Monday, April 13, 2015

Guest Designing At CSI for Creative Embellishments

Hello friends! I hope you are having a good week.  For the month of April, the Creative Embellishments design team have been invited to be guest designers over at CSI.  Not only is Creative Embellishments guest designing, we are also one of the sponsors for this month.  Here is my layout for CSI's Case File No. 161

 Here is the inspiration image and how I solved CSI Case File No. 161

I was inspired to create a nautical layout for this challenge.  I added all five colors to my layout and added circles, wet medium, architectural accents, stripes, clouds, triangles, stars, ombre, metal and something that flies as my "evidence" elements.  For the "testimony" I added some journaling written in a circle and used the word "whim" in my journaling.  Here are some closeups

I hope you are inspired to give CSI Case No. 161 a try.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful and creative day!

Creative Embellishments Items Used On My Layout:

Beautiful Day

Boat Wheel (Set Of 6)
Lighthouse Set Of 4
Nautical Set 2 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Now Designing For A Flair For Buttons!

Happy Saturday everyone! This past week I received an email from the sweet and talented Shelley Haganman asking if I would be interested in joining her design team at A Flair For Buttons. Of course I would! I am so excited and honoured to be asked!  The announcement can be found here.

I am a huge fan of Shelley and her beautiful flair buttons that she creates and sells in her Etsy Shop. I'm pretty sure that just about every project I create I put some of her flair on it.  Heck I should make a song …If you like it then you should put a flair on it. Ha!  Here are some of my layouts with her flair:

Be sure and check out A Flair For Buttons Etsy Shop and also on Facebook, Instagram, and the Blog for lots of inspiration from the talented designers.

Being Canadian, Shelley was so sweet and designed some new buttons that will be in the shop tomorrow honouring Canadians along with some shopping and garage sale flair.  International customers (outside the U.S.) can use code: INTERNATIONAL FRIENDS for 10% off their order. Aren't these fun?

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Easter Tulle Wreath

Hello friends! Easter will be here soon.  I love decorating for Easter so I thought I would take some time and decorate my home with a new Easter Tulle Wreath that I created.

To make the wreath, you will need:

1 pair of scissors
4 spools of tulle (pink, lime green, turquoise, lilac) -  I purchased these at Michael's Arts & Crafts
Ornaments for wreath - I purchased the easter egg ornaments from Michael's and the butterflies and flowers embellishments from the Dollar Tree)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
1- 12 Inch floral wire wreath form - (I purchased this from Michael's Arts And Crafts)
1 - 3 inch 3M Adhesive Command Hook - (I purchased this from Walmart)


To begin making the wreath:

Cut several strips of tulle 9 inches long by 2 inches wide.  Cut 60 strips of four colours pink, green, purple and blue. I used seven of each colour and repeated a pattern of pink, purple, green and blue. This works out to 10 of each colour for each section (There are 6 sections for the outer ring).

For the the inside wire of the wire wreath form,  cut 42 strips and (7 of each colour for each section). Again I followed a repeated pattern of pink, purple, green and blue. Again there are 6 sections for the inner ring).

Fold each tulle strip in half and place it underneath the wire and then pull both ends through to make a loop.  This fastens it nicely to the wire without having to glue it. I continued this method around the wreath until it was complete.  Be sure and listen to some great tunes or watch a movie as this will take some time and patience.

After the strips are all completed and tied to the wreath, turn the wreath right side up and fluff it so all the strips are straight and somewhat even.

Place the selected ornaments on the wreath and space them out.  When you are happy with the placement, take the preheated glue gun and hot glue the backside of the ornaments generously with hot glue and press it down on the tulle.

The wreath is now complete!

If you would like to add a hanging ribbon to your wreath so it can be hung on a wreath holder, go ahead and add it. For mine, I hung it on my wall in my eating area using a 3 inch size 3M Adhesive Command Hook.

Please note:  Do not hang this wreath near a heat source or in direct sunlight because tulle is 100% nylon and it will melt.

With these particular spools, I think I have enough tulle and leftover ornaments to create one more wreath.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have fun making your own tulle wreath.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April 1 Sketch At Stuck?! Sketches

Hello friends! Happy April Fools Day! Today is the beginning of a new month and there is another fabulous sketch to reveal at Stuck?! Sketches. Here is my take on the sketch:

I used the Echo Park Creative Agenda Collection for all the papers and stickers on this layout.  The flair buttons are from A Flair For Buttons and the cute wool heart is from Bella Blvd.  I added some mist splatters here and there with Heidi Swapp's Colorshine in Mustard Yellow.  Finally I added some machine stitching.

Now for the sketch that I used designed by Laura Whitaker:

Another great sketch, don't you think?

This will be my last Stuck?! Sketches layout until the Fall. I have decided to take a little break and hope to come back in September.  I will continue to create, whether it is layouts, photography, baking or crafts so be sure and keep visiting my blog.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Creative Embellishments April 2015 Challenge

Hello friends!  Today is April Fool's Day and it's also a new challenge at Creative Embellishments.  For the April challenge, I was inspired by flowers and butterflies so I created this grid style layout.  Spring is my favorite season because, where I live, the trees, flowers and grass come alive.  It’s a time for renewal.    

For my layout, I painted the white cardstock background with some acrylic paint dabbers and then used the Distressed Chicken Wire Stamp on the right hand side.

  For the title, I fussy cut a letter out of some patterned paper from the We R Memory Keepers Love Notes Collection and then I added the Spring Love Chipboard of which I heat embossed with some gold embossing powder.  For the Be Mine Heart Frame,  I painted it white and dabbed on some pink paint. For the Hearts Panel Chipboard, I cut off a tiny section of the panel, painted it and heat embossed it with some clear embossing powder.

Here is the inspiration photo for the challenge

 Hope you are inspired to join in for the April Challenge!  For this challenge, anything goes so what inspires you about the inspiration photo. If you link up your creation to the Creative Embellishments April Challenge, you have a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from the Creative Embellishments store.  Good luck and thanks for stopping by! 
 The prize!