Merry Christmas Gift Card Tags


Tis the season of giving, I wanted to make some fun gift tags for those special people in my life. These tags were creative, I decided to incorporate gift cards right on the tag themselves. I used a file folder on one and a little gift bag on the other. I used the beautiful Yuletide collection for that classic reds and whites.

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I started out using large tags and adding a layer of paper with the Gingerbread Paper. After minimal background stamping, I needed to work on the file folder to hold the one gift card. Using paper from the 6×6 Collection to cover the folder, I make a small cluster with the Die-Cut Elements and Stickers.

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I layered up the gift cared with various tags and more elements and added the Merry Christmas Title and trees. I used a magnetic closure with the file folder to help keep it closed.

Nick Yuletide Tags Close-up 1

On the other tag, I used a small gift bag to hold the gift card.

Nick Yuletide Close-up 4

Again using a small cluster of die-cut elements and stickers, I added more details on the bag and tag. I used a small amount of flowers, but wanted to give the effects of snow and ice to add to the feel of the seasons. I added glitter glass to those elements.

Nick Yuletide Tags Back

On the back side of the tags, I just made a small cluster and added a sentiment with the Word Stickers.

Nick Yuletide close-up 2

Here are a few more close-ups for you.

Nick Yuletide Tags Close-up 1

Nick Tags Close-up

Here is a video of the creative process.

Thank you for stopping by today,



7 Dots Studio

Yuletide 6×6 pack

Yuletide 12×12 Tags

Yuletide Gingerbread

Yuletide Warm Cider

Yuletide Mistletoe

Yuletide Word Stickers

Yuletide Die-Cut Elements 6×12

Yuletide Stickers 6×12

Hazy Days Clear Stamps

Northern Lights Clear Stamps

Creative Embellishments

Large Tags

Distress Chevron

Whimsical Trees

Merry Christmas

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The Sound of Winter

Welcome to another month at Creative Embellishments and another new twist. This month was to use inspiration from the photo and add animals to the project. I decided to use a paper collection that had animals in it. I started with the Mitten Mini Album and added a fair number of background work with various stencils and stamps, one of my favourites is the Distress Grid stencil. And I also used the Snowflakes Stencil I got from inspiration form the photo. After the background work was done, it was a matter of putting together small clusters using the Pine Needle Frame and Snowflakes. Lots and lots of supplies used in this project so I made a video of how the album came together. I fun little mini album that can sit out all winter long. IMG_6586

Here is the creative process:

Here are some close-ups of the project.








Thank you for stopping by, I hope you’re inspired by the project and the inspirational photo, and remember the twist to use an animal somewhere on your project.


Creative Embellishments

Tall Trees

Distress Circle Boarder

Pine Needle Frame


Mitten Mini Album

Distress Circle Stamp

Distress Text Stamp

Fish Net Stamp

Grunge Snowflake Stamp

Distress Crackle Stamp

Fairy Dust 2 Stencil

Distress Grid Stencil

Snowflake Stencil

Distress Checkered Stencil

Ciao Bella Sound of Winter A4

Ciao Bella Sound of Winter

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Winter Trails Holiday Cards

I’m sharing a fun quick set of cards I made for More Than Words Mini Challenge. I just picked up the paper collections from Studio Light and totally love them. They work great to get some cards done with limited time on your hands. The paper packs come with already pre-cut elements. No fussy cutting (which I cant stand doing).

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I made a little video of how easy these came together, the elements really cut down on the time of putting these together.


So it’s a matter of layering and adding all the pretty elements.

Here are some close-ups for you.



I used the Shine Flair and flourish chipboards from Creative Embellishments to add to the cards.






Thank you for stopping today!



Creative Embellishments

Photo Page Corner Set

Vintage Flourish Set 3

Snow Flair

Shine Flair Silver

Shine Flair Gold

Lindys Gang Moon Shadow Mist Smoky Sapphire, Bucket of Blood Red

Studio Light Winter Trails 6×6 Paper Pad

Winter trails Die Cu tBlock

Winter Days 6×6 Paper Pad

Winter Days Die Cut Block

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Aurora Borealis

Now that the days are shorter and the nights are longer, we have the opportunity to see some Northern Lights. Last Friday night it was predicted to have a mild storm and we were located in the band (the kids and I have done a lot of research on this subject). Of course we all feel asleep and we missed it. One memory I have when I was a kid was seeing them with my parents. It is something I hope my kids will experience in the future. The whole concept of the Northern Lights makes it so magical and surreal.

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

I did a fair number of embossing on this project, I did start with the background using a resist technique with the Grunge Star Stamp and a really subtle embossing colour. Then I  added the little stars from the Star Envy Stencil with plain modelling paste.


I set aside to dry and begin working on the embossing of the chipboards, Using the Constilations, Star Pieces and the Distress Circle Boarder I used layers of embossing powder one on top of the previous one layering and swirling with powder with a metal tweezers.


After all the chipboards were done, it was a matter of working on the background to get the magical and whimsical effects with some Lindy’s. After the background was finished it was just a matter of layering and adding all the fine details with the paper elements, chipboards and flowers.


Once all the layers, time to play with sequins, glitter and microbeads, and to finish it off and just add the tittle.


Thank you for stopping by today.


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Creative Embellishments

Star Envy Stencil

Grunge Harlequin Pieces

Star Pieces

Grunge Star Stamp


Distress Circle Boarder

Petaloo Flowers

Lindy’s Gang

Magicals: Guten Tag Teal, Bavarian Blue, Polka Purple

Embossing Powder: Tilt-a-wheel Teal, Hyacinth Blue Jade, Pop Rock Purple, Midnight Violet.

7 Dots Studio

Cold Country Lonely EveningsMagicals

Paint Chips Die Cut Elements

Paint Chips 6×6 Paper Pack

Paint Chips Stickers

Paint Chips Tags

Garden Party Word Stickers

Northern Lights Die- Cut Elements


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“Adore” Shabby Chic Shadow Box

Hi All, I just want to share a cute shabby chic shadow box I made. I used the Mixed Media Place Mood board this month for inspiration. Its such a shabby board this month and I love how soft and elegant the colour palette is this month and  I just wanting to create something pretty. I couldn’t decided between a canvas or a shadow box, I decided to go with the box.

Shabby Box Adore

I made a video of the creative process.


I started out with prepping the box, I never know how this will evolve, I just know I may start one way and sometimes it goes completely different than how I envision it. After prepping the box, I started with some stamping with the Distressed Moroccan Stamp.


After a few layers of various papers, I used the Greek Key Pattern Stencil. Sometimes the texture will be really visible and sometimes not so much, but it is how it evolves.


After the background work, I built up the focal point, using the distress harlequin pieces to add some lift. I added various spray’s to the pieces layering.


After finishing the layers and adding all the little details with the mica flakes and pearls, I wanted to add a title to the piece and used the “Adore” from the Family Small Word Set. I used the same technique with the sprays on the Adore and placed on the box.

Here are a few more close ups for you.



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Creative Embellishments:

Distress Moroccan Stamp

Distress Key Pattern Stencil

Family Small Word Set

Distress Harlequin Pieces


Roses and Lace

DecoArt Media:

Matte Medium

Tinting Base

Burnt Umber

Paynes Grey

Crackle Glaze

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Domestic Goddess Journal 7 Dots Studio

Hi all, Heather here today sharing a journal I made with the Domestic Goddess collection. I started with a plain B6 Journal and picking out the paper to go with it. I decide on the Domestic Goddess pages Raspberry Pudding, White Apron and Proudly Handcrafted.  I used various stencils from the Hazy Days, Paint Chips collection to the Dreamscapes Collection to add a fair number of background work to the paper. After inking and heat embossing, I added the focal point the brush and the wings. Layering it over the Domestic Goddess Tags, I added more details with flowers, Dreamscapes Chipboard and metal embellishments.

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I made a video of the creative process and how this journal evolved.

Here are some close-ups of the project.

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Heater Inside Journal

Heather Outside Cover

Thank you for stopping by today.



Domestic Goddess Proudly Handcrafted

Domestic Goddess White Apron

Domestic Goddess Raspberry Pudding

Domestic Goddess Tags

Hazy Days Chevron Stencil

Paint Chips Hatched Stencil

Dreamscapes Chipboard

Dreamscapes Triangle Stencil

Dreamscapes Geometry Stencil

Creative Embellishments B6 Journal Cover


Clear Gesso

Waxes White Gold, Rose Gold

Mega Art Stones

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Fall Mini Album ~ Creative Embellishments

Another Month over at Creative Embellishments and another great challenge. This month is based on a colour challenge and the twist to add leaves to the project.


Today I decided to use one of the great mini albums Nicolle has in the store. Perfect during this time of the season, I used the Fall Mini, I added various flowers, metal trinkets and chipboard. Seeing the mini was only 4 pages. I did encourperate a couple photos as well. I used the simple spray technique on the Zigzag Stitch Boarder. On the Branch and Leaves I used various colours of sprays to resemble the changing of the seasons and highlighted with some wax along the edges. On one page I added a little Season Change Flair.  I used the Autumn Leaves in the flowers clusters to add to the rustic feel of the Mini Album.

Fall Album CE

I hope you enjoy the little flip through video I have for you today.

Here are some close-ups for you.







Fall Mini Album



Creative Embellishments

Season Change Flair

Autumn Leaves
Branch and Leaves

Fall Mini Album

Zig Zag Stictch Boarder

Lindy’s Gang

Ciao Bella Autumn Whispers Collection

Prima Flowers


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Playful Leaves ATC’s

It’s been a while since I just created for myself. Maksim picked me a bunch of pretty leaves the other day and we had them under a book drying. He asked me what I was going to make with them. I really wasn’t sure at the time what to do with them, I saw the challenge over at Scrapki-wyzwaniowo and thought maybe I could combine it with the More Than Words Mini Challenge.


Here is a video of the creative process.

Here are a few close-ups for you.





Thank you for stopping by today.  Enjoy the ever changing scenery this time of year, if  it is spring or fall.


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More Than Words Mini Challenge




Creative Embellishments ATC’s

Distress Screen Stamp

Square Stamp

7 Dots Studio domestic Goddess Proudly Handcrafted

Lost and Found Clear Stamp

Northern Lights Clear Stamp

Illumination Word Stickers 6×12

Prima Salvage District Stencil

Finnabair Micro Beads

Shimmers Mandarin May Tai

Shimmers Chick-a-dee

Shimmers My Bleeding Heart

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“Catching Waves” Mixed Media Layout


Hello all, I want to share a fun mixed media layout entitled “Catching Waves”.  As summer is over and we all start catching up on scraping those fun summer time memories. This was a fun day, relaxing at the lake, just catching some waves. Enjoying some leisure time off of work and with the family out on the boat.

Catching Waves

This was a fun day, relaxing at the lake, just catching some waves. I made a little video of the process.

I started out with lots of background work, stamping with various colours and stamps some subtle like the Distress Crackle and Circle Bokeh Stamp and some not so subtle like the Distress Chicken Wire Stamp.


After some stamping I used some copper coloured crackle paste with the Fish Net Stencil to add a little more details. After letting that dried and adding some spray, I started to put my focal point together.


Using the Nautical Corner 2 and the Nautical Badge, I used embossing powder to add a sand look to it.


I needed a title for the page, something that helps tell the story, Using the Beach Word Set 2, I did more heat embossing to the Catching Waves Words.


After adding the frond set to the flower clusters, I finished it of with a little Sail Away Flair. And added some Splats to finish it off.


Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoy the video and get inspired to get a little creative today.


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Circle Bokeh Stamp

Distress Crackle

Distress Chicken Wire Stamp

Fishnet Stencil

Frond Set 2

Sail Away Flair

Beach Word Set 2

Nautical Corner 2

Nautical Badge

Ciao Bella Jazz Club 12×12

Ciao Bella Jazz Club A4

Baked Textures Deep Sea

Baked Textures Dirty Sand


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Gone Fishin’ with Andy Skinner


Well this might be a first. A scrapbooking page up on the Andy Skinner Blog….Well….why not right. I wanted to show how not only are Andy’s Grey board kits great for mixed media, altered art and everything else in-between. But a scrapbooking page as well. For more close-ups check out Andy’s Blog.


I hope you enjoy the layout, Thanks for stopping  by~!

Have a great creative Day

black and white head shot


Andy Skinner


Scrap metal Fish and Heart

Illusionary Artist


Illusionary Artistry Rock n Rust



Crackle Paste

Crackle Glaze

DecoArt Have Your Say Stencil ANDY53


Tando Creative: 

Tando Mish Mash 

Distressed Diamond


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