Saturday, December 1, 2018

Creative Embellishments December Challenge!

Hello, scrappy friends! 
Can you even believe that this is the first day of December? 
Seriously, where has this year gone? 

I'm back today with my DT take on our December Challenge over at Creative Embellishments
I thought I'd jump at the chance to make a sweet Christmas themed card and tag set. 
The twist on the challenge this month is to add an animal to your project!!! 

So, here is my lovely little set created with an older Graphic 45 collection. I decided that the dark red script paper would be wonderful as a background for the Jumping Deer that I wanted to use!

All my chipboard pieces were stained with Walnut Ink and then lightly and randomly embossed with aged gold embossing powder, The title pice was left bare.

Here are some close-ups for you:

That Circle Vine Frame is a fave of mine! Here it helps bring focus to the reindeer.
The Christmas Sentiments was left bare.

I love creating tags by using several layers and then really decking out the top layer.

Thanks for coming by today!
I hope you'll visit the Creative Embellishments
blog and see the other Design Team examples.
Hopefully, you can join in!


Creative Embellishment products used:
Christmas Sentiments

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Lucy ~ Do The Things You Think You Cannot Do ~ with Sandi

Hello, scrappy friends! 
Sandi here with you today sharing my latest layout for Creative Embellishments

This layout featuring a vintage photo of Lucille Ball perched on a suitcase has been occupying my head space for wayyyy too long! I'm so glad that I finally got around to creating it. 

I wanted to stay true to the vintage/travel theme, so chose some vintage colors and chipboard pieces that I thought conveyed "travel or going on a journey." 

My background was created with super heavy gesso pushed through the CE Distressed Patterns Stencil and then randomly stamped using the CE Distressed Chicken Wire Stamp and the Distressed Text Stamp. For color, I've used the Shimmerz products listed below.

My chipboard pieces were all altered with black paint and then topped with the Shimmerz Hot Vibez which gives the pieces a coppery hue. My main photo cluster resides beside the Stamp Corner piece and above the Do The Things Quote title piece. For interest, I've added the Round Distressed Stamps off to the side and the wee little Paper Clips attached to the photo. Love the Paper clip pieces!

I finished by adding my florals and with addition highlights of color.

One last dimensional view~

Don't forget that our November challenge ends on the 30th this month.
Hope you found time to play along!

Thanks for coming by!
See you next time.

Creative Embellishments Products used:


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Quick, Fun Christmas tags with Sandi ~ Shimmerz Paints

 Hello, scrappy friends! 

Sandi here today sharing some quick, fun Christmas tags to use on those Christmas gifts you're busy wrapping!

Although my own Christmas colors are neutral white, creams and copper, I decided to let the Sugar Plum Fairies dance in my head for a few minutes and produce me some sweet, sugar-y colors!

So, I chose Vibez Forget Me NotVibez Snow Way Man and Vibez Pop Art Pink for my base colors and Paste Eez Salt of the Earth for my background texture.

Using ordinary office tags, I had me a little "play" in the craft room!

I started by swiping the tags with clear gesso and then adding my Paste Eez Salt of the Earth through
a stencil.

While that was drying, I chose and painted a bunch of Christmas chipboard pieces from Creative Embellishments with white acrylic paint. For a flocked and textured effect, I added some glitter snow to the trees. (Chipboard pieces listed below.)

Next, I went back to my tags and applied the colors with a paintbrush.

Above is a close-up of the Vibez Forget Me Not. Look at that shimmer!~


Here is the sweet Vibez Pop Art Pink one! This is a really pretty baby pink!

The last thing I did was add the ribbons and splattered some white paint over the tags for a snowy, uniform look.

I've been looking for a chance to use my Vibez Snow Way Man blue. It is so gorgeous. Depending on the intensity that you desire, you can of course, water this down for a lighter touch.

Doing these little tags is also a great to get familiar with the colors you have on hand before trying them a special project!

So, now I'm all set with at least 3 tags for my Christmas presents!
You can be too by shopping the Shimmerz Paints Store for the colors you need.
Don't forget to use my name SANDI for a little free gift with order!
See you next time!

Shimmerz products used: 
Vibez Snow Way Man
Vibez Pop Art Pink
Vibez Forget Me Not
Paste Eez Salt of the Earth

Creative Embellishments products used:
Pine Cone Clusters
Pine Trees
Christmas Sentiments

Friday, November 16, 2018

More than Words November Guest Designer

I'm so excited!
.... Excited to share that a few of us at Creative Embellishments are Guest Designing over at
More than Words Challenge Blog this month.

Their challenge for November is all about the word "FUTURE" .. and for the creative aspect we were asked to use "STARS" on our project.

Here is my sample:

One of the most immediate events in my FUTURE are the upcoming holidays. As a grandmother, I especially enjoy seeing things through my grandchildren's eyes. I always wonder which traditions will be passed down through the generations ... and what new ones may come along. The inspiration word Future prompted me to scrap this photo of my sweet little grandson who hopefully will someday be a Santa to his own little family.  My STAR shapes are evident in both the stenciled background, multiple chipboard star shapes and the Flair.

I started with a clear gesso base and then added texture using the Falling Stars Stencil and super heavy gesso pushed through it. 
Next I built up my photo cluster and then set preparing my chipboard. 
In this photo you can also see the Falling Stars Border section that I've altered and embossed red/gold. 

The Christmas Sentiments word set gave me some options for my title but I stuck with "Bright Lights "to carry on the theme.  To enhance the stencil work, there was lots of layering of Shimmerz color. 
You can see some of my background stamping here with the Crackle Stamp and the Grunge Music Note Border Stamp

Another section of the Falling Stars Border and also a fussy cut Saint Nick. 
And glory be, I found some very old poinsettias that were perfect fort this page! 

The Spiral Tree chipboard is really the star of the show on this layout and really helps ground my photo. It was inked in green and then I embossed the Star ornaments on it ... yes, it has stars as well! 
At the top of the tree, I placed a Star Flair from the Shine Flair Gold set. 

Just a little view from the side. 

I used lots of gold microbeads to bring out the gold of Christmas. 

My little subtitle is "Santa in Training."

Thanks for coming by! 
Hope you have time to play along with More than Words Challenge Blog


Here is a list of Creative Embellishments products that I used:
Falling Stars Border
Spiral Tree
Christmas Sentiments word set
 Falling Stars Stencil
 Crackle Stamp
Grunge Music Note Border Stamp
Shine Flair Gold

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Shimmerz "Winter" Color Challenge ~ Canvas

Hello, Shimmerz Paints fans! 
Thanks for coming by! 

Sandi here today.  I'm excited to be sharing my newest canvas. Doing canvases are "liberating" for me because I can just create without worrying about any associated photo. 

Here at Shimmerz Paints we are doing another Color Challenge this month and this time I chose Spritz Plum Pudding. Our DT coordinator asked us to choose something that we normally would not use. For me that is usually more of the pinks and purples. I tend to use lots of earth tones instead. Also, we were supposed to go with a Winter theme. 

To re-inforce the Winter theme, I added a chipboard title from Creative Embellishments that says "Let it Snow" and simply painted it white.

This side angle helps to highlight the beautiful shimmer of all the colors.

I used 6 different colors (listed below) on my canvas by spraying them and then letting the color drip downward. At times, I had to move them a bit with water. For the purpose of this challenge, I went heavier with the Plum Pudding Spritz since that was my chosen color. Some areas got a heavier shot of spray that I allowed to puddle such as Vibez Quit Yer Wine-n. That made it more intense and added some drama.
For texture I pushed some super heavy gesso through a stencil.

Of course, I had to do some background stamping (stamps from Creative Embellishments) to add depth and visual interest. Link Here.  The dark purple right beneath the title is the Plum Pudding ... in case you haven't found it! And there is the Coloringz Well Blue Me Down over on the far right, a lovely teal.

I love jazzing up my canvases with complimentary colors, so you can see the Vibez Palm ReaderVibez Glorious Day and Vibez Pop Art Pink. The rich wine you see is the Vibez Quit Yer Wine-n.
Lastly, I added a stock photo, some layers, florals .... a few pearls and called it done.

Here are the Shimmerz Products that I've used:

Vibez Glorious Day
Vibez Quit Yer Wine-n
Vibez Palm Reader
Vibez Pop Art Pink
Spritz Plum Pudding

Again, thanks for coming by today. We hope you'll join along in the Color Challenge!
Be sure to mention my name SANDI if you do some retail shopping and Stacey will include a little freebie for ya!

See you again next week!

Creative Embellishments products used:
Let It Snow
Circle Bokeh Stamp