Friday, August 11, 2017

Step Birthday Card featuring the color Teal

What pre-teen boy doesn’t like blues, greens, and teals?  For our teal challenge this month at Imagine I wanted to try mixing two different Kaleidacolor ink pads to see if shades of teal could be created.  I think this card illustrates success!  

 Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze and Fresh Green are alternately brayered onto glossy 8 ½ “ x 11” cardstock taking care to have the lighter hues line up in the fade.  A light spritz of Ink Point No. 9 helps the inks blend neatly on the glossy cardstock.  Half of the sheet is die cut with the Sizzix Framelits Step Up Card die.  The remainder of the sheet is used to die cut the coordinating elements.  The gifts were cut twice each so the bows could be trimmed for contrasting colors then adhered with On Point Glue. 

A few days ago, I accidentally split part of a bottle of Fireworks! Dandelion on my craft mat, not wanting to waste this pretty ink I pressed Bristol Board cardstock into the inky mess and set it aside for later use.  This little incident provided the perfect contrasting color for the candle flames and my son’s name.  Each candle die cut is cut twice, once in Fireworks! Dandelion and once in the Kaleidacolor mix.  After trimming off the top to the top of the Kaleidacolor flames they are adhered together with On Point Glue.  The sentiment and cupcake layers adhered together with On Point Glue.   Some elements are popped up with dimensional foam adhesive.   The banner is held together with paper cord before it is adhered to the card front.  I am pleased with the results of my little experiment and think my soon to be twelve-year-old son will be too!

Kaleidacolor—Blue Breeze, Fresh Green
Ink Potion No. 9
On Point Glue

Glossy cardstock
Sizzix—Framelits Step Ups 660142 by Stephanie Barnard
Judikens—Decorative Paper Cord
Lifestyle Crafts—Stiletto Alphabet
Dimensional Foam Adhesive

Monday, August 7, 2017

Eighteen with Stick It Down

I am pleased to be sharing a new double page layout for Stick It Down.  We have great sketches to start with for every month.  Go check it out!  For August this is a great sketch for when you have just a few photos for an event.

My oldest son just turned 18!  We had a very small family dinner as it has been busy around here.  So I picked the 3 photos of 5 that he let me take on that day.

I decided to work with the red from his shirt and pulled out an old Fancy Pants Designs collection from 2009, Rough & Tough by lili.  I die cut a few circles from the collection with Elizabeth Craft Designs 1116 Stitched Circles for the background.  Clear Scraps Shattered Glass stencil and a bit of Bronze Creative Medium by Imagine added the grungy splattered look to the background red.  My first mats around the photos didn’t stand out well against the other patterned papers, so a very thin mat of black was added.  My really old Quickutz Newsclips alphabet came in handy to die cut the title.  Over all I am pleased with the simple layout, and am glad to have this memory preserved for his album!

Please stop out by Stick It Down and check out all the sketches for the month of August and come play along!  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Heartfelt Thanks for Retro Rubber

We have another fun challenge for you at Retro Rubber BlogChallenge, colors that are often associated with another season but are used for a summer project.  Please join us and have a little fun!

I went with just the three colors: white, Candy Red, and Pearlescent Ivy for this thank you card.  I used Fancy Pants Designs Bella Brush set.  This set was a sheet of 12” x 12” acrylic stamps, and it was retired for several years when I bought it in about 2008.  So many options and I’ve not even scratched the surface!  I started with some foliage stamped in Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Next I added in a few of the flowers in Brilliance Rocket Red but heat embossed with Candy Red embossing powder.  The sentiment is from Inkadinkado Thanks set from 2011, which is stamped in Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Elizabeth Craft Designs 1120 Stitched Rectangles provide the perfect frames for the stamped images.  I added a bit of SEI bakers twine across the top and threaded it through the little pierced holes.  A tiny bow attached with a glue dot finishes off the top layer.  I love the shimmer of the Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy which I inked on with an Ink Blusher.  The card base has the Brilliance Rocket Red to add the last little zing of color for the card. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Do go visit Retro Rubber and play along with our challenge.  Remember to use at least one stamp that is more than a year old and let us know how long you’ve had it in your stash!  Enter up to 10 challenges including ours and you are good to go! 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

What can you do with Memento Luxe?

I volunteered to write an article for Imagine about the wonderful ink known as Memento Luxe.  Enjoy!

Memento Luxe is a fabulous pigment ink that comes in 24 colors that coordinate with Memento dye based inks, Memento Dual Tipped Markers, Fireworks! shimmer sprays, irRESISTilbe Texture Sprays, and irRESISTilbe Pico Embellishers.   It is water-based, archival, and acid free so it is great for card making and scrapbooking.  Memento Luxe ink pads are very juicy and can be used on many surfaces both light and dark colored.  

This fun tag uses Memento Luxe Wedding White on black cardstock for a quick but stand-out statement.  If your pad is a bit older, re-inking the pad will give you the best results on dark cardstock. 

Since the Memento Luxe has a longer dry time, amazing ombré effects can be achieved by blending with an Ink Blusher or Sponge Dauber.  More than one color can also be successfully blended to create a beautiful seamless color range.  Here Dandelion is blended into Pear Tart, in turn into Danube Blue on Strathmore Bristol Board.  The sentiment is stamped in Danube Blue ink and is heat embossed with clear embossing powder, which acts as a resist to the coordinating Fireworks! sprays.

As a pigment based ink it is perfect for embossing on paper, chipboard, or wood.  When used on glossy cardstock or vellum it should be embossed because the ink will not dry on slick surfaces. 

Memento Luxe is wonderful for stamping or blending on fabric, wood, canvas, or other porous surfaces.   As it is a pigment based ink it is resistant to fading on all surfaces.  When used on fabric the Memento Luxe is heat-set with an iron at the appropriate fabric setting so it can be laundered and will remain as bright and pigmented as when the ink is first applied.  Heat setting is also recommended for other mixed media surfaces as the ink may smear due to the long dry time.  Butterflies are flying around this time of year and Memento Luxe ink made creating this canvas bag a breeze with a stencil, Ink Daubers, and Jumbo Ink Daubers.  The vines are outlined in Pear Tart and Pistachio, the butterflies are inked in Dandelion, Morocco, and Rhubarb Stalk.  This ink is so easy to use on fabric that both sides of this bag were completed in under an hour!  

A fun and out-of-the-box use for Memento Luxe is to use an inker and mix with Creative Medium.  Place the Creative Medium on a craft mat and squeeze a bit of Memento Luxe ink and mix with a palette knife before applying to a project.  Memento Luxe is richly pigmented and will expand Creative Medium’s color range, with the big plus of matching the other Memento based lines!

This welcome sign uses Lilac Posies mixed with Creative Medium and then applied with a palette knife through a heart stencil.  After the heart dries, the sentiment is stamped in Pear Tart and heat embossed with clear embossing powder on the slick chalk board surface. 

Memento Luxe is one of the most versatile inks in the Imagine line and as illustrated can be used on so many surfaces.  Stock up on all the colors and their inkers and have fun creating!  

Black cardstock
The Stamps of Life--Wish2make stamp set
WR Memory Keepers—white grommet
Strathmore Bristol Board
Unity Stamp Company—Create, Share, etc stamp
Create Out Loud--Canvas Bag
The Crafters Workshop--Flutterby TCW206
Make It Love It Chalkboard Plaque Large Fancy Rectangle
Stencil Girl—Heart Striped Stencil
Technique Tuesday--Farmhouse Capital Letters Large

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