“Make A Wish” (Birthday Layout) – Creative Embellishments July 2020 Challenge

Hey, all! Welcome back to my corner!

Today I’m bringing you a layout I did for the July 2020 Creative Embellishments Challenge showcasing my son’s birthday – in 2011! I’m not that far behind in documenting (well, maybe I am), but this is a redo. My style and skill has changed quite a bit over the years, and sometimes I decide to “update” one of my layouts.


Check out my process video, under the Creative Embellishments mood board, to see how everything came together!


The July 2020 Creative Embellishments Moodboard


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After I put down a layer of clear gesso, I added some Shimmerz where the three clusters would be getting set. And, I’m happy to say, I used up items from my stash!

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I really love using black as an accent color on brightly colored layouts, and I think it worked perfectly with the colors, and the holographic foil by Prima that I used on the frames. (*Note: the pack from Creative Embellishments comes with three I believe, I had already used one so I had to use a different frame from my stash for the frame in the third cluster.)


I hope you enjoyed the video that shows my process as I put this layout together, and thank you for joining me here in my little corner!


Creative Embellishments “Film Strip Picture Frame Set,” A Flair for Buttons Flair/Buttons, Pink Paislee/Paige Evans 04 & Paige Evans Pick-Me-Up 07, Prima [Rub-On] Foils “Holographic Dreams,” Shimmerz Paints “Coal” (paint/original Shimmerz – I think), Coloringz “Oh Say Can U Sea,” & Aqua Huez “Crazy Daisy,” Hip Kit Club “Summer Bliss,” AC/Thickers “Twlight” foam letter stickers, “Crique” puffy phrase and accent stickers, Dear Lizzy “Petals” chipboard letter stickers, “Ranger Glossy Accents, JudiKins Diamond Glaze, FabriTac, StazOn “Jet Black,” Dear Lizzy Date Stamp, Little Birdie Black Gesso, Liquitex Clear Gesso, Art Glitter Glue, 4×6 cards & printed chipboard frames I can’t say with certainty but I think they came from Hip Kit Club a few years back, black thread

More Than Words May 2020 Challenge-Stripes & Funny

Hey, all! I’m on a roll this month! If my brain is deciding to give me ideas, who am I to argue?!?!

Today I have a layout I created for the More Than Words May 2020 Challenge, “Stripes & Funny.” The photos on the layout are not the best quality, they were taken with a phone camera…and I don’t mean a phone camera from today, I mean one from 10 years ago! That’s right, those little faces on this layout are adults now! And what’s funnier than seeing if you can stick half an orange in your mouth?


I really dug into the deepest, darkest corners of my stash and pulled out my Pink Paislee, “Hello Sunshine,” papers, chipboard stickers, and ephemera for this layout. As soon as I saw the striped paper in the pack, I knew I wanted to use it with those striped paper straws I received from Doreena a couple years back!

Check out this quick process video to see the construction!

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The May 2020 More Than Words Challenge

Now, how about a few close-ups?

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In the close-ups, you can really see the splattering, and how well Distress Oxides work on a dark background! And aren’t those buttons from A Flair For Buttons the perfect touch sitting on a nest of thread?!?! (The thread technique I picked up from Missy Whidden a few years ago. I found it to be absolutely brilliant!)

Thank you for checking out this project, I hope you enjoyed it!


Pink Paislee “Hello Sunshine” Paper, Stickers, & Ephemera, Echo Park “The Story of Fall” Enamel Dots, Distress Oxide Spray “Carved Pumpkin” & “Mustard Seed,” Ranger Heat-It, tissue paper, StazOn “Jet Black,” A Flair For Buttons, Dear Lizzy Date Stamp, yellow thread, Silly Winks Sticky Back Foam Sheet, FabriTac, Art Glitter Glue, JudiKins Diamond Glaze, BEST 1” Double Sided Tape, Liquitex Clear Gesso, Prima 2” Silicone Brush, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, scrap heart print cardstock, paper straws from Doreena!