Happy Birthday Card and Tag


Hi everyone, I would like to share a tag and card set I made for a birthday coming up. A fun bright and bold set made perfectly for my friend Molly! They match her fun and bold personality perfectly.

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Here is a short video of the creative process.

I started with lots of layers before adding some colour to the Vintage Flourish 2 and  Vintage Flourish 3 Set. I love using my Lindy’s Spray on the chippies. But I find I can control the colour better if I use a brush. I also feel like I am wasting as much.

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I add colour to the Moroccan panel in the same way and then cut apart to put on both the card and the tag.

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Using the Happy Birthday from the Birthday Word Set, I heat emboss with powder and medium to get a glossy look to the chipboard. I add a layer with the small intricate frames as well.

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I finished off the card and tag with some iridescent wax to highlight and add more detail to the sprays.

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Thank you for stopping by today, Enjoy!



Small Intricate Frames

Small Intricate Frames 2

Vintage Flourish 2

Vintage Flourish 3

Moroccan Lattice Panel

Birthday Word Set

Tag Album

Deja Views

Lindy’s Blazing Black, Gilded Burgundy Brass Embossing Powder

Shimmerz Paints Snow Storm

Finnabair Royal Robes Opal Magic Wax

Stamping Up Butterfly Basics


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Creative Embellishments August Challenge

Welcome to August, oh where has the summer gone, I can’t believe that school starts back up in a month, I am not ready for that! This months challenge is so vintage, the mood board is great, I decided to go easy and a bit shabby. I made a dress form out of tulle and just added a scenic garden background on a large tag. Adding a brick texture with the crackled brick stencil and texture paste. Also using the Mini Leaves Set 2 and trellis and rose leaves,  I used Liquid Pearls to add the texture.

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I made a quick video of the process.


Here are a few close-ups.

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Trellis and Rose Leaves

Large Tags

Mini Leaves Set 2

Crackled Brick Stencil

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Treat Box and Tag Creative Embellishments

So many happenings during the summer, A co-worker is transitioning jobs and I made a special tag and treat box filled with goodies. I had a request to make my chex mix, so I thought how fun of a gift that would be to make a matching tag and goodie box.

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Here is the video:


I used many products on this project. Starting with background stamping like usually I added a contrasting colour with the distress text stamp, before blending the Distress Hexagon stamp into the background.

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I love my layers and why not fill in some of the layers with the Chicken Wire Panel, it matched the paper perfectly.

After adding some layers, I needed a title. Using the Inspire word set, I simple painted on some texture paint and set aside to dry while I added smaller paper elements to the tag.

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After adding the flower clusters I popped in a little butterfly flair to the clusters before moving on to the back.

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Using the Good Food Good Life word set, I made a small layered tag with the ATC tags, and a plain small tag for the treat box. Adding stamping, colour and some shadowing with waxes.

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Adding layers of inks and waxed to the Good Food Good Life Word Set, I make a little layer tag for the treat box.

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Thank you for stopping today and I hope you enjoy!



Inspire Word Set

Distress Hexagon Stamp

Distress Text Stamp

Chicken Wire Panel

Butterfly Flair

Good Food Good Life

ATC Tags

Large Tags

AB Studios Stencil

Shimmers Chick-a-dee Spritz

Shimmers Pink Stilettos Coloringz

Finnabair Wax Cire Cera Mint Sparkel

 Finnabair Wax Cire Cera Indian Pink

Authentique Paper

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Nomadic Soul Diaries

Another great challenge at Nomadic Soul Diaries, this month the challenge is to make a tag, the colours of the rainbow and add butterflies to it. Using the beautiful paper from Ciao Bella, I wanted to make more of a water colour effect to help pull all the colours out of the paper. A simple mixed media tag.

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Here is the inspirational board to help get those creative juices flowing.


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I made a shot video for the NSD instagram video geed, hence the vertical view.

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I hope you join the challenge, check out more inspiration at the Nomadic Soul Diaries IG account.



Ciao Bella Paper The Sound of Spring

Relics & Artifacts Pappilon

Ranger Alcohol Inks

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Broccato Estense MMLO

Hello everyone, I just want to share a layout or two I made for some new momma’s. This is my first project made for Ciao Bella Paper out of Italy. I’, so happy to be part of their new DT.


As far as the baby layouts, I think it is in the water as they say, currently there are so many of my friends and co-workers pregnant, I’m going to be making cards and layoutsand possibly a few mini for the next 5 months.  lol.

Baby Boy Ciao Bella Layout

I acutely made two pages, Using the Broccato Estense collection, I wanted to two contrasting colours of the blues and browns. I hate wasting paper so I made two pages.

Here is the creative video of the first page made.

Here are some close-up of the first page.

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The second page is the same underlay. Using the remainder of the paper I cut, added different embellishments and flowers. The papers were a little different and the browns were slightly darker. Both momma’s chose a brown shadow box to put these in.

Ciao Bella Paper Boy Mixed Media Layout

Here are a few close-ups.

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



Broccato Estense 12×12 paper

Broccato Estense Creative Pad

Lindy’s Gang Tilt a Wire Teal Flat Fabio,

Morning Glory Azure Embossing gPowder

Creative Embellishments Metal Stencil, ,Distress Scrip Stamp, Momma’s Boy, Distress Burlap Stamp

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Patriotic ATC’s Creative Embellishments

Seeing it is a holiday weekend, how much fun is this to do some fun Patriotic ATC’s. Mixing it up with cards and coins to add some flavour to the project. Festive for the celebrations this weekend.

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Here is a little video of the creative process, fun and easy. A little watercolour effect.

Using the Independence Stencil on the background, I thought it would highlight if I added some sprays to the paper.

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Using the Stars and Strips Banners,  I figured I would use them on the ATC Cards. Using regular playing cards as the base, and fro the coins I used the USA ATC’s Coins and the Stars ATC coins.

I simply painted the chipboard with some sprays, the liquid of the spray helps the watercolour effect if you add a little bit of water.

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I simply  added a word sticker and let these be quick and simple. A fun ATC trade this time of year.

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Stars and Strips Banners

Water Colour 4th of July Flair

Independence Day Stencil 

Star Bokeh Stencil

USA  ATC’s Coins

Stars ATC’s Coins

Shimmerz Paintz

Maja Design Papers

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Creative Embellishments July Challenge

Hi everyone welcome to another month and another great challenge at creative Embellishments. This month I loved the colour palette I chose to make a layout I started out on the background with stamping using the stamps Distressed Moroccandistressed Script and Distressed Burlap,  mixing it up with various background colours I added more texture on the background with the Greek Key Pattern stencil and a thick layer of crackle paste.  I incorporated the wave broader into the flower cluste. I also added a little April showers flare into the smaller cluster meeting the requirements of the challenge. I made a short video of the creative process I hope you are in spired to join the challenge.

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Here is the challenge and the twist again is to add clouds or waves to the project.


Here is the short video along with some close-ups.

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I hope to see some beautiful entries. Link up here at Creative Embellishments 



Waves Boarder 2

Distress Script Stamp

Distress Moroccan Stamp

Distress Burlap Stamp

Greek Key Pattern Stencil

April Showers Flair

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Shabby Journal Cover Creative Embellishments


Hello all, tis the summer months here in the mid west and the times seems to just fly, seeing the summer is so short we try and enjoy as much outside time as possible. I have worked a ton and have tried to enjoy life and the gardens more this year. Today I am sharing an altered journal cover I did for a friend. She has just started out with gardening and the kids and I have shared some plants with her. And what better to keep track of the gardening adventures than with a journal. It’s all on one spot.

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I made a short video for you all.

I started out with the base of the journal cover, After prepping the cover, I added a thick layer of pastes through the distress checkered stencil. I actually worked outside on this day, it was finally some beautiful weather. I set the book aside in the sun to get the crackle effect of the paste to really take hold.

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I try and figure out the basic look of the cover, I lay out my chipboard, flowers and the other embellishments to get the general look down. I decided to use the Scroll set 4 on this particular piece.

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I layer various sprays and paints on the scroll set 4 and on the Delicate Ivy. I after adhering all the pieces on to the cover, I did a fair number of blending to get the right look to the project.

I hope my friend enjoys all the satisfaction fo her new gardening adventures.

Thank you for stopping by today.



Distress Checkered Stencil

Scroll Set 4

Delicate Ivy


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Box Exchange Botanicabella


I recent joined an altered box exchange, I got to exchange with another fabulous artist Toni Burks,  she has a great shabby chic style, and a ton of beautiful inspiration to share, I have the great pleasure to add some of her art to my collection. In exchange I get to share this altered box with her.

Altered Box

Starting on the cover, I used the mini frames to showcase the opening of the box. I usually cut my chipboard to fit my project. I think it adds to the uniqueness of the collection. I also added the Flourish 22 to the focal point to give a little extra flair.

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I used a pre-made box form Graphic 45, Using the Botanicabella collection I matched a variety of chipboard to go with the paper. I made a video of the process but will give you some closeups of the inserts.

Using the inserts that accompany the box, I made flaps, pockets, and tags to match the collection of bugs, flowers and sea life. After figuring out all the inserts, it was a matter for getting them all to fit in the box. With most of the chipboard, like this dandelion , I added colour with a brush and spray.

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Using the layered wings, I painted the two portions before adding a glaze to the inside.

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This seahorse was perfectly matched tot he paper collection, I painted the seahorse and then added a crackle glaze over to give it an aged look.

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Using the wavy music note boarder (I add used some of it on another project) I distressed it with a little paint to match the collection. I love pulling all the details of the paper into the project.

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Like I promised here is a video of the project. Enjoy!

Thank you for stopping by today!



Layered Wings



Square Mini Frames

Small Intricate Frames

Wavy Music Note Boarder

Flourish 22

Graphic 45 Black Mixed Media Box, Botanicabella Collection

Lindy’s Gang Frolic in the Forest Black

Long John Silver

DecoArt Media Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, Crackle Glaze

Stamperia Extra Gloss Fisnish


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Nomadic Soul Diaries May Challenge

Welcome back to another great challenge at Nomadic Soul Diaries. This month, I made a fun quick Industrial looking ATC’s. I was just playing round relaxing doing playing with some fluid acrylics.


So the challenge is to make ATC’s and use dies and glitter. Well first of all glitter with grunge……..easy. Just mix up some glitter in a clear medium and run it through a stencil. Second use a die, my good friend Laneen sent me some new dies and I just had to try them.


I made a little video of the creative process.

Enjoy the close-ups.




Thank you for stopping by and check out the other great inspiration on the Nomadic Soul Diaries Instagram Page.




Cioa Bella Codex Collection

Andy Skinner Industrial Elements

Decoart Fluid Acrylics Quinnacridone Gold, Transparent Yellow Oxide, Payne’s Grey, Raw Umber, Titan Buff, Crackle Paint.

Creative Embellishments Distress Patterns Stencil

Finnabair Matte Gel Medium

Martha Steward Glitter Black, Brown, Topaz

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