Sunday, May 21, 2017

Game of Chess - Alice Art Journal Page ~ Creative Embellishments

Today, I have a new mixed media Art Journal page to share - this page is part of the series I've done for my Alice in Wonderland inspired Art Journal.
I started out with watercolour paper and drew on the grid in pencil. I used a black watercolour pencil to paint the black squares to create the 'chess board'. I used the CE Distressed Text Stamp with both black and white pigment inks to do some stamping in the background of the page. Next, I used the CE Scribble Heart Stencil - I mixed Prima Art Basics 3D Gloss Gel with Prima Art Ingredients Mica Powder in Black Cherry to create the glossy red medium for the stenciled hearts. I used several pieces from the CE chipboard Chess Set - painting some with Prima Art Alchemy Metallique paint in Royal Red and some with an Antique White acrylic paint mixed with pearlizing medium. The Red Queen and Alice Images are cut out of an old book and the quote is from Through the Looking Glass. Here are some close-ups of each page and a shot of the layout in the journal.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Shabby Chic Altered Clip Frame ~ Creative Embellishments

Hi There! Today, I'm sharing a Shabby Chic Altered Clip Frame with you! I love this picture of my son from a few years ago and decided to pick up the greens and purples in the photo as the inspiration for this frame.
I've used lots of different Creative Embellishments products on this frame, including:
I started off by painting the wooden pallet-style frame with Light Green Chalk Paint and then did a light white-wash on it with watered-down gesso. Next, I used the CE Crackled Brick Stencil with some Prima Art Extravagance White Crackle Texture Paste. Once that was dry, I rubbed the edge of the frame and stenciled areas with Prima Art Alchemy Antique Brillance Wax in Amethyst Magic. Next, I used Matte Mod Podge to adhere a cut-out and fussy cuts from Graphic 45's Secret Garden Collection to the centre of the frame. I painted the Heart Dangle 3 with a light purple acrylic paint and then dabbed it with some of the White Crackle Texture Paste - then I rubbed on a bit of Prima Art Achemy Metallique Wax in Old Silver. I painted the "Memories" word from the Treasure Border Words with dark purple acrylic paint and then rubbed with the Amethyst Magic wax and added a few highlights with the Old Silver wax. I heat embossed the Butterflies with Lindy's Stamp Gang Embossing Powder in Hollyhock Scarlet Plum and then painted the centre of the butterflies black and rubbed in some of the Amethyst Magic wax; finally, I used the Old Silver wax on the edges of the butterfly wings to achieve a three-toned effect on the butterflies.
Here are some different angles and close-ups so you can see all the texture and details!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Midnight Masquerade Large Mixed Media Tag ~ Creative Embellishments

Hi There! Today, I'm sharing a fun, extra large, Mixed Media Tag! I've used one of the new Creative Embellishments chipboard Large Tags as the base for this project; these tags are fantastic and perfect for Mixed Media - I love them!
I started the front of the tag by stencilling on a pattern in two corners using Prima Art Basics White Modeling Paste. Next, I glued on some CE chipboard pieces, including some Door Knockers, pieces from the Filigree Corner Set 2, and a Flourish 4. Once I had all the chipboard in place, I painted everything with Prima Art Basics Heavy Black Gesso and then rubbed it with three colours of Prima Art Alchemy Antique Brilliance Waxes - Amethyst Magic, Mystic Turquoise and Red Amber. Then, I used Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Wax in White Gold to bring out some of the texture from the stencilling and to highlight the chipboard pieces. Once I was happy with the background, I used fussy-cuts from Graphic 45's Midnight Masquerade collection to create the scene on the tag (all paper edges were inked with Distress Ink in Black Soot).
On the reverse side, I started by trimming a sheet of paper from the Midnight Masquerade 12x12 Patterns and Solids to cover the tag. I created another scene using fussy cuts from the Midnight Masquerade Patterned Papers. I added another chipboard piece from the Filigree Corner Set 2 (treated the same as the front side of the tag) and some of the CE Wood Veneer Stars, which I rubbed with the White Gold wax. Here are some close-ups of the two sides of the Large Tag.

Finally, to finish off the tag, I tied a collection of ribbons, lace and seam binding to the top and added the three masks from the CE chipboard Masquerade Masks as embellishments dangling from some of the ribbon. I treated one side of the masks the same as the front of the tag and glued/trimmed patterned paper to the other side of the masks and inked the edges with Distress Ink in Black Soot.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog today! Happy Crafting!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Vintage Hollywood Hat Boxes ~ Creative Embellishments

Hi there! Today I'm sharing a pair of Vintage Hollywood Hat Boxes with you! As soon as I saw these small hat boxes in a local second-hand shop, I knew I wanted to alter them. The Vintage Hollywood collection by Graphic 45, paired with some amazing Creative Embellishments chipboard, make these an amazing display item and storage space for my room! I've used papers from both the 12 x 12 and 8x8 patterned paper pads - and did lots of fussy cutting to embellish the boxes - all the paper's edges are inked with Distress Ink in Black Soot. And what is a Vintage Hollywood themed piece without some bling? So I added some rhinestone trim to both box lids as well as some black lace to the smaller box lid.

On the larger box (below), I've used one of the Movie Night tickets and the Movie Reel from the Creative Embellishments chipboard Movie Night Six Piece Set. I painted the ticket using Prima Art Alchemy Sparks paint in Magical Pond. I heat embossed the movie reel with black and silver embossing powders. I also added a strip of the numbered 'film' paper behind the film section of the movie reel.

For the smaller hat box (below), I used one of the Creative Embellishments Chipboard Wavy Film Strips. I heat embossed the film strip with black embossing powder and then fussy-cut the starlet images from the 12x12 border strip page so that the film strip sections would frame the faces.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today! Happy Crafting!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Floating Teacup Garden ~ Creative Embellishments and Petaloo Blog Hop Day 6

Welcome to Day 6 of the Creative Embellishments and Petaloo Blog Hop!
The theme for this hop was Mother's Day and when I think of Mother's Day - it makes me think of my Grandmother, who loves flowers and tea; so those memories were the inspiration for this floating teacup garden scene.
I started by constructing the floating teacup and used a Creative Embellishments (CE) Ornate Gate 2 at the back of the project as extra support under the teacup. I painted the gate and floating teacup with Heavy White Gesso before beginning to decorate the piece. I started by adding decorative grasses and the branches and vines. The branches on top of the teacup are from the CE Branches - I heat embossed these branches with Distress Embossing Powder in Walnut Stain an then added some greenery to the tips of the branches. The two vines at the base of the floating teacup are CE Flourish 15 and Flourish 28 - I heat embossed the two flourishes with Distress Embossing Powder in Old Paper and then lightly sponged some acrylic paint in Leaf Green onto the pieces.
I created the cascade of flowers using a variety of Petaloo flowers, including Darjeeling Garden Rosettes in Pink (1491-110), Darjeeling Dahlias in Teal (1467-106), Darjeeling Dahlias in Purple (1467-104), Darjeeling Petites in Pink (1465-110), and Darjeeling Petites in Purple (1465-104). Once I was happy with how the cascade of flowers looked, I added a resin birdbath embellishment and fussy cut pieces from Graphic 45's Children's Hour collection. I inked the edges of the fussy cuts with Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy - I also inked the visible edges of the teacup and saucer with the Distress Ink. Finally, I finished off the piece by adding some Petaloo Butterflies - Darjeeling Mini Butterflies in Pink (1486-110) and Darjeeling Mini Butterflies in Purple (1486-104).

There are lots more pictures below so you can see all the details of this Floating Teacup Garden!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I hope you're having fun hopping along with Creative Embellishments and Petaloo!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Bitten Bunnies ATCs ~ Creative Embellishments April Challenge

It's April! It's Spring (finally)! And a new month means a new challenge at Creative Embellishments! Here is this month's inspiration picture - and the challenge twist is to use flowers on your project!
I was inspired by the grass and bright colours of this month's challenge photo to create this fun series of Easter ATCs using the CE Bitten Bunnies.
I used the CE Fairy Dust 2 Stencil with some Prima Art Basics Modeling Paste to add some texture to the background of the ATCs. I created the colour gradient in the background using three colours of Distress Ink - Pine Needles, Bundled Sage, and Broken China and then I splattered the cards with water to dilute/remove some ink. I inked the edges of the ATCs with Distress Ink in Ground Espresso. I painted the Bitten Bunnies with Art Anthology Dimensional Paint in Chocolate Sorbet and used a dab of heavy white gesso for the eyes. I used SnowTex to create the puffy tail on the larger bunny. I also used the CE chipboard Grass Set, which I primed with white gesso and then misted with two colours of green mist; then I added glossy accents to the grass. Finally, I used two of the CE chipboard Flourish Eggs, which I painted with Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Acrylic Paints in Pink Blush and Rich Turquoise. I added some Stickles in Fruit Punch and Mermaid to the eggs to enhance the details.  Here are some close-ups of each card!

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 April 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! Happy Spring!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Crazy Shaker Cards ~ Creative Embellishments

Today, I'm sharing some fun shaker cards with you! I've used Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs and Crazy Cats stamps (coloured with Copic Markers) along with Graphic 45 papers to create these cards. For the shaker part, I've used sequins and some Creative Embellishments Wood Veneers- which I left plain because I LOVE how the natural wood and laser engraving looks!
For the Crazy Dog Shaker Card, I used papers from Graphic 45's Good Ol' Sport collection and inked all the papers with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. I used the Dog Gone Cute Wood Veneers in the shaker on this card. I also used two pieces from these Wood Veneers to embellish the front of the cards. I coloured the Ball using a Red Copic Marker and I added some patterned paper to the Dog Tag, outlined the tag with a Black Copic Marker and then inked it with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. I thought this masculine card would be perfect for Father's Day!

For the Crazy Cat Shaker Card, I used papers from Graphic 45's Once Upon a Springtime collection and inked all the papers with Distress Ink in Antique Linen. I used the Purrfect Pieces Wood Veneers in the Shaker on this card. I thought this would be a fun card for Easter - featuring a confused Kitty who thinks he's a rabbit!
Thanks so much for popping by my blog today! Have Crazy Fun Crafting!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Nature Sketchbook Folio ~ Mini Album with Video Walk-through and Tutorial

A couple of weeks ago, I shared this Nature Sketchbook Folio Cover and promised a video tutorial for the album that I made to go inside the folio - and (finally) here is the album and tutorial!
A complete video walk-through and tutorial on how to create the album's base is included in the video on my Youtube channel - so be sure to pop by for the details about the album!
Here are some photos of the folio and album. The measurements for the pages (as detailed in the video tutorial) are listed below as well.

Folio - Inside 1

Folio - Inside 2

Album - Front Cover

Album - Back Cover
Album Cover Measurements:

  • Front Cover - 8.5 in. x 10 in. - score at 6 in. and every 1/4 in. up to 7.5 in.
  • Back Cover - 8.5 in. x 5 in. - attach to front cover at 1 in. from the last score line
  • Hinges - For six 1/2 in. hinges with a 1/4 in. gusset
    • Paper measures 8.5 in. x 9.25 in
    • Score at - 1 in, 1.5 in, 2 in, 2.25 in, 2.75 in, 3.25 in, 3.5 in, 4 in, 4.5 in, 4.75 in, 5.25 in, 5.75 in, 6 in, 6.5 in, 7 in, 7.25 in, 7.75 in, and 8.25 in. 

Album - Square Tag Pockets Front 1
Square Tag Pocket Measurements (Make 2):

  • 4.25 in. x 9.75 in.
  • Score at 1/2 in. and at 5 1/8 in.

Album - Square Tag Pockets Front 2

Album - Square Tag Pockets Back and Square Policy Envelopes

Album - Square Policy Envelopes Back and Regular Tag Pockets Front 1
Regular Tag Pocket Measurements (Make 2):

  • 4.75 in. x 8.75 in.
  • Score at 1/2 in. and at 4 5/8 in.

Album - Regular Tag Pockets Front 2

Album - Regular Tag Pockets Back and Square Policy Envelopes

Album - Square Policy Envelopes Back & Pocket Folder and Notebook 1
Pocket Folder Measurements:

  • 8.5 in. x 10 in. - score at 5 in. and fold
  • Measure in 5/8 in. from fold at top
  • Measure up 3 in. from bottom corner opposite fold
  • Draw a line between the two measured points and cut the diagonal on a paper trimmer
  • Pocket Hinges: Side - 1 in. x 3 in. - score and fold at 1/2 in.
                              Bottom - 1 in. x 5 in. - score and fold at 1/2 in.

Album - Pocket Folder and Notebook 2

Album - Pocket Folder Back & File Folder Front
File Folder Measurements:

  • 8.5 in. x 11 in. - score and fold at 5.5 in.
  • For Tab:
    • Punch top right corner using Envelope Punch Board
    • Flip page over and measure edge of paper to 3 in. on punch board and punch again
    • Trim remainder of top of folder off
    • Punch all corners using Punch Board

Album - File Folder Inside

Album - File Folder Back with Regular Policy Envelope

Album - File Folder Back with Regular Policy Envelope Flipped Down
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you enjoyed my Nature Sketchbook Folio, Album and Tutorial!