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.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

GDT- Creative Embellishments and CSI ColorStoriesInspiration case file 162

Hello Scrappy friends! Today I am sharing a layout I created for a guest spot at CSI colorstoriesinspiration case file #162 for Creative Embellishments.   CE is one of the sponsors at CSI this month.
My son is a bit a of a narcissist and I mean that in the most loving way. He will always be a cutie to me no matter how old. :) He is also quite the comedian and makes us laugh. Silly man.

Evidence: Space elements, metal, circles, stars,swirls and ink/paint.
Testimony: Inspo Word: Space - Spaced Out - Title-
Journaling: I can never tell is Bret is in deep thought or spaced out. He takes many selfies like this one. ;)
 I altered the flourish frame using TH black soot distress paint, red and turquoise Faber Castell gelatos. The wood veneer stars were altered using a Faber Castell Big pitt artist pen. The 4" globe was altered with gesso and light turquoise lumiere paint. Wood veneer globes were altered using black soot paint and turquoise lumiere paint. Flourish 24 was altered like the flourish frame. The hot air balloon was altered using black soot and turqouise lumiere paint. The basic font used for the title spaced out was altered with red arylic paint and lumiere paint.
I hope I didnt forget anything. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Flourish 24 (flourish  24)

Monday, April 20, 2015

 Today is  the day Creative Embellishments has announced who is on the 3rd DT term. Check out all these amazing ladies blogs for some awesome inspiration. You will see their work  at CE starting May 1st.
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 :-D 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 !!!
My name is Debbie Standard and I am a critical care trauma nurse of twenty years, mother to four and grandmother to 11, whose favorite outlet is scrap booking. I live in north central Texas where we recently moved to be closer to family and a slower paced life style.  I started scrapping with my oldest daughter about seventeen years ago and still love it.  I love seeing how I have evolved over the years in my work.  I have been published with Memory Makers, Scrapbook and Cards Today, Scrapbook Trends and Scrapbook Trend Cards as well as Scrap 365.  I have worked on many online blog Design Teams over the years making both cards and layouts.  I was on the Core’dinations Cardstock Design Team for several years and am currently on the Design Team for CSI and now proud to say I am working with Creative Embellishments.  I’m excited to work with this awesome product and this talented group of ladies and can’t wait to get started.
Hello, my name is Lainie Michel and I have been scrapping since December of 2012. I am married to an awesome man, have three grown daughters, a young son and a grandson. As I am a stay at home mom, I find that scrapbooking is definitely a cathartic way to creatively express myself. Furthermore, it has opened a door to a lovely community of people who encourage and inspire each other in so many artistic ways. My style is all over the place and I love the whole spectrum of design. I like to switch it up a lot and try new stuff, but a sure staple in my repertoire is chipboard because it has so many incredible uses. I am very thankful to be a part of this team and I am looking forward to inspiring, learning and growing with you.
“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’m pretty honored to be part of this design team!”
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 a gorgeous 8 month 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 5 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’re able to gain inspiration, let go of your fears and create lifetimes memories!
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!

Here are our amazing returning members!!
My name is Kelley Rooks.  I am single mom from Oregon.  I have enjoyed crafting in one form or another since I was a kid.  My favorite thing to do at this time is altered art.  My style is always evolving and changing and is somewhat eclectic.  I tend to gravitate towards grunge and steampunk, but I also I do love to create and in other styles and mix them together. My favorite products to work with are inks in any form, paints, metals, and chipboard. I am so grateful to be a part of this team and see where this creative journey takes me.
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.
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 21,20 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.
Well there you have it!! All gorgeous,sweet and a talented bunch of ladies!!  Stay tuned for some amazing creations starting May 1st.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Love This Moment Layout- CE Guest DT at CSI case file 160

  Today I am sharing the layout I created for the guest spot at CSI Colorstoriesinspiration challenge site. Creative Embellishments is a sponsor there this month. I though the colors in the photo of my daughter in New York City were perfect for case file 160.
160 flat
First I will explain how I solved the case:
Evidence: map print (patterned papers), travel elements, frames,flowers, transparent item (the map heart is sort of transparent),metal,resin, chevron (stamped image),stamps.
Journal: I journaled about Kayla’s trip:
Tucked behind photo: It was Kaylas first trip to NYC. She took the boat ride to Ellis Island to get a tour of the Statue of Liberty. She had a blast.
The sketch: I turned the sketch on its side to the left.
Nicolle Kramer 160

I stamped the distressed chevron image using gesso, the crackle image using faber castell in blue color and our distressed script using black ink stamp.
The globe was altered starting with a dark green faber castell big pitt pen. I then applied some turquoise lumiere paint to the longitude and latitude lines of the chippie. For the land pieces I TH mowed lawn , forest moss distress paints and dark green lumiere paint. Lastly I added a little black ink over to darken the green.
The out of this world frame was altered starting with a dark turqouise blue big pitt pen. I then dabbed a little turquoise lumiere  and TH white picket fence paint.
I altered the distressed heart with gesso as the base and turquoise lumiere paint.


The title pieces love, this, and moment were all primed using black soot distress paint and then I dabbed with TH forest moss. Flourish 23 was altered with a little gesso.


Thanks for taking the time to hop over here and check out my page.  Stop by daily to see what everyone creates for the CSI case files.
Distressed Crackle Stamp Distressed Chevron Stamp Distressed Script Stamp
Globes Out of this World Frame Happy Word Set
From This Moment   Distressed HeartsFlourish Set 23