Friday, May 11, 2012

Spring Training 2012: Effective Embellishing

Today officially concludes Spring Training at Ella Publishing and I'm in a hurry-scurry to submit the last project I had time to complete. Ella always has such awesome giveaways for their training participants. Its hard to pass up the opportunity to learn and enter their drawings!

The Day 7 workout was taught by Lisa Dickenson. She ran us through laps around flowers, bling, ribbon, twine, punches, oh you name it! Her tips on embellishing are fabulous!

Here's an Ella blog link for more great tips:

Our assignment was to take a work in progress or a previous project, and add embellishments.

I used a framed 4x6 I plan on giving my daughter for Mother's Day and kicked it up a notch or two by adding some personal touches to the frame:

The photo: I use PicMonkey to create two versions of the same photo. I adjusted one with the Sepia setting. I used the color boost feature to sort of "over-brighten" the second photo. Then I fussy cut the onsie and ulta-sound out of the color photo, lined it up, and attached it to the sepia print.
The photos were printed on my older and very trusty HP photo printer.
The frame was purchased at WalMart for $2.97.

I used Art Phil to create the pennants. Various stamps sets were used to decorate each piece and the lettering. I love how the black Baker's Twine matches the onsie!
I will be blessed with another granddaughter, Lily Ann, in late September.

These roses were created using Art Phil and various stamp sets.
The leaves were also cut from Art Phil. Then, I crumpled, flattened, and sanded each one to give them a little more dimension. As a final touch, I added a few lovely little pearls!
Close To My Heart Supplies used:
Paper: Colonial White, Black, Tulip
Inks: Smoothie, Tulip, Black
Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
Baker's Twine

One workout I haven't gotten around to is from Day 10: Misting with Masks. I'm sure to be using the technique soon. Here's an Ella blog post link on the topic:

I will be sending this post over to the following challenge blogs:
Heart 2 Heart for May's Mothers Day Challenge
Papercraft Star for this week's "Use a Stamp" Challenge!
The Blogger's Challenge: "Oh Baby!" Challenge
Tuesday Alchemy: Mothers Day theme

Thanks for stopping by today!
As always .... comments are welcome and appreciated.

Oh! and one more thing. Happy Mothers Day!


  1. You really out do yourself with each and every project. This is just lovely!

  2. This is gorgeous, frame and photo both. those flowers are so pretty!

  3. Oh,
    it's soooo cute!
    Thanks for jooin us at Tuesday Alchemy!


  4. This is wonderful ... Love the roses and that pretty banner ... Thanks so much for playing along at Papercraft Star

  5. Yeah! Yeah! You brought something other than a card! (Not that I don't like cards, but Tuesday Alchemy IS open to all crafts, so I just wait & wait for someone to take us up on the offer!)

    This is a beautiful frame - Way to work those embellishments :)

    If you couldn't tell already, I'm SO happy you joined us at Tuesday Alchemy this week (Two times, too - That's fabulous.)

    Lots of joy,

  6. How sweet! Your flowers are gorgeous, and I am in love with how you doctored up the photograph. That is really a cool idea/technique. Thanks so much for sharing with us at H2H!

  7. What a wonderful gift for your daughter, I love the stamping on the flowers and the banner! Thanks for joining us this week for the Papercraft Star "Use a stamp" challenge.

  8. Wonderful project! The pennants and flowers look so sweet with this darling photo! Thank you for joining us this week over at the Papercraft Star!


  9. What an absolutely precious gift and memory for your daughter! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Papercraft Star!

  10. This is gorgeous. What you did with the photo is amazing! I've been hearing so much about PicMonkey lately--I'm going to have to check it out. Thanks for sharing the tips!!

  11. This is gorgeous. What you did with the photo is amazing! I've been hearing so much about PicMonkey lately--I'm going to have to check it out. Thanks for sharing the tips!!

  12. Oh wow this frame is amazing! Love what you did with the photo!

    Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Alchemy!
    Katya x

  13. This is gorgeous frame! Love your flower and banner! Wonderful gift.
    Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Alchemy!

  14. This is awesome!! i love everything about it!! don't you just love picmonkey!! i've become addicted to it myself!

    thanks for joining us at tuesday alchemy!


  15. What a fabulous project, Marg!! Great use of your AP cart!~ Blessings

  16. What an absolutely precious gift! Love the frame and the picture is gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Blogger's Challenge this week.

  17. Wonderful way to fram the photo - love the added blossoms! Thanks for playing along with the Bloggers Challenge!

  18. I love this! My old HP printer recently died. The newer ones just do not print as well! Thanks for playing with us at H2H!

  19. Lots to love on your project! Thanks for sharing at H2H!


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