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. 🙂 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. 😀 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.

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Here Comes Santa Claus – dt layout for SWAT

SWAT drill #22 is now live! For this challenge, there’s a pagemaps sketch and the twist is to include Santa on your page in some way. For my take on the challenge, I went with photos of my youngest son dressed up like Santa Mickey and used some fabulous Creative Embellishments chippies. One features a silhouette of Santa in his reindeer guided sleigh. Another has his stuck in a chimney and then the title piece of course uses the name “Santa” 😀 Here’s what I came up with:

Here Comes Santa Claus

Here’s a close up of the Santa’s Scroll and quill set. I love this piece! It’s so fun and would be great for layering too:

Here Comes Santa Claus detail 1

This is a close up of the chimney piece w/Santa’s boots peeking out:

Here Comes Santa Claus detail 2

This close up shows the title piece layered with the doily frame and Harlequin lattice panel. I had to snip the lead reindeer off of the Santa’s Sleigh piece and still wanted to incorporate it on my page, so I added it to the left of my title:

Here Comes Santa Claus detail 3


Creative Embellishments Santa’s Sleigh
CE Christmas Scroll and Quill
CE Santa in the Chimney
CE Here Comes Santa Claus
CE Harlequin Lattice Panel
CE Doily Frame
Kaisercraft pp
Distress ink and paint
Pitt Big Brush markers
india ink



Handsome – Layout for Sketchabilities and STTG #2

Sketchabilities #66 features a gorgeous sketch by Karan Gerber. I decided to combine the sketch w/my dt work for STTG‘s second challenge. STTG’s March challenge has 3 tiers. From a list of 4 colors, 4 embellishments, 2 shapes and 2 techniques, you select a specified number from the categories for each level to complete your project. Here’s my take on level 3 of the STTG challenge using the Sketchabilities #66 sketch:


Crate Paper Sweet Branch pp
Webster’s Pages pp (the cream damask)
WP lace from 2 collections
Dusty Attic chickenwire chipboard
DA butterfly chippie
DA Cameo ribbon slide
DA mini word
Kaisercraft diecuts
ZVA creative rhinestones
Prima flowers
Viva Decor Pearl Pen
Acrylic paint
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Distress Ink


Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots
Helmar Zap Dots

Sketchabilities Sketch #66:


Sweet Baby Boy – Layout for Kaisercraft’s January Sketch #2

Every Saturday, Kaisercraft posts a sketch for their monthly challenge, so depending on the month, there are 4 or 5 sketches and they are each due on the last day of the month. You can choose to complete 1 or all of them (one entry per sketch) and all you need to do to enter is make sure your project contains at least 70% Kaisercraft products and you upload your image to a gallery, photobucket, blog post etc. with the sketch title/name in the your title, then post the link to your project in the comments on the appropriate sketch post on their blog. The first place winner is awarded one of Kaisercrafts new collections, with an approximate $50 retail value and the second place winner receives a Kaisercraft scrap pack which includes new products and has an approximate $30 retail value!!!

This month, I decided to go with the gorgeous sketch #2 using a photo of Madison holding Christian when he was 5 months old. I made him the subject of the layout since he’s looking at the camera, but she’s looking at her baby brother. 😀 This is my take on the fabulous Kaisercraft sketch:


Kaisercraft Sweet Nothings pp
Kaisercraft Sweet Nothings rubons
Kaisercraft Sweet Nothings diecuts
Distress Ink
Shimmerz paints
Harmonie acrylic scalloped circle
Liquid Pearls
Prima bling
Webster’s Pages Storyteller Alphas


Helmar Acrylic Sealer
Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive Runner
Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar Zap Dots (foam dots)

Kaisercraft’s January Sketch #2:


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