My Creative Time 67th Edition Release Week- The Adventure Begins

Hi everyone! Happy Monday! It’s sneak peek week over at My Creative Time for their 67th Edition Release, and I am excited to be joining in on the fun with a special guest designer project. Today is day one of peeks, and Emma is showcasing a new stamp and die set called The Adventure Begins.

This month is a very special release, for not only is June Emma’s birthday, this month also marks the 6th anniversary of My Creative Time. Today’s sneak peek set seems perfectly fitting for the occasion as it represents moving forward, taking a journey, and enjoying life’s precious moments….
Which I hope we all do for many years to come! Happy birthday Emma and My Creative Time!

For today’s card, I turned to a couple of my favorite previously released MCT die sets to create a little setting for this adorable scooter. Stitched Squares Inside & Out dies were used on both the frame and focal panel. Then I used Fun Stitched Clouds die cuts as masks for an ink blended cloudy sky background in soft green and blue. The present and scooter were stamped onto watercolor paper, colored with Zig Clean Color markers, and paper pieced with a bit of matching patterned paper.  I die cut the images with the coordinating dies, and popped them onto the frame using foam adhesive for a bit of dimension.

I stamped one of the set’s sentiments onto a banner strip for the front of the card, and added a second greeting to the inside along with another pair of sweet paper pieced packages. The patterned paper is from the adorable Fresh Picked collection by Photo Play Paper.

***Sneak Peek giveaway!***

Emma is giving away a free set of today’s new products to one lucky commenter, so don’t forget to leave a comment here, then pop over to the My Creative Time blog to see what the rest of the team has for you. Emma will announce today’s winner on the MCT blog tomorrow. Remember, as always, the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win. VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE leave a way for us to contact you w/your comment just in case “YOU” are the lucky winner! For EXTRA entries, you can spread the word about this release on Facebook, tweet about it OR even instagram it! #mycreativetime! Good luck everyone! And thanks so much for stopping by!

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

My Creative Time: The Adventure Begins stamp and die set (available on the MCT website 5/18)
My Creative Time: Stitched Squares Inside & Out die set
My Creative Time: Fun Stitched Clouds die set

Photo Play Paper - Fresh Picked Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackRanger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - White - 12 SheetsRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Archival Ink Pads - Watering CanRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mowed LawnTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyZig CLEAN COLOR 60 SET Real Brush RB6000AT60VZIG - Memory System - Wink Of Stella - Glitter Brush Marker - Glitter ClearRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundFiskars SCALLOP SENTIMENT Border Punch 02860We R Memory Keepers Cropadile CORNER CHOMPER Radius 70904-6Therm O Web 3D MOUNTING SQUARES White Foam 3777

Twine: The Twinery




Lamppost Lantern Box with Sizzix & Tim Holtz

Happy Friday, Crafty Friends!

Today I have a DIY home decor project to share that I made with the adorable Lantern Box Bigz die from the new Sizzix Tim Holtz spring 2017 release. Recently I shared a fun garland home decor project featuring these lanterns. And now I’m back with a different look and new idea for using the lantern to create quick and easy home or party decor.

These little lanterns are so easy to create, and I love that they are the perfect size for holding battery-operated tea-light candles. This time, I die cut my lantern from crisp black cardstock, and lined the interior of the windows with clear acetate. A bit of Picket Fence Distress Crayon rubbed along the creases and edges adds a bit of shabby charm. If you’d like to see step-by-step directions for assembling this lantern die, check out my tutorial on the Sizzix blog here.

Love the versatility of this cute lantern. Last time I hung several from a string of twine to create a garland, and here I added a simple pedestal made from a stack of wooden spools painted with Black Soot Distress paint. Now this lantern reminds me of the lamppost from the Chronicles of Narnia series. Am I right there?

To dress up my lamppost I added ivy greenery from the Garden Greens Thinlits die set. I die cut the greens from watercolor paper and then watercolored the leaves with Distress ink. Picket Fence Distress paint was added to the edges of the leaves for that variegated look ivy so often has. And finally, a bird charm from the Idea-ology Treasures Adornments was tied to the top with twine.

Thanks so much for stopping by! And wishing all my fabulous mom friends out there an absolutely wonderful Mother’s Day weekend! ❤

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

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 12 SheetsRanger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Gary M Burlin and Co Embossable Window Plastic Clear Acetate Sheets 6 sheets 7x9Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz L Die - Lantern BoxSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Garden GreensAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Adornments - TreasuresRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Black SootTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Shabby ShuttersRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Crayons - Set 3

Twine, Spools

Fancy Foils & Foil-Mates with Therm O Web

Happy Wednesday, Crafty Friends!

Today I have a pair of cards to share that I had up on the Therm O Web blog last week, featuring the new Fancy Foils and Foil-Mates product line by GinaK Designs.

Therm O Web’s fabulous Deco Foil collection is expanding with the addition of these new GinaK Designs Fancy Foils and Foil-Mates products. The beautiful foiled background and sentiments you see here are from the new collection, and are so easy to use. And I love that included in this line-up are some new products to the Therm O Web family, including premium cardstock, die sets, and even ribbon, which I’ve used here today.

The new GinaK Fancy Foil colors perfectly coordinate with her line of cardstock, taking out all the guess work of matching your foil designs to your papers. I used the new Square Small Set die set to die cut the Foil-Mates sentiment blocks and frames. Ran them through the laminator with both Black and Grass Green foils for a two-tone look.

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

It’s been a busy couple of days here. Monday, no internet, and yesterday I spent the day helping my son move out of his dorm, so I’m behind on my blog visits. Hope to catch up with all of you soon! ❤

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Island Dream - 12 SheetsTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 12 SheetsTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - White - 12 SheetsGina K. Designs (3) Nested Square Dies • Double Stitch Design • Small Set pictureTherm O Web - Foil-Mates - 5.5 x 8.5 - Sentiments - Birthday EssentialsTherm O Web - Foil-Mates - 5.5 x 8.5 - Background - Elegant FloralsTherm O Web - Fancy Foils - 6 x 8 - Grass GreenTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - 6 x 12 Transfer Sheet - Black - 5 PackSimple Stories - Say Cheese III Collection - Enamel DotsGina K. Designs Sheer Satin Fancy Ribbon 5/8" x 10 yd • Black/GoldTherm O Web - Foil Laminator - 12 Inches


Mother’s Day with Ranger Ink

Hello Friends! Happy Monday!

Apologies for the very late start to my blog post! My internet was down for most of the day, and has only just come back online. Just in time for me to sneak in with a sweet Mother’s Day card project that I have up on the Ranger Ink blog today.

I have been so taken recently with the new Tim Holtz Scroll die mixed with some of his wildflower thinlits, and this seemed the perfect combo once again for Mother’s Day. After all, all moms love flowers, right?

This time I used the newer Wildflower #2 set, water colored with Distress inks and Distress Oxide, along with the shiny glam look of gold Deco paper for the “greens”. I embossed the frame with the Lace Texture Fade and die cut the opening with my favorite Stitched Ovals die set. Use some new goodies like an Index Clip, Salvaged Baseboard, and Quotation sticker.

The inside is embellished with a die cut word strip and accent Clippings sticker. I used some of the leftover letters to add the sentiment on the outside, too.

I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you’re all having a wonderful day!

Amazing Mom with Photo Play Paper

Recently Photo Play Paper asked me to go back into the archives to create a couple of Mother’s Day cards featuring one of their very first collections ever, Family Ties. Last week I shared the first card with gift card holder (click here for that post), and today I’m happy to be here with the second.

Family Ties was really a bit of a unique collection in that it included papers, journaling cards, and stickers for all the different family members. And of course since this is a Mother’s Day card, I used a mix of the girly elements here.

Love this beautiful Mother journaling card, and it sure makes card designs easy. A few layers of patterned papers, with foam adhesive between for dimension, and some beautiful rose cardstock stickers. I cut a bit of paper for photo corners. Finished off with enamel dots, too.

I love the navy in this collection. That mixed with orange is one of my all-time favorite color combos. A reminder that summer is on its way.

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

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

Photo Play Paper - Family Ties Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackNeenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 SheetsWe R Memory Keepers Cropadile CORNER CHOMPER Radius 70904-6

Simple Stories Carpe Diem Enamel Dots



The Montgomery Necklace with Tim Holtz Assemblage

Happy Wednesday, Crafty Friends!

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I am so excited to share this post with you all today! You may remember me mentioning once or twice over the past couple of months that I’ve been trying my hand at a new hobby, jewelry making.  So you can imagine how happy I was to hear that Tim Holtz was coming out with his own line of jewelry supplies! Of course I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these new products, and today I am thrilled to share my first ever Tim Holtz Assemblage jewelry design.

I am calling this piece my Montgomery necklace, after the Tag Charm that I used here, and I truly just adore how it turned out. There is so much to love about this new product line, it’s hard to know where to start. First of all, the finish and quality of these pieces are phenomenal, with a bit of glitz and glam mixed with that vintage aged feel we all know and love from the Tim Holtz line. And all these products are nickel and lead free. Absolutely must-haves for jewelry.

As crafters, we all like lots of choices, and another thing I love about the Assemblage line is all the choices that are available, including absolutely everything you need to complete any jewelry project, from chains to findings to charms and links and tokens and more. This particular necklace is pieced from three different chains, with lots of beautiful details in between. I think it looks pretty cool, and seriously, this was so easy, you won’t even believe. I’ve taken lots of close-ups photos so that you can see all the individual pieces and details, and I’ll try to mention each part as we go.

With so many amazing charms to choose from, it was too hard to pick a favorite, so I added quite a few. And truly, it’s as easy as opening and closing a few jump rings. For the chain, I started with Gunmetal Loop at the top, cut from the original 36″ to about 18″ with one snip of a wire cutter. Next comes a Faceted Gems Charm, attached with a jump ring, followed by a Gemstone Flower Link. To add interest, next I attached two links from the Pink Rosary Chain.

After the Pink Rosary Chain is the amazing Bouquet Charm, attached on either end with jump rings, followed by one more link of Pink Rosary. Then I added a 3″ section of Gunmetal Link Chain, which is similar in finish but different in shape to the first Gunmetal Loop. The Gunmetal Link chain comes with the lobster clasp, which I used to connect to the next section.

Attached to the lobster claw jump ring are two fun dangle charms, one small Sparkling Rondell, and a pearl from the Diamonds & Pearls charms. Then the namesake, the Montgomery Tag Charm.

After that is a little more repeat of elements to create some balance. First, another Gemstone Flowers Link, followed by Pink Rosary Chain, attached to the other end of the Gunmetal Loop chain.

The toggle clasp comes attached to the Gunmetal chain, so super easy finishing. And with the leftover chain parts from this project I was able to complete two additional bracelets and am working on another necklace, too, which I’ll share another time.

Remember all Tim Holtz Assemblage products are available exclusively through Joanne Fabric & Craft stores or online at

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

The products I used are listed below:

Gunmetal Link Chain #THA200006
Gunmetal Loop Chain #THA200007
Pink Rosary Chain #THA20011
Bouquet Charm #THA20020
Tags Charms #THA20048
Gemstone Flower Links #THA20032
Diamonds & Pearls Charms #THA20028
Sparkling Rondells Charms #THA20046
Faceted Gems Charms #THA20029
Assorted Jump Rings #THA20063



Mermaid Days with Therm O Web & Blend Fabrics

Hello sweet crafty friends!
Happy May Day!

It’s always a happy time for me when the gang at Therm O Web gets to join up with our friends at Blend Fabrics. This past week, I got the chance to play with the adorable new Blend Mermaid Days collection by my favorite Artist, Cori Dantini. I absolutely love this sweet fabric line, and with a name like that, of course I had to try my hand at a pair of my own silly mermaid rag dollies.

These little gals have some crazy seaweed hair, don’t they? And silly seashell bikini tops, too. Great big bows and fish scale tails, and sweet little hand-stitched faces.

They do make me smile! Hope they do you, too! I’ve got the details and tutorial for these 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!