Creative Embellishments and Petaloo Product Swap Blog Hop

I’m up on the Creative Embellishments’ Blog toay, sharing a project I created for the cross promotion we’re having with Petaloo! I’m thrilled that I got to participate in this awesome product swap/blog hop between two amazing companies! Creative Embellishments’ fabulous laser cut chipboard, rubber stamps, etc. work beautifully with Petaloo products! Both are so much fun to create with! For the team up, we were asked to create a Mother’s Day themed project. For mine, I went in a different direction. Rather than something to gift to my mother or mil, I decided to create something for one of my children (now I’ll also have to create something for each of the others! LOL). Without my little ones, I would not get to be a mother and I’m thankful for this incredible honor. I do understand and appreciate the fact that not everyone who wants to have children are able to for various reasons, so I’m grateful to have each of them in my life. They’re so unique and talented in their own special ways and I love their similarities as well was their differences…even when they’re driving me nuts. LOL  Here’s what I came up with:

For this canvas, I used the CE Grunge Music Note Sheet Stamp with glossy medium to create a resist for the background. I then used Lindy’s Stamp Gang, Tattered Angels, and Maya Road Mists to add color to the background, then finished by using the CE Distressed Text Stamp and Distressed Corner Stamp with Staz-on ink to add more texture and visual layers. I altered the Leafy Corner Flourish Set, “Mother” from the Holiday Sentiment Word Set, and Scribble Heart by coating them first with white gesso, then applying Distress stains and paints. To decorate the Julie Nutting stamp by Prima, I stamped, fussy cut, then paper pieced from plain and patterned paper, added a bit of Webster’s Pages trim, colored her hair using PITT markers, and added shading to the doll and dress with distress inks. These are gorgeous Petaloo produts I got to work with from their Darjeeling collection: Dahlias (package of 10)- Teastained Purple, Dahlias – Teastained Teals, Garden Rosette (package of 6 plus 6 leaves) – Pink, Petites (package of 12 plus 12 leaves)- Teastained Purple, Petites – Teastained Teals, Petites – Teastained Pink, and Mini Butterflies (package of 8)- Teastained Purple. I loved that the Rosettes and packets of Petites came with leaves to go with them!

Some close ups:

I hope you liked my project!

***Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check out both the Creative Embellishments Blog AND the Petaloo Blog for some fabulous inspiration from both design teams, combining their products! Leave a comment each day of the hop (April 3rd – 9th) for your chance to with either a $30 gc to the CE store, or an awesome prize pack filled with CE and Petaloo products! 😀 ***

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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.

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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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Soar – Creative Embellishments and CSI Case 161 plus Stuck?! Sketches April 1st challenge

Several members of the Creative Embellishments team are on the CSI, Color Stories Inspiration ning sharing how we cracked case 161. 😀 For my take on this challenge, also used a sketch from Stuck?! Sketches.

Here’s what I came up with:

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Close ups of the cluster to the left of my photo:

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Close up of the view master slide chippies:

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Here’s the Case 161 inspiration board:

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From the evidence column, I opted to include circles, a clock, wet mediums, and something that flies. From the testimony column, I went with journaling in a circular shape.

This is the fabulous Stuck?! Sketches sketch I used for my page:

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Materials:

Creative Embellishments Carousel Horses
CE Steampunk Gear Clock 3
CE View Master Photo Slides
CE Rings for So Many Things
Webster’s Pages pp
Pitt artist markers
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Flat Fabio mists
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Mists
Distress inks
Distress stains
gesso

Thanks for looking! I hope you play along with the CSI case files this month for your chance to win a Creative Embellishments gift voucher! Be sure to stop by the CE blog here to check out the rest of my team member’s examples: CE Blog and visit the csi ning to play along with their case files: CSI ning

To play along with the Stuck?! Sketches April 1st challenge, visit their blog here: Stuck?! Sketches.

Like a Mother to Me – layout for Creative Embellishments

Hi everyone, it’s Thursday again, which means I’m up on the Creative Embellishments blog with a layout to share. This week, I went with a page featuring my mil. I’ll be honest, I really struggled with how to do this page. My mil is a very simple woman and likes simplicity. My daughter’s favorite color is purple (which I struggle with) and she loves flowers, but my mil likes CAS. What a really wanted to capture is what a wonderfully inspirational and fabulous role model she truly is. I hope I did her justice. For my page I incorporated one of the new fancy rectangle frames which I altered with a couple of different distress stains and blended together. I did the same with the antique clock which I topped off with one of the new Mother’s Day flair pieces and the green part of the Spring flourish. I then colored the flowers on the flourish using Pitt artist markers and while it was still wet, went over it with gesso to mute the color, yet have it bleed through. I worked it with the brush to draw out more of the color and create some variegation. Here’s how my page turned out:

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TFL!

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