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Wowzer it’s April already!! Where has the time gone? I hope everyone is having  a wonderful year so far.

 April is my birth month and a couple of our design team members also have April B-day’s…Sandi(we share our Bday) and Doris. I turn the big 40 this month on the 20th which also happens to fall on Easter this year. The inspiration photo this month is sort of a Birthday theme but you can be inspired in any way you would like. Perhaps you are inspired by the circular elements, the layers in the cake, the soft toned colors from the balloons, the stripes, the number 5. There are so many possibilities. Just as long as you are inspired by at least one items from the inspiration picture. Theses challenges aren’t supposed to be hard…just have fun. That’s the goal.   The twist is to use at least 4 of the 10 items in the list  below on your project.


The list: ( remember to use  at least 4)

Straws/rolled paper
trims- ribbon, lace, bakers twine or hemp
enamel dots or buttons
Texture paste, gesso 
A handmade flower
embossing- dry or heat
Bling- Rhinestones or pearls
A flourish

 To celebrate my  Birthday instead of giving away a $20.00 gift voucher to the store , this month we will be giving away a $40.00 voucher.

Please refer to the guideline’s at the bottom of this post.

Now let’s get to the amazing projects made by our Design Team. I just know they will inspire you.

 Sandi Clarkson

 Welcome to our April Challenge! Because I have an April birthday, I decided to take on the challenge with gusto even though the Mood Board was more than a bit  …uh, challenging! I opted to be inspired by the photo of the balloons which were pastel with a pop of color. But the longer I created, the more of the entire inspiration I embraced. You can see that I even have the ROYGBIV in there! Be sure and click on the photo to see a bigger view.

I’ve done a Mixed Media on Glass project (details on my BLOG) and have included these twists: heat embossing, mists, lace, bling and a CE Heart  flourish.  Well, it’s not described as a flourish exactly but I’m calling it one! LOL I’ve also included a CE Butterfly and a  CE Heart stamp that was stamped directly onto the glass, then later misted and eventually covered with Versamark and UTEE. So sparkly! The CE Heart was gessoed, misted with Creme Brûlée Creme and then given a coat of Glossy Accents. While the GA was still wet, I dropped purple microbeads in random places on the heart. Love that look!! The CE butterfly was gessoed, inked, inked some more and finally got a teensy bit of Stickles treatment on the edge of the wings before getting a finishing rose adornment. To bring everything together, I’ve added white gesso here and there.

Each little trinket has lots of meaning. This project was for myself and was all about embracing my imperfections. As I was working even my photo got mussed up a bit, so I printed another and tore it, then placed it on top of the first. Another reminder that perfection is always just out of reach .. but that it’s okay. 

he melts our heart main
When i was looking at the inspiration plus four,  I was drawn to the colours  of the blues, yellows and oranges.  I wanted to work with a photo of our Grandson Judah, who in this photo, is one month old, but is three months now.  Judah has been such a blessing to our family and he is such a happy little man and he truly does melt our heart.
This is why i thought i would introduce some hearts 😀
The plus four  ( well really 5) that i used is paint/mist; gesso, bling, a flourish, trim.
The Heart Flourish that i used, the larger heart is cut in half and wrapped around my photo, the smaller heart flourish i cut in half and you can see it painted there in blue.  The cardstock was primed with gesso, i then used mists and gelatos, along with a few big brush pens to complete my colour palette.  I also added some Lumiere Gold to add some classic touches and the layout is completed with some prima flowers and leaves, misted and hand coloured.
In this photo Judah is resting on grandpas chest and he looks so at peace! Ah, yes, he does melt our heart!

 Michelle Gallant

Bday girl

This challenge was right up my alley!  Love the fun and bright photo inspiration!  I painted the chipboard circles and cut out matching pattern paper to put inside them.  This LO was all about circles, enamel dots, flair, the alphas and even the stencil I used was circles!   I was also inspired by the birthday theme of the photo challenge so I used a photo of my daughter’s 9th Birthday.   We were challenged to use 4 items from a list of 10 this month.  I went with texture paste, mist/paint, enamel dots and baker’s twine.

  Hey all! Ok, I never scrap about me and full knowing that my family would want me to do so. So I gave it a whirl on this LO. From the mood board inspo I chose to use dots and lines in my LO, along with the rainbow of the colors to work with. From the choose 4, I chose to use a CE Flourish set 16, mists/paint, texture paste/gesso and pearls. The treatment I used on my CE chippies is covering with gesso, rubbing Dimensional Effects on with my finger, with my finger lightly rub on silks in Coral berry in areas, then again with African Jade even lighter with my finger. Hope you all play along with us this month!!


Emilia van den Heuvel


I really enjoyed working on this challenge! I decided to go with a boy page, but still make it bright and full of colors. I had made this picture a while ago, when sorting out Theo’s toys. And I thought it will be perfect for this challenge theme.

From the 10 items listed above I used the following four on my page:  bakers twine; mist/paint; texture paste, gesso and heat embossing. The mist, the paint and the texture paste are all part of my background design, including a lot of distress inks and masking templates. I used also CE Distressed Chicken Wire Background stamp to complete my design. I heat embossed some of the chipboard elements, others I painted. And finally I used two colors of bakers twine as decoration.

As you’ve probably noticed already, this layout is packed with some of my favorite CE chippies. I used the Gears 1″ and  Gears 1 1/2″ sets to embellish my picture. For the arrows I used the Chevron Border / Background – I cut one of the border. And for subtitle I used the “#bestfriends” chippie from Social Hash Tags set.

Nicolle Kramer


This challenge was a bit of a challenge for me. Go figure since I was the one who picked the inspiration photo. Haaa!  Anyhow I was inspired by the circular elements in the inspiration picture as well as  the colors red and orange.  Kayla went to Disney World for her Senior trip and got a picture with Mickey Mouse so I matched my layout to the colors in the picture.

The 4 items I used from the list were bakers twine, mist/paint, texture paste, gesso , and Bling- Rhinestones or pearls.  The very first thing I did was spray a texture resist onto a white piece of cardstock called goosebumps made by TSUKINEKO. I wanted to achieve a space look. I then used some Lindys stamp gang mists to the background and once I was happy with the look I went ahead and applied distress ink with a sponge. I stamped some stars onto the background applying some black soot distress stain to our grunge star stamp.  I think I successfully achieved the look I was going for. I am always happy when my project turns out the way I intended. I applied modeling paste to the Out of this World Frame and Panel. I simply left the wood smiley emoticon unaltered. I altered the cut apart view master slide with white acrylic paint and distressed with a black ink pad.  I made my own enamel dots melting pony beads in the oven. I added the bakers twine under the photo.

Wendy Morris


I was really drawn to the brights and rainbow palette in the inspiration pics.  I felt like grabbing a bag of Skittles and singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (I’ll spare the singing for you) because so much in the inspiration pics just spoke rainbows and happy candy (and I love some Skittles). Ha!

The 4 items I used from the list were enamel dots, watercolor paint, gesso, and heat embossing.  In gathering my supplies for my layout, I had a really neat rainbow text paper with inspiring words and phrases along with colorful project life cards.  I toned down a bit of the busy words of the text paper with gesso.  I used watercolor paint in a yellow tone to bring light and more brightness to my paper and highlight the chipboard word ‘#luckycharm’. Speaking of chipboard words…how about those hashtag words, #luckycharm & #rainbows?  They are from St. Patty’s Day Hashtags but can be used for way more than St. Patty’s.  Love them. I decided to heat emboss the hashtag chipboard words in colorful embossing of lime green and orange.  Then I worked some heat embossing also on the chipboard Hexagons in bright colors too.  There are some awesome wood veneer Hot Hexagons (that are new in stock) that would also work great on this layout too!  Then, some sprinkling of enamel dots brings a bit of the sweet “Skittles” effect to my page.

Be sure to check out the full supply list + more pics over on my blog.

Doris Widder

Happy Birthday Wish

For my page, I was inspired by the birthday theme of the inspo image and the colors, candles, balloons, cake, stripes and dots. From the list, I was originally going to use most of the items, but had a change of plans, so instead I simplified and went with these 4 items: doodling, enamel dots, mist and paint, bling (rhinestones on the crown).

I was also inspired by Sketchabilities sketch #112, so I used the CE Rings for So Many things and View Master Photo Slides to replace the circular elements and flowers from the sketch. The wood pieces from the Birthday Fun wood veneer set were all altered using PITT artist markers. The word “wish” at the top of my page is actually cut from the Wishful Thinking title piece. The remaining 2 CE products I used for my page are the Happy Birthday title piece and the Wavy Music note border (which I left raw).


Challenge Rules:

>Create a NEW project layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc….as of April 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 $40.00 gift voucher to the store.
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