Friday, July 10, 2020

Frolic in the Sun ~ Creative Embellishments

Hello, Hello! 
How are my Creative Embellishments fans today? 

Sandi here with you today sharing a layout which was actually my "planned project" for the current July Challenge based on my niece's SnapChat photo. However, when I realized that Nicolle had assigned a birthday theme to July, I had to change courses and save this for today. Ha! 

Based on that fun photo, I wanted to create something bright and fun.
I've been toying with doing a layout reminiscent of a gallery wall, so that was kind of in my head as well. I had so much fun with this!

The Mint Box Flourish Frame Set is one of my favorite. So I used a couple of those and altered them with Walnut Stain. I intended to go back some metallic waxes but changed my mind mid-course,

My papers are the older Frolic collection from Blue Fern Studios. Perfect for my photos!

Here you can see the Square Mini Frames as well as some of my mixed media work. I've used the Heart Bokeh Stencil to push my modeling paste through. After that was dry, I stamped with some brown ink and the Distressed Script Stamp. So fun! I did my color work after the layout was otherwise completed. All media is form 13 Arts.

Here is another one of the Mint Box Flourish Frame Set 2 which I've turned upside down so that I could cluster my frames closer together.

Sharing just a little of the dimension and some of the paint splatters.

Once again this is the July Challenge Image: 

And here is the LINK to the Challenge.

Thanks so much for coming by today!
Hopefully, you found some new inspiration.

Creative Embellishments products used: 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Creative Embellishments July Challenge

Welcome to the July Challenge, everyone! Funny story is that I've had a project planned for this Challenge for many months now but ... when I sat down to work on it and saw that the "Twist" is a Birthday Party Theme, I had to stop and totally rethink what I would create. After I regrouped, I decided to just do a simple birthday card and save the other project for later this month. So, here's my simple card, just some paper layering and use of my beloved CE chipboard. The cute little cupcake is from Cupcakes 2 where I inked the bottom and painted the icing, then added a couple of red painted strawberries. To make them more realistic, I added some green Stickles for the stems. My greeting is from the Birthday Word Set and was altered with Distress Walnut Stain. Lastly, I added a ribbon and it is ready for giving. I hope you will enjoy this bright, festive Challenge image! I can't wait to see your entries!
Here is the Challenge image that I created for Creative Embellishments: 

Here is a link to the Challenge: 

See you next time! 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Transparency Tag for 13 Arts ~ On the Beach!

Hello, scrappy friends! 
This month over at 13 Arts we are featuring our Transparent foils in our Group Posts over the next two days. 

I decided to create a tag and was drawn to the The Journey Transparency because of the cool compass. Luckily for me, I had a photo of my dad in his Dress Whites already printed out and thought they would make an awesome combo. 

I once again reached for my Travel the World collection and started creating layers once I had fussy cut a piece of my transparency.

I also fussy cut some flowers but the remainder of my tag is Travel the World card stock and ephemera. I also grabbed a few ephemera pieces from the Under the Stars collection.

My hot air balloon piece is somewhat in the way of the hole situated on my tag. However, I was determined to get a piece of crinkle seam binding into that hole!

For some added pizazz, I wrapped some cording around my photo layers in keeping with the nautical theme.

I finished off with some stars from the Gold Adhesive Stars - 56 pieces and a chipboard camera from the Travel the World Chipboard Set. I altered it with Chalk Dark Brown Mist.

I'm surprised how quickly this came together!
I am loving that triple matted photo .. must do that again!

13 Arts Products used:

Creative Embellishments: 
Tag Set 1

Thanks so much for coming by!

Monday, June 22, 2020

Be Our Guest Home Decor ~ Creative Embellishments

Hello, Creative Embellishments fans! 
Sandi here ... today I'm sharing a sweet, chunky 6x6 canvas that I've created.

This year there have been several families in the area who decided to put out Owl nesting boxes. Apparently Owls don't make their own nest but seek out abandoned nests or things like the hollow of a tree. A few of the families have been lucky enough to attract Owls and even been rewarded with some little Owlets. 

That was my inspiration for this piece. I had fun shopping the Creative Embellishments Store to come up with this fun piece. So, I present:

Be Our Guest! 

The first thing I did was to color my Owl because I figured it would be the hardest piece to alter. Turns out it wasn't all that hard to create a reasonable likeness, although you will still have to use your imagination! Ha! I used lots of Distress ink products and loved that the Distress Oxides were helpful in producing gray tones on our Kraft chipboard. He turned out pretty cute although not perfect.

Next I used some Mod Podge to add a napkin to the surface of the canvas. I was wanted a little definition behind my birdhouse rather than just painting the canvas but I think I could have saved myself a few steps by just painting and skipping all the napkinizing.  I sprayed the adhered napkin with the new Speckled Egg Distress Stain but it was too blue on top of the Mod Podge, so I sprayed some various shades of green to have more of a leafy tree effect. 

Then I prepped the 6X6 Floral Panel 2 with several different shades of Distress Stain and Oxides. I also inked it a brown shade right where I planned to adhere the birdhouse, so that it would appear to replicate the back wall of the house. This was done on the canvas as well. That took some time to think out and plan ahead. 

The Birdhouse Frame was the next alteration. I used some 13 Arts Cafe Au Lait paint and some walnut stain to good a reasonable "birdhouse" effect. This piece was probably the most simple to alter! 

Sort of last minute I decided to add a bird nest and eggs, The nest was treated similarly to the owl. Then I added some filling and dabbed gesso on my eggs.

My title piece was stained first with walnut and then with black stain. Afterwards I added some shimmer with some waxes. 

Then it was time to assemble. 
Of course, as I assembled, I was constantly adding and taking away color. It was fun to experiment with some of my new Tim Holtz supplies and use some concepts that he has taught. 

I finished my piece with a few dabs of white gesso to blend. 
And now this new Home Decor piece is headed to the guest bedroom! 

Thanks for coming by today! 

Creative Embellishments products used: 
Floral Panel 2

Tim Holtz products used: 
Peeled Paint Distress Stain Spray
Walnut Distress Stain Spray
Speckled Egg Distress Stain Spray
Picket Fence Distress Stain Spray
Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Spray
Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Spray
Wild Honey Distress Oxide Spray
Walnut Distress Stain Reinker

Friday, June 12, 2020

Come Fly with Me ~ 13 Arts layout

Hello, scrappy friends! 
Thanks for coming by today. 

I am the host today over on the 13 Arts blog and I'm sharing a layout created with mostly the new "Travel the World" collection.

My inspiration was this cute photo of little granddaughter Clara buzzing around in her whale-shaped swing. That expression on her face is so much her silly, fun personality!

I saw lots of same colors in the photos as there are in the Travel collection, so it was a natural fit. I finally honed in on the Around the Globe paper to serve as my base layer. The photo layers are On the Map paper  and Where to paper  along with papers from the Paper Pad A6, Travel the World.

As usual I prepped my base layer with Clear Gesso and then did some random stamping with the A6 Travel Map Stamp and black archival ink. Next, I pulled out the The Wind Rose Stencil and used it to push my 13 Arts modeling paste through.
When that was dry, I began building my photos layers as noted above.

It was so fun grouping my ephemera pieces from the Ephemera pack, Travel the World. I also did some fussy cutting of the Our Trip paper and mixed those in as well.

For more dimensions, I added several layers of corrugated cardboard.

Once I was happy with my layers, I tucked in some pieces of cheesecloth all around the photo.

Then I set about adding some color around the focal area with my watercolor brush and some Chalk Turquoise Mist which I poured into my paint palette and watered down as I went around that area and over the stenciled areas.

Lastly, I added some 3D Balls Medium and Light Gray Colored Grit, then some turquoise pearls
from my stash.

I am quite pleased with how this turned out.
It seems that just the right photo inspires my creativity.

13 Arts Products used: 
3D Balls Medium

Thanks for coming by today!
I always appreciate your comments.
See you next time.