This month, we’re one of the sponsors for the CSI Color Stories Inspiration challenge, so our DT got to play along with some of the challenges as guests.😀 This page was inspired by case #212 and includes some of my favorite Creative Embellishments pieces. To alter the chippies, and wood veneer chevrons, I lightly coated them all with white gesso so the color could shine through. For the clock piece that I cut in half, I used acrylic paint to give them the gold finish (gold with a touch of bronze). I then altered the title with distress ink, and the flourishes with Lindy’s Stamp Gang color shots. Here’s how my page turned out:



The stamping in the background is one of my favorite CE stamps: Here are a few close ups:









Case #212:



I hope you enjoyed my project! Here are the CE products I used. They’re linked to their listings in the store:


School Days

This month, Creative Embellishments is one of the sponsors for the challenges on the CSI Color, Stories, Inspiration site, so our team got to play along with their challenges!😀 We always have a blast working their case files. Their format is fun and unique. They offer an inspiration image, evidence (select at least 3 items from the list to include on your layout), and testimony (select at least 1 from the list to inspire the journaling for your page). I played along with Case #211 which is a major case file, so there’s a sketch to use and has an longer open period, so entries are due by end of the month.

I was inspired by the books and reading theme of the inspo image, so I created a page about my youngest son who is obsessed with reading.😀 He started early and was reading well before the start of Kindergarten. I replaced part of the patterned paper from the sketch with pictures of his word wall words as they changed the first few months he was reading. We have a cork board in the living room where I posted his new words and he’d get a star sticker on the corner of the word as he mastered them. By the 3rd rotation, we stopped since he’d already progressed beyond its usefulness, and could read the words before they ever made it to the board. lol Here’s how I cracked the case:

From the evidence column – I added text stamping to the background, a pair of eyeglasses from the wood veneer set, I stacked some embellishments in a cluster, and used both wood and chipboard CE pieces. From the testimony column – I used the word “want” in the journaling:


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Close up of the CE Star Doodle frame, Geek Chic Glasses, and stars I used:


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Close up of the Scribble Heart, Book Bag, and Globe:


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The mood board for CSI 211:



The AWESOME CE pieces I used for this page (pics are linked to the item’s listing in the CE store)…

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Deepest Sympathy Card

Unfortunately, in life there are many occasions in which a sympathy card is warranted to offer your condolences. Creative Embellishments’ new Small Sentiment Words set has a lovely variety of elegant title pieces to suit life’s ups and downs, including “Deepest Sympathy.” Since I now find myself needing to create a card for such a purpose, I’m thankful that CE has thoughtfully created this beautiful set.

For this card, I lightly coated the pieces with watered down gesso so the etching could still be seen after altering the Coneflower piece. I used an acrylic glaze and applied sheer layers to create a slight ombre effect on the petals. To alter the frame and title pieces I used acrylic paint. The gold tone was created by mixing gold with a touch of bronze to deepen the shade a touch. I don’t have navy paint, so I combined royal blue with black.  It’s a very simple card, but made with a love and care, so I do hope it helps bring the recipient comfort in this trying time.

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Angled shots to show the dimension created by the laser cut chipboard. I usually paint the sides and exposed edges, but neglected to do so this time:

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I added Mini Prills to the flowers to give them added texture. Here you can see how the etching on the chipboard pieces add subtle details to the pieces even after being altered:

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The gorgeous CE pieces I used (click the pic to be taken to the store listing). Thanks for looking!

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Soar Tags

For my project today I was inspired by Tim Holtz’s March tag from 2015. I really loved working on these tags! So much fun getting in some crafty time and getting messy!😀 I used different techniques products for the 2 backgrounds and altered my chipboard balloons using 2 different methods. For the tag on the left, I used Distress Stains and blotted my tag into the color on my non stick craft mat. For the tag on the right, I used distress paints and dragged the tag through the color, making sure I got good coverage for the base. I then used stazon ink in black and stamped light touches of the CE text stamp and brick, though most of that got covered by the time I was done. lol In TH’s example, he uses black ink and clear embossing powder for his stamped image, but wouldn’t you know my black ink ran out and I didn’t have a refill available, so I swiped my tags with a dryer sheet to help prevent stray bits of embossing powder from clinging to my background and used Versamark clear in with black embossing powder. I then used the same Steampunk Hot Air Balloon Stamp for both tags. I slipped on the tag on the left, as you can see, I smeared the image, but got it crisp on the one on the right. lol I used the same method for stenciling on both tags and just taped the tag to the back of the stencil to keep it from slipping and worked around the image rather than creating a mask. I immediately covered the modeling paste with embossing powder and set aside to allow it to dry fully before activating the embossing powder with a heat gun.


Though the 2 chipboard hot air balloons were both heat embossed, I altered them differently. For the one on the left, I used a versamark clear reinker and squeezed out a couple of drops onto my craft mat. I then dipped a paint brush into it and applied it to the areas I wanted purple, sprinkled it with the appropriate embossing powder and heat embossed that portion. Then coated the remaining portion lightly in gesso, applied the ink that part, and sprinkled it with a yellow embossing powder and heated that. For the one on the right, I coated the entire piece lightly with gesso, then colored the details with PITT markers, then used clear embossing powder on the whole piece to give it shine.


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This pic just show s a bit of the stamping that got layered over:

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Hope you enjoyed my TH inspired project! Here are the fabulous CE products I got to play with on my project:

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