Thursday, September 21, 2017

Christmas planning, and fun Blackboard Menu

Featured at Imagine today is my Christmas planning project.  Blackboard menus are popular at many eating establishments, so I decided to make one of my own for Christmas parties that I hold in my home during the holiday season. I host at least one party every year, and may even get in on the neighborhood progressive dinner this year! Creative Medium, a little glitter and two stencils quickly made this menu board very festive! The Creative Medium will hold fine particle embellishments like glitter or beads. The Iridescent Green Creative Medium shows up fabulously on the black background, and the Gold Creative Medium adds a touch of metallic elegance. The menu is written in colored Crayola chalk that was sharpened with a child’s large pencil sharpener.  This fun and easy project is a great way to enhance any party! Enjoy and thank you for stopping by


Sierra Pacific Crafts 12” x 12” Chalkboard Tile
Stencil Girl—Three Trees
C-Thru Stencils—3/4” Swash Bold Italic alpha stencil
Art Institute Ultra Fine—Christmas Red glitter
Crayola Chalk
Pencil sharpener for large pencils

Friday, September 15, 2017

Change the World using Rose Gold

Personally, I really like Rose Gold, my iPhone just happens to be this color!  The color challenge at Imagine for the month of September was to create something with Rose Gold.  It was fun to create a card that features this fabulous color.  To highlight the Rose Gold color, the card is a clean and simple design.  The images are stamped in Delicata Rose Gold and Black Shimmer first to help determine the placement of the line of pressure embossed dots.  The dots were inked using a Fantastix Brush point and the Delicata Rose Gold ink.  The base card is inked with crumpled aluminum foil and Delicata Rose Gold.  The top panel is adhered and the simple but sophisticated card is ready to be sent to a friend!


Cream cardstock
Unity—Love Brings You Home stamp set
Cuttlebug—Daisy Borders embossing folder
Aluminum foil
Corner rounder

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Create your own Total Eclipse background!

Featured on the Imagine Blog today!

I will admit, the Great American Eclipse truly lived up to all the hype and expectations.  We are fortunate to live VERY close to the zone of totality and were able to enjoy an experience of a lifetime!  There were many amazing photos taken on this date, and I was able to take a few myself.  I am surprised that my totality photo of the corona resembles the others taken across the United States.  Knowing I would create a layout to commemorate the event I planned ahead and had everyone present sign on a section of white cardstock.  Totality was so stunning I wanted to create the same look and feel of nature and the new Delicata Ink colors were absolutely perfect!  The shimmer is wonderful in person, but a bit difficult to capture in photos.  The surroundings during totality were are bit surreal, and the Delicata inks captured the feeling effortlessly.  This is a super easy background to create for your own eclipse photos, so get a little inky before you scrapbook your total eclipse layout!

Level:  Beginner
Time:  30 minutes to create background plus dry time

Step 1:
Trim Strathmore Bristol Board 100-pound weight from 14” x 17” to 12” x 12”.  Bristol Board is absolutely the best for this technique as it will stand up to Ink Potion No. 9 mists and repeated blending of the inks with Jumbo Daubers.  The smooth surface will take the ink readily.  Remove the spray applicator from the Goose Bumps bottle and gently tap the clear texture medium over the top half of the Bristol Board.  Set aside to dry.

Step 2:
Mist the bottom section of the paper and gently move Ink Point No. 9 around the entire area with your fingers.  Apply Delicata in Champagne with a Jumbo Dauber. 

Step 3:
Repeat with Ink Potion No. 9 and Delicata in Pink Shimmer.  It is starting to look like a sunrise!

Step 4:
Mist the top portion of the paper and ink with Deleicata in Sapphire Blue.  If one area is a bit darker than desired, add a bit of Ink Potion No. 9 to the craft mat and pick up with the Jumbo Dauber.  The smooth surface of the Bristol Board is very forgiving and allows the inks to blend beautifully.  Notice that the GooseBumps will now resemble the stars that were visible during totality!

Step 5:
Determine placement of journal block and blend Delicata inks accordingly on section of Bristol Board that was trimmed off the original sized sheet.  Print journaling directly on the Bristol Board.  For my layout with the signatures I gently blended the inks over the signatures.  We used a permanent pen so the ink did not bleed.  Ink the edges with Delicata in Black Shimmer.

Step 6:
Ink a section of black cardstock with Delicata Black Shimmer, this will give just a hint of shimmer to match the rest of the layout.  Die cut the title and adhere.

Step 7:
Adhere your selected eclipse photos and sit back and admire and remember this event of a lifetime!


Strathmore Bristol Board 100 pound weight 14” x 17”
NASA Eclipse glasses
Quicktuz—Indigo alphabet (retired)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Baby Boy card for Anything Goes at Retro Rubber

It is time for the ever popular Anything Goes at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge!  Use your stamps with one at least a year or more older and join the fun!

Within my circle of friend I know that there will be a new baby boy welcomed to the world soon so I took this opportunity to make a card to celebrate his arrival.  First I played around with some cardboard and my Cuddlebug Polks Dots embossing folder to pressure emboss light blue cardstock.  I wanted to have a flat surface in the bottom third of the card to stamp the sentiment.  The sentiment is stamped in Delicata Sapphire Blue, and is  from Fiskars Teeny Tiny that came out in 2012.  Next I die cut 6 small squares with Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Squares and used the very old (1997) Peddler’s Pack images of different baby toys.  They are stamped in Delicata Silvery Shimmer.  The Sapphire Blue is a newly released color of Delicata and it is so much fun!  The card base is sponged with Delicata in Silvery Shimmer before the elements are adhered with dimensional foam adhesive.  Clean and simple design with a bit of shimmer!

Thanks for stopping by and do check out the rest of the Design Team’s creations over at Retro Rubber!  Join the fun and create your own anything goes project to enter into the challenge.

I would like to enter the following challenges with this card:

Monday, September 4, 2017

Stick It Down September Double Page Sketch

We have a wonderful sketch with five photos for this month at Stick It Down.   Come play along with the Double Page, Single Page, or Card sketch.  You could win a great prize package! 

Wow, it is September already!  The summer just flew by and now we are back to school and starting all the fall activities.  Before I scrap those fun times I wanted to share an important event in my younger son's life, he is now a big Middle Schooler, but first went through promotion from Elementary School. 

I started with My Minds Eye Academy paper stack, and added a few die cuts.  Spellbinders Cascading Stars provided all the stars, as the inside stars became the embellishments along the paper seam.  Sizzix Loops and Rick-Rack add a bit of interest to match the sketch.  The tile is a very old Quickutz alphabet Frankie Classic and Mini.  I added a journal block to finish the page.  

Thanks for stopping by and do come join us at Stick It Down!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Back to School for a New Teacher

It is time for a new challenge over at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge.  Check it out!

We have a brand spanking new teacher in our family, my niece who just graduated with a Master’s degree in Music Education.  She is off to a small town in Southeast Alaska and will be teaching choral, band, and orchestra to K-12!  The school colors happen to be green and yellow, hence the color choice of my card to send to her to congratulate her on her new job. 

First I reverse pressure embossed a section of Core’dinations green/black cardstock and sanded away to highlight the musical design.  Then I die cut it with Sizzix 560147 to create the scalloped card front.  The “back 2 school”, and “teacher” sentiments are from the Unity Smarty Pants set from September 2015.  The “new” is from a VERY old All Night Media Rubber Stamp Poet set that used to be foam mounted, it is from before 2000 if I am guessing right!  Amazingly you can still find it on eBay!  The images are stamped in Memento Cottage Ivy.  The die cut is from the same set as the scalloped card front.  I added a bit of paper twine with a knot on the front and then adhered the card together. 

This card will be in the mail very soon!

Do have some back to school fun yourself and join us at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Hanging Charm Pull Tab Butterfly Card

The challenge at Imagine for August was to create motion and what better way to have motion in a card than to create a mechanical Pull tab card with a Vertigo Butterfly charm?  Making mechanical pop up and cards with motion is one of my favorite things to do.  The directions are organized to allow for the various dry times and maximize your crafting time to work on other steps during the process, but do check the pieces before proceeding to avoid smearing your project.  These cards are so fun to create and bring so much joy to the recipient. 

Level:  Intermediate
Time:  90 minutes plus dry time

Step 1
Trim a heavy weight cardstock to 5” x 6 ½”, this will fit a standard 6 Bar envelope.  Strathmore Bristol Board 100-pound weight is used throughout this project.  Position stencil and apply Creative Medium in a thin layer with a palette knife.  

Step 2
Apply various weights of glitter to Creative Medium and set aside to dry.  The Creative Medium will hold all kinds of fun embellishments in place. 

Step 3
Die cut mechanical parts of the Hanging Charm Pull Tab card: one base, two pull tabs, and two frames.  Before cutting one frame apply Xyron permanent adhesive to the cardstock for later assembly.  Die cut one butterfly charm from Taffeta Vertigo.

Step 4
Color butterfly charm with Fabrico Markers.  Pea Pod, Bubble Gum, and Wisteria are used here.

Step 5
Ink base mechanism with Memento Luxe Lilac Posies and an Ink Blusher.  Ink one pull tab with butterfly stencil and Memento Luxe Lilac Posies.  Ink both frames fronts with Memento Luxe Pear Tart and an Ink Blusher.

Step 6
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for opposite edge of base and set aside to dry. 

Step 7
Trim corners of butterfly pull tab, cutting off the tabs.  This will now fit over the second pull tag perfectly when assembled.

Step 8
Trim a section of Taffeta Vertigo to 3 ¼” x 4 ½”.  This will be the base for the mechanism.  Gently place Tear It Tape on recycled plastic bag packaging and trim in half length-wise. 

Step 9
Tear It Tape is placed on the mechanism where shown, both long edges closest to the outside to allow the tabs to move along the track and behind the notched opening for the pull tab.  Center and apply to the Vertigo base.

Step 10
Apply Tear It Tape to open end of the mechanism.  There is a slight indentation to train the fold.

Step 11
Place tag with tabs through the notch and tuck tabs under mechanism.  Center in the slot and adhere mechanism to the tag. (This tag was spritzed with Fireworks! in Pear Tart but doesn’t really show in the finished card.)

Step 12
Spritz card base with Fireworks! in Pear Tart and set aside to dry.  

Step 13
Use metallic craft thread to fashion a hanger for the butterfly charm. 

Step 14
Tie a knot in the metallic thread just above the edge of the frame. (At first I tried to hide the knot and it pulled out of the frame!)  Lift the Xyron permanent adhesive liner and center thread.

Step 15
Center second frame over the adhesive and slowly remove liner to adhere the two sides of the frame together.

Step 16
Trim Tear It Tape length wise to fit the small sections on the front of the mechanism.  Place it between the two folds.  Adhere frame with butterfly charm.

Step 17
Pull mechanism into full upright position with tag fully extended out the back of the mechanism.  Apply Tear It Tape around the edges.  Adhere butterfly tag over the base pull tag.  A small section should extend past the bottom tag.

Step 18
Apply Tear It tape around the three edges of the Vertigo base opposite the mechanism.  Don’t put tape on the fourth edge as it will show when the tag is in upright position. 

Step 19
Open mechanism and stamp sentiment in StazOn ink.  Royal Purple is used here with a sentiment from Joy Clair’s Butterfly Kisses stamp set.

Step 20
Adhere Vertigo and mechanism to card base.  Punch a hole in the top of the pull tag and thread decorative fibers through the hole and loop to hold in place.

Creative Medium
Memento Luxe—Lilac Posies, Pear Tart
Fabrico—Pea Pod, Bubble Gum, Wisteria
Fireworks!—Pear Tart
StazOn—Royal Purple
Ink Blushers
Palette Knife
Tear It! tape

Strathmore Bristol Board 100 pound
Recollections—Glass Glitter
Art Institute and Pastel Glitters
Elizabeth Craft Designs—1104 Hanging Charm Pull Tab die, S022 Butterflies & Stars stencil
Joy Clair—Butterfly Kisses
Fibers from my stash