Fresh Baked #1 with Tim Holtz & Sizzix

Happy Monday, sweet friends! I’m back today with a festive card share featuring new seasonal products from the 2018 Tim Holtz and Sizzix Holiday release. This is the silly sweet Fresh Baked die set, along with the new Stacked Tags set… a fabulous everyday die set that’s quickly becoming a favorite staple in my crafty stash.


There are two Fresh Baked die sets in the holiday release this year. This is the Fresh Baked #1 die set, which includes a star, heart, mitten, and snowman shape, as well as this cute Santa here. My favorite thing about these sets is that the images all look like iced cookies, ready for the holidays. So cute all on their own, just filling a plate, or great for packages, cards, and quick holiday tags.


Look at all the sweet details on Santa’s face! They are all layering dies that are included in the set. I used kraft cardstock for the base to mimic the look of a real baked cookie, and then mixed white cardstock and sanded Kraft Stock Distress cardstock for the rest of the details. A white gel pen and Glossy Accents adds a highlight and shine to the eyes. And a fuzzy pompom and icy Stickles glitter adds texture and holiday sparkle to the hat and beard.


I absolutely love the new Stacked Tags dies, and as I mentioned above, they have quickly become one of my top go-to everyday sets because they can be used for everything. I die cut two tags and the hole reinforcer, stacked them together as the name implies, and added detail with ink, texture paste, a scalloped border, and Idea-ology die cut ephemera. The holly is an oldie (but a goodie) from the Holiday Greens die set.


The background is a quirky mix of round die shapes from a variety of previously released Alterations sets. Stitched Circles, Gift Tags, and a beautiful lacy doily, too. A fun blend of shabby chic.

Be sure to check out the video below for a full preview of the first half of the Tim Holtz Sizzix 2018 Holiday release, along with lots of fun project ideas featuring the new dies!

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


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackDina Wakley Ranger KRAFT PAPER PACK mdj59653Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Thinlits Die - Fresh Baked 1Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked TagsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Holiday GreensSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Framelits Dies - Stitched CirclesSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - DoilySizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Thinlits Die - Gift TagsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stitched OvalsStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Dot FadeAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Christmas - Ephemera Pack - Christmas SnippetsRanger Ink - Texture Paste - Opaque CrackleTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Tattered RoseTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique LinenTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroySigno - White Uni-ball Impact PenRanger Ink - Glossy Accents - Clear Dimensional Embellishment - 2 ouncesRanger Ink - Stickles Glitter Glue - Crystal

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It’s Going to be a Cool Yule with Tim Holtz & Sizzix

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Holiday time! Time for festivities and families, decorations and packages, food and fun…. and of course, holiday crafting.

I was very fortunate to have gotten my hands on some of the new products from the Sizzix Tim Holtz 2018 holiday collection ahead of time to create samples for the release, and I’m so excited to start sharing my projects with all of you. Throughout the month, I’ll be sharing my Tim Holtz holiday projects here on the blog, starting today with one of my favorite new sets, Cool Yule.


Isn’t this snowman adorable? He is just one of four quirky characters from the set that also includes Santa, a reindeer, and a penguin, all with fun and funky accessories to mix and match and style your guys for the winter season.


I absolutely love the monocle and jaunty top hat, and of course my snowman needed a bit of Deco Paper sparkle for the holidays. Each accessory is it’s own separate die, making it super easy to piece your characters in any way you could imagine. And you can really get creative with these guys, too. That snowman smile? It’s actually the eyebrow from Santa.


I added Glossy Accents to the monocle, and mixed in Idea-ology Mirrored Stars for more holiday shine. There’s holiday design tape and seasonal chit chat stickers. Stitched circle dies and a corner rounder. Stamper’s Anonymous Tim Holtz holiday stamps for the backgrounds. And of course some Distress ink and oxide in there, too.


Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy Friday to you!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!


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

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 10 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Thinlits Die - Cool YuleSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Framelits Dies - Stitched CirclesStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Handwritten Holidays 1Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps HOLIDAY KNITS CMS206Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Christmas - Design Tape - TidingsRanger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet BlackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Barn DoorTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Hickory SmokeRanger Ink - Glossy Accents - Clear Dimensional Embellishment - 2 ouncesAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Tiny Attacher with 100 Tiny StaplesEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner RounderTonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Paper DistresserRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

Idea-ology ChitChat Seasonal Stickers

Fall Feast with Therm O Web & Lawn Fawn


Happy Monday, friends, and happy November! My most favorite month of the year is now over, but November does take a close second. It’s the month of Thanksgiving, the month of gratitude, and my birthday month… all rolled into one. And even better yet, November is the official start to the holiday season!  So much to celebrate.


I’m already counting the days until Thanksgiving break when both my kiddos will be home for a few days and we can have a feast, just like this cute one here, made with Lawn Fawn’s Forest Feast stamp set for our recent match-up on the Therm O Web blog.


This sweet Thanksgiving card features lots of fun images from the set, along with Lawn Fawn patterned papers and cardstock and dies from the GinaK Designs collection. I’ve got the complete step-by-step details up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful week!


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

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Sweet Mango - 10 PackLawn Fawn - Lets Polka in the Dark Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackLawn Fawn - Clear Photopolymer Stamps - Forest FeastTherm O Web Gina K Designs SINGLE STICH RECTANGLE LARGE Set Nested Dies 18012May Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapTsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo BlackGina K Designs WILD DANDELION Color Companions Mini Ink Pad CUBE43

2018 Halloween Haunted House Tour- The Finale

This is it, everyone….. the big day is finally here! It’s Halloween! And time to wrap up this year’s Halloween Haunted House Tour. The last stop on the tour is back at the beginning of the house with the front entryway.


Without really planning on it, the entryway took on a distinct theme this year of black cats and pumpkin heads. Once I started arranging, I was a bit surprise at how many particular guys of that nature I seem to have. I guess I truly have a “thing” for black cats and pumpkins.


It makes sense when I really think on it, because back in my early college days I had a black cat. And I’m sure that particular love has carried on all these years. And geez, who doesn’t like pumpkins? They are just so jolly and sweet.


There’s lots of photos of the details, and I’ll let you all look around.


Black cats and pumpkin heads under the table, too…


And if that wasn’t enough, more spilled over onto my bench below the staircase, too.


I think we can all agree, right? I definitely have a “thing” going on…. but I’m okay with that.


Well, that’s it for this year! Boy, Halloween sure creeps up fast. Here today, and gone tomorrow. And the ironic thing is, we’re decorating the shop for Christmas at work today. Our holiday open house is this Thursday, already. Ah, the life of retail.

Hope your Halloween day is filled with not-so-scary spooks and the sweetest little trick or treaters ever! And thanks for sharing another haunted house tour with me here this year. You all are the best!

BOO to YOU

The Laboratory with Tim Holtz & Sizzix


We’re getting right down to the wire, my little ghosties and goblins. It’s almost Halloweeeeeeeeeeen! And time to share my last Halloween project for the year… a spooky undertaker card made with the new Laboratory die set from Tim Holtz and Sizzix.


It just wouldn’t be Halloween without a few poison bottles, right? And with this set you can build up a whole laboratory full of different potion bottle, label, and cork combos, with a little shelf for setting them on, too.  I did some inlay die cutting on my three bottles, and then a heavy coating of ink and embossing powder gives the jars a bit of an old mercury glass feel. And I love how some Distress water coloring makes the contents seem to smoke and swirl about.


I picture this shelf in some old dark and dingy undertaker’s shop, complete with wood paneling and stained glass windows, and a spider, or two, here and there.

And just like that, the Halloween projects will be packed up for another year. But I’ll be back on Wednesday with the final installment of my 2018 Haunted House tour. Until then, I hope you all have a spooktacular week, my friends!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackTim Holtz 8.5 X 11 DISTRESS WOODGRAIN CARDSTOCK Ranger Ink TDA57826Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 10 PackSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - LaboratorySizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Framelits Dies - Stitched CirclesSizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Tattered BannersStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - TrellisTim Holtz Idea-ology HALLOWEEN Remnant Rubs TH93604Tim Holtz Idea-ology MINI FASTENERS Brads Screws Hardware TH92790Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Fossilized AmberTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Spiced MarmaladeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Carved PumpkinRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Wilted VioletRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Hickory SmokeTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Hickory SmokeRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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2018 Halloween Haunted House Tour- Day 3

Hello my Spooky Spooks! Welcome to day three of my annual Halloween haunted house tour! Only a few days left until the trick or treaters come ringing the doorbell… and I still have so much to share. So without any further ado, let’s get on with the show! Today, let’s take a stroll around the living room.


A couple of years ago, I hit upon a theme for my living room mantel that I really love. And since then, I keep returning to that look, with minor variations. Here on the mantel are some of my most treasured Halloween pieces, artwork from my kiddos. They will always take front and center for me.


I’m sure these silly specters are familiar to you by now. The framed skeleton drawing in chalk pastels done by wee Pete. And the cocktail and pastel eye drawings done by my Missy Nik. They truly set the scene each year. A scene of skeletal bones and eyeballs.


And while the mantel remains steadfast, I did experiment with new designs in the rest of the room. My handmade skeleton is hanging out on the hearth.


And my vintage laundry cart, which normally lives in the sunroom, has made an appearance in here.


And brand new in 2018 is an entirely new scene, built around the back console. I hope you enjoy!


Only four more days until Halloween! Are YOU ready?

A Candy Corn Trick or Treat with Ranger Ink


Spooky greetings, crafty friends, and happy Monday to you all! I am so excited to be starting out the week with a Halloween project tutorial over on the Ranger Ink blog for this set of silly sweet trick or treat goody bag tags.


I’ve mentioned here before my love of candy corn, and I always get a chuckle from the mixed reviews on the confections…. cause seriously, you either love them or you hate them, with very little in between. But to me, candy corn is super yummy and such an iconic fall treat, and also was the inspiration for my tag set today.


These cute tags were made with the new Stacked Tags die set from Tim Holtz/Sizzix (coming soon), along with the fall-released Frightening Faces set and lots of candy corn-colored Distress inks. I made a double layer of tags, die cutting a variety of faces from the layer on top, while the bottom layer was inked in an hombre shading of bright yellow to orange. You may have noticed that I keep returning to this Frightening Faces die set. I really do think that it’s ended up being my favorite set from the Halloween release, as there is just so much you can do with it. If you’re looking for a few other project ideas using this set, check out this post (here) and this one (here).


As always, I’ll have the full step-by-step project tutorial up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more. And I’ll link you to all of the supplies below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 10 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Halloween - Thinlits Die - Frightening FacesSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked TagsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stitched OvalsStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Crazy TalkStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - DiamondsAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Tiny Attacher with 100 Tiny StaplesHero Arts - Self-Adhesive Googly EyesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Squeezed LemonadeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Fossilized AmberTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Spiced MarmaladeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Hickory SmokeTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Embossing Ink ClearRanger Ink - Basics Embossing Powder - Super Fine - BlackRanger Ink - Multi Medium - Matte - .5 OunceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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