Friday, May 22, 2015

Memorial Day with Carta Bella!

Besides honoring those who served and died for our country as well as loved ones who passed before us, on Memorial Day, our family does love to get together for a BBQ.  I thought these oh so cute fortune tellers would make a great Memorial Day table decoration for our BBQ’s.

I frequent Pinterest as most do and I came across a project similar to this and I wanted to give it a go, so I've created this easy to follow picture tutorial for you!

Cut your patterned paper into 8 inch squares.  You can really do whatever size you’d like, but this the size I picked. 

I used my Score-Pal and scoring bone for some of this tutorial, but you don’t have to use one.  You can simply fold by hand, after all isn’t that how we did it as kids?

When you have a completed fortune teller, turn it upside down and now you have a fun container to hold treats to put on your BBQ picnic tables when you have that Memorial Day BBQ.

After you have pierced a hole in the center of the upside down fortune teller, insert a shish kabob skewer down the hole.  Stick it all the way through so the skewer touches whatever it is sitting on.  This will help it to stand up.

Make adorable tags using Carta Bella’s or Echo Park’s Silhouette Designs, Designer Stamps, Designer Dies and Element Stickers.  My supply list is at the bottom of this post so you can see what I used to create the tags.

Finally, fill them with some sweet treats.  Use these cuties to adorn your Memorial Day picnic tables or around your home.  When you are done using them, you can give them to the kids and let them make use them as fortune tellers!

Thanks for stopping in and I hope you have enjoyed my project and I hope it inspires you to create something fun for Memorial Day!  Make sure you are frequenting the Carta Bella Paper Blog for more inspiring projects by the design team!

Carta Bella Supplies:

Echo Park Supplies:
Designer Dies Phrases #1 Die
Echo Park Silhouette Design US Map

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Always...A Heartland Farm Layout!

Good morning all...I'm back today with another layout featuring the new Heartland Farm Collection and my I-Rock!  If you haven't had a chance to get a good look at this is a must.  It has a fun farm theme, but can be used for more than just your farm or animal pictures.  This picture is of me and my hubs.  I wanted the layout to be bright and cheery, so I used white cardstock for the background to make my pictures and embellishments stand out.

So, how do you love my grid background?  I used my Silhouette Cameo and some Sketch Pens to created this.  

This collection has some really fun die cuts.  I love the circle ones, so in combination with the new Enamel Dots, the I-Rock and Hot Rocks; I dressed my page up.  I love how it turned out and how they ended up framing the picture on my layout.

So, if you haven't picked up this collection...what are you waiting for?  This collection is really perfect for anything summer and I look forward to using it more.  Make sure you are stopping by the Imaginisce Blog often to see what the design team has been up to!  Thanks for stopping in and I hope I've inspired you to get crafty with Imaginisce!

Imaginisce: Patterned Papers, Die -Cut Cardstock Shapes, Adhesive Enamel Dots (Heartland Farm), I-Rock and I-Rock Gems
American Crafts: Cardstock, Thickers and Adhesive Foam Dots

Monday, May 11, 2015

Imaginisce Teacher Gift!

Happy Monday!  Today I'm sharing a cute idea for the wonderful teachers in our children's lives.  Even though my kids are high schoolers and think it's a little childish to give their teachers gifts, I still love making them.  I love the fun bright colors of the new Heartland Farm Collection and in combination with a little Family Fun Collection, this project turned out just as I imagined it. How fun is this little chalkboard?!

I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the title, flowers and banner.  I also used my I-Top to make the flower centers as well as the new Enamel Dots from the Heartland Farm Collection.

I absolutely love the die cuts from the Heartland Farm Collection.  The little pennant banner was a perfect addition to add to the chalkboard.

Here's a little fun tip to try when using chalkboard, try rubbing chalk on some stamps!  I used Imaginisce's Crayon Stamp from the Family Fun Collection.  I simply put the chalk on as heavy as I could and pressed down hard on the chalkboard.  It was a little light, but I thought it looked really cool.

I'm hoping one of my kids loves this project so much that they want to give it to one of their teachers!  Have you created something for those special teachers in your children's lives?  I hope that when you do, Imaginisce products are part of your creation!  All week long you will be seeing projects from the Design Team on the Imaginisce Blog!  Remember, we are here to inspire you, so make sure you are checking the blog daily!  Until next time...Happy Crafting! 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Carta Bella Designer Die Shaker Card Tutorial

I get so excited every time I get new die cuts from Carta Bella.  I immediately start brainstorming what I would like to make with them.  Today I am going to share with you how I made this adorable shaker card using Carta Bella’s  and Echo Parks’s new Designer Dies, Phrases #1 and Summer Sun.

First let me show you the supplies I used.  Now, you can make your shaker card using other dies from Carta Bella or Echo Park; just follow the tutorial to create your own.

Carta Bella and Echo Park Designer Dies
3 pieces of cardstock measuring:
            1 @ 5 ½ x 11 inches (score in the middle at 5 ½ inches)
            2 @ 5 ½ x 5 ½ inches
Washi Tape
Foam Tape Adhesive
A piece of transparency or clear plastic big enough to cover the size of the die cut shapes
Beads or Sequins

First, I laid my dies down on one the 5 ½ x 5 ½ piece of cardstock.  I used the washi tape to keep the dies in place.

I then ran it through my manual die cutting machine and this is what it ended up looking like.

Then I used liquid glue all around the die cut images and glued on my pieces of clear, thin plastic.

Next using the foam tape, I adhered around the die cut images making sure to have all corners flush so that none of the beads could get out.  I decided I wanted my card to have a little more dimension put on two layers of the foam tape.  After I went around the images, I went around the whole 5 ½ x 5 ½ inch square.

I pealed off the back of the foam adhesive and added my beads.

Next I laid down a couple of different pieces of patterned paper and put them over the die cut images.

I adhered the last piece of 5 ½ x 5 ½ cardstock to the back.

Finally, I embellish my card and adhered it to the scored 5 ½ x 11 piece of cardstock.  Here are a couple of close ups.

Thanks for stopping in and I hope you find time try this out and use some of those adorable Designer Dies from Carta Bella and Echo Park! Make sure you are stopping by the Carta Bella Blog to see that latest projects to inspire you!

Carta Bella Supplies:

Echo Park Supplies:
Designer Dies Phrases #1 Die

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Farm Frame Scene with Imaginisce's Heartland Farm!

Good morning Imaginisce fans!  Can I just tell you how excited I am to be working with the Heartland Farm Collection from Imaginisce!  This is such a fabulous collection and if it's not on your scrappy list, well I hope I can change your mind with today's project!

This collection has these adorable die-cut cardstock shapes and I thought they would be perfect to make a little farm scene with.  What better way than to display them in a little shadow box frame.  I used a Silhouette Design called 11.3 x 5.8 Shadow Box 3 Equal Openings.  You can find this in the Silhouette Online Store.  Here 's look!

I used a lot of foam dots to create the layers giving this scene a real life effect.  I love these die-cuts and this was a fun way to use them.  What will you create with the new Heartland Farm Collection? Thanks for stopping in and make sure you are stocking the Imaginisce Blog to see the design team's fun projects using this collection!

Imaginisce Supplies: Die-Cut Shapes (Heartland Farm)
American Crafts: Foam Adhesive Dots and Cardstock

Monday, April 27, 2015

Imaginisce's New Heartland Farm Collection!

Imaginisce has really outdone themselves with their newest collection Heartland Farm. This collection has my mind spinning with ideas.  I love that is perfect for Spring, Summer, farm and everyday crafting.  I am really going to do some major crafty damage with this collection!

This picture was taken in May 2011 of my daughter and I.  Our Spring's in Wellsville are green and gorgeous.  Behind us is our Flowering Cherry Tree.  I wanted to bring that Spring feel to my layout with the die cut branches and tree.

So, Imaginisce has never done this type of embellishment before.  These denim pockets are so stinking cute and add a fun element to my layout.  Not only do they have the denim pockets but they also have so many cute colored die cuts, enamel dots, layered stickers and their famous stamps.  

I cut these branches and flowers out with my Silhouette Cameo and made the little flowers with the Heartland Farm Collection.  The center of my flowers are the new Enamel Dots!

You are in for a real treat!  All week long you will have a chance to see all of the fun projects the design team has been creating with the Heartland Farm Collection on the Imaginisce Blog!  I hope you have enjoyed my project and it has inspired you to dig into this new collection!  Until next time...Happy Crafting!

Imaginisce Supplies:
Heartland Farm (Patterned Paper, Adhesive Enamel Dots, Die Cut Cardstock Shapes and Denim Pockets)

American Crafts (Adhesive Foam Dots and Cardstock)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Imaginisce Springtime Birdhouse!

Everything is greening up where I live.  I love seeing the signs of Spring and the warmer weather.  Springtime really inspires me to create. Maybe it is the fact that I'm not freezing all of the time, I'm not quite sure, but I seem to enjoy crafting more when I am warm.

Today I am sharing with you a cute little bird house I made with the Welcome Spring Collection and my Silhouette Cameo.

I simply love creating 3d projects and this cute birdhouse was screaming to use the Welcome Spring Collection from Imaginisce.  I wanted to really dress this cute house up, so I added a cute little bird, some branches, and a Spring title.  I also had cut out some of the cute flowers and tulips from this collection.

I am so pleased with how this turned out.  I thought about giving it away to someone, but I might have to be selfish and keep it on my shelf dedicated to my crafty projects.  

So, does Spring inspire you to create wonderful crafts?  We would love to see them.  Share them with us on our Facebook Page and make sure you are checking out the Imaginisce Blog to see all of the wonderful Spring projects the design team has been creating!  Until next time!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Springtime with Imaginisce!

Happy April Imaginisce fans!  Today I want to share with you my Easter project. I don't know about you, but  I really get excited when the weather warms up.  I enjoy creating projects with bright colors and usually those projects end up being Spring and Summer projects.  For some odd reason, I feel more creative playing with Spring and Summer papers as well as photos. It might be the fact that I prefer warmer weather and it just inspires me...ya, we will go with that!

I love the I-Top and I think I've said this before that it is my favorite tool that Imaginisce puts out.  I created this layout using the I-Top as well as the I-Rock

As you can see, I REALLY used this tool, all over my page.  In combination with the I-Rock, I think it has an Easter feel to it.  I also used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the background design.

I love all the color and the I-Top and I-Rock help to create fun embellishments all over my layout.  What will you create using Imaginisce Tools.  There are so many options.  Thanks for stopping in and I hope you enjoy the warmer weather and Easter.  Maybe it will inspire you like it has me.  Make sure you are stopping by the Imaginisce Blog to see all of the Easter projects the design team has been creating!

Imaginisce- Little Princess Collection (patterned papers and 6x6 Paper Pad), Welcome Spring Collection (patterned paper and 6x6 paper pad), I-Rock, Hot Rocks, I-Top, 16, 22 and 34mm Punches and 16, 22 and 34 mm Brad Daddies
American Crafts- Cardstock and Double- Sided Super Sticky Red Tape

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Hello Summer...New Carta Bella and a Tutorial!

I have really been looking forward to creating Summer layouts.  For some reason, I feel more inspired by summer products.  Carta Bella has come out some fun new Summer products to craft with.  Today, I will be using the new Soak Up the Sun Collection and the Designer Embossing Folder Clouds that go along with it.  I have a fun and easy way to use the new embossing folders.

First off gather your supplies.  You will need:

Carta Bella Embossing Folder
Carta Bella Ultra White Felt Designer Cardstock
Pigment Ink
Manual Die Cut Machine

Cut the cardstock into four 6 x 6 pieces.

Using ink, dab the inside of the embossing folder.  Make sure you dab the side that has the image indented.  Dab everywhere except for on the clouds.  If you get a little on the clouds, it’s okay. 

Insert one of the 6 x 6 pieces of cardstock inside of the embossing folder, making sure not to move it around.  Send it through the manual die cutting machine you use, following the directions for embossing.

Here is what it looks like.

You can use these inked and embossed clouds however you’d like.  I trimmed the edges of mine and used them on my layout.

Here are a few more close ups.  The cute title is from the Silhouette Store.  One of many designs Carta Bella has in their store.

Thanks for stopping in and I hope I have inspired you to get crafty with some of Carta Bella’s new products.  Make sure you check them all out.  You can find them here on the Carta Bella's Blog as well as their Silhouette designs in the Silhouette Online Store!

Carta Bella Supplies:
Carta Bella Silhouette Designs Hello Summer