Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Family Time Canvas- Creative Embellishments

Hello Nicolle here today sharing another canvas I created for Creative  Embellishments.  I am having so much fun with them lately. I created a few this month to hang around my house. The walls have been a bit naked  for a long time.
I used a bunch our time pieces. All were altered in pretty much the same way. I applied black soot distress paint for the base coat. I then went ahead and applied metallic colors from the lumiere collection by Jaquard. Kelley brought to my attention there paints. The CE team totally inspires me. I am always excited to learn new techniques and products I have never used. I actually altered some the gears and loose parts  with the same application I used on the clocks and some solid metallic colors.

A bit of a close up of the background. I used a crafters workshop stencil for the numbers and tim holtz rub ons.  Around the edges I applied a bit of black embossing powder.

I added some nuts and bolts as well as some metal butterflies.
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Steampunk Clock and Gear Cluster Steampunk Timepieces Gear  1 1/2" (Set of 12)
 Large Steampunk Clock 6" Loose parts Gears 1" (Set of 12)
Gear Set 2 Small

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Creative Embellishments DT Call - Term May- August

Hello CE Friends! Wow I can’t believe it’s time for our 3rd design team call!! What a journey it has been so far. I love that our team is a supportive, friendly, of course extremely talented, inspirational and DRAMA free. It’s what I look for in a team.
WE are looking for 8 fun crafty folks for our team. This term is a 4 month term. My goal is to have 3 DT calls a year. I want to keep things fresh and get our products into as many hands as possible.

What will be required from you?
Must be good with deadlines.
3 projects a month (1 layout/project for our monthly challenge and 2 other layouts/projects)
You must be able to leave love on all the entries for our monthly challenges.
Write a blog post  providing a brief description of what you did to alter the chipboard (or other products) along with a list of the products used linked to our store on our CE blog.
Please share as well on your personal blog/facebook and any other social media site you are active on.
Comment on participant’s entries to our monthly challenges.
Good photography skills of projects required.
Occasionally you will be asked to create 1 to 2 additional projects as  guest spots at the sites we sponsor. This may not happen at all during this term but want to be prepared in case it does. So please keep this in mind.
Please become a fan/follower of our blog, facebook, page, pinterest, google+, youtube, flikr and  twitter. I realize not everyone are active on all these accounts but follow us where you can.

What you will get. :)
$45.00 a month in Creative Embellishments product of your choice.
30% off any additional products.
Creative Embellishments will promote your work on our blog, facebook page, pinterest, flikr and instagram.

Email me, Nicolle, (with CEDT3 in subject line) at nicolle@creativeembellishments.com  orcreativeembellishments1@gmail.com with:
Name, Address, e-mail address
Blog address and other galleries
Current Design Teams you are on. (We are looking for folks who are NOT on any other competitive chipboard manufacturer teams)
Email 3 photos of layouts, cards, tags, canvases and mixed media projects of your choice.( PLEASE RESIZE  THE PHOTOS YOU SEND  TO 300K) They DO NOT have to be new but what you think represents your style best.
We are looking for all styles….Clean and simple, shabby chic, grunge, eclectic,mixed media and off the page etc

The deadline for this call is  March 28th.  The designers will be contacted on or around April 1st . The term will run from May 1st 2015  through August 31st 2015.  Thanks to all who apply in advance. I am sure it will not be an easy task to narrow it down to  8 people. There are so many talented folks out there.  I am however looking for a well rounded team of all styles showcasing our products.
This DT CALL is open to everyone.
Thanks again. I can not wait to see who applies this term!! xoxoxox

Creative Embellishments March Challenge Reveal

It’s March 1st and time for Creative Embellishments  monthly challenge and design team reveal. The challenge is to be inspired by at least 1 element from the picture below (let us know what your were inspired by in your post). For the twist…use at least 1 of our flourishes on your project. Please be sure to read the challenge guidelines below. We look forward to see what everyone creates.
Challenge Rules:
>Create a NEW project layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc….as of March 1st  2015.
>Please add your entry to our InLinkz box below to be eligible for the prize. You have until the last day of each month 11:55 pm eastern time to enter.
>It is required that you mention in your blog post that you are playing along at Creative Embellishments together with a link back to our blog. Please make sure to reference our challenge. Please no back linking.
>Combining with other challenges is permitted.
PLEASE USE AT LEAST 1 OF  CE products on your projects.

This month I decided to create a canvas. I was inspired by the butterflies in the picture above and I used flourish 24 for the twist. I even used a stencil with flourishes on it for the background.  I altered the Hot Air balloonssteampunk hot air balloon and gears all the same.  I first applied a pearl turquoise paint lumiere by jaquard to all the pieces. I make sure that the paint gets into the engraved crevices. I then dry brushed black paint over making sure not to get into the engraved parts.I wanted to make sure the detailed areas popped. The steampunk hot air balloon I added a darker turquoise paint and some white as well.  The birds were altered using black paint as a base and added a bit of blue to them.  Flourish 24 was altered using gesso and a little pearl turquoise paint. I altered the flourish photo/page corner set 2 the same. The title piece spread your wings was altered using gesso and some Silks acrylic glaze in apricot nectar color.

A little cluster at the bottom right corner.
Link up your projects on the CE blog for a chance to win a $30.00 gift voucher to the store.


Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog. xoxox

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Celebrate Layout - Scrap Around the World

Happy Thursday friends!!! Today is our 22 year marriage anniversary. I just thought I would share that. The Creative Embellishments team is also guest designers at Scrap Around the World  month and today is the reveal day. I love playing along with inspiration pictures. When I saw  the mood board I knew exactly what picture I was going to scrap. My daughters Senior Prom picture came to mind when I saw the board. All the pretty summery greens. The fancy curly locks etc.

AS you can tell I was inspired by the colors in the mood board as well as the greenery, flowers and outdoorsy feel. 

 I used many creative embellishments products on this layout. I stamped our grungy music note image on the background paper using a green faber castell pen. I altered the sea grass, flourish 4, ivy flourish and ivy sprig all in the same manner. I first applied a little 3d stamp paint for texture. I then added various colors of green from tim holtz distress paints and stains.
The archway was altered starting with the 3d stamp paint as well and I added a brown distress stain and antique linen distress paint. The square chipboard piece that frames the sweet couple was simply distressed with various green paints and stains for sort of a camouflage look. 
The title piece celebrate and the heart butterfly were altered by first applying the 3d stamp paint I then added white, yellow and green distress paints for a two-tone effect.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a terrific Valentine's Day!! Love ya'll!!

Heart Butterflies Set 1 Archway Style 1
Ivy Spray Ivy Sprigs
Seagrass Grunge Music Note Sheet Stamp

Flourish 4 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

February Tag - Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015

Happy Sunday friends! Today I am sharing a tag I created for the Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2015. My goal is to make time once a month to create a tag to complete a whole year. So far so good. It was nice to just craft for fun.

12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.com

I didn't have any "ephemera" made by TH so I actually cut apart some papers from various collections of his. The 2 collections I cut pieces from were kraft resist, seasonal kraft resist(valentines paper),  and wallflower.

I have to buy new needle for my sewing machine or else I would have stitched the felt heart a bit.

I layered the heart with some of the yummy TH metal embellies.

I hope you like how my tag turned out. All the TH supplies will be listed below.

Kraft Resist, Seasonal Kraft Resist, Wallflower paper
Fired Brick Distress Stain, Black soot distress stain and paint
Tissue Tape
Word bands
Game pieces
Salvage Stickers
Ornate Plates
Kraft Resist chipboard letters
Locket Keys
Crinkle Ribbon

Friday, February 6, 2015

Time Flies Layout - Creative Embellishments

Happy Friday Folks! Nicolle here today sharing a layout I created of my daughter Jolie and I for Creative Embellishments. She’s my youngest and just growing up to fast. sniffle sniffle… pretty soon an empty nest….nahh.. ;) Well soon enough.. :P
I altered the large clock face using brushed corduroy stain, tarnished brass and black soot ink. The mini gear clock I applied black soot and then peacock liquid pearls. Wing set 4 was altered using the peacock pearls and a little black ink.  The many gears were altered first with a base of coat of black soot and then a bit of tarnished brash distress paints. Some were left in solid black or tarnished brass. The wood veneer clocks were again altered using black soot and peacock liquid pearls to keep with the color scheme.
IMG_8125 For added interest and flow I added a bunch of tiny clock hands throughout the page. They were simply altered with black soot paint. The hot air balloons were altered with black soot paint and peacock liquid pearls. The bird chipboard piece was altered with black soot paint. I find using tim holtz dabbers east and convenient or little pieces.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by our blog. Stop by the store to see the newly added products. Have a creative weekend.
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Large Clock Face 5" Wing Set 4 (small) Steampunk Timepieces
Birds  Hot Air Balloons Mini Gear Wood clocks

Mini Gears 3/4" (set of 12)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

I Love Music Canvas - Creative Embellishments

Happy hump day friends!! Nicolle here today sharing a canvas I created for Creative Embellishments.  I am always listening to music. I turn on my sonos to pandora every morning to one of my favorite stations….Breaking Benjamin.  I like many genre’s from the 40’s right on through to today. I have to admit my tastes have changed a bit since being a teen. I like a lot of dance , pop, rock, heavy metal, alternative and rap. Today I mostly listen to rock, alternative and metal ..also some of what my kids would call screamo. lol. I also turn to some oldies fleetwood mac, CCR, bryan adams, John Mellencamp, chicago, journey…..madonna, prince etc…. Oh my the list goes on. The only music I do not listen to is country or any of today’s rap. I figured I would create a canvas in tribute for my love of music.

I started with a 9″x 12″ canvas. I actually wet a pattered piece of paper and crumpled it but as you can see there isn’t much left of the paper visible. I had what I thought was a cool idea but I wasn’t able to execute it really well. I am not completely disappointed how it turned out but it is not what was in my mind’s eye.  I cut myself a custom treble clef chipboard piece and applied some 3d stamp paint . I then applied some sugar plum distress paint and black magic mesh.  The small wing set 4 I altered simply applying distress paints in the colors of weathered wood, white picket fence and black soot.  The i love music title piece was altered with black soot paint and pink micro beads applied with glossy accents. For a finishing touch to the treble clef I added one of our music flair pieces.

The wood veneer music notes and music note border 2 were both altered using black soot and weathered wood distress paints.  The butterfly was altered using sugar plum and picked rasberry distress paints. I added a couple black gems to keep to the color scheme.
I also stamped a couple images to the background with our grunge music note sheet stamp (with picked raspberry) and distressed checker stamp (with black soot).

The flourishes were altered the same as the music note borders with black soot and weathered wood paints.  I hope you all liked my canvas. Creating them is a bit out of my comfort zone. I am hoping to do a few more this year and get better at them and maybe achieve what I see in my minds eye.
Flourish Set 23 Distressed Checkered Stamp Grunge Music Note Sheet Stamp
I Love Music I (heart)1  Music  Music Notes ( Set of 12)
Treble Clef Trio Music Note Border 2 Flourish Butterfly Set 2
Wing Set 4 (small)
Filled Under : Nicolle Kramer DT