Folded Holiday Cards~Creative Embellishments

I am going to start sharing some holiday cards seeing the Thanksgiving holiday has passed. These are some cards I made a number of years ago and decided to revive them. I have the directions and sizes all written out below but these fun flip up cards are easy and elegant all in one.

I secured the top fold with seam binding and a pretty bow. 

I started with a base colour that matches my papers. Using 8 1/2 inch by 11 inch paper I cut the at 4 1/2 inches the long ways. You can see it all in the video. Lots of cutting but it goes pretty fast.

Using a score board I score horizontally at 6 inches and then I get out my diagonal board and score the square on the top portion of the card at 3 3/4″ and 8 1/4″. And then flip over and repeat it again.  The video shows it all and the nice thing is you can pause where you need to. 

I cut matching inserts for all of the cards, 2 each of the large inserts one each front and back of the card. (8 in total) and 16 3×3″ squares. I cut 1/2 the squares diagonally in half for the small triangles. Trust me it will all make sense. 

I used the small tags from the Tag set 1 and Tag set 3 and add the top layer and twine. I fill in the clusters with the tags and flowers.

I use the Holly Leaves Set of 15 and add glitter glue to each of them. I set aside and air dry and move on to the Intricate Ornaments. I add gloss get and sprinkle with a powder glitter to add the bling.

Here are some  more close-ups. 


I hope your inspired to be creative! Thanks you for stopping by today! 



Holly Leaves Set of 15

Tag Set 1

Tag Set 3

Intricate Ornaments

Stamperia Christmas Vintage


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Destinations Mixed Media Layout~Creative Embellishments

Welcome back, I know I have been very silent on social media, but with my real job, I have been very busy with extra shifts, long hours and home schooling the kiddos. But I had a few days off and tried to created. I needed some inspiration so I got out some pictures from our getaway before school started. Adam and I took the kids up to the north shore for a long weekend. We rented a house so we could socially distance and just isolate ourselves from others. We were walking distance to the light house in the harbour and walked a ton. We had the most pleasant weather and I couldn’t have asked for better family time……..if we haven’t had enough of that yet. 😉

Here is a short video of the creative process. This layout came together pretty fast. I took over 3000 photos this getaway. There were so many to choose from. But we walked down to the harbour every day to just have some fun.

I started on the background with some stamping, contrasting colours. Starting with the Distress Burlap Stamp with some distress oxides. I switched up to a brown and added the Distress Crackle Stamp sporadically about the page.

Using the Fishnet Stencil, I used some bold white thick paint. I don’t mind that it looks wonky and messy, I usually cover up most of the background anyways. I put enough on to hopefully pop out of the edges of the focal point. Sometimes I really undershoot it.

I wanted to get the feel of the sail boats, buoys and the nautical theme of things. I used various chipboard from a few different collections. I filled in the background with layers of papers and the Word Anchor, Nautical 6 Piece and the Nautical Badge Set. I used a brown spray with had shimmers of blue on the pieces.

Using the Travel Word Set 1, I started with the same technique as the other chipboard, but it all blending to much into the background. So I added heat embossing over the spray to help it pop off the page and to match it with the contrasting browns. Then I added a few flowers clusters and popped a little Sail Away Flair in each cluster. A little dry brushing to soften the look of the over all page.

I hope you enjoy the page, I hope to have some more creative time coming up but we will take it day by day. Thank you for your continued support.


Fishnet Stencil 

Distress Crackle Stamp

Distress Burlap Stamp

Travel Word Set 1

Sail Away Flair

Word Anchor

Nautical 6 Piece

Nautical Badge Set

Stamperia 12×12 Sea Land

Lindy’s Gang

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Nomadic Soul Diaries Altered Paper Bag~November Challenge

Welcome to another month at Nomadic Soul Diaries This month is crazy with inspiration. All about the Rust and who doesn’t like the challenge of altering a paper bag, something you would usually end up pitching in the bin. But instead, transforming it into a beautiful piece of art with all the lovely textures and feel of the patina and rust between your finger.

I would love to share a beautiful paper bag I made to meet the challenge this month. This bag features two pockets, with tag inserts and lots and lots of texture. Here is a short video of the creative process.

I really just used the short time I had to immerse myself in the details. The fine brush details on the flowers and the rust technique on the gears., the crackle and shading of the colour palette.

The inspirational Quote “Just when the caterpillar thought her life was over she began to fly.” I love the quote and the paper from Stamperia inspired me, the winged features needed to be used on the bag.

Life is all about transforming into who we will become,  moulding and shaping into what we will be and we will learn to fly and soar.

Here are a few close-ups

Here is the inspirational November challenge board. Dont forget: RULES – Please read carefully.
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📍 Add the MANDATORY ELEMENT to your project: RUST.
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Creative Embellishments Altered Cutting Board

Hello all to share a new project made for Creative Embellishments . Nicolle has these awesome new home decor wood pieces in the store. They are beautiful and solid. I wanted to make a home decor project with the Cutting Board, I had an idea of what I wanted to do it was just a matter of execution. I used inspiration from the November mood board.

Here is a short video of how I stained and coured the colour to the project.

I used oil based paints to stain the wood, using a variation of sienna and raw umber. I sponged on the paint and wiped off he extra paint until I had the right shade of browns.

Using the 3 Trees Stencil, I shaded the base of the cutting board with a few inks. It added some shades and shadows to the piece. Gathering flowers, Good Food Good Life Title and the acorn clusters, I add colour by painting with some sprays. I can control the spray better with a brush and add various colours to each of the chipboards.

I finished off the project with random mica flakes around the cluster and the title “Good Food Good Life” and matched some ribbon to hang the piece.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoy this rustic inspiration.


Cutting Board

Good Life Good Food

Acorn Clusters

3 Trees Stencil

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Halloween Shaker Tags

Hello all, I hope Halloween will be good for you all. Here in the Midwest, we have had snow storms and lots of accumulation. I keep telling my kids, “back when I was little I remember trick-or-treating in the snow, wrapped in a black garbage bag.”

I picked out two tags, one from the Tag 2 Set and one from Tag Set 5. I found paper to get in the Halloween spirit, and adhered the paper to the tags. Before moving to the shaker chipboards.

On this blue tag, I used the Spider Shaker. I painted each of the layers and finished off the legs with some embossing powder to add a hairy effect to it. I took caution with the heat gun not to melt the plastic layer of the spider.

I finished off the cluster with the Haunted Flair. The back of the tags, I finished off with old Norwegian paper and some varnish.

On the second tag, I used the Candy Corn Shaker, I put a variety of shiny fun things in each of the sections after painting. I again made a little cluster of flowers and embellishments and topped it off the the Boo Flair.

Here is a short video of the creative process.

Thank you for stopping by today, Happy Halloween to you and your families.


Tag Set 5

Tag set 2

Boo Flair

Haunted Flair

Candy Corn Shaker

Spider Shaker

Buttons Galore and More

Safari Sunset


Fall Foliage


Craft Box UK Spooky House

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Pam-a-Llama Its your day! Card and Tag Set

Hello all, I would love to share a fun card and tag set I made for my good friend Pam, she loves llama’s. We all call her Pam-a-llama. She is so fun, bright and bold in so many ways and her favourite colour is green. So I wanted to incorporate all of those traits in the cards.

I usually started with some background stamping unless the paper is really really busy. I love this paper collection I works great with backgrounds. Even if I end up covering most of it up. I used a few different colour of ink on the background. Starting with the distress chevron stamp and black, I sporadically stamped it.

Moving on the the distress grid stamp, I added some subtle yellow, and it was subtle. But I liked the look of it.

I made a short video of the creative process.

I love texture, and I wish I could just add more and more texture to a piece but I am too impatient to let it all dry. I started with some black matte paste with the weave stencil. After drying I go polar opposite with a bright white crackle in the Lattice panel Stencil.

I wanted to use some bright foils on the chipboard, But wanted the look to be more rustic. Not perfect, not all the way to the edges. Spots here and there. Using the puzzled panel, I added matte medium to the background with a spatula. After heating it to the point of bubbling, I pressed the foil down on the panel to get the achieved look. I repeat the process on the llama’s.

I have to always add to the inside of the card, you just cant leave it blank. I had the rest of the panel to full in the centre.

I made a tag to add to the gift bag. Just a fun little tag to hang off the side. I dont even know if I will write on it or not. But Pam loves her llama’s. This was layering and just adding the llama as the focal point.

I love the foil on this one. So pretty and it pulls out the vibrant colours of the tag.

Just a quick peek at the backside of the tag.

Thank you for watching and join me later this month for more inspiration.


Distress Weave Stencil

Fence Lattice Stencil

Llama’s Set

Distress Chevron Stamp

Puzzled Panel

Distress Grid Stamp

ATC’s Tags

Prima Rub-On Foils

7 Dots Studio Paint Chips Paper Collection

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Andy Skinner Creative Expressions Spooktacular Event

Welcome to the Spooktacular Event with Creative Expressions UK. The Team over at Andy Skinner has joined in the fun and mayhem with some crazy creepy projects.

This is an actually bird skull that the kids and I found in the yard, And if any of you know my daughter she is totally into all likes of crazy and creepy things.

Here is the schedule of events for Creative Expressions. So each week make something that relates to the below themes. At the end of each week, CE will pick a winner. Don’t forget to hash tag you entry! #CEspooktober

 Here is a short video of the creative process.

I decided to make a shrine to showcase the actually skull and go along with the theme this week. Using the strata paste to add a texture and feel of an old rugged building, I lathered a fair amount on the roof.

I had some smaller pedistoles and glass shrines in my stash. I added some texture paste and colour to resemble stone.

Using the shine to showcase I altered it with the restist paste and painted, topping off the effects with the background stamp.

Watch out for more spooktacular inspiration to come all month long, and join in the mayhem and get creative.

Visit the Creative Expressions Mixed Media Facebook Page and #CEspooktober your entires.


Andy Skinner Acrylic Paints Quinn Gold

Andy Skinner Acrylic Paints Paynes Grey

Andy Skinner Acrylic Paints Burnt Umber

Andy Skinner Acrylic Paints Primary Magenta

Andy Skinner Lava Paste

Andy Skinner STrata Paste

Andy Skinner Structure Patese

Andy Skinner Quick Dry Glue

Andy Skinner Resist Paste

Andy Skinner Super Nova Embossingg Powder

Andy Skinner Stone Wash Stamp

Andy Skinner STampendous Skuldoggery Stamp

Tando Creative 3D Shrine

Tando Andy Skinner Industrial Elements

Relics & Artifacts Dresden Trim Daisy Chain Small

Tim Holtz idea-Olay Bone Yard

Tim Holtz Decrotive Domes

Tim Holtz Finial Set

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Creative Embellishments October Challenge

Hello and welcome to October already. Wow were has the year gone. I would like to share my take on the October challenge. The mood board was a mix of goth and shabby. I made a dark shabby chic tag pulling the lace and winged bugs on to the tag. I Started with the base, on of the large tags from the store. After applung a layer of shabby rice paper on the background, I pulled the floaral print out with the Florish stencil and some paste. I grabbed a dark old photo and decieded to use that as my focal point. I built it up with the Birds and Spiderweb Flourish boarder. Heat embossing the elements. I added a little flower cluster with more elements pulled from the mood board to pull this murky tag together. Enjoy I look forward to seeing the entries this month. It should be spooktacular.

Here is a short video of the creative process. Enjoy

Here are a few close-ups for you.

I Spiderweb flourish and birds were embossed with Andy Skinner Embossing Powder. It adds that texture and multi-colour appearance to them.

I finished off the back of the tag with paper from the late 1800’s. And old pharmacy booklet. The paper is so frail and to read it is over the top with the remedies and marketing. So neat to read.

I love the rice paper detail on the background, I add a little more flourish with the stencil and get things to pop with lift. The moulded head just adds a little more creepy to the dark elegant piece.

Thank you for stopping by today! Happy Crafting


Large Tags

Flourish Stencil

Spiderweb Flourish Boarder

Andy Skinner Rice Paper

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Creative Embellishments Mixed Media Layout Nature’s Beauty

Welcome back to another post. Today I would like to share with you a mixed media layout. I have been looking through my posts to see and realised it has been a bit since I did a layout. I have some great photos of the kids and wanted to showcase them.

This picture, I just love. These two could paste as twins. They were sitting on a rock with a waterfall in the background and just looked at me with those devilish looks they have.

I started on the background with some subtle stencilling with the Harlequin Stencil and some shimmery paste. While that was drying I do move on the the Distress Harlequin Pieces. Adding a layer of embossing powder, I heat set. I usually do most of my wet stuff and let it dry in stages and move onto something else to calm my impatience.

After I embossed the Best Friends Boarder with a bolder blue, I add some texture with stamping the Distress Crackle Stamp and sprinkle some matching embossing powder on top and set quick.

Once the background layering has begun, I start to layer and layer. The more texture the more the piece speaks to me. The paper talks of natures beauty and it cant be any truer with this photo and the place were it was taken.

I finished off some of the layers and clusters with the maple tree seeds and a layer of spray. I added natural elements of pine cones to add to the look. Picked up along our adventures.

Here is a short video of the creative process.


Maple Tree Seeds

Distress Harlequin Pieces

Harlequin Stencil

Best Friends Boarder

Distress Crackle Stamp

Stamperia Cosmos Collection



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Creative Embellishments Journals

Hello all, this is a big post today.

I have had the pleasure of working with one of the best crews. My weekend crew has always gone above and beyond. I know patients will be taken care of like they are family. When the things get tough, they alway end up pulling out all the stops and push out 150%. I wanted to do something special as a thank you for all that they have done for me.

I made each one of them a personalised journal. Each one was made with love and compassion. I even left an inspirational note inside thanking them for all that they do.

This Journal for Sam, she has this amazing unicorn collection and I just needed to add to it. I filled in spaces with bits and bobs. I used left over pieces from collections that I only had one or two left. I wanted to use some of the new stuff from the store as well and grabbed the Alphabet Game Pieces.

I wanted to add detail to the background on each of the journals. I love texture to I use a thick corse paste with the grid stencil on this particular journal.

Here are a few more close-ups.

This journal was made for Heather, she knew I was making some journals, But she fell in love with this one. I knew she just had to have it. I did the same texture on the background but only with the Distress Checkered Stencil. I added the Cross Stitch Boarder in the background and built the composition up around that. I threw in a medium gear or two to fill in the spaces and topped it off with a metal dragonfly casting.

A few more close-ups.


I added the Alphabet Blocks and Distress Pattens Stencil to this Journal. I added a few more bits and bobs to fill in the composition.

A few layers of paint with blending and dry brushing and topping it all off with some wax highlights.

Here is the one I made for Pam, She has been there for me since day one. She was my sounding board, my go to. She has been around nursing (I wont say for how long 🙂 and I value her experience.

I loved the Ribbon Frames 2 and built the composition offset from the frame to keep the features of the frame. Just some crackle on the background on this one. I wanted it to look vintage and old. Not in any relation to Pam lol.

A few more close-ups.

Thank you all for stopping by today. I cant thank these wonderful ladies enough for putting up with me,  teaching me how to be a great leader and trusting I will never lead them a stray.



Ribbons Frame 2


Alphabet Game Pieces

Distress Grid Stencil

Alphabet Blocks

Distress Checkered Stencil

Medium Gears

Cross Stitched Boarder

Distressed Patterned Stencil

 Finnabair Art Alchemy Wax, Paint, Metal Embellishments


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