Monday, 22 December 2014

Sparkly Christmas Tree Ornaments

Good Morning Crafters

Only 4 days until Santa pays us all a visit.

We at Imagination Crafts wish you all a Merry Christmas and hope you all have a good one!

Today our tutorial is from another of our new DT members Amy.
She has really gotten into the festive season with her tutorial!

Masking Tape
Pallet Knife
Snowflakes, The Clearing Stencils
Christmas Tree Panel Stencil
Diamond, Periwinkle, Candy Floss, Amethyst Sparkle Medium

Other Items
3 Clear Class Ovals
Crystal Stickles Glitter Glue
Silver Stickles Glitter Glue
Lime Green Stickles Glitter Glue
Lilac and Blue Ribbon

All Ornaments are made using flat glass ovals which have been pre-drilled 

Position the snowflake stencil over the oval and tape down. Stencil using Diamond Sparkle Medium.

Remove stencil and leave to dry

On the second oval using the clearing stencil mask part of the stencil.
Using Periwinkle for the tree and diamond sparkle medium for the deer spread evenly to cover the parts of the stencil you require.

Carefully removed stencil and put to one side to dry.

Taking the Panel Stencil Christmas Tree place over the 3rd oval and then using Candy Floss, Periwinkle and Amethyst over the top half of the tree.

Remove stencil and leave to dry.

To finish off add some sequins, diamantes, extra sparkle medium, stickles glitter glues and finish them off with some pretty ribbons ready to hang on the tree. 
They look beautiful when the lights are on as they twinkle.

Thank you for visiting today.

Friday, 19 December 2014

A Blossom Girl Canvas

Good Morning Crafters

Today we have a beautiful canvas tutorial by Shilpa. This is Shilpa's first tutorial and we are looking forward to seeing more of her fabulous creations.

We hope you will welcome Shilpa to the team. 

Attach design papers to the edges of thick white chipboard randomly.
Apply a thin layer of Gesso and leave to dry.

Place the Beautiful Blossom stencil and use a brown watercolour pencil trace the face of the image.
Using watercolour inks colour the image.

Once image is dry place the beautiful blossom stencil back over the image and stencil the blossom with Gunmetal Sparkle Medium. 
Using watercolour ink add colour around the design papers.

Once everything is dry decide on the colours you wish to use for your embellishments.
An array of assorted flowers, die cut leaves, butterflies and birds have been used.

The finished project. Don't you think this is gorgeous, I know I do!

Many thanks for visiting.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Altered Coasters

Good Morning Crafters

Today we have one of our new design team member's Carol sharing her tutorial with us.
Welcome to the team Carol, we hope that you enjoy your time with us.

Imagination Craft Items used:

Also needed:
Two coasters
Black acrylic paint, gesso or chalkboard

Started with two coasters which came free in a charity envelope, coated both sides with black gesso, then when dry a further coat of chalkboard paint.

Image stamps were then inked up with gilding glue, stamped onto the coasters and allowed to go tacky. Gilding flakes were then added.

Once dry the excess flakes were then brushed off.

Thank you for visiting today!

Friday, 12 December 2014

Pretty in Pink

Good Morning Crafters

Today we are sharing another of our new DT members Samantha Wade tutorial

Please do hop on over to Samantha's blog to see some more of her work.

Pink Blossoms card.
Floral Tea Cup Stencil.
Sparkle Medium, Sage Green, Old Rose, Antique Bronze, Chartreuse.

Using low tac masking tape, attach stencil to the patterned card and apply Sparkle Medium with a palette knife. Brown to the birds, the green to the leaves, old rose(which is so perfect with the card) to the other areas, remove stencil and leave to dry.

When dry, reapply the stencil and add the chartreuse to the birds chests, and go over any areas you want to add colour to, using a brush for small areas and a piece of cut and dry to smooth over larger areas.

When dry and happy with the colours add flowers and cheese cloth, glue the pearls and gems.

Mat the patterned card onto pink glitter card, then onto a 7x7 card

That is it for Today, we hope you enjoy your weekend.

Monday, 8 December 2014


Good Morning Crafters

We hope that you all enjoyed your weekend.

Today we have a tutorial for you by Rachel to share.

Inkadinks - Vintage
Orchid Decoupage Stamp Set

Add a drop of avocado inkadink to glass mat - add water to brush and swirl into ink drop - use to wash over page, repeat with gingerbread inkadink and aubergine inkadink.

 Stamp orchid in black archival ink and paint using the same colours of inkadinks.

Here's the completed image - fussy cut and mount onto pearlescent card

Cut the background created so far to size and use small stamps from the set to create a pattern.

To complete the pattern use the orchid and flourish from the stamp set. Mat and layer this onto lilac card.

Here is the completed card, stamped the sentiment from the stamp set onto the patterned card.

We hope that you enjoy today's tutorial and thank you for stopping by Today.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Create your own tags with Inkadinks

Good Morning Crafters

We hope you have enjoyed your week and enjoyed meeting the new design team.

Today we are sharing Christine's tutorial, this is Christine's third term with us.

Imagination Crafts Products Used.
Fuchsia Decoupage Stamp Set
Orchid Stencil
Black Sparkle Medium

Wet some water-colour paper and drop yellow, orange and red ink onto the surface. Keep dropping on ink until the surface is covered. 

Drop some purple ink in blobs onto the wet paper and allow to spread naturally. Top tip - you can manipulate the inks by tipping the paper a little. 

 Stamp the small branch from the Fuchsia Decoupage Stamp set around the edges with brown ink. 

Using the Orchid Stencil and Black Sparkle Medium add the image onto the top of the background. 

 Finish your tag by inking the edges with brown ink. 

We hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Thank you for visiting!

Monday, 1 December 2014

Meet the New Design Team Members

Good Morning Crafters

I am so excited to be introducing you to our new DT members, we have gone international too.

We had such a fantastic response to our design team call that it sure was difficult in choosing our new DT.

If you didn't make it this time please try again when we have another DT call.

I have been crafting since I was a little girl when my dad taught me how to knit.
I have dabbled into all kinds of craft from embroidery, cross stitch, and then to crocheting.
I got into paper crafting about 14 years ago, I went into a craft shop looking for cards to put my Christmas cross stitch in and that was it I was hooked.
I have been on quite a few design teams and my style is very eclectic. I love altered art and playing with mixed media too.
I started working with Sue and Harvey nearly 2 years ago and I love it!

Hey Peeps, Kath here with a bit of an introduction, I'm 44 and live in Bolton, Lancs.
I'm an avid crafter with interests in many different types of crafts
but I do love getting 'mucky paw's with paint, inks and stamps, etc.
I'm also a freelance designer of blogs/papers/digital products/ craft products etc......

but believe it or not I'm a Civil Engineer by trade.
I have one real baby (27) and four furry babies who I spoil rotten and a very patient hubby hee hee.
I'm so looking forward to working with the DT and the Challenges and also with Sue and Harvey at Imagination Crafts.
Be good xx


Hi my name is Rachel and I'm a stay at home mum to two girls Lucy,6 and Penny, 5. Happily married to Shaun who is a physics professor. I love to craft and have been doing various forms of craft most of my life but papercrafting really took over about 10 years ago and took over with a vengeance about 5 years ago. I love the work of and am influenced by Hels Sheridan and Sheena Douglass and Barbara Gray. I'm increasingly doing mixed media work these days and I love to play and get messy! Outside crafting I'm very busy chairing the PTA at my girls school and running a gardening club there - and also a pack of Rainbows. I also do monthly workshops with some ladies from a church group and occasionally do some for guiders too. Crafting is just the best!

Hi, Chris here - a girl who loves to craft - I'm a Freelance Designer/Demonstrator living in the southwest of England. I design and demonstrate crafts for a number of major U.K. retailers, as well as giving Talks to a wide variety of Community Groups, holding private Demo's for retailers and organising my own Workshops in the following: Card-Making, Painting, Silk Fibre Craft, Felting, Jewellery Making - in fact most crafty things that you can think of. As I live near the coast I even craft with shells and driftwood I find on the beach (nothing is safe from my crafty hands). I find inspiration from everything around me, especially nature - leaves, trees and landscapes being a particular favourite of mine.
I design my own stamps, digi-stamps and background papers and have my own website and blog too.
I'm thrilled to be part of the Imagination Crafts Blog Design Team and I look forward to working with all the lovely products and to sharing my ideas with you all.

 My name is Marleen and I come from Denmark. I do however live in the rural Donegal in Ireland as my husband is from here. 
We have 3 "babies" who loves getting crafty with me. 
I started crafting when our eldest baby was born 11 years ago. I just started making a few cards to pass the time but by the time our son was born less then 2 years later, it had grown in to a full pledge hobby. 
Our wee fella was very ill as a toddler and it was then I discovered a real passion and the therapeutic effect of crafting. I started scrapbooking while he was Ill and I would sit reading scrapbooking magazines in the hospital while he was sleeping. 
Since then it's just grown and grown and I'm now so lucky that I get to do a few crafting demos from time to time as well sitting on several design team, imaginations crafts being my latest adventure. One I'm really looking forward to getting stuck into. 

Hi, I'm Amy. I love crafting in any shape or form & over the years have tried my hand at many techniques from jewellery design to stone carving.
My current craft passion is teaching workshops in card making & mixed media which I fit in around running my own gift/craft supplies shop & looking after my young daughter.
I'm married to Nick who offers great input & constructive advice on all my craft projects.
I'm still relatively new to blogging & love the craft community I have found here.
I'm really excited about joining the Imagination Crafts Design Team & hope you find my projects inspiring.
Amy x 

“My name is Noelia but I prefer being called Noe.

I am 31 years old and I live in the north of Spain with my two children and my husband.  
I love scrapbooking. I began to practice it when my first son was born 3 years ago, and since then I could not stop. I have known  fantastic people, it is the best of this art!.   
Few months ago I opened my blog with one of my best friends and here I am! I hope to give the best of me, to be able to show you projects that you like very much and learn many things from my team mates”.
I am sending two photos, choose the one you like more.

I am a happily married mum of two. 
Crafting has been my escape for a little while now and I love trying new techniques and experimenting where possible. 
I’m learning new crafty bits every day and love it when my creations inspire others or encourage them try something new.


Married for 26 years and a mother of three (2 boys aged 24 and 22 and 1 girl aged 16), I've crafted for ever. 
I was taught to knit by my Nana before I went to school and my Great Aunt taught me to crochet when I was 7; however, despite their best efforts I never became proficient at sewing! Later in life I started embroidery, tapestry and cross stitch and have many an unfinished project lurking around the house. About 10 years ago I discovered card making and I haven't stopped since. I also started scrap booking but since discovering digital scrap booking my paper supplies lie pretty much redundant. My latest foray is in to mixed media and altered projects and I'm loving it...except for the inky fingers which I inevitably end up with.
I discovered blogging and the world of challenges in March 2011. Since then I have designed for several challenge blogs but after a spell away from designing to create wedding stationery for several family members I am now looking forward to creating for Imagination Crafts and hopefully offering some inspiration to those of you looking in. A big thank you to Linda for offering me this chance.


I am a military wife, a stay at home mom (my children give me wonderful pictures to scrap with), 2 boys and 2 girls.  I was a teacher (high school science) before I stayed at home, and I love to scrapbook!!  My first love is my family, they mean everything to me.  My second love is crafting, especially scrapbooking.  My style of crafting is funky, shabby layers.  I love to just get messy and just play with my projects!

Hi, my name is Samantha Wade.
I live in the West Midlands with my husband Peter and two ragdoll cats (the girls) 
I have always been interested in crafts and addicted to paper crafting and all things creative.You will find me in my craft room in my spare time or the garden which is my other passion.
So delighted to be on the Imagination Crafts design team as i love glitter and dies.

Mixed media and Art Journalist
Hi, I am Shilpa, live in a beautiful city, Bangalore, India. I am a SAHM to a teenage daughter.
I am a Mixed Media Artist and I also love to play in my Art Journal with lot of color and other art mediums every now and then. I am doing paintings since ever I know, always loved to play with colors. I started making handmade cards ten years back, I got introduced to Mixed media couple of years ago and am addicted to it now. I love to try new techniques and new products and share with my fellow crafters/ artists. My blog's name is 'Neon Diary'
I am thrilled to join talented team of designers at Imagination Crafts.

Thank you for Stopping by Today!