Rise Above It – dt layout for SWAT drill #17

Creative Embellishments is sponsoring the SWAT Drill #17 which is to use something that’s been fussy cut on your project.  Fussy cutting (sometimes called detailed cutting or fancy cutting) is one of my all time favorite techniques! Anything goes; a layout, card, tag, altered project, art journal page, etc. as long as you incorporate this technique on your project. 😀

For my example, I combined this technique with the sketch and suggested journaling theme (the journey) at Once Upon a Sketch. Here’s what I came up with:

Rise Above It

Here’s a close up of the Creative Embellishments Steampunk Hot Air balloon I used on my page. I altered it by applying a coat of Tim Holtz distress paint, then going over it with distress stain in a slightly darker shade. I then highlighted select areas with Smooch Ink in “cape cod” which is a lovely shade of blue:

Rise Above It detail


Creative Embellishments laser cut chipboard Steampunk hot air balloon
Graphic 45 Secret Garden papers
American Crafts cardstock
Tim Holtz distress stain, ink, paint and stencil
TCW stencil
Shimmerz Texturez
Smooch Ink
Martha Stewart Punches
Want2Scrap self-adhesive pearls
Webster’s Pages alpha stickers

The awesome OUAS sketch I used for this page:












“Creative Embellishments is a new family owned company that was created by Michael and Nicolle Kramer. We are a husband and wife team who design and manufacture unique, high quality chipboard and wood products. It is our mission is to offer fun and inspiring products to bring out your inner creativity that you can add to any project. In the near future we will be expanding into other mediums such as rubber/acrylic stamps and acrylic embellishments. Please stop over to the Creative Embellishments store and have a look around.

Store – http://creativeembellishments.com/
Blog – http://creativeembellishments.com/blog
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/CreativeEmbellishment

This is what they are giving away as a prize:

swat oct prize











TFL! If you’d like to play along w/the SWAT Drill #17 fussy cutting challenge, CLICK HERE.

If you’d like to play along with the Once Upon a Sketch October Challenge, CLICK HERE.

Flying Unicorn is also having a fussy cutting challenge. To play along there as well, CLICK HERE.

Also, a reminder that the Creative Embellishments (the sponsor for the SWAT challenge) October challenge is to use anything with a steampunk theme on your project and you do not need to use CE products on your entry in order to win. So, if you’d like more info on that or would like to enter that challenge, CLICK HERE! 😀


Back Massage – dt layout for SWAT

This week’s drill #16 on SWAT is a wonderful sketch by Bev. There’s a twist that you need to incorporate twine somewhere in your design…any type of twine will do. I used jute for my page.

My youngest, who is now 3, loves to give back massages, but they tend to be rather brutal. lol I got a few pics of him giving his brother, Matthew, one and it kinda looks like he’s beating him up. I selected this particular photo because you can clearly see that Matthew is cracking up laughing and wasn’t injured by the experience. 😀 In the pic, Christian was 2 and Matthew was 6…therefore the time on the fabulous Creative Embellishments steampunk clock. I also combined the sketch with the Time Flies challenge on the Flying Unicorn Forum, where you need to include at least 2 timepieces on your page.

Here’s what I came up with for my example for the SWAT sketch and entry in the Flying Unicorn challenge:

Bev’s lovely sketch for the SWAT challenge:


Creative Embellishments steampunk clock
Webster’s Pages Plum Seed papers, sparkler, clip, alphas and camera charm
Prima junkyard finding, TH timepiece, muse token and philosophy tag
white signo pen

TFL! Be sure to check out my current blog giveaways HERE. 😀 You could win a $10 gc to the Creative Embellishments store or a Webster’s Pages/October Afternoon $50+ prize pack!

So Sweet – dt layout for Creative Embellishments

It’s Thursday, so I’m up on the Creative Embellishments blog today with a page I created using two of their fabulous flourishes, smart phone frame, hash tag title piece and one of the gorgeous bird cages. I stained and painted the flourishes, but for the birdcage, I also added some details to the birds using Pitt artist pens.

With permission from the site owner, I also combined my dt work for CE with the September challenge at the 123 Challenge Blog. Here’s what I came up with:

A close up of the birdcage:


Creative Embellishments birdcage
CE Smart Phone
CE Flourish set 1
CE flourish set 9
CE Social Hash Tag title piece
Webster’s Pages Western Romance papers, bird resin, fabric ticket, journaling card, princess petal, pins and alpha stickers
7 gypsies hanger
ZVA flowers and other flowers from my stash
Tim Holtz stencils
Pan pastels
TCW stencils
Distress paints and stains
Pitt artist pens
Distress ink
acrylic ink
Helmar acrylic sealer
Fiskar and Martha Stewart punches

This is the 123 inspiration image for their September challenge. To play along, create a page using pink, the word “sweet” and florals. 😀


Reflect – dt layout for Creative Embellishments

I FINALLY get to share my BIG NEWS!!! My incredibly talented bestie and her fabulous hubby have started their own laser cut chipboard company and I get to design for them!!! Creative Embellishments is having a GRAND OPENING SALE and GIVEAWAY, so be sure to check out the details on my next blog post. Links to the store and blog will be provided 😀

To start off, this is the super stuffed, simply AMAZING DT KIT they sent me to work with:

These chippies are wonderfully detailed, high quality and so much fun to alter! Aren’t they FANTASTIC?!!

Creative Embellishments will also be offering fun and inspiring monthly challenges and facebook giveaways, which gives you lots of opportunities WIN some of these gorgeous chippies to create with as well! 😀

Entering the September challenge is easy! Simply create a layout, canvas, mini album, card, tag or altered piece (really anything you want!) using a nautical theme, which is very trendy right now. You do NOT need to use CE products or any chipboard for that matter in order to enter this challenge and it’s open to everyone, everywhere! 😀 Entries must be received by 11:59 pm on the last day of the month in order to qualify for the $20 store gift card prize.

This is my example for the challenge with some close ups and my first creation for CE. I was also inspired by the gorgeous sketch by Alda Stevens for the Flying Unicorn Forum’s Monday Mojo Sketch Challenge:


CE Nautical Collection chippies
7 Dots Studio 9th Wave paper
Prima and TCW stencils
acrylic paint
Pitt big brush artist pens
Modeling paste
dry wall tape
clear plastic cabochons
Prima Junkyard findings snaps and light bulb
TH key
Distress Paints
Pink Paislee chushies alphas

TFL! Please visit the Creative Embellishments Blog to view Nicolle’s stunning example for the challenge too! 😀

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