A Winter’s Wonder Tag & BIG Sale News!


Hi Friends! Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy weekend to you all! We’re already a couple of weeks into January, and I am still no closer to reaching my New Year’s goal of a regular blogging schedule again. Creativation (CHA) projects have been keeping me busy in the background, and I have been soaking up as much family time as I’ve been able this past month with both my kiddos and parents here visiting. So once again I’ve not much new to share at the moment… but I do have a few projects from Creativation 2017 still waiting in the archives to share, like this winter wonders tag I made for the Ranger Ink booth.


The focus here was on Distress Markers, which I used to create the free-hand funky plaid in the background of this Ranger Ink #8 manila tag. I selected brown and green markers for a natural woodland look, and used both the thick and thin tips of the pens to create a variety of lines in different widths… using a ruler for part of the design, and just winging the rest. To tone down the colors, the tag was heavily doused with water and blotted dry. Softens the design so it can fade into the background. Added die cut winter greens and some real mini pine cones I managed to find on a trip to the mountains last year.  Added a Sizzix sentiment and Clippings sticker, too.

Creativation is now less than a week away, so that means new products and new projects are coming soon! But until then, I’ve got some great deals and fun news to share with you!

Starting today, and running only through the 17th, Sizzix is offering a new Limited Edition Big Shot that features a gorgeous new mint color and a silver geometric pattern. This exciting new machine is a limited release and can only be purchased exclusively on sizzix.com. (Click on the photo above for a direct link with more information and availability).


And if you’re looking to stock up on accessories for your new Big Shot machine, or pick up the supplies I’ve used today, then I’ve got some news for you! All Sizzix and Ranger Ink items are on sale right NOW for a limited time at Scrapbook.com (excludes the exclusive Limited Edition Big Shot machine available only through sizzix.com). This great discount expires soon, so shop NOW for big savings on Sizzix Products!

Shop Your Fav Brands at Scrapbook.com

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Mixed Media Heavystock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackTim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS Colorcore 2.25 X 12 Cardstock 278921Ranger MANILA TAGS #8 Craft Inkssentials Surfaces ISM27973Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Garden GreensSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Holiday GreensSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Thin Holiday WordsAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Clippings StickersTim Holtz Idea-ology CRINKLE RIBBON TH93020Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Mowed LawnRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Gathered TwigsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Vintage PhotoRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Walnut StainTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Glitter Dust - Vintage PlatinumRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 2 OuncesTonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Paper DistresserRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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Shine Brightly Lantern Box with Tim Holtz & Sizzix

Hi friends, happy Friday! Thanks so much for stopping by! Here we are, only a few days into the New Year, and already I’m falling behind on my attempts to get back to my regular blogging schedule. Seems that even though the holidays are now officially over, things are as busy as ever here at my house. The big CHA-Creativation show is in two short weeks, and I am holed up in my craft room working away. Lots of secret things in the works. So not much new to share right now.


Thinking of CHA, though, has reminded me of last year’s show projects, including a few that I never got the chance to share…. like this lantern box I made for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations booth. A cute little winter inspired project, fitting for this time of year.


The lantern is such a fun and easy box to assemble, and I love the 3D nature of the design. Perfect for home decor, or even a tiny little gift box. And it’s the perfect size for a battery votive candle, too. I decorated the top of my lantern with winter greens and a pair of tattered pinecones. A shabby bow and a slim hang tag. Coated the bouquet with Distress glitter for a bit of snowy shine.


I lined the lantern windows with clear acetate sheet. The base for the lantern is one of Tim’s Vignette Boxes, turned upside down and lightly painted and sparkled. A fun accent for some winter home decor.
Hope your 2018 is off to a great start! Happy weekend!

FYI: *Edited to add: All Sizzix and Tim Holtz products are currently on SALE at Scrapbook.com. Great time to take advantage and stock up on some deals!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Tim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS ColorCore 12 x 12 Cardstock GX190000Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Mixed Media Heavystock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackBazzill Basics - 12 x 12 Classic Cardstock - Dark KraftBazzill SILVER METALLIC Heavy Weight 8.5 x 11 Cardstock 300290Hot Off The Press HEAT RESISTANT ACETATE 5 Sheets 8.5x11 042348Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz L Die - Lantern BoxSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Mini Holiday GreensSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Fall FoliageTim Holtz Idea-ology VIGNETTE BOXES Structures TH93279Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Clippings StickersMay Arts IVORY Twine String BurlapRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Stickles Dry Glitter - Clear Rock Candy - 3 OuncesAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Sanding Block - also known as Sanding Grip

 

 

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Happy New Year 2018

Hi sweet friends! Thanks for stopping by! Can you believe we are on the brink of a brand new year? It’s hard to believe how much can happen in the space of a year, but how quickly it can fly by. I hope 2018 is good to all of us. I hope we all shine.


2017 brought it’s challenges, and many changes to my little household. I lost my sweet pup Crissy to cancer this past May, and you all know that my youngest wee babe, Missy Nik, headed off to university this fall, leaving me a true empty nester for the very first time. I started a new job at the end of summer to keep me busy… and boy has it managed to do just that. I’m still trying to figure out how to balance crafting, blogging, my little shop, and work with my new schedule. I thank you all for sticking with me while I try to figure things out. Mr. Pete graduated this December with a BS in Biochemistry and a minor in Biology, and is now looking forward to the next chapter in life. So lots of changes yet in store for him… and I’m sure for all of us, too.


I don’t tend to make resolutions for the New Year, but if I had to pick my one little word for 2018 it would be this one here on my card for today…. a non-Christmasy snowman card made with Photo Play Paper’s adorable Mad4Plaid Christmas collection.

Wishing all my friends and family a very happy New Year! Thank you all for your support and friendship and all the many visits you pay here in my little corner of blogland! And may we all shine brightly this new year!  XOXO


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

Therm O Web Gina K Designs WHITE Premium 120 LB Cardstock 18016Photo Play Paper - Mad 4 Plaid Christmas Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackPhoto Play Paper - Mad 4 Plaid Christmas Collection - EphemeraPhoto Play Paper - Mad 4 Plaid Christmas Collection - Clear Acrylic Stamps - IconsRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Archival Ink Pads - Watering CanEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner Rounder

Sizzix Happy Trims Thinlits die set
BasicGrey Candy Buttons enamel dots

 

Merry Christmas 2017


Just wanted to pop in very quickly this morning to wish all my friends and family who celebrate a very MERRY CHRISTMAS! The big day is finally here! Hope you have managed to accomplish everything on your Christmas checklist, and now can simply sit back and enjoy the magic of the day!


‘Tis the season to be jolly! I hope Santa brings you all the many gifts of the season. Peace, joy, comfort, good cheer, and the love of family and friends.


Hugs to you all! And from my house to yours….
Merry Christmas!


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

Therm O Web Gina K Designs WHITE Premium 120 LB Cardstock 18016Photo Play Paper - Dear Santa Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Dear SantaPhoto Play Paper - Dear Santa Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - HollyPhoto Play Paper - Dear Santa Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Cardstock Stickers - ElementsLawn Fawn - Lawn Trimmings - Bakers Twine Spool - Peppermint

Photo Play Paper Dear Santa 12×12 Collection Kit

Holly Jolly with Photo Play Paper


Hope these last few days before Christmas find things very holly and jolly at your house! As is often the case with me, my to-do list is not quite complete. But, the biggies are done, and that’s what is most important. Now it’s just to sit back and enjoy the beauty of the season… spend time with family and friends. The rest can wait, right?


I do still, though, have lots of holiday cards to share, including this little jolly fellow that I made with Photo Play Paper’s adorable Mad4Plaid Christmas collection. Layers of pretty plaids and papers here, with a round port-hole window cut out for the accents of both regular stickers, and the puffy variety, too.


Wishing you all a wonderful weekend, my friends! And thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Therm O Web Gina K Designs WHITE Premium 120 LB Cardstock 18016Photo Play Paper - Mad 4 Plaid Christmas Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackPhoto Play Paper - Mad 4 Plaid Christmas Collection - Solids and Buffalo Check - 12 x 12 Collection PackPhoto Play Paper - Mad 4 Plaid Christmas Collection - Puffy Stickers - ElementsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Framelits Dies - Stitched CirclesLawn Fawn - Lawn Trimmings - Bakers Twine Spool - Peppermint

 

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A Very Merry Christmas with Therm O Web


Hi Sweet Friends, and happy Thursday! Today I’m having some fun with bright and festive deco foil  on this pair of holiday cards made with new seasonal GinaK Designs products for Therm O Web.


Just in time for the holidays this year, Therm O Web has expanded their line of Deco Foil goodies to include lots of new additions for the season, including new holiday sentiment and background Foil-Mates sheets, and gorgeous new holographic Fancy Foil colors, as well. I used the new Holiday Flora sheets to create the beautiful foiled background you see here, and the new Holiday Cheer Foil-Mates to create the sentiments on both cards, along with circle and label dies from GinaK, too. And check out the fabulous glittered appearance on the new Radiant Red foil.


I used a mixture of Radiant Red and Black deco foil sheets to create the two-toned look on the sentiment labels, and added a bit of dimensional accent to the center of the snowflakes and holly berries with a touch of red stickles. The cardstock and ribbon are from the GinaK collection for Therm O Web, too. Love how the perfectly matching colors tie everything together.


The Fancy Foil and Foil Mate sheets are super easy to use, and give amazing results every time. I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial for these cards 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 day!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Therm O Web Gina K Designs WHITE Premium 120 LB Cardstock 18016Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 12 SheetsTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Prime Time - 12 SheetsTherm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Double Stitch - Circle - SmallTherm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Decorative LabelSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Texture Fades - Embossing Folder - LatticeworkTherm O Web - Foil-Mates - 5.5 x 8.5 - Background - Holiday FloraTherm O Web - Foil-Mates - 5.5 x 8.5 - Background - Holiday CheerTherm O Web Gina K Designs WHITE AND GOLD Sheer Satin Fancy Ribbon 18001Doodlebug Design - Yankee Doodle Collection - Matte Sprinkles - Self Adhesive Enamel Dots - Red, White and BlueTherm O Web - Foil Laminator - 12 InchesTherm O Web - Fancy Foils - 6 x 8 - Radiant RedTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - 6 x 12 Transfer Sheet - Black - 5 PackRanger Ink - Stickles Glitter Glue - Christmas RedRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Picket FenceEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner Rounder

Joy to the World with Photo Play Paper


A little while back, my friends at Photo Play Paper joined up with the gang at Maya Road to share some holiday inspiration featuring Maya Road’s adorable embellishments along with PPP’s super fun Mad4Plaid Christmas collection. I’ve already shared several of my projects from the match up (click here  and here to see those posts), and today I have one last card for you.


The Mad4Plaid Christmas collection is truly filled with so many fabulous holiday prints and lots of fun extras, including this adorable puffy Santa sticker here. I combined papers from both the 12×12 collection kit and the extra Solids Plus paper pack to create the layered background, and then dressed up the center of the card with ephemera die cuts. The mittens are from the coordinating Mad4Plaid stamp set, which were water-colored and accented with gel pen dots, fussy cut and tucked into the holiday bow. The mix of trims, and that cute metal snowflake, are all from Maya Road.


Less than a week to go, and I am still madly trying to work my way through my holiday cards for the season……..and still hoping to get them in the mail! How are holiday plans going in your neck of the woods?


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

Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Therm O Web Gina K Designs WHITE Premium 120 LB Cardstock 18016Photo Play Paper - Mad 4 Plaid Christmas Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackPhoto Play Paper - Mad 4 Plaid Christmas Collection - Solids and Buffalo Check - 12 x 12 Collection PackPhoto Play Paper - Mad 4 Plaid Christmas Collection - Clear Acrylic Stamps - IconsPhoto Play Paper - Mad 4 Plaid Christmas Collection - Puffy Stickers - ElementsPhoto Play Paper - Mad 4 Plaid Christmas Collection - EphemeraKen Oliver - Maya Road - Vintage Trims - Seam Binding - 4 YardsFiskars - Border Punch - Scallop SentimentRanger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet BlackZig CLEAN COLOR 48 SET Real Brush RB6000AT48VSigno - White Uni-ball Impact PenRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 Pack

Maya Road Vintage Findings: Silver Snow Crystal Charms