Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Stencil Girl & Imagine Blog Hop

Welcome to the Imagine - StencilGirl Blog Hop!
(see the Imagine & StencilGirl blogs for a complete list of artists featured each day.)

I'm so excited to share my creation with you today.  It's a bright bold canvas that captures all of the hopes and dreams of the happy couple (my youngest son and DIL) on their special day.  Their first anniversary is coming up and since Paper is the traditional gift on the 1st anniversary I thought this would fit the bill.

I started this canvas off by applying Dandelion, Lilac Posies and Tangelo Fireworks! Spray to the canvas board. Once it was dry I stenciled on the numerous designs using a mix of Memento Dye Inks and Radiant Neon Inks with a Sponge Dauber (Stencils and Ink colors listed below).

After the inks had dried, I applied Iridescent Blue Creative Medium over another stencil to create a lovely textured pattern that shimmers beautifully when viewed from various angles.

Finally I flicked on Tuxedo Black and Wedding Dress (white) irRESISTible Texture Medium here and there and applied Delicata Black Shimmer Ink to the edges for interest and definition.

Close up showing the various layers of color/texture created by the stencils, inks and mediums.

Another view of the Iridescent Creative Medium showing just a bit of that lovely shimmer.

One lucky winner will receive both 
a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
 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's Facebook page on Monday, July 24th.

Good Luck Friends!!

As an extra little bit of fun I have hidden a word in the canvas ~ not the Past, Present, Future phrase ~ but something else.  Can you find it? If so, please be sure to post it in your could be the lucky winner of a little something from me if your guess is correct. If more than one person finds and identifies the word correctly I will use to determine a winner.  Have fun searching!


StencilGirl Stencils:
S435 Alpha Drips
M153 Number Drips
S214 Past Present Future
M058 Urban Insiders Square
M139 Diamond & Triangle Mini

Memento Dye Ink - Tangelo, Dandelion, Lilac Posies, Teal Zeal
Radiant Neon Ink - Electric Green, Electric Yellow, Electric Purple
Fireworks! Spray - Tangelo, Dandelion, Lilac Posies
irRESISTible Texture Medium - Tuxedo Black, Wedding Dress
Creative Medium - Iridescent Blue
Delicata - Black Shimmer
Sponge Dauber
Palette Knife

BlickArt - Canvas Board

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

CAS(E) this Sketch #230

Been gone for a bit but now I'm back...thought I'd ease into it with a fun sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch #230....

It's made using papers and stamps from the current Club Scrap kit - Vintage Botanical.  I LOVE this's very me.  I love the muted colors and subtle patterns. I did a bit of double stamping for the sentiment - the "background" color is Memento Lilac Posies which I also used to edge each individual panel. I really tried to leave it there but I had to add a few sequins for a little glitz.

Have you tried a sketch lately?
It's very refreshing.

Supplies: - Cardstock, Pattern Paper, Stamps

Monday, July 17, 2017

A Little Something

Recently the Imagine team was challenged with the theme....  "Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny"   No, I didn't make a yellow polka dot bikini but I did use polka dots....  Lots and lots of them to create this....

The background was stamped using a tiny tri-dot stamp in the Waffel Flower set Wild and Free....

See the tiny stamp above the bird...that's it!

Stamping, stamping,'s almost zen like going back and forth.

Whew...done stamping.  LOL!

I finished it off just as you would any other card.
If you have the time, give it a's fun and relaxing at the same time!



Memento Inkpad – New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy, Olive Green, Summer Sky, Bahama Blue, Danube Blue, Love Letter
VersaFine – Onyx Black

Waffle Flower – Wild N Free stamp set
Cardstock – white
Cardbase – navy blue

Friday, July 7, 2017

Tri Fold Card Details

If you recall last week I shared my set of 6 tri-fold cards tucked into a fun envelope package.  A few folks have asked for the details so here goes...

Card Base - 5 1/2"  x 10 7/8"
Score @ 4 1/8" and 8 3/8"

Mat 4" x 5 1/4" for the front.

Inside Double Mat (for writing or sentiment)  4" x 5 1/4" and 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"

Band - 1" x 9 1/2"

Decorative Square - 1 1/2" square

Sentiment - These mats vary depending on the sentiment used.

And here are a few more views of the card opened up....

The band removed...this one happens to be ribbon.

Front third opened.

All the way opened. 
I used white for the 2nd mat to accommodate a note to the recipient.

And there you have it!

I repeated the card base 6x then cut up mats in varying patterns to mix and match. The colors, styles and embellishments tie all of the cards together while each are unique in their own way.  Makes for a fun set to give or keep.

All Supplies - Club

Thursday, July 6, 2017

No Sew Upcycled Tote Bag

Happy Day!  Hope you all are having a wonderful day.  I have a fun project for you that is fun, quick and oh so easy!  A "no-sew" tote bag with a little pineapple flair!  Pineapple you say?  Yep, pineapple is the color of the month at Imagine so I thought it would be fun if I colored the tote to resemble the colors of a pineapple.

I was so surprised how much the finished tote will hold!  I stuffed in 4 beach towels, a couple suntan lotions and still had room for more!  I'm thinkin about makin' a few of these puppies for Christmas gifts. They would be so handy for all sorts of things.

Here's a quick run-down on how I did it....

Trim arms & neck to form a "V" in the center.


Flick a couple colors of green, yellow and gold All Purpose Ink on the wet T.

Scrunch up the shirt and squeeze.
(this will distribute the ink giving it a tie dyed look.)

Lay flat to dry.
Once dry, iron on both sides to set the ink.

Snip the bottom into 1/2" strips about 3-4" up.

Knot and you're tote is done!!
Told you it was easy :)



All-Purpose Ink – Lemon Yellow, Vegas Gold, Spring Green, Green Apple



Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Vintage Botany

OH MY GOSH... I am so excited... The new kit at Club Scrap this month is - yep, title gives it away - Vintage Botany and is it ever cool!  You all know how much I love everything vintage, well this kit is PERFECT IMO. It is so stinkin cool...  Now I've only seen photos of the kit contents so far but I was able to play with the digital hybrid kit yesterday and this is what I made....

Aren't they wicked?  These images are all on one "sheet" from the Vintage Botany Digital Hybrid Kit.  Although I've never printed on watercolor paper before I thought I'd give it a shot to see how it turned out.  I had a bit of trouble feeding it through my printer but when I finally figured it out it printed just step, to see how the ink would hold up with various mediums.  I'm happy to say it worked perfectly!

See for yourself....

This is my vintage daisy - I used Prismacolor colored pencils for this image. After I was finished coloring I flicked on a couple colors of green watercolor paint then added some pen work. Since this image was a bit more narrow than the other images I added a piece of gold washi tape to the edge of the card to help center it a bit.

LOVE this image!  Vintage cabbage roses - one of my fav's.  This image was watercolored using Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors.  Love how it turned out. I flicked on a bit of copper watercolor once finished.

For the poppies I used my Stabilo Pastel Pencils.  They blended so nicely on the paper.  Afterwards to pull all of the images together I again flicked on a bit of watercolor and added pen work stitches.

Finally my "make a wish" card was colored using a wash of various blues and a touch of black. I flicked on blue and metallic silver watercolor after it had dried.  I did something a bit different with this pen work by adding a tiny heart, a small dot (along the top) and a hand-written sentiment along the bottom. 

Ya know it's harder to get a nice looking wash than you'd think...

All in all I love how the printed images worked on the watercolor paper.
The printer ink preformed FAR better than I would have imagined.
So very tickled, this opens up a whole new world of ideas.

Hope you like this fun sneak peek at the new Vintage Botany kit...
Can't wait to get my hands on the "real thing" so I can stamp/craft up a storm.

Happy Day Friends!
Stay Inky :)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th Everyone!!

Happy Independence Day America!!!

Hope you all have a lovely day spent with family and friends enjoying this great day. All of us here in the United States are very lucky to be where we are. Have a fun and safe holiday celebrating the birth of our great country!

Colored using: Imagine Memento Dual Tip Markers

Colored using: Pan Pastels, Prismacolor Colored Pencils

Embossed Background - Sizzix 

White Embossing Powder (Imagine); Brushos Colour Crystals

Background: Memento Dye Inks; Embossing Black & White (Imagine); 
irRESISTible Texture Spray (Imagine)

Background - Brusho Colour Crystals
Stamped Images Colored using Stabilo Pastel Pencils

JFF Stamps: 

America the Beautiful
American Eagle
PAT-Fireworks Burst
PAT-Home of the Brave
Patriotic Block
Patriotic Ribbon
PAT-Statue of Liberty

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Imagine Color Challenge - Join In!

Imagine Color Challenge July 2017 Pineapple

Color of the Month for July is Pineapple! We love the bright yellow color and have seen it trending this year in all sorts of ways. Pineapple is a delicious fruit eaten fresh, cooked, made into a juice or used in a number of ways in the culinary world. We hope to evoke the same creativity in the crafting world!

Imagine Color Challenge 
with a $30 Give-A-Way!!

We are also announcing the Imagine Color Challenge for all for the month of July! Use bright yellow colors from any Imagine or Tsukineko product in any crafty project. The project can be a card, scrapbook page, mixed media focus, home décor, etc of any size or shape. Post a finished project with mention of our product by July 31st on your social media. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag the photo of your project with the hashtag #imaginecolorchallenge. At the end of the month, our team will select a random winner from all those who have participated! We will be re-posting or sharing some entries all month long!

How is the winner judged?

At random lottery selection of those that met the requirements. We will comb through all the social media posts and enter you name into a random lottery.


$30 dollars of products from the Imagine Shop ( shipped anywhere in the US.


Tag us on either Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with our handle and the hashtag #imaginecolorchallenge

Post a high quality photo of the project. Blurry or low resolution photos will not qualify

Must use Tsukineko or Imagine products and name them. Example: Fireworks Craft Spray, Memento Luxe, VersaFine, VersaMark, etc.

Must use the Pineapple color

Must be a newly created project

Project is posted between July 1 and July 31, 2017 (at midnight PST) to be considered.

For a bit of inspiration check out my card....

Ray Of Sunshine Handmade Card 

Pineapple is the color of the month here at Imagine and it was so easy to create this card because they offer up so many fun products in yellow! I decided to create a giant sunburst! But, don’t worry  because you will not need a fancy die-cut or stencil to make this sunburst pattern, just a pencil, ruler and some masking paper.

I started off by cutting a circle from masking paper, removed the backing paper and placed it on a card base. I then drew a dot marking close to the center of the circle and drew lines radiating out from that point. I like to keep the spacing between the lines a bit random for a more free-form look at the end. Here is the fun part! Fill in each segment with whatever your heart desires. I used stamps, stencils, a variety of inks, irRESISTible Texture Spray, Radiant Neon Amplify, sponge daubers, markers and more. The possibilities are endless. Once I was finished with the rays, I removed the circle mask and colored it in using a Fantastix and All-Purpose Inks.



Memento inkpad – Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Peanut Brittle
Radiant Neon ink – Electric Yellow
VersaMagic inkpad – Thatched Straw, Mango Madness
Radiant Neon Amplify! – Electric Yellow
Memento Dual Tip Marker – Cantaloupe
irRESISTible Texture Spray – Yellow
All-Purpose Ink – Lemon Yellow, Vegas Gold
VersaFine inkpad – Onyx Black
Sponge Dauber


Cardstock – white
Stencils – Stamps
Masking Paper
Ruler or straight edge

Friday, June 30, 2017

Refresh Remix Clipboard Collage

Every so often Club Scrap will bring back an old kit with some new elements and this month the winner of the bracket contest made it's limited time debut....  Refresh Remix!  I absolutely love it because it's all green and blue and so very lush looking.

My goal earlier this year was to make a new clipboard collage each month to use as a welcome sign at my front door.  Well, I haven't had time to do so the last couple months so it's high time to get back at it.  

This is my Refresh Remix clipboard collage and I love it!  I used stamp images and sentiments from several older kits to finish it off as well as a key that has a "heart" hole at the top.   The charm that is hidden behind the ribbon (didn't realize that till after I took the pics) has a little fern cut out in it.

I know it's 4th of July but I'm going to hang this up right's got some really neat inspiring quotes to brighten everyone's day.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend friends!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Club Scrap Blog Hop - Pattern Play!

Welcome Friends to the June 2017 Club Scrap Blog Hop - Pattern Play!  You may have arrived here by way of Julie's incredible blog...if not you'll want to check it out to see the lovely project she has created.  This month's kit, Pattern Play, is a real eye opener!  Such a bright fun kit...

I haven't made anything to share lately since I've been working on the wedding book for the past few months so I decided it was time.  

So I made a set of matching tri-fold cards!  Each card is different but the same if that makes any sense at all.  I used the same basic design but varied the pattern papers, sentiments and embellishments on each card to make them each unique in their own way.

Here are the various cards...I just love the "infinity" sentiment!

And to house the cards and envelopes I used a couple of the pretty designer paper bags as the container to hold them all!  I love the black/green opposite sides...just a fun play on the patterns.  I used a ribbon and buckle just as a fun little accent.

Would you like to win this set of cards?  If so simply leave a comment and you'll be entered to win!  You have until July 5th to post your comment to be entered in the drawing.

The next stop on the hop is 

and if you get lost along the way you can find the complete list here:

Supplies: - Cardstock, Pattern Paper, Embellishments, Ink, Ribbon, Stamps