Autumn… Time for Sharing

By Nancy



  • Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Stazon: Orange Zest, St. Valentine, Cactus Green; Brilliance Cosmic Copper, Delicata Golden Glitz, Sponge Daubers
  • Sizzix : die cuts, embossing folder
  • Hero Arts : stamp
  • Authentic Paper: “Warmth” paper
  • Stampin’ Up : label punch
  • May Arts: ribbon
  • Miscellaneous: burlap, brown and white cardstock



1. Cut/score card base from brown cardstock.
1. Die cut leaves from brown cardstock.
2. Using a Sponge Dauber, cover one side of leaves with Brilliance Cosmic Copper.
3. Highlight over the copper color using StazOn inks – I chose to use Orange Zest, St. Valentine and Cactus Green for my leaves.
4. Emboss leaves with a polka-dot pattern with an embossing folder.
5. Highlight the embossed leaves with Delicata Golden Glitz.
6. Cut a piece of white cardstock slightly smaller than the card base.
7. Color this layering piece with a combination of Cosmic Copper and Golden Glitz.
8. Die cut label from from white cardstock and add Cosmic Copper with a Sponge Dauber to highlight.
9. Stamp sentiment onto the label with Delicata Golden Glitz.
10. Assemble the card: add the colored layering piece onto the card base, adhere burlap with leaves and sentiment overlapping, and finish with a bow tied around the stems of the leaves.

Autumnal Tones

by Linda

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  • IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko: Craft Mat, Kaleidacolor Autumn Leaves, Sheer Shimmer Spritz Gold, Fireworks!: Tangelo, Dandelion, Bamboo Leaves; Memento: Tangelo, Espresso Truffle; Sponge Daubers
  • Spellbinders: Back to Basics Tags, Leaves a Fallin’ Decorative Card Fronts, Grand Calibur Machine
  • Want2Scrap: Swirls Finesse – Yellow Rhinestone, LeCreme Rhinestone
  • May Arts: Ribbon
  • Penny Black Inc: Eloquence transparent stamp set
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: E-Z Runner, Crafty Foam Tape
  • Miscellaneous: adhesive, recycled button, white cardstock


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1. Push the curved knob on the Kaleidacolor inkpad to bring the inks together.

2. Use a Brayer randomly to apply ink to white cardstock.

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3.  Spritz using Sheer Shimmer Spritz Gold and set aside to dry.

4. Clean Craft Mat using Baby Wipes or similar.

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5. Lightly spritz using Fireworks Tangelo, Dandelion and Bamboo Leaves.

6. Allow to dry.

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7. Cut/emboss using Leaves a Fallin’ die.

8. Layer into white cardstock the same size.

9. Adhere to white card base using 3D Foam Squares.

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10.  Cut/emboss one (1) Large Ovals form Back to Basics Tags.

11. Using the die as a stencil, sponge around the inner edges using Tangelo, followed by Espresso Truffle, using a Sponge Dauber.

12. Stamp sentiment using Tangelo and lightly dab around the edges using Espresso Truffle

13. Adhere May Arts double bow using liquid glue.

14. Glue large pearl to the centre of a recycled button.

15. Adhere small rhinestones around the pearl using liquid glue – allow to dry

16. Adhere embellished button using liquid glue.

17.  Attach sentiment tag by tucking under the centre of the bow and using foam tape at the end of the tag.

Murder with a side of DIY 

by Naghma

Despite the popularity of crafts as a hobby, you don’t see a lot of crafting in popular culture, maybe because zombies don’t have the dexterity to ink and stamp.  So when I read that Laura Childs just released the latest novel in her series entitled “Scrapbooking Mysteries,” complete with scrapbooking tips, I picked up a copy from the bookstore that evening.

Gossamer GhostThe series features Carmela Bertrand, owner of a scrapbooking store in the Big Easy, who has a knack for puzzling out solutions to the murders that frequently happen around her. In the latest book, Gossamer Ghost, Carmela discovers the owner of a neighboring business stabbed in his store on the eve of Halloween.  Although her boyfriend is a police detective, Carmela can’t help sleuthing, aided by her spunky best friend. Childs flavors the story with New Orleans culture, including a merchant called Juju Voodoo and recipes for seafood bisque and beignets. What’s not to love?

Although the crafting tips are compiled at the end of the book, they are also interspersed throughout the story, as Carmela shares ideas with her customers.  As a crafty person, I had fun reading about a main character advising on (among other things) creating a pirate-themed scrapbook.  I don’t think a real-life Carmela would find customers as receptive to her every suggestion as they are in the book, but it is supposed to be fiction!

As you’d expect, given Gossamer Ghost is a mystery novel and not a craft book, the craft ideas are very simple.  They’re still inspiring, though, and I had to try one.  I decided to make my own version of the spooky wine labels Carmela crafts for a customer’s Halloween celebration.

Using white cardstock, I die cut a label shape (Spellbinders), then stamped the letters (NPW stamps).

Now for the real fun: irRESISTible “blood.” Using the spray bottle, I dripped irRESISTible in Love Letter onto the label, then flicked the nozzle gently to get a bit of spatter.  For a more intense spatter, just spray the irRESISTible.

wine labelAll that’s left is adhering.  First, I removed the bottle’s label by softening the adhesive with a heat gun. Once you’ve peeled off the label, remove any excess glue on the bottle by softening it with a heat gun, then wiping it off using StazOn All-Purpose Stamp Cleaner.  Then, apply adhesive to your label and stick it on.

finished label on a wine bottleVoila!  Dracula would be proud.  And since it’s a quick project, you can easily create enough labels to cover each bottle of wine at your own Halloween bash.

Have you read any of Laura Childs’ “Scrapbooking Mysteries” or a similar novel?  What do you think of novels featuring scrapbooking or other crafts? Comment below by 11:59 PM PST on Halloween (Friday, Oct. 31) for your chance to win a copy of Gossamer Ghost and a bottle of irRESISTible.

Happy Fall Card

by Isha



  • IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko: Radiant Neon in Electric Purple, Memento Dye ink: Pear Tart, Peanut Brittle, Bamboo Leaves, Lilac Posies, Onyx Black; Delicata Golden Glitz, Ink Potion No.9, Sponge Dauber, Craft Mat
  • Stamp: Art Impression: Happy Fall set; Stampendous: Dress Form and old letter writing from Art Stack
  • Stencil: The Crafter’s Workshop: Mini Well Rounded
  • Miscellaneous: Lilac cardstock,  Watercolor Paper, tape/adhesive,  3D foam, heat tool, Spectrum Noir Markers


1. Cut mat layer from watercolor paper. Spray Ink Potion No. 9 onto it.


2. Dab some inks onto an acrylic block and use this as the water color palette. Apply inks onto the watercolor paper. Ink Potion No.9 helps in moving the inks for a watercolor effect. Let dry.


3. Stamp partially using various colors of ink – green ink on green part of the background and same goes with purple.


4. Use various designs of stencil and apply some Delicata Golden Glitz partially through the stencil.

5. Dab a bit of Golden Glitz onto the acrylic block, use a bit of water and apply a bit onto the corners.

6. Stamp image using Memento Tuxedo Black and color in using alcohol markers. Fussy cut. Adhere onto the mat layer.

7. To match the color of cardstock to the color of ink, I sponged some purple ink onto the edges of my cardbase using a Sponge Dauber.

Fall is in the air

by Penny

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  • Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Memento Luxe: Peanut Brittle, Toffee Crunch, Rhubarb Stalk; Memento Markers: Bamboo Leaves, Potter’s Cly, Grape Jelly, Rhubarb Stalk, VersaMark, white embossing powder, irRESISTible Wedding Dress.
  • Simon Says Stamp: Bundle of Shapes die
  • Poppy Stamps: Maple Leaf Border die
  • Reverse Confetti: Forever Fall stamp set
  • Penny Black: Paisley Outline stamp
  • The Twinery: Cappuccino Solid twine
  • Craftwell:  eBosser, eBrush
  • Cardstock: olive, burnt orange, cream, pale orange, white
  • Miscellaneous:  adhesive of choice, foam adhesive, distress tool, foam pencil holder


1. Cut white card stock to measure 5.5 x 4.25 inches when folded.

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2. Cut Olive card stock 5.5 x 4.25 inches. Cut Burnt Orange card stock same size and die cut with stitched frame die. Stamp Paisley Outline with Memento Luxe Peanut Brittle, Toffee Crunch & Rhubarb Stalk. Adhere together, distress edges of Olive card stock. Flick Wedding Dress irRESISTible onto this panel. Adhere panel to card base.

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3. Die cut Maple Leaf Border with a scrap of white card stock. Using this as a mask, airbrush leaves onto Cream card stock measuring 1.5 x 5.5 inches. Adhere to Pale Orange card stock and trim.

NOTE: There is not a designated adapter for Memento markers to be used with eBrush.

Slit a foam pencil holder, wrap around Memento marker and it will fit in the SN adapter.  :)

4. Wrap twine around leaf panel.  Adhere to card front with foam adhesive.

5. Stamp and heat emboss sentiment, die cut with stitched tag and adhere to leaf panel.

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6. Tie double bow leaving long tails. Cover tails with favorite glue, wrap around a pencil or similar tool, let dry.

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7. Adhere bow to tag with glue and foam adhesive.


Inspiration Week with Hazel and Ruby Day 6


This week IMAGINE Crafts is proud to feature the products from Hazel & Ruby.  Our Artists In Residence are here all week to inspire you with their amazing projects using IMAGINE Crafts’ products along with a selection of stencils, paper and embellishments from Hazel & Ruby.


All About U Canvas

by Linda

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  • IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko: Craft Mat, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, Sponge Daubers, Creative Medium, InkBlushers, Smudgee
  • Hazel & Ruby:  Stencil/Mask, Sequins, Patterned Tissue Paper
  • Spellbinders: Classic Rectangles LG Nestabilities, Grand Calibur Die Cutting and Embossing Machine
  • Want2Scrap: Self Adhesive White Pearls, Baby Bling Pearls in White
  • Prima Marketing: paper flowers, bird image, Fairy Belle transparent stamp set
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: E-Z Runner, 3D Foam Squares
  • Miscellaneous: liquid glue, ricrac ribbon, metal corner embellishment, Mont Marte Canvas 4×4


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1. Cut tissue  slightly larger than canvas – approx 4 1/2″ x 4 ½”.

2. Sponge Creative Medium onto Canvas using an Ink Blusher.

3. Use Smudgee to remove any air bubbles

4. Adhere extra tissue to the back o the canvas.

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6. Adhere Music Tissue Sheet on to white cardstock using Creative Medium and an InkBlusher.

7. Place mask in the center of the music sheet.

8. Cut/emboss using Classic Rectangles LG.

9. Use the die as a stencil and sponge around the edges using Versafine and a Sponge Dauber.

10. Remove paper from the die and remove stencil.

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11. Tear a think strip from the Music Sheet.

12. Sponge the edges of the Music Sheet  and adhere to the Canvas using liquid glue.

13. Add strips of spotted paper.  Note: use two sheets together if using tissue paper.

14. Adhere RicRac using liquid glue.

15.Add a torn strip of music paper.

16. Adhere masked rectangle.

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17. Adhere ‘Love’ sticker as shown in the main photo.

18. Adhere flowers using liquid glue on side of main image.

19. Attach stamped and coloured bird using liquid glue on right side of lowest road.

20. Adhere metal corner using liquid glue.

21. Adhere sequins randomly using liquid glue.

22. Add self adhesive pearls where desired.