Bonjour, Macaroon!

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Today is a fun day because Imagine Crafts® / Tsukineko® & Avery Elle have paired up for a blog hop!  There are going to be a lot of amazing projects on the hop today showing how well Avery Elle and Imagine Crafts / Tsukineko products work together.  We also have a fun giveaway, so be sure to visit all of the blogs participating.

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Supplies:

  • All-Purpose Ink in Green Apple and Frost White (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko)
  • Ink Potion No. 9 Blending Solution (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko)
  • Memento Luxe Ink in Teal Zeal and Lilac Posies (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko)
  • Fantastix Brush Tip Applicators (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko)
  • Bonjour Photopolymer Stamps from Avery Elle
  • White muslin bag
  • Ribbon
  • Adhesive

1. To dye the muslin bag: Combine the All-Purpose Inks with a little Ink Potion No. 9 in a container to achieve the desired shade of green. Soak the bag in the container for several minutes. Remove the bag and let dry completely. To set the ink, iron the bag on both sides for two minutes.
2. Stamp the Macaroon in Memento Luxe Ink in Teal Zeal, then Lilac Posies. To intensify the color, paint on additional ink with a Fantastix Applicator.
3. Stamp the sentiment above the macaroons with Memento Luxe Ink in Teal Zeal.
4. Cut a strip of ribbon long enough to span the width of the bag. Adhere with adhesive.
5. Heat set the Memento Luxe Ink with an iron. Wait one week before laundering the bag.

Avery Elle / Jamie

Chunyuan Wu

Nina Yang

Heather Campbell

JJ Bolton

Donna Mikasa

Kasia Curry

Linda Lucas (Lovely Linda)

Naghma Husain (you’re here)

Now it is time for our giveaway! Leave a comment below and/or on any of the posts in the hop to be entered to win.  We will be selecting two random winners.  One will win a $50 Avery Elle gift certificate and the other will win $50 worth of Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko products! You have until June 14th to comment for a chance to win! The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle blog on Monday, June 17th.

Thanks for hopping with us!!

Go to your happy place

ImageI love pinwheels. As a design element, pinwheels are whimsical enough for children but still appropriate for fun-loving adults. And, when you discover how easy they are to make, you find yourself using them in a lot of craft projects — at least, I did. For this card, I used colors that would give a summery feel. With the versatile sentiment, it’s appropriate for many occasions. People will marvel you made the card yourself; remember, there’s no need to tell them how simple it is.

Directions:

Cut out a pinwheel shape using a die cut machine. (If you don’t have a die cut machine, use this template to cut the shape out. Cut along the lines and punch holes with a needle or awl where indicated.) The pinwheel used here is 3.5” square.

Ink up a brayer with Kaleidacolor Dye Ink in Caribbean Sea.  Spray the brayer with Ink Potion No. 9 to blend the ink (optional), then roll onto the pinwheel shape. Add more ink and IP 9 as needed. Repeat to color the other side.

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Create the pinwheel by folding each hole into the center. Secure with a brad.

Cut a 6” piece of yellow ribbon and tie a knot in the center. Glue the ribbon in the center of the pinwheel, over the brad.

Cut a piece of manilla cardstock approximately 6” x 5.25”. Cover the cardstock with VersaMagic Chalk Ink in Key Lime, applying the ink directly from the pad. Let air dry for a few minutes or dry with a heat gun.

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Using Kaleidacolor in Caribbean Sea, stamp a swirl (Fancy Pants) several times onto manilla cardstock.

Apply clear embossing powder to a few of the stamped swirls, then emboss with a heat gun.

Adhere the pinwheel to the cardstock.

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Cut a piece of green polka dot ribbon (May Arts) about 4” long and adhere under the pinwheel to form the stick. Stamp sentiment “Go to your happy place” (Paper Smooches) with Memento Dye Ink in Cottage Ivy.

Adhere the layering piece to a 6.5×5” manilla card.

You’re done!

Supplies:

  • Ink and related: Kaleidacolor Dye Ink in Caribbean Sea, Ink Potion No. 9 Blending Solution, VersaMagic Chalk Ink in Key Lime, Memento Dye Ink in Cottage Ivy (all by IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); Clear Embossing Powder (IMAGINE Crafts)
  • Ribbon by May Arts
  • Stamps by Fancy Pants and Paper Smooches
  • White and manilla cardstock
  • Brad
  • Brayer
  • Heat gun
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive

Ribbon fun, part 1

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I’m really fond of playing with IMAGINE Crafts’ SHEET Metal and StazOn Inks. For this project, I inked 1.25″ circle SHEET Metal pieces with StazOn in Sunflower Yellow, then (after applying a layer of GlazOn to seal) I alternated stamping the letters with StazOn in Fuchsia Pink and Royal Purple. I took two pieces of yellow ribbon and tied them to the end letters only, to keep the sign from becoming too busy. Then, I glued the metal shapes to a piece of harlequin-esque ribbon.

As is, you can use the sign in a scrapbook layout. If you want to hang it, first mount it to a sturdy backing such as foam. It would also make an inviting refrigerator magnet — just adhere magnets to the back.

Ribbon fun, Part 2

happy birthday card

Ribbon can add lovely decorative accents to cards and other crafts, but I especially love it when it’s functional. For this friend’s birthday card, I started with a piece of letter-size white cardstock. I folded each edge crosswise to create two flaps that meet in the middle. After inking both sides, I punched holes in the flaps, then threaded a strip of ribbon through the holes and tied it into a bow. I added the ribbon this way because I wanted to mimic the ribbon on a gift, but if you want to keep the ribbon attached to the card, glue the strip of ribbon to the back of the card and tie the ends in front.

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Here’s the inside. It’s very fitting for the recipient.

Save the Whales, Eat the Twinkies

maya-whalesMy sweet niece Maya shares my love of baking and edible crafts. We decided to spend an afternoon making cupcakes, so we looked through Karen Tack and Alan Richardson’s books on baking for a recipe. We chose Whale of a Good Time from What’s New, Cupcake — which turned out great, and much easier to make than it might look.

I love Tack and Richardson’s books, which also include Hello Cupcake and Cupcakes, Cookies & Pie, Oh My! — and yes, I own all of them. Many of their recipes don’t require special decorating tools, so they’re great for kids or impatient adults like me. But there are more challenging recipes if you have the skill or ambition. One of these days I’ll tackle Starry Night — a cupcake rendition of Van Gogh’s painting. Although I think those results might end up on a craft fail site.