What are Little Boys Made of? – dt layout for SWAT

Okay, so the 1st SWAT challenge for November is to create a layout incorporating a recipe or a food pic. For my take on the challenge, I kept going back to this photo of my youngest son, Christian that I’ve been wanting to scrap for quite a while now. I knew exactly which Creative embellishments chipboard pieces I wanted to use (including a special request item they sent me in my last dt package) and I knew I wanted to use Prima’s Craftsman papers with it. Soooo I couldn’t resist. To incorporate the challenge requirements, for my journaling, I added a tag that has the word from the poem, What are Little Boys Made of, so it reads, “snips and snails and puppy dog tails” and to make it more like a recipe, I added gather ingredients and blend well. I combined the SWAT challenge with the current Monday Mojo sketch at Flying Unicorn. Here’s what I came up with:

What are Little Boys Made of

Here’s a close up of the fabulous details on these chipboard pieces. I altered them with acrylic paint, Tattered Angels glimmer mist and distress paint:

Little Boys detail 1

I added a couple of metal Tim Holtz embellishments to my page, so here’s a close up showing those items arranged with the chipboard:

Little Boys detail 2

Materials:

Creative Embellishments custom made frame that matches this one which is normally sized to fit a 4″x6″ photo: Steampunk Frame
CE Clock
CE 0.75″ gears
CE 1″ gears
CE 1.5″ gears
CE Wing set 2
Prima Craftsman papers
Scrapfx stencil
Modeling paste
Liquitex coarse pumice
gesso
acrylic paint
Distress paint
Tattered Angels glimmer mist
Tim Holtz ideaology embellishments
MME tag

TFL! 😀

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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

Materials:

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
gesso
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:

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SPONSOR INFO:

“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:

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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! 😀

Altered Box – dt project for Creative Embellishments

Hi, everyone! It’s Thursday, so I’m up on the Creative Embellishments blog (I’d love it if you’d stop by and say hi!) to share a project I created using some of the fabulous CE chippies! I love the versatility of these intricate laser cut pieces. They’re perfect for layouts, cards, altered art, art journal pages and altered art projects. 😀

I started with a plain wooden box that I’ve had around for years. I actually use it to store my Pitt Big Brush markers and artist pens. I started by adhering 7 gypsies tissue paper to the entire outside, being careful to match up the pattern to give it continuity. I then coated it with Helmar 2 step crackle. Once that was set and dry, I filled in the beautiful cracks it created with deep brown acrylic paint. I just buff it on and wipe off the excess with a slightly damp rag or paper towel.

Once the base is complete, you can decorate it any way you want! 😀 Here’s how mine turned out:

altered box

Here’s an angled shot so you can see the front too:

altered box 2

To alter the birdcage, I used Pitt big brush markers and artist pens (yes, the same one I normally store in this box. lol), then I went over the birds with a bit of Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze to give them some shimmer and shine:

altered box detail 1

This flourish is actually a single piece that I cut in half, then painted w/Tim Holtz distress paint dabbers in 2 shades of green. I then added to the cluster w/some gorgeous I Am Roses flowers, a Prima Junkyard Findings bulb and a Webster’s Pages charm:

altered box detail 2

TFL! I hope you liked my project! Be sure to check out the CE October challenge post HERE. You could win a $20 gc to the Creative Embellishments store…and $20 goes a long way in there! 😀

Materials:

Creative Embellishments Birdcage
CE Flourish from set 4
7 gypsies tissue paper
Helmar 2 step crackle
acrylic paint
I Am Roses flowers
Wild Orchid Crafts metal embellishment
Prima Junkyard finding bulb
Webster’s Pages charm
Pitt big brush markers
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze
Tim Holtz Distress Paint
Shimmerz Texturez

Back Massage – dt layout for SWAT

This week’s drill #16 on SWAT is a wonderful sketch by Bev. There’s a twist that you need to incorporate twine somewhere in your design…any type of twine will do. I used jute for my page.

My youngest, who is now 3, loves to give back massages, but they tend to be rather brutal. lol I got a few pics of him giving his brother, Matthew, one and it kinda looks like he’s beating him up. I selected this particular photo because you can clearly see that Matthew is cracking up laughing and wasn’t injured by the experience. 😀 In the pic, Christian was 2 and Matthew was 6…therefore the time on the fabulous Creative Embellishments steampunk clock. I also combined the sketch with the Time Flies challenge on the Flying Unicorn Forum, where you need to include at least 2 timepieces on your page.

Here’s what I came up with for my example for the SWAT sketch and entry in the Flying Unicorn challenge:

Bev’s lovely sketch for the SWAT challenge:

Materials:

Creative Embellishments steampunk clock
Webster’s Pages Plum Seed papers, sparkler, clip, alphas and camera charm
Prima junkyard finding, TH timepiece, muse token and philosophy tag
jute
white signo pen
gesso

TFL! Be sure to check out my current blog giveaways HERE. 😀 You could win a $10 gc to the Creative Embellishments store or a Webster’s Pages/October Afternoon $50+ prize pack!

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