A Colorful Canvas

Today is finally the day that I get to feature my last February project for Imagine Crafts! Also, I'm a guest designer over on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog, so I figured I'd combine the two with an EXTRA sweet project! 

I decided that my craft room needed a little color added to it and the new "Color Wheel" stamp set by Sweet Stamp Shop was calling my name! 

 I am in love with the Imagine Crafts Fireworks sprays, so I wanted to create a project using all of the colors that I possibly could. I ended up going with a fun little 4x4 canvas. It was really simple to create! I even made a tutorial so that you could create your own too! 

Gather your supplies. You will need lots of colorful Fireworks Sprays, some fun stamps, stazOn ink, and a blank canvas

This step is optional, but if you want to lay a template over your canvas, you can do so. Spritz randomly with all of your Fireworks colors. 

Don’t forget to spray the edges!  

My first take on the template didn’t work, the colors bled together, so I tried it again.  Set your canvas aside and let it dry completely. 

Next, get out your StazOn, a sentiment stamp, and some plastic. I used some plastic packaging that I found in my wastebasket. Stamp sentiment onto the plastic and set aside to dry. 

You can stamp another fun image from the stamp set with StazOn onto a plain piece of white cardstock. Spritz wildly with your fireworks.  

Once everything has completely dried, add it to your canvas. Embellish with ribbons, bling, etc.  

Products Used: 
Imagine Crafts- Fireworks- Rose Bud, Lady Bug, Tangelo, Dandelion, Pear Tart, Summer Sky, Bahama Blue; StazOn- Jet Black
 Sweet Stamp Shop- Color Wheel
The Crafters Workshop- 6x6 Template – mini Star Shower (TCW170s)
Canvas Corp- 4x4 Canvas
May Arts- 443-58-28, WQ27, EA-9-14, 377-38-46, 377-38-04
ZVA Creative- Bling


A Little Denim Goes A long Way!

Today is my day to share a cool technique for Imagine Crafts! Are you ready to get inky?

I made this cool mixed media type tag by just pulling out some supplies and playing around. My assignment was to create something with the new "Denim" kaleidecolor pad.... and as you all know from my previous post this month, I was always iffy about the kaleidacolor because I didn't have a brayer (and I still don't own one)... Well, you can do so much more with this ink pad than run a brayer over it! Check it out! 

Gather your supplies. You will need a kaleidacolor pad, ink blushers, #8 manila tag, versamark pad, clear embossing powder, background stamp. 

Stamp with your background stamp onto the blank tag using a versamark watercolor stamp pad. Add clear embossing powder and set with a heat tool.  

Begin rubbing color onto your tag using ink blushers and your kaleidacolor stamp pad. This creates a resist effect when rubbing the color over the embossed image. 

Rub the excess ink off of the embossed part of your project.  

You can spread ink all over your tag to get a cool marbled effect.  

Tape a template down over the part of the tag that isn’t embossed. Spritz with fireworks.  

Once you rub off the excess fireworks and it is completely dry, go around the edge of your tag with a Memento ink pad.  

Embellish with stickers & ribbons. 

I couldn't help but add some stickers from Authentique's "Original" collection because I have a feeling it might have played a little part in the making of this amazing new kaleidacolor pad! 

Products Used:
Imagine Crafts-Kaleidacolor- Denim; Memento- Paris Dusk; Fireworks- Paris Dusk; Versamark; Ink Blushers
 Authentique Paper- Original Collection: 12x12 Details Stickers
Unity Stamp Company- SMAK Kit: Dec 2011
The Crafters Workshop- 6x6 Template – Mini Swiss Dot (TCW246s)
May Arts- PR35, 363-33, 345-33, AW03, 377-38-33
#8 Manila Tag

Clear Embossing Powder


HeARTful Thinking

Valentine's Day is just a few days away... are you tired of seeing hearts plastered everywhere yet? In my opinion, you can never have enough hearts! 

I was inspired by all of the hearts and Love in the air... so I decided to make myself a heart covered clipboard! Who really likes those old dull & boring clipboards anyway?

I've even made up a quick little tutorial so you can make your own! Check it out! 

First, gather up some supplies. I chose the Street Lace stack by DCWV. It's not really a "Love" themed stack, which is good because you can use your clipboard all year round! You will also want a punch, I used a large heart shaped punch. 

Punch out several hearts from different patterned papers. You might want to ink the edges to make them stand out a little. 

Start gluing your hearts onto your clipboard. Alternate patterns and layer as you go along. 

Keep gluing and layering hearts until you cover the entire clipboard. Don't worry about the hearts that overlap the edges. 

Once your clipboard is covered, be sure to let the glue dry completely before moving on to the next step. 

 Once the glue has dried, flip the clipboard over and run an xacto knife down the edge to trip off the excess. 

I sanded the edges a little then inked around the perimeter  After that, I covered the entire clipboard with Sparkle Mod Podge... because I wanted to have a pretty shimmer. Once the first coat dried, I added a second just to be safe. You can also use regular Mod Podge, it doesn't HAVE to sparkle. 

Once the mod podge is dry, add some pretty ribbons to the clip part of the clipboard. 

There you have it! A quick & easy DIY clipboard! 


Your Tiki Hut... or Mine?

Recently I was faced with a bit of a challenge.... I had to use one of the Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolor pads on a "themed" project.... only problem... I don't have a brayer! How on earth could I use this ink pad with no brayer?!

Well... I overcame the challenge and made this beautiful card... with no brayer! 

If you don’t have a brayer or blending markers, don’t worry! You can still get a similar effect using the kaleidacolor and memento ink pads!

Gather your supplies. You will need a kaleidacolor pad, ink blushers, plain white cardstock, and a template. 

Tape your template to the white cardstock. Begin by daubing and ink blusher into the first color on the kaleidacolor pad, rush over top of the template. For more vivid colors, go over more than once. Repeat with each color in the stamp pad until you reach a desired look. 

Once you are finished, carefully peel the template off of the cardstock. You can cut around the image and adhere it to a card or other project. 

In the meantime, take some fireworks spray and spritz some embellishments. I like to use white ribbons because I can always match them to my projects. 

Next, we are going to color with some fantastix! Gather up some stamps and Memento dew drop pads. 

Stamp your image onto white cardstock. Dab your fantastix brush onto a lighter shade of ink and begin shading in your image. You can go back in with a darker color and sort of blend the colors together. You can also use water with your fantastix to blend the colors. 

Once you get all of your images stamped and colored, cut them out and add to your card. 

Once you have all of your pieces, you can add them to your project with dimensional dots. 

Products Used: 
Imagine Crafts- Kaleidacolor- Tahiti; Memento- Bahama Blue, Summer Sky, Pear Tart, Peanut Brittle, Potter’s Clay; Ink Blushers; Fantastix
 Market Street Stamps- Tiki Time (MSS-22-NHR)
The Crafters Workshop- 6x6 Template – Mini Swirly Garden (TCW325s)
Maya Road- Super Star Pins- Gold
May Arts- 382-34-46, 373-58-04, 392-58-46, 393-3-01
Core’dinations – Cardstock


Ribbonista Valentine's Day Blog Hop- Day 2!

Welcome to the May Arts Ribbonista Blog Hop! If you came here from Christina's Blog today, you're on the right track! If not, make sure you hop back to the beginning today and start at the May Arts Blog! If you haven't been hopping with us all week long, be sure to stop by the May Arts blog  for the full hop order for each day this week and a chance to win some ribbon for yourself! 

I made a cute little Valentine Tag to share today.  This would make a great Valentine project to make with the kids or even a great one to give to that special someone this Valentine's Day! 

Start with a #8 manila tag and some mists. Fold the end of the tag (about 2 inches) and staple sides to form a pocket. 

Spritz entire tag with multiple colors of  mists (I used Imagine Crafts Fireworks in Angel Pink, Rose Bud, Lady Bug) and let dry or apply heat gun to speed dry time. 

Ink edges of tag with ink (Memento- grey flannel) and an ink blusher or dauber. 

Punch shapes from patterned paper (tags, regular & scalloped circles). Ink edges of all shapes. 

Take a plain white ribbon rosette (393-25-01) and spritz with the multiple colors of mist. Dab with paper towel to absorb some excess ink, sit aside to dry.

Cut the ribbon from behind the rosette once it is dry, add ribbons to the tag. You can also add your paper embellishments and some coordinating stickers.  

Thanks for stopping by! Now hop right along and see what Sandy has to share today! 

Products Used:
May Arts- 393-25-01, AW17, RT14, JP10, 384-58-01
Authentique Paper- Lovely Collection: Patterned Paper, 8x12 Elements Stickers
Imagine Crafts- Fireworks:Angel Pink, Rose Bud, Lady Bug Memento Dew Drops: Grey Flannel