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 d├ęcor 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!