Friday, September 10, 2021

Lovely ~ New layout for Creative Embellishments

 Hello, Creative friends! 
Sandi Clarkson here with you today sharing my newest creation for Creative Embellishments.

I went a little wild and crazy with the colors on this one but I was in the mood for something vibrant and different. When strolling through my 13 Arts papers, I came upon the Young and Free collection which I have not used all that much. 

M first choice of chipboard was the smallest of the Ornate Circle Frames. I decided to paint this black as well as the Distressed Circle Border. Later I highlighted these pieces with 13 Arts Golden Calcite Color Glow. 

While these were drying I prepped my background and did some stencil work with the Flourish Stencil 3.  For accents, I added some Garnet Color Glows using the transfer technique as well as moving with water. 

When modeling paste and Color Glow was dry, I added some papers from the Young and Free 6x6 paper pad and placed my photo on multiple layers of corrugated cardboard, placing it inside the Ornate Circle Frame and slightly to the left. 

For my title I choose the word Lovely from the Girl Word Set. It was altered the same as the other 2 black pieces and was mounted on some ephemera from the Young and Free collection. 

I was also wanting a little something for tucking in my clusters, so I used scraps from the Punchinella Panel and these were accented with the Golden Calcite Color Glow from 13 Arts. 

I continued down my wild and crazy color path and chose florals that would work with my color scheme. Additionally, I've used some great ephemera pieces from the Young and Free collection for further accents. 

Before wrapping up I added some red and turquoise seed beads and some fine sand grit. I probably could have deleted this step but I'll let you be the judge! 

Because this is a photo of one of my granddaughters, I wanted to add a Bible verse, I am hoping to do more of this in my crafting. 

I finished the project with watered down white gesso splatters. 

And that is it for today! 
I've provided all the links below to the various Creative Embellishments products. 

Thanks for coming by! 

Creative Embellishments products used: 


Ornate Circle Frames

Girl Word Set


Flourish Stencil 3

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Home is Where the Heart Is ~ 13 Arts

Hello, creative friends! 

Today I'm sharing my newest layout created for 13 Arts  Design Team using the NEW Home Sweet Home collection. 

I just received my box of newly released products a couple of days ago and it was SO hard to decide what to feature first. Since some of the other collections have gotten some press, I turned to the gorgeous Home Sweet Home collection. Although it was released with the cooler months in mind, it is also all things cozy and home-y! 

Interestingly, I choose a photo taken of our "missionary family" right before they left for the mission field and certainly for them, home is wherever they are as a family! 

I am so in love with the striped paper in this collection called Evening with Family and I paired it with the gorgeous Frosty Morning paper. 
After prepping my papers with clear gesso, I added some stenciling with modeling paste and the Chocolate stencil. Later I added color there with the new Turquoise Color Glow. Yummy! 

Also, I did some random stamping with the Home Sweet Home stamp. 

I deviated a bit on this project and actually composed the lower corner before I actually worked on the primary focal area. I wanted to create a little "reading nook" design with all the great ephemera in the ephemera packet. So fun to do! 

I cut out a couple of tags that were from the back cover of the paper pad and used those as photo mats. I also tucked in a Sticker and covered it with a cabochon. Of course, I added some florals and art stones at the end. 

My chipboard title was colorized with the new Goldstone Color Glow! Wow, I've needed this one in my life, ha! Actually, all the new colors are SO gorgeous! 

The leaves were colored with my fave Olive Green Water Ink although the watercolor set would work as well. 

And my sweet little nook area. This could actually be representative of Maddie's private time or of those of us back home praying for them. Especially her momma. 

Just another little corner of interest. 

And lastly, I close-up of some of the stenciling and color work. 

I hope you liked my layout and all of these items except for the actual florals are available at the 13 Arts online store. For those of us in the USA, I know that Bluemoon Scrapbooking usually carries 13 Arts products, so you could check there first if you like. 

Thanks so much for dropping by! 
See you next time! 


Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Oh! The Places You'll Go! ~ Creative Embellishments

Hello,  Creative Embellishments fans! 

I can hardly believe that it is already September and yet here we are once again! Wow, this month's Challenge project came together SO quickly for me this time. 

Sometimes it helps to have a specific theme and color palette. The photo was taken by my granddaughter on a trip to Ecuador. I thought that the Oh! the Places You'll Go! chipboard title was perfect for my layout and I chose the Twig Frame with Fall Leaves frame to ground my focal point. 

To add more dimension, I used the Time Flies Frame Set under my photo. Additionally, I used the Rivet Stencil to add some ink and also completed the layout with some random stamping using the Circle Bokeh Stamp. Those two things were actually done prior to adhering my embellishments. 

Walnut Stain was used to alter all the chipboard along with a few waxes. All my papers, including the map paper, are from 13 Arts Down Under collection. 

Here are some close-ups for you:

I hope you enjoy the Challenge as much as I did.
Retail links are listed below. 

Here is the Challenge image: 

Thanks for coming by today! 

See you soon! 


Creative Embellishments products used: 


Oh! the Places You'll Go!

Twig Frame with Fall Leaves 

Time Flies Frame 




Circle Bokeh Stamp

Friday, August 27, 2021

Sunny Day ~ 13 Arts Group Post ~ Stencils

 Hello, 13 Arts fans! 

Today the 13 Arts Design Team is sharing projects featuring some of our Stencils.

Of course, I use Stencils on almost every 13 Arts project but this time I used them 2 different ways .. with ink and with modeling paste. 

All my papers and ephemera are from the 13 Arts Sunrise collection. 
Some of the die cut images are fussy cut from the Art Book, Vol 1. 

I loved using the Feather and Poem Stencil with some brown ink even though I knew it would wick just a bit. I thought that added to the charm. 

Here is a little close-up of what I mean. 
I did seal it afterward with gel medium. 

I love getting to use the badges and chipboard on this project.
And of course, splattering white gesso everywhere. 

Just a better view of that Dream badge and the chippys which were inked and then were dabbed with white gesso. 

Love, love the butterflies in the Sunrise chipboard collection. I decided to reverse one of them and use them as a set, replicating a whole butterfly. 
These were altered using Burnt Sienna Chalk Mist as well as Pastel Cinnamon. 

Here you can see some of the Roses with Branch Stencil which I used along with our modeling paste. I did the same technique above the photo as well. 

Lastly, I added some Fine textured Grit in the Color Light Gray which actually looks more tan to me. A nice color that will pair with many colors. 

Thanks for coming by today! 
See you in a few days! 













Wednesday, August 25, 2021

As Time Goes By ~ Large Tag ~ Creative Embellishments

Hello, Creative Embellishments fans!

Wow, has this Summer flown by ... or what?

Sandi here with you today sharing my favorite thing to alter ... one of the large tags from the Large Tag Set.

Anyway, speaking of Time, I decided that I was in the mood to alter a Large Tag because it is such a perfect size for me to work on. These are about 10 inches high and 5 inches across.

I first chose my papers and these are from an old DCWV set felt right. They are similar to Graphic 45s French Country. Next I chose some coordinating ephemera from my Tim Holtz stash and decided a black and white photo might work best. These are my parents visiting my Grandparents farm in Indiana a very long time ago. They were young marrieds here.

Oddly, I chose my chipboard last but definitely before I actually started creating,  The Damask piece and the title piece were both painted with an Antique White paint. My Distressed Punchinella border  was stained with my fave Walnut ink and the Distressed Clock is actually left raw although it is very similar to the Punchinella.

You can see the punchinello peeking out at the top of this photo.

These last two photos are kind of similar but each has a unique angle of the chipboard and Flair. I chose a butterfly from the Fly Away Flair Set.

And that just about wraps up my post for today.

I hope you will check out the links below and snag yourself some artsy crafty fun!

See you next time!



Large Tags

Distressed Clocks

Distressed Punchinella

as Time goes by



Fly Away Flair