Holiday Cards

Holiday Cards

With the holiday in full swing now, I am finishing up on some  cards. Every year at work we donate to a cause, or a family or make a donation to a person, family or organization in need. This year an area police officers gave his life in the line of duty. So the Emergency Department is donating to help the family of the fallen officer.


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One of the request was to make a card in the shade of blue for the fallen officer.


I used the picture of father Christmas and Merry Xmas Banner as a focal point from the Riddersholm collection. I made a matching box/card set.


Fro the second card, I used the same Maja Collection and made a folded pocket card.


There are so many tutorials online with so many variations to choose from. I had made some folded cards last year and wanted to try a new on.


I went back to my decretive bag from last year, so I had something to put in the pocket.


Inside the bag, I made a simple gift card holder, for those who just want to donate a gift of money.


I was very honored I was asked to make the cards. Thank you for stopping by today.


The pocket card entered in Scarp Africa December Mood Board




Blue Merry Xmas Card:

Maja Designs:  Summer Time By The Sea Having Fun.

Riddersholm Chrstimas Cozy On His WayCosy Cutout.

May Arts Ivory Burlap String.

Creative Embellshisments: Flourish Dragonflies.

Petaloo By Flora Craft: Botanical Sugared Blooms Royal Blue, botanical Mini’s White, Sugared Berry Clusters Royal Blue.

Maya Road Snowflake Clips.

13Arts: Ayeeda Mediums Madeling Paste.

Red Merry Christmas Happy Holiday Card:

Maja Designs: Summer Time Light Scarlet, Greenery, Flowers Everywhere, Smell the Roses, A Gift For You From Santa with Love.

Petaloo Darjeeling Mini Daiseys With Leaves, Anemone Red, Darjeeling Mini Mix Teastained Cream, Darjeeling Mini Mix Teastaine Red,

CTMH Sparkels.

Stampin’ Up Wooden Snowflakes.


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New Ambassador at Relics & Artifacts

Repost from  Relics & Artifacts 

Introducing Our Newest Rockstar Ambassador: Heather Thompson

December 1, 2016

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Heather Thompson will be joining our in-house team of RELICS & ARTIFACTS® Ambassadors. We have been watching, or more like enamored with, Heather’s works for some time now. Her classic style with a whimsical flair make her work easily recognizable while maintaining an element of uniqueness that keeps things approachable, welcoming, and absolutely inspiring. Let’s grab a cup of coffee, kick up our boots, and get to know a little about what makes Heather tick.


“Hello! My name is Heather. I am a mother of two beautiful young children, Olivia and Maksim, who are the inspiration for a lot of my art. I live on a slice of my own heaven with my husband and the kids. Along with my gardens, ponds and crafting, I have been a trauma nurse for 17 years. I am passionate about my family, my art and my nursing.

I have dabbled in arts and crafts through out my life, and started scrapbooking when my daughter was born in 2008. However, I really dove into the depths of crafting and mixed media in 2014 when I discovered textures, dimensions, mixed media and alterable art.”


What fills your time when you are not creating?
“When I am not creating in my studio, you can find me outside creating in my gardens. Alongside my supportive husband (both in the studio and outside), Adam, and the kids, we enjoy time outside either on the water or out in the yard. I often bring my studio outside to the gardens to create in my own serene environment.”

What are your favorite materials to use when you create?
“My favorite materials are mediums. I truly believe that a good solid base is the start to any piece of art. For me the more texture and dimension, the better.”


Where do you find inspiration for your art and how do you stay inspired?
“I find inspiration all around me, whether it’s watching the kids play in the yard, walking my gardens, or finding a rare oddity while out and about. I look for the beauty in all. A lot of my ideas come to me while I am trying to sleep and recover from my stretches of nights at work. And when my creativeness is lacking, sometimes it is better to just walk away, talk a breath, and the creativeness will return. Sometimes, it just needs a vacation to become rejuvenated. Just hopefully not a permanent one!”

What is your signature style? ”
To be honest, I don’t have a signature style. My style depends on my mood and my environment at the time, or perhaps the crazy ideas that pop into my head. I enjoy all genres of art from shabby to vintage to steampunk. Maybe some day I will have a style that defines who I am and my art, but presently I am a free spirit who learns from any situation regardless if it’s a failure or a success.”


If you could meet with anyone, living or deceased, who do you feel you could spend hours in a chat over a cup of tea or coffee?
“I would have to say Florence Nightingale. Nursing is in my blood. I could grab either tea or coffee and enjoy hearing stories of the way nursing used to be compared to the nursing of today. After being in nursing for 17 years and seeing how it has changed in the time from when I started, to hear what nursing was like in the mid to late 1800s and the advances since then would make for an interesting afternoon.”

What is your favorite quote?
“‘There is freedom waiting for you on the breezes of the sky and you ask, ‘What if I fall?’ Oh but my darling, What if you fly?’ –Erin Hanson”

We look forward to the fun, inspiration, and creativity that Heather is sure to bring not only to our Ambassador team but to all of you as well! Please be sure to check out her blog, Heather’s Creations: Inside and Out, and to leave a little welcoming love for her.

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Things That Make Me Happy


Happy day today. I am sharing a layout today of my daughter and her Great Grandma Gert. I cherish these precious moments ever so more now since we lost Great Grandpa Mac.


I love the picture, my Grandma is so happy, she loved her little visitor. The smile its priceless.


I did a fair amount of texture and details on the background. Lots of stamping and layering. I shaded and shadowed the layers using my Stabilo pencil, along with some Lindy’s.


I absolutely love these pictures, so much happiness with them.


Every wrinkle and every line tells a story.


I softened up the flowers and details with some dry brushing of  gesso.


Thank you for stopping by today, and remember to make time for the happy in your life .


Entered In Dusty Attic 



7 Dots Studios: Verano Azul: Tags, Celadon, Green Time, Elements, Stickers, Dazzle Me.

Dusty Attic: Always Find Time, Mini Dragonflies, String Frames Small, Heart Attack Panel Small, XOXO stencil, Checkerplate Stencil.

Petaloo By Flora Craft: Beaded Berries, Sugared Minis Teal, Sugared Minis Green,

Lindy’s Stamp Gang, Starburst Azure Sea Asters, Starburst Maidenhair Fern Green, Starburst Hydrangea Blue, Tilt-a-Wheel Teal Embossing Powder.

Stampin’ Up: Timeless Textures, Gorgeous Grunge, Vintage Verdigris Emboss Powder.

DecoArt Media: Matte Medium, Gesso White.

13@rts: Ayeeda Medium Modeling Paste, Ayeeda Ink White.

StazOn: Jet Black, Cactus Green, Emerald City.

Stabilo Aquarellable

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Blog hop with Nani ke Ola and Cotton Candy

“Lost and Found”

Hello and welcome to the first ever Nani Ke Ola blog hop! We love 7 Dots Studio and were so excited for the new collections we wanted to do something special AND have a giveaway for you!


You should have arrived here from Lysa Collins and started at the Nani ke Ola blog 
Make sure to go to the next blog Christine Szekeres.

Blog Hop Order:

Nani ke Ola

Lysa Collins

Heather Thompson (Me) You are here !

Christine Szekeres

Kathleen White

Jenn Mieli

To qualify for the prize, make sure to follow and comment on each of the blogs on the list.

You have until Dec 1st 2016 to comment, the winner will be announced on the Nani ke Ola blog on Monday Dec 5th 2016!


Good luck everyone!

For an additional prize, make sure to follow us on Instagram and comment on the prize photo there. You have until Dec 1st 2016 to follow and comment, and the winner will be announced @Nanik3ola on Dec 5th 2016!

So on to my project. I totally love the Cotton Candy Collection.
It is so pretty in so many ways. I had these two pictures that worked perfectly with the colour effect on this paper.


I did some subtle background work with stamps, stencils, and texture.


And of course, lots of layers. I used a lot of the elements from the collection.


Such beautiful natural treasures that were at one time lost and then found by the passerby escaping the hustle and bustle of every day life.  To are found to soon be lost again.


Don’t forget to stop by Nani ke Ola’s Instagram for another chance, Feel free to follow some awesome creative talent.

Jere is the prize pack for IG.


Nani ke Ola @Nanik3Ola

Lysa @lcccrafts85

Heather (Me) @heifer21

Christine @beanie_me


You can search Instagram using #Nanikeolabloghop and when you receive your 7 Dots Studio goodies make sure to post pictures of your creations using this hashtag to join in the fun!

And just for stopping by today I am having a little giveaway also, tis the season of giving and sharing. Just a small peak of my prize.  (my prize pack is open to all, domestic and international)


Thank you for stopping by today and don’t forget next on the hop is Christine.





7 Dots Studios: Cotton Candy 6×12 Elements Die, Element Stickers, Tags, Mint Jelep, Sugar Haze, Word Stickers, Thoughts Keeper Clear Stamp.

UmWowStudios: Chevron Chipboard, Star Tags.

DecoArt: Andy Skinner  Fossil Stencil.

Lindy’s Stamp Gang: Flat Fabio Orange Creamsicle, Flat Fabio T-Bird Turquoise.

ColorBox: Archival Dye Coral, Fluid Chalk Aquamarine.

13@rts: Ayeeda Ink White, Ayeeda Medium Modeling Paste.

Petaloo By Flora Craft: Chantilly Mixed Bloms, Sienna, Velvet Wild Roses Small Aqua Blue, Beaded Peonies Small Aqua Blue,


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With the cooler days and the thought of snow, I am trying to get caught up on some pictures I need to scrap of the kids. With all that happened this summer, those special times together mean so much to me.


I am blessed to have such wonderful loving kids (most of the time).


I used the new Writers Block collection to frame this picture of the kids.


These special moments captured up on Lake Superior. A beautiful day, great weather and family fun and some great photo ops.


I treasure each and every one of the memories we get to share together. Enjoy life to the fullest and capture the precious ones you hold dear to your heart.

Thank you for stopping by today.


7 Dots Studios 


7 Dots Studios:

Writers Block: Epilogue, Torn, Inkwell; Lost and Found Wonky Halftone Mask.

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Christmas Ornaments

Christmas Ornaments

I had this crazy idea to make some christmas ornaments and add the twist of making them actually light up. So I actually made a few various of bulbs trying different techniques.




In case you are wondering how this even transformed….here is a glimpse of the process. I actually used my knife attachment to my sodering rod and cut the end off of the light bulb. After cleaning the guts out of the light bulb, I used some apoxie sculpt and made holders for the LED lights.

Flower Bulb


I used the Flower Relic on this bulb and used a larger bulb. I added some texture with some texture sand and simple elegance with some dresden trim around the edges. I added a colored window with some holographic paper and ink.


My Flaming Bulb


I think my favorite of them all. I used two of the Flames from the Flaming Hearts collection. Using a clear bulb, I put some glitter on the inside and added texture with glass glitter and medium to the outside. Simple and pretty.

My Angel Wings


My first and most frustrating piece to date. I don’t know how many times and how many different layers of paint, then colour and back to no colour, and then again the whole precess over, but finally something worth looking at. I lost count of how many times I restarted this one.


I like the over all out come of this. so much I actually started a variation of this one to show on a later date. If I don’t get too frustrated😉

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope the holidays bring you great joy.

Entered In:



Relics & Artifacts #RAHolidayCelebration



Apoxie Sculpt.

DecoArt Media: Texture Sand Paste, Crackle Paint, Gesso White, Gesso Black, Matte Medium, Titanium White, Carbon Black, Paynes Grey, Interference Gold, Metallic Gold, Metallic Red.

13@rts Ayeeda Paint Matte Yellow.

Stampin’ Up: Metallic Thread

Relics & Artifacts: Dresden Trim Daisy Chain Small Gold, Flaming Hearts, Chivalry, Medallions, Flora.

Riddersholm Design Glass Glitter Red.

Liquid Pearl Buttercup

Holographic Paper.

Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink Red Pepper.

Flying Unicorn Vintage Lace.

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Steampunk Man

Steampunk Man

Lots of pictures today, but I am showcasing my steampunk man. This guy is huge and heavy. I attempted to go victorian steampunk style with this guy.


I will say this. After watching Milagros and Sherry from  Relics and Artifacts, I have a new profound appreciation to anyone that can use Apoxie Sculpt and yet do it with limited time, on camera and not swear and want to walk away from the project. Lets just say, there is a huge learning curve with it.


I did make the  cloak based “loosely” on these examples. Like I said, if I could have walked away from this project when I was manipulating the clay, I would have. But It was fun, I made it in stages over a couple of days so by the third day, I was feeling more comfortable.  (Picture source: Internet Google)


I love the rust effect that Andy Skinner does using the DecoArt Fluid Acrylics and it goes so well with his Industrial Elements from Tando Creative.


I wanted to incorporate CCB “Movember” Challenge, the gears and a wind up crank worked perfect. For clarification: Movember here where I live is where none of the men shave their facial hair the whole month of November, just incase you wanted to know.


I did a substantial number of coats of paint on this project between all of the rust effect and a lot of dirty washes, with one of my favorite combos now of Paynes Grey and Quinacridone Gold.


I made the cane with a couple of strays put together and used more Apoxie Sculpt for the handle. I also used Andy’s Industrial stamp to add texture to the handle.


I hope you enjoy this project! It was very fun even though it started with some frustration. I love the end result. Thank you for stopping.


Entered In the following:

Canvas Corp Collective Brands


Challenge MMW #10 Moustachebanermmw

Sandy & Amelie’s 



DecoArt Media: Burnt Umber, Payens Grey, Quinacridone Gold, Gold Metallic, Silver Metallic, Titanium White, Cadmium Red Hue, Gesso Blak, Gesso White, Texture Sand Paste.

Apoxie Sculpt.

Prima Marketing Ink: Art Basic Heavy Body Gel, At Basic 3D Matte GelMechanical Tin Hearts, Louviers Antique Chains, Jump Rings Junk Yard Findings Bolts and Nuts, Junk Yard Findings Nail Heads, Junk Yard Fundings Faucet Wheels, Mechanicals Pocket Watches.

Stampendous Stamps: Andy Skinner Industrial.

Tando Creative: Andy Skinner Industrial Elements.

Maya Road Metal Vintage Trinket Mustache Clips.

49 and Market: Rustic Green Mini Daisy Blooms.

My Stash: Paper Blooms, Blue Ribbon.

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Silent Night

Silent Night

As the holiday’s are fast approaching I need to make sure I am staying caught up on my holiday cards that will be sent out or given.


Lots of layering and splatters to make the effects of a winter wonderland.


 I added some subtle snow to the branches on the trees to give more texture and a cool holiday feel.


Dry brushing with gesso always seems to soften any project up and adds to that wintery effect.


Thank you for stopping by today!


Entered in:

Prima CAT



Prima Marketing Inc: Doily 2 Stencil-582852, Fluttering Flowers Stencil-579890, Art Basics Heavy Gesso-961442, Art Basics Light Paste-961404, Gracie Fine-Almanac-556280, A Victorian Christmas-583446, A Victorian Christmas Pere Noel-583422, Memory  Hardware Trim Rocquencourt Doily Lace-991043, Wire Thread Gray-571993, Color Blooms Frost-582890, Color Blooms 2 Poppy Field-588762, Color Blooms 2 Magic Stone-588878.

7 Dots Studio-Yuletide 6×6 Paper Pack

Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Clear Rock Candy.

Scrapiniec Silent Night Word Chipboard.

Stampin’ Up: Santa’s Sleigh Stamp, Santa’s Sleigh Framelits.

Stay-On Jet Black.

Deco-Art Snow Writer.

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Sweet Peppermint

Sweet Peppermint

Hello today, I am sharing some fun Christmas jars that I made with the inspiration from Scrap Africa’s sketch. I actually had gotten the jars from Art Venture in January and they have been just sitting around waiting to have something done with them.


 I added layers texture powder combined with some bloom sprays to a first gesso’d bottle. I trimmed them out with some moulds and then hand painted the trim in some festive metallic paint.


 After adding all the pretty elemetns that matched for the product picks, I topped it all off with some Snowflake paste.


 I hope you enjoy these cute little festive jars. Thank you for stopping by today.




 Entered in:

Scrap Africa

 Prima PPP



Prima Marketing Inc: Color Bloom Apray Soft Teal-573782, Color Bloom Spray Iris-573744, Sweet Peppermint Snow Roses-590642, Sweet Peppermint Underneath The Xmas Tree-590673, Sweet Peppermint Sweet Peppermint-590611, Art Extravagance Snowflake Paste-962906, Art Ingredient Texture Powder-963699, Prima Flowers Leaves Vine-578299, Elementals Stencil Lave Doily 2-960568, Shabby Chic Treasures Oval Resin Frames-892104, Sweet Peppermint 6×6 Collection-991418, Sweet Peppermint 12×12-991357,

DecoArt Media: Interference Gold, Matte Medium, Gesso, Metallic Gold and Metallic Red Paint.

SnipArt: Honeycomb Background.

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Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

Now that Halloween is over, I can move my focus onto the next festive time of year. Thanksgiving for us here in the states. And as a child I remember the weather was really starting to get cold and the last of the leaves where falling.


Thanksgiving reminds me of the rich colours of reds, organges and browns, this layout


I used lots of Shimmers on the leaves and words to add more textures and dimension to the piece.


I love the deep rich paper and added subtle splatters to the background.



So have a very thankful season this year. Thank you for stopping by today.


Creative Embellishments


Riddersholm Design: Barn Market

Creative Embellsihemnts: Autumn Leaves Word Set, Twig Frame, Autumn Leaves Set, Fall Leaves.

Shimmerz Paintz: Coloringz My Bleeding Heart, Texturez Muddy Buddy, Texturez Marooned Over Miami, Texturez Brick Wall, Dazzlerz Licorice Stick, Dazzlerz Red-iculous, Blingz Spiced Ceder.

Time Holtz Distress Stain Barn Door.

Prima: Victorian Christmas Ponsettia Kiss, Wood Texture #1 Stencil, Color Blooms Worn Leather, Color Bloms 2 Golden Walnut, Acrylic Paint Metallique Royal Red, Acrylic Paint Metallique Fresh Orange, Acrylic Paint Metallique Steampunk Copper, Art Ingredients Mélange Art Pebbles.

Paper Blooms: Gardenia Orange, Gardenia Brown, Medium Brown Paper Blooms, Small Brown Paper Blooms.

KaiserCraft Coconut Paper Blooms.

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