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. πŸ˜€

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. πŸ˜€ 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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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:

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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

A Very Merry Christmas – dt layout for Creative Embellishments

Happy Thursday, everyone! I’m up on the Creative Embellishments blog with another Christmas layout to share using some FABULOUS Creative Embellishments Chipboard pieces! I can’t get enough of the wonderfully intricate snowflakes and this time I went with quite a bit of holly and berries too. πŸ˜€ I’ve been loving all the gorgeous CE frames too! This week, I used pics of my son, Matthew, tearing into his pressies. I simply adore his sweet, easy going smile. πŸ˜€ For my layout, I was also inspired by a sketch over at Purple Pumpkin, so be sure to check them out as well. πŸ˜€ For my take on the Purple Pumpkin sketch I rotated the sketch 90 degrees counterclockwise. Here’s what I created:

A Very Merry Christmas

Here’s a close up of the cluster w/the awesome Letter to Santa Set:

A Very Merry Christmas detail


Creative Embellishments chipboard snowflakes
CE Holly and Berry Border and Sprigs
CE Holly and Berry Flourishes
CE Holly and Berry Frame
CE Letter to Santa Set
CE A Very Merry Christmas title piece
Memory Box paper
Modeling paste
Shimmerz Texturez
American Crafts cardstock
Pitt Artist markers and pens
Acrylic paint

TFL! Don’t forget to enter the Creative Embellishments December Challenge for your chance to win a $20 gc to the CE store!


#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:


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