Monster Mash with PhotoPlay Paper

October is here! My favorite month of the year! Time for pumpkins and leaves and all things Halloween. So what better time to share a card that I made for PhotoPlay Paper with their adorable new Halloween collection for the year, Monster Mash.

This card is a very quick and easy design with background patterned paper and a 3×4 journaling card from the cut-apart kit paper. I layered the journaling card onto some contrasting paper, using my old Tim Holtz Stitched Ovals die set to cut negative scalloped borders across the top and bottom of the panel. And then for additional accent, I added one of the removed scallop strips across the center of the card, along with a twine wrap and bow.

And last, but not least, a pair of cardstock sticker characters and sentiment strip finish off the design.
Happy Friday, crafty friends! Thanks so much for stopping by!


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

PhotoPlay MONSTER MASH 12 x 12 Collection Pack mma2892
Sizzix Tim Holtz Stitched Ovals Thinlits
Purple Twine

Tim Holtz Frosted Crystal and Distress Crayons

A couple of weeks ago, Tim Holtz shared an awesome Live demo featuring the new larger sized Frosted Crystal and the latest set of Distress Crayons (if you missed that demo, you can catch the replay on Tim’s blog or YouTube channel). After the Live, I shared a collage tag that I had made, and today I’m back with another project using the same products and techniques. This time, a fabric-based sewing-inspired ATC.

So this set of Distress Crayons features the three newest colors to join the Distress family, Salvaged Patina, Kitsch Flamingo, and Prize Ribbon. And what I didn’t realize at the time of their arrival is how wonderfully these three colors work together. I used all three in combination on this collage-style card, and I really love how it turned out.

One of the tricks that Tim shared on his Live demo was how to use the Frosted Crystal embossing powder to give “tooth” to paper surfaces for the Distress Crayons to stick to. So I used that technique to coat several Idea-ology die cut embellishments for this project, including simple black and white images like this dress form, as well as colored die cuts like the butterfly and floral sprays. Of course starting with a clean slate, I could completely color the dress form with the crayons, creating a color combo of my choosing. And for the accents that were already colored, I was able to add a bit of extra detail to the images with the crayons. If you look closely, you’ll see I added pink to the edges of the butterfly’s wings. And the flower branches got extra highlights of both pink and green.

The rest of the elements are just Idea-ology ephemera pieces, layered and stitched down onto bottom batting. I added an Idea-ology pin and stacked some of the images up on foam dots to add depth and dimension. I think it turned out so cute, and can’t wait to display this sew-sweet little card in my sewing room.

Have you tried out the new crayons and Frosted Crystal powder yet?


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

 

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ephemera Pack THRIFT SHOP TH93114 Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ephemera Pack FIELD NOTES th94051 Tim Holtz Idea-ology COLLECTOR Ephemera Layers TH93553 Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Crayons - Set 12 Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Frosted Crystal Tim Holtz Idea-ology WIRE PINS TH93011 Tim Holtz DETAILER WATER BRUSH Ranger Watercoloring TIP33080 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BRUSHED CORDUROY Ranger TIM21421

 

Tim Holtz Sizzix Christmas- Cozy Winter

Hello, crafty friends! It’s the most wonderful time of the year… time for holiday festivity and fun with the release of the new 2021 Tim Holtz Sizzix Christmas/winter collection! I hope you all had a chance to catch the LIVE reveal on Tim’s YouTube channel this past Saturday. If not, never fear… you can always watch the replay at timholtz.com. You won’t want to miss all the amazingly inspiring project makes!

I was so very fortunate to get to create projects for the Live reveal, and today I’m excited to share the first of them here with you. This is the adorable new Cozy Winter set and the equally fabulous new Tall Pines paired together on a snowy winter holiday shaker card.

The background and framework for this shaker card were crafted from Distress Watercolor cardstock that was inked and splattered to create a snowy scene. I used a combination of Mermaid Lagoon and Iced Spruce Distress Oxide Spray on the background “sky”, which of course was splashed with water droplets followed by flicks of Picket Fence Distress Paint. The pine trees were die cut once from Kraft Stock cardstock and once from Watercolor cardstock, and inlaid together to give the look of a snowy forest. More dots of paint add a touch of snow to the tree branches.

The bear was also die cut from Distress Watercolor cardstock that was inked in a variety of pink, brown, and black Distress inks. And because I love fabric as much as I love paper, I decided to die cut the scarf and cups from felt to add a touch of fuzzy warmth to the design.

Do you have a favorite from the new release? To me it’s hard to choose just one!


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

 

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 Pack Idea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - Classic Sizzix - Christmas - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Dies - Cozy Winter Sizzix - Christmas - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Dies - Tall Pines Ranger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Archival Ink Pads - Watering Can Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TATTERED ROSE Ranger TIM20240 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BRUSHED CORDUROY Ranger TIM21421 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad GATHERED TWIGS Ranger TIM32823 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad WALNUT STAIN Ranger TIM19534 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BLACK SOOT Ranger TIM19541 Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Spray MERMAID LAGOON Ranger tso64770 Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Spray ICED SPRUCE Ranger tso64763 Tim Holtz Flip Top Distress Paint PICKET FENCE Ranger TDF53170 Sizzix FESTIVE Sequins And Beads 664675 Sizzix - Making Essentials Collection - Sequins and Beads - Arctic Sky Sizzix - Making Essentials Collection - Sequins and Beads - Mint Julep
Benzie Designs Felt
Hero Arts Printer’s Type Lower Alphabet

If Friends Were Flowers with CardMaps

Before a new set of card-making sketches makes its appearance in October, it’s time to share one last card that I created for PageMaps using a CardMap sketch from the July release!

Here is the fun sketch that I used, and my take on it featuring a mix of goodies from Pink Fresh Studio Some Days and Simple Stories Bunnies & Blooms.

I do love the garden theme to this one, and I always appreciate a little pun in my sentiment. It’s been ages since I’ve added a button to my card, but once upon a time that was one of my top favorite embellishments. And it felt good to pull out my old and seldom-used notebook paper die from PaperTrey ink, which was the perfect die to match this sketch design.

The background papers are a combination of both collections, and I really like how the pop of black ties everything together. I layered several garden-y ephemera pieces and grounded them with a bit of grass border. The button, twine tie, and ticket stub finish the design.

The weather has started to turn here, and we are beginning to feel a little crisp in the air. My favorite season is almost here! Thanks so much for stopping by, friends! Wishing you all a very wonderful day!


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

Pinkfresh Studio - Some Days Collection - 6 x 6 Collection Paper Pack Simple Stories - Bunnies and Blooms Collection - 6 x 8 Paper Pad Simple Stories - Bunnies and Blooms Collection - Ephemera - Bits and Pieces Sizzix - Making Essentials Collection - Cardstock Sheets - 80 Sheets Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Borders
PaperTrey Ink: Notebook Die
Stampin’Up Twine
Button

Another Year… with CardMaps

Happy Thursday, crafty friends! At the beginning of July, a new set of CardMaps designs were released over at PageMaps, and I had the great pleasure of creating some projects with the new sketches for the reveal. Today I’m sharing one of those cards here featuring the adorable Some Days collection by PinkFresh Studio.

I am always in need of birthday cards for my stash, and thought this bright happy paper with it’s typography print was perfect for the occasion. I used the 6×6 paper pad for this, along with the coordinating enamel dots and die cuts… and went back to one of my favorite old-school techniques which is sewing on paper. Love the pop of green that zigzag stitching brings.

But probably my favorite part of this card was also the scariest to achieve, and that is the splotchy, messy paint stain behind the flowers. There’s something intimidating about pouring paint onto something you’ve spent time creating, but it’s also fun to take more of a mixed-media approach to papercrafting at times. My best advice is to go slow and easy on the paint, and dab it quickly with a bit of paper towel. You can always add more…. it’s just the take-away that is difficult.

The patterned papers had more of a creamy background tone to them, so I used Bristol Smooth cardstock here instead of white. I pulled out more green from the design with the stamped sentiment strip, and finished off with the old corner rounder and a trio of enamel dots.

You can find the sketch for this card, along with many other great designs, over on the CardMaps page.
And thanks so much for stopping by!


Strathmore BRISTOL SMOOTH 9 x 12 Paper Pad 365096
PinkFresh Studio SOME DAYS 6 x 6 Paper Pack 101021
PinkFresh Studio SOME DAYS Elements Pack 102121
PinkFresh Studio SOME DAYS Enamel Dots 102021
Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Clear Photopolymer Stamps - Birthday
Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Sentiment Strips
Gina K Designs GRASS GREEN PREMIUM DYE Color Companions Ink Pad 0908
EK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner Rounder

Ranger Distress Paint: Milled Lavender

2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 24

Happy Friday, crafty friends! As I mentioned in a previous post, from now until December I am on a mission to make at least one holiday card a week during a crafty Zoom session with my friend, Kathie. It’s one way to stay connected to friends and family during these quarantine days, and a great way to build up my stash of cards for the year at the same time. I am calling this my 2021 Christmas Card Project, and each week I hope to share my progress here with you.

Last month I got the chance to visit with Kathie, and we were able to craft together in person, for a change. I brought along my favorite holiday collection of the year, Simple Stories’ Simple Vintage North Pole, and managed to make a handful of cards. I have shared most of the cards already over the previous weeks, and today I’m back with the last of them.

This card features one of the few remaining 3×4 journaling cards I had left in the 6×8 paper pad. It didn’t quite fit in the die cut rectangular frame I wanted to use, so I added a strip of patterned paper to fill the space at bottom and top, and embellished the frame with paper photo corners, die cut ephemera bits, and twine.

I have very little of this paper left, which makes me both sad and happy. Sad because I hate to see it go, but happy that every scrap is getting put to use. I may manage to eek out one or two more cards with the supplies I have left, and then maybe move onto tags. Stay tuned! And 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 - 25 Pack Lawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Dies - Large Stitched 4 Bar Rectangles Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Borders Best Creation Inc - Baker's Twine - Dark Green
Simple Stories Simple Vintage North Pole: 6×8 Paper Pad, Die Cut Ephemera

2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 23

Happy Friday, crafty friends! As I mentioned in a previous post, from now until December I am on a mission to make at least one holiday card a week during a crafty Zoom session with my friend, Kathie. It’s one way to stay connected to friends and family during these quarantine days, and a great way to build up my stash of cards for the year at the same time. I am calling this my 2021 Christmas Card Project, and each week I hope to share my progress with you.

For week 23, I made two cards with the brand new holiday collection from PhotoPlay Paper called North Pole.

The first card mixes paper from the 6×6 paper pad with one of the larger 4×6 images from the cut-apart journaling card sheet. I trimmed around the card and edged the bottom with scallops, and snipped off a bit from the sides to make it fit. The little Santa was fussy cut from another journaling card. And I added a few cardstock stickers around Santa to finish the design.

One of my favorite things about this collection is the introduction of blue to the traditional holiday colors, and the second card features this fun color palette. Once again, I cut down one of the journaling cards, edged it with scallops and mixed it with papers from the 6×6 pad. The stack of presents is from the sticker sheet.

Hope those who celebrated had a wonderful 4th of July holiday weekend here in the States. Sure was nice to have my parents here visiting, and we did it up with a nice BBQ and some of that pie I mentioned last time. Happy weekend, friends! And thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

 

Scrapbook.com - Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Neenah Solar White - 25 Pack Photo Play Paper - Christmas - The North Pole Trading Co. Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Pack Photo Play Paper - Christmas - The North Pole Trading Co. Collection - 6 x 6 Paper Pad Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Borders Doodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Ladybug Best Creation Inc - Baker's Twine - Dark Green

America the Beautiful with CardMaps

Hello, crafty friends and happy 4th of July! I hope my American friends and family have lots of fun plans for this long holiday weekend. My parents are still visiting from California, so we have much to celebrate…. there’s no agenda, but just to be together. And the day may involve some pie.

The start of July brings a new set of CardMaps sketches to the PageMaps website, and I had the great pleasure of making some cards for the reveal. Today it is only fitting to share this patriotic card I made in honor of America’s birthday. Here is the fun sketch that I used.

And here is my take on it using the new America the Beautiful collection from PhotoPlay Paper.

Lots of stars and stripes on this design, and some patriotic flags and buntings perfect for the 4th of July. I tried to follow the sketch closely, even going so far as to break out my old pinking shears to add the zig-zag edging seen in the drawing.

I used Bristol cardstock to match the slightly off-white color of this vintage-inspired collection, and I love the slightly shabby charm of this finished card. The focal die cut circle is layered with stickers, added at different depths with foam dots for a 3D effect. The sentiment and flag banner up top are from the coordinating die cut ephemera pieces. Hip Hip Hooray for the USA!

Happy 4th of July! And thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Strathmore BRISTOL SMOOTH 9 x 12 Paper Pad 365096 Photo Play Paper - America The Beautiful Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Pack Photo Play Paper - America The Beautiful Collection - Die Cut Cardstock Pieces - Ephemera

2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 22

Happy Friday, crafty friends! As I mentioned in a previous post, from now until December I am on a mission to make at least one holiday card a week during a crafty Zoom session with my friend, Kathie. It’s one way to stay connected to friends and family during these quarantine days, and a great way to build up my stash of cards for the year at the same time. I am calling this my 2021 Christmas Card Project, and each week I hope to share my progress with you.

A couple of weeks ago, I went to visit Kathie, and we were able to craft together in person for a change. I made a handful of cards with my favorite Simple Stories Simple Vintage North Pole collection, and today I have two of them to share for week 22 of the Christmas Card Project.

Card number one features a sentiment image from the cut-apart journaling card paper that I framed within a die cut circle window opening. I added some small snippets of patterned paper and remnants of a scalloped die cut border to the sides, and used die cut ephemera pieces to accent the design.

The second card may look a bit familiar, as it utilizes the large Santa image that I had on a card last week. This Santa comes from a much larger image that fills the entire 6×8 paper sheet, that I simply cut down to size. I added more small scraps of patterned paper and my favorite twine tie. A die cut ephemera sentiment finishes the design.

Happy July, crafty friends! And thanks so much for stopping by!


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

 

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White Cardstock Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Borders EK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner Rounder Doodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Ladybug Best Creation Inc - Baker's Twine - Dark Green
Simple Stories Simple Vintage North Pole: 6×8 Paper Pad, Bits & Pieces
Sizzix Rectangles Framelits
My Creative Time Bunch of Fun Circles Die Set

2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 21

Happy Friday, crafty friends! As I mentioned in a previous post, from now until December I am on a mission to make at least one holiday card a week during a crafty Zoom session with my friend, Kathie. It’s one way to stay connected to friends and family during these quarantine days, and a great way to build up my stash of cards for the year at the same time. I am calling this my 2021 Christmas Card Project, and each week I hope to share my progress with you.

I’ve fallen behind a bit on my Christmas project these past couple of weeks. I’ve been having some serious computer issues with my old desktop computer, which I still use for my photo editing and storage. The thing is older than the hills, and has currently taken to simply shutting itself off and refusing to reboot. But just when I think it’s gone for good, it surprises me with a sudden return and I manage to limp along again. But on a happier note, my parents have arrived for a nice long visit, and we have been busy catching up and running around after not being able to be together since Christmas 2019. So I apologize for the absence, and hope that I am back for awhile.

A couple of weeks ago, I went to visit my dear friend, Kathie, and we were able to craft together in person for a change. I made a handful of cards with my favorite Simple Stories Simple Vintage North Pole collection, and today I have two of them to share for week 21 of the Christmas Card Project.

The first card features a sweet Santa image from the cut-apart journaling card sheet in the 6×8 pad. I layered the Santa onto a stitched rectangle cut from white cardstock, and added a bit of candy-caned striped paper at the top and bottom to fill in the rectangular space. The green patterned paper is edged with white scalloped borders and placed down the center of the card. The tab at the top is a portion of a die cut ephemera piece, and it was wrapped in a bit of twine. The round sentiment is from the Bits & Pieces die cut pack, too.

I’m happy with how the second card turned out because I love that Santa image, but it was the full 6×8 size, which made it challenging to use. I used an old Sizzix stacked rectangle die set to cut out just the face portion of the image, and added it to a mat of white cardstock. I am really challenging myself to use up every scrap, and managed to use some very thin strips of paper as a band across the center of the card and a small tab at the top right corner. Twine was tied around the left side of the card, and I finished off with a die cut ephemera piece for the sentiment.

Isn’t it crazy that we are almost halfway through the year already? Soon it will be Christmas in July, and I will be right on trend with this Christmas card making project of mine! 😉


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

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White Cardstock Lawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Dies - Large Stitched 4 Bar Rectangles Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Borders Doodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Ladybug Best Creation Inc - Baker's Twine - Dark Green
Simple Stories Simple Vintage North Pole Collection: 6×8 Paper Pad, Bits & Pieces
Sizzix Rectangles Framelits Die Set