Holiday Clear ATC’s

Welcome back to another day on the blog. Today I am sharing a set of Clear ATC Holiday Tags made with the Newer Clear Acetate ATC’s. The acetate is unique to work with, so I have been having fun just playing figuring out what works and what doesn’t work. What pastes will stick to the smooth surface and which ones to avoid.

Here is a short video of the creative process.

I started with a thick grit paste on the base of the ATC’s using the snowflake stencil. Again with any of the acetate products, caution is to be used when using the heat gun, it will melt the ATC’s. It is possible but to hold it a far distance away from the ATC.

Once the ATC’s had a good chance to dry, I added a little alcohol ink and water to add some colour to the back ground. Again, setting it to the side to dry.

I actually took regular old wrapping paper and covered the base of the gifts with it. Wrapping it up just like a normal gift. I used my Xyron Adhesive machine and added adhesive to the top portion of the gift. Using a bone folder I place a decorative foil on the adhesive and rub the foil until it transfers onto the chipboard. Once I transfer all the foil, I glue the two chipboards together.

On the back of the ATC. I started with some Dresden trim to outline the card. Using the Yuletide word stickers and paper die-cuts, I layered a small holiday sentiment to finish them off. Thinking that these would be great for some holiday gift bags, I punched a hole in the corner and added some seam binding to be able to attach them to a gift.

What a fun and easy little holiday tag using the clear acetate ATC’s. I hope this inspires some crafty creations with the clear products from the store. Happy Holidays to you all during this festive time. Thank you for stopping!


Clear ATC’s Set 2

Gifts 1

Snowflake Stencil

7 Dots Studio Yuletide Collection


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Design team portfolio

Welcome back. I have such a fun project to share today. I cant take credit for it, other than its my take on the project. When I was over to Maggi’s in June she has this beautiful DT portfolio she keeps everything in from ideas to deadlines to even products she might need or want, ok or enable others to get. 😉 But of course hers is made from G45 no less. I wanted to do one with my own twist and style. So a little steampunk and grunge and this girl is happy.

This Post is going to be photo heavy. It has two covers and then 4 double sided inserts. Because I needed to make if functional and i need to take it back and forth to work with me, I needed to keep it pretty flat, I have a tendency to really go big at times.


Here is the video:

The folder has two inside pockets and I cut the dividers myself with some heavy cardstock and a punch for the tabs. Using the Mechanical Fantasy Collection from Stamperia I picked out the base papers and fussy cut elements out of the rest. I added a very subtle element of paste with the ledger stencil around the focal points on the paper.

I love the background paper and had trouble just deciding whether or not I wanted to cover it up. With the back of this insert I made a simple little pocket and just added a cut out tag.

I added the Steampunk Seahorse from the store right over the paper one on the next insert just enough to add a little dimension.

Another pocket on the back of the insert and one of the newer gear simple gear flourish‘s to a more elegant touch.

Now if  you remember I saw this project in June and when we went back to Maggi’s in September is when I finally got to start it. I had to find the right album/portfolio with the front pockets for the cover. I ended up getting mine on Amazon although Maggi found hers at Walmart in the school supplies. I bought extra replacement paper also.

I ended up borrowing the Steampunk Octopus from Maggi and had to wait until I got home to finish the seahorse and the dragonfly.

I used some more fear flourishes on the 3rd insert and cut out a smaller dear head for the 4th. Just add the lift with some 1″ gears.

The back of the last page is just gear flourish and small gear to highlight the skull from the paper collection.

I added one simple little gear to the back of the book and added paper to the binding to finish off the project.

This project was so fun. I added a monthly calendar from off line to actually have a calendar I can write on for all my DT deadlines. I know I need to add more of me to the project but as I use it, I will figure more of that out.

I hope you enjoy and are inspired. Thank you for stopping by today. Stay crafty!


Steampunk Octopus

Circuit Stamp

Gears 1″

Gear Flourish

Simple Gear Flourish

Gear 1 1/2″

Ledger Stencil

Stamperia Mechanical Fantasy

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Mixed Media Layout November Challenge

Welcome back to another month at Creative Embellishments. This month we have another sketch challenge. So my possibilities with sketches which is fun to see all of the different variations that people come up with.  This mixed media layout features photos from out trip to the Keys. This was one of our favourite places to go. Seeing with COVID we were trying to avoid crowds and people, we found a small spot just off the side of the road to picnic, walk the reef and do some snorkeling. We found some amazing creatures including a small octopus.  This little hole in the wall is just outside Bahia Honda State Park. 

This is the sketch challenge, I used a variety of elements in my page. 



Here is a short video of the creative process. 




After prepping the background with gesso to take on pastes and sprays. I take the inspiration from the background on the sketch. I added stamping with the Distress Numbers Stamp along with the Numbers Boarder Stamp. Using the Distress patterns stencil, I add a thick layer of black pastes sporadically over the page. 

I used various chipboards. I added colour with Lindy’s spray. I only had a small variety with me at Maggi’s so I made it work with what I had. I highlighted the chipboard with some waxes.  I don’t always cut my photos down to fit the Grunge Frames. I like the different look, it adds an element of uniqueness to the page. 

I used various Washi clusters on the page in-between the layers. I actually cut them apart to make them go a little further. 

I just love love love layers. I actually brought a number of flowers with me on the trip to Maggi’s. (I actually forgot to pack them until there was a gentle reminder) But some of my layouts just don’t need them. 

The twist this month was to add splashes on the page. I used some burnt umber and yellow iron oxide liquid acrylic paints. I diluted it with some water before adding some splashes. I finished the page off with some glass glitter. 


Scribble Alphabet Boarder

Grunge Frames

Washi Tape Clusters

Stitch Boarder

Distress Numbers Stamp

Grunge Gear Corner 

Numbers Boarder Stamp

Distress Patterns Stencil


Supplies: Scribble Alphabet Boarder Grunge Frames Washi Tape Stitch Boarder Distressed Number Stamp Grunge Gear Corner Numbers Boarder 7 Dots Studio: Writers Block, Note, Torn.  


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Solar Eclipse Altered Tag with Andy Skinner

A few years ago I was lucky enough to hang out with the gang from Ministry of Mixology. And per usual fashion there are always great evening classes. Well my team-mate Monika Maksim had a class which featured these lovely mould. I nipped one (or maybe two) for myself.

Solar Tag andy Skinner 4

Using a tando tag as the base, I found an embossing folder I particularly liked and spritzed a bit a water on the tag  before running it through my Big Shot machine. I was pleased with the outcome of the texture. Solar Tag Andy Skinner 5.jpg

I wanted to focus on the faces and did some simple layering with Andy’s Industrial elements and large gears. I was something a bit different and not so grunge. I blended the background and highlighted the Solar Eclipse to focus more on the focal point of the faces. 

  Solar Tag Andy Skinner 2


Have a great creative Day

black and white head shot


Andy Skinner




Industrial Shabby Tag Kit

Industrial Elements

Illusionary Artist






Tando Creative:

Long Grey Board Tags\




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Keeping It Reel Double Layout with Creative Embellishments

This is a double layout, I haven’t done one of these in years. I have so many projects and photos I want to showcase that I just don’t have enough time in my world to do it.

While I was at Maggi’s back in June, this is one of the projects I was going to do along with a mini album. Adam and I took the kids on an all day excursion fishing in the vast wide open ocean. We did not catch the a big sword fish but we did bring home a good haul. 25 pounds worth of Mahi Mahi and Tuna. So worth it.

I have a short video of the creative process.

I started with the base paper, Using the Distress Weave stencil and the Circuit Stamp on the background. I had brought limited supplies and used what I had. I used some shimmering paste to mimic waves in the background.

Once I had the background done, I built up the photos and layered various cutouts from the paper collection. I had been sitting on the Keeping it Reel Title and Fishing set for some time. My boy loves to go fishing. This was perfect because he was the Tuna King this day.

I used embossing pastes and powders to each of the chipboard. Even adding string to each of the hooks to add to the feel of being out in the ocean catching the big Mahi Mahi.

Once everything was built up, I actually added some journaling to the page. Something I wish I did more of. I might have to do more of these double pages. It’s one way to scrap more memories and use up some supplies.


I hope you enjoy! Thank you for stopping by.


Fishing Set

Keep it Reel Title

Circuit Stamp

Distress Weave Stencil

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Mixed Media Tags with Creative Embellishments

I love when I can have scrappy weekends away, except I never know what to pack or what kind of scrapping mood I will be in. This last trip to Maggi’s I had plenty of paints and mediums, but really didn’t use very much. It just how it rolls sometimes. This is a tag set I made for a friend of mine that is retiring. I have known her for over 20 years. She taught me to be the nurse I am today. I did my internship with her in collage and had the wonderful pleasure of working with pretty much since. She is one of the hardest workers and always willing to pick up shifts and go above and beyond. This tag set I made to just remind her to Enjoy Life. And as we all know life can be short.

Here is a short video of the the process.

Here are a few close-ups of each of the tags. 

I started with the base of each of the tags, I added the small hexagon stencil with some thick black paste. I built up a few layers with paper and figured I would add a little more with the chicken wire circle. 

I finished it off with the Funky Alphabet and some flowers and metal sentiment. 


I hope you enjoy the project today, and Remember to Live Life and Enjoy! 




Chicken Wire Circle

Funky Alphabet

Small Hexagon Stencil

Tags Set 1



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October Challenge Spooky ATC’c

Welcome back to another month at creative Embellishments. I had the wonderful pleaseure of another weekend getaway at Maggi’s house. I did get to work on a few DT projects. I started with the ATC’s. ATC’s are fun and relatively easy because of the twist. Using somenthing old from your stash. Well this paper is fun and from 2014, and the pastes are from 2015. Some so old I had to add some water and try and reconstitute to make them even usable. I started out applying a base paper to both the front and backs of each of the ATC’s. I brought a variety of themed stencils, applying the “thick” pastes with each of the Pumpkin Faces, Ghosts, Spiderweb and Stars Envy. I there added the same “thick” paste to the Bats, and Punmkin Chipboard. I picked out a title for each of the ATC’s and then added a Halloween Flair to all. A little bit of fun ribbon and the fun set of ATC’s are all done.

Here is a the inspirational photo and remember to dig something out of your stash.

Here is a short video of the creative process. 

Here are a few close-ups:

Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see some fabulous entries this month.

ATC’s Set 1

ATC’s Set 3

Ghost Stencil

Pumpkin Faces Stencil

Star Envy

Web Stencil

Jolly Jacks-o-Lanterns


Haunted Flair

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In The Mountains Mixed Media Layout Creative Embellishments

I plan on sharing all the projects I made while on my weekend Hiatis with Maggi. Layouts are easy to pack for, small compact, you can through a number of things in a small baggie, vs the big projects that I end up needed half of my room to complete them. So here is another page I made. This is from our trip to Colorado. We rented a sided by side and tooled up the mountain. Such a gorgeous view. So many memories.

Here is a short video of the creative process. Now I value your time and I try and keep them short and sweet.

I did a bit of background work starting with the Distress Patterns Stencil and some bold black paste. Once dried I use the Distress Harlequin Stencil and some Tim Holtz distress paste to give it more of a feel.

I moved on to the chipboards, I have been holding on to the moose and the mountains for a bit. I used some simple spray with the moose and mountains and then actually painted the valley’s of the mountains with white paint. I added some texture paste to the Filigree set and sprayed it to blend and match with the background paper.

After prepping the chipboard, I decided to put it all together. I add layers of paper along with the chip board and the flowers.

So with the page coming together, I wanted to soften the look, easy to do with some dry brushing and bold white paint. But in the end, one more page of memories documented and a fair number of supplies while gone, which was one of my goals.

I hope you enjoy, Thank you for stopping by today. Stay Creative!


Moose Set


Filigree Scroll Set

Distress Patterned Stencil

Distress Harlequin Stencil

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Altered Fan with Creative Embellishments

I ran out of project to do while at Maggi’s house, So she throws a Victorian Fan 5 at me and basically said “Make a fan”, She practically dared me to do it. So I never turn down a good challenge. I had a paper pack I hadn’t used yet and some chipboard I brought as a “back-up” I can do this.

Here is a short video of the creative process. And I will say it was a short creative process. 



Using the Fan, I added some paper to the front side of the fan and some simple tissue paper to the back side, using a matte varnish, I covered both sides.

After getting each of the bases down, I cut a few embellishments from the papers and added very minimal elements to the fan. I topped the fan off with the Nautical Corner. Adding some texture and then painting the element. I finished off the Fan with some fine details with micro beads and wax.

I hope you enjoyed, and thank you for stopping, stay creative!!!


Victorian Fan 5

Nautical Corner

Ciao Bella Le Repubbliche Marinare Paper Collection

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“Air Mail” Mixed Media Tags with Creative Embellishments

Welcome back to another month at Creative Embellishments. I’ve been pretty busy with work and with the summer it is so much harder to get into the craft room. Projects that a need warm weather and just trying to have some fun. But with the weather cooling off, I see more crafty time in my future. Septembers challenge was fun. Right in my wheel house. So creating for this challenge was a breeze. These tags were fun. I love all the crackle and texture so I started with the base tags set 2 and built up from there. I save all my stamps that come from my international packages and decided to put some Russian stamps on here. The twist this month was to use maps so I used the Air Mail paper that is a map and added the Round Distress Stamps to build on the twist this month. I added some texture with the Plaid Stencil and I can never have enough crackle. So I have a little video of the creative process. Enjoy and I hope to see some great entries this month!

Here is the inspirational photo, remember the twist is maps.

Enjoy the video:

Here are a few close-ups

Thank you for stopping by today! Stay crafty!


Round Distress Stamps

Tags Set 2

Half Tone Circle Stamp

Plaid Stencil

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