Saturday, December 9, 2017

Believe - Baby's 1st Year December Layout ~ Creative Embellishments

Hi there Crafty Friends! Today I'm sharing another layout in my Baby's First Year series - created for the Creative Embellishments Design Team! Once again, I've used a combination of several Graphic 45 paper collections (A Place in Time, Children's Hour, Place in Time, and St. Nicholas) to create this layout - keeping with the theme I'm using throughout the 12 months of the album!
I've used the CE Chipboard Holly and Berry Flourishes and the Believe title from the Inspire Word Set on this layout. I painted the chipboard elements with Prima Art Extravagance Metallique Acrylic Paints and inked them with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I added Crackle Accents to the Holly Branches and Glossy Accents to the Holly Berries. Here is a close-up and a couple of different angles so you can see all the details and layers.



Friday, December 1, 2017

Let it Snow ~ Creative Embellishments December Challenge

It's December 1st, which means a new challenge is up on the Creative Embellishments Blog. Here is this month's inspiration photo and the twist for this challenge is to use a border on your project.
I just loved this month's inspiration photo and have taken my inspiration from the colours and the glistening snowflakes to create this layout.
I've used an older Bo Bunny collection for this layout (Midnight Frost) because the colours were just perfect for the inspiration image and I promised myself that I would start using up my stash! I started off by whitewashing the dark blue background with some watered down gesso and layering some torn pieces to look like snow hills. I've used the CE Snowflake Stencil along with some white modelling paste on the blue background paper - and once the modelling paste was dry, I added some silver stickles to the snowflakes for a bit of sparkle. I also used the larger of the Snowflake Borders, the Falling Snow Set, and the Let it Snow title - I primed all these pieces with White Gesso and then embossed them with Stampendous Winter Wonderland Embossing Powder. I also added some Silver Stickles to the chipboard snowflakes. The embellishing for this layout was finished off with some tattered cheesecloth and silver sequins. 


I hope you will play along with this month's challenge and that you have a wonderful holiday season!

Challenge Rules:
  • Create a NEW project (i.e., layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc…) as of December 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! 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

"Joie de Vivre" - A French Country Mini Album with Video Flip Through ~ Creative Embellishments

Hi there! Today I'm sharing a new Mini-Album with you. I've created this Joie de Vivre album using Graphic 45's French Country Deluxe Collector's Edition papers and embellished the cover with Creative Embellishments Sunflower Corner Set.
I painted the Sunflower corner with Acrylic Paints and Inked the Edges with Distress Ink in Ground Espresso. I used Glossy Accents to add some Bronze Micro-Beads to the Centre of the Sunflowers - I wanted them to look like Sunflower Seeds! Once the beads had set - I added a coat of Crackle Accents to the Flowers. Here's another angle of the cover:
There are lots of photos of the inside of the album below - but be sure to check out the full Video Flip Through on my YouTube channel!









Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Junk Journal Style December Daily ~ with Video Flip Through

Hi there Crafty Friends! Today, I have a new journal to show you - a  Junk Journal Style December Daily. I made this journal using the Creative Embellishments Personal Journal Cover and Maja Design It's Christmas Time papers. The Maja Designs November Mood Board was the perfect inspiration to get some holiday crafting done!
I have a few pictures of the journal below, but to see all the details make sure you check out the Video Flip Through on my YouTube Channel!






Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Timeless - Baby's 1st Year November Layout ~ Creative Embellishments

Hi there Crafty Friends! Today I'm sharing another layout in my Baby's First Year series - created for the Creative Embellishments Design Team! Once again, I've used a combination of several Graphic 45 paper collections (A Place in Time, Children's Hour, and Place in Time) to create this layout - as I plan on keeping a standard theme throughout the 12 months of the album!

I used the Timeless title from the Small Moments Border Words for this layout and simply painted it with some dark brown Acrylic Paint. I used the Fall Frame 2 to frame the photo. I painted the frame with Acrylic Paints in Fall colours and then splattered it with Dylusions Ink in Ground Coffee and inked the edges with Distress Ink in Ground Espresso to make them look like crunchy/distressed fallen leaves.





Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Vintage Hollywood Baroque Mini Album - with Video Flip-Through

Hi There Crafty Friends! I have a new mini-album to share with you today! I created this album using Tim Holtz's Baroque Movers and Shapers Die and Graphic 45's Vintage Hollywood collection. There are lots of photos below but check out the video on my YouTube Channel for all the details!













Wednesday, November 1, 2017

"Autumnus" Altered Mask ~ Creative Embellishments November Challenge

Happy November Crafty Friends! As always, the first of the month brings a new challenge over on the Creative Embellishments Blog. This month's inspiration picture is just gorgeous and the twist for this challenge is to use a flourish on your project!
Autumnus is the Roman goddess of Autumn/the harvest - and the inspiration image made me think of a nature goddess, so I was inspired to create this "Autumnus" Altered Mask.
I had a second-hand mask in my stash waiting to be altered - so I started off by painting it with black gesso and then started adding CE chipboard pieces, including Autumn LeavesBranch and Leaves, and Flourish 26 (for this month's twist to use a flourish). Once I was happy with the chipboard arrangement, I painted everything with black gesso and then dry brushed on some white gesso to help bring out the details. I misted the mask with two colours of Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Mists (Opal Sea Oats and Ponderosa Pines Olive) and then used Prima Metallique Acrylic Paints in Autumn colours to bring out the details of the chipboard pieces. When I was done adding colour, I added some Prima Metal Flowers, and a metal butterfly and pearls from mys stash and then added some Prima Art Ingredients Glass Glitter in Gold Rush and Mica Flakes in Gold Leaf. I finished off the altered mask by adding some moss green trim I had in my stash around the outside edge of the mask.

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 November 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! 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Trick or Treat - Baby's 1st Year October Layout

Hi there Crafty Friends! Happy Halloween! I have a quick share for you today - my Baby's 1st Year Layout for October. I just love the funny look on my son's face in this picture from his first Halloween! Such a cutie!
Once again, I've used a combination of several Graphic 45 paper collections (A Place in Time, Children's Hour, and Happy Haunting) to create this layout - and inked all the paper edges with Distress Ink in Ground Espresso. I used two chipboard Jolly Jack-o-Lanterns by Creative Embellishments to embellish the layout - I wanted these to look similar to those on the Happy Haunting paper, so I painted them with orange and green acrylic paint and backed them with some dark yellow paper - then I inked them with Ground Espresso Distress Ink and gave them a generous coat of crackle accents! Here's a close-up of the layered section and a couple of different angles so you can see the details/dimensions.


Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Happy Trick or Treating!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Master Detective CLUE Game ~ Creative Embellishments

Oh No! Sherlock Holmes has been murdered and it can only have been by one of those closest to him! You are now a Master Detective and must discover which one of Holmes' companions has committed the crime! 

Hi there Crafty Friends! Today I'm sharing my Master Detective Clue Game with you! We LOVE playing games in our family and Clue (by Hasbro) is one of our favourites! As soon as I saw the Master Detective Collection by Graphic 45, I knew I had to create my own version of Clue using the papers!

I created the folding gameboard and covered the back of the board with papers from the Master Detective 12 x 12 Patterns and Solids. All the papers for the game are inked with Distress Ink in Ground Espresso. I outlined the front panel of the gameboard with some Tim Holtz Halloween-themed Design Tape that perfectly complements these papers! I used the Signature Page from the 8x8 Paper Pad to decorate the front of the board.
I made a large envelope for the back of the 8x8 page and attached it with velcro dots - this way it can be used as storage for all of the game cards! I made a second smaller envelope (tucked into the pocket on the front) that can be used during the game to hold the suspect, weapon and location cards for the mystery.
I created the Weapon and Location cards by printing on some of the papers from the 12 x 12 Patterns and Solids - I sized these cards to fit on the 12 x 12 Master Detective Card cut-outs - so all of the cards, including the Character Cards, have the "Master Detective" Design on the back. I also created the game score cards using paper and colours that coordinate with the Master Detective Collection. I laminated all the cards so they could be played with and not get damaged; I also laminated the score cards so that they can be used with dry-erase marker! The game tokens are some small skulls I cut off of a Halloween costume necklace!
For the Game Board itself, I used different papers for each room (and a journalling card for one of the rooms) and then outlined each room with some Tim Holtz Design Tape so that the room boundaries were defined. The game spaces were made using alternating colours of the Houndstooth patterned paper from the 12 x 12 Patterns and Solids. All the room labels, as well as the weapons and "Clue" title are Custom Cut Creative Embellishments Chipboard! Did you know you can ask Nicolle for custom cuts if there is a design you simply must have?!?!?!? All of the room labels and the title are embossed with Vintage Gold Embossing Powder, as was the Candlestick. The Pistol, Wrench, Lead Pipe and Dagger were painted with Prima Metallique and Sparks Acrylic Paints. The Rope was embossed with Distress Embossing Powder in Mustard Seed.
Here's a closer look at all the cards, weapons and game tokens!