Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Imagine is hopping along with Stencil Girl

Time for another cross-promotional blog hop, this month it is with Stencil Girl.  There are so many cool designs at Stencil Girl, but as soon as I saw this musical themed stencil, I knew what I wanted to make!   

My oldest niece graduated from college with a degree in Music Education.  She already has a job lined up and is soon going to need to carry a bunch of stuff around.  (Speaking as a teacher myself!)  This personalized cloth bag is functional and washable, and ready to carry around music or lunch as needed!

Level:  Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

After washing the bag, I placed a piece of thick cardboard between the layers to protect the other side of the bag.  The Treble Bass Clef stencil is placed and Memento Luxe in Teal Zeal is inked onto the bag with an ink dauber.  The first image is heat set with an iron before moving to another area of the bag.  Her name is then colored in by using a Fabrico marker #137 Pale Lilac and Ransom Alphabet stencil.  I found it much easier to use a marker over an ink or spray as the color did not smudge as I moved the stencil around to create each letter.  Quick and ready to send to the recipient!  It even doubled as the gift bag for the rest of her graduation gift!


Stencil Girl

One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products AND a $25 Gift Certificate to Imagine Crafts!  Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your
chance to win!  The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!  (One comment per blog please.)  You have until Sunday, July 23rd at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.  Winner will be announced on  StencilGirl's Facebook page and Imagine Crafts’s Facebook page on Monday, July 24th.
  Please make sure you leave us a way to contact you, an email or blog address!  Have fun looking at all the projects!

Here is the list of all the designers that are posting today and the days before, if you visit us and leave us a comment, you will have the opportunity to win this fabulous prize!




Mischelle Smith
Janet Joehlin

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Rainbow Birthday Greetings

 We have a very colorful challenge this go around, use the colors of the rainbow for the Retro Rubber Blog Challenge.  Check out all the lovely creations of the design team for inspiration.

I used my oldest Kaleidacolor ink pad, Spectrum, that I finally had to re-ink after more than 20 years.  I simply ordered the correct color inkers from Imagine online and inked that well-loved pad back up.  I love how vibrant the colors are in the pad, even on matte white cardstock.  The background stamp is a very old Fiskars roller stamp from about 1995.  It is so much fun to use with the Kaleidacolor pad, don’t you think?  Yellow is not included because even with the slide apart feature of the Kaleidacolor ink pad, the yellow would get muddied by the surrounding colors.  So, I added in a big of yellow with the sentiment and stars.  Actually, a while back I spilled one of my go to colors of Fireworks! Sprays, Dandelion, and didn’t want to waste it so I placed a piece of Bristol Board over the top and soaked it up.  The sentiment is from the Sizzix 55921 Card Regal Stand ups, and the stars and hearts are from Sizzix 661563 Happy Birthday Framelits, both Stephanie Barnard designs.  The hearts got a little spritz of Fireworks! In Sweet Plum to keep the bling going for the embellishments.  To make the hearts and stars stand out a tiny bit more I inked the edges with a brush tip Tuxedo Black Memento Dual Tip Marker.  The sentiment and the card front are backed in black cardstock.  A bit of foam adhesive helps the die cuts pop up on the busy colorful background!

Do come and join the fun at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge and share your own rainbow creation.  Remember to use at least one stamp that is more than a year old and to enter only up to 10 challenges.  Easy peasy, right?

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Shellabrate Your Birthday For Imagine and Waffle Flower

 Aren’t these turtles so cute?  Waffle Flower joined Imagine for the month of July in a cross company promotional.  The images from the Shellabrate and Snail Mail stamp and die sets create a wonderfully whimsical underwater scene.  The turtles and sign are stamped in Jet Black StazOn ink, and the greenery is stamped in StazOn Cactus Green and Forest Green.  The images are then water colored with Memento Dual Tip Markers in Cottage Ivy, New Sprout, Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves, Peanut Brittle, and Toffee Crunch. The background sand is stamped and water colored with Memento Toffee Crunch.  The bubbles are added in Memento Bahama Blue.  The die cut images are adhered with varying heights of adhesive to give some fun dimension.  A perfect summer birthday card anyone would enjoy receiving! 


Waffle Flower--Shellabrate stamp and die sets, Snail Mail stamp and die sets

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Mr. & Mrs. for Retro Rubber Wedding Theme

Summer time means wedding season!  We can all have a wedding card in our stash, and now is the time to create one and play along with the latest Retro Rubber Blog Challenge.

Life has been a bit crazy as school is finally out!  So I opted for a clean and simple design with embossed and die cut details.  

Darice’s Script background which is a paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13, a beautiful design for a wedding card, and it is pressure embossed on Canson silver cardstock.  I used two different Stamp and Cut sets by Hero Arts for this card, both released in 2014.  The “Yes” set is on the front with the Mr. & Mrs. sentiment.  It is stamped in Delicata Silvery Shimmer and is die cut with the heart from the set.  The edges of the heart are inked in Delicata Black Shimmer.  A section of white cardstock was sprayed with Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Frost and then die cut for the bride’s wedding dress and the groom’s shirt.  It is a bit hard to see in the photo against the silver background.  The groom’s tux is die cut from glossy black cardstock.  The little shirt piece is easily adhered with On Point blue.  These are from the Elizabeth Craft Designs Wedding Charms, the little loop was trimmed off.  The edges of the cardbase were inked with Delicata Black Shimmer before the card was assembled.  The die cuts are adhered with dimensional foam adhesive.  I do think the little bride and groom are adorable!

The second Stamp and Cut set by Hero Arts, Congrats is used on the inside.  Congrats on your marriage is stamped in Delicatata Black Shimmer.  Clean, simple, and lovely is what I like to say!  Do join us over at Retro Rubber and create your own wedding design!

I am delighted to enter the following challenges:

Monday, July 3, 2017

Newberry VNM with Stick It Down

Need some inspiration to do a little scrapbooking?  Stick It Down has just the sketch for you!  Join along with this challenge and enter your layout!  There is also a Single Page sketch and a card sketch to play along with at SID.

I love that this sketch has loads of photos, great for a layout of a field trip with my son!  The Tamarack trees had changed color and that seemed to be the best color to use for background cardstock.

Die Cuts With a View Adventurer paper collection was the perfect patterned paper choice, and a few tree die cuts from my stash added the right embellishments.  I've had these tree die cuts for so long I don't have a clue to their origin.  A little inking with Versa Magic inks add just the right high and low lights to the trees.  I pulled out my sticker selection to create a title, both Making Memories and Francis Meyer alphabets were used in a Forrest Green.  Needed both sizes since the title was super long!  Keeping with the tree theme I used pine cones to finish the layout.  What a great way to remember a fun day with my son and his class last fall!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Happy Graduation (better late than never!)

Hello Retro Rubber fans . . . my post is very late, my apologies.  The last week had been filled with visits to the ER with two different family members, one was followed by emergency surgery and a hospital stay.  So my blogging ground to a halt, but now I’ve a few minutes to share my card with you for the latest Retro Rubber Blog Challenge from the following sketch.

I had a number of Graduation cards to make so the sketch came in handy to create this quick and simple version.

The Technique Tuesday Grad stamp from 2015 is stamped in Delicata Black Shimmer and heat embossed with Iridescent Embossing Powder.  Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze is added with a rubber brayer to make the image stand out.  The image is mounted on black cardstock and iridescent ribbon is added along the bottom edge.  The sentiment from the same set is stamped in Delicata Silvery Shimmer and heat embossed with Silver Surf Embossing Powder.  The black cardstock is mounted to an A2 card base and was ready to be sent to the lucky graduate!

Thanks for stopping by and there is still time to play with the challenge through June 30th at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge.  Just remember to use a stamp that is at least a year old and tell us how long it has been around, and to enter no more than 10 total challenges!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Butterfly Coasters

I am always up for a challenge that does not involve cardstock, the challenge of the month for Imagine.  This is my take on the challenge.  These coasters have been in my stash for a while and with this challenge it was the time to make something cool with them!  My Mom loves butterflies, and this will be a perfect gift for her to take along on their motorhome trips as they are light-weight and will store easily.  The actual crafting time is relatively short, but the dry time between each layer is about 30 minutes, so plan accordingly—it will give you time to work on other projects!

Level: Intermediate
Time:  30 minutes + several hours of dry time between coats.

Step 1
Apply StazOn Opaque Cotton White ink directly to metal and dab with an Ink blusher to cover the surface.  Set aside to dry thoroughly.

Step 2:
Use an ink blusher to gently dab StazOn Azure around outside edges of each coaster.  Set aside to dry. 
Step 3:
Use a foam brush to seal layers with GlazOn matte.  Place GlazOn in a small disposable container and paint on coasters.  Do not add directly to coaster as it will lift the ink from the surface.

Step 4:
Trace a coaster on a scrap piece of paper for the stamp positioner.  Practice location of stamp and adjust if necessary.   Stamp images in StazOn Blazing Red Joy Clair’s Butterfly Kisses is used for these coasters.  Stamp sentiments in StazOn Blazing Royal Purple.  Let dry thoroughly before sealing with 2 additional coats of GlazOn Matte, allowing for complete drying between coats.

Step 5:

Adhere metal coaster to cork coaster with E6000 glue.  Set aside to dry.  Get set to enjoy personalized coasters!


Recollections Metal and cork coasters
Joy Clair Butterfly Kisses stamp set
Foam Brush
E6000 glue

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Vintage Planes for Father's Day

Time to make another Father’s Day card as we celebrate on Sunday! I was inspired by the Off the Edge challenge and pulled out my Carta Bella Adventure is Out There stamp set and the matching Vintage Airplane Stencil.  With a little Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa on both the image and through the stencil I created a cohesive look. What is fun about a stencil is I could make the planes go the opposite direction from the stamped image.  In all honesty, I stenciled the images and then decided to redo the process so I could leave room for the sentiment.  The sentiment is an old Studio G set and is stamped in Memento Luxe Nautical Blue.  The airplane image is heat embossed with clear embossing powder and die cut with the matching die.  After mounting the plane image on the blue cardstock I added the dotted ribbon to ground the plane.  Before adhering the front panels to the card base I sponged Memento Luxe in Nautical Blue and Rich Cocoa around the edges to contrast the card front. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Quirky Crafts Challenges  Things with wings
The Male Room #62 Off the Edge Enter on 6/20!
Crafting by Design Things with wings
City Crafter #366 Frame It!
Tuesday Throwdown #347 For the Men
Always Fun Challenges #10 For the Male or Dad
Cards in Envy You’re the Man

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tangerine Daisy Aster Birthday Card

Tangerine in the color of the month over at Imagine.  Today this card with hand-made flowers is featured.

There are so many wonderful tangerine colored flowers, the daisy asters being one example. I wanted the flowers to look as realistic as possible and included lots of layers to pop off the card front.

I started by die cutting multiple layers to create very realistic flowers with a bit of shaping.  I selected a matching stamp set from Heartfelt Creations to decorate the card layers to fashion a cohesive look with the coordinating dies. And just like a good crafter would, I finished by adding Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz to the front panel along with the Tangerine All-Purpose Ink with the same Gold Shimmer to create a very striking look!  I am really glad the photo shows the wonderful shimmer!


Heartfelt Creations—Delicate Asters stamp and die set, Bold Delicate Asters stamp set, Inspire Me sentiment
White cardstock
Corner rounder

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Joining the Stick It Down Double Page Design Team

If you know my style of scrapbooking, you know that I tend towards double page layouts that tell a story or share an event.  I am delighted to be included in the Stick It Down Double Page Design Team.  Look for our sketches at the beginning of the month and DT reveals on the first Monday of the month. 

I am looking forward to sharing more of my scrapbooking with you in the next few months!  Stay tuned!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Starrry Father's Day Card

I am in the time crunch to create a few more Father’s Day cards.  I also have a ton of birthdays plus graduations to think about this time of year.  This card concept came to mind when I created this layout as a GDT for Colors, Stories, Inspiration blog.  I originally die cut this set of light blue stars and changed my mind . . . figuring I could use it later!  Interior stars from the red die cut fit perfectly and I decided to die cut a few of a patterned paper found while cleaning up my craft table.  Not enough energy to go figure out the manufacturer right now, cold induced fog is limiting my mojo!  Next up was Say it Happy from Technique Tuesday.  This die and stamp set is perfect when needing almost any holiday sentiment.   The Father’s Day is stamped in VersaFine Cimrson Red and is a awesome match to the red I do think!

Here are the challenges I would like to join, thanks so much for stopping by!

Allsorts Challenge #419 Use at least two dies
Crafty Catz #374 AG with twists of dies
QKR Stampede #247 For the guys
Craft Rocket Challenges #8 For the Men/Boys
Cardz 4 Guys #171 Something Blue for Father’s Day

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Father's Day Card featuring Kaleidacolor

This gorgeous wolf is featured at Imagine today along with another Tangerine inspired animal card.  Check it out!

Summer time brings a few holidays to celebrate, Father’s Day starts off the fun!  I am so pleased with how this card came together with the lovely colors of the Kaleidacolor Cappuccino Delight ink pad.  The focal image is stamped on glossy cardstock in StazOn Timber Brown and die cut with the matching die.  Using a Fantastix color from the Kaleidacolor pad is picked up and added to the image starting with the lightest colors first.  To lighten and move the ink around a bit of Ink Potion No. 9 is sprayed on the craft mat and picked up with the Fantastix.  The background is brayered on glossy cardstock and stamped in colors from the Cappuccino Delight palette.  The wolves in the background are stamped in StazOn Jet black.

My dad is sure to enjoy this nature inspired Father's Day card.  He has spent a great deal of time in the outdoors enjoying the wilds of Alaska.


Local King Rubber Stamps—Wolves and matching die
TPC Studio—Dots and Strips (Hill line)
Glossy cardstock
Kraft card base

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Anything Goes at Retro Rubber

Retro Rubber’s challenge for the next two week is ANYTHING GOES!  This is always a popular challenge and we usually get some fantastic projects.  Please check out the fun projects the Design Team has created. 

We had a big birthday in our home this last week, my son turned 18!  Wahoo!  This card was inspired by the sketch over at Paper Craft Crew Challenges.  


My son likes the color blue, so I found ribbon in my stash in several colors of blue and used that as the starting point for color selection.  I wanted to feature eighteen on his card so I went with some really old Idea-ology grunge board—harlequin digits & punctuation.  The grunge board readily absorbs ink, I used Memento Luxe Nautical Blue.  DCWV cardstock in two coordinating colors are added to the mix.  One is pressure embossed and sanded with Cuttlebug’s Happy Birthday embossing folder.  The other is stamped with Taylored Expression In & Out Birthday from 9/2014.  The sentiment is fussy cut before it is adhered to the card with dimensional foam adhesive. 

Please come play along with our Retro Rubber challenge and share your ANYTHING GOES project with us!  Remember to use a stamp at least 1 year old, after all we are the Retro Rubber Blog Challenge, and let us know how long it’s been around.  We also ask that you enter only 9 other challenges besides ours.

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

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Class of 2017

Wow, it is that time of year, Graduation!  We have several friends with High School graduates this year, so it is time to make a few graduation cards.  I started with the scraps I had on my craft table that will be featured tomorrow in another card, so the color scheme will be familiar!  I really like the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and had to give it a go.  One of my newest embossing folders, Congrats Collage by Darice came out to play.  I really like the texture an embossing folder and a little sanding creates.  Technique Tuesday’s Cap & Gown seal was stamped in Memento Luxe Teal Zeal and die cut with a Spellbinders Standard Circle die.  The Spellbinder’s Classic Scalloped Circles Large provided the half circle in the sketch.  Fiskars Monumental Moments and a very old Hero Arts alphabet, Serendipity adds the sentiment above the line.  A bit of iridescent white ribbon finishes off the card. 

Stay tuned for a few more graduation cards, a fun way to spend some time in my craft cave.
I am delighted to play along with the following sketches.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Guest Detective for CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration Case #231

The Imagine Artists in Residence have joined forces with CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration to create a few inspired layouts. 

I went back in time and found some photos of my son in one of his favorite costumes from the Halloween season.  In all honesty these costumes were worn many times after the holiday for many great play times.  These photos are from school on Halloween, the day when all the little girls were princesses and the super heroes were saving them during recess . . . that will be the other side for this layout when I have the time!  

I choose to work the the following prompts in the Evidence:  Stripes, bow, and stars.  Captain America is a big one for stars!  I started by punching the Royal Blue cardstock with EK Success border punch before adhering it to the Primary Red cardstock.  The red is die cut with Spellbinder's Cascading Stars, and several sizes of Standard Circles Large and Small to create embellishments.  The Royal Blue cardstock is also die cut into a circle to complete the Captain's shield.  Momenta's Cut & Emboss Stars is used to embellish the center of the shield with Canson Silver paper.  Another layer of silver paper is used in the shield.  The star embellishment is layered stars along with the craft thread tied in a bow. 

The star background strips are made with Buttery Yellow cardstock pressure embossed with Darice's 12" x 2" Assorted Stars embossing folder.  The surface is then inked with Memento Danube Blue.  Turquoise is embossed with The Paper Studio's Small Stars embossing folder, the surface is inked with Memento Lady Bug. 

Since I didn't have any striped paper on hand that was coordinated with the color scheme I decided to stamp my own.  Memento Danube Blue and Lady Bug along with Versa Magic Sea Breeze are stamped on the buttery yellow cardstock with stamps from the TPC Studio Dots & Stripes set.  

The Testimony was quick and easy!  The title is stamped in Memento Lady Bug on the Turquoise cardstock with Scrappy Cat's Playful Serie.  The Buttery Yellow cardstock is cut into strips and journaling is done in Memento Dual Tip Marker in Danube Blue.  The journaling is written with exclamations and with inspired words of Super, Awesome, and Wow. 

Do stop by CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration and check out the layouts with a Super Hero theme.  Today is Superman's birthday after all!

Memento and Memento Dual Tip Markers--Danube Blue and Lady Bug
Versa Magic Sea Breeze

Spellbinders--Standard Circles Large & Small, Cascading Stars
Momenta--Cut & Emboss Stars
TPC Studio Dots & Stripes
EK Success--Star border punch
Scrappy Cat--Playful Serie alpha stamp set
The Paper Studio--Small Stars embossing folder
Darice--Assorted Stars embossing folder 12" x 2"
Craft Thread--Royal Blue
Cardstock assorted--Buttery Yellow, Primary Red, Turquoise, Royal Blue

Imagine and Joy Clair blog hop WINNERS!

There are two winners of Imagine + Tsukineko gift certificates of $25 each!  Winner #1 is Carly Pool who commented on my post for the blog hop

Carly said "Beautiful Page! I love the ocean seen and the sparkles are wonderful! I think the ocean is the most soothing and healing place you can be and when you add Jesus in you get the most peaceful place on earth"

Thanks so much for the lovely comment Carly and congratulations!  Please contact me by going to my complete profile and send me an email.  I will forward you information on to Imagine so you can soon be spending your gift certificate on wonderful product on the Imagine website.

Winner #2 commented on Roni Johnson's post and she is Juanita Brooks.  Congratulations Juanita!

Check out Imagine's post regarding the winners!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Blended Memento Ink for a Birthday Card

The challenge for the month at Imagine was to incorporate blending into a project.  I love how Memento Inks can be blended with water or Ink Potion No. 9.  I also think it is really cool that the Fireworks Sprays are in the same colors, so it was quick and easy to put together this fun color coordinated card using Joy Clair stamps, Imagine's cross promotional blog hop partner for May.  Using a stamp positioner I stamped the card front and two additional layers with StazOn Jet Black ink.  The top two layers are die cut into circles.  The top layer is water colored with a small paint brush and Memento in Danube Blue and Grape Jelly.  The next layer is inked with an Ink Blusher and Grape Jelly.  The bottom layer is splatted with the Fireworks in you guessed it, Danube Blue and Grape Jelly.  A little secret here, I accidentally marked the top layer with a splotch of ink, but was able to cover the splotch with the strategically placed happy portion of the sentiment.  Once dry the card is assembled with dimensional foam adhesive.

StazOn Jet Black
Memento—Danube Blue and Grape Jelly
Fireworks—Danube Blue and Grape Jelly

Joy Clair—Spring Time Flowers and Hello Sentiments
Spellbinders—Standard Circles Small and Large
Foam Adhesive
Paint brush
Stamp Positioner