Saturday, February 26, 2011

To My Sketchy Friends

I'm looking for pages for the May Issue of Scrapstreet Magazine based on this sketch.  If you are interested in submitting, could you please send me your work to  Here is a complete listing of the current calls at Scrapstreet.  I will need your pages no later than March 10th to be eligible for May Issue.  Look forward to seeing your gorgeous work.
Thank you so much for stopping by -

Monday, February 21, 2011

It's all Berrylicious at Imaginisce this Week!

Please visit the Imaginisce blog this week to see all of the amazing projects the design team has created with the brand new Berrylicious collection.  There will be lots of inspiration and prizes of course.
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Click it with Cricut

Made for Each Other
Don't you just love it when you are working with a collection of papers and embellishments and there is a PERFECT Cricut cartridge to complement the theme? It's like the stars align, the gods smile upon us or that serendipitous moment we all wait for suddenly appears.

This is exactly how I felt about the assignment to kick off Imaginisce's official Click it with Cricut Feature. Our team of designers can't wait to show our fans how Imaginisce and Cricut are totally meant to be together by pushing the creative boundaries with Imaginisce's expertise in paper and embellishments and Cricut's expertise in technology and die cutting. I knew I had the perfect cartridge to go along with the brand new Imaginisce Berrylicious collection.
Created by Liz Qualman
Berrylicious was the perfect collection to show off these fun, fruity cards to tell someone you are thinking about them. The white background with a simple stitched border was intended to keep the fruity die cuts front and center and in the spotlight.
Created by Liz Qualman
Cricut Cherry Limeade Cartridge and Instruction
  • Cut 3" for the base
  • Cut 3" for the top
  • Cut white cardstock base 5.5" x 11"
  • Stitch simple square border .5" from the edge
  • Add cardstock die cut straberry with pop dots
  • Add the chipboard Squeeze Me sentiment
  • Adhere i-rock Mirror Glam Rocks for extra fun
Imaginisce Berrylicious collection
Imaginisce i-rock
White Cardstock
Rust colored floss
pop dots
tape runner
Created by Liz Qualman
Cricut Cherry Limeade Cartridge and Instruction
  • Cut 4" for the base
  • Cut 4" for the top
  • Cut white cardstock base 5.5" x 11"
  • Stitch simple square border .5" from the edge
  • Adhere cherries with pop dots
  • Add the sticker stacker journal spot and rub-on
  • Adhere i-rock Mirror Glam Rocks for extra fun
Imaginisce Berrylicious collection
Imaginisce i-rock
white Cardstock
rust colored floss
pop dots
tape runner
rub-on sentiment

If you hop over to the Imaginisce blog, find the Click it with Cricut post and leave a comment, you might win your very own Cricut Birthday Bash cartridge.

Please be sure to check back next week when Imaginisce officially kicks off our Berrylicious Release Party. You cannot believe what the design team has been cooking up with this fresh, juicy and sunny collection.

Thank you for stopping by -

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Imaginisce Monthly Challenge

Happy Valentine's Day!!! To celebrate the day right, it's time for another installment of the Imaginisce Sweet Treats February Challenge and there are more projects from the design team to inspire. If you are just arriving from Sophia's blog, you probably had some eye candy to ogle. Remember to hop to each blog and leave a comment and then hop back to the Imaginisce blog to chat about what you saw on the hop and you will be eligible to win your very own i-rock, which several of our designers used on their projects.
I tried to stay with the theme of Sweet Treats and went into the archives to pull out the Spring collection from last year called Lucy Bird. You can still find this collection at A Cherry On Top if you think you need some more. I am particularly fond of the ribbon in this collection because it is just "adorable". I also love the soft pink, yellow and aqua colors together - perfect for the challenge - and a great contrast to the basic kraft paper I used for the base of my card and the cone for my ice cream.
I picked up this Carousel Cricut cartridge at my local Walmart because Imaginisce had just released the Animal Crackers collection, and I was pleasantly surprised that there were both shapes for ice cream cones and cotton candy to go along with our Sweet Treats Color Challenge.
I also added a dash of sparkle to my card with some of the Mirror Glam Rock Gems and my trusty Imaginisce i-rock. (A little extra sparkle never hurt anybody :)

Challenge Information:
All you need to do is create a project (using at least 75% of Imaginisce product) that is inspired by the above photo and color combo and then link it up at the bottom of this post by February 25th. We will pick a winner, who will receive a $75 I-Top Package OR a selection of Popular Collections valued at $75. Woo hooo!!!

Thank you so much for "Hopping By". Looks like you are now off to Samantha Hauzer's blog.
Cheers -

Keep Truckin'

I've had the Abbey Road collection from My Mind's Eye sitting in my stash for a while, so I pulled it out yesterday with the intent of playing along with their sketch challenge this month.  The sketch is so simple that I was not sure exactly what I was going to do with it to dress it up.  Then I got the idea of making the large circle into a stitched shape to go along with the Round and Round collection... So, I downloaded some clip art of a truck, printed it out, layed it over a cardstock based and then punched holes through the design of the truck.  It took me about an hour to handstitch the design into the cardstock, but I love how it looks against the linen-like paper.  Basically this is the sketch flipped and with a truck instead of a large circle.  Although I might have strayed a bit....
This is the sketch by Anam Stubbington for the February Sketch challenge at My Mind's Eye.
I used some of the flocked chipboard alphabet that came with the Red Lush collection (also in my stash) and love how the texture and font of the letters look with this project.  I also used one of the chipboard "no parking" circles as my hubcap.
This was a fun cluster to create.  The cardstock die cuts combined with the chipboard accents made a cute little message.  I also used my Epiphany Crafts Button Studio to add the customized button with some patterned paper from the Round and Round collection.
Love how well the paper, die cuts and chipboard add so much color and movement to this page.  The arrows are particularly fun.  I added another hubcap with one of the cardstock die cuts.  They center nicely in the middle of the stitching.

Thank you so much for stopping by -

Saturday, February 12, 2011

February Sketch Challenge at Little Yellow Bicycle

Please join us for another sketch challenge at Little Yellow Bicycle.   We would love to see what you can do with the sketch!  Turn it on its side, flip it over or add embellishments in unique places.  The sky is the limit on how creative you can be.... This month is all about the brand new Twig Collection - which I have to say is one of my very favorites.  All you have to do is create a page based on this sketch with the new Twig Collection or any other LYB collection and link it to the facebook page or email it to by February 28th. 

This was such a fun page to create.  I love the earthy colors of he Twig collection.  My family spends a lot of time playing outside and the blues, browns and greens are a wonderful palette to capture these beautiful moments, especially for these photos of my daughter lying in the grass.
The loose journaling cards are beautifully detailed and perfect for capturing your thoughts.  I used the prompts on the card to respond about my daughter and I really appreciate how the jouranling cards encourage you to use your own handwriting.  Then, I dressed it up with a Flower Button Dot and a Glittered Chipboard Leaf.
I just adore the Dimensional Stickers with Glitter Accents, because the butterflies are absolutely gorgeous and add so much movement and texture to a project.  I simply inked the edges and added some Jewel Stickers for the body.  The Mini Banners also add just the right amount of fun to a page and I love how they are already pop-dotted and ready to go.
Twine seems to be the perfect compliment to the Twig collection.  I wrapped some around my photos a few times and used one of the Chipboard Buttons as a clasp. Isn't it adorable how the design of the buttons are the growth rings from a tree?
You can find Twig at your local scrapbook store or online at or A Cherry On Top.  Hope to have you play along this month and thank you so much for stopping by -

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Sugar Smacks with Nikki Sivils

It's getting closer to Valentine's Day and I am totally loving the Sugar Cookie collection from Nikki Sivils.  It is the perfect recipe for chocolatey fun and has enough whimsy to make a great page of my daughter trying on her favorite lip gloss, thus the title Sugar Smacks.  All of Nikki Sivils latest collections will be available at and a Cherry on Top.

I love playing with the cardstock stickers in Nikki's collections.  By varying the upper and lower case letters, the title becomes more playful.  I added one of the burlap buttons and some Zva Creative Crystals to dress it up a bit more.
Nikki's burlap buttons are one of my favorite embellishments.  They come with adhesive already on the backs of them and and easily stick to a project.

Love how you can emphasize both the pinks and the reds in this collection.  By adding a bit of red cardstock, the red accents in this collection pop.  I fussy cut the hearts our of the Sugar Cookie die cut sheet and pop-dotted a few to make them layer better.

Thank you so much for stopping by -

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Morning Inspiration

Isn't it fun to think about all the rituals that people have in the morning? There are so many quirks that people need or do to get their day started off right. One of mine is to eat an "apple a day." The sour taste of the apples make me feel a whole lot healthier and ready to go. Many of you know I am a huge fan of Little Yellow Bicycle and I cannot get enough of the Savor collection. It was the perfect palette and sentiment for creating this page.
The Savor collection comes with a set of banners that are ready to add to a page, but it also comes with these cardstock banners which I added some string and pop-dotted for the same effect, just with a different sentiment. The coral color jumps off the kraft background.
These little recipe cards from the Savor collection make a fantastic journal element that is large enough to use in place of patterned paper for an interesting balance to a project. I also love the softness of the paper lace border strips and the fun button flowers.
I have a really old set of Kurio chipboard letters in pale green that I found at Walmart. I gave them a face-lift by adding some metallic cream chalk to match the color of the granny smith apples. Reuse, Recycle, Refurbish....all that jazz.
I was so excited to meet up with the Little Yellow Bicycle Crew and my friend Suzanne Sergi at CHA! They are definitely kindred spirits and we had a blast hanging out. (left to right: Suzanne, Sharon, myself, Ross).

Thank you so much for stopping by -