I Think I Can – dt layout for Sketchabilities Sketch #101

Sketchabilities sketch #101 is now live! 😀 I’ve been absolutely LOVING Karan’s new sketches for the site. They’re great for mixed media pages, but can also be simplified or adapted for other styles as well.

For my example for the sketch, I decided to use 3 pics of Christian at the playground a couple years back. He was exploring a slide for the first time and was determined to climb up it instead of sliding down on it. To our utter amazement, he did succeed after a few attempts. 😀

To mimic the wood chips that cover the entire surface of the playground, I created my own background with a kraft paper foundation. I layered it with Krylon Webbing and their Make It Stone spray. I was also inspired by the Follow the Yellow Brick Road challenge at Flying Unicorn (recipe challenge). Here’s what I came up with:

I think I can

Materials:

Kraft cardstock
Krylon Webbing
Krylon Make It Stone!
Art Anthology Velvet dimensional paint
Graphic 45 papers and brads
Prima leaves
Washi tape
I am Roses flower
Distress Ink and paint
Maya Road chipboard alphas
Signo white pen
EK success punch
Martha Stewart punch
mini clothes pins and jute from my stash

Karan’s gorgeous sketch:

sketch 101

TFL! Crazy Monday Kits is our generous sponsor for this challenge. If you’d like to play along for your chance to win, CLICK HERE!

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

Materials:

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
gesso
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:

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SPONSOR INFO:

“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:

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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! 😀

Steampunk Debutante Mini Album – dt project for Creative Embellishments Oct challenge

The Creative Embellishments October challenge is to create a layout, card, tag, art journal page or altered project (really anything you want!) with a steampunk theme! You do NOT have use CE products in order to play along and this challenge is open to everyone, everywhere! This challenge also runs through the end of the month, so all entries are due by 11:59 pm EST (USA) on October 31, 2013. One randomly selected winner with receive a $20 gc to the CE Store! 😀

For my example, I used their gorgeous steampunk butterfly, a set of wings and one of the gear corner pieces that I cut pieces off of in order to decorate a steampunk mini album. Their fabulously detailed, laser-cut chipboard is so much fun to alter and work with! I’m not going to post pics of the whole album, just the cover and 2 spreads that use CE chippies so you can see. Here’s what I came up with:

This is with the cover closed:

Steampunk cover

With the flap open:

Steampunk open

First inside spread:

Steampunk 1st spread

The left page:

Steampunk 1st left

The right page featuring the CE Steampunk butterfly:

Steampunk 1st right

A close up of the altered butterfly:

Steampunk detail

A 2nd spread in the album that uses CE chippies:

Steampunk 2nd spread

The left page:

Steampunk 2nd left

The right page using the CE chipboard wings and gears (cut from a Steampunk corner piece):

Steampunk 2nd right

TFL! To enter the Creative Embellishments October Steampunk Challenge, CLICK HERE!

Every Day Card – Entry for Cardabilities #83

Now that Alex is back in school and it’s his first year of Junior High, I wanted to make him a little card to let him know we’re thinking of him and to wish him a great day…every day. 🙂 Those are my last words to him as he get on the bus each day…”I love you! Have a great day at school!”

To make the card, I used an altered bus chippy by Creative Embellishments and some gears that I snipped off of one of their steampunk corner pieces. I paired those up with ABC Primer paper by Graphic 45, topped it off with a Prima flair button and diecut strips for the sentiment. Here’s what I came up with for the Cardabilities sketch #83:

Every Day card

Materials:

Creative Embellishments chipboard bus (smaller of the 2 pack) and gears
G45 ABC Primer paper
Prima flair
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze
alpha stickers from my stash
Pitt big brush markers
Sizzix die

TFL!

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