Monday, February 19, 2018

Last Share from the Design Team for Febuary's "Colour of the Month"

 Hello Everyone
Here is our last share from our design team for February featuring the colour Red.
We would still love to receive more projects from you. You have until the 24th of February to send us an image. We will share your project here on our blog and you will have the chance to win $50 of our lovely chipboard to play with. Also leave a comment and you go into the draw to win $30 of our chipboard.
Please email me at 

 Back to the design teams projects.
So first up is Sonia

Sonia has chosen a stunning photo for the beautiful layout she has done for us, I love the way she has used a dark background for the foundation of her layout. It's a great contrast for the red in her photo. While the gold on her title and splattered on her foundation page is the perfect finishing touch. 

 Here is what Sonia has to say about her layout.
I find red a hard colour to work with so for this challenge I found my favourite red based photo and then grounded it with black and gold on my layout. I mixed up two lots of words / phrases to make up my title

IDW0094 #Instagram, #awesome, #happy, #wonderful, #selfie. words

IDP0200 Summer Paradise

These were both heat embossed in gold powder.
 To add flow to my page I added in the gorgeous Twigs which come 2 to a board (Twigs IDFL0013). I inked these in a combination of two shades of green (Tim Holtz Distress Inks Shabby Shutters and Peeled paint.
IDFL0013 Twigs on a board.
  It's all the little touches Sonia adds to her layouts that I find so appealing. Layers of fussy cut flowers, tag, postcard, metal elements and more, carefully placed by Sonia to form a base for her photo to sit on.  Splatters of paint and crystals add the final touches to a beautiful layout.
Thanks Sonia for sharing your beautiful layout with us.

Next up is Karyn

 Karyn has done a layout to celebrate a special family Christmas and has the perfect photos for her page. I love the way Karyn is not afraid to make funny faces and often uses them on her pages. It shows her inner confidence and her great sense of humour.  
Here is what Karyn has to say about her layout.
I made a Christmas scrapbook page with this RED theme. I started by using white cardstock and one of my favourite TCW stencils (12x12 Tile Mania) and some "Lipstick" colour blast paste, then I added some splatters of Luminarte Primary Elements in poppy red.
 When my paste and paint had dried I cut my white cardstock down and backed it with some red patterned paper from Pink Fresh Studio "Escape the ordinary" collection.
 I matted my photos with white paper dollies and attached them to my page as shown.
All of my chipboard was painted with the poppy red luminarte primary elements. I often prefer to paint it on rather than spray as there is less mess and wastage. 

 IDP0136 Joy to the World.
 I added some small paper flowers and some of Nat's stemmed leaves.
IDD045 Nat's hand drawn stemmed leaves.
 To finish off my layout, I added some of Louise's chipboard chevrons and chipboard stars. Lastly I added some splatters of black Heidi Swapp colourshine spray.  
 IDD0077 Loolabell's Chevrons #2
IDT0036 Start Board Tinnies.
What a lovely layout and reminder of a special family day spent together. Karyn always does beautiful layouts with lots of white space around her photo's and just the right amount of mixed media. Everything is always balanced perfectly, it's Karyn's signature and she does it so well.
Thank you Karyn for sharing your family day with us. 
Last up is Me.
I have a series of photo's taken of my daughter Anna at her sisters wedding. Anna loves dancing and at the wedding she danced with everyone and anyone who would take to the floor with her. She has no inhibitions and just does not care what people think. Whilst this can be a bit of a handicap in some areas of her life - it means she can do what she loves with her whole heart and not be self conscious like most of us are. She had so much fun and danced most of the night.

 I wanted a layout to celebrate the fun she had with a layout.

 I cut a piece of white watercolour paper for the foundation of my layout.
I placed a large blob of Tim Holtz's Fired Brick Red distress re-inker to my paper,  added a small amount of water and used a straw to blow the ink where I wanted it. While it was still wet, I added  small amounts of Lindy's Stamp Gang Peony Scarlet Red spray and let it run on top of the wet fired brick red ink. I flicked some of the two colours onto the white space on my layout.
I torn some music paper and this time using a fired brick red distress ink pad, I rubbed around the edges of my torn paper. I used a wet paint brush and smudge the ink. I added some high lights using the Peony Scarlet Red spray with my brush. I have a stash of 7 Gypsy tape and the ruler tape is one of my favourites so I used a bit of it on my layout. 
I wanted the photo to be the focus so I kept my layout simple. I painted my heart with some of my fired brick ink re-inker and added some black archival ink round the edges. I used some of the small chipboard apha's to spell the word "Dance". I inked them black with archival ink. I also use one of the new chipboard flourishes and cut the top off,  I attached it at the bottom of my flourish.  I inked it black, again with my archival ink and glued it so it sits over my photo. I printed some words and added them under my chipboard heart and title. To finish my layout, I matted my photo and watercolour paper with black cardstock and attached it to a matching piece of red bazzill.
All the Design team have done  beautiful and inspiring projects for us this month. Each of the Ladies have their own unique style and it shows in the work they create for us.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing how they have used the colour red as much has I have.
thanks for looking

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