Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Creative Impressions Poinsettia Tags and Card

I was recently visiting the Creative Impressions warehouse and saw Janet, our creative owner, putting together some darling "poinsettias" using her Felt Blossoms, Leaves and some Yellow Thin Twine,  attaching them to some invoices going out to her customers. I quickly told Janet that was one of the cutest ideas I had seen recently and that I wanted to share her wonderful idea with all of you!  I went home and created lots more to put on tags.  Janet's were created using her Heritage Burgundy Felt Blossoms, but I decided to experiment with some white poinsettias and some Sheer Blossoms as well.  Here are the results:


Aren't they cute?  They were super fast and easy to create - just thread some Yellow Thin Twine through the hole of our smallest (and NEW) Yellow Buttons,  down the opposite button hole,  then thread both ends of the twine through the hole in the Red or White Blossom (then through a second blossom if using two), through the Felt or Sheer Leaf, and tie a knot on the opposite site of the leaf . Finally make a bow with the twine at the back.

Here is a photo of a variety of Blossoms and Leaves that, when mixed and matched, will give you a wonderful variety of poinsettia colors and textures:




To create a poinsettia tag, if using the same color twine for the tag, thread ends through hole in tag.  Otherwise, attach another color such as green or red to the tag and adhere poinsettia over the tag hole.



Need a quick, easy and fun Christmas card?  It's not too late as these cards are a "snap" to make!  All you need is some pretty paper, a scrap of white card stock, two poinsettias and some "Merry and Bright" Printed Twill Ribbon!


And there you have it!  I am set for tags now!  Give them a try - it's not too late to create lots before Christmas!

Susan

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A Creative Impressions Christmas - Part II


More ideas for making your Christmas gifts pretty and unique using Creative Impressions embellishments!  Check out today's blog post.....

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Creative Impressions and Artsy Stamps and Papercrafts Store

Hello Everyone:

Today I would love to post about one of the wonderful stores here in Colorado that carries a fabulous selection of Creative Impressions Ribbons and Embellishments - Artsy Stamps and Paper Crafts! Artsy is located in Loveland, Colorado and carries a wide range of stamps, dies, inks, embellishments and papers.  It is one of my favorite local stores!


Patsy Kral is the owner of Artsy.  She started carrying Creative Impressions products last year and has added more Creative Impressions embellishments and ribbons as, according to Patsy, they have been "Wonderful sellers".


Patsy has laid out CI products in such a fabulous way.  Our Twill Expressions, Felt Shapes and Shaped Paper Fasteners are located within different "themed" areas.  Here are our Twills and Embellishments in the "Western/Southwest" themed area.



Creative Impressions has it's own area in the store as well.  Patsy has many ribbons and embellishments displayed with some sample cards that were made by yours truly:



All Creative Impressions' many colors of Crepe Ribbons are also displayed together:  You will also find a huge assortment of Gingham Ribbons.


The Leafy Vine and Double Dot Ribbons have also been big sellers.  Recently added were Creative Impressions Velvet Shimmer Ribbons.  Can you see the shimmer in them in this photo!  Gorgeous!


Finally, Patsy was one of the first Creative Impressions customers to add our new entire color collection of buttons!  Aren't they beautiful?  The colors are amazing.  I have found they go with absolutely everything I create!  This is just a sampling of the 20 fabulous colors!


I hope that you will stop and visit Artsy Stamps and Paper Crafts if you find yourself in the Loveland area of Colorado.  Patsy will help you find anything you need from her large inventory.  I'm sure she wouldn't mind shipping either!

Susan




Tuesday, November 14, 2017

"Thank Heavens for Little Girls!" (and Creative Impressions Buttons!)


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

"Thank Heavens for Little Girls!" (and Creative Impressions Buttons)

Hi Everyone!  Susan here for Creative Impressions!

My husband and I have lots of little girls in the family and more are on their way!  One niece had a baby in July, another is due in three weeks and one is due in March of 2018!  Two neighbors are also having girls!  As you can imagine, I needed LOTS of baby girl cards. It was fun to finally sit down and create with some pretty cards using mostly Bo Bunny paper and fabulous Creative Impressions Embellishments, especially the new Buttons!


I have incorporated buttons into all the cards.  It was so easy as Creative Impressions has such a wide variety of fabulous button colors.  All I had to do was find a color to coordinate with my paper!  For this first card, I chose a large light pink button and two of the smallest Dark Umber Brown buttons.

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I also used some Creative Impressions 1/2" Dot Pink with Cream Ribbon, layering  a 1/4" Single Stitched ribbon on top of the wider piece.  I then cut a piece of the "Cute as a Button" Twill Expressions and adhered it in the center of the previous layered ribbon.  Two small Dark Umber Brown Buttons were added on either side of the Twill.

I have had the darling little girl stamp for quite a while.  I wanted to see what it would look like to replace the balloon she was holding with a button - cuteness overload!  Love it!  One card finished!

Next I used some Bo Bunny patterned paper I had in my stash and again matched buttons to go with the paper.  For this card I stamped the baby's image in the center of a cut-out panel.  I colored the image with pencils and adhered the panel onto a piece of darker paper, then to a pink panel and finally white card stock.  Creative Impressions Soft Pink Mini Rick Rack looks so cute on the side edge of the card along with three Brown Buttons with bows made from CI Soft Pink/White Baker's Twine.  I like to make bows showing from the back of the buttons so that you can see the pretty colors of the buttons better.
I adhered a piece of "Cute As A Button" twill onto the paper panel and finally created a small bow from the Mini Rick Rack and adhered another Dark Umber Brown Button with a thin jute bow on the top.


I used the same stamped image on another paper panel from the same collection, colored it with pencils, added a piece of the Cute As a Button" Twill diagonally along the top and then a Mini Pink Button was placed at the bottom as the center of a flower.



Finally, I stamped a wonderful baby sentiment inside one last paper panel as well as a bear image on a scrap piece of white card stock.  This was super simple to make as I made some bows from Creative Impressions 1/8" Organdy Cream Ribbon with the loops to the back of the buttons and adhered the buttons to the "Roses" in the paper to act as flower centers.  I cut out the stamped bear and added it to the panel using foam tape.  Finally, I glued a Small Pink Button to the center of the bear.


I hope you like these sweet Baby Girl cards and make some of your own.  Even though the paper itself is pretty, these cards really come to life with some Creative Impressions Embellishments, especially those wonderful Buttons!

Susan

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

I just LOVE you!!


Hop over to Cheryl's Paper Artz for a quick blog post on using these fun LOVE felt die cut shapes from Creative Impressions.  Christmas, Valentine's Day, anytime you want to say

I just LOVE you!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

F a l l i n g L e a v e s . . . . . .




Does cooler weather put you in the mood for creating with fall color and embellishments?  Click here for a tutorial on making pretty fall cards with napkins.  

Thursday, September 28, 2017

One Design - Six Different Cards


Creative Impressions embellishments really dressed up some paper scraps to create six different cards using the same layout.  Click here to see details and for ideas for a really productive play day!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Bring on the Bling!


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Bring on the Bling!

It's a rainy, gray day today and I need some light, so Bring on the Bling!

Two of my favorite products are Graphic 45 papers and Creative Impressions Embellishments!  I love purple and other jewel tones, so I automatically loved the Midnight Madness collection!  I thought I was making some fun cards, however, it wasn't until I added some Bling from Creative Impressions that my cards came alive!  Here they are:




The first card, a birthday card, started out like this:


It's still a nice card, but after some adding some Creative Impressions bling, it turned into this:




I started off by wrapping some 1 1/2" Teal Blue Crepe Ribbon around the card panel.  I then added some Orange Velvet Shimmer Ribbon over the top in the center - so far, so good!  I had previously cut out one of the beautiful ladies, so now I adhered her over and below one of the paper panels and slightly over the ribbon as well.  She still wasn't "blinged out" enough, so I added more CI embellishments.


I poked three small holes through the paper next to the lady and added three Magenta Mini Metallic Rounds (brads).  Bright Orange Flower Bling was then added over the orange flowers in the paper as well as a flower created with a Magenta Heritage Blossom and an Iridescent Tropical Yellow Blossom.  A Teal Mini Round was used to attach the Blossoms together.  Unfortunately I didn't get a close-up of the White pearls that adorn the centers of some of the small flowers in the paper.


Of course the word "Beautiful" is from the gorgeous Midnight Madness paper, but I wanted the card to be a Birthday card, so I computer generated the words "Happy" and Birthday and added them above and below the world "Beautiful".

I t think this second card will be a wedding card.  Here is the "before" picture:


Again, it is a lovely card.  However, here is it with some Creative Impressions Bling:


This time I used the gorgeous Orange 3/4" Crepe ribbon.  Doesn't it add a ton to this card?    As you can see I tied a bow to the right edge of the center panel and finished it off with a purple Bright Circle Bling.  I again added those fabulous Bright Orange Flower Bling to the center of the flowers (I cut out and added a third flower to the bottom of the card).  White Pearls were also added and the whole thing was finished off with some Purple Flower Bling in the man's robe.



Finally, the last card is actually a Pocket Gift card that opens to reveal a gift card and a sentiment.  Here is the front of the pocket card:


Again, this paper is gorgeous by itself.  However, the addition of Creative Impressions Blossoms and a Glimmer Round to create the flower really make this piece pop!

I hope you have enjoyed these cards and will give these a try yourself!  Not hard with Creative Impressions products!

Susan

Friday, September 22, 2017

Happy Fall Y'All!

Sorry, I couldn't resist using a Texan's term for "You All" for my latest Creative Impressions blog entry! I love it!

I have been playing with paper scraps and Creative Impressions embellishments and came up with 4 more cards (check out Creative Impressions Facebook page for other cards) that I would like to share with you today on the first day of Fall:



 I really love Creative Impressions Fall Leaf brads (Oak and Maple leaves) and couldn't wait to create some cards with them.  I had multiple scraps leftover from Graphic 45's Time to Flourish collection as well as some Paper Studio Autumn paper, so I laid out what I had and hoped inspiration would come!  I am pretty happy with the results!

I created some similar cards this past February for a Valentine's theme using Creative Impressions embellishments and decided to use the same format more or less for my Autumn theme.  Here are some of the individual cards:


I had some pretty odd shaped scraps, but I think they all ended up working well together.  This card was made entirely from the G45 Time to Flourish paper.  I wish I had taken a "before" photo, but I'm sure you can imagine what this card looked like before I added the wonderful Maple leaf brads and Dark Brown Baker's Twine.  I think it stands out much better after the addition of the brads, don't you?

Here is another card using a combination of G45 and Paper Studio papers, but this time I used the Oak Leaf brads.



Finally, here are two more cards with a Paper Studio autumn paper in the background and small G45 panels in the front:



I stamped an elk image (Art Impressions) onto two G45 panels, adhered them to a brown panel, wrapped CI Light Brown Baker's Twine around two edges and added 3 Oak Leaf brads to finish the card.


For this card I again used two G45 paper panel and added both some Oak Leaf and Maple Leaf brads to each panel.  I also added some Creative Impressions Baker's Twine on two sides of the card as well as a leaf from the Fall Leaves Felt Assortment with an Oak leaf over the top.

I hope you will stop and take a look at the papers in your scrap bin and have fun creating some new cards or Mixed Media project.  Don't forget to look through your stash of Creative Impressions embellishments to add a cool touch and make those cards "pop"!

Susan

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Playing with Creative Impressions Cork Paper


August 16, 2017

Playing with Creative Impressions Cork Paper!

Hello everyone!  Have any of you tried using Creative Impressions Cork Paper with your cards or mixed media projects?  I decided to do this recently and thought I would share the results with you!

First, I decided to stamp directly onto the cork paper.  I wasn't at all sure how the image would turn out, but I was quite happy with the results.  I used Ranger black archival ink and B-Line Design's Buffalo Bill Cody stamp.



I was pretty happy with this result, so I decided to experiment with a few other images and incorporate them into cards.  The red twill is Creative Impressions 1/2" Red Blank Twill and the hearts are their Antique Copper Country Heart paper fasteners.




I stamped Annie Oakley onto the cork paper.  The detail showed up really well!  I carefully tore around the edges of the image and adhered to multiple card stock and patterned paper panels.  To really make the card stand out, I used Creative Impressions Natural Thin Twine wrapped around the first panel, an Antique Copper Primitive Star brad and a piece of the Happy Trails Twill to finish it up!

Now I decided to try using the cork paper as a card layer.  I certainly wasn't disappointed!  I stamped the Buffalo Bill Cody stamp I previously stamped directly onto the cork paper on a piece of scrap cream card stock this time and colored the image with Distress inks.  The cork paper was carefully torn around the edges and became a layer.  Love the look!


To finish the card, I stamped a B Line Designs small Rustic Star onto the cork paper and cut it out with scissors.  I punched a hole through the center of the star and adhered a Creative Impressions Large Copper Round, going through the image and red card stock layer as well.  To finish, I adhered 3 small Copper Mini Rounds to the red card stock and adhered the panel to the cork layer previously adhered to a blue card stock panel, patterned paper and finally a cream card.  Here is a close-up of the star.


Hope you have enjoyed these samples!  Head on over to www.creativeimpressions.com to purchase some of this fabulous paper - then  have fun creating your own cards and mixed media pieces!

Susan

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Creative Impressions trunk show at Artsy!

Hello everyone!  So excited that Creative Impressions is doing its first-ever trunk show at Artsy Stamps and Paper crafts in Loveland, Colorado for the month of June!   Janet and Susan helped kick off the show by doing make and takes and demos from June 3rd to the 5th.  Patsy Kral, the owner of Artsy and her wonderful rescue dog, Sasha were on hand as well!


Check out the wonderful Creative Impressions display:




Janet helped customers create these wonderful flowers with her beautiful Blossoms which come in multiple sizes.  Customers created lovely bows to go with them.  Then they were ready to place on cards as a beautiful embellishment or for use on hair berets, as pins, etc.  They were only limited by their imagination!




Patsy sold the Blossoms in bulk, making it easy for customers to mix and match the colors!

Susan also demonstrated how to make ribbon roses with our 1/8" Gingham Ribbon.  Check these beautiful cards out!  






All the stamps you see featured on these cards are from B Line Designs who we partnered with for this trunk show.  Susan added White Web Ribbon to the top card as well as Birthday Greetings Twill         .  Tropical Dragonflies and Small Iridescent Blossoms where added to the second card.  Our Leafy Vine Trim is featured on the next two cards and, finally, Susan turned the ribbon rose into a lollipop for her little fairy to hold!

Susan did one more make and take that is a darling Pocket Gift card holder.  She used Graphic 45's Midnight Masquerade paper for the base, added pockets inside and, of course, used another Blossom Flower created from similar colors to the paper in the center.  Just the right touch!



The trunk show continues until June 25th, so head on over to Artsy if  you are in the area!  We are pretty sure you will continue to see our products featured there on a regular basis now.

We hope you have gotten some ideas for your own cards using Creative Impressions Embellishments!    We promise we will do a blog post about creating the ribbon roses in a future post!

Don't forget - "Create and Impress with Creative Impressions"

Susan