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!


Friday, September 22, 2017

Happy Fall Y'All!

Sorry, I couldn't resist using a Texan's term for "You All" for my latest blog entry! I love it!

I have been playing with paper scraps and Creative Impressions embellishments and came up with 4 more cards (check out Creative Impressions Facebook page for other cards) that I would like to share with you today on the first day of Fall:

 I really love Creative Impressions Fall Leaf brads (Oak and Maple leaves) and couldn't wait to create some cards with them.  I had multiple scraps leftover from Graphic 45's Time to Flourish collection as well as some Paper Studio Autumn paper, so I laid out what I had and hoped inspiration would come!  I am pretty happy with the results!

I created some similar cards this past February for a Valentine's theme using Creative Impressions embellishments and decided to use the same format more or less for my Autumn theme.  Here are some of the individual cards:

I had some pretty odd shaped scraps, but I think they all ended up working well together.  This card was made entirely from the G45 Time to Flourish paper.  I wish I had taken a "before" photo, but I'm sure you can imagine what this card looked like before I added the wonderful Maple leaf brads and Dark Brown Baker's Twine.  I think it stands out much better after the addition of the brads, don't you?

Here is another card using a combination of G45 and Paper Studio papers, but this time I used the Oak Leaf brads.

Finally, here are two more cards with a Paper Studio autumn paper in the background and small G45 panels in the front:

I stamped an elk image (Art Impressions) onto two G45 panels, adhered them to a brown panel, wrapped CI Light Brown Baker's Twine around two edges and added 3 Oak Leaf brads to finish the card.

For this card I again used two G45 paper panel and added both some Oak Leaf and Maple Leaf brads to each panel.  I also added some Creative Impressions Baker's Twine on two sides of the card as well as a leaf from the Fall Leaves Felt Assortment with an Oak leaf over the top.

I hope you will stop and take a look at the papers in your scrap bin and have fun creating some new cards or Mixed Media project.  Don't forget to look through your stash of Creative Impressions embellishments to add a cool touch and make those cards "pop"!


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Playing with Creative Impressions Cork Paper

August 16, 2017

Playing with Creative Impressions Cork Paper!

Hello everyone!  Have any of you tried using Creative Impressions Cork Paper with your cards or mixed media projects?  I decided to do this recently and thought I would share the results with you!

First, I decided to stamp directly onto the cork paper.  I wasn't at all sure how the image would turn out, but I was quite happy with the results.  I used Ranger black archival ink and B-Line Design's Buffalo Bill Cody stamp.

I was pretty happy with this result, so I decided to experiment with a few other images and incorporate them into cards.  The red twill is Creative Impressions 1/2" Red Blank Twill and the hearts are their Antique Copper Country Heart paper fasteners.

I stamped Annie Oakley onto the cork paper.  The detail showed up really well!  I carefully tore around the edges of the image and adhered to multiple card stock and patterned paper panels.  To really make the card stand out, I used Creative Impressions Natural Thin Twine wrapped around the first panel, an Antique Copper Primitive Star brad and a piece of the Happy Trails Twill to finish it up!

Now I decided to try using the cork paper as a card layer.  I certainly wasn't disappointed!  I stamped the Buffalo Bill Cody stamp I previously stamped directly onto the cork paper on a piece of scrap cream card stock this time and colored the image with Distress inks.  The cork paper was carefully torn around the edges and became a layer.  Love the look!

To finish the card, I stamped a B Line Designs small Rustic Star onto the cork paper and cut it out with scissors.  I punched a hole through the center of the star and adhered a Creative Impressions Large Copper Round, going through the image and red card stock layer as well.  To finish, I adhered 3 small Copper Mini Rounds to the red card stock and adhered the panel to the cork layer previously adhered to a blue card stock panel, patterned paper and finally a cream card.  Here is a close-up of the star.

Hope you have enjoyed these samples!  Head on over to to purchase some of this fabulous paper - then  have fun creating your own cards and mixed media pieces!


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

B Line Designs and Creative Impressions Trunk Show at Artsy Stamps and Paper Crafts!

I believe it has been a while since I last posted!  I guess I was just too busy getting ready for a combination trunk show for the month of June at Artsy Stamps and Paper Crafts in Loveland, Colorado featuring B Line Designs stamps and Creative Impressions embellishments.   The show was kicked off on June 2nd through the 5th with three days of non-stop classes, make n takes and demos.  I was on hand along with my fellow designer for B Line, Michelle Bodensteiner, and Janet Romsos, the owner of Creative Impressions.

Here are a few pictures from the weekend:

Patsy Kral is the owner of Artsy.

Some of the B Line Designs displays that Michelle put together:

I had to share this photo of my friend, Donna.  She loves B Line Designs' stamps so much that she has her own notebook with the B Line catalog and supplements!

Here is the grand prize "trunk" made by Michelle that will be awarded to one lucky winner at the end of the show!  It is full of B Line stamps, Creative Impressions Embellishments and other wonderful goodies donated by Artsy!

Some photos from the Creative Impressions display:

Janet, the owner of Creative Impressions, and Patsy, owner of Artsy:

Finally, a few samples of demos and make and takes:

Ribbon Rose demo:

I turned one of the rose into a lollipop!

One of my favorite B Line Designs sentiments paired with Creative Impressions ribbon and Leafy Vine Trim:

The Pocket Gift Card Holder Make and Take using G45 Midnight Masquerade paper and Creative Impressions Blossoms:

The last make and take was creating a flower using Creative Impressions Blossoms - perfect for a card or for use as a pin, beret, gift package embellishment, etc.  The possibilities are endless!

One of the door prize winners:

What a fun long weekend!  If you find yourself in the area, head on over to Loveland, Colorado and Artsy Stamps and Paper Crafts!  All the goodies will be there until the 25th of June!

Happy crafting,

Monday, April 10, 2017

Where is the Creative Carte Blanche blog?

Change is taking place over at Creative Carte Blanche!

You may have noticed that we haven't posted an April art adventure.  Please don't worry - we are not saying "good-bye" to everyone - we are just changing our focus a bit!  All of us lead very busy lives these days and it has certainly touched at us Creative Carte Blanche as well.  Many changes have occurred in each one of our lives, from the death of loved ones to ill parents and added responsibilities.  Several of us have added Design Team positions to our already busy lives as well.

That being said, the Creative Carte Blanche Community is extremely important to us, so we have decided to shift our focus to our Facebook Community.  It has been over a week since we did this and we are already noticing that many of you are loving this new focus.  We are all posting questions, tips and tutorials, photos of the current projects we are working on, etc.  This all is occurring in a very positive and encouraging atmosphere where anything goes "Creative Carte Blanche"

I encourage you, along with my other Creative Cohorts, to head on over to and join our Facebook Community.  Don't miss out!  We're waiting for you to join in the fun!


Friday, March 10, 2017

March Creative Adventure - Numbers

Welcome everyone!  This month's theme for Creative Carte Blanche is "Numbers".  I have to admit I thought long and hard about this one!  However, after a while I began to think outside the box and wondered what we could do in a day to make a difference.  I finally came up with this canvas:

Now I am going to be brutally honest with everyone this month and confess that I struggled with this piece.  I initially wanted to use a quote from Ghandi "There is more to life than increasing it's speed".  You will see in a few of these photos that I cut the words up and used them on the piece.  However, as I went along, I was not happy as the piece began to look too busy.  Off went the words as I tried to "clean up" this piece and simplify it a bit.  I'm sure everyone has had this happen to them at some point, right?

I began by covering a 5" x 7" canvas with Gesso.  When dry. I used Tim Holtz's Dot Fade Layering Stencil to add some texture using Wendy Vecchi's Studio 490 White Embossing Paste.   Once dry, I used DecoArt's Cobalt Turquoise Hue paint to cover the canvas.  I used a brush and a baby wipe to cover the canvas, using the baby wipe to highlight the textured areas.

Later on in the process I added some DecoArt Burnt Umber paint lightly over the top of the texture as well.

I wanted to convey the message that the Earth keeps turning and time marches on whether we want it to or not, so I used Tim Holtz Sizzix thinlit Globe to die cut the earth from a piece of Manila card stock.  Then I used Tim's Sizzix Large Pocket Watch and die cut this piece from some alcohol ink paper I had.

The Earth needed some texture, so I used Wendy's White Embossing Paste again to slowly "dab" the texture onto the land masses with a small paintbrush:

Next I used some DecArt Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide paint with a small paintbrush to add color to the newly textured land masses.  To tone down the color and add more terrestrial colors, I dry brushed on some Burnt Umber and later some Sap Green paint.  Candy Colwell used a similar technique in one of her tutorials.  Thanks for the great tips, Candy!

When the entire piece was finished, I trimmed it down so that it would fit inside the large pocket watch.

The next step was to adhere the pocket watch to the canvas along with a few other pieces:

I added the "clock hands" (Idea-ology game spinners)  to my pocket watch "world" .  I then cut out the "2" and the "4" from the numbers on Tim's Sizzix Alterations Word Play alphabet from black card stock and went around the edges of the numbers with Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide                     DecoArt paint.  I also began to lay down different elements.  This is where I told you that I wasn't happy with the words, so things changed a bit at this stage.

I took off the words and added more metal embellishments to represent time.  I used several Idea-ology large gears to which I adhered Time Pieces and spinners.  I used a Remnant Rub about time on one of the gears.

I also found some ticket stubs in my stash that I used to represent" your ticket to today".  I liked the extra pop of color they added to the canvas as well.

I used an Antique Copper metal frame from Creative Impressions to highlight another remnant rub with the abbreviation for "Number" that I added to one of the tickets at the bottom of the canvas.  I also used some Creative Impressions ball chain to add to the top of the pocket watch.

I deided to add another number "24" to the bottom of the canvas as well.

To finish the piece, I added a few more tiny gears to the canvas.  A friend of mine suggested I computer generate the abbreviations for hours, punch it out and attach to the gears.  Wasn't that a great idea?

Now I am happy with this canvas.  When I look at it, hopefully it will remind me to slow down a bit and appreciate every minute of the day as we never know what tomorrow will bring!  How will you spend your next 24 hours?