Amazing Journey Mixed Media Tag

Welcome back today, I have been trying to get some projects done but was asked to do a commissions piece for work. This piece is for one of our doctors that has decided to head over to Papa New Guinea to do a medical missionary trip for the next 2 years. He’s one of the nicest people I have had the pleasure to work with. Also he ranks up there in my top 5 worst night shifts ever. We just laugh about it now.

Starting with a large tag, I painted it white. I took some old (and I mean old) paper from 1873, and decoupaged it on various spots on the background. Using the harlequin stencil, I added some pumice paste to give it more texture. I set it aside to dry. I didn’t know what colour to do as the background but figured warm and tropical. I used some contrasting sprays and brushed a bit on the background.

I wanted to incorporate the medical aspect of things so I used the Caduceus and added a few extra embellishments to the chipboard.

I used and relics and artifacts heart to pull in the religious aspect of things. I started out with some base paint white. Then mixed and blended the piece. Once dried, I added a layer of crackle glaze. This is one that has to dry naturally. Once dry I didn’t like how bold it was so I used a patina antiquing cream. I covered the piece completely and the. Wiped off the cream and set with varnish. It really pulls the cracks out on the glaze.

I pulled out a variety of chipboard and metal pieces. Not really knowing what I was going to use I painted them all black. Using the Distress Harlequin and the Atoms Chipboard long with the metal pieces.  I added some dry brushing to the black pieces and some wax.

I choose to do the amazing journey as the title. He is moving his family and children to take them on this 2 year adventure helping people in an amazing country.

I hope you enjoy it and I hope that our doctor makes it back ok and I will get to work with him again.

Thank you for stopping by today and enjoy, happy crafting.



Large Tag

Distress Harlequin Pieces

Distress Harlequin Stencil 


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Mixed Media Tag with Heather Thompson

Welcome back to another post here. I would love to share a large tag I made for Creative Embellishments. This was a fun industrial looking tag made with some industrial paper as the background.

I started with adding the base paper, with a little prep from some clear gesso and I set aside and grabbed some stencils. I wanted to do a contrasting Yin/Yang type of card, so I grabbed the Rivet Stencil, and the metal stencil.


Using contrasting Crackle paste, I did a half and half full coverage on the background of the tag and set it aside to dry.

I think grabbed some gears along with the Gear Flourish Corner, painted the contrasting crackle on each of them, and set aside. I poured a few moulds that match the paper collection and sat and painted a bit  before adding a crackle glaze to each of them. A bit of dirty wash after the glaze dried.

I picked out a title for each side of the tag and did some water colouring on the background. After everything was dry. I added a  bit of microbeads to each of the sides of the tags.

I hope you enjoy the tag today. Happy Crafting, thank you for stopping by!


Rivet Stencil

Metal Stencil

Large Tag

Gear Flourish Corner




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Winter Fun Mixed Media Layout

Welcome back to another post. I really enjoy winter here in the Midwest and love to capture memories and moments with the kids. Maksim has really gottten to be a good at snowboarding. Other than his darn feet have grown so much I could buy stock in snow boarding boots.

This is a page I did of a few snowboarding trips Maksim and I got to do together this season. The season is too short. Maksim is getting so good he suggested a few black diamonds. We have been doing black diamonds together. I’m so proud of my boy!

I started with the base of the paper and prepped with clear gesso. Once dry, I started with the Large Winter Words Stencils and sporadically put down words on the base of the base paper. Once those were dry, Iused the flurry stencil and layered over the whole page.

Once all dry, they I cut a few elements out of the paper for some framing on the photos. And I added a crackle paint to the snowflake Corner Page Set, and the winter trees and set that aside to crackle up.

I fell like adding a bit off stamping tot the background so I grabbed the Moroccan stamp and a deep blue distress ink and stamped right over all the pastes. By now the crackle Ono the frames were dry and I could begin to layer the page.

I started to layer everything and once finished I decided to cut one of the winter trees in half and just have a bit peek out of the page. I topped it off with some winter acrylic pieces, twine and glass babbles. And there’s our memories captured.

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you enjoy and happy crafting.



Moroccan Stamp


Snowflake Page Corner Set

Large Winter Words Stencils

Winter Trees 3

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Northern Lights Mixed Media Tags with Heather Thompson

Welcome back to another post here. I would like to share a set of altered tags. Being in the Midwest and having a ginormous snow storm and getting dumped on with 15 inches, I decided to make some wintery tags to match the weather.

I started with some base tags. Using the a new stencil I picked up from the store, I added the cutting triangles stencil and some concrete pastes I added some background to the project. I set it all aside to dry and got out the large snowflakes and painted them with a layer of silver paint.

Once everything was dry, I added a layer of matching sprays to the tags. I set it aside again to dry and dug out a number of flowers, metal pieces, and other paper elements from the paper collections.

I started to layer the larger paper tag elements with the smaller ones and placed in the large snowflakes under the tags, and with in the flower cluster. I added a bit of shine silver flair to each of the clusters.

Using seam binding and the matching sprays, I added it to the binding and scrunched it up to make it look more distressed.

After everything was layered, I added some softening to the flowers with a quick layer of white paint. Then I topped it all off with some micro beads and soft gel medium.

I hope you enjoy the project today. Thank you for stopping by today, stay creative!



Cutting Triangles Stencil

Shine Flair Silver

Large Snowflakes

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Shabby Chic Congrats Tag with Heather Thompson


Welcome back to another post. I was asked to make another retirement card for a very generous, caring co-worker. I wanted to go a bit shabby chic on this on this one and I love using the large tags because lots of people can sign the back and send farewell wishes.

I started with the base large tag and added a shabby chic paper over the tag. After some prep of the paper with clear gesso, I added the Harlequin Stencil and some shimmery pastes. Once dried, I wasn’t liking the paste as much I though I would. As it dried, it had a bit of a yellow tint to it. So in my fashion that I am, layers and more layers, I grabbed another tag added some paper and figured I would cover most of the paste with that.

Using the Scroll Flourish 2 and the Simple Flourish 3, I add some multi-coloured embossing powder and set aside to start layering. I cut the scroll flourish in half to cover the base tag and then pulled the elements from the paper and layered in some corrugated cardboard. It also adds some lift and dimension to the card.

I added the Simple Flourish 3 to the top tag and embellished with a few flowers, leaves and lace.

I finish the tag off with the Congratulations Title and some bold Embossing Powered

I hope you enjoy the tag today. Thank you for stopping by. Happy crafting.



Simple Flourish 3

Scroll Flourish 2

Congratulation Title

Large Tag

Harlequin Stencil


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Steampunk Calendar by Heather Thompson

I needed a day to just paint and be by my self, I loose myself in painting. What better to do on a blistering cold day here in the Midwest.

I gathered a bunch of Steampunk Chipboard, I gathered a variety of my favourite colours. Nicole’s chipboards are delicate and I take some fine brush. I started with the steampunk heart and layered and glazed. A few extra metal pieces.

It took me a few good hours to paint, Once painted I added a thick layer of crackle glaze and set aside to dry. Once dried I used a dirty wash with my three favourite colours Quinnadricone Gold, Yellow Iron Oxide, Paynes Grey. I add a bit of water and top the glaze with the dirty wash .

Once everything was painted I cut out the flaps for the book. Using the Da Vinci Code paper collection, I love all the background details, history,  sayings and medicine in the paper.

This is a photo heavy post today. Lots of layers and flaps. I will end up putting a calendar in here once I figure out how to print it out and make it look good.





There are a number of steampunk chipboards I have never used yet, the Steampunk Divers Helmet is one of them.

Enjoy the photos.



Steampunk Cat


Steampunk Mermaid

Steampunk Flamingo

Some added nail heads to some of the pieces to add a bit more texture.


One of my favourite Steampunk pieces are the Steampunk Flourish’s

Thank you for stopping by today! Happy Crafting!


Rivet Stencil

Steampunk Octopus

Steampunk Cat

Gears Set 3

Gears Set 4

Gears 1 1/2″

Steampunk Heart

Steampunk Mermaid

Steampunk Underwater Diver

Steampunk Flamingo

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Expecting Altered Tag with Heather Thompson

Welcome back to another post. Today I am sharing a tag I made for a good friend who is having a baby boy. It’s usually up to me to make the card or tag for the gift from the work crew.

I first took a large tag and added some little boy themed paper to the base of the Tag. A quick layer of clear gesso to prep the paper. I added a light layer of Paste with the Dots Stencil. 

Once everything was dry, I added a little matching spray to highlight the stencil. I added matching paper to one of the larger tags from the Tags set 5 and 6. And then layered it up with flowers and circle punches.

I had some left over baby’s breath and delicate ivy that I put in the flower cluster. I used the sprays and painted the word Expecting from the Mother To Be word set.

Thank you for stopping by today and Happy crafting.

Mother To Be Word Set

Dots Stencil
Large Tag
Tags Set 5
Tag Set 6
Delicate Ivy
Baby’s Breath

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Altered Pulley with Heather Thompson

A friend of mine knows I love anything old, rusty and industrial. They gifted me this old pulley that still is functional. I plan to make it into a home decor item once I gather all the supplies to do so. In the mean time I decided to add some gears trinkets and metal to it.

I started with adding more texture to the base of the piece. It already had paint chipping off so I decided to add more crackle to the piece.

I painted the base with a mixture of raw umber and medium grey. I topped it off with a thick layer of weathered wood. This is one step that takes time. The weathered wood should dry with out any help from heat setting. Once dry, I added a blend of Quinn Gold and Raw Umber before topping it off with a thick layer of crackle paint .

I love the crackle effect I got, so I added a few stencilled gears on the background before the layering begins.


I started big and work smaller. Using the Large Gear Frames, I know where the focal point will be. Using a heavy gel medium I begin to layer the various metal, chipboard and gears to the piece.


I fill in the spaces and help support the larger items with the Gears 1, they fit perfectly under and between. I used the Gears Wheel Spin to layer up the Amour Light Bulb. I have a tendency of having left over chipboard, So on these compositions I use up my odds and ends. I used my last Steampunk ATC’s and some gears 1 1/2  with in the piece.


Once I finished adding all of the chipboard and metal, I added sand texture before I paint it all. Using a bit of a dirty wash combo. I layered with quinn gold, transparent yellow iron oxide, and Raw Umber. A bit of dry brushing with paynes grey and toping of with titan buff. Some more blending with more of the dirty wash and top off some patina with Cobalt Teal Hue.

I love how this project came together. I cant wait to get it up and functional. I hope you enjoy. Thank you for stopping by!







Large Gear Frames

Gear Wheel Spin

Gears 1 1/2 inch

Steam Punk ATC’s 

Gears 1

Gears Stencil 2



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Altered Lanyard’s

Happy Happy New Year, Welcome back to another fun and creative new year ahead of us. I hope everyone had a great and safe time. And I look forward to a bigger and better year to come.

I have a fun little project today. I really need to find some time to relax and paint. This little project did just that for me. A quick project between work and holiday events. I needed a small gift for a co-worker. I have extra lanyards, (they break when you least need them to.)

I started out by picked out some Steampunk Keys, I wasn’t sure if I was going to cut them or use the whole key, I figured us Nurses  can be pretty hard on things I have to make them fairly small and compact. I decided to trim the teeth portion off the chipboard.

I then layered a gears from the small Gears Set 2 over the base gears and topped it of with a quick metal piece. Using a heavy gel medium to hold things together really good.

Once they were all dry, I topped off with some layers of my favourite texture and paint combo! A little dry brushing to highlight the texture and, done! a quick and easy gift for a co-worker.


Thank you for stopping by today and checking out this creative project. Happy Happy New year.





Steampunk Keys 

Gears Set 2 Small


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Altered Gift Bags

Hello everyone, I would love to share a fun project I made with some left over chocolate bags. They were so pretty and heavy duty, I couldn’t resist but keep them for a project.


I started with cutting some paper to fit the outside o the bags. Using some score tape to adhere it to the outside. I began to work on the chipboard pieces. Using my adhesive machine, I added stickiness to the Happy Holiday Title, A Very Merry Christmas Tree and the Scribble Snowman, Tree, Present and Reindeer. Decorations. I was going to do glitter foil but found the adhesive was too sticky and it pulled the chipboard apart. I decided to add glitter instead. I sprinkled the glitter on and pressed it on to the chipboard.


I added a bit of glitter past with the Star Bokeh Stencil on the background and set aside to dry.

I found some flowers, old Christmas lights, and added some Holly Jolly Flair to the mix before putting it all together.


I then made the few flower cluster and added a little extra paper die cuts to fill it all in.

Thank you for stopping by today, happy holidays to you all.

Holly Jolly Flare

Scribble Snowman

Scribble Tree

A Very Merry Christmas

Happy Holidays

Stars Bokeh Stencil

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