Creativation 2019- You Brighten My Day with Therm O Web


Happy Monday, crafty friends! What a beautiful weekend it was here in the Carolinas! The sun came out with temperatures into the 50’s, and the Missy Nik and I were able to spend a lot of time running around in the park with my new little pup buddy, Finley. We ran and played sticks, climbed on the jungle gym and rode down the slides, and met lots of new doggy friends. What a welcome break after the cold of the past several weeks.

Today’s card is one of the projects that I made for the Therm O Web booth at the Creativations show this January, and features our amazing new Deco Flock transfer sheets. Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheets come in large (6 by 12 inch) velvety transfer sheets, is available in 8 vibrant colors, and eliminates the mess of working with that loose flocking powder of the past. I think you are going to love the soft fuzzy texture it adds to your papercrafting projects.


Just like our Deco Foil transfer sheets, there are several different ways to apply the new flock sheets, including the heat transfer of a laminator machine, or just the use of your regular die cutting machine. I used a stencil and deco foil transfer gel to create the flocked patterned paper strip in the background. Love how the white flock application looks on colored cardstock. And the pretty hello die cut from the sentiment was flocked in the same white transfer sheet using our double-sided adhesive foam. So many uses and ways to use these new sheets!


The stamped sentiment and flower are from the beautiful Graphic Sunflowers Stampn’foil set by Gina K Designs. And I added in some of her heavyweight cardstock and the Decorative Tag die set, too. I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial for creating this card up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks for stopping by, friends! Hope you had a wonderful weekend, and here’s to an awesome week ahead!


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

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Wild Dandelion - 10 PackTherm O Web - Stamp n Foil - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Graphic SunflowersTherm O Web - Stamp n Foil - Craft Dies - Graphic SunflowersTherm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Decorative TagEcho Park - Good Day Sunshine Collection - 6 x 6 Stencil - Picnic BlanketFiskars - Border Punch - Scallop SentimentEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner RounderRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Archival Ink Pads - Potting SoilGina K Designs GRASS GREEN Color Companions Mini Ink Pad CUBE13Gina K Designs KRAFT Color Companions Mini Ink Pad CUBE18Therm O Web - Foil Laminator - 12 InchesTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - Transfer Gel - 4 OuncesTherm O Web - iCraft - Purple Tape - Removable - 1.5 Inches x 15 Yards

Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheet: White Latte (coming soon)
Cardstock: GinaK Designs Kraft, Ocean Mist; Stampin’Up Close to Cocoa
Die: My Creative Time
Project Life Card
Twine: Stampin’Up

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Rawr Means… with Ranger Ink

Hi crafty friends! Before I get started with today’s card share, I wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you who joined along in the Tim Holtz Creativation 2019 Blog Hop last week. Hope you all enjoyed taking a closer peek at some of the amazing trade show projects as much as I did. The winners randomly chosen from all the comments left along the hop have been posted over on Richele Christensen’s blog CaliforniaARTgirl, so be sure to pop over there to see if one of them was YOU!


Today I have a bit of an nontraditional Valentine card to share with you that I made for the Ranger Ink blog using fun new die sets from Tim Holtz and some new Distress Oxide Spray ink, too. I know dinosaurs might not be your first thought for a Valentine design, but I am pretty smitten with these guys from the new Chapter 1 Prehistoric die set, and think they work for any occasion.


Of course Valentine’s Day needs hearts, so I started the card with a large heart-shaped die cut opening to frame my cute little dinosaur. Since the heart is quite large and symmetrical, I went with a 5×5 square card for my design, and layered the base with inked cardstock in a bit of a different take on Valentine’s colors using Iced Spruce, Spun Sugar, and Candied Apple Distress ink. It’s unusual, but I really love this combo.


The organic “tar pit” look to the window opening was made with the new Chapter 1 Splat die set. At first glance, this die set may seem a little tricky, but I love how it pairs with the dinosaurs, and love that you can use both the positive and the negative shapes it creates. I used just one of the dies from the set here, but there are several more that can stack to build really unique layers. The base and sentiment were stamped with a sentiment from Tim’s Simple Sayings stamp set. The Rawr means stamp and the large stitched heart are from my friend Emma at My Creative Time.


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

Hope you all have a lovely Valentine’s Day! Any special plans in the works?


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

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - PrehistoricSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - SplatStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Simple SayingsStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Dot FadeAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - BouquetRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Spray - Iced SpruceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Iced SpruceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Spun SugarRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Candied AppleTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Iced SpruceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

My Creative Time: Prehistoric Holidays stamp set, Stitched Hearts die set
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Tim Holtz Creativation 2019 Blog Hop


Hello, crafty friends! Thanks so much for stopping by, and welcome to the Tim Holtz Creativation 2019 Blog Hop! Today I am joining in with a group of very talented designers to share a closer look at some of the booth projects that were showcased at Creativation in January featuring all the fabulous new products from the Tim Holtz collection.


I had the great pleasure of creating a few projects for the Tim Holtz Sizzix booth, and today I am excited to share my favorites from the show… a set of travel notebook journals made with the new Tiny Travel Globe die set from the upcoming Chapter 2 Sizzix release.


The Tiny Travel Globes are a continuation of the ever popular miniature snowglobe set that Tim released for the holidays this past year, and yes, these images are truly tiny and amazingly detailed. Each icon measures from about .5″ to 1″ in height, and all the little layered details you see here are individual die cuts. But never fear… all the pieces for each image come together on one die for super easy assembly.


There are the most adorable dimensional plastic domes that work with this set to create very lifelike 3D snow globe designs, but I wanted to show how these die cuts could be used in other ways. Each journal I created combines three or more images from the set into little framed travel scenes, perfect for documenting your favorite vacation sights and memories.


These travel notebooks measure about 3.5 “x 5.5”, and come in a pack of six from Amazon, making them super convenient and inexpensive to create in bulk. To add that aged and distressed appearance we all love so well, I started by adding some Distress ink splatters and Ranger black embossing powder to the edges of the journal before going over the cover with sand paper to scuff it up a bit. Next comes a layer of heavyweight cardstock, splattered and stamped in a really cool chevron-style print from the Flurry & Pine (CMS312) stamp set from Stamper’s Anonymous. I changed up the colors of each of the background to add a bit of variety to the set. Love the sort of primary-school color palette I used of red, yellow, green, and blue Distress ink. The backgrounds were then embellished with big chat stickers, and “held” in place with Idea-ology design tape.


The black frames were made by nesting a Stitched Ovals die in the center of a Stitched Rectangle die. I used the Tonic Studios paper distresser tool up scratch up the edges of the frame, and then added a bit of Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink with an ink blending tool. If you look very closely, you may notice some faint images that look like postage marks (Haberdashery CMS105) that I stamped randomly around the frames in Black Soot ink. And for more texture, black embossing powder was dry sprinkled onto the frames and very carefully heat set from the back with my heat tool.


The images for each vignette were all die cut and pieced from sanded Distress Kraft Stock cardstock, and I used additional pieces of the same cardstocks to help build the rest of the scenes. To keep the set uniform, I created sunny blue skies for each setting using Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean Distress inks on watercolor paper, and then layered on the additional detail pieces. Once you get started, it’s really fun to see where your imagination goes.


Each journal is tied closed with twine and fastened in a bow with a Idea-ology Typed Token. To make the tokens look as old as the rest of the journal, I dabbed them with Alcohol inks in Caramel and Rust. White Distress Crayon rubbed into the recesses really helps the lettering stand out. Last detail on each notebook is a destination sentiment strip die cut using the new Alphanumeric Label dies that are also coming out in the upcoming Chapter 2 release.


Thanks so much for stopping by, and enjoy the rest of the hop! But before you go, be sure to leave a comment here, and all along the hop, for your chance to win one of three amazing prize giveaways. Please leave comments before February 9th at midnight PST and 3 winners will be announced on February 10th.

The next stop along the hop is Bobbi Smith

And in case you get lost along the way….
CREATIVATIONS 2019 BLOG HOP

Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 10 PackB07DGD8WSGStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Christmas - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Flurry and PineTim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps HABERDASHERY CMS105Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stitched RectanglesSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stitched OvalsAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Big ChatAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Typed TokensTim Holtz Idea-ology TRAVEL Design Tape Paperie TH93352Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Hickory SmokeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Fossilized AmberTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Fired BrickRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Stormy SkyTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Peeled PaintRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Salty OceanTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Crayons - Set 3Ranger Ink - Basics Embossing Powder - BlackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Adirondack Alcohol Ink - CaramelRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Adirondack Alcohol Ink - RustTonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Paper DistresserEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner RounderRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Alcohol Ink Mini Applicator Tool

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Let it Snow with Ranger Ink


Happy Monday, crafty friends! Brrrr, has it ever been frigid in my neck of the woods lately. The “polar vortex” has certainly visited us here in the heart of North Carolina this past week… much to the chagrin of me who is spending quite more time shivering and shaking outdoors than I’d wish with a puppy who is completely immune to the cold. Unfortunately, I’ve heard there’s much more of the same looming ahead as we close out January. Seems like the perfect time to share this winter-themed card project and tutorial that I had up on the Ranger Ink blog last month.


This snowy card was made with the Tim Holtz Paper Snowflakes die set by Sizzix, with a fun inlay die cutting technique backed by the pretty sparkle of Ranger glittered embossing powder. Now normally I am a neutral-loving gal, as many of you know by now. But there’s something about this bright color combo that just feels so perfect for winter. The blend of blue and purple Distress Oxide inks makes me think of an evening sky in the midst of a snowfall. And of course that touch of glittery sparkle feels like freshly fallen snow. Surely a combination that will chase away any winter blahs.


It’s not often that I shy away from patterned paper, but that’s just what I did with this card made solely from a mix of heavyweight white cardstock and watercolor cardstock that was inked, inked and spritzed, or simply embossed with tinsel powder. The only extra embellishment is the gilded rub-on sentiment.


I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more. Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you’re managing to keep warm and snug inside!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Perfect Cardstock - White CardsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Paper SnowflakesAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Remnant Rubs - Gilded ChristmasRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Broken ChinaRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Blueprint SketchRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Wilted VioletRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Embossing Ink PadRanger Ink - Specialty 1 Embossing Powder - Bridal TinselRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 2 OuncesRanger Ink - Multi Medium - Matte - .5 Ounce

Sizzix Chapter 1- Large Funky Floral with Tim Holtz


Happy Monday, crafty friends! Today I’m back with another card that I made for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1 die release. If you haven’t heard the news, Sizzix has divided their new product releases into four different chapters that will be spaced throughout the year. Chapter 1 dies are available right now. And Chapter 2 was revealed this past weekend in Phoenix at the Creativation show, and will be available this spring. So LOTS of fabulous new products are coming our way!


Last week I shared a card project that features the new Chapter 1 Retro Repeat background dies on a futuristic robotic design, and today I’m using that same set again. But this time, on a botanical card made with the Funky Floral dies, in both the new Large Funky Foral and the original Funky Floral #1 set from a previous release. On this design, I repeated the retro pattern on a journaling-card panel of watercolor cardstock that was colored with a mixture of green and blue Distress inks. And then the panel was layered onto some textured surfaces cork paper for a bit of a garden trellis look.


A heavily inked, sanded, and painted woodgrain background was layered with Distress cardstock and corrugated paper to carry on the rugged natural styling. And then I layered on the flowers and greens made with a combination of the two Funky Floral sets. For a variety of textures, I used both inked watercolor cardstock and sanded Distress cardstock in my arrangement. A bit of Perfect Pearls was mixed in with the watercolors to add a subtle shimmer to the petals, and I finished with Picket Fence paint and cork centers for even more depth. A typed token was tied on with hemp string for a sentiment. And some small remnant rubs numerology and an index clip finish the design.


If you haven’t had the chance to see, here’s a fun look at the full Chapter 1 release and project samples, along with a peek at Chapter 2, from the Creativations show this weekend.

My goodness, my wish list is a mile long! How about you?


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Woodgrain Paper - 8.5 x 11 - 5 SheetsAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Textured SurfacesSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Retro RepeatSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Funky Floral LargeSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Funky Floral 1

Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Remnant Rubs - Special DeliveryAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Typed TokensAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Index ClipsMay Arts KRAFT Baker's Twine Twisted Ribbon 4120233Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Tattered RoseRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Abandoned CoralRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Festive BerriesTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Spiced MarmaladeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Ripe PersimmonTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Shabby ShuttersRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Bundled SageRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Cracked PistachioRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique LinenTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Crayons - Set 3Ranger Ink - Letter It Collection - Perfect Pearls KitTonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Paper Distresser

Sizzix 2019 Chapter 1 Dies- Robotic by Tim Holtz


Hi Friends! I’m starting out 2019 with the worst blogger of the year award. It’s definitely not for lack of fun new projects to share…. but simply because I can’t seem to get near a computer these days. Not with a new little puppy needing and demanding my attention every moment. Just like a newborn baby, it seems.

But of course the big Creativation trade show is coming up this weekend, and that means there are tons of awesome new products coming out on the market right now. Including the new Tim Holtz Chapter 1 dies sets he sneaked on a Facebook Live event this past Friday. If you didn’t catch the news, Sizzix has revamped their releases into four different chapters that will be spread throughout the year. Chapter 1 dies are available right now! And Chapter 2 will be revealed at Creativation this weekend. SO much fun!


Part of the Chapter 1 release is this adorable new robot die set and the cool retro background cutouts you see here, from a set called Retro Repeat. Both of these sets have gone straight to the top of my new list of favorites because there is just so much you can do with these. Those robots are stinkin’ cute, and I love that there are gobs of dies included in the set for customizing your creations. The cover art on the packaging gives you some great ideas for piecing the bots, but really… the sky is the limit with these guys. Once you start assembling the parts, it can be quite hard to stop. 😀

If you caught Tim’s FB Live last week, you’ll have seen the creative possibilities of the Retro Repeat set, too. Like his recently released shifters stencils, these dies are designed to shift up and down, or side to side, to continue the patterns as far as you wish, and you end up with these cool negative die cut panels that make some really unique backgrounds. And the funky patterns pair perfectly with the new robots and atomic elements from the Chapter 1 release.


There are so many awesome new products on the horizon! My wish list is a mile long! How about you all? Have you started your Creativation 2019 must-have lists yet? I’d love to hear what’s on them!

I’m so sorry for my absence in blogland these days! Hope the pup gives me more free time soon, and HOPE to be around to visit, too! Until then, have an amazing week, my friends!


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 Kraft Stock - ClassicSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - RoboticSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Retro RepeatSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stitched RectanglesSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked PostageMay Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Hickory SmokeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Pumice StoneTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Glossy Accents - Clear Dimensional Embellishment - 2 ouncesRanger Ink - Basics Embossing Powder - Silver

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Welcome Winter with Ranger Ink

Hello, hello friends! Long time no see! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and New Year, and that 2019 is off to a good start. It has been crazy town here at my house lately, between Christmas and work and my parents and kids visiting… and more recently, being holed in up my craft room working on secret Creativation (CHA) projects. But probably the biggest time consumer has been this little guy right here.


The sweetest wee baby pup. He’s an American Eskimo (Eskie) dog, 10 weeks old, name still to be decided… and he’s definitely keeping me on my toes, and rather worn out. But I’m smitten. Quite honestly in love.

So I apologize for being a bit MIA lately. I miss you all, and hope to be around to visit soon! CHA work is wrapping up shortly, and little buddy here should be growing in independence, and then things can begin to get back to a more normal schedule.


In the meantime, I wanted to share a winter-inspired card project and tutorial that I have up on the Ranger Ink blog today, featuring some favorite Tim Holtz stamps and dies and lots of beautiful Distress ink and oxide.


The background of the card was heavily inked in colors of a winter stormy sky, and stamped and embossed with large swirly snowflakes. Last year’s snow globe die set was used to create a window opening for my woodland scene.


Several die sets were combined in this snow globe scene, including Festive Greens, Alphanumeric Thin letters, Snowglobe #2, and Winter Wonderland, all from the Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix collection. The images were pieced from a variety of cardstock that were sanded, inked, or watercolored. Love the different textures those three mediums bring.


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

The puppy is calling me, so off I go. Happy New Year, friends! May 2019 be good to us all!

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