Friday, August 11, 2023

Follow Your Heart ~ Creative Embellishments

Hello, Creative Embellishments friends!

Sandi  here with you today sharing my newest layout for Creative Embellishments Design Team.

My paper choices were from 49 and Markets Everywhere collection along with a colorful sheet from Simple Stories. I originally had another photo chosen for my project but as I worked another came to mind, this one from an unknown artist. The colors and aura seemed to go well with my paper choices.

Instead of using a frame this time, I chose to finally use the Mechanical Woman Head painted with Distress Paint in Brushed Corduroy. That didn't seem to make much impact, so I added Walnut Stain as well as some Shimmerz Hot Fudge Vibez. After that I sprinkled on some Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing Enamel here and there but mostly on the small gears and heat set that for a little sparkle! I added walnut ink around the edges.


Next I worked on altering my chipboard title and the leaves that I chose to nestle in my florals. The Follow Your Heart Title was altered with Walnut Stain while the Mini Leaves 6 were painted with Prima's Victorian Green Impasto Paint.

Because there was a combination of rust and pink in my focal image, I opted to use those same tones in my floral cluster. Because I didn't want to obscure the profile of the chippy piece, I placed all my floral to the left. And I used a lot, LOL!

In order to add some detail to my florals, I've added Prima pearls as well as glitter from 13 Arts. As you might see here, I've also incorporated some rub-ons from 49 and Market using Plum Grove as well as In the Leaves. Next, I tucked in some tickets from the Everywhere collection.

Although the CE stamps have been retired, I still continue to use them in my work.  You can see a bit of the Circle Bokeh Stamp here.

I did lots of paper tearing as I began my work but made sure to place my Mechanical Woman Head on lighter background. I seem to have a stray glue string laying on my piece.

Just a view toward the bottom of the focal elements.

Lastly, I placed my title piece, small florals and did some splattering with white gesso.

That's my project for today! I hope you are finding time in the busy summer (winter) months to create! It's good for the soul.

See you next time!


Creative Embellishments products used: 

Mechanical Woman Head 

Follow Your Heart 

Mini Leaves 6


Monday, July 24, 2023

Awesome Adventure Tag for Creative Embellishments

Good morning, Creative Embellishments fans!

Sandi  here with you today sharing an Oversized Tag, one of my absolute favorite sizes to work with. These Tags are 5.5 by 10 inches so there is plenty of room for creating!

To cover the Tag I've used a couple of papers from 49 and Market's Everywhere collection, tearing and then layering them. The back side of the Tag was left raw although I wish I'd added paper there as well in the event I wish to gift this and add a signature. The sweet photo is of a grandson and his wife.

Next I looked through my stash for some frames to bring the eye to my focal point. While I opted to use the awesome Twig Frame with Fall Leaves to encircle my photo, I was tickled to also use our Sun Frame which is new to me. I've altered it with paint and added it beneath my photo and flowers.


The Sun Frame was altered with Tim Holtz Distress Wild Honey Paint along with some Distress Rusty Hinge Ink brushed along the edges. Love how it turned out! The Twig Frame was altered with Walnut Stain. I set aside the Fall Leaves for another time.


After adhering the Sun Frame to the covered Tag, I added 3 medium to large 49 and Market florals on top to support my photo along with small pieces of cardboard to help in supporting the weight of the photo. After I added my photo, I added the Twig Frame, then set about doing my finishing details. This was a mix of smaller florals, buds, ephemera, art stones and white splattered paint. I went a little wild with my paint this time, despite covering my photo.

Before I began gluing everything down, I used a rub-on from the Everywhere collection that says "I'd go anywhere and everywhere with you." I felt that was perfect for these two adventuresome lovebirds!

Thanks for dropping by the Creative Embellishments blog today!

See you next time!


Creative Embellishments products used:

Large Tag 

Sun Frame 

Twig Frame with Fall Leaves


Friday, July 7, 2023

Hiking Layout for Creative Embellishments

Hello, Creative Embellishments fans!

Sandi Clarkson here with you today sharing a new layout for the Design Team blog!

I've been wanting to scrap this photo of my oldest grandson for quite some time. When I got this new 49 and Market Everywhere collection, it all finally came together. Even though it's been a popular foundation for many crafters, I really wanted to use it as is. I used it without any additional mixed media on the background since the paper already has done the work.

I chose 3 pieces of chipboard and altered all of them by painting then with walnut stain. Quick and easy with a grounded nature,  I chose the Globe 6 inch, the Hiking title set and the Travel Corner. Links to all these pieces are at the bottom of this post.

The Globe chipboard serves as the base to my focal area. The actual photo was matted with ephemera from the Everywhere collection and stapled together after distressing the edges somewhat.

Next I moved on to adding my floral even though it's a masculine page. I really like the texture they provide and I mostly used blue. My florals are all 49 and Market.

I did add a few rub-ons which always help give the layout great dimension. I positioned my Hiking title piece in between the 2 focal areas.

As is usually the case with me, my focal area did cover a great deal of the Globe chippy but I'm okay with that. I like using my chipboard as layers versus always having it as the star of the show.

I did try to get a few shots of the Globe for you.

I had fun creating this cluster on the right, again using my chipboard as a base layer. Die cuts, florals and art stones pulled it all together. Even with a bow, I think the cluster is definitely masculine.

After the addition of art stones, I splattered diluted white paint across my layout. If you are new to this technique, be sure that you cover your photo while doing this so that you don't splash on your photo.

That's all from me today! I hope you are inspired to get in your craft area and have some fun!

See you next time!


Creative Embellishments products used: 

Globe Set, 6 inch 

Travel Corner 



Friday, June 23, 2023

Card and Tag Set for Creative Embellishments

Good morning, Creative Embellishments fans!

Sandi  here with you today sharing a fun Card and Tag Set in a clean and simple style.

It's been forever since I've created a card! You may remember that I have tons of family birthdays in June and July. So, I need to get busy creating some cards, right?

This time I've taken a slim card base in white and turned it horizontally, which is not my norm. I am really liking that format for today's design. I've used some papers and embellishments from the Simple Stories Vintage Life in Bloom collection to pair with my CE chipboard pieces. (A list of the Creative Embellishments product used is included at the end of this post.)

Let's look at the Card first. Here you will find that I've used the gorgeous Heart Lace Border as well as the Film Strip Picture Frame Set to create my card. One of my favorite ways to use my chipboard is by simply stippling it with white paint and a sponge applicator. The trick is to use a light hand and be sure that plenty of the raw chipboard is exposed. It's a fun, shabby chic touch that goes well with most papers. I added a few Simple Stories embellies and it was done. And so cute!

I added a little heart embellishments inside the last heart just for fun!

I was so glad that this image fit nicely inside the piece from the Film Strip Picture Frame Set.

Next I created my fun triple-decker tag!

I haven't created one of these in a very, very long time but I sure love it when I do. I cut my 3x6 pieces and used different punches along the bottom. Next I layer my papers and then use my cropodile to punch a hole at the top. I used the inner star chipboard piece from the Starburst Frame and covered it with a striped patterned paper from the SS Vintage Life collection. First, I laid the star on my paper and used my craft knife to make a template. However, I got pretty lucky because the knife made complete cuts and there was little left to do as far as further trimming. I used a file to distress the edges a bit and added distress ink in peeled paint so that the piece would really pop!

Here you can see the star which I elevated with cardboard. A few embellishments and some crinkle ribbon were added as my finishing touches. Love it!

I think the results are pretty cute. How about you?

Thanks for dropping by the blog today!

We appreciate you.

See you next time,


Creative Embellishments products used: 

Film Strip Picture Frame Set

Heart Lace Border

 Starburst Frame (insert)


Friday, June 9, 2023

Adventures Layout with Sandi Clarkson ~ Creative Embellishments

Hello, scrappy friends!

Sandi Clarkson here today sharing a fun layout as my Design Team inspiration.

Now that Summer is nearly here in the Northern hemisphere, I opted to go fun, bright  and flowery!

I had some new Prima Spring Abstract papers and ephemera in my stash and decided it was time to give them a play! I found this fun stock photo on Unsplash and paired it with a notecard from one of the papers.

Of course, my mind was on which chippies to use and I started with the wonderful Infinite Circle Frame. This is one that I really try to always keep on hand because it is so versatile! It can go grungy, CAS, steampunk, feminine or masculine. It's simple but really makes an unassuming statement. I've altered all my chipboard pieces with Navy Blue craft paint from Folkart.

Here are the Creative Embellishments chipboard products used:

Berries 2 

Infinite Circle Frame

Washi Tape Cluster Shape 


After altering the Infinite Circle Frame, I adhered it to the layered page and began placing some of my florals. Next I distressed both my matted photo as well as the small notecard and positioned them on several layers of cardboard.

Along with some chosen ephemera, I tucked in some of the altered Berries 2 to mimic as floral layers. Again another chippy that is multi-purpose.

Additionally, I built up a floral layer beneath the true focal area and also added my title/subtitle pieces.

For texture, I've incorporated pearls, Art Stones and sisal.

Just a peek at the top of the Infinite Circle piece!

I love how the yellow flowers helped make my photo work.

Lastly, I added a balancing area with the help of the Washi Tape Cluster piece and a few of the common elements of the page.

I finished off the page with splattered white paint.

These pastel colors are not my normal genre but I wanted to take on that challenge for this one. And I was happily pleased with the outcome.

Thanks for coming by the CE blog today.

See you next time!