You Light Up My World – layout for Creative Embellishments

Wow! I cannot believe it’s November already! October just flew by and the kids had a blast trick-or-treating. 😀 Anyway, a new month means a new challenge at Creative Embellishments and this month, Nicolle has selected a gorgeous inspiration photo with a theme of gratitude or thankfulness. Use the image any way it inspires you, just be sure to include a sentiment, journaling, title etc that reflects this month’s theme in honor of Thanksgiving. The challenge is open to everyone, everywhere and you can choose to create a card, tag, layout, canvas, mini-album, altered piece…anything your heart desires. 😀

For my take on the challenge, I created a layout of my kids in their costumes from last year. They were getting ready to go trick-or-treating in their grandmother’s neighborhood and got tired of posing for pics. Christian was getting distracted and kept watching other people, cars going, by…anything BUT the camera. lol Alex decided to take a breather by resting his weary arms on M&M’s heads. Nice huh? Anyway, I liked how these pics showed their camaraderie and silliness so I chose these pics to show what I’m thankful for. I adore how much they love one another and they, along with Larry, truly are the light in my life.

I combined my dt challenge with the current sketch and title prompt (lyrics from What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction) at Scrap and Music. Here’s what I came up with:

You Light up my World

Here’s a close up of the cluster at the top of my page. I altered the leaves using acrylic paint and used chalk ink to bring out the intricate design on the heart piece:

You Light Up My World detail 1

This close up shows the other 2 clusters towards the bottom of my page:

You Light Up My World detail 2

Materials:

Creative Embellishments Hearts Wood Cuts
CE Autumn Leaves Wood Cuts
CE chipboard Pumpkin Border
Webster’s Pages Family Traditions papers
Elle’s Studio cut out
Pink Paislee cushies alphas
Prima mask and chalk ink
Modeling paste
acrylic paint

The CE November challenge inspiration photo:

nov ce challenge

Scrap and Music sketch (use along w/lyrics from What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction for your title):

Sketch #13_Janice

Be sure to check out the Creative Embellishments Halloween sale! All Halloween themed items are 20% off storewide NOW through Sunday, November 3rd at midnight eastern. TFL!

Advertisements

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

Materials:

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

TFL! If you’d like to play along w/the Purple Pumpkins sketch challenge, CLICK HERE!

 

 

 

Together – dt layout for Creative Embellishments

Hey, everyone! It’s Thursday, so I’m up on the Creative Embellishments blog. :-D I like mixing things up, working different styles and even playing around with different types of projects (though I still seem to struggle with card making of all things! lol). So, my page today is a lot simpler and more straight forward than usual. One of the CE pieces I used is the film strip frame which is still a fave of mine. I simply dabbed and swiped it with a black paint dabber and voila…an eye catching frame for my pic of my only daughter with my youngest son. His favorite phrase at the moment seems to be, “You’re my best friend”…which he says to all his siblings. ;-) They each beam with pride whenever he says it to them and give him tons of hugs and kisses whenever they hear it. He’s more than a little spoiled by their attention, but I guess that’s the perk of being the youngest. :-D

To tie in the frame piece w/the rest of the page, I also used 2 wood cuts. The movie projector and reel seemed like the perfect coordinating accents. To alter those, I used a black PITT big brush marker and acrylic ink. I find with smaller, more intricate pieces, I have more control of where I apply the color this way.

 

Here’s what I came up with:

together

Here’s a detail shot of the cluster w/the wood cuts:

together detail 2

Here’s a detail shot of another cluster on my page w/a WP bookmarker and dangling cameo which I altered with Smooch:

together detail 1

 

I was also inspired by the Scrap and Music challenge #12 which features and awesome sketch and song (Stop! by Erasure) for title inspiration:

Sketch #12_Ana Castro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and CSI Case #92 for this page.

csi 92

 

Nicolle and Mike have been working hard to get more GORGEOUS pieces designed and added to the Creative Embellishments store. NEW items are being added almost every day! Be sure to check often to see what’s new! :-D

Big Bro – layout for Paper Stories June sketch

So I’ve been trying out new things again and this time the Paper Stories June Sketch (created by Pagedrafts) inspired me to create a different kind of mixed media background for this page. The 2 photos I selected have a crisp image of Christian lounging in his ride-on car while Alex, who is pulling it with a string, and everything else around him is a blur. That inspired me to create a blurry, painted background. To achieve this affect, I used a Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate and used the 3rd print on a sheet of textured white cardstock. Here’s what I came up with:

This is the awesome sketch I worked with to create it:

Materials:

American Crafts white cardstock
Webster’s Pages Sweet Notes paper
WP Palm Beach paper
WP Citrus Squeeze papers
Acrylic paint
Unity Stamps
Freckled Fawn wood hearts
Freckled Fawn star and arrow clips
Prima wood gears
Dusty Attic chipboard title
Tim Holtz washi tape
Darice washi tape

Adhesives:

Scotch ATG
Helmar 450 Quick Dry

TFL! If you’d like to check out the challenges or other entries at Paper Stories, CLICK HERE.

Previous Older Entries