Trick or Treat with Tim Holtz & Sizzix


Boo-Yeah, Friends! Happy Monday! I’m back today with a spooky card share featuring new seasonal products from the 2018 Tim Holtz and Sizzix Halloween release. This is the silly sweet Frightening Faces die set, along with the new Halloween Shadow Script set, a bold sentiment set that is sure to be a stand-out on your crafty projects this year.


Frightening Faces creates a myriad of silly faces, and one thing that I really love about it is that you can use either the positive or the negative shapes, giving you lots of design options. You all may remember the owl card I made awhile back that uses a mix of the positive face pieces to build the actual owl body (click here if you missed that post). And today I’m using the negative die cut shapes on a dark and moody panel made with Distress Oxide inks. I love the cutaway faces that creates, of course enhanced greatly, in my humble opinion, by the addition of googly eyes.


I used the negative cutouts of the Halloween Shadow Script set to make die cut openings for the sentiment, too. And then stacks of the script positives, die cut from silver metallic cardstock beneath and crisp black cardstock above, make the sentiment really pop. The silver layer on the bottom is a very subtle touch, but adds a bit of surprise when viewed from the side.


The card base itself is made up of several layers, starting with silver Distress Metallic cardstock that has been sanded for age. Layer two is white cardstock, edged all around in Idea-ology Halloween design tape. You’ll notice I used some additional pieces of tape to “hold down” the top layer, too. Finally comes the last layers of Distress watercolor cardstock, inked up in Halloween colors of Distress. The greens are a mix of Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress inks. The top panel is made with Oxides in Wilted Violet and Hickory Smoke. And while the inks were still wet, I trickled on spots of silver embossing powder, which were carefully heat set from below.


A single poison label cut from the Halloween Paper Stash adds a fun “tab” to the top of the card. And I finished off with Idea-ology hex nuts in the corners. Those guys totally remind me of the bolts on Frankenstein… so fitting for a little Halloween spook, don’t you think?

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

P.S.- I started up my annual Halloween Haunted House Tour this weekend. Keep scrolling down a post if you missed day one, and would like to catch up… or simply click here.


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 - MetallicAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Paper Stash - HalloweenSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Halloween - Thinlits Die - Frightening FacesSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Halloween - Thinlits Die - Shadow Script HalloweenAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Design Tape - HalloweenAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Hex FastenersHero Arts - Self-Adhesive Googly EyesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Twisted CitronRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mowed LawnRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Wilted VioletRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Hickory SmokeRanger Ink - Basics Embossing Powder - SilverRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 2 Ounces

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2018 Halloween Haunted House Tour- Day 1


Hello dear spooks! Guess what time it is? We’re almost halfway through October already, and you know what that means…. it’s time for my annual Halloween Haunted House Tour!


Hurricane Michael came through my area this week. Fortunately by the time it reached Carolina, most of the damaging wind and rain had lessened significantly. But we still got plenty wet, and as we haven’t really had a chance to dry out from Florence, this storm hit us just a wee bit harder.


We’re still pretty soggy, but things are getting back to normal. I lost power for about fourteen hours, but that is a small price to pay for what it could have been. Power is back on today, and it is a beautiful sunny day out there. Perfect chance to take some tour photos. Most of the house is still quite dark. But the dining room is nice and bright right now. So let’s start there.


I know most of you have toured for many years with me by now. And I’m not sure how different things look this year. But there’s always a few new additions and tweaks here and there… and my mom would never forgive me if I didn’t share. 😀


I will mostly let the photos do the talking, but if you have any questions, be sure to leave them in the comments. As always, my dishes on my antique sideboard are a mix of vintage transferware pieces and ironstone. Of course I pull out the black patterns for Halloween. Also on the sideboard are most of my collection of spooky bones, skulls, and skeletons, as well as my beloved Lori Mitchell collection. Nothing too spooky. I don’t want to get the creeps!
Enjoy the tour!


You can see what a beautiful sunny day it is here today. Almost like the storm never came through. Hope it’s a fabulous fall day in your nook of the woods, too.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Getting Corny with Therm O Web and Lawn Fawn

Happy Wednesday, spooky friends! Today I have another Halloween project to share with you. A set of silly, sweet candy corn gift tags that I made recently for the Therm O Web blog featuring stamps and dies from our friends at Lawn Fawn.


Now I know how it is with candy corn… you either love them, or you hate them. But I happen to be in the love category, and around this time of year, they make me think of my sweet dad who has an October birthday and also happens to love them, too. These silly guys are from Lawn Fawn’s How You Bean Candy Corn Add On set. The candy was stamped onto Therm O Web Luxury White cardstock, colored with Copic markers, and then die cut with the matching dies.


The images were then nestled onto tags made with GinaK Designs oval dies. I used a bit of Lawn Fawn patterned paper and Therm O Web black cardstock for the tags, and tied them with GinaK gingham trim. I did a bit of doodling on the background with a white wax pencil. And finally, the sentiment, also from the Candy Corn stamp set, was stamped onto small banner strips and added to the bottom of the tags.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful day!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 10 PackLawn Fawn - Lets Polka in the Dark Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackLawn Fawn - Halloween - Clear Photopolymer Stamps - How You Bean, Candy Corn Add-OnLawn Fawn - Halloween - Lawn Cuts - Dies - How You Bean, Candy Corn Add-On DiesTherm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Single Stitch - Oval - LargeTherm O Web Gina K Designs BLACK AND WHITE GINGHAM Fancy Ribbon 18048Tsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

These Sinister Haunted Bones


Happy Fri-YAY, friends! I’m back today with a spooky card share featuring new seasonal products from the 2018 Tim Holtz and Sizzix Halloween release. This is the awesome new Sinister die…. a wicked creepy skull die with cutout detail that is truly a bit of a masterpiece.


Sinister is a Bigz steel-edged die, which means that you can die cut this skull not only from paper, but from all sorts of different surfaces, too. I wanted lots of dimension on my guy here, so I die cut my shapes several times from heavyweight watercolor cardstock, and stacked them together to build up the height while leaving some nice depressions for eye sockets and nose.


The top layers were inked and then covered in Ranger Opaque Crackle paste for texture. I used a combo of Hickory Smoke and Pumice Stone Distress inks on the skull and jawbone using the ink smooshing technique. Added in Black Soot for the cavities to deepen and darken the depressions, and Brushed Corduroy on the teeth to bring out the yellow of age… brrrrrrr. While I still had the wet inks on my craft mat, I used the watery mixture to help spread the crackle paste onto the die cuts with my finger, which gave me some really interesting effects on the finish. Smooth in some spots, and nicely crackled in other, with a hint of color throughout to tone down the bright white of the paste. And then a coat of Glossy Accents brings out the shine on the socket cavities and teeth.


I used patterned paper from the Halloween Paper Stash for my background, all inked and splattered. I stamped cobwebs onto one of the layers and bordered the paper with Idea-ology designer tape. Chit Chat stickers for the sentiment, and of course one of those creepy spider adornments creeping down from above.

Have you all gotten into Halloween crafting for the season? If you haven’t had a chance yet, be sure to check out Tim’s video below showcasing lots of great project ideas for getting your spook on.

P.S.- There’s a monster sale going on now through Sunday, October 14th at Sizzix. Click on the photo banner below to check out the savings.
And as always, thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend, everyone!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below: (Affiliate links at no extra cost to you)

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Paper Stash - HalloweenTim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps MINI HALLOWEEN cms093Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die - SinisterTim Holtz Idea-ology WICKED Metal Adornments TH93305Doodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily WhiteRanger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet BlackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Shaded LilacRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Hickory SmokeTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink Inkssentials Glossy Accents Clear Dimensional Embellishment .5 ouncesRanger Ink - Texture Paste - Opaque CrackleRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 2 Ounces

Idea-ology: Seasonal Chit Chat, Dapper Design Tape

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AudOnes Prims Fall 2018 Shop Update


Happy Monday, crafty friends, and happy October to you!  My most favorite month of the year! Time for fall leaves and hay rides and spooks of all kinds. And today, I am so very excited to be able to say, it’s time for the opening of my AudOnes Prims Fall 2018 Shop, too. A bit later than I would have liked. But better late than never!


This year’s shop update is definitely small. More of what I would call a “mini collection”. And you may notice a bit of a theme this fall….


A polka dotty spotty theme in both black and orange, with pumpkins both big and small. Because what’s fall without pumpkin everything, right?


Unfortunately, quantities are quite limited, so if you see anything you like, you might want to pop right over to the shop and check it out.


AudOnes Prims Fall Shop
(click HERE to shop)

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

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Fall Greetings with Ranger Ink


Happy Monday, friends! Today I have the great pleasure of guesting on the Ranger Ink blog with the tutorial for this fall-inspired Distress card, and I wanted to share it here with all of you, too. To me, fall is all about woolly sweaters and blankets, and the rich colors of falling leaves, so I tried to capture that feel here with lots of layers of textures and deep autumnal colors using some of my favorite products from Tim Holtz and Ranger.


Growing up on the west coast, I didn’t get to really experience the changing of seasons. But here on the other side of the country is a different story, and one of my top highlights of the fall is seeing the changing of the leaves. It’s amazing how many colors can appear, even on one single individual leaf. And I tried to reproduce that look here on my leaf today. I absolutely adore this big Layered Leaf die from Tim Holtz/Sizzix, that comes with a matching embossing folder that creates those realistic impressions and dips in the leaf venation. I die cut the leaf from heavyweight Mixed Media paper so that I could put it through it’s paces with Distress inks, Distress crayons, sanding, and even Ranger Perfect Pearls and embossing powder, too.


To bring in even more texture, I added Idea-ology Textured Surfaces in burlap, corrugate, and cork, with a bumpy background made with the Rosettes Texture Fade embossing folder. The sentiment is a combo of Alphanumeric die cut lettering and a Chit Chat sticker. A bit of kraft paper and flecks of shimmery gold finish my fall design.


As always, you can find the complete step-by-step tutorial for this project over on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more. And thanks so much for stopping by!

HAPPY FALL!


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

Ranger Ink - Dina Wakley Media - Kraft Paper PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Mixed Media Heavystock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Textured SurfacesSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die and Texture Fades - Layered LeafSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric, ThinSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Framelits Dies - Stitched CirclesTim Holtz Sizzix GIFT TAGS Thinlits Die 662423Tim Holtz Sizzix ROSETTES Texture Fades Embossing Folder 662391Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad WILD HONEY Ranger TIM27201Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BRUSHED CORDUROY Ranger TIM21421Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BUNDLED SAGE Ranger TIM27102Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad AGED MAHOGANY Ranger tdo55785Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons SET 10 TDBK51800

Ranger Embossing Powder SUPER FINE GOLD EPJ37408Ranger Perfect Pearls SUNFLOWER SPARKLE Powder PPP17868Dina Wakley Ranger WHITE GESSO Media MDM41689Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4 Ounces TDA47414Ranger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES Brush BRU40842Ranger US HEAT IT CRAFT TOOL United States Use HIT00471Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965

Idea-ology: Seasonal ChitChat Stickers, Sanding Grip
Stampin’Up: Twine

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Going Batty with Tim Holtz & Sizzix

Hi crafty friends! I’m sneaking back in with another project and some fun news today…. because let’s face it, once the holiday season hits there is so much to share. For those of you, like me, who are anxiously awaiting the Tim Holtz Sizzix Halloween release, I am so excited to let you know that the dies are now available at your favorite local retailer and online shops !

I was super fortunate to have received some of the new dies ahead of time to make samples for the reveal, and I can’t wait to start sharing with you the fun projects I created. Be sure to check out the video above for tons of fall and Halloween project ideas from a whole group of very talented designers who have been working hard behind the scenes to provide lots of inspiration for the season. Those of you who have been following me for awhile, can you pick out my projects?
I’d love to hear!
Let the spooks begin!


I don’t know how often one can say this, but I truly love every single die set from the new Halloween release.  When I was a young college student, I fell in love with Anne Rice’s vampire Lestat, so it seemed only fitting to start with this majestic guy today. This is the vampire from the new Ghoulish dies, a set of three silhouette-style images that also includes an awesome skeleton and monster figurine, as well as the bat used here.


Check out all the detail to the outline of this thinlits die. It’s truly amazing what can be done these days with simple dies. I cut my vampire several times from heavyweight watercolor cardstock, and stacked the shapes together to create some depth. The top layer was watercolored with Distress inks in a deep rich color palette of blood red and black. One fun thing about these dies is that you can keep the figures in a silhouette design, or add features to them, like I’ve done here.


The background was inked and stenciled using the Halloween Mixed Media dies from a previous release. I went with sort of a vintage color palette of Aged Mahogany and Victorian Velvet, with a bit of Antique Linen thrown in, reminiscent of those old horror movies from the 1950’s. Classic haunted mansion. The sentiment was die cut from black Distress cardstock using the new Alphanumeric Cutout Upper alpha dies. You may notice that I did a bit of stenciling on that panel as well, using the negative leftover shape from the Drip Edge die I used on the top of the card.


And speaking of that drip edge, what a great bloody drip line it makes when inked in Aged Mahogany Distress and dotted with Glossy Accents. I inked the card base layer with mahogany ink to match, and then pulled in black cardstock for the rest of the design. I love how a simple paper distressor and a bit of Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide adds instant age to even the darkest cardstock.

So what do you all think of the Halloween release? Is your wish-list a mile long, too? Hit the comments below and tell me what’s your must-haves for the year. And as always, 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 Thinlits Die Set 4PK - GhoulishSizzix Thinlits Die Set 76PK - Alphanumeric, Cutout Upper (3/4" Tall)Sizzix Thinlits Die - Drip EdgeTim Holtz Sizzix MIXED MEDIA HALLOWEEN Thinlits Die 661588

 

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Tattered RoseRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Victorian VelvetTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Aged MahoganyTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique LinenTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Hickory SmokeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Black Soot

Ranger Ink - Glossy Accents - Clear Dimensional Embellishment - 2 ouncesRanger Ink - Multi Medium - Matte - .5 OunceRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundTim Holtz Tonic PAPER DISTRESSER Altered Aged Edges 370e