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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Creative Inspirations Paint: Inspired By...

Thank you so much for all who participated in last week's challenge!

Each week you will be given a challenge to find inspiration in/from what ever the challenge theme is... you can be as literal or abstract in your inspiration as you want... Just make sure you can tie it back to the theme!
You will always be able to jump back to the current challenge by clicking the "Current Challenge" link in our sidebar. The rules can always be found by clicking the tab "Challenge Rules" at the top of the page.

This week's challenge is:

Inspired by... the pumpkin patch

Here is a project to get you started
Now it's YOUR turn! I can't wait to see what you create!
REMEMBER: this is the last week to enter the October prize drawing! Your name goes in the drawing once for entering the challenge, and twice if you enter the challenge AND use CI paints on your project. Good Luck!



Pat Moore's entry:

Saturday, October 30, 2010

clay in my hands....

Hello everyone! I'm glad you've stopped by for a little creative inspiration!
Recently, I was inspired by a project done by our DT member Karen. On her project she used clay embellies... Well, I have looked at clay many times while wondering my local craft store, but I was slightly intimidated by it. My Play-Doh creations didn't always turn out so well. LOL!

I decided I needed to face my fear and try my hand at clay. And guess what... I'm not very good at it. *sigh* Oh well. I'm going to keep trying.

Now I'm sure you are all wondering at this point if I have a point... Well, I do. =)
I have a project too. And, because I am not a skilled clay artist, it is a simple project that even kids can do.

What you need:

Clay (I used a light weight air-dry polymer clay)
Stamps (ones with texture works the best)
Baby powder
Clay rolling pin (I got my clay tools cheap in the kid's clay section)
Clay knife
Nail file/sandpaper
Creative Inspirations paint (2-3) shades

Faux Antique Metal Embellishment
Step 1: condition a lump of clay by kneading it in your hands

Step 2: roll clay out to desired thickness using your clay rolling pin. You want all your clay to be a consistent thickness

Step 3: Dust your stamp with baby powder. I used a paint brush, but you could just sprinkle it on from the bottle.

Step 4: Shake off loose powder from stamp.

Step 5: press stamp firmly into clay

Step 6: carefully remove the stamp. Check to see if you have a good impression. If not, start back at step 1. (One thing I love about working with clay is it is forgiving.)

Step 7: When you are happy with your impression, cut the image out with your clay knife.
Some images might be easier to cut a shape around (like a circle, heart, or square) instead of trying to follow lines... If you want to make it into a charm, it is easy to cut a hole now.

Step 8: Follow the direction on your clay packaging to cure the clay. Mine was air-dry, so I left it over night. Other clays need to bake.

Step 9: When it is cured (and cooled), you can use a nail file or sandpaper to smooth all rough edges.

Step 10: Apply your first color of paint. This should be your medium shade. I am using Antique Silver.

Step 11: When you first layer is dry, dip your finger into the darkest color of CI paint you have chosen. You don't want too much on your finger at a time. Here I am using Coal.

Step 12: use you finger to rub the dark color into the crevices of your piece. (This is why textured stamps work the best). You can do this to the whole piece, or just antique portions depending on the look you want.

Step 13: Get a Fantastix slightly wet. I do this by spritzing water onto a non-stick craft sheet and rubbing the side of the Fantastix through the water.

Step 14: Lightly use the side of the damp Fantstix to gently wipe away random areas of the paint.

Step 15: using you fingers like before, gently rub a little of the lightest color over the areas you just wiped paint away. This will give you a few highlighted areas. I used Silver Frost for this.

Here is a close up of the corner of my finished frame. You can see some of all three colors in this shot.

And my finished project using this technique:
Paper: White cardstock, Watercolor paper
Ink: Archival, Distress
Stamps: Artful Inkables "A Bird's Song", Fancy Pants "In My Words"
CI paint: Antique Silver, Coal, Silver Frost, Denium
Other: ribbon, clay, rhinestones

Well, that's all from me today!
Thanks to all those who took the time to vote on our polls! The information is very helpful!
Have a fabulous weekend!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Starting to look like Fall

Hello again,  JennK here with you today.  I have noticed lately around my house that it is finally beginning to feel and look like fall. I really have been enjoying the nice cooler weather and the colors around are amazing!  So this  recent change has inspired my project today and my color choice.  It really reminds me of what I am seeing around me right now.  The colors I used are Beige, Green Olive and Buttercup.
 I decided to stamp with the paints for this project. I painted them right onto my stamp,  then while the paint was still wet I applied clear embossing powder and heated for a raised effect.  It really brings out the already wonderfully sparkling color of the paint. I also applied the beige paint to the embossed card base.
A close up.
I hope you have enjoyed my project and are inspired to try out the paints on your next project.  

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sparkling Embossed Background

  I tried an experiment to see if I could make my Creative Inspirations Paint background crackle- looks like it did a very teeny bit- but not what I was hoping for. I will keep my fingers crossed that Molly (CI owner) will come out with a crackle version.........!

  I painted the white CS with Beige Creative Inspirations Paint. I ran it through the Cuttlebug using Regal Flourishes (Tim Holtz). I found this sweet image by Crafty Secrets (Birds and Blossoms) and thought immediately of my Mother- I need to send her a card-perfect!  The BG paper is from Paper Temptress- Red Texture (hate to cut into it…but it worked so well with the image).  Finally, I added the Metallic weave ribbon (Martha Stewart) in Gold and Camelia Pink.
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Blue card - Kianel

Bonjour & hello to you all!
I hope that everything is okay with you and that you all had a chance to try those gorgeous shimmer paints that Creative inspirations carry...aren't they just amazing?
You know what? i loooove using character stamps on my cards and guess what is the best way to colour them? well, i have to say CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS paints are just outstanding adding shimmer just where it's needed and it is really easy to play with all those beautiful colors!!!
Let's see what i mean:

I used the following colors to paint the clothes of the little girl: "winter frost" "tanzanite" "sky blue" "blue ice"

And here i added a little touch of "garnett"

And to add some color and shimmer to the flowers, i pulled some touches of "tanzanite" in a bottle spray filled with water and sprayed it on the flowers.

That's all for me now and i hope you liked it and i wish you all a very fine day,and don't forget to vote on the right bar, love from France, Kianel.

She'll put a spell on you....

My daughter wanted to be a vampiress this year for Halloween, which had me excited about doing her hair and makeup! She was invited to a birthday/Halloween party a few weekends ago so we got a chance to try out her costume early. I think she looked so cute and just a little spooky! I simply had to scrap her photo right away, and wanted to go with a "magically mysterious" theme. I came up with this layout:

I used Antique Silver, Silver Frost, and Coal Creative Inspirations paints to make the "magic" radiate from her photo.

Monday, October 25, 2010


Hello! Chris Dickinson here - bringing a fall card for your viewing pleasure!

 I used the Creative Inspiration Shimmer Paints to create this background. I placed a small amount of water in a container. Using my paint brush, I dipped the tip into the paint and swirled the Pumpkin paint into the water several times. I then dipped the tip into the Onyx paint and swirled that into the water several times. I then swirled the colors together and dipped white paper into the water to get a swirled background. Depending on the weight of your card stock, do not allow it to saturate too long or your card stock will pill.

I did not have the right color ribbon, so I decided to create the color I wanted by painting a 5/8" Cream Ribbon with the Pumpkin Shimmer Paints. So pretty - the ribbon was nice but now it SHIMMERS. It took about 15 minutes to dry, which allowed me plenty of time to stamp my card and work on the layout.

Here are some more details on my card:
Cardstock: White, Tangerine, Black
Accessories: Cream Ribbon, Buttons from SU Neutrals, Linen Thread

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a WONDERFUL day!!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Creative Inspirations Paint: Inspired By...

Thank you so much for all who participated in last week's challenge!
Each week you will be given a challenge to find inspiration in/from what ever the challenge theme is... you can be as literal or abstract in your inspiration as you want... Just make sure you can tie it back to the theme!
You will always be able to jump back to the current challenge by clicking the "Current Challenge" link in our sidebar. The rules can always be found by clicking the tab "Challenge Rules" at the top of the page.

This week's challenge is:
Inspired by... Nightmares

In light of Halloween coming up, find inspiration from any and all things spooky
Here is a project to get you started:
Now it's Your turn! I can't wait to see all your projects!


Project by Pat Moore:


Saturday, October 23, 2010

clearly embossed...

Hello all my creatively crafty friends! Ready for some Saturday inspiration?
Today I have a fun recycling project... but first...
We have put a couple polls up in our sidebar, and we need your votes!!! Your votes will help us to know how best to meet your crafting needs. =)

ok... back to the regular scheduled inspirations

You will need:
Plastic (I like to recycle the flat parts of clam shells from packaging)
Embossing folder
Die cut machine (the kind you can run embossing folders through)
Alcohol ink
Creative Inspirations paint

Let's get started!
Step 1: put your plastic in your embossing folder and run it through your die cut machine.
I'm using Provo Craft's "Polka Dots" embossing folder.

Step 2: apply alcohol ink to the top side of your plastic (the raised side)

Step 3: flip your plastic over

Step 4: using a fantastix, apply paint to the de-bossed parts of the design. You can fill them all in, or use a random pattern as I have here.

It will look something like this...
*sorry about the bad picture... it is hard to photograph...*

Step 5: when the paint is dry, you can use a dry q-tip to clean up any paint that has gotten where you don't want it.

The extra pops of random color and shimmer really make this fun. =)
This sample is Adirondack "Lettuce" alcohol ink and "Chocolate" CI paint.

This is the same technique using "Purple Twilight" alcohol ink and "Winter Frost" CI paint in every dot.... This has a much subtler look that is also very effective.

Now for my project... I used "Sunset Orange" alcohol ink with "Onyx" CI paint for a fun dash of Halloween.
Paper: Coredinations, white cardstock, clamshell plastic,
Ink: Adirondack Alcohol ink, Staz-on, Archival, Mark-it, Distress
Stamps: Great Impressions "Hehehe", Clear Art Stamps "Halloween Fun"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Onyx, Evergreen
Other: Provo Craft "Polka Dots", ribbon, Tim Holtz Fragments, jumpring

You can change the look of the finished project by changing the color combos and embossed designs... There are endless possibilities and so many fun ways to use it! Have fun creating!!!
And don't forget to vote on our polls!

Friday, October 22, 2010


Ever have one of *those* days? I think I'm having one of *those* months... hehehee... I made this page days ago, feeling all proud of how I was getting ahead, and then when I went to scan it in, I realized that my rabbit CHEWED through the power cable for my scanner... sigh. So I took some close up shots and was going to use the scanner in my fiancé's office. Not a bad idea right? Wrong. He insisted on scanning it for me, and it was all crooked and shadowy! Boys! So I took our camera to take a photo of it to post and, guess what? Batter is dead! So I took the above photo with my Blackberry. Doesn't do it justice, but in a pinch....

The colors I used on this project are Gold, Green Olive and Chocolate.

I stamped a frame on Kraft cardstock. Then to make the kraft nice and blingy, I painted it with the gold paint.

I loved the texture of these stickets, but the color is all wrong, so I painted them with the chocolate paint (2+ coats)
I also used the green olive to accent the punched border across the page and the leaves on my flowers! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Hey ladies! It's me Karen with ya again.
I have another layout to share with you!=)


The two pieces I altered with my CI paints are from a dear friends newly opened Etsy. They are pieces made of Polymer clay and absolutely gorgeous!
I painted them using Winter Frost, a beautiful white pearl shimmer.
Have I mentioned I LOVE these paints~!
I am working on a cute Halloween Door Tag...I shall share soon! :p
Take Care
Til next time.....

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

One of these things is not like the others: Inspired by being different!

This week, the challenge  is “One of these things is not like the others.”  Inspired by being different.  I chose to alter a few bottles and fill them with Halloween Potions!  I’ve used Burnt Clay, Raw Sienna and Coal to decorate my jars.  I thought it would be fun just to drizzle a bit of the Coal inside the bottle that holds bones.  The Burnt Clay and Raw Sienna have some water added.  Can you tell which is different??  Hope you get a chance to join in on a fun challenge :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Domino Delights

This month I participated in a domino pin swap.  I drilled a hole at the bottom of the domino so I could attach a charm later. I immediately decided to use my Creative Inspirations paints for the color. I used tutu pink, bright yellow, and sky blue paints. I applied the paints with a brush to create the background. Then I stamped my domino with black Stazon ink. The stamp is from the Tim Holtz collection by Stampers Anonymous. To embellish the pin I attached two small flowers and hung a muse token, from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology line from a large jump ring which I put through the hole. On the back I attached a pin back using E6000 glue. The paints added the element of shimmer to the pins. These turner out so cute, I'll have to make one for myself now.
Barbara Washington

Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday Morning Inspiration

How are you liking all this inspiration?  Isn't it fun?!?! 

These paints are truly amazing and there is so much you can do with them!

So I had off last week and found myself in my room daydreaming and having fun with these paints!

 First up is a cute candy corn treat box I made!  I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the cardstock and then used CI Paints Fairy Dust, Mango and Mellow Yellow to alter few of the embossed parts to add some shimmer.  I personally think without the shimmer it was kind of dull! Here is a tutorial to make your own.

 I bought some paper mache letters for my little girl's room and used scrap pieces of paper to cover them.  I used CI Paints to alter the paper to give it some shimmer. Along with altering the paper I added some paper flowers to the letter "A" which were originally white.  Aren't they shimmery?!

 I also made this pretty card for my Grandma's birthday!  I used Tutu Pink, Light Purple and Pink Highlights.  Around the main image I used my doily lace punch to go around it and covered the cardstock with Light Purple to add some shimmer!

Okay, now this was one of my last minute crazy idea!  But this is my last piece of inspiration for today, sorry if I overwhelmed you!  I had taken a picture of some roses from my garden the other day to share on my blog for Breast Cancer Awareness month. 
 As I was uploading it onto my blog, I thought, okay we've been altering paper flowers with these paints, what about real ones!!

So I tried it...
I love the shimmer from these paints!  I actually painted "Peach" onto the rose with a paint brush, as my local Hobby Lobby didn't have any misters for me to spray it on. 

With weddings being on my mind as a good friend of mine is planning her wedding, I just thought how cool this could be to use the paints in this form as well!  They could be used on fake flowers you use in bouquets you have around the house!  These paints would be perfect on those Christmas bouquets to add some shimmer for the holidays!

I thought it was a neat idea!

Have a shimmery Monday and a great rest of the week!