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Day12 of of our Twelve Days of Christmas!

We hope you have enjoyed our Twelve Days of Christmas gift giving on our blog! Everyone at Creative Imaginations would like to wish you and your family a very merry Christmas!

Good morning everybody.  This is Alicia, and I'm sharing a few ornaments I made for my kids' Christmas tree.  I was cleaning out my scrap room the other day and I started to throw away some of my empty ribbon spools and thought they would make some easy, cute ornaments.   All I did was take the Renee Lindgren Sweets for Santa collection and covered the spools, added a fun ribbon, and embellished them with the stickers and die cuts in the collection.  These came together so quickly. 

Ornaments group

This Sweets for Santa collection makes the cutest Christmas projects.  I just adored the gingerbread men and women, all the sweets, and the fabulous Love theme.  So next time you go to throw a ribbon spool away, remember how easy it is to make ornaments with them!
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Day Eleven of our Twelve Days of Christmas

Happy Holidays Everyone, Lynn here to share my project for our 12 days of Christmas! I hope you are enjoying all the great ideas from the team here at CI. I've been on a huge canvas kick lately. I'm in L O V E with all the mixed media products out there and I really enjoy gettin' messy! This canvas can be displayed all winter and would make a great gift. I used Christine Adolph's Winter Song Collection. The purples, greens and silvers are GORGEOUS in this line. The canvas is 8x8 so it can settle in nicely anywhere in your home. The background was created with Winter Song paper, paint, stamps and rub-ons. I created the tree with a rolled paper technique and used CI Existencil Expressions in the sky ... you can seen the snowfake image on the left and the cute reindeer image on the right ...


I used Ice Twinkling H20's to highlight the birds, branches on the tree and the alpha. I also sprayed the completed canvas with Radiant Rain Ice to add even more gorgeous glimmer. Here are some close-ups ...


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Stop by tomorrow for Day Twelve of our 12 Days of Christmas. Alicia will share a great project with us and wrap up this fun event! Happy Holidays to Everyone!

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Day Ten of our Twelve Days of Christmas

We also invited Designer, Sarah Mullanix to join us during our Twelve days of Christmas! Today she shares a gorgeous layout!

Hello, I'm Sarah Mullanix and I've been scrapbooking for 15 years now. I live in central Indiana with my husband of 16 years, our 3 children (Becca 15, Emmy 11, and Carter 3), and our yellow lab Bodey. I love to create on a daily basis if at all possible, and I'm drawn to a variety of colors and styles. My scrappy desk is definitely my happy place!


Today, I would love to share with you a Christmas layout that I created using the Creative Imaginations Dear Santa collection along with a few bits and pieces of pattern paper from the A to Z and IOD collections as well. I really love how easily I can mix and match collections! I used photos of my son, Carter, from his second Christmas, and embellished the layout with punches, buttons, ribbon, and pop dotted the cardstock stickers to add dimension. I kept the design of this layout fairly clean and simple so that the photos and products would be showcased. I also love to use smaller photos as accents in order to add to the design, and also to better tell the story for my layout.

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I hope that you are also using this holiday season to create memories and gifts for your family and friends, and I am looking forward to sharing more of my Creative Imagination work with you soon.  -Sarah Mullanix

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Day Nine of our Twelve Days of Christmas

Hello everyone! Happy Holidays, I hope everyone is taking some moments to enjoy this busy time... and just take it all in. I have a fun little gift item for you today, with a twist. I live on Cape Cod, and most people only think of Summer when they think of the cape. When I first moved here 8 years ago I didn't think of visiting the beach in the winter, I hate being cold.. and it just didn't come to mind. Now it is something I look forward to, it's quiet, and has a totally different feel to it. The ocean looks different, acts differently and I love it almost as much as the Summer time ;) 

I created this fun little frame using some of the IOD Beach Cottage collection, along with some other nautical embellishments I had hanging around. 

I created this beachy winter scene using glitter, snowflake punches and inks. I love how it turned out, and can't wait to put this on my desk at work. The picture is one I took with my Hipstamatic App on my iphone, it is of Barrier Beach in Hyannisport. 

How ironic is it, while creating this in my studio we got our first snow of the season?! Here are a couple pics of the snow, and my kitty Mister Harley, checking it all out. The good thing is it will all be melted before I know it!

Enjoy the rest of our 12 days, and the time with your family and friends this holiday season!


(Supplies listed below)



Creative Imaginations Supplies Used: 

Other Supplies Used:

Martha Stewart nautical border punch, snowflake punch
Marvy Clever Lever snowflake punches
Kraft Cardstock
Ultrafine Crystal Glitter
Misc. Button
Vintage Photo Distress Ink

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Day EIGHT of our 12 Days of Christmas!

Happy Holidays everyone!  Today I want to share a holiday gift I made for my grandmother this year.  At age 91 she is by far the most difficult person on my list to buy for.  She has everything she needs, and swears there is nothing that she wants or honestly that she doesn't already have.  I figured a handmade gift would be a welcome surprise to anything I could find at a department store, and it would remind her that she is loved every day of the year when she comes through her front door:


For this "Welcome" sign, I started with a page from our Bare Elements Conrad Ring Book since it was just the right size for what I had in mind.  I dressed it up with a few of my favorite Creative Imaginations papers and embellishments, including some fun Luminarte elements on the chipboard frame and paper flowers:


It all fell into place so nicely, and it's a gift I am definately excited to give this year!

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Day Seven of Our Twelve Days of Christmas - more teacher gift ideas!

Shelley, here, with another teacher's gift idea!  This time, for Macy's teacher, Mrs. Williams.

For this project, begin with a simple 6"x6" book with only a few pages in it.  On the cover, I used Samantha Walker's A to Z Collection - ABC Stripe and the sticker sheet.  A also used a Maya Road wooden bingo piece, a stick pin, and some trim!

For this page, I used Writing Paper, and Macy wrote her a little note(using her best handwriting, of course)!

On this page, I papered with School Toss, and made a pocket with ABC Stripe.  Then, I cut the cards out from Flashcards, and stapled a little piece of ribbon to the corner of each.  I put a picture of Macy on one of them.  Macy loved that idea!
Here, I papered with Cursive, and matted with Schoolhouse.  For the embellishment, I used a sticker that I pop-dotted to the page with Maya Road zipper trim!
Here, I papered with School Toss, and matted with Writing Paper.  For the embellishment, I just used a sticker and a small piece of ruler ribbon along with a small red paper bag.  Along the edge of the page, I used a strip of Schoolhouse and folded it back and forth to make a ribbon-looking piece.


On the left page, I papered with Cursive.  I used stickers from the sticker sheet to edge the page, and for the embellishment at the bottom.  Simple, but sweet!  For the right page, I used Cursive paper, and I embellished with stickers, a stick pin, and some ribbon and tulle trim.

For the back, I papered with ABC's and used stickers for a little gradeschool banner!  What could be more fun!Here's hoping that Mrs. Williams likes her gift!

Thank you for looking at this project!  I hope you enjoyed it, I know I enjoyed sharing it with you!

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Have a great day!  Love, Shelley Hamilton

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Day Seven of our Twelve Days of Christmas

Teacher Gifts!!!

Shelley, here again!  For this project, I designed a cute project my son, Evan's(my 9 yr old son) teachers.  It is a small book that perfectly houses wallet-sized photos.  Since Evan is going to give it to her, his picture is on the front.  My vision for it, is that she gets a photo from each of her students, and places these inside.  It will be a perfect way to remember her students from this year.  I punched a hole in the top-left-hand corner, and made it into a Christmas ornament.  This way, she can retrieve it every year for fond memories of this year's class!


It is a small book that I found at a craft store.  I cut out a rectangular hole in the front of it, and placed Evan's picture behind.  I colored the front of the book with Luminarte Radiant Concentrate Dauber in Olive Vine.  This product comes in a dauber, so coloring was fun and easy!  I used the same product in Hot Cinnamon for the back cover.  For the spine of the book, I used Luminarte Twinkling H2O's in Sunflower(on of my favorites!).  I painted this on with a paintbrush.  I also kept the book closed and painted the pages.  This color sparkles and sparkles--making any project a special one.

The school stickers I used are from Samantha Walker's A-Z school paper line.  It is fabu, and I can see many school books and projects coming from it!!  On the front cover, I also used a Maya Road wooden bingo piece and trim, and some seam binding that I colored with the Luminarte Grande 10 gram Sunflower H2O.  Being able to match paint used on a project and ribbon is awesome...just use white or off-white seam binding, and color as much as you like.  You will love the results.  It also gives the seam-binding a little bit of stiffness, which makes it look great!  Twine and some rule-like ribbon finish off the front!


Evan wrote Mrs. Turner a little note wishing her a Merry Christmas!  Isn't he sweet?


At several places in this little book, I painted again with the Sunflower--simply couldn't help myself, and also used some of the A-Z stickers.  It turned out really cute!

Just another page that I colored.  On this one, I used the Olive vine first, then went over it with the Sunflower.  It is so shine and beautiful!  Maybe Mrs. Turner will put the picture of her 2nd favorite student here!  ha!

Here is the back of the little book.  I used several stickers from A-Z and a found item to finish it off!

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I hope you enjoyed this project.  On to the next!     Shelley


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Day Six of our Twelve Days of Christmas

Hey there, Tanisha here with a special "Five in Five" post to help you get those last minute Christmas cards completed and in the mail!  Here's the deal, each of the following five cards were created using 5 products or less, not including tools. 


Tools used for the 5 in 5: Border/shaped punches, scorer, embossing folders, decorative edge scissors, stamp


5 or less supplies: Cardstock, stickers, twine, ink 


5 or less supplies: Cardstock, stickers, twine, ink


5 or less supplies: Cardstock, stickers, ink, brads, stickles


5 or less supplies: Cardstock, stickers, ribbon, stickles


5 or less supplies: Cardstock, stickers, pearl strip, ink


CI Supplies Used:

Studio Basics 101

27097 Be Jolly. By Golly. Sticker Sheet

Signature Collection Cardstock


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Day Five of our 12 days of Christmas

Hello, this is Eva here, wanted to wish you a happy Holiday Season with another fun project that is perfect for the season to give or get as a gift.  We all can use a journal for 2012, so I thought I would make one of my own.  I have a super busy jam packed 2012 planned for myself in a lot of ways and I know this journal/notebook will keep me on track.

I used a store bought composition book by Mead, really a very plain looking one, and I thought Marah Johnson's Monarch Travel line would dress it up nicely, so all the products used on it are from that line, and of course I couldn't help myself and just had to paint with Luminarte, too. Here is what I came up with.

Moments of 2012

Doesn't this look so wonderful?  I love Marah's foiled papers, as they really lend so nicely to paint with Luminarte.  I also used a couple of My Favorite Things Die-namics and the pretty punched border is by Martha Stewart.  What I love about the Monarch Travel line is that it comes with beautiful quote stickers and alphabet stickers that you can work in cards, layout, or other projects linke mine.  Let me show you a closeup picture, so you can see more of the details.

Moments of 2012 inside

And here is the list of the Creative Imaginations products I used on this pretty Journal book.

#28797 Compass Foil Paper

#28800 Abroad DS Paper

#28796 Navigator Foil Paper

#28802 12x12 Cardstock Sticker

#26337 12x12 Corrugated Kraft

#26359 Grande Twinkling H20 Olive Vine 10 gr.

#26360 Grande Twinkling H20 Nutmeg 10 gr.

#26372 Grande Twinkling H20 Guatemalan Green 10gr.

#26369 Grande Twinkling H20 Poppy Red 10 gr.

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Day Four of our Twelve Days of Christmas

 "Dear Santa" Stocking Album!  Designer, Shelley Hamilton, is back to show you one of her Christmas projects!



This one is a fun stocking album using the gorgeous Dear Santa line by Barb Tourtillotte!  The album is by Heart of Texas Studio.  For the front, I used Monarch Allegro paintable paper, and I painted it with Luminarte Radiant Concentrate Daubers in Olive Vine.  Using the daubers is a lot of fun, especially when you see your project come to life with vivid colors!  I used Lucky Dark Red Polka Dot Felt for the top of the stocking.  Ol' St. Nick is from the Die Cut packages from Dear Santa collection.  I used a bit of Glossy Accents on Santa's cheeks to bring him to life a bit!  I added Stickles and Spirit Red Velvet Brads and some pretty trim by Maya Road to complete this page.


For this page, I used Monarch Creme Engraved Foil paper and Luminarte Radiant Concentrate, in Olive Vine for the bottom, and Liminarte Radiant Concentrate in Hot Cinnamon for the top.  I them used the sticker sheet and pop dots for the ornaments.  The Happy Holiday embellishment is from the Die Cut package. 


I originally covered this page with Glad Tidings.  Then, as a mat, I painted Monarch Creme Engraved Foil paper in three different colors...Luminarte Radiant Concentrate in Olive Vine and Hot Cinnamon(daubers), and Luminarte Twinkling H2Os in Sunflower to create this wonderful mat!  The sides are from the 12"x12" sticker sheet, and so is the choo-choo train!  There is a tulle bow under the train.

For this page, I used Poinsettia and Stocking Stripe, along with some stickers, pop dots, and some Stickles.

For this page, I used Glad Tidings and Poinsettia for the background paper and the mat.  At the top of the boot, I used some of the leftoverMonarch Allegro painted with Olive Vine, as mentioned earlier.  I took some tiny Christmas garland, together with the stocking stickers and pop dots to complete the top of this page.  The bottom has been adorned with stickers and pop dots!
This page is papered with Poinsettia.  I cut out an additional Poinsettia and pop-dotted it over the original one to create some dimension(I also used a bit of Stickles).  I used a stencil from the Romance Stencil Kit and Luminarte Radiant Rain in Olive Vine to create the soft frame for the photo.  I used a sticker, a little ribbon trim and some Stickles for the top of the page.

The paper for the bottom of this page is Seasons Greetings.  The top is Stocking Stripe(this part uses the ornaments hanging).  I cut out several of the ornaments and pop-dotted them over the paper for the three-dimension effect.  I curled up part of the top paper, then used a piece of almost see-through lace underneath.  I painted the lace with Luminarte Twinkling H2O's in Sunflower!  The journaling piece is from the sticker sheet and I cut the sleigh out from Seasons Greetings.  To embellish the sleigh, I used more of the Lucky Dark Red Polka Dot Felt and one of the Spirit Red Velvet Brads.
The back page of the stocking is papered with Stocking Stripe and Seasons Greetings.  I used a sticker frame, and then pop-dotted the card with the birds from Seasons Greetings.

On the edge of all of the stocking pages, i painted with Luminarte Twinkling H2Os in Sunflower.  I had never done this before, but I will definitely be doing it again.  It added such shine and any that bled over onto the page just made everything better!  I hope you like this album!

Thank you, Creative Imaginations for allowing me the opportunity to share this project with you!

See you again with another fun project for your child's teacher ~Shelley Hamilton

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On The Third Day of Christmas...

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me...Creative Imaginations Scrapbooking supplies!!!!

Today I made a Christmas box using our aaron Bare Elments box.  I decorated my box using IOD's Devotion collection.

IOD_Devotion_Sneak_PeakI just adore this collection!  It's so versatle and can be used for Valentine, Christmas, Mother's Day and a Grilfreinds Birthday.  I love when I come accross collections like that because it's the gift that keeps on giving.


I also used NEW Glitter Flourish Stickers to add that extra special touch.  The Butterfiles are from the Devotion Die Cut  Shapes and are so life like when you pop dot them on the box.


Here's a close up of the box and I love how the butterflies are so real looking.  Don't know if you can tell from the picture, but there's a lot of glitter outlined on the box too. 


Supplies I used:

aaron Bare Elments box

IOD's Devotion

NEW Glitter Flourish Stickers


Thanks for visinting today and come back all week for more Christmas fun!  Happy Holidays!

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Day Two of our Twelve Days of Christmas!

Day two of our 12 days of Christmas gifts was created by designer, Jennifer Ingle!  She wow'd us with her altered Bare Elements "Listen to Your Heart" Clock!  

Hi! I'm Jingle. I'm a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a crafter, an artist. I laugh. A lot. I love to create and do it as much as I possibly can. It makes me super happy! I have a fabulously supportive Hubbums and two beautiful black lab girlies, Maggie and Thatcher. I love my family tons! 


Today I am going to show you a super fun and rather easy project made entirely with fabulous products from Creative Imaginations!


Listen to Your Heart Clock

I began with the wonderful Bare Elements clock and added some fabulous paper and embellishments from the Devotion IOD Collection along with some papers from the Foundations Collection.  I simply cut squares to cover the clock and then distressed the edges of each one to add texture.  Using the Egyptian Gold Radiant Rain Dauber, I added a bit of sparkle and shimmer to the edges of each piece before adhering them.  I love this! 

Listen To Your Heart Clock (detail2) The edges of the clock also shimmer due to being painted with bronze, cinnamon, and egyptian gold daubers!  Listen To Your Heart Clock (detail4) The clock is finished off with the beautiful die cuts and stickers from the Devotion line and several pearls to serve as the time points on the clock.  Listen To Your Heart Clock (detail1) The Bare Elements clock made this all SO easy and now I have a beautiful handmade gift to give this Christmas!  The entire project took less than two hours and I LOVE the results!   If you are looking for a great last minute handmade gift that has TONS of impact, this is definitely the way to go!  And wicked fun, too!  Thanks for checking it out!  You can see more of my work on my blog,Just Jingle.  Merry Christmas! ~ Jingle Out!
LIsten to Your Heart Clock (detail5)





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Day one of our Twelve Days of Christmas!

We want to welcome Shelley Hamilton to our annual Twelve Days of Christmas celebration!  She will be joining our team to share some fun gift giving projects just in time for the holidays!


Hi y'all~  Shelley Hamilton here from Texas!  I am a guest designer this month, and couldn't be happier to share some of my creations with you guys!


A little about myself...I started scrappin' about four years ago when my dad passed, I think as some type of outlet for the grief I was feeling.  Once I began, I never stopped.  Now, I scrap everything I can get my hands on.  I am happily married, and I have 3 children--7 yrs., 9 yrs., and 20 yrs. old.  I love to scrapbook their events--sports, plays, name it.  I love the vintage, grungy, shabby, and just plain fun!  I've been designing for The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie, Texas for about a year now, and I am thoroughly enjoying it!

For my first project, I'd like to share with you my "Sweets for Santa" Cupcake Album.  I wanted to begin with a bang, so this baby lights up!  No, reallly, it does!




I began with Heart of Texas Studio's cupcake album--such a cute book!  On the front cover, I used Renae Lindgren's, SWEETS FOR SANTA collection.  This particular paper is the yellow side of "Sweet Family".  I used the sticker sheets from this line for the gingerbread people, tree, and sign.  I pop dotted them and used Stickles on them.  I used a lighted necklace for the lights and secured them into the top piece of the cupcake using a hole punch and zipdry.  The top part of the cupcake is a separate piece, so it is around 1/2 inch higher than the piece with the yellow paper on it.  I used Sparklyfluff for the snow, and some mini ornaments, twine, and tulle to embellish the top of the cupcake to fancy a whimsical Christmas tree! 

I added Sweets for Santa stickers on cardstock and hung them from the cupcake for fun ornaments!  There is a small hole big enough for your fingernail to fit into on the left-hand side of the cupcake--here is where you can turn the lights on and off...actually, the cupcake will light up in 3 different modes, depending on what mood you're in!  I was going to put a little music player in it, but thought that might be over-doing it, and we wouldn't want that!  ha!  :)



Inside Front Cover:   I used "Sweet Love" and "Sugar and Spice" to cover the chipboard.  The presents and the house are stickers on cardstock pop-dotted and embellished with stickles.  The tiny candies are the same stickers that i added Glossy Accents over them to create a real candy look! I added some found objects of various trims and embellishments to finish the page. 


Page Two: I covered the chipboard with "Santa Peppermints" and "Sweet Love" papers.  I painted the bottom of the chipboard page with red paint and embellished with the stickers and some maya road trims.


Page Three:  I covered the page using "Sugar and Spice" and "Santa Peppermints".  The top of the page is adorned with Maya Road trims.

Page four:  I covered the chipboard using  "Sweet Love" for the top, "Santa Peppermints"for the bottom and the mat(opposite sides).  The jolly snowman cup is a sticker with tulle and Glossy Accents.  The words are by Maya Road.  I painted them red, then sprinked Sparklyfluff for a little bit of snow!


Page five:  I started with "Santa Peppermints"for the paper.  For the shiny Maya Road kraft envelope, I stamped it with some fun kitchen stamps, then used Luminarte Twinkling H2Os in Stargazer and Periwinkle to achieve the so-shiny-it's magic appearance!  I cut apart the cards in"Sugar and Spice", stapled a small portion of ribbon embellishment to the corner, then tucked them inside our envelope.  The little cake that sits atop the envelope is just a sticker, but doesn't it look great?   Makes me hungry...  mmmmmm...  Tulle, a button, and twine finish this page off.


Page six: I used "Sweet Love" for the background paper, and one of the cards from "Sugar and Spice".  I added Maya Road chipboard pieces and felt flowers to embellish this page.


This is the back of the album.  I covered the back using "Santa Peppermints".  One side of the paper covers the top, the other covers the bottom portion of the cupcake.  The mat is "Sweet Love"!  I used fun leaf trim around the mat and a cupcake sticker for the top of this page.  On the side of the mat, I used a Christmas package embellishment that had regular buttons on it, but I changed out those for some that matched better and were more fun!


This is a little video of how the Sweets for Santa Cupcake looks when the lights are burning solid---no blinking!


This one shows the Sweets for Santa Cupcake with the third setting for the show of lights...check it out!


I'm really looking forward to sharing more of my creations with you!  Please feel free to comment or ask questions here.  Signing off for tonight...Shelley :)

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Have you heard about Silks?

224Silks are a brand new product by colorist extraordinaire Leslie Ohnstad!  These beautiful new paints work so well with our Luminarte H20's like Peanut butter & jelly, Macaroni and cheese or cookies and milk!  Artist Marah Johnson created a couple of videos showing how well silks work with our Luminarte H20s!

The video below show how well the Silks work as a resist with our Luminarte H20's!








New from Luminarte Created by colorist extraordinaire Leslie Ohnstad

Silks Acrylic Glaze 24 amazing colors in 1 oz. wide mouth jars

It's all about shimmer, shine, and sparkle! 

What makes Silks so special? 

It's the secret mix of mica and other proprietary mineral particles that refract light, like a crystal.

How do Silks work?

Silks are easy to use paints that create a semi-gloss glaze - not too shiny, not too flat, but just right.Simply brush Silks onto your project, using a wide brush for broad strokes or a fine brush for details. 

Or use a brayer if you want even wider swaths of color.

Allow Silks to dry between colors to keep the glaze layers distinct and create depth, or blend the colors while still wet if you prefer that effect.

What surfaces are suitable for Silks?

It's a long list.  Silks are formulated for paper, wood, pre-washed fabrics, papier mache, acrylic and other plastics, canvas, gourds, silk and silk ribbon, terra cotta, paper-clay, air-dry clay, air-dry polymer, leather, faux leather, and more.


How long does it take for Silks to dry?

Silks have an extended open time to make them easy to use.  They dry faster on paper and other porous surfaces, more slowly on non-porous materials.  Thinner applications dry faster than heavier layers.  Climate conditions are a factor as well. Silks are fully cured after 48 hours.

Do I need to coat or seal my finished projects?

It's not necessary to coat projects like greeting cards, scrapbook layouts, or items that are purely decorative.  Once projects have cured for 48 hours, you can protect and seal them with water-based polyurethane, a spray sealant, or 2-part resin coating.

What do I need to use for clean-up?

Clean-up is easy.  You need only soap and water.

How should I store Silks?

Wipe the rim of the jar before storing so lids won't stick.  Store the jars upright in a box or on a shelf, at room temperature away from direct sunlight and high heat or extreme cold.  

Anything special I should know when using Silks on fabric?

Natural fibers work best (cotton, linen, silk, smooth lightweight wool).  Pre-wash, dry and press any fabric that has sizing.  If a fabric is called "dye-ready" you can skip this step.  After painting with Silks, let the project fully cure for 48 hours, even if it dry to the touch long before the time is up.  Then heat-set the color in a hot dryer, or iron on the back (or use a press cloth and iron from the front). 

What about Silks on clear acrylic? To ensure the maximum amount of sparkle, use Silks to paint on the reverse side of the acrylic so the clear layer in front will capture light.

Why are there only 24 colors?

Not to worry, there are more to come!

To purchase the Silks visit the website Dreaming in Color. Visit our website to purchase Luminarte Grande H20's, Petite Kits, Radiant Rain Luminarte sprayers or daubers or check our our other Luminarte friendly products HERE

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Brocade Floral Paper Thank You Notes

Cheiron Brandon here again to share another project with Christine Adolph's Winter Song Brocade Foil Paper. This foil paper is beautiful on its own, but I thought it would be fun to try it out with some Luminarte Twinkling H20s. I decided to make a set of colorful thank you notes that I know will come in handy after Christmas is over! 


Here is a close up of the paper when painted. I used Poppy Red, Orange Peel, Yellow Rose, Black Cherry, Emerald and Moonbeams Twinkling H2Os (petite h20's}, and simply applied them just like I would on regular cardstock. 


And a closer view of one of the cards. With a little masking and a stamp positioner, I was able to stamp part of the sentiment to match the background paper on each notecard. 



Luminarte H2o Grande (assorted colors)

Luminarte H20's Petite Grande {assorted colors)

Christine Adolph's Winter Song Brocade Foil Paper

Hero Arts Friends are Treasures Cling Set 

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Monarch Travel by Marah Johnson

Wow...check out this travel line by Marah Johnson called, Monarch Travel.  Just love this old world vintage look!


There's really no end to what you can make with this line.  Don't let the theme fool you?  With how popular vintage crafting is these days you can pretty much use this line for anything. 

The collection has 2 foil patterns, 2 double sided patterns, 12x12 sticker sheet and a 5x12 chipboard sticker sheet.  You can use Twinkling H2O's on the foil paper and get a totally different color pallete. 


Monarch Travel:

Navigator Foil

Compass Foil



12x12 Cardstock

5x12 Cardstock


Thanks for visiting and have a great day! ~ Alice 

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Hey all!  I’m Donna Bryant Durand, and may I start by saying that I am thrilled to be guest designing for Creative Imaginations this month! But, before I share my first project, a little background about me.   I’ve always had a passion for photos and memorabilia and have been scrapbooking for well, what seems like, always!   I married my “big guy”, Ken, in February of 2004 and work as a litigation paralegal.  I’ve no children or pets, but am a really proud Auntie to a niece and nephew that I adore.  I love ribbon, buttons and lace and I don’t feel a project is complete without them!!  You can find lots of projects on my blog.


Anyway, on to the project..


For my first project,  I created a mini-book, combining the soft,  muted papers of the Inspired Traveler’s collection with Old World Traveler Stickers by Marah Johnson, Paint It Typewriter Stickers and a  Bare Elements Michael  chipboard book. I fell in love with the 6” x 6” Art Warehouse Inspired Traveler paper pad as soon as I received it.  The colors are gorgeous.  The soft blue, green, cream and brown mix immediately reminded me of the beach during our recent vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  There are gentle designs on the papers, including a world map, stripes, bark, script and more.  

Before I began creating, I  applied a thin layer of Luminarte Shimmering Mist in Butternut to the entire album, its edges and all of the stickers and tags that appear on and in it.   I applied the mist with a foam paint brush, creating a soft yet dramatic effect.  Also, you’ll note that I’ve kept the circle theme throughout the album.



I used of piece of the wonderful green bark paper to create a pleated strip on the cover, and layered it with the Traveler stickers, rick rack and buttons.  I enjoy cutting things in half, and these stickers were no exception.  You'll also see too, for some added dimension, on the inside of the album, I adhered some twine around the photos.



The Bare Elements Michael album is a 4", already bound circle, but, for the purposes of this album, I removed the binding tape and bound the album with a single ring - there I go, cutting again.

On the following two pages, it was fun to enlarge one photo and cut it and spread it across both pages.  I then just adhered a few stickers, a button and a tag.


More twine and buttons here,


And another pleated strip, buttons and cut stickers on this page, 


And here's the back!


Thats it!

Thank you Creative Imaginations, for the wonderful, inspiring travel themed products and thank you for stopping by the blog today.  I look forward to sharing more of my projects with you throughout the month!

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Real Wood Cards!

Hi there everyone! My name is Cheiron Brandon and I am happy to be sharing some cards with you today that I have made from Real Wood paper. 

This is my first time over on the Creative Imaginations blog, so I thought I would tell you a little bit about me. I live in New Jersey, work in downtown Manhattan, and occasionally teach classes at The Ink Pad in NYC. I have been stamping and making cards for about seven years now, and try to make a few each night when I have time. You can see more of my creations over on my blog.

I love to play along with card challenges on different blogs, and decided to use some of this fabulous Real Wood Paper for a challenge card I made a while back. I first used the paper in a technique class that I took with the extremely talented Jenn Shurkus. This paper is really easy to cut with your paper trimmer, and I love to use it on cards since it is something you just don't see everyday. 

Here is a card I made for a fall challenge where I used Distress Stains to color strips of the Real Wood Paper, then cut it into small squares and stacked them using foam dots. 


Since it is December 1st, I thought it would only be fair to show you a Winter card made with Real Wood Paper as well. For this piece of wood paper, I embossed it with a Sizzix Embossing Folder (another trick learned in class) and painted it with Mediterranean Luminarte Twinkling H2Os and went over it in places wth some Heavenly Luminarte Twinkling H2Os to make it look frosty. It is a perfect background for my snowflakes!


You can see it a little closer here:


Thanks to Creative Imaginations for having me on the blog today! I hope you enjoyed my post and I'll be back again this month to share another project with you. 

Other supplies I used: 

Fall Card
May Arts Twine
Ranger Distress Stains 
Paper Smooches Stamp from Sentiment Sampler Set
Fiskars Oakey Dokey punch 

Winter Card
Hero Arts Stamp from Holiday Saying Set
MFT Snowflakes Dies & Label Die
May Arts Ribbon 

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