Ways with embellishments…

Hi, hello!

Recently I taught a class at the store in Winkler for DIY embellishments and we made a dozen different types of embellies and one of the most fun, was when I put out an assortment of die cut papers and bits of things in muffin tins and the students were invited to select pieces and layer them up to create a cute embellishment.

Well, since you couldn’t all be there to attend the class, and since I had a few pieces left over afterwards, I made a variety of embellishments that will now be available in the store for purchase.  They look something like this.


Because of the nature of the supplies, there are no two embellishments exactly alike.  Each package contains a variety of 6 different pieces, small, medium and large.

To give you an idea of how they can be used, I made a couple of cards and a tag.



The cards were made by inking up a portion of a larger background stamp, using black ink and heat embossing it.  Then I layered one of the finished embellishments on top, added some Nuvo drops and just that quickly the card was finished.


Since that was so much fun, I made a tag too.  I stamped the tag first with a polka dot stamp and gold heat embossed that before adhering another embellishment.



These embellishments are perfect for scrapbook pages as well…and I would have loved to show you that as well, but y’know, a day still only has 24 hours in it.  *sad face.  The next thing I want to try though, is making these kinds of layered embellishments with the variety of die cuts that accompany a whole paper line.  Added to chipboard, corrugated cardboard or cork, I’m sure you could create some very cute combinations!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great rest of your day!

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This post was written by Norine on September 27, 2017

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The Summer of the DIY projects….

Hi folks, I’m back today with layout to share with you, that’s been a long time coming.  I’ve had these photos printed and laying around for awhile, but it was Lori’s challenge to me last week, to scrapbook a layout with several photos, that I finally decided to get these documented.


Before we go any further though I want to establish, that if I’m going to scrapbook 6 photos on a layout, they are not going to be 4×6″ photos.  That just doesn’t leave me enough canvas to adorn and embellish, and besides that - the eye needs places to rest on a page to be able to appreciate the photos themselves.


The next thing I’m going to show you is one of the techniques we learned about in last Saturday’s DIY Embellishments class.  There are so many patterned papers out there that when looked at with a different eye, present many cool options for fussy cutting and becoming an embellishment, like this floral outline paper.

And how about those GORRRgeous rose gold handled scissors right???  American Crafts.  Available in the store.  You can have a pair for your own.



The next thing to address are these luscious stamped title letters!  They are the Tim Holtz Ideology cling foam stamps and lemme tell you baby, they are the bomb dot com!!  First off, they aren’t even expensive!  Especially when compared to rubber or acrylic alphabet stamps.  Secondly, they are actually meant for paint, but I just got them and I have no paint with me and I was determined to use them so ink it was!  They stamped and washed off beautifully!  I heat embossed the letters in black and the rich, embossed texture is divine!  And what I especially love is how close together you can stamp them.  I have several sets of rubber or acrylic alphabet stamps - even ones that include multiples of each letter so that you can stamp a word or phrase as a whole.  Invariably, they have “lip” of rubber or acrylic that prevents you being able to bump the letters close together to either save space, or just look better aesthetically.  These letters don’t have any edge at all.  What you see is what you get.  I will definitely be getting lots of use out of these.diy2

On each pair of photos, I typed a label with a short description of each project  we tackled.


It was a summer that included a number of cottage painting projects besides these shown here, and I have to say…my arthritic hands are very glad to have all these projects behind them.

Some of the supplies I used are the Golden Days paper line (the woodgrain background paper), Dear Lizzy, Lovely Day paper for the floral die cuts, Simple Stories Bloom and Grow for the little patterned paper sticker strips, Fancy Pants Office Suite for the circle, postage stamp and tab die cuts and the black hearts are by Jot.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great rest of your day!

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