Monday, September 1, 2014

Creative Embellishments 1st Anniversary Blog Hop

Welcome to  Creative Embellishment’s 1st Anniversary Blog Hop. 
You should have arrived here from Michelle's Blog. If not, then please go back to the Creative Embellishments Blog to start at the beginning! Be sure to read all about the great anniversary and Blog Hop prizes and more importantly the NEW challenge rules! You must start incorporating at least one Creative Embellishments product in your challenge entry … which seems entirely fair to me! 

Now, are you ready to see what I created? 

Today I'm sharing an altered journal/calender. The pictures just don't do it justice! And I've taken multiple sets! 

 Back in May the hubby and I were on a little trip when I found this great little tag with an image by local artist Thereasa Ramsey of Weatherford, Texas.  I thought this sweet face was a little bit Boho, a little Steampunk and a whole lot ME!  Back in my younger days, I "owned" Boho! Heck, I probably thought I invented it! Heehee! These days I have to tone it down a bit, though! =) And …of course, all things "Steampunk" just kind of bring out that inner artist in me. So, I bring you Boho/Steampunk/Chic. 

I've had this BoBunny Misc Me! Kraft Journal/ Calendar (along with the Vintage inserts) that I've been using since last year to keep track of when my Design Team assignments are due and to write down what products were used on each project! REALLY helps me stay on track! Until now it has been unaltered … but that's all changed now!

 I started by stamping the front cover with the Distressed Brick Stamp in Ranger's Vintage Photo in a very random fashion. To add a little drama I've heat embossed here and there with Stampendous Fran-tage Aged Gold Embossing Enamel. 

Next, I got busy altering my Steampunk Gear Panel (my favorite CE product has to be any of the panels!) with that same Vintage Photo and some heat set Stampendous Fran-tage Aged Gold Embossing Enamel along with a couple of Prima Bloom Sprays .. Antique Gold and Pearl White as well as a couple of Distress Paints .. Fired Brick and Wild Honey.  Here you can see a bit of my Fairy Wing Set 2 which I will tell you about here in just a bit.

My tag says "Imperfection is Beautiful." So, I decided to finally, once for all, embrace that and leave a chippy naked! Yep, first time ever! Well, I did add a dab of gesso which is used on everything for blending. Does it still count? I hope so because that was really, really hard for me! So, there is my NAKED Flourish Dragonfly tucked under that flower. I also have a Flourish Set 17 underneath my floral cluster which has been altered basically like the Steampunk Gear Panel minus the Bloom sprays. See the neat little metal leaf over to the left? Gift from sweet DT sista, Doris! Thank you, Doris!

Here you can see the Distressed Brick Stamp, more of the Steampunk Gear Panel and part of the Fairy Wing Set 2. I love the few dots of embossing powder on the cover and on the tag .. yum! Well, I love it all! This is so me! Including the pumpkin spice crinkle seam binding.  It's fun doing projects for yourself occasionally. 

Now about my Fairy Wing Set 2! Experiment gone slightly awry! But hey, I try to keep it real! I used a rock salt technique of scrappy friend Tracey Sabella. It's been done by others as well including her inspiration Michelle Grant. Here is Tracey's version: Rock Salt Tutorial.  I did each of those steps except for the wire brushing. I think my error was in using too much Mod Podge which then filled in my crackle. So, to compensate I later went back with another very thin coat of Crackle accent which helped a bit. Then as I was gesso-ing everything, I added some gesso to my Wings and waa-laa, my crackle re-appeared! Things are still a bit too thick and goopy but live and learn, I say! So, the steps are:

Gesso your chippy, let dry
Add mist of any color
While still wet apply chunky salt like rock salt or sea salt
Spray again with your mist
Allow mist to thoroughly dry 
Brush off the salt completely
Use wire brush to scratch shipboard as desired esp on larger solid pieces
Apply Crackle Accents and allow to dry several hours; do NOT use heat gun!
Apply Glossy Mod Podge .. if you dare! (I won't ever do that again!) 

Then in my case I re-applied my Crackle accent; dried several hours
Applied gesso to highlight the cracks

This effect looks really great on large, solid chipboard pieces such as a door. Not really meant for delicate pieces but hey, I was having fun! 

Thanks for coming by today! I hope you enjoyed my fun little project!
 Be sure and visit the STORE and get stocked up! 

Did you notice that I didn't use the Distressed Crackle stamp, LOL? That is my favorite CE stamp but I figured you were tired of seeing it! And of course, I love all the frames. And all the flourishes! All the stamps! Are you getting the general idea? =) How do I pick a fave? 

The next stop along the way is Tammy's Blog.  

Thanks for coming by and have fun hopping! The Hop ends Sept 7th at 11:59 EST. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Merry Christmas! card with Sandi

Hello,  CE fans! Sandi here with you today. 

Let me start by saying that I'm doing the scrappy "walk of shame" today and posting a Christmas card in the Summer. It's against all my scrappy rules to do so … but there you have it! I had a layout planned but needed something quicker which led to doing a tag or a card. First thing you know I'm pulling out some old Fabscraps Christmas papers to go with this great new Stars in my Universe Frame. I've been dying to use it since I first spied it in the store and can't wait to use it again! I love, love, love using the CE frames to bring focus to my photos. But here I've decided to go another route and cut it apart to create some interest around the children in the corner. I've then added another piece in the upper left corner to represent a starry night. Love it! 

I primed my chippy with gesso, then added some color with Prima chalk ink in Teal Damask here and there. After that was heat set,  I embellished the chippy with the Circle Bokeh Stamp just to add a bit more character. Totally random choice. Since it's a stringed piece of chipboard, any of the stamps would work just as well. 

I suppose I should have mentioned earlier that my paper was stamped here and there with the Binary Stamp.  That stamp is dynamite! Stamps add so much dimension to your projects without any bulk .. win, win! 

Lastly, I finished off with some red crinkle ribbon as a bow and added a I Love Music Flair to the middle. 

That's it from me today! We have some great things coming up soon! And you will surely want to see what we have planned for September 1st! It will be a holiday here in the US but try to check in! 

Thanks for coming by! 

Friday, August 15, 2014

New My Creative Scrapbook Off The Page Kit!

Marilyn Rivera is treating us to a step by step video tutorial today featuring our August Off the Page Kit!

First, have a look at Marilyn's gorgeous project:

Some more views:

Sit back and enjoy as Marilyn shows you her design process!

You can see more of Marilyn's beautiful work in our Design Team Gallery!

Here's the Off the Page Kit:
The Off the Page kit can be purchased on a one month sub. It can also be purchased on a three month subscription- this will guarantee that a kit is available for you each month. You do not need to be a member to purchase this kit.
We invite you to join us and experience the possibilities that our coordinated monthly kits offer. To purchase a kit, please visit our website, here.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

#Summer ~ Creative Embellishments Aug 12th

Hello, Creative Embellishments Fans! Thanks for coming by the blog today! Sandi here with you today sharing a new layout featuring a photo of sweet granddaughter, Marianne. Although not an award-winning photo from a technical point of view, it really got the creative juices flowing for me because I just LOVE it! There is something special about seeing kiddos outdoors enjoying themselves in swimsuits and straw hats! To mimic the straw hat a bit, I've used the Prima Basket Weave stencil and molding paste on my yummy 7 Dots Studio's Nature Walk papers. 

Here is a close-up of the Flourish Frame 2 as well as the  #summer title from the Social Hash Tags collection ... my first time to use the hash tags! I know, I know, shock! The frame was treated with white gesso and then a myriad of paints and stains, TH Distress Paint in Wild Honey and Fired Brick as well as his Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. Lastly, a few steaks of Black Soot and my ever faithful Rub 'n Buff in Patina. The hash tag was treated similarly minus the Fired Brick and Patina. On the hash tag, I swiped my Black Soot on with a palette knife just to give it a different look. You know me, always experimenting. 

 I've included this closie to show you the fab new Paint Splat Trio stamp which I've used in various places throughout the page. My Time Flies Frame Set was treated like the Summer hash tag although it got a bit more of the Vintage Photo rubbed into it with my favorite tool, my finger.  I've used some older Prima florals from the Anna Marie collection along with some Prima Something Blue. Then I've added in some of my fave Marion Smith Junque and Gems as well as some cute Prima Hello Pastel wood buttons. Oh, and  a bit of raffia 'cause I couldn't resist! Straw hat photos beg for it. 

Thought I'd share another close-up of the Flourish Frame 2. Love, love, love it! And it's kind of hard to know when  to stop! I love creating as many layers as possible on my chippys for added dimension. 

Thanks for coming by today! Hope you enjoyed your visit. As always, let me know if you have any questions. Be sure and visit The Creative Embellishments Store and load up on fun! 


Monday, August 11, 2014

Creative Blog Hop Nomination

Hello, all! As I'm sure so many of you already know, there has been a Creative Blog Hop going around. The idea is to meet, greet and connect with all the awesome bloggers out there! A little note to some of you: I was invited by several friends to play along back when I was ill with bronchitis and I do apologize once again that I couldn't accept at that time.

However, now that I am feeling like myself again, I've accepted the nomination from my good scrapbook friend Laura Gilhuly. I hope you will visit her blog and take a look at her incredible work! She has a flair for dramatic color schemes and sometimes I gasp a little (okay, a lot) at her creations! She is one talented gal! And of course, her family photos are amazing! In addition to all that talent, she is one of the nicest people you could ever meet, loyal to the core and as honest as the day is long!

I am supposed to start with my 4 questions and answers and then pass along my nomination. Of course, at this point in the game, we are rapidly running out of people to play … and more to the point, I am running out of time to find people because I'm still trying to play catch up! LOL

1. What am I working on? 

Right now I'm working on my August projects for Creative Embellishments and my next DT assignment for The Color Room.  I'm expecting my September Kit to be here from My Creative Scrapbook today, so I need to get these other projects completed! Here is a peek at something that reveals tomorrow:

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? 

Frankly, I'm not sure it does differ too much although I "know" my look as well as the "look" of others. Many times I see a project and recognize right away who created it .. or have a pretty good guess. I like earth tones, more subdued shades versus brights. Even though I like the more subdued shades, I always like a pop of color! I use color pretty consistently. Monochromatic is hard for me because of that; I like the  unexpected little twist.  I love mixed media, mist, inks, paints and flowers! And texture! I have to have multiple forms of texture on any project … a little chipboard, cheesecloth, metal, burlap, stamping.   And pretty .. I like pretty. Oh, and I'm not a fan of using pink, I'd rather use red! That DOES make me different!

3. Why do I create what I do? 

I have always done some form of crafting but when I found scrapbooking, I fell hard! It started as a way to document family events but after awhile, it totally became all about the artistic journey! I recently did a canvas and used the quote from Pablo Picasso about "art washing away from the soul the dust of everyday life." That is it in a nutshell for me! It's therapeutic, it's fun and I love creating a beautiful story with photos of my loved ones. Here is that canvas:

4. How does your creative process work?

These days I mostly do Design Team work, so those assignments steer the direction I take.  If I'm working on a Kit, then I choose the elements I like and pair those, then try to find a photo that will work. Being a fan of black and white photos, I can always turn color  photos to b/w and I'm good to go. If I'm doing a chipboard assignment, then I usually look for papers and chipboard that I'm itching to use, then look for just the right photo. However, when I'm "stuck" or have "scrappers block," the only thing that can get me through it is a photo that I dearly love! Overall, my best work flows from a photo that I adore. Or … doing a canvas. I love doing canvases because that is a true artistic journey! It can go anywhere and they are so liberating! The only downside is where to put them all! LOL

Now for my nominations:

Karan Gerber - I am sure that most of you know Karan! If nothing else, you know her through her amazing sketches as owner/sketch designer for Sketchabilities and Cardabilities. These are both Challenge Blogs that have garnered a huge following. Her sketches are everywhere! She has been on a number of Design Teams herself and I've been privileged to design alongside her on a couple as well as for her at Sketchabilities. She is tremendously talented on multiple levels, one day doing a fascinating mixed media project and then an ultra feminine, flowery card the next! Besides being so multi-talented, she is one of the most grounded people I know in this industry. Her faith and family are foremost! Please be sure to visit her Blog.

Nicolle Kramer - Although she's one of those "busy ones," I'm nominating her anyway.  Nicolle used to be one my Design Team members when I was one of the co-creators/leaders at Stuck on U Sketches. I was always impressed with her layouts and uniquely detailed style. Along with her work ethic, I knew that she would go far in this industry and she has! She and her husband are now co-owners of Creative Embellishments where I'm proud to say that I am a DT member! They create fabulous laser cut chipboard, wood veneer, rubber stamps and flairs. She works and works and works some more. But she are does LOVE her family! They are everything to her! I see a younger version of myself in Nic and just adore her!

Tracey Sabella - Tracey and I kind of nominated each other on the same day! It was hilarious actually.  So, I'm including her just because .. She's such a wonderful person, kind-hearted and does such beautiful work. She spends hours on her projects and is well-known for her amazing handmade flowers and fabulous alterations on her chipboard pieces. Tracey is one of those people that takes the time to submit her work for publication and I truly admire that! She freely shares her ideas and techniques, so be sure to follow her blog! Tracey is out-spoken about her faith and always leaves blessings with all her comments!

I had a few other potential nominees that didn't respond or they were busy but they know who they are! If they have time, I'm sure they will join the Hop!

But I can't close without mentioning one more person!

Tracey Gregory!! She got nominated by Laura Gilhuly already but like I said: it wouldn't be right to not include her in my post! She's a precious friend and I appreciate that I can run to her with just about any problem, care or concern! She'd be there for me! I do .. and she is! LOL If she didn't create a thing, that would be fine by me, I'd love her anyway. But the bonus is that she does! Her work is vintage shabby chic and simply wows! She is one of those true "artists" whereas I'm more of a "wannabe." I'm always scratching my head wondering where she got all those bright ideas! Please follow her blog if you don't already! You'll love her work, learn lots and be blessed by her sweet spirit. Oh, you'll love her family photos too!

Okay, thanks for coming by! Have fun hopping!