Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3- Cauldron Bigz

Hello crafty friends! I’m back today with another project that I created for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 release. As you may remember, I was given a special secret assignment for this release to create some fabric projects using the new dies. And today I’m here to share the last of my Halloween inspired fabric creations…. this time, a spooky witch’s spell pillow made with the new Cauldron Bigz die and the fabulous Handmade alphabet font.

Of course Bigz dies are perfect for using with thicker materials like the wool felt and fabrics I used here, and one of my favorite things about using fabric with die cuts is the ability you have to manipulate the pieces. Because fabric has give, I was able to expand the slit at the top of the cauldron and back the opening with a contrasting fabric, as well as tuck the wisp of smoke into the inside. Love how you can now see the contents of the cauldron just bubbling away.

I used Distress paint to add details to the scene, like the shadow below the cauldron, the bubbles rising above, and all the white pieces so that they stand out. And of course a witch’s brew needs a good spider, which is hanging to the side of the cauldron by a thread. I used a bit of alcohol ink on the spider to really make it shine.

I added a few hand-stitched accents to the cauldron handles, and edged the pillow with some favorite pom-pom trim. If you’d like any additional tips for using fabric with dies, check out some of my previous posts (These Old Bones) and (Skull & Crossbones Dolly).

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend ahead. I’m planning to head to Richmond to visit my boy. We’ve got belated birthday celebrating to do, and this ol’ mamma can’t wait!

P.S.- I’ve added a few Halloween spooks to my AudOnes Prims Shop. Come take a peek!

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

Sizzix - Halloween - Bigz Die - CauldronSizzix - Bigz XL - Alphabet Die - HandmadeTim Holtz Idea-ology WICKED Metal Adornments TH93305Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Adirondack Alcohol Ink - Sunset OrangeSigno - White Uni-ball Impact Pen

Floss: DMC
Cotton Print Fabric, Wool Felt, Pom Pom Trim

Feeling Corny with Therm O Web & AudOnes Prims

Hello, friends! Happy Wednesday! Today is a somber day as we remember all those affected by the tragedies of 9/11. We shall never forget this day that changed the history of our country forever. I have just come from dropping my parents off at the airport after a very wonderful three week visit with them, so today is just that little bit extra hard to have them leave and fly on this day.

After being on vacation mode these past several weeks, I’m hoping to play catch up here on my blog with a project post today for both Therm O Web and my little AudOnes Prims shop. It’s been quite some time since I listed anything in my shop, but that is my plan for the next few days, starting with these silly sweet corn on the cob prims that I made over the summer for the Therm O Web blog. These little cuties feature a combo of my favorite fabrics from Crossroads Denim and Blend Fabrics designer Cori Dantini along with Therm O Web Stitchn’Sew fleece.

If you’d like to give these corny corns a try, I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog.

Or, you can find this trio of cobs listed now in my Shop! (And hopefully a few other cuties will be joining them, too)

Enjoy the rest of your week, friends! And happy weekend ahead!

These Old Bones with Tim Holtz Skull & Crossbones

Happy Fri-yay, crafty friends! I’m back today with another fabric project to share featuring dies from the new Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 release.

Earlier this week I posted a spooky sweet rag dolly that I made using the Skull & Crossbones Bigz die, and once again, this little pom pom pillow features the same set of bones along with a continuation of some of the tips and tricks I use for working with fabric die cuts. If you missed part one of the tutorial, simply scroll down or click here.

We left off here last time, with the step of attaching fabric appliques using Therm O Web Fabric Fuse glue. For larger die cuts that I’m planning on adding stitching to (like this skull), just small dots of glue are all you need to keep the pieces from shifting and moving around…

Fabric Fuse adhesive is also particularly helpful in attaching smaller, thinner, and more intricate appliques that would be rather difficult to sew around. If I’m using small pieces, like these die cut letters, I make sure to cover the entire surface of the back side with the glue, so that the appliques will be secure without the need for stitching. Just squeeze a continuous thin line of adhesive all over the applique. You can spread it out with your finger or a paintbrush, too.

The key is to be sure to get the whole applique tacked down, since there won’t be any stitching to hold things in place. If you missed any spots, you can lift the edges and add more glue. Once I had my finished design, I went back in with Picket Fence Distress paint to add detailing to the negative facial openings and the letters and bones. Stitching was added once everything was dry.

The lettering for this pillow was die cut from Therm O Web fleece using the Tim Holtz Bigz XL Cutout Lowercase Letters die. Additional o’s and the dot from the j die cut from olive and black felt were used to make the eyes. And for a final step, I dragged a Black Soot mini Distress ink pad over the edges of the bones to emphasize the design.

I hope you enjoy these quick and easy tips for using fabric with your dies. Have a great weekend, everyone, and thanks so much for stopping by!

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

Sizzix - Halloween - Bigz Die - Skull & CrossbonesSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz XL Alphabet Die - Cutout LowerStitchnSew Fleece Sew-In High Loft (White 45 in. d/f x 1 Yard pack)Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Hickory SmokeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceTim Holtz Glass Media MatRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 2 OuncesRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 Pack

Other: Indygo Junction Crossroads Denim, Wool Felt, Pom Pom Trim, Polyfill Fiber Stuffing


Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 Release- Skull & Crossbones

Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! Did you all have a chance to check out Tim’s fabulous new Sizzix Chapter 3 release on Facebook Live last week? Wasn’t it amazing? Over two hours of festive and frightening new products to gawk over, and tons and tons of fantastic projects and ideas to see. If you missed it, never fear… you can watch the replay (part 1 Halloween) below.

When I shared about the new holiday release on my last post, I hinted at a secret project assignment that Tim asked me to work on for the reveal, and I know some of you have already guessed what that was. Fabric! Yes, my twist was to apply the new dies to some of my AudOnes Prims. And boy, was I excited to give that a try! A huge thank you to Tim, Mario, and Paula for this super fun opportunity!

Those of you who have followed along on my AudOnes Prims venture know how much I love to create silly primitive rag dollies, so of course that was the very first project that I tackled. This cute and creepy little girl doll features some of my favorite things…. buttons and bows, Crossroads Denim and Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabric, and a big spooky Halloween skull emblem right on the front that was made with the new Skull & Crossbones Bigz Die.

Because the Skull & Crossbones is a Bigz die, you can easily die cut all sorts of thicker materials with it, making it perfect to use with fabric projects like this. I used wool for both the skull and bones here, doubling up the layers for the bones in her hair. And just as you can use Distress Ink and Paint to add detail to paper projects, you can apply the same techniques to add depth, age, and dimension to fabric pieces, too.

Here’s how I do it.

Begin by die cutting the bones from heavy wool or wool felt. You can use thinner materials, but something thicker really works best. I’ll share tips for die cutting thin cotton fabric in an upcoming post.

Dab Distress Inks or Oxides onto a non-stick craft mat, and then spray the inks heavily with water using a Distress Sprayer. For this project, I used Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.

*Note: use this technique only on fabric projects that you don’t plan on washing… as just like with primitive style tea or coffee staining, Distress inks will wash out in water.

Press the fabric die cuts into the ink mixture, twisting and swiping them through the inks to add color. Not dark enough? Let the fabric die and repeat the process again. Once you have the color where you like it, make sure to let the pieces dry completely.

When it comes to applying applique die cuts to fabric, I take a few shortcuts. The standard way would be to add an iron-on fusible interfacing to the back, or to attach the pieces with lots of pins. But I am hopeless with an iron, and often end up with pieces slipping or shifting with pins. So my trick is to stick my appliques down with Therm O Web Fabric Fuse adhesive. That way I can get the pieces exactly where I want them, and I know they’ll stay in place. And once it’s dry, you can go back and add stitching over the top if you wish. Love it.

For bigger die cuts, like the skull, I do like to go around the edges with a bit of machine stitching, but with the glue, that step isn’t necessary. For thinner dies, like the crossbones, I stacked two wool pieces together and simply stitched down the center. The double thickness helps add structure to loose flappy pieces, like the hair bows. And finally, you can add further details to the fabric dies, like using Distress paint to highlight the negative opening. Or adding buttons for eyes. Or tying multiple shapes together with a bit of ribbon or twine.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ve got lots more holiday projects to share, so hope to see you all soon!

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

Tim Holtz Fabric Eclectic Elements 14759 MELANGE 12 INCH FABRIC CRAFTING PACKSizzix Bigz Die - Skull & CrossbonesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Hickory SmokeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Black SootTim Holtz Glass Media MatTonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Non-Stick Micro Serrated Scissors - 9.5 Inch Titanium ShearsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 2 Ounces

Other: Eclectic Elements Fabric, Crossroads Denim by Indygo Junction, Wool, Stampin’Up Ribbon, Buttons


Patriotic DIY Decor with Therm O Web

You all know by now that I just can’t let a holiday go by without a little seasonal decorating to go along. And as tomorrow is the 4th of July celebration here in the States, I wanted to share a super quick and easy DIY framed decor project that I made recently for the Therm O Web blog.

This American flag frame blends in perfectly with my summer-themed patriotic decor, and I love how easy it was to put together using some basic supplies that you may already have on hand. The frame itself is an old cheapie that I picked up at my local thrift store, with just such a project in mind. I removed the glass and gave the wood a quick whitewash of paint, then made a DIY fabric canvas using the chipboard backing that comes with the frame.

The stars and stripes were masked using dies from the GinaK Designs line and Purple Tape. I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial, including some tips for creating the masks, up on the Therm O Web blog if you’d like to learn more.

I hope all my friends and family in the States have a wonderful 4th of July holiday! Any special plans in the works? I’ve got both of my college kids home this week, so this ol’ mama is celebrating big!

Fourth of July Sale

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackTherm O Web Gina K Designs SINGLE STICH RECTANGLE LARGE Set Nested Dies 18012Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceTherm O Web - iCraft - Repositionable Adhesive - Pixie Spray For Stencils - 3.8 OuncesTherm O Web - iCraft - Purple Tape - Removable - 1.5 Inches x 15 YardsTherm O Web - iCraft - Purple Tape - Removable - 0.5 Inches x 15 YardsTherm O Web FabricFuse LIQUID GLUE Adhesive 9075*



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….

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





2018 Halloween Haunted House Tour- Day 1

Hello dear spooks! Guess what time it is? We’re almost halfway through October already, and you know what that means…. it’s time for my annual Halloween Haunted House Tour!

Hurricane Michael came through my area this week. Fortunately by the time it reached Carolina, most of the damaging wind and rain had lessened significantly. But we still got plenty wet, and as we haven’t really had a chance to dry out from Florence, this storm hit us just a wee bit harder.

We’re still pretty soggy, but things are getting back to normal. I lost power for about fourteen hours, but that is a small price to pay for what it could have been. Power is back on today, and it is a beautiful sunny day out there. Perfect chance to take some tour photos. Most of the house is still quite dark. But the dining room is nice and bright right now. So let’s start there.

I know most of you have toured for many years with me by now. And I’m not sure how different things look this year. But there’s always a few new additions and tweaks here and there… and my mom would never forgive me if I didn’t share. 😀

I will mostly let the photos do the talking, but if you have any questions, be sure to leave them in the comments. As always, my dishes on my antique sideboard are a mix of vintage transferware pieces and ironstone. Of course I pull out the black patterns for Halloween. Also on the sideboard are most of my collection of spooky bones, skulls, and skeletons, as well as my beloved Lori Mitchell collection. Nothing too spooky. I don’t want to get the creeps!
Enjoy the tour!

You can see what a beautiful sunny day it is here today. Almost like the storm never came through. Hope it’s a fabulous fall day in your nook of the woods, too.
Thanks so much for stopping by!