Sunday, February 25, 2018

Spring and Easter Wreath - Home Decor

  Winter can be harsh for so many folks with the cold and dull gray skies.  In the dead of winter, I like to set my sights on Spring.  Spring for me is hope, warmth, start of new growth.  

I am setting my sights on Spring by bringing a touch of  Spring/Easter to my home with a sweet Spring  8in x8in canvas adorned with delightful chipboard pieces from Creative Embellishments. 

The bunny is darling - perfect for quick Easter cards and projects...or even baby cards.  
 I simply painted mine with soft pink acrylic paint and coated with a crackle medium  like Crackle Accents by Ranger.  I also tossed in some gold micro beads (glitter works well also).  

Next, I gussied up the Creative Embellishments -Fun Eggs by painting them with a creamy ivory acrylic, adding a simple piece of gold ribbon and topping with pink pearls.  
Elegant and yet so very simple. 

Just a bit about the 6 inch wreath/frame -Creative Embellishments Chipboard- Berry Frame 3.

I painted the berries with a variety of acrylic paints - ivory cream, pink and green.  Then I dabbed the berries with  Stickles Glitter Glue  to add some glitz and make the berries pop.  I'll tell ya, the Stickles really doesn't show well in photos but it has such a bedazzling look in person.

The Canvas Background Preparation
I  started with a plain 8in x8in canvas as my base.  I used some mists and watercolors to create the background of the canvas by adding one color at a time  with a paint brush and a bit of extra water and heat drying it between colors.  First the green, then the pink so that they don't run together and create olive drab mud.  The heating or at least drying process is important.  
These are some color /product suggestions for the pinks and greens:
Thanks for stopping by to visit.  

Where to shop? 
Shop for your Creative Embellishments chippies right here

Product List:
Stickles Glitter Glue - Crystal
Ranger Crackle Accents - Crackle Medium (big bottle)
Ranger Crackle Accents - Crackle Medium small bottle
Pink Adhesive Pearls
Prima Color Bloom Mists 2 - Brimestone Wings 588861 
Ranger Tim Holtz Twisted Citron Distress Spray
Ranger Tim Holtz Spun Sugar Distress Spray 
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spray - Picked Raspberry 
Ken Oliver's - Color Burst - Lime Green 
Ken Olivers - Color Burst - Fuchsia 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Wedding Joy Layout with Bows and Love

I'm here today with a Valentine's layout filled with lots of love, pretty bows and banners to celebrate the big day. 

Of course these wonderful embellishments start with Creative Embellishments chipboard pieces.  
My Creative Embellishments chipboard selection on this layout includes: 
chipboard bows ( I layered the bows)
I'm also using the gorgeous I must share the paper collection I used.  New from Sweden, it's the Celebration collection from Maja Design.  This layout uses the following sheets shown below:
Jubilee (A and B side)
Birthday (B side)

This collection was created to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Maja Design.  Gorgeous  collection with a versatile range of colors.  

I love to make chipboard look soft and wispy.  My technique is quite easy.  Paint everything with cheap creamy white paint - like a french vanilla color.  I do not bother with gesso.  It's too white for my needs and doesn't have enough coverage.  I go straight for the cheap acrylic paint.

Once the paint has dried completely, I went back in and added some pink/red ink for accents using a paint brush ( or waterbrush)  for softness.  The water brush eliminates any harsh lines on the chipboard.  Last step is to add some brown ink here and there as light shading.  

Additional finishing details may be Crackle Accents by Ranger, pearls or Stickles Glitter Glue for pops of glitz.  I'll tell ya, the Stickles really doesn't show well in photos but it has such a bedazzling look in person.

 Not sure how to type this without sounding odd, but I adore the "Adore Banner"  using the  Family Banners chipboard.  Such a sweet and romantic touch.  That was topped with the crackle accents as well. 

Thanks for stopping by to visit.  

Where to shop? 
You can shop for Maja Design papers right here. 
Shop for your Creative Embellishments chippies right here

Product List:
Creative Embellishments - Bows
Maja Design -Celebrations paper 
Ranger Crackle Accents - Crackle Medium (big bottle)
Ranger Crackle Accents - Crackle Medium small bottle

Monday, February 5, 2018

Hope Keepsake Box

Hope Box - Happy Anniversary Home Decor
 Today I am sharing an altered box I made using Maja Design's new collection, Celebrations.   This collection is super special because it celebrates Maja Design's 10th anniversary.  10 years!  

My box project was created for the Feb. Mood Board, as seen above.   The challenge is open to interpretation - which your choice of colors, words, images as inspiration.   

 Come Join the Mood Board Challenge at Maja Design.  
These are the papers I used to decorate the box. 
Flower Giveaway
Jubilee (Both A and B sides of paper)

This new collection is absolutely stunning in person.  It's also versatile providing a great selection of blues and masculine colors/patterns for stronger masculine cards and projects.  

A little about the box.  It's a cheap pine treat/trinket box bought in the clearance section after Christmas.  The paper is perfect because it covers the Christmas Greeting on the top. 
I covered the sides, top and even the inside of the box with this collection.

I'd like to just gush a bit about the Creative Embellishments Wood Veneer Conversation Hearts.  These are the cutest conversation hearts I've ever seen.  They each have a word on the front, like your typical candy conversation heart - but the backside is blank giving the wood heart amazing versatility.  I've presented the hearts both ways on my project.

Next a bit about the Dream Word Set.  This chipboard set comes with five words: Hope, Dream, Wish, Imagine, Joy.  That means you can potentially create five cards/projects with these.  What an amazing value -( Hope, Dream, Wish, Imagine, Joy).

Thanks for stopping.  

Where to shop? 
You can shop for Maja Design papers right here. 
You can shop for the Maja Design Celebration collection here
Shop for Creative Embellishments products here.  
May your new year be filled with health, joy and an abundance of creativity. 

Creative Embellishments
Maja Design -Celebration 12x12 collection
Creative Embellishments - Wood Veneer Conversation Hearts
Creative Embellishments - Bows
Creative Embellishments - Dream Word Set (Hope)
Creative Embellishments - Heart Flourish Frames

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Celebration Cards -DIY Made Easy

I'm learning cards do not need to be overly embellished to make them graceful and beautiful.  While I do love my flowers and dimensional creations, classic elegance is always en vogue. 

I'm letting Maja Design paper and a Spellbinders die do all the work on this card. I'm gonna sit back and watch the magic happen.
Beautiful, isn't it?  

My Paper choice is from Maja Design called Celebration with it's companion monochrome collection, Shades of Celebration
This collection was designed to recognize 10 years in business. 
These are the papers I used from both the 12x12 collections:
Ballroom Dancing
Charcoal (Monochrome Shades of Celebration)
Pearl  (Monochrome Shades of Celebration)

The sentiment part of my card is actually the folded die.  I'm using that as my "mini card".  Doesn't get much easier.  

The Spellbinders Chantilly Paper Lace Collection  is one of the many from the Amazing Paper Grace Collections designed by Becca Feeken.
And one last look at the card.  

Thanks for stopping by to look.   

Where to shop? 
You can shop for Maja Design papers right here. 
Shop Spellbinders collection of Amazing Paper Grace right here
You can find all your favorite Spellbinders dies and products right here.

Product List:

Friday, February 2, 2018

Valentines Layout with Hearts, Love and Chipboard

I have a layout to celebrate Valentine's Day and the month of love.  This was created for the February Challenge at Creative Embellishments.    I hope you join us!

A little Valentine's Day love using the brand new collection from Maja Design called Celebrations.  This stunning new collection was created to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Maja Design. 

Tis the season for love and soft touches.  I have added a variety of fabulous chipboard ( and wood veneer) pieces to this layout- some painted a based coat of soft cream paint while the Doodle Circle Frames have been left natural.  This layout has the following Creative Embellishments pieces: Circle Doodle Frames,  Family BannersDistressed Hearts  and Wood Veneer -Conversation Hearts. 

As I had mentioned above, my page was crafted for the February Challenge at Creative Embellishments.  Based off the image below.  Use your imagination and interpret as you wish.  

The great thing about chipboard is that it comes out of the package ready to be used  - no treatments necessary. 
I left the Circle Doodle Frames untreated however I added a few easy embellishments like pearls and ribbon.  
I painted the  Family BannersDistressed Hearts   chipboard pieces with inexpensive ivory paint and added only a dab of ink for accents:
The adoable Wood Veneer -Conversation Hearts were just washed lightly with a mixture of ivory paint and water.    I love these delicious little hearts. 
This shows the gorgeous layers of paper from Maja Design -Celebration  collection.  Brand new and completely spectacular - one for your "must have list".  
These are the papers I used from the Celebration collection :
The Table is Set (Both A and B sides of paper)
You're Invited
One last look: 

Thanks for stopping.  

Where to shop? 
You can shop for  all the Maja Design papers right here. 
You can shop for the new Celebrations collection right here 
Shop for Creative Embellishments products right here.

Product List:
Maja Design -Celebration paper The Table is Set (Both A and B sides of paper), You're Invited
Maja Design Celebrations - Monochrome Collection  "Shades of Celebration"
Ranger Crackle Accents - Crackle Medium (big bottle)
Ranger Crackle Accents - Crackle Medium small bottle
Creative Embellishments - Circle Doodle Frames
Creative Embellishments - Family Banners
Creative Embellishments - Distressed Hearts
Creative Embellishments - Wood Veneer -Conversation Hearts