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.

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!


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!


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"!


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!


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"


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Easter Decor with Creative Impressions

day, April 10, 2017

Easter Decor with Creative Impressions!

Easter is almost here!  If you are like me, you are wondering how you will decorate your table for Easter Brunch.  Well, it certainly couldn't be any easier with Creative Impressions embellishments!  Here are some ideas that I came up with:

First off, I am a big believer in recycling!  So...I always have quite the supply of canning jars as I use them for everything, not just canning!  With Easter almost here, why not  pull them out and use them as table decor with Easter candy inside!  Here is a close-up for the "Easter" jars:

Hopefully you can see that I put an Easter bunny chocolate in each one of the jars along with some chocolate eggs!  They HAVE to be chocolate, right?  I then found some white lids I had for them (you could use the regular lids too) and wrapped Creative Impressions Gingham ribbon around the lids of the smaller jars.  The center jar has the beautiful 1/2" Dot Ribbon wrapped around it.  I also took the bunny out of its box, wrapped it in plastic wrap and then tied a bow around its neck using the 1/2" Dot ribbon as well.

The matching "medallions" were super easy to make.  Find a large paper punch for the large jar and a smaller one for the others.  Punch two circles out of scrap card stock for each jar. Then cut lengths of ribbon to glue behind the first card stock circle.  You will cut single strips for the small ones (about three) and larger ones of the big jar.  Glue the Gingham ribbon strips to the back of the small circles, making sure that the ribbon is long enough to be seen on either side of the circle.  With the large medallion, you will cut two larger circles and longer strips that can be folded in half to make "bows" behind the card stock circle.  Now cut two longer strips of ribbon for the "tails" handing down from the bottom.  To finish, grab your Creative Impressions Felt, Shimmer and Mylar Blossoms and create flowers to place in the center of your medallion.  Don't forget to add a Butterfly Bling or Large Paper Fastener to the flower centers!  Adhere the second circle to the back to cover the ribbons and you're done!

Everyone at your Easter table needs a place card, right?  While mine cupcake here is fake, create some darling place card holders using cupcakes, etc. by creating a flower place card holder with a Mylar Blossom, Metallic Flower Clip and Mylar leaf held together with a Large Paper Fastener.  Adhere to a toothpick and insert into your cupcake, etc.  It is easy to write the person's name and attach to the clip!

Now everyone needs an Easter card as well!  Here are two examples of super easy cards using Creative Impressions Easter Egg Felt Shapes, 3/4" Crepe Ribbon and some small Felt Blossoms.

I created these two cards using paper scraps.  The one on the left uses three Pastel Egg Felt Shapes that I backed with some scrap patterned paper like this:

I cut out the egg shapes. arranged them to fit inside my basket (an old stamp I had), adhered foam tape around the basket so that everything would be at the same height and adhered to my stamped basket.

To finish the card I adhered the basket of eggs to my patterned paper background, die cut some grass from a Memory box die and adhered it over the top using foam tape and finally added an Easter greeting and some card stock layers.  I cut the bow part of the stamp away and added the perfect pink Crepe Ribbon bow and it was done!

For the second card I used two of the brighter color Felt Easter Egg Shapes and hid them behind some Memory Box grass.  I used the same sentiment on the card.  The final touch was adding some darling Small Felt Blossoms and paper Fasteners to the grass around the eggs.  Easy and beautiful cards!

Are you ready to decorate your table?  Pull out those Creative Embellishments and Ribbons, create some cards and table decorations and "wow" your guests!  It's not too late to order them if you don't have them!

Happy Easter to everyone!