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!

Imagine:

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!

JULY 21

JULY 20

JULY 19

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! 

Imagine

Other
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!

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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!

Imagine:

Other:
Recollections Metal and cork coasters
Joy Clair Butterfly Kisses stamp set
Foam Brush
E6000 glue