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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To enter the sponsors giveaways you MUST:
* WATCH + LIKE + COMMENT the 21 videos
* add your COUNTRY in the comments
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– 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

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Prizes: 3 gift certificates of 100 USD + free shipping

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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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Advent Calendar – Pine Tree Creative Embellishments


I totally love the Christmas Count Down Nicolle has in the store. The kids and I saw this project up on Pinterest and figured we should try it, the Aunties would love it. It is an Advent Calendar made out of PVC pipe and its filled with all kinds of great treats for everyone.


I had Adam do the hard part with cutting the PVC pipe, the rest was up to Olivia and I. She helped put this together as a gift to the Aunties. We made special home made Caramels, stuff some of the days with doggie treats for their “boys”, there’s also some lips stuff for the Aunties and of course their is also some alcohol to help celebrate the season.


After we got all the pipes covered with paper, it was a matter of putting it all together. It had to be strong enough to hold the weight of the bottles, so I used some industrial strength glue.


We put on the covers, I used 2 punches. I had one that was bigger than the 2 inch hole and then I used the 2 inch circle. Olivia wanted to mix up the numbers so her Aunts had to work to find the days.


I made a little arrangement of flowers and ribbon and used the Holly and Berries Flourish for a little more dimension, I used spray to add colour to match the paper collection. I added the title Christmas Countdown and the Year 2018. Olivia says we need to make a new tradition, next year the advent calendar has to be passed along to another person. I think it’s a great new tradition.

Here is a video of how this all came together.


I hope you enjoy.


Creative Embellishments

2018 Pieces

Christmas Count Down

Holly & Berry Flourishes

Stamperia Winter Botanical 12×12

Lindy’s Gang

Petaloo Flowers


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Merry Christmas Gift Card Tags


Tis the season of giving, I wanted to make some fun gift tags for those special people in my life. These tags were creative, I decided to incorporate gift cards right on the tag themselves. I used a file folder on one and a little gift bag on the other. I used the beautiful Yuletide collection for that classic reds and whites.

Nick Yuletide Gift Tags.jpg

I started out using large tags and adding a layer of paper with the Gingerbread Paper. After minimal background stamping, I needed to work on the file folder to hold the one gift card. Using paper from the 6×6 Collection to cover the folder, I make a small cluster with the Die-Cut Elements and Stickers.

Nick Yuletide close-up 6.jpg

I layered up the gift cared with various tags and more elements and added the Merry Christmas Title and trees. I used a magnetic closure with the file folder to help keep it closed.

Nick Yuletide Tags Close-up 1

On the other tag, I used a small gift bag to hold the gift card.

Nick Yuletide Close-up 4

Again using a small cluster of die-cut elements and stickers, I added more details on the bag and tag. I used a small amount of flowers, but wanted to give the effects of snow and ice to add to the feel of the seasons. I added glitter glass to those elements.

Nick Yuletide Tags Back

On the back side of the tags, I just made a small cluster and added a sentiment with the Word Stickers.

Nick Yuletide close-up 2

Here are a few more close-ups for you.

Nick Yuletide Tags Close-up 1

Nick Tags Close-up

Here is a video of the creative process.

Thank you for stopping by today,



7 Dots Studio

Yuletide 6×6 pack

Yuletide 12×12 Tags

Yuletide Gingerbread

Yuletide Warm Cider

Yuletide Mistletoe

Yuletide Word Stickers

Yuletide Die-Cut Elements 6×12

Yuletide Stickers 6×12

Hazy Days Clear Stamps

Northern Lights Clear Stamps

Creative Embellishments

Large Tags

Distress Chevron

Whimsical Trees

Merry Christmas

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The Sound of Winter

Welcome to another month at Creative Embellishments and another new twist. This month was to use inspiration from the photo and add animals to the project. I decided to use a paper collection that had animals in it. I started with the Mitten Mini Album and added a fair number of background work with various stencils and stamps, one of my favourites is the Distress Grid stencil. And I also used the Snowflakes Stencil I got from inspiration form the photo. After the background work was done, it was a matter of putting together small clusters using the Pine Needle Frame and Snowflakes. Lots and lots of supplies used in this project so I made a video of how the album came together. I fun little mini album that can sit out all winter long. IMG_6586

Here is the creative process:

Here are some close-ups of the project.








Thank you for stopping by, I hope you’re inspired by the project and the inspirational photo, and remember the twist to use an animal somewhere on your project.


Creative Embellishments

Tall Trees

Distress Circle Boarder

Pine Needle Frame


Mitten Mini Album

Distress Circle Stamp

Distress Text Stamp

Fish Net Stamp

Grunge Snowflake Stamp

Distress Crackle Stamp

Fairy Dust 2 Stencil

Distress Grid Stencil

Snowflake Stencil

Distress Checkered Stencil

Ciao Bella Sound of Winter A4

Ciao Bella Sound of Winter

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Winter Trails Holiday Cards

I’m sharing a fun quick set of cards I made for More Than Words Mini Challenge. I just picked up the paper collections from Studio Light and totally love them. They work great to get some cards done with limited time on your hands. The paper packs come with already pre-cut elements. No fussy cutting (which I cant stand doing).

Winter Tales Holiday Cards.jpg

I made a little video of how easy these came together, the elements really cut down on the time of putting these together.


So it’s a matter of layering and adding all the pretty elements.

Here are some close-ups for you.



I used the Shine Flair and flourish chipboards from Creative Embellishments to add to the cards.






Thank you for stopping today!



Creative Embellishments

Photo Page Corner Set

Vintage Flourish Set 3

Snow Flair

Shine Flair Silver

Shine Flair Gold

Lindys Gang Moon Shadow Mist Smoky Sapphire, Bucket of Blood Red

Studio Light Winter Trails 6×6 Paper Pad

Winter trails Die Cu tBlock

Winter Days 6×6 Paper Pad

Winter Days Die Cut Block

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Aurora Borealis

Now that the days are shorter and the nights are longer, we have the opportunity to see some Northern Lights. Last Friday night it was predicted to have a mild storm and we were located in the band (the kids and I have done a lot of research on this subject). Of course we all feel asleep and we missed it. One memory I have when I was a kid was seeing them with my parents. It is something I hope my kids will experience in the future. The whole concept of the Northern Lights makes it so magical and surreal.

Northern Lights 2.jpg

I made a video of the creative process for you all.

I did a fair number of embossing on this project, I did start with the background using a resist technique with the Grunge Star Stamp and a really subtle embossing colour. Then I  added the little stars from the Star Envy Stencil with plain modelling paste.


I set aside to dry and begin working on the embossing of the chipboards, Using the Constilations, Star Pieces and the Distress Circle Boarder I used layers of embossing powder one on top of the previous one layering and swirling with powder with a metal tweezers.


After all the chipboards were done, it was a matter of working on the background to get the magical and whimsical effects with some Lindy’s. After the background was finished it was just a matter of layering and adding all the fine details with the paper elements, chipboards and flowers.


Once all the layers, time to play with sequins, glitter and microbeads, and to finish it off and just add the tittle.


Thank you for stopping by today.


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Creative Embellishments

Star Envy Stencil

Grunge Harlequin Pieces

Star Pieces

Grunge Star Stamp


Distress Circle Boarder

Petaloo Flowers

Lindy’s Gang

Magicals: Guten Tag Teal, Bavarian Blue, Polka Purple

Embossing Powder: Tilt-a-wheel Teal, Hyacinth Blue Jade, Pop Rock Purple, Midnight Violet.

7 Dots Studio

Cold Country Lonely EveningsMagicals

Paint Chips Die Cut Elements

Paint Chips 6×6 Paper Pack

Paint Chips Stickers

Paint Chips Tags

Garden Party Word Stickers

Northern Lights Die- Cut Elements


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“Adore” Shabby Chic Shadow Box

Hi All, I just want to share a cute shabby chic shadow box I made. I used the Mixed Media Place Mood board this month for inspiration. Its such a shabby board this month and I love how soft and elegant the colour palette is this month and  I just wanting to create something pretty. I couldn’t decided between a canvas or a shadow box, I decided to go with the box.

Shabby Box Adore

I made a video of the creative process.


I started out with prepping the box, I never know how this will evolve, I just know I may start one way and sometimes it goes completely different than how I envision it. After prepping the box, I started with some stamping with the Distressed Moroccan Stamp.


After a few layers of various papers, I used the Greek Key Pattern Stencil. Sometimes the texture will be really visible and sometimes not so much, but it is how it evolves.


After the background work, I built up the focal point, using the distress harlequin pieces to add some lift. I added various spray’s to the pieces layering.


After finishing the layers and adding all the little details with the mica flakes and pearls, I wanted to add a title to the piece and used the “Adore” from the Family Small Word Set. I used the same technique with the sprays on the Adore and placed on the box.

Here are a few more close ups for you.



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Creative Embellishments:

Distress Moroccan Stamp

Distress Key Pattern Stencil

Family Small Word Set

Distress Harlequin Pieces


Roses and Lace

DecoArt Media:

Matte Medium

Tinting Base

Burnt Umber

Paynes Grey

Crackle Glaze

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