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An Elegant Fall

Day 2 – May Arts / Creative Imaginations Blog Week!


Fall is upon us and that means lots of holidays and birthdays to prepare and plan for.  It’s also a time of visiting friends and family so it’s always nice to have a little stash of hostess gifts set aside.

This week, May Arts and Creative Imaginations have come to our rescue with some amazing and fun to use products.   I have a hostess gift or table decoration and 2 cards for you that look like they took far more time than they did.


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I always say I don’t do messy crafts.  CI Twinkling H20’s made painting quick, easy, fun and I had clean hands when I was finished!  I used a water brush so I didn’t have to worry about spilling a container of water on my paper.



To create the candle band, just cut the desired colors of paper to fit around your candle.  Place a strip of strong double sided tape on one end and attach the band.  Embellish with gorgeous May Arts Olive Silk Ribbon and glittered leaves.


Up next is a fall card using some narrow ¾” strips of the painted Creative Imaginations Marah Johnson paper.  I painted the vein lines in the leaves with the Ginger Peach Twinkling H20’s.  I love these rich elegant colors with the Kraft and black!


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Card size – 5 ½ inches by 4 ¼ inches

1.      Cut base, trim Kraft layer 1/8 inch narrower than base.   Attach paper and ribbon strips with glue, wrapping the ribbon to the back of the Kraft layer.  Apply adhesive to the back of the Kraft layer.  Attach to base.

2.     Attach glittered leaves with glue dots.  Brush H20’s onto paper leaves, attach to the card base with glue dots. Tie a double bow with May Arts black silk ribbon.  Attach to card with glue dots.  Make and attach beaded pin.

3.     Attach a 5 3/8 inch by 4 inch piece of Kraft cardstock on the card’s interior for writing. 


Last up is an elegant card that could be used for just about any occasion.  I love the pop of the May Arts Rose Silk Ribbon with the black and cream and subtle shimmer of the H20’s.

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Card Size – 5 ½ inches by 4 ¼ inches

1.     Cut card base from black cardstock.  Cut cream and music layers ¼ inch smaller incrementally.  Attach music layer to cream layer in the center using a small bit of GA adhesive.  Sew around the edges with sewing machine.  Distress the edges with the distressing tool or a pair of scissors.  Attach to base layer. 

2.     Stamp sentiment onto Creative Imaginations Paint it Die Cut.  Brush with Twinkling H20’s.  Attach self-stick pearls to the die cut then attach the die cut to the card with dimensionals.

3.     Form a double loop bow with May Arts 1.25 inch Rose Silk Ribbon.  Hold with your fingers while you form another double loop bow with May Arts ¼ inch Rose Silk Ribbon.  Tie both bows together with a small piece of the ¼ inch Rose silk ribbon.   Attach the bow and the roses to the card with glue dots.  Make and attach the beaded pin.


Easy, elegant and fun, thanks to May Arts Ribbon and Creative Imagination Luminarte Products!


Blog post by: Charlene Driggs

  1. jen shears

    Gorgeous cards & that candle is a terrific project!! Love it!

  2. meme

    Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Kathy P

    What a great hostess gift idea…those twinkling H2Os are great! And that rosey ribbon is fabulous….perfect pop for that beautiful card!

  4. Miriam Prantner

    Great projects! I love that you can paint that paper!

  5. Karen B.

    Beautiful and elegant! Love the colors you’ve used!


    wonderful card projects. thank you for sharing.

  7. Addie Wyatt

    Just gorgeous, what lovely projects thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Tanya P

    So cool, this looks like fun!

  9. Helen LeBrett

    Wonderful projects!! I’ve got to get some of that paper: what it does with the H2O’s is magic!!

  10. KimberlyRae

    Absolutely Amazing works of art!love them all… Thank you for the inspiration!

  11. Denise Coulter

    What a beautiful and elegant hostess gift! I am LOVING the purple twinkling H2O paint color.

  12. Emily K

    That music card is simply gorgeous! So fancy and I love how all the elements really tie well together. I especially love that secret fleur de lis. (Being in New Orleans, it’s a very popular symbol)

  13. Darlene Gabriel

    Charlene, these are beautiful. I love the way you coloured that paper and it really makes for a quick and easy pop of colour and focal point for your card and candle. I especially love the last card – such stunning colour combo. Your sentiment panel is beautiful.

  14. Karen Wedding

    I love your cards and the wrap around your candle. Very nice.

  15. Lori C

    Fantastic job with these projects, Charlene. I am loving the twinkling h2o paints!

  16. Christine Dring

    Oooooh! What beautiful projects! Love them all!

  17. Gloria Westerman

    Very Pretty!!! I love these ribbons…

  18. sue wisniewski

    decorating candles for the holidays gifts is one of my favorites things to do. your candle is just so pretty. thanks for sharing
    stamping sue

  19. ~amy~

    Gorgeous work…thanks so much for the inspiration!

  20. Bhavana Patel

    Love the candle project, the colors in the jars look so vibrant, yet on the cardstock look subtle, great card projects too!! Would love to win so I could try all the effects you have shown! Thanks so much!!

  21. Amanda Coleman

    The black music card is darling!

  22. Janet Sisk

    OMG! I LOVE this paint on the paper! It is so elegant on that candle. I also love the background on the label on the card. The subtle paint in the background is superb. 😀

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  23. jean marmo

    Wow – how cool!

  24. Sue D

    Beautiful projects!

  25. DeeDee Catron

    you’re doing WONDERS with these colors!! Love seein’ them laid next to each other like that.

  26. Kim H

    Beautiful candle wrap with matching card. Love the colors, and the dimension added by big bows. The music card is elegant with its wonderful color combo. Thank you for sharing them.

  27. Sue McRae

    Love the subtle shimmer to all your projects!

  28. Marcia D.

    Love seeing how to use the Twinkling H2Os as I have never used them. This makes it look easy. Definitely going to give it a try.

  29. Ashley N Newell

    This is genius! I love the painted paper!

  30. Kristie Maynard

    Beautiful projects! Love them all.

  31. Sherri

    Wow, what beautiful projects, each one of them.

  32. Karen K

    Ooh I like the idea of painting the colored stripes on that nice patterned paper and wrapping a candle with that and May Arts ribbon.

  33. natasha g.p.

    The paper that goes around the candles is a great idea. I love it. So pretty.

  34. sharon gullikson

    Your leaves are wonderful!!! So pretty.

  35. b. poteraj

    The candle would be a nice gift for the Thanksgiving hostess…

  36. Holly Tolman

    I love the way the music card turned out-good job!

  37. Becky D

    I love all of these projects Charlene! Especially that last card – love that rose and black together! That ribbon is gorgeous! Wish I could do bows like that 🙂 Thanks for the tutorial!

  38. Tammy V

    Beautiful projects. Love the resist of the paper!

  39. conniemelancon

    beautiful cards and projects. love the Twinkling H2O paint!

  40. Debbie C.

    Lovely cards and candle project. I really like the hint of gliiter from t twinkling H20. Thanks for sharing

  41. Doris Widder

    Gorgeous project and cards! Fab inspiration. TFS!

  42. Anita A

    What an amazing idea! Great gift idea!

  43. Jingle

    Beautiful projects!


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