Happy New Year Everyone!!

Are you ready for the December Challenge winner??

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CONGRATS TO SHANNON MILLER. All I need from you to create the voucher is your email address. Email me at nicolle@creativeembellishmentsblog.com

Thanks to everyone who played along in December and all year long!!

Here’s to a creative and prosperous new year!!


Welcome to the December challenge. I can’t believe this is the last challenge of the year. I hope everyone is having a terrific holiday season so far.  This month please be inspired by at least one element from the picture below ( let us know what you were inspired by in your blog post) and for the twist use a stencil or mask.

I hope everyone has an amazing holiday season.

Please be sure to read over the guidelines below.

 TWIST: Use Stencil or mask



Now onto the design team reveal.

Kathleen White

Ohhhhhh I am so ready for December and the holidays, how about you!!   Kathleen here wishing you a very merry stress free month.  Just breathe and take in all of the wonderful sights and sounds.   So, I thought I would create a winter wonderland canvas filled with yummy CE chippies!

I love this Christmas train  which is my focal and starting off point for this canvas.  I applied a coat of gesso then starting painting the cars with Shimmerz Inklings peppermint twist, miner, miner 49er and emerald city.  The trees received a smuggy layer of Shimmerz Texturez artie choked.   The rest of the chippies received similar treatments. Branches (set of 3)   Frosty the Snowman    Snow Flakes  Christmas Signs     Berry Branches        Holly and Berry boarder.  For more details and close ups visit me at http://kathsdesigns.blogspot.com.


Shona Keehn

 Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year…I adore all the holiday decorations, lights, and of course that holiday baking…yummy!!! This months challenge is super fun and gave me a chance to create a layout of my grandson that I will display over the holidays…he is just a cutie pie! I have  used my Flying Unicorn Dec kit which includes lots of Creative Embellishments chippys this month! Lots of masking in the background along with the Grunge Snowflake Stamp…just LOVE this stamp. The photo is framed with the new Snowflake Frame 2. Cheers and I hope that you all have a fabulous December!

Nicolle Kramer


 I made a few canvases for this challenge.  The Merry Christmas canvas I was inspired by the stone fireplace and I used a prima stencil to create the background. I altered the holly wreath with Tim Holtz paints and 3d stamp paint. The bow was altered with red acrylic paint and 3d stamp paint. The jingle bells were altered with brushed brass distress stain and gold stickles. The Merry Chrismas title was altered with red acrylic paint and 3d stamp paint for a snowy effect. The holly and berry corners were altered using tim holtz distress paints, faber castell big artist pen, red acrylic paint, 3d stamp paint and opaque flakes.

The Seasons greeting canvas was inspired by the golds in the inspiration photo. I altered the wood veneer seasons greetings simply adding a little 3d stamp paint to the top. The star ornaments were altered using brushed brass paint, gold stickles and 3d stamp paint. Flourish corner set 1 was altered using brushed brass stain. I used a star mask and modeling paste for the background.

The joy canvas was simply inspired by the presents under the tree…santa dropping them off eve night..;)  I painted the cut apart santa sleigh piece with black soot distress stain dabber. The chipboard snowflakes were altered with 3d stamp paint. The holly and berry piece was altered the same as the one on the Merry Christmas canvas. I used a punchinella mask for the background on this canvas.


Terhi Koskinen

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I believe every crafter have done their Christmas cards already in October, but if you haven’t then maybe I can inspire you. I was inspired by the Christmas theme, and I did a card with Creative Embellishments Spiral Tree. I altered the tree with white and gold embossing powder and used star stencil to draw those tiny stars here and there. Have a happy crafting!


Kelley Rooks


I was so inspired by this month’s challenge that I decided to do a steampunk themed tree. I made 10 sets of ornaments using a variety of Creative Embellishment goodies and just have the tree topper to go. For my first set of ornaments, I made small tussie mussies.  The challenge part of this month was to use a stencil or a mask.  On the brown base of each of the tussie mussies, I sponged watered down copper metallic Viva Décor Inka Gold through the Tim Holtz dot fade stencil.  I layered  with G45 paper.  On the fronts I layered a large gear painted in the copper with gauze and a Petaloo heart shaped resin flower center.  I painted the centers with watered down copper and patina and finished off with 7 Dots Studio word stickers.  On the tops, I fussy cut images, added flowers, bling, trim, ribbon, gauze, mini gears, large gears, and propellers.  I inked all the chipboard pieces in the copper then embossed some of them with the Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Powder.

Brandi Matos


I just love this time of year!  Creating altered projects is my favorite past time but  making Christmas projects is just so much more fun!!!  I decided to make an advent calendar for my girls this year using a paper mache one I picked up at my local craft store.  I coated it in white paint, then added my papers from the MME “Vintage Christmas” paper pad, adding some depth with the “Distressed Burlap” stamp.  I added a bunch of the Chipboard Snowflakes that were misted with white, then coated with gel medium and glitter!  I used the leftover medium mixture and a snowflake stencil to create iridescent snowflakes on the back!  I colored the “Merry Christmas” title with red distress ink, homemade glimmer mist, and a green Sakura glaze pen.  I used the same glimmer mist(a gold shimmer) to color the Christmas Bulb “hanging” from my title!  I finished the calendar with the smaller Santa’s Sleigh from the pack, using various mists to achieve my desired results!!!  Close ups can be seen on my blog here!  Happy Scrapping 🙂


Tammy Henderson

Hello all! This months inspo pic had me thinking about a big gathering that we do every year at Christmas. I have several that I go to, as does most. This is a pic of my SIL and her 2 gorgeous daughters. This pic is one that has called out to me several times while I was poking around looking for certain pics. I always had it in my mind to do and this challenge provided exactly what I needed! For my twist I masked the snowflakes ( 13 arts mask) that are white and used the CE snowflake stamp for the black ones. My chippies that I used was the Berry Branches, Flourish Ornaments, and Santa’s Star Sleigh. I only used one of the sleighs (small ) and one ornament (tear drop shape). Every chippy I coated first with gesso. For the berry branches I first painted with 13 arts vivid green paint and left the berries white. Then went over with a dark rust inker. Then covered berries with 13 arts vivid red paint and added a little more of the dark rust inker. The ornament was left white but backed with paper. The Sleigh was colored with first a dew drop inker in gold. then edged with the rust inker. I then used some TH distress ink in barn red. Then sprayed with Lindy’s in Bucket O Blood Red. Dried really good then back over once more with Mixed Media Inks in School house Red. The papers I used are the Riddersholm’s “Our Country Christmas” and flowers are Petaloo. The white flourish on the sleigh was actually in this months Flying Unicorn KOM and so was the Lightpost clock. I thought the swirl worked amazingly on the Sleigh!! Hope to see you guys playing along with us this month with the challenge!!

 Maria Rose



My project for the December challenge is a bookmark. I normally do not go too far away from my layouts but this time i needed a little change. I was inspired by the brick on the fireplace. I started out by stamping with the distressed brick stamp  in Black Soot distress ink. I then randomly misted 3 ink spots with blue Mister Hueys mist. I cut out a distressed butterfly using my SIL software and inked over it with Pumice Stone Distress ink. I stamped the heart in Barn Darn Distress ink. I added a ‘Enjoy the journey’ sentiment and then embellished with the word stickers and wood veneer stars. I finished the project by inking the edges with black ink.

Lee-Anne Thornton

Hello friends! For the December Challenge, I was inspired by the colors and the Christmas tree.  I wanted to create a mixed media layout so for my layout I began with a 12X12 piece of white card stock and applied some modelling paste to a stencil. Then I  stamped  the Distressed Grid Background Stamp that was inked up with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Barn Red. With the same stencil, I inked up the stencil with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Mowed Lawn.  Next, I added the Snowflakes Background Stamp and heat embossed it with some crystal embossing powder.  It doesn’t really show up in the photo and to be honest, it looks so much better in person. For the Christmas tree, I used the chipboard Flourish Tree 2 and heat embossed the tree with green embossing powder and the star with gold embossing powder and added some red pearls to make it look like “ornaments”.  I also heat embossed the White Christmas Title (I only used the word Christmas) and heat embossed it with some black embossing powder. Finally I added some wood Snowflakes and painted them. The papers and stickers are from the Echo Park Christmas Cheer Collection. This layout got me in the Christmas spirit.


Challenge Rules:

>Create a NEW project layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc….as of December 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.
> PLEASE USE AT LEAST 1 OF  CE products on your projects.
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