Gratitude Jar

by Taylor

I wanted to make a fun family activity that encouraged my kids to think about what they’re grateful for, share what my husband and I are grateful for AND look pretty good in my dining room… so I hatched a plan for this Gratitude Jar. The idea is that each day leading up to Thanksgiving well all write something short on a tag and put it in the jar. Then on Thanksgiving, we will pull them out and see what everyone wrote!

Supplies:

  • Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: StazOn: Ganache, Cactus Green, Orange Zest, Mustard, Spiced Chai, St. Valentine; Memento LUXE Morocco inker, Fireworks: Desert Sand, Dandelion, Bamboo Leaves, Tangelo; Walnut Ink spray, Memento Marker Espresso Truffle, Ink Dropper, SHEET Metal Postcard
  • Crafter’s Companion: Rock-a-Blocks
  • Simon Says Stamp: Giving Thanks (clear stamp set); Sketchy Banners (metal dies)
  • Lawn Fawn: Thank You Tags (clear stamp set); Tag You’re It, Stitched Journaling tag, Stitched Leaves (metal dies)
  • Neenah: Desert Storm cardstock
  • Misc: Darice cork embossing folder; re-purposed jar ; twine

Directions:

1. Ink tree with StazOn Spiced Chai, using a Rock-a-Block, roll onto glass jar. When stamping, applying less pressure when the stamp is first placed onto the glass to create a bit of shadow on one side. Increase pressure as the Rock-a-Block is rolled.

2. Repeat Step One to stamp leaves in desired StazOn colors – I used Mustard, Cactus Green, and Orange Zest.

3. Repeat Step One again for the sentiment, using Ganache.

4. Create the cardstock for the leaves and tags by spraying with Fireworks sprays and Walnut Ink as desired. (Spray both sides of the cardstock)

5. Put a drop of Memento LUXE refill ink on a scrap piece of acrylic or a plastic tray. Add water and mix. Use an Ink Dropper to collect the ink and spritz randomly on cardstock. If desired, wipe with a paper towel as well to spread color around.

6. Die cut tags from cardstock made in Step Four and Five using metal dies in various shapes.

7. Stamp small leaf on each tag using StazOn ink of choice.

8. Die cut leaves from cardstock made in Step Four and Five using metal dies in various shapes.

9. Use the brush tip of Memento Dual-Tip marker to color the edges of leaves for contrast.

10. Emboss large piece of SHEET Metal in the Postcard size.

11. Roll SHEET metal slightly to place inside jar. Add tags.

12. Wrap twine around jar lid and attach a few leaves.

13. Attach a few leaves to outside of jar.

14. Drop remaining leaves inside jar, between the SHEET Metal and jar.

Swim the Sea

by Taylor

I’m forgetful these days! One of the things I’ve been especially bad about since we moved earlier this year is birthdays… they just sneak up on me! Imagine my panic when I realized my mom’s birthday was fast approaching, and I needed to get a card in the mail immediately (as in, the same day I remembered) or it would arrive late! She lives on the beach and loves all things related to the ocean, so I knew exactly what to make for her.

Supplies:

  • Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Memento Tuxedo Black, Fireworks! Summer Sky
  • Spectrum Noir: Floral, Marine, Essentials sets of colored pencils
  • Crafter’s Companion: Maid of the Sea by Sheena Douglass (rubber stamp set)
  • Neenah: Desert Storm cardstock
  • Hemptique: Twine (Natural)
  • Misc: Darice foam adhesive, Collall All Purpose glue, Stamp-a-ma-jig, CutterBee scissors

Directions:

1. Stamp the mermaid image on to a piece of cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

2. Without re-inking the stamp, stamp the image again, directly onto the card base. (Note: this is for a placement guide for the next step)

3. Using a Stamp-a-ma-jig, stamp wave images directly on to card base with Tuxedo Black ink. Use the lightly stamped mermaid image as a guide for where to place these images.

4. Stamp the waves again on additional cardstock using Tuxedo Black ink. (Note: for this tutorial, four additional wave images were stamped)

5. Color all images as desired. For this card, Spectrum Noir blendable colored pencils were used as follows:

Waves: 55, 70, 75, 64, 69, 75, 117, 01
Mermaid Tail: 36, 37, 39, 42, 09 (fin: 83, 38, 40)
Skin: 03, 04, 05, 09, 85, 89
Hair: 117, 119, 120
Rocks: 109, 110, 114, 102

6. Fussy cut mermaid and additional waves.

7. Spray card base and additional waves with Fireworks! Summer Sky.

8: Using Stamp-a-ma-jig, stamp sentiment on card base with Tuxedo Black ink.

9: Using foam adhesive for dimension, adhere mermaid and waves to card base as desired. Use wet glue to attach some as well.

10: Tie twine around the top of the card.

Inspiration with Lawn Fawn Day 2

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This week IMAGINE Crafts is proud to feature the fun and amazing stamps from Lawn Fawn!  Our Artists In Residence are here all week to inspire you with their amazing projects using IMAGINE Crafts’ products along with rubber stamps from Lawn Fawn. Be sure to visit both company’s blogs daily for ideas, tips and techniques from our design teams.

 

Love You A Latte

by Linda

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Supplies:
  • IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko: Craft Mat, Sponge Daubers, Pico Embellisher Shimmer, Memento:  Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa, Toffee Crunch, Espresso Truffle; Delicata Golden Glitz, Memento Marker Lady Bug
  • Lawn Fawn: ‘Love You a Latte’ clear stamp set
  • Spellbinders: Labels Forty, Distressed Edges Nestabilities, Back to Basics Tags Shapeabilities, Grand Calibur Die Cutting and Embossing Machine
  • Dreamweaver Stencils: LJ801
  • Want2Scrap: Self Adhesive Baby Bling in Red Rhinestone
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: E-Z Runner, 3D Foam Squares
  • Miscellaneous: liquid glue, brown seam binding, red mulberry rose; White cardstock;

Directions:

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1. Stamp Lawn Fawn images using Tuxedo Black.

2. Cut out the sentiment using Distressed Edges Nestabillties, and the coffee cup image using Back to Basics Tag die.

3. Use the die as a stencil before removing the cardstock by sponging around the inside edges using Delicata Golden Glitz and a Sponge Dauber.

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4. Sponge Dreamweaver Stencil using Memento Toffee Crunch, followed by Memento Rich Cocoa.

5. Randomly stamp cup ring using Memento Espresso Truffle.

6. Cut card front using Labels Forty Die

7. Adhere to the precut card base, cut using Labels Forty, using double sided tape.

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8. Cut/emboss one (1) Distressed Edges.

9. Adhere sentiment layer using 3D Foam Squares.

10. Adhere image tag to lower right corner of the layered die cuts using double sided tape.

11. Wrap baker’s twine around the layers twice.

12. Tie twine into a bow and adhere layers to the card base.

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13. Color in the hearts using Memento Marker in Lady Bug – allow to dry.

13. Add Pico Embellisher in Sparkle to heart image on tag image and sentiment tags.

15.  Adhere red bling both sides of heart as shown in photo above.

16.  Adhere seam binding around all layers of the card adhering with liquid glue onto the left side.

17. Adhere double bow followed by a red mulberry rose.

 

You’re The Best

by Taylor

The holidays are fast approaching, and I am always looking for ways to make lots of pretty-yet-easy gifts for people. Enter my all time favorite color combo…. kraft + white + brown. It just makes everything look fabulous! I thought it would be fun to use those colors to make an easily reproducible gift tag that I could make sets of to give away this year for Christmas (or tie on hostess gifts and packages of treats – either way, loads of gift tags are good to have around!).

A couple of the newest Lawn Fawn stamp sets and dies and some Memento LUXE inks made this project super easy!

Supplies:

  • Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Memento LUXE: Rich Cocoa, Wedding Dress
  • Lawn Fawn: Critters in the Arctic, Thank You Tags + coordinating dies
  • May Arts: ribbon
  • Darice: foam adhesive

Directions:

1. Die cut two tags from kraft cardstock using Lawn Fawn dies.

2. On the larger tag, stamp the frame using Memento LUXE Wedding Dress ink.

3. Randomly stamp snowflakes using Wedding Dress and Rich Cocoa inks.

4. Stamp frame on smaller die cut tag using Rich Cocoa ink.

5. Add sentiment stamped in Wedding Dress ink.

6. Stamp bunny in Rich Cocoa ink and fussy cut.

7. Adhere bunny to smaller tag with foam adhesive; adhere smaller tag to larger tag with foam adhesive as well.

8. Tie silver ribbon to top.

Autumn Leaves

by Taylor

I typically stick to cardmaking… it’s what I love. Decor projects of any kind are a bit out of my comfort zone, but when my kids saw this cute wooden pumpkin basket at Michael’s, they really wanted it! So I figured I’d have a go at making it pretty, and I have to say I adore how it turned out!

Supplies:

  • Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Vertigo Taffeta, Memento: Rich Cocoa, Morocco, Dandelion, Bamboo Leaves; Sheer Shimmer Spritz Gold), Walnut Ink, Fireworks!: Rich Cocoa, Bamboo Leaves, Pear tart, Cottage Ivy; irRESISTible Texture Spray Pear Tart, InkBlushers, Sponge Dauber
  • Spectrum Noir: Ultra Smooth White cardstock; alcohol markers
  • Crafter’s Companion UK: Ivy metal dies
  • Stampendous: PenPattern Leaves + coordinating metal dies
  • Misc: Darice foam adhesive; Collall All Purpose glue, wooden pumpkin basket (Michael’s), eBrush (Craftwell)

Directions:

1. Spray basket using eBrush. For this one, I’ve used Spectrum Noir markers OR2, OR3, and TN6.

2. Stamp leaves on white cardstock with Rich Cocoa ink.

3. Using Sponge Daubers, apply Bamboo Leaves, Dandelion, and Morocco ink as desired.

4. Die cut with coordinating leaf dies.

5. Spray Walnut Ink and Sheer Shimmer Spritz Gold on die cut leaves.

6. Die cut three more leaves with Vertigo (not pictured).

7. Die cut ivy pieces and spray as desired with Fireworks and irRESISTable sprays.

7. Adhere cardstock leaves and Vertigo leaves together with a liquid glue.

8. Trim ivy pieces to fit as desired in basket.

9. Attach all pieces to basket, using foam adhesive for dimension.

Inspiration Week with Hazel and Ruby Day 5

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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.

Do Not Open Before the 25th!

by Taylor

Supplies:

  • Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Delicata Golden Glitz, irRESISTible Colored Texture Spray Copper, Sheer Shimmer Spritz Gold; Encore Ultimate Metallic: Copper, Green; InkBlushers, Sponge Daubers, Creative Medium
  • Hazel & Ruby: ‘Boutique Alpha & Numbers’ Stencil Masks, ‘Green with Envy’ The Makery Sequins, ‘Pass the Tissue’ crafting tissue papers
  • Cardstock: Ultra Smooth White (Spectrum Noir); Shimmering Pearl White (Crafter’s Companion US); Bazzill; Recollections
  • Crafter’s Companion: Stamps: Happy Holidays; Metal Dies: Santa’s Sleigh, Snowflakes; Ebosing folder: Let it Snow
  • Ribbon & Twine: May Arts
  • Miscellaneous: Darice foam adhesive; Collall All Purpose glue; 4″x4″ chipboard coaster; foam paintbrush

Directions:

1. Adhere tissue paper to chipboard coaster using Creative Medium and set aside to dry.

2. Emboss piece of shimmering cardstock.

3. Using InkBlushers, create a verdigris effect with Encore Copper and Green inks.

4. Attach number stencils to coaster.

5. Spray with irRESISTable spray and Sheer Shimmer Spritz, set aside to dry.

6. Spray verdigris background with irRESISTable spray.

7. Die cut sleigh image. Prior to removing cardstock from die, sponge Delicata ink on. Allow to dry.

8. Stamp sentiment on white cardstock with Delicata ink.

9. Adhere all elements to card base.

 

Party Time!

by Sylvia

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Supplies:

  • Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: irRESISTible Texture Spray Dandelion, Versafine Onyx Black, Craft Mat
  • Hazel&Ruby: Green With Envy The Makery Sequins; Pass The Tissue Crafting Paper Tissues
  • Clear Scraps: Chicken Wire 6×6 mask/stencil
  • Whimsy Stamps: Mini Envelope die
  • Paper Smooches: Birthday Sampler stamp set
  • Spellbinders: Grand Calibur die cutting machine
  • Miscellaneous: white cardstock; liquid glue; dimensional foam tape

Directions:

1. Make 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card base from white cardstock.

2. Prevent your workspace with IMAGINE Crafts Craft Mat from being stained.

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3. Affix chicken wire mask to a 3 3/4″ x 5″ piece of white cardstock and spray with irRESISTible texture spray in Dandelion.

4. Remove mask carefully and let dry or use a heat tool to speed up drying time.

5. Die cut envelope from polka dot paper, assemble and glue to chicken wire panel.

6. Adhere sequins with liquid glue.

7. Stamp “You’re Invited” and “Party Time” onto white cardstock and cut into banner shape.

8. Adhere stamped banners to card and mount chicken wire panel to card front using foam tape.

IMAGINE Product Feature with Memory Box

Welcome to a week of fabulous projects featuring the great products from Memory Box!  Our Artists In Residence were beyond excited to work with stamps and dies from our neighbor here in the Seattle area.  Today we share with you two of the creations from our AIRs.

 

Let Your Heart Be Light by Taylor

Pink Christmas Card

Supplies:

  • Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Memento London Fog, Angel Pink, Dandelion; InkBlushers, Sponge Dauber
  • Memory Box: Let Your Heart stamp (CS2006B), Beloved Stars die (99056), Cursive Merry stencil (88578)
  • Cardstock: Ultra Smooth White (Spectrum Noir)
  • Misc: Darice foam adhesive, painters tape, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

Directions:

Memento Inks in Angel Pink and London Fog

1. Secure stencil and cardstock panel with painter’s tape.

2. Sponge Angel Pink and London Fog ink over stencil with an InkBlusher.

Memento Ink in Dandelion and London Fog

3. Die cut the Stars and sponge with London Fog and Dandelion ink on with InkBlusher and Sponge Dauber.

4. Use Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to position the sentiment and stamp in upper left corner with London Fog ink.

5. Add ribbon and adhere die.

6. Pop the whole panel up on foam adhesive on card base.

 

We Wish You A Merry Christmas by Linda

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Supplies:

  • IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko: Memento: Espresso Truffle, Bamboo Leaves, Olive Grove, Nautical Blue; Delicata Golden Glitz, Craft Mat, Sponge Dauber
  • Memory Box: Snowy Tree, Majestic Deer, Merry Christmas cling stamps
  • Spellbinders: Grand Calibur Machine, Back to Basics Tags Shapeabilities; Snowflakes View Spellbinders® Nestabilities® Card Creator
  • Miscellaneous: cardstock – white and pale yellow; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares and E-Z Runner; Acrylic Block; scrap of recycled kraft card.

Directions:

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1. Using Memento Espresso Truffle, stamp Majestic Deer onto white card.

2. Cover the bird image using Washi Tape.

3. Stamp the sentiment using Espresso Truffle onto tag.

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4. Sponge the Snowy Tree using Bamboo Leaves on the tree, followed by Olive Grove on the tips of the branches.

5. Sponge the sky using Nautical Blue and a sponge dauber.

6. Stamp image onto white card.

7. Repeat the inking of the stamp.

8. Lightly spritz the inked stamp with water.

9. Stamp onto image.

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10. Score 4˝ x 5¼˝ piece of pale yellow cardstock at ¾˝, 2˝, and 4˝.

11. Fold into mountain and valley folds as shown.

12. Cut patterned paper slightly smaller than the folds and adhere using E-Z Runner.

13. Tear recycled kraft card and cut to size, making one slightly higher than the other.

14. Using the Sponge Dauber previously used for the green inks, distress the edges as shown in the photo.

15. Adhere longest layer to the back of the second fold using E-Z Runner.

16. Adhere the second layer below the top layer using 3D Foam Squares.

17. Adhere the Majestic Deer between the two layers of Kraft card using liquid glue.

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18. Adhere each stamped image to cut/embossed Snowflakes View (x2), using 3D Foam Squares.

19. Carefully apply drops of StazOn Cotton White, as shown in photos above.

20. Adhere the first Layered trees to the card base using E-Z Runner.

21. Adhere the second layered trees, overlapping onto the first, using 3D Foam Squares.

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21. Adhere embellishments – medium flower, snowflake buttons x2 and small stamped bird.

22. Cut/emboss one (1) Back to Basics Tags in white card.

23. Using the Die as a stencil, sponge around the inside edges in Bamboo Leaves.

24. Stamp the sentiment using Espresso Truffle.

25. Adhere Tag using 3D Foam Tape.

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