Friday, May 26, 2023

Perfect Moment layout for Creative Embellishments

Hello, Creative Embellishments fans! 

Sandi here with you today sharing a quick yet fun layout for my Design Team inspiration.  Quick, because we've had lots of family happenings ... leaving little time for crafting ... That is life's reality sometime. 

I've used 49 and Market's Spectrum Sherbert Butterfly Flight paper as my base and augmented with Simple Stories Vintage Life in Bloom papers and ephemera. This makes for a bright, cheerful composition. 

Because my papers are so bright, I chose to alter my chipboard with white and black paint. The Mini Leaves are painted with Ranger's Picket Fence while the title piece was done with Ranger's Black Soot Spray Stain. I've added the Creative Embellishments product links below: 

Creative Embellishments products used: 

Mini leaves 6. 

 Perfect Moment 


Here's a close-up of the product layering done on the left of the photo. Those are 2 of the granddaughters smiling at the camera. So cute! I find that when layering, it helps to add height with foam tape or corrugated cardboard. That way you can layer in your chipboard and other elements. When strictly using paper, I find it helpful to staple layers together before gluing them down. That way you don't lose that perfect balance you try to achieve with all your pieces. 


As you can see here, I first did some paper tearing and that made it simpler to decide where to place my focal area and then the title. This Perfect Moment chipboard title is one of my favorites. After altering with Black Stain, I embellished it with a few die cut butterflies and flat-backed pearls. 


I love how cute these Minis Leaves are and they are perfect for tucking into your layers. My flair button was a gift with purchase from Shimmerz Paint. After everything was in place, I did some random splattering with the white paint. 

See? Quick and easy sometimes makes the great of pages! 

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Friday, May 19, 2023

Creativity is Contagious ~ Creative Embellishments

Hello, scrappy friends!

 Sandi Clarkson  here with you today sharing my newest Design Team project created for Creative Embellishments.

I've been wanting to create a little something with this Vintage Artistry Countryside paper from 49 and Market. It's actually the B side of "Homestead." But I really do like it! Next I wanted to choose a frame for my main photo and while looking through my stash, I decided to multiply my photos x 3 and also use the smaller Mint Box frames that I like so much!

Creative Embellishments products used: 

Berry Frame 4 

Mint Box Flourish Frame Set 2

Creativity Quote

Small Hexagons Stencil 

After adding a torn paper from Prima's Farm Sweet Farm, I applied clear gesso to my papers. When that dried, I did some stencil work with the Small Hexagons Stencil and modeling paste. While the paste was a drying, I altered my chipboard frames with Rangers Peeled Paint distress paint. Later I added some tonal quality by dabbing with some Peeled Paint in the Ink version. The ink was also used to add color to my stenciled areas using the transfer method. I used it again to darken the berries on the Berry Frame.

After matting my photos, I set about creating a nice repeating design. When I was happy with the design, I adhered everything to corrugated cardboard and adhered my photos. The primary photo in the center was elevated with multiple layers of cardboard.  Additionally, I added some ephemera from the paper collection. Before adding any florals, I tucked in some lime green moss to create a natural, outdoorsy look.

Placing my flowers is always the fun part for me! They add the perfect textural element that most of my projects call for. I thought the 49 and Market Tomato flowers were a nice complimentary color against my greens. I tucked in some small butterflies for a finished look.

My title pieces were altered with Rangers Rustic Wilderness and then placed in the open areas under the photos. Although this separated the actual wording, I liked the placement for this design. The Quote actually reads Creativity is Contagious, Pass it On.

I completed my project with paint splatters, pearls and art stones.

Here are a few more close-ups:

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Friday, May 12, 2023

Heart Motif with Lucy ~ Creative Embellishments

Hello, Creative Embellishments friends!

Sandi Clarkson here with you today sharing another heart-themed project created with the Large Heart Chippy as my base. 

For today's project I've used the Large Heart chippy and altered it with packaging from the 49 and Market Serenity collection, specifically the 72 piece ephemera pack. I used a pencil to draw around the heart chippy, cut it out and then adhered it to the chipboard piece. The packaging is kind of shiny but for my purposes, that was okay. Next I used the Heart Bokeh Stencil and modeling paste to give my piece some texture. Per usual most of it got covered up but hey, that's okay by me. I know it's there and it added to my creative pleasure.

After the modeling paste was good and dry, I transferred some color to the heart using cello packaging. Using my heat gun to dry, I was careful to not overheat the packaging. While all of that was drying, I altered my fave Heart Motif with literally all the blue-green colors in the Distress range. Altering is a little like cooking soup, a bit of this and then a bit of that until satisfied with your outcome, I will say that Salvaged Patina was the hero in this work, along with Black Soot.

I adhered that Heart Motif on the upper left of the heart shape even though it covered some of the modeling paste shaped hearts. It's just a much-loved Valentine favorite of mine and I just had to use it.

I had printed off a vintage photo of Lucille Ball because  .. everybody loves Lucy, right? So I built up the photo layers with corrugated cardboard, ephemera and cheesecloth. Then I mounted that to the heart. Before adding all the florals, I worked on the last chipboard piece, the Love Lock and Key Border Set. This set was altered the same as the Heart Motif except that I did not add black. After tucking this in and adhering it, I was ready to add the florals.

Lastly, I covered my photo and splattered black paint on the piece. And because I'm learning as I gift these pieces, I painted the back side of the tag with Tumbled Glass paint. Now it is ready for gift-giving and is not bare on the backside. 

Here are a few more close-ups for you: 

(She sure made us all laugh, didn't she?) 

(There are those stenciled hearts, right there!)


And that's a wrap!

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Friday, April 28, 2023

Thankful Layout ~ Creative Embellishments

Hello, Creative Embellishments fans!

Sandi  here with you today sharing my newest project using some amazing products from the online CE store.

I've been itching to scrap this stock photo and thought it would pair nicely with some papers form Prima Marketing's Peach Tea and Farm Sweet Farm collections. I started with some paper tearing and then prepped my paper with clear gesso to lay down some texture using modeling paste and the CE Rivet Stencil. Normally I colorize my stenciling but this time I opted to just have the texture.

Next, I altered my chosen chipboard pieces with a combination of Shimmerz Palm Reader Vibez and Ranger Distress Spray stain in both Peeled Paint and then Rustic Wilderness. It gave a nice marled appearance to the chippys and the Shimmerz adds that nice golden shimmer to the color that I quite like.

And you are probably wondering about my chipboard pieces, huh?

Here is that product list:

Daisy Flourishes

Wild Foliage 2

and the Riveted Stencil


To complement my work I've added some of the oh so gorgeous Olive Royal Sprays from 49 and Market. There are also a few Prima Peach Tea rose blossoms tucked in here and there to fill out the composition.

For more texture I've added some flat-backed pearls and some Say It In Crystals from Prima.

When the layout was nearing completion, I splattered some of the Rustic Wilderness green stain as well as an older Heidi Swapp Shine in Gold. This gave my chipboard pieces some additional dimension.

I debated on adding some moss or other fibers under my focal area but decided that they might compete with the stems of the chipboard flourishes. Did I make the right call in your opinion?

Thanks for coming by the Creative Embellishments blog today. I hope you found some inspiration that you can use in your creative happenings!

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Friday, April 14, 2023

Where the Green Grass Grows ~ Creative Embellishments

Hello, Creative Embellishments fans!

 Sandi here with you today sharing another fun-to-create layout!

I am still enjoying creating with papers from the 49 and Market Countryside range. Just can't get enough of these cheerful sunflowers to coordinate with some of my favorite chipboard pieces!

Creative Embellishments products used: 

Doily Frame 

Leafy Cluster

Grass Set


After prepping my papers, I did a bit of stamping with a Finnabair checkerboard stamp and black archival ink. I opted against using any modeling paste or thought I could add that at the end if I thought I needed it.

The first chippy that I reached for was the beautiful Doily Frame that has been around since about 2014. I even decided to cut my stock photo into a round shape so that I could capitalize on the circular configuration. I painted the Frame with Tim Holtz Wild Honey Paint.

I knew I wanted to also include the Leafy Cluster pieces (shown further down the post) which were painted with Peeled Paint and then topped with Shimmerz Vibez Palm Reader mist which gives a nice, golden shine. The above photo gives us a view of the wood veneer Bumblebees (which I love) as well as some grassy pieces which is exactly what they are! As I was searching through my Summer file folder looking for the bees, I stumbled on the Grass Set and thought they were perfect for a little texture!

Plan A was to add a mossy green grass from the craft store but I like how wispy the grass pieces are and this project demonstrates how to think outside the box when using your chipboard stash. Look at the shapes and use then more as layering pieces or however you choose rather than just as stand-alone pieces.

Now we are on the right side of the photo and can get a better look st the 49 and Market florals and those lovely Leafy Clusters. These are fairly new to the CE store and I am really loving them!

For my title I've gone with a die cut from the Countryside paper range. It says "Where the Green Grass Grows."  I had fun layering in my florals and miscellaneous pieces.

I added another Grass Set piece on the upper side of the Doily frame to fill in a blank space there. The Leaves and Grass were all altered as mentioned above.

And here is a more straight on shot of the 2 pieces of Leafy Clusters that I used. There are 3 in a pack, I believe. And don't you just love the sweet Die Cut bee? I popped a few of these up on foam squares.

So summery, so fun! I hope you like my composition!

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