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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Imaginarium December Sue Smyth

 Wooden Christmas Tree and 
Christmas Layout 
by Sue Smyth

Hi Bloggers 
Merry Christmas 

Remember in my last post I mentioned the left over
wooden kids blocks.
Well this is what I did with them.

I have made a wooden Christmas tree.

You will need
1 set of blocks
1 small cake board 
I old ribbon spool
Gel medium
Graphic 45 scrap papers
lots of Imaginarium chipboard. 

Some blocks I have left and some I have covered.
Down the side I have left the word Christmas
When I arranged the blocks I made sure
to spell out the word as it spiraled around .

I have gold embossed stars, numbers and words 
to place on the sides.

I have used a punch to punch out
squares of old Graphic 45 Christmas papers.
This is a neat way to use up all 
of those postage stamp images they always have.

Add resin shapes and other Christmas elements

Paint one of  the chipboard baubles with
white gesso. When dry cover with Dimensional magic
and sprinkle with white glitter. 
Then add rhinestones and a 
gingerbread man button

With the other bauble I have painted it red, then sprinkled
with white glitter. Then added a gold embossed
star and red rhinestone.

The small bracket frame, is gold embossed and 
backed with a Christmas image.

The Star is gold embossed and I have added a 
sunburst behind it and layered over another star.
Then add a large gold plastic gem.

This is how it started off, I have glued it all 
together with lots of gel medium and allowed to dry 
for a few days.
Then paint thoroughly with white gesso.
When dry spray with green dylusions and dry
brush over gold paint 

To make the gold ring around the spool.
Simply die cut the centre from the fancy circles
and then gold emboss.
If the die does not cut through entirely it
is easy to use a blade to cut around the 
almost cut shape to finish off.

This can easily slip over the centre of the 
ribbon spool. I have lifted the top off the spool 
to slip this on. But if you cannot do this
cut a small slit in one side and slip around the center that way.

Imaginarium Chipboard


Beautiful Layout 

I love the look of snow on a layout, I wanted a good 
 contrast with my candlelight photo.
Here are some of my favourite ways of 
creating a snowy feel. 

For the trees, I have painted them with a thin coat of 
gesso, allow to dry.
Then paint with thicker coat of gesso and 
dry with the heat gun until it blisters and 
When dry, adhere small pearl sequins across them.

Add pearls and blue rhinestones for shine and bling. 
Under the rosette I have added a bunch of white cotton
to add to the layered look.

My Favourite way to treat Chipboard 

Paint with white gesso
Then cover with Dimensional magic
Cover with white glitter and shake off excess.

The glitter sinks down into the Dimensional Magic 
and gets soaked up.
The two advantages are that it drys quickly,
and you get very little glitter shed when it is dry. 

Make your own Snowy Frame

Paint Chipboard frame with white 

Cover frame with Distress Crackle and 
set aside to dry.

Spray with turquoise glimmer mist
and quickly wipe off excess with a
wet wipe. Leaving colour in the cracks.

Make your own Snow.

1 Tablespoon of Diamond Dust (or coarse Glitter)
1 Teaspoon of gesso
1/2 teaspoon of Dimensional magic.

Mix all together and store in 
an air tight container until needed.

Use a paddle pop stick to pat snow onto 
chipboard frame. 
If you have a little trouble with it adhering,
just add a little Dimensional magic to the frame first
then pat down the snow.

Set aside to dry thoroughly(this may take a while) 

I have made my layout on a corrugated card panel,
to begin I have peeled off the top layers.
Paint with 2 coats of gesso and
sprinkle with a little white glitter.
Then layer over papers as desired. 

Imaginarium Chipboard

A Little Bonus 

This is a little Christmas peg, decorated simply with
 Imaginarium chip and coated with glitter
Hot glue onto a silver peg and this can
go on parcels, hold cards or even on the edges
of wine glasses.

Happy Crafting 

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Megs Garden Card Sue Smyth

Merry Christmas Card
by Sue Smyth 

Hi Bloggers 
Today I am sharing a Christmas card, with a mini tutorial to make the 
awesome sugared roses I have used.
I have also used a trinket/finding to create a 
metal tree topper, just pop a shiny
rhinestone in the centre for added bling..

I love to cut a window in a card the easiest way to do 
this is with Nesting dies.
First adhere the paper to the card front and cut 
an oval shape from the front.
Then create a frame.
In this case I have a scalloped version and plain 
version, oval die. Just cut the scalloped one first and 
then the plain one.
I just line mine up by eye and then cut to make 
a delicate frame that can be adhered over the 
card window.

Once you have cut the frame, cover 
with white enamel accents. 

sprinkle with white glitter for a 
white snowy glittery look.

To Decorate the card 
I love to make these sugared roses and use them
on cards and layouts all the time. 

Step one.
Take a small rose or flower and open
out the petals a little 

Step 2 
Spray with Spray adhesive all over.

Step 3
Dip into a tub of white glitter 

Step 4
Take out of glitter and shake off excess.
use on a card or layout as desired

Megs Garden Products 

Happy Crafting All

Sue Smyth