Snow Much Fun with CardMaps

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Happy Thursday, crafty friends!

I’m back today with another card to share that I made for the January 2020 CardMaps sketches on the PageMaps blog. Here is the fun sketch that I used, and here is my take on it featuring a super cute, but older, collection from Simple Stories called Sub Zero.

It is supposed to start snowing here this afternoon. If that happens, it will be our first snowfall of the season, and I am super excited. It’s been feeling so spring-like that our cherry and redbuds trees are already in bloom, and I was beginning to think that snow would never happen for us this year. Hopefully my card for today will be a good luck charm, and bring on the real stuff.

I closely followed the sketch design, with some simple layering of patterned paper and a stacked sentiment label at the top. I used an old die from Papertrey Ink to add the notebook detailing along the bottom.

With our forecast for snow, I thought it would be a perfect time to share a little bit of my winter decor before it comes down at the end of the month. With our trees blooming, I was feeling a little silly having my winter snowmen still out….but now I’m glad they are. Hoping they, too, will be good luck charms for the real deal today. So with that, here’s a peek at my snowy mantel.

I love a natural vibe to my decorations, so the mantel is a mixture of rustic, soft, and glittery elements in a woodland scene. My favorite shabby chic type of combo!

The wooden tray on the bottom is actually a vintage cabbage slicer that my mom gave me some years ago, and just so happens to be a perfect fit for the mantel shelf. I stacked it with wicker-style deer, a pair of prim snowmen, a cottony wispy tree, and a trio of jumbo sparkling snow balls.

The right side has more of the same, along with my favorite handmade snowman prim and a vintage sled that I love to use this time of year.

Keep your fingers crossed for snow! And thanks so much for stopping by!


Huge Celebration with Therm O Web Glitz

Happy Tuesday, crafty friends! I hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day and President’s Day holiday, as it’s been a hot minute since last I wrote. Today I have another Creativation card project to share that I made for the Therm O Web booth featuring Glitz Glitter Gel.

Although this card focused on the glittery Brilliant Blue Glitz background, it is a real mix of lots of my current favorite products. I used a Therm O Web rectangle die to cut out the large sentiment, which is an awesome new stamp from the Ranger Ink LetterIt line. I filled in the lettering with Copic coloring, and used the same markers to draw around the edge of the frame. That is My Favorite Winter 6×6 paper by Echo Park, and a cutie pie deer image from Hello Bluebird.

Just like that, we are halfway through February, already. I don’t know where the time goes. I’m still working away on my cross stitch project that I started last month, but am happy to say that I’m really getting close to the end now. And I recently snuck off on a little trip to Richmond to pop in on Pete. And I may, or may not, have dropped a penny or two at a needlepoint shop while I was there. Hope you are all doing well, and are having a fabulous winter! Thanks for stopping by!

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Gina K Designs - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackEcho Park - Christmas - My Favorite Winter Collection - 6 x 6 Paper PadRESERVE Ranger YOU ROCK Letter It Stamp Set lec68143Hello Bluebird COCOA PARTY Clear Stamps hb2239 Hello Bluebird COCOA PARTY Die Set hb2240 Therm O Web Gina K Designs SINGLE STICH RECTANGLE LARGE Set Nested Dies 18012*Echo Park - My Favorite Christmas Collection - 6 x 6 Stencil - Merry SnowGina K Designs - Glitz Glitter Gel - 2.3 Ounces - Brilliant BlueTsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black


Creativation 2020- Distress Embossing Glaze with Ranger Ink

Happy Friday, crafty friends! Today I am sharing a card project that I made for the 2020 Ranger Ink Creativation booth featuring the new Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Glaze.

If you’re not familiar yet with the Distress Embossing Glaze, they are translucent embossing powders in the Distress line of colors. Because they are translucent, instead of opaque like many powders on the market, these new Glaze powders are perfect for layering and building up texture on your projects. I used two of the twelve colors released for Creativation for this card, Fossilized Amber and Peeled Paint. And those are the adorable new Bunny Hop rabbits from the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1 release.

I mentioned that the Glaze works wonderfully for building up layers, and you can see some of that here on this card. To begin the background, I started with Distress watercolor cardstock, and stamped a floral image from the Vines & Roses Stamper’s Anonymous set in clear embossing ink, which was then heat set with clear embossing powder. The panel was lightly inked with Distress and then swiped with an embossing ink pad all around the edges, leaving a roughly oval opening in the center. Peeled Paint Distress Embossing Glaze was added and melted. I then went around the the edge again with the embossing ink pad and added a second coat of Peeled Paint Glaze to add that extra darkness you see around the edges. I added water droplets to the center of the panel next using a Distress Sprayer, and then added Fossilized Amber Glaze to that.

I love that even with all those layers, you can still see the patterns and detailing underneath. And I can’t wait to play more with those rabbits!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Any fun weekend plans?

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

Tim Holtz 8.5 X 11 DISTRESS WATERCOLOR CARDSTOCK Ranger TDA53927Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackEcho Park - Christmas - My Favorite Winter Collection - 6 x 6 Paper PadSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Bunny HopSizzix - Tim Holtz - Bigz XL Die with Framelits - Curio BoxStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Vines and RosesRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Make Art - Washi Tape - 1RESERVE Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Glaze FOSSILIZED AMBER Ranger tde70986RESERVE Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Glaze PEELED PAINT Ranger tde71006Ranger Ink - Basics Embossing Powder - Super Fine - Clear - 2 PackRanger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jumbo - CobaltTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Embossing Ink ClearTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique LinenRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Ground EspressoRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Fossilized AmberRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Antique LinenTim Holtz Flip Top Distress Paint FRAYED BURLAP Ranger TDF53071Tim Holtz Flip Top Distress Paint BRUSHED CORDUROY Ranger TDF52951

Hero Arts Printer’s Type Lower stamp set
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January This & That at Kill Devil Hills

Happy Monday, friends! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I have just returned from a wonderful five-day retreat with my crafty gals, and so I thought it would be fun to share a little bit of what I’ve been up to here on the blog today. For the past several years, my scrappy gang has gone to Myrtle Beach in January, but this year we tried something different and rented a house in Kill Devil Hills on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. There were ten of us in a massive 12-bedroom house, right on the beach. The weather was brisk and often cloudy, but overall very pleasant… and the view just could not be beat.

As usual when I go away on these craft retreats, I packed way toooooooo much stuff, and hardly touched any of it. It’s always so hard to judge how much will get done, or what I’ll feel like working on, so I like to go pretty heavily loaded. As is my standard MO at these events, I packed a lot of old collections and old scraps with the goal of seeing how many cards I could manage to make. I almost always take Christmas papers with me, as it’s one of the only times of the year when I work on them. And this time, I broke out my old stash of Simple Stories’ Claus & Co and ended up with 18 holiday cards to rebuild my stash.

I started with most of the 6×6 paper pad, chipboard frames, and scraps from the ephemera and SNAP pack….and even after all these cards, I feel like I didn’t make much of a dent in the supplies. But that just gives me another chance to attack the stash some other time. 😀

The other project I worked on is an old love of mine… counted cross stitch. I first learned to cross stitch and embroider back in elementary school, but it’s been years and years since I’ve worked on anything. For my first project I chose a Halloween chart to work on, for several reasons. Of course you all know I love the holiday, but I also thought that would give me enough time to make sure I could complete the project before the season hits. And I also like that this finished piece is relatively small, and only has a few colors of floss. This is called Simply Scary by The Drawn Thread, and I’m working on 14-count Aida cloth that I’ve coffee and tea dyed. I’m so excited about my progress so far, and will definitely share my finished piece here with you.

So that’s what I’ve been up to here. Hope you all are doing well and are having a great January. Anything fun going on with you?

Snowflake Kisses Snow Globe with Therm O Web & GinaK Designs

Happy Wednesday, crafty friends!

It’s finally turned cold here in North Carolina. Not cold enough for any of the snowy stuff, but definitely feeling a bit of the winter freeze. Perfect time to share with frosty winter snow globe card that I made recently for the Therm O Web blog featuring stamps, stencils, and Glitz Glitter Gel from Therm O Web and GinaK Designs.

I just love the texture that comes from the Glitz Glitter Gels. Such great dimension, with glitter that doesn’t make a mess. This is the new Silver Glitz color. So perfect for winter flakes.

I used a Tim Holtz snow globe die set for the window opening, and added a simple deer silhouette from another favorite set. The snowflake stencil and sentiment are from GinaK Designs.

I’ve just dropped my parents off at the airport, and am now headed out to the coast for my annual January scrapbooking retreat. I’m so behind on my blog visits, and I apologize for that. Really hope to be by to see you all soon!

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 PackCarta Bella Paper - Christmas - Snow Much Fun Collection - 6 x 6 Paper PadTherm O Web - Christmas - Stamp n Foil - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Baby It's Cold OutsideSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Thinlits Die - Snowglobe 2Tim Holtz Sizzix WINTER WONDERLAND Thinlits Die 662426Heffy Doodle STITCHED SLOPEY JOES BORDER Dies hfd0090Therm O Web - Stamp 'n Stencil - 6 x 6 Stencil - Wishing You JoyTherm O Web - Glitz Glitter Gel - 2.3 Ounces - SilverTsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

Creativation 2020 with Photo Play Paper’s Tulla & Norbert

Hello gnomies, happy Sunday to you! It’s Creativation weekend! Such an exciting time for paper crafters with all the new products heading our way. I had the great pleasure of getting my hands on some of the new Photo Play Paper releases to create card samples for the show, and I can’t wait to share these new collections that are as cute as can be. First up today is Tulla & Norbert.

Gnomes have been super trendy these past few months, and that is continuing into the new year with this sweet spring-inspired collection. Love the colors in this one! Piled on lots of patterned papers for this card, adding in crisp white cardstock to help define all those layers. The rainbow background is one of the Cut-Apart cards, trimmed down to size. Then sticker and die cut ephemera details to finish the design.

Have you all been following along with the Creativation excitement? Any new immediate must-have favorites for you?

The products I’ve used are linked below:
(Tulla & Norbert collection coming soon!)

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackPhoto Play Paper - Tulla and Norbert Collection - 12 x 12 Collection KitPhoto Play Paper - Tulla and Norbert Collection - 12 x 12 Cardstock Stickers - ElementsPhoto Play Paper - Tulla and Norbert Collection - Die Cut Cardstock Pieces - Ephemera

Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1- Cut Out Leaves

Happy Thursday, crafty friends! Today I’m so excited to share the first of my projects that I made for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1 release.

Did you all get a chance to see Tim’s Facebook live reveal last week of all of Chapter 1? There are so many fabulous new die sets to play with, and best news is, you don’t even have to wait until Creativation for the new products. This shabby chic burlap panel project is one of my favorites from Chapter 1 and features the new Cut Out Leaves die set. Think the leaves will be versatile for year-round crafting, and I love all the different ways that they can be used.

The Cut Out Leaves dies are all about the negative space. The cutting blades actually only die cut the center spaces and the designs between the “veins” of the leaves, and leave the outside edge intact. For this panel, I die cut rows of leaves to create an overall background, and popped the panel up with foam dots over a background water-colored with Distress Inks. I went with springtime colors here, but I can really see this done with beautiful fall colors, too.

To add some extra detail to the canvas, I made a few “postive-shaped” leaves for accents. Some of the leaves were die cut from water-colored cardstock and hand-trimmed around the outside edges. Those I added directly on top of the background panel, just adding a thin line of adhesive behind the middle vein and allowing the edges of the leaves to remain free. I did some simple stitching with embroidery floss around that center line to add a homespun touch. And lastly, I die cut a trio of leaves, which were then adhered to Idea-ology patterned paper and trimmed out, to use as free floating embellishments on the left side of the frame. So lots of different ways to use these fun new leaves.

If you missed Facebook live, you can catch a replay of Chapter 1 on the video above.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

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

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 12 x 12 Paper Stash - MemorandaSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Cut Out LeavesTim Holtz DISTRICT MARKET Burlap Panels BARE TH93063*Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Ruler PiecesTim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Word BandsAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Typed TokensRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Twisted CitronRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Twisted CitronRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mowed LawnRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Squeezed LemonadeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Abandoned CoralRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Festive Berries

Trim: May Arts, Stampin’Up, DMC