Saturday, February 17, 2018

Some Masculine Cards with Natalie

Who doesn’t love making and receiving a handmade card?  I love to make girly and pretty floral cards but at the moment, I seem to have a whole lot of them in my stash and not enough masculine ones!
I picked up some new dies from Spellbinders last week and came up with these great manly cards that I colored using Lindy’s Magicals!
Using a combination of Magicals in nice earthy tones, these grungy cards will be perfect for giving to my family & friends for upcoming birthdays.
Here are a few simple and easy steps to create these cards.
I used Mixed Media Cardstock and trimmed to 4×6′ before running them through my Big Shot using a variety of embossing folders.
I went through my collection of Magicals and decided on a range of earthy tones.
Starting with a light color, I gave the paper a light spray of water then quickly sprinkled on some Magicals.
I added a couple more colors before spraying again with water and moving the color around the paper.
I then repeated the process … you can see that I didn’t use much.
Again, spray with water and swish around the page to get a nice coverage.
I used a paint brush to spread the color to the edges.
After doing this a couple of times, I had a collection of ‘drips’ on my work mat so I dragged my paper through them.
This gave the paper a little more depth and stopped me from wasting too much product too.
Swish the color around to spread it out.  I love the way the color sits in the embossed areas.
For the die cuts, I used some watercolor paper and a few earthy tones sprays.
Spray the color directly onto the paper and use a brush to spread it to the edges.
Just before it was dry, I used the drips on the work mat and dabbed the papers so that all the shimmer and mica sat on top of the color .. I then cut my designs.
I colored my chipboard using a black marker and then I then gave them all a light mist with a mix of all the sprays and allowed to dry before giving them a final spray with Blazing Black.
I am loving these cards and they were so simple to make.  Here are a few close-ups for you.

So thanks for stopping by and have a great day

Natalie May

    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    Layouts by Solange Marques

    Hello everyone!! It's Solange Marques here and today I'll share with you some projects using the fabulous Imaginarium Designs chipboards!

    This time I've made some layouts.
    To start the New Year, I've created this layout with some sentiments that I wish for the year:


    I've used tea bags to create the background. I've printed some words on the tea bags and I've used stamps on them:

    I've applied copper embossing powder on the title:

    And I've applied Distress embossing powder on the gears and after I've applied Walnut Ink spray:

    The second layout:


    Here I've mixed copper and Distress Embossing Powder Vintage Photo and after I've applied Copper paste and a little of white gesso:

    On the title I've used black embossing powder:

    To finish , a Christmas layout:


    I've applied red embossing powder on this chipboard and some drops of acrylic gesso:

    And white and black embossing powder on the title:

    I hope you enjoy it!

    ID supplies:
    IDS0018 9 Cogs on Board
    IDT0004 9 Cogs on board small
    IDAUC0001 Capital Letters
    IDALC0002 Lower Case letters
    IDS0006 Clock Face 3 inchs
    IDS0036  Small Clock Face
    IDP0112 I love Your Face
    IDD0040 Nat's Square Large
    IDP0219 I Believe in Santa

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    Happy Valentines Day

    Hello Everyone.

    Happy Valentines Day.
    Today I am sharing some more beautiful projects from our amazing design team featuring our Colour of the Month - RED

    So the idea of the "Colour of the Month challenge is for you to come up with a project using our colour of the month, send me some photos and a list of Imaginarium Design chipboard used.  We will show it here on our blog during the month but it must only have our chipboard on it  if you want your project shown.. At the end of the month I will choose two winners. Each winner will receive a bundle of our chipboard worth $50.
     If you want to take part in  our challenge then I will need your photos by the 23rd of the month at the latest, I will announce the winners on the 25th of the month.
    Please email your photos to
    I would love to receive some more projects from you for our challenge. 
    Our first Design Team Share for today is from the Amazing Tracey.
    Tracey has designed a lovely Layout - perfect for Valentines Day and using our Colour of the Month - RED.

    I love all the layering and the way Tracey has clustered everything around her beautiful photo.
    Tracey has given me this description of her layout.

    I have created the background for this layout by using a paper that was neutral in colour with black printing. I have primed the paper with clear gesso. I then used textured paste and a heart stencil from Imaginarium new range of stencils to create the base.  I have then sprayed a red ink and water to colour the background.


     For the chipboard Title I used white embossing powder.

    IDP0026 Love You Phrase.

    IDD0070 Nat's Hearts 1 (12 in a board)

    For the rest of my chipboard - Nat's small hearts, Lou's hearts and the new flourish I have heat embossed them using aged gold powder.


    To tie in all the elements and bring the layout together, I have flicked red and white around the embellishments and used a texture stamp with white ink.
    Tracey's layout is just beautiful - I love all the layering she has done, she must have spent quite a bit of time creating her project. Sorting out the flowers, and choosing all the bits and pieces to match takes time. Putting it all together so perfectly is  what Tracey is so great  at.
    Thanks Tracey for a lovely layout to inspire us all.
    Next up is the talented Sandi.
    Sandi has done a lovely little red box - perfect for a special Valentines Day gift.
    I love anything miniature so Sandi's lovely Little Red box is a favourite of mine.
    Just look at all the little bits and pieces, Sandi has tucked and carefully placed on her box. 
     Here is what Sandi has to say about her Little Red Box.
    A little box of chocolates is the perfect re-use for gift boxes. I hand painted the box red and white paint. I Layered a torn page from a book on the top of my box with a piece of white painted honeycombe chipboard when on next.

    IDS0054 Honeycombe 6x6 inch

    I painted some of my chipboard bronze, white and red. I have tucked one of Nat's red painted pinwheels under my flower cluster. I chose a selection of flowers, some of  which I sprayed red. I place them together and tucked one of Lou's bronzed painted Cherry Blossoms under them.  

    IDD0041 Nat's Pinwheel.
    IDD00008 Loolabelle's Cherry Blossom.

     I added some lace, bling, beads and a bling heart to add depth to my box. You can see my white painted honeycombe chipboard in this photo under my chipboard phrase. To finish my box I trimmed and painted one of my phrases bronze and glued it in the corner.

    IDP230 Just for You.
    I love the way Sandi has allowed some of her bits and pieces to hang off her box.  What a wonderful little keepsake and full of chocolates - the perfect gift.
    Thanks for inspiring us today Sandi.
    Haven't all the design team been busy. So many wonderful and beautiful projects being show on our blog. I just love looking at all the work involved and the way the ladies create their projects.
    So have a lovely Valentines Day and I will be back again later on.
    Thanks for looking

    Sunday, February 11, 2018

    Valentines Day for the Men!

    Hello Everyone!  Are you all thinking like me "where did January go"! I can't really believe that we are already a week into February.  So you know that Valentines Day is next week and I was looking for some inspiration, whilst I don't really get into the whole commercialism of the day I think sometimes it serves as a reminder to just let that someone we love know that we appreciate them and everything they do.  So I decided to make me hubby a noodle gift box which I will fill with his favourite chocolates & movie voucher with a matching card. 

    The heart chipboard is some great new designs that the lovely Jane recently sent me and I love them!

    The great thing about these "valentine" projects is that there are no flowers (flowers and I recently had a break-up!), and I have also used some washi tape which I sometimes struggle with knowing just where to place it, worked like a charm on the card.

    For the noodle box I have made an acetate window by sandwiching a piece of acetate between two of the heart chipboards. The gorgeous coloured embossing powder is Colour Blast in "Just Blue" and I did three coats to get the finish I was after.

    The words have been done in two colours (steel as base, two coats, and snow white over the top) - I will often do this as I find myself lately wanting a mixture of a few different colours.  Chipboard lends itself so well to the mixing of embossing powders.

    The little horse and cart button is actually a fridge magnet but when I saw the pack I didn't want to use them to stick stuff on the fridge so they have been in my stash for about ten years waiting for just the right project.  Don't be afraid to use ribbons on male based projects but place them strategically so they are not the main focus. 

    Thanks for swinging by and lets hope hubby doesn't see this blog post before Wednesday!!! 

    Keep Creating!

    Details of the chipboard I used is below!

    Product Code: IDFR0032

    Product Code: IDW0092

    Product Code: IDW0083

    The heart with the word "love" around the edge will be up on the website soon I am sure!