Friday, April 18, 2014

Turtle Soup Spring Blog Hop - Beautiful Layout

Welcome to the Turtle Soup Spring themed hop.

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Nicolle Creative Embellishments: >>>YOU ARE HERE<<<
FINISH at: for the last piece of the puzzle.

Here is my puzzle piece #3

I created a layout for my example of a spring project. Here is Buffalo our weather can be so wacky. One day it could be 70 and the next 25. Mother nature can be very temperamental here. I do love living here though. I enjoy all 4 seasons.I love spring for the warmer temps, everything is new again, the colors and flowers. I enjoy gardening as a hobby when I have the time. 
The Shrine Circus comes to town every March and it was Jolie's first time going to a show. She had her face painted and it reminded me a butterfly. So I went with that as sort of a theme and the use of pastels. They all represent spring for me. 

I altered all the chipboard pieces in a similar way. The frames and butterflies I first prepped with gesso. The chipboard color is kraft in color and I like to have a bright background to start with. Applying the gesso first helps with a truer color when altering because the mediums used will not be absorbed. I then added some Tim Holtz distressed paint in antique linen (off white color). I then applied some Tim Holt rock candy crackle. With the help of a heat gun I dried the crackle. After drying I applied stains in the colors of Tibetan poppy teal (from Lindy's Stamp Gang) and Tim Holtz stain in rose color. I let the stain sit for a bit to fall into the cracks of the crackle then lightly wiped away. I simply added white gesso to alter the flourish photo corners. 
For the wood stars I simply dabbed a bit of antique linen distress paint not to fully cover just for a sponged look. The beautiful title piece simply applied antique linen distress paint to fully cover the chipboard piece. I then went back and dabbed in a few places the teal and rose stains to continue with the pastel theme of the page. 
Thank you for joining the hop. Carefully follow the instructions above for a chance to win a $20.00 gift voucher to the Creative Embellishments Store. We can't wait to see how you are inspired by the sketch.
Happy Spring!!

Amazing sponsored must play along with the puzzle pieced sketch in the
Turtle forum.. Sure hope you'll share your finished creation with us.
Creative Embellishments is a new family owned company that was created by Michael and Nicolle Kramer. We are a husband and wife team who design and manufacture unique, high quality chipboard, rubber stamps and wood products. It is our mission is to offer fun and inspiring products to bring out your inner creativity that you can add to any project. In the near future we will be expanding into other mediums such as rubber/acrylic stamps and acrylic embellishments.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Show Time Layout - Stuck on U Sketches Reveal - CSI

Happy Friday folks!! The kids will be home soon and they start their spring vacation and are off through the 21st. I look forward to their breaks.
Today I am sharing a layout I created for the DT reveal at Stuck on U Sketches. Jolie went to the circus for the very first time. We were either so busy or didn't have the money to get a chance to take her. Now that 3 of her siblings are older things are a bit easier for us. She saw the Shrine circus. Mike and his mom took her. She had her face painted, got a star light wand that changes colors and popcorn to watch the show. 

I enjoyed creating with this sketch. I scrapped pictures of the elephant's in show. The hubs had a hard time getting really good because of the lighting. 

I was also inspired by CSI challenge 365-5.
Evidence: Stripes, Flowers, Buttons,paint, pleats, string,circus themed, tied a bow and triangles.
Testimony: Inspo word: Show - Jolie went to her first show at the circus. She had a blast. She had her face painted and Mike bought her a star wand. Her favorite part of the show was the elephants.

A close up of cluster.

 Some stars.

We would love to see how you were inspired by  the Stuck on U Sketches Sketch. Link your layout up at the end of the challenge post on their blog.

They are also having a DT Call. If you love working with sketches then this is the call for you.
This site is so much fun to be a part of.... sweet and supportive bunch of lovely ladies. 
Go >>> HERE <<< to check out the call.

Thanks for stopping by the blog.

Creative Embellishments stamps, chipboard and wood.
Glitz paper
Lily bee button
Bo Bunny paper
Tim Holtz Distressed products, stencils
Acrylic paint
Pro Art Gesso
Faber Castell big pen
Martha Stewart punch
Bakers Twine

Aleene's Tacky Glue
Foam squares

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

All We Have is Each Other - SATW- Page Drafts

Hi friends! Today I am sharing a layout I created for DT work at Creative Embellishments. I was inspired by Scrap Around the Worlds April challenge and a sketch at Page Drafts. 
The layout below is a picture of my sis and I. Mike caught this pic of us at Tara’s birthday party. The title is All We Have is Each Other.  My dad passed away two years ago but some of the things he said are stuck in my head. One may wonder why I say such a thing since my momma is still here. Although I love her with all  my heart and it isn’t always easy as  she can be a very difficult person (she suffers from mental illness) we can not rely on her. We make do. My kids get a kick out of her . She can be very comical.

The mood board colors were a huge inspiration for this layout as well as the circular elements and cute glasses. The crackle also was an inspiration but I didn't execute it very good. There were supposed to be darker turquoise spots that exposed the crackle however it didn't work how I had imagined. I did stamp a crackle image onto the background of my layout.

I love Ema's sketches.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog.

Creative Embellishments stamps, chipboard and wood.
Tim Holtz rock candy crackle
Lindy's Stamp gang mists
Krylon webbing
Unity Stamp
The crafter workshop stencil
Liquitex modeling paste
Prima butterfly
Authentique's word stickers

Foam squares
Aleene's Tacky Glue

Friday, April 4, 2014

Perfect To Me Layout - Creative Embellishments/ CSI Color Stories Inspiration

TGIF!  We are currently moving the Creative Embellishments stores and blog to a new server. I am directing everyone here to my personal blog. I was told that some parts of the country will propagate (see the changes quicker )and some won't.  I decided to avoid any issues and have you here. Dislike being at the mercy of techy stuff but it had to be done. We run every aspect of the business and we needed to get the switch so we can focus on more of the fun stuff.  Today I am sharing a  layout I created of my daughter Jolie and her electric guitar. She inherited it from Grandpa G after he passed away. JoJo can rock on it too. She catches on to music easily. It's refreshing one of my children actually like rock music. Something you may not know about me...I love rock all kinds, soft, hard, heavy, alternative and as my kids would put it screamo..haaaa far from it....etc.  I no longer listen to main stream music. Sadly I believe we forced to listen to whomever (the big management companies ) that can afford to be played on the radio. I do not like that. Have you heard some the crap on the radio today? lol

  I started by stamping a couple images on the background. I applied blak soot distress stain to both the mesmerizing music notes and grunge music note stamps. I applied the sheet music stamp image to the top left and the other to the bottom right.  I altered the steampunk guitar applying a metallic blue acrylic for the base coat. I then applied a bit of  modeling paste here and there for texture. For additional color I dabbed lindys stamp gang  Tibetan Poppy Teal color over the texture. To finish I added dusty attic's rusting powder. I also altered a bunch of different sized gears the same as the guitar.  To further alter I added a metal flower and a Wild orchid paper flower to the center.

I altered the wavy music note border applying Maya gold in  grey. I also applied the maya gold to the steampunk gear music notes (will be added to the store soon). For the flourish photo/ page corners I simple applied some red acrylic paint. I altered the rings for many things chipboard with gesso.

I love that face!! She's soooo cool!!
I was inspired by CSI's current challenge...
Evidence: Music elements, Circles, metal, buttons,silhouette, elelctricity.
Testimony: Song title inspired my journaling which says:
Fitting in and being accepted is so hard. Middle school girl's can be mean.  I hope you know you can always come to me with anything. Always do what makes you happy.
Thanks for taking the time to  stop by my blog.

 Creative Embellishments chipboard, stamps wood
Liquitex modeling paste
Lindy's Stamp gang mist, dabber
Tim holtz distress products
Maya gold - grey
Dusty Attic Rusting powder
Wild Orchid Craft Flowers
Washi Tape
Stazon Ink  Jet Black
Red acrylic ink
Pro Art Gesso
The crafters workshop stencil
Flying Unicorn's metal embellies

Aleene's Tacky Glue
Foam Squares

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sweet Heart Layout - Sketchabilities

Happy Hump day! Today I am here to share a layout I created a layout for DT work at Creative Embellishments inspired by the awesome sketch #112 at Sketchabilities. I often look for sketches to be inspired in different ways. I am trying to grow as an artist and like to try to change things up. I am having a heck of a time with certain colors. Pastels are a hard one for me as well as shabby and a few other styles. I am not one to give up and will get it eventually. Well maybe.

My sis took this picture of my hubs and I at her 37th Bday party. We celebrated at my house. I can't believe we have been together for 24 years. Teenage sweet hearts. We met when we were both 16 in July of 1990. He's definitely my everything.

 I stayed close to Karan's amazing sketch. I just have a tough time with light colors. I guess I like more bold colors. For whatever reason they are easier for me. I want to be a well rounded paper crafter. Just one of my personal goals. 
Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog.

Have  a creative day.

Creative Embellishments products
Glitz papers and embellies
The crafters workshop stencil
Tim Holtz distress products
washi tape
Manor house flower
Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers
Lindys Stamp Gang

Aleene's Tacky Glue
Foam Squares

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Over the Moon Layout- Creative Embellishments April Challenge

 Happy fools day!!! Today I am sharing a layout I created for the April DT challenge reveal at Creative Embellishments.  The challenge is to use the inspiration picture below and at least 4 of the 10 items listed as the twist. 

List (use at least 4):
Straws/rolled paper
trims- ribbon, lace, bakers twine or hemp
enamel dots or buttons
Texture paste, gesso
A handmade flower
embossing- dry or heat
Bling- Rhinestones or pearls
A flourish

Kayla had her picture taken with Mickey Mouse on her Senior trip to Disney World. She had a blast and took tons of photo's. The teacher's planned the trip really well and they saw as much as they could in the 4 days they were there. 

The inspiration I took away from the inspiration picture was the circular elements and the colors red and orange. I wanted to go with the colors in the photo.

The 4 items I used from the list were bakers twine, mist/paint, texture paste, gesso , and Bling- Rhinestones or pearls.  The very first thing I did was spray a texture resist onto a white piece of cardstock called goosebumps made by TSUKINEKO. I wanted to achieve a space look. The resist was perfect since I was able to white any medium applied right off the get the star/space look.  I then sprayed some Lindys stamp gang mists in red and orange tones to the background and once I was happy with the look I went ahead and applied distress ink with a sponge. I stamped some stars onto the background applying some black soot distress stain to our grunge star stamp.  I think I successfully achieved the look I was going for which doesn't always happen, but when it does I am get pretty excited. More often it doesn't turn out exactly the way I wanted. It can get frustrating but that's another topic. I applied modeling paste to add some texture to the Out of this World Frame and Panel. I simply left the wood smiley emoticon unaltered. I altered the cut apart view master slide with white acrylic paint and distressed with a black ink pad.  I made my own enamel dots melting pony beads in the oven. I added the bakers twine under the photo.

A  close up of the stamped image.

Grunge Stars Stamp    Out of this World Frame  Out of this World Panel Emoticons

View Master Photo Slides
We would love to see how you are inspired by our challenge. Please link up your projects at the end of the post at Creative Embellishments for a chance to win a $40.00 gift voucher.


Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog! Have a creative day!

Creative Embellishments chipboard, stamps and wood.
Lindy's Stamp Gang
Tim Holtz Distress products
Bakers Twine
Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers
Flying Unicorn Metal embellies
Want2scrap flourish bling

Aleene's Tacky Glue
Foam Squares

Monday, March 31, 2014

Follow Your Heart Layout- Guest DT at Scrapfriends

Hello Scrappy Friends! I am so excited that one of my layouts was featured at Scrapfriends and I was able to be one of the guest designers there for the month of April sketch challenge. Whoot whoot! I really enjoy their sketches. Totally gets my mojo going. Thanks you Scrapfriends! 

Kayla went on her Senior trip to Disney World. She was so excited and really had a blast. She was able to get a picture with a couple of chipmunks ..Chip and Dale. Super cute!! I am so glad she went. My two older boys had the same opportunity to go but both decided on not going.

I stayed pretty close to the sketch. The color inspiration for the layout was mostly taken from the photo.  I used  Creative Embellishments Chipboard, stamps and wood products. Tim holtz distressed paints and the Crafter's Workshop stencils to achieve the paint splats.

Come play along with this amazing sketch. Link up your layout to the sidebar under this sketch at Scrapfriends.

Thanks again Scrapfriends!!

Have a creative day!

Creative Embellishments chipboard, wood and stamps
Bo Bunny papers
Websters pages trim
Tim Holtz Distress paint
Wild Orchid flowers
Coarse Pumice
Flying Unicorns metal embellies

Foam Squares
Aleene's Tacky Glue