Friday, May 27, 2016

Thank You Card Set

We hope that you all have a great Memorial Day weekend!!
Check out these awesome cards and video tutorial by the talented Melissa!

Melissa Elsner

Hey everyone,
Melissa here with you today and I’m sharing two cards that could be perfect to give to someone who is either serving, has served or is a surviving family member in the military. Memorial Day is an easy holiday to get wrapped up in bbq’s and an extra day off but, I try to take time to remember what this day is truly set aside for. So, because I love to create and give to others, it was natural to want to make some cards.
For these two cards, I dug into the Sunny Collection and pulled out red and blue along with yellow to accent the ‘patriotic feel’. As an added bonus today, I’ve also included a process video that showcases me creating these cards from start to finish. In the video, I give a few tips and walk you through my entire process. If that’s not your thing, no worries! I’ll still give you some good information on this blog post today.
If you want to skip to the video, you can check it out right here…

Let’s begin with the first card.

I cut out the star cluster with my Silhouette Cameo. That shape is found in the Silhouette library and I thought it would great on a card. I punched out some small stars and adhered them with some pop dots, onto the card.

I absolutely love the versatility of the letter stickers in this collection. Not only do they work great on layouts but, they are the perfect size to create sentiments on cards. And I love the sheer; almost vellum quality to them. The blue-green color really does look great with the red and white, already on this card.
Finally, I finished this one off by adding some wood veneer embellishments.

Now let’s move onto the next card…

For this card, I also used my Cameo to cut out the star shape. I wanted to include as much color as possible and, thought a grid design would work nicely. It would also balance out the overall design of the card. 
Pop dots are such a great way to create dimension and interest on projects… even cards. They can take a flat (and sometimes boring) design and raise it up a notch. Literally and figuratively! 

I was going to use some plain jute for this card but, decided to throw in some color. I had to keep with the patriotic feel! 
For the sentiment, I wanted it to stand out so, I stamped it on some white cardstock and matted it on the blue patterned paper. 

Finally, there was just one thing missing and, I always find that ink drops help with that problem. I used some Heidi Swapp mist and sprinkled that all around to help complete this card.
Some other quick tips when it comes to my card making:
I always score my 8.5 x 11 inch paper before cutting it in half. In my head, this speeds up the process and I’ve already got the other half of that cardstock ready for the next project. 
Sometimes my cards don’t lay flat on my workspace and I find that laying my bone folder on the bottom flap, helps keep it down while I’m pushing around the papers and elements. 
Thanks for joining me here today! 

Imaginisce Product Used: Paper and Letter Stickers from the Sunny Collection

American Crafts Product: Twine

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hello America

Monique Liedtke

Hi everyone! For today's "patriotic" feature I created this fun layout of my daughter celebrating her imminent departure for the USA with one of her best friends.

I started my layout with a large cut file of a star and adhered red and blue papers from the Par-r-rty Me Hearty collection behind it. Next I placed the 4 small photos in different ways on the background and decided I liked the angled look best. 

Next I cut a large title also from the Par-r-rty Me Hearty collection and decorated my layout with die-cuts, puffy stickers and wood veneers from both the Happy Traveler and the Par-r-rty Me Hearty collection. 

For the finishing touch I added a few drops of color mist and some machine stitching. Hope you like it! 

Imaginisce: patterned papers, puffy stickers (Par-r-rty Me Hearty), die-cut shapes, wood veneers, puffy stickers (Happy Traveler), alpha stickers (Sunny collection). American Crafts: cardstock. Other: Silhouette Cameo; cut files: star cut file: Studio Calico, "America": Silhouette Store #8529, "hello": misc. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by our blog today! Have a great day!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Memorial Day/Canada Day Banner

We hope that you've been enjoying the Memorial Day themed projects that our Design Team have been sharing here on the blog.

We know that many of our readers are not all from the United States and one of our design team members is from Canada. So for our Canadian friends we're pretty sure that you'll love this post today and perhaps you'll be inspired to create one of your own!!

Laura Whitaker

Hello crafty people!

It's Laura here with you today sharing a fun craft in honour of Memorial Day.  Actually, in Canada where I am, we celebrate Memorial Day in conjunction with Canada Day on July 1st.  But I am all too happy to get a jump start on the celebrations!  Well sort of, Canada Day is also my birthday and this year a big one - so I am not overly anxious for that! *wink, wink*  Anyway, let me share my project with you.

I decided to create a banner to show my Memorial Day / Canada Day spirit!  I am hoping to be able to use it at a party, hint hint to my family! Ha!

The Imaginisce DT was lucky enough to receive a Banner Punch board by We R Memory Keepers, courtesy of our joint mother company, American Crafts.    I finally had an opportunity to open mine up and boy all I can say is "what took me so long?"!  I think you all know how much of  a Silhouette Cameo fan I am and I have used the software to create banners on numerous occasions but this punch board tool is even easier and quicker than the Silhouette!!  And that my friends is a big deal!

I had the punch board opened up and 9 banner pieces cut out in minutes!  You can find a video tutorial here, but you won't need it ha!

I used papers and embellishments from the Par-r-rty Me Hearty collection because of the great red colour in the papers both in this subtle pattern and the pretty red and white stripe.

This black pattern is the B side of the red and white striped paper and these little pieces shown here were off cuts from these striped banner pieces,  I flipped them over and they made the perfect adornment to the top of my banner. Which meant that I had little to no waste.

I did use my Silhouette to die cut a couple of red Maple Leafs to embellish some of my banner pieces.  I made them large enough to spread over two pieces after cutting them in half. I love the look!

I cut one red banner piece to add a sentiment to the centre of my banner.  The alphas are from the Thicker set that coordinates with the Par-r-rty Me Hearty collection, too.

I didn't have quite enough of some of the letters in white, as I needed multiple "a's" and a couple of some other letters, so I grabbed some white craft paint and got busy painting out the letters that I needed.

I also painted the white letters that I was using, I knew the paint would add texture to the teal coloured letters and I wanted all of the alphas to match.  The paint went on quick and easy and dried really fast.

There is a pretty blue paper in this collection too, so US friends you could easily swap out the red leaves for blue stars to create your own Memorial Day banner!

I adorned the two outer corners with puffy gems in red and white, also from the Par-r-rty Me Hearty collection!  The most challenging thing about this project was photographing it, because of its length.

Supply List; Imaginisce Par-r-rty Me Hearty patterned papers, puffy stickers and Thickers; We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board; DecorArt white paint; Red Heart crochet thread.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Friday, May 20, 2016


Today we've got a special treat - a layout & card combo created by DT member Nathalie. It's beautiful!

Nathalie Leonelli

Memorial Day is approaching and I am here to share a couple of projects I created for this occasion using the Par-r-rty Me Hearty collection. You will also see how you can create a layout based on a card design.

The first project I created was the card and I was happy to find the perfect papers in the Par-r-rty Me Hearty collection to make a card for a Navy veteran:

Most often, I will create a card after I am done with a layout but here, once I was done with my card, it gave me the inspiration to create an 8.5x11 page following the same design. I scanned some older photos I had forgotten about long ago!

I created the same split background (different blue paper but from the same collection) and used pretty much the same supplies and elements: vellum banner for the title as I did for the sentiment, a stitched frame, tags and enamel dots.
Here are a few details:

Funny how inspiration can manifest itself but following my card design allowed me to create a layout rather quickly and all the supplies were already out!

I wish you a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! And don't forget to thank a Veteran!

Supply List:
Card: Imaginisce patterned papers (Par-r-ty Me Hearty) and enamel dots, Paper Tales tag and charm; Scraptastic Club stamp, Georgia-Pacific cardstock

Layout: Imaginisce patterned papers, American Crafts Thickers (Par-r-rty Me Hearty); Georgia-Pacific cardstock; Studio Calico star sequins, Paper Tales tags, Feed Your Craft mini flair

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Memorial Day BBQ

Memorial Day is coming up so we asked out Design Team to create projects around this theme.
So to start us off we have Katie sharing this wonderful layout!

Katie Rose

Hi everyone! Katie here today sharing a layout about Memorial Day using the Sunny Collection. I was totally inspired by the watermelon patterned paper to create a layout about a Memorial Day BBQ we had a few years ago. I printed several photos from the afternoon and paired them with large letters I cut from my Silhouette Cameo for my title. I put the title on the top half of the layout and the photos on the bottom half to balance things out. Here is a look at the layout:

I cut the other words of my title smaller and in a different font and placed them across the large letters and stitched across.

I added two strips of patterned paper across the bottom to add a little more color. I also added diecuts to the top and bottom of the layout. 

I added just a little bit of journaling near the title with the date to finish it  off.

The Sunny collection is perfect to document your summer BBQ's, parties and picnics!

Imaginisce: patterned paper, die cuts (Sunny)

American Crafts: cardstock


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