Not a Creature Was Stirring with PhotoPlay Paper


Happy Friday, crafty friends! I’m smiling to myself as I write this post, thinking how this is that crazy time of year when it’s technically still summer, but that you begin to bounce back and forth between Fall, Halloween, and Christmas projects. But today I am doing just that, with this cute holiday card featuring the new Not a Creature Was Stirring collection from PhotoPlay Paper.


I love a good critter collection, and Not a Creature Was Stirring is just that, filled with lots of adorable little holiday mice. This guy is from the ephemera die cut pack, layered with strips and blocks of patterned papers from the 6×6 paper pad. The white circle is a piece of ephemera flipped to the back side, which is a great way to utilize images and prints that might not otherwise work on your design.


Christmas in August is a thing, right? 😀
How about you, friends? Any of you started on your holiday cards for the year?


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

Color Play - Card Bases - A2 - 20 PackPhoto Play Paper - Not A Creature Was Stirring Collection - 6 x 6 Paper PadPhoto Play Paper - Not A Creature Was Stirring Collection - Ephemera

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An Oct 31 Trick or Treater with Sizzix


Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! You all know that my favorite time of year is here when it’s time for fall and Halloween makes! Today I’m super excited to share my first Halloween project of the season… an October 31 Trick or Treater card that I made for the Sizzix blog featuring new dies from the Tim Holtz Chapter 3 release.


This little guy is seriously too cute to spook, though, isn’t he? He is from the fabulous Trick or Treater Thinlits set, definitely one of my top faves from the Halloween release. I’ve mixed Trick or Treater together with the new spider web and the alphanumeric shadow numbers sets, also from the Chapter 3 release, on this fun design.


I made this card  taller and skinnier than a standard A2 size for something a little bit different, and created a simple stamped background layered on cardstock for the card base. The new spider webs have such amazing detail. I added one at top and one at bottom to really extend the length of the design.


I’m definitely ready for a break in this heat, buy boy does it feel crazy that summer is starting to slip right by. Both of my kiddos are back at school, though, so I know it’s true.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!


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

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackHero Arts - Hero Hues - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Pitch Black - 10 PackIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicSizzix - Halloween - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Trick or TreaterSizzix - Halloween - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Spider WebSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric Shadow NumbersStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Christmas - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Sparkles and ChristmasTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Dusty ConcordTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Old PaperTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Walnut StainRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Hickory SmokeTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Pumice Stone

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You are My Sunshine with CardMaps

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Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! Today I have a card to share that I made for the July release of the new CardMaps sketches on the PageMaps blog.

Here is the fun sketch that I used, and my take on it featuring GinaK Designs stamps and a Unity card front from Therm O Web.


One of my favorite things about Therm O Web is the diverse range of products and designers that they work with. This past spring, they partnered up with Unity stamps to create a line of toner card fronts that work beautifully with or without TOW deco foils. For this card, I used Copic markers to color a Floral Background card front sheet to create that pretty sunflower card base.


I love how well the GinaK Designs Graphic Sunflowers stamps coordinate with the Unity background. I always think of sunflowers in August. One last burst of summer color before autumn sets in.


Hope your August is going well! Hard to believe it’s about half over already. My missy Nik started her senior year of college this week, can you fathom that? And Pete’s back in Richmond doing a hospital pharmacy rotation before his classes start back up. Summer sure flew by, didn’t it?


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

Scrapbook.com - Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Neenah Solar White - 25 PackTherm O Web - Unity - Deco Foil - Toner Card Fronts - Floral BackgroundGina K Designs - Stamp n Foil - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Graphic SunflowersTherm O Web Gina K Designs GRAPHIC SUNFLOWERS Die Set 18107*Tsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo BlackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Fossilized AmberRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Speckled EggGina K Designs GRASS GREEN Color Companions Mini Ink Pad CUBE13Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

Sizzix Stitched Circles and Stitched Ovals
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Hooray Happy Birthday with Ranger Ink


Happy Tuesday, crafty friends! I hope everyone in the path of tropical storm Isaias is staying safe. We were so incredibly lucky in that the storm ended up being rather a non-event for us here in the heart of North Carolina. This morning the sun is shining and not a single leaf is out of place. Sure hope everyone else is faring as well.


Today happens to be the birthday of two of my dear friends, and so I thought it was the perfect day to share this birthday card that I made recently for the Ranger Ink Project Page. This tall slimline card features an absolutely eclectic mix of brands and products, and I love how whimsical it turned out. There’s a little bit of Distress, including the fabulous new Speckled Egg color, mixed with stamps from both the Ranger LetterIt and Simon Hurley Create lines, and my favorite Tim Holtz die set of the year. Kathie and Patty, happy birthday to you both! This card is dedicated to you!


Slimline cards have become all the rage these days. Love the tall, skinny design. Feels very fresh and different, and lots of fun. I used the new Simon Hurley Scene Maker stencil to create the cloud background, the grassy border, and the curved tree line. The birch trees are one of his new background stamps, which I water-colored with a bit of Distress ink and fussy cut. The sentiment is pieced from two different LetterIt stamp sets. And of course that bird is from the Tim Holtz Feathered Friends die set, my favorite die set of the year.


I had a lot of fun mixing the different styles of the Tim Holtz, LetterIt, and Simon Hurley Create lines on this card. It’s always good to try something new. As always, I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial for this card up on the Ranger Ink Project Page, if you’d like to learn more.

Happy birthday, Patty and Kathie! And thank you to all for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Inkssentials - Specialty Stamping Paper - 8.5 x 11Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackRanger Ink - Simon Hurley - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps - TimberRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Clear Acrylic Stamps - CelebrationRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Clear Acrylic Stamps -It's The Little ThingsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die- Feathered FriendsRanger Ink - Simon Hurley - 6 x 6 Stencil and Mask - Scene MakerRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxide Ink Pads - Speckled EggRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Shabby ShuttersRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Wild HoneyRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Archival Ink Pad - Jumbo - Watering CanRanger Archival Ink Pad SHADOW GREY AIP52517Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Mowed LawnRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 Pack

 

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Dreams do Come True with Therm O Web

Happy Friday, crafty friends! This week, we have fun new products to celebrate at Therm O Web with the release of a line of five fairytale-inspired shimmery colors of iCraft Deco Foil Transfer Sheets.


Today I am sharing a set of cards on the Therm O Web blog featuring two of the new fairytale-inspired colors of iCraft Deco Foil, Prince Periwinkle and Glass Slipper.


The paper collection I’ve used is an older one from PhotoPlay Paper but talk about a fabulous color match for the new foils, and how perfect for our theme this week. I have combined papers, stickers, and cut-apart journaling cards with my current favorite polka dot stencil to create fun and whimsical party cards with amazing foiled backgrounds.


The iridescent shine of these new foil colors is amazing, and I love how they change colors depending on how the light hits them. Almost magical, wouldn’t you say?

I used the new Transfer Gel Duo to apply the foil, and the great thing about this new formulation is that it can be used with or without heat to transfer. If you’d like to learn more, I’ve got all the details and step-by-step instructions up on the Therm O Web blog today.

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


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

Scrapbook.com - Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Neenah Solar White - 50 PackPhoto Play Paper - Cake Collection - Rainbow Sprinkles - 12 x 12 Cardstock Stickers - ElementsRanger Ink - Simon Hurley - 6 x 6 Stencils - Bubble WrapDeco Foil Transfer Sheets - Prince PeriwinkleDeco Foil Transfer Sheets - Glass SlipperTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - Transfer Gel - DUO - 4 OuncesTherm O Web - iCraft - Repositionable Adhesive - Pixie Spray For Stencils - 3.8 OuncesTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - Stencil Pal - 4 x 5.5 - 2 PackRoyal Sovereign 12 INCH Laminator Machine CL1223

GinaK Designs Cardstock: Jelly Bean Green
PhotoPlay Paper Cake Rainbow Sprinkles 12×12 Collection Kit
Therm O Web Stitched Circles Large Die Set

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Worktable Wednesday- A Prairie Schooler Christmas Tree Farm


Hello friends and welcome back to another round of Worktable Wednesday. As I mentioned last week, this month is Jolly July in the cross stitch and needlework community. Just like traditional Christmas in July, this is the time to get a jump start on those holiday projects. Whether you are interested in working on some Christmas ornaments, or getting a head start on making holiday gifts, Jolly July is a great incentive to get yourself going.


If I haven’t already said…. I have quite the thing for Prairie Schooler designs, and for my second Jolly July finish I tackled the PS Christmas Tree Farm chart. This piece is stitched on 14-count Aida fabric that I coffee/tea dyed using all the called-for DMC floss. The stitching was mounted onto sticky board and for now, clothes pinned to a tin thrift-store easel frame.


This is definitely one of the larger pieces that I’ve stitched since starting up cross stitch again in January, and I just love how it turned out. That wraps up Jolly July for me this year, and I’m already looking forward to the next. My goodness, how fast a month flies by…

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


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

 

 

 

All Bottled Up with Tim Holtz & Sizzix


Happy Monday, crafty friends! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and the sun is shining on you on this bright and beautiful summer day. It is a scorcher here in the heart of North Carolina. Too hot to spend time outdoors, and way too hot for the poor flowers to bloom. But that’s okay, because I have some flowers to share today anyway.


This sweet pillow is a project that I made way back for the Tim Holtz Sizzix 2020 Chapter 1 release, and features one of the Bigz dies from that collection called Bottled Up. Of course since Bottled Up is a Bigz die, it is perfect for cutting heavier and thicker materials, like the wool felt I used here.


I love making small pillows and pillow tucks to add to my home decorating. They look great just tossed into a chair, or bundled together to fill a favorite basket or bowl arrangement. With Halloween quickly approaching, I’m thinking of all the potions and poison bottles I could make with this die. But for today, I paired it with another Sizzix Bigz die, Large Stems, to create a sweet floral pillow perfect for the spring and summer months.


I did some piecing of the flowers to get the two-toned colors, and left the flower heads free to add extra dimension. Hand-stitched French knots hold the stacked flowers in place. And I used a blanket stitch and outline stitch to add detail around the stems and bottles. A pair of buttons and Idea-ology metal Mini Plaquettes finish the design.

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


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

Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Bigz Die - Bottled UpSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz L Die - Large StemsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Mini - Flip Cap - Tumbled Glass

Other: Wool, Felt, DMC Floss

 

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Worktable Wednesday- A Prairie Schooler Christmas Eve


Hello crafty friends! It’s getting rather late in the day already, but I didn’t want to let Worktable Wednesday slip by without sharing a peek at what I’ve been working on these past couple of weeks.


This month is Jolly July in the cross-stitch and needlework community. Just like traditional Christmas in July, this is the time to get a jump start on some of those holiday projects you’d like to tackle for the year. Whether you are interested in working on some Christmas ornaments, or getting a head start on making holiday gifts, Jolly July is a great incentive to get yourself going.


For my first Jolly July project, I made this trio of cross-stitched ornaments from the Prairie Schooler Christmas Eve chart. I absolutely adore Prairie Schooler, and these are a super quick stitch at only a little over 2″ square.


I did a flat finish on them, backed with some favorite Eclectic Elements fabric and topped with ribbons and trim.


I’m close to a dozen finishes for the year already. I guess I’m hooked!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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

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Ahoy Mate with PhotoPlay Paper


Hello crafty friends, happy Monday to you! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! It was literally hot as blazes here in the heart of North Carolina over the past few days. No doubt that summer is in full swing. Perfect time to share this nautical card that I made for PhotoPlay Paper featuring their adorable Monterey Bay collection.


You all may have noticed this card on my blog header over the past few months, but I have actually been waiting for the warm weather to hit to share the full project (and that time is NOW). In fact I made this card for PhotoPlay back in January for Creativation, and it was probably my absolute favorite project that I got to make for the show. I mean come on!!! Look at that fantastic walrus in his little sailor suit! Could you not just die?


Layers of patterned papers mixed with border stickers, ephemera die cuts, and cardstock stickers from the kit. I do so love me a good nautical design. And growing up near the real Monterey Bay in California, this collection stirs up some nostalgia and childhood memories in the best possible way.

Did any of you grow up near the ocean? East coast or west coast? I have to say, having lived on both coasts, I’d be hard pressed to choose.

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


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

Photo Play Paper - Monterey Bay Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackPhoto Play Paper - Monterey Bay Collection - Die Cut Cardstock Pieces - EphemeraSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked TagsDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily WhiteEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner Rounder

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Beside the Sea with Ranger Ink


Happy Friday, crafty friends, and welcome back to the blog! Summer is in full swing here today with this beach-inspired home decor project that I made this week for the Ranger Ink Project Page. This mixed-media piece is filled with sand and sea images and real seashells I’ve collected over the years, in a tropical summertime color palette of Distress Oxides, Inks, and new Embossing Glazes that I adore.


It seems like every time I go to the beach, I end up bringing home at least one container of shells. And most of the time, those shells sit in those little baggies or bottles for years, ignored. So happy I finally broke some of them out to add to this home decor plaque. I might not be making any actual trips to the beach anytime soon, but this brings back many happy memories and is a great way to incorporate some souvenirs into your decorating for the season.


I love the look of text print on just about anything. Adds some interest to an otherwise plain surface, like the background of this plaque frame. I simply added a layer of patterned paper to the wood plaque, and then proceeded to create an ocean view with lots of ink blending and masking, water droplets and the dimensional texture of Distress Crackle paste.


Then layers of coral branches and shells…. both real and paper versions. A bit of cheesecloth for extra texture, all finished off with a Tiny Type sentiment. Oh, how I long to be beside the sea! But perhaps for now, beachy decorations are the next best thing.

If you’d like to learn more about this project, I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial up on the Ranger Ink Project Page. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 4.25 x 5.5 - 20 PackIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Paper Stash - EtceteraSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die with Texture Fades - SeashellsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Holiday GreensSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric Tiny Type UpperSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric Tiny Type LowerRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Salty OceanRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Mermaid LagoonRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Cracked PistachioRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Shabby ShuttersRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Peacock FeathersRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Abandoned CoralRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Antique LinenRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Gathered TwigsTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Walnut StainRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Hickory SmokeTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Embossing Glaze - Tattered RoseRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Embossing Glaze - Weathered WoodRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Texture Paste - 3 Ounces - CrackleTherm O Web - iCraft - Purple Tape - Removable - 1.5 Inches x 15 Yards - New LookRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 4 OuncesRanger Ink - Multi Medium - Matte - .5 Ounce