My Little Man Creative Embellishments

I went to Maggi’s on a mission. I needed to get away, relax, have great food and great drinks and great company. I also needed some good uninterrupted creative time. I am so surprised at how much we both got done with, especially since we took an afternoon to head on to the distillery and the winery. I think it was the perfect storm together my act together and be creative.

Now with this layout if you can’t tell how little Maksim was, its been sitting on my desk for a while just waiting for the time to get it done. I started with the base, the paper was an old collection~2014. But I loved the blacks and greens.

Starting on the base, lay down a stencil, and moved onto the a bold black paste with the squares from the distress patterned stencil.

I did make a video, So it’s not my normal set up so please be patient with the process. https://youtu.be/NmWULniOSUo

I got some cardboard stash from Maggi and painted with some Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic. I added it to add a little lift to the base of the focal point.

The fun part of heading somewhere else where there is an abundance of supplies you don’t normally have or you try something and get “enabled” to spend some money. Let’s just say I did pick up a few things when I was gone. Using some nice embossing enamels, I covered the smaller of the Fancy Rectangle Frame Set. I also covered part of the Cattails along with the Hurricane Lamps.

Now it was just a matter of putting it all together and adding the Little Man Title on the page. A little enamel and a bit of the heat gun. This is one of my favourite photos of my little man, so young and innocent.

I truely love how this looks it turned out pretty much how I envisioned it. I hope you enjoy. Thank you for joining me today! Be creative!

Supplies:

Cattails

Little Man Title

Distress Patterns Stencil

Hurricane Lamps

Fancy Rectangle Frame Set

Emerald Creek Charred Gold

Stampendous Aged Greed Fantage, Fran-tage Aged Taupe Embossing Enamel

Prima Marketing Forever Green Botanical Garden 12×12

Finnabair Mind Games 6×9 Stencil

Petaloo Flowers

DecoArt Fluid Acrylics

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Sun Sea and Sand Card and Tag

I was asked to make a card for a bride and groom that is going on a fabulous honeymoon to the Dominican Republic. My friend wanted it beach themed. I have all this paper I have ever even opened and I thought this would work perfect for it.

I started with the base on the papers and did my normal prep on the card and on of the larger Tag from Tag Set 1. I layer with some paste and the Ledger Stencil before moving on to the chipboard.

Using the Star Fish and Sand Dollars, and Crabs, I paint them with a few layers of paint. Just mixing and blending. I added a little grey paint to the Round Ship Window Frame.

This was another project I made while at Maggi’s. I had what I had with. I utilised what I brought with and got really creative. After prepping all of the chipboard, I formed the clusters of flowers along with some small metal embellishments.

I finished off the tag with a sentiment from the Beach Word Set 2.

Here is a short video of the creative process.

I stamped a little sentiment on the inside of the card and make a little cluster with the left over chipboard and paper. I finished it off with some dry brushing to blend it all together.

I hope you enjoy and stay creative!!! Thank you for stopping by today!

Supplies:

Star Fish and Sand Dollars

Beach Words Set 2

Ledger Stencil

Tag Set 1

Round Ship Window Frame

Crabs

Ciao Bella The Sound of Summer Paper Collection

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“Celebrate” Tag with Creative Embellishments

Another month at Creative Embellishments and another great challenge. This month it is about the sketch challenge, your interpretation. But the twist is to add stamped imaged on the project. I decided to experiment more with the clear tags Nicole has in the store. I learned a technique from Nikki K while I was over in England (when we could travel). I have been wanting to try it on the product in the store to see how it works.

Taking the large clear tag, I started with stamping on the background. I hit the twist straightaway. Using some archival ink and the Grunge Star Corner Stamp, I stamped the centre of the tag.

I added more to the background with the Distress Corner Stamp around the edges. Then this is where the fun begins. I did numerous layers here to get the effect I was looking for, a little crackle, some splashes and the background is done.

Moving on to the focal point. This was simple I didn’t want to take away from the background. I Used the Star Doodle Frame and added some embossing enamel and framed it the some mirrored Acrylic Gold Stars.

Pretty much done other than the Celebrate Title. A pretty simple tag but I really like the over all effect of it.

Here is the inspiration for the month!

I have a short video of the creative process:

Thank you for stopping by today, I can’t wait to see the interpretations of this months challenge.

Supplies:

Mirror Acrylic Stars Gold

Clear tap Large Tag 3

Star Doodle Frames

Celebrate Word Set

Grunge Star Corner Stamp

Distress Corner Stamp

Stampendous Embossing Enamel Aged Black, Chunky Metallic Seasonings

DecoArt Crackle Paint, Acrylic Paint Cardamon Red

Finnabair Black Gesso

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Mini Mushroom Album Creative Embellishments

I have a few mini albums planned, this is one of them. While we were on lock down with Covid, Adam and I both had strict guideline with our work about travel and leaving the state. We decided to head up north to the north shore. I was fascinated by the mushrooms, so many shapes, colours and sizes. I took so many pictures, I even bought some books about mushrooms. Ok now let’s get the record straight. I don’t like to eat mushrooms, I will cook with them because Adam and Olivia like them  but I cant stand them in buy food. But they are such a beautiful and unique organism.

I had asked for a mushroom mini album and this like shroom works great. I had picked out a number of supplies that I thought would work great with the photos. And I went from there.

After getting the base of the album down. I fussy cut a huge number of elements from the paper collection I picked. And matted my photos.

I spend a good amount of the morning painting the Mini Mushrooms, Mushrooms Wood Veneers and Mushroom Set 1.

After spending the afternoon at the Distillery and the Winery. Maggi and I got back to work. It was just a matter of putting the photos in the album and putting all of the pages together. Adding a few Acorns in the mix to get the woodsie feel to the mini.

Here are a few close-ups.

I used the paints that I had with me to paint the mushrooms. I did some simple blending and distressing to soften the edges.

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Just a simple back page to remind me of the memories we made and the new adventures and times we shared during such an uncertain time.

Here is a short video of the creative process, which always is better with a night cap of cream liqueur and Chocolate Eclair Cake.

Thank you for stopping by and stay creative!!!

Supplies:

Mini Mushrooms

Acorns

Mushrooms Wood Veneers

Mushroom Set 1

Mushroom Mini Album

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“The Virus” Mixed Media Layout Creative Embellishments

This post will particularly hit home with me. I’ve been around long enough to have gone through H1N1, SARS, MERS, and Ebola to name a few.  But I have lived Covid since the beginning. We were learning from New York, we were preparing, practicing, and teaching other staff for when it hit us hard. It was always changing, every day, such a fluid situation. We were covering extra shifts, changing our normal ways of how we “used to” do things. We were entering into the “new norm” and lived in a state of hypervigilant with personal space, safety, exposures and masks.

Adam and I talked long and hard about how we would handle and deal with everything that was going on in the world. We both came to the conclusion that we could keep the kids safe, but my nursing had to be the number 1 priority during this time. We would pull the kids from school because I could make sure I stayed safe at work. I could take all the precautions, shower before coming home, bag my clothes, and all of the other precautions. We needed that safe haven. Our house was going to be that. So I needed to stay healthy because that is were I was going to be needed most.

So this page brings me so many emotions.

I started with the background, this photo is a pic of the mask initiative my work put on. I started with my normal background techniques with stamping and pastes. Using the  Distress Circle Stamp and the Distress Hexagon Stamp switching up the colours to pull out colours from the paper collections.

Using the Hexagon Bokeh Stencil, I added a few fun pastes to the background. This really made the background vibrant.

Moving on to the Virus, I started with a base coat of white before adding some blending from fluid acrylics to blend what I think the virus looks like. After they were all painted I added some of the fun Galaxy Glaze to the top of them to add to it. I did the same thing to the Pandemic Hashtags.

 

After the detailing was done on the background and chipboard it was just a matter of putting it all together. I did various positioning of the papers, layers, flowers or no flowers. This is another layout I chose not to use flowers on it.

I think it gets the over all effect of the page. This page will remind me of so many things.

I did make a video of the creative process. Not too many techniques but so many emotions.

In the end Covid has made me a better nurse. I have changed and evolved through this whole process. I still have so many emotions, many that I need to work through, I have lost friends based on differences of opinions. The family time is way different, maybe a bit of PTSD. But there also is the positives. There are the new traditions, new adventures, We did things we would have never done before, new memories, and a new perspective on the value of how life is truly shorter than you realise and you need to embrace each and every day. Enjoy and treasure each and every day.

Thank you for stopping by today and enjoy the creative process. Be safe and healthy.

Supplies:

Distress Circles Stamp

Distress Hexagon Stamp

Virus

Pandemic Hashtags

Hexagon Bokeh Stencil

7 Dots Studio Hazy Days Zip, Element Stickers, Die Cute Elements, Tags

Craft Box UK Galaxy Soufflé, Mixed Media Crystal Glaze Aquamarine, Blue Glaze.

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Wild Man Mixed Media Layout Creative Embellishments

This month I have had the pleasure of spending the weekend with my good friend Maggi. And just to get away, I was suppose to go to a bachelorette party but things change, and life is meant to be flexible and understanding. So I told the bride, not this time. I am there for bail money and I am going to take a step back from the young fun and just hang low at maggi’s. I am just a phone call away for bail money. I have been working so much, I just needed some time to create. My list is outrageous what I want to get some of it done. This project has been on my list for a while. Maksim is a great soccer player, I take my good camera and out of the 3000 photos I usually get about 12 that are good.

I started with some totally boy paper and I stamping the background with the distress checkered stamp and the chevron stamp. The moving on to the background with the newer mini square stencil, I put a bold black paste over portions of the stamping. I am also trying to use up some pastes before they get hard. That is my pet peeve on that. I topped it off with the metal stencil, with a contrasting bold white crackle paste.

I laid out the papers, after the background was done, I tryuely felt like it was missing something so I grabbed a few full panels and figured I would layer them in there to pop the page more. I added the Punchinello Circle to the background. I painted it black and added some wax to the top of it.

I cut out elements of the paper pack and picked out some wood chipboard soccer balls. I quickly hand painted them and set them aside to fit in to the project.

Once Everything was set out and placed I just glued it all down. I sporadically added the soccer balls on the page. I made sure I ink distressed the edges on the project.

I tried to incorporated the soccer flair and sports flair into the piece.

Please watch for the video to come, I have some catching up to do on making some videos.

Updated: Here is the video: Finally got to get some computer work done. Enjoy:

Thank you for stopping by today. Enjoy your crafty time.

 

Supplies:

Punchinella Circle

Boy Wordset

Wood Soccer Balls

Soccer Flair

Metal Stencil

Small Square Stencil

Distress chevron Stamp

Distressed Checkered Stamp

Ciao Bella Start Your Engines

 

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June Challenge Creative Embellishments

Welcome to June, where has the time gone, spring was only just here and now it’s already summer. Welcome to the June Challenge at Creative Embellishments. This month the inspirational photo rocked. Totally love it, I had about 8 different ideas going through my head, I had to narrow it down because of time and work. I made this large tag. And basically everything on here is CE. I haven’t actually used the steampunk octopus’s yet and why waste anymore time. I started with some tissue paper on the base of the large tag. I did try a little stamping on the background with the Steampunk clock stamp, but should have just mixed with the colour for more of the effect. I then moved on to the texture. Using the Gears 2 stencil and mixing up some different coloured crackle pastes, I cover all of the background and set aside to dry. It was so humid the day I made them I actually had to take a heat gun to the crackle which I don’t normally do. I sat and painted the octopus, just relaxed and painted. It is so detailed that I didn’t video most of it. Using the 1 1/2 inch gears steampunk keys and a the small gears, I filled in the background. I put it all together and made a short video of the creative process.

Here is a short video of the creative process.

Here are a few close-ups.

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you join us for the monthly challenge this month. It’s bound to be a good one.

Supplies:

Small Gears 2 Small

Steampunk Octopus

Gears 1 1/2inch

Steampunk Keys

Steampunk Clock

Large Tag

Gears Stencil 2

Finnabair Texture Paste Copper Crackle Antique Silver Crackle

Tim Holtz Ideo-ology Quote Chips , Collage Paper Typeset

Andy Skinner Super Matte Varnish

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics

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From This Moment Wedding Card and Tag Set

Welcome back to another post here made for Creative Embellishments. Tis the season of weddings and I have a number of them this summer. I was asked to make a shabby set, My friend Roberta gave me some guidelines and let me go from there. She usually gives me free range to do and play how I want.

Here is the video of the creative process:

After initially finding the paper collection I wanted to use, I started with some subtle stamping with the Distress Crackle Stamp and the Distress Moroccan Stamp. I just add the little extra effect and I enjoy how it pops through certain pastes. I never really know the look I will get.

Using a few different pastes, I add more fell to the project with the Quinfold Stencil and the Small Circles Stencil.

I added all my lovely die-cut embellishments along with some flowers and pearls and fit the “From This Moment” title on the inside.

I used the Flourish 28 in the clusters. I used a multi-textual embossing powder with bits of mica flakes to add to the feel and warmth of the card and tag.

Here are a few close-ups.

On the back of the tag, I found some old song lyrics paper that evolved around love . I used a thick crackle glaze again and covered the back with Black antiquing cream. This doesn’t cure so I wipe it back off with a wet kitchen  towel to get that dark aged look.

I thank you all for stopping by today. And enjoy the upcoming summer season with all that it has to come with it.

Heather

Supplies:

Small Circles Stencil 

Distress Crackle Stamp

Distress Moroccan Stamp

Quartre Foil Stencil

From This Moment Title

Lucky in Love Title

Flourish 28

Stamperia: Illusion in Time paper collection, Locket Moulds

Lindy’s Gang

Finnabair

DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream Black

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SeaSide Fun YouTube Hop

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Seaside Fun Reverse Canvas

Now on to my project. I had thought long and hard about this project before even starting it. It took me a while to really come up with how this should look. I took inspiration from a variety of things. I had done a tag class with my good friend Suz and took some ideas from that, I wanted to support one of the awesome sponcers Nicolle from Cretive Embellishemtns so I used a variety of product from the store. This idea had been jotted down on a piece of paper since Nicolle started to come out with the wood Decore items.

Here is my video:

 

Using various techniques and pastes, I started with the background, getting the base and taking some inspiration from my friend Suz, I started to blend working until I had the sky and the water done.

I decided to only use the anchor and the lighthouse on the large canvas. First painting the base, then adding more texture with crackle glaze and some dirty wash. I added the brick texture to the background and adding some paper backing. I bit of wash also on this one.

I worked with various pastes to make the bottom of the sea, This portion took so long to dry. And me being the impatient one. This project had various different components and techniques in one trying to mash them together to look good.

Using the Suns from Relics & Artifacts, painted and blending before adding them to the background.

I had some more pieces from RA, so I painted those and set them aside to dry before finishing off the piece with the water colour on the bottom of the sea floor. I put on the painted RA pieces to finish off the story of Down By the Sea.

Thank you for stopping by and Thank you to all our wonderful and generous sponcers who joined us for this great YouTube Hop.

Heather

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Clear Altered Tags with Creative Embellishments

Welcome back to another interesting and unique project with Creative Embellishments. 

Nicolle has so much new product in the store. This is a set of clear tags I made experiments with how they will take ink, spray and texture. There was a bit of a learning curve with these. 

Here is the video of how they were made and what worked well and what didn’t work well. 

 

 

First of all, Archival Ink works well, You just need a steady hand not to smear or smudge the ink when stamping. If your stamp doesn’t have the foam backing, I use a liquid removable glue and a stamping block, that works well. I stamped the Distress Script Stamp on the base of the tag and let it dry. I was very cautious using the heat gun with the tag. 

Texture paste…….well……didn’t work the best. It tended to flake off the more I worked with it. I spent more time cleaning all the paint flakes off my craft matt (I am totally type A). I do like the effects that were left on the tags. It adds a shabby look to it. 

The clear crackle did work for the most part. I used the small square stencil on the back ground with at texture paste that had flakes in it. That stuck really well, and I didn’t have any issues at all with that. 

I took into consideration the back side of the tag. Knowing that it will be seen on both sides. I made sure the paper was double sided and the glue spots were clear and positioned in such a way that it would not look horrible. 

 

 

Supplies: 

Distress Script Stamp

Small Square Stencil 

Large Clear Tags

 

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