Saturday, November 18, 2017

Textured Heartfelt Sympathy Card


My card along with another AIR is displayed on Imagine's blog today, both in honor of Heartfelt sympathy.
 
Sympathy cards are a gift given to comfort the bereaved, in this instance it is for a family member who now lives overseas.  I wanted to create something soft and beautiful to deliver a message of condolences and love.  The textured background is created with Amplify! and the shimmer of Brilliance Graphite Black sets of the Radiant Neon Electric Pink. 

Level:  Intermediate
Time:  45 minutes

 
Step 1
Apply Radiant Neon Electric Pink Amplify around card base.  Add drops of Amplify! in white and smaller drops of Amplify! in black.

 
Step2
Use a rubber brayer to move the Amplify! around on the card base.  Clean brayer with water.

 
Step 3
Heat Amplify! with a heat gun until the surface is cured and the texture puffs up.  Trim to a finished size of 5 ¼” x 4”.  Use the scraps to die cut mini hearts with Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Journaling Card set.

Step 4
Die cut Spellbinders Labels 54 Decorative Elements outer and inner portions from white cardstock.  Apply Brilliance Graphite Black ink with an Ink Blusher.

Step 5
Die cut the center square from the Amplify! textured card base. (not shown)

 
Step 6
Use a Post-It note to mask the center of the inner Decorative element and apply Brilliance Graphite Black ink with an Ink Blusher.
 
Step 7
Stamp sentiment in Radiant Neon Electric Pink.  I had forgotten to totally clean the stamp before this step . . . so step 8 made the “mistake” a creative choice instead and matched the card base!


Step 8
Gently ink the sentiment with Brilliance Graphite Black to add a bit more black low-lights to the image.

Step 9
Use Brilliance Graphite Black to ink the edges of the card front.  Adhere the Ampllfy! textured card base.  Adhere a section of DeNami Design white ribbon around the Decorative Element outer frame and adhere with dimensional foam adhesive to the card.  Adhere the Ampllfy! textured square over the ribbon and add the inner decorative frame.  Tie a double bow from DeNami Design white ribbon with Bows-It-All v2 and adhere into position.  Add the mini hearts on the ribbon and the inner decorative frame. 

Imagine

Other
White cardstock
Spellbinders--Labels 54 Decorative Elements
Unity Stamp Company--Heartfelt Sympathy
Lawn Fawn—Stitched Journaling Card die
DeNami Design—white ribbon
Rubber Brayer
Heat Gun

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Vertigo Window Clings

Our challenge for November was to create something children would enjoy making at home.  My version is live on the Imagine Blog today.


What a fun challenge this month, a children’s craft project.  Vertigo Leaf Sun Catchers are a fun way to spend some quality time with the child in your life.  Simply place a leaf under a Vertigo Sheet and trace with a complementary color Fabrico pen.  Younger children can make simpler leaf shapes which are easy to cut out with scissors and older children who are more competent with scissors can complete the more complex maple leaf shapes.  After the leaves are cut out, StazOn inks can be added with ink blushers.  I would recommend gloves to keep fingers from becoming too inky!  Additional veins can be traced with Fabrico Pens.  Apply a few glue dots and adhere to your window for eye catching fall décor!

Imagine

Other
Leaf
Scissors
Glue dots


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Colorful Autumn Thank You


We have a colorful challenge at Retro Rubber BlogChallenge.  A few lovely autumn colors.  Go check out the fantastic cards the Design Team has created!



I decided to resurrect an old technique to incorporate all these colors into fall inspired Thank You Card.



I inked a section of glossy white cardstock with a series of dye-based Memento inks in Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Lady Bug, Bamboo Leaves, and Elderberry.  After letting the ink dry I stamped the Judikens Fall Leaves Maple Leaf from 1995 in VersaMark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The final step was inking over the entire surface in Memento Expresso Truffle and then buffing the ink off the embossed areas with a paper towel.  This creates a beautiful multicolored background don’t you think?

After inking up another section of glossy white cardstock it is die cut with Sizzix Thinlits 3-D Drop-Ins Thank You sentiment.  The background is a green vellum.  A strip of grosgrain ribbon with a knot adhered under the sentiment ties the whole card together.

Please do join us over at Retro Rubber and play along with this fun challenge. 

I played along with the following challenges!


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Delightful Birthday Card


We recently had a birthday at our house!  My husband Greg is another year older.  Here is the card I created for him!


 I decided to play along with Your Next Stamp’s Sketch and Color Challenge with their delightful Perfect Chemistry stamp and die set.  (Pun intended!)

I started by stamping the light bulb image in Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black and heat embossing it with clear embossing powder.  A bit of Memento Luxe Gray Flannel colored the metallic portion of the light bulb.  His tongue is colored with Memento Dual Tip markers in Lady Bug.  Fireworks in Dandelion was perfect to color the rest of the image.  I scored a starburst pattern into a section of white cardstock then used a small paintbrush to highlight the scored lines with the same Fireworks Dandelion.

The back section is the plus sign stamped in Delicata Ruby Red.  The sentiment is also stamped in Delicata Ruby Red on a hand trimmed banner.  All three sections are edged in Delicata Sapphire Blue.  The light blue is Fireworks Summer Sky sponged onto the cardstock with an Ink Blusher. 




Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Stick It Down Double Page CHA Friends

Stick It Down has a really fun sketch for November!
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I had the great fortune to go to CHA last January and met several of my online friend In Real Life.  Seeing all the new releases for so many companies was incredible.  It was creativity on overload!


There were so many bright colors at CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) annual winter show.  When I looked through my photos of my friends I remembered a very old paper collection by Basic Grey named Lucky.  All the colors coordinate beautifully and I was able to use up a bunch of scraps to make the strips of the design.  My vendor badge made a great embellishment!



Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Halloween Birthday card

Wow, time got away from me and this post is late!  We have a new challenge over at Retro Rubber, and it is a sketch this go around!


I decided to flip the sketch and use some fun witches boots to create a birthday card for a family member born on Halloween.


I used Hero Arts Witch Feet Stamp and Cut set from 2016, and Taylored Expressions In & Out Birthday from September 2014.  The various Witch Feet are stamped and heat embossed with Irridescent Embossing Powder.  Imagine (Tsukineko) Delicata Golden Glitz and Black Shimmer are set off by Brilliance Pearlescent Lavender inks.  The images are "water colored" with the various inks using Ink Potion No. 9.  To set off the Witch Feet, Spellbinders Nested Lacy Pennats are die cut and inked with Brilliance Pearlescent Lavender,  The base card edges are also inked with Brilliance Pearlescent Lavender, topped with a layer inked in Delicata Golden Glitz.  I had a bit of Doodlebug Desings Black Chenille cardstock from 2008 that was a perfect layer for this card.

With some masking and an ink positioner I stamped the sentiment.  The top portion is from the Hero Arts Witch Feet Stamp and Cut set with the Halloween masked.  The Birthday is from part of the Taylored Expressions In & Out Birthday with the happy portion masked.  The sentiment is die cut with Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Squares small.  The rectangle is created by lining up the scallops and die cutting it slightly smaller than the square.

I hope my favorite Halloween witch enjoys her special card!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Open if you Dare for a Scary Halloween!

We have a seasonal challenge for you at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge.  Come have some spooky fun with us! 


I recently purchased a really fun set of dies that can be used to create pop-up cards.  The set by Stampendous is Fran's pop-up Stage Dies and was super fun to experiment with to get just the right scene for Halloween.  But first the front of the card!

 I started with Sizzix embossing folder Cracked and a DCWV cardstock. A little sanding brings out the design.  Scrappy Cat's Twist of Lime stamps the sentiment in Brilliance Graphite Black.  


The inside of the card features Hero Arts' DC161, and Witches Feet Stamp and Cut for the sentiment both from 2016.  The black images are stamped in Brilliance Graphite Black  Fireworks in Tangelo and Dandelion at the spots of color to the pumpkins and moon.  The background is sponged in with Brilliance Mediterranean Blue, Graphite Black, and Moonlight White.   Spellbinders Labels Eight provides the sign for the sentiment. 

Please show us your best "BOO" themed project and link up at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog!  Remember to use at least one stamp that is more than a year old and join a maximum of ten challenges. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Sweet Treats for You!

Imagine has a candy or chocolate theme this month on the blog.  Here is my version that is live today!



Time for a few candy treats, Halloween candy that is!  This sweet little handled box was easy to create with dies and stamps and is ready to give to a special someone!  The box was die cut then stamped to create a balanced use of the images.  One side of the box is die cut to create an opening for a window that is finished with a bit of recycled packaging.  The die cut itself is used to make a matching tag.  To outline the sentiment in coordinating colors the image was stamped several times just out of alignment to create the shadow effect.  Add a bit of bakers twine to tie the tag to the box and a few mini candy bars finishes off the little gift. 

Imagine

Other
The Stamps of Life—Handle Box die, Candy2Share stamp set, Wrapped Candy die set
Elizabeth Craft Designs—Stitched Rectangles die set
Unknown—eyelet, bakers twine
Dimensional Foam Adhesive

Stick It Down October Double Page Sketch

What a super fun sketch this month at Stick It Down



I am working through some photos of past years for my now senior in high school.  So with all the circles it was a great sketch for a soccer layout!



The school colors at MVHS are Red and black, so I started with Core'dinations red cardstock for my base.  I have a stash of soccer related scrapbooking supplies so a quick perusal made short work of finding the coordinating embellishments.   I trimmed a single sheet of "It Takes Two" vellum paper of soccer sayings to create the border around the center white cardstock.  Each of the circular photos are die cut with Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Circles dies and backed with black die cuts from the same set.  The center oval is the Grand Spellbinders Oval set.  The larger brads are from a very old Hot of the Press Brad Buddies soccer set, and the smaller soccer balls are from Recollections.  The Laserline die cut title is also many years old, but still absolutely perfect for this layout.  The title at the top is Quickutz Mini Star alphabet.  I find that my Quickutz come in handy!  I avoided added the splatter to the layout as I felt it didn't really fit the theme I choose.  The Goal brad was originally intended for a corner, but red on red didn't seem to work so next to the goal photo it went!  One of the hardest parts of scrapping sport events is pairing down which photos to work with when you literally have hundreds.  I am getting much better at deleting photos soon after the event to avoid the job later! 
 
Come and join us at Stick It Down and play along with any of the sketches all revealed on Oct 2nd.  You have until the end of the month to play along with this sketch - or any of our monthly sketches! We will choose one winner from each sketch challenge to return as a guest designer in December!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Welcome Autumn Wooden Sign



“What wood you do?” is our challenge for the month at Imagine and my project is featured today!  I choose to create a new wooden sign to celebrate the coming of autumn.  In the process, I discovered that All Purpose Ink is a great stain for a porous wood surface.  A leaf stencil supplies the design, a fun tall and skinny alphabet stamp and StazOn ink makes quick work of a darling home décor sign. For what it is worth, remember that two-sided signs allow you to have a practice run at color choices and placement of images; when it is hanging by your door no one will be the wiser!   With a few supplies you can try your hand at creating a something new for your home. 

Level:  Beginner
Time:  30 minutes 

Step 1
Place stencil over wood sign and ink with All Purpose ink.  Place ink blusher over opening and gently tip bottle to add ink to the ink blusher.  Apply the API through the stencil.  I always start with the lightest color first, in this case Lemon Yellow.

 
Step 2 
Apply different colors like Tangerine through the stencil.  The API will still be slightly wet and will blend nicely.  The project can be set aside to dry or the process can be sped up with a heat tool.


Step 3
Move stencil and add additional colors to the scheme like Red Delicious.


Step 4
As you continue to move the stencil and ink more leaves you can use ink that is on the stencil to create new blends of fall colors.


Step 5
Determine placement and stamp sentiment with StazOn ink, I used Blazing Red.  Set aside to dry.  


Step 6
Not being satisfied I decided a bit of color around the edges would finish off the rustic look of the sign, Autumn Leaf API was the perfect choice.

Now I have a new sign to hang at my front door for the autumn season!

Imagine

Other
Plaid—Leaf Stencil
Art Warehouse—Tall and Skinny Alpha
Sierra Pacific Crafts wood sign


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Aubergine Imagine's color of the month



Aubergine is such a rich fall color, and many things in nature sport this amazing hue.  Imagine is featuring three lovely cards that focus on the use of this color, go check them out!  Lotus flowers come in many versions, and one is the lovely color of aubergine.  Using a layered stamp made quick work of creating a few charming flowers to decorate a pretty card.  A bit of Electric Yellow Amplify! adds the stamen texture to the lotus flower.  The basket weave background matches the leaves perfectly as the same Memento ink was applied to the embossing folder as was used to stamp the leaf images.  Blending two colors Versa Magic ink creates a realistic color for the water of the pond, which reminded me of the photo that inspired this classic card.   To carry the color theme throughout the card, a backing layer is inked with an ink blusher and matching Elderberry Memento ink.  The sentiment is also stamped in the vivid Aubergine color to complete the look.

Imagine

Other
Altenew—Lotus stamp set and matching die set
Joy Clair—Hello Sentimental stamp set
Cuttlebug—Basket weave embossing folder

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Travel On! for Retro Rubber, Adventure Is Out There

What a fun theme for our family right now, Travel On!   Retro Rubber has some really fun transportation themed cards showcased, go check them out.



I have 3 nieces and they are spread around the world: one in Alaska, one in St. Croix (she was fine with Hurricane Jose, but not is struggling to secure a way off the island after Hurricane Maria), and one on semester long collegiate exchange in Oslo, Norway.   I think this card will head to Norway to cheer up the college student.  I pray that the niece still in St Croix will be on her way home soon.  The airport is demolished and she is trying to get passage on a Mercy Ship.  It may be a long process to get her and her fiance home!



I started with a Darice Embossing folder, the World Map.  The debossed area is the water, so I decided to ink the folder up with a brayer and Memento Danube Blue ink.  I cleaned up some of the areas with a cotton swab to remove ink that shouldn’t be there before pressure embossing white cardstock.  (I learned this little tip from the first trial of the card front!)  Next I trimmed the cardstock to adhere to a card base.  The hot air balloon is from Carta Bella Adventure is Out There stamp and die set released just over a year ago in 2016.  Using a stamp positioner the entire image is first inked with Memento Cantaloupe and stamped.  Memento Morocco is inked in the top of the balloon and stamped.  Memento Toffee Crunch inks up the basket area.  The final ink added is Versa Mark Dazzle that allows the entire image to be heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  After the image is die cut, details are added with irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in Tangelo.  The sentiment is stamped in Memento Morocco and Versa Mark Dazzle and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The outside edges were inked with Memento Morocco.  The images are adhered with dimensional foam adhesive. 

Do stop by and play along with this fun theme at Retro Rubber!  Remember to use a stamp that is at least one year or older, and to enter up to 10 challenges including ours.  Have fun creating!


Monday, September 25, 2017

Published in Fall Stampers' Sampler!

Wahoo!  Last December I took part in the Season's Giving Blog Hop.  I made a crafting goal of submitting projects to print magazines for publication.  I took a few submissions to achieve this goal, but here it is!


My card is located on page 84 and features a stamp and die set from Sizzix designed by Stephanie Bernard.  All of the inks and sprays are by Imagine, the American division of Tsukineko.


 Here is the front cover of the issue.  So exciting to met this goal, and plan on doing a submitting for consideration of publication in the future as well!


Finally, here are the photos I took of my card before I sent it in.  As you can see, the easel opens up to display the message and really helps the turkey stand up!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing my few moments of publishing fun!

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

Imagine

Other
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!

Imagine

Other
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!

Imagine:



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