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Renae Lindgren Tea Time

Tea time is always a fun part of growing up if you're a girl.  Since I didn't have any girly pictures for tea time I decided to mix it up a bit using Rene Lindgren's Tea Time line.  What do you think of pink for a boy page?  It  works really well for a boy's theme as long as you add a little blue here and there. ~Dt member, Alice Carman





Supplies I used {in stores now}:

Renae Lindgren Tea Time

28160 Tea Time

28161 Tea Party

28162 Tea Time Stickers

28163 Tea Time Epoxy

28164 Tea Time Layered Stickers

New Blue Gingham Basics

#28303 Aquarium


As always LOVE one another!

Alice Carman

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Super Hero

As a mother of 2 boys, I nearly jumped for joy when I saw this super cute, brightly colored Super Hero Collection.  The images in this line remind me of the times when I was a little girl watching Batman and Robin on TV.

I created this altered project to hang in my boys' room using Super Hero and Bare Elements Rachel Wall Pocket.  I simply covered the wall pocket with patterned paper and painted the inside with Egyptian Gold Luminarte.  I cut "Super Kid" from patterned paper, matted with corrugated cutable and adhered with pop dots.



Supplies used:

Super Hero

28287 POW!

28285 Comic Book

28291 Super Hero Stickers


26441 Egyptian Gold

Signature Collections Cutables

26331 Bleached


Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!!


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Hey there, it's Tanisha here with a layout featuring my blooming basketball star.  Let me tell you, it's all about basketball in the Long household!! My husband coaches high school basketball and my older son plays at the Y in our area so I am super psyched about the Basketball products that have been added to Creative Imaginations already awesome line-up!  I feel many more Basketball themed projects coming in the near future!!


Supplies {in stores now}

Swish Line Extension

27856 Basketball

27858 Basketball Stickers

27854 Basketball Die Cut Cardstock

Signature Collection Gingham Basics

28308 Tango

28307 Inkwell

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March Card Sketch and February Winner

The card sketch for this month, by Lori Gentile, reminds us that Spring is on the way with all of it's lovely blooms and butterfies. Why not create a card with a special sentiment and send it to someone just to brighten their day?


Lori created this thank you card to send to her Mother. Her Mother spends a lot of time with her grandchildren and for that, Lori is very grateful. There is something very precious about receiving a handwritten thank you card in the mail.


Remember we are running both our Card and Sketch layouts through the last day in April - so you have plenty of time to create a project and upload into our gallery! 

  • Use at least 80% Creative Imaginations product
  • Upload your layout into our layout sketch gallery in either the March or April layout sketch folder
  • You may submit to both the layout and card challenge however, we there will be no duplicate winner in both catagories in a single month.
  • One winner will receive a prize package worth over $25.00
  • Overseas and Canada participants will be responsible for shipping

We look forward to seeing your cards this month!


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More fabulous projects by Guest Designer, Ngaire!!!

Hi, it’s Ngaire again, sharing some of my favourite Creative Imaginations layouts and a mini album.

You have to love foil papers – there is something lush and decadent about them. For a while most of mine sat in my stash, looking pretty, but not actually being used. I think it is the enormity of actually cutting one up that scares most of us off actually using them. That and the fact they are just so gorgeous to look at, that it seems a shame to put stuff over them.

 But cut them up and put stuff over them is exactly what I have done with this layout – Love. I’ve opted to use a half sheet of the Wings paper together with some black cardstock. This allows the rich golds and creams of the patterned paper to really stand out, as well as matching the colours in my photo.


I cut into the pair of foiled wings that form the main decorative part of the paper and tucked my photo into them to help make a ‘corner’ for the photo. There is also the added bonus of it being where my daughter is looking – so it almost looks like she is focused on the wings themselves. 

I’ve added to the foiled wings by placing a chipboard winged heart over it – the heart (tag, flower and other chipboard elements) has been inked, embossed with gold and had Walnut ink crystals wetted, applied and dried to it to make the old, rusted look it has.


From the left-overs of this layout I used the other half sheet of patterned paper to make a 20th anniversary card for my husband. This time I cut the heart out completely and used it over a less richly decorated bit of the patterned paper. The edges of the paper were embossed with gold embossing powder to give them a lovely metallic finish. Some appropriate rubon-words from the Amore range and some more of the layered flower brads complete this simple, but effective card.

 I’m not normally a sticker person, but I have to admit that having a lot of fun with the ones from the Harry Potter range has completely changed all that. The papers themselves are cool too – but the stickers are totally addictive.

 Since I don’t normally use them much, I thought I would try and see how many stickers I could put on the one layout and still leave room for a photo. Lol – as you can see, The Magic of Harry Potter manages to use quite a few. I started with a sheet of Harry Potter Banner as my layout base – as it has a fairly empty space in the pattern. Wanting to repeat the creamy brown colour used in that paper, I cut up a part of the die cut Scroll paper and used that to mat my photo, tucking it under a star pattern from the base paper.


Then it was simply a matter of choosing stickers I liked, varying the type and arranging them in groups that framed the photo of my son reading the first book in the series (he was preparing himself to see the latest movie by re-reading the entire series). What REALLY makes these stickers work so well is that you can layer the different types over each other, as well as putting some of the flat ones up on pop-dots to give them dimension.

 There are a huge number of picture frames in the die cuts – various shapes and sizes –and there are lots of things you can do with these frames to add interest to your layout. In one spot I used one of the die cuts (a wanted poster for Harry) and cut it down to size before matting it with some patterned paper and then popping it under one of the frames. I also matted a frame with some left-over patterned paper and then simply popped the Hedwig die cut into it on an angle to fill in the frame space.

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To finish off the layout – more stickers – the alphas from the range. Love the whole lightning bolt font thing – very nice touch. And yes – they are a pair of Harry Potter themed charms on that tag (along with some rubons from the range). A winged key and snitch to be exact (god I love ebay for all things eclectic and downright strange), helps obsessive nuts like me no end.


The Harry Potter range was very popular with my 3 boys, who are all fans and there was much arguing over who got what paper and embellishment on their layout. During all this though we realised that their ‘baby sister’ (who is only 5) had never seen a Harry movie and was thus (in our opinion) denied one of the great joys in life. Remedying this not only gave me subject matter for another layout – but also brought about one of the funniest ‘Madame quotes’ I’ve heard in a while, as she was less than impressed with her viewing experience.

Unlock the Magic attempts to use some of the background patterns in the Harry Potter range. The layout base is a sheet of Hogwarts Crest (reverse) with a piece of the reverse of the Harry Potter Banner over the top of it. This was stitched to the layout base with a contrasting thread and then a section of the Daily Prophet paper – (which is again, one of those papers you really don’t want to cover) was laid over that.  


Not so many stickers on this one – but I did try to use some that weren’t on the previous layout. I’ve used pop-dots to give one of the flat sticker banners some dimension. With some of the longer stickers (eg the brooms), layering allows you to use them and yet not take up too much space across the layout.


I just HAD to use her quote on the layout. I put the journaling on a tag, as there was a lot I wanted to say about her first Harry experience. That left my sticker journaling spot a little bare – but her quote filled it in nicely. Lol – love the face on her in the photo too – she is soooo not impressed with the ‘Piskies’ in the movie.


In making the journaling tag I used more of the Harry Potter embellishments – particularly the rubons – plus a few more of those gorgeous charms and a pair of metal corners.


Don’t call me Harry Potter has about as few stickers as a layout from this range can get, as by now I was all ‘stickered-out’, having done all three layouts in the one week. Other than the title and a couple of decorative elements – the main use of a sticker was on DS3’s forehead. Still shaking my head that he let me talk him into it AND that he thought he got to keep it at the end of the photo-shoot.


Love the grey colour on some of the papers – it works well so with the ochre and maroon. It was also an obvious choice of paper to go with DS3’s clothes – hand-me-downs from his older brothers from when they were in full flush Pottermania. The only real paper with a significant pattern to it is the base paper – Hogwarts Crest - the rest are all background papers with more subdued patterns. I’ve let the papers do most of the work this time – the corner crest pattern is the main feature and all I did was cut into part of the crest and tuck the photo and other papers under that, leaving it to fill that space. The layered contrasting colours of the other papers provide all the interest needed within that patterned frame.

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 Strip journaling for a change, up on pop-dots for dimension and a split title. The ‘Harry Potter’ section comes from the 12 x 12 sticker sheet set, whilst the rest are the sticker alphas. This is my favourite of the sticker titles – there are other sizes and colours – but this one is the best!

 A chipboard crest fills the empty corner of the layout quite nicely. A small punched border feature gives a little interest to the top edge of the photo and allows me to use another of the Harry Potter charms I found on ebay.  This one matches his shirt logo nicely and keeps the order freak in me happy.

 All up it is a simple layout – but the layering gives it the illusion of complexity.


For my eldest son I started a layout to try and feature his Harry Potter collection – until I worked out that a mini album was going to be the only way to do this. I am not much of an OTP person I have to admit (this album is only the second mini I have ever done), but I have had a lot of fun with this one. Using a range with so many wonderful sticker embellishments made it much easier than I thought it would be.

 It’s a pretty simple 6 x 6 mini – the more pages it got to, the simpler the pages got too. I will confess that it is still not finished, since we found more of his collection last night – but I am all Pottered out at the moment. The journaling is mostly hidden. Almost every pair of pages has a hidden tag on it somewhere on which there are more photos and the journaling.


Because it is still a ‘work in progress,’ the binding holding it together is temporary – just some crinkled ribbon and a charm key ring (many of the charms in the book are part of his collection) for the moment. I will add to it when the mini is finally done. The front cover uses the Gryffindor crest from the paper of the same name over a section of the Hogwarts paper. I adore the complex pattern on the reverse side of this and used it for both sides of the album covers. To decorate the cover (and all the inside pages actually) I have used a layered mix of all the sticker types/sheets – adding pop dots where needed to give dimension.


Because I used the same paper for all sides of the cover it meant I had a heap of the ‘Owl Post’ words and the owl – so for interest I put sections of the words and the owls up on pop dots. The owl on this page has 3 layers – the cover paper, the owl circle and then the owl itself. It looks really good in real life. Somewhere on these two pages I am going to put an explanation about the purpose of this mini and who it is for – just not sure how or where yet.


The reverse side of the Gryffindor Crest is the base for these two pages. I’ve taken a square of the reverse side of the Quidditch paper and raised that onto pop dots so I can stick a journaling tag underneath it and then over the top of that I placed one of the pattern squares from the front of the same paper. Lots of stickers to finish off and one of the gorgeous frames from the Die Cuts pack. These frames were so handy for this mini - I was glad there was so many of them in the pack. The photos on these pages are of the 2 autographed movie stills in DS1’s collection. The one for the first movie you can see on the page – the other is hidden on the tag.


Most of the tags are made from left-over bits of paper. It’s a good way to use them up. I’m not going to show you all the tags – you would still be reading this post next week – but what you see on this one is the sort of thing I have done to all of them. The tags were also really good places to put a lot of the Harry Potter related charms (the silver ones are from a lovely lady on ebay and the brass ones are HP merchandise) – like the cute little silver owl.


These pages use the Gryffindor Crest paper as a base and make a feature tag out of a section of the Daily Prophet paper. I really like that scene and decided to leave it blank to show it off. On the back of the tag is a photo of my son wearing his watch – the one you can see in the frame.


A lot of the tags actually have the embellishments on them – so when you pull the tag out everything comes with it. Removing this tag leaves you with the 9 ¾ pattern on the Hogwarts Express paper that is the base for these 2 pages. The patterns on these papers are so nice you really don’t want to cover them all up – this way you get the best of both worlds. The train on the other page is up on pop-dots so I can store his collection of book-marks behind it. I left the tassels on them – but the brass charms in the album all came off the bookmarks.


Another pull out tag that lets you see the underlying base paper (this time the Harry Collage). I guess I had better explain that he was not a teenager when he got all these stuffed toys (or most of the collection for that matter) – most of them date back to the first movie when he was much younger. He still loves his collection though. I’ve had to repeat a lot of the stickers (lol – there were so many bottles of potion I could have taught my own potion class), so I have tried to vary what they are with and with some of them I pulled them apart and used bits of them in new combinations (eg the star here).


The reverse of the Harry Collage paper is a lovely grey pattern and I have used it here on these two pages for the rest of the stuffed toys. Some of the broom stickers are a little too big for the 6 x 6 page – so I simply cut them up so that they ran across both pages. If you don’t want to do that you can run them behind some of the other embellishments and just cut the handle down to fit – which I did somewhere else.


This is one of my favourite pages. At first I couldn’t think how to use these awesome words and images without losing them in the page – but then I realised I could make them the embellishments and by using them as tags keep them from being covered. All the photos (of a Quidditch mobile) and journaling are on the back of the ‘Quiddich tag’ and the image of the Seeker. The “Keeper” and “Seeker” words are pockets to hold the tags in place.

 The charms are from a HP keyring (which I took apart) and for a change from all the stickers, I fussy-cut some of the images from the Quidditch paper and put them up on pop-dots


This set of pages drove me nuts. I tried at first to get the banner (cut from the Banner paper) to go over the two pages – but it was going to be too easily torn if I did that. So I then cut it down to size for one page and hid the cut under the house crest chipboard. The tied up section of the Daily Prophet paper undoes and there is journaling hidden there – as well as written on the section of Die Cut Scroll. The space on the scroll is for one of the Death Mark tattoos – I am still waiting for it to get here from the US (4 weeks and counting now…). Rather than apply it to the paper though, the trick is to apply it to some acetate and then use that on the page. It works a treat with temporary tattoos.

 The Slytherin charms are from yet another key-ring and are attached to the scroll through an eyelet (to stop the paper tearing). My favourite bit about this page is the way the tattoo in the photo has been cut to spill out and over the frame. A happy accident that effect – there was no other way to get the photo big enough to see the tattoo clearly.


More stickers, charms, frames and one of the really cute little pretend wax seals. Rather than use ribbons to pull the tag out on this page I used the wax seal. There was no hope of getting the ‘Monster Book of Monsters’ to stay inside its frame, so I just cut it out and popped it on top.


Love the bright diamond design of the Banner reverse side. It looks really good with the ornate frames. I love all the wand stickers too – I think I managed to use all of them in the mini somewhere or other, along with the hats. By this stage of the mini I was starting to run out of stickers and die cuts, so you see a few more of the rubons starting to appear. Isn’t the little Rememberall charm just too cute? 


It took 3 layouts and 10 mini album pages – but I finally got to use the House stickers from the 12 x 12 sheet. Thought I was never going to get them on something. I love them – but they just didn’t seem to suit anything I was doing. They stand out well against the grey of the Hogwarts paper though. The ‘Ministry of Magic’ sticker is the tag pull this time, with all of the tag hidden behind the photo.


My favourite journaling tag – love this – could have used it a dozen times over. Eventually I will write on it, just need my son to tell me what he wants to say. The back of the cover I have kept very basic, with just the glasses and lightning bolt stickers. I like my back cover to be flat, so you can put the album down on something without making a mess of it.

 I’m a bit confused as to why they call them mini albums – there is nothing mini about this one at all, it’s more of a maxi really.

I’d like to thank Cheryl and Creative Imaginations for letting me share my work (and love of the wonderful ranges that CI produce) with you all. It has been such an honour – I’m still pinching myself that it is true. I hope that you’ve found something here to inspire you.



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Tea Anyone ?!?!

Hello Everyone my name is Lynn Kopas and I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the incredibly talented design team here at Creative Imaginations!!! Currently I live in Massachusetts and work full-time in the medical field. Here's me and a bit about me ...

I LOVE photography and have been behind a camera since Junior High School. Growing up I was fortunate to have a professional photographer as a neighbor. I started scrapbooking almost five years ago and LOVE how the two hobbies meld together perfectly!! Scrapbooking provides a creative outlet and is a great way to unwind from a hectic day. I love the social aspect of this hobby and have met some amazing people, many of whom have become close friends.

When I was younger my pets were the subjects of my photography and now the children in my life have become my scrapbooking inspiration. My favorite little people include my niece’s children and Joshua my best little friend who you will see … a lot !!! My incredible yellow lab and two cats will also appear on some projects.

I am looking forward to being a part of the talented team here at Creative Imaginations and I can’t wait to dive into the fabulous products and get messy with Luminarte !!

For my project I used a FUN new collection call Tea Time from Renae' Lindgren. I love the Spring feel to these papers and the coordinationg epoxy and layer stickers are adorable. My love of teas became the subject for my page .... I hand cut the banner from the Tea Party paper and used that as my title ... 

CI Teaparty 3  

Directions for "Tea Party" :

1. Cut a 11.5 x 11.5" piece of "Tea Time" and adhere to center of white cardstock. (I distressed and inked the edges of the papers)

2. Cut a 10 x 8" piece of "Gala" Gingham Basics Cardstock and center 1.0" inch from top of page.

3. Add three 2x3" photos at the top of the Gingham Cardstock.

4. I hand cut the banner from the "Tea Party" paper and attached below the photos with foam tape. I hand cut a few teacups from the "Tea Time " paper and added them to the banner along with some twine and Petaloo flowers. I also hand cut a small spoon and placed it on the center photo for fun !!

5. I adhered some epoxy stickers from the collection with foam tape and placed my journaling between the stickers.

6. I originally printed my journaling on textured white cardstock and as I was placing the text on my page the journaling strips seemed flat. I reprinted the text and spritzed the whole page with Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist which added more detail.

Teaparty for CI jounaling close-up  
I also added some glossy accents to the title which ties in well with the epoxy stickers ... here's a close-up although I'm not sure how well it shows up in this photo ...

Tea Party for CI glossy accents close-up

Products Used:

Renae' Lindgren Tea Time Collection - #28160 Tea Time, # 28161 Tea Party, # 28163 Tea   Time Epoxy, Gingham Basics Cardstock # 28305 "Gala", Luminarte Radinant Rain Shimmering Mist (# 26465 persimmon), Petaloo Color Me Crazy Flowers, Twine, Rhinestone Swirls

Thanks for stopping by and I'm looking forward to sharing more projects with you !!


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Inspiration by Ngaire!

Hi, it’s Ngaire here and I thought I would share with you some of my favourite Creative Imaginations layouts from the past year.

 Creative Imaginations never disappoint me. Every year I can rely on them to produce at least one range of papers and embellishments that are perfect for our annual family trip to the beach. Once (sometimes twice) a year we get to go back to my home town and spend days exploring the local beach – lovely empty stretches of sand and surf – and lots of little rock pools to explore. Last year it was the Oceana range that caught my eye.

In – Under the Sea – I’ve tried to show how the embellishments from the range can be used to make the layout, rather than the patterned papers. The style of the layout is also what I call a ‘photoscape’ – where you try to put the photo within a scene that extends the photo into the layout. The idea is to give the illusion that my daughter is looking into a rock pool at all the things she might see in there.


The base of the layout is a piece of white cardstock that I randomly stamped using bubble-wrap. Over this went some green mesh and then a piece of the gorgeous Under the Sea (reverse side) and the photo. Fish stickers, a chipboard flourish and more flowers fill in the top corner over the green mesh. The Foiled Tags and Shapes are as good as having a small paper pad – use them in combination with the stickers and other elements of the range to make embellishment ‘scenes’ on the layout.


 Along the right edge of the layout I have used more stickers and foiled tags to create my little ‘scene’. I also cut out some of the seaweed from one of the patterned papers and added it here and there about the layout.

 The title is a stand alone dimensional tag – but I lifted the letters off it and did not use the base of the tag. Repositioning part of the title onto a Foiled Tag allowed me to keep to the colour theme I had in mind (the original tag base is a sandy beige colour) and to position the entire title in a way that suited my layout better than the shape of the original tag. So don’t be afraid to alter embellishments like this if it suits you better to pull them apart to use them. 


 In contrast, for my second Oceana layout I wanted simplicity – the patterns on the paper are complex and the colours are bright and bold – so to counter that you need to let the papers speak for themselves and minimise the embellishments. With gorgeous papers like this, you don’t need to do much to make your layout look good.

I’ve cut one of the mermaids in the pattern so that the photo can be tucked under her tail and the other has been cut out completely so that it could be placed where I wanted it to go. When cutting out ‘shapes’ like this – make sure to ink the edges to give the shape definition and make them stand out from the patterned paper.


Another range I loved last year was Breathless - pure romantic, urban Goth at its finest. Some papers you just can’t bear to cover up or cut into and this range had plenty of those.

 For the first layout – Twilight – my DS2 won the rights to the patterned paper with the bloody drips on it – Tragic Symphony. It worked really well with the Iron Gates die cut. To give the gate some dimension I added a layer of Distress Stickles to make it look a little rusty.


 I’ve embedded one of the Diecut Notepad Pages under some of the blood drips – which were easier to cut out than you might think. When using these pages it helps to edge them with a matching ink to make sure any white edges are covered. I love the size of these notepads, the pages are big enough to make a feature of them and you get a great variety of them in the pad.


Fashionista is a layout where there is a lot more empty space than I normally leave and that is simply because the paper design works to fill it so well. Again I have used lots of notepaper sheets and stickers to make interesting clusters here and there around the photo. The feather/paper dress was made from a bit of marabou boa glued to a bodice shape cut from the patterned paper. It takes only minutes to make and is a great way to use up some of those ‘scraps’ of paper left over from a layout.


The chipboard chandelier was a great find as it is a close match to the one printed on the patterned paper. I’ve simply inked it and given it a coat of Kindyglitz (which is pretty much the same thing as Stickles).


My daughter loves her much older brother’s Ipod and sneaks off with it every chance she gets. Catching her sharing the Ipod with her baby doll meant for some cute photos, which went perfectly with the Rock-a-bye Girl collection. Even though she wasn’t a baby anymore when it was released, I just had to buy it and I am so glad I did.

 With Party at my Crib I’ve gone for a torn, distressed look, with plenty of inking as well as lots of layering. The rock-a-bye baby strip is up on pop-dots for dimension and I have mixed strips of several papers (Toys, Baby Rock, Rock-a-bye) to get the base patterned paper layer.


A few rubons, a dimensional sticker and a cut-out star/banner shape from the patterned paper and the layout is nearly done. Finally, I ‘grunged’ up some paper flowers with ink and used a selection of metal brads from Creative Imaginations for their centres. It’s a bit hard to see in the main photo, but here in the close-up you can see that the wings on the star have been given a coat of ‘glitter’ with the Kindayglitz I mentioned earlier. In real life the wings have a lovely sparkle when you look at them.


For my last layout today I thought I would show you something completely different. I love Luminarte products and have had some in my stash for years now. Mostly I use the Twinkling H2O’s, but I do have some of the Radiant Rain bottles. If you have these in your stash, you don’t need much else to make a great layout.

 In - Bad 2 the Bone - the concept for the layout comes from a shirt that my DS2 loves. For him, it is a little out there - a bit more grunge/emo than my conservative, straight-laced, prudish little boy normally wears. Personally - I love the shirt, it is dark yet bright, funky and a little wicked, all at once. I love the 'sketched' feel to it and I really wanted to do a layout that incorporated the design elements of the shirt

 I have tried to keep the design simple - since the splashed/sketched feel of the shirt gives a 'quick' feel to the art elements. My Twinkling H2O’s and Radiant Rain paints (Key Lime) were perfect in enabling me to achieve this. The skull designs you see were traced out and then stitched onto the cardstock and then I used the Twinkling H2O’s on the chipboard title and the Radiant Rain for the splashes.


Here is a close up look at the paint I used for the ‘splashes’. I used an eyedropper to splodge the paint into the cardstock and then used my heat gun to dry it into a textured blobbish mess. Over this I put a little Kindyglitz and again used my heat gun to dry it. This causes the two liquids to merge together a little and give you a range of tones and effects. There is a real 3D look to it that does not come out in the photo as well as it shows up in real life.


I hope you have enjoyed sharing my creations with me and I look forward to showing you some more later in the week.

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March Sketch Contest

We have a winner for February's layout sketch, congratulations to dlwidder for her "Little Builder" layout using Artist, Marah Johnson's "Amore" collection!  


We are going to run our Layout and Card sketch challenges through April - so you have almost 6 weeks to create a layout using this sketch (look for the card sketch on Thursday).

Remember these few guidelines when submitting

  • Use at least 80% Creative Imaginations product 
  • Upload your layout into our layout sketch gallery in either the March or April layout sketch folder
  • You may submit to both the layout and card challenge however, we there will be no duplicate winner in both catagories in a single month.
  • One winner will receive a prize package worth over $25.00
  • Overseas and Canada participants will be responsible for shipping charges.


Most importantly, have fun with it! We are excited to see your spin on our sketches this month!

So who's up for a new sketch and a new chance to win some yummy new Creative Imaginations goodies?  This month's layout sketch and inspiration was created by DT member Nicole Capote and features the new "Forest Critters" line by Helen Dardik:


Happy Camper Layout 

Product used:

Helen Dardik's new Forest Critters Collection {shippping to stores now}

•27931 Beautiful Day paper

•27932 Forest Fun paper

•27933 Happy Together paper

•27934 Wild Berry paper

•27935 Forest Critters 12x12 CS stickers

•26337 Kraft Cutables paper


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Guest Designer, Ngaire!

Please join us in welcoming Guest Designer, Ngaire to our blog! She will be sharing her work with you all week long - so check back for some amazing inspiration! But first, read on to learn a little about Ngaire! 

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Hi - I'm Ngaire and I am addicted to scrapping. I've been happily married for what seems to be forever to my long-suffering, but patient Hubby, who financially and emotionally supports me in my addiction. We have 3 boys (who range from 19 down to 13) and Madame, our precious daughter, who is 5. My scrapping revolves pretty much around them.

I looked long and hard at the whole idea of scrapping, before leaping into it feet-first just after my daughter was born. After reading through a few of the magazines I went to a class at my local scrapbook store and haven’t looked back since. I still haven't finished off my first ever layout and I am no-where near getting all Madame's first 12 months scrapped, let alone getting to the boys - but I have a towering pile of finished layouts and a house full of stash.

I like to try out new things - but I am certainly not addicted to any current scrapping trends. I would like to think that my style changes over time, but you can generally find flowers, bling, inking, ribbons, stitching, stamping and distressing somewhere and I love to fussy-cut embellishments from the paper itself. I like my pages to be full and interesting, (with lots of little details) though they are generally fairly structured and I live with an abiding fear of "white space".

I'm a teacher (senior science) by trade, which means a lot of my scrapping takes place in the evening and on weekends. I’ve been/am a DT for several Australian online stores and have been lucky enough to have been published in the local scrapping magazines.

Creative Imaginations is one of my favourite scrapbook companies to work with and I am very excited to have been asked to share with you some of my creations. So check back throughout the week, as I show you some of my Creative Imaginations work.

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Wild Spirit?

Hi there, it's Eva here today and I am so excited to share a layout with you.  Truth is I am more known for my cards and altered products, but when I first started scrapping it was all about layouts, so I am not entirely new to the process.  It sure was nice to sit down and create one.  

My layout focuses on the brand new IOD Wild Spirit line, Twinkling H2O's and more IOD Unity stamps.  When I saw these papers I knew I could barely wait to play with them, but I don't have any horse pictures, so at first I wasn't sure how am I going to create a layout with them, but I wasn't going to give up.  

So, instead of locking up on the gorgeous horse images, which I totally love I focused on the word SPIRIT and hence the birth of this layout.

Wild spirit layout

 To find the IOD Wild Spirit line, look for at your local or online stores, It's DREAMY, ARTSY and just BEAUTIFUL!  Here is a close up of the details around the picture.

Wild spirit layout1

I used a lot of Luminarte Twinkling H2O's on this layout.  I painted my stamped image in with the following colors, which seem to be my go to go Twinkling H2O colors:  African Jade, Olive Vine, Nutmeg, Coral Berry and Sunburst.  The IOD Unity stamps I used are the Beloved Collection and the Provencial Collection.

And here is another one.

Wild spirit layout2

I used my favorite Glittered Alphabets from the Melange line, which also you can find in your local or online stores and the pretty lacey border is the Antique Cream Paper Ribbon from the Narratives line.

A fun thing I did on this layout is to cut out some pretty diecuts, which I used my Silhouette and some Quickutz diecuts and painted them in with my Twinkling H2O's.  I love to cut out shapes from white cardstock and paint them in with the colors I desire.  I feel so free having that option to find the colors I really want.  And see those pretty flowers?  They are Petaloo's Celebrations Wild Rose, which comes in white and ready to be misted or painted, so that is what I did.  

Hope you like my layout and sure hope you can get your hands on some of the gorgeous new IOD Wild Spirit line soon! 

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Hello Card

Design Team member Tanisha Long whipped up this adorable "Hello" using the IOD Beloved line.


"I love all of the subtle, beautiful patterns in this line.  Cutting the paper to card size allowed me really highlight the pattern on Romance."

Tanisha has posted step by step instructions to make that super cute tissue paper flower on the luminarte blog. Check it out HERE


Supplies used:

IOD Beloved

25578 Romance

25575 Beloved

Luminarte Radiant Rain Shimmering Spritz in Pewter

Signature Collection

26333 Brushed

Other supplies: ribbon, pearl flower center, tissue paper, ink



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Dyeing Ribbon with Luminarte Shimmering Mists!

Hi, Carrie here. The technique of dyeing fabrics with tea has been around for decades. This technique totally inspired me to use my Luminarte Shimmering Mists in the same way.

I've added a quick and easy step by step tutorial on how I used my Shimmering Mists to dye some cotton lace ribbon. {click on images to see larger}

Step 1: Cut the ribbon/fabric you want to you to the size you want to use. Fill a small, clear glass with water, pour 2 tablespoons of your Shimmering Mist into the glass of water and stir. (or try dyeing your ribbon using the water you rinse your brushes in}

True Love and Happiness Tutorial step1 for web 
Step 2: Place your ribbon/fabric into the glass of water/mist mixture. My photo shows the ribbon 1/2 in and 1/2 out of the mixture, but to dye the whole piece, make sure to soak the entire piece down into the mixture. Soak for a minimum of 15 minutes.

True Love and Happiness Tutorial step2 for web 
Step 3: Remove your ribbon/fabric from the mixture and place on layered paper towel pieces. This will soak in the wetness. If your color is too dark for what you were hoping for, blot the paper towels over the ribbon; this will take some of the color out. If the color is just right, just leave it sitting on the towels without blotting. Let ribbon/fabric dry on the paper towel. Times of drying will depend on what type of ribbon/fabric you dyed.

True Love and Happiness Tutorial step3 for web 
Here is the layout I created using this technique of dyeing ribbon. {click on images to see larger}

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Products Used: #26022 Signature Collection cardstock, #26018 Signature Collection cardstock, #20134 Marah Johnson Swatch Book Impress-Ons, #15850 Narratives Antique Medley Journal spot, #20204 Narratives Bloom Journal spot, #25079 Jenn Mason Brush Strokes Love & Adore cardstock stickers, American Crafts orange brads, MME decorative brads, Dymo label maker, dmc floss, Lace cotton ribbon

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Easter Is On Its Way

It's Tanisha Long here with some fun projects using Samantha Walker's cute and colorful Cotton Tail line.



To create this layout:

1. Cut 10 1/2" x 10 1/2" piece from Spring Flowers and adhere to the center of a piece of white cardstock.

2. Cut 12" x 5" piece from Egg Hunts and adhere it to the layout.

3. Cut "Happy Easter" strip from Easter Cheer, ink the edges, and adhere to the bottom of of the strip from step 2.

4. Cut easter eggs border from Easter Cheer and adhere it to the bottom of the strip from ster 3.  Fussy cut eaters eggs border from a 2nd piece of Easter Cheer and adhere with pop dots.  Add stickles.

5. Cut striped border from Easter Cheer, cut it in half lengthwise, punch scalloped border and then adhere to the top and bottom of the layout, as shown.

6. Adhere "Easter" epoxy sticker to "Easter" cardstock sticker.  Mat with white cardstock and adhere using pop dots.

7. Adhere journaling spot, alphabet stickers and flowers and buttons to the layout.


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I used this line to create this colorful Easter card, too! 


Supplies Used:

Samantha Walker Cotton Tail

23518 Spring Flowers

23519 Easter Cheer

23520 Egg Hunt

23521 12x12 Cardstock Stickers

23523 Epoxy Stickers

Glitter Foam Alpha

24960 Zack & Zoe

Creative Cafe

24017 Felt Flowers

23994 Spirit Button Pack

Other supplies: Stardust stickles, Baker's twine


Thanks for stopping by the blog today!!

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Distress Your Edges with Luminarte Daubers!

Hi, Carrie here. One of my favorite things to do with my Luminarte Radiant Rain Color Concentrate Daubers is to add a light "dusting technique" to the distressed edges of my pages.

Below is a step by step tutorial of how I go about adding that dusting technique. {click on images to see them larger}

Step 1: first things first ... distress the edges of your page. There are products out there that distress edges ... I just use my fingernails.

Best of Times Tutorial step1 for web 
Step 2: Take a small-med. sized, hard bristled paint brush and coat it with your Dauber color. The best way to do this is to just press your bristles on top of the Dauber color.

Best of Time Tutorial step2 for web 
Step 3: With a quick, light, dusting motion, paint the outer edges of your distressed paper edges. Since you are using a quick motion, the painted bristles will sometimes "color off the edges" onto your page a little bit. That's OK ... those little brush strokes add alot to the finished look of your page ... so go ahead and let yourself paint outside the edge a bit.

Best of times Tutorial step3 for web 
Best of Times Tutorial step4 for web 
And here is my finished layout using this EASY and quick dusting technique. {click on images to see larger}

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Products used: #26252 Marah Johnson Breathless paper, #26255 Marah Johnson Breathless paper, #25811 Signature Collection cardstock, #25714 Samantha Walker Cowboy paper, Art Warehouse Metal Headlines, #26270 Marah Johnson Breathless cardstock stickers

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The New, Ever So Versatile, Super Heros Line!

Hi! Carrie here, to show you the new Super Heros release. I absolutely love how amazingly versatile this new line is. The new gingham papers and our Signature Collection polka dot/lined cardstock are perfectly matched to mix with this new line!


The first layout created by DT member, Alice Carman featured the line with one of our  employees at a recent party!  This line is perfect for the super hero in your life!

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For our second layout I used the product to create a layout that represents "All things about me" a less traditional layout but equally fun - don't you agree?

CI Super Heros Layout for web 

CI Super Heros Layout closeup for web 
Products Used: #28285 Super Hero Paper; #26029 Signature Collection black polka/lined paper; #28302 Signature Collection gold gingham; #28306 Signature Collection red gingham; #28292 Super Hero Die Cuts; #25028 Creative Cafe stickers; #26193 CI Art Warehouse paper; #27115 CI Studio Basics 101 paper; #28344 Western mini letters; border punch; Basic Grey tan letters; Offray ribbon

CI Super Heros Card for web 
Products Used: #28287 Super Hero Paper {large heart}; #28286 Super Hero Paper {'absolutely amazing'}; #26025 Signature Collection blue polk/lined paper; #28342 Typewriter mini letters; #28344 Western Mini letters; #20786 Sticky Romance small heart




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