Friday, January 11, 2019

I Love You ~ Altered Embroidery Hoop with Creative Embellishments!

Hello,  Creative Embellishments fans! 
So, who is already making Valentines projects? 
Not me normally but ... the Creative Embellishments store is too full of heart shapes galore, wonderful LOVE chippys and all things Valentines! How could I resist? 

Sandi Clarkson here with you today sharing an Altered Embroidery Hoop .. sweetheart style. 

A while back I came across this cool double exposure photo of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and pulled it out for this project!
 I was intending to use the hoop as a sort of reverse canvas but decided to go the  easier route this time and embellish over paper. 

I knew I wanted to stay with a pink and red theme, so I chose my chipboard pieces and decided to make the hearts pink and the words red. So firstly, I decided on my placements and then I stopped and altered the actual chipboard. Both of the hearts from the Heart Flourish Frame 2 were prepped and then misted with an older mist color that is no longer available. Then they were lightly dabbed with chalk ink and lastly with white gesso. I layered then up as you can see here. While that was drying, I cut my paper circle and then painted the hoop with white paint. 

Next is a fun side view of the project to show you the dimension. You will note that the hearts hang slightly off to the side of the project. I attached them so that I can actually remove this photo and add others as desired. 

Here is a close view of those hearts. Loved them so much that I used both of the frames! 

The Valentine Word Hearts are sooo cool! Since I had decided to add just one, I of course went with the I Love You piece and heat embossed it red. There are some other great choices in the set! 

I was also itching to use this Adore piece from the Family Word Border Set. It was heat embossed in red as well. 

My last step was to add some florals and other embellishments including my much loved and now used all up 13 Arts gold microspheres! A tulle bow at the top finishes it up! 
I hope you like or are inspired to create something of your own. 

For a little retail therapy, please visit the CE store at Creative Embellishments
Wishing you a creative year! 


Creative Embellishments products used: 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

"Explore" mixed media layout with Shimmerz Paints!

Hello, scrappy friends! 

Sandi  here with you today sharing my first Shimmerz Paint project for 2019! 
Here's hoping for a creative year for all of you!!! 

My first step after selecting my papers was to coat them with clear gesso and then added Paste-Eez Salt of the Earth texture paste pushed through a stencil. 

After that dried, I added my distressed photo layers along with the photo of my grandson. Before moving on, I did some random stamping with several different stamps. 

After choosing some chipboard embellishments from Creative Embellishments, I prepared them in a couple of different ways.

This Twig frame with fall leaves was sprayed with my Shimmerz Coloringz Chocolate Brownie.

After that dried, I sprayed the frame and leaves with my Shimmerz Vibez Hot Fudge which gave them a warm glow!

Before adding my florals and other embellishments, I enhanced my focal area by painting on Coloringz Well Blue Me Down with a small brush.

As I worked, I keep some water nearby so that I could dilute and let the color run as desired. 

The chipboard title piece is from Creative Embellishments Adventure Word Set.

I decided to alter it a bit differently and chose my Inklingz Penny 4 Your Thoughts which turned out great! It gave it a nice, copper-y look.

In the background, you can see the Paste-Eez Salt of the Earth which was pushed through a stencil.

Here I tried to capture a better view of those copper tones of the Inklingz Penny 4 Your Thoughts.

The leaves were treated with a smattering of Blingz Gold Glimmer along the vein lines.

Finally, I added my florals and bling. Then splattered with gesso as well as Coloringz Night Moves which is black and the primary project color Coloringz Well Blue Me Down.

Thanks so much for coming by today!
Be sure to mention my name if you do a little retail shopping at Shimmerz for a little free paint.

Shimmerz products used:
Coloringz Chocolate Brownie
Coloringz Well Blue Me Down
Coloringz Night Moves
Vibez Hot Fudge
Paste-Eez Salt of the Earth
Inklingz Penny 4 Your Thoughts
Blingz Gold Glimmer
(discontinued Spigelmom Scraps sequins Boy Mom Life)

Creative Embellishments products used:

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Creative Embellishments January Challenge!

Happy New Year! 
Welcome to 2019, everyone!

I'm here with you today sharing my take on the January 2019 Creative Embellishments Challenge. 

I was inspired by the soft pastels in the Challenge image along with all the seasonal photos which spoke "transition" to me.  I usually take my Christmas tree down on New Years Day, thus I went with a New Years card and tag set. 

This is my first ever teepee (pyramid) card but certainly not my last! They are so addicting! 
For the snow twist, I added some textured Glitter Snow and paint splattering. Creative Embellishments chipboard used were Pine cone clusters,  Antlers,  Berry frame 4 and the Holiday Sentiment Words.  

Here are some close-up details:

Creative Embellishments products use:
Pine cone clusters
Holiday Sentiment Words

And here is the inspiration photo:

I hope that you can find time to play along as well!


Monday, December 31, 2018

Great News with Creative Embellishments!

Finally I can share the good news!

I'm humbled beyond measure to share that I'll be returning for another term at Creative Embellishments! They are my dream team and I just can't get enough! 

 I have already received my January and February DT package and as always am blown away at the quality and precision detail on these awesome products. Who doesn't love using chipboard???  CE also creates wood veneer,  rubber stamps, stencils and flair. 

Here is a little bit about Creative Embellishments:

"Creative Embellishments is a new family owned company that was created by Michael and Nicolle Kramer. We are a husband and wife team who design and manufacture unique, high quality chipboard, wood and rubber stamp products. It is our mission to offer fun and inspiring products to bring out your inner creativity that you can add to any project. In the near future we will be expanding into other mediums such as rubber/acrylic stamps and acrylic embellishments."

So, stay tuned for more fun projects coming up very soon.  
And please visit the CE Blog to see what's going on right now!!! 

Because tomorrow is January1st, the January challenge will be posted then. 

So stay tuned here as well ... for all the close-ups.


Thursday, December 27, 2018

"Sparkly Christmas Love" ~ Creative Embellishments

Hello, scrappy friends! 
Wow, it's nearly the end of 2018. I can hardly believe it! 

Sandi Clarkson here with you today sharing my last Creative Embellishments project for this year but I'll be back on January 1st with my first challenge project for the new year!

As many of you know, I have lots of grandchildren .. so plenty of photos to scrap and then give away! That's my storage solution: I let them worry with where to store them. Anyway, two of my older granddaughters started asking for layouts for their birthday and Christmas gifts. 
It's always so fun to see their reaction when they open them. Of course, I have to snap a photo of their sweet smiles. I was due to create one for this sweet gal and ironically, the photo I chose is of my first DT project for this particular term here at Creative Embellishments. She loved that one and I hope she likes this one as well! 

So, on to the project! 

I had just received some new Christmas papers and embellishments in one of my Kits and wanted to use them. After choosing those design items, I turned to my Creative Embellishments products to see what I wanted to use this time. 

Foremost, I wanted to finally use the Ribbon Garland that I've been hoarding for a few YEARS! Yes, really. As usual, the piece was several colors before all was said and done. Finally, I settled on the green and added some pearl drops and hard rock crackle. The garland drops down on both sides of the photo but the right is buried in florals. 

I adore all the Creative Embellishment frames but this Time Flies Frame Set is a true fave. And one that I actually always remember the name of without looking.  For my purposes here, I left it bare to look as if my "package" were wrapped in khaki paper. I had to fiddle with it a bit to line it up with my garland and photo but got it done!

This Family Banners chipboard piece is aMAziNg! I simply sprayed it with walnut ink and it was ready when dry.

Just another close-up of the Time Flies Frame Set. Adore these! 

Creative Embellishments makes the BEST stamps! Here are a couple of them in action: Distressed Text Stamp and Distressed Chevron Stamp.

And a final dimensional view.

Thanks so much for coming by today!
See you again in a few days!
Have a Happy and Safe New Years!


Creative Embellishments products used: