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

Monday, March 23, 2015

An Imaginisce Easter Sketch with the Petal Roller!

I have really been enjoying using the sketch that fellow DT member Suzanna Lee created for us!  First a card and now this layout. For this time around I went with the Easter theme. My kids are getting older, in fact, the pictures on this layout are a few years old.  They are even older now, but they still enjoy getting their Easter basket.  Come on...who doesn't want chocolate right?! Besides, there is always a little something extra in their baskets besides candy.

So, along with the sketch, I also used one of Imaginisce's awesome tools...THE PETAL ROLLER!  Yep, I remember when this tool first came out.  I don't know why I didn't think of that myself...genius!  Then again, I am not the genius...I leave that to Imaginisce!  So, as you can see, I created this border from a Silhouette Design and rolled the strips up using the Petal Roller.

I also love making rolled flowers.  I always grab my Petal Roller to roll them up.  It makes it so fast and easy to create these little cuties.  Make them as big or as little as you'd like.

I love the dimension it created on my layout.  So fun right?

Have you tried the Petal Roller yet?  If not, your missing out.  In fact, I have four of them! You know how things get lost in the craft room.  I always want to be able to have one on hand.

So, do you just love this sketch and have you had a chance to play along with us?  If are the details!

Creating a project (card, layout, etc) using the sketch below as your inspiration.

THEN ....
1. Post your creation on our Facebook Page OR leave a link here to your project that you posted in an online gallery. (make sure to post your link on THIS page - dated March 2, 2015)
2. You can post on Instagram and TAG us #imaginiscesketchchallenge.

At the end of March we will pick ONE lucky winner to win a Prize Package from Imaginisce!
Deadline to enter your sketch is Sunday, March 29th, 2015.

Thanks for stopping in and we can't wait to see what you do!

Imaginisce: Patterned Papers (Welcome Spring and Childhood Memories), Petal Roller
American Crafts: Cardstock, Thickers and Adhesive Foam Dots

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Do What You Love...My Last Silhouette Design Team Project

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It's true, my parents always taught me to do what I love.  It's what will make me happy.  I have been doing what I love for many years now and that's paper crafting.  I have been lucky enough to be able to be on the Silhouette Design Team for the past year and half...doing what I LOVE to do!  I am sad that my this is my last project, but so happy I had this opportunity.  I have enjoyed my time sharing and learning from the other ladies on the team.  I can't wait to see what the new team has in store for us!  

I will continue to indulge in all of my Silhouette products because I love using them.  I use them all the time on almost every project I do.  I want to share with you this whole post about Doing What You Love, so head on over to the Silhouette Blog and have a looksy!

Designs Used:

Silhouette Products Used:

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A little Easter Treat Gift Set with Imaginisce!

Hello friends!  I have a fun Easter set I made using Imaginisce and my Silhouette Cameo!  I believe you can never have enough treat gift sets on hand. I know my kids are always asking for something for friends, so I am sure this will get used!

So, to make these little cuties, I pulled out some of my Welcome Spring Collection from Imaginisce, perfect for an Easter gift!

Check out that cute little flower on the side of the basket.  I put one of the Dimensional Stickers from this collection in the center.

Cute right?!  I hope you enjoyed my little Easter Treat and I know for sure that one of my kid's friends will be enjoying it as well!  Oh, make sure you are checking out the Imaginisce Blog frequently because the design team has been creating some fun Easter projects!  Thanks for stopping by!

Imaginisce: Patterned Paper, Dimensional Stickers, 6x6 Paper Pad and Die Cut Shapes (Welcome Spring Collection)
American Crafts: Cardstock

Monday, March 16, 2015

A Carta Bella Die Cut and Gelato Tutorial!

Did you know that Carta Bella sells the designs you find in their paper collections?  Yep, they are in the Silhouette Store.  I love die cutting and using my Silhouette Cameo and finding new ways to use them.  This time I used Gelato’s. Let me show you how!

Gather the supplies needed:
Water in a dropper bottle

Start with the lightest colored Gelato and rub it on a craft mat or paper plate (something that won’t absorb liquid)

Add a very small drop of water and mix with your brush.  You can always add more water if needed, but it’s always safe to start out with small amounts.

Brush on the first layer and then add the second and third Gelato colors.  Layer them by Overlap the colors just a little bit.

Pick out the title you would like to use.  I used Carta Bella’s ‘Boys Make the World Go Round’ found in the Silhouette Store.

I only wanted the title part, so using my Silhouette Software. I ungrouped and deleted the gears.  Then I sized my title by dragging the small box in the corner outward.

Next, cut out the title and adhere it to the paper Gelato background.  As you can see, I used the negative part of the title.

Here are some close ups of my layout.  I used a few more of Carta Bella’s die cuts found in the Silhouette Store.

Thanks for stopping by and make sure you are checking out Carta Bella’s designs in the Silhouette Store and the Carta Bella Blog have fun creating wonderful things!

Carta Bella Supplies:
Carta Bella Silhouette Designs Ahoy there Labels