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.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Steampunk Top Hat Featuring Creative Embellishment Chippies

Hello everyone. It is my first solo post at CreativeEmbellishments.Com/blog.  I had so much fun with the October challenge, I just couldn't wait to get started on my next project.  Although I can appreciate all styles, I am a lover of steampunk and grunge.  I keep a crafty "bucket list" of items I would like to make so I don't forget about them.  I have had mini top hat on my list for quite a while.  I couldn't resist making one with all these wonderful gears.
For the top hat, I used Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante paper.  I love brown and black together with pops of metallic and patina.  I used a pleated trim to go around the base of the hat and thin black ribbon to go around the top to give it a finished look.  I created a band using Tim Holtz Grunge paper and used Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo, and Black Soot to ink it up to give the look of letter.  Instead of eyelets, I couldn't resist using the Steampunk Mini Gears 3/4" instead.  I painted them black and then used TH distressed embossing powder in Vintage Photo.  I added DecoArt Copper and Gilder's Paste in Patina.  I finished off with some twine to tie the bands together.
For the side of the hat I had a blast.  There are feathers galore, copper wire spirals touched with a hint of patina, a fabric flower, and gems.  The real stars of the show are the chippies. I started off with a flourish that I painted in black and treated it the same way as I had done for the gear eyelets.  Then I layer over the top of it with gears and propellers  ( Steampunk Mini Gears 3/4" , propellers, gear set 2 large, gear set 2 medium)painted black then embossed using beautiful Lindy's Stamp Gang two toned embossing powders.
Products Used:
Mini Gears 3/4" (set of 12)
Gear Set 2 Large
Gear Set 2 Medium
Flourish 17

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October Challenge for Creative Embellishments - NEW/BETTER PICTURES ADDED

Hi everyone.  So excited to share with you my challenge for the October challenge at  I absolutely was inspired by the wonderful chipboard pieces they carry in their store at 

This challenge was so much fun.  I love Halloween.  I was so inspired by the creepy gates that I knew I had to incorporate them into my project.

The carousel:   The carousel is from the wonderful  I did modify the pattern a bit to accommodate the battery operated lazy susan on the bottom.  It spins on its own - so cool.  The patterned paper is Eerie Tale from Graphic 45 and the card stock is from Bazzill.   I added spider webbing, flourish borders, and spiders to the top.  The top comes off so that you could stash treats or a small gift.

On the crown of the carousel, I used the web borders from Creative Embellishments.  I painted with black distress paint, added glossy accents and black and silver micro beads.  Once dry, I cut them into sections to fit.  When I saw the witches at Creative Embellishments, I was over the moon and had to have one flying over the carousel.  I painted with black distress paint and then added TH distress glitter.  I added skulls, spiders, and fussy cuts to spook it up a bit

Talk about bling - I used close to 1600 pieces of bling around the crown.  Labor of love, but definitely worth it.

The horses: were cut and layered with black Bazzil paper that I highlighted with purple stickles and layered over purple glitter paper.  I trimmed the hooves so that the purple would show through.  Instead of using this as a cupcake holder, I trimmed straws and modified the base a little so that it would look more like a traditional carousel.  On the inside piece I used plum cardstock, purple glitter stock, and black ravens.

The base:  I took a tray and turned it upside down and added two layers of chipboard so that it was level before covering it with paper. This also came in handy to puncture holes into to allow the graveyard, pumpkin patch, and fussy cut images to stand up straight.  I used Graphic 45 Eerie Tale for the base.  For the gates and fence, I painted heavy cardstock with black paint and then added some Rub and Buff in silver leaf to give a distressed look.  I added Rub and Buff to the tombstones as well.  The pumpkin patch and images are fussy cut from the Eerie Tale.  

  This was so much crazy fun to make.  I have to say that Creative Embellishments makes wonderful chipboard pieces.  They are detailed and stand up to inking, spraying, and what ever else you want to do to them without falling apart.  Their store is  Come join in the challenges and fun at their blog


Monday, September 1, 2014

It's Official - I am Unruly

Hello all.  I am excited to share that I am a columnist for Unruly PaperArts beginning October 1st.  I stumbled across the blog in my constant search for new ideas to get inspired.  It was love at first sight. The blog is filled with unique projects, tutorials, and sponsored RAQ challenges (Reader Art Quest) based on a monthly theme that will be sure to keep those creative juices flowing. 

In addition to the UPA blog, there is also a Facebook page where you can share your creations, and a monthly newsletter chucked full of wonderful ideas and information. I hope you can join me on my new adventure.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

A deceptively simple tag

I participated in a color challenge tag swap for the month of August.  We needed to use a dark purple/plum color, light purple, blue, dark green and a light green.  When they say challenge, challenge for me it was.  These are all colors I don't work with very much, but decided to delve in head first. 

I could have taken the easy way out and purchased the new Bo Bunny collection as all the colors would have fit and made it much easier.  However, I wanted to see if I could make what I had in my stash work.  It took me a couple of hours of going through all my papers to find about a dozen I thought might work.  This is nothing new.  I do this every time I create.  I wish I could just close my eyes and just grab paper and make it work.  Sadly, I am too (insert nicer term here) particular. 

When I called the tag deceptively simple, it really appears to be more simple than it actually was to create. :)  That started for the front with textured plum cardstock. Then I matted it with a green patterned paper from graphic 45.  (All the pieces were sized and cut using the Silhouette Cameo).  Then I used to more cuts of the tag shape using a purple flower and striped pattern paper from Pion Designs.  I decided to tear the top and bottom sections of each (leaving more on the purple striped pattern to show through)  All the edges were inked with knotted wood Prima chalk edger, then the layers were glued down. 

I painted the dress form with a blue chalk paint.  I cut the dress form at the bottom of the dress portion to elongate it.  Next I created the dress.  I cut from the plum card stock a piece to fit as the bodice and embossed it, added rick rack and pearl trim.  With the skirt, there is a layer of lace, two layers of pleated tulle in dark plum and light purple, a pleated pattern paper (G45), a layer of rick rack, and then the top patterned paper (G45).  The lace trim, the rick rack, and lace were all white and I tinted them all shades of the purples so that they would blend in.  To finish off the outfit, I added a piece of trim and a blue rose to the waistline.

The bottom portion, I cut out a few images from G45 and inked, created a couple of leaves by cutting out using a TH die, scoring with a bone folder to create veins, and then inking and spritzing with water to get a more natural look.  I finished off with a flower from BoBunny and some pearl trim from Recollections. 

The top I used some of the trim to create a triple bow.  I used a TH bauble to hang from it.  I added a purple rose to the Mellissa Frances hanger to tie it in to the tag. 

For the back of the tag (funky angle sorry), I added another layer of the plum card stock for both strength and that the texture side would show on the back as well.  Gives it a more finished look.  I added the same green G45 patterned paper to the back and then finished off with an image cut from the paper line as well. All edges were inked before gluing down.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A bit of a challenge to myself

I am not sure what your creative process is, but I know that mine is usually long, slow, and deliberate.  I was Skype crafting with a friend over the weekend, and she was getting quite the kick out of me.  It took me over 2 hours to select then narrow down just my paper selection down to 12 sheets of paper for a tag.  In that two hours I think she must have gotten two or three things done in that time.  I envy someone who can just go in and whip something up without agonizing over every choice. 

So today I was getting ready to pack up a goodie box for an Australian friend.  Unfortunately with shipping costs, I am a little more conscious this time around in how I pack her box.  One thing to save space was to take items out of the original packaging.  It saves both room and weight.  My options were to let the items roam free in the box, put in a zip lock, or come up with another plan.  I didn't like the first two options and found these great little envies in my stash.  I decided to decorate them up to make them more of a gift.  Now here comes the draw, I probably could have spent days making these between planning them out, deliberating all the details, and execution.  However, I decided to give myself a little challenge.  I gave myself 2 hours to complete all the envies.  I figured that they were just for packaging, so I would make them fun but keeping in mind that they may just end up in the trash.  I used materials that were handy and just went for it.

Here is what I came up with....