Mermaid Loaded Envelope – Creative Embellishments

For today’s project, I created another fun altered Loaded Envelope for a swap. Creative Embellishments’ laser cut chipboard, wood veneer, rubber stamps, stencils, and flair buttons are perfect for creating fun and dimensional pieces for LE’s! They fun to alter and hold up to wet and dry mediums beautifully. to start out, I created the base of my loaded envelope by making the main pocket 6″ x 9″ with a gusset to allow for expansion. Then added a smaller front pocket that is also gusseted. Attached to the back is a 6″ x 9″ policy envelope that is adhered directly on the top, but attached with an accordion folded piece on the bottom to allow it to stand on its own like an easel. I applied the pink lace trim with a thin ribbon woven through it along the top edge of the envelop and along the top of the back piece as well. Then added the sequined blue lace to the sides and front of the smaller pocket. On top of that, I added the beaded lace piece. I altered the pocket by splattering it with black acrylic paint and white gesso, adding bits of the altered CE Wave Panel (I used blue acrylic paint mixed with white to create the pale blue shade), and layering a bit of cheese cloth. The chipboard pieces (mermaid, shells, flourish set 31, and coral) were all altered using PITT markers, and Lindy’s Stamp Gang color shots for a bit of shimmer. The wood veneer pieces (anchor and boat wheel) were altered with acrylic paint and PITT markers.

The main envelope, large tag, and wand:

 

I then added plastic “dew drops” as a finishing touch. Close up of the front pocket:

 

detail on the wood veneer pieces:

 

For the large tag, I altered the coral, shells, crabs, flourish 19, and flourish 20 the same as the other chipboard pieces, but heat embossed the jelly fish and mermaid after altering them with markers. Close up of the tag:

 

Detail shot of the altered mermaid:

 

Close up of the chipboard and die cut cluster:

 

The 2 steampunk tags were created by splattering them with black acrylic paint, and white gesso, and stamping using both the Distressed Text Stamp and the Distressed Grid stamp. The gears (I used 2 sizes 3/4″ and 1″) were altered using acrylic paint. For both the Steampunk Mermaid 2 piece on the left and Steampunk Mermaid on the right, I used a combination of acrylic paint and PITT markers. It’s hard to see, but I used metallic markers to give the mermaids rainbow hair. ūüôā In this pic, there are 3 smaller tags (1 regular and 2 pocket tags), a stuffed mini policy envelope, 2 regular stuffed mini envelopes, and 3 altered paper clips:¬†

 

Close up of the steampunk pocket tag and the altered jumbo paper clips it holds:

 

Detail shot of the altered steampunk mermaid:

 

Policy envelope back of the LE, packaged trims, packaged bling, shaker card, and assortment of stuffed mini envelopes:

 

To embellish the back, I started some of the same trims I used on the front, then added bits of the wave panel that were left over from the front, then layered cheese cloth over it, then added flourish 21, some shells, another crab, and more die cut pieces from the Kaisercraft die cut packet. Close up of the embellished back of the LE:

 

Using a Fuse tool, I created a shaker card for fun. ūüėÄ I altered this mermaid the same way I altered the other one from this set. buried in the sequins and glitter, there is a starfish along with a conch shell, and some more cardstock die cuts. Though the Fuse tool did a good job closing up the pocket, I added washi tape to seal all the edges as a safeguard since I did include the dreaded glitter. lol Close up of the altered mermaid in the shaker card:

 

Finally, I loaded everything up, wrapped it in tissue paper and mailed it out to my trade partner. I hope she likes it! Here’s how it looks fully stuffed and ready to go:

*Contents of the mini envelopes: acrylic stamps, 15 washi tape samples, die cuts, acrylic frame stickers, foiled stickers, and washi tape sticker “flakes.”

TFL! If you’re interested in creating and trading LE’s, check out this group on facebook (it’s the one that organized the swap I participated in)…Loaded Envelope Galore.

All the CE products used on my project have been hyperlinked to open in a new window and take you directly to the store listing for more info. The paper kit and cardstock die cuts are made by Kaisercraft and are part of their Mermaid Tails collection.

Visit and follow the Creative Embellishments blog for more creative inspiration provided daily Mon-Fri by their extremely talented DT, plus some weekend shares as well! CE also features a monthly challenge (always pinned to the top of their blog)! Enter for your chance to win a $50 gc from their store!

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The new Creative Embellishments Design Team has been announced!

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In case you haven’t heard yet, the amazingly talented May 2015 – Aug 2015 Creative Embellishments DT has been announced! Come check out the new faces, as well as, the returning members on their blog here: DT announcement post.

Creative Embellishments April Challenge

The Creative Embellishments April Challenge is now live and it’s fantastic! ūüėÄ Be sure to stop by the blog and check out the challenge details and view all the DT’s FABULOUS examples! This month, our challenge is to use the inspo image in any way you’re inspired and…that’s it! There’s no twist this round, so anything goes. Just be sure to mention how you were inspired by the pic and incorporate at least 1 CE product into your project (card, layout, canvas, art journal page, tag, altered art project, etc). All entries must be uploaded to this post on our blog by 11:55 pm eastern on April 30, 2015 in order to qualify for the $50 gc prize that’s up for grabs: APRIL CHALLENGE POST

This month’s inspo image:

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What one randomly selected winner with receive just for playing along with our challenge:

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Creative Embellishments – DT call

GUESS WHAT?!! It’s that time again! Creative Embellishments is having a dt call for their May – August term!!! I can honestly say CE is the most awesome company to design for! It’s family owned and operated and they are beyond generous with their designers. I LOVE working with their fabulous products and I love the drama free, friendly team atmosphere! If YOU want to be part of something amazing, love paper crafting and working with gorgeous laser cut chipboard, wood veneer and flair, get your application in!

 

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Quoted from their blog post¬†…

WE are looking for 8 fun crafty folks for our team. This term is a 4 month term. My goal is to have 3 DT calls a year. I want to keep things fresh and get our products into as many hands as possible.

 

What will be required from you?

Must be good with deadlines.

3 projects a month (1 layout/project for our monthly challenge and 2 other layouts/projects)

Write a blog post  providing a brief description of what you did to alter the chipboard (or other products) along with a list of the products used linked to our store on our CE blog.

Please share as well on your personal blog/facebook and any other social media site you are active on.

Comment on participant’s entries to our monthly challenges.

Good photography skills of projects required.

Occasionally you will be asked to create 1 to 2 additional projects as  guest spots at the sites we sponsor. This may not happen at all during this term but want to be prepared in case it does. So please keep this in mind.

Please become a fan/follower of our blog, facebook, page, pinterest, google+, youtube, flikr and  twitter. I realize not everyone are active on all these accounts but follow us where you can.

 

What you will get. :)

$45.00 a month in Creative Embellishments product of your choice.

30% off any additional products.

Creative Embellishments will promote your work on our blog, facebook page, pinterest, flikr and instagram.

 

Email me, Nicolle, (with CEDT3 in subject line) at nicolle@creativeembellishments.com  orcreativeembellishments1@gmail.com with:

Name, Address, e-mail address

Blog address and other galleries

Current Design Teams you are on. (We are looking for folks who are NOT on any other competitive chipboard manufacturer teams)

Email 3 photos of layouts, cards, tags, canvases and mixed media projects of your choice.( PLEASE RESIZE  THE PHOTOS YOU SEND  TO 300K) They DO NOT have to be new but what you think represents your style best.

We are looking for all styles….Clean and simple, shabby chic, grunge, eclectic,mixed media and off the page etc

 

The deadline for this call is  March 28th.  The designers will be contacted on or around April 1st . The term will run from May 1st 2015  through August 31st 2015.  Thanks to all who apply in advance. I am sure it will not be an easy task to narrow it down to  8 people. There are so many talented folks out there.  I am however looking for a well rounded team of all styles showcasing our products.

This DT CALL is open to everyone.

Thanks again. I can not wait to see who applies this term!! xoxoxox

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