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

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Color My World Congratulations

Time for a new challenge over at Retro Rubber!  Go check out the cool cards created for this color challenge.

I choose to go with a sketch from CAS(E) this sketch and keep the card look simple.  It is graduation season and a few congratulations with a few balloons will do the job nicely I think!

The balloon image is from Hampton Arts set released in 2015, but I couldn’t find a name on the set.  It is actually a birthday set!  The sentiment is from the 2014 Fiskars Simple Expression set.  The balloons are stamped directly on the card front in Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The images are colored with Fireworks Sprays.  I tapped a little on my craft mat and picked up the color with a small paint brush.  I didn’t have a teal color but a mix of New Sprout and Bahama Blue created a great teal!  New Sprout and Lulu Lavender complete the coloring.  The stars are punched from cardstock and colored in the same manner.  The sentiment is stamped in Versa Mark on Black cardstock and heat embossed with Detailed White Embossing Powder.  The stars and sentiment are adhered with dimensional foam adhesive.  The card didn’t really look festive enough so I tapped on the Fireworks Sprays from spray tube to create splats.  After mixing the color for the teal I did the same with a small paint brush.  This card will be in the mail soon to a lucky graduate!

Come join us a Retro Rubber and play along with this challenge.  Remember to use a stamp at least 1 year or older and list how long you have had it in your stash.  We also ask that you enter up to 10 challenges including Retro Rubber's #63.  Thanks!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Imagine and Joy Clair Blog Hop

Imagine and Joy Clair are sponsoring a wonderful blog hop.  Follow along and have some fun seeing great projects using products from both.

I choose to work with Joy Clair’s Anchor of Hope Bible Journaling stamp set.  It worked perfectly for Psalms 69: 14-15.  I started by prepping the page with Creative Medium in Shimmer.  Not even the darkest Versa Magic ink or underlining with Memento shows through to the other side.  When applied in a thin layer with a foam brush the CM dries within 15 minutes.  I stamp the various images with a bit of masking, and then ink in texture with a dry sea sponge.  Memento Dual Tip Marker in Paris Dusk underlines the passage.  Enjoy the rest of the blog hop!

Versa Magic—Wheat, Sahara Sand, Jumbo Java, Midnight Black, Tea Leaves, Aspen Mist, Turquoise Gem, Ocean Depth, Night Sky

Sea Sponge
Foam Brush

Thanks so much for stopping and be sure to leave comments (one per blog) during these two days of hopping so you can be entered to win a one of two $25 Joy Clair Stamps Gift Cards or one of two $25 Gift Cards from Imagine!!! Winners will be announced on the Joy Clair and Imagine Blogs at the end of the month.


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Stay tuned for day two tomorrow and more blog hopping fun!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Guest Designer for Paper Girls--Yellowstone Road Trip

I was asked to do a Guest Designer Gig for Paper Girls, and I had a blast creating this two page layout with the recipe for the challenge!

What a fun challenge to use 4 patterned papers, 3 wooden elements, 2 inks and 1 stamp!  I started by looking at the wooden elements I had in my stash and came up with these fun Little Yellow Bicycle Travel wood shapes.  I recently acquired Die Cuts With a View Adventurer paper collection, so with those choices in mind I decided to create a two page layout of our quick trip through Yellowstone National Park.  We made a last minute side trip into Yellowstone and hit the major sites in just 6 or 7 hours!  The papers picked up the reds and oranges nicely and complemented the other colors of nature nicely.  I had a great amount to say in my journaling, so the computer was the best way to accomplish that task.  The edges of the papers are inked with Memento Luxe Morocco ink.  The “1-stamp” is the title, and is actually Junkitz Sketchy alphabet along with Fiskars When In Roam set.  These images are also stamped with Memento Luxe Morocco ink.  The internal parts of the letters were colored in with a second ink in Peanut Brittle from a Memento Dual Tip Marker.  It was difficult to narrow down just a few photos, but I think I captured that quick Road Trip through Yellowstone nicely!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Flower Time!

It is spring time and the flowers are finally starting to bloom here in Central Oregon!  Our newest challenge over at Retro Rubber is celebrating just that! 

Come join us with your Flower inspired project!  Remember to use at least one stamp that is more than a year old and to enter 10 or fewer challenges including RRBC!

My Day Lilies are not blooming yet, but I was inspired to use a set from Heartfelt Creations called Sunrise Lilies released in February 2016.  The HC paper collections include a number of panels just for card making, so I decided to use a pre-made card front with wonderful printed layers.  The Sunrise Lilies were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Fantastix in Versa Magic Mango Madness and Persimmon.  The leaves are colored in Tea Leaves and Sage.  The stamens are die cut from black cardstock and the tips are touched with the smallest amount of On Point Glue.  The tips are then dipped in Recollections Flock in Coral followed by Art Institute Ultra Fine in Sedona Sun.  I tied a section of sage ribbon from my stash in to a double looped bow using the Bows-It-All-V2 to finish the embellishments.  The "Thanks a bunch" is also by Heartfelt Creations from their Heartfelt Expressions sentiment stamp set from December 2010.  It is stamped in Versa Magic Tea Leaves with a bit of Versa Magic Sage lightly sponged over the top.  After adhering the card panel to the card base I inked the edges in Tea Leaves.  Even with shaping and assembling the flowers the card took about 30 minutes to complete.

Please come join us at Retro Rubber and enter your own spring inspired flower creation!  Do check out the rest of the Design Team’s wonderful creations as well!

Imagine Memento—Tuxedo Black, Versa Magic—Mango Madness, Persimmon, Tea Leaves, Sage, Fantastix
Heartfelt Creations Paper Collection
Heartfelt Creations Heartfelt Sentiments

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Creating Multiple Color Layering Die Cuts for Mother's Day

M is for Mother, and M is the letter of the Month for Imagine.  Thanks for stopping by and checking out this tutorial to make your stamping more fun and quick!

I am loving the color layering stamp and die sets and thought I would share how I created multiple cards in one sitting for occasions where I need more than one card.  I have two mothers in my life to send a Mother’s Day cards to, and decided to make another card while I was at it.  This technique can also be extended to create more cards in one sitting in many different color combinations.  With careful planning one layer can be stamped for all your cards before stamping the next color layer.  This technique also works well for images that require more than one stamp for the die cut, such as the stem of orchid flowers shown here. 

Level:  Beginner
Time: 1 hour for three cards

Step 1:
Trim three sections of cardstock to accommodate dies to be die cut.  Arrange on cardstock in a way that will allow inking of the separate images.    Carefully line up the corners you plan to place in the corner of a stamp positioner.  In this example, the bottom left corner is lined up before die cutting.  (Four are shown here, but I found that the fourth does not cut well in the stack.)  Die cut with a sandwich that applies the most pressure allowed for your machine.  

Optional Step 2:
If you would like to make more than three cards, take the outside portion and create a new layer with two more sections of cardstock.  It is easy to line up the dies in the same position inside the holes from the top layer.  Die cut the stack.

Step 3:
From the wrong side of the cardstock section, place the die cuts back into the surrounding cardstock section and secure with removable tape such as painter’s tape.  Do this for each set.  This will allow easy handling and a production-line-style of stamping.

Step 4:
Carefully line up stamp images over the die cut.  Looking straight down through the image will help to correctly line up the image. 

Step 5:
Stamp image with VersaMark ink.  If you look closely the image ink of the branch is a barely visible on the white cardstock.  If needed, adjust the image before moving to the next step.

Step 6:
Stamp each layer of the image in the colors of your choosing.  Here the stem is stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa.

Step 7:
Continue stamping successive sections of cardstock for the number of cards you plan on creating.

Step 8:
Stamp next layers of the color layering stamps as shown on the manufacturer’s example.  With this set, the stem is stamped first followed by the larger flower image down to the inner portion of the flower.  Since the top stem connects the last flower in the sequence this technique works well to stamp a perfect image every time.  In this example, the final third layer is stamped on the flower stem and the leaves.  If changing colors for each set, remember to clean the stamp before inking with the new color.  If the image does not stamp to your satisfaction it is easy to ink the image again and re-stamp, that is the beauty of using a stamp positioner!

Step 9:
Die cut the backing panel and ink with a coordinating color and a Jumbo Sponge Dauber.  Ink blushers work equally well, it just happened that I had previously used this Jumbo Sponge Dauber with green ink.  Ink the card base with a second coordinating color with an Ink Blusher or Ink Dauber.

Step 10:
Assemble die cuts on the card with On Point Glue. The small tip will allow very small drops of glue on the tiny sections of the die cut. Adhere the panel to the card base. Stamp sentiment on card front in a coordinating color.

This project takes a bit of thinking but the results of three identical layouts is so satisfying. Hope you enjoyed as much as I did! Happy Mother’s Day!!

Memento—Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Morocco, Rose But, Angel Pink, Grape Jelly, Lilac Posies, Lulu Lavender, Elderberry, Pear Tart, New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves, Olive Grove, Peanut Brittle, Toffee Crunch, Rich Cocoa
Versa Mark

Other Supplies found here:
Stamp Positioner

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Magenta Dragonflies for Imagine May-genta

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When doing research for Imagines’ color of the month I discovered that the Dragonflies come in Magenta, who knew?  This Magenta-bodied Dragonfly is created using multiple layers of ink and the assistance of a stamp positioner.  The body is colored directly on the stamp with Memento Dual Tip Markers in Love Letter (one layer) and Lilac Posies (two layers) and the eyes are in in Tuxedo Black.  After cleaning the stamp, the entire dragonfly is then inked with VersaMark Dazzle Champagne and heat embossed with Embossing Powder in Iridescent.  A spritz of Fireworks in New Sprout finishes the front panel.  The die cut sentiment and backing layer are inked with Ink Blushers and Memento Luxe using the same formula of Love Letter and Lilac Posies.  The wings didn’t stand out enough so  StazOn Blue Hawaii is dabbed on with a Bullet Tip Fantastix that was first moistened with StazOn All Purpose Stamp Cleaner.  On Point Glue was perfect to add very small drops of glue to the sentiment to securing adhere it to the card front.  Dragonflies are iridescent in real life and I believe I captured their essence with Imagine products quite nicely!


Imagiart Stamps—Dragonfly (Vintage and is no longer available)