Friday, April 9, 2021

Memories ~ Mixed media Oval Home Decor piece for Creative Embellishments

Hello, Creative Embellishments fans! 

Are you as addicted to the Home Decor pieces as I am? 

Sandi Clarkson here with you today sharing my latest project for Creative Embellishments. 

I've seen a few artists using an Oval shape for their mixed media projects and I thought, hmmmm, why not give it a whirl? 

Give me a Creative Embellishments Home Decor piece, the supplies to make my crackle background and away I go with my inks and embellishments! This has to be one of the absolute MOST satisfying types of art for me right now! 

So, I began with my Oval wood decor piece and added 13 Arts modeling paste infused with 13 Arts texture paste and applied that to my wood piece before going to bed one evening. I let it air dry overnight and woke up to the most amazing crackle!  I grabbed by 13 Arts inks that morning and began adding color to the piece. For splatters, I did use some Tim Holtz Wild Honey Oxide spray. The 13 Arts colors were Woodbine, Burnt Sienna and Salmon. Also, I used a few Prima waxes. For dimension I've done a bit of random stamping with the Circle Bokeh Stamp although much of it got covered. 

Along with the Oval piece, I've used one of the awesome border pieces that also make great vertical embellishments. This time I chose the Distressed Circle Border and altered it with walnut ink and various waxes. 

I had just received the Dandelions chipboard which I ordered to use with another photo but I thought it looked great for this project and used it here instead! It was painted cream but then I added so many other colors that I lost track. But love how it turned out! 

After adding a few florals and moss, I tucked in one of the Fly Away Flair

                                Here is a close-up of the Dandelions bits falling towards the ground. 

You can also visualize the various waxes that I added as highlights. 

And lastly, a close-up of the bottom of the Distressed Circle Border
A few gold micorbeads finish off my new Decor piece. 

Thanks for coming by today! 
All the CE product links are listed below. 


Creative Embellishments products used: 

Wood Home Decor:



Distressed Circle Border



Fly Away Flair


Circle Bokeh Stamp

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Monochromatic April Challenge

Welcome to April and the April Creative Embellishments Challenge. 

This month our challenge is to make a monochromatic project and the twist is to add washi tape. You are allowed to use black and white, thank goodness! 

 I decided ... finally ... to go with Coral. 

I've used a new paper from 13 Arts called "In Love" and it has a very neutral background that I felt would be within the challenge rules. After adding some old Tim Holtz washi tape and some random stamping, I selected my new  Intricate Floral piece and dabbed it with snowy white paint. Ultimately I decided to trim off a portion of it and added it to the opposite side of my layout. Because this piece is so intricate, I opted against doing any wet media such as with a stencil. 

My title piece was painted with 13 Arts Coral acrylic paint. I used the coordinating Cinnamon mist for splatters around my page as well as to enhance the focal area. Lastly, I tucked in a Flair that has Coral tones and added some Coral tinted microbeads and white pearls. 

Here are some close-ups for you: 

Although monochromatic can be intimidating, it is seriously fun once you select your color. The specific additional products besides the Intricate Floral are: Sparkle wherever youCircle Bokeh Stamp and Seasons Change Flair.

I hope you have a chance to play along this month and win a gift certificate to the CE Store! 

Thanks for coming by! 


Creative Embellishments products used: 


 Intricate Floral

 Sparkle wherever you


 Circle Bokeh Stamp


 Seasons Change Flair

Monday, March 22, 2021

Sweet Altered Birdhouse ~ Creative Embellishments

                                                Hello Creative Embellishments fans! 

Sandi here with you today sharing an altered MDF birdhouse that I had in my stash and had never assembled. I believe it was made by KaiserCraft and part of a Scraps of Elegance kit. 

First I assembled the pieces of the birdhouse and glued them together. Before adhering the front of the house, I painted the inside using white craft paint. Next I added the roof deck and then started layering the Hexagon Shingles. The shingles come in a 12 inch length, so I cut that in half to give me 2 sections. (There are 10 shingle lengths in a package.) I glued and painted almost simultaneously as I added the shingles. 

I do wish that I had added my texturing before I assembled my pieces because it was a little tricky adding the brick design afterwards.  I've used the awesome Crackled Brick Stencil along with super heavy gesso to create the brick effect.  After that was dry, I added color using my 13 Arts water inks. I had planned to use blue but then decided to that might look too wintry for a March project. 

For inks, I did a mix of Bordeaux and Violet. I painted it on and then misted it wth water to make it run. Also, I splattered some of the ink all over the house except for the roof. Later I splattered with watered down white paint. 

I rummaged through my Creative Embellishments stash until I found a small frame that I could paint and use around the opening in the front. I thought that finished it off nicely.  It is the Small Intricate Frames 2 set. 

Then for textures I've added the purple moss over cheesecloth along with a few florals and pinecones. This project actually took quite a few hours before it was all said and done, since I had the assembly to do as well. But I will never look at it without remembering the Texas Snowmaggedon of 2021 and our 56 hours without power during frigid temperatures. That is really why I didn't go with Blue. Thank goodness we have a daughter who lives nearby and who had heat! 

Please enjoy all these close-up photos: 

And that's about it! 

Thanks for visiting the Blog today! 

See you next time. 


Creative Embellishments products used: 


Hexagon Shingles

Small Intricate Frames 2


Crackled Brick Stencil

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Mr Handsome DL sized cards for 13 Arts

Hello, 13 Arts fans! 
Sandi here with you today sharing my latest creation for 13 Arts! 
Today we are doing a group posting of projects created with the new Mr Handsome collection. 

I've been loving the DL sized slim cards for quite some time now. I finally found a DL sized die from Pink Fresh that has the stitching detail on them! Bought those puppies SO fast, you wouldn't believe it! 

I had planned to do a layout for the Mr Handsome post but I was also wanting to experiment with my new dies, so cards it is! One with mixed media, the other a little more CAS. 

I used one of the new Mr Handsome stencils along with modeling paste and highlighted it with Navy blue Water Ink. A bit of stamping of course! Then I dove into creating a WOW focal point with my papers and some embellishments, ie, flowers, chipboard, a metal pen nib and microbeads. 

To alter the chipboard gears, I used the 13 Arts Rusty Bronze powder applied with gel medium. Then I activated it with the Reagent. After they were good and dry, I added my florals and then the gears. For more oomph, I added more Rusty Bronze along with Reagent for a good rusting vibe. When everything was dry, I added some brown microbeads and a jute bow. 

On my second card, I decided to go a bit more simple although I did also do some stamping on this one as I did the first card. Other than that, no mixed media except to alter the florals. 

This was a matter of layering some the ephemera elements, adding the florals and a metal clock face. 

To make the cards a bit more cohesive, I added some rusting materials to these flowers as well and gave them a sprinkling of the brown microbeads. 

My man has gotten accustomed to seeing flowers on his cards, so we are all good there! 

Here are a few of the materials that I've used for this project. Everything is 13 Arts except for the 49 and Market flowers. 

Thanks so much for coming by today! 

I certainly appreciate your visit! 


Friday, March 12, 2021

Vintage Tag for Creative Embellishments

Hello, Creative Embellishments fans! 
Sandi here with you sharing an Oversized tag!  
And by large, I mean approximately 5x10 inches. 
You can pack lots of goodies on these guys! 

I started by covering my tag from the Large Tags set with paper from the 13 Arts Dreamland collection! Next I added some modeling paste (combined with 13 Arts texture paste) in smooth swirls. This provided a light crackle effect and some areas for stamping. 

When the modeling paste was dry, I did some random stamping with the Circle Bokeh Stamp and black archival ink.

All my other chipboard pieces were stained with walnut ink so that I could later add some metallic highlights in gold. 

The Large Clock Face 6" peeks out on the left as a bottom layer to the focal elements.  The clock face comes in a variety of sizes but the 6 inch works great on my tag. 

My ephemera pieces are all from Tim Holtz's Botannical pack. The doll pieces are from the Paper Dolls pack. 

Under the focal piece, I layered in one of the Ornate Pieces 2. Because it was a tad longer than I wanted, I trimmed it in the middle and left the ends to peek out vertically. It was also brush with metallic accents and was embossed with Stampendous Aged Gold embossing powder. A few gold microbeads from 13 Arts were added strategically. 

I added a pretty blue seam binding bow at the top! 

I have a deep love for 13 Arts microbeads, so I've scattered them throughout the page, particularly on my 49 and Market flowers. 

One last view of the top right side! 
I'm calling that a wrap  .. although I had planned to include a Flair so that is on my list of to-dos for next time! 

Thanks for coming by! 

Creative Embellishments products used: 


Large Tags

Large Clock Face 6"

Ornate Pieces 2


Circle Bokeh Stamp