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Member Since September 2009, 3 forum posts, 110 public projects

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

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DIY Sheer Blooms

Hello, Imaginisce fans. 


It's Tracey here today to share with you my new addiction. 


FLOWERS


But not just any flowers.  You see, these flowers are extra special.  Not because they soft and beautiful and polka dot and sheer.  They are extra special because I made them myself.  Grin.  I get extra excited over
things like that and I'm hoping that if you are reading right now you get that and are excited too.  So without further rambling, here they are:


Each bloom is made using 4 identical sheer, polka dot blooms found in the Fashion Fabric Flowers collections. 

Materials:


-4 identical sheer flowers per flower
-needle and coordinating thread
-i-Bond glue gun
-flower stamens, found at any local craft supply shop

Step One:
-fold one flower into quarters and put a stitch in the bottom to hold it together.


Step Two:
-fold a second flower into quarters and stitch it to the first flower.  Repeat this same sequence with each of the four flowers layering them beside and on top of one another until you have desired fullness.

Step Three:
-using i-bond tool, adhere flower stamens to the center of the flower. 


Here are just a few project ideas using these flowers:


The first one I made as a brooch for my CHA apron.  I simply added a badge Daddy to the back.


Here is the same flower used on a layout.


A small and a large bloom pair nicely to create this headband.


I used the white flower and the new badge/pin combo to make a broach that doubles as a hair accessory.

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These flowers really are that simple to make and that versatile to use.  I can see me making many more of these and I hope I have inspired you to try them too.

Stop by MY BLOG to be entered into a drawing for an Imaginisce goodie package.

Have a wonderful day!

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Matchbook Notes Tutorial

We all love the "Happy Camper" line for creating the perfect camping scrapbook layout, but it can be used for so much more!!

Today I'm going to show you how I created this adorable 5"x5" matchbook notebook:
Supplies:
  • 1 Sheet of "Thermal Jammies" patterned paper
  • 1 Sheet of "Don't Feed The Bears" patterned paper
  • "Story Telling" Sticker Stacker
  • Notebook paper (I used copy machine paper)
  • Magnets
  • Doily
  • Button
  • Twine
  • Clips (1 for the cover & two office binder clips for to glue the notepad together)
  • Ribbon
  • Chalk Ink
  • Scallop punch (you may want another design for the flap as well)
  • Hole punch
  • Brown Pen
  • Letter die-cuts (you can download my "notes" Silhouette Studio cut file here.)
  • Adhesive (I used my ATG gun, Tombo Mono Multi, and Glossy Accents)

Instructions:
Note: I used my Silhouette (shape: "matchbook notepad simple") to cut out my matchbook, but my instructions will show you how to create the base of the notebook without a die-cut machine.
  1. Cut "Thermal Jammies" paper to 12" x 5". Punch one of the short edges of your paper with a paper punch of your choice (this will be the bottom tab) and then trim the overall length to be 11".
  2. Score your paper, starting with the punched edge, at 1", 5 ¾", and 6 ½". Fold on the score lines.
  3. Use a scrap of the same patterned paper to cover the 1" flap you've created... just flip it so the pattern on the other side (stripes) shows and punch it so it matches the punch you originally used. Ink the edges and folds of the notebook.
  4. Cut a ¼" piece of brown striped paper off of the edge of the Sticker Stacker sheet. Add that to the flap along with a button.
  5. On the back side of the flap place a magnet on the flap and onto the front of the notebook where they meet. (I used Basic Grey magnets.)
  6. Adhere a doily to the cover. Because my magnet was under the delicate parts of the doily, I added a drop of Glossy Accents over the doily that covered the magnet so that it would not rip.
  7. Scallop punch a 4 ¼" x 1" piece of "Don't Feed The Bears" patterned paper. Adhere that to the bottom edge of the sticker and then adhere it to the cover.
  8. Use a die-cut machine to cut out "notes" out of the same paper...I used my Silhouette and you can download my cut file here. Adhere it to the front of the sticker. Add some faux stitches around the scallop under the sticker and the "notes" die-cut.
  9. Use a small hole punch to take a little "bite" out of each side of the cover of the notebook so that when you wrap the twine around it it won't slip. Tie the twine into a bow.
  10. Add the clip with ribbon tied to it to the sticker.
  11. To create the actual notebook paper that goes inside, cut a stack of paper to 4 ½" x 4½" ( I used about 40 sheets) and place a binder clip or two onto it to keep it steady. Apply a thin layer of Tombow Mono Multi to one edge and allow to dry and then remove the binder clips and adhere it to the inside of the notebook.


Here's how the inside will look when you have everything in place.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Stop by my blog to enter my drawing for a big Imaginisce goodie box!

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Weekly Winners!


COMPETITION: Happy Camper Release Party Day 1
PRIZE: Happy Camper Sample Pack
WINNER:
thepaperthumb said...

What a cute paper line, I can't wait to get this. We go camping every year so I have lots of photos to scrap. When will we see this in the stores?


COMPETITION: Happy Camper Release Party Day 2
PRIZE: Happy Camper Sample Pack
WINNER:
annamills2001 said...

Thermal Jammies is my fave...a dot AND a stripe all in one!! The layouts are awesome, but I'm in love with the 'thank you beary much' card and the s'mores kits!


COMPETITION: Happy Camper Release Party Day 3
PRIZE: Happy Camper Sample Pack
WINNER:
Mrs Ham said...

The projects are just great. I like that the projects show that this collection can be used in different ways, not just camping.


COMPETITION: Happy Camper Release Party Day 4
PRIZE: Happy Camper Sample Pack
WINNER:
loving3boys1girl said...

These papers and embellishments are great. Love, love, LOVE them!! I've got years worth of Yosemite and camping pictures to scrap. This is absolutely PERFECT for all of those. I'm definitely stocking up!

~Tracy
blue.tacs at yahoo dot com


COMPETITION: Happy Camper Release Party Day 5
PRIZE: Happy Camper Complete Collection
WINNER:
Lanadannysmama said...

I loved all the layouts! This line makes me want to drop everything and go camping and fishing with my family! I LOVE the die cuts. I would say my fav is the bear. He is just too cute!
~Monica

COMPETITION: Facebook Happy Camper Avatar Competition
PRIZE: Happy Camper Sample Pack
WINNER:
oh, this would be perfect for my little monsters who keep begging me to go camping this summer
23 May at 15:02

How to Claim Your Prize Package:
Please email us your shipping information
no later than midnight Wednesday, 1st June 2011 and put
the giveaway name in the Subject Line. We will get your prize package out to you as soon as we can.
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Happy Camper Release -- LAST Day!!!


Wow, this week has flown by! Are we having fun yet?  We certainly hope you have enjoyed the Happy Camper release party this week. It’s not over yet though! Our incredible design team has created more layouts, projects and cards from the Happy Camper collection  to inspire you today.  Check them out...
Take a Hike by Sophia Allison

Gone Fishing by Samantha Hauzer

Thanks Card by Sophia Allison

Happy Camping Acrylic Mini by Cristal "Pinky" Hobbs

Happy Camper by Sophia Allison

Outdoor Fun Mini by Tracey Taylor

Book Bag by Sophia Allison


Backyard Camping by Tracey Taylor

Enjoying Nature by Marielle Leblanc

Happy Camper by Marielle Leblanc

Happy Camper by Samantha Hauzer

Outdoor Fun by Marielle Leblanc

Tree Hugger by Samantha Hauzer

Tree Hugger by Marielle Leblanc

GIVEAWAY TIME!
 Since it’s the last day, we are going to up the ante! Today’s prize that is up for grabs is the ENTIRE HAPPY CAMPER COLLECTION!  All you have to do is let us know what you loved on today's post and also tell us which is your favorite embellishment from the Happy Camper collection. Pretty easy, right?

SECOND CHANCE
If you would like to increase your chance of taking home our latest release then pop over to our Facebook page and grab one of our Happy Camper avatars to wear during this release week. One lucky person who is spotted with one of the Happy Camper avatars will win their very own sample collection.

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Happy Camper Release - Day 4

Can you believe we are nearing the end of the week already, but never fear we still have two more days of creations to showcase the fresh and fun new Happy Camper range. And to let you in on a little secret, the design team keep making more and more projects because they are loving this collection and it's versatility.

We just love how Cristal took this range and put her unique touches to it!  Check out her blog for more project details!

Isn't this page that Liz created absolutely adorable?  Those photos are a perfect fit with this range!

Not only is this card super fun, but we love how Liz incorporated our new bling flourish template and gems!?


In a play on words, Rhonda used the Happy Camper line and her Cricut to create the following layout.  To find cut sizes for this project, please visit her blog here.


Just look at this wonderful vacation card that Pinky created!  It certainly takes this range into a whole new direction don't you think?
A little more detail for you of all that glimmer and shimmer!

Rhonda used the Cricut Campin' Critters cartridge for her gift tag and card and if you visit her blog HERE you will find the cuts listed so you can recreate your very own gift set!
Gift Bag, Tag and Card by Rhonda Van Ginkel


Just take a look at this super cute Father's Day card, could it get any better? If you pop over to Heather's blog HERE you will find all the details on how she made the darling shirt for her card.
Happy Father's Day Card by Heather Leopard

Heather also created this sweet acrylic card and added plenty of bling using her i-rock!  How cute is this?!!!

Cristal created this wonderful frame for their friends that just built a cabin.  What a fabulous gift idea!
Love that flower on the squirrel's tail!
Cabin Fever Frame - by Cristal 'Pinky' Hobbs
Lydia brings us this wondeful masculine Birthday card!
Happy Birthday Card by Lydia Jackson
Rhonda used her Snag 'em cloud stamp, the i-rock and i-top to create this little card!
"Reasons to Love Life" card by Rhonda Van Ginkel
Give-Away
Another day, another prize! So today we are giving another lucky follower the chance to win a sample pack of Happy Camper goodies. All you have to do is let us know what you loved on today's post and also tell us which is your favourite snag 'em stamp from the Happy Camper collection. How easy is that?
 

SECOND CHANCE
If you would like to increase your chance of taking home our latest release then pop over to our facebook page and grab one of our Happy Camper avatars to wear during the release week. One lucky people who is spotted with one of the Happy Camper avatars will win their very own sample collection.



Don't forget to come back tomorrow to be inspired with another day of Happy Camper fun.

Winners announced on Saturday!

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Happy Camper Release - Day 3

Welcome back to day three of our Happy Camper release party and another day full of inspiration from our amazing design team. Firstly we'd just like to thank everyone for their wonderful comments about our Happy Camper collection and yes we read every single word you write. And it seems that so many of you have a whole hoard of camping photos tucked away in boxes and waiting for a day when the perfect collection comes along to inspire you to drag that box out and start scrapping your fun photos. Don't forget, we'd love to see what you create so make sure you stop by our facebook page and leave a link to your projects!



Mmmmm - S'mores! Nothing signifies camping quite like 'Smores and perhaps a camp fire thrown in for good measure. Actually when you come to think about it, you don't even need to go camping to enjoy this scrummy treat as you will see with our first layout for today created by Erin. Just have a close look at what Erin has been baking... yummo! And just to add a little extra sweetness you can pop over to Erin's blog HERE for the recipe to her S'mores cooke bar slice!

By Erin Bassett
By Lydia Jackson

By Robyn Schaub

By Lydia Jackson

By Keely Yowler

By Lydia Jackson

By Robyn Schaub

By Erin Bassett

By Robyn Schaub

By Keely Yowler

By Keely Yowler

By Keely Yowler

By Keely Yowler

Give-Away
So who's going to give Erin's scrummy recipe a try? We've got a bad case of the tummy rumbles just thinking about it. Anyhow, minds back on track - we have another Happy Camper sample pack to send out to one lucky follower. All you have to do is tell us what you loved about today's projects and then we'd love to know where your secret camping spot is? We promise we won't turn up uninvited!

SECOND CHANCE
If you would like to increase your chance of taking home our latest release then pop over to our facebook page and grab one of our Happy Camper avatars to wear during the release week. One lucky people who is spotted with one of the Happy Camper avatars will win their very own sample collection.



Don't forget to come back tomorrow to be inspired with another day of Happy Camper fun.

Winners announced on Saturday!

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Happy Camper Release - Day 2

Welcome back to our second day of release party fun and a whole new set of projects from our creative critters - yep that's our design team! We loved reading everyone's comments from yesterday and it seems that we have quite a few happy campers amongst our followers and lots of camping photos just waiting to be scrapped. Well this collection is just perfect and there are so many little details that we thought we'd better give you a bit of a closeup look at each patterned paper, just in case you missed something yesterday.



Gone Fishing

Thermal Jammies


Fireside Fun

Tree Hugger

Fresh Air

Don't Feed The Bears

Don't you just love all the fun little surprises you find on each of the papers? Well our design team have been busy creating their own little surprises and we have a great bonanza of projects to share today. So, grab a hot chocolate and a bag of marshmallows, pull up your camping chair and let's get started!



By Cari Locken

By Cari Locken

By Frances Sylvia


By Aphra Bolyer


By Michelle Unruh

By Penny Smith


By Cari Locken

By Cari Locken


By Michelle Unruh

By Penny Smith

Aphra has created this darling layout of her eldest boy using the Happy Camper collection and her Cricut. So for all you Cricut lovers out there, pop over to Aphra's blog HERE and find out what cartridges and cuts Aphra has used to create this gorgeous layout.

By Aphra Bolyer


By Cari Locken

By Cari Locken


by Michelle Unruh


By Cari Locken

By Michelle Unruh


By Penny Smith


By Aphra Bolyer


By Aphra Bolyer

By Frances Sylvia

By Frances Sylvia

By Cari Locken

By Cari Locken


Give-Away
Wha's a party without a give-away? We can't have such a cute collection and keep it all to ourselves so we are going to share another sample pack of Happy Camper to one lucky follower who leaves a comment telling us how much they loved the projects today and also their favourite patterned paper!

SECOND CHANCE
If you would like to increase your chance of taking home our latest release then pop over to our facebook page and grab one of our Happy Camper avatars to wear during the release week. One lucky people who is spotted with one of the Happy Camper avatars will win their very own sample collection.



Don't forget to come back tomorrow to be inspired with another day of Happy Camper fun.

Winners announced on Saturday!

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Happy Camper Release - Day 1


Well it's finally here and heading out to stores around the globe so you will be able to have your hands on Happy Camper in the not too distant future. This week we will be showcasing the wonderful ways in which this collection can highlight those fun camping trips, backyard sleep-overs or even trips to the beach - the possbilities are endless and our design team will take you on a fabulous journey. Not to mention some prizes along the way!

Let let the journey begin!


By Courtney Lee

By Beth Moore

By Beth Moore

By Kim Holmes

By Courtney Lee

By Kim Holmes

By Courtney Lee

By Shemaine Smith


By Kim Holmes

By Beth Moore

By Beth Moore

by Shemaine Smith

By Shemaine Smith



Give-Away
Well it wouldn't be a release party without a give-away! So leave a comment telling us what you think our of new Happy Camper collection and we'll randomly select a winner to take home their very own Happy Camper Sample pack! You'll be the envy of all your scrappy friends!



SECOND CHANCE
If you would like to increase your chance of taking home our latest release then pop over to our facebook page and grab one of our Happy Camper avatars to wear during the release week. One lucky people who is spotted with one of the Happy Camper avatars will win their very own sample collection.



Don't forget to come back tomorrow to be inspired with another day of Happy Camper fun.

Winners announced on Saturday!

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i-spy and Weekly Winners!



We are very excited to share a fabulous i-spy that we've stumbled upon and we know you are going to just love this amazing card set from a very talented crafter - Stephanie Buice.

Stephanie has created a set of five wonderful cards using the Animal Crackers collection and we think they are amazing!

  If you would like to have your work spied then start posting it all over the web... the more places your post the more chance you have of being spied by our design team members. Good luck and let's hope next week it will be you!



 GIVE-AWAY: TOOL-TIME WITH THE I-BOND
Prize: i-bond
WINNER:
Melinda AKA medialady said...
I don't have a glue gun and this one would be wonderful to help me make some of these great projects!

GIVE-AWAY: GUEST DT ROBBIE HERRING
Prize: i-top tool
WINNER:
Wanda said...
absoultely beautful projects. Thanks for showcasing Robbie.. I'm a follower of her's now and I was already a follower of your's.. Love all the inspiration. Huggles, Wanda

GIVE-AWAY: CLICK-IT WITH CRICUT
Prize: Eight Trial Memberships to Cricut Circle
WINNERS:
HeatherC said...
I can't wait to see the Happy Camper projects. Hmmm...maybe next week! I would love to have an entire collection to play with. And the designers projects today were great. Thanks for the inspiration!
Scrappin Hard said...
I am so excited about the new release! Happy Camper!! Thanks for the chane to win!
ashjoy said...
Woohoo! What a fun release for this time of year! I'm sure gonna be a "Happy Camper" if I win this prize! I've commented and following everyon!
Marjeen said...
The collection being released next week is Happy Camper, can't wait. Both of these projects are great. I think I need to go experiment with my Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge.

scrapgranny said...
I am now following both blogs! Their projects are wonderful! It must be Happy Camper coming soon! Thanks for the chance to win!
Karla Yungwirth said...
Just became a follower of Aphra and Heather's blogs! Great projects and exciting prize! Happy Camper (can't wait for that!!)

kenia said...
I loved the blogs, thanks for share. Happy Camper is coming, yeah,thanks for the chance to win, amazing giveaway.
zendalina said...
Happy Camper lovely collection

How to Claim Your Prize Package:
Please email us your shipping information
no later than midnight Wednesday, 25th May 2011 and put
the giveaway name in the Subject Line. We will get your prize package out to you as soon as we can.
Congratulations!!

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Click It With Cricut: May Flowers

April showers bring May flowers
So far this month, we've seen an abundance of flowers by way of our Roly Rosie release party.  But we aren't finished yet!  Today our talented design team duo Aphra and Heather have created two more fabulous flower projects using Imaginisce papers and the Cricut. 
Thanks Card
 by Aphra Bolyer

 
This stunning layered flower was cut with the Cricut Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge.  Here are the supplies and cuts that you'll need.
Supplies:  Princess Posies paper, Mirror Mirror paper, Cherry Lemonade paper, Just Peachy paper, 4.5" x 4.5" white card base, small white tag, yellow mini alphas, yellow button, yellow twine, foam adhesive dots, and chalk.
Cuts:     2 - 2" < leaf 7 >; 3" < flower 3 >; 2.5" < flower 5 >; 2.25" < flower 1 >; 2" < flowr 25 >; 2" < flower 2 >.
Flower Window Box



The amazing flowers in this planter box and the beautiful butterfly perched on the grass were cut using the Cricut Lite Live Simply cartridge.

Supplies:  Garden Party collection: Darling Dahlias, Blossoms of Blue, Brambleberry Blossoms, Wild Flowers, Rows of Posies; Pink Cardstock; Roly Rosies - Warm flowers and Petal Roller to roll the flowers AND the grass; i-top, small brad daddy; i-bond, i-rock and glam rocks; small box with foam insert; scissors to cut the grass; dowel to glue flowers to so they stand upright and don't flop over. 

Cuts:     2 - 4" < flower3 >; 1 - 4" < flower5 >; 1 - 4" < flower2 >; 2 - 3" < bttrfly6 >; Cut the same flowers and the butterfly again in coordinating colors so you can interchange the layers and stack them on top of each other.

Directions:
  1. Cover the outside of the box with pattern paper that will be used sparingly in the rest of the project.
  2. Cut strips of the Darling Dahlias green paper and then cut it in small fringe strips, leaving it intact at the bottom. Use your petal roller to roll the strips down. This will be your grass.  Adhere to the inside of the box.
  3. Cover the foam with Darling Dahlias paper to resemble grass.
  4. Lay your cut flowers out to determine placement of your flowers and color combos.
  5. Roll some roly rosies or make some brads using your i-top to attach to the flowers as centers.
  6. Adhere each flower together, seperately. Add the tiny dowel to the back of them with your i-bond glue gun, making sure to leave part of the dowel sticking out at the bottom. BTW, I didn't have a dowel so I used sticks from outside.  It's a flower planter afterall. ;)
  7. Poke holes into the foam and insert the flowers on the dowels. Make them varying heights.
  8. Roll 3 small roly rosies and set aside.
  9. Cut 3 extra stems and attach to the roly rosies you set aside. Add a dowel and stick the little flowers into the foam.
  10. Assmenble the butterfly with the solid pink and pattern paper. Add some i-rock bling to the antennae. Perch the butterfly on the grass.
  11. Stand back and admire. :)
Thankyou Aphra and Heather for sharing your gorgeous projects!

GIVEAWAY
Well have we got a giveaway for you today!
We have not one, not two, not even three - would you believe we have a grand total of EIGHT 3-month trial memberships to the member only Cricut Circle. Who's excited?
Okay, you'd better get your running shoes on because we are going to make you work a little for your prize today seeing as we are being soooo generous!

1. Pop over to Aphra's blog HERE and tell her how much you loved her project, don't forget to become a follower.
2. Pop over to Heather's blog HERE and tell her how much you loved her project, don't forget to become a follower.
3. Finally, come back and leave a message telling us what collection we will be releasing next week... hint, you might need a bag of marshmallows.

Winners will be announced at the end of the week!

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New DT Announcement!

We are delighted to announce that we have a new design team member joining the ranks and we know you are going to love our newest addition to the team. So please give a warm welcome to:


We thought you'd like to know a little bit about Frances so we asked her to write ten things about herself to reveal a bit more of who she is and where she comes from. Here's what Frances had to say:
ONE: I’m a Chatty-Kathy!  I love to talk…tell people the WHOLE story…talk about nothing…talk about the weather!  See, what I’m sayin’?

TWO:
I rotate my plates.  I know…it’s weird I admit it!  It really bugs me that we only use the top 6 plates of my stack of dinner plates.  So, when I put my dishes up, I put the recently used dishes on the bottom so ALL of my plates get some LOVE!

THREE:
I go to New York EVERY summer to visit my sweet, little sister.  I LOVE visiting NEW YORK!  I am from an itty-bitty Southern town, Many, Louisiana, and in the beginning, I will admit, it was like “country coming to town!”  I have refined my excitement a bit, but I just can’t seem to drop the “ya’ll” too well…so it is a dead giveaway that I am from somewhere below the Mason Dixon Line!

FOUR: My husband and I are Chris and Frances Sylvia, and my in-laws are Chris and Frances Sylvia…weird, huh?  I told my hubby when I met his parents that Sigmund Freud would have LOTS to say about our relationship!

FIVE:
I want to be the first woman cast on The REAL Housewives of Louisiana!  I love that show for some creepy reason…it is very entertaining!  And because of #2 and #4, don’t you think I would be entertaining?

SIX: Let’s just say that if I DO NOT follow the same routine EVERY morning, I could possibly be minus some pretty important undergarments or other important things for the rest of the day.  I have been known to leave the house without a bra, undies, one eye made up with make-up and the other naked, no deodorant,  forget to change my slippers…I will stop with that one before I get removed from the team before I start!!

 
SEVEN: I danced in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia in 1994!  And I have to say that I shook my boo-tay pretty well that night…except for the few seconds I saw myself on the BIG SCREEN!  I stopped dead in my tracks, and stared at the BIG TV’s towering above me! 

EIGHT:  I MUST match at all times.  PERIOD!  I cannot and will not wear pajamas that don’t match, and I am a bit neurotic when it comes to my daily attire…it MUST be the perfect shade or it is a NO-GO!

NINE: I will skip breakfast and lunch to eat a piece of cheesecake!!  I truly LOVE junk…most importantly sweets!

TEN: I sang the song “Close to You” by The Carpenters to all 4 of my kiddos when they were babies (and I still do when no one is looking! ;)   And for the longest time they thought that I made up the song.  Until one day, we were rocking some oldies in the car, and Karen Carpenter starts belting out her hit!  My kids were in utter shock that I was singing on the radio!  LOL!!!

 
Just as we thought - Frances is going to be a perfect addition to our quirky and fun design team and we hope you make her feel welcome by popping over to her blog HERE and saying hello. Frances will also have a few little Imaginisce projects on her blog that will definitely be worth checking out!


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Imaginisce Enjoys the Spring Quilt Market Show

We had so much fun meeting so many great fabric crafters and quilters this past weekend at the International Quilt Market trade show in Salt Lake City, Utah. Everyone seemed so excited to learn more about the Imaginisce i-top "button maker" and popular i-rock tools. Our dynamic duo, Shauna Butler and Linda Holley taught some great classes. And our team had a ton of fun showing people how to use our tools!

Here's some fun pictures we wanted to share...
Our demo tables were buzzing with happy quilters.

Nicole getting our booth ready for the crowds!
Jeff Durham ready to talk orders.
Darling samples featuring Imaginisce tools were huge hits!
Did you know we have a new "Quilting & Fabric" section on the Imaginisce website? Best part is the is the idea gallery of course!
And best part about any trade show...new catalog. If you want to amazing inspiration from our master quilters at Imaginisce, Shauna and Linda then this catalog is for you. Plus we have some new tools being unveiled in this catalog...check them out!

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Guest Designer and an i-top Give-away!

Today we are very excited to introduce our guest designer for the month of May, Robbie Herring. We are thrilled to have Robbie join us and we're sure you are going to love seeing her creations and learning a little bit about where Robbie comes from and her love of her family and all things crafty.


I am a born and bred Texan, who has been married 24 years. My husband and I have two great kids who are my inspiration.  I love crafts of any kind and I think I’ve tried just about everything.  In addition to scrapbooking, I enjoy sewing and painting.   Some friends introduced me to scrapbooking about 5 years ago. I started out thinking that I would make a senior album for each of my kids and that would be the extent of my involvement.  I was immediately hooked!  I love that scrapbooking feeds my need to be creative and is also something that I can leave for my children.

I am now an empty nester, so I have even more time to play with my supplies.  I love paper, everything shiny and you will almost always find a piece of ribbon on my layouts.

I had such fun with the products.  Terrific collections and terrific tools, who could ask for anything more?

Robbie has created a darling layout using the Little Cutie collection and just look at those sweet baby photos!
Robbie loved playing with the new roly rosies and of course a covered brad using her favourite tool, the i-top.
Another Little Cutie creation - this simply delightful card that would be perfect for any little princess. Robbie has had fun playing with the i-rock.
We love how she's made these adorable swing tags using the Little Cutie - Baby of Mine canvas stickers.
Now we asked Robbie some questions to get to know her just a little bit better and here's what she had to say:
Q. Diet or Regular?
A. Diet Dr. Pepper

Q. When and Where do you scrap/craft?
A.  Because my children are grown, I can scrap mostly when I choose. I tend to do my scrapping during the day while my husband is at work. We recently moved and I am really lucky to have a room dedicated to my scrapbooking and other crafting.

Q. What is the one item or technique you use most often?
A. Ribbon. I very seldom do a layout, card or altered item that doesn't include ribbon. 

Q. What is your favourite embellishment?
A. Well again... ribbon! I've collected quite a large stash of ribbon over the years but I still tend to buy some almost every time I am in a craft or hobby store.

Another beautiful baby and another wonderful layout using the Little Cutie range.

Just look at that ribbon bow on the little teddy from the Momma's Little Boy Chipboard Stickers.
Such a sweet card for a new addition into the family.
Awww, look at those super cute covered brad wheels using the i-top. We think Robbie's getting a good grip on using her i-top.
Q. What is your favourite Imaginisce tool or product?
A. This is such a hard one!! I'm a true tool junkie, so I'm going to have to go with the i-top. It is a super close call between that and the i-rock. I love both of them for their versatility and ease of use. I also used the Roly Rosies tool for the first time and let me just say that you'll be seeing those sweet flowers turn up in my scrapbooking a LOT!

Q. How do you kick off your creative process?
A. How do you kick off your creative process? It usually starts with a stroll through my pictures.  Sometimes because I am planning to use a certain collection and am looking for just the right picture and sometimes because I just want to see what jumps out at me and inspires me.  If I’m in a scrap-slump I like to browse online galleries to be inspired.  I also love to find a great sketch and let someone else do the thinking occasionally.

Q. What product couldn't you live without?
A. I probably couldn't live without my printer. I print all my own pictures.

Robbie was lucky enough to recieve our brand new collection 'Happy Camper' which will be released next week.
Can you believe that fabulous hand stitching and the cute way Robbie has used the glamrocks and her i-rock to create little centrepieces inside the stitching. And can we spy more covered brad daddies?
Another Happy Camper creation and this time Robbie has made a striking retirement card.
We can see why Robbie couldn't live without her printer... what a wonderful sentiment for the inside of the card.
Q. What is the last book you read?
A. One of the Dark Series books by Christine Feehan.

Q. What did you want to be when you grew up?
A. I had several ideas in the way of what my job would be, but the one constant in my plans was that I knew that I would be a mom.

Q. What is the one thing (not a person) you couldn't live without?
A. I could not live without my phone!

Q. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
A. I'm so blessed to live in the place that I would choose over any other... TEXAS!

i-top Giveaway:
Since Robbie's favorite tool is the i-top we thought it would be fun to give away an i-top tool to one lucky follower. To be entered to win just take a minute to go follow Robbie's blog HERE and leave a comment to say you stopped by and come back and leave some comment love here.

Winner will be posted on our blog at the end of the week!

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Tool Time and the i-bond!

Hey everyone, it's Heather and I'd like to welcome you to the 2nd installment of our Tool Time series.  This is our time to showcase different Imaginisce tools while featuring tips, tricks, and project ideas to get the most out of your tools. Or if you are new to Imaginisce's amazing pink tools, perhaps you will be inspired to try them out!

Today we will be featuring the i-bond cordless glue gun. We've heard how much you love it but we've also heard you asking about ways to integrate it and the colored glue sticks into your projects.
 

Doesn't this tool and those gorgeous colored glue sticks look like so much fun?  Well check out this video I created to show you a few of the things I have created with the tool as well as other ideas you might want to try.  This video is packed with multiple projects, tips, techniques and ideas. So without further ado, here's some things I'd like to share about the i-bond....



Here's some photos of the projects I made in the video.

Little Cutie Girl Card - flowers embellished with purple glitter glue using the i-bond

Snag 'em Stamps Sweet Baby Doll stamped in pink glue using the i-bond?

Little Cutie Boy line - buttons embedded in brown glue using the i-bond
 
 Thanks for stopping by today! Let me know if you try any of these ideas and of course post any additional ideas you may have in the comments below for your chance to win your very own i-bond!!!!
xoxo Heather

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i-spy and Weekly Winners!



What a week it's been, isn't it amazing how we rely on blogger to behave itself and when things go wrong we are thrown into a little bit of chaos. Anyhow, all is fixed now and we have almost caught up apart from introducing our newest inductees into the i-spy hall of fame and announcing the weekly winners. Let's see who we've spied this week, is it you?

Double page spreads are not often spied but when we find one we can always guarantee it's a cracker! Nancy has created this amazing two page layout using the Animal Cracker collection and we think it's fabulous!
by Nancy Damiano
spied at Nancy's blog HERE
by DT member Cari


This next project is very fitting with Teacher Appreciation Week having just been celebrated and we think it's a wonderful way to say 'thankyou' to a special teacher. And can you believe that Tanisha has hung onto her 'Teacher's Pet' collection all this time.

Created by Tanisha Leary Long
spied on our facebook page HERE
by DT member Courtney


We just love the use of our Apple Cider collection and the Cindy Loo Cricut Cartridge in this darling card by Dawn. Such a fabulous little tree and all that machine stitching looks wonderful!

Created by Dawn Gallop
spied at Dawn's blog HERE
by DT member Michelle

 If you would like to have your work spied then start posting it all over the web... the more places your post the more chance you have of being spied by our design team members. Good luck and let's hope next week it will be you!

 

COMPETITION: SCRAPWOOD
Prize: Scrapwood Kit
WINNER:
Sandi Grobler said...
They are all awesome with the little bird taking the number 1 spot for me. I shave shared with facebook friends and am wishing upon a start for lots and lots of $$$$$$ to shop!!sandigrobler@gmail.com

COMPETITION: FLOWER POWER - DAY 1

Prize: Roly Rosie/Pose Package including new and original tools and flowers
WINNER:
CheckerBeads said...
I recently have become obssessed with 3-d flowers. Thanks for the beautiful products and the amazing projects!Anne

COMPETITION: FLOWER POWER - DAY 2
Prize: Roly Rosie/Pose Package including new and original tools and flowers
WINNER:
Ulysses' mama said...
Very creative! I love it! For a mother's day project I used some flowers with brads I made with my tool as well, but mine was much, much simpler. LOL daladypej at AOL dot com
COMPETITION: FLOWER POWER - DAY 3
Prize: Roly Rosie/Pose Package including new and original tools and flowers
WINNER:
Nicole said...
My favorite project (it was so hard to choose since they're all stunning!) are Shemaine's little gift jar. The flowers on it are exquisite! I can't believe i could learn to make those myself! I have a wedding coming up in a couple years and i'm thinking candy-filled jars like that would be perfect as wedding favors :)

COMPETITION: FLOWER POWER - DAY 4
Prize: Roly Rosie/Pose Package including new and original tools and flowers
WINNER:
jeannine said...
Blogger has been very naughty, but we understand! I love all the projects, but I think first on my list to make would be a headband for my DD...she wears them almost every day and she would feel so special knowing that Mommy made it! Thanks for all of the awesome inspiration!~Jeanninej9cj@optonline.net  
How to Claim Your Prize Package:
Please email us your shipping information
no later than midnight Wednesday, 18th May 2011 and put
the giveaway name in the Subject Line.We will get your prize package out to you as soon as we can.
Congratulations!!

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Flower Power Party - Day 4

A floral farewell!
Sadly, we've reached the final day of our four day party? It seems like only yesterday the team were busy rolling up a storm in preparation for this week and now it's almost over. Can you believe the amount of amazing projects you've seen so far and there's still a few more to come!

Now we know from your comments that you have been inspired to try out your own creations using the new and original roly rosies and roly posies so we thought we'd dig out a wonderful video that our design team member Erin Bassett made when the original roly flowers were first released. Enjoy!



Okay, now you know how to make the flowers - so let's dive straight into today's projects to see what you can make!

Design team member Tracey has created  a gorgeous headband and wristband set using both the new pink swirl and text print fabric roly rosies. Tracey has also provided a tutorial on her blog which you can find HERE.


by Tracey Taylor

And now it's time to put down that roller as Tracey steps outside the box and uses the fabric roly rosies in their un-rolled form as a delicate edging to her layout. Can you believe how amazing this looks? We just love it!



Another beautiful design team member, aren't we just the luckiest? So many of our girls have jumped in front on their camera's (which is not something that happens too often) and taken self portraits wearing their darling creations. Keely is today's top model sporting her 'Mother's Day' hat using all three of the new fabric roly rosie designs.

by Keely Yowler
And speaking of Mother's Day, Keely shares with us a beautiful Mom's pin using the fabric pink swirl roly rosie mounted onto a crotchet doily.

by Keely Yowler


APOLOGIES:
We would like to apologize as Blogger has been a bit naughty and deleted our post from this point onwards which was quite a bit of work down the drain, not to mention all your wonderful comments to win our Give-Away! So rather than go through all the hard work again, we are simply going to upload all the missing photos and which designer created them and then the 'Give-Away' brief at the bottom. We sincerely apologize to those of you who had already left comments to enter the give-away, but unfortunately you are going to have to enter again. Sorry!



Marielle Leblanc

by Marielle Leblanc
by Marielle Leblanc

Courtney Lee

by  Courtney Lee
by Courtney Lee


Sophia Allison

by Sophia Allison
by Sophia Allison

by Sophia Allison
By Sophia Allison


Penny Smith

by Penny Smith
by Penny Smith
GIVE-AWAY
Thankyou for all your wonderful comments and for taking part in our Release Party this week. To say thankyou we are giving away one last Roly Release Bundle full of goodness that will surely set you up with the tools and products needed to re-create some of the amazing work by our wonderful design team.
- All you have to do is leave a comment telling us what you would make first.

HAPPY CAMPER GIVE-AWAY
Don't forget we are giving someone the chance to win their very own collection of the un-released, yes that's right, UN-RELEASED Happy Camper. All you have to do is get your friends to follow us on facebook and let us know it was you who sent them. The most referrals wins. You will find our facebook page HERE.






Winners will be announced when blogger decides to play nice!

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Flower Power Party - Day 3

Welcome back to day three of inspiration using the new Roly Rosies and Roly Posies from our Gotta Buy Basics range. You wouldn't believe how many flowers our design team have rolled over the past few days and there are still lots more to come. Just wait until you see what's we've got lined up for you today!


Firstly, we have another new product in the dual purpose badge/pin combo which allows you to create a single decorative piece that can be pinned or clipped to just about anything including your clothing, hair, hats, bags, shoes etc the ideas are endless. So today we begin with a darling flower from Cari using the new badge/pin combo and the fabric pink swirl Roly Rosie. Cari models two different ways to wear her pretty creation.


by Cari Locken

It's not often we scrap ourselves but when Cari had the chance to scrap this beautiful photo of herself with her precious daughter she decided to give it the full attention it deserved. A stunning layout with clean lines, pops of sparkle and the most enchanting spray of flowers to complete the page. Cari has used a combination of the  warm colour paper rosies and the fabric text rosies with a pearl brad in the centre of the two larger flowers.

by Cari Locken


From a single flower to a multitude of flowers with Shemaine's breathtaking wreath. We can only imagine how long this wreath took from start to finish but the end result is definitely worth the effort. And there's no point mentioning each of the different Roly Rosies and Posies because Shemaine has used them ALL!

by Shemaine Smith

Have you ever been stuck for ideas when needing a gift for a special teacher? Shemaine is brimming with ideas and here's one that would put a smile on anyone's face if they were lucky enough to recieve such a sweet treat. Take one jar and in this case it's a recycled sun-dried tomato and olive oil jar from Trader Jones, fill with See's Candy and decorate. Shemaine has used the Roly Rosies in cool colours.
By Shemaine Smith


WARNING: Anyone with a little girl or girls may need close the door before they view the next photo because if the little princesses of your house get one look at this project, you can be assured the rest of your week will be spoken for. You will be begged, nagged and hassled into making a replica outfit just like the one Liz has made for her little girl Maddie.

by Liz Qualman

Liz purchased a inexpensive veil she found at Walmart and by adding a bouquet of Roly Rosie Neutrals and brown sheer ribbon she has transformed it into a beautiful dress-up fit for any princess. And we're sure you will all agree, Maddie is the perfect model. Thanks Maddie.

by Liz Qualman

Rhonda has also decorated a veil but it's an itty bitty version of Maddie's and is attached to a delightful Monogram 'R' for her craft room. Who wouldn't love to have something like this decorating their door or wall in their crafty space? Rhonda has used the cool colour tones of the new Roly Rosies and a hint of the denim Roly Rosie in conjunction with cristal flourishes using her i-rock to perfect the overall look!

by Rhonda Van Ginkel
by Rhonda Van Ginkel

Rhonda is another design team member that isn't afraid to use flowers on a 'man' card. She has created this handsome father's day card using all things 'unmanly'... a bow, a doily, a charm, decorative pins and flowers and let's be honest, it's fantastic! What bloke wouldn't love to recieve this?

by Rhonda Van Ginkel
Rhonda has used the popular combination of the Roly Rosie cool colours and the Roly Rosie denim flowers.
by Rhonda Van Ginkel

Aren't we lucky having such a good looking design team. Not only are they talented but they are photogenic too! Heather has lovingly adorned her three-stand pearl necklace with a trio of fabric pink swirl rosies, and transformed it into a showstopper! Couldn't you see yourself wearing something like this to your next special outing?

by Heather Leopard
And how about we take today out with a 'bang' - or perhaps an explosion of colour with Heather's amazing 'pot of glory'. Heather is another design team member that is going to be putting their hand up for needing more supplies as we're sure she will have used up her entire stash with this amazing display. And again, we don't think we'll even try to work out what she has used, let's just say she's used EVERYTHING!

By Heather Leopard


GIVE-AWAY
Another day of fabulous inspiration from our design team and such a wonderful variety of ideas. So what are you going to make first? How about we lend a hand and give someone their very own bundle of fun to help them get started. We will be giving away another fabulous package of all the new Roly range plus we'll also throw in some of the original designs along with both the original roller tool for paper and the new roller tool for fabric.
Here's what you have to do:
- Leave a comment on today's post telling us which project you could see yourself making and why.
- Spread the word, tell your friends via email, twitter, facebook, carrier pigeon, hot-air balloon, you get the idea!
- Sign up for our newsletter HERE.?

Don't forget to come back tomorrow for our final day of creations from our design team and your last chance to win!

Winner announced at the end of the week!

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Flower Power Party - Day 2

Welcome back to our second day of fun with the new collection of Roly Rosies and Posies. We hope you enjoyed yesterdays projects and from the lovely comments we recieved everyone is dying to get their hands on these wonderful new additions to our line of products.

And speaking of new additions, we have a new tool too! The new roller tool has a larger quilling end to accommodate the thicker fabric flowers in denim, pink swirl and text print.



The fabric flowers have been quite a hit with our design team and today's line-up is no exception starting with Lydia's gorgeous head-band using the denim flowers, and what a lovely model pose from Lydia.

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Lydia cleverly put together this sweet headband with the rolled flowers and added touches of feathers and lastly a denim covered brad using her i-top tool.
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by Lydia Jackson


Now we go from a simple and stylish headband to a terracotta-pot in full bloom from Beth. We are guessing that Beth hasn't got too many flowers left in her collection after putting together this masterpiece using Roly Rosies in warm tonings and Roly Rosies in neutral tonings.

by Beth Moore

Well Beth did have one last flower left in her collection and it made the perfect statement to her stylish yet simple card. This single fabric text print flower completed the overall look beautifully.
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by Beth Moore
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 Erin is another design team member who has used up quite a few of her flower supplies in making this amazing framed shadow box with a wonderful array of the new roly rosies in cool and warm tonings. Wouldn't this make the ideal gift for that special friend who needs a lift?

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Erin has supplied us with this wonderfully detailed look at each flower she created.

??We've been showing you lots of wonderful ways to use your roly flowers on projects away from the traditional scrapbooking layout so we thought it might be a good idea to show how well these flowers work on the good old 12 x 12 layout and who else does it better than Samantha as we get to see the flowers used on both a layout in pink and a layout in blue.
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by Samantha Hauzer
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Our final designer of the day is Melinda Spinks who likes to stray from what we'd typically call the 'norm' and has created a vanilla scented glass bauble which she has decorated with not just the roly rosies in cool and neutral colours but has also used the i-bond and the new solid glue sticks in white to give her bauble a dripped candle-wax effect.
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by Melinda Spinks
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?And just in case you were wondering how Melinda made her project, you can visit Melinda's blog HERE where she has supplied a few of her secrets.

GIVE-AWAY
My goodness, wasn't today filled with a diverse range of projects showing just how incredibly versatile these flowers can be? Have we got you all fired up and full or inspiration? Good, then perhaps you'll want to enter today's give-away where we will be giving away another fabulous bundle of all the new Roly range plus we'll also throw in some of the original designs along with both the original roller tool for paper and the new roller tool for fabric.
Here's what you have to do:
- Leave a comment on today's post telling us what you loved about today's projects
- For a second chance pop over to our facebook page HERE and tell us which is your favourite new flower collection.?

Don't forget to come back tomorrow for another amazing day of wonderful creations from our design team and another give-away!

Winner announced at the end of the week!

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Flower Power Party - Day 1



Firstly, we hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's day yesterday, whether you are a Mum yourself or you were celebrating with your own Mother. And how fitting that today we introduce our new range of Roly Rosies and Posies that are making their way out into the retail world.



All this week we are going to showcase the new collection of Roly flowers with fabulous projects from our design team along with lots of lovely give-aways. So how about we kick off our release party with a beautiful work of art from Aphra.

Aphra's floral heart frame is a stunning display that shows how perfectly the new Roly Rosies Neutrals, Warm colours and Cool colours work together in a cluster.




Now isn't this just the cutest idea... a memory bucket to keep all your treasured memories and beautifully decorated using the Garden Party collection and the new Fabric Roly Rosies - Pink Swirl.





Cristal has designed a simple yet elegant frame for the home using the new Roly Rosie Neutrals which will team beautifully with just about any colour combination or simply the black and white as Cristal has displayed.



And now to add a little colour into her work, Cristal's beautiful layout uses the super fun new denim fabric roly rosies. She has added some seriously funky buttons to the centres just to give the overall look that little touch of something special. We love it!





Kim has also used the new denim roly rosies and shown just how versatile they are as she has combined them with a very sweet layout of her son. Who says boys can't have flowers?




Kim Holmes

Now, take a look at this totally fabulous spray of flowers... who would have thought - a paper corsage. Certainly a perfect way to save money and have something to remember your night special night for a very long time. Kim has used a combination of the new fabric pink swirl and the warm and cool paper flowers.




How to transform a $1 bucket from Target... take one bucket and a stick, add a bow and a whole pile of roly rosies and posies. That's how Michelle blew us away with this gorgeous paper tree in her pretty pink bucket.


Michelle Unruh

Michelle is also another designer who is not afraid to mix snips and snails with denim and lace. She has added a sweet touch to her little boy's photo frame again using the new denim flowers and the roly rosie neutrals.




I'm sure you will all agree that Robyn's layout is absolutely divine with its ruffled circle edge using the Garden Party collection, pretty flourishes using the i-rock gems and the wonderful addition of the fabric and paper rolled flowers, not to mention the gorgeous photo.


Robyn Schaub

And our last project of today is this very cheerful and totally adorable 'hello sunshine' card from Robyn who has also used the fabric denim roly rosies... which seem to be a popular choice with our design team so far.


Robyn Schaub


Now before you rush out the door to head to your local scrapbook store or push your children off the computer to place an order, we thought we might give someone the opportunity to own their very own bundle of the new release products with a few of the originals thrown in and a couple of the roly tools too! How does that sound?

For your chance to win you need to be a follower and leave a comment telling us what you thought of today's wonderful projects and what you would make with the new products.

Winner announced at the end of the week!

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i-spy and Weekly Winners!


Happy National Scrapbook Day

Well after a week off from our i-spy we are back and have an abundance of fabulous projects created by our followers and spied upon by our design team members. So who did we spy this week?

Look at this stylish and totally adorable card using the Garden Party collection. The sentiment pops right off the card with the poop dots added to give it dimention!
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Created by Erin Clarkson
Spied on Erin's blog HERE
by DT member Erin Bassett



What a fun and unique layout using a bright orange scalloped circle adorned with buttons to highlight the sweet photo. Aymee has used the Berrylicious collection on this wonderful layout.
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Created by Aymee Gandy
Spied at Aymee's blog HERE
by DT member Erin Bassett


Another beautiful and bright layout using the Berrylicious collection and my goodness what a sweet photo, too cute indeed!
Created by Ilene Tell
Spied on Facebook
by Cristal 'Pinky' Hobbs



What a lemon! Isn't this such a bright and fun card using the Berrylicious collection and the corregated card and punched borders edges really complete the overall look of the card.
Created by Jeannine
Spied at Jeannine's Blog HERE
by DT member Cristal 'Pinky' Hobbs




How fun is this birthday card using the Birthday Bash collection. The colours are highlighted beautifully on the aqua background and isn't that little critter just the cutest?
Created by Ingeborg Dijkstra Verbeek
Spied at Ingeborg's blog HERE
by DT member Heather


My goodness aren't these gift tags just the cutest? We love our little blow fish stamp from the Splash Dance collection and were thrilled to him in action sporting some gorgeous bright colours.

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Created by Pammyjo
Spied at Pammyjo's blog HERE
by DT member Heather


If you would like to have your work spied then start posting it all over the web... the more places your post the more chance you have of being spied by our design team members. Good luck and let's hope next week it will be you!






Competition: Monthly Challenge
Prize: i-rock and accessories
Winner:
Competition: Click It With Cricut
Prize: Cricut Cartridge and co-ordinating Imaginisce Collection
Winner:

   
How to Claim Your Prize Package:
Please email us your shipping information
no later than midnight Wednesday, 11th May 2011 and put
the giveaway name in the Subject Line.
We will get your prize package out to you as soon as we can.
Congratulations!!

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Home Decor Kits by ScrapWood (win a kit)



One of our local designers has a fun side gig and we thought it would be fun to share with your fans. It's called ScrapWood. She creates darling home decor kits. These kits combine yummy papers like Imagnisce's Garden Party and pre-cut wood. 

ScrapWood's kits contains everything you need except adhesive and your tools (even the paint is in there).  There is also a page of alphabet letters for you to put any word you would like on the sign.  You could also put a name.  Wouldn't this be fun in a little girls room or hanging in your flower garden? 

If you would like to purchase this kit you can go to ScrapWood's Etsy Shop or drop them an email at scrapwooddesigns at live.com. 


WAIT...Scrapbook has generously donated a kit for us to give away to our fans. Here's how you can enter to win: 
1. Visit ScrapWood's Etsy Shop and tell us which kit you like best.
2. Subscribe to Imaginisce's E-Newsletter if you haven't already...we're working on the next one! 
3. Share the link to ScrapWood's Etsy Shop with some of your friends...email, facebook, twitter or even blog about it. 


We'll announce the winner NEXT week on our blog!

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Kentucky here we come!


We are very excited to announce that Imaginisce are off to Kentucky for the Cave City Classes & Scrappin' Convention.
SATURDAY, MAY 21ST, 2011
and we'd love for you to join us!

The Scrapbook Village has invited us to participate and one of our very talented design team members Cristal 'Pinky' Hobbs will be participating in the festivities on our behalf.

Don't miss Pinky's class using the new "Berrylicious" collection where you will not only create this adorable layout that is just waiting for your photos, but you will make a second project in conjunction with learning great tips and tricks to using the i-rock and lots of fun bling!




Pinky will also be demonstrating how to use some of our latest tools and showing the amazing ways these products can help you with your crafting at the Friday Evening Pre-Event Party.

For further information and bookings (as spaces are strictly limited to 200) pop over to the Scrapbook Village website HERE.

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Also look for Pinky to share the i-rock on

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Click it with Cricut - Spotlight on Spring & Mother's Day!

A mother is a person who
seeing there are only four pieces of pie
for five people,
promptly announces she never did care for pie.
~ Tenneva Jordan

Mother's day is almost upon us and we are well under way with Spring athough someone should remind the weather man. Today we have design team members Sophia and Erin who will be focusing on both Mother's Day and Spring using the Imaginisce Garden Party collection and a variety of Cricut Cartridges to show just how versatile these two companies can be when combined on the one project.

Hi everyone, this is Sophia and I have the pleasure of showing you a little project I created for my Mom for Mother's Day. I wanted to keep it simple and easy, but yet effective and appealing to the eye. My project is an off-the-page decorated wooden tea-towel holder for her kitchen.


Steps to create off-the-page project:
Added background paper to fill in the gap in the wooden block as per image below.

  • Then I cut a piece of cardstock slightly smaller than the background green paper and used my corner rounder on the edges. Then, cut my letters to spell Mom using (Cindy Loo) cartridge.
  • M - as per page 64 < Bird > on size 4 inches.
  • O - as per page 46 < Vine1 > on size 4 inches.
  • Added some I-rocks to give more impact on the letters MOM, adhered that to the centre of the green pattern paper.


Then I added some Roly Rosies, tiny flowers and some leaves to finish it off. You can see some close ups below.


I also created a sweet and simple card with a matching envelope to go with it.


Steps to create card and envelope:

  • Cut 1 x Card Shape as per page 39 < Lamp1 > on size 4 inches (Sentimentals)
  • Cut 1 x Envelope as per page 39 < Lamp1 > on size 4 inches (Sentimentals)
  • I inked around the edges of the card with brown liquid chalk
  • Added a pop dot behind the heart cut form the envelope, to give a 3D effect on the card
  • Cut 1 x Shadow swirl design as per page 47 < Vine2 > on size 2 inches (Cindy Loo)
  • Cut 1 x Swirl design as per page 47 < Vine2-s > on size 2 inches (Cindy Loo)
  • Glued the smaller swirl onto the shadow swirl and added some I-Rocks for dimension
  • I stitched around the heart on the envelope, just to finish it off with a nice soft touch.
  • Added some alphas on the card and envelope to spell out Mom

Supplies used:
Cricut Cartridge Shapes - Sentimentals
Cricut Cartridge - Cindy Loo
Imaginisce Garden Party Paper Ranges
I-Rock Bling & Tear shape
Embroidery Cotton
Roly Rosies
Cream Cardstock

Thanks for joining me and I hope you enjoyed my project...?


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Hi everyone, it's me, Erin Bassett here now sharing with you how I used my Cricut, Gypsy, the "Paper Lace" cartridge, and some of our awesome Imaginisce products from the Garden Party collection to create this simple home decor piece for Spring.


  • I picked up an inexpensive 5" x 7" frame and took my d-stress tool to the edges of it to distress it a bit and allow the natural wood to poke through.
  • I then used my Gypsy, the "Paper Lace" Cricut cartridge, and the pink "Wildflowers" paper from our Garden Party collection to create the background. I cut < Mod1 > + Lace 2 at 7" x 5" and then placed it in the frame under the glass.
  • Next I cut a piece of white Bazzill Swiss Dot cardstock to 5" x 7" and placed it in the frame and then replaced the easel on the back of the frame.

To create the butterfly:
  • I took a piece of blue cardstock an cut < Flower6 > + Lace 2 Shadow at 5.01" x 3.05".
  • Then on a piece of Blossoms of Blue I cut out < Flower6 >; + Lace 2 at 4.88" x 3.06".
  • Then on a piece of Rows of Posies I cut out < Flower6 > + Lace 2 Shadow at 4.75" x 2.98" and stamped on it with the Flower Cluster stamp and my favorite chalk ink: Quick Quotes Powder Puff Chalk Ink in "Tahiti".
  • I inked the edges of the Blossoms of Blue die cut with the same ink and then glued the patterned paper die cut pieces together. I mounted it onto the cardstock die cut piece with foam adhesive.
  • I then added a few silver Rhinestud Hot Rocks with my i-rock.
  • Lastly I took the spring banner off of the Johnny Jump Ups sticker stackers sheet and popped it up with foam adhesive on top of the butterfly. And lastly, I mounted the butterfly/banner stack onto the top of the glass.


Happy Spring!

GIVEAWAY
Weren't today's projects just beautiful and so inspirational. Well we'd love it if you would leave a comment letting Erin and Sophia know just how much you enjoyed their creations and as a thankyou we will be giving one lucky follower:
A CRICUT CARTRIDGE
AND CO-ORDINATING IMAGINISCE COLLECTION

Winner announced at the end of the week!

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Photographing projects - the inside scoop

Have you ever wondered how fellow crafters post beautiful photos of their projects and think to yourself "gosh I wish I could do that"? There are so many tips and tricks to taking the perfect photo of your project and to put them all into one single post is near impossible. So we decided to ask one of our design team members, Tracey Taylor,  to share a little bit about how she comes up with her fabulous photos time and time again. So please give a warm welcome to Tracey...

Hello everyone, it's Tracey here and today I want to share just a little bit about how I take my project photos. Taking great photos of crafty projects is difficult.  It really is. In fact, I believe it is an art of sorts too .  I so admire the people who photograph for magazines and make projects look so spectacular.  While I won't profess to have all the answers I have spent a fair bit of time working on my technique, reading about what others do, and finding a method that works for me.  Today, I have been asked to share some tips on how I get that "perfect" shot of my projects. 

Location, Location, LOCATION:

While shooting outside is ideal, that is very seldom possible for me.  It's either raining, snowing, too windy or too bright when I want to take my photo.  So when I can't go outside, this is what I do.  I find the brightest place in my house, my sunroom.  Patio doors are a perfect place to take photos of projects.  This is where I take 95% of mine.

STAGING:

Layouts:
I place my layout on the floor in front of my patio doors. I use the floor tiles to line it up square. Standing directly over the page and looking down, I take the photo. I use the automatic setting with no flash. I usually take a couple, checking the display each time to see if I need to make any adjustments.  Is the photo straight?  Are there any shadows?  Is the focus OK?



Cards, Mini Albums:
I do this one a little differently.  I place two sheets of patterned paper on a chair, one up the back and the second on the seat. This gives me a place to position a card while also giving a nice back drop. I position the chair so that is is fully light by natural light and take the photo. 


Sometimes, I will set my piano bench in front of the patio door and use it to place "hard to photograph" projects.  As long as my stage is well lit with natural light, I am good.


EQUIPMENT:

I shoot with a Canon 60D but you don't need a fancy camera to get a great photo.  Don't get me wrong.  It helps for sure but if you don't own a dSLR,  you can still get great shots.  To prove just that, I dug out my old point and shoot Fugi S5000 bought in 2004 for the photos in this blog post.

So if the camera isn't the secret, what is the secret?

POST PHOTO EDITING

It took me awhile to figure out that even with a great camera, photos can still use some editing to tweak the sharpness, colours, contrast and lighting.  I use Photoshop Elements 6.0 to edit my photos.  There are newer versions available but this is the one I own so that is what I use.  There are some great auto functions under the ENHANCE tab.  Something as simple as the "auto contrast" function will sometimes go a long way to brightening up a layout.  I use either "AUTO LEVELS" or "AUTO CONTRAST" on almost every photo.  Try each one individually and see which one works best for your individual photo. 

Take a look at these examples:

This is a cropped version of the layout I staged above.  I have not done a single other thing to this shot.

(For full design details on this page, visit my blog.)

Adjusted Coloring:  On this photo, both the auto contrast and auto colors functions didn't really do a whole lot to change the photo (wouldn't you know it!) so I dug a little deeper in the menu and adjusted the colours for skin tones.  Notice how grey my daughter's skin tone is above.  By adjusting the skin tone, the entire page warms up and looks more natural.


Once you have chosen the "adjust color for skin tone" feature, simply click anywhere on the photo where there is skin and watch the colours change.  Because my daughter is so fair, this function works really well for me.  There is a menu that comes up where you can use the sliders for different skin tones but I have never used it.

The last thing I do to my photos before saving is sharpen them.


Now I will admit that those are some of the most basic photo editing functions that I use.  If you want to delve deeper into this topic, I would recommend taking a course.  I chose an online course by Jessica Sprague called "How to Edit Photos Like a Rockstar".  This is the single moment where my photo editing changed dramatically and to a point where I was really starting to be happy with my end result.  I edit all my photos now in RAW and have developed a work flow that works for me.  This is what you will need to do as well - find a work flow that works best for you.  Start by trying a few of the things I've mentioned here.  I use that skin tone trick alot.  I also use the auto functions often.  Experiment a little bit and try not to tackle too much at once.  All of the little things I've learned have been over time.  I'm still learning.

Additional Tips:

Photographing Shaped Layouts:  Place the layout on a piece of white poster board.  I place the poster board in front of my patio doors like I do with any other project and take the photo.  Crop the photo like you would any other layout and adjust colours and contrast as needed.  Then, in Photoshop Elements, use the Paint Bucket tool on the white colour setting to make the white background "disappear".  Click on the photo where the poster board is and everything around the shape of the layout "should" turn perfectly white.  You may need to click on more than one area if it all doesn't turn white at once.  If you have shadows on your photograph, you may have difficulty.  Just play around with it and don't give up. 

Note:  If your shaped paper is white or very light in colour use black poster board and black on the paint bucket tool.

So there it is, in the smallest nutshell I could, some of my tips for making your projects shine when photographing them.  I hope you are able to take at least one thing away from today's post and apply it to your arsenol of photography tips.

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Monthly Challenge

It's that time once again! A new month is upon us which means a new challenge is here as well.

The old saying goes "April showers bring May flowers".
Flowers ... you say? We have to do a challenge with flowers? Well, no not this month. In fact, it's quite the opposite!

This month we want to challenge you to:
  • create a masculine themed layout/card/project
  • use one of our Snag'Em Stamps from any Imaginisce collection
  • you must use at least 75% of Imaginisce product

CHALLENGE PRIZE:
Our challenge winner will take home

a complete i-top package valued at $75

or a range of popular collections to the same value

Just in case you didn't know this - Imaginisce has a set of stamps (called Snag 'Em Stamps) that comes out with each collection and they're are just darling. The stamps match with each collection & they're perfect for card making or adding accents to your layouts & projects.

So to help get your creativity going the Design Team has created some projects for you.

Aphra Bolyer created this precious baby boy card using "It's a Boy" Snag 'Em Stamp from Little Cutie collection.

Marielle LeBlanc created this fabulous dinosaur layout using the ticket Snag 'Em stamp from the Animal Crackers collection. She also used the Dino Roar collection for this page.

It wouldn't be masculine/boy themed if there wasn't mud now would it?? Lydia Jackson created the incredible layout using the Frame Snag'em Stamp from Garden Party collection.

Beth Moore created both of these amazing cards. This first card she used the same sailboat Snag 'Em stamp as Aphra did from Little Cutie. She just didn't ink the "It's a boy" part of the stamp.
This next card Beth used this cute Dragon Snag 'em Stamp from Enchanted. Isn't he cute?

Michelle Unruh used one of the Steggy Snag 'Em Stamp designs from Dino Roar collection. She colored the stamped image in with colored pencils.

This layout was created by Penny Smith. She used the Bear Frame Snag 'em Stamp from Little Cutie collection.

This adorable baby layout was created by Samantha Hauzer and she used a tiger Snag 'Em stamp from an older collection by Imaginisce.

Sophia Allison made this page using the ticket Snag 'Em Stamp from Animal Crackers.


Keely Yowler created this darling card using the Cherries Snag 'Em Stamp fromBerrylicious.

Cari Locken decided to use papers from a wedding collection (To Love & Cherish) along with the Anchor stamp from Splash Dance. She also used the Frame Snag 'Em stamp from Garden Party.

THE
April Challenge winner:
Once again we had so many fabulous entries. Our design team went through each entry and were amazed at the creativity and amazing projects.
Let's congratulate:

Jodi Baune

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(Jodi please email us at contact.imaginisce@gmail.com with your details
so we can send out your prize pack!
Congratulations!)


Now don't forget
We're giving away
an i-rock and accessories
just for leaving a comment on today's post
(winner will be announced on Friday)

So now it's your turn to create something masculine ... and don't forget those Snag 'Em Stamps!

Once you've complete this month's challenge just upload your entry into the inLinkz at the bottom of this post by May 25th and the winner will be announced on June 1st.


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Weekly Winners



Competition: New i-rock Accessories Day 1, 2, 3
Prize: i-rock bundle including i-rock, new and original accessories
WINNERS:









Competition: Imaginisce/Clear Scraps Day 1
Prize: i-rock bundle and Clear Scraps Acrylic Purse Album
WINNER:



Competition: Imaginisce/Clear Scraps Day 2
Prize: i-rock bundle, d-stress tool, Clear Scraps Acrylic Carriage Album
WINNER:




Competition: I-rock Mega Kit available at local Costco Stores
Prize: i-rock Mega Kit
WINNER:





  How to Claim Your Prize Package:
Please email us your shipping information
no later than midnight Wednesday, 4th May 2011 and put
the giveaway name in the Subject Line.
We will get your prize package out to you as soon as we can.
Congratulations!!

I-SPY
Due to technical difficulties and the fact that I am currently sitting in the middle of our paddock surrounded by curious horses just to get signal as our local telephone exchange is under repair - we will be having a week off from our i-spy but I can assure you it will be back next week and we will feature two weeks worth of projects just to play catch up. Thanks for understanding.
If only you could see me now! Melinda

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