Altered Brake Pad’s Creative Embellishments

Hello everyone, I am back with another fun altered project. I was out on a walk the other day enjoying the sun. It was blitstery cold but the sun was shining bright and that was just enough for me. I am always looking for good finds on my walk. In the ditches, along the road side, anywhere. This day I found a rusted old brake pad. Ok, the DH says there is no pad left on this one, but I fell in love with the rust and didn’t really care, I just wanted to create.

This project I didn’t do a video, I just sat and painted, and relaxed. I needed a focal point and I had the large gear and the cover from the gear album. The gear album was the perfect size for the brake pad. I decided to glue it all on and then paint everything.

Once I glued on the gear album cover, I added large  gears and the small gear set around the base of the old handle.

Using the resist paste I painted everything white. I wanted to get the base bold where you could see the various layers of paint, like it had been sitting outside through the various seasons of the year.

Once I painted over the resist paste with various browns, rusts and yellows, I wipe away to get the peeled paint look. I stamp a background stamp on to add a little more texture before adding more layers of paints to get the patina look to the piece. I only had to alter the nob slightly because it looked great already.

I finished it off with a title and distressed that with a layer of paint. I added the rusty wire to have something to hang it on the wall.

I hope you enjoy the rusty break pad, thank you for stopping by and stay creative!


Gears Album


Gears 1″ 

Andy Skinner Prussian Blue, Quinacridone Gold, Yellow, Iron Oxide, Cracked Up Stamp

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Creative Embellishments April Challenge Monochromic

Welcome to another month at Creative Embellishments, This month is all about monochromatic. I originally was going to make this project for the month of February not totally thinking about the big picture. I had all intentions but then I pulled out the challenge for April and said “well what what was I thinking?”

This project started out with ATC’s and some mixed media paper. I wasn’t sure if I was going to do watercolour but changed that up quick. (I am not a big watercolour girl.)

I used some matte black embossing paste and the Triangle, circle and Square stencils to add a bold background. I new I needed to have more texture and dimension so I dug in my stash and found some matching circles, rectangle and triangle panels.

I painted each of them white and matched up twine and flowers. I picked out some mini leaves and painted them contrasting black and highlighted with some matching wax before finishing it all off with a sentiment.

I made a short video of the creative process.

Here are a few close-ups.

Thank you for stopping by today! Be creative and I look forward to the inspiration this month. 


Creative Embellishments


Mini Leaves Set 6

Distress Circle Stencil

Distress Square Stencil

Distress Triangle Stencil

Circles Panel

Rectangle Panel

Triangle Panel

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“Captured in Time” Altered Egg Shrine

I am sharing an older project from a few years back that I haven’t share before, I was shared up on the Sandra Evertson Blog back in the day. But seeing spring is just around the corner I wanted to share and upload to my Pinterest Page.

As many of you know I am a nurse but also an avid gardener, I enjoy them both immensely. During the summer months I try and bring some cheer to work and I wear a real flower in my hair. Every morning after the long night shift I pull my hair down and throw the flower on the dash while I unwind on my drive home from the crazy night I’ve just had. This particular flower dried on my dash and it was just beautiful. Instead of throwing it out the window as I drive down the driveway the next night, I actually left it there to enjoy the beauty it had transformed into. Finally I decided that I just needed to capture it in time forever.


And as Nursing and Gardening are so similar I wrote a small comparison and inspiration piece.


Nursing is like Gardening

Nursing is like gardening;
Everyday is a new day. Each day will bring new
Beginnings, new experiences. A new chance at life
To Bloom, blossom and grow.

Nursing is like gardening;
You will always have your pests.
Your frequent visitors, you’re difficult
Ones that are needy, that you don’t
Understand and never will. The
Ones that will present a problem
Around every corner and the ones that will never leave.

Nursing is like gardening
You will always lose some. No
Matter how hard you try and how
Much time and effort and heart you put
Into it. Some were just not meant to live.
For what ever reason, it was meant to be.

Nursing is like gardening;
Rewarding, hardworking, a learning experience,
Frustrating, fulfilling, distressing
Beautiful. From one end of the spectrum to the other.

Nursing is like gardening;
Worth every minute -the good, the bad and the ugly (and the stinky)

Enjoy every aspect and learn everyday. It’s
A good day when you can learn something new.
In every bad situation make it a learning experience,
And Find something good with in it.

Nursing is like gardening.

You can find the original post at Sandra Evertson from a few years back. More Close-ups can be found there also.

Sandra Evertson

Thank you for stopping by today!



Ice Resin
Egg Shrine
Spellbinders Designer Series Seth Apter Gridiron
Amazing Casting Resin
DecoArt Fluid Acrylics:
Phthalo Green-Blue
Cobalt Teal Hue
Ultramarine Blue
Titanium White
Americana Decor Crackle Medium

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Andy Skinner Journal By Heather Thompson

Here are more journals I promised. I made these for the girls at work. I always have a variety of things laying around. I have chipboard started, tags started, bits and bobs laying around. I had a number of projects started and set aside waiting for more time to finish. Waiting for things to dry and then getting sidetracked on to another project. So I gathered up a variety of products and paints and put together with some heart and soul.

This journal was made with a tag I was working on. I love the colours on the background. Very bold and bright. The large gear is from the Industrial Set. I wrapped some rusty wire around the gear and actually never finished wrapping it. The heart fit perfectly on the gear.

I added some antique paper from the late 1800’s on the background and a discover title on the placard.

Here are a few close-ups of this cover.

I add some background crackle on the base of the journal to match the tag that I never ended up finishing.

This is another journal cover I made with lots of Andy’s industrial elements. The featured element is the “So Call Me Already” and the Industrial shabby tag kit.

Lots of background texture and paste with the Structure Paste. And more rusty elements to make the focal point.

Using the other dial from the “So Call Me Already” set.

And the third journal was made with the Industrial Shabby Tag Kit and Industrial Elements. Same type of background, a thick layer of pastes befrore adding colour. And rust elements with paint.

I added other scrapes and the Call Me Already.

Layers of paints, stamping and shading. Here are a few more close-ups. Enjoy!

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you enjoy! Stay creative~!

Andy Skinner Industrial Elements

So Call Me Already

Shabby Industrial Tag Set

Mixed Media Pastes/Paints
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Altered Wood Canvas with Creative Embellishments

Hi, Hi, Welcome back to another post. I would love to share with you a fun mixed media project I got to sit down and make. My hubby had given me a variety of scrapes he was going to throw out. I knew I wanted to use the new wood pieces that were in the store. I choose to use the large oval wood decor.

I made a short video of the creative process.

I added a layer of paper to the base of the wood. After letting that dry I added some stamping with the Distress Text Stamp. I wanted to pull more elements from the paper.

Using the Distress Clocks Stencil, I added embossing medium through it and embossing powder, I think I should have used the stamp pad instead of the dabber. It got a little gunky. But I knew I was going to cover most of it up so I wasnt too worked up about it.

I added some thick texture with some sand paste and the Harlequin Stencil. Because it was so thick, I had to set it aside for awhile and move onto something else while I waited.

I took the Small Gears Set and the Gear Clusters along with the goodies from the DH. I added a fine sand texture to all of them and let them dry before painting a rust effect with acrylics.

Once everything was dry,  this is were the fun begins, I start to build up the focal points  with the chipboard, metal pieces and little bits and bobs I have laying around.

Once the front is finished, I begin work on the back with patching together old, I mean old (1870’s) paper from old medical publications and books. I cover with a thick layer of crackle glaze and set aside to dry. Once it is all dry I age it with some “dirty wash” paint.

I hope you enjoy the project today, I really had fun making this one. Stay creative and thanks for stopping by!


Oval Home Decor

Harlequin Stencil

Distress Type Stamp

Gear Set Small 2

Clocks Stencil

Gear Clusters

Andy Skinner Artist Pigment Paint Payne’s Grey

Andy Skinner Artist Pigment Paint Raw Umber

Andy Skinner Super Matte Varnish

Finnabair Texture Paste, Embellishments and Wax


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Gift Bag and Tag~Creative Embellishments

Welcome back. TodayI would love to share a gift bag and tag set I made for a dear friend who is getting married. I received her bridal shower invite in the mail and new I wanted to make something to match. I started with a gift bag. I just grabbed something out of my stash.

I wanted to add something to the bag to make it more than just a bag. So I added a pocket to add the tag right on the bag.

Here is a short video of the creative process. I hope this inspires you.

I did some background work starting with the distress script stamp. Randomly stamping on the background. I then used the medallion Stencil and some glossy gel medium. Unsure if I want to add more spray or not, the gel should make a resist on the bag if I use the spray.

I did use the spray but very lightly and in splashes, matching the background.

I started to build up the background and the flower clusters, I used the Flourish 9 and the Distress clock pieces and added embossing powder. I built up starting with sisel and extra paper scrapes.

I added the chipboard along with flowers and resist pieces to each of the clusters.

I move on the making the tag. Using a tag fro the Tags set 1, I add paper to both sides. Before adding a layers of scraps to the tag. On the bag of the tag, I add a gift card envelope, so I can tuck in a gift card along with the gift.

I hope you enjoy the project today. I love how it gives a little more than just a gift bag.


Flourish 9

Distress Clocks

Medallion Stencil

Distress Script Stamp

Tags Set 1

Craft Box UK

I Dream of Spring Paper Collection

Lindy’s Gang Embossing Powder

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March Challenge Creative Embellishments

Hello, everyone, I would love to share my take on the monthly challenge here at Creative Embellishments. I love doing sketch challenges. They can really get the creative juices flowing, and the twists really make you get crazy creative! I have been wanting to scrap these photos of our last trip over seas. And the Blues from the paper were perfect to match the photos. I started with some texture on the background, the paper added a abundance so I didn’t want to cover it up too much. I added a little crackle paste with the Flourish Stencil 3.   I build up the background with more texture from ribbons and burlap. I took the tag shapes from the sketch and used various tags from the Tags Set 1, adding vintage paper from the late 1800’s.  I actually got the books on this particular trip with Laneen. After building up the background, I used the Rectangular Stitched Frame to frame the photos, instead of three separate ones in the sketch. I added flowers, resin and metal embellishments to each of the flower clusters. I topped off the whole layout with the Best Things Title. Enjoy the creative video below and I look forward to the entries this month.



Here is the video of the creative process.

Tags Set 1

Square Stitched Frame

Flourish Stencil 3

The Best Things in Life Title

Stamperia Blues


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Farm Journal Creative Embellishments

Welcome back, Today I would love to share a journal I made for my good friend Sam. She wanted to make something for her uncle, he used to farm with his wife and that was the theme she wanted to go with. It worked perfect because there are so many farm themed items in the store.

I made a video of the creative process. Enjoy.

I love the rust pastes and the chipboard handles the pastes and moisture perfectly. I did start with some background work with the Harlequin Stencil. After finishing up with that, I used the flag from the Independence Stencil.

After drying the pastes, I started to build up the focal points. Seeing the journal needed to be functional, I knew the back cover needed to be flat. I used the cornstalks to add that farm feel to heading out to check on the crops.

 I wanted to add the windmill and fence, what else works better than the barbed wire fence to help keep the farm critters from getting out.

After adding bits from the Garden Tools Set, I added a little love with other metal embellishments, buttons and beads.

Once I had everything placed and dried for the most part, I layer various layers of rust pastes. Starting with the lighter colours and moving to the browns and rusts.

I finished it all off with some dry brushing of some brass to help highlight the background textures.

I hope you enjoyed the creative process. I know my friend Sam loves the journal. I hope her Uncle likes it as well. Thanks for stopping by today! Stay Creative.


Independence Day Stencil

Harlequin Stencil

Garden Tools Wood Chipboard


Cornstalks Set of 3

Barbed Wire Fence

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Home Decor Bicycle Wheel Creative Embellishments

Just in time to share another fun project I made with the score from the rummage sale, I scored an antique bicycle. I have been looking for one for a while. But it had to be the right price. I didn’t want to spend too much money because I new I was going to be tearing it apart. Ok, Adam was going to be tearing it apart. I new I wanted to the frame of the bike for my gardens. But the two tires I knew I was going to alter each of the wheels.

I made a short video of the creative process. I value your time and try and keep these short, I feel you can watch more videos if there are shorter verses one long video.

Using the home decor Welcome wood element, I started with the base colour, knowing I needed to layer the paint and put resist paste between the two layers. I did two coats of paint with the Teal Hue. After drying I added sporatic areas of resist paste before adding the white paint over.

Once dry, I heat set the wood piece and wipe away the area of the resist pastes. This gives it the vintage, distressed look.

I heat emboss the flourish 26 pieces, both sides and the ornate pieces in a different colour. I make a simple flower arrangement with pearls and flower swags and fill in with the flourish pieces though out. Weaving ribbon through the arrangement as well.

I hope you enjoy, I still have one more bicycle tire left to play with, Maybe keep your eyes open for that inspiration. Thank you for stopping by today! Enjoy and be creative.



Ornate Pieces

Flourish set 26

Welcome Home Decor Wood Pieces

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Creative Embellishments February Challenge Black N White

Hello all. Welcome back to another monthly challenge. I look forward to a better year this year with more creativity.

Here is the inspirational photo to get you going.

Here is the creative video:

Enjoy the close-ups.

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you enjoy!


Larger Flourish Corner

Floral Frame Large


Frond Set

7 Dots Studio Cold County Lost Letter, Word Stickers, 6×6 Paper Pack

7 Dots Studio Writers Block Tags

Prima Marketing Inc

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