A Friendly Hello with Ranger Ink


Happy Monday, friends! Thanks so much for stopping by! Today I have the great pleasure of guesting on the Ranger Ink blog. The focus of my project this time around is Distress Oxides… and I put these fun ink pads through a variety of techniques to make a bright and happy friendship card inspired by the pretty colors of spring.


I think the most notable difference between the Distress Oxides and the regular Distress inks is their opaqueness and chalky finish. To me, they feel almost like a cross between Distress Ink and Distress Paint, and I love that unique look. Best thing is, all the techniques we’ve learned for the regular inks can be used on the Oxides, as well.


To put the Oxides through their paces, I experimented with all my favorite techniques here. There’s ink smooshing and ink blending. I stenciled and stamped, and watercolored with the Oxides, too. I even played around to create some Oxide stripes and polka dots… a little funky touch to go along with these Tim Holtz Funky Florals dies.


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 had a wonderful weekend! We hit 80 here, and yucky green pollen is coating everything. The carpenter bees are in full swing, too. But today we’re back down to a low in the 40’s. What a crazy spring.


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

Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked PostageSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Funky Floral 1Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stitched RectanglesTim Holtz Layering Stencil DIAMONDS THS081Stamper's Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Simple SayingsTim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps REFLECTIONS CMS111Photo Play Paper - Luke 2 Collection - Christmas - Enamel DotsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Tattered RoseRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Shaded LilacRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Wilted VioletRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Bundled SageRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Walnut StainRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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Whale of a Good Time


Happy Fri-YAY, friends! Thanks so much for stopping by!
I have to say, this past week has really gotten by me. We are down a person at work, and I have been filling in with lots of extra shifts and days. And unfortunately, that has left me little time to visit, and no time at all for crafty play. So today, I’m reaching way back into my archives to share a project from last year, this whale of a cute birthday card.


Every once in awhile, I like to challenge myself to pull out an old collection kit and see what I can do with it, and that’s just what I’ve done here with this super-retro RSVP line from Basic Grey. I started with papers from the 6×6 pad mixed with some vintage PL cards (American Crafts, I think?) for the background. The whale is from the old snippets booklet. Do you all remember those? Finished off with vellum tape and twine, die cut photo corners and enamel dots. My goodness but Basic Grey used to pack their collections with tons of embellies.


We’re supposed to hit 80 degrees here today! Maybe spring has finally arrived.
Hope it’s a beautiful weekend in your neck of the woods, too!

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See the World with Tim Holtz and Sizzix


Happy Tuesday, friends! Thanks so much for stopping by! Today I have another card to share that I made for the Creativations show in January. This time, a beach-inspired card for the Tim Holtz Alterations booth featuring his fun Seashells, Planks, and Stacked Postage dies from the new April Sizzix release.


Aren’t the Seashell dies amazing? Love that they come with matching embossing folders for adding that bit of lifelike dimension. I did some Distress ink smooshing to add color to the shells, and then blended more ink over the embossing with an ink blending tool. Clear embossing powder was added to the raised areas for a bit of shine. And finally, a touch of crackle paste on the shells and card corners adds that shabby aged appearance that I adore.


The Planks were embossed with the wood plank embossing folder. The coral are actually from the holiday greens die set from a previous release. I added cheesecloth for extra texture, and layered all the pieces onto one of the Stacked Postage dies. A chipboard sentiment completes the scene.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! And thanks so much for all the well wishes for my birthday girl. I read her each and every one, and had her grinning ear to ear! I’m still trying to process the fact that she’s now two decades old, though! 😀


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 - Bigz Die with Texture Fades - SeashellsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die - PlanksSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked PostageSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Holiday GreensSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Halloween - Texture Fades - Embossing Folder - Wood PlanksAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Quote ChipsRanger Ink - Texture Paste - Opaque CrackleRanger Ink - Embossing Powder - ClearRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Abandoned CoralRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Festive BerriesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Shaded LilacRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Salty OceanRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Peacock FeathersRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Cracked PistachioTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

Just My Type with Photoplay Paper


Hello, hello friends, thanks for stopping by! It’s a happy day here at my house… a BIG day! My little missy Nik turns 20 years old today! Time for some happy celebrations! And a perfect time to share this card I made for Creativation (CHA) with Photoplay Paper’s adorable Mad4Plaid Happy collection.


I just can’t help but smile over this bright and fun line, and those silly plaid pups get me every time. This sweet guy is perched at his typewriter, writing a little love note. I added stickers to one of the 3×4 journaling cards to create my scene, and pieced a snippet of another at the bottom of it to create a tag design for the front of the card, and go along with my writer’s theme.


A pair of plaid prints were layered with one of the larger 4×6 journaling cards for the background. I popped up some elements with foam tape for dimension, and finished off the tag with a bit of twine.

Hope this lovely Friday finds you all very Happy! And hope you have a wonderful weekend, too! We are actually predicted to get a wee bit of snow again on Saturday. Crazy!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Photo Play Paper - Mad 4 Plaid Happy Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackLawn Fawn TANGERINE Single Cord Lawn Trimmings LF786Fiskars - Border Punch - Scallop Sentiment

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Good Friends with Therm O Web


Happy Wednesday, Good Friends! Hope your week is going well. I thought perhaps that we had finally hit spring here in my neck of the woods, but she seems to be hiding again. It’s grey and gloomy once again, and I am so ready for real spring to arrive. So I thought I’d pretend a bit today with a bright and cheery spring flower card that I made this week for the Therm O Web blog.


For something a bit different than my norm, I went with an interactive card design made of a pocket and an insert. Love that extra little surprise the recipient will find when they pull on the cloud tab. And the belly band slips off, and is re-usable, too.


There’s something about this Waffle Flower Bear & Bird stamp set that always makes me smile. This time, I gave the bear a snow cone to hold that was fussy cut from my patterned papers, and created a little outdoor picnic scene for these good friends to enjoy.


I put together a matching insert using coordinating papers from the Simple Stories Summer Days kit. A fussy cut cloud added to the top of the card acts as the pull tab. Therm O Web GinaK Designs dies were used to frame the sentiment and the belly band scene. And of course I used some deco foil to accent that cool GinaK Foil-Mates greeting.


I always love a good side view of deco foil to really show off it’s beautiful shine. I used three colors of foil here that were a great match to my papers, and it’s really easy to do. I’ve got a tutorial for that, as well as complete instructions for creating this pocket design, up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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

P.S.- * All die cutting (including the GinaK Designs Wafer Thin die sets I used today) are currently 15%- 50% off at Scrapbook.com!
Woo Hoo!


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

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - White - 12 SheetsSimple Stories - Summer Days Collection - 12 x 12 Collection KitWaffle Flower Crafts - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Bear and BirdTherm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Single Stitch - Rectangle - LargeTherm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Single Stitch - Circle - LargeTherm O Web - Foil-Mates - 5.5 x 8.5 - Sentiments - True FriendTherm O Web - Fancy Foils - 6 x 8 - Turquoise SeaTherm O Web - Fancy Foils - 6 x 8 - Red VelvetTherm O Web - Fancy Foils - 6 x 8 - Wild DandelionCopic Sketch Marker E55 LIGHT CAMEL TanCopic Sketch Marker E57 LIGHT WALNUT Light BrownCopic Sketch Marker E59 WALNUT Dark BrownTherm O Web - Deco Foil - 6 x 12 Foam Adhesive - WhiteTherm O Web - iCraft - Purple Tape - Removable - 1.5 Inches x 15 YardsTherm O Web - Foil Laminator - 12 Inches

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Happy Easter

Popping in today to wish my friends and family who celebrate, a very happy Easter!
May your house be filled with the blessings of the day, and hope the Easter Bunny brings you a wee bit of chocolate, too!


As you all know by now, it wouldn’t be much of a holiday at my house without a little seasonal decor. So in honor of this special day, here’s a peek at some of my spring things.


The dining room sideboard is once again filled with vintage ironstone and my favorite transferware dishes. This time, the plates are a combo of Johnson Brothers Friendly Village with some no-name pattern that I like to call “My Happy Place”. I think I would transport myself to that sweet farm house in a heartbeat if I could.


Of course I’ve managed to sneak in a few of my handmade things. Chicks in nests and Old Mother Goose, and some twine-wrapped eggs, too.


For my front entryway table, I went for a very simple and natural look.


White and green, bunnies and chickens, and a few nests, too.


A few more handmade cuties are tucked here and there.


My chocolate bunnies and vintage crepe paper eggs. My new Lori Mitchell figurine I managed to score for a song this year. My mom gave me this amazing antique wooden scoop at Christmas, and I love it for creating a little scene.


The wee bunny in the wire basket is a new guy I made this year at one of my weekly crafty play dates with the girls. The mushrooms are another project we tackled this month, too. Our first attempt at spun cotton. Hope to try that again soon.


It’s so hard to believe that Easter is here already. The year just flies by so quickly, don’t you think? Of course now I’m already thinking ahead to the next thing. I should really get started on crafting some summer things. And my sweet little missy Nik’s 20th birthday is this upcoming week. So lots to do, and lots to celebrate.

But before I move too far forward, I have one last spring bunny to share with you. A custom order I’ve been working on. From my little Easter Bunny to yours, wishing you all a very wonderful day!

Seek Happiness with Ranger Ink

Happy Wednesday, crafty friends!

I’m back today with another card that I made for the Creativations (CHA) show in January. This time, a fun Distress project for the Ranger Ink booth featuring the new Funky Floral #1 dies by Tim Holtz.


The Funky Floral dies are one of my favorite new sets from Tim’s CHA release. I love that this set has lots of dies for building lots of different flowers. The stacking possibilities are really endless, and the flowers look great in all sorts of different color ways. Last time I shared this set in bright and happy colors of spring. And today, I’m going with a more elegant red and gold floral pattern set against crisp black cardstock, reminiscent of the style design of Rifle Paper Company’s amazing stationery line.


I die cut the flowers and leaves from a mixture of gold, black, and watercolor cardstock, and inked the flowers in two shades of red Distress inks. The pieces were stacked and arranged into a outline frame design, and layered with papers to pull all the colors together. Distress Crayon was added to the edges of the papers and the black stems, too. The sentiment is a combo of a Clippings Idea-ology sticker with one of the word dies from the Shadow Script #3 dies, part of the upcoming April Alterations release.


Hope your week is going great so far! Thanks so much for stopping by!

P.S.-
If you’re interested in any of the products I’ve used, be sure to check out the awesome sales right now at Scrapbook.com on all Ranger, Sizzix,  and Tim Holtz products!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Gina K. Designs Premium Cardstock • Black OnyxRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - MetallicSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Funky Floral 1Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Shadow Script 3Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Clippings StickersRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Crayons - Set 3Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Fired BrickRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Festive BerriesTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round