Sending Sunshine with Therm O Web & Waffleflower


The clouds have completely obscured the sun here in my neck of the woods, so I thought I would try to create my own sunshine on this dreary summer day with my card share for today. A  happy hello card that I made for the Therm O Web blog last week using the new Aloha collection from Photo Play Paper and adorable stamps from Waffleflower Crafts.


The focus of my post was to find creative ways to use our iCraft deco foil stencils. For this card I came up with a cool, retro patterned paper design made with layered stencils. This can be done with one stencil or with several mixed together.


This is such an easy technique, and is a great way to stretch the use of your crafting tools. And it works particularly well with abstract designs, like this Modern Links stencil, and totally changes up the look of the original pattern. I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Hope your week is off to a great start! Thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackPhoto Play Paper - Aloha Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackWaffle Flower Crafts - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Enveloper HelloWaffle Flower Crafts - Clear Acrylic Stamps - SunshineTherm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Single Stitch - Circle - LargeTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - 6 x 8 - Designer Stencil - Modern LinksTherm O Web - Premium Dye Inkpad Sets - Prime TimeGina K Designs JET BLACK AMALGAM Ink Pad 4020Signo - White Uni-ball Impact PenEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner RounderTherm O Web - iCraft - Purple Tape - Removable - 1.5 Inches x 15 YardsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundCopic Sketch Marker E00 COTTON PEARL Flesh ToneCopic Sketch Marker E50 EGG SHELL Cream White

Copic Sketch Marker E51 MILKY WHITE CreamCopic Sketch MARKER Y15 CADMIUM YELLOWCopic Sketch Marker Y18 LIGHTNING YELLOW Bright BoldCopic Sketch Marker B91 PALE GRAYISH BLUECopic Sketch MARKER b95 LIGHT GRAYISH COBALT BLUECopic Sketch Marker YG95 PALE OLIVE Light Green YellowCopic Sketch Marker YG97 SPANISH OLIVE Dark Green MossCopic Sketch Marker BG10 COOL SHADOW

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Those Summer Days with Photo Play Paper


Now that summer is in full swing, the time is right to share this bright and happy card that I made for Photo Play Paper with their adorable summer collection for the year, Those Summer Days. Because unlike freezing January, when I made this card for the Creativations show…. now is definitely the perfect time for some ice cream. 😀


I love the colors and patterns in this collection. Reminds me of striped awnings on the soda shop. Or when the kiddos were little and would run after the neighborhood ice cream truck. Such happy times!


Hope you all are enjoying those happy summer days in your neck of the woods!

Thanks for stopping by, friends! Hope you have a wonderful week ahead. And if you are interested in any of the products I used today, don’t forget that all Photo Play Paper items are still on sale at Scrapbook.com, for a limited time only.
(Click on the photo icon below to shop)


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackPhoto Play Paper - Those Summer Days Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stitched OvalsDoodlebug BRIGHT ASSORTMENT Doodle Twine 2983EK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner Rounder

All American 4th of July


Happy 4th of July to my friends and family here in the States! May your day be filled with fireworks and fun in celebration of this great country of ours!


As you all know by now, I don’t like to let a holiday pass without a bit of seasonal decorating. And that is especially true for the 4th, when I deck my house out in Americana for the summer. Today I have one last patriotic home decor project to share that I made with Photo Play Paper’s adorable Red, White, & Blue collection. And I thought we could take a wee house tour while we were at it, too.


The Red, White, & Blue collection has really fabulous printed journaling cards, which make really easy home decor projects, like this cute 5×7 altered desk frame. I gave the frame a quick whitewash and sanding, and then added a thin line of patterned paper trim around the inside edge of the frame. The 4×6 journaling card was dressed up with a few cardstock stickers and embellished with Ranger crackle paste and ink in all four corners, then layered with a pair of patterned papers. I like to remove the glass from frames so that I can build up depth with lots of foam adhesive without any limitations.


Best thing about small frame projects is that they can fit in just about anywhere. This one is on top of my antique butler’s chest in the sunroom, along with lots of other patriotic pieces collected or passed down through the years. I hope you enjoy taking a little peek.

The rest of the sunroom.


And into the living room.


And finally, the dining room. Which this year took on a cross between Americana and the beachy blues I used in the front entryway.



Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Holiday!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Photo Play Paper - Red, White and Blue Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackRanger Ink - Texture Paste - Opaque CrackleRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

Let Freedom Ring with Photo Play Paper

It’s 4th of July week for us here in the States.  A time for picnics and barbecues, fireworks and family, and all things red, white, and blue.


You all know by now that I am a big fan of all the holidays, and rarely let one go by without a little seasonal home decorating. Today I wanted to share one of my DIY home decor projects with you, 3D paper firecrackers. And if you are on Photo Play Paper’s email list, you would have received all the how-to’s for constructing these in your inbox last week. If not, keep reading for more details on that.


Photo Play’s Red, White, & Blue collection is perfect for creating that vintage Americana look that I love so well. I kept the vintage style going with a bit of ruffled crepe paper and lots of shabby brown ink around the edges. Reminds me of old paper ornaments and decorations from years gone by.


I am always happy to find projects that require very few supplies, and better yet, can be made from things you already have on hand.  These paper firecrackers are super simple, and that’s a big plus, too. And they are easy enough to make in bulk to dress up a holiday table or give away as party favors… even last minute as it is.


The key to these is strong adhesive! Score-tape or red-line tape, and lots of hot glue. If you missed out on the directions, and would like to give these a try, you can download the complete instructions HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends. Hope you have a wonderful week! Any big holiday plans for the 4th?


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Photo Play Paper - Red, White and Blue Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundTherm O Web - Super Tape - Double Sided Tape Roll - 1/2 Inch x 6 yardsAmerican Crafts - Adhesives - Glue Gun - Sticky Thumb - Cordless Hot Glue Gun

Other:
White Crepe Paper
Hemp Twine
Wooden Chopsticks, Skewers, or Sticks
White Acrylic Paint

The 265 Lucky Clover with Tim Holtz Assemblage


This past year or so, the girls and I have been experimenting with jewelry making during our weekly crafty play day sessions. We taught ourselves basic wire-wrapping and beading, and I even went so far as to try my hand at making my own closures and clasps. In March, we took a road trip to my favorite beading store and took a class on silk knotting techniques. SO much fun! I truly love it all! Unfortunately my heavy work schedule this spring has left little time for crafting. But I’m finally, happily back to part-time, and yesterday, the girls and I broke out our gems and jewels for a little crafty fun. Perfect opportunity to re-unite with my poor neglected Tim Holtz Assemblage supplies.


I’m calling this my 265 Lucky Clover necklace, named for the charms I used here. And I must say, this piece truly fits my eclectic style with its mixed metals, assortment of various charms and chains, and asymmetrical design. So shabby chic, don’t you think?


I just love how unique each Assemblage finding is. Truly like a mini piece of art. And so easy to work with, too. Everything you need to make jewelry is included in this collection, from toggles and clasps to chains and charms. All you need to do is piece it together.


Feels so good to have a little time to play again! Hope you all are enjoying lots of crafty time, too, in these long summer days. Happy Friday, friends!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Tim Holtz Assemblage 18 INCH SILVER LINK CHAIN THA20013Tim Holtz Assemblage 18 INCH DELICATE SILVER LOOP CHAIN THA20012Tim Holtz Assemblage 18 INCH ROSARY CHAIN PINK THA20011Tim Holtz Assemblage PACK OF 3 TAGS CHARMS THA20048Tim Holtz Assemblage PACK OF 3 LUCKY CHARMS THA20038Tim Holtz Assemblage PACK OF 3 SHELL FLOWER AND LINKS CHARMS THA20044Tim Holtz Assemblage PACK OF 4 FACETED GEMS CHARMS THA20029Tim Holtz Assemblage PACK OF 8 SPARKLING RONDELLS CHARMS THA20046Tim Holtz Assemblage PACK OF 4 LARGE LOBSTER CLAWS CLASPS THA20053Tim Holtz Assemblage PACK OF 12 LOBSTER CLAW CLASPS ASSORTED THA20051Tim Holtz Assemblage PACK OF 60 JUMP RINGS FINDINGS ASSORTED THA20063

A Loving Heart with Tim Holtz & Sizzix


My full-time work schedule this past spring left little time for playing in my craft room, so I’m very excited to be back to part-time…. and back to my beloved crafty supplies. Of course first thing, I’ve pulled out some of my favorites from Tim Holtz, Sizzix, and Stamper’s Anonymous for a little crafty play day. And today I have a shabby sweet paper dolls art tag to share with you.


It’s always fun to experiment a bit with different backgrounds, and that’s just what I’ve tried to do on this soft pastel tag. I used a pretty Distress combo of pink and brown to ink up a Diamonds layering stencil, and then I doodled over the negative spaces with a lilac Distress marker before finishing up with a heavy spritz of water and a healthy coat of Ranger opaque crackle paste and ink. The tags for the base and the sentiment were die cut using the Sizzix Tim Holtz Tag Collection set. I cut an oval opening in the top tag using a Stitched Ovals Thinlit die.


The flowers and greens are a mix of Sizzix Wildflowers dies and the new Funky Floral dies, all watercolored with Distress inks. A bit of light stamping, a mini tag, and paper dolls complete the scene.  These two remind me of my own sweet  girl and pup, when they were wee tiny….. even if they look nothing like them. Sweet nostalgia!

Thanks for stopping by, friends! Wishing you all a wonderful day!


If you’re interested in any of the supplies I’ve used today, be sure to check out the awesome deals going on right now at Scrapbook.com. All Ranger Ink and Sizzix products are currently on sale….. and there’s free shipping today on orders of $60+. Click on any of the photo icons above to learn more.

The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Mixed Media Heavystock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackTim Holtz Sizzix Framelits TAG COLLECTION Wafer Thin Die Set 658784Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stitched OvalsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - WildflowersSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Funky Floral 1Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps HABERDASHERY CMS105Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - DiamondsAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Paper DollsAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Clippings StickersTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Tattered RoseRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Wilted VioletRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Shaded LilacRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mowed LawnRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Bundled SageRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Gathered TwigsTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique LinenRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Shaded LilacRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundRanger Ink - Texture Paste - Opaque Crackle

Jute Twine
Crepe Paper

Sweet Freedom with Therm O Web


I’m back today with another patriotic card to share. This time it’s the second card I made last week for the Therm O Web blog featuring Fancy Foils and dies from GinaK Designs along with the adorable Red, White, & Blue collection by Photo Play Paper.


Just a simple layered background, with border strips and twine around the center. Die cut ephemera and a cardstock sticker for the sentiment. I created a frame for the Lady Liberty journaling card from nested GinaK stitched rectangle dies. The red stars were also die cut from GinaK cardstock using the same set.


And once again, I added a thin edge of shiny bright Fancy Foil to the frame using the deco foil adhesive pen. So easy to do, and doesn’t require any extra tools. I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. My parents have returned home from their long summer visit with us, so things are quiet here again. Should be heading back into my normal routine this week. Perhaps that will mean a bit more time in the craft room? How about you? Any big plans for the week?

P.S.- All Photo Play Paper products are still currently on sale at Scrapbook.com, including the fun Red, White, & Blue collection I’ve used today.
(click on the photo icons below to shop)


And don’t forget to check out the sizzling summer sale, ending today!

Sizzling Days 7 - Clearance Sale

 


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Letter It Collection - Cardstock - IvoryTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Red Velvet - 10 PackPhoto Play Paper - Red, White and Blue Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackTherm O Web Gina K Designs SINGLE STICH RECTANGLE LARGE Set Nested Dies 18012Therm O Web - Fancy Foils - 6 x 8 - Radiant RedDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily WhiteTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - Adhesive Pen - .34 Fluid OuncesTherm O Web - iCraft - Purple Tape - Removable - 1.5 Inches x 15 YardsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round