Capture Moments Mixed Media Layout

Hello everyone, welcome back, I hope everyone one had a great holiday if you celebrate in your area. I am back from a much long over due vacations after the long and hectic past months. My good friend Amy and I took a mom trip with the kids. Her kids and mine. I wont share to much because I have a bunch of projects I want to do to capture our memories. But this is a quick mixed media layout made of her and Olivia after dinner one night. Th blood and lighting was unique and fun to work with.


I have a video to post but I came home and went right to work on a stretch so I will add it after this weekend.


This layout started with just finding the right paper collection for the base, I knew of two collections that had the purple and teal combo and I picked the garden party collection. I also save most of my scraps from previous projects so I just ended up using some of them to fill in the layering.


I started with the base and prepping the paper with the clear gesso. I need really know what I’m going to do until I start messing around. I used the Lines and Dots Stencil and found some pretty glitter paste to cover the background. I set aside to dry and work on matting my photo.


I gather a variety of ribbon, flowers and beads to add to the layers of paper. I wanted to frame the photo but not cemetrical. I use the Circle Doodle Frame and picked 0ut the title. Using matching paint I use sponged it onto the chipboard. No prep, no smell, no lingering effects just dabbing of the paint with a sponge. This also added a little bit of texture with the dabbing process.

After everything was dry, I began just laying down paper and focusing on adding the elements. Using the Capture Moments Words from the Small Moments Boarder Words, I Actually cut the flourish ends off the words and layer them into the page. I really don’t let much go to waste.Once all the layers done, I added small flower clusters and did some minimal stamping with the Circle Bokeh Stamp around each of the focal points. I topped it of with some mixed micobeaes in the teal and purple colours.


I hope you all enjoy and look for more projects and stories of our vacation adventures. Happy Crafting and “Capture Moments”


Circle Bokeh Stamp

Small Moments Boarder Words

Lines and Dots Stencil

Circle Doodle Frame

7 Dots Studio Garden Party Collection


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Thank You Retirement Card

“Today I share a post of a large tag I made for a friend. This is for a nurse that has been instrumental in my development of who I am. She has been a nurse forever! And she has touched so many lives from her patients and families, to the nurses she has help mould into great caring people.


This tag was started with the base. Using a Large Tag from the store, I added a layer of tissue paper for the background with my adhesive machine. I then took the Small Square Stencil and some microbes paste and covered the whole tag. I let that sit and dry. Then a quick pop of colour on the background.


I took the Grunge Square Frames and added a layer of crackle paint to the top. I let the crackle set and then spruced it up with a bold colour. I then tore some Alphabet Cards out to say Thank You. A big Thank you for everything she has done.


After everything was dry I layer the Grunge Square Frames with flowers and a little paper and the Thank You Cards. I added the hearts from the Feb 14th Flair set.


I added the “Retired” Word Set to the bottom after a little colour. And then I finished off the tag with a bit of seam binding.


Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you enjoy some creating and happy crafting.




Small Square Stencil

February 14th Flair

Grunge Square Frames

Large Tag

Retirement Word Set

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Sea Sun and Sand Shakers

A friend of mine is going on a fun, sea and beach filled vacation. She deserves it so much, So I wanted to have a little fun with her girls and make some fun shakers. I just painted the background on some and filled with lots of goodies on the inside.

The Sand Dollar Shaker, I simply blending some paint to get the background. I would say this was the most complete one to put together. They are a number of intricate parts and layers. I topped all the shakers with some crackle paint to help get the effects of the wear and tear of the sun, sea and sand.


The Shell Shaker was the same, painting and layers adding fine details with the crackle.


The Island Shaker I decided to paint a quick sunset in the background. Adding a little bit of sunshine and then painting the palm and sand on the top layer of the shaker. I actually was going to put palm shakers in the globe but glued it all together and looked down and there were the palms. 🙁 next time.


The Flip Flops Shaker was fun, probably my favourite one of the bunch. After painting all of the bits to all the shakers, I gathered a variety of glitter, metal embellishments and crystals.


I hope you enjoy and I know my friend will have a blast with her girls soaking up the sun and relaxing away from the chaotic world we call life.


Thank you for stopping, be creative!!!


Sand Dollar Shaker

Shell Shaker

Island Shaker

Flip Flops Shaker

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Altered Tea Pot Mixed Media with Creative Embellishments

Welcome back to another alter item post here. I have so many small altered items on my list to make, its just a matter of time to sit down and just get to it. Hopefully with the cooling weather and soon snow will be flying I will be able to split my time between the slopes, work and my “office”.

I picked up this tea pot at an old thrift store, it was missing the inside “guts” and was pretty much non functional. So why not make some art out of it.

I added rice paper to the handle of the tea pot. Using a matte varnish to adhere it down and eventually I will mix the paint to match the handle at the end.

I started with adding some Cracked Brick Stencil and thick black paste to the background. Randomly placing patches on the base of the tea pot. Once dry, ok to be honest, I am very inpatient when it comes to drying things. I either get distracted with something else like, dishes or laundry that I just work right through being carful not to smudge or ruin the paste. But again its mixed media so flaws add to the project.

Here’s a short video of the project.

I then glue down the Brick pieces to both the front and the back of the tea pot, I will have a bigger focal point on the front and smaller on the back. I then add to the blank areas with some crackle paint to add more texture to the background.

I assemble the focal pieces with various metal elements, resins and smaller pearls and bits. Working from bigger in the centre to smaller on the outside and then the fillers.

Through various layers of paint, I blend and match the rice paper I used on the handle of the tea pot. Topping off the final piece with a bit of wax to highlight just a bit more.


Brick Pieces 

Cracked Brick Stencil

Andy Skinner Decoupage Queen Rice Paper

Finnabair Acrylic Paints and Waxes

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Amber Moon Wedding Tags with Creative Embellishments

Welcome back to another post here. I recently had a wedding and needed a card or tag to go with the gift. I love making tags and shabby chic ones at that.  I made a very elegant set Wedding tags made for Creative Embellishments and the Amber Moon Paper collection.

Here is a short video of the creative process.

Is started with a set of base tags and die cut the top layer of each tag. Both for the front and the back. I did a little ink distressing on the edges and used score tape to adhere the layers together.

Once I got the base done, I added a flourish stencil with some 3-D Matte Gel, which will dry clear. Once dry I add a bit of spray over the top to highlight the gel and flourish design.

I love layers the more the layers the better, I grabbed the flourish set 3 along with the Title works Beautiful Day and The Best Things in Life. Using Baked Textured Embossing Powder to match the over look, I added some Sand texture to the flourish’s and a bolder Rocky Road to the Titles.

Once all the embossing is done, I grab the matching flower, die cut elements, stickers and gems. Let the layering commence.

I fill in the smaller spaces with smaller flowers and add a bit of lift with cardboard on the base to have more dimension.

I finish off the tags with a little bit of bling and some dyed seam binding to match the tag and spray I used earlier. Just a beautiful set of wedding tags. Perfect for the fall wedding here in the midwest.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope your inspired! Happy Crafting.



Flourish set 3

Flourish Stencil

Beautiful Day

The Best Things in Life

Prima Marketing Amber Moon Paper Collection

Baked Textures Rocky Road, Dirty Sand



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Mixed Media Shaker Tag

Welcome back to another one of my steampunk projects. Today I decided to make a steampunk shaker tag. something I’ve been thinking about for a bit once I saw the new large shaker tags in the store. I always have gears laying around my table, so I decided to try and use some of them up.

There is a lot of background painting to this project, I love painting it’s rather relaxing for me. I use my go to colours to get the rust effect of things. Quinn Gold, Burnt Umber and Transparent Yellow Oxide. I always top things off with a  bit of Cobalt Blue.  I use lots of water to dilute and blend.


Here is a short video of the creative process.


Once I covered the background of the Large Shaker tag with anti paper from November of 1873. I add a thick layer of crackle glaze. Once the first coat was dry I added a second layer to it.

Now is when the painting begins, I had part of the Steampunk Clock Corner and the Steampunk Corner Frame, Gears 1 1/2 and Gears Set 4 all collected. I start with  blending the Quinn and Burnt Umber on each of the pieces. I then add the a little Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, Once I get what I like, I top it off with a little splashes of Titan Buff. I add some shading and detail to the background of the tag as well.

Once everything is painted, I adhere the first two layers of the tag frame and then  I layer of the gears, frame and Corners. Once I get the background I like, I add all the fun stuff, microbeads, glad Glitter and Desert Sky Shimmerz from Buttons Galore and More.

Once I get the filling of the shaker tag done, I glue on the acetate frame and last tag boarder. Then its to use up the rest of the gears I painted. Adding them right to the top of the tag.

I hope you enjoy this project and try one of your own. they are very fun to make. Thank you for stopping by today.


Gears 1 1/2 inch

Gears Set 5

Steampunk Corner Frame

Steampunk Clock Cormer

Gears Set 4 

Large Shaker Tag

Mini Gears 3/4 ” 

Distress Crackle Stamp


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Hoco 22 Hollywood Homecoming Mixed Media Layout

Welcome back to another post here. Lots happening around the house and the fall is always busy with orchards, halloween, football games and of course Homecoming. So after a much exciting football game. Olivia got to go to her first Homecoming. And of course she had to get a photo with her Goat Enso.


I started with some base paper and prepped it with clear gesso knowing I was going to use a bunch of mediums on this page. I started with a few stamps and various colours, I started with the distress grid on the background. Then I added background with the Film Strip.


Using see Textured Paste and the Tiles Stencil I add background onto the page. After some heat setting I add a little more colour to the background with spray.


I wanted to keep with the Hollywood Theme and pulled out the Film Set and Film Strip Picture Frames. I dig out some Embossing enamel and applied to both the Film Set and the Film strip Picture Frames.


After I heat set the film chipboard, I just start to layer up the page. Using a variety of leftover scrapes. I hate to throw anything away, die-cuts and stickers from the paper pack. with lots of layers I start with bigger layers on the bottom and work to the smaller elements, adding flowers and the chipboard into the papers. Finishing off with a few micro beads and splashes of paint.


Such great memories for Olivia and her first homecoming Hollywood theme. Thank you for stopping by today.


Film Set

Film Strip Picture Frame

Distress Grid Stamp

Film Strip Stamp

Tiles Stencil

7 Dots Studio Hazy Days 12×12, 6×6, Stickers Die-cuts, Word Stickers

Lindy’s Gang Cattail Copper Brown, Mission Bells Brown

Finnabair Metallique Steampunk Copper Acrylic Paint, Stone Effects Limestone Paste

Prima Marketing Timeless Memories Collection



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Happy Birthday Shaker Cards

Hello all, I would love to share a fun set of cards I made for an upcoming boy birthday. I picked out an old paper pack that had a number of matching die-cuts along with some embellishments. I cut the cards to a size that I can make a matching envelope for.

Once cut to size, I took the cake shaker 2 and cake shaker 3 and painted them white. keeping in mind how they are going to stack up through the layers. Once I got all the base painting done, I needed to add some frosting. I pick a deep blue paint to match the paper.


I wanted to add a little more detail on the frosting portion on the cake so I added some glitter with the Dots Stencil and glitter paste.

Once everything was dry, I glue each layer together until it is time to do the filling. I gather a variety of filling to each of the cakes and seal with the acrylic layer, and then top it off with the last layer.

Once they were dry, I layered up the shakers and the die-cuts. I then painted the balloons to match and layered them on the inside of the card. I add some layering on each of the cards and stamp the sentiment.


I hope you enjoy the cards today and be creative, Thank you for stopping by today!




Cake Shaker 2

Cake Shaker 3

Balloons Set 1

Dot Stencil

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Grungy Tag

Here is another quick tag made grunge style. I love just throwing paints and mediums in a project. Mixing and matching to see what the layers will do.

Using the large tag I painted the edges to get a finished look to the tag. I then cut the paper slightly smaller than the tag itself and distressed the edges.

The background colours were fairly bold and bright. I started with just a quick layer of clear gesso

I started on the background with the typewriter stencil and some crackle paint. I covered most of the background with it. Once dry I stamped right over the texture with the Distress Grid Stamp. A little spray to lighten the boldness of the paper and two grunge it up.

I then pulled out the distress grid chipboard and the washi tape and added the past and spray to each of them. I set them aside to dry while I dug out some flowers, ribbon and metal pieces.

I layered a few of the items, added some more crackle paint direct on the flowers and pulled out some waxes to highlight the ribbon and edges of the tag. I hope you enjoy the tag. A little antique paper on the back of the tag and some seam binding and we are done.

Thank you for stopping, enjoy this quick and easy tag! Happy Crafting

Distress Grid Stamp

Distress Grid Chipboard

Type Writer Stencil

Washi Tape

Large Tag

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Gears Wall Hanging

Welcome back to another blog post with a fun gear filled wall hanging. If you can imagine what is on my desk you will know I always have a variety of gears just laying about. I either left a project in a hurry or threw away the packaging. So with this project I figured I would pull a Yasmin and create with what’s around me. The only thing I pulled out was the large 12″ gear 2.

Here is a short video of the creative process, its essential building up the gears and then layers of paint to get the desired effect of rust and patina.

After fulling the Large 12″ Gear out I used the Large Gear Frames as the next layer building from bigger to smaller.

I have a variety of gears anywhere from Gears Set 5  2″ down to gears 1 on my desk. Along with some other bits and bobs. So I just started to layer those along g with digging some chain out of my stash to make the wall piece look like it actually does move the chain.

After I added a few clusters of the gears and chain, I picked my favourite paint combo of Quinnacridone Gold, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide and Burnt Umber. Add a squirt of water here and there and its the perfect blending combo to get that rusty industrial feel to a project.

I hope you enjoy the project today. Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy the craftiness.


Large 12 inch Gear

Gear Set 5 – 2 inch

Large Gears Frames

Large Gears Set 

Gears 1



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