Sunday, March 22, 2015

Trash to Treasure for Unruly PaperArts

Hi all.  Our sponsor over at Unruly PaperArts is the wonderful Rubber Dance Art Stamps. Check out her awesome selection at  Our theme for March is Trash to Treasure.  Head on over to to check out my full article and tutorial.  I love how my project came out.

Here is a sneak peek:

Monday, March 9, 2015

Sewing Box for Creative Embellishments

Today's project is a sewing box for Creative Embellishments.  I have had this box in my craft room for several years.  It was falling apart and all the sewing items were just thrown in there.  It was time to either throw it out or give it new life.  I started with repair work by reinforcing all the seams of the box. I painted all the edges with black gesso and TH black soot crackle paint. I used Marion Smith papers to cover both the inside and outside of the box.

The sewing machine set is divine.  The picture doesn't pick up all the detail, but there is engraving details that really pop when painted.  I have painted the chippies black, added touches of silver Rub-N-Buff.  I accented a few of the pieces with the distress script stamp embossed with snow white embossing powder.  I made a flower from TH fabric, sprayed with Heidi Swapp black Color Shine spray, topped with a chipboard button from the set and added lace as leaves.

For the top of the box, I made a pocket to hold the manual for the sewing machine.  I added trims, a dress form from the set, and a chipboard flourish.

For the bottom of the box, I organized my supplies into empty Heidi Swap Color Shine boxes.  I love when you can reuse items you would normally throw away.  I created belly bands and layered labels.  I topped each with the coordinating chippie of what was inside the box.

Supplies Used:

Sewing Machine Set

Distressed Script Stamp

Flourish 17

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Grungy Fabric Flowers for Creative Embellishments

I really like fabric flowers and want to include them in my projects.  The only problem is I can only find ones that are more on the shabby or elegant side.  I took it as a challenge to make a grungy version.  So I armed with Tim Holtz Eclectic Fabric, a glue gun, felt, and YouTube.  They were very addicting to make.  I started off making a bakers dozen of them.  I know that I will be making more and trying different styles.

For the centers I use medium and small chipoard gears, propellers, and loose parts using distress stains and patina gilder's paste to color.  I finished off with Prima metals.

supplies used:
Gear Set 2 Medium
Gear Set 2 Small
Loose parts

Saturday, February 28, 2015

March Challenge Time for Creative Embellishments

It is challenge time again for Creative Embellishments.  You should come over and join us:

Challenge Photo: (The twist this month is to use a flourish).

'Twist -Add a flourish to your project.'

My Project:

I was inspired by the butterflies, flowers, and colors in this month's challenge photo.  I used Pink Paislee's Butterfly Garden Paper for this tag.  I embossed with white snow embossing paper using the distressed script stamp along the top of the pink paper.  I created a pocket over the top using chipboard and more pattern paper from the collection.  I fussy cut a couple of butterflies, added flowers, pearls, and trim.  On the bottom I added leaves from the autumn leaves set that I embossed in moss.  I snipped off the end of a flourish dragonfly so it would look more like a butterfly and embossed in worn lipstick distress powder.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

ATC Book for Unruly Paper Arts

I am up for Unruly PaperArts today using the theme books.  We had the opportunity to use wonderful stamps from Rubber Dance Art Stamps ( for our projects  Come check out the blog for the full article and project. 

Here is a sneak peak:

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Let Your Imagination Run Wild Canvas Book for Creative Embellishments

Hi, everyone.  I am up on the Creative Embellishments blog today with a canvas book.  To say I used a ton of Creative Embellishment chippies on this project would be a huge understatement.  I let my imagination run wild with them.  For the front and back cover, I used 10Second Studio's Verday paints in iron and bronze with tons of patina.  I crinkled a plastic back over it while drying so that I would get the exta texture.  The image is from G45 Steampunk Debutante.  On her head I layered tons of smallmedium, and large gears, propellers, and loose parts.  I used Rusty Hinge and Ripe Persimmon distress stains, Prima Dark Rust Chalk Edger and Patina Gilder's paste to colorize everything. I topped off with some metal bits.  For the title, I used TH letters.  I used a branch with Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo Distress, and Forest Moss stains, the chalk edger. To add visual texture to the leaves, I used the distress crackle stamp with green archival ink.  I inked the gears on the branch with Peacock Feathers distress stain. I outlined all the images with Faber Castell brush pen in black for definition.  I also went around the edges and smudged to create a border.

For the inside, I used heavy Gesso and cheese cloth to create a rough texture. I used the iron Verday paint with patina and went over the high points with Patina Gilder's Paste. I cut out pieces from Marion Smith's Nirvana collection to fill in the inside as well as fussy cut some images to embellish.  I used pieces of the  fish net lattice panel on both sides to ground the images.  I added the clock and photo corner that I embossed with Lindy's stamp gang blue embossing powder.  I used the Verday paints on weather vane.

Supplies Used:

Gear Set 2 Medium

Gear Set 2 Medium
Gear  1 1/2" (Set of 12)

Loose parts


Branches (set of 3)

Distressed Crackle Stamp

Fishnet Panel
Large Clock Face 4"

Photo/Page corner set 6

Airship Weathervane

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Guest Design Team Post for Scrap Around the World

The team over Creative Embellishments was invited to guest design over at Scrap Around the World

The mood board for this month:

Here is my take:

I was inspired by the colors and the feeling of a long weathering love.  The picture of my Mother and Grandmother was taken on her last visit before she passed.

I used Rusty Hinge, Ripe Persimmon, Forest Moss, and Mowed Lawn Distress Paints on the clock face, love from the happy word set, and flourish.  Then I covered the with a layer of Utee.