The Freaks Come Out at Night – layout for Creative Embellishments

I’m up today on the Creative Embellishments blog with a Halloween layout to share using some of their fabulous laser cut chipboard and wood cuts. 😀 These are pics of my son, Alex, wearing his first “scary” costume, taken a couple of years ago. He decided to go as the grim reaper and was very excited about wearing something different from his usual cutesy costumes. I altered all the pieces using acrylic paint, gesso and webbing. For my page this week, I was also inspired by a sketch from Flying Unicorn. Here’s what I came up with:

The Freaks Come Out at Night LO


Creative Embellishments Ghosts Wood Cuts
CE Going Batty wood cuts
CE Web panel
CE flourish set 7
CE The Freaks Come Out at Night title piece
CE Zombie Graveyard border piece
CE Harlequin lattice panel
American Crafts cardstock
Krylon webbing
May Arts trim
Acrylic paint

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Caught in my Web – dt layout for Creative Embellishments

It’s Thursday, so I’m up on the Creative Embellishments blog sharing this layout. Hope you can stop by and check it out! 🙂 This week I created a Halloween themed layout using a lot of gorgeous Creative Embellishments chipboard and wood pieces. I adore working with their fabulously intricate designs…so much FUN!…and have been amazed by the new designs being added each week! Did you know new pieces are added almost every day?

I’m actually backlogged on a few years worth of Halloween pics and was thrilled to see the variety of titles and designs Nicolle and Mike have been coming up with. This particular Halloween, I just had the 3 youngest kids with me and Larry was running late at work. He ended up joining us further down the street which was another fun surprise for the kids since they weren’t expecting him to catch up with us. 😀 Here’s what I came up with combining the CE designs with a sketch from Purple Pumpkin.


Caught in my Web

Here’s a close up of the web and spider piece from the Caught in my Web set. I altered it by dabbing it with white distress stain, then coating the web parts with stickles and filling in the spider with a Pitt big brush marker:

Caught in my Web detail 1

I altered the Spider Web Flourish Border the same way, but applied Art Anthology dimensional crystal to the flourishes with a brush. Instead of using a sweeping motion, I created more interest by dabbing it with the tip of the flat brush to create peaks:

Caught in my Web detail 3

Here’s a close up of the cluster I created by snipping a section off of the Web Panel and layering it with wood cuts. I used 2 of the Autumn Leaves and a Pumpkin. I altered the leaves using acrylic paint and the pumpkin using a mixture of acrylic paint and Art Anthology dimensional crystal:

Caught in my Web detail 4

The title piece was altered using distress stain and I applied stickles only to the words Caught and Web. The bats were altered with black acrylic paint which was dabbed on thickly with the side of my brush to give them a bit of texture:

Caught in my Web detail 2


Creative Embellishments Caught in my Web chipboard set
CE Spider Web Flourish Border
CE Web Panel
CE Autumn Leaves Wood Cuts
CE Pumpkins Wood Cuts
CE Going Batty Wood Cuts
American Crafts cardstock
Graphic 45 Happy Haunting patterned paper
Krylon webbing
May Arts trim
cheesecloth from my stash
Tim Holtz distress stain and stickles
Art Anthology Dimensional crystal
acrylic paint
Pitt big brush marker
Tim Holtz die

The wonderful October Purple Pumpkins sketch I worked with:

purple pumpkin oct

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Making Faces – dt layout for SWAT drill #13

SWAT’s drill #13, our first challenge for August, is all about trendy triangles! Use this trendy geometric shape anywhere on your page or project in any way you’d like, in as many ways as you’d like, then link it up on the SWAT sidebar for your chance to win a $20 gc to 3 Scrappy Boys!

For my example, I used a triangle stencil by Prima, handcut paper triangles (I started with squares, then cut them in half diagonally) and burlap cut into triangles for a banner. Here’s what I came up with:


7 Dot Studios papers
burlap from my stash
Krylon webbing
Liquitex white acrylic ink
flexible modeling paste
4 different washi tapes
October Afternoon mini market alpha stickers
Pink Paislee Cushies alphas
Prima flowers
Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen Big Brush markers
Prima stencils

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