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. 


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!


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.


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


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!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Back to School for a New Teacher

It is time for a new challenge over at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge.  Check it out!

We have a brand spanking new teacher in our family, my niece who just graduated with a Master’s degree in Music Education.  She is off to a small town in Southeast Alaska and will be teaching choral, band, and orchestra to K-12!  The school colors happen to be green and yellow, hence the color choice of my card to send to her to congratulate her on her new job. 

First I reverse pressure embossed a section of Core’dinations green/black cardstock and sanded away to highlight the musical design.  Then I die cut it with Sizzix 560147 to create the scalloped card front.  The “back 2 school”, and “teacher” sentiments are from the Unity Smarty Pants set from September 2015.  The “new” is from a VERY old All Night Media Rubber Stamp Poet set that used to be foam mounted, it is from before 2000 if I am guessing right!  Amazingly you can still find it on eBay!  The images are stamped in Memento Cottage Ivy.  The die cut is from the same set as the scalloped card front.  I added a bit of paper twine with a knot on the front and then adhered the card together. 

This card will be in the mail very soon!

Do have some back to school fun yourself and join us at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Hanging Charm Pull Tab Butterfly Card

The challenge at Imagine for August was to create motion and what better way to have motion in a card than to create a mechanical Pull tab card with a Vertigo Butterfly charm?  Making mechanical pop up and cards with motion is one of my favorite things to do.  The directions are organized to allow for the various dry times and maximize your crafting time to work on other steps during the process, but do check the pieces before proceeding to avoid smearing your project.  These cards are so fun to create and bring so much joy to the recipient. 

Level:  Intermediate
Time:  90 minutes plus dry time

Step 1
Trim a heavy weight cardstock to 5” x 6 ½”, this will fit a standard 6 Bar envelope.  Strathmore Bristol Board 100-pound weight is used throughout this project.  Position stencil and apply Creative Medium in a thin layer with a palette knife.  

Step 2
Apply various weights of glitter to Creative Medium and set aside to dry.  The Creative Medium will hold all kinds of fun embellishments in place. 

Step 3
Die cut mechanical parts of the Hanging Charm Pull Tab card: one base, two pull tabs, and two frames.  Before cutting one frame apply Xyron permanent adhesive to the cardstock for later assembly.  Die cut one butterfly charm from Taffeta Vertigo.

Step 4
Color butterfly charm with Fabrico Markers.  Pea Pod, Bubble Gum, and Wisteria are used here.

Step 5
Ink base mechanism with Memento Luxe Lilac Posies and an Ink Blusher.  Ink one pull tab with butterfly stencil and Memento Luxe Lilac Posies.  Ink both frames fronts with Memento Luxe Pear Tart and an Ink Blusher.

Step 6
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for opposite edge of base and set aside to dry. 

Step 7
Trim corners of butterfly pull tab, cutting off the tabs.  This will now fit over the second pull tag perfectly when assembled.

Step 8
Trim a section of Taffeta Vertigo to 3 ¼” x 4 ½”.  This will be the base for the mechanism.  Gently place Tear It Tape on recycled plastic bag packaging and trim in half length-wise. 

Step 9
Tear It Tape is placed on the mechanism where shown, both long edges closest to the outside to allow the tabs to move along the track and behind the notched opening for the pull tab.  Center and apply to the Vertigo base.

Step 10
Apply Tear It Tape to open end of the mechanism.  There is a slight indentation to train the fold.

Step 11
Place tag with tabs through the notch and tuck tabs under mechanism.  Center in the slot and adhere mechanism to the tag. (This tag was spritzed with Fireworks! in Pear Tart but doesn’t really show in the finished card.)

Step 12
Spritz card base with Fireworks! in Pear Tart and set aside to dry.  

Step 13
Use metallic craft thread to fashion a hanger for the butterfly charm. 

Step 14
Tie a knot in the metallic thread just above the edge of the frame. (At first I tried to hide the knot and it pulled out of the frame!)  Lift the Xyron permanent adhesive liner and center thread.

Step 15
Center second frame over the adhesive and slowly remove liner to adhere the two sides of the frame together.

Step 16
Trim Tear It Tape length wise to fit the small sections on the front of the mechanism.  Place it between the two folds.  Adhere frame with butterfly charm.

Step 17
Pull mechanism into full upright position with tag fully extended out the back of the mechanism.  Apply Tear It Tape around the edges.  Adhere butterfly tag over the base pull tag.  A small section should extend past the bottom tag.

Step 18
Apply Tear It tape around the three edges of the Vertigo base opposite the mechanism.  Don’t put tape on the fourth edge as it will show when the tag is in upright position. 

Step 19
Open mechanism and stamp sentiment in StazOn ink.  Royal Purple is used here with a sentiment from Joy Clair’s Butterfly Kisses stamp set.

Step 20
Adhere Vertigo and mechanism to card base.  Punch a hole in the top of the pull tag and thread decorative fibers through the hole and loop to hold in place.

Creative Medium
Memento Luxe—Lilac Posies, Pear Tart
Fabrico—Pea Pod, Bubble Gum, Wisteria
Fireworks!—Pear Tart
StazOn—Royal Purple
Ink Blushers
Palette Knife
Tear It! tape

Strathmore Bristol Board 100 pound
Recollections—Glass Glitter
Art Institute and Pastel Glitters
Elizabeth Craft Designs—1104 Hanging Charm Pull Tab die, S022 Butterflies & Stars stencil
Joy Clair—Butterfly Kisses
Fibers from my stash