Saturday, December 31, 2011

a new year's gift...

It's been a while! I've had a wonderful holiday with my family, and I'm excited to be back in my art studio and getting back to blogging!

So, who's ready for 2012? (wow, really??? YIKES!) 

As my gift to you, I wanted to share not just one technique today, but several!  How's that for fun?

ewww... I just realized there is something sticky on my computer screen... yuck! 
(Sorry, I'm getting sidetracked..)

Ok, back to the creativenesses...

First up, we have tissue ribbon... 

For those of you who haven't been around here long enough, I LOVE altering white things with CI paints. It's SO much easier than storing a billion colors of everything just to realize that you still don't have the right color!  Another thing about me is that I love using everyday things that are both inexpensive and easy to find. So let's start today with that tissue paper you may have laying around after wrapping those Christmas gifts. 

 Step 1: Cut tissue paper into strips (it is easies to just leave it folded like it comes in the package and cut through all the layers. They are thin, so you shouldn't have a problem.)  You can use scissors, decorative edged scissors, or a paper trimmer. The width is up to you and what you want to use it for. I think I cut mine at 1-1.5 inches.

 Step 2: Tape your strip down to a non-stick craft sheet. 
(I promise this makes it SO much easier!)

 Step 3: Paint your tissue strip with your choice of Creative Inspirations Paint.  The tissue does get soft when wet, so be careful so it doesn't rip. 

Step 4: If you want, you can stamp your tissue strip too. I like using small background textures for this, but be creative!

Once it is completely dry (including the ink) carefully remove it from the craft sheet. The tape won't come off of the tissue, so you will need to tear or cut it off, so if you are doing a specific length, keep that in mind.

Now that you have this fabulous tissue strip, what can you do with it? Well, you can use it as a border strip, you can pleat it, you can do all sorts of stuff with it... Here's a couple of my favorite ways...

First up, the ruffled rosette...

Step 1: Score a 1x12 inch strip of paper evert 1/4 inch.  Scoreboards really help with this, but you can do it without.  You can also buy dies that cut the strip and score it for you... 

 Step 2: Run a thin strip of dry adhesive along one edge of you paper, and attach your tissue strip, gathering slightly as you go.

 Step 3: Fan fold your strip.

 Step 4: glue ends together so you have a circle.

Step 5: put a circle of hot glue on your craft mat, and force your ring to gather and lay flat on the glue with the paper on the inside. Once cool, you can add brad or other decorative element to the center to cover the hole and glue. 

Another favorite way to use the tissue strips is by making flowers with them....

 Step 1: Gather the first little bit of the strip along one edge, and pinch. 

 Step 2: Continue gathering the edge into a circle. Keep the center pinched tight.  Continue gathering and turning until the flower is as full as you like... 
(I promise the hardest part is just getting it going. Once you've got it going, it's quick easy!)

 Step 3: Staple the center. I like using Tim Holtz tiny attacher because the staple is... well, tiny. 

 Step 4: Fluff the layers and add some ink around the edges for definition. 

Step 5: Add a center to cover the staple.

Well, if you're still with me, you are awesome! I know this is a long post, but I have one more technique to share... This one starring the new Deliquesce embossing powders we carry here at CI.

 Step 1: Cover paper with plastic canvas (or any other stencil type thing you wish) and use a palette knife to spread on some modeling paste (also known as texture paste depending on the brand). You can carefully make sure each square is filled perfectly, or you can just randomly smear some paste on and let it be imperfect. 

 Step 2: Carefully remove your plastic canvas. Don't let it slide, you want it to lift straight off. You may need to persuade it a bit though. 

 Step 3: Cover it completely with Deliquesce powder. I'm using the Gold Crystals (which may well be my favorite one!)

Be sure to do this over a scratch paper so you can pour the excess back in the jar for future use. 

 Step 4: Shake off the excess, and heat. The heat will not only melt the powder, it will cause the paste to bubble. This give you FABULOUS texture!!!  

Isn't that a fun background???

Someone even asked me if I had glued on a bunch of tiny gems... LOL! I may be crazy enough to do that, but this is SO much simpler! =)

Happy new year every one! May it be one full of happiness and wonder!


Friday, December 23, 2011

happy holidays...

Happy Holidays everyone! 

I'll be back soon with more crafty goodness, but for the moment, I've got family in town. =)


Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Looking for a way to use up some of your favorite scraps?  How about making them into transparencies? 

Here is a simple transfer technique using clear packing tape... you know, that big roll of clear tape you had to buy to mail your Christmas packages?  Go grab it, and let's get creating!

 Step 1: stick a strip of clear packing tape onto your patterned paper, and burnish. (rub your finger over it to make sure it is smooth and firmly stuck to your paper)

Step 2: Let your tape and paper strip soak in warm water for a few minutes.

Step 3: Using the pad of your finger, rub the paper off the tape. (Don't scrape it off, or you will scratch your transferred image)

you want to make sure you get off all the paper pulp. This can take some time... just keep working with it... You can see in the image above that there is still pulp to rub off.

 Step 4: Place tape sticky side up on a paper towel, and let air dry. (don't pat it with the paper towel, or you will get paper towel fuzz stuck to the tape and have to scrub it again... yes, me and my genius self did that. LOL)

 Step 5: When your tape is completely dry, you'll find that the tape is sticky again. So, of course, you've got to dump glitter on it, right? =)

Step 6: place a piece of paper over your tape and glitter mess, and rub. This will help get the glitter nice and stuck on the tape. 

Uncover your tape, shake off the extra glitter, and you have a beautiful tape transparency of your patterned paper!  Attach with a dry adhesive glitter side down for a shiny image with the glitter trapped underneath (yay for no loose glitter falling off!)

These tapes are fabulous little accents for detailed projects as well as simple ones!  And they are such a fun way to breath new life into those old scraps!

For this little tag, I simply attached a strip near the edge, sent it through my sewing machine (yup, it went through just fine),  stamped the sentiment and added some bling. Quick yet festive!

And it's so sparkly! 

  (if you don't want the sparkle look, just don't put glitter on it. You can use the stick of the tape to adhere it to your project instead.)

You can also do this with printed embellishments, images and photos... Just make sure that you either print them with a laser printer, or go to a copy store and have them make a copy for you. 


Supplies Used
Paper: Basic Grey, white cardstock
Ink: StazOn (Jet Black)
Stamps: Inkadinkado "Holiday Filigree"
Creative Inspirations: Jeweled Inspirations (Siam)
Other: glitter, packing tape

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

quick tag...

Well, as usual, I've found myself in need of last minute Christmas things... 

So, here is a super quick gift tag... 

 I was able to make a bunch of these fairly quickly. The slowest part was waiting for the crackle accent to dry. 

The ornament was made by first layering strips of tissue tape on a scrap of white cardstock. I then die cut some circles. After covering them with Crackle Accents, I set them aside to dry. While they were drying, I put a strip of foil tape on another scrap of cardstock, and cut the tops out. A jump ring makes a quick loop for the top.  Once dry (well, ok, I was too impatient to wait for them to be completely dry), I attached them to very simple tags. It give it a vintage-y feel. 

Well, off to get more stuff done before family gets here. =)


Supplies Used
Paper: white cardstock
Ink: Distress Ink (Walnut Stain)
Stamps: SEI "Mimosa"
Dies: Quickutz "Nesting Circles"
Other: string, jumpring, Crackle Accents, tissue tape, foil tape

Saturday, December 17, 2011


For those of you who hopped around with the CI team yesterday, I hope you had lots of fun and were inspired! For those of you who may have missed it, you still have some time to complete the hop and be entered for the prize pack drawing!  Start HERE.  You have until Sunday Dec. 18 at 6pm eastern time to enter!  Good luck!

Now, for today's project... It's been a while since I played with modeling paste.  I pulled it out to work on an up coming tutorial, and had so much fun with it that I just kept creating. =) 

 The textured background was made with modeling paste and embossing powder. I used some plastic canvas as a stencil for the paste, then covered it with embossing powder. When you heat it, the embossing powder melts, and the paste bubbles... you get a lot of really neat texture!

I wanted my greeting to match the card, so I die cut a white oval and covered it with several layers of the same embossing powder I used for the background. While the powders were still hot, I pressed my inked greeting onto it... Because I stamped it while the things were hot, the greeting is slightly debossed.  I love the look!

Well, I probably should be getting busy doing something highly productive... I can't believe how close Christmas is!


Supplies Used
Paper: Coredinations, white cardstock
Ink: Distress Ink (Iced Spruce, Brushed Corduroy), StazOn (Jet Black), Archival Ink (Coffee), VersaMark
Stamps: TPC Studio "Secret Garden Collage"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Fairy Dust
Dies: Quickutz "Nesting Ovals"
Other: embossing powder, modeling paste, tulle, foam mounting squares

Friday, December 16, 2011

CI holiday hop...

Welcome to Creative Inspirations Paint Holiday Blog Hop!

If you came here from Gini's blog, then you're in the right place.  If you just started on my blog, jump on over to the CI blog so you can collect all the clues. You don't want to miss out on any wonderful inspiration (and your chance at a prize)!

 I wanted to really showcase the fabulous shimmer of these paints by keeping my card sweet and simple.
I sponged Ivory CI paint over the whole piece of white cardstock to give it a beautiful shimmer. I love simple it is to get an amazingly elegant look!

One of my favorite ways to use the CI paint is to alter white things. (that way I only have to keep a bunch of white things on hand, instead of trying to buy every color of everything!).  The silk flowers and the ribbon were both originally white, but they became a beautiful bright red when I painted them with Garnet CI paint!  Perfect for the Christmas season!

Check out the amazing shimmer on that background!  

For a little extra texture, I added some larger glitter to the petals of the flowers... However you can still see the beautiful shimmer of the paint behind!

Remember to collect all the letters from each of our blogs for your chance to win the fabulous prize package!  My letter is... E

Ok... your next stop is Kendra!


Supplies Used
Paper: Coredinations, white cardstock
Ink: Archival Ink (Jet Black), Distress Ink (Antique Linen, Forest Moss)
Stamps: Martha Stewart "Patterns", Studio G greeting
Creative Inspirations: Garnet, Ivory
Other: ribbon, silk flowers, glitter, faux pearls

Thursday, December 15, 2011

simple color...

Have you ever had one of those days when you spend hours working on a project, then decide you really don't like how it looks after all?  Yeah... that was me yesterday. 

I do, however, have a simple project to share with you today. I was doing some more playing with my watercolor crayons...

I love the watercolor look, and how easy it is to apply different colors to a single image, and it is super easy!  Just lightly mist your stamp, color, then lightly mist again, and you're ready to stamp!  Now I just "need" to get me more colors of crayons!  I feel like a kid who wants the biggest pack of crayons on the shelf. =)


Paper: Shabby Princess "Festival" digi paper, kraft, white cardstock
Stamps: Glitz "Distressing", "Natures Elements"
Ink: Powder Puff "Mocha Mama"
Dies: Quickutz "Nesting Ovals"
Others: Watercolor crayons, Perfect Pearls, string

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


The other day, while at JoAnns, I saw something that caught my eye...

It's a chalkboard cardstock by Die Cuts with a View... 

It is a double sided cardstock with a chalkboard like finish that is very slightly textured. As you can see, the pack contains several colors. 

Now, of course, I had to try it! 

The first thing I did with it was simply test out how the products I use all the time work on this new surface... I thought I'd share my findings with all of you.  

*no one is paying (in money or product) me to write this, I went out to the store and found it and wanted to share. =)*

I chose to work with the black to get a good sense of how light colors work on it...

First up we have a Perfect Pearl mist... On regular white cardstock you get an even coverage of shimmer.  On the chalkboard paper, you will notice you get pools of shimmer. I like the effect, but if you are looking for an over all even shimmer, the mist isn't the way to go with this. 

Adding shimmer can be done though!  Here is a look at 5 colors of Creative Inspirations paint on both white cardstock and the chalkboard. You can see that even the dark Sapphire color shows up beautifully! And the shimmer is fabulous!  It does take longer for the paint to dry on the chalkboard. You can use a heat gun to speed up the drying time though.

Speaking of paint... here is white acrylic paint on the bottom and my whitewash on the top. (I left the middle blank for comparison.)  They both work beautifully!

On to inks....I didn't bother trying dye inks with this because of their translucent nature, they just don't work on dark backgrounds. I still need to test them on a lighter color chalkboard paper...

Here is a sample of Colorbox pigment inks... I LOVE how beautifully the Frost White shows up! The other colors look great too. (again because of the dark background I'm using, I stayed with lights and brights... on the lighter chalkboard colors you could use the darks.)

And Colorbox chalk inks... (sorry, I forgot to stamp the white paper with the blue ink..) As you can see, some colors work, some just don't work very well... The Orchid Pastel (pink)  is amazing though, isn't it!

I had to try out embossing powders... and let me just say they are beautiful! The chalkboard paper just seems to make all of the colors more intense and beautiful! You really notice the difference with the gold.  I also like how you can still see the black well, and you can even see the clear one as a fabulous ghost image!

I love the look of dry embossing... This paper did fabulously! The embossing is crisp,  and you can gently sand off the raised area for a bright white core. It is a beautiful contrast!  Be aware, that deep embossing may cause the surface to "crack" slightly right around the raised edges.  You can see that a little at the very top of my image... tiny cracks of white are showing on the edges of the circles.  However, a lot of papers will do that, and it doesn't bother me too much.

I also tried it with punches, and found that it was very easy to punch, and the cuts came out looking great!

And, of course, since it is call Chalkboard paper, I had to try chalk.. the chalk wrote on it very  smoothly... and YES, you can erase it, just like a chalkboard. =)

Well, as you can tell, I'm enjoying my new chalkboard paper. I'm sure you'll see it pop up in projects in the future. 


Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Have you guys been following Tim Holtz 12 tags? If not, check it out on his blog.  Its like taking 12 workshops from him for free!  

Anyway, one of his tags (day 9) inspired this project.  The whole thing is loaded with embossing powder!

 I've known for a long time that my card stash is sadly lacking in the masculine area.   So, Tim inspired me to use this double embossed texture for a masculine card.  You may recognize that balloon stamp as the one I showcased last week... I promise I'm not trying to over do the balloons, it just fit so well with the compass. =)

 The balloon is mounted on chipboard, and some of the clouds are glued on with foam dots for dimension.  For a fun touch, I attached the needle of the compass with a smashed brad so it spins.  I made the needle out of grunge paper to so it can withstand people (ok, mostly me...) playing with it. 

The texture is made by first stamping the images with distress ink on white cardstock. I then covered them with clear embossing powder. After heat embossing, I applied a nice layer of distress ink over the whole piece. I covered this with clear embossing powder too, but instead of just gently shaking the extra powder off, I flicked a bunch off.  After heating it, I rubbed Walnut Stain distress ink into the texture. Tim does a great job describing it here

This card is totally grungy, and I had a ton of fun making it!


Supplies Used
Paper: White cardstock, Watercolor paper, Chipboard, Grunge Paper
Ink: VersaMark, StazOn (Jet Black), Archival Ink (Jet Black), Distress Ink (Stormy Sky, Pumice Stone, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Antique Linen)
Stamps: Tattered Angels "Tattered Compass", Inspired by Stamping "The Sky's the Limit", Basic Grey "Swirlie"
Other: Perfect Pearls, embossing powder, canvas, rivit, brads