Halloween Shaker Tags

Hello all, I hope Halloween will be good for you all. Here in the Midwest, we have had snow storms and lots of accumulation. I keep telling my kids, “back when I was little I remember trick-or-treating in the snow, wrapped in a black garbage bag.”

I picked out two tags, one from the Tag 2 Set and one from Tag Set 5. I found paper to get in the Halloween spirit, and adhered the paper to the tags. Before moving to the shaker chipboards.

On this blue tag, I used the Spider Shaker. I painted each of the layers and finished off the legs with some embossing powder to add a hairy effect to it. I took caution with the heat gun not to melt the plastic layer of the spider.

I finished off the cluster with the Haunted Flair. The back of the tags, I finished off with old Norwegian paper and some varnish.

On the second tag, I used the Candy Corn Shaker, I put a variety of shiny fun things in each of the sections after painting. I again made a little cluster of flowers and embellishments and topped it off the the Boo Flair.

Here is a short video of the creative process.

Thank you for stopping by today, Happy Halloween to you and your families.


Tag Set 5

Tag set 2

Boo Flair

Haunted Flair

Candy Corn Shaker

Spider Shaker

Buttons Galore and More

Safari Sunset


Fall Foliage


Craft Box UK Spooky House

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Pam-a-Llama Its your day! Card and Tag Set

Hello all, I would love to share a fun card and tag set I made for my good friend Pam, she loves llama’s. We all call her Pam-a-llama. She is so fun, bright and bold in so many ways and her favourite colour is green. So I wanted to incorporate all of those traits in the cards.

I usually started with some background stamping unless the paper is really really busy. I love this paper collection I works great with backgrounds. Even if I end up covering most of it up. I used a few different colour of ink on the background. Starting with the distress chevron stamp and black, I sporadically stamped it.

Moving on the the distress grid stamp, I added some subtle yellow, and it was subtle. But I liked the look of it.

I made a short video of the creative process.

I love texture, and I wish I could just add more and more texture to a piece but I am too impatient to let it all dry. I started with some black matte paste with the weave stencil. After drying I go polar opposite with a bright white crackle in the Lattice panel Stencil.

I wanted to use some bright foils on the chipboard, But wanted the look to be more rustic. Not perfect, not all the way to the edges. Spots here and there. Using the puzzled panel, I added matte medium to the background with a spatula. After heating it to the point of bubbling, I pressed the foil down on the panel to get the achieved look. I repeat the process on the llama’s.

I have to always add to the inside of the card, you just cant leave it blank. I had the rest of the panel to full in the centre.

I made a tag to add to the gift bag. Just a fun little tag to hang off the side. I dont even know if I will write on it or not. But Pam loves her llama’s. This was layering and just adding the llama as the focal point.

I love the foil on this one. So pretty and it pulls out the vibrant colours of the tag.

Just a quick peek at the backside of the tag.

Thank you for watching and join me later this month for more inspiration.


Distress Weave Stencil

Fence Lattice Stencil

Llama’s Set

Distress Chevron Stamp

Puzzled Panel

Distress Grid Stamp

ATC’s Tags

Prima Rub-On Foils

7 Dots Studio Paint Chips Paper Collection

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Andy Skinner Creative Expressions Spooktacular Event

Welcome to the Spooktacular Event with Creative Expressions UK. The Team over at Andy Skinner has joined in the fun and mayhem with some crazy creepy projects.

This is an actually bird skull that the kids and I found in the yard, And if any of you know my daughter she is totally into all likes of crazy and creepy things.

Here is the schedule of events for Creative Expressions. So each week make something that relates to the below themes. At the end of each week, CE will pick a winner. Don’t forget to hash tag you entry! #CEspooktober

 Here is a short video of the creative process.

I decided to make a shrine to showcase the actually skull and go along with the theme this week. Using the strata paste to add a texture and feel of an old rugged building, I lathered a fair amount on the roof.

I had some smaller pedistoles and glass shrines in my stash. I added some texture paste and colour to resemble stone.

Using the shine to showcase I altered it with the restist paste and painted, topping off the effects with the background stamp.

Watch out for more spooktacular inspiration to come all month long, and join in the mayhem and get creative.

Visit the Creative Expressions Mixed Media Facebook Page and #CEspooktober your entires.


Andy Skinner Acrylic Paints Quinn Gold

Andy Skinner Acrylic Paints Paynes Grey

Andy Skinner Acrylic Paints Burnt Umber

Andy Skinner Acrylic Paints Primary Magenta

Andy Skinner Lava Paste

Andy Skinner STrata Paste

Andy Skinner Structure Patese

Andy Skinner Quick Dry Glue

Andy Skinner Resist Paste

Andy Skinner Super Nova Embossingg Powder

Andy Skinner Stone Wash Stamp

Andy Skinner STampendous Skuldoggery Stamp

Tando Creative 3D Shrine

Tando Andy Skinner Industrial Elements

Relics & Artifacts Dresden Trim Daisy Chain Small

Tim Holtz idea-Olay Bone Yard

Tim Holtz Decrotive Domes

Tim Holtz Finial Set

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Creative Embellishments October Challenge

Hello and welcome to October already. Wow were has the year gone. I would like to share my take on the October challenge. The mood board was a mix of goth and shabby. I made a dark shabby chic tag pulling the lace and winged bugs on to the tag. I Started with the base, on of the large tags from the store. After applung a layer of shabby rice paper on the background, I pulled the floaral print out with the Florish stencil and some paste. I grabbed a dark old photo and decieded to use that as my focal point. I built it up with the Birds and Spiderweb Flourish boarder. Heat embossing the elements. I added a little flower cluster with more elements pulled from the mood board to pull this murky tag together. Enjoy I look forward to seeing the entries this month. It should be spooktacular.

Here is a short video of the creative process. Enjoy

Here are a few close-ups for you.

I Spiderweb flourish and birds were embossed with Andy Skinner Embossing Powder. It adds that texture and multi-colour appearance to them.

I finished off the back of the tag with paper from the late 1800’s. And old pharmacy booklet. The paper is so frail and to read it is over the top with the remedies and marketing. So neat to read.

I love the rice paper detail on the background, I add a little more flourish with the stencil and get things to pop with lift. The moulded head just adds a little more creepy to the dark elegant piece.

Thank you for stopping by today! Happy Crafting


Large Tags

Flourish Stencil

Spiderweb Flourish Boarder

Andy Skinner Rice Paper

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Creative Embellishments Mixed Media Layout Nature’s Beauty

Welcome back to another post. Today I would like to share with you a mixed media layout. I have been looking through my posts to see and realised it has been a bit since I did a layout. I have some great photos of the kids and wanted to showcase them.

This picture, I just love. These two could paste as twins. They were sitting on a rock with a waterfall in the background and just looked at me with those devilish looks they have.

I started on the background with some subtle stencilling with the Harlequin Stencil and some shimmery paste. While that was drying I do move on the the Distress Harlequin Pieces. Adding a layer of embossing powder, I heat set. I usually do most of my wet stuff and let it dry in stages and move onto something else to calm my impatience.

After I embossed the Best Friends Boarder with a bolder blue, I add some texture with stamping the Distress Crackle Stamp and sprinkle some matching embossing powder on top and set quick.

Once the background layering has begun, I start to layer and layer. The more texture the more the piece speaks to me. The paper talks of natures beauty and it cant be any truer with this photo and the place were it was taken.

I finished off some of the layers and clusters with the maple tree seeds and a layer of spray. I added natural elements of pine cones to add to the look. Picked up along our adventures.

Here is a short video of the creative process.


Maple Tree Seeds

Distress Harlequin Pieces

Harlequin Stencil

Best Friends Boarder

Distress Crackle Stamp

Stamperia Cosmos Collection



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Creative Embellishments Journals

Hello all, this is a big post today.

I have had the pleasure of working with one of the best crews. My weekend crew has always gone above and beyond. I know patients will be taken care of like they are family. When the things get tough, they alway end up pulling out all the stops and push out 150%. I wanted to do something special as a thank you for all that they have done for me.

I made each one of them a personalised journal. Each one was made with love and compassion. I even left an inspirational note inside thanking them for all that they do.

This Journal for Sam, she has this amazing unicorn collection and I just needed to add to it. I filled in spaces with bits and bobs. I used left over pieces from collections that I only had one or two left. I wanted to use some of the new stuff from the store as well and grabbed the Alphabet Game Pieces.

I wanted to add detail to the background on each of the journals. I love texture to I use a thick corse paste with the grid stencil on this particular journal.

Here are a few more close-ups.

This journal was made for Heather, she knew I was making some journals, But she fell in love with this one. I knew she just had to have it. I did the same texture on the background but only with the Distress Checkered Stencil. I added the Cross Stitch Boarder in the background and built the composition up around that. I threw in a medium gear or two to fill in the spaces and topped it off with a metal dragonfly casting.

A few more close-ups.


I added the Alphabet Blocks and Distress Pattens Stencil to this Journal. I added a few more bits and bobs to fill in the composition.

A few layers of paint with blending and dry brushing and topping it all off with some wax highlights.

Here is the one I made for Pam, She has been there for me since day one. She was my sounding board, my go to. She has been around nursing (I wont say for how long 🙂 and I value her experience.

I loved the Ribbon Frames 2 and built the composition offset from the frame to keep the features of the frame. Just some crackle on the background on this one. I wanted it to look vintage and old. Not in any relation to Pam lol.

A few more close-ups.

Thank you all for stopping by today. I cant thank these wonderful ladies enough for putting up with me,  teaching me how to be a great leader and trusting I will never lead them a stray.



Ribbons Frame 2


Alphabet Game Pieces

Distress Grid Stencil

Alphabet Blocks

Distress Checkered Stencil

Medium Gears

Cross Stitched Boarder

Distressed Patterned Stencil

 Finnabair Art Alchemy Wax, Paint, Metal Embellishments


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Steampunk September Challenge Creative Embellishments

Welcome to another challenge and month over at Creative Embellishments. Today I have such a treat, this is a canvas I put together with lots of goodies. This months twist is to use Rust. And let me tell you I hit the brief on this one.

Steampunk Stamperia

Here is the inspirational photo, to get those ideas going. I had recently picked up some moulds and have been jonzing to use them. So I took inspiration from all the rush and vintage and the general colours of the mood board to put together my canvas.

Using a canvas, I added a layer of rice paper. Covering and blending the rice paper with resist paste and chalk paints, I blending and patch the background. I added more texture on the background with the Rivit stencil and some bronze crackle paste.

I started with the steampunk pipe corners medium gears, pipe works. Using a variety of acrylics and texture paste, I add texture and then did various layers of paint to blend to get the look I am striving for.

As far as the mould goes for, I made the mould out of fast setting resin. I applied a white coat of gesso before painting and blending based off the colours of the photos. I loved the pop of blue to incorporate the background of the canvas.

Steampunk Stamperia 7

Using the Rivet Stencil I did add more texture to the background. I used a crackle paste to add to the aged look I was going for.

Steampunk Stamperia 6

Here is a video of the creative process.

A few more close-ups. Steampunk Stamperia 5

Steampunk Stamperia 3

Steampunk Stamperia 2

Steampunk Stamperia 1


Thank you for stopping by today. Looking forward to seeing the entries.


Medium Gears

Steampunk Corners

Rivet Stencil

Pipe Works

Andy Skinner Chalk Paints, Acrylic Paints

Stamperia Moulds, Rice Paper



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Nomadic Soul Diaries August Challenge

Welcome to another month at Nomadic Soul Diaries and another great inspirational mood board. This month’s board is all about butterflies and ATC’s. There is so much inspiration over at the Nomadic Soul Diaries IG page, Check it out.


This set was fun to make, I enjoyed the colour palette and the inspiration came easy with the inspirational quote.

Here is the beautiful mood board for your inspiration. Butterflies and ATC’s to cards.

I picked out the paper, that I wanted to use and dug into my Creative Embellishments stash to find some cool butterflies I can add a little glitter glass to add the extra shimmer and shine to.

These took some dry time, but I have been so busy with the kids being home, my projects have been drying pretty naturally lately.

Here are a few close-ups for more inspiration.

I addded a inspirational quote to each of the cards as a finishing touch. And you can never go wrong with splashes.

Here is a short inspirational video of my creative process.
I love making ATC’s they’re quick, fun and something so small can turn into such a beautiful piece of art, easily transferable when you need to give that little pick me up to a co-worker or add a little extra to that gift for a special event.

Thank you for stopping by today, don’t forget to stop by the NSD IG account to see all the inspiration this month.



Creative Embellishments: ATC’s and butterflies

Lindys’ Gang Danny Zuko’s Denim

Finnabair Crimson Red Glass Glitter, Mica Powders Blue, Mica Powder Deep Water

Prima Flowers

Tim Holtz

Blue Fern Studios Heartland Kiss Kiss

Cosmic Shimmer Andy Skinner Satin Sunset Embossing Powder

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Creative Embellishments Art Alchemy

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My Puzzled Heart Canvas Creative Embellishments


Welcome back, I would like to thank you for stopping by today and showing support. Today I would like to share a canvas I made. An altered brush, a puzzle to  my heart. I have been sitting on a few ideas that I haven’t been able to get to, I decided to jump on this one and get creating.

Puzzle Canvas CE 4

Nicolle has been making some awesome stencils and chipboards for the store, I love how they work so well with each other. I started out on the  background with some texture.

Puzzle Canvas CE 3

I added the Puzzle Heart Stencil and filling smaller pieces with the Puzzle Pieces stencils. I wanted to add more dimension to the canvas and picked the centre pieces out from the Puzzle Panel and made them look like they were falling down the canvas.

Puzzle Canvas CE 2

Using the brush as the focal point, I added some smaller puzzle pieces to add some texture before building up around the brush with bits and bobs.

Puzzle Canvas CE 1

I love all the wood pieces in the store, the Heart Piece etched with the puzzle worked perfect to pop on the centre.

I finished the canvas with some dry brushing over a black base.

Puzzle Canvas CE

Here is a short video to watch the creative flow of the project. Most projects I start with a general idea. I build it up as I create, I gather a number of supplies, not even knowing if I will use any, then I just created.


Thank you for watching and stopping by today, happy creating.



Puzzle Piece Stencil

Puzzle Heart Stencil


Puzzle Panel

Ornate Pieces


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