Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Kid's valentine cards

So I was looking at my left over scraps after doing some projects with the Sweet Cheri line from Imaginisce and I was thinking how much I hate "left overs". There is just something so satisfying using up the scraps. So with Valentine's Day coming up I was thinking that I could make some Valentine cards for my boys to hand out in class. The only request that I got was "make sure they are not too girly".  So with having to make at least 30 per class I needed a quick easy "assembly line" type way to make them. This is what I came up with.

First I cut 5 sheets of 12” x 12” cardstock into 6” x 4” pieces. I have a Purple Cows trimmer. Love it! Then I folded all of them in half, width wise. I had 30 pieces of 4” x 6” cardstock.



Next I used a punch along the bottom edge for a decoration. I choose the one that I did so I could thread a lollipop through the holes.





Then I cut 60 1" x 4” strips of my left over Sweet Cheri papers. I ran 30 of them through my Xyron adhesive machine with the patterned side up and the other 30 with the solid side up. Seriously if you don't have a Xyron adhesive machine you really need to think about getting one. They are fabulous for projects like this.
Next I adhered the patterned strips to the middle of the front of the card and the solid strips on the inside of the card, near the bottom edge, where the punched holes were.




Then I used what ever I had left over of either the Lovey Dovey Stickers Stackers, S.W.A.K. Chipboard Stickers, or the My Little Cupcake Rub-ons, and put them on the front of my card for decoration.



Lastly I inked the edges for a pink chalk ink (VersaMagic) and threaded the lollipop through the holes at the bottom.



I even stamped on the inside with one of the Sweet Cheri stamps so my son could sign his name.



Finished and I did it all while watching a football game on TV.



So they are not too fancy, but just right for a class room full of 5th graders. I mean let’s be realistic; probably most of them will end up in the trash. I shudder to think of this, but they are 5th graders.

I hope this inspires you to use up your left overs and save you a bit of money by making your own Valentine cards.
Products used: Patterned papers, rubons, chipboard stickers, sticker stackers: Imaginisce; Cutter: Purple Cows; Adhesive: Xyron; Chalk ink: VersaMagic; Punch: Fiskars; Stayzon ink.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Imaginisce "Rocks"

Have you seen this? Imaginisce has another tool!!! This one is being premiered at CHA right now. It is called the "i-rock". I love it. It can heat set bling to anything. And they won't come off like regular adhesive backed jems. This is so cool. The ideas are just spinning in my head. So what do you think Tim will do with this tool?


Sunday, January 24, 2010

A double pager

I know it has been a few days since I posted. We are busy at work so I have been working a little extra lately.

One thing I love about living in Louisiana is when it is strawberry season. We have the best strawberries grown here. And the first grade class at my boys school always has a field trip to one of the strawberry fields. I love it! You can eat them off the vines. Here is a layout that I did of one of the field trips.


For the title I used the Cricut cartridge "Simply Sweet". I backed the letter on punch outs that I did using my I-top punches. The strawberries were cut using the Indie Art cricut cart and the vines are from the Calligraphy cartridge.

Products used: Patterned papers: Imaginisce; Cardstock: Bazzill; Punch: Imaginisce: Electronic cutter & die cut images: Cricut (Provo Craft).

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 18, 2010

New I-top Magnet Daddies!!!!!!!!

This is one of the new releases that Imaginisce is coming out with for CHA. Well you probably already know about the cool tool the I-top by Imaginisce, well this is another addition to the line. Magnet Daddies!! You can make your own customized magets. Refrigerators all over the world will never be the same.





And here is what I did with my Magnet Daddies:






Products used: Rubons, papers: Imaginisce "Sweet Cheri" line; Ribbons: Imaginisce "Perfectly Posh" line; Imaginisce I-top brad maker with magnet daddies; Magnetic board from Micheals.

This is just a little magnetic erasable board and I made a tic tac toe game out of it. Check out the Imaginisce Idea Gallery for other I-top ideas. The magnetic projects have a pink badge in the corner that says "magnet"

Stay tuned for more new releases. And don't forget to check out the Just Imagine blog for the latest on the CHA releases! There is something "hot" on the horizon.........

Sunday, January 17, 2010

And the winner of my challenge & give away is..........

Karen. You can't win if you don't play. So Karen, I will give you a choice. Do you want the Let's roll collection or the Sweet Cheri collection? Just let me know and it is yours.

I will be having other give aways coming up.

Oh, and if you are wondering why I have the comment moderation on. I had to do it. So be patient and I will post your comment.

And thanks for playing Karen!!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Cupcake Cutie (And a giveaway)

This layout is dedicated to all you scrappers that are years behind and you don't have 2-3 hours to spend on a layout (you know who you are). I'm just sayin....Anyway, this layout is made with the adorable "Sweet Cheri" line from Imaginisce. It is a "valentine/love" line but I used it in just an everday, random layout. I think this layout took me all of thirty minutes. It should be pretty explanatory.

Basically, all I did was cut a 10" x 10" sheet of one of the patterned sides of the Sweet Cheri papers and rounded the corners and then matted it to one of the coordinating solid sides of the papers. I cut a strip of the border paper and ran that across the top about 1 1/2" from the top edge. Next I took a strip of the coordinating rubons and used the entire border on a vanilla strip of cardstock and adhered that towards the bottom of the layout. Again about 1 1/2" from the bottom edge. I matted my two photos with the vanilla cardstock and placed them in the center of the layout. I just added a few of the dimensional Sweet Cheri stickers for accent and matted one of the cardstock stickers for part of the title on the top right corner of the layout.

For the first part of the title I used some pink foam letter stickers and made them a little darker with chalk ink.
And lastly I added my journaling. Seriously this was a quick layout.

And if you have read this far. I thank you. So now for the fun (giveaway part). Do a quick 30 minute of less layout and post a picture on your blog or in a gallery and post a link here under this post in the comment section. I also want to know exactly how long it took you to complete the layout. Come on be honest. You can do it. The deadline is this Saturday night (Jan. 16th) at midnight. I know people work and this should give anyone time to participate.
What are you trying for? How about a Glossy Paper Pack of Sweet Cheri: http://www.imaginisce.com/ProductDetail.aspx?id=1111. And how about upping the ante here. If your layout uses more than 50% of Imaginisce products, I will through in some coordinating embellishments. And for those of you who just have boys and don't think you can use the Sweet Cheri line I will give you some papers from the "Let's Roll" line by Imaginisce: http://www.imaginisce.com/Products.aspx?col=41.
So what are you waiting for? Get scrappin. Oh, and I am one of those scrappers that I was talking about in the first part of the post. I am so behind on my scrapping. But hey at least I will always have a hobby!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A little I-top tip

I have definitely used the I-top quite a bit now and I just want to share a couple of tips with you that I discovered while playing with mine. First, if you are having trouble "centering" your punched piece out on the brad daddy, use a bit of adhesive to help hold the paper (or what ever you are using) on the brad daddy. You only need a dab. This will keep the paper from slipping over to one side making your image uncentered on the brad.

And here is another tip that I discovered while doing my most recent layout "Mother's Sundae date". The weight of the large brad was pushing the petals of the flowers down so they were not laying flat on my page. So what I did is just use another punched cut out to back the flowers with. This gave flowers more support and allowed them to lie flat on my page.

I hope you find these tips helpful and have fun playing with your I-top

Friday, January 1, 2010

A Mother's Sundae Date

Well now that the fallout of Christmas is over, I can actually get back to scrapbooking. Woohoo! Anyway, having several children to scrapbook, I find that I am getting further and further behind on scrapbooking. OH well, at least I will have something to do when they are out of the house. So these pictures here, are 4 and a half years old. This is one of my favorite pictures of Cameron and I. It was taken in his first grade classroom when they were having their Mother's Day celebration. They were making ice cream sundaes for us.


This is a little close up of part of the title. The orange brads were made with the I-top brad maker by Imaginisce. The punched flowers behind the brads were the punches that go with the I-top. So you can use them for more than just the brads. They make a pretty cool little accent as well.


And on this brad here, I used one of the rubons from the "Sweet Cheri" collection. I have never been much of a rubon person, but I have to say these work very well. They stick so easy. You should really try them.
 Products used: Patterned papers, flowers, brad maker, punches, rubons, chipboard sticker: Imaginisce; letter stickers: American crafts; ink: VersaMagic chalk ink.