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by Elina Stromberg

Charming Mini Purse Waffle Flower stamp set

This little purse was inspired by the charming stamp set called “Faye” by Waffle Flower. The cute, crisp image was a great choice for stamping on fabric, and the size was just right for decorating a mini metal frame purse. Metal framed purses are not difficult to make, and there are lots of tutorials available on the web. The project always starts with drawing the cutting pattern; the sizes and shapes of the frames vary, and the pattern needs to be adjusted to the frame used. There are many tutorials for that step too! Try googling with search words “metal frame purse pattern”. Once you find a pattern and design you like then you can sync with this tutorial. The size of my purse is approximately 4 x 4 inches with plenty of space for the stamped image. It is also perfect for coins or your favorite cosmetics!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours + drying time

Directions

Charming Mini Purse Waffle Flower stamp
Step 1

Trace the purse pattern on the fabric. Stamp images using Memento Luxe ink. Heat set with iron.

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Step 2

Color the image and part of the background using All-Purpose Inks and Fantastix. You can dip the Fantastix directly into the ink barrel for coloring. The thickness of the All-Purpose ink is great for fine detailing on fabric. Use short dabbing stokes to make sure the ink soaks into the fabric fibers. Heat set with iron.

Charming Mini Purse embroidery
Step 3

Place the fabric in an embroidery hoop. Using two strings of embroidery yarn decorate the colored image with straight stitches.

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Step 4

Cut the back-exterior piece and two identical lining pieces. Cut two pieces of fusible interfacing (without seam allowance), and iron them on the back sides of the exterior pieces.


Step 5

Stack all four pieces with right sides together. Sew around the edge. Turn the purse around.


Step 6

Using a zig zag stitch, attach a thin cord around the top edge of the purse.


Step 7

Open the frame and practice putting one side of the purse in it (without the glue). Once you feel comfortable place glue inside one side of the frame. Wait a minute (or follow the instructions of the glue manufacturer) and work the fabric into the channel. Use a knitting needle to make sure all fabric is tucked tight into the frame. Remove glue stains immediately with a wet paper towel. 
Let dry for 30 minutes before repeating the steps on the other side. Once everything has dried, your craft project is complete! You can gift this to a friend and personalize any way you wish. Enjoy!

Supplies

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  • Waffle Flower – ‘Faye’ stamp set
  • Fabric – grey, pink
  • Fusible interfacing
  • Metal purse frame
  • Pink embroidery yarn
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery needle
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric glue
  • Scissors
  • Cord
  • Knitting needle
  • Paper and pencil for making the cutting pattern

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Do You Have Dreams of Tangerine?

Tangerine is Imagine’s Color of the Month for June. Throughout this month, we will be featuring projects that incorporate this warm and festive color as well as the theme Summer Lovin’. To start this party right, we have a fruit-themed greeting card by Alison Heikkila who uses super cute stamps as a center piece and splashes of Fireworks Shimmer in the background. Roni Johnson brings a different mood to the deep orange color with a summer sunset shaker card. Oh my! Both these projects show off Tangerine perfectly!

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Tangerine Dreams by Alison Heikkila

Greetings! This month, the Imagine Artists in Residence are sharing projects with Tangerine…..a yummy, uplifting color that makes me think of Summer. I started off by inking up these adorable little fruits by Studio G. Fruit stamps are everywhere right now. So if you don’t have this little set, I’m sure there are plenty of other fruit images that work for this card. I colored them using Memento Ink pads as well as the markers. Both work fantastically. I stamped them on to Mixed Media Paper, die cut them using Fitted Frames, and created a matching dark orange frame to go around it. I used the Large and Small “V” Frames for the centerpiece.

My card base was spritzed with Tangelo Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray from the center toward the edge. I spritzed it sideways to get the outward spray I was going for. After the spray was dry, I inked the edges of the card base with Tangelo Memento Ink. I glued my die cut layers on to the card base, and then using On Point Glue (my favorite liquid glue!!!), I attached a few sequins for added sparkle. Thank you for checking out my card today. I hope you are inspired by the sweetness of Tangerine!

Supplies

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  • Studio G – Fruit Stamps
  • Stampendous – Fitted Frame Set A dies
  • Mixed media paper – white
  • Sequins
  • Cardstock – orange
  • Acrylic block

Summer Lovin’ Sunset Card by Roni Johnson

Summer lovin’…brings to mind lazy days at the beach, lounging by the water, drinking an ice cold beverage while reading my favorite book. I decided that’s what I would translate into a card. The sunset image was stamped on Vertigo with StazOn ink. Once it dried, I used Memento Dual Tip Markers and StazOn Inks to color the image. Please note the water-based Memento markers took a long time to dry on the film as it took time to evaporate. I left mine to dry 3 days. If you do not have 3 days to wait, you can use Fantastix with StazOn ink instead and the dry time will be immediate. Next, I used VersaMagic inks to create a lovely monoprint background design, let dry, stamped seashells and embossed with gold embossing powder. I mounted the Vertigo centerpiece, attached a decorative string inked with Tangelo Memento Markers and pulled the design together on a card base. With the visual dynamic of Vertigo, I can’t stop looking at this card! Hope you enjoy my crafty version of Summer Lovin’.

 

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Did You Know Fantastix Picks Up Shimmer?

Fantastix are awesome! Whether you enjoy cardmaking, illustration, mixed media or home decor projects, Fantastix are a great addition to your art supplies. Fantastix measures 4.25 x 0.25 inches and contains a highly absorbent foam that responds very quickly to liquid ink. And when we say liquid ink we mean pretty much any liquid ink whether it has metallic shimmer, dark pigment colors, light pigment colors, is a water-based or solvent ink.

The barrel size fits well in the hand, comes in bullet or brush tips and can be used on paper, metal, wood, and fabric. This lightweight tool from Tsukineko performs like an empty ink marker and in today’s blog, we created a video showing off a wide range of uses for this handy little tool.

Check it out!

Supplies

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  • Cardstock
  • Joy Clair Stamps – Be Joyful Bird
  • Ink palette
  • Pre-made zipper pouch
  • water

 

Make a Green T-Rex Dinosaur for your Toddler

by Jessica Litman

Jessica Litman creates a cute kid's craft project. T Rex Dinosaur with Creative Medium Shimmer and Tsukineko's Memento Tuxedo Black.
Adding décor to preschoolers bedrooms is sometimes a tough challenge. Decor needs to be able to withstand the playfulness of a child while bringing a bit of imagination to the space. I chose to create a papercraft T-Rex dinosaur in shimmer, black and green as a solution to this problem. By using a Creative Medium Shimmer to decoupage, the décor becomes tough, playful and creative!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions

Jessica Litman creates a cute kid's craft project. T Rex Dinosaur with Creative Medium Shimmer and Tsukineko's Memento Tuxedo Black.
Step 1

Cut out strips of green tissue paper then cut strips into smaller squares.

Jessica Litman creates a cute kid's craft project. T Rex Dinosaur with Creative Medium Shimmer and Tsukineko's Memento Tuxedo Black.

Step 2

Apply a small portion of Creative Medium Shimmer with a paint brush to the body of the dinosaur. Adhere square tissue paper over the medium. Continue to cover the dinosaur with tissue paper until the entire body is covered. Creative Medium dries quickly when thinly applied.

Jessica Litman creates a cute kid's craft project. T Rex Dinosaur with Creative Medium Shimmer and Tsukineko's Memento Tuxedo Black.

Step 3

Take one of Imagine’s InkBlushers and dab with Tuxedo Black Memento ink to create scales on the dinosaur. The thick end of the Ink Blusher can be used for covering the large open areas while the thin edge can be used for the fine details around the feet.

Jessica Litman creates a cute kid's craft project. T Rex Dinosaur with Creative Medium Shimmer and Tsukineko's Memento Tuxedo Black.

Step 4

Add eyes to the dinosaur by using the Fantastix and Memento ink. Draw an eye on either side of the head. Let dry. Add any other fun details to make it personal.

Step 5

Once fully covered, apply a thick layer of Creative Medium over all the tissue paper to seal any remaining bits of paper and to also create a smooth surface. Let dry. Display and let the T-rex spark your young one’s exploration of the Jurassic period!

Supplies

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  • Scissors
  • Paint brush
  • Tissue Paper – green
  • 3-D Decorative Dinosaur

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Reasons Love is in the Air

Spring is a time for renewal. Flowers are blooming and the air is warming causing our senses and our hearts to warm as well! In today’s post, we have three handmade greeting cards from our Artists in Residence. Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates vibrant hearts and raindrops imagery on a “Drops of Love” card. Neva Cole also brings vivid colors forward with a hot air balloon theme and Alison Heikkila brings us more love with a cute punk rock girl greeting card.

Drops of Love Handmade Card with red heart and Braille

Drops of Love by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Touch is one of the senses that allows people to understand things. A card sharing love with braille created with StazOn Studio Glaze, GooseBumps and Amplify can share the message. I took time here to create this card with braille to expand the idea of handmade cardmaking to those who may be visually impaired.

I started with cardstock and used GooseBumps and irRESISTibles to make rain drops as the first round of texture. I let them dry well then colored with Bahama Blue Memento and created more texture with Shimmer Creative Medium. I stamped and embossed the white circles to add another bit of dimension. Then I attached wooden hearts, drew clouds around the hearts with White Amplify! and heated to activate the puffy texture. The small braille section is a 2 ¾ x 1 ⅕ inch card. I colored the card with Lady Bug Memento and formed the dot message of braille code with Jet Black StazOn Studio Glaze. With another 2 ¾ x ½ inch card, I color distressed with Bahama Blue Memento and wrote the message with Morocco irRESISTible Pico embellisher which is perfect for lettering. To finish, I arranged all the pieces by gluing the cards on a larger main card and embellished with the little hearts.

Supplies

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  • ScrapBerry’s – circles stamp
  • Buddly Crafts – wooden hearts 40mm
  • White cardstock
  • Embellishments

Glittery Sending Happy Wishes by Neva Cole

Love the look of glitter, but not the possible mess it might make for the recipient of a glittery card? The perfect answer is to use On Point Glue to apply the glitter on the reverse side of an acetate sheet. This fun card is created with StazOn ink stamped on one side of the acetate sheet and colored with StazOn Studio Glaze and glitter on the reverse. The fine tip of the On Point Glue allows great precision for applying in tiny spots.

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  • Unity Stamp Company – Sending Up Something Beautiful
  • Acetate
  • Cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Glitter
  • Ultra fine glitter
  • Rectangles die

Hello Greeting Card by Alison Heikkila

I wanted to use a creepy-cool stamp from Stampotique called Minky Girl and was inspired by her polka-dot skirt and the heart on her shirt. I found a red sequin heart that fit over the one on her shirt perfectly and thought it would make a great card!  I wanted to show that On Point Glue can be used for different things, so I decided to write “hello” in pencil, then rewrote it with the glue. Next, I added glitter. Since I wanted her polka-dots to really stand out, I filled them in with the On Point Glue and shook on some more micro glitter. It takes a few minutes to dry (which is great in case you need to move things around with other techniques). After it dried thoroughly, I brushed off any remaining excess glitter, then added it to my black card base.

Supplies

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  • Stampotique – Minky Girl Stamp
  • Glitter
  • Cardstock
  • Sequins

 

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Pages and Pages of Love with Scrapbooking

Nothing says LOVE like a bit of shimmering and bling! Jowilna Nolte and Elina Stromberg each created page layouts using gorgeous shimmering effects with Fireworks sprays and Embossing Powder. Jowilna’s page can be pasted into an art journal or used as a gift while Elina’s page shows a bit of scrapbook super talent with her own personal photography skills.

Jowilna Nolte creates a journal page with embossed diecut geometric heart and cover the page in Fireworks shimmer.

Jowilna mixed two different colors of Fireworks sprays onto a craft mat then dipped a sheet of graph or patterned paper into the mix. It is cool how the shimmer from the two different colors blend. She then assembled the journal page by adding an embossed die-cut heart, ribbon and a decorative hat element using a brad. Bind into your art journal or use it for a gift.

Supplies

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  • Heart silhouette
  • Ribbon
  • Brad
  • Hat embellishment
  • Gold thread
  • Patterned paper

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Elina Stromberg’s reflection:

In addition to paper crafting, I love to take pictures. I have thousands of photos of my precious family, and the best shots often end up on my scrapbooking layouts. If I print pictures in advance without a special layout design in mind, I prefer converting the photos to black and white before printing. With B&W photos I have more freedom to choose whatever colors or patterned papers for my layout, without having to match the papers, colors nor embellishments to the color palette on the photo. So handy!

For the background of layout, I chose a sheet of heavy watercolor paper. Watercolor and mixed media papers tolerate wet media well, leaving the paper nicely flat after drying. If I had chosen a simple uncoated scrapbooking paper I would have had to prepare the paper with clear or white gesso before misting the pink Fireworks! on the page. To make the shimmery, rich Fireworks! color run on the paper I sprayed the color gently with water. Once dry I decorated the colored area with a few die-cut elements and stamping. For coloring the flowers I used pink and white All-Purpose inks. Those are my true favorites! All-Purpose inks are as simple to use as watercolors, but they are opaque and let you have more control of the color.

The title was die-cut from purple cardstock, and before gluing down on the page I heat-embossed the bottom parts of each letter with gold embossing powder. That’s an easy way to make your title pop!

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Supplies

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  • 12 x 12” watercolor paper
  • Solid color papers – purple, white, light pink
  • Patterned papers
  • Altenew – stamp, diecut
  • Wycinanka – stamp
  • Acrylic stamping block
  • Sizzix – diecut
  • Die cut machine
  • Heat tool
  • Adhesive
  • Scissors

 

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