Best Friends – Canvas

Creative embellishments chippies are so much fun to work with and so versatile! For this canvas, I simply applied a light gesso, then heat embossed to give them a wonderfully enameled look that makes the stand out from my project. As it happens, CE’s founder and head designer, Nicolle, is my best friend. She’s a true inspiration. Hardworking (did you know CE is family owned and operated? They do everything from design the pieces, cut them, weed them, package and sticker them, and ship them!), creative, uplifting, supportive, and more! I cannot imagine my life without her. I’m so blessed to have met her. ❤ So, my project is dedicated to my bestie, Nicolle. 😀

I started out by painting the canvas board with black gesso, then used white gesso and stencils for the corner work. I then used modeling paste with 2 other stencils for the other details (though much of it was covered by the flowers). Once that dried, I used Lindy’s Stamp Gang color shots on the white gesso . I used a heat gun to dry the links between colors. Next, I adhered the clock pieces in 2 different sizes, on either end of my project. I then clustered and layered the flowers, skeleton leaves, and leaves across my project. Last, I added the sentiment, heart piece, and title piece, which I cut in half to better fit my project. That’s another thing I love about all the CE pieces. Though thick and durable to withstand all your favorite wet mediums, they’re also easy to cut to suit your needs. 😀 Here’s how my project turned out:

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Close ups:

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CE products used on this project:

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LOVE Fairies – Home Decor

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I finally got a chance to play around with the fabulous Creative Embellishments’ February Mixed Media Kit. I absolutely love everything that’s included! There are tons of fun bits like wood veneer mini tags, title pieces, flowers, acrylic words and hearts, metal embellishments, along with a full sized mist and embossing powder too! Be sure to check out the pic at the bottom of this post that shows everything that comes in the kit! 😀

Since I wanted to create a piece to go in my daughter’s bedroom, I decided to go with a fairy theme. She adores everything magical and mystical, especially fairies. 😀 To start out, I peeled of the protective layer that’s over the acrylic to keep it from getting scratched in transit, then used modeling paste and the stencil that comes with the kit and applied a thin layer to the back of the LOVE word piece. Once that dried, I used 2 different colors of Maya Gold metallic paint to coat the back of the Love piece and the base. I used a pink shade for the word and a purple for the base. Once that dried, I applied a Hematite shade to the edges of both pieces.  To alter my fairies (sold separately), I used PITT markers and coated the wings with a metallic blue Maya Gold paint. Then finished it off with flowers from my stash and the metal butterfly piece from the kit. Here’s how it turned out:

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There are sooo many awesome goodies in the kit, I decided to make a tag to go with it. To create the tag, I used one of the precut chipboard tags as my base, blotted it with a light gesso, then stamped over it with the CE script stamp. I then added one of the chippy heart arrows, and 3 of the flowers from the kit, pearls from my stash and a flair button (sold separately) and added a large flower from my stash to anchor it. A bit of ribbon and it was done. How easy is that? 😀 Here’s how it turned out. Left is without a flash, the right is with a flash.

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This final pic just shows how I dabbed the dark metallic gray on the edges of the piece to give it a bit more dimension. 😀

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I hope you enjoyed my project as much as I enjoyed making it! I also hope you check out the fabulous February Kit. After making both these pieces, I still have enough product left over for a layout and another tag or two!

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The Love of Football – Creative Embellishments and CSI case 169

I’m up on the Creative Embellishments blog and this month, we’re one of the sponsors for CSI – Color Stories Inspiration, so we got to try our hands at cracking some of their cases! Here’s how I solved case 169:

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From the evidence column, I went with stars using our Stars in My Universe frame, then stencils and sunburst rays, by creating my own stencil for the background. From the testimony column, I went with the family fun theme and used the word family in my journaling.

Some close ups of the chippies I altered:

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The case info:

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The sketch for case 169:

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Here are the CE products I used for this page:

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TFL! I hope you play along with this awesome csi challenge!

Journey – Case File No. 160 CSI Color Stories Inspiration and Creative Embellishments

I’m up on the Creative Embellishments blog today sharing how I cracked the CSI Color Stories Inspiration Case File No 160. CE is one of the CSI sponsors this month! 😀 After taking a really long break from crafting, it was really fun to get my hands dirty and get a little grungy with this one. Sketch challenges have always been a fave of mine and I’m always especially challenged by color challenges, so this was a great way for me to get my feet wet again. 😀 I went with this pic of Larry and Alex at the best 2 years ago. Yes…I am STILL scrapping those pics. lol Anyway, here’s what I came up with:

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Here’s the case info:

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A larger view of the sketch:

160 sketch

Materials:

Creative Embellishments Leafy Vine Frame
CE Journey Word Set
CE Graduation Set
CE Steampunk Pocket Watches
American Crafts white cardstock
Heartfelt Creations ppDistress Ink
Art Anthology Colorations (mist)
Smooch Spritz
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Mist
TCW mask
Prima mask
assorted doilies
twine
Gesso
Staples

Be sure to stop by and check out my post on the CE blog with close ups and more details on how I created my page HERE and check out the case file on the CSI site so YOU can play along for your chance to win one of the amazing sponsored prizes! 😀

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