Saturday, September 23, 2017

Steampunk Dress Form ~ Creative Embellishments

Hi There, today I'm sharing an altered dress form with you! I started out with a plain kraft dress form, painted it with some Heavy Black Gesso and dressed it up with papers from Graphic 45's Steampunk Debutante and Steampunk Spells Collections (all the papers are inked with Distress Ink in Black Soot). Add in some awesome Gears and Tracks from the CE Create Your Own Cluster set as embellishments and the Steampunk Dress Form is fully outfitted! 

For the gears around the waist of the Dress Form and on the Top Hat , I used Stampendous Aged Copper Embossing Enamel. I also used two feathers from the CE Masquerade Masks set to decorate the hat - I painted these with Prima Art Extravagance Metallique Paints in Royal Red and Rich Turquoise - and then dry brushed them with Metallique Paint in Steampunk Copper. I painted the goggles from the Steampunk Hat Set with the Steampunk Copper paint and then added glossy accents to the screw details around the goggles. (The Top Hat was made using an .svg by Snapdragon Snippets cut on my Silhouette Cameo.)

To decorate the base of the dress form, I used some different sized chipboard gears and a chain border. I painted these pieces with Prima Art Extravagance Metallique Paint in Steampunk Copper. Then, I mixed some of the Metallique Light Patina paint with Prima Texture Powder and added that to the gears and chain. Finally, I finished the gears off by dry brushing them with some Metallique Paints in Emerald Green and Dark Velvet.  

I finished off the dressform with a chain and pocket watch around the waist and an old knob (painted Steampunk Copper) on the top. There are lots of pictures below so you can see all the details!

Friday, September 15, 2017

September Memories - Baby's 1st Year September Layout ~ Creative Embellishments

Hi There! Today, I'm sharing the second layout in my Baby's First Year series! Once again, I've used a combination of several Graphic 45 paper collections (A Place in Time, Children's Hour, and Mother Goose) to create this layout - as I plan on keeping a standard theme throughout the 12 months of the album!
I've used the "memories" title from the CE Small Moments Border Words. I rubbed the title with Prima Art Alchemy Antique Brilliance Wax in Fire Ruby and Metallique Wax in Vintage Gold - I also inked the edges with some Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. I also used the beautiful CE Flourish 6, which I rubbed with Prima Art Alchemy Antique Brilliance Wax in Lucky Emerald - I also inked some of the flourish with the Vintage Photo Distress Ink. To finish off this flourish, I added some small fussy cut flowers from the G45 paper. Here are some close-ups/angles so you can see all the details!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Six Impossible Things - Alice in Wonderland Art Journal Page ~ Creative Embellishments September Challenge

Happy September! It's my favourite time of year - the weather is crisp and cooling off and the kids are going back to school - a time full of possibilities! It's also time for a new challenge at Creative Embellishments! All the numbers on the inspiration photo were the perfect inspiration for this Six Impossible Things page for my Alice in Wonderland Art Journal. The quote reads:
Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. . . “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

I started the background by using the CE Distressed Checkers Stencil - I used a sponge and some Black Archival Ink and randomly added stencilling across the page. I also used the Black Archival Ink with one of the CE Halftone Circle Stamps to do some background stamping (for this challenge's twist). I added some stencilled clocks using a Prima 12x12 stencil and Prima Art Extravagance Copper Crackle Paste. I cut the image of Alice and the White Queen from an Alice in Wonderland Puzzle Book I found and then used Lindy's Stamp Gang Mists (Rusty Lantern Lime, Edelweiss Moss Green, Ponderosa Pines Olive, Caribbean Blue, and Breakfast Club Blue) and charcoal pencil to blend the scene from the image into the page. I painted the I-VI (for the 6 Impossible Things) of the Grunge Roman Numerals chipboard using Prima Art Alchemy Metallique in Acrylic Paint in Brass Hardware. Finally, I inked the edges of the pages using Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Wax in Aged Brass. Here are a few more photos!

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 September 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!