Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas with Therm O Web


Happy Monday, crafty friends! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and hope you managed to knock a few more things off of your holiday to-do list. We are inching ever closer to Christmas, and I am happy to say that things are finally starting to look a lot more festive around here. I made significant inroads on my decorating this weekend, and have a few presents wrapped and cards in the mail. It even snowed Saturday night. Yes, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.


I hope to share lots of holiday cards over the next few weeks. I have a stack in my stash that I made way back in January at my annual scrappy gals Myrtle Beach retreat to share.. and a few more recent projects, too. Today I’ve got a matching card and tag set that I made for the Therm O Web blog using pretty Foil Mates background and sentiment labels and shiny bright red Fancy Foils, mixed with the adorable Mad 4 Plaid Christmas collection by Photo Play Paper.


The swirl pattern from the Blizzard Foil-Mates set reminds me of peppermint candy. And the sentiments from the Festive Labels set coordinate perfectly with the GinaK Label dies. I love the sparkle foil adds to a project. So perfect for the holidays.

I’ve got all the details and step-by-steps for this card set up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

I’ll be back soon with another holiday card share! Hope to see you all then!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackPhoto Play Paper - Mad 4 Plaid Christmas Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - JinglePhoto Play Paper - Mad 4 Plaid Christmas Collection - Solids and Buffalo Check - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Grey and WhitePhoto Play Paper - Mad 4 Plaid Christmas Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - MerryPhoto Play Paper - Mad 4 Plaid Christmas Collection - Solids and Buffalo Check - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Red and WhitePhoto Play Paper - Mad 4 Plaid Christmas Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - CheerTherm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Decorative LabelSizzix - Framelits Dies - Dotted CirclesTherm O Web - Foil-Mates - 5.5 x 8.5 - Background - BlizzardTherm O Web - Foil-Mates - 5.5 x 8.5 - Background - Festive LabelsPhoto Play Paper - Mad 4 Plaid Christmas Collection - Puffy Stickers - ElementsTherm O Web Gina K Designs RED VELVET Fancy Foils Deco Foil 18031Therm O Web Gina K Designs WHITE AND GOLD Sheer Satin Fancy Ribbon 18001Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRoyal Sovereign 12 INCH Laminator Machine CL1223EK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner RounderRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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‘Tis the Season with Ranger Ink


Happy Monday, crafty friends, and happy December! Did you all make any headway on your holiday to-do list this weekend? I broke into a few more tubs of decorations, but made very little progress, I’m afraid. You all know me by now….. you know these halls get decked in more than a few boughs of holly…. and these things just can’t be rushed. Or at least that’s what I tell myself when I’m as slow as a snail. Regardless of all that, I do love this time of year. ‘Tis the season to be jolly!


Today I have the great pleasure of sharing this holiday card and project tutorial over on the Ranger Ink blog. These sweet Christmas characters are from the new Cool Yule die set that Tim Holtz released with Sizzix this year. I just adore the personality on these guys, and have such fun dressing them up with all the different accessories in the set.  I used a mix of Distress watercoloring, sparkly deco tape, and bright red cardstock to create my images, and paired them with some fun new products from Ranger’s Letter It line.


Good grief, those guys are cute, aren’t they? Both Santa and Rudolph seem to have hit the eggnog a bit too hard with those bright red noses. I used a white wax pencil to add highlights in the shiny areas, and white embossing powder adds a bit of fluffy texture to all the white hair, fur, and frame pieces. I die cut some extra pompoms from Santa’s hat and cut them in two to create the little hands…. errrr, mittens…. um, hooves?


The oval window frame is from my well-used and well-loved Stitched Ovals die set. The ivory cardstock, stencil, and holiday stamp are all part of the Letter It collection. The bit of Perfect Pearls splatter is, too. I’ve got all the details and step-by-steps up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Perfect Cardstock - Grey CardsRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Cardstock - IvoryRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Red Velvet - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 10 PackRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Clear Acrylic Stamps - ChristmasSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Thinlits Die - Cool YuleSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stitched OvalsRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Background Stencil - Organic StripesB01CUTQXHWRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Pearl Powders - Set 1Ranger PERFECT PEARL Powder PPP17714Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Tattered RoseRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Candied AppleTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique LinenTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Frayed BurlapTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Gathered TwigsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Hickory SmokeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Spun SugarTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Embossing Ink ClearRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Basics Embossing Powder - WhiteRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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Fresh Baked #2 with Tim Holtz & Sizzix

Happy Friday, crafty friends, and thanks so much for stopping by! Is anybody else out there freaking out a little bit that today is the last day of November? As usual, I am already running behind on holiday preparations… and as usual, I wonder how I will get it all done. At least I do have a few holiday cards made.


This little gingerbread scene is the last of the cards that I made for the Tim Holtz 2018 Sizzix Holiday Release videos. These are from the second of the Fresh Baked die sets that Tim released this season. The set includes both gingers here, and a candy cane, tree, and stocking, too. All in the cutest cookie cutter style that you ever have seen.


To mimic the look of real fresh baked cookies, I die cut my gingers from kraft and brown cardstock, and added the details in white and red. Stickles was used to add holiday sparkle to the ric-rack, and then the cookies were coated in Glossy Accents for that frosting shine. The white dots around the gingers and around the oval frame are an extra detail I added by dipping the end of a paintbrush into Picket Fence Distress paint.


I pulled the colors from the cookies for the rest of the design. Kraft and red cardstock , red and brown ink, natural jute twine, red patterned paper from the old Memoranda collection. The sentiment lettering is from the new Cutout Script (3/4″) die set. I love how you can string them together to look like handwritten cursive writing.


I am a bit obsessed with Ranger crackle texture paste, and I added it all around the layers of this card. The frame was made with nested Stitched Oval and Stitched Rectangle dies, which was then embossed with the Simple Snowflakes texture fade. I lightly swiped an embossing ink pad over the raised areas and heat set the snowflakes with white embossing powder. The background of the frame was inked and splattered and stamped with the Stamper’s Anonymous Swirly Snowflakes stamp set in red Distress ink.

I had such fun designing cards for this holiday release. There are so many cute new die sets, and if you haven’t had a chance yet, check out the video below for project ideas on how to use them.

Hope your weekend is off to a great start! Tell me….are you all ready for December?


Be sure to check out these fabulous deals going on at Sizzix! Lots of amazing die sets are on sale this weekend, including some that I’ve used here today. (click on the photo banner below to shop)

And the rest of the supplies I’ve used are linked below:

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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 - ClassicAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 12 x 12 Paper Stash - MemorandaSizzix Thinlits Die Set 18PK - Fresh Baked #2Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Cutout ScriptSizzix Thinlits Die Set 7PK - Stitched OvalsSizzix Thinlits Die Set 7PK - Stitched RectanglesSizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folder - Simple SnowflakesStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Christmas - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Swirly SnowflakesMay Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Embossing Ink ClearTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Barn DoorRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Glossy Accents - Clear Dimensional Embellishment - 2 ouncesRanger Ink - Stickles Glitter Glue - CrystalRanger Ink - Texture Paste - Opaque CrackleRanger Ink - Basics Embossing Powder - Super Fine - WhiteEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner RounderRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 Pack

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Whimsy Decor with Tim Holtz & Sizzix

Happy Monday! Hope my friends and family in the states had a lovely Thanksgiving and long holiday weekend! I had such a great time having the kids home. We didn’t really do anything, but it was so nice just to have them here and be able to spend some time together. I’m pleased to say that after all my worries about the new vegetarian menu, everything turned out great, and we had a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner. Such a nice way to spend a birthday. Being a turkey baby isn’t so bad.


Today I’m back with another holiday card that I made with new products from the Tim Holtz Sizzix 2018 seasonal release. This is the Whimsy Decor die set, along with a new alphabet font called Cutout Script. If you are like me, and love a vintage or retro look for the holidays, then you are really going to enjoy Whimsy Decor. This set includes three different ornament shapes and lots of layering accents for dressing them up. So perfectly reminiscent of those glass Shiny Brite bulbs many of us grew up with, and a style I still use to decorate my tree to this day.


I used just one of the ornament shapes for my card here, and reversed the colors to make a matching pair. I love a bit of sparkle at the holidays, so I die cut some of the accent pieces from shiny deco design tape. The rest are from Distress Kraft Stock cardstock. The sanded paper reminds me of that chippy faded appearance old glass ornaments get. Like mercury glass that is wearing through.


I gave the card a bit of a woodsy outdoor feel with a light wash of blue Distress watercolor in the background, and some pine tree branches, too. The greens are from an old favorite set of mine called Holiday Greens. I tied string around the top of the ornaments and attached them to the branches. Really looks like they are hanging from the tree.


I used foam tape to create some depth between the ornaments and the background. More shiny gold deco design tape and a strip of paper Christmas ephemera add detail to the side. And for a last bit of holiday sparkle, I finished off with shimmery Perfect Pearls paint splatters, too.

If you haven’t had a chance yet, be sure to check out the video above for lots of holiday inspiration using the new seasonal release.

Thanks for stopping by. Wishing you all a wonderful week!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger 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 - Whimsy DecorSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Cutout ScriptSizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Holiday GreensAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Christmas - Ephemera Pack - Christmas SnippetsDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily WhiteRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassRanger Perfect Pearls PERFECT GOLD Powder PPP17721Ranger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 Pack

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Happy Thanksgiving


Hello, Friends! Just sneaking back here to the blog on this pre-holiday Wednesday to wish everyone a very
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


The kids are due to arrive sometime later today, and I am so, so, SO excited! It’s been almost half a year since Peter has been home, and that long since they’ve both been here together… so this holiday is very special, indeed.


Of course I couldn’t have the kids here without adding some holiday touches to the house. And before things get too crazy in the kitchen, I thought I’d share a few photos of my decor with you, too. I hope I can spread some holiday cheer to all of my bloggy friends, both far and near.


I usually have my Thanksgiving dinner plans ironed out well in advance, but this year I’m definitely flying by the seat of my pants. Both of my kids went vegetarian this summer, and I’m having to come up with a whole new menu. I’ve been experimenting all week, with varying levels of success. Okay, if I’m totally honest, I’ve been bombing out so far…..


I guess that’s what happens when you’re trying out things you’ve never done before. All I know is that I’m out of my element. Good thing I’m able to laugh about it all.


Earlier this week I made “beef-less” beef stew, but I tell you what….. I wasn’t fooled. The mushrooms that were supposed to be the meat substitute tasted more like rubber tires to me. Fail.


Then I experimented with butternut squash soup. The recipe called for one teaspoon of cayenne pepper, and I really hemmed and hawed about that. I mean, I know better than that. But the author must know more about vegetarian dishes than me… so in the pepper went. And I darn near burned the roof of my mouth clean off. Epic fail.


Yesterday I made homemade hummus for the first time. The recipe called for four cloves of garlic, and let me tell you what…. four cloves of raw garlic are enough to kill a vampire. I left for a doctor’s appointment right after I was done, and sat there positively radiating garlic smells in the office. Apologies for that, all around! 😀


Last night’s experiment with pumpkin apple gingerbread muffins went over much better, and today’s game plan is to make the pie, which I’m much more comfortable with. Hopefully that puts me back on an even playing field.


I still have several new recipes to try for tomorrow’s main course. I decided upon mac & cheese and zucchini pie, both of which I’ve never made. My mac & cheese experience has thus far been with a blue box. Not even sure I’ve ever eaten zucchini pie.


It’s all a bit nerve-wracking, but for the most part, I’ve really been enjoying myself. All this experimentation means one thing, that my kids will be home soon. Hope your house is filled with your loved ones soon, too.


And hopefully your dinner plans go a little more smoothly than mine. What will you all be doing? I’d love to hear!


On the eve of this special holiday, I want to take a moment to once again thank all of you for the sweet comments you leave here on the blog and for the years of support and friendship. I am so very grateful for all of you!


From my house to yours, wishing you all a very blessed and joyous Thanksgiving filled with love, laughter, and lots and lots of pie!
XOXO


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Tiny Snow Globes with Tim Holtz & Sizzix

Happy Monday! And happy Thanksgiving week to my friends and family in the states! I hope all of you who celebrate have some fabulous plans in the works. The Thanksgiving holiday is usually pretty quiet for me, but I am so very excited about this one. Both of my kids will be back home for Thanksgiving, and I cannot wait. It’ll be the first time that Pete has been back home since he left for medical school, and the first time all of us will be together since July. And on top of all that, Thanksgiving day is my birthday this year. So this old bird has much to celebrate this week!


Today I’m kicking off this fun holiday week here on my blog with another holiday card that I made with new products from the Tim Holtz Sizzix 2018 seasonal release. This is the new Tiny Snowglobes Thinlits die set. This set contains 8 adorable miniature holiday icons and characters along with an itty-bitty snow globe with two interchangeable bases. And when they say tiny, that is exactly what they mean, with perfect miniature replicas measuring less than an inch in height. The detail on these images is incredible for their petite size. So amazing what can be done with simple dies.


When I was young, my family used to drive up into the mountains at Christmastime to cut down a fresh tree, and that’s just what this little scene reminds me of. That could be us in that wee tiny car with the tree strapped to the roof, winding down the mountain roads after a long day at the tree farm.


I created a little road for my car with holiday design tape, inked the background of the snow globe a light blue to mimic the sky, and decked out the tree with a bit of Stickles sparkle before coating the entire miniature scene in a heavy coat of Glossy Accents. The snow globe was added to a base, and then layered onto a pinked circle from the Gift Tags die set that was tied with twine. Some Distress water coloring and a stamped wood grain background help add to the natural woodland feel.


I used the circular snow globe to die cut the other round openings, and layered each with a mini pine tree decked out with Stickles glitter for that holiday sparkle. The snowbanks are from last year’s snow globe die set. So fun to mix the two.

If you’re looking for more holiday inspiration, be sure to check out Part 2 of the holiday videos above filled with lots of project ideas featuring the new seasonal dies. Hope you all have a wonderful week! And 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 - Thinlits Die - Tiny SnowglobesSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Thinlits Die - Snowglobe 2Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Thinlits Die - Gift TagsStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Christmas - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Tattered ChristmasTim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps WALLPAPER and WOOD cms126Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Christmas - Design Tape - TidingsDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Beetle BlackRanger Ink - Stickles Glitter Glue - CrystalRanger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet BlackRanger Ink - Glossy Accents - Clear Dimensional Embellishment - 2 ouncesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Hickory SmokeTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Shabby ShuttersRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 Pack

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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