Bright Future – dt layout for Creative Embellishments

Ready for something new and twice the chances to win a $20 gc to the Creative Embellishments store? Well, CE is ringing in the New Year with just that! Not only are they having a January blog challenge, but they’ve added a wonderful new facebook challenge too! πŸ˜€ I’ll share details on how to enter the facebook challenge towards Β the end of this post.

For the Creative Embellishments January Blog Challenge, there is an inspiration image and the twist is this topic: wishes, hopes and dreams for 2014. Link up your project (new as of Jan 1, 2014) to the January InLinkz widget on the CE blog to enter! πŸ˜€ Here’s the inspiration image for Jan:

ce jan inspiration

For my example, I chose a photo of 2 of my children taken on the day I pulled them out of the local brick and mortar school after enrolling them into an online cyber school. This was done primarily to improve the quality of their education as well as removing them from an undesirable environment at school. My take on the challenge reflects my dream for a brighter future for my children. πŸ˜€ I was also inspired by the Monday Mojo sketch at Flying Unicorn. Here’s what I came up with (the background is actually a deep purple, but photographed as blue):

Bright Future

Close up of the title cluster:

Bright Future detail 1

Close up of the flourish and lamp post:

Bright Future detail 2


Creative Embellishments Out of This World Frame
CE Lamp Post
CE Steampunk Clock
CE Steampunk mini timepiece
CE Square Scalloped Frame
CE Flourish set #14
CE Stars Wood Cuts
CE Geek/Chic Glasses Wood Cuts
CE Grunge Music Note Sheet Stamp
AC cardstock
Heidi Swapp stencil
Art Anthology Sorbet and Velvet
Stazon white ink pad
Martha Stewart around the page punch
Acrylic paint
Distress paint
Webster’s Pages alpha stickers
Prima flowers

***FACEBOOK CHALLENGE*** share any new project (as of January 1, 2014 using at least 1 CE product) on the Creative Embellishments FACEBOOK Page by uploading your project image to their timeline with >> #CEJAN14 << to the post. This is so they can easily find your project when randomly drawing a winner. The prize is a $20.00 gift voucher to the CE store. Every Friday they will also feature customer projects using their products on the CE blog, so please share away! πŸ˜€

***Don’t forget! CE is also currently having a DT call, so be sure to check out their blog on how to apply! They’re a great company to design for and the perks are amazing!***

The CE January Special:

CE Jan Special


Life List Journal – Inspired by Tracy Weinzapfel

This is another fun project inspired by Tracy Weinzapfel, Pres of Helmar USA. Each week LIVE via Ustream, Tracy or Jess (Kinderstampo), presents a project and shows how it was created. Last Monday, Tracy challenged us to create a Life List Journal. It could be created any way we wanted, but here’s the the post on her blog where you can find the recorded video for hers: Tracy’s Blog

Inspired by her creation, but not imitating it, I came up with this:

I altered the cover of a binder so that I would not be afraid to play along with this challenge. I’m going to be using watercolor paper and adding pages as I go without fear that I’ll accidentally destroy the previous pages as I create! LOL

For this cover, I went with a sheet of Teresa Collins Notations paper. Cut to size, cut the detail for the top and fussy cut that fab semi-circle design, then adhered those two pieces with Helmar acid free glue. Inspired by Tracy’s multi-medium, artsy approach, I used watercolor pencils for the first time to color in the design…which was soooo much fun! πŸ˜€ I will def have to do THAT again! The quote was added using a Unity Stamp and Staz-On ink. Tracy also inspired me to *gasp* use my own handwriting, a fountain pen (you know, the kind w/a NIB?!!!) and ink. When I think about life and growth, I think green, so I went with a lovely green acrylic ink by Liquitex. TFL!