Monday, November 24, 2014

A Grungy Steampunk TIn for Creative Embellishments.

Kelley here for Creative Embellishments today.  So excited.  I have had an empty Recollection flower tin in my stash for ages waiting to be altered.  Never quite knew what I wanted to do with it.  That is until I saw the absolutely fabulous steampunk dressform.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do from there. 

I added BoBunny Somewhere in Time paper to both the inside and outside of the tin.  I grunged up the outside a bit more by stenciling with archival inks in Sepia and Aquamarine.  I finished of the front with a rusted button with a BoBunny button layered over.  On the outside top of the tin and the inside lid, I added recollections bling.  I added all kinds of fun flowers and embellies around the base, my favorite being the chipboard clock from the smaller chipboard timepieces  . 

I paited the dressform with copper metal paint and then added patina.  I went over parts of it with Lumiere metallic rust and added more patina.  Then I layered tons and tons of mini gears,   gear set small 2 gears, and gears set 2 medium.  I added some propellers and bling to finish it off. 

For the inside lid, I used more gears and some BoBunny papers, chipboard, and gear.
Supplies Used:

Steampunk Dress Form 2

Steampunk Timepieces

Mini Gears 3/4" (set of 12)'

Gear Set 2 Small

Gear Set 2 Medium

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Diaper Castle for Creative Embellishments

Hi Everyone.  Kelley here today with a diaper castle that I made for my nephew and his wife's baby shower.  These are a really fun take on the diaper cake.  I used papers from BoBunny, Simple Stories, and Ella & Viv.  I used the SVG cut pattern for the castle.  I used silhouette cuts for the banner and the circular pieces.

Best of all, I used the darling Baby, Baby, Baby wood veneers from  Creative Embellishments.  They are truly the stars of the show on each of the columns.  I painted them white and then heated some a little longer to blister a little for texture.  I gave a few a hint of coral spray.  To finish of the castle I added some pearls, some faux stitching with a white gel pen, and some tulle.

Supplies Used:
Baby , Baby , Baby

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A grungy canvas over at Unruly using Amazing Crafting Products

It's my turn over at the Unruly Paper Arts Blog.  This month's theme was make and bake.  We had the opportunity to work with Amazing Mold Putty from our sponsor this month Amazing Crafting Products.  From working with their products for a while now, in my opinion they produce really well made and easy to use products that allow you to achieve fantastic results. 

Here are a few sneak peeks of the project, pop on over to the Unruly Paper Arts Blog to see the full article and pictures.  Also, there will be a link to a snap guide tutorial. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

RAQ Challenge over at Unruly Paper Arts

Come on over to Unruly Paper Arts and join us for the November Challenge

How to Play along with our Reader Art Quests

RAQ 1.

Each Month you must use our creative prompt - This will be a word or phrase -  our November Creative Prompt is 'Santa Claus is Coming To Town'.  You can take extra inspiration from the other photos and colors provided.
I am so not a shopper.  I am so thankful for Gift Cards.  I decided to make a small box to fit a gift card with a matching treat bag and tag that fit into the bog. 

Creative Embellishment's November Challenge

Hello all.  It is time for a new challenge over on the blog for Creative Embellishments.

This month you will be inspired by our inspiration picture below and show us what you are thankful for. If it isn’t obvious please let us know how you  were inspired by in the picture and what you are thankful for in your post. We look forward to see what everyone creates.


My take on the challenge this month was to do a thankful banner.  I was inspired by the colors in the photo.  I chose to use browns, coppers, greens.  I used the autumn leaves set  painted in TH Forest Moss distress paint.  I used TH chit chat stickers with words such as believe, family, hope, dreams, etc.  As life throws us curveballs, it is important to remind ourselves of all the good things in our lives. 


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Altered Gumball Machine for Creative Embellishments

Kelley here.  I had an absolute blast making this project with all the fabulous chippies from  I gutted the machine so that I was left with the base, the globe, and lid.  I base coated with two coats of gesso and then added a texture mix of heavy texture cream and course texture gel. Lots of layers of acrylics were added on top.  For the lid I added bling for rivets.  I finished off the top with an awesome airship.  I stained it with rusty hinge and frayed burlap distress stains.  I inked, added copper metallic cream, and a little salty ocean distress paint.

For the inside.  I made a new base from chipboard for everything to sit on.  I used two photo corners painted in ancient gold to put on the base along with large gear in the center to keep the surface even.  I used a block covered in paper and large gears sprayed in Lindy's Stamp Gang Red Hot Poker Orange to layer all the fussy cuts and chipboard pieces on.  I used the Graphic 45 Steampunk Collection for all the images.  I added a large photo corner for interest and structural support to hold up the chipboard clock.  The photo corner was painted with ancient gold and then lightly misted with LSG Tibetan Poppy Teal and the clock was embossed with TH Vintage Photo distressed embossing powder, then touched with Patina Gilder's paste, Prima inks, etc.  There were a few other gear's sprinkled in. I added some fussy cut butterflies, a metal heart, and a G45 metal clothes pin to finish off the inside.

On the back, I had to add wings.  Not a choice - they were begging to be used.  Love, love, love how detailed they are.  Absolutely gorgeous.  Painted with burnt sienna, burnt umber, and ancient gold then topped with a little TH Rock Candy crackle paint.

To the front I added a prima piece over the coin slot. I used steampunk frame chippie that I trimmed down to fit the front panel and painted with burnt sienna and burnt umber acrylic paints then covered in Rock Candy crackle paint. I layered with more gears and propellers covered in copper metallic and black coal prima chalk ink.  I used a few prima metal gears and metal pieces.  I touched over the gears with TH Salty Ocean distress paint. I added a few fussy cut butterflies along with some ball chain in the gumball slot to finish off the front.

At the CE blog ( they host a monthly challenge with a chance to win a $25 gift card to the store.  They have the most wonderful chippies, wood veneers, stamps, and flair.  Hope to see you there.

More detailed pics:

Supplies Used:
Airship 3
Photo/Page corner set 6
Gear  1 1/2" (Set of 12)
Mini Gears 3/4" (set of 12)
Steampunk Frame
Gears 1" (Set of 12)
Wings Set 4

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Inky Goodness over at Unruly Paper Arts

Our challenge for October was Painted Perfection over at Unruly Paper Arts.  I had so much fun getting all grungy. Here are some sneak peaks of my project

To see the full project come visit us over at or click here.  I am having some great fun over there. There is wonderful inspiration from my fellow crafters, challenges, and wonderful sponsors.  Hope you can come play with us.