Saturday, April 18, 2015

Welcome Spring - Imaginisce

Hello friends! I am cleaning up my flower beds today so I am only popping in quick with a card I created for Imaginisce with the Welcome Spring collection.....

Unfortunately, no real tulips in my neck of the woods yet, but these tulips are sure to put a smile on anyone. I think I will set this one aside for Mother's Day. I love shaped cards, don't you? 

One of my favorite Imaginisce tools is the i-Magicut Ribbon Cutter. It cuts and seals the edge of the ribbon so it won't fray. Pop on over to the Imaginisce blog to see a tutorial I prepared on how easy it is to use.

Imaginisce : Pattern Papers (Welcome Spring, Little Princess), I-Magicut Ribbon Cutter
American Crafts: Cardstock

Don't forget about the Clique Kits April challenge sponsored by Fancy Pants Designs. Take a look at the prize.... The Meology collection!!!

Here are a few details to go along with this months challenge!
  • You may combine our challenge with other challenges
  • You may enter our challenge up to 3 times
  • Link up your projects by April 30, 11:55 pm CST
  • You are not required to use a Clique Kit to link up
  • You are not required to use Fancy Pants Designs products to link up but doing so does give you an extra entry
  • Create any type of project
  • Link directly to your challenge project entry post
Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Carousel Party with Cocoa Vanilla Studios

Hello blogging friends!
Friday, I didn't think you would get here fast enough! This working girl is looking forward to a weekend, hopefully a weekend where I won't be called into work.

I stayed up a late night, or two, or three to create this carousel cupcake holder with my beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Studios Sugar & Spice collection papers, an SVGcuts digital cutting file, my Xyron 9" Creative Station, and my Silhouette Cameo.

The horses are mounted on straws with washi tape. I have cake pops somewhere in my craft room and couldn't find them. Time to clean my craft room again, lol.

There are even cupcake wrappers to coordinate from the Sugar & Spice collection.

This baby even has mirrors! (ok it's reflective foil paper)

Check out these gorgeous patterns!

One more pic....

I love how this turned out....I am saving it for a baby shower since I don't have little girls anymore. Don't worry, those cupcakes have already been eaten. They are from the famous Nadia Cakes, winner of the Food Network Cupcake Wars!

Maybe I will have to get hubby out this weekend to see if we can find a carousel ride that's open already. Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It's a Black Tie Affair - Top Dog Dies

Hello blogging friends!!! With Spring comes Prom and weddings. So when I received the new Vest and Bow Tie die set from Top Dog Dies my first thought was a black tie affair. I just needed to make a shirt card. I folded a sheet of white paper to create my card base that looks just like a shirt then added the vest and bow tie...

Adorable, Right!!

The card would normally open from the top, where the bow tie is attached. Instead, I slipped a gift card into the side...

This would be great for Father's Day too, don't you think! Check out the detail in this new die set. Those vest buttons look so real. I love the stitching details on the pockets and the bow-tie.

Top Dog Dies Onesie Vest Die Set

Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

New Top Dog Dies!!!

Hello blogging friends! I wanted to let you know that Top Dog Dies has 6 new dies released this month! I wanted to show you a couple of cards that I created with the new dies.

This first one is a vest die to coordinate with the Baby Onesie dies, but they also introduced a thin metal die onesie....


Here is my card...

I added machine stitching on the vest. It just makes it look more authentic.

Top Dog Dies Baby Onesie Card
Top Dog Dies Baby Vest
Top Dog Dies Baby Onesie Finishing set
Top Dog Dies Dotted Tags set.

Top Dog Dies also released this new coffee die.

Here is a card I created with this new die...

Top Dog Dies Coffee Die set
Top Dog Dies Vintage A2 Mat 
Top Dog Dies Uppercase Typewriter Font
Top Dog Dies Lowercase Typewriter Font

Here are the other 3 new dies...

Stop by the Top Dog Store to see the adorable cards the other designers have created with these. April was such a fantastic release!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Top Dog Dies Tutorial

Hello blogging friends! I have a super easy Top Dog Dies tutorial for you today. It's one of those things were you'll think "Why didn't I think of that?" I want to show you how easy it is to adhere intricate dies like the cross I used on this card....

I created this card for my brother-in-law. If you follow my blog you know that he has been battling bladder cancer for about  18 months. On this journey, he has found God. He was to have received the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, Confession, and Confirmation on Holy Saturday. Unfortunately, he has been hospitalized again and required surgery last week. I will still give him the card. His journey has not been easy and I want him to know that with God all things are possible.

The sentiment by Lori Whitlock was printed with my Silhouette Cameo using a gold sketch pen. I then added some blue watercolors over the top starting with a light blue at the top and gradually getting darker at the  bottom. When it was dry, I die cut the edge using the Top Dog Dies Chelsea Signature die.

The gorgeous Top Dog Dies Cross die is the focal point of my card....

Because this die is so intricate, it can be difficult to adhere without getting glue residue everywhere. Here is my trick.

1. Cut a piece of cardstock just large enough for the cross die. Run it through your Xyron Sticker Maker. I am using the 2.5" Sticker Maker, but Xyron makes a 5" and a 9" one as well.

2. Set the die on top of the paper and make your sandwich for die cutting. (Remove plastic from the top first if necessary.)

3. Run the die through your die cutting machine.

4. Remove die and punch out any remaining negative parts. Look.... no glue residue!!!

5. Peel off the paper backing when you are ready to use it and adhere to the Cross base.

6. I did not have to weed out any excess glue residue!

Just remember to use your Xyron first and die cut second!

Top Dog Chelsea Signature Die
Top Dog Dies Cross Die set
Xyron 2.5" Sticker Maker
Silhouette Cameo
Lori Whitlock cutting file (use gold sketch pen instead of blade)
Moxie pattern papers
White and Gold cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, April 6, 2015

Welcome Spring Easter Treat Boxes - Imaginisce

Hello blogging friends. I love decorating for Holidays. Spring comes slow to Minnesota and it's nice to freshen up the house with bright and cheery Easter decorations. The Imaginisce Welcome Spring collection is one of my favorites and I used it to create these festive Easter treat box eggs. These eggs open up and can be filled with some Easter grass, candies and small toys. They also make a great centerpiece on my dining room table. 

I used my Imaginisce i-Rock to add assorted crystals to the top halves of the eggs. Crystal swirls can be created by using stencil placements. Hint....It's much easier to apply the crystals on a flat surface before assembling. Also, do not use on plastic tables. I once glued my project to the table, lol. I now have a sturdy wood desk.

I think this is my favorite paper in the collection.

I have 3 kids.... so of course I do everything in triplicate. 

Imaginisce : Pattern Papers (Welcome Spring), I-Rock, crystal mix gems, 
American Crafts: Cardstock
 SVGcuts file: Poplar Tulips
Hope you all have a fabulous Easter!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Spring - Clique Kits Spring Limited Edition Card Kit

Hello blogging friends. Happy Easter!!

I wanted to share some cards today that I made with the Clique Kits Spring Limited Edition Card Kit. It is such a gorgeous kit featuring the My Mind's Eye On Trend papers and lots of gold embellishes. I am tripping on all things gold right now and this kit with the My Mind’s Eye On Trend papers is just a delight. I think you are all going to love it too. Take a look...

All that elegance and gold is perfect for weddings. Do you know of a June bride? Since my daughter was recently married, I thought a wedding announcement would be just as perfect. Of course an announcement needs a photo ….

Being a photographer and a scrapbooker, I love including photos on my cards! Banners like this under the photo are a great way to use up your scraps.

There are lots of embellishments in this kit that work for birthday cards as well, and who doesn’t need birthday cards! The Celebrate sentiment came from the digital downloads exclusive for the card kit.

This last card could be used for a birthday or just a card to say hello to someone special. I used a Spellbinders die on the cardstock included in the kit and layered to pattern paper with the die cut cardstock. I just love that shaped enamel heart.

 I think the receiver of this card will be instantly happy when they see this.

I hope you enjoyed my cards today. I promise to have some cards using the stamp in my next post. This kit is still available for purchase in the Clique Store, look under the Limited Edition Kits. Even though monthly subscriptions are sold out, anyone can still get their hands on these beauties. These are going to sell fast though so don’t wait too long. Use coupon code Marcia10 and save 10%!
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of your holiday.