Boooooo Happy Halloween with Ranger Ink


We’re coming down to the wire, friends! Halloween is just days away. But last minute as it is, I’m back with one last Halloween project for the season. This time, a pair of haunted gift tags that I made for the Ranger Ink blog.


I just love these two silly ghosts, don’t you? They are from the Frightful Things die set from the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 release, one of my favorite sets from this year’s holiday release. I paired the ghosts with spiderwebs from the same set, and popped them all against crisp black tags for contrast. The negative spaces were filled in with letters from the Alphanumeric Labels die set, inked in soft lilac Distress for a classic Halloween color combo.


These will be so cute tying up some Halloween goody bags for those special spooks. Happy Halloween, everyone!

And as always, I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial for this project up on the Ranger Ink project page, if you’d like to learn more!


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 PackSizzix - Halloween - Thinlits Die - Frightful ThingsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked TagsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric LabelTherm O Web Gina K Designs BLACK AND WHITE GINGHAM Fancy Ribbon 18048Hemptique BLACK Hemp Cord Twine 029294Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Hickory SmokeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Shaded LilacRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Metallic - Brushed PewterRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Stickles Dry Glitter - Clear Rock Candy - 3 Ounces

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Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3- Cauldron Bigz

Hello crafty friends! I’m back today with another project that I created for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 release. As you may remember, I was given a special secret assignment for this release to create some fabric projects using the new dies. And today I’m here to share the last of my Halloween inspired fabric creations…. this time, a spooky witch’s spell pillow made with the new Cauldron Bigz die and the fabulous Handmade alphabet font.


Of course Bigz dies are perfect for using with thicker materials like the wool felt and fabrics I used here, and one of my favorite things about using fabric with die cuts is the ability you have to manipulate the pieces. Because fabric has give, I was able to expand the slit at the top of the cauldron and back the opening with a contrasting fabric, as well as tuck the wisp of smoke into the inside. Love how you can now see the contents of the cauldron just bubbling away.


I used Distress paint to add details to the scene, like the shadow below the cauldron, the bubbles rising above, and all the white pieces so that they stand out. And of course a witch’s brew needs a good spider, which is hanging to the side of the cauldron by a thread. I used a bit of alcohol ink on the spider to really make it shine.


I added a few hand-stitched accents to the cauldron handles, and edged the pillow with some favorite pom-pom trim. If you’d like any additional tips for using fabric with dies, check out some of my previous posts (These Old Bones) and (Skull & Crossbones Dolly).

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend ahead. I’m planning to head to Richmond to visit my boy. We’ve got belated birthday celebrating to do, and this ol’ mamma can’t wait!

P.S.- I’ve added a few Halloween spooks to my AudOnes Prims Shop. Come take a peek!


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

Sizzix - Halloween - Bigz Die - CauldronSizzix - Bigz XL - Alphabet Die - HandmadeTim Holtz Idea-ology WICKED Metal Adornments TH93305Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Adirondack Alcohol Ink - Sunset OrangeSigno - White Uni-ball Impact Pen

Floss: DMC
Cotton Print Fabric, Wool Felt, Pom Pom Trim

Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 Release- Frightful Things

Hello, crafty friends! Can you believe we are in mid August already? I’ve just spent the past couple of weeks getting both my kiddos moved and settled into their new apartments for the start of a new school year. And just like that, our summer is over. So here’s to moving on to fall things, with a project share today that I made for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 release. This time, a spooky Halloween card straight out of Edgar Allen Poe, made from several of the new seasonal die sets.


Both the Window Frame and the Fireside dies from the Chapter 3 release are absolutely perfect for scene building, and that’s what I used here to create this Gothic haunted house window design, perfect for a little Poe Raven midnight dreary. I love that you can use these sets for both creepy Halloween designs or jolly holiday scenes, depending on how you dress them up. And many of the new sets are scaled to fit, so really… the sky’s the limit as far as design.


For my card, I used a mix of die cuts from the Frightful Things and Regions Beyond die sets to build my spooky scene. The window itself was die cut several times from chipboard and stacked up to add some dimension. I made a starry midnight sky background from Distress ink and paint to back the window frame, and added a layer of transparency sheet to mimic glass. The cute ghost was sandwiched in between so he could peek through the pane.


I did a bit of light stenciling and ink splattering on the background. The strip of patterned paper made me think of old water-stained wallpaper you might find in Victorian days. The thin wavy edge on the left side of that is a border made using the new Festive Repeat dies. Old bones, burning candles, an Idea-ology sentiment sticker, and a bright-eyed raven dress up the window ledge and frame. This place looks definitely haunted for life.

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


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 10 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 12 x 12 Paper Stash - MemorandaLawn Fawn - 8.5 x 11 - Specialty Clear Acetate - 5 Pack12 x 12 Chipboard - 2X Heavy - 85pt - Natural - One SheetSizzix - Bigz Die - Window FrameSizzix - Halloween - Thinlits Die - Frightful ThingsSizzix - Halloween - Thinlits Die - Regions BeyondSizzix - Thinlits Die - Festive RepeatStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Dot FadeDarice - Bling Stickers - Round - Iridescent Gold and SilverEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner RounderTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Hickory SmokeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Fossilized AmberRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Spray Stain - Tarnished BrassRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket Fence

Idea-ology Seasonal Chit Chat Stickers

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! 😉

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

 

These Old Bones with Tim Holtz Skull & Crossbones


Happy Fri-yay, crafty friends! I’m back today with another fabric project to share featuring dies from the new Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 release.


Earlier this week I posted a spooky sweet rag dolly that I made using the Skull & Crossbones Bigz die, and once again, this little pom pom pillow features the same set of bones along with a continuation of some of the tips and tricks I use for working with fabric die cuts. If you missed part one of the tutorial, simply scroll down or click here.


We left off here last time, with the step of attaching fabric appliques using Therm O Web Fabric Fuse glue. For larger die cuts that I’m planning on adding stitching to (like this skull), just small dots of glue are all you need to keep the pieces from shifting and moving around…


Fabric Fuse adhesive is also particularly helpful in attaching smaller, thinner, and more intricate appliques that would be rather difficult to sew around. If I’m using small pieces, like these die cut letters, I make sure to cover the entire surface of the back side with the glue, so that the appliques will be secure without the need for stitching. Just squeeze a continuous thin line of adhesive all over the applique. You can spread it out with your finger or a paintbrush, too.


The key is to be sure to get the whole applique tacked down, since there won’t be any stitching to hold things in place. If you missed any spots, you can lift the edges and add more glue. Once I had my finished design, I went back in with Picket Fence Distress paint to add detailing to the negative facial openings and the letters and bones. Stitching was added once everything was dry.


The lettering for this pillow was die cut from Therm O Web fleece using the Tim Holtz Bigz XL Cutout Lowercase Letters die. Additional o’s and the dot from the j die cut from olive and black felt were used to make the eyes. And for a final step, I dragged a Black Soot mini Distress ink pad over the edges of the bones to emphasize the design.

I hope you enjoy these quick and easy tips for using fabric with your dies. Have a great weekend, everyone, and thanks so much for stopping by!


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

Sizzix - Halloween - Bigz Die - Skull & CrossbonesSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz XL Alphabet Die - Cutout LowerStitchnSew Fleece Sew-In High Loft (White 45 in. d/f x 1 Yard pack)Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Hickory SmokeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceTim Holtz Glass Media MatRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 2 OuncesRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 Pack

Other: Indygo Junction Crossroads Denim, Wool Felt, Pom Pom Trim, Polyfill Fiber Stuffing

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Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 Release- Skull & Crossbones

Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! Did you all have a chance to check out Tim’s fabulous new Sizzix Chapter 3 release on Facebook Live last week? Wasn’t it amazing? Over two hours of festive and frightening new products to gawk over, and tons and tons of fantastic projects and ideas to see. If you missed it, never fear… you can watch the replay (part 1 Halloween) below.

When I shared about the new holiday release on my last post, I hinted at a secret project assignment that Tim asked me to work on for the reveal, and I know some of you have already guessed what that was. Fabric! Yes, my twist was to apply the new dies to some of my AudOnes Prims. And boy, was I excited to give that a try! A huge thank you to Tim, Mario, and Paula for this super fun opportunity!


Those of you who have followed along on my AudOnes Prims venture know how much I love to create silly primitive rag dollies, so of course that was the very first project that I tackled. This cute and creepy little girl doll features some of my favorite things…. buttons and bows, Crossroads Denim and Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabric, and a big spooky Halloween skull emblem right on the front that was made with the new Skull & Crossbones Bigz Die.


Because the Skull & Crossbones is a Bigz die, you can easily die cut all sorts of thicker materials with it, making it perfect to use with fabric projects like this. I used wool for both the skull and bones here, doubling up the layers for the bones in her hair. And just as you can use Distress Ink and Paint to add detail to paper projects, you can apply the same techniques to add depth, age, and dimension to fabric pieces, too.

Here’s how I do it.


Begin by die cutting the bones from heavy wool or wool felt. You can use thinner materials, but something thicker really works best. I’ll share tips for die cutting thin cotton fabric in an upcoming post.


Dab Distress Inks or Oxides onto a non-stick craft mat, and then spray the inks heavily with water using a Distress Sprayer. For this project, I used Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.

*Note: use this technique only on fabric projects that you don’t plan on washing… as just like with primitive style tea or coffee staining, Distress inks will wash out in water.

Press the fabric die cuts into the ink mixture, twisting and swiping them through the inks to add color. Not dark enough? Let the fabric die and repeat the process again. Once you have the color where you like it, make sure to let the pieces dry completely.


When it comes to applying applique die cuts to fabric, I take a few shortcuts. The standard way would be to add an iron-on fusible interfacing to the back, or to attach the pieces with lots of pins. But I am hopeless with an iron, and often end up with pieces slipping or shifting with pins. So my trick is to stick my appliques down with Therm O Web Fabric Fuse adhesive. That way I can get the pieces exactly where I want them, and I know they’ll stay in place. And once it’s dry, you can go back and add stitching over the top if you wish. Love it.


For bigger die cuts, like the skull, I do like to go around the edges with a bit of machine stitching, but with the glue, that step isn’t necessary. For thinner dies, like the crossbones, I stacked two wool pieces together and simply stitched down the center. The double thickness helps add structure to loose flappy pieces, like the hair bows. And finally, you can add further details to the fabric dies, like using Distress paint to highlight the negative opening. Or adding buttons for eyes. Or tying multiple shapes together with a bit of ribbon or twine.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ve got lots more holiday projects to share, so hope to see you all soon!


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

Tim Holtz Fabric Eclectic Elements 14759 MELANGE 12 INCH FABRIC CRAFTING PACKSizzix Bigz Die - Skull & CrossbonesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Hickory SmokeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Black SootTim Holtz Glass Media MatTonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Non-Stick Micro Serrated Scissors - 9.5 Inch Titanium ShearsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 2 Ounces

Other: Eclectic Elements Fabric, Crossroads Denim by Indygo Junction, Wool, Stampin’Up Ribbon, Buttons

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The Tim Holtz Sizzix 2019 Chapter 3 Release


Happy Monday, friends! It’s a fabulous day in the crafting community, as today marks the release of the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 die collection! This is the big holiday release of the year including both the Halloween and Christmas designs… and it is by far my most favorite release of the year. It may seem early, but I am super excited that these dies are becoming available right now. That gives us crafters a chance to plan and create all those holiday makes well ahead of the season this year.

I hope you’ll stop by and check out Tim’s Facebook Live release event today at 9:00AM PST (12:00PM EST) to see all the new products and some amazing project samples. I am always so honored when I get to be a part of the new Sizzix releases, and this time I am particularly excited, as Tim has given me a secret project assignment!

Shhhhh, I won’t tell yet…….but I’m sure you’ll all figure it out for yourself. It all starts soon right HERE on Facebook Live!

Fourth of July Sale


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