So Lucky with Theodore and Ranger Ink


Happy Monday, crafty friends! It’s St. Patty’s week! And although I don’t do anything special to celebrate the holiday, I do always love a good excuse to do a little crafting and decorating. So today I thought I’d re-share my favorite St. Patrick’s Day project from last year, an altered home decor frame that I made for the Ranger Ink Project Page featuring the adorable Tim Holtz Theodore Colorize die set.


I’m always on the lookout for inexpensive home decor items, and this 5×7 thrift store desk frame was an awesome score at less than $2. It was a plain wooden frame to begin with, which didn’t match my project or decor, so step one was to give it a whitewash of Picket Fence Distress paint and a coating of Distress Crackle Texture Paste, followed by a sanding for that perfect shabby finish. I used Oxide-inked patterned paper for the background, and it, too, was doused with Crackle Paste and sanded. The finished product is so smooth and cracked and aged, and totally reminds me of Venetian plaster. I was obsessed with this technique last year.


Theodore is so darn cute! Definitely a favorite from the Colorize line. His lucky clover was made by piecing four small heart die cuts together, and I tucked the clover into his mouth for a bit of fun. I added some Wildflower die cut greens around him, and the sentiment is a mix of alphanumeric dies with an older script word set (which unfortunately is retired now).

The full tutorial for this project is still available on the Ranger Ink Project Page, if you’d like to learn more. Happy St. Patty’s Day, and thanks for stopping by!


Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Paper Stash - EtceteraSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Theodore, ColorizeSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Falling HeartsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Wildflower Stems 2Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric Tiny Type LowerRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mowed LawnRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Twisted CitronTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger 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 - Salty OceanTim Holtz Flip Top Distress Paint PICKET FENCE Ranger TDF53170Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Texture Paste - 3 Ounces - Crackle
Sizzix Handwritten Celebrate die set- retired

 

Tim Holtz & Sizzix 2021 Chapter 1- Bloom Colorize


Hello, Crafty Friends, and happy Tuesday to you all! Today I am excited to share another one of my makes for the Tim Holtz Sizzix 2021 Chapter 1 Release, shared recently on YouTube Live. This is the beautiful new Bloom Colorize die set along with the new Alphanumeric Bold set, on a 5×7 desk frame.


I am a huge fan of Tim’s Colorize die sets, and was super happy to see florals now included in the line. This set includes a gorgeous stylized flower that reminds me of a rose or a camelia, as well as a branch of buds, berries, and greenery, too. One of my favorite things about this set is that the pieces look great in just about any color, so you’re not roped into a limited color palette or design.


I die cut my botanical pieces mostly from Kraft Stock cardstock, but did mix in layers that were inked with Distress Oxide. I really like the visual textures you get from mixing different mediums, and that’s a great way to add a bit of dimension to an otherwise relatively flat design.


I almost always remove the glass when I alter a frame, and that’s what I did this time, as well as removing the top of the frame in this case, too.  For this project, I stamped and inked a watercolor cardstock background and layered it onto a green cardstock base. The base was then adhered to the back of a cheap thrift-store 5×7 desk frame, and topped with an Idea-ology frame that was painted and inked. I love creating my own frames and decor from my favorite Idea-ology pieces for a truly unique project design.


Here’s my finished frame with my Mr. Rabbit pillow. Definitely makes me ready for spring. How about you?


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

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 12 x 12 Paper Stash - DapperSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Dies - Bloom ColorizeSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Dies - Alphanumeric BoldTim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps FLURRY AND PINE CMS312Tim Holtz Idea-ology FRAMED PANEL Structures TH93283

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Spray - Fired BrickRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Shaded LilacTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Old PaperTim Holtz Flip Top Distress Paint PICKET FENCE Ranger TDF53170

Stampin’Up Ribbon

 

Day of the Dead with Tim Holtz

Happy Monday, crafty friends! Today I am so excited to share with you the first project that I made for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 4 release for 2020. Chapter 4 is a smaller release, but it is mighty! The Chapter 4 sets are a continuation of the fall and winter seasonal release started in Chapter 3. There is a little bit of fall, a little Halloween, and a bit of the holidays, too. My favorite set from the release is the Day of the Dead Colorize set, which I’ve used here to create a home decor piece in a 5×7 frame.


Look at all the amazing detail on these Day of the Dead characters. I love his guitar that snugs perfectly into his outstretched hands, and I just adore how it looks like she is dancing. I used muted earthy colors of Distress cardstock mixed with lots of stark black to build my couple. The new Engraved 3D embossing folder was used to add texture to her skirt and dress collar. I added Idea-ology bones and an inked bouquet flower to add some festive touches to the scene.


Day of the Dead pairs brilliantly with the Gate Keeper set from Chapter 3, and that is what I used to create the gates and add the moon and bats to the sky. I wrapped rusty wire around the gate posts to add that broken down feeling of disrepair and age you’d find in an old cemetery. Moss glued to the bottom of the frame gives them a nice carpet for dancing. The sentiment comes from the Idea-ology Halloween Clippings stickers. And of course the night time sky was made from Distress ink and paint splatters.


Do you have a favorite set from the Chapter 4 release? If you haven’t had a chance to see it all yet, be sure to check out the full post on the Tim Holtz blog.

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


The supplies I’ve used are linked below using affiliate links at no extra cost to you:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - MetallicRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Cardstock - Black - 12 PackSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Dies - Day of the Dead ColorizeSizzix - Halloween - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Gate KeeperSizzix - Tim Holtz - 3D Texture Fades - Embossing Folder - EngravedTim Holtz Idea-ology BONEYARD Findings th93964Tim Holtz Idea-ology BOUQUET Findings TH93569Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Hickory SmokeTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Fossilized AmberRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Weathered WoodTim Holtz Flip Top Distress Paint BLACK SOOT Ranger TDF52937Tim Holtz Flip Top Distress Paint ANTIQUE LINEN Ranger TDF52906

Ideaology Halloween Clippings Stickers

Springtime with the Sizzix Making Journal


Hello, crafty friends, happy Friday! Hope you are all doing well, and I hope you managed to have a lovely Easter weekend, even with the quarantine orders to stay at home. It was very quiet here at my house, and has been throughout the week, but I must say… the days sure go by fast. And Finley and I are making the most of the beautiful springtime weather we’ve been having in between our days of wind and rain.


Speaking of springtime, today I am sharing this sweet spring-inspired home decor frame on the Sizzix UK blog, The Making Journal. This framed project uses three of the new Tim Holtz die sets from the Chapter 2 release, including my absolute favorite, Feathered Friends. I live on the East Coast, and love to see the bluebirds that return to my yard at this time of year. To me, they are a perfect harbinger of the spring season.


I love cost-effective decor projects, like this thrift-store frame re-do. I paid less than a dollar for this sweet green-striped frame, and by using my dies and supplies I already had on hand, I created this altered frame for next to no cost. How awesome is that?


If you’d like to learn more about this project, or check out the step-by-step tutorial, be sure to stop by The Making Journal blog. And as always, thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 12 x 12 Paper Stash - MemorandaSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die- Feathered FriendsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die- Funky WreathSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric Tiny Type LowerSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Funky Floral 1Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Texture Paste - 3 Ounces - CrackleTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique LinenTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Old PaperTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Walnut StainRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Rusty HingeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Blueprint SketchTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Shabby ShuttersRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 4 OuncesTherm O Web - iCraft - Mixed Media - Adhesive - 2.1 Fluid Ounces

Happy Easter Home Decor with Photo Play Paper


Hello crafty friends! I’m back with another Easter project for my week of holiday inspiration featuring Color Play’s adorable Easter Wishes collection. Today I have a home decor piece to share made from an old recycled frame and another one of my favorite cut-apart journaling cards from the kit.. and this time I added a homespun touch with of a bit of hand-stitching.


I usually start an altered frame project by removing the glass and giving the wood a good sanding, followed by a shabby paint job. Patterned paper was added to the back insert, and evenly-spaced holes were punched along the script lettering of the 4×6 journaling card using a paper piercer. The letters were back-stitched with embroidery floss, and the card was added to the frame with foam adhesive. A few stickers and triangle photo corners finish the design.


This frame is so happy and cheerful. Definitely much-needed at this time. I hope you are keeping busy and keeping your spirits up, too. And most of all, I hope you keep well!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Color Play - Easter Wishes Collection - 12 x 12 Collection KitTonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Retractable Craft PickRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket Fence

So Lucky with Ranger Ink


Hello, crafty friends! I hope this blog post finds you all safe and well. I know this situation we are all facing right now with the Coronavirus is very unsettling. But I hope that you are holding up as best as possible. All we can do is stay positive, right? Stay at home and wash our hands. And be thankful for creative outlets at times like these. I do find that doing a little something creative each day really does help. So today I wanted to share one of my latest crafty projects, a sweet Theodore bear altered frame home decor piece that I made recently for the Ranger Ink Projects Page.


Theodore bear is just so stinkin’ cute! He is from the ‘new’-ish Colorize die line from Tim Holtz and Sizzix, part of the Chapter 1 2020 release. Really love these latest characters, and am so happy that the Colorize line has been simplified a bit this year.

For this frame, I made a outdoorsy natural background scene using Distress Oxide ink and a few garden green dies from the Tim Holtz collection. The lucky clover in Theodore’s mouth was made using a small heart die from the Falling Hearts die set. The sentiment is a combo of the new Tiny Type Alphanumeric dies and an older script word set.


I have become a bit addicted to creating an old-world Venetian plaster-like finish using Distress Crackle Texture paste. It’s one of my current favorite techniques, and I love the soft shabby crackled texture it adds to the sky background here. Great way to add extra detail without taking anything away from the main attraction, Mr. Theodore Bear.

If you’d like to learn more about my process, I have the complete tutorial up on the Ranger Ink blog. Just click here.

Keep well, friends! Thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackTim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Paper Stash CLASSIC KRAFT STOCK TH93585Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Paper Stash ETCETERA TH93551Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Theodore, ColorizeSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Falling HeartsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Wildflower Stems 2Sizzix - 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 Ink Pads - Twisted CitronRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mowed LawnTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Texture Paste - 3 Ounces - Crackle

Sizzix Handwritten Celebrate die set- now retired

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*

 

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All American 4th of July


Happy 4th of July to my friends and family here in the States! May your day be filled with fireworks and fun in celebration of this great country of ours!


As you all know by now, I don’t like to let a holiday pass without a bit of seasonal decorating. And that is especially true for the 4th, when I deck my house out in Americana for the summer. Today I have one last patriotic home decor project to share that I made with Photo Play Paper’s adorable Red, White, & Blue collection. And I thought we could take a wee house tour while we were at it, too.


The Red, White, & Blue collection has really fabulous printed journaling cards, which make really easy home decor projects, like this cute 5×7 altered desk frame. I gave the frame a quick whitewash and sanding, and then added a thin line of patterned paper trim around the inside edge of the frame. The 4×6 journaling card was dressed up with a few cardstock stickers and embellished with Ranger crackle paste and ink in all four corners, then layered with a pair of patterned papers. I like to remove the glass from frames so that I can build up depth with lots of foam adhesive without any limitations.


Best thing about small frame projects is that they can fit in just about anywhere. This one is on top of my antique butler’s chest in the sunroom, along with lots of other patriotic pieces collected or passed down through the years. I hope you enjoy taking a little peek.

The rest of the sunroom.


And into the living room.


And finally, the dining room. Which this year took on a cross between Americana and the beachy blues I used in the front entryway.



Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Holiday!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Photo Play Paper - Red, White and Blue Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackRanger Ink - Texture Paste - Opaque CrackleRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

May Flowers with Photo Play Paper

Hi sweet friends, happy Monday!
And a very happy Memorial Day to those in the States!


With just a few days left in May, it hit me that I had better hurry up and share this altered frame project that I made for Photo Play Paper. This is a mix of their adorable Bloom and Hoppy Easter collections, dressing up an old 5×7 desk frame for the spring season.


This pretty Bloom journaling card is my favorite from the collection, so wanted to use it for the focal point in this home decor. I matted the card on crisp white cardstock, and added a bit of machine stitched detailing around the edge to help it pop, before layering it onto a polka dotty background. I like to remove the glass from my frames so that I can build up the layers without worrying about space. Love the 3D effect you get with just a little bit of foam adhesive. Creates a bit of a shadowbox look, don’t you think?


The frame was originally plain brown wood, which didn’t really fit the design. So I added a quick whitewash of paint, and then adhered thin strips of patterned paper to the thicker edges. White pearl buttons jazz up the corners. All finished off with a simple twine bow.

 P.S.-
I’m kicking off summer here in my shop on Wednesday, May 31st with a nautical-themed mini release. This release is small, but packed with bright summer vibes and the cutest little sea creatures ever! My shop will be open just one week, before it closes for summer vacation, so if you’re interested, be sure to shop early!


AudOnes Prims Summer Mini-Release
Opening May 31st, 2017 @ 10:00 a.m. EST

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


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

Photo Play Paper - Hoppy Easter Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackPhoto Play Paper - Bloom Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackNeenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 SheetsTherm O Web 3D MOUNTING SQUARES White Foam 3777

Other: Buttons, Twine (The Twinery)

It’s a Good Day with Photo Play Paper

Happy Friday, Crafty Friends!


If you have signed up for Photo Play Paper’s mailing list, you may have seen a set of freebies they sent out recently with two different printables for their adorable French Flea Market collection. These printables are so perfect for spring and summer decor projects, and even if you don’t work much with digital designs, you will love how easy these are. All you need to do is download and print.


One of my favorite things about Photo Play printables is how beautifully they coordinate with their existing paper lines. So if you like the simple route, just print and slip the design directly into your photo frame. Or, if you prefer, you can add a few extra details, like I’ve done here.


My frame was larger than the 8×10 printable, so that gave me room to add a few extra paper layers. I used recycled cardboard in between to add dimension, and removed the glass from the frame to build up the layers.


Stickers from the collection. Buttons and a bit of twine. Paper photo corners on the outside of the frame, too. It’s a good day to have a good day! Hope you all have one, too!

Happy Weekend!


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

Photo Play Paper - French Flea Market Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackMay Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

French Flea Market Printable
Vintage Button