Creative Embellishments and Petaloo Product Swap Blog Hop

I’m up on the Creative Embellishments’ Blog toay, sharing a project I created for the cross promotion we’re having with Petaloo! I’m thrilled that I got to participate in this awesome product swap/blog hop between two amazing companies! Creative Embellishments’ fabulous laser cut chipboard, rubber stamps, etc. work beautifully with Petaloo products! Both are so much fun to create with! For the team up, we were asked to create a Mother’s Day themed project. For mine, I went in a different direction. Rather than something to gift to my mother or mil, I decided to create something for one of my children (now I’ll also have to create something for each of the others! LOL). Without my little ones, I would not get to be a mother and I’m thankful for this incredible honor. I do understand and appreciate the fact that not everyone who wants to have children are able to for various reasons, so I’m grateful to have each of them in my life. They’re so unique and talented in their own special ways and I love their similarities as well was their differences…even when they’re driving me nuts. LOL  Here’s what I came up with:

For this canvas, I used the CE Grunge Music Note Sheet Stamp with glossy medium to create a resist for the background. I then used Lindy’s Stamp Gang, Tattered Angels, and Maya Road Mists to add color to the background, then finished by using the CE Distressed Text Stamp and Distressed Corner Stamp with Staz-on ink to add more texture and visual layers. I altered the Leafy Corner Flourish Set, “Mother” from the Holiday Sentiment Word Set, and Scribble Heart by coating them first with white gesso, then applying Distress stains and paints. To decorate the Julie Nutting stamp by Prima, I stamped, fussy cut, then paper pieced from plain and patterned paper, added a bit of Webster’s Pages trim, colored her hair using PITT markers, and added shading to the doll and dress with distress inks. These are gorgeous Petaloo produts I got to work with from their Darjeeling collection: Dahlias (package of 10)- Teastained Purple, Dahlias – Teastained Teals, Garden Rosette (package of 6 plus 6 leaves) – Pink, Petites (package of 12 plus 12 leaves)- Teastained Purple, Petites – Teastained Teals, Petites – Teastained Pink, and Mini Butterflies (package of 8)- Teastained Purple. I loved that the Rosettes and packets of Petites came with leaves to go with them!

Some close ups:

I hope you liked my project!

***Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check out both the Creative Embellishments Blog AND the Petaloo Blog for some fabulous inspiration from both design teams, combining their products! Leave a comment each day of the hop (April 3rd – 9th) for your chance to with either a $30 gc to the CE store, or an awesome prize pack filled with CE and Petaloo products! 😀 ***

Treasured – Canvas for Creative Embellishments/Heartfelt Creations cross promo

Creative Embellishments and Heartfelt Creations have teamed up once again, so our team got to play around with some wonderful HFC products! I chose the Italiana Riviera Paper Collection to work with. It features gorgeous imagery, lovely purple and green colors with some neutrals and a whole grape and wine theme. For my project, I started by coating my canvas board with black gesso. Once that dried, I sprayed some webbing primarily onto the top and down the center. It only takes about 5 mins to dry, but it’s best to wait an hour before handling. So while I waited for that to dry, I altered my CE Grapevine pieces using gesso, PITT markers, and a Lindy’s Stamp Gang color shot. I also fussy cut tags, a ticket, and some images from the HFC papers. Using the CE Crackled Brick Stencil and some opaque modeling paste, I added the brick details on the background. I then used 2 different Lindy’s magicals and the same color shot I used to alter my chippies to add color and details to the brick pattern once it dried. I then layered, a couple of doilies, flower pieces, and embellishments with the fussy cut papers, tags, and ticket. Last, I adhered the grapevine pieces I’d altered, and cut up one of the flourishes from set 26 that I’d altered using white acrylic paint, and tucked those bits into the cluster. Here’s how my project turned out:

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Close up of the grapevines:

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Close up of the title cluster with sentiment:

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Links to the CE products I used on my project:

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Family

This month, we’re one of the sponsors for the CSI Color Stories Inspiration challenge, so our DT got to play along with some of the challenges as guests. 😀 This page was inspired by case #212 and includes some of my favorite Creative Embellishments pieces. To alter the chippies, and wood veneer chevrons, I lightly coated them all with white gesso so the color could shine through. For the clock piece that I cut in half, I used acrylic paint to give them the gold finish (gold with a touch of bronze). I then altered the title with distress ink, and the flourishes with Lindy’s Stamp Gang color shots. Here’s how my page turned out:

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The stamping in the background is one of my favorite CE stamps: Here are a few close ups:

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Case #212:

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I hope you enjoyed my project! Here are the CE products I used. They’re linked to their listings in the store:

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School Days

This month, Creative Embellishments is one of the sponsors for the challenges on the CSI Color, Stories, Inspiration site, so our team got to play along with their challenges! 😀 We always have a blast working their case files. Their format is fun and unique. They offer an inspiration image, evidence (select at least 3 items from the list to include on your layout), and testimony (select at least 1 from the list to inspire the journaling for your page). I played along with Case #211 which is a major case file, so there’s a sketch to use and has an longer open period, so entries are due by end of the month.

I was inspired by the books and reading theme of the inspo image, so I created a page about my youngest son who is obsessed with reading. 😀 He started early and was reading well before the start of Kindergarten. I replaced part of the patterned paper from the sketch with pictures of his word wall words as they changed the first few months he was reading. We have a cork board in the living room where I posted his new words and he’d get a star sticker on the corner of the word as he mastered them. By the 3rd rotation, we stopped since he’d already progressed beyond its usefulness, and could read the words before they ever made it to the board. lol Here’s how I cracked the case:

From the evidence column – I added text stamping to the background, a pair of eyeglasses from the wood veneer set, I stacked some embellishments in a cluster, and used both wood and chipboard CE pieces. From the testimony column – I used the word “want” in the journaling:

 

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Close up of the CE Star Doodle frame, Geek Chic Glasses, and stars I used:

 

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Close up of the Scribble Heart, Book Bag, and Globe:

 

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The mood board for CSI 211:

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The AWESOME CE pieces I used for this page (pics are linked to the item’s listing in the CE store)…

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