love layout. I encourage you to join challenges to keep your juices flowing!


I used Sophie (doilies), Graphically Speaking (arrows), Wild Card (brackets) and Calligraphy (title) Cricut cartridges. The paper is a collection by Teresa Collins. I also used a stamp set by Close to My Heart (Save the Date-I believe it is) for the corners and “remember”. The large butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch. The flowers are I Am Roses which I used Gesso to tone down the pink. The princess charm is from my stash. Finally I added Recollection bling.



That’s it! I hope you enjoyed today’s project! Thanks for stopping by, Krafthead~

Monday, August 24, 2015

Store it Mondays-Pegboard System

Happy Monday Krafters!

I'm here to share another Store it Monday! The pegboard system is nothing new. I shared some years back the pegboard storing Cricut Cartridges. I decided to store the cartridges a different way thus making more room to store those odd products. I moved the system to a different wall and added industrial style pegboards (black) I purchased from Home Depot to go with the existing pegboards I had (white). I love pegboards because they can hold a lot and help save space! If you have a wall, I suggest getting at least one!

On these boards, I store everything! It is great for sticker sheets, adhesives, stencils, foils, foiling sheets, embellishments, and tools! On a board I will add, I will store those rulers, large stapler (not pictured) and that roll of foam tape. For the industrial pegboards, baskets can be purchased which holds even more. Since I am vertically challenged, I do have a stool I use to access the adhesives on top. 


That’s it! Thank you for tuning in for another edition of Store it Mondays! I hope this inspired you! Thanks for stopping by, Krafthead~

Monday, August 17, 2015

Store It Mondays-Inks

Happy Monday Krafters!

Today is the second installment of Store it Mondays! As I mentioned before, I am in the process of trying to make more of my crafts portable. Since RJ is more mobile and my children doesn’t believe in giving me a moment alone, crafting on a VERY small table in the family room is the only way for me to create! At one of my many trips to Walmart, I found some document holders for $5 in the office area. The ones I have fits 8.5x11 sheets of paper. I later found, of course after I bought the smaller ones, they have 12x12 available too. The containers fit distress inks perfectly! All of the inks are labeled and are stacked four high. In that same container, I store reinkers as well. The one thing I like about this container is the handles snap it secure! 


I decided to store my other inks in another container. As you can see, the Lawn Fawn (my new FAV) inks are labeled. I am in the process of labeling the others as well. Some of them may find a new home soon. Some people may have an issue storing inks on the side, but as long as they work when I need them, that is ok with me. When I get rid of the others, I may go back to storing them flat. 



The Stampin’ Up inks (not pictured) are stored on the wall in a holder designed for ink. I bought it a few years ago. Since I don't use them often and I only have seven colors, I chose not to store them with the others. 


I really like this storage solution for easy access and portability…not to mention inexpensive!  They also stack nicely. I hope this inspired you as well! Thanks for stopping by, Krafthead~

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Thinking of You/Sympathy Card

Hi Krafters!

A fellow crafter from one of the groups I belong to lost her mother recently. So today I am sharing a sympathy card/thinking of you card. The stamp set is faith set by Inkadinakadoo. I believe it is meant for Easter, but I thought the image was appropriate. This card also gave me an opportunity to color.

About a month or so ago, I saw a video using Chameleon Art Pens and was intrigued. They are an alcohol based marker which are refillable and have a brush/bullet nib. It is a marker system which allows the user to blend low, mid-tones and highlights from one marker. In essence, it does what a person does with three Copic markers.This done by fusing the coloring nib of the marker with a blending solution in a chamber. There are mixed reviews on it. Some people love them while others think they are a waste of product. I will say the “fusing” was concern of mine. It is recommended to “fuse” for 40 seconds to get greater color variation. Of course fusing doesn’t have to be that long. And unlike Copics, there is no true control of the color blending…at least for a beginner user. I have seen awesome coloring done with them from people who use them regularly. Why did I mention Chameleon Pens? I so happen to come up on some for a low price, I got them for my birthday and I used them on this project!

 Overall, the fusing is not that bad. If you are an impatient person, these markers/pens are not for you. If you have a large Copic/Spectrum Noir collection, then these markers are not for you. If you are a seasoned colorer then these markers are not for you! However, if you are new to coloring, have a small collection of alcohol based markers, you may want to give these a try! I don't see myself selling my Copic collection, but I see myself using these more often. As of now, they will work well on small images or to fill in the gap of Copics I don't have. Since both types of markers are alcohol based, they play can play together.


What did you think? Thanks for stopping by Krafthead~

Monday, August 10, 2015

Store It Mondays-Copic Markers

Happy Monday Krafters!

I decided to start a new series…“Store it Mondays”! I am not sure how long this series will last. However, I am excited to share some of my storage solutions. I hope they will help/inspire at least one person!

My first “Store it Mondays” post is my new Copic Marker storage. Previously, I stored them on a wine rack. While it was a great solution, the markers really wasn't as portable as I would have liked. My new storage solutions was inspired by my crafty friend Renee. Thank you Renee! Some years ago, I purchased a fabric craft bag (I guess that is what it is called). It is great to have for crops or to store items on a desk. Mine just sat there with a few inks in it. I decided to use it to store the markers. It was perfect for the amount of markers I accumulated. Now my markers are in one spot and I can carry them with ease. 

I used the bottoms of the clear containers the markers are shipped in to support them in the bag. The containers can be removed as needed, but as of now, I don't see the need. On the outside pockets, I store the Colorless Blender, 100, and Grays. There are more empty pockets left if I decide to purchase more markers in the future. Honestly though, I am content…..for now LOL! Well…I do need more grays….I’m a mess LOL!

While I was upgrading my storage, I decided to label the caps of the markers. As you can see, I have to add labels to some of them. I purchased Ciao markers. Listen, I am the type of person who gets bored easily and I was not going to buy Sketch markers right away without knowing if I was going to stick to coloring. The Ciaos serves their purpose! Anywho, I made the labels in Photoshop. The text is .24” and I punched it out with a hole punch (.25”) and adhered them with a micro glue dot. 


Well that is it for the first installment of “Store it Mondays”! I hope you enjoyed today’s project! Thanks for stopping by, Krafthead~

Friday, August 7, 2015

Welcome Baby Girl SASL DT Project

Hello Krafters!

It's my day over at She's A Sassy Lady blog!! I read somewhere August is known as the busiest month for birthdays/births. I do not know how true that is, but my mom was invited to a baby shower for a young lady who is due in August. She asked me to make an adorable card and I believe I did just that. 


Since the lady is having a girl and I decided on a pink and brown color scheme. I love those two colors together; almost as much as baby blue and brown. The card was made using a Silhouette file (bib card) and I used a stamp set for the bear and sentiment by Inkadinkado. I used Cocoa Momento ink to stamp the images. I used Copic markers to color the bear image. I added faux stitching to the card because it looked unfinished to me. The file came with a bow, but I decided to use ribbon instead. On the inside (not pictured) I added the same pink and brown polkadot ribbon as well faux stitching.


Mom couldn't show up to the baby shower with just a card right? I surprised mom by making a simple two tier diaper cake. It really is the perfect gift! I mean, you can never have too many diapers for a new born! Anywho, I used the same color scheme and ribbon to tie the card with the gift. On the base of the cake is a sturdy board covered in white tulle (to hide the base). I assembled the “cake” and had to “cute it up”. I used TTF to make the “Welcome Baby Girl”. I typed out the sentiment (brown) used the offset feature in the software to create a shadow (pink) and repeated that to create the white border. The cake topper is a Silhouette file (3D Buggy). It was very easy to put together. To keep the topper in place, I used pins. Between the layers, I added more white tulle as well as in the buggy. 



I used a large cello bag to package the cake and that was it! I hope you enjoyed today’s project! Remember to stop by She's a Sassy Lady to check out the talented DT! Thanks for stopping by, Krafthead~

Monday, July 27, 2015

Love Forever-SASL DT Project

Hello Krafters!

Today’s project was lifted by a lady who goes by Scrapalot Shelley! You can see her project here. The funny thing is, I found an old picture of my husband and I from many moons ago, I knew her project was going to be my inspiration for scrapping this photo.

The pattern paper is Echo Parks Yours Truly. The burlap pattern is from Prima’s Lyric collection. I love the combos of red, blacks and grays. I used the Rock Princess Cricut cartridge for the title and various cartridges for the hearts. I framed the photo with one of the hearts. I added a little Wink of Stella to the title and Viva Decor Pens (red) for texture to the hearts. 

After completing the layout, I felt the photo was not the focus of the layout and the title took over the layout. I decided to add the arrow (Going Places Cricut cartridge) to bring attention back to the photo…hey it is supposed to be the star of a layout right?


I hope you enjoyed today’s project! Don't forget to stop by soon to see what SASL has to offer! Kenya~