Thursday, October 29, 2015

Steampunk Skeleton Mixed Media Canvas

Today I am sharing a Halloween Steam punk canvas I created for Creative Embellishments. Loving skulls and skeleton as I do, I decided to go ahead and dress up a skeleton with steam  punk accents. She’s a girly skeleton with a corset and some wings. Even added a hat and of course lots of gears.IMG_8590
I really had so much fun creating this canvas. It came together quickly too. I love when that happens. I took the skeleton bones and added heavy gesso to add a little texture to the bones. I then added some antique white tim holtz distress paint in areas and swiped a black in pad across each piece not fully covering but just to highlight certain areas for a decayed or  aged look. It was the first time I actually altered the set 4 steam punk wings. I started with white gesso so that the other colors would stay true to color. Our chip is porous and absorbs many mediums unless primed. I primed with a few different metallic color lumiere paints. I always try to end with a swipe of a black ink pad for added interest. The corset was altered with lumiere paint as well. The gears were altered with black soot distress paint as well as metallic lumiere paints. I added a ton of metal accents to the piece as well but as I look I probably could have added more. I guess some ideas come to me a little after the fact..;)


I added some webster’s trim to the corset.
Thank so much for stopping by the blog today. I hope you were inspired by my project. I sure had a ton of fun creating it.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Sugar Skull Mixed Media Canvas- Creative Embellishments

Today I am sharing a sugar skull canvas I created. I love skulls whole house is decorated with them. I even have a pink girly skull tattoo with purple pig tails. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.
I actually designed the skull last minute for this piece and its 8″h. Remember we take requests and do custom work as well. I designed smaller versions that are 3.5″h.  One looks exactly like the one above. I altered the skull with many many different mediums such as heavy gesso, opaque flakes, light pink art sugar and purple lumiere paint by jaquar.  The roses were altered using lumiere paint in metallic pink and tim holtz raspberry distress paint. Flourish 14 was altered with black soot and weathered wood distress paints. The small flourish were altered with black soot as well. The web was altered exactly like the flourishes.
A few close ups of the canvas.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. I hope you like my project.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Halloween Mixed Media Canvas - Creative Embellishments

Today I am sharing a canvas I created  for  Halloween. I was inspired by our October challenge picture.

Let start with how I altered the haunted house. I applied black gesso for the base coat. I then stenciled a “faux” clay roof onto the porch of the house. I added a little copper lumiere paint to the railings to make them appear sort of rusted. The pumpkins were altered with Orange acrylic paint, faber castell big pitt pen and glossy accents. The spiky gate was altered with black gesso and copper paint as well. The tombstones have a mixture of modeling paste and coarse pumice. I then added grey paint to make the texture pop.The cat, owl and bats from halloween set 1 are both altered with black gesso and swiped with TH weathered wood distress paint. The tree from the halloween set was well as the creepy tree was altered starting with black gesso. I then added ranger crackle medium.( my TH rock candy crackle dried out, total bummer) I then went ahead and added tan acrylic paint and white picket TH distress paint. The web has a little heavy gesso on it with some weathered wood paint. The wood veneer spider I applied red acrylic paint and added a black dot to its back. The sea grass was altered using mowed lawn and a dark green faber castell big pit pen. The wood veneer cat was altered with black gesso and green paint for its eyes.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! Have an amazing weekend!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Creative Embellishments October Challenge- Graveyard Mixed Media Canvas

Creative Embellishments October Challenge is to be inspired by one of the elements from the picture. Don’t forget to let us now which one you were inspired by in your blog post. For the twist add something made of metal to your project.

Hi friends! I was inspired by the skeleton in the picture above. For the twist I added lil metal skull and bones. I altered all the chip pieces first with either white gesso  for the grass and hands, heavy gesso for the bones and coarse pumice mixed with modeling paste for the headstones. I cut apart the tombstone border to create the graveyard scene. I used TH distress paints in mowed grass, weathered wood and vintage photo to alter the border piece. The skull and bones were altered with white picket fence and I swiped black ink across each piece. The zombie hands were altered using TH mowed grass, vintage photo and weathered wood. The wood veneer bats were altered with black soot and white gesso. The clock I custom made. However you could create something like it using one of the mini pocket watches with bat wings. I altered the clock part with pewter lumiere paint. The wings I altered the same as the bats. I meant to splash some red paint all over but totally forgot to. I may still do that ��

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Go Bills Layout

Today I am sharing a  fun layout. It’s football season and well my hubby looks forward to it. I used to be a fan in High school but I just don’t care for all the negative things going on. I have a hard time when the laws aren’t exactly the same for everyone. Some of the players are less then a decent role model. That’s just my opinion….. In any event it was a fun chance to get a picture of the hubs and I together. The bills are supposed to have a real good team this year…but we will see.

I started with stamping lumiere paints with our animal print stamp. (zebra/tiger) I of course used the colors of the team. Zubaz are a big deal too and took that into consideration when creating it. I altered the football frame starting with adding gesso into the engraved parts of the frame. I then layered 3 different color greens to the grass part of the frame. I used TH mowed lawn, garden grass prima chalk edger and faber castell green gelato. The football was layered with a few different brown TH stains and paints. For highlights I used a white gel pen for the ties and black gel pen for the stitching and other details.The uprights were altered with TH and lumiere paints. The wood veneer stars were altered with russet lumiere paint.

Close up of the stamped images and textures on the football frame.

I added a  football flair from the sports  flair set.
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Creative Embellishments September Challenge and Birthday Sale

HAPPY  2ND BIRTHDAY TO US!! To celebrate we are having a month looong sale!!
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It’s a new month and new challenge! The challenge is to be inspired by 1 element from the picture below and the twist is to use paint on your project. I chose the picture below because I found it appropriate since everyone’s children are heading back soon or just started back to school.
Please let us know on your blog what element you were inspired by. (challenge rules below)

Challenge Rules:
>Create a NEW project layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc….as of August 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.
>WINNERS will have 2 weeks to claim their prize. The winners are announced the day after the challenge ends and on the same month’s challenge post. (this post) :)
Now onto our new DT’s amazing  reveal.
Hi everyone… Toni here  and I am so excited to share with you my very first design team project for Creative Embellishments. I just love working with Creative Embellishment chipboard pieces because they are beautifully intricate and the products that you can use on them is limitless. For my project I gathered inspiration from this months photo from the vibrant purple & green with a pop of black and white. I also utilized the textures of the cement wall and splatters of paint to drive my inspiration.  For my title I chose Dream Word Set   &  Happy Word Set which I painted with my Dylusion paints Crushed Grape.  On the background I used modeling paste through a brick wall stencil for yummy texture. My Ivy Spray chipboard pieces were sprayed with Lindys Stamp Gang mists and then I distressed the edges with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink. After completed I gave the entire page a dry brush of gesso to soften the entire page. Hope this inspired you to create with us this month.
G45 ABC PRimer Back to School
Maggi here, and I am thrilled to be serving another term with Creative Embellishments!  I took my inspiration from the alphabet in the photo and decided upon a back to school theme.  I thought Graphic 45’s ABC Primer papers would be perfect with these chippies from the CE school collection of chipboard.  I painted (the twist) all the chipboard with Claudine Hellmuth acrylic paints and then used our Distressed Text stamp and black Stazon ink to stamp over the frame and title, just to tone down the bright yellow.  I used our Alphabet frame which comes with the cute little crayons that are beside the photo on the right.  The Back to School title comes in a set of two different sizes and I used the  larger of the two.  To finish off my layout I used two metal flowers that I heat embossed with gold and blue embossing powder.
I can’t wait to see what all of you create from this month’s inspirational photo!
Sept Challenge Karan Gerber
Hello everyone, so happy to be here with my first project to share with you.  What inspired me most from the Inspiration image was the ABC.  It made me think of school days and I created a school photo frame from a burlap photo frame.  I painted the large chipboard clock face black, dabbed some embossing ink and sprinkled with embossing gold and heat set.  I did the same to the Adventure word set.  I kept the wood veneer leaves plain and used them to tuck in under the flowers for added dimension and detail. I am looking forward to see what you come up with for this, my first challenge.
Hi everyone! This months inspiration photo was perfect to use on my Journal cover from the Flying Unicorn Sept kit! I love steam punk and had fun with the cover! I tucked lots of Gear chippys in with the focal Large Clock chippy piece. They are all finished with black gesso.  I hope you all play along with this months challenge!
Hi scrap friends, I love the inspiration picture and I was to make photos specially for the challenge. For my background, I applied a fine coat of gesso with a credit card and I applied a various acrylic coats of paint above the gesso always with a credit card. To harmonize, I used a stencil with the modeling paste. I colorized the chipboard alphabet border with Neocolors II that I rubbed with the finger. I embossed the mini gears with a embossing powder and I heated some glue glossy above. I used a lot of stamps on my layout, Grunge Stars StampDistressed text stamp and Distressed Corner Stam
Hi everyone Im so happy that I can play with You this month !!I lov mix media so I create canvas ,,Find Your Way ”.I was inspired by so many elements from challenge photo. First by the colours , for my canvas I use violet and black with some white dots around. I used modeling paste to make wall with numbers and letters which are also inspiration from photo.I add some metal flowers , numbers , beautiful gears and keys . I painted  compass with distress ink (,,tea dye”) and add some crackle accents . In the middle is old book with map and clock hand  to help You find your own way :).I hope You are all inspired to join in this really fun challenge !!
Hi gang! Here’s my take on this challenge. I started my inspiration with the graffiti. I asked my friend for a picture that would fit with my ideas. I found that perfect paper in my stash, lucky me! I put some black chalk paint on my background to determine my work zone and I embossed in white with the distress crackle stamp at random places. On the Barbed wire border I applied a coat of gray acrylic paint first and then I sprayed with a silver Mister Huey from Studio Calico. It gives a king of gunmetal look to my piece. On the 3/4″ gears I simply sprayed the same silver color. For my title, the chippie Wild one was to much perfect! I embossed it in white too to contrast a bit with my background. That’s it! Hope you’ll join us in this fun challenge!
Hi all! This months challenge photo is a perfect way to wind down the summer and get ready for back to school! I started with a hanging chalkboard that I had in my stash. Using a script stencil and modeling paste to create a raised background, giving it a graffiti look. Next I used some small wooden rulers to outline the border, that I stamped with the Distressed Brick Stamp. I adhered white medical gauze and black netting to the center of the chalkboard. Then added my Alphabet chipboard pieces and title from the Dream Word Set, that I coated with white gesso and colored with ink sprays. I also added some paper flowers from WOC, wooden bingo numbers, a Prima resin clock along with the Clock Hands. For the twist I used black and white paint to splatter the background.
I love this month’s inspo image and was inspired by the brick, colors and splatters. For my background, I used a TCW stencil and Shimmerz Texturez to create the gritty brick pattern. I chose a light blue shade called Patina to go along with the light gray/blue from the inspo image. Next I used paint to create the splatters and time pieces on the black ground. I altered the 3″ clock face and theSteampunk Pocket Watch with black gesso and used Jacquard Lumiere paints on the Steampunk Gear Corner3″ globe and Inspire Word Set. I then splattered and dabbed more black and white acrylic paint. All four flair buttons are from the Art Flair Set. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with inspired by this month’s fabulous inspo image! ��
Nicolle Kramer
Hello friends!! I was inspired by many elements of the picture above such as the brick, letters, numbers, paint, bold colors etc. I altered a printers tray with my oldest sons school portraits. I even altered the back of the tray. I will be displaying this with a plate holder instead of hanging it.
I used a ton of CE products on this project. Instead of listing each one and how it was altered , I am going to let you know some of the products I  used and how to find them in the store. Some of my go to products to alter with are TH distress paints and stains, lumiere paints, acrylic paint, faber castell big pitt pens, prima brick stencil etc.
Do you know that we have a search bar at the top left of our store? You can type in key words and if we have in item with the word you used products will drop down. I have a school category set up in the store so be sure to click and you will find them in there as well. Be sure to check the wood veneer tab and flair tab as well.  You will notice quite a few products in there as well.
Link up your project below for a chance to win a $50.00 gift voucher to our store

Saturday, August 15, 2015

New Design Team Reveal Creative Embellishments

  Today I want to share the New Design team at Creative Embellishments. Their term is September-December.


Hi, my name is Toni Burks and I was born and raised in California. Have been scrapbooking for about 25 years and started really falling in love with mixed media and altered art about 5 years ago. I come from a very artsy family, musicians, dancers, and artists so being passionate about creativity is just natural to me. My style tends to be grungy, distressed, vintage and I love to work with anything messy. Inks, paints, modeling paste are some of my favorite mediums to work with and they work beautifully on Creative Embellishment chipboard pieces. I’m so excited to be a part of the Creative Embellishment DT and looking forward to inspiring and getting messy with all of you.

I am Mayoori, living in beautiful state of Wasington, with my two  teenage daughters and very supportive husband. I have been crafting for years but plunged into scrapbooking after coming to USA three years back . Now I am totally involved in it and have recently dived into the deep ocean of mixed media.
Asia Lubera

Hi my name is Asia (Aisha)and Im from Poland. My day  starts with jogging which is my other passion .  I have been scrapbooking for 2 years. In mix media style  I m only one year but I know this is something what I love.  IN my projects I mix few styles- retro , fantasy and steampunk with a Little bit of magic.I use dark , deep Colours , textures , flowers and lots of metal parts  . The most fun for me is to use in my art small watch parts , gears and cogs .Usually I create  mix media canvas , boxes and altered items.
Scrapbooking is for me self- expression.I like that every project tell different story and show different emotions.
Im so happy that I can share with people my passion and my imagination .
Thank You for this chance that I can work with this beautiful products and with so talented design group.
My Name is Karan Gerber and I love scrapbooking.  although i enjoy creating paper projects of all kinds, i believe my true passion lies in 12×12 layouts.
I reside in small Hamlet of 700 people in south western Ontario, Canada, with my family.  My husband, Glenn of 20 years and our two boys; Elijah 18 and Galen 16. My passion for this hobby definitely shows in the projects I love to create and you will often see the faces of my loved ones on my layouts.  I love chunky and lumpy and feel I can best describe my style as detail oriented of which i love to incorporate textures and layers of dimension whenever i can.  From canvas, paper, to chipboard, fabric. I enjoy tucking tags for journal spots and hidden elements that the reader can pull out and learn more about the people in the photo.  I am so thrilled to be part of the team again at Creative Embellishments and look forward to inspiring you with my Creativity.
Tara Peterson Age
Hi all! My name is Tara Peterson Age, I currently live in the metro Atlanta area with my amazing husband and best friend, Aaron. I am a full time, fun loving mom to an incredible one year old baby girl, Harlyn Piper, and I can not forget my 4 year old Australian Shepherd Siberian Husky named Roscoe. (Yes, he was my first born furry son!)
As a young child I always had an interest in the creative arts, starting with pottery, and slowly over the past five years venturing into mixed media, which is where I find the most inspiration. I love giving new life to old, everyday items. As well as thinking way outside the box! Characterizing my style is one I find difficult, I do not limit myself, nor do I discriminate any type of craft. I love trying new things, doing it all, experimenting and getting messy!
I can express myself freely through my art. This is my escape. My ‘Take me to Never Land’.
I am super excited to be a part of the Creative Embellishments Design Team. I hope you all are able to gain inspiration, let go of your fears and create lifetimes of memories!
Hello, my name is Tammy Henderson. I have 2 wonderful teenagers that keep me going and a wonderful husband; we have been married for 20yrs. I live in the Bootheel area of MO. I’m just a small town girl having a blast in the scrapping world! I have been doing this wonderful craft since 2005 and have been hooked every since. I love all types of art and the different mediums. I think that is the thing that has kept me in love with this craft, because it’s not the same ole thing. Anything goes and the sky is the limit. I absolutely love getting to combine pictures of my loved ones, with my favorite thing in the world ART! I love every minute of it! My favorite embellies to use is chippies and flowers!! I currently design for Flying Unicorn and Creative Embellishments.
My name is Shona Keehn and I am from British Columbia, Canada. I have 3 children, lots of grand babies and a wonderful husband of 29 years.I have been scrapping for many years but have just found my scrappy style in the last couple of years, Shabby Chic with a bit of grunge, and it is definitely something that I change up lots as I am always trying new techniques. OH yes and I am definitely addicted, there is just something about getting my hands all dirty during a project. I am thrilled to be part of the Creative Embellishment team! I get so much inspiration from everyone in the scrapping world and I hope that you can get some from me.
Hi, I am Maggi Harding, and I am really excited to be part of the Creative Embellishments Design Team!  My home is in eastern North Carolina, but, sometimes I claim the world as home.  I have spent most of my life wandering, as a child with my parents because my Dad was in the Army, and, as an adult, because I wanted to.  By the time I was 18 I had been to 9 different schools, lived in France, Japan,Germany, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and North Carolina.

My husband and I share our home with our two standard poodles, or spoos as we call them.  We have a 5 year old, Nika, and an almost 2 year old, Tisha.  We love to travel and do so mostly in our RV so that our spoos can accompany us wherever we go.  We have been fromKey West, Florida to Fairbanks, Alaska and from the Pacific shores of California to the Atlantic shores of North Carolina in our well travelled motorhome!

I discovered scrapbooking in 2005 when I decided to make scrapbooks for my two best friends from college.  It quickly became my passion and something that I spend hours doing and never grow tired of my efforts.

My style is eclectic, I do a little bit of everything but if pinned down, I would say vintage styled layouts are what I love the most.  I love color, and red, black and ivory always bring me joy.  For me, scrapbooking is an artistic adventure, what can I create, how can I make this piece of paper come to life?  Scrapbooking has awakened my “inner artist” and  satisfies the creative side of my brain that was long neglected during my career as a CPA.  I am really happy to be a stay at home retired crazy scrapbook lady!

My name is LaĆ«titia PAUCHET, trinity on the blogosphere. I’m French. I live in Dunkirk, in the North of France with my concubbin and my two boys (3 years and 1 year).
I started doing pages in 2012 further to the birth of my son but I really began at the end of 2013 during my maternity leave. Thanks to my parental leave, I have time to scrap.
My number one topic is my children. I like more particularly the mixed media and the thorough work. When I begin a page, I use systematically the gesso, neocolors II, masks…
I like having my fingers dirty with paints and mists �� I also love to make videos and tutorials.
To share this passion with other people passionated like me enchants me enormously. I would like to say thank you to Creative Embellishments for giving me the chance to join the Dream Team !!!

“Hi there, I’m Caroline Elliam on the net. I’m a mother of 3 boys married with her best friend since 12 years already. I live near Montreal, Canada, my first language is French. I discovered scrapbooking in 2005 and I became quickly addicted. I don’t have any particular style, loving clean and simple as much as the opposite.
For a couple of months I challenge myself to use mixed media stuff on my work. It takes me oh so much time to end up a layout but I love it. Chipboards are a must for layered layouts and that’s how I discovered Creative Embellishments.
I am a SAHM of 5 wonderfully active and creative kids who inspire me every day…when they’re not driving me insane. :-D I love everything to do with paper crafting and enjoy creating tags, cards, layouts, altered art and mixed media projects. I’m an eclectic scrapper and I vary styles regularly since I love everything from CAS to grungy and distressed. Some of my favorite manufacturers are Webster’s Pages, Prima, October Afternoon, Graphic 45, Bo Bunny, MME…the list could go on! lol
My name is Nicolle Kramer (part owner of CE) and I have been scrapbooking for around 10 yrs. I am a stay at home mom of 4 children. I have 2 boy ages 22,21 and 2 girls as well ages 18 and 12. My hubby Michael (other owner) . ;)  of 22 yrs is extremely supportive of my hobby. We both love the arts.  I enjoy creating layouts using  many different styles of scrapping. The internet is where I look for inspiration through sketches, color challenges and browsing some really talented ladies blogs.  I find it  fun to learn new techniques and follow trends. I’d like to think I am an ever evolving scrapper who loves using bright bold colors, textures and lots of embellishments to enhance the story being told on my page in a unique and creative way that keeps the viewer continually discovering new details every time they see one of my pieces. I also love to alter different mediums and create tags. I also make the occasional card.  I love everything paper or paper related.
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