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Happy Halloween!(and a boo to you too)!


 Jules know, the Halloween freak? I don't make a lot of cards so when I do I like to make them extra special.  This is a hinged and gated Halloween card that was such fun to create and so easy with CI's Hallow's Eve by Marah Johnson.  I used the 6x6 pad of paper that is so perfect for card making and Marah Johnson's die cut coordinated shapes.  You get 36 single sided sheets of 6x6 papers in 12 different designs
in the paper pack and 40 die cut shapes in the shapes package.  So you can make Halloween cards til the bats fly home.

When the 'antiqued' hinge, which I bought in the wood working section of a craft store, is opened, the inside of the card and its greeting show.


I even decorated the back.





Marah Johnson for Creative Imaginations

Hallow's Eve 6x6 paper pad

Hallow's Eve Die cut shapes


Twinking H20 in China Black

Primary Elements Coral Berry from the Dragon's Dance package


Small 2 part clasp from the craft store (came gold)

White lace



1.  Use the Twinkling H20 China Black and paint the lace black on both sides and allow it to dry.

2. From the paper pack,

   a)place one of the gate pages over another and fancy cut them out.

   b) fancy cut the witch paper including the black lace. 

   c) from a second witch paper sheet, just cut out the witch and her pumpkin

   d) cut out the raven on another gate page to layer over the first one.

   e)  cut two pieces of the black and purple patterned paper to measure 4 x 6.

3.  Cut the gate papers down the middle of the gates and glue them back to back (see the photos of the front of the card above and the inside of the card).

4. Fold the two sides of the gate at the outmost posts and glue these to the back of  one sheet of the black and purple patterned paper.  Glue the second sheet of the black and purple patterned paper to the first with the pattern facing out (see the back of the card photo).  On the inside of the card, glue the witch fancy cut piece with the lace design to the left of the card.

5.  Using a Sharpie or other permanent black marker, color most of the gold hinge.  With a paint brush, dab on spots of Twinkling H20s China Black to 'age' the hinge.  Allow to dry and then glue onto the front of the card making sure it

6. To give the ravens and the witch's bat wings shimmer, paint them with the Twinkling H20 and, while that is wet, add small amouts of the Primary Elements in Coral Berry dabbed here and there.  The effect is amazing.



7.  To finish the card, use pop dots to add the second raven to the front of the card, left hand side gate,  the second cut out of the witch and her pumpkin to the inside along with the greeting and the pieces to the back of the card.  Attach the lace at the top and before your can say "Bats in the Belfry" you have a fun Halloween card.

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Halloween Bird House with ATCs by Shelley Hamilton

Shelley, here, with a little Halloween Bird House with ATCs for the roof!


I began with a little wooden birdhouse.  I used several papers from the 6"x6" Hallow's Eve paper pad to cover the birdhouse(sides, front, back, and edges).  This paper is fabulous!



I then embellished the birdhouse with die cut shapes from the Hallow's Eve Collection.  I painted many of these with Luminarte H20 in Kiwi, Snapdragon, Stargazer, or Spiced Pumpkin for intense Halloween colors!

I doodled on the base of the birdhouse, and painted it Spiced Pumpkin.



I covered the two roof pieces with "Bewildered" from the 12"x12" Hallow's Eve Collection.  I then used frames from the Life's Journey ATC pack.  I painted these with Luminarte Twinkling H20 in Kiwi.  I used several die cuts and further embellished the ATC rood with Viva Colour Pearl Pens in Sunny Yellow and Violet.



Here is the back of the house.



This is the other ATC that made the other roof piece.



The overall look of the house was super-fun, and I really enjoyed making it!



Here is a close-up of one of the ATCs.  The words are from Hallow's Eve sticker set. 



 I hope you enjoyed this spooky Halloween project!  Have a great Halloween!



Products Used:

Hallow's Eve 6"x6" Paper Pad

"Bewildered" 12"x12" paper from Hallow's Eve Collection

Life's Journey ATC pack

Hallow's Eve Die Cut Cardstock Shapes

Hallow's Eve Cardstock Stickers

Luminarte Twinkling H20 in Kiwi

Luminarte Twinkling H20 in Spiced Pumpkin

Luminarte Twinkling H20 in Stargazer

Luminarte Twinkling H20 in Snapdragon


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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I created this paper bra in frilly pinks and sparkling colors.  I would like to dedicate this to my Aunt Rita, Aunt Fran and my dear friend, Diane J who are all breast cancer survivors.  Because they did monthly self exams, had well women check ups regularly and had a mammogram when the doctors recommended, their breast cancer was caught early. To these women and all others, this bra is for you!


The Monarch Iris Foil paper by Marah Johnson was perfect for the bra as I wanted it to be lovely and pretty.  I used Luminarte's Twinkling H20s and Primary Elements to paint the design.  I used a heart shaped mini album as the template for the top of the bra . I cut two copies of each section from the Monarch Iris Foil paper; I painted one section and used the second as the liner for the bra and the side panels.


Next, I cut off the straps and the hooks and eyes from a worn out bra of my own, shortened the length of the straps and dyed them using Luminarte's Twinkling H20 in Rose Gold.  After the straps dried, I glued the straps and the pleated ribbon trim between the two pieces in the front and repeated this process for the side panels with the straps, the hooks and the eyes pieces. I added the trim to the front and the sides.



Off to make my mammogram appointment!



Creative Imaginations

28067 Marah Johnson Monarch Iris Foil Paper


29513 Twinkling H20 Rose Gold

29030 Twinkling H20 Emerald from the Holiday Sparkle six pack

29531 Primary Elements Coral Berry from the Dragon's Dance pack

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"PINK" Album by Shelley Hamilton

Shelley, here, with one last project for Breast Cancer Awareness month.



In this book, I put pictures of the females in my family.  I used the "Beautiful You" Collection by Christine Adolph.  It is such a gorgeous collection.  I used many papers from the 6"x6" paper pad, along with a couple of the 12"x12" papers, also.



Throughout the book, I used the die cut shapes from the collection.  Sometimes, I painted these with Luminarte Twinkling H20 in Heavenly White, and sometimes, I left them plain.



On these pages, besides using the die cut shapes, I used a bit of bling, and a corner punch.  I made several of the butterflies' wings stand up from the page, making them look 3D.



On this page, I pop-dotted the flower, then glued the butterfly on top.






I matted the photos in white paper, and used a scallop punch for the edges.



On the back of the album, I embellished with a felt flower, a mini-wooden ruler, and some stick-pins.  I also used our Antique Frame Transparency to add interest.

I really enjoyed sharing this album with you during Breast Cancer Awareness Month!



Products Used:

Beautiful You 6"x6" Paper Pad

Beautiful You 12"x12" Paper from Beautiful You Collection

Cherished 12"x12" Paper from Beautiful You Collection

Beautiful You Die Cut Cardstock Shapes

Luminarte Twinkling H20 in Heavenly White

Antique Frames Transparency

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HUGE Warehouse sale!

This is a great opportunity to buy all your favorite products at low low prices!  We have the largest selection of papers, stickers and embellishments! Hurry sale ends tomorrow at 4!




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New website is up and a 72hour huge sale~

Creative Imaginations is sooo excited to launch our new website that we are treating our customers to a 72 hour sale!! That is right 72 hours to shop all of your favorite products, Harry Potter, Lego, Seaworld, Bare Elements to name a free --- all available at 33% off!  Use coupon code FB1012 when checking out.  Spend $40 and your order ships free! 

And as a special thank you we are entering all orders into a drawing for one lucky winner to receive an additional $25.00 prize pack! 

Super sale

Hurry as like all good things this one ends in 72 hours!



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ATC Time!!!!!!

Hey scrappers! Donna here, sharing  an October ATC –  Joy & Love!!  This month, I was in the mood to stick with a two (2) color scheme.   As much as I adore color, I love sticking with  one or two colors every so often, and usually end up loving the end result.  No surprise, that was the case here.....

I ended up creating with the Antique and Loolah Collections, which  offered me the two colors I was in the mood for  - black and ivory. The subtle, gentle die cut designs ike flowers, hearts and butterflies from the Antiue ATC pack are so soft and romantic.

You’ll note lots of dimension playing around on this ATC.   And look closely - I’ve layered my black dotted ATC base over two (2) separate, ATC die cut frames at different angles.  The base is on a frame from the Loolah pack and then that is on to a die cut frame from the Antique ATC pack.



When my base was complete, I stapled a small,  frayed piece of canvas on to it.  After that, it was simply all kinds o fun arranging and layering all of the different different bits and pieces of die cuts on the canvas. Some are popped up with foam adhesive, others are not.  I adore the small, black heart........theres a bit of tiny black bling in there, too.......on the butterfly's body and the flower centers.

TIPS:  To make your butterfly look ilke its in flight, fold it in half and then play with it a bit to get some dimension.  Adhere it to your project with foam adhesive.  Run the thread through your buttons before you glue them on your project.


For my title, I cut up a word sticker from the Ragamuffin collection then arranged it in the upper right corner of the ATC.   Lastly, I wrapped some twine around the bottom of the ATC.


 Supplies Used:


Antique ATC Cards

Antique ATC Pack

IOD, Loolah Die Cut Cardstock Shapes

Ragamuffins 5 x 12 Stickers


Give a two color ATC a try, and thanks for stopping by!!

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A birthday page in less than 30 minutes!

Good morning!  This is Alicia and I'm continuing this month with my monthly feature showing how you can create a layout in less than 30 minutes without much effort.  If you are like me, you have a hundred birthday photos sitting around that have not been scrapped.  For some reason, birthdays are not fun for me to scrap so I decided to play with the Renae Lindgren Make a Wish papers on this project.  

Happy birthday 300

 I also wanted to use 3 4X6 photos on my page.  I did trim the photos a bit to cut off some excess photo on each and to fit it on my page better.  I then matted the 3 photos on white cardstock to make them pop a little more.  My background paper is the back side of the Make a Wish Balloon Bash paper.  I have found that my page comes together quickly if I just start gluing things down without giving the placement much thought.  That way, I am kind of "stuck" with the results since I use a permanent glue.  LOL!!  I placed my photos on the background striped paper where I wantd them.  I then decided to cut a strip of the Make a Wish DS paper to place under my photos.  My next step was to cut the banner out of the Make a Wish DS paper.  This was the most time-consuming part of my page, and since I have become an expert with Fiskars scissors, this didn't take long at all.  I placed my banner at the top of my page at an angle and made sure I used some pop-dots for extra dimension and movement.  The die-cuts in this adorable collection helped this page come together quickly.  I picked out 3 balloons from the die cut shapes and pop dotted them at the top of my photos.  I added some thin ribbon to look like streamers coming down from the balloons.  I then added one of the cute die-cut hats to my sweet niece, Gianna's head.  Isn't Gianna adorable?  The last section was to add the die cuts at the bottom of the balloons which also became the title to my page "Happy birthday". 

Happy birthday closeup 300

 I added 2 pop-dotted candles since Gianna turned 2 to the title cluster.  Lastly, I just did some handwritten journaling at the top of my photos and my page was complete in 25 minutes - and I even took a break here and there to stir a pot of chili which was on the stove.  Don't let those birthday photos collect.  Pull out this adorable Renae Lindgren Make a Wish collection and create a fun, easy page in just minutes.


Supplies used:

Renae Lindgren Make a Wish collection

Make a Wish DS paper

Make a Wish Balloon Bash paper

Make a Wish Birthday Girl paper

Birthday Girl cardstock stickers

Make a Wish Diecut shapes



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Hauntingly fun centerpiece


 Jules here. We are having a few of our friends over for dinner in a couple weekends before we all head out to a "haunted forrest" near our house.  I wanted to create something fun and special for the centerpiece for the dinner table and, with the help of the wonderful Creative Imaginations products, I am so happy how my centerpiece turned out. 


I had purchased a set of three of these chipboard house, each smaller than the one before.  This is the largest of the three measuring 11" x 9" x 6" which made it easy to cover with sheets of the Halloweened themed papers from Creative Imaginations. 

The roof comes off the house so I placed several of the battery operated twinkle lights inside to give it that extra grlow!


I fancy cut elements and layered to cover the back of the house.



Creative Imaginations

Marah Johnson's

 24518 Pumpkin Parade Die Cut papers

29898 Wicked Double Sided papers

29896 Ghastly Double Sided papers

29897 Bewildered Double Sided papers

29905 Hallow's Eve Die Cut Shapes

Signature Collection

19298 Creepy Stickers

Harvest Moon Collection

21284 Trickery Epoxy 5.5x 8.5 stickers

Melange Fright Night Collection

21784 Midnight Shadows Swatchpack


29030 Twinkling H20 Holiday Sparkle six pack (moonbeams)


chipboard house

screen door die

nylon screen replacement kit

Sharpie pen

vellum paper

matte silver paper


1.  Paint the base of the house, the chimney and the eaves of the roof black

2.  Paint the sheet of vellum with the Twinkling H20s in Moonbeam...don't worry it it buckles.  It lookds more like and old window if it does.

3.  Cut out the dividers in the windows on the front and sides of the house.

4.  Use the house itself as a template to cut the papers to fit the front, sides and backs of the house.  Once the vellum had dried, cut pieces to cover the windows and glue onto the bare house. Cut out small pieces of paper and crease to create the shutters at glue.   Place the papers on the front, sides and back for the house siding. Use stickers and pieces of the stripe paper to cover the corners.

5. Cut two screen doors out of black cardstock.  Color a piece of the nylon screening from the screen repair kit black and place between the two doors and glue them together.  Attach to the front of the house.

6.  Cut the die cut pumpkin paper just below the pumkins for the fence.  Use clear drying glue to attach the pumpkins.  You will need two sheets of the paper.

7.  To make the "tin" roof, cut strips of the matte silver paper and run it through a crimper to corrugate.  Use tissue paper to create templates for the front of the roof then cut out the sections from the silver paper and glue in place.


8.  Sprinkle baby powder on the backs of your selected stickers so are not sticky and with a dab of clear drying adhesive,  glue several to the inside of the vellum windows.


9.  To create the flying ghost coming out of the chimney, either coil a piece of wire tightly or use the spring from a throw away ink pen.  Flatten one end and glue it between the ghosts sticker and a piece of white cardstock.  Trim the card stock to fit the sticker.  Place the other end into a puddle of clear drying glue.


For night time display, place several of the battery operated twinkle lights inside the house.  The flicker ones add even more atmosphere. 

I hope your Halloween is hauntingly fun!



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Mix it Up Monthly Feature with Donna Bryant!!!!

Hey Scrappers, Donna here, and welcome to the first "session" of my new monthly blog feature, "Mix it Up"!  You know, every time I create with Creative Imaginations products, I’m struck by how many of the lines mix so well together -  the Ragamuffin line with the Gallivant line, or the Nautical line with Back to School line, the possibilities are endless.   So, from there,  I’ve decided to embark on a journey to do just that, “Mix it Up”!   Each month, I’ll show you how to incorporate pieces of at least three (3) different lines together to create one, fantastic page!  I will post simple directions so you can mix up a similar layout as well.  

In the spirit of the "mix it up", for this first feature, I created an 8-1/2 x 11" layout - I usually scrap 12 x 12". The particular design, however,  is easily adaptable to either size.  

I often find that you can many times ignore specific designs on your papers and mix them together anyway.  As long as you have the right color combinations, you are good to go.  Play around with different things to see how they work.  Its all right if you have presents with leaves, or tea pots with flowers - use smaller pieces and you will find well, it just works.  Thats the beauty of  paper - whether designs  intended to be "thened" or not,  they can be far  more versatile than we first think when we initially see them.  Sure, if we see a "birthday" line, our first thought will be to create a birthday page but, that one piece of birthday paper can go far, far beyond that!  I mean actually, circles, flowers, stripes and dotted papers would all work together on the sane layout,  as long as they compliment each other somehow -   if you let your imagination go a little bit crazy.  Once you do, you may find you want to mix it up every time you create a page.

For today's layout, Ive mixed the Inspired Traveler, Preposterous and Ragamuffin lines.  Now that sounds odd, doesn't it?  Not so, I tell you!!!!  






Crop photo to 3" x 4".  

For your cardstock base, depending upon the size of your layout, choose two (2) colors.  Cut the top piece (here, green) 1/4" shorter than the base on three sides.

Cut a 5" x 4", 4" x 4", 2" x 4" and 1" x 4" piece of patterned paper from Ragamuffin paper pad. Arbitrarily punch edges of papers.  Ink edges. Fold the 1" x 4" srip of paper in half to create the tab for te top of the photo.  Determine placement of photo, patterned papers and transparency pieces (Presposterous) on cardstock,placing all approximately 1/4" from left side and 1-1/2" from the top.  Stamp or using a journaling pen, create a few lines of small dots on paper edges.


Wonderful detail two

Create tiny tab by punching  then stamping sentiment. Insert tab in small safety pin.  Staple lace and ribbon at left, bottom of photo.  Attach safety pin with tab to ribbon.

Determne placement of paper flowers (Ragamuffin), chipboard (Presposterous) and brads and adhere to layout.  Determine placement of buttons and stitch to layout base. 


  Wonderful detail one


Punch three photo corners from Inspired Traveler paper pad and staple to three corners of layout.

Layout done and I hope to see you next month!

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope I've inspired you to head to your stash, grab some different paper lines, and create a mxed up layout!!

Products Used: 

Inspired Traveler 6 x 6 Paper Pad

Ragamuffins 6 x 6 Paper Pad

29317 Preposterous Die Cut Transparent Shapes

28770 Ragamuffins Paper Flowers

Preposterous 5 x 12 Chipboard 

Other:  Border punch, Tab punch, Small Safety Pin, Ribbon, Lace, Buttons

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Beloved, Strong, Beautiful!

When the discussions started regarding this month being 
I knew I wanted to create something "OUTSIDE the BOX"
and I didn't want my creations to be just about "PINK"!

SOOOOO.....I decided to "REDRESS" a mannequin that's
been kicking around for awhile now!!


and it all began here.....


I gathered up a bunch of various "TWINKS" 
aka.....Luminarte ~ Twinkling H20's!
all in the "red" color palette.
...threw in a few golds for spice!!

I covered the paper mache Mannequin with Black Gesso.


When the "Twinks" were nice and gooopy [meaning less water ~ because I wanted
more intense color]

I placed globs of the Twinkling H20 goodness at the neck of the 
mannequin and let the drips begin.

I also took Color Me Crazy flowers by Petaloo
and colored up a bunch of the flowers.

Which I used as a colorful brassier....
to accent my mannequin!! 


I finished my girl off with WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT....
because any woman who has OVERCOME
any type of devasating event...
needs to know that she is...



Luminarte ~ Twinkling H20's ~ Grande Jars
29509 ~ Ginger Peach
29540 ~ Vavoom
28420 ~ Apple Blossom
28419 ~ Sunflower
26357 ~ Spiced Pumpkin
26371 ~ Coral Berry
26363 ~ Solar Gold 

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An Artful Journey

Hey Everyone, Lynn here with another project for our monthly Art Journaling Feature! I am in LOVE with art journaling and I learn something new with each page! I never know where the page will go but love to watch a blank page morph into something fun and artful! I used my 9 x 12 Sketch book and combined various products from Creative Imaginations along with Mixed Media products, and added some pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. My challenge for this month's project was to incorporate a magazine image, Existencils and Luminarte Silks Acrylic Glaze. Here's the result followed by some details ...


I sprayed my page with water first, then sprayed Luminarte Radiant Rain Shimmering Mists in Pewter, Moonbeams and Ginger Flower. I pressed the opposite blank page on top of that mixture to absorb some of the Luminarte and also create another background for a future page. This is also great for a two page project. I then grabbed my Nature 12 x 12 Existencil and placed it over the page. I spritzed water over the stencil, removed the stencil and dabbed the water off with paper towels. A subtle rose image is left behind ...


I applied my magazine image - I LOVE this one!! - with multi medium. I used the angel wing stencil from the Monarch Stencil 12 x 12 Kit and applied modeling paste over the stencil. The flowers in her hand are from the IOD Devotion Cardstock Sticker Sheet - a perfect match!


I added some stamped images, painted circles, ribbons, black and white rub-ons for more interest. The black lines were created by dipping a craft scrapper in Black Ice Silks Acrylic Glaze and edging the paint onto the page in various places ...

I wish you could see how this page shimmers! I painted Luminarte Twinkling H20's in Ice over the wing, added a title and was done!

Supplies Used:


Creative Imaginations:


  • Gesso
  • Modeling Paste
  • May Arts Ribbons
  • Kaisercraft Rub-ons 

I hope you have enjoyed this journey and I encourage you to try art journaling - warning .. it's highly addictive!! Thanks for stopping by

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Make A Wish!!!!

Hey Scrappers!  Donna here, coming to you with a layout created with the bright, happy, birthday collection by Renae Lindren, Make a Wish.  Make a Wish is an energetic birthday collection that can’t be missed!!  Sometimes birthday photos can be difficult to scrap, but with this collection, easy peasy!!


I loved the colors of this collection so much that as soon as I saw them, I knew I wanted to change my photo to black and white for even more impact.  I  chose a piece of “Make A Wish” Paper to use as my layout base.  This particular piece has banners and things on one side and a pretty bright pink with tiny colorful squares of dark pink, green, blue and yellow jumping about it on the other.   The other papers in the collection are just as fun, are also double sided, and the colors compliment each other perfectly. 


The layout came together easily by layering various pieces of each of the sides of the different papers in the collection around the photo, keeping them all about the same hieight, and then adding various die cuts and stickers layered within and around them.  There are a slew of birthday themed stickers to choose from, including balloons, presents, candles (used lots of those!!!), party hats, cupcakes and more.  There are also lots of die cut shapes, too, including numbers, banner pieces and the confetti pieces I’ve placed arbitrarily on the page. I've also used a larger, die cut for my page title, "Celebrate".


  Celbrate 12


To create my stars, below, I applied paint, using a Luminarte, Color Concentrate Dauber in Plumeria to plain chipboard stars and once the paint was dry, I added some Diamond Glaze.  There are pretty blings on the candles for some added sparkly as well!  I also used the paint on the Basics stickers, seen at the bottom, right of the page.



If you’ve birthday photos to scrap, don’t miss this collection!!


Supplies Used: 

Renae Lindgren Make a Wish Collection 

Make a Wish DS Paper

Party Stripe DS Paper

Gifts Galore DS Paper

Make a Wish Die Cut Shapes

Birthday Girl 5 x 12 Cardstock Stickers 

Luminarte, Radiant Rain,  Color Concentrate, Dauber, Plumeira

Signature Collection - Paint it! Numbers Script, item #28992



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Beautiful You - a Beautiful Collection!

Hello Bloggers! Lynn K. here with a layout using the GORGEOUS collection called "Beautiful You" by Christine Adolph. The soft color palette of this collection includes pinks, blues, light purple and cream. The coordinating stickers and die-cut shapes include flowers, hearts, butterflies, dragonflies and lovely sentiments.  Here's my project ...

Sweet 300 dpi for CI CHA Summer 2012

I did a bit of layering and distressing and inking on this layout! I used the purple side of the Dream paper and placed it on dark purple cardstock. Then I layered some circles, starting with a doily. The second circle is actually a few strips of paper from the 6x6 paper pad pleated and tucked under the inner paper circle.

Then I layered a few die-cut frames, my photo and a piece of Canvas Corp burlap onto the inner circle. I added a few butterflies, dragonflies, twine and some gems to accent the photo!!


So check out this beautiful collection - you will love it!

Supplies Used:

  • 29715 Beautiful You Die-cut Shapes
  • 29716 Beautiful You 6x6 Paper Pad
  • 29707 Dream 12x12 paper
  • 29714 Beautiful you Stickers
  • 28753 Winter Song Gem Pack

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Plaster-Covered Flowers


Good morning!  This is Dana Tatar, and I'm thrilled to share how I created this framed piece featuring Luminarte's Twinkling H2Os paints. I'm always looking for new mediums to incorporate into my crafting.  When I have exhausted the products in my scrap room, I often venture to other rooms of my home to see what I can find.  My garage has offered up many great finds like metal tape, sand paper and small pieces of hardware.  I found a container of plaster on a recent hunt and decided to use it to cover my favorite embellishment, flowers.



Plaster of Paris

Flowers with Stems

Luminarte Twinkling H2Os - any color


Plastic Tub



Step One: Combine 2 parts water to 1 part plaster in a plastic tub and mix well.  Holding a flower by the stem, quickly dip it into the plaster solution.  Note: The plaster sets in about five minutes and will no longer be workable after that time.  Several batches of plaster are required for this project, a new batch for each coat of plaster needed to cover the flowers.  It is important to NOT dump any plaster down the drain as it will harden and clog plumbing systems.  It's best to work with tubs and brushes that you don't mind tossing after this project.


Step Two:  Hang the flowers by the stems to dry.  Note: The flowers must be completely dry before adding a second coat of plaster.  Plan to wait several hours before dipping flowers again.  If your flowers become too wet and the plaster is not drying, rinse off the plaster, let the flowers dry and start again with Step One.


This is one of my large flowers after one coat of plaster.


Step Three: Mix another batch of plaster and dip flowers again.  Hang the flowers from the stems to dry.  Note:  I let my flowers dry overnight after this step.  The small flowers, branches and leaves that I dipped required two coats of plaster.  Many of the large blooms still had small portions of the petals showing through the plaster, even after two coats.  Rather than dip the entire flower again, mix a small batch of plaster and use a paintbrush to apply plaster to the uncovered areas of any flower, or, leave as is for a slight pop of color.


Step Four: Gently cover the flowers and leaves with a light coat of Luminarte Twinkling H2Os paint.


The plaster-covered flowers are quite delicate and not suitable for a layout destined to be stored in an album.  The plaster also adds a significant amount of weight to the flowers.  I glued my patterned paper to a piece of cardboard to add more stability to my framed piece.  I love the subtle shimmery color from the Pearlesque Luminarte Twinkling H2Os.  I used the following colors for this project: Oyster, Pearl Red, Pearl Gold, Pearl Violet and Pearl Green.


For a more dramatic look, add a painted flower to the top of a small gift box.  I used Twinkling H2Os in Poppy Red to color the rose and Mallard to color the leaves.

Playing with plaster was a lot of fun.  Try keeping the flower stems long and create a plaster-covered floral arrangement for the home.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope I have inspired you to use Twinkling H2Os in a fun new way.  I'd love to have you stop by my blog They Call Me Tatar Salad. This tutorial was first seen in Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.

Products Used:

Luminarte Twinkling H2Os Petite Kits

28410 - Ultimate Romance

28412 - Basic Rainbow

28413 - Pearlesque

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Crushed Eggshell ATC by Dana Tatar


How do you like your eggs?  After this fun project I can say 'on my artist trading cards!'  The crushed eggshells add a wonderful crackled design and they take color well.  A background like this can be created quickly with just a handful of materials.


ATC Base


Luminarte Radiant Rain Mist - any color!






Step One: Brush a light coat of gesso onto an ATC base and set aside to dry.  Note: If you would prefer the cracks between the eggshells on the finished background to be a darker color than the Luminarte Radiant Rain mists, try covering the ATC base with a coat of dark paint or black gesso.


Step Two: Cover the ATC with a layer of glue and press the eggshells onto the surface of the ATC.  Once dry, any pieces of eggshell overhanging the edge of the ATC can be cut away with scissors.  Note: Clean the eggshells before applying them to the ATC by boiling a pot of water, removing the pot from heat and soaking the eggshells for several hours.  This process with sterilize the shells and aid in the removal of the inner membrane from the eggshells.  The inner membrane must be removed from the eggshells or they will not adhere to the glue.


Step Three: Spray the ATC with a liberal coat of mist in several colors.  Note: I used Luminarte Radiant Rain Mists in Pink Grapefruit (#26407), Ginger Peach (#26395) and Snapdragon (#26394).


Step Four: Cover the ATC with a layer of glaze.  Once dry, embellish to finish.


Here's a close-up of the eggshell background.  The Radiant Rain Mists really catch the light and add a fabulous shimmer to this piece.


Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope I have inspired you.  If you'd like to see more of my work please stop by my blog. Note: This tutorial was first seen on the Scrapbook News and Review Blog in their Workshop Wednesday Series.

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"Courage is Power" card for World Card Day!!

Shelley here with a card for World Card Day and Breast Cancer awareness month!


For my "Courage is Power" card, I began with several different papers from the 6"x6" paper pad from the "Beautiful You" collection by Christine Adolf.  This paper is absolutely gorgeous!  I used several different border punches on some of the edges of the papers, then assembled them on the card as shown.  I used the "Courage" cut out from the same paper pad, and matted it with the pink paper from the Dots and Stripes Warm 6"x6" paper pad.  I then pop-dotted it to the card, and placed a couple of pink flowers underneath.


Toward the bottom right-hand part of the card, I used a set of gates from the Life as Art Die Cut shapes.  I painted them with Silks Acrylic Glaze in Pink Grapefruit.  I used 2 small pieces of eye candy on the doors.


Under the doors is a pod from the Mixaparts system.  I started with a small circle cut out from the 6"x6" "Beautiful You" paper pad.  I painted it with Pink Azalea Twinkling H20.  I then used an overlay from the Shabby Chic prepack and a white resin piece from the Majesty Resin set.  I put a few glass beads in the pod, then glued it closed.  I used a 1" hole punch in the card, and glued the pod in from the back.  On the inside of the doors, I used some Oceanside Words and painted it with the Pink Azalea twinkling H20.



I was really pleased with the finished project!!  I enjoyed sharing this project with you! 

Have a great day!

Shelley Hamilton


 Products Used:

"Beautiful You" 6"x6" paper pad

Dots and Stripes Warm 6"x6" paper pad

Life as Art DC Shapes

SILKS Acrylic Glaze in Grapefruit

Twinkling H20 in Pink Azalea

Eye candy

Pods 3-pack #29617

Shabby Chic prepack #29613

Majesty Resin #29624

Paint It "Oceanside Words" Stickers


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Keepin' the Pink going!

Hi Ya'll, Lynn here to share a project with you. In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month I wanted to create a card with plenty of pinkness! Here's my card ...


 I layered some papers from the Loolah 6x6 Paper Pad after distressing the edges. I used a roller stamp dipped in gesso and rolled it over the background. I then painted a bird foam stamp with Silks Acrylic Glaze in Pink Grapefruit and stamped the image on another piece from the paper pad. To make the bird more interesting I inked up a background stamp with black permanent ink and stamped it on the bird. Once dry, I scraped modeling paste over the Iron Romance Existencil to cover part of the bird and added some glitter. I edged the bird with gesso and adhered it with foam tape. I placed a few Die Cut Shapes from the Loolah ATC Pack here and there and added a title. My final touch was some splatters of Acrylic Glaze in Pink Grapefriut.


Supplies Used:

 Keep checking the blog this week for more pink projects from the design team promoting Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

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World Card Day!

Hi this is Cheryl and i am excited to share my painted card with you today! 

Nowadays we rarely send cards to each other through the mail.  I love cards, receiving them, sending them and creating them.  They are little pieces of our art that are meant to cheer up or encourage someone whether it be a birthday, anniversary or a simple "thinking of you" card. 

I designed this card using some scraps of our papers along with the swiss dot paper from Bazzill and an array of our beautiful Luminarte twinking h20's.  Here is how i designed it.





  1. I cut my card using Bazzill swiss dot cardstock into the standard size and folded it in half. 
  2. Using my Accucut border dies I cut out a two butterflies {small and med} and two borders from our Paint it paper.
  3. Paint the med butterfly and both borders using Luminarte Petite autumn brilliance paints - let dry. 
  4. Cut the SW gold paper approx 4-1/4"x4" and adhere to top of card
  5. Cut a strip using scallop scissors from paint it paper and swiss dot bazzill paper
  6. Adhere the white scallop border along bottom of gold paper.
  7. Cut a small strip approx 1/8"x6" and weave into the border lace scallop and trim ends
  8. Add both strips that were painted as shown leaving room for the folded strip above scallop lace border.
  9. Cut a 1/4"x12" strip from SW Tea party pansy paper and fold along long edge glueing under white scallop and trimming off excess.
  10. Adhere small butterfly to med butterfly.
  11. Paint small rose using Luminarte Autumn Brilliance paints - let dry
  12. Adhere rose to center of butterfly and adhere butterfly to card.
  13. Stamp or print out sentiment and mount to scrap piece of painted scallop paper.

Thank you for dropping by!


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Pink it is!!!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.....

In recogintion of ALL who have overcome or
are overcoming a "life altering illness"
I say.........DREAM BIG!!!!


I began by creating my card base from Beach Cottage Paper.
I pulled out my Iron Romance ExiStencil
and lathered on some gesso.

When it was dry.....
I spritzed the card face with Sweet Whisper ~ Shimmering Mist.
I just love how the color settled in the crevices.


Of course, I had to tear up the edges of my card!!!

I pulled out a package of Devotion ~ Die Cuts and
found the perfect verbage for my card!!


The butterfies I used are from the same package of Die Cuts.
I just rubbed a little gesso on them to tone 'em
down so they would flow with my card!!


To finish of the card....
I spritzed a Color Me Crazy flower
with Sweet Whisper ~ Shimmering Mist.
I then painted on a bit of Persimmon ~ Shimmering Mist
to add depth to the flower.
A few accent flowers.....a loopy bow
and my card is complete!!! 

I may have used this quote before....
but it just speaks volumes!!! 

Hold fast to your dreams,
for it dreams die,
life is a broken winged bird
that cannot fly!!
Lanston Hughes 

Products used:
28007 ~ Beach Cottage Paper
27992 ~ Devotion Die Cuts 
29042 ~ Sweet Whisper ~ Luminarte Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist
26465 ~ Persimmon ~ Luminarte Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist
28591 ~ Iron Romance ~ ExiStencil


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