Friday, May 20, 2022

"Endurance" ~ Creative Embellishments Canvas

 Hello, creative friends! 

Sandi Clarkson here with you today sharing a fun canvas board I created featuring a photo of my daughter and her twin boys. Since they are way too big for her to lift them, they stood on a couple of chairs to replicate their traditional Lift photo on their birthday. 

I started my canvas with my crackle background and let it air dry overnight. 
Tip: I usually prepare a couple of these at a time so that they will be ready for use. 

So, the next steps were printing a photo,  adding my color using 13 Arts mediums and then selecting some my chipboard as well as florals because they would be instrumental in supporting the photo. 

I really wanted to use the new Delicate floral Frame, so I stained that with Walnut ink and then hit it a few times with 13 Arts Pearl Gold spray. Because it was so much larger than my photo, I used it as more of a base layer but it still provided the enhancement of my focal area that I needed.

Sometimes I forget to make use of all the lovely Flourishes in the CE Store, so I ordered some new ones recently to keep them more front of mind. I selected the Flourish Set 18 for today's project. It was gessoed and then painted with a mix of paint from 13 Arts. For consistency, I also used some of the Pearl Gold mist on this chippy as well. 

There are some awesome new pieces in the chipboard selections, so I snagged a word from the new Determination Word Set and used that as my title. Along with that, I also ordered some of the new Boho Arrows. I thought the straight one helped to anchor my title and then the more circular one I save for my photo area.  When I ordered these, I was reminded of Psalms 127:3-5 regarding how blessed we are with a quiver full of children. This is my daughter's mantra. 

Here is the second piece of the flourish set and also a bit of the Delicate Floral Frame. 

Although I had intended to use some other kind of embellishments, as I worked I just gravitated to the florals and then didn't really have need of the Ephemera I had chosen. My photo was matted with paper form the new 13 Arts Industrial Zone collection. For texture, I've used cheesecloth, florals, pearls and of course chipboard. 

After adding some pearls, I splattered and dabbed the canvas with watered down white paint. 

Isn't that Arrow just the cutest? 
As are my sweet tiny flowers, all from 49 and Market. 

One quick photo near the top visualizing the Flourish and the Floral Frame. 

That's it for me today! 
Be sure and leave a comment if you have any this project or about Creative Embellishments. 

See you next time! 

Creative Embellishments products used: 

Flourish Set 18

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Perfect Moment ~ Creative Embellishments

Hello, Creative Embellishments fans! 

Sandi Clarkson here with you today sharing my newest project for the CE Design Team. 

Whether for Prom or for a wedding, it's all about the Dress, yes? 

For today' project, I've gone with designing a layout and using the stand-out chipboard piece Intricate Twist. Wowzers! This piece is 10x10 inches and is SO gorgeous! 

For my purposes, I opted to cut it into 2 pieces and use these pieces along the right and left sides of my layout. I will note that it was quite difficult to cut even using a guillotine trimmer, so I ended up cutting it with my scissors after using a ruler as a guide. It is so intricate that the chipboard is rather soft, if that makes any sense. 

I originally painted the chipboard using white acrylic paint but after I adhered it to the cardstock, I decided to add some color using a dry medium and then used a water brush to adjust the shade. I wanted a soft watercolor, ethereal look. 

Before adhering the cardstock, I prepped my paper from 13 Arts (Rose in Love) with clear gesso and then did some random stamping with the Distressed Script Stamp and brown archival ink. When that was dry, I added some texture with modeling paste and the Small Circles Stencil. All mediums are 13 Arts. 

For a title, I went with the lovely Perfect Moment piece and altered it the same way as the large statement piece. 

I kept my embellishments as well as my background work rather simple because the beautiful Intricate Twist piece commands the attention, don't you agree? 

I did add die cut ephemera that matches the Rose in Love paper collection from 13 Arts. 

In addition to the ephemera, I've added some pearls and some art stones along with some ecru sisal for texture. 


Around my focal area, I did some color work using the same color as I used on the chipboard. For an extra texture, I added a sweet pink/peach flair button form the Seasons Change set. 

I finished with some splattering and dabbing of watered down white paint. 

I hope you can find some time during the busy month of May to do some creating! 

Art is good for the soul. 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 


Creative Embellishments products used: 


Intricate Twist

Perfect Moment


Small Circles Stencil


Distressed Script Stamp


Seasons Change

13 Arts Rose in Love paper collection

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Life is what Happens ~ 13 Arts Oversized Tag

Hello, creative friends! 
Today I'm sharing an oversized Tag created for my 13 Arts Design Team. 
The Tag base is from Creative Embellishments and measures 5.5 inches by 10 inches. 

For this project I've featured the new Industrial Zone collection and glammed it up with Rust Effect powder, Smoky Quartz Color Glow, lots of flower confetti glitter and gold microspheres, all from 13 Arts. 

As usual, I began with clear gesso over my papers and then did some random stamping and added texture using modeling paste and an Industrial Zone stencil. 

It is really hard to capture the bling coming from the glitter but oh my, it sparkles something fierce! 

My original intention was to feature a photo of myself but in the end, I went with this sweet photo of my daughter and her husband. 

This collection has matching chipboard and embellishments which I took advantage of to create an interesting piece. 

This quote from John Lennon is from the extra sheet that you can purchase to go with your paper pad. 
Isn't it so true? 

One last close-up and then I'll share a collage of most of the products used along with basic art ingredients from 13 Arts. 

Thanks for stopping by today. 
I have had to cut back on my designing this past few months due to lots of personal commitments. Hopefully by Summer's end, I'll be back more frequently. 

Happy creating! 

Monday, April 18, 2022

Lovely Memories layout ~ 13 Arts

Happy Monday, friends! 

I finally had a chance to play with my @13arts Magnolia Dreams! 

This collection is so soft and dreamy .. perfect for so many different occasions. I paired it with my new Pearl Color Glow as well as the more recent Rose Quartz. 

Texture created with a Rose in Love Stencil and modeling paste along with a stamp from the Back in Time collection.

And here are the close-ups: 

And a collage of the 13 Arts products used: 

Thanks for coming by today! 
See you next time. 

Friday, April 1, 2022

April Challenge for 13 Arts ~ DL sized Card

Welcome to the month of April, everyone! 

It's a new month and a new IG Challenge over at @13arts. 

This month's Challenge board is full of wonderful pastels and Spring-like images.

For my Design Team inspiration, I created a DL sized card with the new and oh so sweet Rose in Love collection. 

Here are some close-ups:

I hope that you can play along and show us how you use the Challenge board. 
Tag us with the hashtag #13artsApr22.

And here is the Challenge Board image:

Can't wait to see your creations! 

See you soon!