Friday, January 27, 2012

The small things in the garden

     I was approached a while back by the the DT leader, Kendra, at Creative Inspiration Paints about a possible guest designer spot and boy did I jump at the chance.  These little paint pots are awesome!  If you've never tried them before you need to.  Just a small amount goes a LONG way and the shimmer is just beautiful.
     Creative Inspirations Paint has a great challenge blog, but that blog also has a great page on it that is filled with some of the coolest tutorials on all kinds of ways to use CIP.  I found several I wanted to try out and used a couple on this card.  The buttons were made using the Aged Button technique with Rose Quartz and  that beautiful Sea Foam ruffle across the middle was created using the Crepe paper Ruffles technique.
     I also added Citrus to the butterfly die cut and painted the flower portions of the image with Rose Quartz after I had colored it with Copics.  There's a little of the Crackle Accents added to the bee wings which looks really cool close up.
     I hope you liked the card and I hope you'll go check out all that CIP has to offer.
     I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp--anything goes
Deep Ocean--sparkling and/or glitter
Hooked on Craft--something bright
Make It Monday--anything goes

     Be blessed!

  • Papers:  Prima Fairy Flora, Bazzill, Recollections, Copic X-Press It Blending card
  • Stamp:  A Day For Daisies "Small Things", Papertrey Ink "Mixed Messages"
  • Ink:  Copics, Antique Linen Distress ink 
  • Creative Inspirations Paint:  Sea Foam, Rose Quartz, Citrus
  • Tools:  Nestabilites Standard Circles Large (S4-114). Martha Stewart Monarch Butterfly punch and Arch Lattice edge punch
  • Miscellaneous:  The Paper Studio and Jolee's pearls, Dritz cheesecloth, crepe paper, buttons frommy stash, Crackle Accents


  1. They picked the right person for their GD spot ... congrats ... your card is totally stunning!!

  2. Beautiful card Tracy! Love the image too and the different paint techniques you have used.
    Love Pearl x

  3. Oh, my goodness! First of all, that is the most adorable image ever, and colored gorgeously!! There is just too much wonderfulness on this card, Tracy, I don't know where to start! Congratulations on yet another DT spot, my friend! It's no are such an incredible talent! Thank you so much for sharing! :o)

  4. Such a lovely card, Tracy!
    Funny, I was just playing with some CIP I got as a challenge win last year and never used (til now). (Had a "shabby chic" challenge card to make. SCARY!!) It is pretty cool stuff. I really need to "take inventory" of what I have and make myself use some of this stuff that Ive forgotten about. Maybe it will re-create a new me. :/ lol

  5. oh Tracy, this is just wonderful! I've never tried their paints, as I'm hooked on shimmerz. are they similar? love that ruffled ribbon. and such a beautiful image.
    enjoy your weekend!

  6. Congrats on yet another GD spot Tracy! Well done! Gorgeous card, lovely image, fab painting! Hugs, Ira x

  7. Beautiful card Tracy, I just love how you pay attention to little details, you are awesome!
    Congrats on the GD spot!!!

  8. Tracy, this is beautiful... love all that shimmer and that piece of cheesecloth... wonderful!!! Congratulations on the GD spot... you're the best!!!

  9. I just looooove the variety of colours you have used. They all go perfectly together. Love it!

  10. Congratulations on your GDT spot, I couldn't think of a more worthy choice. This is fabulous, I love the image (coloured beautifully as always) and that ruffle is divine.

  11. Wow Tracy! First of all Congrats on your Guest DT spot!!! How cool is that! And I love what you've done with the paints on your card. Great techniques. I've never used that product before so I'll just HAVE to check it out.
    Love all of the embellies & the use of pearls too. Looks great!
    btw.......Thanks for your sweet words on my blog. (big smile)
    Happy Huggies & Blessings ~
    Sharron ♥

  12. I just love all these little critters! Love how you accented your image with little pearl edges and ribbon! Beautiful!

  13. Congrats on your DT spot, Tracy, your card has so many beautiful things to look at, just like a garden! Have a wonderful weekend.

  14. Oh this is just wonderful! Congrats on your GDT spot. :) I love the crackle on those bee's wings. Looks wonderful and in the close-up you can see it perfectly.
    Beautiful card and very informative post. I'll be checking out those links. Thank you for sharing those and thank you also for joining us at Make It Monday!!
    Lisa xx

  15. Congratulations on being GDT. Your card is absolutely adorable! Lovely colours and beautiful details and such a cute image! hugs, Marlies

  16. Oooh, I love this card! You colored this image beautifully. I love all the details. I always like how you used the cheesecloth. I try using it and always take it off. It looks so good and adds wonderful texture on your creations.

  17. This is so gorgeous! I love all the details and textures....very nice! Lovely colouring too!!! THANKS for joining us at Simon Says Stamp this week!

  18. Wow, what a beautiful card Tracy! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  19. such a beautiful card.
    Stopping by to invite to visit Link Up for Pink's new website:
    We are celebrating with several giveaways! :)

  20. Simply beautiful. Congrat on your new DT spot - so rewarding and so nice for you to be recognized for the talented crafter that you are.

  21. Hi Tracy

    I just love your card, they are always so beautiful.

    This one is no different. Your colouring is awesome and I love the little detail of the pearls.

    Thank you for sharing with us this week at Make It Monday.

    Michelle :o)

  22. Yummy card - love the pearls and the ruffles and the buttons look great too.
    Never seen these paints - think I'll have to check them out - wonder if they have them in the UK x
    ((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

  23. I don't really know what I can say's all been said! LOVE this, it's beautiful. You have such a wonderful knack for putting cards together with just all the right elements :) If you ever come to Aus I'm going to lock you up for a week and watch you craft LOL
    Hugs xx

  24. Oooh, what intriguing little paints, and what a fabulous card, Tracy! Love the shimmer and love how the buttons turned out. Such a wonderful card design, too. Really love all the texture.

  25. Gorgeous work, so lovely!

    Thanks for playing along with us at Deep Ocean last fortnight, hope to see your lovely works again for today's challenge.

    Hugs, Franz.

  26. beautiful card so pretty thanks for joining us at MMCS hugs Jill xx

  27. Beautiful creation. Thanks for joining our challenge at MMCS
    Tracy x


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