Soar Tags

For my project today I was inspired by Tim Holtz’s March tag from 2015. I really loved working on these tags! So much fun getting in some crafty time and getting messy! 😀 I used different techniques products for the 2 backgrounds and altered my chipboard balloons using 2 different methods. For the tag on the left, I used Distress Stains and blotted my tag into the color on my non stick craft mat. For the tag on the right, I used distress paints and dragged the tag through the color, making sure I got good coverage for the base. I then used stazon ink in black and stamped light touches of the CE text stamp and brick, though most of that got covered by the time I was done. lol In TH’s example, he uses black ink and clear embossing powder for his stamped image, but wouldn’t you know my black ink ran out and I didn’t have a refill available, so I swiped my tags with a dryer sheet to help prevent stray bits of embossing powder from clinging to my background and used Versamark clear in with black embossing powder. I then used the same Steampunk Hot Air Balloon Stamp for both tags. I slipped on the tag on the left, as you can see, I smeared the image, but got it crisp on the one on the right. lol I used the same method for stenciling on both tags and just taped the tag to the back of the stencil to keep it from slipping and worked around the image rather than creating a mask. I immediately covered the modeling paste with embossing powder and set aside to allow it to dry fully before activating the embossing powder with a heat gun.

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Though the 2 chipboard hot air balloons were both heat embossed, I altered them differently. For the one on the left, I used a versamark clear reinker and squeezed out a couple of drops onto my craft mat. I then dipped a paint brush into it and applied it to the areas I wanted purple, sprinkled it with the appropriate embossing powder and heat embossed that portion. Then coated the remaining portion lightly in gesso, applied the ink that part, and sprinkled it with a yellow embossing powder and heated that. For the one on the right, I coated the entire piece lightly with gesso, then colored the details with PITT markers, then used clear embossing powder on the whole piece to give it shine.

 

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This pic just show s a bit of the stamping that got layered over:

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Hope you enjoyed my TH inspired project! Here are the fabulous CE products I got to play with on my project:

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Altered Halloween Album Cover

One of the things I love best about all of Creative Embellishments products is that they make creating a fun, interesting project so quick and easy! The chipboard pieces and the wood veneers are so easy to alter (or leave bare) and add such incredible details, you literally, just add ink, paint, emboss and go! For my project today, all I used was a Tim Holtz cover for the base, a handful of CE’s amazing chippies, one wood veneer spider and some paints to create my entire cover. 😀

Here’s how it turned out:

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Some close of the chippies:

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The CE pieces I used (the images are linked, just click to be taken to the store listings) :

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Dream On – dt layout for Creative Embellishments

Happy Thursday, everyone! I’m up on the Creative Embellishments blog with a layout of my youngest son. This photo was taken a couple of years ago, the one and ONLY time he ever fell asleep unintentionally. lol Christian is not only a night owl, but he takes after me in other ways too. He doesn’t tend to just fall asleep randomly like other babies and toddlers do. He snuggles with his blanket, lays down, closes his eyes and knows he’s falling asleep…all but this once that I’m aware of. One minute he was sitting up and jabbering away and the next, he was slumped over and asleep. Just.like.that. lol

To create my page, I used several Creative Embellishments stamps on the background and layering some CE chippies with papers and metal pieces that I intentionally rusted. To alter the title, circles and panel, I just applied acrylic paint. For the view master slide, I then inked over it with distress ink. The frond I gessoed, then used distress stain, allowing it to puddle unevenly on the piece and air dry.

I was also inspired by sketch #111 from Sketchabilities. 😀

Dream On

The fabulous sketch I worked with:

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Materials:

Creative Embellishments Distressed Text stamp
CE Distressed Chicken Wire stamp
CE View Master Photo slide
CE Frond Set 2
CE Rings for So Many Things
CE 6×6 Mesh Panel
CE Dream On title piece
Tim Holtz papers, distress ink, distress stain
acrylic paint
gesso
india ink
Tattered Angels glimmer mist
dry wall tape
iron filings
metal flowers and butterfly

TFL!

Love Everything About You – dt layout for Creative Embellishments

A new month means a new challenge on the Creative Embellishments blog! You do not have to use CE products in order to play along and international entries are welcome. Base your project on the given inspiration image plus incorporate one of the words from the image on your project, then upload it to the CE blog for your chance to win a $20 gc to the store! 😀

This month’s image:

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For my example, I started out with solid white cardstock. Since the wispy white lines that are evenly spaced in the inspiration image reminded me of sheet music, I used the CE grunge music note sheet background stamp with matte multi-medium to create a resist. I did not have a text stencil, so I used the closest thing I had, which is a ledger stencil with blended fibers. That also works as a resist. I then went over the whole page with various amounts of black soot distress stain to create a dark background like that of the image. From there, I was inspired by the flourishes, colors and layering. The words I used from the image are Dream, Love and Everything. To help me create the page, I also used the Monday Mojo sketch from Flying Unicorn as inspiration for my page design. Here’s what I came up with:

Love Everything About You

Close up of the cluster with part of the title:

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Close up of the cluster at the top left of the photo:

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Materials:

Creative Embellishments Grunge Music Note Sheet bg stamp
CE Doily Frame
CE Hearts Wood Veneer
CE Flourish set 3
CE Showered With Love border
CE Love Set
CE Time Flies frame set
American Craft white cardstock
TCW stencils
Studio Matte Multi-medium
Liquitex blended fibers
Distress stain and inks
Shimmerz Texturez
Art Anthology Velvet and Sorbet
gesso
Acrylic paint
Tim Holtz papers, ticket, tag, stickers
Prima flowers

The gorgeous Flying Unicorn sketch I worked with:

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TFL!

 

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