Beach Hair with Therm O Web

Hi Sweet Friends! Happy Monday!


We have been having the most beautiful weather here. The storms have cleared, leaving nothing but blue skies and gentle breezes. Feels like summer has returned.


Even so, signs of fall are creeping in. The first hint of color is popping out in the trees, and there’s a squirrel burying acorns in my front lawn this morning.   And of course, I have completed switched over to fall inside. Fall crafts….. fall decorations…. I even bought my first pumpkin of the season yesterday. You know me and autumn…it just can’t come soon enough.


Weather like this, though, has me longing for the beach. So perfect time to share some seaside tags I made recently for the Therm O Web blog, featuring dies from the GinaK Designs collection and stamps from our friends at Waffle Flower Crafts.


This is the adorable Bear and Bird stamp set, with paper from Simple Stories’ Summer Days collection. I framed my beach scenes with square dies from GinaK Designs, and gave my bears some cool beach accessories from a super old Stampin’Up stamp set that I haven’t used for years. Bonus points for that! 🙂

I’ve got the complete tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a fabulous week ahead!


Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - White - 12 SheetsTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Island Dream - 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 - Square - LargeSizzix - Framelits Die and Clear Acrylic Stamp Set - TagsSizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Stitched Ovals Thinlits DieRanger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet BlackTherm O Web - Premium Dye Inkpad Sets - Island DreamRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassKuretake - ZIG - Clean Color - Brush Marker - 48 Piece SetRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundTherm O Web 3D MOUNTING SQUARES White Foam 3777

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Stay Positive with Therm O Web

Happy Monday, Sweet Friends!
And for those of you lucky enough to be in the pathway,
Happy Solar Eclipse day!


This past week I had the great fun of joining along with the My Creative Time August release, so I didn’t get the chance to mention what a big week it was for us here at my house, with school starting up again for both my kiddos. Pete is finishing up his last semester at university, but for my daughter, there are lots of changes and nerves underway as she starts her first year away at college.


I knew move-in day would be tough on the both of us, so I wanted to cheer her up with a little care package and surprise. Just a little something to let her know I was thinking of her, and wishing her well. Sneaky mom hid these cuties on her desk when she wasn’t looking, to find and open after we were gone.


Nik is majoring in life sciences, so I knew this adorable Real Genius collection by Photo Play Paper would be right up her alley. Perfect for a pun-loving girl, like her. And even though she’s all grown up, I knew she would enjoy a little encouragement from mom.


I’ve got the full details 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!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Photo Play Paper - Real Genius Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - White - 12 SheetsSizzix - Framelits Die and Clear Acrylic Stamp Set - TagsEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner RounderMay Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

Bear & Bird with Therm O Web and Waffle Flower

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Hi sweet friends! Happy Monday to you once again. I hope you all have had a wonderful week!


Today is the last day of July already, and I am sitting here marveling at how fast the time goes by. Summer is almost over, and with the start of school quickly approaching I am feeling a great sense of change coming over me. Both of my kiddos are heading off to college this year. Pete to finish one last semester to complete his BS in biochemistry. And my Missy Nik will be starting university after a two-year break, with a plan to study life sciences. And all this means big changes for this old mom.


I’ve got two weeks until move-in date, and yes, I am counting down the days already. Nik and I have been having fun picking out her dorm room get-up. Last week we spent four out of five weekdays on campus attending orientation and meetings. My head is swimming with information and data and facts and nerves. So much to process, and such little time left. I know it will go by in the blink of an eye.


Change is a bit scary, but I’m reminding myself that with new things comes new opportunities. I’m so excited to see where the kids go from here, and where I will go, too. As a matter of fact, I am starting out on a new venture right now myself, with a brand new job!
After all, if the kids can learn new things, then I can as well, right?


Sharing these sweet thank you cards that I made for the Therm O Web blog using the adorable  bear & bird stamp set from our friends at Waffle Flower Crafts.
I’ve got the full tutorial to share HERE on the TOW blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! And have a fantastic week!


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 - LargeRanger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet BlackTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Tattered RoseTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Scattered StrawTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Dried MarigoldKuretake - ZIG - Clean Color - Brush Marker - 48 Piece SetRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundTherm O Web 3D MOUNTING SQUARES White Foam 3777

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Butterfly Boxes- A Sizzix Tutorial

Hi Friends! Happy Monday once again!
Hope you all have had a wonderful weekend. Things are usually pretty quiet around here, but not these days. I’ve got a full house right now with both kiddos and even a wee puppy here to keep me company, and lots to do before school starts up in a few short weeks. Summer is working it’s way toward the end, and as always, it seems there is suddenly much to get done….meetings and appointments and doctors and shopping…. times two for me this year, as I will have both of my munchkins in college. As a matter of fact, the wee Missy Nik and I are off to orientation today.
Wish me luck! This ol’ mom is going to need it!


This weekend, I found myself in somewhat of a gift wrapping emergency. Very last-minute plans were made to get together to celebrate two summer birthdays for my friends Amy and Susie, and although I had the gifts, I was totally unprepared with the wrapping.


What I needed was something small for the cute purse charm key rings I was gifting. Something along the lines of a jewelry box, and not the big gift bags I tend to keep on hand. Something, too, that I could put together quickly, last minute as this was. So I pulled out one of my favorite pillow box dies from Sizzix to create some very easy gift packaging, and then dressed them up with new summer products from Sizzix, including stamps, dies, and even new paper, too.

I’ve got a quick tutorial to share, in case you’re in ever in need of any last minute quick and easy gift packaging ideas.

1. Gather your supplies. For this project, I used the new 3-D Butterflies Bigz Die from the Where Women Cook collection. The patterned paper is from the same line and comes in a pad called Have A Little Party. The birthday stamp and tag are from the new Tag Sentiments #2 Framelits w/Stamps set by Lori Whitlock. And for small gift items, you can’t beat the Fancy Pillow Box Die.

2. Die cut the pillow box from patterned paper. You may notice that the paper pad is perfectly sized to fit the Sizzix Bigz dies, so no pre-cutting of paper is even needed. To die cut with Bigz dies, use this Sizzix die cutting sandwich: Standard Cutting Pad, Die (cutting side up), paper, Standard Cutting Pad.

3. Fold the pillow box along the crease lines. Place gift item inside, and thread the box with twine or ribbon through the die cut holes. I used a tiny piece of red-lined tape on the end of the flap to keep it snug against the box. Then just fold in the ends of the box to close.

4. Die cut the 3-D Butterfly from patterned paper from the pad, and assemble the butterflies by slipping one shape into the slit on the second. No adhesive is even necessary.

5. Tuck one wing of the butterfly behind the twine tie. Add a foam dot behind the butterfly to secure it in place.

6. Stamp the sentiment onto watercolor cardstock, and die cut it with the matching tag die.

7. Color the inside of the tag shape with Distress ink.


So quick and easy! And best thing is, this pillow box die is on sale right now, through the end of the month at Sizzix.com. I’ll link you to all the products below.

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


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

Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Sizzix - Where Women Cook Collection - 6 x 12 Paper Pad - Have a Little PartySizzix - Where Women Cook Collection - Bigz Die - Butterflies, 3-DSizzix - Framelits Die with Clear Acrylic Stamp Set - Tag Sentiments 2Ranger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Archival Ink Pads - Watering CanRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Picked RaspberryRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Peacock FeathersMay Arts PINK Twine String BurlapTherm O Web 3D MOUNTING SQUARES White Foam 3777Sizzix - Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair - Clear with Silver GlitterSizzix - Big Shot Machine - White and Gray

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Summertime with Photo Play Paper

Happy Monday, sweet friends! Hope you all have had a wonderful week since I last checked in, and that those of you in the states had a fabulous and fun-filled 4th of July holiday!

It’s been a very quiet, but productive week, here at my house. I think I’m still trying to adjust to the quiet of North Carolina living after my lovely three week visit with family out in California. But fortunately, there’s been lots to do in my craft studio. And the time, as always, just seems to slip by. Next week, the mid-year Mixed Media Event (formerly produced by Sierra Pacific Crafts (SPC) will take place in Salt Lake City. And that has kept me a busy, busy little bee, creating projects for the show using Photo Play Paper’s newest upcoming collections. It’s been Christmas in July in my studio…. and Halloween, too. Lots of favorites that I look forward to sharing with you soon.

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Now that trade show projects are slowing down, I had a chance to re-connect with my other love, fabric, this weekend…. and have started on a batch of sweet, shabby pumpkin folk for my fall shop openings. I’m super excited that the Rusty Bucket has requested some of my prims for their fall open house again this year. Must get to work, because it will be here before we know it. Inside my little world, it’s autumn already. But all that must wait. For right now it’s time to celebrate summer, and I have lots of fun to share with you. In between paper and fabric crafts, I’ve managed to break out my Americana summer decor, which I’ll share next time. And today, I have a summer-inspired card to share made with Photo Play’s adorable Summer Bucket List collection.


This little cutie captures some of my favorite summertime memories from when my kids were little. Playing games, camping under the stars, and toasting some marshmallows over an open fire, mixed with bright and happy colors and a touch of rustic woodgrain, that I adore.


Hope you’re making lots of fun summer memories this season, too!
Thanks so much for stopping by! See you all soon!


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

Photo Play Paper - Summer Bucket List Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackSigno - White Uni-ball Impact PenZIG - Memory System - Wink Of Stella - Glitter Brush Marker - Glitter Clear

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The “Extras” with Tim Holtz Assemblage

Hi Sweet Friends! Happy Monday, and a very happy 4th of July holiday to my friends and family here in the States!

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As many of you know, I have taken on a new hobby of jewelry making this past year, and have been having the most fun playing with the new Tim Holtz Assemblage collection. Today I am excited to share my latest jewelry pieces with you. These are what I’m lovingly referring to as the “extras”, made with the leftovers from my previous projects.


One of my favorite ways to use the Assemblage chain components is to combine bits and pieces of multiple strands to create a varied design. And one of my favorite outcomes of that is having smaller sections of chain leftover for new projects, like the bracelets I am sharing today. This first one is a double-wrap bracelet made with the beautiful pink rosary bead chain, decorated with sparkling accents and charms.


Jewelry projects like these are truly soooooo easy to create. Simply attach a jump ring to one end of chain, and a lobster claw to the other, and then add a few charms in between.  I used a mixture of Sparkling Rondelle and Diamonds & Pearls charms along with that adorable wishbone charm. I’m thinking of this one as my Lucky Charm piece.

The second bracelet is done in an oxidized silver finish using extras from the Gunmetal Link chain. I attached a lobster claw and jump ring at the ends again, along with a dangle of extra chain to act as an extender. And then I attached a Diamonds & Pearls charm and another Sparkling Rondelle for a bit of extra detail.


The center of the bracelet is decorated with one of my favorite pieces from the entire collection, the beautiful round shell charm from the Shell Flower & Links charms, which I topped with a Flower Rosette charm via a pair of gunmetal rings. So simple, and just so fun!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all have a lovely holiday for those celebrating this long weekend. Any special plans in the works?


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Tim Holtz Assemblage 18 INCH ROSARY CHAIN PINK THA20011Tim Holtz Assemblage 18 INCH GUNMETAL LINK CHAIN THA20006Tim Holtz Assemblage PACK OF 3 SHELL FLOWER AND LINKS CHARMS THA20044Tim Holtz Assemblage PACK OF 3 LUCKY CHARMS THA20038Tim Holtz Assemblage PACK OF 3 GEMSTONE FLOWERS LINKS THA20032Tim Holtz Assemblage PACK OF 12 DIAMONDS AND PEARLS CHARMS THA20028Tim Holtz Assemblage PACK OF 8 SPARKLING RONDELLS CHARMS THA20046Tim Holtz Assemblage PACK OF 12 LOBSTER CLAW CLASPS ASSORTED THA20051Tim Holtz Assemblage PACK OF 60 JUMP RINGS FINDINGS ASSORTED THA20063