Altered Bird House – Creative Embellishments


Hello everyone, I would like to share with you all a different project. An altered birdhouse, I love getting away from the normal projects I make from time to time and make something more three dimensional.  And Nicolle has these awesome hexagon shingle panels in the store and I have just wanted to dig in and play with them.

Here it is, using natural items the kids and I have found in the yard, bark and moss, along with some flowers and chipboard.

Birdhouse CE

I made a short video of how this came together with the background work with the stencils and sprays to the small composition within the house itself.

Using the mood board as my inspiration I started with a base of white paint, I used light paste and the distress patterned stencil to give a little texture on the sides of the house and the inside panel. After drying I did some blending with spray Mission Bells Brown and Edelweiss Moss Green and let it dry before adding stamping with the Distress Crackle stamp and the Distress Harlequin Stamp.

Heather Close up CE Birdhouse

After stamping I began to work on the inside focal points,  I did a fair number of heat embossing on this project,  I think it adds more texture with the layers of sand paste and sprays. Using various natural colours based off the Lindy’s mood board, I head embossed the fern foliage and the Mini Ornate Frames for the mini focal points. Full supply list with links can be found below.

Heather Birdhouse CE 2

Here is one more view of the project, you can see the texture on the shingles.

Heathers Birdhouse CE

I hope you enjoyed, Thank you for stopping by today.


Based on the Lindy’s January Mood Board



Creative Embellishments:

Mini Ornate Frames

Hexagon Shingles

Fern Foliage

Distress Harlequin Stamp

Distress Crackle Stamp

Distress Patterns Stencil

Lindy’s Gang:

Starburst: Opal Sea Oats, Mission Bells Brown, Edelweiss Moss Green, Gag Me With a Spoon Grey.

Cafe Au Lait Embossing Powder, Bratwurst Brown Embossing Powder, Oakleaf Olive Embossing Powder, Tannebaum Green Gold

Prima Marketing Shabby chic Treasures Forever Green Collection

Finnabair Altered Metal Frame Birdhouse


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The Great Up North Mixed Media Page

Hello All, I would like to share a page I made featuring the Hazy Days collections. This page was made for a friend who recently ventured to the wild outdoors of Alaska. From camping in the woods, to canoeing down a rapids to enjoying the beautiful scenery of the  Great Up North. These photos were taken in the harbors of Anchorage, the mountains in the background, and the stillness of the water gives you a serene calming feeling.

Heather Jan 7 Dots Challenge.jpgJanuary Mood board is bringing in the beautiful tones of blues and browns, and the wintery feel and ambience of cold and snow. The crisp wintery feel of the photos was perfect.


Here is a video of the creative process.

Enjoy the closeups.

Close up heather


Heather Close up Jan 2019 2

Heather Close up Jan 3

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope to see some entries with the beautiful mood board we have to work with this month.



7 Dots Studio

Hazy Days Twilight 12×12

Hazy Days Brittle 12×12

Hazy Days Element Stickers 6×12

Hazy Days Die-Cut Elements 6×12

Hazy Days Tags

Hazy Days Chipboard

Hazy Days Clear Stamp

Northern Lights Word Stickers

Northern Light Clear Stamp

Cold Country Clear Stamp

Lost And Found Wonky Half Tone Stencil

Craft Box UK Micro Beads Silver, Brown

Finnabair Sand Texture Paste, Graphite Texture Paste, Soft Matte Gel, Opal Magic Wax Turquoise Satin, Acrylic Paint Sparks Raven Black, Metal Embellishments.

Petaloo Flowers


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Winter Mixed Media Acetate Page


Hello I would love to share a fun mixed media page I made using acetate and the fun Winter Frames from the store. Tis the season for cold weather, with the changes of the climates around the world, we are having less snow but more weather anomalies. I have the pleasure of coming home in the morning and experiencing the dense fog and sudden drop in temps. This leads to a huge icicle formations on everything around me.

CE January 9th post

I wanted to use the acetate to help give the feel of ice and the crazy icicle formations that happen with this sudden change in temps.

Here is a video of the creative process.

Here are some close-ups of the project

CE Jan 9 close up

When working on the acetate, I knew I had to use inks that would not rub or smear, I started with the Grunge Snowflake Stamp and some archival ink. I then switched to some alcohol ink and the Distress Circle Stamp along with the Distress Chevron Stamp.

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I added more feel to the page with the Distress Weave stencil and some thick texture paste. After adding some background colour I moved to the Winter Frames Chipboard and the Page Corner Flourishes.

CE jan 9th close up 3

I used Embossing powder to add to the chipboard.

CE Jan 9th close up 8

I finished off the page with a little Snow Day Flair tucked into the flower cluster.

CE Jan 9th close up 4

Thank you for stopping by today. Enjoy the creative Day.



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I love the blue tones in the inspirational board, I incorporated the winter feel of the photos in to my layout.



Creative Embellishments

Snow Day Flair

Grunge Snowflake Stamp

Photo Page Corner Sets 5

Distress Circle Stamp

Distressed Chevron Stamp

Distress Weave Stencil

Winter Frame Set

13@rts Until Dawn All Good Things, Sending Flowers, Frosty Morning

Prima Floswers Lady Bird Flowers, Fairy Belle Flowers

Emerald Creek Baked Texture Patina Oxide

Lindy’s Gang Magical Bavarian Blue, Time Travel Teal

Ranger Alcohol Ink Sail Boat Blue, Denim


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Gypsy Soul 7 Dots Studio

Hello Everyone, Welcome to the new year, a new year of inspiration and creativity. Today I would love to share a new mixed media page I made of a photo my sister took. This photo reminds me of the free spirited life down by the ocean. Taken down in the Keys of Florida. Tons of texture and an ambience of bohemian life and carefree mind.Soaking up the sun, relaxing in the atmosphere of easy living, tipping back an ice cold cocktail,  listening to a street performer playing your favourite tunes.

Heather's 7 dots Jan 2019

Here is a video for your enjoyment, you can also find it on the YouTube Channel with lots of other great videos.

Here is how this page evolved and became what it is.

Nick Jan 2019 Close-up 2

Along with the fabulous paper from Fortune-teller, which is one of my favourite collections, I used the matching
UWS chipboards to help give the gypsy feeling to the page.
Here are some more close-ups,

Nick Jan 2019 Close-up 3

Nick January 2019 Close-up 5

Look forward to more inspiration in the year to come!



Writers Block Numbers Stencil

Fortune-teller Tags 12×12

Fortune-teller Soul 12×12

Fortune-teller Elements 6×12

Fortune-teller Element Stickers 6×12

Fortune-teller Clear Stamp

Paint Chips Clear Stamp

Writers Block Word Stickers 6×12

Garden Party Garden Gnomes 12×12

UmWowStudio X Marks the Spot Stencil

UmWowStudio X Marks the Spot MASH

UmWowStudio Fortune-teller MASH

UmWowStudio Contoured Feather

UmWowStudio Victorian Flourish

Prima Marketing Timeless Memories Flowers

Finnabair Micro beads Bronze, Black

Soft Matte Gel

Lindy’s Gang Starburst Afternoon Delight Denim Moonshadow Mist Tawny Turquoise Starburst Frolic in the Forest Black

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Creative Embellishments January Challenge Shaker Cards

Hello All and Happy New Year to you all! I hope this year brings lots of love and creativity your way. And for me I am starting out with a set of shaker cards with the fun and very creative ATC coins Nicolle has in the store. I figured I better be Jen to the punch with her fabulous card making talents, 😉 So I made this set with the Winter Artist Trading Coins.  And with the twist from the mood board to add snow, what better effect than to have some in the shaker window and add some snowflakes and small flourish to to the flower cluster.

January CE 2019.jpg

Here is the inspiration mood board fro the month and don’t forget to use snow (how ever you may interpret the challenge) any where on your project.


Heres the creative video for you.

How about some close-ups

CE Jan card 1


CE January card 2

Happy New Year to you all and I look forward to a creative New Year.



Creative Embellishments

Weather Artist Trading Coins


Small Flourish

Studio Light Winter Tales Paper and Die-Cuts

Shimmers Paintz

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7 Dots Studio YouTube Hope

Welcome to the first every 7 Dots Studio Youtube Hop. We are here to share some festive holiday fun with all of you and kick off 7 Dots Studio’s own YouTube channel. So before we get on to the epic projects….All information about prizes will be available in a video on 7 Dots Studio channel.


Rules for participants – visit all stops, subscribe to all channels and leave a comment below each video (and mostly have fun )
YT hop will start on December 24th, 8 p.m. CET and you will have until the end at midnight on December 31st for hop along and see all the fabulous projects.
Noura Pompilla –
Elena Martynova –
Marie Lillepruun –
Heather Thompson –
Riikka Kovasin –
7 Dots Studio –
And on to my project.
I was originally going to just do some ATC’s (Artist Trading Coins) but as I created they evolved from ATC’s to Gift Tags, and eventually they have ended up as ornaments on the tree as I have been giving them away.


Here are some close-ups for you all, the creative process can be found on the video.



Here are the backs of each of the tags.



I hope you enjoy all the great projects we have in store for you all. And don’t forget you have until December 31st midnight CET to join the hop.



7 Dots Studio

Northern Lights 6×6 Paper Pack

Northern Lights Nordic Winter Chipboard

Northern Lights Elements Stickers 6×12

Northern Lights Die-Cute Elements 6×12

Northern Lights Word Stickers 6×12

Paint Chips Hatched Stencil

Cotton Candy Dreams Stars Stencil

UmWowStudio Flurries Stencil

UmWowStudio Sweater Weather Flair

UmWowStudio Falling Stars Flair

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Holiday Star Christmas Countdown


I want to share another advent calendar I made for Creative Embellishments. You can see the other advent calendar here.

Olivia wanted to try and make a star pattern for the next Advent calendar. This one proved to be a little more tricky. But I let her mess around with the pipes to see if she could figure it out, and she did. The only difference is that there is actually 25 days on this one, so just a little variation of the true advent calendar . One of the Aunties gets an extra special treat.

Star Calender.jpg

After we had Adam cut the PVC pipe, we added the paper and glue it all together, We set it aside and let it dry overnight before any moving of this rather large project. That also has to hold various items like homemade caramels, lip glosses, doggie bones and mini bottles of wine.

Here is a quick video of how this all came together.


Using the Christmas Countdown Set, I simply used a spray and painted on the chipboard to  add some colour to it. I did the same with the Holly and Berries Flourish.


I added the 2018 Chipboard to the piece. Olivia wants to start a new tradition, the advent calendars need to be re-stuffed and passed on to a new persons next year. I think it’s a great idea.

I hope you all have a great holiday season and great new beginning to the New Year.


Creative Embellishments

Christmas Countdown

2018 Pieces

Holly & Berry Flourishes

Lindy’s Gang Sprays

Ciao Bella Snow in the City 12×12

Ciao Bella Snow in the City A4

Petaloo Flowers


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Believe in the Magic Mixed Media Page

I would have to say one of my favourite photo’s of Olivia. We have a yearly tradition of going to get our tree, take the wagon ride out to cut the tree down. hall it back and hopefully if we are lucky enough we get to see Santa along the way. 

Olivia Winter Page.jpg

I edit most of my photos. I will alter the colours or add boarder or even add some text to the photo. This page I added a little flair and the sentiment in the corner, it was then a matter of trying to find the right paper for the pic. 

Once I found the right paper it was just starting to play, I did various stamping techniques on the background. I started with the distress snowflake stamp with simple ink, matching the ink to the paper. 


After the stamping was done with embossing powder and the tire track 2 stamp and the distress chevron stamp, I decided to use one of my favourite stencils the distress grid stencil and 3-D Gel. After stencilling, I sprinkle with micro-beads over the paste to get lots of texture on the page. 


A little more texture with a thick goopy paste through the new distress patterns stencil found in the store. 


I then work on the chipboard. I add paint to the filigree trees, the doodle circle frame and the snowflakes and once dry I spray with the corresponding colours.  Then it is a matter of making the real magic happen with putting it all together. 

I made a little video for you to watch of how this page evolved into this magical scene. 

I have to enjoy these moments as there will be a day that the kids will grow up and they won’t want to do the fun little things that make me so happy. Fingers crossed there is a little part of them that will never grow up. I can only wish. But these moments bring so much joy to my heart. 



I hope you all have a very magical holiday season this year. 



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More Than Words Believe

Believe in the magic of the season and the wonderful winter wonderland. 



Creative Embellishments

Wood Snowflakes

Circle Doodle Frames

Filigree Trees

Tire Track 2 Stamp

Distress Cheveron Stamp

Grunge Snowflake Stamp

Distress Grid Stencil

Distress Pattern Stencil

7 Dots Studio

Paint Chips Nightshade 12×12

Paint Chips Die Cut Elements

Paint Chips Stickers

Northen Lights Word Stickers

Yuletide Word Stickers

Yuletide Clear Stamp

Prima Flowers, Trim and SSIC

Lindy’s Gang Flat Fabio C’est la vie Cerise, Starburst Open Arms Amethyst, Embossing Powder Desert Moon Turquoise, Embossing Powder Hydrangea Blue Mauve

Craft Box Micro Beads

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Winter Magic YouTube Hop

Welcome to Winter Magic Hop! #WinterMagicHop
Here we are once again celebrating the new season, this time with the most gorgeous hop you’ve ever seen. You’ll find 21 artists from all around the world with 21 fabulous tutorials for you.
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We have 32 wonderful and generous sponsors that will spoil you with fabulous gifts.

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DISCLAIMER: DISCLAIMER: Due to the magnitude and international nature of the hop, in case that some of the prizes don’t reach their destination, please understand that is not something we – the artists – have control of. Once winners are chosen, we have the obligation to send all their contact information to the sponsors, who in turn will contact the winners directly. Other than that, we hold no further responsibility.

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To enter the sponsors giveaways you MUST:
* WATCH + LIKE + COMMENT the 21 videos
* add your COUNTRY in the comments
* SUBSCRIBE to the 21 channels
– Not mandatory, but please share and tag your friends!!
– You have time until JANUARY 4TH to watch, comment and subscribe.
– Winners will be randomly chosen among those who follow the rules and will be announced on January 6th ONLY in our FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM so make sure you follow us!!
– Once the winner are announced, they must contact before January 12th to claim their prizes

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These are the links to the 21 videos, but you can hop from one to the next one using the end screen you’ll find at the end of each video:

⭐️ Nuneka Box –
⭐️ Aditi & Sunila-
⭐️ Phoebe Tonosaki –
⭐️ Maria Lillepruun –
⭐️ Juliya Tirskaya –
⭐️ Anat Weksler –
⭐️ Noura Pompilla Mejia –
⭐️ Dutt Preety –
⭐️ Riddhi Jani –
⭐️ Keren Tamir
⭐️ Asia Marquet
⭐️ Heather Thompson
⭐️ Natassa Blazaki
⭐️ Martina Stoycheva
⭐️ Elena Martynova –
⭐️ Emilia Sieradzan –
⭐️ Susanne Rose –
⭐️ Aleksandra Mihelič –
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And on to my project, I decided to make a wintery rustic looking canvas with various antique kitchen utensils. I had a mini cast iron pan, an old spoon and a veggie slicer. I did a large number of painting and layering on this project. And this project matches my kitchen perfectly.

Winter Hop Canvas Wood

I added metal snowflakes, chipboard snowflakes from one of our sponsors Creative
Embellishments to add to the rustic winter feel of the project.


Adding  finer elements like pinecones from Norway and Holland, and a festive Snow Owl as the centre point in the pan.


I will share some close-ups with you.






Thank you for joining us today, and dont forget to hop along for the rest of the winter projects. And some amazing prizes from the very generous sponsers.



Creative Embellishments

Berry Wreath Frame

Heart Flourish

Snowflake Frame

Snowflake Page Corner Set

Prima Flowers


Texture Paste White Sand

Metallique Wax White Gold, Opal Magic, Bronze Age

DecoArt Media Quinacridone Gold, Paynes Grey, Burnt Umber, Transparent Yellow Oxide, Titan Buff.

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Winter Fairies Youtube Hop with Fabrika Decoru

It starts an epic youtube hop called “Winter Fairies Hop” #Winterfairieshop, the main sponsor and inspiration of which is tm factory decor! As part of this hop, you dear readers have a magical opportunity to watch 12 full-time miksmedijnyh master classes on 12 channels of famous scrap-em from all over the world! Each of the em has design for you any logging from TM Factory Decor (whether it is a organizer, a shadow-box or a box) in its own style and vision. We celebrate the beginning of winter snow and gentle alter works!

Join us, watch the video-MK and inspiration! In addition to new knowledge, you will also be able to win one of the eight gorgeous prizes from our generous sponsors!

☆ TM Factory Decor gives our viewers a 3 Certificate of shopping in a store for $ 100!!! Fantastic! This can’t be missed! 🙂 in the ruler of this large and known brand, a huge amount of all kinds of goods for a hobby for any taste

Fabrika Decoru


Prizes: 3 gift certificates of 100 USD + free shipping

☆ Petersburg Skrapklub will give one of our dear viewers a certificate of 1000 rubles to buy excellent fotopolimernyh stamps! Petersburg Skrapklub is famous for a giant assortment of quality stamps!


Prize: one gift certificate of 1000 rub on stamps + free shipping


☆ freetany flowers will delight one of the viewers with a chic set of handmade flowers! Freetany flowers produce all the flowers in hand and are famous not only for the quality of products, but also a very large selection of completely different colors. Here everyone will find themselves flowers for their taste!

Freetany Flowers

Prize: handmade flowers (goodies bag) + free shipping


☆ SCRAPMANDIES BIRTH 3’s audience sets of three knives for felling! The winners will be able to choose them themselves. Scrapmandies produce original knives of chic quality. See only what thin beautiful designs!



How to participate in the raffle of prizes

* Look, put like and comment all 12 video-MK.

* sign up for Youtube channels of all 12 designers and on the channel tm factory decor.

– not necessarily, but you can share our hop with friends on social media! Our hashtag #winterfairieshop.

– you have time until December 17 inclusive.

– the winners of the hop will be chosen by réndomno among all who have fulfilled the rules. Winners we will announce on December 21 on social media. You’ll have exactly a week to unsubscribe and get your prize! Don’t miss it!

By the way, all the prizes will go to any point of the world absolutely free.

Good luck!

Here is the list of videos to follow along with.

⭐️ Maria Lillepruun:
⭐️ Noura Pompilla:
⭐️ Aditi Mahajan:
⭐️ Natassa Blazaki:
⭐️ Dutt Preety:
⭐️ Heather Thompson:
⭐️ Sunila Mahajan:
⭐️ Irina Bogomolova:
⭐️ Melina Dahl:
⭐️ Gerry van der Velden:
⭐️ Mary Tzalla:
⭐️ Scrap by Eszter:


Now on to my project, I was sent this Desk Organiser Set – FDPO-026 and had the fun of putting it all together and decorating it with all the goodies that came with  from the fabulous sponsors.


The MDF is relatively thick and easy to work with. And there is no questions with the directions, easy to follow and easy to put together.


Because I knew this was going to be a functional, I wanted to make sure the inside was also had finishing touches along with the outside. I did decoupage the insides of the drawers and the back of the project. I left nothing unfinished.


I didn’t want to take away from the functionality of the top shelf, so I only added a few winter trees and snow to make a fun wintery scene. I added a few logs of Cinnamon sticks to add to the feel.

So hop along and see all the other amazing, usable projects from the other ladies and good Luck.


Used supplies list:

– FABRIKA DECORU:  Desk Organiser Set FDPO-026, Stencil FDTR 243 Snowflakes and Circles, FDTR 193 Snowy Trees and Deer, FDTR 242 Snowy Trees, FDTOP 03 Deko Topping Snow, FDCH-42 Snowflakes, FDCH-68 Snowflakes, FDAG 150 Acrylic Primer, FDTPG 02 3D Gel with Glitter Silver, FDGT 160 3D Gel Snow Effects, FDAM 22 Metallic Bounty, FDAM 02 Metallic Silver, FDAM 20 Metallic Heavenly 

– ScrapclubSpb: Clear Stamps 07ΦH112 Clear Stamp 07ΦH119

– Freetany Flowers:

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