Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Creative Embellishments April Challenge

Hello, Creative Embellishments fans! 
Sandi here with you today sharing my project for the April Challenge .. this time a whimsical layout featuring a stock photo that is all about flowers! 

My inspiration came from the all the spring colors in the photo as well as the flower images. I had saved this stock photo of a girl wearing a wire nest of flowers. It is so fanciful and perfect for a fun layout. 
There is tons of CE product on this one as well as all papers and medium being from 13 Arts. 

I wanted something to cluster around my photos and remembered the chipboard Birdhouses that I've been hoarding. I lightly inked them and had them ready to tuck around my photo. Then I remembered having a partially finished Berry Frame 4 that I painted green and placed under my photo for floral interest. After doing those 2 items, I inked a banner from the Banners set and used it as a base for my title which I created using the wood veneer Typewriter Keys and spelling Spring. Of course, a few florals had to be tucked in, right? 

Here is a side view for dimension. 

Of course, before adhering anything I added some texture with modeling paster pushed through the Art Stencil. I think this stencil is best reserved for inks and mists as the paste smeared a bit. Then I added 13 Arts water ink in Olive for color. 

The mason jars in the Challenge photo reminded me of the Chinese Lantern Set 2 that I had in my stash. I painted those and then decorated a bit with florals. 

I also included some grass from the Grass Set, painted it and paired it with a bee from the Bumblebees set. 

I love how everything turned out although it took me several days to finish. I must admit I was sidelined by all the bad news but finally focused on my new found free time and finished! 

Here is the Challenge image: 

We hope that you can find time to play along! 
See you next time. 

Creative Embellishments products used: 
Art Stencil
Wood Veneer: 
Typewriter Keys

Thursday, March 26, 2020

"Victoriana" for 13 Arts ~ Lucille Ball

Hello, scrappy friends! 
Today we are featuring a few Design Team projects over on the 13 Arts blog which feature the new Victoriana collection. 

I decided to create my project on one of the Discontinued MDF Hearts that came in my original DT package last year. 

After choosing a paper from the Victoriana 6x6 paper pad, I adhered it to the heart with gel medium. Then I used a craft knife to cut the heart design. 

For dimension I used modeling paste pushed through the new Tattered Diamonds Stencil 6x6. When that was dry, I added color with the new Color Glow Andalusite

I elevated my photo of Lucille Ball with corrugated cardboard and added ephemera from the Victoriana Ephemera Pack as well as some paper from the Victorianan Paper Pad A6

The watch face and flower are from my stash. Listed below are the 13 Arts products used: 

13 Arts Products used: 
Discontinued Heart MDF
Watch face from my stash

Thanks for coming by today! 
I hope you will be able to get your hands on some of this collection very soon! 

Monday, March 23, 2020

Unforgettable with 13 Arts ~ Sandi Clarkson

Hello, scrappy friends! 
Today I am excited to share my Solo post for March. 
 I wanted to design and create a layout using a recent photo of a family friend and thought it would pair nicely with the new Unforgettable collection

(photo credit @_sabrina_ruiz_)

As always, I prepared my base paper (A Day to Remember paper) with Clear Gesso in case I did lots of wet media work. I then decided to merely color my Modeling Paste with Coral Acrylic Paint. Then I applied that through the new Unforgettable Memories Stencil. I loved the effect and how it mirrored the flowers in the paper.  Before moving on, I did some random stamping with black ink and the new Vintage Letter Stamp A7

My paper layers were created mostly from the Everlasting paper which I distressed and punched with an old paper punch. I made myself a couple of long vertical strips by merely cutting some one inch strips of the same paper. These were then trimmed to about 10 inches in length.

It seems that I haven't been reaching for my transparencies nearly enough, so I grabbed the new Victorian Collage Transparency and trimmed off a section to go below and to the right of my photo. 

I also tucked in some ephemera from the Unforgettable Ephemera pack as well as fussy cutting the word "Remember" from the Timeless paper and using it as my title after backing it with some corrugated cardboard. 

Under my photo you will note a doily chipboard from the Unforgettable chipboard set which I painted with Ayeeda white matte paint. I layered more of the transparency in this area before adding my flowers and last few embellishments. 

I love the convenience of the ephemera packs! 
I did take time to color my Dried Roots with some Olive Green Water Ink. The florals are older ones from my stash as are my 3 pearls. 

The finishing touch was just to add a bit of  Colored Light Gray Grit and splatter some watered down
  White Gesso

Thank you for coming by today! 
Hopefully you found some inspiration for your next project! 

13 Arts products used: 

Friday, March 20, 2020

Happy Birthday Cards! ~ Creative Embellishments

Hello, scrappy friends! 
Sandi here with you today sharing a couple of fun cards for Creative Embellishments.

Can you guess what these two cards have in common? 
Well. firstly, they are designed with Creative Embellishments but secondly, they both were created using some very, very old Basic Grey. I was rummaging around for something to coordinate with the
 Happy Birthday Flair and finally got to my BG stash and there you have it! 
I was just in the mood for something different .. happy and fun .. certainly not my usual colors! 

Okay, let's take a closer look at each card. 

This time around, I went with my Ivory card stock bases versus my usual white one. 
Then working from an old sketch, I came up with this design. 

Creative Embellishments products used were:

The Large Clock Face 4" was stained with walnut ink. I placed and one Artist Trading Coins on top of the clock near the center. The coin was papered with one the BG floral papers. I added my yellow  flowers next because I wanted to be sure I got my Happy Birthday Flair positioned perfectly .. 2 on the left and 1 on the right. Then I inked the word "ageless" from the Always Word Set and placed it on the ATC. 

Some white paint splattering, twine and moss  ...  and it was done! 

Here are a couple of close-ups: 


I almost didn't use this Shaker because several on the team have already used it BUT ... I have a dear friend who loves all things Irish! So, I created this one for her birthday (which is in July) but I thought I'd go with the Shamrock theme since we are just barely past St. Patrick's Day. She will LOVE it! 

I used the same basic sketch on this card and worked on painting, papering and assembling my Shamrock Shaker Set. Love that it has the papered background. For a fun twist, I used a sequin mix that has some pink in it. It is from @spiegelmomscraps and is called Picking Wild Flowers. 

t was finished with some rhinestones and a bow ... so cute! 

Creative Embellishments products used were:


There you have it! 
Two fairly quick birthday cards.  
I have lots of them coming up in the next few month! 
As always, choosing my papers is what takes me forever ...... 

Stay safe, everyone. 

Hopefully, you will have some time to be creative instead of reading every single bit of news that comes your way. 
I am trying to focus on my blessings while I social distance. 

See you here soon! 

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Oversized Lucy Tag for Creative Embellishments

Hello, Creative Embellishments fans! 

I'm back with you today sharing another Large Tags creation. 
This time I've used a vintage photo of Lucille Ball, my awesome Creative Embellishments products, and some collaboration foil products from My tag papers and media products are all from 13 Arts

I started by selecting one of the Large Tags from the oversized tag set and covered it with papers from the 13 Arts Summer Rhapsody  6x6 paper pad. Then I prepped it with 13 Arts clear gesso before using the Distressed Patterns Stencil and pushing my 13 Arts modeling paste through it. 

Next I prepared and colored the new Feel The music chipboard piece which I thought would make a great base layer and go with the Hollywood theme. I will definitely order more of this piece! 

While all of that was drying, I turned my attention to the products. We are collaborating with them this month, so I upped my game and took the time to die cut both a doily piece as well as layers from Donna Salazar's Rose Creation flower die. 

It's been a hot minute since I've taken the time to create handmade flowers but with the help from the Rinea Mocha/Gold Glossy Solid Packs & Rolls and the Rinea Earth Tones Foiled Paper Variety Pack I've got some gorgeous flowers! I think the textured paper from the Earth Tones Foiled Paper Variety Pack  was a big win in helping to keep with the textured feel that I prefer and cut down on some of the "shiny."


I colored some cheesecloth to layer under my photo placed that over the die cut Prima doily. While I had the color out, I painted some pink over my stenciled area. For definition, I did use some bronze Prima wax on the edges of the tag to coordinate with my flowers. 

I finished with some 3D balls, pearls and ribbon. Of course, I had to add the "Love" die cut from 13 Arts because we all Love Lucy, right? 

Thank you for coming by today! 
We appreciate your support of Creative Embellishments! 

Creative Embellishments products used: products used: