Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Adore ~ More than just chipboard, folks!

Hello, scrappy friends!

Thanks for coming by today for my Creative Embellishments/Shimmerz Paints combo project.
Today I have a layout featuring a special photo of my cousin's granddaughter. 

One of my favorite pieces from Creative Embellishments is the 6x6 Steampunk Gear Panel! (all the 6x6 panels, really.)  I love seeing how many different ways I can alter them ... although my fave for this Steampunk piece seems to be as you see it here with 3 colors of Rust Paste, sprinkles of aged gold embossing powder with a "darkened edge" achieved with my Shimmerz Coloringz Chocolate Brownie and a few shots of Vibez Hot Fudge.  Altering large pieces of chipboard like this is therapeutic for me! 

Of course, as always I wind up covering more of my panel than I intended. But here are some close-ups of the chipboard which has been cut apart for my use here:

My background is created using clear gesso, then super heavy gesso pushed through my Creative Embellishments Distressed Circle Stencil. I added some color with a transfer technique of my Shimmerz Vibez Mango Tango

Nice shot of how the Chocolate Brownie Coloringz darkens the edge to give a vintage vibe. Although it's hard to see, Vibez Glorious Day adds such an accent!

Stamping with my Creative Embellishments Circle Bokeh Stamp and  Distressed Text Stamp has added depth. When my layout was complete, I splattered white gesso and black paint as a finishing touch. 

I've used the large Family Word Border across the top and as a title. It was darkened with my Shimmerz  Chocolate Brownie Coloringz which was then highlighted with my Shimmerz Vibez Hot Fudge. One last embellishment was a Creative Embellishments Seasons Change Flair that I tucked in amongst my florals.

Lots of gorgeous Fall colored flowers complete the project. 

Thanks for coming by today! 

Creative Embellishments Products used:

Shimmerz Products used: 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Journey ... Creative Embellishments August challenge layout!

August already? 
Today I'm sharing my Design Team take on the August Challenge at  Creative Embellishments.

When I saw the Challenge photo, I was reminded of a dear friend's trip to Wales last year. She was excited that she captured a group of raindrops on the stairs in her photo. Because I'm giving her this layout as a birthday gift, I've used the Large Clock Face 6 inch (heat embossed) to symbolize time .. and just had to accompany that with the gorgeous Clock Hands which were stained with walnut stain. To add something wispy to my flower cluster, I used Flourish 17 which was embossed the same as the Clock Face. 
Here are my close-ups:

The Large Clock Face 6 inch was heat embossed with a light blue embossing powder and then dabbed with white gesso near the end. It was used as one of my photo layers and is so perfect with my birthday theme. 

Again, the Clock Hands were stained with a walnut ink and then dabbed with gesso. I've also embellished with some Prima art stones and sprayed them green to coordinate with the photo.
Here you can also see one of my reflective sequins.

My background work includes lots of stamping, mostly using my very favorite Circle Bokeh Stamp

Here is the challenge photo:

I hope that you will play along at a chance for the prize .... but also just to have a little creative fun! 

Thanks for coming by today!
I so appreciate every comment.


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Boys will be Boys ~ Off the Page Canvas with Sandi

Hello, fellow scrappers!
Sandi here with you today sharing my favorite project of the year so far ... and a joint Design Team project for Creative Embellishments and Shimmerz Paints.

I've had this heart-shaped watercolor canvas by Crate Paper for over a year and had not found quite the right use for it .. until the other day.  This cute photo of the grand boys screamed for something unique.

The first step was applying the color to the background which I did with a limited rainbow design. I started on the right with Glorious Day Vibez, then added in Palm Reader Vibez and lastly Well Blue Me Down Coloringz.  After that, I added texture using the Creative Embellishments Circle Bokeh Stencil and super heavy gesso. When that was dry, I re-applied the paints as needed as well as splattered droplets creating interest. For depth I used the Distressed Crackle Stamp around the edges of the heart.

Next I began altering my chipboard pieces. The Boys will be boys was first stained and then hit with Rolling in the Hay Vibez . I seriously love how it turned out!

The Cattails were so fun to alter. You will need 2 of them. First the stems were painted with Green Olive, then blasted with the Rolling in the Hay Vibez and some of the Glorious Day Vibez for a hint of yellow.
I took a cue from fellow CE team member Jen Snyder and pulled out the Stickles for the heads of the cattails which gave them great texture. They were sprayed with Rolling in the Hay Vibez to reduce the shine.

Here they are all done up! Aren't they perfect? The use of multiple colors makes them look more real, I think.

The sweet photo was framed with the "family frame" from the Together Frame Set. This frame was treated the same as the Boys will be boys title piece but turned out a little lighter, probably due to less stain. I also tied a little jute bow to the side of it.

Behind the photo, I placed a bit of actual chicken wire, then aded my flowers and art stones. Lastly, I used my finger to trace some of the Hot Fudge Vibez around the edge of the heart for dimension.

This was a super fun project to create. Don't be afraid to use those odd canvases to showcase a treasured photo!

Thanks for coming by today!

Creative Embellishments Products used:
Cattails (2)


Thursday, July 19, 2018

"Adventure" ~ Shimmerz Paints Design Team

Hello, Shimmerz Paints fans!

Sandi Clarkson here with you today sharing a fun mixed media background.
  It's really hot in my part of the world, so I'm staying indoors and taking the opportunity to scrap.

And because it's hot, what's better than scrapping a photo of my sweet grand girl eating an ice cream cone?
I began with lots of paper layers, then building a background of gesso, texture paste, stamping  and finally my Shimmerz Paints.

I used a transfer technique as well as paint splatters to apply the Razzel Dazzel Berry VibezDeep Blue Sea Vibez and Snow Storm Vibez.

Interspersed are some splatters and transfers of the Mama Sings the Blue Coloringz. I've gotten a little messier than usual with my background (considering the printed background paper), so I've tried to tone things down with some dabs of white gesso as well as the Snow Storm Vibez. Here is a good close-up of the Distressed Chicken Wire Stamp from Creative Embellishments.

More texture, paint and flower fun!

That's it from my today!
See you next time with my favorite project ever!
Don't forget to use my name with your order for a free product surprise!

Shimmerz Products Used:
Razzel Dazzel Berry Vibez
Snow Storm Vibez
Deep Blue Sea Vibez
Mama Sings the Blues Coloringz

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

It's Party Time ~ Creative Embellishments

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

It's my turn on the Creative Embellishments blog today and I'm so honored and humbled to be here!
Today I'm sharing a birthday card and tag set. My card stash is getting low, so I needed to spend some time creating.

Like many crafters, I have lots of older paper collections in my stash and reached for this gorgeous Celebrations paper from Mintay by Karola Witczak. Because I wanted to focus on one of the awesome cake/cupcake images, I designed my project around an awesome layer cake. Luckily for me, the image size was perfect for a Creative Embellishments frame that I've been wanting to use: the Fern Frame. The center of the frame is right about 2 1/2 inches, so perfect for a smaller photo.

Because the 6x6 panels are my all-time favorite Creative Embellishments item, I grabbed the very cool Harlequin Lattice and used it as a layer for my card between the pink script paper and the blue floral. I've punched one edge of the floral design and then stamped the outer edges of it with the Distressed Crackle Stamp. That one is probably my most used stamp ever, so it's definitely worth the investment.

For once, I left my chipboard bare with no alteration except for a dab of white gesso at the end. Which I never do!!! I usually at least ink these babies but this time I wanted the rich tones of the chipboard to lie against the pink and blue.

Isn't that Fern Frame divine?! 
For my use, I mounted the fussy cut cake image and adhered it to the top of the frame. Lastly, I dabbed everything with white gesso. 

Moving on to the tag ... which I dearly love to create! 

I've layered 4 paper layers to create the tag with one of those being the fussy cut balloons that you see  on the right hand side of the creation. They are so cute! 
To co-ordinate with the card, I've used the Distressed Crackle Stamp again. 

Finally, I added a few flowers and turquoise flat back pearls.
I then added the #party from the Social Hash Tags set. Again, I left the chippie bare except for dabbed gesso. (If you are searching for these, hash tag is 2 words on this particular description.)

This photo shows my layers just a bit better.
After adding some tulle at the top, I was done.

Thanks for coming by the blog today.
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CE Products used:
Distressed Crackle Stamp