Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Art Journal for Creative Embellishments

Something new from me today, art journaling!  Ah yes, this is the year of trying new things for me so here I am dabbling in art journaling.  Truthfully, I find it very difficult, but I admire other people art journals so much that I just have to give it a go.

On this first page I first inked with Distress Oxide ink in Worn Lipstick and then stamped with Creative Embellishments Hearts Stamp. Next I added a Scribble Frames that I heat embossed with Ranger Antiquities Rose Quartz embossing powder.  The people are part of a Tim Holtz Ephemera set.  The quote is a rubon from 7 Gypsies.

Then I added one of the Washi Tape Shape Clusters.  I inked it with Worn Lipstick and then heat embossed with Bridal Tinsel embossing powder.

The background on this page was also done with Distress Oxide Inks in Tattered Rose and Work Lipstick and Lindy's Mission Bells Brown. The Mini Frame and words were misted with Prima's Empress Gold.  Then I cut up the Leafy Circle Frame and tucked in pieces with the flowers I used.

I stamped on the background and  didn't like it so I partially covered it with a Mini Frame and managed to make it look like I was framing the heart right?  After all, it IS an art journal, and this is where we play and experiment.  So the stamping was an experiment gone bad!

Some spatters on both pages and that's my foray into art journaling!

Be sure to stop by the Creative Embellishments store, there are so many great chippies to chose from.  AND, did you know that Creative Embellishments also makes stencils, stamps and wood veneer pieces?  Check it out!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Baby Banner for Eileen Hull by Sizzix

Banners are such a fun party decoration that can be personalized with a name or occasion.  I made this one for a baby shower and used both pink and blue for fun!  You can make one for any occasion, take a look at my tutorial below and you'll see how easy it is.

I used Eileen Hull Design's by Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - House/Pocket Stitchlits to make each of the banners.  The house die is the perfect size for banner making and turned upside down, well, it's perfect!

I cut the BABY letters on my Cameo and they are about 3" tall.  The paper I used is from Graphic 45, it's the much loved Little Darlings DCE set.

In between each large banner, I used  a tag from the Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Bookmark, Tag & Pocket and turned that upside down too.  On each tag, I pasted a heart cut with the House/Pocket Stitchlits set.  The great thing about these sets is that there are so many dies in each one that allow you to create lots of different kinds of projects!


Graphic 45 Little Darlings DCE
Hug Snug Seam Binding
Adhesive of choice 


Step 1:
Die cut one of each pocket and house for each letter in your banner as shown in the photo.  I die cut 4 of each since there are 4 letters in my word, baby.  Ink the edges of each die cut as desired.

 Step 2:
Carefully cut through the center of the holes on the pocket so that you create a postage stamp edge effect.  Then adhere the pocket to the house as shown in the photo. (On the left side you can see the edge before I cut through the centers of the holes.)

Step 3:
Next layer on your letters.  Once we adhere the banners to the ribbon we'll add all the embellishments.

Step 4: 
Cut a tag to go between each of the banners using the Bookmark, Tag & Pocket set.  (I only used 3 on my banner.)  Cut some hearts with the heart die included in the House/Pocket Stitchlits set.   Turn the tags upside down and adhere a heart to each.

Step 5:
Now we're ready to put it all together.  Layout the banners with the tags between them and then take enough ribbon to string all the banners and tags and leave extra at each end.  You can use most anything to string your banner, but I suggest something on the strong side.  I used a twill ribbon.  Use a strong glue (I used hot glue) to adhere the banners and tags to the ribbon.  You could also staple the banners onto the ribbon and cover the staples with embellishments.  Then, embellish with lots of flowers, ribbons, tags, you imagination is the only limit!

Thanks for stopping by today, I appreciate it !!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Little Birdie Flowers and Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe

I think I can safely say that Little Birdie Flowers and Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe were meant to be together as is evidenced by this cheerful hanging plaque!  I've used two different Little Birdie Sparkle Flowers on my plaque and WOW, do they look gorgeous together or what?

I used an ephemera card and a chippy from the Floral Shoppe collection.  I love the quote on the chippie!  I'm entering this in the Frilly and Funkie challenge, "Bloomin' Marvellous".  The challenge is to create a vintage or shabby chic project with flowers as the focus.  I think this works!

Big shout out to Little Birdie not only for the fabbie flowers, but for the chalk board paint that I used on my background too.  They sent me such a fun package full of flowers, paints, glitter and paper. 
 Thanks so much!

You need to get your hands on some of these Sparkle Little Birdie Flowers.  The petals are covered with fine sparkle that makes them twinkle so.  They are sooooo pretty!

 Some cheesecloth and a seam binding bow finish off this piece.

Supplies Used:
Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Ephemera Cards and Chipboard
Little Birdie Chipboard Heart Vine Square Frame
Little Birdie Matt Chalk Acrylic Paint - Misty Fog
Little Birdie Valerie Ivory Flowers
Little Birdie Elsie Carnations Flowers
Little Birdie Stencil Berry Bounty 7.3" X 9.7"
Prima White Sand Texture Paste
Ranger Distress Oxide Ink - Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint
Prima Metallique Wax - Old Silver
White Gesso
White Paint
Ivory Hug Snug Seam Binding
Metal plaque from Hobby Lobby

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

April Challenge for Creative Embellishments

Time for a new challenge at Creative Embellishments and this is the inspiration photo.  It is so fun, I totally love it!  The twist this month is to use a harlequin pattern and I used gold masking paste to stencil on harlequin patterns here and there.

I love this Destination Quote from the Creative Embellishments store and decided to do a canvas with the quote as the focal point.  I used my go to product, Stampendous Shabby Chic white embossing enamel to color the chipboard. The shabby chic embossing enamels have glitter in them and I love how it sparkes!

The background is my playground, I just dabbed on lots of paint and Distress Oxide Ink until I was happy with the result.  No rhyme or reason, just playing with wild abandon.

I cut up part of a Circle Lattice Panel, embossed it and tuck in with the flowers.  The,  I used Lindy's mists to color the chipboard ferns.

I also used Flourish Set 32 under the flowers, you can see in peeking out here and there.  Its colored with Lindy's mist also, but in a brighter green than the ferns.  I love flowers, so I finished the canvas off with lots of pretty blooms cause I'm dreaming of Spring and I sure wish it would get here!  It's been way to cool and rainy for the south this time of year!

Creative Embellishments Chipboard used:

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Graphic 45 new dies and Floral Shoppe!

WOW!!  Graphic 45's Floral Shoppe collection is so STUNNING!  I adore the floral images and pretty colors, this collection speaks to me in a very loud voice!  I used Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix Mini Album die to cut the cover for the mini.  Then I use G45's beautiful papers and new dies to complete the cover and inside.

Join me on this video to have a good look inside the mini.

This year Graphic 45 released something very special that I know many of us have wanted for a very long time and that is a die to cut out G45's tags.  I was so excited to see dies for cutting the large, regular, square and ATC tags.

Look at this beautiful flower I made to accompany my commercial flowers.  And I love the leaves too!

This is the die set for the large and ATC sized tags and it includes all those wonderful flowers and leaves!!

You can see two regular sized G45 tags peeking above the mini.  
This is the regular tag die set with the gear panel that is so awesome!
That clock in the center might be my favorite of all and it come with the square tag die.  I think I am speechless, G45 has done it again!!

The back of the mini is a fitting place to close this blog post!  Thanks so much for joining me today, I appreciate these few minutes of your time.

Supplies List -

Graphic 45:
12" x 12"  Floral Shoppe Collection Pack (includes a sticker shhet)
Floral Shoppe Chipboard
Floral Shoppe Ephemera Cards

Other Supplies:
Hug Snug Seam Binding - ivory

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Come scrap and cruise with me!

I have a great idea for you! Tell your family that you want a cruise for Mother's Day or for any reason actually! Ha!  Birthday, Mother's Day, any day works for me cause we all deserve a break, right?  Join me, Heather Thompson and Lisa Irish while we cruise the beautiful Caribbean Sea to the ABC Islands aboard the Navigator of the Seas! Our departure port is Miami and we'll spend 9 fabulous nights at sea and during that time we'll have 4 days at sea where Heather, Lisa, and I will be teaching technique filled classes. Plus we'll have a crop room for you to use through out the cruise. You've got lots of time to make plans because we don't set sail until March 29, 2019!  Best of all this cruise is really affordable, take a look at these great prices that include the cruise, technique filled classes and all class materials, you'll only need to bring the basic supplies like adhesives, scissors, paper trimmer, etc.

Stateroom Type
Room Rate
Taxes & Port Charges
Double Occupancy
Scrapbooking Package
Package Total
$731.18 pp
$350 pp
$1081.18 pp
Inside Promenade View
$750.18 pp
$350 pp
$1100.18 pp
Ocean View Window
$844.18 pp
$350 pp
$1194.18 pp
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$350 pp
$1454.18 pp

To sign up for this awesome scrap-vacation or get more information, contact Lisa at

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Graphic 45's Little Women Collection

How well I remember being mesmerized by the Louisa May Alcott's Little Women book series.  I didn't have a lot of friends as a child but I always had my books for friends and this was a fave!

I was thrilled when Graphic 45 memorialized the story with their new release, Little Women.  The colors in this collection are just so pretty, bright and bold, but still vintage.

Take a journey with me in this video where I'll give you a flip through tour  of all the pages in my mini.

I made a cute dangle for the spine by threading beads and a G45 Shabby Chic Metal Key Hole onto wire.

 I made the journal cover using Eileen Hull Design's Journal Die by Sizzix.  It is such a fun die and perfect for making Midori styled journals.

 You can place so many photos in this journal. There are lots of  tuck spots, tags and pull outs where you can record your memories along with your photos.

There are 3 signature inserts and each one is designed for holding photos and journaling.

Tip: Save your scraps and use them to decorate the small tags in your minis. Add interest to your minis by adding unexpected elements like policy envelopes and odd shaped papers.  At the back of the 3rd signature, I bound in a G45 policy envelope as an extra special place to hide something!

Graphic 45 Supplies:
Graphic 45 Little Women 12 x 12 Collection
Ephemera Cards
Staples Shabby Chic Metal Key Holes
Staples Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys
Staples Policy Envelopes ATC Black
Staples Policy Envelopes Large Black
Staples ATC Tags Black
Staples Large Tag Album Black

Other Supplies:
Petaloo Flowers
May Arts 1.5" Solid Wrinkled Ribbon - black
May Arts ¼" Silk Ribbon - black, ivory
May Arts ¼" Metallic Wired Ribbon - Mauve
Sizzix Notebook Journal by Eileen Hull
Mat board

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Heritage layout for Creative Embellishments

My favorite chippies are flourishes and Creative Embellishments has a beautiful assortment of them.  I love to use them under floral clusters as I've done here.  Here I've combined pretty swirly flourishes with Stamperia's Time is an Illusion paper collection.

In the upper corners I've used Flourish Corner 2 set and heat embossed them with Stampendous Aged Ivory Embossing Powder.  Yep, that's my go-to color, and I do use it quite often.  It just works so well with vintage layouts.

Here's a really great view of the Flourish Corner 2.  You can see the different layers I creater here too, I tucked some slip lace in between layers and even sewed them in.  I don't often use my sewing machine but I thought this layout called for it!

At the bottom I used Vintage Flourish Set 2, also heat embossed with  Stampendous Aged Ivory Embossing Powder.

I used the legacy word from the Heritage Word Set and heat embossed it with Stampendous Aged Marine Embossing Ename for my title.

Some older Prima flowers and vines finished off my look.

Other Products:
Stamperia Time's An Illusion Paper Collection
Prima Flowers
Stampendous Embossing Enamels - Aged Ivory, Aged Marine

Thanks for joining me today.  Be sure to stop by the Creative Embellishments store  there's always something new to see!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Happy St Patrick's Day Tags!

Here are a couple of tags that I made for Creative Embellishments to wish you a Happy St Patrick's Day.  I think everyone is a little bit Irish on that day!

I started by stenciling some shamrocks with the Shamrock Stencil on the green background.  Then I added a couple pieces of torn patterned paper and layered them on the tag.

Next, I used Prima Raspberry Pie Chalk Ink to ink up the  Paint Splats and Drips and a circle from the Grunge Circles set. Then I sprinkled on clear embossing powder and heat set to give the chippies a shiny finished appearance.  After adhering my chipboard pieces, I added stickers from the collection and lace around the outer edge of the tag.

The 2nd tag is a tag within a tag.  The smaller tag is a great place to write a hidden message.  

I used a frame from the Scribble Frames 2 set and just colored it with some Lindy's Mist.

The frame is fitted around a cut-apart from the paper collection and is popped up with foam layered over an embossed pink cardstock.  I adhered the cardstock just around the edges so that a smaller tag could be tucked inside.  At the bottom I used a piece from the Paint Splats and Drips set.

Creative Embellishments Products Used:

Thanks for stopping by today!  Join me in being "Irish for a Day" and make a fun St Patrick's Day tag.  

Be sure to join in our monthly challenge on the Creative Embellishments' blog and stop by the shop to see what's new.


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