Friday, September 23, 2022

Another Throwback Friday with Sandi Clarkson

Hello, scrappy friends!
Sandi Clarkson  here with you today sharing an older project of our youngest daughter with her old "Huggy Bear" and our then new golden doodle pup "Georgie."  Georgie has grown a bunch since then but this pic is just too cute not to scrap!
Especially using all the CUTE "fur-friendly" products that Creative Embellishments has to offer ... chipboard, flair and stencil along with a more "everyday" chicken wire stamp.

I love the combination of light blue with brown and yellow as an accent and thought it was a perfect color scheme for my brown toned photo. After choosing my Ivy Wreath and Heart Strings Border, I sprayed them with Walnut Ink .... my most favorite way to alter chipboard usually. While that was drying, I created a design and went to work on my background.

A used the Muddy Paws Stencil and some super heavy gesso to create some texture on my page.
Some mist and stamp work finished off my background.

I adore all the frames that Creative Embellishments has to offer but among them, I have a few faves .. the Ivy Wreath being one of them. It's perfect for any kind of outdoor, earthy or masculine theme project you may have. Note the cool red flair on the upper left.

For vertical interest, I added the now dried Heart Strings Border (love it!) and used it as a photo layer. At the completion of my project, I splattered everything with white gesso to blend.

In this close-up you can see some of the stamp work done with the Distressed Chicken Wire Stamp. This stamp is a must-have for me!

More stamping but also a close-up of one of the 3 cute flairs I used from the Puppy Love Flair set. Of course, you can see that I went a little crazy with flowers but hey, it was fun!

For a title, I decided to use some scrabble type tiles that I had on my desk as well as a phrase from the branding strip.
This photo was mostly about my daughter and her love for her old "Huggy Bear"...  but this is also Georgie's debut, lol!

And lastly, there's another sweet flair poking out near the bottom ...

That's it for today.
We are so glad you came by.

Be sure to check out all the new chipboard pieces that Nicolle has just designed and released in the store! I'm over the moon with the new collage type pieces!



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Saturday, September 3, 2022

Easel Card with Sandi ~ Creative Embellishments Throwback

Hello, CE friends!
Sandi Clarkson  here with you today sharing another throwback post while I am out taking care of family.
This easel card was created for an October Challenge about 3 years ago. I sure miss those challenges, do you?

I had fun creating a cozy mood board project for Creative Embellishments and thought mostly about what Fall was like to me as a child. I was especially inspired by the linens on the clothesline and the funky, almost steampunk dress form lampshades.

My original intention was to scrap a photo of my parents or myself  but ultimately, I decided on an easel card and used the nostalgic Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady paper collection. The Large Clock Face 5" reminds me of time gone by while the Moroccan Lattice Panel makes me think of traveling somewhere grand. The Ivy Sprigs represent my need for greenery in my home and in my art.


and here:

This was that old the  mood board for October, 2019. and created by myself:

See you next time!
Happy Creating!


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Friday, August 26, 2022

Throwback Friday with Creative Embellishments

Hello, fellow scrappers!
Sandi here with you today sharing a favorite project from several years ago ...

I've had this heart-shaped watercolor canvas by Crate Paper for over a year and had not found quite the right use for it .. until the other day.  This cute photo of the grand boys screamed for something unique.

The first step was applying the color to the background which I did with a limited rainbow design. I started on the right with Glorius Day Vibez then added in Palm Reader Vibez and lastly Well Blue Me Down Coloringz.


After that, I added texture using the Creative Embellishments Circle Bokeh Stencil and super heavy gesso. When that was dry, I re-applied the paints as needed as well as splattered droplets creating interest. For depth I used the Distressed Crackle Stamp around the edges of the heart.


Next I began altering my chipboard pieces. The Boys will be boys was first stained and then hit with Rolling in the Hay Vibez . I seriously love how it turned out!

The Cattails were so fun to alter. You will need 2 of them. First the stems were painted with Green Olive, then blasted with the Rolling in the Hay Vibez and some of the Glorious Day Vibez for a hint of yellow.

I took a cue from fellow CE team member Jen Snyder and pulled out the Stickles for the heads of the cattails which gave them great texture. They were sprayed with Rolling in the Hay Vibez to reduce the shine.

Here they are all done up! Aren't they perfect? The use of multiple colors makes them look more real, I think.

The sweet photo was framed with the "family frame" from the Together Frame Set. This frame was treated the same as the Boys will be boys title piece but turned out a little lighter, probably due to less stain. I also tied a little jute bow to the side of it.

Behind the photo, I placed a bit of actual chicken wire, then aded my flowers and art stones. Lastly, I used my finger to trace some of the Hot Fudge Vibez around the edge of the heart for dimension.

This was a super fun project to create. Don't be afraid to use those odd canvases to showcase a treasured photo!

Thanks for coming by today!


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Friday, August 12, 2022

My Heart ~ Oversized Tag for Creative Embellishments

 Good morning, Creative Embellishments fans! 

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

Love these Oversized Tags which are roughly 5.5 inched by 10 inches providing just the right amount of space to play on without the commitment of doing a 12x12. I am finding that I enjoy this smaller platform to doing the always popular12x12 layout.

I began by covering the Large Tags with papers from 13 Arts Dreamland collection. I also used this collection for my photo mat along with some accompanying die cut ephemera. 

I hadn't really used one of the 6x6 panels in a while, so I grabbed the Harlequin Lattice as one of my focal layers and painted it with Tim Holtz Wild Honey distress paint. In fact, all my chippys were painted with that medium except for the Wavy Film Strips which I painted with TH Rustic Wilderness.  Additionally, I did tuck in one leftover piece from the Intricate Twist which was covered with TH Wild Honey Oxide and Crackling Campfire Oxide. 

I've always been a fan of the Wavy Film Strips and think they make a nice vertical layering piece. 

Then it was a matter of layering and tucking things in here and there. 
And I love, love the Heartbeat Border

The photo collage is of my husband and myself a few years ago. 
He has gained his weight back but he is sadly very ill right now.

I finished with pearls, gold microbeads and crinkle ribbon. 
No splattering this time! 

Here are some more close-ups:

That's it for today's post! 
See you soon ... 


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Friday, August 5, 2022

"Love Lucy" layout ~ Creative Embellishments

Hello, Creative Embellishments friends! 
Sandi Clarkson here with you today sharing my most recent project for Creative Embellishments. 

A couple of scrappy friends suggested that I create a layout with this photo of Lucy in this particular colorized version. So I created this particularly for them. 

For my papers I've chosen these awesome papers from 13 Arts Rose in Love. 
My CE chipboards are the Flourish Circle Frame and the beautiful Damask piece. Both of them were painted with white acrylic paint and brushed with a silver chalk inker. 

Other Creative Embellishments products used were the Small Circles Stencil and the Distressed Moroccan Stamp

After prepping my paper and doing some paper layering, I used 13 Arts modeling paste and pushed it through the Small Circles Stencil
I've also done some random stamping with brown archival ink and my fave Distressed Moroccan Stamp

The Rose in Love collection has some awesome die cut ephemera that I've tucked here and there along with my older florals. 

To draw the eye to my focal point, I've added color with 13 Arts Blue Sapphire Color Glow. 

For finishing touches, I've splattered my composition. with white gesso and then added a few flat backed pearls. 

Is it about back to school time for you or your grandkids? 
I'm hanging on to Summer even though it is hot, hot, hot here in Texas. 

See you soon! 

Creative Embellishments products used: 


Flourish Circle Frame



Small Circles Stencil


Distressed Moroccan Stamp