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Monday, November 29, 2010

Holiday Fun with CI Paints

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with their family and friends!!

Now with Thanksgiving behind us, it's time to look forward to Christmas!!  My favorite time of the year!  CI Paints are great for adding shimmery to your holiday projects, I have a few recent projects to share with you today.


Make your own embellishments for your cards:

 I used "Blue Ice" and "Denium" for these snowflakes!

This is the card I created with the above snowflakes:

Some more snowflakes....
On these snowflakes I used "Ivory" which really made them look frosty!!

 Remember to order "Ivory", which is currently one of the special edition paints!  Available until the end of December!

I used the adorable GI Stamp "Country Snowman" for this card:
I used CI Paints "Chocolate" and "Fairy Dust" for his hat. I also used "Fairy Dust" around his body to give him some shimmer.  I used glossy accents on the berries.

And yet some more snowflakes:
 "Evergreen" and "Fairy Dust" were used for these!

This is a sneak I made the above snowflakes for a card for the next "Inspired by Challenge".

As you can tell, I have been on a snow quick lately!  I just wish we'd get a little bit already!

I have always wanted to alter my baby food jars from the kids, instead of always taking them to the dump.  I just recently participated in a "Gifts from the Heart" blog hop and was asked to create a thrifty gift idea!  What a great opportunity to use those baby food jars!!

Here's what I created with the baby food jars:

I used CI Paints "Fairy Dust" to add around the Candy Cane circle on the two tops of these two jars. I also added the shimmer to the tree and on the penguin's hat, scarf and skates 

On the other jar, I cut out a snowflake from my Cricut using the "Graphically Speaking"cart.  Then added "Fairy Dust" and some gems to it!  The shimmer is beautiful!  I have the image on the side of this jar, which I also added "Fairy Dust" to!  More pictures can be found on my blog.

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, November 28, 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 Midas Touch...

For those who don't know what I'm talking about, King Midas was a very greedy king who made a wish that everything he touched would turn to gold. His wish was granted, but he soon realized that his wish was foolish.  When he was tired, he tried to lay on his bed, but it changed to solid gold... When he was hungry, he would try to eat, but the food became gold... When his daughter came to him, he touched her, and she too became gold... He ended up very rich, but miserable and alone.

here is a project to get you started

Now it's YOUR turn! I can't wait to see what you create!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

power tool fun...

Welcome to another Saturday Inspirations post! 

 Today I thought I would focus on an altering project.... So grab your paint and brushes, and lets have some fun!

What you will need:

Power Drill (trust me)
Scrap of wood
Acrylic Paint
  (gasp!  yes, I really am using acrylic paint on this project)
Creative Inspirations paint
(sigh... ok, life can get back to normal... hehehe)
Sealant (decoupage glue/sealant works well)
What you want to decorate with....

I'm using:
Solvent ink (like StazOn)
Ranger Distress Crackle paint (clear)
Distress ink

*Quick tip before we start... I didn't want to ruin my good set of dominos that my family plays with, so I went out and found a really cheap set (meant to be a stocking stuffer). I think I spent $3 on mine at Michaels*

ok... now on to the fun stuff! Power tools! LOL!

Step 1: Use a strong double stick tape to secure your domino to a scrap block of wood. (I use old wooden stamp blocks.)  This does two things... protects your work area from accidental holes, and allows you to hold your domino from a safe distance. 

 Step 2: Carefully drill a hole(s) in your domino. This will be for attaching to a necklace or hook, or whatever you want to attach your altered domino to.  Start very slow until you have a nice hole started, then you can speed up.  (you can do this by hand, but trust me... the blisters hurt!)

Warning: PLEAE follow all safety guidelines for your power tool!  I don't want anyone injured while crafting!

 Step 3: When you feel your drill hit the wood beneath the domino, carefully remove the drill.

 Step 4: Give your domino a nice base coat of acrylic paint. This will help the CI paints stick better and thus requiring fewer coats.

Step 5: Allow to dry completely

 Step 6: Paint on some Creative Inspirations paint. I'm using Green Olive.

Step 7: Allow to dry
 Step 8: Apply a second coat of CI paint if desired.

Step 9: Allow to dry

Step 10: Decorate!

I'll walk you through what I did...
 I used black StazOn  to ink up my stamp (Fancy Pants)

 I then carefully stamped my image on the domino. This can be tricky as the stamp wants to slide on  the slick surface.

 I then covered part of the domino with Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint. This is a clear crackle paint by Ranger, and it is a great way to add interest and texture.

 When that was dry, I rubbed in some Distress ink. (like other crackle projects I've shown, the paint will resist the ink. This means that the ink will only stay on the insides of the cracks... It is a great way to bring out the texture and give an antiqued look

 Step 11: Coat with a sealant.  This is a very important step to ensure your painted masterpiece can withstand water and scratches.

When mine was dry, I strung a cording through it with a simple knot, and made a fun necklace. (yes, I know, pink doesn't really match the domino, but hey, it was that or a blue-green cord...LOL) You can really see the shimmer of the CI paints in this photo.
 I'm thinking they would make some fun Christmas ornaments... Now I want to go play! =)

So go grab that power drill out in the garage, and have some shimmery fun!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Paint and Squish!!

Hello!!  JennK here with you today.  I am still stuffed from the feast yesterday...time for leftovers and a few crafts today.  I am so happy to be here to share the latest project I have been working on using these Yummy paints!  I was inspired by this weeks challenge of spreading your wings.  Well, I absolutely ADORE butterflies and so this is the first thing that jumped into my head.  I also have been working on a Dec. Daily...So I incorporated the 2 together.  Who says butterflies can't be part of Christmas??

First a Close up...

I used the paint and squish technique.  The What and Wha??  You say...  Let me explain.

First I cut out my butterfly.  Next I picked out the embossing folder and paint color I wanted to use.
Next I painted the paint onto my embossing folder.  Put a lot and you get a more of the paper covered.  A little less and less paper gets covered.  You get the idea..
Lastly place your paper into the folder and emboss...
This is a picture of the paper in the folder still.
Here you can see when I pulled the butterfly out...OHHH How lovely!
  So super easy and quick to achieve.  You could add more than one color too if you like.  Just be sure to wash your embossing folder and paint brush out immediately when done....otherwise you may not get all the paint off.

The paint that I used is Winter Frost..So fitting right?  Yeah!  I thought so too.  

Here you can see the butterfly on the project.....Don't these paints SHINE??!!

And now the complete Cover of my album for the Dec. daily.  

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope you try out this technique with your Creative Inspirations paints, it really is an awesome effect.  Happy Craftin'! 


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

For my post today, I wanted to add a little glitz to my card- but not to the Pilgrims…so….. I embossed the white cardstock background with a Tim Holtz folder, then did a highlight with Real Rust ink ( retired SU) on the raised areas. Using my Aqua painter I added Fairy Dust Creative Inspirations Paint over the Rust highlighting.

The image from I Brake for Stamps (Embossing Arts) is colored with Copic markers.  The sentiment is a digi from Create with TLC.

Thanks for stopping by today!
Shelly Schmidt

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Christmas is in the air!!! - Kianel

I hope you guys have a great time! Cause i do, playing with those wonderful paints by Creative Inspirations.
Today i'm gonna show you 3 creations that are soooo shiny thanks to the
Ci paints
The first one is a card i made for Magnolia, using Ci paints with inks to colour the character. I used Ci paints "citrus" and "blush".

I made another one as a thank you card suitable for christmas too. This time i decided to make a booklet - card. I coloured my images by blending waterbased inks and Ci paints "fairy dust" "emerald" "green olive" and "rustic red".

Here comes another christmas tag i made using inks and Ci paints for the background , covering it with ink and then spraying water + Ci paints "tanzanite" to make it sparkle. I then used Ci paints to colour the stamped images from Katzelkraft : for the snowman i used "blue ice" "mango" "rustic red" and "onyx" and for the lamp i used "onyx" "rustic red" "emerald" and "gold".
So here is the result:

I hope you will like it, love from France, Kianel.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Butterfly wings

This week's challenge is Spreading Your Wings, so I thought I'd share a card I just finished featuring butterflies. My image, from Stampotique, is painted with Creative Inspirations paints. I used fuschia for her skirt and stockings, blush for her blouse, gold for her shoes, and mocha late for her hair. In order to get the butterflies on the ribbon to coordinate with the card colors, I used CI fuschia and painted them. I just love how the paints can be used to match the embellishments to the card. The shimmer adds such life to the card.
Barbara Washington

Setting the mood ...

Hi everyone! Rebecca here with a super simple idea for warming up your holiday gatherings. Get some inexpensive glass bowls or candleholders. Paint them with a few layers of Creative Inspirations paints and then decorate them as desired when they are dry. You can use any colors you like and make several to fit any holiday theme. I used Denium and Antique Silver paints for a cozy winter theme. When these are lit, they are absolutely beautiful!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Christmas Collage

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving! This is Chris Dickinson from Wisconsin stopping by to share some Christmas cards! With everyone starting the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season, I am sure you are all getting busy! These paints would make such a GREAT Christmas gift for those who want to try their hand at painting or for those who are seasoned painters or paper crafters!

Here are the juicy details:
Stamp Sets: 
I Brake For Stamps new release Christmas Collage, 
Cardstock: Wassail, Burgundy, Vanilla, Espresso
Ink:  Brown Staz On
Paint: Creative Inspirations - wheat, Rustic Red, Burgundy, Chocolate, Evergreen
Accessories: Aqua painter, Paper Snips, Offray stitched ribbon, Dew Drops, Mini Glue Dots, Crystal Effects. 1/2 inch Circle Punch

For this project, I used the  creamy, shimmery paints from Creative Inspirations. The colors I used for shading are Garnet, Burgundy, Gold, Antique Gold, denim, Evergreen and Royal Blue. 

Here are a few more details:
Stamp Sets: 
I Brake For Stamps new release Christmas CollageJoy Postage
Cardstock: Navy, Cherry Cobbler, White, Gold
Paint: Creative Inspirations
Accessories: Technique Junkies Fancy Folds and Motion CdMartha Stewart Score Tool, Aqua painter, Paper Snips, Tear Drops, Gold Ribbon, Viva Gold Pearl Pen, Gold Zig Painty, Mini Glue Dots

Have a wonderful week and a VERY Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Chrissy D