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Link: Creative Imaginations.

I recently had the pleasure of meeting (online, not IRL) Cheryl Mezzetti , Design Team Coordinator for Creative Imaginations.  Creative Imaginations is a widely known scrapbooking company, with a wide variety of different lines and styles of scrapbook papers and embellishments.

One of the products I’ve always been fascinated by, is their Bare Elements line–fun, white, blank items that can be altered.  They’re kind of a stamper’s dream, because, due to being blank, the surface is directly conducive to stamping.

Curious to see what stampers would do with the Bare Elements line, CI sent products out to the Dirty Dozen.  I received a Shelley Case, plus the Narratives Line of papers designed by Karen Russell.  This line is kind of vintagey, and sophisticated, featuring ivory and black tones.

Here’s what I ended up creating:

Shelley Case from the Bare Elements line, Narratives (Papers, Epoxy Stickers, Chipboard Embellishments) by Karen Russell, all for Creative Imaginations.   Stamp credits:  Fresh Bloom by Stampendous; smaller little splootchy center of a flower looking thing-a-ma-bob by Magenta; Staz-On Ink in Jet Black; Watercolor Crayons by SU!; Aqua Painter; Silk flowers from craft supply store.


Side View

Interior View

The paper you see on the body was first cut to fit the outside of the case (it took two pieces, that had to be joined together to span around the entire case), and then stamped and watercolored while flat.  I simply couldn’t resist stamping on this paper, and loved how it provided such a nice back-drop to the stamped images!  Each piece was measured, and then cut, and run through a Xyron to apply adhesive and then all applied to the case.  I prefer Xyron adhesive for such projects because it has no odor, not messy, and I’m too impatient for Mod Podge or other wet glues to dry anyway. . . particularly when working on a project until 1:30 am . . . (insert rolling eyeballs)

I’m an instant-gratification creature–and due to that, cards are typically my favorite thing to do.  But, every once in a while, a 3D project is extremely gratifying, as it pushes me outside my comfort zone, and, I must confess that this was an extremely fun project to do.  Ya’ know it:  I be bouncin’, bay-beeeeee!!! LOL!  I definitely see more Bare Elements projects in my future. *wink*!  You gotta check out their purses, and all the other *FUN* stuff–holy mackerol!

If you’re interested in the projects the other girls did, please check out the gallery at the site, linked above–they created a fun gallery just for the Splitcoaststampers Design Team to share what they’ve done with Bare Elements!  I also highly recommend doing a gallery search (try key words Bare Elements or Creative Imaginations) on Splitcoast because there are a number of Bare Elements projects in there not only by the Dirty Dozen, but also by community members who’ve already discovered this fun line of blank stampables!

So . . . what are the two things about the Narratives papers especially that delight me?  I’m sure you have already guessed . . . *wink*!

Wishing ya’all a stamp-happy weekend! *grin*

  1. Congratulations! This post was so terrific we included it in our latest Blog Carnival on Craft Critique!

    We would love it if you’d “share the link love” and let your readers know about the Altered Items Carnival on Craft Critique… but we don’t require it.

    Of course if you’d rather not have your link included in the carnival then just let us know and we will remove it.

    Thanks for creating something so wonderful and sharing it on your blog! :)

    -Sarah Moore

  2. This is stunning, I love that paper. Awesome job :)

  3. Jules, I need help picking my jaw up off the floor. This is a wowie wowie wowie wow!!!!! I love it!

  4. That box is simply lovely! And what cool paper. Hmm…what’s that sound? Oh yes, it’s money falling out of my pocket for another purchase. :)

    By the way, I couldn’t find the special gallery on splitcoast. Can you tell me where to look? Thanks! Jane Jetson

  5. Well, FIRST…I’m, like, STINKIN’ jealous that all the current Dirty Girls get to play with this stuff, when ole’ has-been me doesn’t get any of it, WAH!

    And then, you just had to make me go and buy that dang stamp, didn’tcha? Between you and Lila Holgate sending me a birthday card with the Ruffled Bloom on it and then seeing this one, I ended up buying them both and another Stampendous stamp too…

    Julie, Julie, Julie….the money in my Paypal account is drainin’ away and it’s all your fault! :-D

  6. wow, wow, wow, GASP, your work is SPLENDIFEROUS!!!!! TFS.

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