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


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
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:












“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:

swat oct prize











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! 😀


Last 2 dt projects for Paper Secrets January Challenges

Joyce is hosting the Paper Secrets Card Sketch Challenge this month and has provided a wonderful sketch for us! For my example, I used some Webster’s Pages Winter Fairy Tales scraps from a layout I made a couple of months ago and a bit of 6×6 pp from the same line. A touch of distress ink helps give the layers some definition and Helmar foam Zap Dots give the central image some lift. I fussy cut the butterflies and adhered them using Helmar’s Acid Free Glue and the sheer WP trim is attached with 450 Quick Dry. I topped off my bow with a WP chipboard button with twine tied to it (Jillibean Soup…left over from my Tres Chic Unique kit). Here’s what I came up with:

Visit the forum’s challenge thread HERE to see Joyce’s awesome sketch and play along!

This month, Kimmy is hosting the Scraplift Challenge and selected Michelle Hernandez as our featured artist to lift (with her permission). You can browse Michelle’s Flickr Gallery and select any piece of hers that inspires you. 😀

For my example, I actually used a Creative Scrappers sketch and paired it with one of her layouts as inspiration. I then switched the journaling placement and banner location from hers to match the sketch better. Though it was already on my blog a few posts ago, this is the layout I created for this challenge:

To see which of Michelle’s layouts I was inspired by or to play along, check out Kimmy’s scraplift challenge on Paper Secrets! TFL!