Sunday, February 18, 2018

Creative Embellishments Layout with Graphic 45 Sun Kissed

It's that time of the year when I think many of us are suffering from the winter blues and yearning for summer.  This layout will definitely make you forget about winter, if only for a moment.

 I've combined some great chippies from Creative Embellishments (CE) with Graphic 45's new Sun Kissed paper collection.  I mixed tan acrylic paint and gold glitter with Prima's White Sand Texture Paste to create my sandy beach.  I anchored CE's seagrass chippies stained with Lindy's Starburst mists in the sand.  Over on the right is a cute little chipboard crab nestled in amongst the navy Little Birdie flowers.

The photo is framed with a chipboard Steampunk Chain Frame that is heat embossed with Stampendous Aged Marine Embossing Enamel.  The frame also comes with gears that I buried in the sand.  They get their rusty look from Lindy's Starburst Mist.

Creative Embellishments Chipboard Used:

Other Products:

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Collection 12 x 12
Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Collection Ephemera Cards
Prima Texture Paste White Sand
Tan Acrylic Paint
Fine Gold Glitter
Lindy's Starbursts Mists - Mission Bells Brown, Edelweiss Moss Green, Sea Mist Green
Stampendous Aged Marine Embossing Enamel
Ranger Lake Mist Paint Dabber
Little Birdie Flowers

Be sure to enter the Creative Embellishments monthly challenge because you could win a fab gift certificate to the store.  Details on the CE blog on the first post.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Rich Metal Hues Journal for Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix

 I love to work with metallics and this journal is definitely a study in rich gold hues.

I've filmed a tutorial video that takes you through the creation of this cover step by step.  I also show you how to string this kind of journal and how to make a fun spine button closure.

Metal flower heat embossed with Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing Enamel along with gold toned design papers from Stamperia and Graphic 45 contribute  gorgeous vintage golds to the cover.

Love these gold embossed flowers.

 This is a spine button that I use to make the journal's closure.
Back of the journal.

Supplies Used:

Stamperia Alchemy Paper Collection
Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Paper Collection 12 x 12
Studio 490 Black Embossing Paste
Prima Weaving Stencil 962333
Black Seam Binding Riubbon
Metal Flowers
Black Gesso
Corrugated Cardboard
Lindy's Starburst Mist Golden Lump o'Coal
Prima Clear Crackle Texture Paste
Recollections Metal Swirl 
Prima Metallique Vintage Gold Wax
Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing Enamel

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Be sure to stop by Eileen's blog often and see the other fabulous projects from her DT.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Fairy Dust Journal for Creative Embellishments

I'm sharing an enchanted journal that I made for Creative Embellishments (CE) today.  I wish you could see how the cover twinkles with all the "fairy dust" on it!  Therm-o-web Iridescent Glitter Dust is a great product for adding lots of sparkle to you projects and the best part is that glitter doesn't get all over everything when you use it.  A word of caution though, you need to use it in a well ventilated area and cover surrounding surfaces to protect from over spray.

This sweet little CE chipboard fairy sitting on the moon takes center stage.  She is painted first with white paint and then with Bo Bunny Glitter Paste.  I also used Glitter Paste to mask on some  twinkling fairy sparkles in the background with CE's Fairy Dust Stencil.

I made a closure button with one of the flair buttons from the Fairy Set.  I glued the flair piece to a button, punched two small holes in the cover, and threaded the button onto the cover with lightweight cording.  There's a gold elastic band coming out of the spine, from inside the journal, that wraps around the back of the journal and loops over the button.

I dabbed Flourish 27 with Lindy's Mist and then cut it up to use as foliage underneath these pretty Little Birdie blooms.

Little Birdie had a wonderful booth at Creativation and a fun Make 'n' Take too.  Best of all they gave away the cutest little gift bags with these flowers inside!

 There's another flair button tucked into this floral cluster.
View of the front and back cover.

Other Supplies:

Therm-o-web Glitter Dust - Iridescent
Bo Bunny Glitter Paste
White Paint
Lindy's Starburst Mist - Gator Gumbo Olive
Little Birdie Flowers 
Petaloo Tiny Blooms

Thanks so much for visiting me today, I sure appreciate it!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Creative Embellishments February Challenge!

Time for a new challenge at Creative Embellishments!  I love the vintage photo inspiration this month; you can go in a lot of directions with this.  As you can see I took off on the pink rose and kinda went wild with color! 
I started out with a tag from the Large Tags set and painted that with white gesso.  Then I used Ken Oliver's Color Burst to create that vibrant background.  I am just loving these brilliant bursts of color!

  The twist calls for handwriting so I stamped a script stamp onto white card stock, also colored with Color Bursts.  Then I cut it to fit in the Leafy Vine Frame colored with Lindy's Starburst Mists.  I heat embossed the It's Our Time words with Stampendous Shabby Chic White embossing enamel and fitted that inside the frame.

At the bottom I used the Heart Flourish to frame the word, love, from the Hope Word Set both of which were heat embossed with Stampendous Shabby Chic White embossing enamel.

To finish it off, of course I added some pretty flowers and a bow!  

Creative Embellishments Products Used:

Be sure to enter our monthly challenges as you might have a chance to win a great gift certificate to the Creative Embellishments store.  We've changed it up a bit for 2018.  You just need to upload your project to your blog or Facebook page and then add your project to our Creative Embellishments Facebook page challenge thread pinned at the top and leave a link to your blog or Facebook  post.

I'm entering this giant tag in the  All You Need is LOVE! challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  For the challenge you need to create a vintage or shabby chic project with the word "LOVE" somewhere on the project.  My word is prominently displayed in the heart at the bottom.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A Valentine's Card with Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix

 Need a fun card for  a special someone?  This one fits the bill, inside there's a spot for a gift card and a few photos too!   On the front of the card I've used a diecut from the Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix Hearts Journaling Cards.  I love all those cut out hearts!
I used Simple Stories Romance papers, I love the cut aparts that come with their collections.  On the left side I made a flip up and a pocket that holds a fun little file folder where you could stash photos, tickets, money, any kind of surprise that you like.

The right side features a fun fold out that reveals a gift card holder which is one of the die cuts from the Hearts Journaling Cards Thinlets Die Set.  I used the word "love" on the gift card from the Thinlets Journaling Words Die Set.  The great thing about the Book Club Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 dies is that they are all designed to work together creating so many possibilities!

The gift card holder is designed to hold a standard gift card.  Included in the Journaling Card Set is a card die that is the size of a purchased gift card so that you can make you very own gift card.  I used a scalloped journal card underneath the gift card holder, also part of the Journaling Cards Die Set.

Here you can see the gift card outside of the holder.  Isn't that so cute with the scalloped edge?

I am so excited about the Book Club - Chapter 2 release, there are so many fun dies in the collection, you are going to LOVE it!!  I know, it isn't coming out until the May/June timeframe, and that IS along time, BUT it is well worth the wait!!!  We can play with the fabulous Book Club - Chapter 1 dies in the meantime!

Products Used:

Eileen Hull Hearts Journaling Cards by Sizzix - available May/June 2018
Eileen Hull Journaling Words by Sizzix - available May/JUne 2018
Simple Stories Romance Collection

Thanks for stopping by today, I appreciate it so much!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

More fun from Creativation!

I really enjoyed spending some time in Ken Oliver's booth and learning all about Color Bursts.  Gotta tell you, they are so fun to work with especially for someone like me that loves bright vibrant color!  Ken also has a mixed media mat board that is really awesome.  It is thick and takes watercolor without warping, love love love!  I have used two  6" x 6" pieces of his mat board to create this Inspiration Art Journal. 

Now I've never been an art journaler, not my thing.  But this is my year to break out of my comfort zone and do something different, so here I am with my very own art journal.

So far I've created a few pages with Ken Oliver's Color Bursts.  In their simplest form, you just spritz some water onto a mixed media paper of some sort and then sprinkle with the Color Bursts and watch the colors explode!  The trick, of course, is keeping the colors from running all together and creating mud.

Another highlight of my trip to Creativation was visiting the Little Birdie booth.  Oh my, talk about some really gorgeous and different flowers, you should see the succulents.  They are AMAZING!!  I was lucky enough to get a package of these blue blooms that are sprinkled with glitter.  They are gorgeous!  Many thanks to everyone at Little Birdie for these blooms!

I'm also playing along with a challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog with this project.  The challenge is to pick a word for 2018 that inspires you and create a vintage or shabby chic project featuring your word.  I've chosen courage as my inspiration word and it has a lot of meaning for me.  I see a lot of changes and challenges ahead for me in the months to come and I hope that I will have the courage to meet them all head on.  As an artist, I want the courage to explore new techniques.

More Color Burst action and one of my very favorite characters, the Umbrella Man!

Isn't that a really inspirational quote?  It really is so true, you just have to let your mind wander where it hasn't been before.  

To create this page, I spritzed with water, sprinkled on different colors of Color Burst and then dried the page.  Then I took a mask and modeling paste and stencil on a vine and leaves.  Next, another spritz of water and more Color Burst letting the colors pool around the raised texture of the paste.  I love how this turned out!  I add some tiny Little Birdie blooms from my stash, and the larger bloom from Creativation.
On the left side, it's more of the same color palette but on the right side, I played with black and brown Color Burst.   Then I added in some gold stamping and the gold butterflies.  I'm not too happy about how my butterflies came out, the paste seeped a bit under the stencil.  I guess I need more practice right?  And that's what art journaling is all about .

And finally, the back cover, I need to add a quote or two here. (There are plenty of blank pages inside, I'll share them with you as the year progresses.)   This was the page I did with Ken at Creativation.   I really love the color splashes on the white background.

Thanks for stopping by today and checking out my Creativation fun!

Ken Oliver Color Bursts Carribbean  and Rich Morroccan Collections
Ken Oliver Mixed Media Mat Board
Little Birdie Flowers
Graphic 45 Typography
Stamper's Anonymous Mini Motivation Set, Phrases 2, and Life's Possibilities set
Cinch Binding System

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Wrap Journal designed by Eileen Hull for Sizzix

Hi everyone! I'm just home from a wonderful trip to Phoenix for the 2018 Creativation show. It was a nerve wracking and amazing trip, all at the same time! It started off in the snow storm. Ya'll, we don't do snow very well here in the south and we sure don't have the equipment to battle the 10" of snow that fell at the airport. I got up Wednesday morning and viewed the weather report and decided that if I wanted to make my early morning Thursday flight, I better get myself to Raleigh and check into a hotel. I literally, threw some "stuff" in a suitcase and headed to Raleigh, arriving just as the snow started to fly. It's 73 miles from my house to the airport and on Thursday,it would have been 73 treacherous roads covered with snow and black ice. So my Thursday flight out of Raleigh was delayed 2 1/2 hours causing me to miss my connection out of Atlanta by about 5 minutes. 😩 Well then, I was routed to Los Angeles and finally to Phoenix, arriving at my hotel at 10:30. Whew, what a long day! 

Enough of that, let's get to the amazing part of my journey!   Many of my teamies from Eileen's design team were in attendance and I loved meeting them all.  What a great supportive group, I feel like I've gained a bunch of sisters and a brother!

This is a new journal from Eileen Hull Designs that we debuted at the Creativation show.  It is such a fun journal with the cover wrapping around as it does!  The flower cutouts and the scalloped edge are not part of the wrap journal die but are both accessory Mover & Shaper Dies that are part of the Book Club Chapter 2 die collection. They are sold separately from the wrap journal die.

I used Ken Oliver's Color Burst powders to make this colorful cover.   Meeting up with Ken at his booth was another highlight of my trip.  Of course, we had to talk dogs for a minute as his Baxter is just adorable!
 Inside the journal are 3 signatures filled with blank papers for art journaling.

I used a selection of Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamps to embellish the cover and the signatures.

 All of the signature covers are made from mixed media paper.  I used Color Burst powders on all the covers.  I just love the vibrant color that reacts with water and makes the wonderful patterns of intense color.
After the color was dried and set, I stamped patterns with black Archival Ink.

The Creativation show was great and I met so many wonderful people and saw so many fabulous products.  I'll be sharing more of my experiences in the days ahead!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Stamperia project from Creativation 2018!

This is a canvas I made while visiting the wonderful people from Stamperia.  WOW, they are so lovely and I am completely enchanted by their products!  This is a 9.5" x 12" canvas that was first covered with a Stamperia rice paper image.  I used crackle paste, gel medium and gold paints to achieve the overall effect and I love it!  Stamperia has many lovely vintage images to chose from but I am a total sucker for anything red, so you know I chose this!

The red poppies are so gorgeous, I applied clear gel medium over some of the petals and dry brushed on gold paint.

I used crackle texture around the edges.  Love the aged appearance.

BEST NEWS EVER!!  The Funkie Junkie Boutique will soon be carrying Stamperia products, woo hoo!!  I will let you know the moment Stamperia hits the stores, I can hardly wait as Stamperia has been a bit difficult to locate in the US (It is an Italian company.)

Thanks for stopping by!

Radiant Layout for Creative Embellishment

 This is my mother in law as a young woman, she was very pretty wasn't she?  I used Stamperia's Time is an Illusion paper collection and embellished it with some pretty Creative Embellishments chipboard flourishes and a mini border word.

 I used Flourish Set 19 underneath two of the floral clusters.  First I painted the chippy with Champagne Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze.  Remember that stuff?  I'm on a quest to use some of the oldies in my vast art supplies collection!  Then I sprinkled on some Stampendous Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel and heat embossed.

Here I used the Leafy Corner Flourish and heat embossed it with Stampendous Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel.  The flowers are a mix of 49 and Market and Petaloo.

I used the word Radiant from the  Gorgeous Small Border Word Set and misted it with Prima Color Bloom Mist Empress Gold. 

Creative Embellishments Chipboard Used:

Thanks for stopping by today, I so appreciate it.  You still have time to enter our Creative Embellishments Inspiration Challenge, you can find out how on our blog and NOW it's even easier than before.  Read about it here.

Sizzix Trinket Box by Eileen Hull

Here's a sweet treat for someone special that I made using Eileen Hull's Trinket Box & Frame.  This makes into such a sweet little box!

The great thing about this die is that you can use it for so many things.  You can just cut the cover and use it as a frame on something else like I did on a photo storage box in this photo:

Or, you can use the oval cutout as I did on this project:
There are so many possibilities with the Book Club die collection!  You can also make a cute little mini with this die.  I haven't tried that yet, but stay tuned, it will happen!

Filled with chocolates, well what could be better?

Simple Stories Romance Paper Collection


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