An Old Fashioned Christmas with Photo Play Paper


Hello, hello friends, and happy Wednesday! I’m taking advantage of a relatively quiet morning here at my house to share with you all another holiday card that I made at my scrapbooking retreat back in October. Emphasis this year is trying to use up leftovers from a pair of favorite older holiday collections. This card was made with the adorable Dear Santa kit from Photo Play Paper.


This time, I pulled some of the brown woodgrain print from the papers to pair with another favorite of mine, kraft. I do so love the look of red, white, and natural kraft for the holidays.


To add some interest to the background I used a Hero Arts stencil and white ink with a blending tool. Popped up the sentiment banner and bells for a bit of extra dimension, too.

I felt pretty good about getting my holiday cards done in October, but I’m chagrined to say that I haven’t gotten any of them in the mail yet! Oy…. I need to get a move on! Hope holiday prep is going a bit smoother at your house!

P.S.- Don’t forget to check out my new Holiday Mini Release in my AudOnes Prims Shop!


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

Photo Play Paper - Dear Santa Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Cardstock Stickers - AlphabetPhoto Play Paper - Dear Santa Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Cardstock Stickers - ElementsTherm O Web Gina K Designs WHITE Premium 120 LB Cardstock 18016Carta Bella Paper - Bulk Cardstock Pack - 25 Sheets - KraftSimple Stories - Say Cheese II Collection - Enamel DotsRanger Ink - Pigment Ink Pad - Glacier WhiteEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner RounderRanger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965

Photo Play Paper Dear Santa 12×12 Collection Kit

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A Dear Santa Christmas


Hi sweet friends, happy Friday! I had every intention of getting back to a more regular blogging schedule for the holidays…. but already I’ve hit a set back. All attempts at productivity have been thrown out the window here at my house with the arrival of a brand new little buddy. A little 9 week-old golden retriever boy, bookend to the kids’ 1 1/2 year-old golden retriever girl. And of course Grandma here has already been pet-sitting…. and getting nothing else done. 😉


But just look at those wee little faces!


On top of that, both kiddos have finished up school for the semester this week, and are back home for now. Nik just finished her first semester at university, and my boy, Mr. Pete…. well, he just graduated! Can you all believe that? I know many of you still remember me crying when he first left for college, and now, fast forward four and a half years and now he is the proud recipient of a BS in biochemistry. SO many wonderful things going on!


Sharing today another holiday card that I made at my scrapbooking retreat in October. Emphasis this year is trying to use up leftovers from a pair of favorite older holiday collections, Dear Santa from Photo Play Paper, mixed with I Love Christmas from Echo Park. Lots of pretty papers from the collections, accented with cardstock stickers and a tiny twine bow. I cut apart one of the paper strips for the sentiment, and borrowed a friend’s dies at the retreat to create the scalloped border and Santa stack.

How are the holiday preparations going at your house? Knocking things off that to-do list?


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

Therm O Web Gina K Designs WHITE Premium 120 LB Cardstock 18016Photo Play Paper - Dear Santa Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Dear SantaPhoto Play Paper - Dear Santa Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Merry ChristmasEcho Park - I Love Christmas Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Border StripsPhoto Play Paper - Dear Santa Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Cardstock Stickers - ElementsLawn Fawn - Lawn Trimmings - Bakers Twine Spool - PeppermintEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner Rounder

Photo Play Paper Dear Santa Deck the Halls 12×12 paper
scalloped, circle dies

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A Holiday Snow Globe with Sizzix


Happy Monday, sweet friends! And happy December, too! With Christmas now only three weeks away, holiday preparations are in full swing these days. I am still very much in that chaotic in-progress stage at my house…. decorating is underway, shopping is underway, and holiday gift wrapping is underway, too. I’m really looking forward to crossing at least one item off of my to-do list, but it seems I’ve still got a long ways to go. How about all of you?


I am making some slow headway on my gift packaging, though. This weekend I went and picked out my holiday wrapping paper for the year. I like to go with a different theme each holiday, and actually look forward to picking out my rolls of brightly colored wrapping papers. I guess my love of pretty scrapbooking papers carries on into a love of pretty much any paper. I’m sure you all know what I mean. 😀


Part of my packaging for the year includes a few handmade tags, of course. And last week, I shared this sweet snow globe shaped Tim Holtz tag on the Sizzix blog, and wanted to share it here with you, too. This tag is once again a mix of some of my favorites from Tim’s new holiday collection. The globe and the church building, the moon, snowbank, and the stars, are from the Snowglobe2 die set. And to complete the scene, I added in some pieces from both the Snowman Scene and Winter Wonderland sets, as well. I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Tim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS ColorCore 12 x 12 Cardstock GX190000Tim Holtz Idea-ology TIDINGS Mini Stash 8 x 8 Cardstock Pack TH93325Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Thinlits Die - Snowglobe 2Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Thinlits Die - Winter WonderlandSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Thinlits Die - Snowman SceneStamper's Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Simple SayingsAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Christmas - Adornments - PineconesMay Arts IVORY Twine String BurlapRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Stickles Dry Glitter - Clear Rock Candy - 3 OuncesRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Archival Ink Pads - Watering CanRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Hickory SmokeRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Sanding Block - also known as Sanding Grip

May Arts gingham ribbon

 

Naughty or Nice with Therm O Web


Hello Sweet Friends, and happy Wednesday to you! With Thanksgiving now tucked snugly under our belt, I’m sure I join many of you in saying that holiday preparations are in full swing here at our house. The Christmas tree has come out, and tubs of ornaments and decorations are spread everywhere. I am definitely in that chaotic in-between stage, where things are more mess than decor. But soon the entire family will be home, and my spirits are filling with good cheer.


While I was off at my scrapbooking retreat last month, I made a good dent in my holiday card making for the year. And once again I tasked myself with one of my favorite self-imposed challenges, to bring a limited amount of supplies and use up some stash of older holiday lines. I shared three mix-and-match stash cards recently on the Therm O Web blog, and thought I would share one of them here with you all today, too. This little holiday elf card is made with two much-loved older paper collections, Echo Park Paper’s I Love Christmas and Photo Play Paper’s Dear Santa.


The background is a mix of both lines, and the cute elf journaling card and detail stickers are Echo Park. I used one of GinaK Designs circle dies to create a round porthole window for the elf to peek through. Great way to call attention to the focal design.

I’ve got another pair of mix-it-up holiday cards up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to see more. And although these paper lines are older, they are both still available, and I will link you to them below.

I hope my friends and family in the States had a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday! Thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Therm O Web Gina K Designs WHITE Premium 120 LB Cardstock 18016Echo Park - I Love Christmas Collection - 12 x 12 Collection KitPhoto Play Paper - Dear Santa Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Dear SantaPhoto Play Paper - Dear Santa Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - HollyPhoto Play Paper - Dear Santa Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Cardstock Stickers - ElementsTherm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Double Stitch - Circle - SmallWe R Memory Keepers - Sew Easy - Fancy Floss - Bakers Twine - Tertiary

 

2017 Tim Holtz Holiday Inspiration Series- Snowman Scene

 

Happy Wednesday, Crafty Friends, and thank you for joining me here on the blog for another festive project from the 2017 Tim Holtz Holiday Inspiration Series!  Whether you are looking for handmade cards or gift projects, or maybe a few home decor ideas, the Holiday Inspiration Series is here to help jump start all of your holiday crafting with tons of project ideas from a group of very talented crafters. I am so excited to be a part of the festivities, and today I’ve got some frosty Sizzix Alterations fun to share with you.


This adorable snowman dude and his background scenery were made with the super fun Snowman Scene Thinlits die set, part of the new Sizzix Alterations holiday release. I love the layers to this guy, and all the tiny little details. If you’ll look closely, you will see that the body of the snowman is stacked from three individual pieces. And all the wee details, like the snow on the hat and arms, the bitty pieces of coal and carrot nose, the stick arms and scarf, are included in the die set, too.


I love that this set also has dies for creating the background landscape scene you see here. I began by die cutting some framework using the Stitched Squares Framelits set, and then I inked the pieces in a soft natural Distress color palette of blues and greens. The sky was then embossed with the new Simple Snowflakes embossing folder for the look of freshly falling snow.


I die cut the mountain ridge and snowy tree line from Ranger watercolor paper, and inked both in Distress. The mountain was water-colored in a mix of black and grey to mimic stone. I did up one of the background layers of paper to match. The tree line was inked in the same blend of greens fading into blue along the snowbank. Mr Snowman was pieced with all his individual parts, and then the whole scene was pounced with Ranger Gesso to add some texture to the snow.


To finish the scene, I added a simple banner for the snowman to hold made from natural twine. The letters are from one of my favorite basic sentiment sets, Holiday Words- Block.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don’t forget to check out the daily inspiration on Facebook and Instagram for more fabulous design ideas. And hope to see you all next time!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Tim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS ColorCore 12 x 12 Cardstock GX190000Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Tim Holtz Idea-ology DECO SHEETS TH93219Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Thinlits Die - Snowman SceneSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Framelits Dies - Stitched SquaresTim Holtz Sizzix HOLIDAY WORDS: BLOCK Thinlits Die 660057Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Texture Fades - Embossing Folder - Simple SnowflakesMay Arts IVORY Twine String BurlapRanger Ink - Dina Wakley Media - White Gesso - 1 OunceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Hickory SmokeTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Shabby ShuttersRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Bundled SageRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Sanding Block - also known as Sanding GripRanger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965

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2017 Tim Holtz Holiday Inspiration Series- Winter Wonderland

 

Happy Wednesday, Crafty Friends, and thank you for joining me here on the blog for day one of my projects for the 2017 Tim Holtz Holiday Inspiration Series!  Whether you are looking for handmade cards or gift projects, or maybe a few home decor ideas, the Holiday Inspiration Series is here to help jump start all of your holiday crafting with tons of project ideas from a group of very talented crafters. I am so excited to be a part of the festivities, and today I’m kicking things off with a little Sizzix Winter Wonderland inspiration.


I absolutely adore a natural woodland look for the holidays, so of course I simply could not resist the charm of this new Winter Wonderland Thinlits die set. I am truly a sucker for cute little woodland critters, and this set is full of them. Love that deer, and the snowy background die really makes the most amazing backdrop.


I had fun creating a woodsy scene for my card, complete with fresh greens and glittered snowbanks nestled against a softly falling snow. The background was die cut from watercolor cardstock and ink blended with a soft Distress color palette of Tumbled Glass fading into Shaded Lilac and Chipped Sapphire. I made a woody signpost for the sentiment using a small strip of cardstock and one of the Idea-ology Clippings stickers. The bits of greenery are die cut from the previously released Holiday Greens set.

I created some framework for my scene by nesting a Stitched Oval die within a Stitched Rectangle, die cut once again from watercolor paper. The frame was inked in Chipped Sapphire, and then embossed with the new Simple Snowflakes embossing folder. I went over the raised embossed areas again with ink to bring out the textured design. The frame was placed onto additional layers of cardstock and patterned paper, all tied up with my favorite natural twine.


The snowbanks were created from another new holiday die set called Snowglobe #2. I used both the positive die, and the negative shape leftover to make the staggered snowbanks you see here. Both were pounced with a bit of Picket Fence Distress paint, and then coated in clear Distress glitter, for a snowy look. I tucked the deer between the layers to add some depth to the scene. To dress up the deer, I turned to another new die set, Snowman Scene, to create the scarf. And then a few enamel dots complete the look.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don’t forget to check out the daily inspiration on Facebook and Instagram for more fabulous design ideas. And hope to see you all next time!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Tim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS ColorCore 12 x 12 Cardstock GX190000Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Tim Holtz Idea-ology TIDINGS Mini Stash 8 x 8 Cardstock Pack TH93325Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Thinlits Die - Winter WonderlandSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Thinlits Die - Snowman SceneSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Thinlits Die - Snowglobe 2Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Holiday GreensTim Holtz Sizzix STITCHED RECTANGLES Thinlits Die 661189Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Stitched Ovals Thinlits DieSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Texture Fades - Embossing Folder - Simple SnowflakesAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Clippings StickersSimple Stories - Hello Fall Collection - Enamel DotsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Stickles Dry Glitter - Clear Rock Candy - 3 OuncesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Shaded LilacRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Chipped SapphireTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Gathered TwigsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Crayons - Set 3Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 2 OuncesRanger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965May Arts IVORY Twine String Burlap

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A Creepy Halloween with Photo Play Paper

Hi friends, happy Monday! And happy almost-Halloween! The big day will soon be here, and before long it will be time to pack away the spooks for one more year. But before then, I have one last Halloween haunt to share with you. A creepy card, made once again with Photo Play Paper’s adorable Halloween collection, Matilda & Godfrey.


One of my favorite things about this line is all the extras that come with the set, including the fabulous haunted house die cut ephemera piece I used here. I layered my scene with cardstock stickers and a fun mix of patterned papers.  The sentiment comes from the matching clear stamp set.


Thanks so much for spending another Halloween with me here on the blog! My favorite time of year! Hope you all have a wonderful holiday tomorrow. And thanks so much for stopping by!


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

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 12 SheetsPhotoPlay MATILDA & GODFREY 12 x 12 Collection Pack MG2849PhotoPlay MATILDA & GODFREY Ephemera MG2850PhotoPlay MATILDA & GODFREY Clear Stamps MG2851Ranger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet Black

Cardstock: Stampin’Up