Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Third of Four

You may all be asking - what in the heck does the "Third of Four" Mean?  Well, I am happy to share with you the 3rd card of the 4 total that our guest designer extraordinaire, Jan Francis has created!  Here it is:

This card absolutely "oozes" creativity!  The tag is cut from patterned paper and then from a piece of acetate packaging run through a dot pattern embossing folder to give it extra detail and dimension!  She adhered the tag over one of our beautiful Crepe Ribbons (Coral Peach 70124) previously adhered to the card front.  Then she made a lovely bow and attached it to the tag!  Beautiful!

The flowers and leaves were also die cut from patterned paper and embossed acetate.   Jan then used our fabulous buttons (#51012 Moss, 51004 Burgundy and 51017 Aqua)and sewed them to the centers of the flowers.

Finally, she die cut the word "Welcome" and  adhered it to the front of the tag!

Here are some close ups of Jan's card:

Thanks goes out to Jan again for sharing her wonderful card creations with us

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Another Jan Francis Card for Creative Impressions!

Good morning Everyone!  I have another wonderful card to share with you created by our Guest Designer, Jan Francis!  We are so thrilled to have her creating cards for us!

Jan used multiple Creative Impressions products is such a clever way!  First, she laid a piece of Cork Paper (#89000 and #89001) horizontally across the background pattern paper.  Then she wrapped our Web Ribbon in Sand (#70189) around a piece of background paper placed vertically over the card background.  She added a cream die cut circle with a slightly larger one in brown over the top of the background.  The circle was enhanced with a die cut "happy",  a Star Creative Clip (#85032) and finally with a Metal Frame in Black (#84503) with the sentiment "Happy Birthday" placed inside.  Our embellishments really make this card "pop", don't you think?

Here are some close ups of Jan's card:

Love it!  Hope you do too!

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Guest Designer Jan Francis!

Today  marks the first week of wonderful samples I will be sharing with you over the next weeks from our fabulous Guest Designer, Jan Francis!  Here at Creative Impressions we always look forward to seeing what great ideas Jan has come up with.  Her latest creation certainly doesn't disappoint!

This first card has a sewing theme.  Jan has used our popular Antique Ruler Twill  (80486) which has been wrapped around the card.  She also sewed some of our lovely buttons in Aqua, Navy and Caramel (51017, 51003 and 51006) onto random places on the card.  What a great way to use patterned paper scraps with a B Line Designs stamp and our wonderful embellishments!  Way to go, Jan!

Here are some close-ups of Jan's card.

Tune in next week to see another one of Jan's fabulous cards!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Creative Impressions - Napkin Art

Seems like I see pretty napkins everywhere I go lately.  My friends are all on notice that I'm likely to steal one or two!

This spring card was made with a coneflower napkin and made even prettier with just a touch of Creative Impressions embellishments.  I just love these sweet little butterfly brads!

I started with this napkin.  I made 4 cards from one napkin.  Peel away the two white layers and use only the layer with ink.  Brush matte medium on your card stock panel and either cut away the excess or fold and glue it to the back.  I carefully brush another thin layer of matte medium on the front of the card.

Are they sweet?  These are white with a touch of glitter.  You can ink them too!

I used one of the white peel away layers and glued over the chipboard words.  It unifies the texture over the whole piece.  Its such a thin layer that when you glue it on, the black letters power through.

Collect some napkins and Creative Impressions embellishments and use your wings!

Important Note:
If you warn your friends that you'll be stealing napkins and they respond with a smile, 
it's not really stealing.  Jus' sayin'..........

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Birthday Greeting from Creative Impressions

Hello everyone!  I need to send a ton of birthday cards in April and May, so I have been busy creating cards lately!  Today I would like to share one of my favorites with you!

I used a library pocket and a tag for this card.  I created a lovely flower using  Creative Impressions Tropical (60700) and Iridescent (61200) Blossoms,  Leaves (60802), Round Paper Fastener (90672) and 1/2" Dot Ribbon (70430) as well as a Polka Dot stamp from B Line Designs.  Here are a few more photos:

I started by stamping the polka dots with aqua dye ink to match the ribbon and blossoms.  I then covered the library pocket with paper and adhered it to the card a bit below center in order to leave space for the tag.  I attached my flower and fastened it to the card front, catching a length of Dot Ribbon behind it.

All that was left to do was to cover a tag with paper, adhere a greeting along with a small length of Dot Ribbon and insert the tag into the pocket.  Done!

Hope you like this birthday greeting!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

A Star is Born!

Is there a new baby in your world?  When you need to send a congratulations to new parents, how about a card they can save and use in their scrap or baby book!

This versatile Creative Impressions message ribbon is instant inspiration for a variety of occasions.  Add a Creative Impressions star clip and star brad to reinforce your message.  Isn't the gold and yellow pretty with the sepia tones in the picture and frame?

It's not just a card with your gift; your card IS a gift.  

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Happy Easter!

Hello Everyone:

Once again I am complaining about how fast time is flying and this year is no exception!  I find myself in disbelief that Easter is almost here!  What to do?  I pulled out my Creative Impressions embellishments and got to work!  Here is an Easter card I designed for the occasion:

I used Creative Impressions Felt Easter Eggs (63125), Blossoms (60601, 60600, 60501, 606500, 61010),  Leaves (60800) Tropical Mini Round Brads (90194), Soft Glimmer White Butterfly Brad (90698) and a Yellow with White 1/2" Dot Ribbon.

I started by die cutting a large circle and a scalloped circle border from scrap card stock.  I chose two Felt Easter Eggs and adhered them first to the circle.  I then added three flowers made with the Blossoms, Leaves and brads.  I also added a Glimmer Butterfly Brad to the "sky" area.  Everything was adhered to the circle with the brads by punching small holes into the circle.  Once completed, the entire piece was adhered to a pastel print panel, a solid color panel and finally to the card.  I made a bow from the Dot Ribbon and it was done!

That's all there is to it!  Easy Easter card to send to friends and family!  Happy "almost" Easter!


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Button & String Envelope

I always find it a particular challenge to create cards intended for men.  Creative Impressions metal ephemera helps!!

I made a button and string envelope with pattered paper.  

On the back, my paper buttons are affixed with these cute little screw head brads.  On the middle brad, I adhered a patch on the inside of the envelope so that what I place inside won't catch.

The brad on the bottom flap is added but it doesn't fasten anything.  You could add two or three here.

 SO love these little black frames.  If you pick some up, be sure and get some matte black mini fasteners to match.

Its always good to keep some metal ephemera on hand for a rainy day!

Friday, March 15, 2019

A Very Happy St. Patrick's Day to You!

Hello everyone!  St. Patrick's Day will be here soon and we are looking forward to celebrating!  It is such a fun holiday!  My husband and daughter used to play a game in which he pretended to be the leprechaun and my daughter would set a trap outside our front door to catch him.  My husband would then leave a note in green ink saying "ha, ha Marisa, you didn't catch me"  This went on for several years.  In honor of the holiday, I created this card:

When you really look closely at a clover, you will see that the leaves are actually in the shape of little hearts.  So...I took out my heart punch and punched multiple hearts from scrap green card stock.  I also freehanded a stem from the leftover card stock and put my clovers together on scraps of white card stock.

After adhering patterned paper to a white card, I glued down a piece of Creative Impressions Lime Green Web Ribbon (70183).  I then adhered my three clover squares to the card using foam tape.  Finally, I used a small White Resin Button (51000) with Dark Green Jute (80601) threaded through it to adhere to the card.  Simple!

Hope everyone has a great day!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Think Spring!

Anyone else counting the hours days till spring?  This girl is!!  I'm creating birthday cards that take a little leap on the calendar and pretend its here already.

Creative Impressions' pretty felt flower shapes are fun to layer and affix to your card front with these sweet little flower shaped brads.  I've selected blue & white which I think work so well against a kraft colored background.

The "forever friends" gingham message ribbon is fixed with white micro brads.  They are so tiny!  It takes a little patience to work with them, but there are only two and the size is perfect for this ribbon.

Funny, but we have about 16 inches on the ground right now and it's supposed to keep falling all night.  Spring is just 15 days away!  Say it loud!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

St. Patrick's Day Blessing

Hello Everyone!  Now that we are past Valentine's Day, it's time to think ahead to St. Patrick's Day!  My husband is from Chicago and it is quite the deal there!  Although we live in Colorado now, I still love the day and the wonderful Irish Blessings that go along with it.  Here is a card I created for the occasion:

I believe the paper is from Authentique and the sentiment from My Sentiments Exactly.  Of course no card would have that finished look without some fabulous embellishments from Creative Impressions.  The dark green twine was wrapped around the paper and green card stock panel 3 times, leaving a tail at the beginning to thread through one of the holes in the green button from CI.  Once wrapped, I threaded the end of the twine through the second button hole and tied a bow on the backside of the button.  Easy!

Hope you start thinking about creating some St. Patty's day cards.  Don't forget the Creative Impressions embellishments!


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

How do I Love Thee?

Valentine Tag

This was a fun chance to incorporate lettering on this Valentine tag.  I'm a super-novice, so don't look too closely!

Creative Impressions has so many hearts!  Brads, felt hearts and felt script combine with ribbon and natural twine.  

I started with tea stained #10 tag.  I layered a strip of pink cotton fabric on the left, stitched with Creative Impressions natural twine.  I laid out the embellishments so I could get an idea how to space the lettering.  

Hope you're having fun with your valentines.  Valentine's Day is a paper crafter's dream holiday!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Warm Winter Wishes

Winter Greetings!  I know some of you are already tired of Winter and others don't know what a real Winter is, however, it will be a little while before Spring is here in Colorado and other parts of the Country, so why don't we "Celebrate the Season" and create some Winter greeting cards?  As I look out at our beautiful snow-covered mountains here in Colorado, I can't help but appreciate the beauty of snow.  Here are several cards using Creative Impressions Snowflakes and  "Celebrate the Season" Ribbon I created to celebrate Winter:

Here are some details for the first of the two cards:

I used a circle die in two different sizes to create three 'holes" in a Snowflake patterned paper panel.  I adhered the panel to a white card and then chose different Winter Snowflakes (Shimmer and Felt)  and a Winter Glimmer brad (90904) to make three beautiful 3-D snowflakes in two different sizes.  At this point the snowflakes can either be attached to the center of each circle with the brad used to attach the snowflakes (Note:  you will have to cut another white panel to fit the inside front of the card to cover the prongs if you do it this way) or you can bend the prongs to the back of the snowflake and glue the snowflakes to the white centers with strong glue.

To finish the card, wrap some "Celebrate the Season" Ribbon (80337) around the left side of the card front and tie a knot.  Trim the ends.

The second card is very similar with a different look to it.  (Oops!  Sorry it is sideways).

This time I created three snowflakes and glued them directed to a snowflake patterned paper panel.  I stamped "Let it Snow" above the snowflakes and, just like that, the card was complete!  So easy!

I hope all of you have the opportunity to enjoy this season!  Hopefully you won't get so much snow that you are "socked" in!


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Happy Winter Birthday!

Use your Creative Impressions brads and ribbons to create a fun wintery birthday greeting.  These sweet little snowflake brads mix beautifully with die cut silver and white snowflakes.  Embellish your brads with paint, rub ons, or, as I've done here, glitter.

Happy winter and stay warm.  Spring is coming!  Only 70 days.  But who's counting?