Friday, May 28, 2010

Black Magic with Imaginsce and Core'dinations

So did the title catch your eye? What I am talking about is the fantastic cardstock called "Black Magic" by Core'dinations. I remember when this cardstock was released. It is such a cool concept. The top layer is black and if you sand it another color comes through. It makes a cool distressing technique.

This layout, I have already shown, but I just want to really focus on the closeups since it really shows what this innovative cardstock can do.




Here I lightly sanded the black paper and you can see the orange coming through.


And here, again, I sanded the front side of the Black Magic cardstock and then used it on an I-top brad and put some stickles on it for a little extra shine.


And here, I am showing you a little bit of a distressed edge (top right part of photo), I used an edge distresser and it makes a nice "distressed" looking edge on the photo matte. And did you notice the Irock pearl glam rocks?


Here is the final layout. I used the To Love and Cherish line by Imaginisce and on the top strips of the patterned paper I colored in a few flowers with my Copics.

I hope you have enjoyed this layout again. I just wanted to reshow the close ups so you could see what this fantastic cardstock is all about.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Flyin' high with Imaginisce and Core'dinations

Several weeks ago I took my oldest and my youngest to a kite festival in a nearby town. I managed to get some pretty fantastic photos while we were there and I have even shown them to you already. In fact, one of the photos got picked up to be in an online article for Creating Keepsakes. And I did not even know until it was published. Crazy, huh? So let me show you what I did with those photos.

This week Imaginisce and Core'dinations are having a week long blog swap with the DT's. I talked about it yesterday some, so today I would like to continue with it. Today I am showing a layout that I did with the core essentials cardstock from Core'dinations. What is so cool about this paper is that it has an inner color core that "coredinates" with the outer color. So you can sand it, tear it, emboss it or just leave it unfinished like I did. 





I really like how this layout turned out. And I even used my new favorite tool, the irock. Do you think I got carried away with the gems a little bit. It seems to be addicting, so consider yourself warned. LOL!

So don't forget to hope on over to the Just Imagine blog or the Core'dinations blog to check out other great projects that the DT's are doing.

Oh, and in case you are wondering, (I have been previously asked), Yes, the kite is free handed. I sketched it out and then cut the pieces of cardstock out and made a slight mat on the kite.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Imaginisce and Core'dinations Cardstock Blog Swap Week

Well, despite my computer issues. I have finally found a way to post onto blogger. Uuughh..It is my computer so I am on an old dinosaur one at my house and it seems to be working just fine. Anyway, I am a little late to talk about it, but in case you have not noticed Imaginisce and Core'dinations DT's are having a blog swap this week. If you know me then you know that I already love Imaginisce products, but it sure is cool to get some other free products to work with as well.

Core'dinations sent the entire Imaginisce DT three huge packs of cardstock. One was the Gemstones (my favorite, by far), one was the Trifecta (Black Magic, Core essentials and Vintage) and one was the Ebony and Ivory pack (Black Magic, WhiteWash, and Core essentials). I have used all of them and let me say, I LOVE this paper!!! So Core'dinations, if you are listening (or reading this), I am cheap labor if you want to send some more my way. LOL!! A little shameless beg there. Anyway.........here are some of my projects that I did with both of these fab companies products.

So check out both the Just Imagine blog and the Core'dinations blogs to see how you can win some fun stuff. You will also see some pretty great projects as well.





Products used: Core'dinations Gemstones cardstocks and the Splash Dance line from Imaginisce. Irock tool used as well with crystal gems.

Thanks for stopping by and I will have more tomorrow.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Butterfly Love and a cool new tool

I just love new scrapbooking tools. Although I have to admit that I am usually not the first to jump on the bandwagon for the latest and greatest scrapbooking products. But this tool is so cool, I just thought that I might make and exception. I am talking about the new irock tool from Imaginisce. I just happened to get one in the mail the other day (one of the perks of being on the DT) and I have already tried it out.
Let me show you what I did with it.




The gems that I used on this layout is the pearl glam rocks.
This tool is pretty easy to use, but I must warn you that it does get VERY HOT.

On this layout I used the To Love & Cherish line from Imaginisce. I also used some fabulous Core'dinations cardstock where you can sand the front side of the paper and another color show through. This is the Black Magic paper. And on the top strip of patterned paper I used my Copic markers to color in a few of the flowers. I also dusted off my Cricut Expression. I cut the title and the butterfly with my Cricut. Oh, and did you notice the I-top brads in the middle of the flowers? I sanded the paper a little and then put some of the ice stickles for a little added shine.

Products used: Cardstock: Bazzill and Core'dinations; Patterned Paper: Imaginisce; Ribbon & Rubon: Imaginisce; Tools: Imaginisce I-top & I-rock, pearl glam rocks & punches: Imaginisce & amp; Fiskars; Markers: Copic; Flowers: Imaginisce; Stickles: Ranger Industries; Adhesives: The Sticky Thumb, foam squares; Diecut machine: Cricut Expression & Cricut Design Studio

Mother's of Angels

If you are a mother, I know you probably can not imagine the pain that incurs if you loose a child unless you have actually lost one. Imaginisce came across an organization called Mother's of Angels that uses scrapbooking to help ease the grief of loosing a child. Here is a brief summary of what they do. This is taken from the Imaginisce blog. I wanted to help them spread the word since this is such a good cause and Imaginisce is so good to me. You rock!

They tell of a story of a mother, named Marcie, that lost her teenage son. Eventually she found her way back to scrapbooking and it helped her through the grieving process. She started a group called the Mother of Angels where scrapbooking supplies were dropped off (donated) at her local scrapbook store and these supplies were used to help grieving mothers.
Here at Imaginisce our Mission Statement says, "Helping people remember, focus on, and celebrate what matters most." We believe to our core that scrapbooking is not just about buying, collecting and storing a lot of scrapbook supplies. Scrapbooking is all about "remembering AND celebrating what matters most." The example of the Mothers of Angels group is in line with what Imaginisce hopes to be in this amazing industry and we praise these brave women for allowing us to be a part of there story. Thank you!

If you would like to know more about Mothers of Angels and more of the stories of these brave mothers, please visit their blog. They would be more then happy to help get a group started in your own area as well. And most importantly, if you find you have some unwanted scrapbook supplies sitting around that need a good home we would encourage you to consider shipping a box (or two) to Imaginisce's office. If you're in the St. George area, please drop off your donations to Pebbles...please click here to find drop off location details.


Marcie's story and the stories of all of the ladies in Marcie's Mothers of Angles group are ones of inspiration to me. I hope that they inspire you as well. On this Mothers Day I think of Marcie and what a beautiful example she has always been to me. I thank her for her willingness to share her story with our Imaginisce followers.


Please visit the Mothers of Angels blog for more information.
 
Please check out the Just Imagine blog for the whole story.
 
I think this would be a great cause to have at your local scrapbook store.

Monday, May 3, 2010

A few cards

Yes, you heard me right. I actually made some cards. 4 to be exact. A little set. They were pretty simple to make. So here are the pics:


And a little close up:


First I cut four pieces of 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" paper and then folded in half. Next I layered some of the gemstone cardstock and a 1/2" strip of coordinating patterned paper on top of the colored cardstock.

Next I punched out four scalloped circles and then used one of the Imaginisce To Love & Cherish snag 'em stamps. I stamped the image in glue on the scalloped circle and then sprinkled a little glitter on the stamped image and tapped the excess away.

Then I pop dotted the scalloped circle on top of the strips of cardstock and patterned paper. And last I adhered a little ribbon on the bottom edge of the gemstone cardstock.

Pretty easy. I took about 15 minutes for all four to be completed.

Products used: Cardstock: gemstones by Core'dinations, patterned papers: Imaginisce; acrylic stamp: Imaginisce: stamping glue: Martha Stewart; Glitter: Martha Stewart; Ribbon: Imaginisce; Adhesive: The Sticky Thumb; Punch: Marvy Uchida.

So this is one of the things that I did last weekend for National Scrapbooking Day. I hope you enjoyed your weekend as well. I sure did.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Happy National Scrapbook Day!!! And an Imaginisce Blog Sketch Challenge!!

Lots of fun things happening today. All around the scrapbook world. For today is our national holiday. Yes, today is National Scrapbook Day. Yes, the insanity even has it's own holiday. Just adding fuel to the fire I suppose.  LOL! Anyway, Imaginisce is hosting another sketch challenge on the Just Imagine blog.

This month's sketch is by the talented Robyn Shaub. She is a from Texas, so another southern girl. Check out her sketch and then make sure you check around to the other participating design team members and post a comment on all of the design team members blogs as well as the Just Imagine blog for a chance to win some awesome goodies! The more blogs you post on the more chances you have to win!!!

NOW YOU CAN SKETCH TOO....

Do you want to play with this sketch too!! Create a card or layout using 75% IMAGINSCE PRODUCTS and Robyn's sketch for inspiration before May 25th. Post your sketch on your blog or online gallery AND then come back to the Just Imagine blog post and list your link. (Please make sure you link to the post with your layout and not just your blog.) We will select a winner to be featured on the blog at the end of the month. And of course, that means you could win your choice of the i-top Tool package or a $75 prize pack!!

So if you are scrapping this weekend why not try a sketch. Here is the Robyn's sketch:

And here is my take on the sketch:


And a close up:


Products used: Cardstock: Core' dinations, Patterned papers: Imaginisce; flowers, puffy stickers, rubons, ribbon: Imaginisce; punch: Imaginisce; Stamp: Imaginisce; Markers: Copic.

I hope you have fun this weekend scrappin' away or whatever is in your plans. Have a great weekend!!