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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Patriotic Tags with Creative Embellishments

Welcome back to another post here.

Today I would love to share a set of tags made for the upcoming holiday, the 4th of July. These were fun to make and the weather has been perfect to creative outside. A little breezy, but still gorgeous, 30C. Lucky at my house there is always a breeze so no matter how hot it is, it is still comfortable to create. So the video is a little different that normal.

Here is the tag set. I started with two larger tags from the oval tags set and tags set 6 and used my sticker maker to add adhesive to the top of the tag. Using a water colour paper, I add a quick layer of water before adding the red and blue spray and mica powder.

Here is a short video of the process.

Once the background is done, I do finish if out with a fixative so the sprays done “bleed” if I add other mediums. Using the Small Stars Stencil and the Independence Day Stencil, I add a background to each of the tags.

After the background is done, I start working on the Patriot Stars and Fireworks 2. Using the same sprays and mica powder to add colour.

I finished off the tags with words from the Independence Word Set and used with white paint to add to the words to give them colour. I added the flowers and topped of each of the tags with some Vintage Patriotic Flair.

I hope you enjoyed the project today and looking forward to a Happy Independence day to you all!!! thank you for stopping by today.


Oval Tags Set

Tags Set 6

Independence Stencil

Small Stars Stencil

Independence’s Word Set

Patriotic Stars

Fireworks 2

Vintage Patriotic Flair

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Mixed Media Layout Capture Photos

Welcome back to another post here. Today I would love to share a fun mixed media layered layout I made for Creative Embellishments. This is a page made with a numb er of elements from the store. lots of layers, lots of paper elements and some photos made from our Nebraska trip a few years ago.

Here is a short video of the creative process.

I used the large wood numbers from the store. I’ve had these for another project and decided not to use them there. I have this paper from 7 Dots with numbers and words and wanted to incorporated them into the page. I also wanted to incorporate the Flies from the Bugs Set to match the paper.

Prepping the background with clear gesso, I started with the Ledger stencil and some black pastes. Once dried, I mixed some white paste along with some mica powder to get the brown paste. Then I spread it through the Rivet Stencil and set it all aside to dry.

I picked a number of paper elements along with the Plus Signs. I ink embossed all the edges. I added an adhesive to the Large wood numbers and then adhered some paper I got from my friend Laneen from Holland. I sanded the edges of the numbers to trim the paper and then ink distressed all of the other elements.

Once everything was distressed, I just started to layer all of the elements on the page. Once all glued down I added some shadows with a water colour pencil around the edges.

I hope you enjoy the page. It’s been awhile since I have scraped some of my favourite memories.

Thank you for stopping by today.


Plus Signs

Large Wood Numbers

Ledger Stencil 

Rivet Stencil


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Shabby Chic Card and Tag Set

Welcome back, with summer being my must outside time I have such little time for crafting. All of my crafting and daily adventures or misadventures are all weather dependant. I have 8 projects outside going on butI look forward to the rainy cooler days to sit in my craft room and create. I needed a card for a gal oat work. I took out some older paper, I am on a mission to use up some older product.

I made the base of the card and using the Tags Set 1 I used adhesive on both sides and added a layer of background paper.

One quick layer of clear gesso and some thick paste through the  Damask Stencil. I pulled from the layer paper the Damask. I grabbed the Filigree Scroll Set and some matching spray. I sprayed the background paper to lighten the bold white paste and painted the colour on the flourish and set aside to dry while I dug out my flower stash. And older they are 2012 to be exact.

A little bit of layering with paper and the flourish, a few smaller flowers inbetween and some metal embellishments. Glue it all together and set it aside to dry. Not a bad little card and tag set.

No video today. But next time. Thank you for stopping by have a great weekend and enjoy the warming weather.



Filigree Scroll Set

Tags Set 1

Damask Stencil 


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Bright and Bold Altered Tag with Creative Embellishments

Another post here today! I can say that spring is finally here. The Tulips are finally blooming, and there is starting to be leaves on the trees and lots of birds.  So I wanted to make something bright and bold. Something warm. I dug through my stash and Found the Flourish Tag Set 3.  I haven’t actually made anything with these yet and wanted to play a little bit.



Here is a short video today:


I added crackle paint to the background of the tag and a light coat on the top layer of the Flourish Tag Set 3.

After adding some colour with some magical and spray I let it dry. I then took some Dimensional paste, I added a little texture with the Quatrefoil Stencil and set it aside to dry.

Digging through my stash, I have been so busy the past 2 to 3 years, I found some pastes, most of them were dried up. In the bin they go!  This is a sign I need to get creating more. Fingers crossed life will be less hectic. But I found some fun stuff and added it to the Wavy Flourish. Then I added a little colour to the Flourish while it was still drying.

I found some matching flowers and layering over the flourish chipboard then I ended up adding some Bright Flair and March Flair to finish off the Tag.

I hope you enjoy the fun bright spring tag. Be creative! Thanks for stopping by today~!


Quatrefoil Stencil

Wavy Flourish

March Flair

Bright Flair

Flourish Tag Set 3

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Washi Tape Artist Trading Coins

A quick little project today. It’s been a while since I have made some artist trading coins so off to my craft room to get creating. I needed to make a quick and fast project. Weather has been warm here and I always have so much yard work to do in the spring. So my projects both inside and out have been keeping me busy.

But I made some quick mixed media washi tape coins.

Here is the video upload.

I started with painting one side black and the other side white. Kind of like a ying and Yang, good verse evil or what ever contrasting elements. I used the Side of the brush to add some texture to the paint.

Once dry I picked 4 different colours of waxes. I brushed each side. And then topped it off some silver wax.

Using the patterns stencil and matching with the washi tape chipboard. I added crackle paste to each side and let dry.

One the washi tape chipboard I tried to match some spray. But each wax looks so different on the contrasting background.

Once everything was dry. I found a simple sentiment sticker and a few gems.

Quick and easy. And fun to Create. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great weekend.




Artist Trading Coins

Washi Tape

Distressed Patterns Stencil

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Life Documented Mixed Media Layout

Welcome back to another post here. I would like to share a layout I made based off some inspiration from Andy Skinners May Challenge.

This is a layout I made with the inspiration photo in mind, using various products. I picked out the paper and all the chipboard, stencils  and goodies to go with it.



I made a short video of the creative process.


I started with the background, like I always do, knowing that I will cover up most of it 95% of the time. But I love the feel and the texture of things. I also love pulling out elements of the paper. I added more Distress Script Stamp to the background seeing there was already writing on there. I also added the gypsie queen with a iridescent embossing powder.



Once the embossing was done, I added stencil with the Mandala Stencil and some crackle paint. On the cut out elements, I used the Flourish stencil 3 for a little more texture. I used the granite embossing powder on the Swirl and Scroll 2 Flourish.


Once I had everything embossed and ink distressed around the edges, I fussy cut a number of elements. I then placed them here and there, where they might look good.

Once it all looked ok, I started to glue them all down and find my title for the page. This title I choose the Life Documented and added it to the layout.



Distress Script Stamp

Swirl and Scroll 2

Flourish Stencil 3

Life Documented


Andy Skinner

Mixed Media Granite Embossing Powder

Gypsie Queen Stamp

Mandala Stencil


Craft Box UK Vintage Alice Paper Pack

Lindy’s Gang Whale Watch Blue

Buccaneer Bay Blue


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Steampunked Altered Violin

Welcome back to another post here. I would love to share a project I’ve been sitting on for a while now. Hopefully like starts to slowdown and straighten out and I will more time to create.

This violin I found at an old thrift store, I have had my eyes open for one for a while now and I finally came across one at a reasonable price. It was missing some key \componets to make it work and I think the cost to replace and repair was maybe too much for the previous owner. One persons junk is another persons treasures.

I have a short video of the creative process. Lots of painting and blending on this project. But now-a-days I just need to shut the mind off and relax. Painting does that for me.

I started with Andy Skinner’s Floral Grundge Rice paper, I knew stamping would not really work plus the fine finish of the beautiful instrument would make it hard to do much on. I decided to decoupage the rice paper and cover up the glossy outside.

Once dried, I added the Ledger stencil to the top of the violin, I used a matte gel knowing it would dry clear. I didn’t want too much taken away from the focal points of the project. Once the gel was dried I simply added some Quinn gold watered down to the background.

I love the sand texture technique with the gears chipboard. Using the small gears and the 1 1/2 inch gears along with the Pipe works, I added the sand texture paste and set aside to dry. Once dried, I used a combo of paints to achieve the rusted look to the chipboard. I felt like it was so muddied up so I added some Cobalt teal to the gears and pipe work to separate the base of the violin and embellishments I added. A little dry brushing to highlight the peaks and the violin is brilliant. I love the look it achieve once I added some ink distressing as the final touch.

This project I will be keeping for years to come, I just love the look!

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you enjoy and be creative.



Gears 1 1/2″

Gears 3/4″


Ledgers Stencil

Andy Skinner Floral Grunge Rice Paper

Andy Skinner Acrylic Paint Quinnacradone Gold, Cobalt Teal, Rust, Yellow Iron Oxide, Paynes Grey. Matte Varnish

DecoArt Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff

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Blowing Bubbles Tags with Heather Thompson

Hello Again,

I would love to share a fun tag set I made for Creative Embellishments based off Andy Skinners April mood board. I love the new Blowing Bubbles stamp and wanted to make some tags that are bright and fun!

I started with the base tags using two larger ones from the Tags Set. I applied a layer of white paint. The rice paper is a good thickness but I wanted these to be bright. Using the Rice Paper and matte varnish I adhere the Rice Paper down. I use sandpaper to trim the edges of the paper, it gives it a rough look. Once dry I used the distress crackle stamp on the background.


Using a Halftone Circle Stamp, I added a bit more details on the background.







I added some French fancy Rub-ons to the background and got out some old antique paper. I stamped the image on the paper and once the ink was dry I added a layer of crackle medium to the blowing bubbles.

Using the Fun Eggs I took the tree primary colours and blending the paint with a sponge. I




Once every thing was dry, I too, some liquid glass and added a to each of the stamped bubbles. That medium does take a few hours to dry.

I added a spring sentiment and then glued everything down. A small little flower cluster and the spring tags are pretty much done other than some shadowing around the chipboard and edges.



Here is a short video of the process of the tags. Enjoy! and don’t forget to subscribe.



Thank you for stopping by today.




Andy Skinner

Abstraction Rice Paper,

primary paints

matte varnish

Blowing Bubbles Stamps

Creative Embellishments: Fun Eggs

French Fancy Rub-Ons

Creative Embellishments

Fun Eggs

Tags Set 1

Distress Crackle Stamp

Halftone Circle Stamp

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Congo Warrior Mask with Heather and Olivia

Welcome back, I have a treat today. Andy Skinner has a monthly challenge going on. The theme is the Congo. Interesting and somewhat not the easiest challenge to do for some of us. I was thinking that maybe my daughter Olivia and I would do a collaboration. After a bit of some brainstorming and a much needed call with Andy. Olivia and I decided that she would sculpt the Congo mask and I would do the framing.

Challenge Rules
  • Design an exhibit that may have been found in the Congo.
  • Item to be in a jar, bottle, picture frame, or box.
  • Only one item per expedition member
  • Must be a new work of art
  • Artwork to be submitted by April 29th, 2022
  • # for the posts is #congochallenge
  • Product and tools – Whatever you have in your stash if you have any of my products that would be fantastic!
  • No Glitter and gilding pastes are to be kept to a minimum. (sorry).
Any T-shirt from my clothing range and a set of my Artist pigment paints.
Congo Inspiration Gallery…
Who’s in?

Olivia did a little research on the congo and found the masks, she sketched some ideas on to some paper and off she went.

This girls brain is so talented, It amazes me how a simple 5 minute sketching session and she is off doing something else. So we had a road trip in our future to pick up some polymer clay.

We got to have a call with Andy one Saturday afternoon and the two of them chatted about what they were up to and art and ideas for the challenge. Olivia was in her element with Andy. Soon hopefully one day we will be able to go back.

Here are a few pictures of her creative process.

Just a side note the sketches she drew, we couldn’t find them and this was all from memory and just her creative brain.


Olivia in her element.

I had sent a few photos to Andy and they brainstormed a few details on the piece.

Yep she finished it all under an hour while on a call to Andy. It was about 58 minutes and her mask was in the oven setting.

So with the collaboration in the works, I start to work on the frame, I need Olivia to paint her portion but like any teenager, its on her terms and timeframe. So I started with some ideas I had in my head.


Here is the video progression of the photo. This is the first video of Olivia I has shared. It is mesmerising to watch her. No colour wheel for her, she just mixes and gets what she envisions.

We pretty much got the piece done, and it was missing some things. I felt it needed to have more elements from the Congo, Olivia and I talked about it and decided to add some leaves.

Olivia also didn’t like the boldness of the Industrial Wings so using her mixed paint, I softened the look of them with some dry brushing.

I set the piece aside and slept on it. I wanted to add a few more details. Sisal and some spears on the sides would be perfect for this warrior mask.

We discussed that we needed to make the leaves bold to help break up the neutral colours of the frame and background. I bit of blending on my part. (Yes, I need a colour wheel.) I think we both are happy with the outcome of the collaboration.


Well I hope you enjoy! And we hope you join our challenge this month.



Mixed Media Pastes/Paints

Tando Creative  Eldaro
Creative Embellishments Mini Palm Leaves, Palm  Leaves 2, Palm Leaves


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