Shabby Journal Cover Creative Embellishments


Hello all, tis the summer months here in the mid west and the times seems to just fly, seeing the summer is so short we try and enjoy as much outside time as possible. I have worked a ton and have tried to enjoy life and the gardens more this year. Today I am sharing an altered journal cover I did for a friend. She has just started out with gardening and the kids and I have shared some plants with her. And what better to keep track of the gardening adventures than with a journal. It’s all on one spot.

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I made a short video for you all.

I started out with the base of the journal cover, After prepping the cover, I added a thick layer of pastes through the distress checkered stencil. I actually worked outside on this day, it was finally some beautiful weather. I set the book aside in the sun to get the crackle effect of the paste to really take hold.

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I try and figure out the basic look of the cover, I lay out my chipboard, flowers and the other embellishments to get the general look down. I decided to use the Scroll set 4 on this particular piece.

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I layer various sprays and paints on the scroll set 4 and on the Delicate Ivy. I after adhering all the pieces on to the cover, I did a fair number of blending to get the right look to the project.

I hope my friend enjoys all the satisfaction fo her new gardening adventures.

Thank you for stopping by today.



Distress Checkered Stencil

Scroll Set 4

Delicate Ivy


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Box Exchange Botanicabella


I recent joined an altered box exchange, I got to exchange with another fabulous artist Toni Burks,  she has a great shabby chic style, and a ton of beautiful inspiration to share, I have the great pleasure to add some of her art to my collection. In exchange I get to share this altered box with her.

Altered Box

Starting on the cover, I used the mini frames to showcase the opening of the box. I usually cut my chipboard to fit my project. I think it adds to the uniqueness of the collection. I also added the Flourish 22 to the focal point to give a little extra flair.

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I used a pre-made box form Graphic 45, Using the Botanicabella collection I matched a variety of chipboard to go with the paper. I made a video of the process but will give you some closeups of the inserts.

Using the inserts that accompany the box, I made flaps, pockets, and tags to match the collection of bugs, flowers and sea life. After figuring out all the inserts, it was a matter for getting them all to fit in the box. With most of the chipboard, like this dandelion , I added colour with a brush and spray.

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Using the layered wings, I painted the two portions before adding a glaze to the inside.

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This seahorse was perfectly matched tot he paper collection, I painted the seahorse and then added a crackle glaze over to give it an aged look.

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Using the wavy music note boarder (I add used some of it on another project) I distressed it with a little paint to match the collection. I love pulling all the details of the paper into the project.

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Like I promised here is a video of the project. Enjoy!

Thank you for stopping by today!



Layered Wings



Square Mini Frames

Small Intricate Frames

Wavy Music Note Boarder

Flourish 22

Graphic 45 Black Mixed Media Box, Botanicabella Collection

Lindy’s Gang Frolic in the Forest Black

Long John Silver

DecoArt Media Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, Crackle Glaze

Stamperia Extra Gloss Fisnish


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Nomadic Soul Diaries May Challenge

Welcome back to another great challenge at Nomadic Soul Diaries. This month, I made a fun quick Industrial looking ATC’s. I was just playing round relaxing doing playing with some fluid acrylics.


So the challenge is to make ATC’s and use dies and glitter. Well first of all glitter with grunge……..easy. Just mix up some glitter in a clear medium and run it through a stencil. Second use a die, my good friend Laneen sent me some new dies and I just had to try them.


I made a little video of the creative process.

Enjoy the close-ups.




Thank you for stopping by and check out the other great inspiration on the Nomadic Soul Diaries Instagram Page.




Cioa Bella Codex Collection

Andy Skinner Industrial Elements

Decoart Fluid Acrylics Quinnacridone Gold, Transparent Yellow Oxide, Payne’s Grey, Raw Umber, Titan Buff, Crackle Paint.

Creative Embellishments Distress Patterns Stencil

Finnabair Matte Gel Medium

Martha Steward Glitter Black, Brown, Topaz

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Upcoming Classes – Mixed Media Layouts

I would like to share a few upcoming classes, At the end of the month I will be over at Valley Stamp and Scrap in Neenah Wisconsin teaching a couple mixed media classes.


The first class is a  Shabby Chic Framed Composition Class featuring the Stamperia Collection Wonderland Collection. Lots and lots of goodies on this page. June 27th at 1300.

Shabby Chic Green Bay


On the 28th  I will be teaching a Masculine Mixed Media Class featuring the Stamperia Collection Clockwise. Class starts at 1000.

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Contact Linda at Valley Scrap and Stamp to save yourself a seat! I hope to see you there.


Valley Stamp and Scrap

(920) 558-4058

976 American Drive Suite 13
54956 Neenah, Wisconsin


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We’re All Mad Mixed Media Tag June Challenge.

Another great challenge at Creative Embellishments,  I’m sharing a fun mixed media tags I made for  a friends birthday.  I love these large tags and they are the best palette to play on. I started out in my usual fashion and adhered some paper to the base and did some subtle background stamping with the Grunge Star and Distress Script stamp. I matched the paper with some paste and mica powder and layer a thick layer with the Distress Checkered Stencil. Then it was a matter of adding the twist to the challenge with the banner and putting it all together. I had some left over We’re All Mad Chipboard and added some more checkers with the grunge checkered boarder.

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I made a little video of the fun created process.

Here is the challenge and the twist was to use banners.


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I hope you enjoy and take your crafty hand at the challenge this month.





We’re All Mad

Distress Checkered Boarder

Grunge Star Stamp

Distress Scrip Stamp


Large Tags

Craft Box UK Wonderland Collection

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Caribbean Bandits Mixed Media Layout

I would love to share a fun mixed media layout I made for 7 Dots Studio. This was a fun photo op on our recent trip to the Caribbean. My good friends Maggi, Jen, Nick and I took an off road UTV tour on the beautiful island of Aruba. And yes Aruba is a desert island, hence the face gear. I love this photo, it feels like we’re some crazy bandits raising havoc on the beaches of the beautiful island.

Heather's 7 Dots Lost and Found

I love the Lost and Found Collection and I thought the colour palette of the paper would be perfect for the composition. I used various stamping and background techniques with pastes and mediums to get the background before the layering process I normally go through. I made a video of the creative process.

Enjoy the close-ups.

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Heather Lost and Found 4

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Thank you for stopping by today. Until the next crazy adventure!



Lost And Found Lab Notes 12×12

Lost And Found Wonky Half Tone Stencil

Lost And Found Clear Stamp

Lost And Found 6×6 Paper Pack

Lost And Found Word Stickers

Lost And Found Elements 6×12

Lost And Found Elements Stickers 6×12

Hazy Days Chevron Stencil

Hazy Days Chipboard

Homegrown Clear Stamp

Thoughts Keeper Clear STamp

Northern Lights Clear Stamp

Paint Chips Clear Stamp

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Under the Ocean Triptych Panel


Hello All, I would love to share with you a Triptych Panel I made of our recent trip. These photos were taken on Bonaire. Bonaire has some of the best dive sites in world, and the Cerulean Blues waters are just divine. Panel CE.jpg

I made a video of the creative process for you all.

I started out with getting the base down the Triptych Panel with the paper, both sides. After picking out the perfect  paper to match the perfect photo. I added some embossing medium to the decorative edge. I wanted the page to look unique. I altered the photos to fit on all three of the sections.

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I used the corner grunge piece and used the same embossing powder to add details. I needed  flow of the piece to connect. I used it right in the centre of the background. I did very few background details on the paper and just stamped a little with the distress chicken wire stamp.

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I added some texture sand, and actually sand from the trip right ton the project. Mushed it around in the texture sand a bit and added some shell and flower clusters around the piece.

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I hope you enjoy the close-ups a bit.

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Thanks for stopping by today!



Triptych Panel

Distress Chicken Wire Stamp

Grunge Corner

Ciao Bella Paper Under the Ocean

Prima Marketing Flowers


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Paradise Beach Layout

Hi everyone, I just want to share another project, I made from my recent trip to the Caribbean. I hope I can give you a variety of inspiration with out boring you of photos. This is a picture I took (or maybe I stole if from Jen, lol) of a sail boat passing us on the beautiful white sandy beaches of Aruba.


I wanted to frame the photo and the Paradise frame was perfect. I left all the chipboard natural in this page. I liked how the colours of the paper worked with the natural look.

Here is a video of the creative process. a fun beachy page with lots of layers.

Enjoy the close-ups.

Paradise Close up

I started on the background with some background stamping, I use the paper as a guild and add more distress script and incorporate the fishnet stamp with corresponding colours.

After layering the background with the chicken wire boarder, I arrange flower clusters with the lighthouse set. Leaving it natural but adding a little dry brushing at the end.

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I added a little “By The Shore” flair in each of the flower clusters.

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Thank you for stopping by! Watch for more fun creations from our latest adventure.



Fishnet Stamp

Distress Script Stamp

By The Shore Flair

Lighthouse Set of 4

Paradise Frame

Distress Chicken Wire

Craft Box UK Seaside Shore Collection

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Nomadic Soul Diaries April Challenge

Hello all, welcome again to the year long IG challenge from Nomadic Soul Diaries, Today I am sharing an interactive card made for the April Challenge. There is still time to join.

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This month is to make an interactive card and to top it off with sequins.


Here is the creative video of how this came together, I can not take credit in inventing this card, there are a ton of Youtube videos out there about interactive cards, that’s were I found this one.

Here are a few close-ups.

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NSD close up

NSD closeup 3

Here is another short video of the actual movement of the card.


Thank you for stopping by today, Looking forward to seeing the entries on the IG feed.

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Craft Box UK The Dreamer Collection 6×6 Paper Pack, 12×12 pack, Dreamers Collection Flowers, Exclusive Stamp Set, Exclusive Snip Art Stencil, Micro-Beads

2Crafty Tattoo Swirl 2

Lindy’s Gang Open Arms Amethyst, Tainted Love Teal, Hyacinth Blue Jade Embossing Powder

Finnabair Art Stones

Here is the inspirational photo.

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Industrial Tag For Creative Embellishments

Welcome to another month at Creative Embellishments and I would like to share a tag I made for the May Challenge. I took the challenge not based on the colours that are so beautiful; but more for the words, I am such a dreamer and I love art, I dream I could spend more time with my art……but I best keep dreaming. 😉 But the twist to the challenge is to add wings, I love dragonflies and industrial so why not combine them using the steampunk dragonfly and the perfect paper and alphabet panel. So I made a large tag with some painting techniques with my favourite grungy colours. And a little video of the process. So I hope you enjoy!

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Here is the video of the creative process.

Enjoy the close-ups.

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I hope you enjoy and enter the challenge this month.




Large Tags

Alphabet Panel

Steampunk Dragonfly

Stamperia Mechanical Fantasy

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