Saturday, January 31, 2015

Creative Embellishments February Challenge

Hello friends! Today is the first day of February and that means that there is a new challenge at Creative Embellishments.  For the February Challenge, the challenge is to create a layout, mini album, tag, card, or canvas and to add an ombre/gradient effect to some chipboard using the photo below for inspiration. 

This is the layout I created for the challenge.  Hanna is such a sweetie. Children look so sweet when they sleep don't they?

You Are My Happy by Lee-Anne Thornton (photo by Rockwood Photography)
For my background I used a stencil and some modelling paste and sprayed some mists and stamped the background with the Circles Stamp from Creative Embellishments.  I also painted the Hot Air Balloon chipboard with a light pink acrylic paint and then added a darker pink over the top half to give it the ombre/gradient effect.  I did the same for the Valentine's Hashtags xoxo chipboard word. 

The wood veneer Hearts were randomly placed around the layout.

Adding some tags that I altered with some pennant stickers and some splats of paint add more interest and because I am loving the gold trend, I added a gold doily and some vellum paper with tiny gold hearts.

I encourage you to play along with at Creative Embellishments and link up your layout for the February Challenge for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate from Creative Embellishments.  There is an entire month to link up your entry.  As you know, Creative Embellishments has some wonderful chipboard, wood veneers, flair and stamps that are sure to make you giddy and not break your budget.  Check out all the details and play along here. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

January Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop

Hello friends! It's Lee-Anne here and I am so glad you are here and hope you are enjoying the hop so far! You should have arrived here from Suzanna's blog but if not you can go back to the beginning here.

Today I wanted to share my layout that I created for the hop from lots of goodies in my stash. I really love the gold trend at the moment and wanted to put some old goodies with some new goodies. Here is my layout.

Sibling Love Is Golden - by Lee-Anne Thornton (Photo courtesy of Rockwood Photography)

For this layout I cut out the  Lucky In Love digital cut file on some 12X12 white cardstock with my Silhouette Cameo and backed it with another piece of white cardstock . I love the Lucky In Love 12X12  background digital cut file that my friend Ashley Horton has designed for The Cut Shoppe.  I was honored to be on her design team for the first term. 

 For the gold painted hearts, I applied some Heidi Swapp Colorshine in gold with a water paintbrush and painted the hearts and some of the love words and then splattered some randomly. 

 I then brushed some Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink in gold and outlined the hearts and painted the Prima wood veneer key and wood veneer "love" word. 

I added some vellum paper from We R Memory Keepers that have these cute gold hearts on them, a gold doily from SRM Stickers and some white doilies from Bo Bunny. 

 American Crafts have these cute gold buttons that I have had in my stash for at least five years so now was the time to use them. 

 I painted some Karen Foster Designs twine with the Smooch gold paint and threaded the gold buttons and added some gold round and star sequins.  

Finally, I finished the layout with some flair from A Flair For Buttons that I bought a few months ago and some alpha Thickers from American Crafts.  Here are some more closeups of this cute brother and sister who are my photographer friend's little ones.  Isn't it cute how the little girl looks up at her big brother? She simply adores him.

Valentine's is coming up and sometimes I like to put a different spin on the traditional Valentine's colors of red, pink and white so I went with the color gold for this layout.  I hope you have enjoyed your visit to my blog.  I would love if you would become a follower of my blog.

Next up is the talented Bobbi  Have a wonderful day!

My Layout Was Featured At Fancy Pants Designs!

Hello friends! Happy Thursday! Just wanted to share some super duper happy news today. My layout was featured on the Fancy Pants Designs Blog today for my layout "Welcome To My Everyday Circus". How cool is that?

Welcome To My Everyday Circus 
Every month Fancy Pants Designs has a new sketch to play with.  For this layout I used the Everyday Circus Collection of patterned papers, stickers, buttons and sequins as well as some digital cut files from The Cut Shoppe.  The photos are of my family the day after my daughter's wedding day.  We all were gathered in the lobby of the hotel to say our goodbyes and take some photos before many of us travelled back to our homes.  Congratulations to the winner and all the ladies that were featured!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Creative Embellishments Giveaway!


Creative Embellishments will give away not 1 but (2) $25.00 gift vouchers once they reach 3,000 fans!  The winner will get to pick a friend of their choice that they will send the 2nd voucher to. All you have to do is “like” their Facebook page and “share” about the giveaway anywhere you would like. If you are already a Facebook fan,  please consider becoming a follower of the many other social media sites they are on such as Instagram,  Twitter, and Pinterest and don't forget to check out the blog for some inspiration!

Thanks again for all your support. Have an amazing Thursday!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Flowers Make Me Smile Layout

Hello friends! I hope you are having a lovely day so far.  Today I wanted to share a layout I created for Creative Embellishments.

Lately, I have been creating more vintage/shabby chic layouts.  I love all styles of scrapbooking and it's fun to mix it up a little.  I think because I live in a place with snow and cold temperatures in the winter makes me long for the flowers to grow again.

This layout has lots of chipboard, flowers and bright colors. I love gardening and grow Pansies in several colors every summer on my deck.  To begin my layout I added some modelling paste and a stencil to the paper background (from the Bo Bunny Enchanted Collection) and added some paint splatters and sequins.

For the Pansies Chipboard, I brushed it with some gesso then believe it or not, used my Faber Castell Big Brush Pens and colored the petals from the outside edge inwards.  After the chipboard was dry, I added some Liquid Glass to give the Pansies Chipboard some dimension and shine.

For the Hot Hexagon Panel chipboard, I broke it into smaller pieces and used two pieces on the top left and bottom right side of the layout. I also brushed the it with gesso and dabbed it with some blue acrylic paint, let it dry and then brushed it with some Liquid Glass as well.

Lace always looks pretty so I adhered some lace to the left edge of the layout.  The chipboard Social Media Hash Tag Words "#pretty and #smile" were also created with gesso, dabs of acrylic paint and Liquid Glass.   The flowers were all brushed with some gesso to tone down the colors.

My desk gets very inky and messy after a mixed media project, but to me it is so freeing and fun to make layouts such as this one.  

I hope you enjoyed your visit.  Take care and don't forget to check out the Creative Embellishments Store for these chipboard products and many more wood veneers, flair, and stamps.  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:

Acrylic Paint - Ranger
Alpha Stickers - Bo Bunny, Teresa Collins
Dimensional Embellishment - Close To My Heart (Liquid Glass)
Distress Inks - Tim Holtz
Chipboard - Creative Embellishments (Hot Hexagon Panel, Social Hashtag Words, Pansies)
Flowers - Michaels, Prima Marketing, Petaloo
Gesso - Liquitex
Jewels - Prima Marketing
Lace - Prima Marketing
Modelling Paste - Golden
Patterned Paper - Bo Bunny (Enchanted)
Pens - Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen Big Brush (Cadmium Yellow 107, Leaf Green 112, Crimson 134, Purple Violet 136, Permanent Green Olive 167)
Sequins - Unknown
Sprays - Heidi Swapp, Tattered Angels
Stencil - Crafter's Workshop

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Stuck?! Sketches January 15, 2015 Sketch

Hello friends! Today is the January 15 Sketch Reveal at Stuck?! Sketches and I wanted to share a layout of a special member of my family….Sheldon.  He loved the Christmas ribbon but doesn't like wearing it.  I snapped this photo as quickly as I could.  Doesn't he look handsome?

I used the DIY Christmas Collection from Simple Stories for the papers on this layout as well as some flair from A Flair For Buttons and a cute chipboard "present" from Creative Embellishments that I heat embossed with some gold and red embossing powder.  For the title, I cut it out with my Silhouette Cameo.  Here is the sketch that I worked with designed by the fabulous Laura Whitaker.

You have a chance to win some great prizes if you link up your own layout by January 29 with the above sketch at Stuck?! Sketches.  All the details are here.  

  There is a $25 gift certificate to Creative Embellishments, whom I also design for and let me tell you, they have wonderful chipboard, wood and flair embellishments as well as some cool stamps!

There is also a chance for a second winner to win a prize pack from Linnie Blooms.  

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you can join us at Stuck?! Sketches and link up your creation using the above sketch.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Summer Peonies Layout

Hello friends! Happy Tuesday! Today I wanted to share a summer layout to help get out of those winter doldrums.  I love to garden and grew up in a family that loves flowers and gardening.  One of my favorite flowers are Peonies.  I thought I would create a layout using some Echo Park Summer Bliss  patterned papers and stickers and use my Silhouette Cameo and to cut some flower die cuts (Circle Scribbles #62308 in the Silhouette Online Store) out of white card stock and back them up with some patterned paper for more interest.

I was inspired by a sketch at over at Paper Issues and played along with Sketchy Saturday Sketch  #4 and kept true to the sketch except I added flower shapes instead of circles.

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your day!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Published Projects in January 2015 Issue Of Scrapbook Generation's Create Magazine

Hello friends! Today is an exciting day because the January 2015 issue of Create Magazine is now available. I love this magazine and it's got everything to inspire every paper crafter and scrapbooker.

There are 303 pages in this issue and I was honored to be a part of it.  I have this layout

Page 289  - January 2015 Create Magazine
and this tag
Page 302 - January 2015 Create Magazine

included in this issue.  The entire magazine is available online and can be downloaded here.

I hope you take the time to download a copy and check it out.  Happy scrapping! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Summer Beach Bum Layout

Hello friends! I hope you are having an awesome day! Today I am sharing a summer layout at Creative Embellishments of my son and his friend when they were 7 years old and having some fun at the beach.

I found a cute digital cut file online that made me think of sunshine and beach umbrellas.  I wish I could remember where I found it so I could give credit where credit is due.  I cut the design out several times on my Silhouette Cameo. I then adhered them to the background paper and machine stitched around the designs.   I used the Creative Embellishments Circles Stamp, the chipboard Social Hash Tags, and the Sunny Days, Arrow and Peppermint wood shapes.  These are all available in the Creative Embellishments Online Store.

The wood shapes and hashtags were all painted with distress paints and acrylic paints before I glued them down.  I also added a journal card that I journaled on and then made it into a tag by punching a hole in the center and adding some twine.

Finally I added some stickers and a flair button.

I hope you enjoyed my layout.  Have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting my blog.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

January Sketchy Challenge At Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine

Hello friends! I hope you are enjoying your Saturday.  Today I wanted to share a layout I created for the January Sketchy Challenge at Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine.  Every month, Sue Sykes creates a sketch to play along with and when time permits, I love to play along.  Below is the layout that I came up with:

My layout has lots of fussy cutting and layering with some ribbon, modelling paste and bling all thrown in.  It was created with some of my old stash and papers from Bo Bunny's Powder Mountain Collection.  Blue is one of my favorite colors and I love it with silver to give it the wintery feel.

Here is the sketch that inspired my layout:

I hope you enjoyed your visit and have time to do something you love.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Birthday Cake Card

Hello friends! Today I wanted to share a quick birthday card that I created for my daughter-in-law.

For this card I used a design that is at the Silhouette Online Store.  I cut it on my Silhouette Cameo on some Echo Park Paper's Summer Bliss Collection of patterned papers and then adhered some sequins, stamped the happy birthday sentiment on some white card stock and wrapped some twine.

I hope you enjoyed my card.  I think I will be making many more cards in the future to use up some of my scraps and use my Silhouette Cameo even more.  Thanks for stopping by!