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ATC Week Continues ...

Hello and TGIF! Lynn here with a few ATC's to wrap up ATC week! My first ATC came together pretty quickly. The Loolah ATC Pack is loaded with hearts, flowers, and adorable Ladybugs to help decorate your ATC. I painted the Ladybugs with Luminarte Twinkling H2O's in Heavenly, splattered some white paint on the background to give it a mixed media flair!


 I then dotted the pink scallop strip with Viva Colour Pearl Pen by Creative Imaginations in Cream - I love the dimension the Pearl Pens add to a project!


Supplies Used: 


Viva Colour by Creative Imaginations:

  • Pearl Pen ~ Cream


For my second ATC I grabbed some some twigs from the woods in my backyard ... actually the twigs themselves sparked the idea for this ATC. I tore a piece of paper from the Life as Art ATC Pack and placed it on a real wood ATC. I scraped some white paint over the card. I used a background stamp over the painted ATC. I adhered a flower die-cut from Preposterous die-cut shapes and glued the twigs over flowers. Next I grabbed a birdie from the Assemblage die-cut shapes and tucked him in the twigs. I painted the flowers with Twinkling H2O's in Pink Azalea and then added a little white acrylic paint to tone it down.


My birdie needed a crown so I used a Paintable Resin crown and painted it with Solar Gold Twinks. I also splattered some Twinks from my brush onto the card. The clock is a transparency shape from the Preposterous collection.


Supplies Used:


 Thanks for stopping by and grab your ATC's and start creating!!!

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And a TREAT is exactly what these wonderful ATCs are.  I am a card carrying Halloween freak and each year create something for our home or as a gift for friends with the Halloween theme.  This year, my project was made fun and easy using combinations of items from three packs of ATCs  While I do not think that these were intended as Halloween themed, the hat, keys, gates etc. sure made thi banner come together.


I also used several of the rub ons from the Midnight Shadows Swatchpack to further enforce the Halloween theme.


To create the "blood" effect down the side of a couple of the pieces to the banner, I first mixed Luminarte's  Hot Cinnamon Primary Elements with the All-Purpose Clear Glaze Medium and applied this thickly to the sides.  When that had dried, I used Luminarte's Twinkling H20 in China Black and painted it on over some but not all of the Primary Element, leaving some of the undercolor howing through. 


These lovely little cards are a dream to paint on.  After I applied the run bon to the "B" , I used a small tipped paint brush and applied Coral Berry Primary Elements to the entwined flowers on the above piece.


I love how the background print on the ATC cards shows off the rub ons.


In addition to dribbling the "blood" down the sides of this piece, I dyed a white paper flower black with the China Black Twinkling H20s giving the flower just a bit of spooky sparkle.


The layering of the gates gave this end piece the perfect Gothic finish!

ATCs are not just for swapping any more! Love the versatility 

they offer...and don't forget, Halloween is just around the corner!


Creative Imaginations

29141 Life's Journey ATC pack

29144 Antique ATC pack

29145 Life as Art ATC pack

21784 Midnight Shadows Swatchpack



Twinkling H20s

29520 China Black

Primary Elements

Hot Cinnamon, Coral Berry and All Purpose Glaze Medium in Dragon's Dance 3 pack


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Oceanside ATC card

Good morning!  This is Alicia and I'm missing summer already.  I decided to play with the Oceanside ATC collection for this card. 

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I started with a piece of the birch real wood ATC paper and sprayed it with Luminarte's Radiant Rain Glimmering Mist (Ocean Mist).  After that dried, I then added the pretty Oceanside frame, placed some of the cute embellishments from the ATC packet, i.e. starfish, shells, and journaling blocks.   I also wanted to add a complimentary color to my card so I used the Oceanside paintable resin starfish and shells and inked them pink.  Finally, I frayed some of the Myah Road twine/ribbon and added that for extra dimension to my card.  I like how the ATC card turned out and it warms me up too!  :)

Supplies used:

 Oceanside ATC pack

Luminarte Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist {Ocean Wave}

Real Wood paper

Maya Road ribbon

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Joyful Heart ATC by Shelley Hamilton

Shelley, here with an ATC to honor the spirit of those women who have survived breast cancer.


I started with a card from our Life as Art ATC Pack.  I painted the card with Apple Blossom, Stargazer, and Rose Gold Twinkling H20s.  I used a heart and two butterfly stickers from the Beautiful You Sticker Sheet to decorate the card. 

I also used a die cut flower, a butterfly, and a frame from Beautiful You Die Cut Shapes. I used Twinkling H20s in Apple Blossom, Stargazer, and Pearl Red to paint these items.  I used a white opaque writer to accent these pieces after they had completely dried.

I used a pod from the Mixaparts system.  For the pod's background, i used a one inch circle punch on some light-colored paper, and painted it with the Apple Blossom Twinkling H20.  The "HOPE" overlay is from the Shabby Chic prepack.  I put a small pink eye candy and some pink glitter in the shaker.  To install the pod, I punched a 1" hold in the ATC, then glued the pod in from the back.  It was super-easy, and the outcome was pretty cool!

The little silver colored butterfly is a resin piece from the Majesty Resin pack.  Isn't it nifty?

The Joyful Spirit transparency is from the Preposterous Transparent Die Cut Shape pack.  I put some hot-pink trim behind it, and it really popped.  I used a couple of larger pink eye candy pieces here also.

I used a small heart doilly and a pink earring in the shape of a ribbon to help accentuate the card.

I thought the card came together nicely and felt pleased with the result!



 In CI's ATC packs, there are the above info cards included.  You fill one out, then glue it to the back of your ATC before trading!


That's it for today!  I hope you guys enjoyed my project!  Have a great day!



Products used:

Life as Art ATC Pack

Petite Twinkling H20 in Stargazer

Twinkling H20 in Rose Gold

Twinkling H20 in Apple Blossom

Beautiful You 5x12 Card Stock Sticker Sheet

Beautiful You Die Cut Shapes

Preposterous Transparent Die Cut Shapes

Mixaparts Pods - 3 Pack #29617

Mixaparts Shabby Chic prepack #29613

Majesty Resin #29624

Eye Candy in Light Rose - Small

Eye Candy in Light Rose - Large



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ATC with a twist!!

I may have said this before.......I LOVE making ATCs. 
You can cram sooooo much goodness into these little canvas'....

But as I'm not a part of an ATC Swap....
I began to ponder....what could I do to display
this litte creative wonder.

......put it on a canvas for a piece of wall art!!!
(just love it when a lightbulb comes on!!!)


I began with a Kraft Corrugated ATC.
I tore it diagionally to create 2 pieces
and distressed the edges.

Then I created a luscious goop using
Viva Colour Modeling Cream
and Primary Element Pigments.

I lathered the goop onto the torn ATC's.
When almost dry I dabbed a sponge into it to
add MORE texture. 

I then sprayed the halves with
Pewter Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist.


When they were all dry,
I gooped on some Mustard Green Twinking H20's.

I waited until the "super" hydrated Twink
started to coagulate (I wanted it thick and luscious!!)
Then I added gobbs onto the edges,
spritzed with Pewter Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist.
(just loved how it ran!!!)

I repeated this process on the edges of the canvas but 
I spritzed on Egyptian Gold Shimmering Mist this time.


The ATC itself was created using
IOD pieces parts from the Devotion Collection...
Painted and Splattered with 
lots of pretty Twinks!!!


I soooo hope you have enjoyed this piece
half as much as I did creating it!!

Hold fast to your dreams,
for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly. 
~ Langston Hughes

Products used:
IOD ~ Devotion
29142 ~ ATC's
29162 ~ ATC embellies
27992 ~ Devotion Die Cuts

29169 ~ Kraft Corrugated ATC

29181 ~ Loolah Resin

Primary Elements
 29532 ~ Majestic Blue ~ Costa Rica Collection
29533 ~ Stargazer ~ Fairy Tales Collection

Viva Colour ~ Modeling Cream ~ Pearl

Luminarte ~ Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist
26401 ~ Pewter
 26402 ~ Egyptian Gold

Twinkling H20's ~ Ultimate Kit
28410 ~ Ultimate Romance ~ Mustard Green



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Two ATC's Today!!!!!!

Hey Scrappers,  Happy Monday, Donna here with a couple of ATC's to start off your week.  

Both cards this time around feature the spunky "Loolah" ATC pack, and I've also added in a few other little pieces from other lines.

On this first one, I first adhered two Gallivant die cut shapes to the base, then tied a piece of lace around the bottom.  Next, I  layered the card with the flower and butterfly stickers (first bend the butterfly in half and then adhere one side of it with foam adhesive for added dimension).  

I lastly painted azalea Twinkling H20 on the "beloved", adhered it, and my ATC was done.
Supplies Used:
On this second ATC, I began by punching one corner of the pink ATC, and then adhered another, lighter ATC underneath it, leaving the lighter color showing through.  After layering several of the smaller "Loolah" die cuts on the left, I adhered them, then added buttons and stapled a piece of lace on the right.  The "friend" was created by painting the word with Kiwi Twinkling H20s and adhering two more "Loolah" die cuts.  

To finish, I lightly painted the crochet flower with Kiwi Twinkling H20, adhered it to the left, and outlined the card with a fine, black pen.
Supplies Used:
Have you made your Monday ATCs?

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A Nautical Road Trip Mini Mini!

Hey Scrappers, Donna here, sharing a mini, mini book project I created using Samantha Walker’s Nautical collection. 

One of the many things I love about Creative Imaginations' collections are that they contain everything needed to create a project with, whether that be a layout, a mini album or an altered item  – the papers, the chipboard (the chipboard buttons look so real!!!), the stickers and the die cuts.  They all work together beautifully and often there is no need to add any other product but maybe some ribbons if you are in the mood!  And that is just what I've done with this project - my Nautical mini, mini book.

The book base is plain chipboard and measures about 4” x 2-1/2”.  I covered some of the pages with patterned papers and a few pages, completely with photos.  I used Twinkling H20’s to paint the inside back and front covers as well as the edges of the book. The rest of the book is created completely with items from the Nautical collection, each page a sampling of paper, bits of chipboard, die cuts and stickers,  all working together beautifully, one layer at a time!




Here, I cut a circle die cut in half and layered it over a sticker on the right.




I adhered the remaining half of the circle die cut to its back side.




More fun layering of chipboard flowers, buttons and a die cut star fish!




 Again, layering of die cuts and chipboard pieces.







I painted my cardtock stickers here with PoppyTwinkling H20.



 After binding all pages with two, small rings, I tied two pieces of ribbon through the rings and my mini, mini  was done!  

Trying creating with a complete Creative Imaginations collection!  You'll be glad you did!


Products Used: Samantha Walker's Nautical Collection

 By the Sea DS Paper

Ocean Waves DS Paper

At The Beach DS Paper

Sea Stripe DS Paper

Nautical 5 x 12 Chipboard

Nautical 12 x 12 Stickers

Nautical Die cut Shapes

Luminarte, Twinking H20's, Petite, Poppy

Basics Cardtock Stickers, Script.

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The Beauty of Color....

In the BEAUTIFUL state of New Hampshire......the hills are becoming ALIVE with color. 
Every day......there is MORE and MORE COLOR!!

I become so inspired by this season, every year.
It never ceases to amaze me how one leaf can hold so much color.

Having said all that.....I created this wall hanging for my daughter
to share with her....the beauty of the year!
(she's in Texas)


I pulled out an Ultimate Kit of twinkling H20'S ~ Ulitmate Romance.

I hydrated the following colors:

Poppy Red
Mango Mamba
Mustard Green
Autumn Butternut 
Sweet Alfalfa

and let the coloring begin!!!

I cut Mini Tattered Leaves from
Hallow's Eve paper pad
Correspondence ~ Paint It paper
and a CI transparency....


I mixed the Twinkling H20's with gel medium as it won't
adhere to a transparency by itself....will flake right off (I know I tried!!)
I wish you could really see the beautiy of the transparent leaves.
I also colored the Paint It paper with the Twinkling H20's.
I spritzed the Hallow's Eve paper with
Egyptian Golden ~ Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist.


Did you notice the background???
I mixed the Twinkling H20's with Pearl ~ Modeling Cream
and used the Floral Stencil


I finished off the wall hanging by painting the frame
with Emperor's Gold ~ Silk Acrylic Glaze
and "words".
The perfect accents to this wall hanging!!


28379 ~ Floral Stencil

Luminarte Twinkling H20's
Ultimate Kit ~ 28410 ~ Ultimate Romance

Luminarte Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist
26402 ~ Egyptian Gold
26389 ~ Sunburst
29041 ~ Spanish Moss
29042 ~ Sweet Whisper

Luminarte ~ Silk Acrylic Glaze
SLK-104 ~ Emperor's Gold

PaintIt ~ 29581 ~ Coorespondence
29901 ~ Hallow's Eve Paper Pad
14003 ~ Transparency



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A simple page in less than 30 minutes!

Good morning!  This is Alicia, and I have really been short on time lately so I've been just scrapping a few minutes here and there lately.  I literally threw this page together before church on Sunday morning while I was waiting for my girls to get done in the bathroom.

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The first thing I did was to take the Tea Party Stripes DS paper and cut around the pretty scallops and placed it vertical on my page.  I then found these three photos of my daughter, two of which are silly, and one is serious.  I matted them and placed them horizontally on my page.  I really love Samantha Walker's pansies and sunflowers and decided to hand-cut several of them and place them around my strip of photos.  I also added a strip of the Tea Party Stripes paper under my photo strip.  At this point, my page needed a little something extra so I chose to use the beautiful back side of the Blue Pansies paper as my background, but to make the varying patterns stand out some, I added the gray piece of cardstock (10X10) under the first part of my page that I put together.  I added a title strip from the IOD Beloved collection for my title.  I added journaling and some Maya Road ribbon for extra color and my page came together before I went to church.   


A little lady closeup1

Being short on time, you can still create a very simple, but striking page, with these beautiful CI collections.


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Let your Imagination Fly ...

I'm in a mixed media frame of mind! (sung to the tune of Billy Joel's "New York state of Mind")! Luckily you can't hear me sing - cuz I can't!! So I'll stick with creating. I wanted to create a canvas combining Luminarte, CI Existencisl and some papers from the new CI signature ~ Assemblage collection. This collection is gorgeous and vintage and has my name written all over it - well, not literally - but I fits me to a tee!  Here's my completed canvas ...


I started with an 8x8 canvas which I collaged with papers from the 6x6 paper pad that coordinates with the Assemblage collection. I then added a small amount of white paint over the canvas which I applied with a brayer. I added some stamped images to create more detail. Next came the fun part! I grabbed my Nature Existencil and placed it over the entire canvas. I scraped modeling paste over the stencil with a palette knife. I peeled off the stencil and I think I actually squealed with delight!

I then dug through my Twinkling H20's stash and found a beautiful pink from the Think Pink Collection that match the papers perfectly! I painted over the stenciled roses with the Luminarte and it came to life - the Luminarte "puddled" around the edges of the roses which made them look shaded - I didn't plan on that it just happened! {insert another squeal here} ...


So, what next? The background is now pretty busy so anything small would look lost. How about a large-ish bird - I use birds quite often on my projects. I traced a bird from a fabric bird I had in my stash onto another paper from the 6x6 paper pad and inked the edges. I tore a piece of corrugated cardboard and added some gesso. I used some FABULOUS Petaloo Berry and Vine Sprays and made a branch for my bird to perch on. I nestled the bird inbetween the Petaloo sprays and popped him on the cardboard to add dimension. I placed my title on the bird and outlined around it with a doodling pen ...


For the final "layer" I spritzed the bird with Luminarte Shimmering Mist in Ice - my go to color (note to self ... need to order more!) I also added a light mist to the whole canvas to give it a beautiful shimmer!  

Supplies Used:

Creative Imaginations Luminarte:

Creative Imaginations Papers:

Creative Imaginations Existencils:


  • Creative Imaginations Viva Colour Modeling Paste {delivering sept 2012}
  • Gesso
  • Brown StazOn Ink
  • Petaloo Berry Spray - Brown, Petaloo Canterbury vine Spray - Green

Thanks for stooping by and stay tuned for more projects from the Design Team! have a great week!!

Lynn Kopas :) 

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Awkward Family is Us

When I saw this line of papers and embellishments, I knew someone had our family in mind.  The papers are lovely and versitile and exactly what I have been hunting for to scrap some of our more awkward and also sweet moments. 

When I was about four, my mother enrolled me in tap and ballet classes which continued for about ten years.  She was just certain that my awkwardness could be cured in this way.  Unfortunately, not only am I still a bit clumsy and awkward (or as my dear saintly husband calls me, "misfortunate") but it seems to have passed on to my twin grandsons. 

Poor little Colvin does seem to have an idea that a bucket makes for a lousy helmet.  This is one of those photos I am sure his mother will  drag out to show to the first girlfriend.




I cut the cirles out of a second sheet of the Awkwardness Runs in Our Family paper, cut sections in each and layered them for interest.  I really like how each of these papers come with a built in title which makes scrapping with them such a breeze!

These papers are lovely as well as funny.  I think the story behind this next layout is probably more humorous than the photo reveals.  Just as the picture was taken of my grand daughter and myself, I felt a dampness on my lap where I was holding her.  Yup! Diaper malfunction.  I put the journaling on a tag and slipped it  under the large accordian pleated flower.  Meanwhile, I was able to make an awkward event, sweet with the pretty papers.


To make the ribbon flowers and swirls in the upper left corner, I puddled some clear drying glue and, without cutting the ribbon, manipulated it into the flower shapes.


The borders on these pretty papers make the best photo frames!

Another of the  Creative Imaginations produs that has captured my heart are the magazine transparencies.  I used the "American Parent" one to pay a tribute to my daughter and her husband.  Not only do they both work full time but my son in law is also going to engineering school.  Yet, despite the fact they are a busy couple, their first priority remains the children, twins Landon and Colvin age 2 and Leighton, age ten months.  If anyone deserves to be on the cover of a parenting magazine, it is them.  I am sure there are many young parents like them...why not create your own tribute page? I paired the transparency with the Certified Awkward papers and added flowers as a corner embellishment.


I enhanced the colors of the flowers with Twinkling H20s in Moonbeams, Blue Ice and Raspberry Wine.


Products Used:

 Creative Imaginations

  Awkward Family Phortos papers and embellishments

 29244 Awkward Family papers

 29241 Feel the Love papers

 29242 Awkward Vacation paper

29259 Cringe 5x12 Cardstock

29249 Awkward Family 5x12 Cardstock

18075   American Parent Magazine Transparency


Twinkling H20s

29030 Moonbeams from the Holiday Sparkle 6 pack

29029 Raspberry Wine from the Autumn Brilliance 6 pack

26444 Blue Ice


Other Supplies:  ribbons and flowers



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Mixaparts by Shelley Hamilton

Hi, Shelley here, to share a few pods that I made for the Mixaparts necklace system!

The Mixaparts system allows you to make your own pod with whatever you want in it, and put it into the necklace shown above.  You can make as many pods as you like, then pop one pod out and another one in!



Here is a picture of the necklace without the pod in it.  You can see the magnetic closure device.



For this pod, I began a piece of canvas from the Canvas 3-pack---three pre-cut circles made out of canvas.  I painted it with Twinkling H20 in Teal Zircon.  The overlay is from the BEACH prepack.  Each prepack theme includes 4 21/2”x 4” papers, 1 transparency (each pack yields 16 paper circles & 4 transparency circles) & 6 flat back Swarovski crystals.  After using the shell transparency and crystal, I added a bit of beach sand and an actual tiny shell from the beach!  This is a fun way to remember a trip!



For this pod, I used a pre-punched paper, transparency, and crystal from the Sakura prepack.


For this pod, I used the bird paper from the RockStar prepack.  I also used a white resin piece from the Antique Resin pack.  I placed a Swarovski crystal on top of the resin.  The result was quite nice!


In this pod, I used the Edge prepack paper, a crystal, and the key resin from the Love Locket Resin pack.


For this pod, I simply used a 1" circle punch on a favorite photo.  This was so easy!


Here are a few more pods!




Besides necklaces, the pods can be used to embellish cards and books.  Just punch a 1" hole and push the pod through the hole from the bottom.  The make the cutest shakers!  In above pod, I used glass beads and a resin piece inside!

I hope you enjoyed this look at Mixaparts, where your art is a part!


Products Used: {visit your local store to purchase the Mixaparts products}

29616 Pod, Pendant, and Necklace Set 

29617 Pods 3 Pack

29619 Canvas 3 Pack

29624 Majesty Resin

29601 Love Locket Resin

29176 Antique Resin

29612 Sakura Prepack

29611 Rock Star Prepack

29602 Beach Prepack

29604 Edge Prepack

Petite Twinklint H20 Teal Zircon


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Altered Book for Senior Pics by Shelley Hamilton

Shelley here, and I wanted to share a little album I made with beautiful Creative Imaginations' paper!  I made this album for our good friends to house their daughter's senior pictures that my husband took for her!

On the cover, I used Nature's Song paper from the Song Birds Collection.  I doodled around the edges of the cover, and made a little collection of pretty metal embellishments and off-white trim in the corner.


The paper for this page is Passion from the Devotion Collection.  A few simple plastic flower brads and a little lace were perfect for this page!


This is Enchanted Varnish paper by Christine Adolph.  I rubbed a bit of brown ink on it to give it an antique look.


This is the Victorian Paper from the Devotion line.  To embellish, I used some metal corners, and some paper roses inked to look gold.



This page is papered with Flutter from Devotion.



I papered with Ragamuffins Paper.  It such a pretty hue of red!



On this page, I used the Wave Paper from the Devotion Collection.  With the photo edits, I just used a metal clip and a bit of ribbon.



This is Eden Paper from the Devotion Collection.  I embellished simply with some measuring tape trim and a metal buckle.



Ragamuffins Paper from Ragamuffins Collection by IOD.



Here is the back of the album!

Thanks for looking!!


Products Used:

Nature's Song Paper from Song Birds Collection by Debbie Mumm

Wave Paper from Devotion Collection by IOD

Victorian Paper from Devotion Collection by IOD

Eden Paper from Devotion Collection by IOD

Passion Paper from Devotion Collection by IOD

Ragamuffins Paper from Ragamuffins Collection by IOD

Enchanted Varnish Paper by Christine Adolph

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Sea Jewels Art Journal

Not too long ago, several of my friends jumped into the art journaling and regaled me with tales of wonder about the joy and fun they were having.  The very thought of creating an art journal sent me running for the hills.  Why I can't even draw a stick figure, I thought to myself, How could I possibly even consider an entire art journal?  But, inspired by the very talented Lynn Kopas who makes art journaling so user friendly, I tried my hand at an art journal.  Talk about instant addiction!



A friend had given me a 5x7 blank book the pages of which were of a high fiber content.  I found these, like watercolor papers and canvas papers, work best as the colors do not bleed through and the texture adds interest to the art work.  As I have long collected quotes, poems and chanties about the sea, I decided to turn this book into a place to collect these all with illustrations.


I spritzed several areas of the two pages first with Luminarte's Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist in teal zircon.  I allowed this color to dry and then spritzed on  Radiant Rain in Pearl Blue and in Fern.  I blotted these with a textured paper towel while they were still wet.  To blend the colors, I sprited a bit of each onto a sponge brush and applied these to any areas not covered with color and used my finger tips to blend.


On a craft mat, I made some piles of Twinkling H20s in Rain Forest and Solar Gold.  I allowed a couple of the piles of colors to blend.  I placed some bubble wrap over all the piles, let it sit a few seconds to adhere and then used the bubble wrap like a stamp to apply the colors to the bottom of the left side and the top of the right.



I created the "coral' branches by placing the branch stencil from the Existencils 12x12 Floral Stencil Kit where I wanted it, and "coloring" in with the Faber-Castell Gelato in Tangerine. After I removed the stencil,  I used a small tipped paint brush dipped into water to soften the coral branches.



Lastly, I stamped one of my many favorite sea quotes onto the right hand side page.  I can hardly wait to to do my next art journal entry.


Supplies Used


  28280 Floral 12x12 Stencil Kit

Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist

26408 Teal Zircon

26466 Fern

26409 Pearl Blue

Twinkling H20s

29037 Rainforest

26366 Solar Gold


770151 Color Gelatos  Tangerine in 4 count Yellow pack.


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Faux Copper embossed mini album using Existencils!

Did you know that you can emboss with our Existencils? Check out Liz Hicks episode this week of Everyday Creative on My Craft Channel where she takes a dollar store item and transforms it to a hand made mini album. Click here to see this weeks video. Liz also has a collection of products that she is giving away this week. The giveaway ends midnight on 9/17/2012 so make sure to check it out when you get a chance.

We love seeing the fun stuff artists and friends create with our products.


-The CI Team

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An Artful Journey by Lynn Kopas!

Hello bloggers, Lynn K. here to introduce an exciting new feature on the Creative Imaginations blog. Each month we will share an art journal project including ways to incorporate Creative Imaginations products along with mixed media products, stencils, stamps, all the fabulous Luminarte, and so much more!

Art Journaling can be anything you want it to be and the products available to create with are endless. It can be personal, whimsical, quirky, whatever you desire! The process is the best part as you learn how products work together, or don't work together! It's amazing to create a background by applying layer over layer and discovering the products you love to work with! You can start with a specific art journal or even an old book. Personally, I prefer a mixed media or watercolor journal as the paper is a heavier weight to handle all the wet media I use. However, any journal will do - if the paper is thin, just glue a few pages together for a stronger base page. Start with what you already have until you discover what works best for you - no rules!! Here's my final project - I had to stop adding stuff, I could add on all day!!

For my project I started with an 8.5 x 11 wirebound Sketchbook journal. I have discovered that a sketchbook journal has lighter weight paper so I doubled up on the pages before I started. My first layer was a collage of torn pieces of Perposterous Paper from the 6x6 paper pad. I applied the papers with multi-medium matte. I then scrapped on a light layer of gesso over the background to tone it down. I painted Luminarte Silks Acrylic Glaze in Pomegranite (a GORGEOUS color BTW!) around the edges of the journal page and over the torn edges to add color. I added background image stamps in script, splattered paint and dots ...


 All these layers add interest and detail. I wanted to add some "drips" and black worked well with my vintage image. So, I grabbed some Luminarte Acrylic Glaze in Black Ice and painted a splotch at the top left. I then misted the splotch with water and tilted the book up to allow for drippage! I love the result and the added bonus - the glaze adds a shimmer as well!! The drips were where I chose to anchor my quote as well ...

The key on the above image is a CI existencil. I scraped light modeling paste over the stencil and when dry rubbed more Pomegranite Acrylic Glaze over the key image.

I love going on the internet and searching for vintage images. There are so many sources for free printable images and I found this lovely Lady here. I chose her because the colors went well with my papers! I decided my lady needed an umbrella so I cut one from the Curiosity paper.


I added some Luminarte Twinkling H20's in Ice - my FAV color - to the flowers, umbrella and around the lace on the lady's dress. I then added Luminarte Viva Colour by CI Pearl Pen in Cream to the flower centers.


Then came the doodling ... this really adds definition wherever you want it! So there you have it! I hope this inspires you to give art journaling a go. There's no rules and definitely no mistakes! Looking forward to bringing you another fun project next month!!


Supplies Used:

IOD Preposterous Collection:



Viva Colour by Creative Imaginations:

  • Viva Colour by CI Pearl Pen - Cream

Other Products:

  • Modeling Paste
  • Gesso
  • Background Stamps
  • Black Archival Ink
  • Black doodling pen

 Thanks for stopping by and we hope this inspires you to grab a journal or old book and start experimenting and creating and getting messy (that's the best part)!! Warning - it is addicting but oh so much FUN!!

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A little ditty.......

Howdy Peeps......I have a little ditty for you today!!
my "Sweet Memories" ATC

Tis the season for warmer temps, flowers in bloom
and time spent outside!!

I created this ATC just to celebrate
this season......a time when "Sweet Memories" are made!

PS......Watch out this little canvases can become quite addicting!!
They are perfect for layering, coloring and fabrics!! 

Products Used:
Radiant Rain Shimmering Mists
26389 ~ Sunburst 
26465 ~ Persimmon
29042 ~ Sweet Whisper
29525 ~ Elderberry

29157 ~ Antique Words

29144 ~ ATC Antique
29168 ~ ATC White 


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Thankful Heart Altered Album by Shelley Hamilton

Hi everyone!  Shelley here with an altered album with Renae Lindgren's Thankful Heart fall collection!



First, I began with a chipboard book(this one is by Heart of Texas Studio).  I papered this page with Thankful Heart from the same collection.  I love this paper!  It looks like a quilt with hearts in many of the squares.  Adorable!  I cut an oval in the front of the album to provide a place for the photo to show through.  I used CI's Eye Candy all the way around the picture--with the high quality of these bling pieces, it fashions a nice watch with a diamond bezel!  I used various colors of Maya Road twine over the dotted/dashed lines on the paper.

The title, "Days of Autumn" is from the sticker sheet, and once again, I matted it on white cardstock, then glued it to the top of the album.  I used a few canvas leaves that I painted with Luminarte Twinkling H2Os to embellish around the oval mat.

The chipboard pumpkin is by Maya Road.  I painted this with Luminarte Twinkling H2O in Orange Peel.  I actually let it dry, and then put on an additional application a few times.  Again, I let it dry, then I smeared Viva's Glass Effect Gel in Carmine all over it.  I then painted over it a couple more times with the Orange Peel.  With this type of application, I got a nice heavy texture with lovely shine!  I used Guatamalan H2O for the stem.  I let the pumpkin TOTALLY dry.  Then, I used Viva Pearl Pens in Kiwi, Sunny Yellow, and Carmine to make the dots on the pumpkin.  I then tied a small piece of May Arts ribbon through the hole in the stem of the pumpkin, and pop-dotted it to the front of the book.


Here is a close-up of the pumpkin.



On this page, I used the Family Tree paper, and a sticker from the sticker sheet to embellish.  I also some little wooden buttons, twine, and some little die cut butterflies that I painted with Luminarte H20s!



On this page, I used a couple of different patterns from the Thankful Heart paper line-Family Tree and Fall Leaves.  I also used the cute "Together" sticker from the sticker sheet from this collection.  I used more twine and some ribbon on this page for embellishment.  I painted the leaf with Luminarte Twinkling H2O in Sunburst.  After it dried, I rubbed Viva Pearl Pen in Sunny Yellow all over the leaf--thickly!  I then used Viva Glass Effect Gel in Carmine for the berries.



On this page, I used the Fall Feast paper.  I also used a frame from Life's Journey Die Cut package, and two from Life as Art Die Cut package, and painted them with Luminarte H20s!


Here is another page from the album.  On this page, I used another pretty sheet of paper from the Thankful Heart line.  I matted the photo, then embellished simply with ribbon and a sticker from the sticker sheet.  The chipboard leaf is by Maya Road, and I sprayed it with Luminarte Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist in Autumn Leaf.



On the back of the album, I used the Fall Leaves paper.  I also used a Mixaparts pod filled with glass beads and a key resin shape!

I hope you enjoyed looking at this album!  I've enjoyed sharing it with you!

Products Used:

Fall Leaves paper from Thankful Heart Collection

Family Tree paper from Thankful Heart Collection

Fall Feast paper from Thankful Heart Collection

Thankful Heart paper from Thankful Heart Collection

Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist Luminarte in Autumn Leaf

Life's Journey Resin Shapes

Petite Twinkling H20 in Sunburst

Life's Journey DC Shapes

Life as Art DC Shapes


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Creative uses for Existencil stencils

We want to thank Faber Castell and all the people who commented on our blog hop last week! We hope that you were inspired by all the wonderful projects and tutorials that our teams posted.   Our are excited to announce our winner ~  Lisa "Wow what great artwork and wonderful blogs! Thanks for the amazing art by extremely talented artists! I will definitely be shopping tomorrow to get some new mixed media product paints and some canvas."  

Lisa please email us your address at so we can get your prize package out to you!


Today we are featuring a wonderful post by designer, Liz Hicks!  When crafty artist Liz Hicks sent us these images we were excited to see some fun uses for our Existencil stencils.  Read on and click on the link below for a chance to win a prize!



This rose comes from our Floral Stencil kit. Our stencils work wonderful with our artistic mediums but can always be taken a step further. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination with these useful tools. Check out here how Liz shares on her web series with My Craft Channel. Make sure to click through to the link to her video and learn how much fun using our stencils can be with creative mediums.  Be sure to check back next week for another project and a giveaway!
-The CI team

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Summertime - oh how I love Thee!!!!

Hello bloggers, Lynn K. here to share a quick card I created using IOD's Beach Cottage products and some twinks! Summertime here in New England is so short that we all savor every minute. Creating summer-themed projects always makes me happy and then I can revisit them in the dreary winter months! This card came together so easily with this collection, a bit of ribbon and some other bits and pieces. Here's my card ...


I used twinkling h20's on the large star which adds a gorgeous shimmer ...

The ATC Paintable Resin's are great for smaller projects. I painted the seashell with Radiant Rain Nutmeg and when wiped some off for a worn shell look ..


Supplies Used:

Beach Cottage Collection:

Signature Collection Cardstock Foundations:

  • #26927

Luminarte Twinkling H20's:

Luminarte Radiant Rain Dabbers:

  • #26438 Nutmeg

ATC Paintable Resin:

  • #29175 Oceanside

May Arts Ribbon

 Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you soon with more summery projects!

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