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


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!