Friday, January 13, 2023

Good Night layout ~ Creative Embellishments

Hello, Creative Embellishments friends!

 Sandi Clarkson here today hosting the blog and sharing a lovely new layout.  This is that odd time of year when we usually stop featuring December holiday projects but aren't quite ready for Valentine's Day makes yet. Or are you? Of course, it's a great time for Winter projects but I am leaning somewhere in between Winter and Valentines. I decided I needed to creatively say Good-bye to 2022 but also  incorporate at least one heart shaped chipboard.

I've used some older papers from 13 Arts (Under the Stars) because I love this color range and these particular papers. Earlier last summer I had to step back from the 13 Arts Design Team as far as creating due to my husband's health. I promoted every chance I got but had no time to create. So, that was another Good-bye of sorts. I've decided to go with "Good Night" as my title since this was a bittersweet farewell for me.

After selecting my papers and photo, I prepped my paper with clear gesso so that I could incorporate some stenciling with modeling paste on the lighter paper. For this I've used that Small Stars Stencil. Additionally, I did some random stamping with the retired CE Distressed Moroccan Stamp. If you still have, you know that it's a good one!

I adore CE frames and in particular the round frames like the Love Makes the World Go Round Frame. I coated it as well as my other chippies with a cream acyclic paint from the craft store.. Later I did some inking with TH Peeled Paint Ink and then a peacock metallic wax from Finnabair. Under my photo, I've added corrugated cardboard and lime green moss for texture.

The ivy twigs are from the Flourish Set 10 and were altered much the same as the frames. Here you can also see the stenciling. and a tiny bit of the stamping.

I tucked in another ivy flourish on the right side as well although I deliberately exposed a different portion of it. Near the completion of the layout, I tucked in old Petaloo florals and pearl stems.

I'm also smitten with this good sized oval frame from the Oval Ornate Frame Set. I backed it with some of my starry papers and then adorned it with florals, pearl stems, moss and later gold hologram glitter from 13 Arts. It provides balance for the focal photo and serves as a title backer.

The hologram glitter provides a nice variation of texture and sparkle to the layout. I also did a bit of paint splattering at the completion of the page. There is a very old Prima crochet embellishment tucked in on the left.

And one last look at the layout from this side.

Hopefully, you will find some inspiration on the CE blog.

We can't wait to see your creations.

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See you next time!


Creative Embellishments products used: 

Love Makes the World Go Round Frame

Flourish Set 10

Oval Ornate Frames

Small Stars Stencil

Retired Distressed Moroccan Stamp


Friday, January 6, 2023

Winter Wonderland Canvas Board for Creative Embellishments

Happy Friday, Creative Embellishments friends!

Sandi here with you today sharing a wintry 8x10 Canvas Board.

I began by applying Golden Crackle Medium to the canvas and letting it air dry overnight. Although I had planned an all-white project, in the end I opted to add color and applied Tim Holtz Distress Tumbled Glass Stain using water to move the color. Additionally, I used a wet baby wipe to remove color in various sections of the piece. I later did some random stamping with the retired CE Circle Bokeh Stamp and black archival ink.

While that dried, I applied white paint to the Large Butterfly Flourish #4 and set it aside to dry.

For me, the Butterfly seemed the perfect way to welcome in the New Year!


After adhering the Butterfly Flourish, I began to rework my original plan and opted to use a photographic ephemera from Tim Holtz's Christmas Botannicals. It's kind of the perfect dreamy photo of friends enjoying the Winter weather and one another.

Next I splattered TH Tumbled Glass Stain and Pearl Gold mist from 13 Arts. While that dried, I built up my photo layers using the beautiful 49 and Market ARToptions Holiday Wishes die cut pieces.

I had a few florals remaining from my December My Creative Scrapbook Kit and used those as texture for my piece.


When all the die cuts were set, I added some flat backed gold pearls, again from Idealogy.


Lastly, I splattered watered down white paint to complete the snowy look and to blend everything together.


I could probably have added more texture but reached a point where I felt the project was complete. So, I listened to my inner self and called it good.


Aside from my Large Butterfly Flourish, I've used no other CE chipboard which is usual for me. However, I felt the large piece could hold it's own and I just enjoyed the creative process.


Here is a view from the side to show you the dimension I achieved with my layers.


Although I'm not a fan of cold weather, I do enjoy creating a wintry look this time of year. Do you?

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

See you next time.


Creative Embellishments products used: 

Large Flourish Butterfly 4 

Retired Circle Bokeh Stamp

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Another Oversized Holiday Tag with Sandi ~ Creative Embellishments

Hello, scrappy fans!

Thanks for dropping by my blog today. 

Sandi here with you today sharing another Oversized Large Tag from the Large Tag Set.

This time I'm featuring a photo of my mom from many years ago on Christmas Day. This was back in the days of cameras with disposable lightbulbs. We had used all out lightbulbs on Christmas morning, so we had to go outside to snap this photo. Photo credit to my 8 year old self. :) What a neat memory.

My Large Tag was altered with papers from 13 Arts Christmas Stories. After adhering and layering my papers, I dabbed the center portion of my tag with white gesso so that the focal point would be more visible as well as to add a frosty theme. My Winter Tree 3 was then mounted with corrugated cardboard to give it dimension. It was altered with Rangers Peeled Paint Spray plus ink and Fresh Balsam Mica spray. Next I added some Aleene's True Snow. After I matted my photo, I added more corrugated cardboard such that I could set in the photo of my mom in front of and to the side of the Winter Tree 3.


Then I moved on to colorizing my Poinsettias from the new Poinsettias which are more of a Skeleton version. They are quite nice and I love the new look! These were altered with Rangers Crackling Campfire as well as Tart Cranberry Mica Spray. The "25" from the Christmas Sentiments set was altered with Rangers Black Soot and serves as my title.

Tucked in around my photo are several Mini Berry Branches from the Mini Berry Set. These were altering in varying proportions of the Crackling Campfire and Tart Cranberry. I then used some lime green Stickles for the center of the flowers. There is some mesh ribbon tucked into this focal area as well.

The Tag was completed with die cut ephemera from Tim Holtz Christmas Botannicals and a few Prima fabric poinsettias.

Lastly, I added some seam binding and splattered white gesso in a diagonal manner. My plan was to send this to my brother as my Christmas Card for this year. Which I did and they loved it! 

Thanks agin for visiting the blog!

Wishing you a wonderful New Year! 


Creative Embellishments products used: 

Large Tag Set


Winter Tree 3

Mini Berry Set

 Christmas Sentiments


Friday, December 23, 2022

On This Day Earth Shall Ring ~ Creative Embellishments

Hello, Creative Embellishments fans!

Sandi here with you today sharing my almost-Christmas Eve post.

I've created another oversized Tag from the Large Tag Set to document my newest favorite Christmas Carol performed recently by our Chancel Choir "On This Day Earth Shall Ring."  Written in the 15th of 16th century, it has a great, catchy rhythm and a fun juxtaposition of lyrics that somehow really amplifies the meaning of the words. It's one of those songs that you can't get out of your head.

After choosing a suitable Nativity scene photo, I looked through my stash for some Palm tree or Olive tree chipboard but found none although we do have several Palm Tree chipboard images in the Store. Sadly, those were not in my stash. However, I had recently ordered the new "Spruce Clusters" and decided to use them as my greenery in place of Palm trees.

To alter my chipboard Spruce Trees, I've used Rangers' Rustic Wilderness which is a great color. However, for the appearance of texture, I've added splattered Peeled Paint as well as some Wild Honey, both by Ranger. The trunks of the tress were altered with their Walnut Stain.

Beneath the photo, I've tucked in some green moss for additional texture as well as a few old florals. Papers and die cuts are from 49 and Market's ARToptions Holiday Wishes.

I printed out a few lines from the hymn and adhered them to some of the Holiday Wishes die cuts. I love how the lowliest of creatures are part of the Christmas story.

Of course, I wanted to add an angel, so choose one of the new "Angel Ornaments." It was altered with Walnut Stain and a metallic gold wax from Prima.

To create the illusion of rolling hills, I added the second grouping of Spruce Trees a bit higher than the others.

I used corrugated cardboard to elevate my photo and added some sisal between my layers. On the upper left of the Tag, I added one of the Flair from the "Shine Flair Gold" to represent the star of Bethlehem.

I finished with some splattering of white gesso and by adding a few flat baked pearls. At the top, I secured a bit of red crinkle ribbon. Although not my most striking piece, I am so glad that I documented something important about this particular Holiday Season.

Merry Christmas from my house to yours!

See you next time.


Creative Embellishments products used: 

Large Tag Set

Angel Ornaments 

Spruce Clusters 

Shine Fair Gold

Friday, December 9, 2022

Peace on Earth Tag ~ Creative Embellishments

Hello, scrappy friends!

Sandi  here with you today sharing a new altered Large Tag from the Large Tag Set. These oversized Tags are 5.5" by 10" and are such a great size for creating something fun! Use them to display as home decor, trade them or use them as gift tags as I sometimes do. Honestly, I have a hard time parting with them!

For my first layer, I adhered some papers from 49 and Market's ARToptions, Holiday Wishes collection from the December My Creative Scrapbook Limited Edition Kit. After adhering my papers, I selected the chipboard elements that I wanted to use as well as the Acrylic White Snowflakes that I added. My focal photo is a stock one from Unsplash.


I built up my focal area with old miscellaneous flowers that were off white and red but many years old. Because they aren't seen this is a great way to use up those florals that you don't think you wish to use visibly. Next, I added several layers of corrugated cardboard to my photo and then added a torn white crochet doily as a fun, textural element. Especially because I didn't do any mixed media to speak of this time around.

Here you can see a bit of the Holly and Berry Frame that I've altered with Tim Holtz Rustic Wilderness paint and Wild Honey Oxide Stain. Later I added some Christmas Red Stickles as my berry alter.


Just to try something unusual, I altered and added the Tropical Foliage pieces because I thought the tips looked an awful lot like pine needles. Don't use agree? Also as another fun layer, I altered the Antlers from the Antlers Set and stained then Walnut and then added gold metallic wax to them. Love, love using them!


For the corner of my Tag, I've used one of the large Reindeer from the Reindeer Set and altered him with Walnut Stain and some cream acrylic paint for spots. Then I added a Tim Holtz Christmas Botanical die cut poinsettia at his neck. Later I finished my work with dabs of white gesso, as well as splatters and you can see some of that  here.


Just a shot of the right side of the focal area and revealing one of the White Acrylic Snowflakes as well as an antler and the rim of the Holly and Berry Frame. Additionally, I've tucked in some holly die cuts from that same Botanical collection. The title piece is a Tim Holtz Christmas Noel Label Sticker.


For more texture, I tucked in some lime green moss at both the top and bottom of the focal area. I also used some small pine cones from 13 Arts.


At the top of the Tag I added some green crinkle ribbon from My Scrap Cabin.


The red poinsettias are also from the December MCS Limited Edition kit.


And lastly, here is the other side. I love how this Tag turned out even though I seemed to have had a million other things going on at the same time! My scrapbook room looks like a bomb went off. I'm sure many of you can relate to that!

I hope you will find time to drop by the Creative Embellishments Store. Nicolle has SO many great Winter and Holiday pieces! All my CE pieces are linked below!

I hope you are enjoying this wonderful season and also that I have inspired you in some way!

See you next time!


Creative Embellishments products used: 


Large Tag Set

Tropical Foliage

Reindeer Set

Holly and Berry Frame



White Snowflakes