Saturday, September 23, 2017

Steampunk Dress Form ~ Creative Embellishments

Hi There, today I'm sharing an altered dress form with you! I started out with a plain kraft dress form, painted it with some Heavy Black Gesso and dressed it up with papers from Graphic 45's Steampunk Debutante and Steampunk Spells Collections (all the papers are inked with Distress Ink in Black Soot). Add in some awesome Gears and Tracks from the CE Create Your Own Cluster set as embellishments and the Steampunk Dress Form is fully outfitted! 

For the gears around the waist of the Dress Form and on the Top Hat , I used Stampendous Aged Copper Embossing Enamel. I also used two feathers from the CE Masquerade Masks set to decorate the hat - I painted these with Prima Art Extravagance Metallique Paints in Royal Red and Rich Turquoise - and then dry brushed them with Metallique Paint in Steampunk Copper. I painted the goggles from the Steampunk Hat Set with the Steampunk Copper paint and then added glossy accents to the screw details around the goggles. (The Top Hat was made using an .svg by Snapdragon Snippets cut on my Silhouette Cameo.)

To decorate the base of the dress form, I used some different sized chipboard gears and a chain border. I painted these pieces with Prima Art Extravagance Metallique Paint in Steampunk Copper. Then, I mixed some of the Metallique Light Patina paint with Prima Texture Powder and added that to the gears and chain. Finally, I finished the gears off by dry brushing them with some Metallique Paints in Emerald Green and Dark Velvet.  

I finished off the dressform with a chain and pocket watch around the waist and an old knob (painted Steampunk Copper) on the top. There are lots of pictures below so you can see all the details!









Friday, September 15, 2017

September Memories ~ Creative Embellishments

Hi There! Today, I'm sharing the second layout in my Baby's First Year series! Once again, I've used a combination of several Graphic 45 paper collections (A Place in Time, Children's Hour, and Mother Goose) to create this layout - as I plan on keeping a standard theme throughout the 12 months of the album!
I've used the "memories" title from the CE Small Moments Border Words. I rubbed the title with Prima Art Alchemy Antique Brilliance Wax in Fire Ruby and Metallique Wax in Vintage Gold - I also inked the edges with some Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. I also used the beautiful CE Flourish 6, which I rubbed with Prima Art Alchemy Antique Brilliance Wax in Lucky Emerald - I also inked some of the flourish with the Vintage Photo Distress Ink. To finish off this flourish, I added some small fussy cut flowers from the G45 paper. Here are some close-ups/angles so you can see all the details!



Friday, September 1, 2017

Six Impossible Things - Alice in Wonderland Art Journal Page ~ Creative Embellishments September Challenge

Happy September! It's my favourite time of year - the weather is crisp and cooling off and the kids are going back to school - a time full of possibilities! It's also time for a new challenge at Creative Embellishments! All the numbers on the inspiration photo were the perfect inspiration for this Six Impossible Things page for my Alice in Wonderland Art Journal. The quote reads:
Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. . . “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

I started the background by using the CE Distressed Checkers Stencil - I used a sponge and some Black Archival Ink and randomly added stencilling across the page. I also used the Black Archival Ink with one of the CE Halftone Circle Stamps to do some background stamping (for this challenge's twist). I added some stencilled clocks using a Prima 12x12 stencil and Prima Art Extravagance Copper Crackle Paste. I cut the image of Alice and the White Queen from an Alice in Wonderland Puzzle Book I found and then used Lindy's Stamp Gang Mists (Rusty Lantern Lime, Edelweiss Moss Green, Ponderosa Pines Olive, Caribbean Blue, and Breakfast Club Blue) and charcoal pencil to blend the scene from the image into the page. I painted the I-VI (for the 6 Impossible Things) of the Grunge Roman Numerals chipboard using Prima Art Alchemy Metallique in Acrylic Paint in Brass Hardware. Finally, I inked the edges of the pages using Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Wax in Aged Brass. Here are a few more photos!


I hope you like my interpretation of this month's challenge - I can't wait to see what you create! Remember to follow the Rules for the Challenge so that you're eligible to win!

Challenge Rules:
  • Create a NEW project (i.e., layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc…) as of September 1st 2017.
    • Please no back linking (meaning projects from previous months that may fit the challenge requirements). Please link only NEW projects.
  • Combining the CE Challenge with other challenges is permitted.
  • Please add your entry to the InLinkz box on the Challenge Post on the Creative Embellishments Blog 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. 
  • We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 OF CE products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along; however, everyone who does use CE product will get and extra chance at winning.
  • WINNERS will have 2 weeks to claim their prize. The winner will be announced on the CE blog post the day after the challenge ends.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Special Delivery - A Traditional Layout ~ Creative Embellishments

Hi there! Today I'm sharing a more 'traditional' layout with you that I created for the Creative Embellishments DT! I decided it was high time that I got around to scrapbooking monthly layouts for 'Baby's First Year' (my son just turned 7, so better late than never)! I love mixed media scrapbooking, but for the baby album I wanted to go with a simpler, more traditional style - especially since I want the pages to fit inside the album! I've used a combination of several Graphic 45 paper collections (A Place in Time, Children's Hour, Mother Goose, and Precious Memories) to create this layout.
I think this layout is a great example of how just a couple of pieces of chipboard can really 'make' the page - I've used two of the leafy branches from the Chipboard Branches (set of 3), which I painted with acrylic paint in tones to match the papers. I used a dark brown for the branches and sponged two tones of green onto the leaves. Then, I used the branches to 'suspend' the fussy-cuts from the Mother Goose papers on the page - the two branches frame the central portion of the layout to direct your eye to the picture. Here are some different angles and close-ups of the chipboard elements.


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you liked my first 'Baby's First Year' layout - only eleven more to go!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Earthy ATCs ~ Creative Embellishments

Today I'm sharing a set of four "Earthy" ATCs created for the Creative Embellishments Design Team. I love making ATCs to try out new products/techniques and use up bits and pieces from my stash. I started out with some heavy black cardstock and used mod podge to cover it with scrunched up Tim Holtz Melange Tissue Wrap. Once that had dried, I used four colours of Distress Oxide Inks in Earth-tones to colour the ATC backgrounds (i.e. Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Iced Spruce and Peeled Paint). Next I added some Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs to each of the ATCs and then wrapped them with black thread attached with tiny staples. Next - time for the CE chipboard/wood veneer elements!
On the first ATC, "FOUND", I used a Nautical Compass Chipboard piece that I trimmed the right side off of - don't be afraid to cut up your chipboard pieces! I embossed the compass with Ranger Black Embossing Powder and then rubbed some of the Iced Spruce Distress Oxide into the star section of the compass.
On the second ATC, "FRAGILE", I used one of the wood veneer Hearts - I actually used the reverse side of the broken/band-aid heart and embossed it with Distress Embossing Powder in Tattered Rose. I inked the edges of the two heart pieces with the Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink.
On the third ATC, "discover", I used one of the chipboard Globes, which I trimmed the left side off of and then embossed it with Distress Embossing Powder in Old Paper and then rubbed the continents of the globe with the Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Ink.
On the fourth ATC, "be still", I had used a rub-on of a bird and wanted a bird-cage over it - but I didn't have any in my stash! So I used one of the chipboard Open Arched Windows and added a piece leftover from the Moroccan Lattice Panel to the back of it - you can layer your chipboard elements and remnants to create new designs! Next, I embossed the 'bird-cage' with Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Enamel and rubbed sections of it with the Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Ink.
I finished off the ATCs by adding some Prima/Finnabair Art Ingredients, including Frosted Mica Flakes, Granite Mica Flakes and Sterling Glass Glitter.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today - I hope you enjoyed seeing my ATCs!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Summer Fun - Mixed Media & Watercolour Layout ~ Creative Embellishments August Challenge

Happy August! I hope you're enjoying a fantastic summer! It is the first of the month, which means a new challenge is up on the Creative Embellishments Blog! Here is this month's inspiration picture - and the challenge twist for August is to use hashtag(s) on your project!
The crazy-fun picture for this month's challenge inspired me to create a FUN layout using the CE Chipboard hashtags #SUMMER and #FUN from the Social Hashtags set. I painted the title with three shades of Prima Metallique paints (Deep Waters, Rich Turquoise and Mermaid Teal) to create an Ombré effect. For an extra fun touch, I added one of the Wood Veneer Geek Chic Glasses, which I painted with Prima Metallique Paint in Steampunk Copper.
I created lots of texture on the layout using Prima Mediums - including White Sand Texture Paste, Modelling Paste and 3 sizes of Art Stones; then, I coloured the scene using ColourArte Twinkling H2O Watercolours. Here are some close-ups and angles so you can see all the texture.


I hope you like my interpretation of this month's challenge - I can't wait to see what you create! Remember to follow the Rules for the Challenge so that you're eligible to win!

Challenge Rules:
  • Create a NEW project (i.e., layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc…) as of August 1st 2017.
    • Please no back linking (meaning projects from previous months that may fit the challenge requirements). Please link only NEW projects.
  • Combining the CE Challenge with other challenges is permitted.
  • Please add your entry to the InLinkz box on the Challenge Post on the Creative Embellishments Blog 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. 
  • We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 OF CE products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along; however, everyone who does use CE product will get and extra chance at winning.
  • WINNERS will have 2 weeks to claim their prize. The winner will be announced on the CE blog post the day after the challenge ends.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! 

Monday, July 31, 2017

"Adorable" - Large Mixed Media Photo Tag ~ Creative Embellishments

Today I'm sharing another project made with one of the fantastic Creative Embellishments Large Tags! I have created this "Adorable" Mixed Media Photo Tag featuring a picture of our new kitten, Anna!
I layered lace on the Large Tag an then some CE chipboard elements including: a piece from the Door Knockers, the Flourish Circle Frame, and one of the pieces from the Filigree Corner Set 1. I painted the entire piece with Prima Art Basics Heavy Black Gesso and Heavy White Gesso and then misted it with Lindy's Stamp Gang Starbursts in Opal Sea Oats and Red Hot Poker Orange and Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabio in Tears on My Pillow Tangerine. I used Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Waxes in Rich Copper and White Gold to highlight the textures. I used the "Adorable" title from the Boy Word Set, which I inked with Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink and then rubbed with the Metallique Waxes. Finally, I added some cheesecloth as a 'bed' for the fussy-cut kitten picture and some white flowers that I highlighted with some of the Metallique Waxes. Here are some angles and a close-up so you can see all the details!




Saturday, July 15, 2017

Portrait of a Lady Victorian Fan ~ Creative Embellishments

Hi There! I have a new altered project to share today! I have used one of the gorgeous new Creative Embellishments Chipboard Victorian Fans, along with Graphic 45's Portrait of a Lady collection to create this elegant Portrait of a Lady Victorian Fan!
I started by joining the fan pieces together using cream coloured ribbon. Then I covered both sides of each fan piece with papers from the Portrait of a Lady collection (12x12 Patterned Paper and 12x12 Patterns and Solids). I inked the edges of all the paper with Distress Ink in Old Paper. I fussy cut portraits and flowers from the 12x12 and 8x8 patterned papers to decorate the front of the fan and used three Mini Frames and two Door Knockers to mount the fussy-cut portraits on each of the fan pieces. I embossed the frames and door knockers with Stampendous Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel. I also added a string of half pearls around the mini frames on two of the portraits. I finished off the Fan with a Tasseled Wrist Strap, a floral charm, a mirrored charm and a Graphic 45 Chipboard Element from the collection. Here are some more photos and close-ups!






Saturday, July 1, 2017

#1 (Goalie) Mixed Media Layout ~ Creative Embellishments July Challenge.

Happy Summer! Its July - which means Canada and 4th of July celebrations and lots of summer fun! This month's challenge on the Creative Embellishments Blog is to use the picture below to inspire your project - and the twist is to use Stars & Stripes on your project!
For this month's challenge, I was inspired to create this LO featuring my #1 star soccer goalie! I've used the CE chipboard Soccer Set #1, Soccer Flair, chipboard Nested Stars, wood veneer Stars, and chipboard Basic Alphabet. I painted the soccer net and soccer ball with Heavy White Gesso, then added silver metallic paint to the bars of the soccer net and black acrylic paint to sections of the soccer ball. I finished off the net by adding some white cheesecloth behind it to look like actual netting. I finished the soccer ball by adding some Glossy Accents. I embossed the chipboard and wood veneer stars with silver metallic embossing powder. I painted the #1 (from the Basic Alphabet) with blue acrylic paint and finished it with Glossy Accents. Finally, I completed the embellishment of the layout with a couple of pieces of soccer flair!
Here are a couple of different angles and a close-up of the layout!


I hope you like my interpretation of this month's challenge - I can't wait to see what you create! Remember to follow the Rules for the Challenge so that you're eligible to win!

Challenge Rules:
  • Create a NEW project (i.e., layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc…) as of July 1st 2017.
    • Please no back linking (meaning projects from previous months that may fit the challenge requirements). Please link only NEW projects.
  • Combining the CE Challenge with other challenges is permitted.
  • Please add your entry to the InLinkz box on the Challenge Post on the Creative Embellishments Blog 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. 
  • We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 OF CE products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along; however, everyone who does use CE product will get and extra chance at winning.
  • WINNERS will have 2 weeks to claim their prize. The winner will be announced on the CE blog post the day after the challenge ends.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

French Country Pocket Journal ~ Creative Embellishments

Hi there! Today I'm sharing a new project using one the AWESOME new Creative Embellishments Large Chipboard Tags! I've used the tag as a base for this pocket journal featuring Graphic 45's French Country collection! 
I painted around the edge of the tag with acrylic paint in Antique White and then covered the front and back of the tag with patterned paper. I 'inked' the edges of all the papers for this project with Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Wax in Vintage Gold.

I added a deep pocket and an angled pocket to the front of the tag, as well as a little border pocket at the bottom. I added a simple pocket to the back of the tag using one of the 4x6 cut-outs from the patterned paper.
I used one of the pieces from Filigree Set 3 to embellish the bottom corner on the front of the tag- this piece also helps hold the two tags in place! I embossed the filigree piece with Stampendous embossing powder in Antique Black and then added some addition Ranger Black embossing powder as well.
I added some chain and metal key and fleur-de-lis charms, a G45 chipboard piece and a handmade mini-book to the ribbon on the tag.
On the front of the Pocket Journal, there is a large booklet in the deep pocket, three 4x6 cut-outs from the patterned paper and two tags made with black cardstock and cut-outs from the patterned paper.
On the back of the pocket journal is a large tag made with black cardstock and some of the French Country patterned paper.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! Happy Crafting!