Valentine Monsters with Sizzix


Hello, hello friends, and happy Valentine’s Day! Any special plans with your sweeties in the works for today? I’m having more of a “Galentine’s” crafty day with a gal pal today. Laughing and crafting, maybe coffee and treats, sounds like my kind of day. And I couldn’t let the day pass without creating some little goody bags for my two Valentines. My kiddos may be all grown up now…. but who doesn’t like a few sweet treats, right?


Of course a treat bag needs a good tag tie. So I pulled out some of my favorite dies and lots of pretty new Distress Oxide inks to whip up my tags for this year. Who says monsters are only good for Halloween?


To create these tags, I die cut and layered two tag shapes together from the Tim Holtz Tag die set, die cutting an oval shape from the center of the second tag. I used a layering stencil on the top tag, ink blended in my all time favorite Valentine color palette of pink and brown. I used the same colors to create a smooshed ink background for the window opening, and then added those silly pieced monsters. Those guys really make me smile.


I hand-cut polka dots to add to my monsters, and hand-cut hearts, too. I am crazy about Ranger’s Opaque Crackle Texture Paste these days, so that was rubbed into the corners and spots. A bit of Distress Crayon really brings out the great cracks and texture. I added dots of Glossy Accents to the eyes. The sentiments are stamps from my sweet friend, Emma, at My Creative Time.

Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Thanks so much for stopping by!


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

Strathmore BRISTOL SMOOTH 9 x 12 Paper Pad 365096Tim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS Colorcore 2.25 X 12 Cardstock 278921Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits TAG COLLECTION Wafer Thin Die Set 658784Tim Holtz Sizzix SILLY MONSTERS Thinlits Die 662374Sizzix Framelits DOTTED OVALS Wafer Thin Die Set 661840Tim Holtz Layering Stencil DIAMONDS THS081May Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapRanger Wendy Vecchi Archival WATERING CAN Ink Pad AID39006Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad TATTERED ROSE Ranger tdo56263Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad AGED MAHOGANY Ranger tdo55785Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad VINTAGE PHOTO Ranger TDO56317Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BLACK SOOT Ranger TIM19541Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons SET 10 TDBK51800Ranger TEXTURE PASTE OPAQUE CRACKLE 4oz INK57505Ranger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive GAC17042Sakura BLACK GLAZE GEL PENS Pen 2 Pack 38495Tim Holtz Distress Markers BLACK SOOT Ranger TDM32458Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965

My Creative Time- Best Bots stamp and die set
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Creativation 2018- Tim Holtz Blog Hop & Give Away!

Hi everyone! Thank you for joining us today for the Creativations 2018- Tim Holtz Blog Hop and Give Away! I am so excited to be joining in on the fun, sharing one of my projects that I made for the Sizzix Alterations booth featuring fabulous new dies from the Tim Holtz collection!


Are you all as excited about the new release as I am? It just never ceases to amaze me what innovative and amazing products Tim continues to wow us with, time after time. For my card today, I am sharing a bright and happy floral card made with the new Funky Floral #1 die set, part of the February Sizzix Alterations release. This project is inspired by all my favorite colors of spring, with a bold floral pattern set against crisp black cardstock, reminiscent of the style design of Rifle Paper Company’s amazing stationary line.


If you love design options, then you are going to adore the Funky Floral #1 die set. This Thinlits die set includes 17 pieces for die cutting an entire garden full of flowers, branches, and leaf designs. And one of my favorite features of this new set is that all of the individual pieces that you need to create the finished flower or leaf are included together on one die. So no need to try to figure out what shape goes with what. How brilliant is that?

I die cut all my individual shapes from Distress Watercolor Cardstock, and then individually inked them all with my ink blending tool. This way I could die cut all the pieces I needed in just one or two passes through the die cut machine, rather than spending the time die cutting the pieces from lots of different colors of paper. Really is a great time saving tip!


To keep my color palette harmonious, I stuck with two basic color families (pink and green), but used a wide range within those color families to add in some depth and interest. The cardstock layer beneath was inked in the same soft pink as the flowers to tie everything together, and layered against the bold black, the design really pops. The sentiment is a combination of die cut letters and a stamped banner. I’ll link you to all the products below.

PRIZES, PRIZES,PRIZES!

Of course a blog hop needs a few prizes! Just leave a comment on ALL the different blog hop posts for a chance to win! Comments must be posted by midnight PST on Tuesday, February 6th. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 7th on Richele’s blog.

Next stop along the hop is the amazing Mou Saha! Have fun everyone!

BLOG HOP CREATIVE LINE-UP

IDEA-OLOGY
Paula Cheney
Vicki Evans
Emma Williams
Cathie Parreco
Kaz Hall
Jan Hobbins
Jenny Marples

SIZZIX
Tami Bastians
Audrey Pettit —-(You Are Here)
Mou Saha
Richele Christensen

STAMPERS ANONYMOUS
Kath Stewart
Cheiron Brandon
Stacy Hutchinson
Chelle Fowler
Zoe Hillman
Joy Kennedy
Bobbie Smith


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 12 SheetsRESERVE Tim Holtz Sizzix FUNKY FLORAL 1 Thinlits Die 662700Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Block Friendship WordsStamper's Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Simple SayingsRanger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet BlackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Twisted CitronRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Cracked PistachioTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Shabby ShuttersRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mowed LawnTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Tattered RoseRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Festive BerriesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundRanger Ink - Multi Medium - Matte - .5 Ounce

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A Winter’s Wonder Tag & BIG Sale News!


Hi Friends! Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy weekend to you all! We’re already a couple of weeks into January, and I am still no closer to reaching my New Year’s goal of a regular blogging schedule again. Creativation (CHA) projects have been keeping me busy in the background, and I have been soaking up as much family time as I’ve been able this past month with both my kiddos and parents here visiting. So once again I’ve not much new to share at the moment… but I do have a few projects from Creativation 2017 still waiting in the archives to share, like this winter wonders tag I made for the Ranger Ink booth.


The focus here was on Distress Markers, which I used to create the free-hand funky plaid in the background of this Ranger Ink #8 manila tag. I selected brown and green markers for a natural woodland look, and used both the thick and thin tips of the pens to create a variety of lines in different widths… using a ruler for part of the design, and just winging the rest. To tone down the colors, the tag was heavily doused with water and blotted dry. Softens the design so it can fade into the background. Added die cut winter greens and some real mini pine cones I managed to find on a trip to the mountains last year.  Added a Sizzix sentiment and Clippings sticker, too.

Creativation is now less than a week away, so that means new products and new projects are coming soon! But until then, I’ve got some great deals and fun news to share with you!

Starting today, and running only through the 17th, Sizzix is offering a new Limited Edition Big Shot that features a gorgeous new mint color and a silver geometric pattern. This exciting new machine is a limited release and can only be purchased exclusively on sizzix.com. (Click on the photo above for a direct link with more information and availability).


And if you’re looking to stock up on accessories for your new Big Shot machine, or pick up the supplies I’ve used today, then I’ve got some news for you! All Sizzix and Ranger Ink items are on sale right NOW for a limited time at Scrapbook.com (excludes the exclusive Limited Edition Big Shot machine available only through sizzix.com). This great discount expires soon, so shop NOW for big savings on Sizzix Products!

Shop Your Fav Brands at Scrapbook.com

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Mixed Media Heavystock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackTim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS Colorcore 2.25 X 12 Cardstock 278921Ranger MANILA TAGS #8 Craft Inkssentials Surfaces ISM27973Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Garden GreensSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Holiday GreensSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Thin Holiday WordsAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Clippings StickersTim Holtz Idea-ology CRINKLE RIBBON TH93020Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Mowed LawnRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Gathered TwigsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Vintage PhotoRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Walnut StainTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Glitter Dust - Vintage PlatinumRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 2 OuncesTonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Paper DistresserRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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Shine Brightly Lantern Box with Tim Holtz & Sizzix

Hi friends, happy Friday! Thanks so much for stopping by! Here we are, only a few days into the New Year, and already I’m falling behind on my attempts to get back to my regular blogging schedule. Seems that even though the holidays are now officially over, things are as busy as ever here at my house. The big CHA-Creativation show is in two short weeks, and I am holed up in my craft room working away. Lots of secret things in the works. So not much new to share right now.


Thinking of CHA, though, has reminded me of last year’s show projects, including a few that I never got the chance to share…. like this lantern box I made for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations booth. A cute little winter inspired project, fitting for this time of year.


The lantern is such a fun and easy box to assemble, and I love the 3D nature of the design. Perfect for home decor, or even a tiny little gift box. And it’s the perfect size for a battery votive candle, too. I decorated the top of my lantern with winter greens and a pair of tattered pinecones. A shabby bow and a slim hang tag. Coated the bouquet with Distress glitter for a bit of snowy shine.


I lined the lantern windows with clear acetate sheet. The base for the lantern is one of Tim’s Vignette Boxes, turned upside down and lightly painted and sparkled. A fun accent for some winter home decor.
Hope your 2018 is off to a great start! Happy weekend!

FYI: *Edited to add: All Sizzix and Tim Holtz products are currently on SALE at Scrapbook.com. Great time to take advantage and stock up on some deals!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Tim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS ColorCore 12 x 12 Cardstock GX190000Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Mixed Media Heavystock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackBazzill Basics - 12 x 12 Classic Cardstock - Dark KraftBazzill SILVER METALLIC Heavy Weight 8.5 x 11 Cardstock 300290Hot Off The Press HEAT RESISTANT ACETATE 5 Sheets 8.5x11 042348Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz L Die - Lantern BoxSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Mini Holiday GreensSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Fall FoliageTim Holtz Idea-ology VIGNETTE BOXES Structures TH93279Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Clippings StickersMay Arts IVORY Twine String BurlapRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Stickles Dry Glitter - Clear Rock Candy - 3 OuncesAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Sanding Block - also known as Sanding Grip

 

 

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A Snow-Globe Shaker with Tim Holtz & Sizzix


Hello, hello Friends! Happy Friday! I don’t know about you all, but I am still working my way through my holiday cards, and today I am super excited to share with you my last Tim Holtz card for the season. A fun snow globe shaker card, made with lots of new Sizzix dies from the Tim Holtz holiday collection.


I so enjoyed putting this shaker design together, as it really is a fun miss-mash of several new sets. I love stretching the use of my dies by finding unique ways to use them, and this year’s holiday collection mixes and matches together just perfectly. I used three sets to create the scene here in the snow globe, and yet they look like one. What a great way to get lots of use from the dies that you own.

The Snowglobe2 Thinlits die set creates a lovely big dome for the globe, so to begin this card, I started with a square 5″ card base. The shaker frame is a second layer of patterned paper from the Tidings Paper Stash pad, with the snow globe shape die cut from the center. I die cut the globe base from inked paper and added it below, and then coated the whole with Distress crayon and a healthy dose of opaque crackle texture paste. A clear piece of acetate sheet is adhered to the back of the frame. This frame is popped up onto the card base to create depth for the shaker design.


The background of the window frame starts with a snowy watercolor panel die cut with the Winter Wonderland die set. A bit of blue and purple Distress ink added to the die cut gives the feel of a soft winter sky, and sets off the white look of the falling snow when placed against the white card base. The hill tree line next is from the Snowman Scene die set. I added green Distress ink to the trees, and then dabbed the tips of the trees and snow bank with more of the crackle paste. The bottom snowbank, the shrubs, and the church and houses are from the Snowglobe2 set… also dabbed in crackle to match.


A layer of foam adhesive behind the frame gives room for a shaker filled with sparkly mica glitter. And a sweet bow, greens, and tag add a finishing touch to the top of the globe.

Are you all on the Christmas countdown yet? Just over a week to go, and the to-do list here at my house is still a mile long. There’s still shopping and mailing and baking and wrapping, and yes… even decorating that needs doing. This year, I seem to be moving with molasses in my veins, but a heart filled with cheer! Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed 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 SceneSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Thinlits Die - Gift TagsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Thinlits Die - Festive GreensAmerican Crafts - Mixed Media Collection - Mixology - Mica Flakes, Glitter, Glass Glitter and Embossing Powder - PlatinumRanger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet BlackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Shabby ShuttersTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Shaded LilacTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Texture Paste - Opaque CrackleRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Crayons - Set 3Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 2 OuncesRanger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965

noel stamp: Close to My Heart

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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

 

2017 Tim Holtz Holiday Inspiration Series- Snowglobe Tag Set

Hi sweet friends, and happy Wednesday! It is a happy and busy week, with Thanksgiving right around the corner. And today is my birthday, too! Both my kiddos arrived home last night for the holiday weekend, so I am in full celebration mode already. And I am so excited to be here to share another holiday project from the 2017 Tim Holtz Holiday Inspiration Series with you. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing a few moments here with me on the blog today!


I love putting together pretty gift packaging for the holidays, and one of my favorite holiday projects is making handmade tags. Tags are a perfect way to top off all those gift boxes and bags that come with the holidays, and they make a wonderful small gift for friends and family, too. This year, I’ve combined a few of my favorite Tim Holtz die sets to make my tags for the season, in a snowy village theme that I adore.


Don’t you just love the detail of those tiny village houses? They are from the new Snowglobe #2 Thinlits die set, part of the new 2017 Tim Holtz and Sizzix holiday release. Every individual section to these buildings have their own separate die, making it so easy to piece and layer the dwellings in a huge array of different color combos. And the tiny stars and moon and snowy hillside pieces come with the set, too. Talk about endless design possibilities.


For my tags, I created small village scenes nestled onto tags die cut from the new Gift Tags Thinlits die set. I began by adding a variety of Distress ink colors onto watercolor paper. Snowbanks were die cut from white cardstock using the Snowglobe #2 set, painted with Picket Fence Distress paint, and sprinkled with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter. I adhered the snowbanks to the watercolored paper, and then die cut the shapes with the Gift Tag set so that the snowy bottoms of the shapes were perfectly die cut with the rest of the tag. Added the tiny village pieces, and then layered the small tags onto larger ovals, die cut from an older favorite of mine, the Stitched Ovals die set.


The tops of the tags were tied with ribbon and rustic natural twine. And finally, I added a simple stamped sentiment and bit of die cut greenery to finish.

I hope my friends in the states have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, surrounded by good food, good friends, and the love of family! Thanks for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed 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 - Gift TagsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Holiday GreensSizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Stitched Ovals Thinlits DieStamper's Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Simple SayingsMay 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 - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Chipped SapphireRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 2 Ounces

Ribbon: May Arts

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