Thursday, August 24, 2017

Special Delivery - A Traditional Layout ~ Creative Embellishments

Hi there! Today I'm sharing a more 'traditional' layout with you that I created for the Creative Embellishments DT! I decided it was high time that I got around to scrapbooking monthly layouts for 'Baby's First Year' (my son just turned 7, so better late than never)! I love mixed media scrapbooking, but for the baby album I wanted to go with a simpler, more traditional style - especially since I want the pages to fit inside the album! I've used a combination of several Graphic 45 paper collections (A Place in Time, Children's Hour, Mother Goose, and Precious Memories) to create this layout.
I think this layout is a great example of how just a couple of pieces of chipboard can really 'make' the page - I've used two of the leafy branches from the Chipboard Branches (set of 3), which I painted with acrylic paint in tones to match the papers. I used a dark brown for the branches and sponged two tones of green onto the leaves. Then, I used the branches to 'suspend' the fussy-cuts from the Mother Goose papers on the page - the two branches frame the central portion of the layout to direct your eye to the picture. Here are some different angles and close-ups of the chipboard elements.


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you liked my first 'Baby's First Year' layout - only eleven more to go!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Earthy ATCs ~ Creative Embellishments

Today I'm sharing a set of four "Earthy" ATCs created for the Creative Embellishments Design Team. I love making ATCs to try out new products/techniques and use up bits and pieces from my stash. I started out with some heavy black cardstock and used mod podge to cover it with scrunched up Tim Holtz Melange Tissue Wrap. Once that had dried, I used four colours of Distress Oxide Inks in Earth-tones to colour the ATC backgrounds (i.e. Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Iced Spruce and Peeled Paint). Next I added some Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs to each of the ATCs and then wrapped them with black thread attached with tiny staples. Next - time for the CE chipboard/wood veneer elements!
On the first ATC, "FOUND", I used a Nautical Compass Chipboard piece that I trimmed the right side off of - don't be afraid to cut up your chipboard pieces! I embossed the compass with Ranger Black Embossing Powder and then rubbed some of the Iced Spruce Distress Oxide into the star section of the compass.
On the second ATC, "FRAGILE", I used one of the wood veneer Hearts - I actually used the reverse side of the broken/band-aid heart and embossed it with Distress Embossing Powder in Tattered Rose. I inked the edges of the two heart pieces with the Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink.
On the third ATC, "discover", I used one of the chipboard Globes, which I trimmed the left side off of and then embossed it with Distress Embossing Powder in Old Paper and then rubbed the continents of the globe with the Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Ink.
On the fourth ATC, "be still", I had used a rub-on of a bird and wanted a bird-cage over it - but I didn't have any in my stash! So I used one of the chipboard Open Arched Windows and added a piece leftover from the Moroccan Lattice Panel to the back of it - you can layer your chipboard elements and remnants to create new designs! Next, I embossed the 'bird-cage' with Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Enamel and rubbed sections of it with the Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Ink.
I finished off the ATCs by adding some Prima/Finnabair Art Ingredients, including Frosted Mica Flakes, Granite Mica Flakes and Sterling Glass Glitter.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today - I hope you enjoyed seeing my ATCs!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Summer Fun - Mixed Media & Watercolour Layout ~ Creative Embellishments August Challenge

Happy August! I hope you're enjoying a fantastic summer! It is the first of the month, which means a new challenge is up on the Creative Embellishments Blog! Here is this month's inspiration picture - and the challenge twist for August is to use hashtag(s) on your project!
The crazy-fun picture for this month's challenge inspired me to create a FUN layout using the CE Chipboard hashtags #SUMMER and #FUN from the Social Hashtags set. I painted the title with three shades of Prima Metallique paints (Deep Waters, Rich Turquoise and Mermaid Teal) to create an Ombré effect. For an extra fun touch, I added one of the Wood Veneer Geek Chic Glasses, which I painted with Prima Metallique Paint in Steampunk Copper.
I created lots of texture on the layout using Prima Mediums - including White Sand Texture Paste, Modelling Paste and 3 sizes of Art Stones; then, I coloured the scene using ColourArte Twinkling H2O Watercolours. Here are some close-ups and angles so you can see all the texture.


I hope you like my interpretation of this month's challenge - I can't wait to see what you create! Remember to follow the Rules for the Challenge so that you're eligible to win!

Challenge Rules:
  • Create a NEW project (i.e., layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc…) as of August 1st 2017.
    • Please no back linking (meaning projects from previous months that may fit the challenge requirements). Please link only NEW projects.
  • Combining the CE Challenge with other challenges is permitted.
  • Please add your entry to the InLinkz box on the Challenge Post on the Creative Embellishments Blog to be eligible for the prize. You have until the last day of each month 11:55 pm eastern time to enter.
  • It is required that you mention in your blog post that you are playing along at Creative Embellishments together with a link back to our blog. Please make sure to reference our challenge. 
  • We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 OF CE products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along; however, everyone who does use CE product will get and extra chance at winning.
  • WINNERS will have 2 weeks to claim their prize. The winner will be announced on the CE blog post the day after the challenge ends.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!