Monday, November 24, 2014

Steampunk Hat X-mas Tree Topper and ornaments

Happy Monday everyone! I am sharing  a few projects I created for Creative Embellishments As many of you know our area was hit hard by “Winter Storm Knife”..the snowvember storm. LOL, there are so many more creative names they could have came up with for the name of this storm. The system dropped around 6ft of snow in our area. WE are currently in a thaw and have flood warnings. We are located in an area where it shouldn’t effect us. There is still a lot of cleaning to do. Being house bound I sent a lot of time creating. This year I decided that the theme for our tree will be steampunk. I am sharing the Steampunk hat tree topper I created and a few smaller steampunk hat ornaments. We have a pink tree so I tried to keep everything in that sort of girly grunge theme.
Warning: Very picture heavy post.
The topper is rather heavy but it should be okay. It was a lot of fun to make.
I altered our new steam punk goggles first applying gesso. I then dabbed some brushed pewter distress stain and swiped some black ink for a tarnished look. The clock with wings was altered with maya gold grey paint and I added some acrylic silver paint for a metallic look. I layered many different Tim Holtz metal embellishments. All the gears were altered using black soot distress paint as a base coat and then added brushed pewter or brushed brass distress stain to them. There are some that have all 3 colors on them. For the pipe works pieces I simply added brushed brass stain. My daughters boyfriend asked how long it took me to make this. I believe it was close to at least 10 hours.

topper hat

For the seam of the hat I simply cut a rectangular piece of chipboard and added some nuts. Embellishing this hat was so much fun. I added chains, washers,nuts, screw looking brads.

Now onto the fun mini steam punk ornament hats. I altered the mini steampunk goggles using brushed brass and a little black ink. I altered  many of these pieces the same as I did the tree topper. Although I did leave some of the gears a more solid metal color. I added feathers to girly them up.
The top left hat was created with different size rectangular card stock paper and the rivet effect was made with glue. Once all glued I painted black and added brushed pewter or brass stain.
The 2nd hat was altered with the same pink material as the tree topper hat. I altered the mini steampunk clock the same as the clock with wings above.
The third hat was altered with burlap and gears.
The fourth hat was altered using tissue paper, modge podge and maya gold in grey paint with and decorated with gears.
All have additional metal embellishments added to them.

hat collage



Thanks for taking the time to stop by the blog!! I hope everyone has an amazing Thanksgiving! Love and hugs to all.

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Steampunk Timepieces  Mini Gears 3/4" (set of 12) Gears 1" (Set of 12)
Steampunk Timepiece with Wings  Gear  1 1/2" (Set of 12)Gear Set 2 Large
Pipe Works

Friday, November 7, 2014

To Dye For Layout - Creative Embellishments

Happy Friday Friends! Nicolle here sharing a layout with you today i created for CREATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS. We decided to dye Jolie’s hair again to match her Halloween costume. We used splat Berry Blast. She looks cut e and was happy with how it turned out.
I stamped different parts of the background paper using a prima lilac chalk edger and our squares stamp. I also stamped our distressed checkered stamp on the background with a distress paint in forest moss. I altered our retro square panel first applying 3d stamp paint in white. I then went ahead and sprayed with some Lindys Stamp Gang mist in hottie patottie hot pink. I then dabbed some Tim Holtz distress ink in seedless preserves color. I also dabbed a bit of hydrangea prima chalk edger on it in spots as well.
The chipboard squares were altered using 3d stamp paint for the base. Then dabbing 2 different color greens of distress paints. I finished with some distressed green stickles. I used the same technique on flourish 10.
I altered the chunky chipboard letters again applying 3d stamp paint and dabbing a little distressed stain in seedless preserves. Lastly I went ahead and stamped some splats of paint with our trio set. I applies distress ink in dusty concord.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by our blog.

Squares Stamp Retro Square Panel Squares

Flourish Set 10  Paint Splat Trio StampChunky Alphabet Set
Distressed Checkered Stamp

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Winter Wonderland Canvas - Creative Embellishments

Hello Friends! Today I am sharing a canvas I created for CREATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS! I absolutely love snow and Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without it.  We actually had a bit of a dusting the other day. I was in my glory. Most people think I am nuts for loving snow but let me just say this. I love snow but I do not like the bitter cold. Anything below 30 degrees is torture. I just like the white stuff. :) Don’t hate.

I used a ton of chipboard on this project. I started by priming each piece with gesso. I then added modeling paste to the tall trees, pine trees , winter bush, snowman and branches of the berry branch. The rest of the chipboard pieces I added some 3d stamp paint for a little texture.
I then went ahead and added another coat of gesso over all the chippies and part of the background.
 After the gesso was dry I swiped some brushed pewter over different areas of the canvas to define some of the textures in areas.
IMG_7755Lastly I added some white opaque flakes to finish the snowy look.
 Pine Trees Tall Trees Winter Shrub
Berry Branches Chipboard Snowflakes Birds
Bird Nests Flourish Ornaments Photo or Page Corners Set 1
Frosty The Snowman White Christmas

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Creative Embellishments November Challenge

Today I am sharing a layout I created for the November Challenge at Creative Embellishments. The challenge is to use the inspiration picture and for the twist what you are thankful for. 

First I would like to mention what I am thankful for. It tickles me that my daughter Jolie spends a lot of time with her cousins. My cousin Shannon and I are close and always have a good time with each  other. Jolie went to her first skate Bday party. It was in celebration of my niece Ally’s 11th Bday. They all have a blast and I am thankful they are able to spend so much fun time together.
I was inspired by many different elements in the inspirations photo such as the colors, the round-ish objects and the wreath. I altered thebraided wreath frame with a red/orange embossing powder. The rings for so many things were altered using 3d stamp paint and apricot silks acrylic glaze. The Happy Birthday title piece and page/photo corners set 1 were altered with a tim holtz brushed corduroy  distress stain.  I stamped  the bokeh circle image on the background page using a prima chalk edger in rusty keys color.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. WE would love to see how you are inspired by the November challenge. 
Link your projects up on the post at the CE blog.
Challenge Rules:
>Create a NEW project layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc….as of October 1st  2014.
>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.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Wreaths - Creative Embellishments

Hi friends!! Today I am sharing 3 halloween wreaths I created for Creative Embellishments. I don’t often do off the page projects but when I get bored of creating layouts I enjoy the occasional altered project. I have dabbled in many different hobbies but for last 9 years it all about scrapping. I used to cross stitch, plastic canvas pieces, quilt, crochet, knit etc.  I have  to admit it was fun creating these.
The first wreat was created with a metal ring, cut up white burlap pieces in the size 1.5″w  x 9″h and some fun wood veneer spiders , chipboard web corners and the creepy title piece. It took about 2 hrs to assemble the wreath by tying the burlap pieces around the metal ring. I simply altered  the wood spiders with maya gold in grey color. For the  webs I simply dabbed some TH antique linen distressed paint. I added a little black to the webs by dry brushing grey maya gold onto the webs.The title piece was altered with distressed black soot stain , grey maya gold and dry brushed gesso. I wish I had a bit more black ribbon so I could make a bigger bow. I added flowers and sprayed a little black krylon webbing to finish the wreath.



Spider Web Corner Set Spiders Creepy
The second wreath is full of our new skeleton bones. I altered them with  with 3d stamp paint and with a black ink pad distressing the pieces around the edges. I added a few wood veneer bats that I altered with grey maya gold paint.

I used a 12″d raffia wreath that I painted black and added some fun  yarn. The yarn have black hairy like strands that reminded me of webs.
I used 5 complete sets of bones on this wreath.


This is the smallest of the wreaths. I used an 8″ grapevine that I spray painted black. I used a bunch of different CE product on this lil wreath. A spider web corner that I altered with a base coat of black distressed stain and dry brushed gesso. I added a leftover wood spider to the web and added a gem to the center of its abdomen. The frankenstein head and hand from the monster mash set was altered with a base of modeling paste and 3 different color distress paints. Lastly I swiped my black ink pad across the pieces to enhance the texture. The berry branches were altered with gray maya gold paint for the branch, orange acrylic paint and glossy accent for  the berries and dry brushed a little gesso over for a web look. The pumpkin was altered with prima chalk edgers and dry brushed gesso. The wood veneer bats have a base coat of grey maya gold paint and gress distress stickles on top.


Monster Mash Set  Pumpkin Faces Going Batty

I hope you enjoyed all the fun halloween altered wreaths. Have a creative Tuesday!!