And Hello to You with Tim Holtz & Sizzix


Hi friends, happy Friday! I hope you are all doing wonderfully well! I’m sorry things have been so quiet here on my blog lately. I’m afraid my new work schedule is leaving little time for crafting and play. But I’m very happy to be here today to share the last of the cards I made for the Tim Holtz Alterations booth at the Creativation 2018 show. Just in time for a flash sale on Tim Holtz products going on over at Sizzix this weekend! Read on for more information on that.


This card features three of the new die(s) that Tim released at the show this year. The frame is made using a negative shape die cut from the Stacked Postage dies. I love that scalloped detail that created on the inside of the frame. And the floral accents are from the Funky Floral #1 dies, stacked at different levels on the side of the frame to help call attention to the simple sentiment. But the star here is truly that cool alphabet background. That is the new Cutout Lower Alphabet die, a Bigz XL die released in the April collection. I managed to squeeze the entire alphabet into my background, with a little hidden message, too. A great way to get some extra use out of those alpha dies.


Did you all see the news? Sizzix announced their new design team this week. I decided not to re-apply when the call went out. With my new work schedule, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. But I wish the new team all the best, and don’t worry… I will still be playing with my Sizzix products as much as I can!

And speaking of Sizzix products… be sure to check out the Tim Holtz Sizzix FLASH SALE going on this weekend- today through the 20th, only!
(Click on the banner below to shop)

Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicMay Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Salty OceanRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Peacock FeathersRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Cracked PistachioRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Twisted CitronTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Texture Paste - Opaque CrackleRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 Pack

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B is for Boy with Photo Play Paper


I’m reaching back into my project archives for my card share today! The weather has turned warm here, and it feels like spring has finally arrived. Perfect time for soft pastels and sweet baby animals, like this little cutie from Photo Play Paper’s adorable About a Little Boy collection.


Just a happy combo of polka dots and plaid. And I am always a sucker for the cute little critters, too. This guy is heading off on a balloon ride to make a very special delivery. He’s got a puffy cloudy sky to soften his journey, made with a bit of masking and Distress ink. The scene is framed with some of my favorite stitched rectangle dies, and tied up with string.


Happy Friday, friends! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! My wee Missy Nik is finishing up her first year at university tomorrow, and is coming home for the summer. Let the summer vacation begin!


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

Photo Play Paper - About a Little Boy Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Cracked PistachioRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Twisted CitronRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round
My Creative Time- Stitched Rectangle Dies
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Fabric Friday- A Mother’s Day Bouquet with Therm O Web


Hi friends, happy Friday! Thanks for stopping by! Today I’m switching gears from paper crafts to share a little fabric project with you that I made for the Therm O Web blog this week. Easy-sew fabric tulip flowers. Something different for a Mother’s Day gift idea. Or just some spring flowers for your home decor since Mother Nature seems to be hiding on us this year.


These polka dotty flowers do make me smile, I have to say. They remind me of when my kids were little and had a play kitchen with pretend food. All those puffy items they could “buy” at the grocery store in their oversized plastic cart and bring home to their little kitchen. These flowers would fit right in there. Happy memories!


I think these look really sweet arranged in a vase like real flowers, and the best thing is, they will never fade. Those are my kind of flowers! Better yet, these “easy-sew” fabric tulips are truly just that… easy to sew. I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.


Enjoy your weekend, friends! See you all soon!

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Wander, Seek, Explore, Fly with Tim Holtz and Sizzix

Hi friends, happy Wednesday to you! Thanks so much for stopping by! I am playing catch up here on the blog today after sneaking away for a long four-day weekend with my scrappy gang at our favorite retreat center at the beach. The weather prediction called for cold, but the sun shined the entire time, and it really was lovely. Enough so that I managed a few walks on the beach, and came home with my usual bag of sea shells. Can’t go to the beach without collecting a few of those. And once again, I got next to nothing done…. but what fun.

Being still in a beach frame of mind makes me think of the new Tim Holtz dies that have just been released for April. Especially the beautiful Bigz Seashell dies I had the pleasure to work with. Perfect time to share today’s project…a travel-inspired beachy wall hanging that I made for the Tim Holtz Creativation 2018 booth. And if you haven’t seen yet, here’s a video re-cap of Tim’s latest collection for Sizzix, along with a little peek at some of my projects, too.


As Tim mentioned in the video, this wall hanging took a mixed media approach with a mix of paper, fabric, recycled cardboard, crackle paste, and some of my favorite tropical colors of Distress. I added in the new Planks dies, embossed with the planks texture fade, and the Funky Floral #1 dies, and of course the Bigz Seashells, to create a shabby, vintage-inspired, travel themed decor piece, perfect for summer.


The sentiment words come from the new Shadow Script die collection. I used the “shadow” die to cut negative shapes into the background, and then layered the opening with the “positive” die cuts. Backed the panel onto linen fabric to add a soft texture to the hard lines of the crackle splattered cardboard base.


The Funky Floral dies are so much fun to play with. There are so many different stacking possibilities. This time, I used some of the center pieces all on their own, tucked here and there into the clusters. Makes me think of coral or sea anemones. And branches from the Fall Foliage set fit in nicely for a reef look, too.

Hope your week is off to a great start! See you all soon!


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

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackRanger Ink - Dina Wakley Media - Kraft Paper PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Funky Floral 1Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die with Texture Fades - SeashellsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die - PlanksSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Shadow Script 3Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Fall FoliageSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Halloween - Texture Fades - Embossing Folder - Wood PlanksTim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Stickers - Chitchat WordAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Display HangersRanger Ink - Texture Paste - Opaque CrackleRanger 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 PistachioRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Twisted CitronTim 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 - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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Eat Cake with Therm O Web & Brutus Monroe

Brutus Monroe Logo

Happy Friday, friends! I’m back today with day two of my projects for the Brutus Monroe match-up on the Therm O Web blog this week.


For my first Brutus project, I shared a card straight from the flower garden. And this time, I’m going with a more whimsical approach with Brutus’ fun Topsy Cakes stamps on a set of gift tags. I think these tags would work great for birthdays, or retirements, or weddings, or any celebratory occasion….. or even just the end of the work week, like today. I mean, I hardly ever need an excuse to eat cake!


I pulled out some GinaK Designs dies from the Decorative Tag Set for both the small and large tag shapes here. The Topsy Cakes were stamped onto the tags, and then masked to add the stenciled pattern in the background. The images were colored with Copic markers.


A sentiment from the Topsy Cakes set was stamped onto the smaller tags, and tied to the top with a bit of twine. GinaK gingham ribbon was inked to match. As always, I’ve got the full tutorial for this project up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Happy weekend to you! 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 - Luxury White - 10 PackBrutus Monroe Clear Stamps TOPSY CAKES bru4639Therm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Decorative TagBrutus Monroe - Mixed Media Stencil - TileTherm O Web Gina K Designs BLACK AND WHITE GINGHAM Fancy Ribbon 18048Brutus Monroe RAVEN DETAIL Ink Pad BRU2543Gina K Designs PASSIONATE PINK Color Companions Mini Ink Pad CUBE11Gina K Designs TURQUOISE SEA Color Companions Mini Ink Pad CUBE16Therm O Web - iCraft - Purple Tape - Removable - 1.5 Inches x 15 YardsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

Stampin’Up Twine
Copic Markers: E55, E57, E59, BG10, BG13, BG18, R11, R27, C1, C3

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Be Happy with Therm O Web & Brutus Monroe

Brutus Monroe Logo


We’re having some fun on the Therm O Web blog this week, partnering up with our friends at Brutus Monroe. All week long, both blogs are filled with project inspiration featuring Brutus’ stamps and stencils along with Therm O Web’s awesome line-up of products.


I am sharing several mix-it-up projects on the Therm O Web blog, and wanted to share the first of them here with all of you. This card features lots of layers of Therm O Web premium cardstock from the GinaK Designs line. I am just a bit obsessed with this lime Jelly Bean Green color. I used it in the cardstock, and the ink, and even a smidge in the Fancy Foils, too.


The flowers are from Brutus Monroe’s adorable Rose Garden stamp. They were stamped and embossed in white, and watercolored with Zig markers. The sentiment is Brutus, too, as is the pretty tile stencil pattern in the background. Makes me think of a garden lattice filled with climbing flowers. And I don’t know about you… but I’m ready for flowers!


I always love a good side view of deco foil to really show off it’s beautiful shine. I used the foil here with the new acetate toner sheets to create that cool striped pattern on the strip behind the sentiment. And I’ve got the full tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

In honor of our match-up week, we’ve got a fabulous prize for you. Be sure to stop by the Therm O Web blog and get entered in our prize drawing for a $25 Gift Certificate to shop our online store!

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


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

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Jelly Bean Green - 10 PackBrutus Monroe Clear Stamps ROSE GARDEN BRU4364Brutus Monroe - Mixed Media Stencil - TileTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - 8.5 x 11 - Clear Designer Toner Sheets - Pinstripes - 4 PackTherm O Web Gina K Designs JELLY BEAN GREEN Fancy Foils Deco Foil 1803628 Lilac Lane - Premium Sequins - Black TieTherm O Web Gina K Designs BLACK AND WHITE GINGHAM Fancy Ribbon 18048Brutus Monroe RAVEN DETAIL Ink Pad BRU2543Gina K Designs JELLY BEAN GREEN Color Companions Mini Ink Pad CUBE38Tsukineko - VersaMark Watermark Ink Stamp Pad - Large - ClearRanger Ink - Basics Embossing Powder - WhiteKuretake - ZIG - Clean Color - Brush Marker - 48 Piece SetBrutus Monroe - Waterbrush - Medium TipTherm O Web - Foil Laminator - 12 InchesTherm O Web - Deco Foil - 6 x 12 Foam Adhesive - WhiteTherm O Web - iCraft - Purple Tape - Removable - 1.5 Inches x 15 YardsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

Brutus Monroe Floral Frame Clear Stamp Set

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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