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Ok where did April go? I hope everyone’s was amazing. It’s already time for our  monthly challenge . For May we have a spring inspired inspiration photo and a sketch that I created. Yes I am a bit of an amateur when it comes to sketches. I hope you will be inspired by it you can flip to suite your needs. Remember with our challenges you only need to be inspired by a minimum of 1 item in the picture combined with the sketch. In your blog post let us know how you were inspired by the photo.

Check out the guidelines below for all of our challenges and of course its all about the FUN!!!!

Inspiration picture.


May Sketch

Designed by yours truly Nicolle 😉


Now for the amazing Design Team reveal.

Karan Gerber
capture the moment main

My take on the sketch, allowed me to just focus my area on the photo. Adding more layers of paper for dimension The inspiration photo, when i was first looking at it, i thought of spring and flowers. I added flowers using heartfelt creation dies. The title (Capture the Moment), was coloured with chalk inks, dabbed with walnut distress stain, then heat set, I used UTEE as a finish. the 6×6 background ( circle lattice panel) was my take on the stamped background from the sketch. This is a recent photo of my hubby and our grandson. Looking in the same direction, i was so happy to have captured that moment 😀

Michelle Gallant

Hello August

I thought the sketch this month was fun so I went for a fun & bright LO!  I was also inspired to use bright colors from the photo inspiration.  I used a chipboard frame and a bunch of little stars and triangles wooden shapes on my LO.  These wooden pieces can be colored with sharpies!  How fun is that???  For my title I used a chipboard month word.

I so enjoyed creating for the May Challenge! This sketch (by our own Nicolle Kramer) was perfect for creating a layout about a favorite vacation spot of mine, Santa Fe, New Mexico. We often stay at the Inn on the Alameda, so I’ve used a photo from their website. This month’s inspiration photo just screamed “vacation” to me … something I’m desperately needing! I’ve used two divine pieces of chipboard from Creative Embellishments, the Twig Frame and Fall Leaves and the Pussy Willow. I’ve also done some random stamping with the Distressed Grid and Tire Track 2.  I hope you have a chance to play along with us this month!
I really loved working with this month’s sketch and inspirational picture! I took the idea of spring and flowers from the inspirational picture, flipped the sketch a bit and added the picture of my favorite munchkins to create my page. For the frame I used the Creative Embellishments “Out of This World” frame chipboard, which I cut in two to fit the sketch better. I altered the chippie with a layer of a white embossing powder first and then I added another layer of a green one. To finish off the design, I added yellow dots with liquid pearls.
For my title I used the Creative Embellishments “Capture the Moment” chipboard set. I altered it with a brown embossing powder. See if you can find where I places a small photo camera from the same set 🙂 To finish off my design I added some chipboard hexagons from the CE “hexagons” chipboard set.

 I loved the inspo picture and all the yummy spring colors and flowers. I used the beautiful sketch and flipped it to the opposite side horizontally. Loved the ideas and choices it gave to me of chippies to use. For my chippy selection I used the ivy wreath and the Mini Ornate title word framesFor the chippy treatments I used on the wreath. I covered it with Tim Holtz Distress paint in peeled paint and then dabbed on some silks in Emperor’s gold. For the word frame I used a sharpie paint pen in white and then edged in a little inker in turquoise blue. I also used the silks in Emperor’s gold here as well. Hope you will play along with us with this months challenge!!!

Nicolle Kramer




The elements that inspired me most from the inspiration picture were the flowers. I absolutely love flowers and enjoy gardening. Jolie recently had her school portrait for the 6th grade taken .  The colors from the photo created the flow for my page. I altered all the flowers the same. I started with a base coat of gesso on all the chipboard. I then used my Prima chalk edgers to alter the Tulips, Iris, Snowdrops and Daisies. I did go back and drew in some definition on the daisies and snowdrops with yellow permanent marker. For the Isn’t She Lovely title piece I added some Silks in the color of Apricot Nectar. The rings for so many things I simply applied gesso and a blue prima chalk edger. The twig frame was simply colored with a brown chalk edger. The mini title ornate frame was altered exactly like the rings. For an added touch I attached 2 rain or shine clouds lightly altered with Tim Holtz picket fence distress paint.


 Doris Widder

real man to be a dad

Like several others, I was inspired by the flowers in the inspo image, so I incorporated flowers on what at first appears to be quite a masculine page. I also loved the visual texture of the mountains, so I selected papers that mimicked them to me (the blue papers). From the sketch I carried over the circle elements from the background and incorporated the splatters, circular rope frame and matted my photo with a panel (the steampunk gear panel. I replaced the element on the lower right with elements from the baby, baby, baby wood veneer set. For this layout, I decided to leave my pieces bare to go with the earthy feel of the background.


Challenge Rules:

>Create a NEW project layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc….as of May 1st  2014.
>Please add your entry to our InLinkz box below to be eligible for the prize. You have until the last day of each month 11:55 pm eastern time to enter.
>It is required that you mention in your blog post that you are playing along at Creative Embellishments together with a link back to our blog. Please make sure to reference our challenge. Please no back linking.
>Combining with other challenges is permitted.
>You DO NOT have to use CE products on your projects.
Can’t wait to see how you are inspired by our challenge. Link up your project for a chance to win a $20.00 gift voucher to the store.


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