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


You Light Up My World – layout for Creative Embellishments

Wow! I cannot believe it’s November already! October just flew by and the kids had a blast trick-or-treating. πŸ˜€ Anyway, a new month means a new challenge at Creative Embellishments and this month, Nicolle has selected a gorgeous inspiration photo with a theme of gratitude or thankfulness. Use the image any way it inspires you, just be sure to include a sentiment, journaling, title etc that reflects this month’s theme in honor of Thanksgiving. The challenge is open to everyone, everywhere and you can choose to create a card, tag, layout, canvas, mini-album, altered piece…anything your heart desires. πŸ˜€

For my take on the challenge, I created a layout of my kids in their costumes from last year. They were getting ready to go trick-or-treating in their grandmother’s neighborhood and got tired of posing for pics. Christian was getting distracted and kept watching other people, cars going, by…anything BUT the camera. lol Alex decided to take a breather by resting his weary arms on M&M’s heads. Nice huh? Anyway, I liked how these pics showed their camaraderie and silliness so I chose these pics to show what I’m thankful for. I adore how much they love one another and they, along with Larry, truly are the light in my life.

I combined my dt challenge with the current sketch and title prompt (lyrics from What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction) at Scrap and Music. Here’s what I came up with:

You Light up my World

Here’s a close up of the cluster at the top of my page. I altered the leaves using acrylic paint and used chalk ink to bring out the intricate design on the heart piece:

You Light Up My World detail 1

This close up shows the other 2 clusters towards the bottom of my page:

You Light Up My World detail 2


Creative Embellishments Hearts Wood Cuts
CE Autumn Leaves Wood Cuts
CE chipboard Pumpkin Border
Webster’s Pages Family Traditions papers
Elle’s Studio cut out
Pink Paislee cushies alphas
Prima mask and chalk ink
Modeling paste
acrylic paint

The CE November challenge inspiration photo:

nov ce challenge

Scrap and Music sketch (use along w/lyrics from What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction for your title):

Sketch #13_Janice

Be sure to check out the Creative Embellishments Halloween sale! All Halloween themed items are 20% off storewide NOW through Sunday, November 3rd at midnight eastern. TFL!

#Happy – dt layout for SWAT {plus 3 challenges}

For my example for the SWAT 3 s’s challenge (stitching, stamping, spray/splatter), I might have gone a little overboard combining with other challenges…I love combining challenges…

Here’s what I came up with:


Creative Embellishments Social Hash Tags title piece
American Crafts cardstock
Unity Stamps
Smooch mists
Pitt artist pens
rub ons
Freckled Fawn Wood Chips and arrow clip
lace from my stash
Prima stencils
Distress ink, stain and paint
acrylic ink
Harmonie acrylic shapes used as a mask
I am Roses flowers
Prima leaves

I created my page using photos of Madison on a boat themed ride at the York Fair 2 years ago. I figured it would kind of go with the transporation theme with csi case file #87. Working with given palette, I selected arrows, wave shapes, stitching and mist from the evidence column and had my journaling wander across the page for the testimony portion.

This is the inspiration image and palette for case file #87:

To further embellish my page, I incorporated the Flying Unicorn Welcome Back challenge criteria which was a sort of check list of what to include on your page:

Lastly, I always love to incorporate a good sketch, so I decided to play along with the Stuck on U Sketches sketch challenge. Here’s the fabulous sketch I worked with:


Make the Most of It – Art Journal page for SWAT

For my take on the SWAT drill #14 sketch with a twist (stickers NOT Thickers), I decided to create an art journal page. I managed to use 17 different stickers on this single page not including the alphas. Most of them are from Simple Stories, but the one border strip sticker is by My Mind’s Eye. Here’s what I came up with:

Drill #14 sketch:



Lindy’s Stamp Gang mists
Modeling paste
Course pumice gel
TCW stencil
7 Dots Studio paper
My Mind’s Eye journaling cards and border sticker
Simple Stories stickers and alphas
Pitt Artist marker


Scotch ATG

TFL! To play along with the SWAT drill #14 sketch with a twist (stickers not thickers), CLICK HERE!

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