Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Dyngus Day Layout- Creative Embellishments

This month CE is one of the sponsors at Sketchabilities  and guest designers there as well. We used Karan’s sketch this month in addition to the regular pic and twist challenge. It is not required but if you do decide to use the sketch be sure to link up your layout at Sketchabilities as well for 2 chances to win a gift voucher to our store.  The challenge this month is  be inspired by one element of the picture below and for the twist use something made of wood on your layout.



We celebrate dyngus day here on the day after Easter every year. I have a polish heritage and we celebrate with a parade, pussy willows and lots of fun. 

I enjoy Karan’s sketches over at Sketchabilities. They are super inspiring. I started with stamping our distressed script stamp with black ink and our twinkle stamp with red ink. I altered our pussy willow  starting with texturez muddy buddy. I then applied weathered wood and white gesso to the blooms. They are fussy so tried to achieve that look. I added a little faber castle dark brown big pitt pen here and there on the branches as well.  The windmill was altered with a coat of gesso. I then added distressed brick paint and a red gelato for a distressed look. I used a black pen to highlight the engraved parts of the windmill. The blades were done with frayed burlap paint, black ink and white gesso. The wood veneer stars were left in the raw.

We would love to see how you are inspired by the challenge/s. Link up your layout to the CE blog for a chance to win a gift voucher to the store. 


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Puppy Love Layout

 Kosmo’s 1st Birthday was on June 9th. I share some things on FB and a friend suggested I make him a b-day hat and cake. Well I did actually make him a hat. At first I have to admit even though I  love my dogs I found it rather odd. My dogs never liked dressing up. They would take off their shirts, walk funny or just act depressed. Kosmo hated the hat but I had to try to get at least 1 picture since I spent an hour making it.
Nicolle KramerThere’s my lil fur baby with my daughter Kayla. We all wuff him soooo much!
I started by stamping our grunge stars stamp and twinkle stamp images onto the background using black ink  and fired brick distress stain.
I altered the puppy love title with  Muddy Buddy Shimmerz Texturez.
The balloons were heat embossed with red glitter embossing powder and I added black soot stain to the ribbons.
The Happy Birthday pennant signs were altered using antique linen distress paint and I stamped the crackle image using our distressed crackle stamp and black ink.

The cut apart chicken wire pieces were altered using pine needle distress stain.
The wood veneer stars were altered using TH mustard seed distress paint.
IMG_8353I even added a couple pieces of our dog flair to the page.
Thanks for stopping by our blog today!
Twinkle Stamp (twinkle stamp) 

Remember Tag Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2015

 I am sharing a tag I created inspired by Tim Holtz Tags of 2015. I changed it up a little bit. I think his was more summer inspired while mine is more father’s day inspired.
I altered a CE pocket chipboard piece by dry brushing gesso onto the piece first. I then lightly rubbed across mermaid lagoon and broken china distress paints. To finish off I swiped white picket fence distress paint for a jean look.
I altered a cut apart piece of  flourish 15 using mowed lawn and white picket fence paints.
I am loving his new tiny tattered floral die set. They fit so perfectly onto the flourish piece.
 I had a ton of fun creating this tag! Hope ya'll liked it as well.
Everything was Tim Holtz except the jean pocket.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Creative Embellishments June Challenge- Fur Baby Layout

Today I am sharing a layout that I made for the Creative Embellishments June Challenge.
Be inspired by at least one item  picture below and  the twist is to add something with wings to your project.

If you follow me you may know I love dogs. We have 4 fur babies. I decided to scrap a then and now layout for the June challenge of my dog Kosmo. I was inspired by the clocks, colors and butterfly wings in the inspiration photo.  I wanted to stick with the circle theme I have going on throughout the layout, so I applied some with our circles stamp using broken china distress paint. I altered our large clocks in sizes 5″, 4″ and 3″ using lumiere super copper and pearl turquoise paints.  The Fur Baby title  from our puppy love set was altered using black soot paint and brown fun flock.

Wasn't he the sweetest lil puppy face when he was 6 weeks? 
Can you see the fuzzy texture from the fun flock.
I added some hexagon blue glitter , some mica flakes and turquoise beads.
Thanks for stopping by the blog today.
Link up your project to the CE blog for a chance to win a $50.00 gift voucher to the store.

CE products:
Large clock 5"
Large clock 4"
Large clock 3"
Puppy Love Title
Circles Stamp

Sunday, May 31, 2015

May Tim Holtz Tags of 2015 - Creative Embellishments

 I am sharing a small project with you that I made for Creative Embellishments and inspired by TH. I enjoy making tags and I am trying to complete as many TH tags of 2015. Sad to say I already missed last months but will try to follow through on the rest. It’s just been so busy lately.
I decided to use a pic of my mom for this tag.

I altered the film strip border and photo booth strip starting with rock candy crackle.  I then applied some tea dye distress stain to help make that crackle pop. I love the distressed look so added a little black soot to the strips as well.


I altered the leafy circle frame cut apart piece with heavy gesso I then applied some vintage photo distress stain. For contrast I added  a couple more greens to the leaves with  pine needles distress stain and crushed olive distress paint


There’s Tim’s awesome tag!
12 Tags of 2015 - May |
Thanks for stopping by the blog today. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Guitar Canvas- Creative Embellishments

Happy Friday friends! Today I am sharing a canvas I created using Creative Embellishments. A rather rock like one. I had some much fun altering the guitar. When I was a teenager I took a few guitar lessons. Music was always very big in our family. My dad played and my sister also took lessons. I guess my dreams were to be like Lita Ford or the chicks from heart....haaaaa! Okay a little far fetched but loved their music. I guess in reality though my dad was on my mind and well that's nothing new. Miss him and its been 3 years years since his passing. I guess I am sort of stuck. We all grieve differently. That's the reason for the angel wings...

Lets start with how I altered the guitar. It was quite the tedious task but well worth the outcome. I started with applying black soot distress paint to the top and neck of the guitar. For the fret lines I simply used a white gel pen and added to the engraved separation lines. I then painted the body of the guitar in a purple lumiere paint. I added white paint to the rest of the guitar. The strings I simply used a silvery gel pen. For a finishing touch I added brads to the top and applied glossy accents to the bottom half. The wood music notes were simply altered using black soot paint.


The wings set 2 pieces were altered starting with a base coat of gesso. I then layered many colors. I started with a white, added a light grey, silver and for the edges purple and pink paints. All Tim Holtz distress paints except the purple. I used the same lumiere as for the base of the guitar. For a grungier look I swiped my black ink pad across them.

I cut apart the floral frame and applied a green TH stain for the base coat. I then added rock candy crackle medium and after that dried I added a little mowed lawn distress paint here and there. I then wrapped it around the neck of the guitar and added a couple pieces to the bottom of the guitar. I love skull images and well I had to add one to finish off the look of this canvas. I simply added heavy gesso to the head piece from the bones set. I then added a little grey paint and black ink . I even used the head as a mask for parts of the background of the canvas. To finish off the whole canvas I sprayed some black krylon web over the entire piece.
I hope you like this canvas. I had fun putting this one together.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Creative Embellishments-May Challenge

Today I am sharing a canvas I made for the May challenge at Creative Embellishments .
The challenge is to simply be inspired by one element from the picture and the twist is to use crackle or stamp to create a crackle effect on your project.

I was inspired by the shabby feel of the picture and by all the swirly metal elements as well. I used rock candy crackle on the chippies on my canvas for the twist.
I prepped my canvas with a thin layer of heavy gesso. I then stamped our Distressed Moroccan stamp image onto the backgorund. Unfortunately its hard to see that image. I the added drywall mesh to the background. I also stamped the Distressed Chicken Wire image using TH seedless preserves stain and our Distressed Grid Stamp image with Lindys Tibetan turquoise dabber.
I cut apart our Moroccan panel to create corner pieces. I altered them first applying gesso and then both seedless preserves stain and Tibetan turquoise mist.I started out very much the same for each chipboard piece by first applying a coat of gesso to each. I then used lindys stamp gang dabber in Tibetan turquoise on flourish set 19 pieces and the smaller of the fancy rectangular frames.  Once the crackle was dry I added more Tibetan turquoise to the pieces to enhance the crackle effect. The larger rectangular frame was altered the same but using a Tim Holtz distress stain in the color seedless preserves. To get a more shabby feel I then went over the canvas with white gesso here and there. Shabby chic is one of the styles I would like to get better at.

We would to see how you are inspired by our challenge.
Link up your project on the CE blog for a chance to win a $50.00 gv to the store.