Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3- The Boo Crew

Hello crafty friends! Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m heading back into the holidays today with another project that I made for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 release. This time, a Halloween card made with some old favorites, and a few new ones, too.

Meet the Boo Crew. Some adorable Halloween characters from the new Hip Haunts die set. These little cuties are a continuation of the popular hipsters line from the holidays last year, Cool Yule. Now there are Halloween as well as Christmas dudes to play with, as well as a bunch of fun accessories that you can mix and match between them. How can you resist?

This card also features a trio of bats from the new Bat Crazy die set, as well as some oldies but goodies like Tim’s Stitched Circles dies and the Alphanumeric Label dies from a more recent previous release. I used patterned paper from the Idea-ology Halloween Paper Stash. And the typography on the background is from the Stamper’s Anonymous Reflections stamp set. And of course there’s lots of inky shabby goodness in a spooky Halloween color palette of Distress.

It seems early to be thinking ahead to the holidays, but they will be here before we know it. Pete heads back to Richmond for his second year of pharmacy school next week. And Nik follows the week after. So summer is definitely on the wane in our neck of the woods…. as hard as that is to say. Of course I can ease the pain with a few Halloween haunts. That always helps! ūüėČ

How about you all? Is back to school time looming in the not-so-distant future? Or is it summer time all the time for you?

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 - 10 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicB07HJJT9ZYSizzix - Halloween - Thinlits Die - Hip HauntsSizzix - Halloween - Thinlits Die - Bat CrazySizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric LabelSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Framelits Dies - Stitched CirclesTim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps REFLECTIONS CMS111Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Shabby ShuttersRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Crushed OliveRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Hickory SmokeTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootRanger Ink - Glossy Accents - Clear Dimensional Embellishment - 2 ouncesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 2 Ounces


Wish Big Art Tag with Sizzix

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Hello my sweets, and a very happy Friday to you all! It has been a whirlwind week for me this past week, but I’m having such a wonderful time getting to spend a few precious moments with my family out here in California. We just returned late last night from our mini-vacation out in Yosemite National Park, with side trips to King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Park. Besides the countless hours spent in the car getting to and fro, we saw literally thousands of majestic pine, redwood and sequoia trees throughout the parks, as well as stunning vistas of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Unfortunately, severe drought here has dried up almost every drop of water in Yosemite’s famous waterfalls, but the beauty of the area is simply beyond compare.

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I know I am much overdue in paying you all a visit, and I hope to get around to your blogs in the next few days. In the mean time, I have a fun project and a tutorial to share with you today. It’s a mixed-media art tag I made for the Sizzix blog this week featuring Tim Holtz‚Äôs new Frameworks dies and his ever-popular Tattered Florals.

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Tags are a great little canvas for creating mixed media art pieces. They are large enough for space to explore some new techniques, but small enough to not feel too overwhelming if you are just starting out. Love that you can enjoy art tags all on their own, or use for them as gift tags or decor pieces. Plus, they really are so much fun to make.

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The best part of creating art tags is simply to let loose and enjoy the creative process. I love to see each layer evolve as it unfolds. No two pieces ever turn out exactly the same. For my tag, I got a bit messy with Distress ink and stain, and experimented with a dimensional pattern-building paste. Then layered on some pretty honeycomb made from one of the new Frameworks dies, and a big happy blossom.

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I took tons of photos of each step, and have the full tutorial up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!

Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies


Tell Me a Story

The sun is actually peeking through the clouds this morning.¬† The weatherman has even gone so far as to predict honest to goodness spring-like weather for the rest of the week. I am almost pinching myself to see if it’s real. To think that when the little Missy and I plop onto the beach tomorrow, that we won’t have to wear our winter coats, is almost too good to be true. I have no desire to sun bathe……..but to not be donning a hat and scarf on the sand will be a joy.

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Just sharing a quick little project with you today. A happy tag made with goodies from some of my most favorite companies. The tag is from Sizzix. Tim Holtz’ Movers & Shapers Tag & Tie Die.

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The pretty papers are from Authentique’s Natural collection. I added a gorgeous gold Glitter Dust Deco Frame from Therm O Web. Seriously adore the elegance of the gold mixed with all that pretty teal. I added a bit of trim and some matching buttons. Die cut some branches from patterned paper using the Sizzix Sizzlits Flowers, Branches, and Leaves Die Set to tuck around the frame.

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I hope to have many good stories to tell of our beach adventures soon! Keep your fingers crossed for us for sunshine. Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends. Wishing you all a wonderful day!



Sizzix Sizzlits Die Set 3PK – Flowers, Branches & Leaves Set

Sizzix Movers & Shapers Die – Tag & Tie

Authentique Natural Collection: Patterned Paper, Enhancements Cut Apart Paper
Therm O Web: Glitter Dust Deco Frame
Trim: Melissa Frances,   May Arts
Buttons: Foofala
Ink: Clearsnap
Border Punch: Stampin’Up

Valentines with Poinsettia Swirls

Sometimes even the best laid plans don’t work out quite as expected. Take crafting, for example. Over the holidays, I had dreams and visions of whipping up lots of craft projects using Sizzix’s fabulous line-up of holiday dies…….only to find myself running out of time before I could even get started. Of course there’s always next year. But that got me wondering. Could I find a way to use my new holiday dies for something other than the Christmas holiday?

Sizzix Brenda Walton Poinsettia SwirlsOne of the dies I couldn’t wait to get my hands on last month was Brenda Walton’s beautiful Poinsettia Swirls. Although poinsettias are usually limited in use only to December, I thought maybe, possibly, they could be used for something else. And so I gave myself a challenge. Why not use these adorable poinsettias to create a few things for the next big holiday, Valentine’s Day?

Audrey Pettit Sizzix LoveYouMoreCardandBagI love getting multiple uses out of my crafting supplies, so it was super fun to challenge myself to find some extra ideas for this die. By just looking at this little Valentine set, you might not even realize that this is a Christmas die, right? Amazing what changing out colors and papers can do.

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For my project, I used the beautiful flower, leaves, and swirl from the Poinsettia Swirls die to make a card and matching parchment paper treat bag. Because although Valentine’s Day is all about love and sentiment, it sure doesn’t hurt to throw in a few sweet treats, too! After all, who doesn’t like chocolate and candy on Valentine’s Day?

Audrey Pettit Sizzix LoveYouMoreCardI’ve really been having a love affair with the color gray this past year. Love it paired here with pink and red. I started by die cutting the flower, leaf, and swirl from pretty pink and gray patterned papers from Pink Paislee’s Secret Crush collection. I cut one of the largest blossoms and two of the smaller flowers and layered them together for a nice full image. By adhering only the very center of the flowers, I was able to bend up the petals a bit to create some depth and dimension. For a bit of extra detail to the flower, I die cut the largest leaf image and machine stitched down the center vein, folding the leaf ever so slightly before tucking it under the petals. A pearl button and tiny heart top the flower off.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix LoveYouMoreCard3The one part of the flower die that really makes the flower look like a poinsettia to me is the center trio of berries. So I opted to remove the berries and suddenly, the poinsettia doesn’t have to be a poinsettia anymore.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix LoveYouMoreCard2Both the flower and swirl were added to a Secret Crush insta-frame and layered onto my pieced background. A pretty border die cut from the Interlocking Ovals Decorative Strip Die in pink polka dotty paper adds an interesting detail to the background of the card.

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For the matching sweet treat bag, I used the same pink and gray papers, but changed up the look slightly by using only a single smaller blossom for the flower design along with a pair of different leaves. And once again, I eliminated the center berries, and topped the flower with vintage buttons instead.

And while I had my supplies out, I created one last card with my scraps.

My SweetieThis time using only the swirl from the Poinsettia Swirl die.

My Sweetie2Funny thing though…

Why is it when I’m trying like anything to use up my scraps, do I seem to generate as many new scraps as I use of the old? ūüôā

My Sweetie3Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope I’ve given you some ideas for stretching out your scrapbooking supplies. And wishing you all a very wonderful day!

Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies

Sizzix Sizzlits Die – Poinsettia Swirls
Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die – Ovals, Interlocking
Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)

Birthday Wishes with Sizzix

Today is my sweet friend, Joanne’s, birthday. I found her the most adorable handmade jewelry from one of my favorite vintage shops….

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….and then I just needed a pretty way to package it up.

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I didn’t have a jewelry box. And a gift bag seemed too big. So instead, I crafted my own little gift envelope using just a single sheet of paper and some of my favorite Sizzix dies.

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I used Joanne’s favorite colors, yellow and green, and added a big pretty flower and lots of trims.

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I even made a fabric liner, perfect for protecting more delicate gifts, like my jewelry.

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Hope next time you’re in need of a quick gift packaging, that you’ll give this fun envelope idea a try! I’ve got more photos and the complete step-by-steps up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to take a peek.

Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Wishing you all a wonderful long, holiday weekend!

die cutting supplies
Patterned Paper: Glitz Designs
Stamp, Felt: Papertrey Ink
Trim: Glitz Designs, 7Gypsies
Flower: Petaloo
Ink:¬†Stampin’Up, Clearsnap

Sweet Treats with Sizzix

Making up a package of treats is one of my favorite simple gift ideas. They are quick and easy, and work for pretty much everyone on my gift-giving list. They make fabulous party favors, too. And best of all, you can adapt them to any size or theme you wish, making this gift idea perfectly customizable for any occasion.

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Today I am excited to share some spring-inspired sweet treats I created for my first official design team project on the Sizzix blog. Wouldn’t these be a great idea for those end-of-the-year teacher appreciation gifts? Or perhaps some sweets for Mother’s Day? If Mom is a gardener, you could substitute seeds. Or tea for the tea lover? The possibilities are endless.

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The base of these sweet containers are made from just a strip of paper and a few simple folds. I created a window opening in the front panel and secured a cello bag filled with candies inside. They really could not be more easy and quick to put together. Then have fun dressing up your containers to match your theme. For me, pretty much every occasion seems to call for flowers and butterflies. ūüėČ

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Aren’t those flowers just beautiful? I am always so smitten with the rolled flower dies. These are the Scrappy Cat Sizzlits 3D Rose Flower die. I added the flowers to a simple topper made from die cut On the Edge Distressed Doilies, tied with pretty trim. Tuck in a few leaves and a quick banner strip, and you are done. I have a full step-by-step photo tutorial on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to see more.

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Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and I hope today is even better!

die cutting supplies


Cardstock:¬†Stampin’Up (Naturals)
Patterned Paper:¬†WeRMemoryKeepers (yellow gingham), October Afternoon (blue dots), My Mind’s Eye (green)
Embellishments: Maya Road Canvas Butterflies
Trim:¬†Stampin’Up (seam binding), Craft Supply (string)
Ink: Clearsnap

2013 Sizzix Design Team

 Hi everyone, and happy Wednesday! Thank you so much for stopping by today, and a HUGE thank you for all your sweet comments on my Little Yellow Bicycle news! (If you are looking for the Little Yellow Bicycle Blog Hop, please click here)

It has been such an amazing week already, and today I get to share more happy news. I’ve been asked to join the 2013 Sizzix Design Team! Pinch me!

This year, with the expanded design team, combined with the Sizzix licensed designers and the designers from the Sizzix Art Room, there will be something new to inspire you on the Sizzix blog every single day!¬† Ohmygoodness, guys….that just blows me away! Cannot wait to see what this year has in store for us.
I couldn’t celebrate my happy news without sharing a happy project. So today I have a fun, springy card for you that features, what else??? Some of my favorite new Sizzix dies, of course!
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This beautiful paper is Simple Stories’ new Vintage Bliss collection. Being a vintage girl myself, I fell hard and fast for this line! ūüôā Love the modern patterns done with vintage flair.¬† I wanted my design on the shabby chic side to complement the collection, so I pulled out an assortment of dies to work with that would be in keeping with a vintage feel. And what’s more sweet, vintagey, and old timey than the gorgeous On the Edge Distressed Doily die, right?
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Love how a few simple die cuts can add so much detail to a simple design. Here I die cut the Distressed Doily from blue chevron-print patterned paper and layered it onto a card base of yellow grid paper.
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I added trim down the left side of the card, and a strip of striped paper across the center. Wrapped the striped paper in white twill ribbon tied in a big happy bow. For a bit of extra punch, I adhered a pretty scalloped border die cut from the Interlocking Ovals Decorative Strip die in matching yellow paper to the left side of the striped center strip.
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If you look closely, it’s hard to tell if the blue chevron paper is all one layer, or the yellow grid is. I just love being sneaky!
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To my bow I added a little tag clipped on with a memo clip and tied with hemp and a vintage button. A second vintage button dresses up the bottom of the tag. The final detail was tucking a few pretty pink branches die cut from the Sizzlits Flowers, Branches & Leaves die set all around the bow.
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Thanks so much for stopping by, and thank you for letting me share my happy news with you! Hope you all have a fabulous day!