Monday, March 16, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

                                    A day to create

Last week I didn't touch my craft table.  By the weekend I just couldn't keep away and set out to create something, anything so I hit the blog challenges for inspiration.  Here is the results!

My first Frosted Designs kits arrived in the mail filled so tons of goodies.  For this layout I used the "We are Family" kit.  I started with the Tim Holtz doily stencil and texture paste.  Next I applied a couple of coats of walnut stain followed by various Shimmerz paints and products to deepen and enhance the background.  I also applied the walnut stain to this gorgeous Creative Embellishments fence piece.  I did a bit of fussy cutting with another piece of the kit's papers and added them to the garden. 

This is a sweet picture of my grandmother as a child standing outside by a rose bush.  She is holding her hands behind her back.  I know, I know, it really does look like she is armless!  lol!

Carta Bella Flourish and Large Floral
Authentique Harmony components

Creative Embellishments, fence chipboard
Kaiser Kraft, wood flourish,  bird branch
The Robin's Nest, Tear drops
Stash items, metal butterflies
 Tim Holtz, doily stencil

Shimmerz,  Sugar Plum, Golden Wheat, Spritz(Cotton Candy), Texturize(Gold Mine)
Ingvild  Bolme,Dark Bark and Olive Vine chalk ink
Homemade texture paste

Thank you for visiting today!

Studio 75  about women I chose the quote "You are capable of amazing things".

Off the Rails  I turned the sketch on it's side.  I used the colors and the old time elements as inspiration for my layout.

Beyond Grey  Make a mixed media project using more than one medium (gesso, mist, ink, gel medium, texture paste, pain). It has to be visible in your work.

scrapki-wyzwaniowo scent mine is rose garden

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March 4, 2015

             Time Flies (Creative Embellishment's DT)

I had this lovely Prima Marketing paper in my stash for over a year just waiting for the right inspiration.  Creative Embellishments have these incredible Wings, gears 1 1/2", Heart and this Time flies photo frame and add to it this awesome photo of my great grandparents and we have a winning layout!

I left the Photo frame in it's natural state.  It set the tone for the old time photo.  For the wings I began by inking them black then applying a black composite embossing powder followed by a touch of Shimmerz gold paint and finishing it off with flecks of white paint.  The heart was given a light touch of Shimmerz gold paint.  The gear was a mixed bag of embossing and paint.  

The background is a mixture of stenciling then applying pink, gold and walnut colors.  Some were splashed on, others were given a mist of water then allowed to run down the page.

 Thank you for stopping by and taking a peek.  Stop by the store and check out all the fabulous new items.  I also hope this will inspire you to join in on the fun of our monthly challenge!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today, and for the sweet comments.  I always enjoy our visits.

Prima Marketing "Pacato"
7 Dots Studio "Way of Life"

Creative Embellishments
Wings set 4
time flies frame set
gears 1 1/2"

Berry71bleu flowers galore

C'est Magnifique
 March Sketch Challenge!

7 Dots Studio Hearts

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Design Team call for Creative Embellishments

GUESS WHAT?!! It's that time again! Creative Embellishments is having a dt call for their May - August term!!! I can honestly say CE is the most awesome company to design for! It's family owned and operated and they are beyond generous with their designers. I LOVE working with their fabulous products and I love the drama free, friendly team atmosphere! If YOU want to be part of something amazing, love paper crafting and working with gorgeous laser cut chipboard, wood veneer and flair, get your application in!


Quoted from their blog post ...
WE are looking for 8 fun crafty folks for our team. This term is a 4 month term. My goal is to have 3 DT calls a year. I want to keep things fresh and get our products into as many hands as possible.

What will be required from you?
Must be good with deadlines.
3 projects a month (1 layout/project for our monthly challenge and 2 other layouts/projects)
Write a blog post  providing a brief description of what you did to alter the chipboard (or other products) along with a list of the products used linked to our store on our CE blog.
Please share as well on your personal blog/facebook and any other social media site you are active on.
Comment on participant’s entries to our monthly challenges.
Good photography skills of projects required.
Occasionally you will be asked to create 1 to 2 additional projects as  guest spots at the sites we sponsor. This may not happen at all during this term but want to be prepared in case it does. So please keep this in mind.
Please become a fan/follower of our blog, facebook, page, pinterest, google+, youtube, flikr and  twitter. I realize not everyone are active on all these accounts but follow us where you can.

What you will get. :)
$45.00 a month in Creative Embellishments product of your choice.
30% off any additional products.
Creative Embellishments will promote your work on our blog, facebook page, pinterest, flikr and instagram.

Email me, Nicolle, (with CEDT3 in subject line) at with:
Name, Address, e-mail address
Blog address and other galleries
Current Design Teams you are on. (We are looking for folks who are NOT on any other competitive chipboard manufacturer teams)
Email 3 photos of layouts, cards, tags, canvases and mixed media projects of your choice.( PLEASE RESIZE  THE PHOTOS YOU SEND  TO 300K) They DO NOT have to be new but what you think represents your style best.
We are looking for all styles….Clean and simple, shabby chic, grunge, eclectic,mixed media and off the page etc

The deadline for this call is  March 28th.  The designers will be contacted on or around April 1st . The term will run from May 1st 2015  through August 31st 2015.  Thanks to all who apply in advance. I am sure it will not be an easy task to narrow it down to  8 people. There are so many talented folks out there.  I am however looking for a well rounded team of all styles showcasing our products.
This DT CALL is open to everyone.
Thanks again. I can not wait to see who applies this term!! xoxoxox

March 1, 2015

Kiss me, I'm Irish  (Creative Embellishment's DT)



                                     Kathleen White

  March is always a special time of year because  Spring starts, St. Patrick's Day and my son's birthday make it a time for celebration. So naturally I was inspired by the Irish elements.   Over in the store  I found these sweet clover clumps to use as my flourishes which I inked green and them stamped on top.  There is also a large selection of words sets in the store.  I inked my word a warm orange as a contrast to the green. I also inked my butterfly orange.  I hope you will join in on the fun with this month's challenge!   Don't forget your green this St. Paddy's Day!
 'Twist -Add a flourish to your project.'  Creative Embellishment's inspiration picture plus use a flourish!

A few close ups.

  Thank you for stopping by and taking a peek.  Have a very happy St. Patrick's Day.

 Unruly Paper Arts

Craft Hoarders Anonymous


Friday, February 27, 2015


                             Dream (Frosted Designs challenge)

This is a photo of my daughter after receiving her Master's degree as a Physician's Assistant.  She was simply glowing! This has been her life long dream come true.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope I have inspired you to make your own creativity take flight.

Scrap Around the World 
I was inspired by the waves in the hair and the calm serene photos.

Berry 71 bleu
  I loved the vintage feel of this mood board. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

February 18, 2015

                 Valentine {Creative Embellishments DT)

My sister loves her four legged babies!  So, when she asked me to to take a portrait of her and her girls how could I refuse.  They make the perfect subjects for a Valentine's layout.  Just look at those sweet faces.

I find Creative Embellishments chippies and Graphic 45 pair beautifully together.  The stacking hearts and Bird Cage received a misting of Shimmerz Vibez Cold as ice then randomly rubbed with Tattered Angels Satchel to give the pieces a vintage feel.  Light peach pearls adorn the hearts and tiny pools of Robin's Egg glass glitter makes them shine.

I used two sets of fronds and a Flourish 4 (long Fronds and Fronds set 5)  which were embossed with Pearlustre Moonstone and Golden Pumpkin Blush. 

Thank you for stopping by this fine day.  I hope I have inspired you to let your own creativity take flight!

Creative Embellishments:  The stacking hearts   Bird Cage   Fronds   Fronds set 5  Flourish 4

Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments;   All My Love, Heart Song, Be My Valentine, Sweet Sentiments, Spring has Sprung, Perfect Petals

Scrap Africa   Die cut delight

Berry71bleu moodboard I was inspired by the birds and the feel of nature.
February 2015 Challenge

Red Carpet Studio

Friday, February 13, 2015

Capture the Moment

               Capture the Moment (Frosted Designs DT)

Friday's challenge this week is to Get Messy x2... Ink, paint, mists, molding paste, gesso (must use 2).   I went mixed media crazy!!  At least crazy for me!!  lol

 I took this picture of my son during a health event for children when we lived in Germany.  My idea for the layout was to show time stopped just for a moment. 

 I started with a lovely pale blue and white polka dotted paper.  Next, I laid a polka dotted stencil on the paper and rubbed some metallic blue berry gelato on then continue by paint-able texture paste.  This gives you a wonderful multicolor look.  I took a stamp and dabbed orange ink onto it.  They look like large paint splashes.  Finally I misted some light blue paint followed by painting many layers and splashing.  Now I used another stamp with black ink for a little drama.  The rings received a coat of guava dimensional crystal.  The gears and photo frame were sprayed black.  The final step was adding beads in a couple of the rings.

Here you can see the beads.

I hope I have inspired you to let your creativity take flight!  Have a wonderful crafty weekend!


 Word & Paintery


Scrapping Clearly Scrapbooking  I love the color palette and was further inspired by te outdoorsy feel and the camera.


Studio 75