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Down by the Sea ...

Summer is here in New England and we are LOVIN' it!! The hot, humid weather has inspired me to create a beachy canvas project. My initial idea for the canvas and the end result were entirely different ... but that's one of the advantages of mixed media - it's so easy to change it up ... just add more layers on top and you'll never know of the underlying goof-ups! I'll admit - I had to walk away after my project went down an ugly path, but I came back refreshed and am happy with the end result.

I used the GORGEOUS collection by IOD called "Beach Cottage" for my canvas. This collection is a must have - the color palette is beautiful and the embellishments are so fun to work with! I started with an 8x8 canvas and covered it with paper from the collection. I added plain white tissue paper with gel medium to give it some texture. I then added some fun mesh ribbon from May Arts for a net-like appearance. From there, I built layers with die-cut shapes from the collection and added more texture with various mixed media products ...

I added some glass beads and glitter over the mesh for some bling - cuz a mermaid's gotta have some bling in her life! I splattered some Silks Acrylic Glaze in Emperor's Gold here and there as well for more sparkle ...

 I added some flowers and a few vine sprays ...


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Thanks for stopping by and stayed tuned for more inspiration form the Design Team!

Lynn :)

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Tea For Two

Hello all...Nicole here today to share a quick layout I made using the super cute, super new "Tea Party" collection from Samantha Walker and to prove you don't need any tea party photos to use it!


In fact the colors and patterns really lend themselves well to so many different this special hug I got from my favorite nephew!  I added some blingy eye candy to the die cut butterflies for a little interest, and cut a little doily in half and attached it to the lower right side of the page for some balance.  Then a little white ink faux stitched border and Bam!  Instantly Adorable!


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Chunky ATC's

This is my third and final Guest Design team post.......and I chose to create two VERY different Chunky ATC's. I have ALWAYS wanted to make one, so a friend of mine was sooo kind as to cut up a 2 x 4 for me.....hehehe now I have LOTS of blanks!

For my first ATC, I used papers and embellies from the IOD~ Preposterous LOVE IT!
I began by covering the white painted Chunky with the back side of the paper...


I created the entire Chunky ATC around the
Preposterous ~ Chipboard Sticker
isn't the little girl....just ADORABLE!!

I chose several other
Preposterous ~ Diecut shapes
to embelish my creation.

I adhered the
Preposterous ~ Tranparent Diecut Shape
to a piece of
Preposterous ~ Naivete
the perfect banner for my ATC

For an accent I colored a paper flower with
Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist ~ Butternut and
Twinkling H2O's

For my second CHUNKY ATC I put my Mixed Media hat on!


I adhered Tissuestock with gel medium,
added a layer of gesso
and let the spritzing begin with
LOTS of Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist!


I spritz various puddles of Radaint Rain ~ Shimmering Mists on my craft mat,
pulled out a paint brush
and created my striped ballon!
And finished it off the word BLISS from the
Antique Words!

I would like to thank the folks at Creative Imaginations
and Cheryl Mezzetti
for allowing my create with

I truly hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have!
again......if you have any questions
PLEASE ask!!


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Birds of a Feather!

Hey there, Tanisha here to share a couple of projects that I created with Debbie Mumm's gorgeous Song Birds Collection. This is one of those lines that I fall more and more in love with every time I look at it. It's filled with adorable little treasures like the tiny peach flowers in the die cut pack to the clever little phrases that inspired the title for my layout.

I started my layout by layering patterned papers, cardstock, and a border punched strip of wood to create the background. I lightly spritzed the lightest part of the background with Luminarte Butternut Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist.


Since this line has a lot of nature elements, I added flowers, a spray, and jute to add to textural interest.


I used a paint brush and Luminarte Butternut Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist to paint the chipboard photo corners.


I used the design of the layout and some of the same elelements to create a frame.

Here are some close-ups of the details.



Products used:

Debbie Mumm Song Birds

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Love them.....ATC'S!!

Lynne Forsythe here with another Guest Design Team post using more Creative Imaginations and LuminArte gooodness!!

It's been quite a while since I have put my hands to creating ATC's.
OMW....can I just say I am having WAY TOO MUCH fun creating these little ditties!!


Such a small canvas to pack loads of creative goodness on!!

My first ATC was created using a
Wood ATC


I spritzed it with Radiant Rain Shimmering Mists
I stamped on it.
I painted on some Twinking H2O's

I created a flower using
Paint It! ~ Jardin

For my second ATC...


I used the
Antique ATC Pack
along with
Paint It! ~ Nostalgia Shapes
Paint It! ~ Antique Words
and lots of
Radiant Rain ~ Shimmering Mists

My last ATC...


I used
Black Corrugated ATC
Antique ATC Pack
Paint It! ~ Nostaligic Parts
Paint It! ~ Jardin
Paint It! ~ Antique Words
LOTS of Radiant Rain Shimmering Mists!!

Have you made any ATC'S lately??
I encourage you to do so....they can become

THANK YOU for stopping by.....
if you have any questions....feel free to ask!!


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Guest Designer ~ Lynne Forsythe

Hi Everybody.....My name is Lynne Forsythe and I hail from the small but BEAUTIFUL state of NH! I have been creative all my life but was introduced to the paper crafting industry about 5 years ago. I began making scrapbook pages then progressed to card making and now have emersed myself in the Mixed Media genre. I work for my LSS along with teaching classes at various stores and events. It's an honor and a priveledge to get to share my creations with you this week!!

When creating, I love to alter what ever medium I am working with, paper, fabric, ribbon/lace.....with COLOR. I think that is why I absolutely fell in love the LuminArte line of products which sooo compliment the rest of the Creative Imaginations offerings!

For my first project I chose to make a card.


I began by spritzing the canvas card with a mixture of Radiant Rain Shimmering Mists.
Spanish Moss

I then pulled out a couple papers from the IOD ~ Preposterous line


I diecut a flower from the papers, when finished I misted it with
Butternut ~ Radiant Rain

I created the leaves for my flower from one of the
Black ATC's


Do you see the YUMMMIE shimmery green on the leaves???
I acheived that look by mixing up a batch of Primary Elements
Costa Rica ~ Olive Green

I finished off the card with
Antique Words


Once I began playing with the Primary Elements....I wanted to try more things!!
So I pulled out a
Black ATC
and let the creative process flow!

Now, before I go any further....
The concoction that I used was
Primary Element Colors and
Glaze Medium.


This time I added Primary Elements
to the mix!

I painted it on a paper flower,
Mixed it with Olive Green,
I dipped a canvas flower into a watered down version,
Painted with the watered down version on the
Paint It! ~ Umbrella
Dipped paper in it
Tried stamping with it
(would have work had it not been a fluted surface)
still loved the result.


Finished up with leaves cut from a piece of
Kraft ATC
and painted with the Primary Elements ~ Olive Green.

I hope you have enjoyed my creative adventure!
If you have any questions.....feel free to ask!!


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Same Product 3 Ways: Shelley Hamilton

Hi guys, Shelley, here!  I made this fun little hanging with the Song Birds line. 


I covered the chipboard bird with paper from the 6"x6" Song Bird pad.  I used leaf and vine diecuts from the Song Birds line.  I made the flowers by diecutting banana leaf paper, stamping them, then finishing them off with glass beads.


The banana leaf paper gives such an interesting texture for the flower petals.  This beautiful green color really brightens up the project!


On this page, I used the Debbie Mumm Songbirds diecuts with Sunburst Luminarte H20's on the yellow butterflies and Mediterrannean Luminarte H20's on the blue one.  The Luminarte makes them sparkle!  I also used Silks paints in Solar Gold on the small flower, and Sky Blue Silks on the little dots on the blue butterfly.  To finish out this "Peaceful" project, I used Swarovski eye candy crystals in several different colors. Thanks for letting me share this project with you!  


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Oceanside 6X6 paper pack

Hi, this is Alicia!  Do you immediately think that the 6X6 paper packages are only for cards...or ATC's....or smaller projects?  That simply is not the case as you can see from this 12X12 scrapbook page that I created with the Oceanside 6X6 paper pack.  It is amazing how far those little 6X6 papers can go on even a 12X12 page. 

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I cut out some 5 X 5 circles.  I also cut out some scalloped circles.  I even cut out the cute little shells, starfish and butterflies for my embellishments.  The 6X6 pages also make great borders which I created for the top of my page and for the 3 sides of my photo.  Look how easy the 6X6 pages are for using on your die-cut machine too?  I cut out these tropical leaves.

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Lastly, I needed a title for my page and as I started going through the 6X6 Oceanside pad, I saw the cover of the pad and decided to use the Oceanside as part of my title.   Ingenius how the entire collection works together, really.   Don't be afraid to grab some 6X6 pads for all your crafting needs.  They really are quite useful!


Oceanside 6X6 pad

Real wood paper

Petite Twinkling H20 Chestnut brown

Maya Road ribbon


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Same Product 3 Ways!

Hi Everyone...Nicole here back with the next installment of our "3-ways" series!  This month, I want to focus on one of my favorite new C.I. products...the 6"x6" paper pads!  Now of course everyone knows they the perfect sized sheets of paper for making wonderful cards, but I got to thinking...what else does the size inspire?

So I rounded up a couple of your favorite DT members, Shelly Hamilton and Alicia Geiss and asked them to show you what the pads inspired them to create, along with a handfull of other C.I. goodies including the new Silks paints:



And so it finally happened...I've been bitten pretty hard by the mixed media bug! So with the addition of all kinds of new mixed media goodies to it's catalog, Creative Imaginations makes it so easy to indulge in my latest obsession with canvas...and these little 6"X6" paper pads are no exception!  They're just the right size for cutting and tearing into all kinds of strips and shapes, making collage art a breeze.

So in that spirit, I tore strips from the Christine Adolph BOHO collection pad and collaged them into flower petals, then arranged them around a circle to for the flower in the lower left corner.


I used a stencil and some modeling paste to create the butterfly, then stuck a few of the eye candy crystals into the paste while it was still wet, so it acts like a glue.  The rest is messy fun with paints, rub ons, stamps, and of course, word stickers:


So much fun!  Stay check back in a day or two to see what the other DT members did with their're sure to be inspired!

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Cards by Alice

Hello, it's Alice and I'm here to share 3 cards with you today!

For my first card I used Debbie Mumm's, Song Bird collection.  I really enjoyed making this card!  This collection has beautiful neutral colors and has a nautre theme.  Perfect for anything, right?




Debbie Mumm Diecuts

Debbie Mumm 6x6 Pad


Have you seen or used the NEW IOD Ragamuffin?  It's the perfect blend of vintage and soft colors.

I didn't put a sentiment on this card because it was so pretty without it so you can use this for any occasstion.

Supplies 6a00d83495455153ef0168e5d12ef4970c-400wi

IOD Ragamuffine collection


This is Terri Martin's Graducation line, but I ended up using it as a congratulaitons card for just about anything.


This looks like it could work for a wedding card, right?  It's perfect for any congradulating moment.




Graduation Foil Paper


Graduation Paper


Thanks for visiting, have a great day!



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Highlight feature- Swirlydoos Kit Company!

We are excited to introduce you to a unique Kit company, Swirlydoos!   This month they have featured our Artist Trading Cards {ATC} in their kit!  We were drooling over the finished projects by their team!  Be sure to drop by their website to sign up for their kits - one thing i am sure of - you won't be disappointed!


A bit about Swirlydoos......

Swirlydoos coordinated scrapbook kits are comprised of elegant papers and products that help our members create beautiful pieces of art both in their scrapbooks, and altered art projects. Swirlydoos tries to include only the newest and most innovative products on the market, as well as showcasing handmade and non-traditional products that we find within the crafting community. We encourage new growth in our members by offering monthly challenges on our forums and offering both photo and video tutorials which help them to learn new tips, tricks and techniques. We also offer a monthly technique or project kit to help further our members in their artistic ability. In addition, we offer various coordinating add ons for those ladies who can never have too many scrappy goodies!

Some of their Designs using the new Artist Trading Cards {ATC}



Above created by DT member, Tiffany Morgan

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Above creations by DT member, Lynne Forsythe



Above creations by DT member, Rachel Moses!

Be sure to pop on over to the Swirlydoos site see what sets them apart from other scrapping communities on the net!  And enter to win a beautiful prize package of our LuminArte products! {sampling shown below}!  Our beautiful LuminArte is perfect compliment for our Artist Trading Cards! 


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Guest Designer Yvonne Blair

Hi...It's me Yvonne again!  I am so happy to be back for a little more CI fun!!!   Here is a layout I did using Creative Imagine's Beach Cottage line.  

CI layout

I used the Beach Cottage 6 x 6 pad to create the layout and card.  Sometimes when creating I like the way something turns out so much that I use the same design from a layout to create a card.  We always have scraps, wink.  What better way to put them to use, right?  For the layout I cut 3 x 3 squares, inked up the edges and adhered them down to the cardstock foundation.  For the matting, I just used a whole 6 x 6 piece and then attached the photo.  I  absolutely love this paper.  The colors are perfect for fun in the sun pictures!  Here is a little close up so you can see some of the details.  

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As you can see below, the card is very reminisent of the layout.  It was so quick and easy to make with the scraps left over from the layout.  Now I have a card ready to go!  Hope you enjoy!  Hope to be back in the future on the Creative Imagination blog!  I have really enjoyed being able to share some fun here!  If you would like to visit my blog click here.  TTFN.

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Supplies used:

Creative Imaginations Beach Cottage 6 x 6 pad from Iron Orchid.

cardstock, twine, stamp, bling, 3D foam and ink.  

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