Friday, December 28, 2012

Blog Hop...It's been a great year with Imaginisce!

If you are here to see the Samantha Walker Friday tutorial...please scroll down to the next post :)

If you just arrived here and want to participate in the whole Imaginisce Goodbye Hop...please start at the Imaginisce Blog.  You should have come from cute Tiffany's Blog.

I am so sad to say goodbye to the old team, but really excited to get to know the new girls.  This past year has been awesome working with Imaginisce product.  Imaginisce themselves, Cari Locken (the DT coordinator) and the 2012 team have been so wonderful to work with.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the paper products, tools, challenges, blog hops and swaps.  Thanks Imaginisce and I look forward to another year of Imaginisce creativity!  Here are some of my favorite Imaginisce projects for the year of 2012.

Make sure you leave comments on all the blogs as well as the Imaginisce Blog for a chance to win the Love You More Collection!  To continue the rest of the hop...please hop on over to the talented Rhonda's Blog.  Thanks again everyone for making this such a successful year!  Here's to another wonderful year...2013!


Samantha Walker Friday Tutorial!

Hope you had a very Merry Christmas and are on your way from recovering from food comatose...I know I am trying.  Today I want to share with you a very cute and simple way to dress up those glassine bags and right in time to get ready for the next holiday...Valentine's Day!

For this tutorial I used Samantha Walker's Grand Impressabilities from Spellbinders.  The Impressabilities I used were the: 

This was so easy and a fun way to add an extra special touch to your bags.  First off grab your gray stack plate and the Impressabilie you are using.  Make sure the ridged cutting edge is up on the Impressabilitie you are using.  

Next, grab your glassine bag and put it face down or on the side you want to be the front.  Sorry the images look so funny.  These die cuts are shiny and  have a glare to them. 

Then, take the Tan Embossing Mat and put it on top of the Impressabilitie. 

Finally, stack the Pink Embossing Plate on top of all of it.  Now, you are ready to emboss!

Send it on through your Grand Calibur making sure you keep it flat and straight.  Then remove all of the layers to see your bag.

This is how mine turned out.

So cute huh?  I am quite pleased!  Now for the embellishing!  I used Samantha Walker's Paris Girl Collection from Carta Bella because I thought it was perfect to turn these bags into Valentine's Day bags.

See the fun little tag on this last one?  It is also one of Samantha Walker's.  This one is a Silhouette file.  I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and have fun with your Valentine's Day projects and don't forget to add a little Samantha Walker...cause it's fun :)  Please check out Samantha's Facebook Page as well as Samantha's Blog for more ideas.  

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A banner to help celebrate the New Year!

Hey all...hope you have a had a wonderful Christmas! Today I want to share with you a fun way to help you decorate for the New Year Holiday.

I created this banner using my Silhouette and GCD Studios!  First I thought I might dress it up a little more, then when it was finished I really liked how it looked.  It was really easy and that's what I think we all like, especially during the holiday season.  This can be done quickly if you are looking for something to help decorate your New Year's party.

I found these cuts in my Silhouette library.  I had purchased them a little while ago knowing I would use them  to make something.  The only thing  I did, was make the pendants the size I wanted and added letters inside of the pendants so my Silhouette machine would cut them out.  I then added cardstock to the back of them so you were able to see the letters better.  Finally, I tied the pendants together with some twine.  So simple.

I hope you have a fabulous New Year celebrating with friends and family and remember GCD Studios is there to help you out.

GCD Studios Supplies: Country Charm- Super Star #1511, Picnic Blanket #1509, Farm Field Stripe #1506, Floral Field #1507; Oh Happy Day- Priscila #1768  

Thursday, December 20, 2012

I'm back...Samantha Walker Creative Team Announced!

Please join us in welcoming our 2013 Creative Team and our Guest Designers:

2013 Traditional Creative Team:
(* returning members)

2013 Digital Creative Team:
Susie Cannon Moore

We would also like to welcome our 2013 Guest Designers.  These designers stood out, and while we didn't have enough spots on our team for all of them, we will be asking them to share some of their projects with you during the year!

2013 Guest Designers:

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Authentique and Clear Scraps!

I have to admit...I have never worked with anything that Clear Scraps.  I know...what was I thinking?  I think I was intimidated by the "clear" thing.  Now, I am so glad I did because I have more of their product in my stash and I love how my project turned out.  My project was originally suppose to be a card, but it turned into something else.'s kind of a picture holder  I guess it can be used as a card :)

So, to dress up this blank card, I added some paint around the edges of the acrylic card and inked my patterned paper.  I simply glued the pieces of paper where I wanted them.  I used the new and gorgeous Lovely Collection It was easier than I thought and not so intimidating.  I am no pro like the Clear Scraps Design Team, so head over to the Clear Scraps Blog and see how they used Authentique and Clear Scraps together.  Make sure you are leaving comments on both the Clear Scraps Blog and Authentique Blog for a chance to win some prizes!  Thanks for stopping by!

Authentique Supplies: 
Lovely Collection: 6x6 Bundle #LOV009, Elements #LOV008, Tabloids #LOV205, Excerpts #LOV203 and Details # LOV007

Clear Scrap Supplies: CSSIC Send it Clear DECO and CSAE flowers FLOWERS

Friday, December 14, 2012

Another Year with Imaginisce!

To see the Simple Stories and Helmar Post...pleas scroll down.

I am so exited to be on the Imaginisce Design Team for another term.  It has be a privilege to work with such an amazing company.  I look forward to another year of working with awesome tools and beautiful paper.  Here is a look at the whole team!

Cari Locken (DT Coordinator) - Canada
Diana Fisher - USA
Fleur Smith - Canada
Jodi Wilton - Canada
Monique Liedtke - Netherlands
Regina Mangum - USA
Sara Zenger - USA
Suzanna Lee - USA

(* returning members)

Helmar and Simple Stories Team up!

Helamar and Simple Stories are teaming up to show you how well these two companies work together.  I created this fun festive banner, perfect for decorating for the holidays.  This banner took a lot of gluing and so I used Helmar's 450 Quick Dry Adhesive.  Boy, does this stuff stick and dry fast too.  I glued patterned paper around my spools and well as using the glue to put my snowflake flowers together.  I made this banner using the Handmade Holiday Collection. This banner is not going to come apart at all, so I can enjoy it for years to come.

Make sure you are checking out what the rest of the design team created over at the Simple Stories Blog.  Then hop on over to the Helmar Blog to see what their design team created!  Make sure you go to the Simple Stories Facebook Page and Helmar Facebook Page and like them.  Leave comments on both of their blogs for a chance to win an awesome prize pack! Thanks for stopping by

Simple Stories Supplies Used:
Handmade Holiday Collection: Handcrafted #2077, Dec. 25 #2706, Blue Stripe/Music #2719, Tis the Season #2708, Green Holly/Notebook #2718, Flash Cards #2709 and 3x4 Sn@p Cards #2726

Helamar Supplies: 450 Quick Dry Adhesive

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

December Samantha Walker Blog Hop!

It is time again for Samantha Walker's Creative Team Blog Hop and giveaway! Samantha Walker will be having a blog hop once a month where her Design Team will be sharing their creations with her brilliant products! If you are coming from the creative Karen Maldonado's Blog...welcome! If not, you can start the hop here

This month we are focusing on Christmas...well of course!  I have created some cards using Samantha Walker's files.  Love these and she is so creative in her cutting files.  First off the use the Accordion Card Christmas Tree

And this is what I did!

Don't you just love how this card folds and unfolds?

All I did was dress it up a little bit.  I love the fact that Samantha creates such detailed cutting files.  You don't have to do too much to them.

Next I use the Card doily Center and added the 3D Flower Ornament to it.

I love how this flower cut adds a Christmasy feel to it.

So guess what's up for grabs this month?  Samantha's Sea Flowers Grand Impressabilities by Spellbinders!

To enter to win this Sea Flowers Grand Impressabilities, just leave a comment on my blog between 12:01 am December 12th and 11:59 pm December 16th, 2012. Winner will be announced on Samantha's Facebook page on Monday December 17th.

For additional entries to win:

1. Receive an additional entry for commenting on each of the other blogs in the blog hop.

2. Go here and follow Samantha Walker's blog.

3. Follow her on Facebook.

4. Sign up for an e-mail subscription to Samantha's blog and you will automatically receive a link the free SVG cutting file below that you can download and use on your personal electronic cutter. Link will be e-mailed early next week.

To receive the additional entries, and get the link to the free SVG file, mention in your comment on Samantha's blog that you have done so! (If you are already signed up, you need to give us the first part of your e-mail address that is on the subscribe list…so that we can find it and send you the SVG.)
WOW, that is 13 chances to win!

Now it is time to move on to Samantha Walker's Facebook Page.  Let us know how you enjoyed the hop and share with us your projects made using Samantha walker products!  Click on the icon below and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Getting Cheery with Imaginisce Christmas Cards

Have you been checking out all the fabulous Christmas inspiration taking place on the Imaginisce Blog?  If not you should.  I love, love, love cards and I can never get enough of them, especially this time of the year.  My hubby and kids are always asking me if I have any cards that they can have to give to family and friends.  Now, I am adding to my stash, but they may not stick around too long.  They are bound to get used.  I created both of these cards using the Christmas Cheer Collection and the oh so fabulous I-Top (what did I ever do without it).  Here's a look :)

Look how fabulous that brad looks in the center of that snowflake.  Told ya the I-Top is amazing!

I cut the snowflakes and doily out using my Silhouette.  I used the Christmas Cheer Collection to create the cards.  Thanks for stopping by today and get making those cards cause you are gonna need them.