Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Good morning everyone!

As you all know, I have written tons of tutorials for Creative Inspirations Paint... Because of my need to continually have new and interesting ways to use the paint, I get to play a lot and consider it time well spent. =)  

Not all of my ideas work the first time, or the second time.... and sometimes not at all. (although the most frustrating are the things I do by accident then can't figure out how to recreate!)  A fair number of my experiments never actually make it into a finished project, but this one did. Although it didn't make the cut for my tutorial, I still love how it turned out. 

There is so much texture on this baby and it is even more fabulous IRL!  A texture was actually what I was playing with for my tutorial, but it didn't end up working how I was envisioning it... I'll have to keep working on it.

Isn't that just the cutest birthday greeting!  And it fit perfectly on the Tim Holtz ticket. 

Well, off to bed with me I think... since it is 3 am...lol!


Supplies Used
Paper: white cardstock, kraft
Ink: Archival (Jet Black), VersaMark, StazOn (Jet Black) Distress Ink (Gathered Twigs, Victorian Velvet, Crushed Olive, Pumice Stone)
Stamps: Tattered Angels "Tattered Traveler Clock", Tim Holtz "Odds and Ends", Fiskars "Aged to Perfection"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Antique Silver
Dies: Tim Holtz "Ticket Strip"
Other: embossing powder, Crackle Accents, ribbon, whitewash, snap, pin, flower

Saturday, January 28, 2012

cracking up...

Hello all my fabulous friends! 

I have recently fallen in love with one of the best painting tools I have ever found... FINGERS.  Remember way back when you were a kid and dipping your fingers in pots of color and spreading it around was considered perfectly normal?  Well,  I don't know why we grow out of it... it is a very effective way of doing things, and it's FUN!

I use my fingers most for antiquing and grunging things up...

So, who's ready to get your fingers messy?

What you need:
Crackle Accents (by Ranger)
contrasting colors of CI paint

 Step 1: paint your paper or chipboard with Creative Inspirations paint using your favorite technique....

*I used Rustic Red, and Silver Frost*

 Step 2: squeeze on some Crackle Accents. 

 Step 3: spread the Crackle Accents with your finger to cover desired area. The thicker you spread it, the larger the cracks, likewise, the thinner the spread the smaller the cracks will be.

(make sure to wash your hands while the Crackle Accents is still wet... it's a pain to get off otherwise!)

 Step 4: As tempting it may be to speed the drying with a heat gun, DON'T.  Set it aside to dry naturally. When it is completely dry, you will see the surface covered with cracks. Very fun!  You can stop here, but for a more dramatic effect, grab a contrasting color (darker works better)

*I'm using Coal*

 Step 5: Once again get those fingers messy and rub the CI paint into the cracks.  Your fingers really work best for this!   The CI paints clean up with a just a little water, so no worries. 

 Ste 6: Use a damp rag to wipe off all the extra paint that isn't in the cracks. 

Isn't that fabulous???  The shimmer of the CI paints gives a fun twist to the grunge look.


Friday, January 27, 2012

baby bear...

Sorry I've been so MIA this week.. I've been fighting a migraine. *grrrr* 

 However, I am very happy to be here today to share a special card for a very special person... (For the parent of the person this was made for, I know you read my blog, so just act surprised when you see it. It's better in person anyway. lol)

 It has been a while since I've done a baby card, and I had so much fun with it!

 This ADORABLE image is from Penny Black "Make a Wish" stamp set and painted with Distress inks and a water brush. 

 The texture is modeling paste (colored with CI paint), clear embossing powder, and pressed through a circular plastic canvas. I then painted over the whole thing with a tinted whitewash. The clear embossing powder resists the whitewash, while any areas the powder missed gets tinted. It's kind of a messy look, but I love it!

The ribbon was also colored using Creative Inspirations Paint. I love how easy it is to alter white ribbon to match anything!

Ok... off to get busy with some more exciting projects!


Supplies Used
Paper: Coredinations, watercolor paper, white cardstock
Ink: Archival (Jet Black), Distress Ink (Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs, Victorian Velvet, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Iced Spruce, Pine Needles, Evergreen Bough, Fired Brick)
Creative Inspirations Paint: Sky Blue
Stamps: Penny Black "Make a Wish"
Dies: Quicktuz "Nesting Circles
Other: Modeling paste, whitewash, embossing powder, ribbon

Monday, January 23, 2012

butterfly bubbles...

Happy Monday everyone!  

Well, after spending last week house bound due to the snow and ice, it will be nice to venture into the city to see if the real world still exists. LOL!

While the weather has made travel difficult, it has given me time in my studio, which is good since  I was given a list a few days ago by a family member requesting a bunch of cards for Feb. birthdays and such. 

I've been playing with some of my favorite mediums that have been neglected lately, so I thought I would also dig out one of my favorite techniques that I haven't used lately... So here's to bubble wrap!
(I wrote the tutorial a while ago, so if you missed it, here's the link.)

 Instead of stamping with CI paints like I did in the tutorial, I used white acrylic paint. While the paint was still wet, I dumped on some white embossing powder and heat set.  I then used Green Olive CI to paint the background. The acrylic paint and embossing powder acts as a fabulous resist.

The edges were done by running the edge of the cardstock through an edge distresser, then rubbing on Antique Silver with my finger. I have recently fallen in love with this. Not only do I get my fingers messy, the edges have an almost gilded look. Fabulous!

Another favorite, the butterfly from Inspired by Stamping "Butterfly Wings" set... Stamped on thin plastic and cut out twice. The bottom layer is colored using Alcohol inks. 

Notice the tulle?  Doesn't it look like a butterfly net? And such great texture! (Man, I love texture!!!)

Have a wonderful day everyone!


Supplies Used
Paper: Coredinations, Recollections clear plastic, white cardstock
Stamps: Inspired by Stamping "Butterfly Wings"
Ink: StazOn (Jet Black), Alcohol ink (Wild Plum)
Creative Inspirations Paint: Green Olive, Antique Silver
Other: acrylic paint, embossing powder, rhinestones, string, tulle

Friday, January 20, 2012

a touch of red..

Hello all my fabulous friends! 
 I hope you are all having a wonderful week! 

Ready for a little more Valentine inspiration?

This card is again a lovely mix of textures... With layers of gesso, inks, papers and ribbon.

 The first layer is gesso and embossing powder with a stencil, then inks, more gesso, and more inks...The texture is a lot better IRL. 

I have fallen in love with Tim Holtz "Ticket Strip" die and the coordinating stamp set "Odds and Ends"... This ticket was made from the packaging of a My Mind's Eye paper pack. Why waste a fabulous pattern on a glossy card stock? lol

ok, it's late, I should get to bed. =)


Supplies Use
Paper: Die Cuts with a View, My Mind's Eye, white cardstock
Ink: All Purpose Ink (Red Delicious), Smooch Spritz (Cherry Ice), StazOn (Jet Black) Mark-it (Tuxedo Black)
Stamps: Tim Holtz "Odds and Ends"
Dies: Tim Holtz "Ticket Strip"
Other: flowers, faux pearls, ribbon, embossing powder

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

sleep deprived, but happy...

Well, I had good intentions of having a post up yesterday, but I found myself, instead, spending most of the day in a horizontal position trying to pretend I don't exist, and therefor my migraine didn't exist either. Pretending I don't exist really doesn't make the headache go away, but I had to do something with my time... 

An interesting thing about my migraines is that although I am physically, and emotionally drained after they are over, and you would think I would be able to crawl into bed and sleep for 24 hours straight, it kinda does the opposite... it really messes with my sleep patterns. 

(yes, I'm rambling, but hey, I'm exhausted!)

So, while every other rational and normal human was asleep at unspeakably early hours of the morning, I was busy with this...

 This is such a hands-on card! So many layers and yummy textures!  One of those "get your hands good and messy" mixed media projects that I love.. It was blissful happiness dipping my fingers in paint and just creating!

The hot air balloon was done in layers. The bottom layer is a patterned paper that I fussy cut the balloon out of. Next come a sheet of clear plastic that I stamped the balloon on with StazOn ink. This gives me all the fine details of the ropes without covering up the background between them.  On top of that is a layer of Crackle Accents by Ranger. Isn't that an awesome effect!!!
And the actual background... my favorite part!  I started by making a stencil using my Cricut and Gypsy.  After that, it's layers of modeling paste, gesso, embossing powder, inks, and Creative Inspirations Paints. I rubbed on the CI paint with my fingers to really highlight the texture. 

I'm definitely going to be making more of these backgrounds! So much fun!

Well, enough of me yapping. LOL


Supplies Used
Paper: Teress Collins, My Minds Eye, Recollections clear plastic, white cardstock
Ink: All Purpose ink (Blue Bayou, Sky Mist), Distress ink (Pumice Stone), StazOn (Jet Black), Archival (Jet Black), VersaMark
Stamps: Inspired by Stamping "The Sky's the Limit", Tim Holtz "Odds and Ends"
Creative Inspirations: Antique Silver, Denium
Cricut: Storybook
Dies: Tim Holtz "Ticket Strip"
Other: modeling paste, embossing powder, gesso, Crackle Accents, Perfect Pearls, string

Saturday, January 14, 2012

IBS January release day party...

Hello everyone!

For those of you joining me today for the Inspired by Stamping sneak peek blog hop, welcome! To my usual visitors, thank you so much for your support!!!

Well, today is the big release day! Have you checked out all the fabulous new sets?!! If not, click here. To order, click here.

And make sure to visit all the blogs today for more fabulous inspiration!

The first stamp I used from the set "Touched by an Angel" is fairly obvious... I stamped it on the back of some velvet flocked paper and fussy cut it... (I actually ended up doing that several times before I was happy with color combos...yeah, it would be nice if I was better at planning things out, but then I guess I would miss the creative journey. lol!)

However, did you spot the second stamp I used?

Probably not because it is hard to see... I love the little details though! I stamped the hearts over and over on tissue paper strips with clear embossing ink. I then heat embossed them and painted over them with a mix of glaze, Distress re-inker, and Perfect pearls. I then layered all the tissue strips for a ruffly background. 

Ok... funny story with this one... I was trying to do this when the power was out. I sponged on a layer of Ivory Creative Inspirations Paint for the white background, but it's not so easy to see cream on white by candle light. LOL!  I figured I had just wasted the paper because it wasn't looking all that good, so I started playing with the paper and candle flame... (can we say pyro?)  When the power finally came back on, I looked at the paper and was surprised that you can still see the shimmer on the charred areas!  I decided to use it in my project after all. =)  

*note: please be careful when playing with fire. I did have water at my finger tips, as well as a non-flamable surface to work on. 

Be sure to visit the other DT blogs to see more fabulous projects made with the newly released stamp sets!

Kassi Hulet  (you are here)



Supplies Used
Paper: White cardstock, tissue paper, velvet paper
Ink: VersaMark, Distress ink (Victorian Velvet, Walnut Stain), Alcohol ink (Cranberry, Shell Pink)
Stamps: Inspired by Stamping "Touched by an Angel"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Ivory
Other: embossing powder, ribbon, clasp, feathers, Perfect Pearls, glaze

Friday, January 13, 2012

IBS January sneak peek #2...

 Hello everyone!

For those of you joining me today for the Inspired by Stamping sneak peek blog hop, welcome! To my usual visitors, I'm glad to see you again!

Don't forget that I only have 1 of the soon to be released sets, so make sure you hop through all the blogs to see all the sneak peeks! Also, tomorrow is the big release day party! You'll be finally be able to see all the fabulous stamps in each of the yummy sets!

 Isn't this little guy sweet?  I did a couple different layers of embossing powders here for lots of fabulously vintage-y texture.  It looks so much better IRL than I could capture in a photo!

Want to know something cool?  This entire card was made out of cheap white cardstock!

The background for this card was also made using a single stamp from this set.  I stamped the phrase over and over with clear embossing ink. then covered it with clear embossing powder.  I applied layers of Distress ink, then used an iron and a scrap of paper to melt off all the embossing powder.  Because these are clear stamps, I was then able stamp directly over one of the ghost images to highlight the saying in black.  Don't you love it when your stamps can do more than one thing!

Be sure to visit the other DT blogs to see more fabulous projects made with the soon to be released stamp sets!

Kassi Hulet  (you are here)


Supplies Used
Paper: white cardstock
Ink: Distress Ink (Iced Spruce, Gathered Twigs, Mahogany), VersaMark, Perfect Medium
Stamps: Inspired By Stamping "Touched by an Angel"
Dies: Quickutz "Nesting Ovals"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Tan
Other: embossing powder, ribbon, nail heads

Thursday, January 12, 2012

IBS January sneak peek #1...

Hello everyone!

For those of you joining me today for the Inspired by Stamping sneak peek blog hop, welcome! To my usual visitors, I'm glad to see you again!

Today and tomorrow, the DT for Inspired by Stamping have created fabulous sneak peek projects to get you all excited and inspired. Saturday we'll have our release day party and announce all of the fabulous new sets! (Since I was only given 1 to work with, you'll want to hop through all the blogs to get a sneak peek at them all!)

Here's a close up of 2 of the stamps from my set.. the phrase (which I love!), and the cute little hearts.  I stamped the hearts in a color that was just slightly darker than the paper, then covered them in a thin layer of Crackle Accents (by Ranger) to give them a crackled and aged look while keeping the tone-on-tone.

 I used my favorite trick of colorizing white things by painted the tulle, and dyeing the ribbons. After all, any little girl as cutely dressed as this one needs ribbons and bows!

 The flowers were cut out of old book paper, then painted with various colors of Creative Inspirations paint for a fabulous shimmery color!

Recognize this stamp?  It's from the last release "The Sky's the Limit". It fit perfectly in this little ticket that I cut out of some patterned paper.  I love how all the sets from Inspired by Stamping work so well together!

Be sure to visit the other DT blogs to see more fabulous projects made with the soon to be released stamp sets!

Kassi Hulet  (you are here)



Supplies Used
Paper: Die Cuts With a View, old book pages, white cardstock
Ink: Distress Ink (Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Brushed Corduroy, Antique Linen), StazOn (Jet Black, Archival (Jet Black), Alcohol ink (Ginger, Gold Additive), All Purpose Ink (Sand), VersaMark
Stamps: Inspired by Stamping "Touched By an Angel", "Butterfly Wings", & "The Sky's the Limit"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Fairy Dust, Tan, Chocolate, Autumn Wheat
Dies: EKSuccess punches, Quickutz flowers
Cricut: Accents Essentials, Serenade
Other: Perfect Pearls, Crackle Accents, faux pearls, tulle, ribbon, coffee filter, embossing powder

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

a little treat...

Hello everyone! 

Today I have a quick and simple Valentines Day gift... 

Simply fill a small bag with goodies and add a topper for a handmade feel!

 These make great party favors or sweet treats for friends!

For my topper, I used canvas as my background. I stamped and heat embossed the swirl onto the canvas, then sprayed on Distress ink (fill a small mister with water and reinker).  The embossed area will resist the ink leaving a fantastic design!  I then die cut and stamped a ticket using Tim Holtz die and stamp. (isn't it adorable???). 

 The pin holding the ticket is a regular quilter's pin that I altered.  Simply roll the head in clear embossing ink, then dip in embossing powder. Heat it up, and you have a beautiful custom pin! (If you want to put something on the end to keep it in place, you can pick up clear plastic earring backs in the beading section of craft stores. )

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for the first day of January Sneak Peeks for Inspired by Stamping!


Supplies Used
Paper: Die Cuts with a View, white cardstock
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), VersaMark, Distress Ink (Victorian Velvet, Tattered Rose)
Stamps: Tim Holtz "Odds and Ends", Basic Grey "Swirlie"
Dies: Tim Holtz "Ticket Strip", Martha Stewart Butterfly punch
Other: Glossy Accents, Perfect Pearls, string, canvas, pin, embossing powder

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

love you deer...

Happy Tuesday!

It's getting that time of year when we need to start thinking of Valentine's Day cards... I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a huge fan of Valentine's Day, but for those who are, I've got some projects to share this week. =)

 I was asked to create some fun cards for the little ones in my family, so this is the first one... It's been a while since I have used the Cindy Loo Cricut cart, and I thought it would be perfect for a light hearted cute Valentine's Day card. 

the hearts were stamped with a background grid pattern by Kaisercraft, then painted with Creative Inspirations Paint "Rustic Red". I love how easy it is to alter plain white cardstock and make it a perfect personalized addition to any project!

I'll be back tomorrow with more fun stuff!


Supplies Used
Paper: My Minds Eye, Bazzill, kraft, white cardstock
Ink: Powder Puff (Midnight Confession, Mocha Mama), MarkIt (Tuxedo Black), Archival (Coffee), VersaMark
Stamps: Kaisercraft "Grid", 3 Bugs in a Rug "Flower Patch", Basic Grey "Swirlie"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Rustic Red
Cricut: Cindy Loo, Calligraphy Collection
Other: Doodlebug flocking, acrylic paint, embossing powder

Saturday, January 7, 2012

the art of mess making...

There is something wonderfully freeing and fun about getting messy... I mean sticky, gooey, can't touch anything without sharing the love messy! If you haven't done it recently, I highly recommend it. =)

Here's my get messy project...

String art is nothing new... In fact it goes way back, and I've been meaning to give it a go for a while now. I finally pulled out the supplies and got messy. Let's just say I'm addicted! I've already convinced my Mom that she "needs" a bunch of these added to her front room decor. =)

I plan on doing a full tutorial (cuz you know how much I LOVE sharing the "how-tos" of my art!!!), but I want to experiment with a few ideas first so I can bring the best things into the tutorial. I'm so excited!


Friday, January 6, 2012

sending sunshine...

I had power last night!  However, more storms are headed my way, so we'll see what the next few nights have in store for me. =)

In honor of the rain here, I've pulled out one of my favorite rain images from Crafter's Companions...

This cute little rainy girl was colored in using distress inks and a water brush.. the orange is Ripe Persimmon, and the purple is Seedless Preserves.. both from the fall seasonal stack.. aren't they yummy?

The background was double embossed.. first dry embossed then heat embossed.. I was trying an experiment, and although it didn't come out exactly how I envisioned it, I still like it. 

 This is the greeting inside the card. The sun (American Crafts) was stamped with Sunshine Creative Inspirations Paint, and the saying is from Inspired By Stamping "The Sky's The Limit" set that just came out last month.

Well, off to go check if my string is dry yet...


Supplies Used
Paper: White Cardstock, Watercolor paper, Bazzill
Ink: Archival Ink (Jet Black), StazOn (Jet Black), Distress Ink (Ripe Persimmon, Seedless Preserves, Gathered Twigs, Frayed Burlap, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Shabby Shutters, Pumice Stone, Victorian Velvet, Tattered Rose)
Stamps: Crafter's Companion "After the Rain", American Crafts "Laughter", Inspired By Stamping "The Sky's The Limit"
Dies: Quickutz "Nesting Ovals" & "Nesting Circles"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Sunshine
Other: Provo Craft "Polka Dots" embossing folder, embossing powder, faux pearls, Glossy Accents, string

Thursday, January 5, 2012


Well, last night the wind took our power out for the second time this week...

I had just decided to spend some good solid time in my studio and get several projects done when everything went dark. Figures. lol!

So after gathering up candles, matches, and flashlights, I decided to try the old fashioned way of crafting... by candlelight.

As much fun as I had, I must say I wasn't overly productive. I guess we'll see if we have power tonight or not. =)


Monday, January 2, 2012

a little mud...

Happy New Year every one!

How about a little humor to start the year out?

 Little Mr. Doodles here was riding his trike when he decided to take a little shortcut. He cut the corner and found himself stuck in the mud... When he got off his trike, he did a fabulous butt plant in the super squishy mud.  He really didn't want his photo taken, but his mom couldn't resist snapping a few. =)

The sign post was cut out of grunge paper on my Cricut. I wasn't so sure exactly how well it would really work, but it cut beautifully!  A little ink and embossing powder gives it texture and color.  I typed up the journaling and printed it on a transparency and layered in between the layers of grunge paper. 

Ok, between the wind and the rain outside, I've had some light flickering... Guess I should hop off the computer for a while. =)


Supplies Used
Paper: My Minds Eye, DCWV, Coredinations, Grunge Paper, acetate, white cardstock
Ink: Distress Ink (Weathered Wood, Fired Brick, Antique Linen, Walnut Stain, Brushed Corduroy, Iced Spruce, Soot Black), Alcohol Ink (Ginger, Cranberry), Memento (Tuxedo), Powder Puff (Midnight)
Stamps: Inspired By Stamping "The Sky's the Limit"
Cricut: Christmas, Alphalicious
Other: embossing powder, eyelets, rhinestones, acrylic paint, string