Creative Embellishments online Birthday Crop

Creative Embellishments just turned 5 and to celebrate, they’re hosting a HUGE online Birthday Crop filled with 8 mini challenges and 9 amazing prizes!!! Be sure to join their fan group on Facebook and click “going” on the event in order to play along and enter to win some goodies! All the challenges begin today, September 15th at 9 am ET and entries must be posted by midnight on Monday, September 17 (which is technically September 18th at 12 am ET). You do NOT need to use CE products on your projects to enter and win prizes! However, for those who do use CE products on their entries, there’s a BONUS PRIZE opportunity, so you have 2 chances to win with each project you create using CE products! 🙂

I’m one of the volunteers hosting a challenge this weekend and since birthdays usually come with presents, gift cards, cards, etc., I’d like you to either make a package or alter one! So either take an empty container and alter it or make an envelope box, gift bag, etc. For my examples, I altered/repurposed 2 empty boxes. One was the box my Webster’s Page Pocket TN came in and the other is a square jewelry gift box. Here’s how they turned out:

 

I started out by applying Finnabair/Prima crackle texture paste and allowed it to air dry. Then used Lindy’s Stamp Gang color shots to bring out the crackle pattern that emerged and give it more color and texture. Next I added bits of Webster’s Pages netting to each box. For the larger box, I added CE chipboard feathers that I altered with gesso and the same LSG color shots I’d used for the base, and a wood veneer heart from the CE Lovers Hearts Set. I finished it off by adding some skeleton leaves and flowers and a flair button from the Birds of a…. set.

A couple of close ups:

 

 

For the smaller box, I applied some gesso to one of the corners from the Steampunk Corner Set and snipped off the smallest 2 gears on both sides to better suit my box’s size and layered the cut off bits between the remaining 3 larger gears on the piece. I then topped this one off with a pair of flowers, a couple of metal leaves and layered metal flowers. Then finished it with a blue cameo tucked into the space created they layered elements.

Close ups of the smaller box:

 

 

One winner will be selected from all the entries on my challenge to receive this prize pack:

 

Here are the other prizes that will be awarded for the challenges during the crop (there are FOUR $30 gift vouchers that will be given out)…

IF you do use CE product on your entry projects, you can also enter to win this BONUS PRIZE:

 

I hope you enjoyed my examples for the challenge! To help give you more ideas, I’ll be posting photo tutorials on how to make an envelope box for A2 sized cards later today and a quick and easy gift bag base tomorrow. 🙂

Some important links:

CE store: https://creativeembellishments.com/

CE fan group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1985585078160468/

 

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Summer ATCs and Coffee Themed Pocket Letter

As we say goodbye to summer and usher in the new season with its cooler weather, I decided to share two separate projects I created recently using some fabulous products by Creative Embellishments. 😀 First up, I created a four ATC set for a trade partner I met through a facebook group. Since all 4 were for a single recipient, I made them all similar, yet different. For the base, I distressed and layered papers that I’d stamped with the CE Distressed Text Stamp and splattered with black India ink, then swiped a bit of gesso onto corrugated cardboard. I topped each cardboard piece with some wood veneer pieces from the CE Summer,  Anchor, or Boat Wheel sets. I finished them with a bit of tied twine around each piece. Here’s how they turned out:

 

Close ups of the individual cards:

 

 

 

 

Next, I created a coffee themed pocket letter. For the base, I dyed the white cardstock background paper with real coffee grounds, then splattered it with a Lindy’s Stamp Gang color shot and Tattered Angels glimmer mist used the same color shot to add “cup rings” to the page. I then added fussy cut images from a Heartfelt Creations paper pad. I then added my CE Coffee set pieces which include the title (altered using acrylic paint), the layered CE “to go” cup (altered with with gesso and acrylic paint), and the cup and saucer (altered with PITT artist markers). I left the wood veneer Coffee Cup piece bare. Here’s how my pocket letter turned out:

 

Close ups of each row:

 

 

 

TFL! I hope you enjoyed my projects! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our September Challenge post for info on how to enter for a chance to win the $50 gc prize!

Back to School Themed Pocket Letter – Creative Embellishments

Lately, I’ve been having so much fun creating and swapping pocket letters with others across the US. So, for today’s Creative Embellishments post, I incorporated elements from their September Challenge. I decided to create a Back to School themed PL for my trade partner since I was inspired by the letters, numbers, and colors in this this month’s inspo image. I did not use this as an example for the challenge though because I did not incorporate this month’s twist (stamp an image in the background of your project).

Here’s the CE September Challenge Inspo Image if you’d like to play along this month or would like to see the inspiration for my project:

Here’s what I came up with:

 

Close up of the top row:

 

1st panel:

 

2nd and 3rd panels:

 

Middle row:

 

1st panel:

 

2nd and 3rd panels:

 

1st panel bottom row:

 

2nd and 3rd panels in the bottom row:

 

Front of the finished pocket letter:

 

Back of the finished pocket letter:

 

Creative Embellishments products used:

Chipboard

Bookbags

Alphabet Border

Crayon Set

 

Wood Veneer

Simple Clock

School Set (chalkboard, ruler, pencil, apple with worm, school bus)

Basketball

Tennis Ball

Globe

Music Notes

Geek Chic Glasses

 

Flair Buttons:

Elementary Set 3

School Days 

 

Be sure to check out the Creative Embellishments 20% off storewide anniversary sale! 😀

Alice in Wonderland themed LE for a swap – Creative Embellishments

Hi everyone! I recently participated in a loaded envelope (LE) swap coordinated by a facebook group (Loaded Envelope Galore). The criteria/requirements were pretty simple: The envelope had to be 4″ x 6″ with a minimum of 2 pockets, a large tag to fit the largest/main pocket, 1 envelope with tags, stickers, or other goodies that fit in it, 1 altered paper clip, 1 wand, at least 5 embellishments, at least 2 Alice in Wonderland inspired images, and 5 die cut outs.

This is the first LE I’ve ever made and I even got to use tons of awesome Creative Embellishments goodies on it! I had so much fun creating this project for my swap partner, Raquel, and hope to participate in more swaps in the future! Here’s how it looks fully assembled and stuffed:

 

For the back, I added an additional gusseted pocket with reinforced slits to threat the lace tie through. The pocket drops open when the ribbon is untied, allowing it to hold more than a flat pocket would allow. I added an octagon shaped folded note with a quote from the book printed onto it. I wrote my partner a note inside:

 

Here’s the pocket emptied out, shown here with the 2 large tags I created for it and the front of the wand:

 

Close up 1: Features a CE Butterfly Flair button.

 

Close up 2: The tag on the left features a book stack wood veneer piece from the Graduation Set, an adorable wood veneer Bunny, chipboard playing cards from the Family Game Night set, an adorable little door piece from the Fairy Door Set 1, and 1 Steampunk Timepiece. The tag on the right has a Mini Pocket Watch tucked behind the little Webster’s Pages baggie and the altered Julie Nutting doll. I couldn’t find a JN doll that quite matched what I had in mind, so I used the Candie design, trimmed the short hair off of the sides of her head and drew in long hair. I then sketched out an apron to layer over Candie’s dress, along with the collar, to make her look more like the Alice character.

 

Close up 3: To make this piece, cut 2 strips of patterned cardstock, punched one edge on each piece, then accordian folded them to create 2 separate rosettes. I adhered 1 on each side of a 3.5″ doily. I set that part aside and got the toppers ready by layering a die cut stickers over punched, scalloped circles, which I then adhered onto 2.5″ doilies. From there, I added the paper straw handle by inserting it between 2 folds on one of the rosettes. Next, I added some string and glued the toppers onto the rosettes to create the double sided wand. To finish it up, I added 2 different laces to the handle.

 

Close up 4: The back of the wand.

 

Some of the die cuts and embellishments I created and included. The bundle on the left is a stack of 3 die cut envelopes. The Webster’s Pages baggie on the right contains 4 diecut doilies and several gold accented stickers that I felt went with the Alice in Wonderland theme. 🙂

 

Close up 1: I used a CE Square Mini Frame to create a mirror embellishment with some foil tape (bought at a hardware store).

 

Close up 2: A little shaker box embellishment with an image of the caterpillar character inside. The sequins were actually left over from the product swap we had with SpiegleMom Scraps back in March.

 

These are the altered paperclips I created for Raquel. The center piece at the top features 2 wood veneer Mushrooms from the CE store, the center one at the bottom includes an outlined Rose from set 2, and the one on the right has an altered Butterfly from a set of 5:

 

Image from the side showing the 3 gusseted pockets:

I hope Raquel liked what I created for her! On her youtube channel, you can check out her video tour of the incredibly generous package she sent me. She sent me sooo many awesome goodies that it’s actually split into 2 parts! She also has a separate video of her opening this LE that I sent her. 🙂

Part 1 of Raquel’s LE that I received: Raquel’s project part 1

Part 2 of the LE Raquel created for me PLUS the adorable mini she also included!!! Raquel’s project part 2

The super sweet video she made of her opening the LE I sent: Raquel opening the package I sent her

You can also check out her blog here: https://paintsandglitter.blogspot.com/

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