Friday, August 26, 2016

Mechanical Heart ~ Mixed Media Canvas for Creative Embellishments

Hi Crafty Friends! Today, I'm sharing a small mixed media canvas using lots of amazing Creative Embellishments products! I'm calling this my "Mechanical Heart".
I started out with a 5-in. embroidery hoop with a piece of canvas stretched inside it. Then I used the Creative Embellishments Crackled Brick Stencil with some Prima Art Extravagance Texture Paste in White Crackle. Once the texture paste had dried, I coated the canvas with clear gesso. I used white gesso on all the chipboard pieces prior to starting to layer them on the canvas. I've used the following Creative Embellishments chipboard elements to create the canvas:
I layered several pieces of the pipe works within the centre of the piece to create depth and create a level surface to attach the steampunk heart. Once all the chipboard elements were glued in place (and the glue had dried) I started misting/splattering the canvas with Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Mists in: Cocoa Bean Copper, Rusty Lantern Lime, and Ponderosa Pine Olive - I wanted the entire piece to have an "aged copper patina" look. Once I was happy with the mists/splatters, I painted the embroidery frame and dry brushed areas of the canvas with Prima Art Alchemy Metallique paints in Steampunk Copper and Green Olive. I used Prima Art Basics Soft Matte Gel to add Microbeads (in Antique Copper and Peridot) and Prima Art Ingredients Glass Glitter in Copper to the project. Finally, I finished the piece by adding a Prima Junkyard Findings Switch - which I also dry brushed with the Metallique paints. Here are some more angles and close-ups so you can see all the details!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

An ABC Primer Altered Chalkboard ~ Creative Embellishments

Hi There Crafty Friends! Today I'm sharing a a fun "back-to-school" inspired project for Creative Embellishments with you - an Altered Chalkboard using Graphic 45's An ABC Primer collection and the Creative Embellishments Chalkboard Frame Chipboard Set, along with one of Creative Embellishments awesome Chipboard Globes.
I started off with a small chalkboard with a plain pine frame. I painted the frame with blue acrylic craft paint and let it dry completely and then sanded it to distress it. I wanted a vintage/antique look to the wood frame, so I rubbed it with Antiquing Wax (usually used with Chalk Paint) to get the finish I wanted. To decorate the frame, I did lots of fussy cutting of the papers in the An ABC Primer Collection and inked the edges with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. I painted the Creative Embellishments chipboard elements with acrylic craft paint and then inked them with the Vintage Photo ink as well. Lots of close-ups/angles below so you can see all the details of the project!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Happy Crafting!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Dream Catcher ~ Creative Embellishments August Challenge

It's a new month - and that means there's a new challenge on the Creative Embellishments Blog! Here is the inspiration photo and the twist is to add a circular element to your project.
I was inspired by the 'Dreamy' feel to the inspiration picture and - since the twist was to use a circle in the project - I thought a Dream Catcher would be a fun project for this challenge.
I've used the Creative Embellishments large Feathers and the smaller feathers from the Masquerade Masks to embellish my Dream Catcher. I painted the feathers with Prima Art Alchemy Acrylic Paints in Metallique Royal Red and Metallique Gold Rush. Once the paint dried, I embossed the tips of the red feathers with gold embossing powder and the tips of the gold feathers with black embossing powder.

I hope this project inspires you to play along with the Creative Embellishments challenge this month! Be sure to follow the Challenge Rules so that you're eligible to win the $50 Gift Certificate to the Creative Embellishments store!

Challenge Rules:
  • Create a NEW project layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc….as of August1st, 2016.
  • Please add your entry to our InLinkz box 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. Please no back linking.
  • Combining with other challenges is permitted.
  • We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 CE product on your project but it isn’t required to play along. However everyone that does will get and extra chance at winning.
  • WINNERS will have 2 weeks to claim their prize. The winner will be announced on this post the day after the challenge ends. Keep an eye out to see if you are a winner.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today - and I hope you'll play along with the August Creative Embellishments Challenge!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Pocket Letter ~ Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home & Tim Holtz French Industrial

I played along with a Pocket Letter exchange over at Scraps of Darkness/Scraps of Elegance last month and, now that my swap partner has received it, I can share the pocket letter I made!

The front of the Pocket Letter was made with Graphic 45's Home Sweet Home collection - I used the 6x6 patterns and solids paper and the 8x8 and 12x12 patterned papers, as well as pieces of the coordinating chipboard. All the papers are inked with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and I added in some burlap twine to the tags/chipboard pieces.

The back of the pocket letter was made using the Tim Holtz French Industrial papers, tissue tape, rub-ons, clip and a charm. I used a Creative Embellishments French Postmark Stencil with Distress Embossing Powder in Black Soot in the background of the page. I inked the edges of the papers with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and splattered the entire page with watered-down Distress Ink in Black Soot.

That's it for today! Thanks for popping by my blog!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Pocket Tag Gift Card Holder ~ Creative Embellishments

Today, I'm sharing a project inspired by the Sea - a Pocket Tag Gift Card Holder using Prima's gorgeous French Riviera collection papers and lots of sea-themed Creative Embellishments chipboard.
I folded a Prima doll tag base to create the pocket in the tag and then cut out elements from the French Riviera 6x6 papers to cover and embellish the tag - I inked the edges of all the papers with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. I tucked a journalling card cut-out into the pocket so you can see where the gift card would go. I lightly sponged white gesso on the Creative Embellishments Fishnet Panel 2 and cut it into small sections to place at the top and bottom of the tag. I painted the chipboard Sea Shells with Prima Art Alchemy Paints by Finnabair. I also painted the Nautical Anchor with the Art Alchemy paint, adding some burlap twine for the rope along the anchor. Finally, I finished off the embellishing with some Prima Art Stones and a burlap twine bow. Some close-ups are below so you can see all the details!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Typography Mini File Folder Brag Book ~ Creative Embellishments

Today I'm sharing a fun little project that I created for the Creative Embellishments Design Team - a Mini File Folder Brag Book! I've used Graphic 45's Typography collection, paired with Creative Embellishments mini Ruler wood icon and the smaller of the chipboard Photo Booth Film Strips, cut into smaller sections.
 I fussy cut lots of tags and bits from the Typography papers and inked the edges of all the papers with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. I also used the Vintage Photo Distress Ink on the wooden Ruler. I cut the Photo Booth Film Strip into sections and used one section on the front of the Mini Folder and a double section on the back of the Mini Folder. I embossed the Film Strips using Ranger Fine Black Embossing Powder. I only glued down two sides of the Film Strips so that I could tuck photos into them later. Lots more close-ups below.

You can see the fussy cut tags and mini-photo booklets I tucked in the front pocket in the photo below.
These are the photo mats inside the Mini Folder - I die cut the tabs using a Tim Holtz die and fussy cut the numbers from one of the Typography papers.
This is the back of the folder with a pocket created from a fussy-cut tag and two mini-ATC tags tucked into it. I've tucked in a few fussy cuts behind the Photo Booth Film Strip too.
Here is the back of the folder with the tags and fussy cuts taken out - I can tuck a couple of small photos in behind the film strip!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today - I hope you liked my Mini File Folder Brag Book - I can't wait to fill it up with pictures!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Grocery List/Coupon Wallet with the Rose Quartz Paper Collection ~ Meg's Garden

Today I have a pretty little project to share with you that was created using the Meg's Garden Rose Quartz paper collection. Its a little wallet that you can tuck in your purse on grocery shopping day to hold a grocery list and coupons!

Thanks for popping by my blog today! Happy Scrapping!