Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Under the Sea with Creative Embellishments

Hello.  I am back up on the Creative Embellishments blog today with a new project.   Love the all the steampunk and sea themed items.  It pairs so well with the Graphic 45 collection.  Click on the links to go directly to the blog or the store to check out the items.

I found this cool latern over a year ago and have been saving it for a fun project.  When I saw the steampunk Octopus I knew I needed to do an aquarium with the lantern. I first inked the Octopus with amber liquid acrylics from Dr. Ph Martins then sprayed with coral Heidi swap mists.  I used dark bark prima chalk edger and a rust ink pad to darken the edges.
I used seaweed 2 and seaweed 3 to build out my acquatic seen inside the lantern.  I used the rust ink pad to ink the one to give it more of a coral feel and different shades of green and rust for the other.  I added sand, shells, and netting to finish off. 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

July Challenge for Creative Embellishments

Happy July everyone.  It is great to be back at Creative Embellishments. Check out their blog for their new challenge for the month of July.  The twist this month was to incorporate stars.  I made a banner for a table decoration for our festivities scheduled on the fourth.  I used bold red, white, and blue colors. I love those little wooden stars and they were so fun to color.  I used a navy blue Sharpie for the blue stars, a red Viva D├ęcor Pearl pen for the red, and Picket Fence Distress Ink for the white. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July and I hope you were inspired to make a decoration for your party. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wall Hangings for Creative Embellishment


Hi all.  I am up on the Creative Embellishment's blog with some wall hangings that I made for my craftroom.  Every time I pass by my light switch cover in the craft room, it brings a smile to my face.  I used it as inspiration for this project.  The base of this project are probably my some of my most favorite chippie pieces ever.

I cut a piece of chipboard to fit inside the steampunk gear frame and then layered on small, medium, and large chippie gears.  The die is so intricate that it wasn't necessary, but I love the definition. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to dig out my loose parts and propellers.  I painted the whole thing in black paint and then sprayed with different colors of Lindy's Stamp Gang.
I layered on some Marion Smith papers and then stamped with the distressed brick stamp and the distressed script stamp to add to the back ground.  I added embossing powder around the edges.  I painted the inspire word set with black paint and added some patina gilder's paste.  Then I had to include these awesome new dressform chippies.  If you look closely you can see how detailed they are with scrolls.  LOVE.  I sprayed them with the same sprays I used on the frame. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Beach Keepsake Box with Creative Embellishments

Kelley here with a beach keepsake box for creative embellishments.   I love the vintage look of the Graphic 45 collection.  I did have to give it a distressed look though. 
I used a wooden cigar box and painted it with blue chalk paint.  Then I dry brushed over it with some gesso to give it a beachy feel.  I used some netting to add to the top of the box over the layers.
I used tea dye and vintage photo distress stains on the chipboard nautical anchor.  I think it really adds to the beachy feel of the box.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Grungy Canvas for Creative Embellishments

Hi all.  I am up on the Creative Embellishments blog today with a grungy canvas.  I used a paper transfer technique for the base of my canvas.  My favorite part was that the corset was a part of the transfer.  With a little stitching, inking, shading and some trim it pops off the page.  Lots of stamping and inking in the background.  I made a mold of the faucet handle and the rusted the resin so the piece is super light. 

I used the large gears as a back drop behind my image.  I just love them. I rusted the gears and then added patina paint to the top.  I used Modern Masters Iron Paint and Rusting Solution for all the rust.  It works great on chipboard. 
For the embellishment cluster atthebottom, Included flowers, molded pieces, fussy cut images, and an awesome chipboard feather.  Oh my these feathers are so detailed, I just love.  I used varying colors of paint and then heat embossed until it bubbled.  I love the texture it gives. 

Supplies Used:
 large gears

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Blog candy winner.......

Congrats Beverly Gray.  Thank you all who played along. This was fun.

July Challenge Over at Creative Embellishments

It is that time of month again for another monthly challenge over at CreativeEmbellishments.com/blog.  Come join for your chance at a $50 gift voucher for the store.  They have some amazing products.   I do want to give a quick announcement....Creative Embellishments is having a DT call, so go check them out on the blog or their Facebook page.

CHALLENGE PHOTO: Be inspired by at least one element in the photo and use at least one wooden element.

Here is my take:

I was inspired by the red flowers so I decided to make red and flowers a large part of my tag.  I fussy cut a ton of flowers from G45 French Country and layered.  I just love the hot air balloon chippies and tried my hand at paper piecing over the top to give a different look.  I finished it off by heavily inking between the etched lines and sealing over the top with glossy accents.  For the wooden element, I used part of a leaf at the top of the tag inked green to give a pop of a color to tie with the leaves from the flowers.