Friday, September 24, 2010

Imaginisce Dino Roar Release Party!!!

If you have not looked at the Imaginisce blog this week yet, they are having a release party for the adorable new "Dino-Roar" line.

So to add to the hype about the Dino-Roar line I am showing one of my Dino-Roar projects.  We had this picture taken at the Natural Bridge Caverns in Texas. I even busted out the Cricut Expression with the super cool Dinosaur Tracks cartridge that Provo Craft sent to the Imaginisce design team. I can't tell you how much I have loved being on this team.

Anyway, I got a little side tracked. So here is the layout:

Part of the title here using the Jasmine Font cartridge and the new Robotz cartridge. Not only does it have the cute robots, but it has this awesome font on it. I love it!!

Part of the title here using the font on the Dinosaur Tracks cartridge.

Did you notice that I used the metallic irock gems on the title? And if you are interested in how I shadowed the title I will clue you in.

On the "Natural" title using the Jasmine font cartridge I welded the letters using the shadow feature with my Design Studio. Then I just cut out the regular letters the same size and then put them on the welded shadow word. This technique makes it look like the entire title is welded and shadowed, which is something that is pretty difficult to do and keep the spacing right.

Technique two: When there is a font that does not have a block out feature available, you can simulate it yourself by using the Cricut Design Studio and "Hide Selected Contour" feature. As you may have guessed the Dionsaur Tracks cartridge has a cool font, but no block out feature to back the title so I did it myself.

All you need to do after you cut your title first while using your Design Studio is to go back and select what you want "hidden" and then right click on it and select "hide selected contour". Then you cut. The part that is selected is blocked out and not cut out. On this title I selected the centers of the letters and that made the backing of the letters the perfect match for the letters.

Now, let me just show you what I am talking about with a picture:

The colored letters in the center will not cut now and you will have a perfect backing for your letters.

I hope you enjoyed these two quick little Design Studio tutorials.

And go check out the Dino Roar Release party on the Imaginisce blog!! They are giving away lots of stuff!!! What are you waiting for?

Monday, September 13, 2010

Take the (Cottage) Christmas Card challenge!!!

Hello everyone!!  A couple of months ago Lori, the Imaginisce DT coordinator, issued a challenge to start making your Christmas cards before November. So, for once, I actually did this and not only did I take her challenge, but I managed to get 18 handmade Christmas cards made. And last year, I don’t even remember if I mailed Christmas cards. (I know, shame on me).

So, I am going to share with you how I made mine. And believe me, if I can make cards, then you can. I am not much of a card maker, or a stamper for that matter, and I did both. With a few sheets of cardstock, 6x6 card pad, stamps, and a few punches you can make some cute handmade Christmas cards.

First the supplies I used:
Cottage Christmas 6x6 Card Pad
(3) 12x12 sheets each of (3) different cardstocks (coordinate with patterns in card pad)
(1) 12x12 sheet of white cardstock
Stayzon ink
Acrylic stamping block
Variety of Coloring Markers (I used Copic)
2” & 2 ½” Scalloped Circle Punches
I-rock tool & gems and studs
Foam Adhesive
Optional: Border Punches (3 styles)

Now the assembly:

1) I picked out (2) each of three different patterns of the papers in the 6x6 Cottage Christmas card pad and then picked the coordinating snag’em stamps that went with the patterned papers.

2) Then I selected three different colors of cardstock that would match all three of the patterns. I choose a light blue, Christmas red, and a kraft color. Cut (2) pieces of each 12x12 cardstock into 8 ½” x 5 ½” and then fold in half. You should have 6 of each color.

3) Save the cardstock scraps. You will use them on the cards.

4) Cut 1 ½” strips of the patterns and glue to the center of the cards width wise.

5) Punch out (18) 2” scalloped circles from the white cardstock. Stamp (6) each of the three different stamps. Color in your stamped images. Ink the edges of the scallop circles.

6) Now take the leftover cardstock strips from cutting the cards and use a border punch on them and layer over the patterned paper strip on the front of the card.

7) Decorate your card or stamped image with the i-rock tool, crystals and glam rocks.

8) Use foam tape to adhere the stamped images to the cards.

That is it!!! I used the same pattern, but the cards were all similar.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and get to it!! Take the challenge. Like I said, if I can do it, then you can.

Imaginisce DT member
So now we would like for you to take part of the challenge. Check out this post on the Imaginisce blog. Let us know if you have started your Christmas/Holiday cards for this year. We would love to see them as well. Up for grabs: an I-rock tool with crystals and glam rocks, exclusive i-rock tote and a Cottage Christmas 6x6 Card pad.

What you have to do to enter:

Leave a comment with a link (on the Imaginsce blog) showing us your Christmas cards you've started, or post the image on our Facebook page OR email the image to our blog email address contactimaginiscegmailcom. We'll give you a week (due date 9/20) to show us what you've started and obviously using Imaginisce products always make us happy!!

And if you are interested, here are the Copic colors that I used for these particular cards.

Hope you enjoy!!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Imaginisce September Sketch Challenge

Okay, I am trying to get back into the swing of things. Imaginsice has just posted their September sketch challenge on the Just Imagine blog. This month's sketch is by Aida Haron. She is from Singapore. I think it is pretty cool that Imaginisce has people all over the globe on their design team.

Anyway, here is my take on the sketch:

I used the new Dino-Roar collection.

And here is Aida's sketch:

It is pretty easy to follow.

Would you like to win now? Just HOP ON OVER to the participating Design Team blogs to see what they did with the sketch. Remember, leave one comment on as many of the blogs (and Imaginisce's) as you like and you'll have multiple chances to win a prize package of Imaginisce goodies. They will announce the winner on September 7th.

And now for the challenge part:
Do you like crafting with sketches? And how would you like to win a bunch of Imaginisce products? Try out the sketch for yourself and you could win $75.00+ worth of product (tools and/or paper). Create a card or layout using 75% IMAGINSCE PRODUCTS and Aida's September Sketch for inspiration before September 25th.

Post your sketch on your blog or online gallery AND then come back to the Imaginisce blog post and list your link via Mr. Linky. (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 our blog at the end of the month. And of course, that means you could win your choice of the i-top Tool package, i-rock package or a $75 prize Collection package!

So what are you waiting for?