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?


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

February Art Adventure - Love!

Happy Valentine's Day, Everyone!  I am the lucky Creative Cohort this month who gets to post on Valentine's Day!  Hope it's a good day for everyone!  To celebrate the day and our theme for this month, I have created a small canvas.

Don't you just love this photo?  I think it is the sweetest thing ever!

I began this project by painting the canvas using DecoArt Gesso to prepare the canvas.  When dry, I used DecoArts paints in Primary Magenta, Titanium White and Paynes Grey, mixing them as I went along.  I knew that I didn't want to alter the photo with color, so I decided to keep the whole piece in white, pink, grey and black.

I then added Creative Impressions grey web ribbon to the left side of the canvas, using matte medium to adhere it to the canvas.  While the matte medium was drying, I stamped a lovely border by Stampendous onto white tissue with black ink, cut it out and adhered it to the top and bottom of the canvas using matte medium.

Next I added the photo.

After adhering the photo to the canvas using matte medium, I also when over the top of the photo with the medium to seal it.

Now to add some color to the piece.  I began by laying down this cute Creative Impressions polka dot ribbon and adding a thinner piece of braid ribbon over the top.  I then made a bow and adhered it to the top left corner.  I also attached little white pearls to several places on the decorative border.

It still needs something at this point.  As you can see, I started adding some sweet little white butterfly brads to the photo.

I found a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Word Band that was perfect, "Capture Life's Moments".  I threaded some Creative Impressions braid ribbon through the band and adhered it to the piece.

To finish the canvas, I cut off the prongs of some darling heart brads and adhered them over the tops of some mini white spiral clips to bring a touch of white back to the ribbon.    It really finished off the project nicely.

I love this project not only because of the photo's subject matter, but also because it was not difficult to put together.  Sometimes I get carried away and work too hard on a project when all it really needed was simplicity to highlight a special photo.

Hope you are all working on your "Love" creations for this month!  Can't wait to see them!


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Valentine Paper Scrap cards with G45 and Creative Impressions

Happy February everyone!  Today I have seven Valentine's Day cards to share with all of you which were created completely out of paper scraps!  I had a small bag with leftover paper scraps from a wonderful class I took at Rocky Mountain Art Retreats last year.  We made a wonderful Birthday Planner paper bag book using Graphic 45's Time to Flourish paper collection.  The scraps were just too beautiful to throw out, so I stored them away and waited for the right time to use them!  Now is the time!

I love to challenge myself to make cards using paper I might have otherwise thrown away.  G45's cut-apart papers are so versatile as there are many designs on a piece of paper.  However, I knew that these cards needed some ribbon and fabulous embellishments, so off to my stash of
Creative Impressions embellishments I went!

Here is the first card I created.  As you look over the different cards, keep in mind that there is a lot of paper piecing going on!

To give you an idea of how I started the card, here is a photo of the different paper pieces I decided to use.  Of course I didn't have a big enough patterned paper piece for a background, so I overlapped two smaller ones together.

Now you can't tell there was even a gap in the background, can you?

The addition of some fussy cutting pieces as well as some Creative Impressions Double Stitch Gros Grain and Crepe ribbon and a Burgundy Country Heart makes this card pop, don't you think?  I had some tag "tops" left over from another G45 project that I had saved.  Now it looks like there is a tag.

Here is another card:

I forgot to take a photo of the "before" of this card, however, it started out in a very similar way.  The background paper only went part of the way down the card, so I used a strip from another piece of paper to "lengthen" it.  I had the two cut apart pieces plus a postage stamp.  I die cut a larger heart, placed it in the center of the card, adhered the two cut-aparts on an angle and then, using foam tape, adhered the postage stamp to the card.  It still wasn't quite right.  Creative Impressions Gingham ribbon tied in a bow onto each cut- apart along with an Antique Copper Country Heart  solved the problem!

Now for the third card:

I like the way this card turned out using cut aparts as well some die cut hearts and a fussy cut rose bush, however, it still needed something.

Creative Impressions Velvet Shimmer ribbon and a word stamp by B Line Designs to the rescue!  Now it "pops".

Now for something a bit different.  I only had a little background paper left, so I decided to try covering an ivory card panel with Natural Web Ribbon from Creative Impressions.  I used matte medium to adhere the mesh to the card panel in three strips.  I love it!

I trimmed off the excess around the card panel, added a G45 cut-apart panel, used foam tape to adhere another "cupid envelope" over the top of the middle one and finished the card by wrapping some Creative Impressions Thin Red Twine around the cream panel and adding an antique Copper Country Heart to the center.

Love this textured background!

This next card was pieced again using a background paper:

Again pretty paper, but too simple a card for me.  Here is the finished card:

A big difference, huh?    I added some brown cardstock as a mat for the patterned paper panel, a piece cut from a decorative border punch that was in my stash, a postage stamp matted with a piece of brown card stock along with the word "Valentine".  Creative Impressions finished off the piece nicely again.  I used their lovely Singe Stitch Gros Grain ribbon along with another Antique Copper Country Heart placed in the center of a die cut heart.  Five cards finished!

Now I was getting low on supplies, but determined to get another two cards made with what I had.  This card has tons of piecing on it!

Now I had two holes to cover on this card!  Once again I added a strip of border  punched cream card stock above the cut-apart border strip.  Then I decided to create a faux tag again using another leftover tag topper and a piece of burgundy card stock with postage stamp images on it.  I made a burgundy mat for the words "Hugs and Kisses" and adhered it to the card.  I used a fabulous Crepe Ribbon from CI to finish this card.

Finally I arrived at my biggest challenge!  This last card started out as nothing more than this:

 and ended up like this:

I truly almost surrendered with this card.  Nothing seemed to work with the pieces I had left.  Then I decided to take the postage cut aparts I had left and see if they would work for the card.  I am pleased with the way it turned out!  Of course adding some "bling" from Creative Impressions really finished the card off well.  I used light and dark silver pearls to different areas of the card as well as a small heart from Heart Bling for the finishing touches!  It worked!

Now it's your turn!  Take a look in that scrap paper drawer of yours, pull out some Creative Impressions ribbons and embellishments and have fun!