Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 Release- Ghost Town

Hello, hello friends! We’re halfway through the month of October already, in what feels like the blink of an eye. Halloween will be here before we know it, so it is high time for me to share the last of the Halloween projects that I made for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 release. This time, it’s a haunted trick or treat card made with the spooky Ghost Town dies.


This fun die set features three different houses, along with the tree trunk and smoke wisp you see here. The set is perfect for creating a haunted mansion look, or even an entire haunted village. For my card, I used the tallest house image set against the forest edge made with a stenciled tree line and a single die cut tree. I’m quite sure a wicked witch hoping to lure in some children lives here.


I used several layers to build up my background, starting with that fabulous Crackle 3D embossing folder on the base. I really recommend spraying your cardstock lightly with water before embossing, as that helps the paper bend and curve into all those nooks and crannies. A large Stitched Rectangle, die cut from watercolor cardstock and heavily inked with grey tones of Distress is next, followed by an Idea-ology Cabinet Card Frame with gold trim. If you look closely at the top and bottom of that card, you’ll notice some gold metallic punched borders that were made using the punchinella shaped die from Festive Repeats. I threaded some twine through the bottom border for some extra dimension and texture.


The tree, stars, and smoke were die cut from sanded Distress cardstock, and the house from watercolor cardstock inked in red and black Distress to create the roof and siding. I used a pair of stencils to add brick and shingle-like texture to the house, and backed all the window openings with vellum that was painted with Fossilized Amber mixed with Perfect Pearls powder. You can see the touch of shimmer when viewed from the side. Definitely gives that old haunted house a deceptive warm glow.

But not sure I’d ring that doorbell. Would you?


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 PackDina Wakley Ranger KRAFT PAPER PACK mdj59653Idea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - MetallicIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicLawn Fawn - 8.5 x 11 Vellum - 10 PackSizzix - Halloween - Thinlits Die - Ghost TownSizzix - Halloween - Thinlits Die - Regions BeyondSizzix - Thinlits Die - Festive RepeatSizzix - Tim Holtz - 3D Texture Fades Embossing Folder - CrackleStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Halloween - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Mr. BonesStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - BirchStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Dot FadeTim Holtz Layering Stencil DIAMONDS THS081Tim Holtz Idea-ology SOPHISTICATE Cabinet Card Frames Paperie TH93288May Arts BLACK Twine String BurlapEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner RounderRanger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet BlackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Fossilized AmberTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Aged MahoganyRanger 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 Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Perfect Pearls KitRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 Pack

Thankful for You with CardMaps & Photo Play Paper

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Hi everyone, happy October! My favorite month of the year is here, and along with it, I have some happy news to share. A few weeks ago I received a surprise email from my crafty friend, Becky Fleck Moore, asking if I’d be interested in joining the CardMaps design team…….and being the huge fan that I am of Becky’s awesome sketches (and of Becky herself), I absolutely jumped at the chance. The last CardMaps sketches of 2019 have just been revealed, and with them, I am very excited to share my first team card with you here today.


The sketch


And since Becky is not only the creator of the CardMaps and PageMaps sketches, but is also the art director for Photo Play Paper, I thought it was only fitting to dedicate my first project to her with my take on the sketch, featuring her adorable new Mad 4 Plaid Fall collection.


I am such a sucker for plaid, and am always a sucker for cute critters. My little puppy, Finley Boo, reminds me of an arctic fox, so of course I couldn’t resist this sweetie. That gives me the idea that I need to color this guy all white next time!

Be sure to check out all the new card making and scrapbooking sketches available today on the PageMaps website. Thanks so much for stopping by! I wish you all a super spooktacular October!


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

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackPhoto Play Paper - Mad 4 Plaid Fall Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackPhoto Play Paper - Mad 4 Plaid Fall Collection - Clear Photopolymer StampsPhoto Play Paper - Mad 4 Plaid Fall Collection - Die SetSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Framelits Dies - Stitched CirclesTsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo BlackRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Archival Ink Pads - Potting Soil

Ken Oliver Maya Road Waxed Twine
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Life Moments with Ranger Ink


Hello, crafty friends, and happy Wednesday to you all! Hope your week is going well and that your fall (or spring, depending upon where you are) is off to a great start. I’m always super excited at this time of year, because of course autumn is my favorite season. I love it when the air turns cooler and the leaves start to change color, and pumpkins and apples start popping up everywhere. So I’m extra happy to be sharing a new fall project with you all today that I made for the Ranger Ink blog.


This card is a fun mix of some newer products, like Ranger Distress Archival Inks and the awesome Crackle texture folder from Tim Holtz and Sizzix, combined with lots of pretty Distress Ink colors and favorite stamps. I went with a warm autumnal color palette of golden yellows and rich deep orange and rust on this fall-inspired design, and used my Distress inks to do some easy watercolor washes and splatters. Quick techniques that give a unique appearance every time.


The texture on that 3D Crackle embossing folder is just amazing. The embossing looks great on either side, too. I pulled out my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher to adhere the layers of background papers, and sandwiched a nest of loose threads in between. A simple stamped sentiment finishes the design.


I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Ranger Ink Projects Page, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you an awesome weekend ahead!


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 mdj59653Idea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicTim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps HASHTAGS cms183Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps NATURE'S WONDER CMS343Sizzix - Tim Holtz - 3D Texture Fades Embossing Folder - CrackleAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Tiny Attacher with 100 Tiny StaplesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Antique LinenRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Wild HoneyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Rusty HingeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Aged MahoganyTim Holtz Distress Archival Ink Pad MINI KIT 3 Ranger aitk64848

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Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3- Cauldron Bigz

Hello crafty friends! I’m back today with another project that I created for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 release. As you may remember, I was given a special secret assignment for this release to create some fabric projects using the new dies. And today I’m here to share the last of my Halloween inspired fabric creations…. this time, a spooky witch’s spell pillow made with the new Cauldron Bigz die and the fabulous Handmade alphabet font.


Of course Bigz dies are perfect for using with thicker materials like the wool felt and fabrics I used here, and one of my favorite things about using fabric with die cuts is the ability you have to manipulate the pieces. Because fabric has give, I was able to expand the slit at the top of the cauldron and back the opening with a contrasting fabric, as well as tuck the wisp of smoke into the inside. Love how you can now see the contents of the cauldron just bubbling away.


I used Distress paint to add details to the scene, like the shadow below the cauldron, the bubbles rising above, and all the white pieces so that they stand out. And of course a witch’s brew needs a good spider, which is hanging to the side of the cauldron by a thread. I used a bit of alcohol ink on the spider to really make it shine.


I added a few hand-stitched accents to the cauldron handles, and edged the pillow with some favorite pom-pom trim. If you’d like any additional tips for using fabric with dies, check out some of my previous posts (These Old Bones) and (Skull & Crossbones Dolly).

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend ahead. I’m planning to head to Richmond to visit my boy. We’ve got belated birthday celebrating to do, and this ol’ mamma can’t wait!

P.S.- I’ve added a few Halloween spooks to my AudOnes Prims Shop. Come take a peek!


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

Sizzix - Halloween - Bigz Die - CauldronSizzix - Bigz XL - Alphabet Die - HandmadeTim Holtz Idea-ology WICKED Metal Adornments TH93305Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Adirondack Alcohol Ink - Sunset OrangeSigno - White Uni-ball Impact Pen

Floss: DMC
Cotton Print Fabric, Wool Felt, Pom Pom Trim

Feeling Corny with Therm O Web & AudOnes Prims


Hello, friends! Happy Wednesday! Today is a somber day as we remember all those affected by the tragedies of 9/11. We shall never forget this day that changed the history of our country forever. I have just come from dropping my parents off at the airport after a very wonderful three week visit with them, so today is just that little bit extra hard to have them leave and fly on this day.


After being on vacation mode these past several weeks, I’m hoping to play catch up here on my blog with a project post today for both Therm O Web and my little AudOnes Prims shop. It’s been quite some time since I listed anything in my shop, but that is my plan for the next few days, starting with these silly sweet corn on the cob prims that I made over the summer for the Therm O Web blog. These little cuties feature a combo of my favorite fabrics from Crossroads Denim and Blend Fabrics designer Cori Dantini along with Therm O Web Stitchn’Sew fleece.


If you’d like to give these corny corns a try, I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog.

Or, you can find this trio of cobs listed now in my Shop! (And hopefully a few other cuties will be joining them, too)

Enjoy the rest of your week, friends! And happy weekend ahead!

Therm O Web & GinaK Designs Fall 2019 Release


Hello everyone, and welcome to the Therm O Web & GinaK Designs Mix N’ Mingle Fall 2019 Release bloghop! Today we are super excited to reveal two brand new fall and holiday themed stamp, stencil, and die sets from the popular Stampn’Stencil collection with a hop filled with tons of project ideas, inspiration, and of course prizes. So let’s get started!


If you’re not familiar with the Stampn’Stencil product line, then you are in for a treat. These sets contain high-quality clear acrylic stamps, the matching dies, and stencils that coordinate with the stamps, too. Mix and match them all together, use the stencils all on their own, or the stamps on their own. There are just so many design possibilities.


My tag set today uses the beautiful new Autumn Wishes Stampn’Stencil set. I stamped both tree trunks that come in the set in rich brown inks, and then added the coordinating leaf images in bright fall colors. I repeated the same colors on the individual leaves, and die cut all the pieces with the matching dies. The sentiment is just one of the greetings from the set.


The beautiful flourish background pattern was made with the Autumn Wishes stencil that’s included in the set. I added a bit of patterned paper from Simple Stories, and finished off the tags with some pretty layered trims.


Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win a $50 gift card to the Therm O Web shop (to enter, click on the giveaway graphic right below or click on the highlighted text above). There is a second $50 prize giveaway from the GinaK Designs shop as well, so be sure to leave comments all along the hop. Entries are open until 11:59 PM CST on Monday, September 9th, and winners will be announced by the 11th at 10:00 am CST.


The next stop along the hop is Emily Loggans. If you’re just joining me now, or have gotten lost along the way, you can find the full hop list and complete details on the Therm O Web and GinaK Designs blogs. Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the hop!


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

Simple Stories - Happy Haunting Collection - 12 x 12 Collection KitGina K. Designs StampnStencil Stamp Set, Autumn WishesGina K. Designs StampnStencil Die Set - Autumn WishesGina K. Designs StampnStencil Detail Stencil - Autumn WishesSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked TagsBest Creation Inc - Baker's Twine - Dark BrownFiskars - Border Punch - Scallop SentimentRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Archival Ink Pads - Potting SoilRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Abandoned CoralTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Spiced MarmaladeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Ground EspressoRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundTherm O Web - iCraft - Repositionable Adhesive - Pixie Spray For Stencils - 3.8 OuncesRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 Pack

Therm O Web GinaK Designs Stampn’Stencil Set: Autumn Wishes
GinaK Designs Pure Luxury Cardstock: Ivory
Stampin’Up Chevron Ribbon: Pumpkin Pie

And be sure to check out these additional new products from the GinaK Designs Fall 2019 Release

New Limited Edition Glitz Glitter Gel

Gina K. Designs Glitz Glitter Gel Holiday PineGina K. Designs Glitz Glitter Gel - Pumpkin Spice

New Wishing You Joy Stampn’Stencil Collection

Gina K. Designs StampnStencil Stamp Set, Wishing You Joy pictureGina K. Designs StampnStencil Die Set - Wishing You JoyGina K. Designs StampnStencil Detail Stencil - Wishing You Joy

You’re the Best with Ranger Ink


Happy Monday, crafty friends! Did you all have a fabulous weekend? My parents are here visiting, so I had a wonderful time with them…. catching up, chatting, playing dominoes, and starting my fall decorating. We even had real fall-like weather to help get us in the mood. I know it’s still early, but autumn just can’t come fast enough.


Today I’m sharing a card that I made recently for the Ranger Ink blog. A all-occasion friendship card featuring products from Ranger’s LetterIt product line. On this project, I share how to combine stamps and stencils to create a patterned background, as well as several ways to use embossing powders.


Ranger LetterIt stamps have the prettiest fonts. This simple sentiment from the Friendship stamp set was layered onto a pair of die cut label shapes, and backed with pretty ribbon and trim. A few sprigs of greenery coated in lime green embossing powder tucked around add some framework for the greeting. Then a thin strip of patterned paper finishes the design.


I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial on the Ranger Ink Projects Page, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks for stopping by! Wishing you a fabulous week ahead!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Letter It Collection - Cardstock - White - 12 PackRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Perfect Cardstock - White Cards - 10 PackRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Clear Acrylic Stamps - FriendshipRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Background Stencil - Puzzled MosaicSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked PostageSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Wildflower Stems 2Ranger Ink - Letter It Collection - Embossing Powder - GracefulRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Embossing Powder - BrightsRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Embossing Ink PadRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Stamping Ink - Set 2Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Twisted CitronRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Acrylic Stamping Block - 4 x 3Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Blending BrushesRanger Ink - Anti-Static PouchRanger Ink - Inkssentials - Heat It Craft Tool

Sizzix: Royal Labels Framelits Die Set
Lawn Fawn: Let’s Polka in the Dark Patterned Paper