Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Congratulations to Simple Pleasures!

I just had to blog about Simple Pleasures' upcoming 23rd Anniversary!  Simple Pleasures is a fabulous Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook store located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Cathy Smith, the owner, stocks just about whatever supplies you could possibly want, including Mixed Media products, a wide variety of scrapbook papers, stencils, including all Memory Box, dies and more!

When you first walk into the store and go to the right, you will find one of the biggest selections of Planners I have ever seen!

And then there are the papers!  Cathy carries all the Graphic 45 papers, along with every brand you can imagine, including Disney!

Here is the Graphic 45 Staples display:

And the huge Memory Box die and stencil Display:

Just when you think you have seen it all, here is the Ribbon Wall!

Dies from Tim Holtz, Impression Obsession and many more:

Cathy offers a wide variety of classes and brings in wonderful Guest Teachers.  Here is her spacious classroom:

Of course there is much more to see!  Cathy's big celebration for her 23rd Anniversary is in a few weeks.  If you can make it to Colorado Springs, it would definitely be a treat not to miss!

Congratulations again, Cathy!


Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Hello Everyone!  This year Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine's Day, so guess what day Tuesday, the 13th is, Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras!  Has anyone thought how much fun it would be to create some fun cards to send out "just because" to friends and family?  I sure did.  Here they are:

I love Creative Impressions embellishments joined with Graphic 45 papers!  I still have a stash of G45's Midnight Masquerade paper that I wanted to use just for this theme.  Love the combination.  Of course, I thought the embellishments that really "made" these two cards were the Velvet Shimmer Ribbons 70971 Orange and 70978 Lavender  and especially these wonderful Yellow 90602 Fleur-di-Lis paper fasteners/brads!  Don't they make you immediately think of New Orleans and Fat Tuesday?

Here are some close ups for detail:

For this first card, I created a border using one of my border punches and a matching shade of orange cardstock.  I then layered on one of the G45 papers in the collection after first wrapping Creative Impressions Orange Velvet Shimmer Ribbon around each side edge.  Then I punched three holes on each side with a paper awl and inserted the Yellow Fleur-di-Lis brads.  What a difference!  I cut out some masks separately from the paper and used foam tape to adhere them to a black panel.  I could not resist adding some Orange Stickles to the bottom border as well.  Here is the card without the brads:

See what I mean?  It is still pretty but it really "pops" with the addition of the brads!

Of course, I think some feathers coming out from behind the masks would have really added some "punch", however, I am allergic to feathers, so alas....disappointing.

Now for some detail on the second card:

I cut an extra of the costumed character from another panel as well as the larger flowers and adhered them over the top of the bottom images using foam tape.  I used some Orange and Purple (Starry Night)  Stickles to accentuate the mask and part of the pattern of the clothes.  Matches the beautiful Creative Impressions Purple Velvet Shimmer ribbon well!  I added some White Pearls from Creative Impressions to the flower centers and, after wrapping the panel on the left side with the ribbon, I adhered all to a second G45 panel and finally to the card.

Hope you have enjoyed these Mardi Gras themed cards.  Hope they make you think of New Orleans and maybe even Brazil and Carnival!  Party on!


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Creative Impressions Poinsettia Tags and card!

I was recently visiting the Creative Impressions warehouse and saw Janet, our creative owner, putting together some darling "poinsettias" using her Felt Blossoms, Leaves and some Yellow Thin Twine,  attaching them to some invoices going out to her customers. I quickly told Janet that was one of the cutest ideas I had seen recently and that I wanted to share her wonderful idea with all of you!  I went home and created lots more to put on tags.  Janet's were created using her Heritage Burgundy Felt Blossoms, but I decided to experiment with some white poinsettias and some Sheer Blossoms as well.  Here are the results:

Aren't they cute?  They were super fast and easy to create - just thread some Yellow Thin Twine through the hole of our smallest (and NEW) Yellow Buttons,  down the opposite button hole,  then thread both ends of the twine through the hole in the Red or White Blossom (then through a second blossom if using two), through the Felt or Sheer Leaf, and tie a knot on the opposite site of the leaf . Finally make a bow with the twine at the back.

Here is a photo of a variety of Blossoms and Leaves that, when mixed and matched, will give you a wonderful variety of poinsettia colors and textures:

To create a poinsettia tag, if using the same color twine for the tag, thread ends through hole in tag.  Otherwise, attach another color such as green or red to the tag and adhere poinsettia over the tag hole.

Need a quick, easy and fun Christmas card?  It's not too late as these cards are a "snap" to make!  All you need is some pretty paper, a scrap of white card stock, two poinsettias and some "Merry and Bright" Printed Twill Ribbon!

And there you have it!  I am set for tags now!  Give them a try - it's not too late to create lots before Christmas!


Friday, December 1, 2017

B Line Christmas Card Class at Artsy!

Hello everyone!  I would like to share some Christmas cards that I created for a class at Artsy Stamps and Paper Crafts in Loveland, Colorado.  It was a fabulous class!  I created four different cards for the students.

The first card was made using the Dream Catcher stamp HO145F:  I used Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Inks and applied them to a blank white card using a blending tool.  Then I stamped the Pine Tree Small HO103D in several places using Peeled Paint Distress Ink.  I created the snow mound from a scrap piece of white card stock, curving the top with the scissors as I went.  The snow mound was then adhered over the sky and trees.

The Dreamer Girl was stamped onto scrap card stock, colored and cut out.  I used foam tape to adhere her to the card after I stamped White Christmas HO123B to the snow mound of the stamp.  To finish the card I added a Creative Impressions white glimmer ribbon to the left side of the card panel and one of their snowflake brads between the girl's hands.  The panel was adhered to a white card.

The following card was created using the Pinecone Duo Stamp HO130G, one of my favorite stamps!
I stamped the pine cone onto a cream card stock panel, colored it with pencils and added a red micro brad from Creative Impressions to the center of the greens.  I then stamped Holiday Wishes HO205C below the pine cone, added color around the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a blending tool, adhered the panel to a larger brown panel with a Creative Impressions brown glimmer ribbon and a bow and then to a Bo Bunny dots evergreen panel.  Finally all was adhered to a white card.

Next up is a card using the Frosty stamp HO201G.  For this card I decided to use a pre-made Bo Bunny dots powder blue card panel.  I stamped Frosty twice, once on the dots panel and once on a white card stock panel.   By doing this I could cut out the Frosty image along the far tree line, cutting off the branches for his arm and the branch tree.  By lining up the two images, I didn't have to cut around the branches.  Easy!

Pencils were used to color the children's clothes.  The entire panel was adhered to a slightly larger black panel and finally a white card.  'Tis the Season HO139B was stamped in the lower right section of the card.

The last card I call the "Polar Express" for obvious reasons.  This card is so easy to create as there is no coloring at all except for some white pen accents for "snow"  I stamped Christmas Time HO138E first with black Archival ink.  I then stamped the Train TP119C below it to the left and finally Believe HO116C along the top of the Christmas Time sign.  

I created a small snow mound from a scrap of white card stock along with a snowflake from Creative Impressions using their different sized snowflakes and a glitter brad.  I used my white pen to draw in some snow and some Stickles to add glitter.  This panel was adhered to a larger black panel,  a Bo Bunny Dots paper and finally to a white card.

I hope you have enjoyed these cards and you will try making some of them for yourself.  As you can see, they were quite easy!


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Creative Impressions and Artsy Stamps and Paper Crafts

Hello Everyone:

Today I would love to post about one of the wonderful stores here in Colorado that carries a fabulous selection of Creative Impressions Ribbons and Embellishments - Artsy Stamps and Paper Crafts! Artsy is located in Loveland, Colorado and carries a wide range of stamps, dies, inks, embellishments and papers.  It is one of my favorite local stores!

Patsy Kral is the owner of Artsy.  She started carrying Creative Impressions products last year and has added more Creative Impressions embellishments and ribbons as, according to Patsy, they have been "Wonderful sellers".

Patsy has laid out CI products in such a fabulous way.  Our Twill Expressions, Felt Shapes and Shaped Paper Fasteners are located within different "themed" areas.  Here are our Twills and Embellishments in the "Western/Southwest" themed area.

Creative Impressions has it's own area in the store as well.  Patsy has many ribbons and embellishments displayed with some sample cards that were made by yours truly:

All Creative Impressions' many colors of Crepe Ribbons are also displayed together:  You will also find a huge assortment of Gingham Ribbons.

The Leafy Vine and Double Dot Ribbons have also been big sellers.  Recently added were Creative Impressions Velvet Shimmer Ribbons.  Can you see the shimmer in them in this photo!  Gorgeous!

Finally, Patsy was one of the first Creative Impressions customers to add our new entire color collection of buttons!  Aren't they beautiful?  The colors are amazing.  I have found they go with absolutely everything I create!  This is just a sampling of the 20 fabulous colors!

I hope that you will stop and visit Artsy Stamps and Paper Crafts if you find yourself in the Loveland area of Colorado.  Patsy will help you find anything you need from her large inventory.  I'm sure she wouldn't mind shipping either!


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

"Thank Heavens for Little Girls!" (and Creative Impressions Buttons)

Hi Everyone!  I'm back from California where I was looking after my parents and back to blogging!

My husband and I have lots of little girls in the family and more are on their way!  One niece had a baby in July, another is due in three weeks and one is due in March of 2018!  Two neighbors are also having girls!  As you can imagine, I needed LOTS of baby girl cards. It was fun to finally sit down and create with some pretty cards using mostly Bo Bunny paper and fabulous Creative Impressions Embellishments, especially the new Buttons!

I have incorporated buttons into all the cards.  It was so easy as Creative Impressions has such a wide variety of fabulous button colors.  All I had to do was find a color to coordinate with my paper!  For this first card, I chose a large light pink button and two of the smallest Dark Umber Brown buttons.

I also used some Creative Impressions 1/2" Dot Pink with Cream Ribbon, layering  a 1/4" Single Stitched ribbon on top of the wider piece.  I then cut a piece of the "Cute as a Button" Twill Expressions and adhered it in the center of the previous layered ribbon.  Two small Dark Umber Brown Buttons were added on either side of the Twill.

I have had the darling little girl stamp for quite a while.  I wanted to see what it would look like to replace the balloon she was holding with a button - cuteness overload!  Love it!  One card finished!

Next I used some Bo Bunny patterned paper I had in my stash and again matched buttons to go with the paper.  For this card I stamped the baby's image in the center of a cut-out panel.  I colored the image with pencils and adhered the panel onto a piece of darker paper, then to a pink panel and finally white card stock.  Creative Impressions Soft Pink Mini Rick Rack looks so cute on the side edge of the card along with three Brown Buttons with bows made from CI Soft Pink/White Baker's Twine.  I like to make bows showing from the back of the buttons so that you can see the pretty colors of the buttons better.
I adhered a piece of "Cute As A Button" twill onto the paper panel and finally created a small bow from the Mini Rick Rack and adhered another Dark Umber Brown Button with a thin jute bow on the top.

I used the same stamped image on another paper panel from the same collection, colored it with pencils, added a piece of the Cute As a Button" Twill diagonally along the top and then a Mini Pink Button was placed at the bottom as the center of a flower.

Finally, I stamped a wonderful baby sentiment inside one last paper panel as well as a bear image on a scrap piece of white card stock.  This was super simple to make as I made some bows from Creative Impressions 1/8" Organdy Cream Ribbon with the loops to the back of the buttons and adhered the buttons to the "Roses" in the paper to act as flower centers.  I cut out the stamped bear and added it to the panel using foam tape.  Finally, I glued a Small Pink Button to the center of the bear.

I hope you like these sweet Baby Girl cards and make some of your own.  Even though the paper itself is pretty, these cards really come to life with some Creative Impressions Embellishments, especially those wonderful Buttons!


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Bring on the Bling!

It's a rainy, gray day today and I need some light, so Bring on the Bling!

Two of my favorite products are Graphic 45 papers and Creative Impressions Embellishments!  I love purple and other jewel tones, so I automatically loved the Midnight Madness collection!  I thought I was making some fun cards, however, it wasn't until I added some Bling from Creative Impressions that my cards came alive!  Here they are:

The first card, a birthday card, started out like this:

It's still a nice card, but after some adding some Creative Impressions bling, it turned into this:

I started off by wrapping some 1 1/2" Teal Blue Crepe Ribbon around the card panel.  I then added some Orange Velvet Shimmer Ribbon over the top in the center - so far, so good!  I had previously cut out one of the beautiful ladies, so now I adhered her over and below one of the paper panels and slightly over the ribbon as well.  She still wasn't "blinged out" enough, so I added more CI embellishments.

I poked three small holes through the paper next to the lady and added three Magenta Mini Metallic Rounds (brads).  Bright Orange Flower Bling was then added over the orange flowers in the paper as well as a flower created with a Magenta Heritage Blossom and an Iridescent Tropical Yellow Blossom.  A Teal Mini Round was used to attach the Blossoms together.  Unfortunately I didn't get a close-up of the White pearls that adorn the centers of some of the small flowers in the paper.

Of course the word "Beautiful" is from the gorgeous Midnight Madness paper, but I wanted the card to be a Birthday card, so I computer generated the words "Happy" and Birthday and added them above and below the world "Beautiful".

I t think this second card will be a wedding card.  Here is the "before" picture:

Again, it is a lovely card.  However, here is it with some Creative Impressions Bling:

This time I used the gorgeous Orange 3/4" Crepe ribbon.  Doesn't it add a ton to this card?    As you can see I tied a bow to the right edge of the center panel and finished it off with a purple Bright Circle Bling.  I again added those fabulous Bright Orange Flower Bling to the center of the flowers (I cut out and added a third flower to the bottom of the card).  White Pearls were also added and the whole thing was finished off with some Purple Flower Bling in the man's robe.

Finally, the last card is actually a Pocket Gift card that opens to reveal a gift card and a sentiment.  Here is the front of the pocket card:

Again, this paper is gorgeous by itself.  However, the addition of Creative Impressions Blossoms and a Glimmer Round to create the flower really make this piece pop!

I hope you have enjoyed these cards and will give these a try yourself!  Not hard with Creative Impressions products!