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Monday, April 30, 2012

Wine Tag

This week's challenge is flowers, be sure to join in!

It was my Mother-In-Law's birthday recently and she loves wine!  So I decided to get her a yummy bottle of wine and to dress it up I decided to make a wine tag!  I've never made one before, so it was a lot of fun and most importantly she loved it!

The stamped frame is one of my favorite frames from called Oval Lace Frame.  The Wonderful Day sentiment is also from Sweet Stamps.
I stamped the sentiment in some pigment ink and then used some Deliquesce Fine Clear Embossing Powder over the top!  Just love how it turned out!!

I used some CI Paints in burgundy, Mango, Tutu Pink and Light Purple to add shimmer to the flowers.

Have a great day!


Sunday, April 29, 2012

CI Paints Inspired By: Flowers

Thanks to all those who joined in our "Tags" challenge, 
we enjoyed all your wonderful creations!

 Just a reminder this is our last challenge of the month, so join in, we are lucky to have sponsoring our month long challenge this month as well!!

Check the post below to see the Top 3!

Good Morning to all our Creative Inspirations Paint fans!
It is Sunday and time for another awesome Challenge!

This week's challenge is:
Inspired By: Flowers

Here's some inspiration:


Using Sweet Stamps new Dahlia stamp.


Calypso (Sweet Stamps DT)
 Carnation Flower

Using Blush CI Paint.


Jacqueline (Sweet Stamps DT)


Sandy (Sweet Stamps DT)

I used Creative Inspirations Paint Deliquesce Clear Embossing Powder
for the flower
 Garnet and Evergreen to paint in the flowers and add some shimmer

We hope you'll share your creations with us!

Have a GREAT week!!

General information about our challenges.... 

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! Challenge closes at 6:00pm Eastern on Saturday.
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.
You do not need to use the Creative Inspirations Paints in your project, however, if you do, tell us which colors you used, and your name will go in the drawing twice! Each month, one person will win 5 jars of paint in the colors of their choice. The winner will be randomly drawn from all the people who have played that month, so make sure to join in on our challenges each week!

--------------------------------------- Top 3~ Inspired By: Tags

Thanks to those who joined us last week for our Inspired By: Thanks challenge! 
Here are the Top 3:
#2~ Leigh

 #6~ Lorraine

 #12~ Linsey

  Beautiful work ladies!
You each will receive an extra entry in our March drawing for some CI Paints of your own!
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Saturday, April 28, 2012

detail and texture...

Hello all my wonderful friends!  

Yesterday was my birthday, and today I'm heading out to go whale watching.... Super excited! You know what else I'm excited about?  Sharing todays tutorial! This is a super fun mixed media technique where the end result looks a lot more complex than it really is. Ready to wow your friends?

What you need
Sticky-back canvas (Ranger)
Heavy weight card stock
Embossing folder (any brand)
Embossing machine
Clear embossing ink
Creative Inspirations Deliquesce (white)
Small paint brush
Creative Inspirations paint (any color)
Paper towel or rag
Beeswax (I use Ranger melt art pellets)
Perfect Pearls (any color/s)
Heat gun
Non-stick craft sheet

All right, here we go!

 Step 1: Cut your Sticky back canvas to the size/shape you want. Peel off the backing paper, and adhere it to a heavy weight cardstock. (I'm using a mixed media paper)  This will give the canvas stability and help it hold the embossing.

 Step 2: Put your canvas and paper into an embossing folder and run it through your embossing machine following the manufacturer's suggested stack for embossing folders.

 Step 3: Lightly rub a clear embossing ink over the raised areas of the canvas.

 Step 4: Cover the canvas with CI White Deliquesce powder. Don't be stingy, you can shake off all excess onto a scrap paper and pour it right back in the jar for future use!

 Step 5: Because you are working with a fabric, you will probably find that once you have shaken off the excess powder, there is still powder in areas you don't want it. Simply take a small paint brush and gently brush away any unwanted powder.

 Step 6: Heat the embossing powder until it melts.  (The great thing about the Sticky Back canvas from Ranger is that the adhesive is not effected by heat or moisture!)

Step 7: Once the melted powder is cool, you can add your Creative Inspirations paint using your favorite method. I used a brush and my fingers.... 

 Step 8: Allow the paint to dry (doesn't take long), then rub over the embossed areas with a slightly damp paper towel or rag. The Deliquesce powder you used earlier will act as a resist. 

*due to the highly textured surface of the canvas, the resist will not be crisp and perfect. It will have a more distressed and textured look.

 Step 9: Randomly sprinkle on some beeswax pellets. 

 Step 10: Use your heat gun to melt the wax. You don't want complete coverage, just random splotches of wax.  Make sure to work on a non-stick craft sheet for easy clean up!

 Step 11: Once the wax is cool, use a paint brush to brush Perfect Pearls onto the waxed areas. After you have brushed them on, use the brush to pounce them, then whisk away any extra. Set the Perfect Pearls by lightly misting with water. The Perfect Pearls should basically  only stick to the waxed area. 

 Isn't that beautiful???  I love the different kinds of shimmer you get by using both CI paints and the Perfect Pearls!

And just look at all that detail and texture!

 It looks like you spend a ton of time, but in reality, it really doesn't take long at all!


Friday, April 27, 2012

Picture Tutorial on Making the Tag Hearts

Good Morning Creative Inspirations Paint fans!!
On Sunday, CIP kicked of the next Inspired by Challenge.
This weeks challenge was 
Inspired By: Tags.
The challenge is to make any project with a tag
I posted this tag
I received quite a few comments regarding how I made the hearts and I thought I would walk you through 
with a picture tutorial.

So here we go...
I started out with these fun chipboard pieces that I picked up at Michael's from the $1 bin
Colleen, another CIP DT member also made a project using these chipboard pieces which can be seen 

Next I choose the color of Creative Inspirations Paint I was going to work with.
Antique Silver, Blush, Evergreen and Tanzanite in this tutorial

Such a cool color combo I think...remember any colors will work :)

Using my paint brush I dabbed the color not paint them on.
You want the look of tie dyed, or splattered rather than a smooth coat
Don't be afraid to mix it up!
If there is not enough of one color, add more paint.
The more you play the different the end result will be

This is where my original project turned...
I was being very impatient waiting for the paint to dry so I took out my heat gun
and heated the hearts to quick dry them...
instead of just drying them...

the heat gun made the paint bubble giving the hearts even more texture and a splattered look.
Not the idea I was shooting for originally but so happy with how they ended up turning out.
Not only can you see the texture from the original unpainted embossed hearts, but the paint created a texture as well from being heated.

Now these hearts are ready for another project!!
I hope you will consider giving this a try.
We could love to see what you do!
Thanks again for stopping by and have a great day!


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Egg box - Kianel

Hello dear friends from Creative Inspirations paints!
Kianel here with you today sharing a project i created for the last Magnolia Ink magazine.
This is an altered egg box:
The whole box is covered with "green olive" paint. I then painted my mini world image using "turquoise" "blush" "buttercup" "green olive" paints.

 The stamps and papers are from Magnolia. The dies are from Cheery Lynn designs and the flowers and laces are from my stash.
I also used the "jeweled inspirations" clear to decorate the sides of the box and painted the diecut leaves with "green olive" to match my box.
Don't forget to come and join us for our weekly challenge and a chance to win some great products!! Love from France, Kianel.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Birthday Greetings

At Creative Inspirations Paint, the challenge this week is "Tags".  You don't have to use CIP paints to play, but if you have 'em, we'd love to see them!  If you use them, list the colors and your name will go into the drawing twice.  For all the challenge details, please visit their website link mentioned above.

I am so excited to show you my card.  :-)

I took a regular, oval manila tag that looks like this:

I brushed Mocha Latte on one side.  These paints dry very quickly, which is nice.  Taking a tiny bit of paper towel, I dipped my towel in the lid of Chocolate and dabbed it on the tag.  I did the same with Carmel, too, to soften the deep brown.  I stamped a greeting on it, then tied on a ribbon.

The nice folks at Sweet Stamps let our design team pick out a few stamps, and I used two of them on this card (click on the image to see it in the store):

I used the front cover of a Webster's Pages 6 x 6 paper pad as my card front.  I saw this oval, and knew exactly where I'd place my tag.

I love how the Creative Inspirations Paints turned my plain-vanilla manila into shabby-chic spectacular!

Thanks so much for joining me today!

~ Colleen

My blog:  Dietrich Designs

Dimensions:  4.5" x 6"
Stamps: Lace Border, Birthday Greetings - Sweet Stamps
Paper: white card base - PTI; Webster's Pages
Ink: Crumb Cake - SU; Memento Tuxedo Black- Tsukineko
Fibers: lace; taupe satin ribbon - Michael's
Other: pearls - Recollections; Mocha Latte, Carmel, Chocolate paints - Creative Inspirations Paints

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

You Make Me Hoppy

Hello Creative Inspirations friends!  I have a card today using a sweet little bunny from Sweet Stamps

This image is Tulip Bunny 668 and I colored him with copics and colored pencils.  I painted the flower because I wanted to give it that pearlescent shimmer that you get when you use the fabulous Creative Inspirations Paints.  The flower is painted with Mellow Yellow and while that color was still wet, I added the darker shading with Buttercup.  I always have a difficult time trying to capture the pretty shimmer that these paints give you but I think you may be able to see it better in the closeup photo below.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Be sure to drop by tomorrow as we'll have another project to share with you.

Hugs, Anita

Stamps:  Sweet Stamps - Tulip Bunny; My Favorite Things - sentiment
Paper:  Doodlebug Designs - Hello Spring; Bazzill
Other:  Creative Inspirations paints - Mellow Yellow and Buttercup, Copics, Caran d'Ache and Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, ribbon, pearls, Liquid Applique