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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Altered Telephone

Hello all, I have another fun project to share today, I have had this telephone for some time. Just waiting to be put to good use. Today I decided to alter it a bit. And sometimes, it is true, when less is more. Now I think I am done for now with this project but sometimes the longer I look at something the more I think I may need to add something to it. We will see how that goes once it is up on my self for a bit.

I started out with some decoupaging rice paper on the phone, This was a bit planned. I used Andy’s rice papers and I only had one of each, so I found two that somewhat matched.

Once the rice paper was dry, it was a matter of finding the right ATC coin to fit the theme. I did end up going the the numbers from the steampunk ATC set and the punchinello from the Shapes ATC set.

I cut the ATC’s to size and glued them on to get the fit right on the phone. matching numbers on the receiver and the punchinello on the numbers dial.

Using the Distress Patterns Stencil, I added the small circles on the frame of the telephone and the receiver.

Once everything was dry, I did some light layers of paint and distressing to blend the piece better. I would say a fine addition to my altered art.

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


Shape Artist Trading Coins 

Steampunk Artist Trading Coins

Distress Patterns Stencil

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Great ideas industrial tags

Welcome back to another blog post, work has been crazy and we are now getting chickens and goats. The weather has been gorgeous, so I have been trying to get as many chores done as I can. I found a little time one morning to create a set of tags for a coworker transitioning jobs.

This is a set of tags. I chose to use an industreial paper pack and mess around with e some background techniques. Once i adhered the paper to the tag a quick layer of clear gesso. I then started with the distressed checkered stencil and a liberal layer of crackle paint. Once that dried i used the distressed grid stencil and a metallic modelling paste randomly on the background.

Once the pastes were dry i used lindys spray to blend a and enhance the crackle paste. Using the great ideas light bulbs and paper clip chipboard i gathered a variety of embossing powders.

I embossed the light bulbs and paper clips and gathered other medal embellishments before starting the layering process,.

I cut a few scraps of paper and ink distressed the edges, and start to layer. I add burlap, the chipboard and a wooden ruler to each tag.

Once everything was glued down I dyed seam binding to match the tags. A perfect tag set in the industrial style. I hope you enjoy. Thank you for stopping by. Happy crafting.


Distressed grid stencil

Distressed checkered stencil

Great ideas light bulbs

Paper clips

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Tripanel Card

Hello again, Welcome back to another to another project. today I would like to share a trifold card I made out of the Triptych 2 chipboard.  I wanted a bigger card that can have more sentiments on it.

Using athletic tape to adhere each of the panels together, I used score tape to attach the paper that I picked. I measure each of the panels and cut to width and then simple edged the arch with a knife.

Once I adhered the paper to both sides. Matching the background colour and ink, I  added a little stamping with the distress crackle stamp. Just randomly with no rhyme or reason.

I needed to have a title. But because of the size of the project, I wanted to have it portioned. I tried a number of phrases and ended up going with the Live in the Moment Phrase.  I used a multi-coloured embossing powder and heat set it.

I wanted a closure on the front. So I dug in my stash and found a clasp and a number of metal embellishments. I got the clasp lined up pretty well and then added two small slusters on both sides of the Triptych 2. I added a little texture with the Fishnet stencil and some crackle paint on the background.

I used the same embossing powder on the mini ornate flourishes and then added to the paper layers, ribbon and flower clusters.

This panel has lots of room to add sentiments from lots of friends. I really enjoy how this turned out.


Thank you for stopping by today. Happy Crafting


Fishnet Stencil

Distress Crackle Stamp

Triptych 2

Mini Ornate Flourishes

Live in the Moment Phrase

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Mixed Media Layout “Soak Up the Sun”

Hello all, Today I would love to share a fun mixed media layout I made of our recent adventures to Las Vegas for my birthday, just a quiet and low key get-a-way. Lots of pool side and a nice dinner at a beautiful Italian restaurant. A little bit of Freidmont to take Maksim  Ziplining, and checking out the beautiful hotels and Malls.

I started out with picking the paper and a background panel. I picked the Maze thinking I was going to cut it apart. This turned out better than I envisioned it was going to.

Starting on the background prepping the paper with clear gesso and starting on some stencilling with the Greek Key Pattern Stencil. I added the paste and set aside to dry. I added a little spray to make it pop a little. It was so humid this day, it took, forever to dry.


Using the Maze Panel, I added embossing powder and while it was heating I sprinkled a contrasting colour and took a food skewer and scraped the panel to add a little texture to it.



After some piecing the Maze Panel on the page, and a few layers of paper, I took the Infinite Rectangle Frame, heat embossed it white to add some boldness to the page and framed the pool side photo. A few flowers and some word stickers to finish off the memories.


Thank you for stopping by today and sharing one of my birthday memories. Hope you getting some crafting on! I will be working on some videos this weekend.


Greek Key Pattern Stencil

Maze Panel

Infinite Rectangle Frame

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My Fragile Heart

Andy Skinner New Rice Paper Release

Welcome back to another post here. Today I am sharing a canvas I made with Andy’s new Rice Papers released in collaboration with Decoupage Queen. These rice papers are amazing and they come in a selection of different sizes and designs. There are 10 new designs and various sizes. Now on to my project.

I would love to share a project I made with the Raven Returns Rice paper.

This canvas was made with so much thoughts and emotions. I have this old rusty heart locket, missing the key, but in the shape of a heart. The key forever will be lost. The locket forever will be locked and safe from heart break and disappointment from here on forward. The heart surrounding the locket, cracked and damaged from years of wear, tear and abuse. Always giving and prioritising others before it’s own.

Here is the creative video:

I started the background on a reverse canvas, then realised I really didn’t like it. It was not calling to me. I flipped the canvas over and painted over what had seeped through on my first attempt. Then using the Ultra Matte Varnish, I adhered the Raven Returns Rice paper to the canvas.

I used a variety of paints and stamps on the background. I started with the he Cracked Up Stamp, and topping it off with the Burlap Stamp from Creative Embellishments. I really didn’t need to do much blending on the background the Rice Papers are so detailed and amazing that very little is needed. I did do some shading with some Quinn Gold and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide.

I used a variety of Andy Skinner’s Paints to blend and layer the heart with along with a crackle medium. Blending Primary Magenta with Paynes Grey to get the burgundy colour, and topping it off with some Quinn Gold to add some rust to it.

Olivia found a piece of rusty metal on our last family vacation, I decided to layer the rusted metal over the Large Heart and glue the heart locket over the Raven on the Rice paper.

Using some Chevron Pieces from CE, I added a texture and then Used Andy’s combo of Quinn Gold, Burnt Umber and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide to Rust them up a bit.

I hope you enjoy the project and dont forget to check out all the amazing New Rice Papers from Andy Skinner and Decoupage Queen.



Decoupage Queen Andy Skinner Raven Returns Rice Paper

CE Cracked Up Stamp

CE Andy Skinner Quinnacrodone Gold Paint

CE Andy Skinner Paynes Grey Paint

CE Andy Skinner Transparent Iron Oxide

CE Andy Skinner Burnt Umber

CE Andy Skinner Ultra Matte Varnish

Creative Embellishments: Chevron Pieces, Burlap Stamp, Large Heart

Tando Creative Fragile Stencil

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