2017 Halloween Inspiration Series with Tim Holtz- Haunted House

Hello, hello friends, and happy Monday to you once again! It’s Halloween fun day again here on the blog! Today I have another frightful card to share with you, made as part of the Halloween Inspiration Series on the Tim Holtz blog.


Ahh, there’s nothing quite like a good haunted house scene at Halloween time, is there? This is the stuff nightmares are made of….. and great old Hollywood movies, too.


This awesome house, the bats, and the moon are from the Haunted House Thinlits die set, part of the new 2017 Sizzix Tim Holtz Halloween collection. I die cut the house and bats from black Distress cardstock, and gave them a good sanding to bring out the paper core. Added some spooky cobweb stamping to the house and background, and then backed the windows with nice bright orange. A coat of Glossy Accents adds the look of glass to all those window panes. I think there might be a party going on in there.


The great big BOO on the bottom of the card was made with the Bigz XL Gothic Alphabet die. Love the grand statement you can create with these jumbo 1.5″ letters. I sanded the letters, again, and embossed the spiderwebs on top. Backed the lettering with chipboard to add a bit of extra dimension. The background for that panel was created with the Feather stencil on Tim Holtz patterned paper. Lots of dark gloomy greys and black with just a pop of orange for the holiday.


I do think this house is so much fun. I’d probably move in, if given the chance! 😉

Hope your week is off to a great start! And thanks so much for stopping by!


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

Tim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS ColorCore 12 x 12 Cardstock GX190000Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 12 SheetsAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 12 x 12 Paper Stash - WallflowerSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Halloween - Thinlits Die - Haunted HouseSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Halloween - Bigz XL Alphabet Die - GothicStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - FeatherTim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps MINI HALLOWEEN cms093Ranger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Archival Ink Pads - Watering CanRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Carved PumpkinRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Hickory SmokeVersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad - Small CubeRanger Ink - Basics Embossing Powder - BlackRanger Ink - Glossy Accents - Clear Dimensional Embellishment - 2 ouncesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Sanding Block - also known as Sanding Grip

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2017 Halloween Inspiration Series with Tim Holtz- Monsters, Inc.

Hello, hello friends, and happy Monday once again! You all know by now how much I love me some Halloween! So today I am super excited to share this project with you… a frightfully fun Halloween card which is part of the 2017 Halloween Inspiration Series on the Tim Holtz blog this week.


Do you think it’s possible for monsters to be too cute to spook? I think these guys might just be. These silly boos are from the Monsters Thinlits die set, part of the new 2017 Sizzix Tim Holtz Halloween collection. I don’t know about you, but they so much remind me of the Monsters, Inc. characters which we so loved and adored when my kids were little. Lots of happy memories there.


The monsters were die cut from Distress cardstock, and pieced to create all their little features. They are sanded and inked, and dressed up with a few shabby polka dots for an extra bit of fun. I added detail to their eyes with a fine-tipped pen. The background was created from the Rosette Texture Fade embossing folder, inked in toxic green Distress and die cut with the Stitched Squares die set. Stitched the card to a background of Distress cardstock to match.


The monsters are popping out of a frame die cut with both the new Stitched Squares and Stitched Circles die set. I added some spooky cobweb stamping and inked the frame in contrasting green. The Halloween labels and spiderwebs all come from the Mini Halloween Stamper’s Anonymous stamp set. Sentiment banners are made using Gothic Remnant Rubs. All the details have been crumpled and creased, inked and stapled for that aged look I love so well.

Be sure to check out the Tim Holtz blog for lots of Halloween inspiration throughout the month of October. And thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!


Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Tim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS ColorCore 12 x 12 Cardstock GX190000Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Halloween - Thinlits Die - Silly MonstersSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Framelits Dies - Stitched SquaresSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Framelits Dies - Stitched CirclesTim Holtz Sizzix ROSETTES Texture Fades Embossing Folder 662391Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps MINI HALLOWEEN cms093Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Halloween - Remnant Rubs - GothicDecorative Photo Corners • Black pictureRanger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet BlackRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Archival Ink Pads - Watering CanTim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BLACK SOOT Ranger TIM19541Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Twisted CitronRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Bundled SageRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Shaded LilacRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Crayons - Set 3Zig Kuretake CALLIGRAPHY PEN SET Black Water Based Dye 3 Sizes 02998Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Tiny Attacher with 100 Tiny StaplesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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A Butterfly Birthday with Tim Holtz & Sizzix

Hi Friends! Happy Monday to you!


I definitely woke up to a little crisp in the air this morning, which just proves that my very favorite month of the year must be here, October! It is just about time for spooks, my friends, and I can’t wait to start sharing some of my Halloween projects and decor with you all.

But for today, I have a pair of birthday cards to share with you that I made awhile back for the Sizzix blog featuring the fabulous Flutter line of stamps and dies by Tim Holtz.


It seems like I am always in need of birthday cards, so I like to try to build up a stash of ready-made cards to keep on hand. The new Tim Holtz Flutter butterflies are so beautiful and fun to use, and work really well for year-round birthday card designs. Today I’ve created a bit of a summer-inspired look using light pastel colors in an earthy color palette, paired with lots of crisp white and bold black to make everything pop.


I used a variety of different Flutter butterfly images to stamp the background paper, and then die cut and colored one to be the focus of the design, nestled within a Tim Holtz Stitched Circle die cut frame. I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope to be back on Friday with the beginnings of my 2018 Halloween Haunted House Tour! Until then, wishing you all a wonderful week!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 12 SheetsTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - White - 12 SheetsPhoto Play Paper - French Flea Market Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - BrocanteStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - FlutterStamper's Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Simple SayingsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Framelits Dies - FlutterSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Framelits Dies - Stitched CirclesMay Arts IVORY Twine String BurlapRanger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet BlackVersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad - Small CubeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Twisted CitronRanger Ink - Basics Embossing Powder - Super Fine - WhiteRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 Pack

Beach Hair with Therm O Web

Hi Sweet Friends! Happy Monday!


We have been having the most beautiful weather here. The storms have cleared, leaving nothing but blue skies and gentle breezes. Feels like summer has returned.


Even so, signs of fall are creeping in. The first hint of color is popping out in the trees, and there’s a squirrel burying acorns in my front lawn this morning.   And of course, I have completed switched over to fall inside. Fall crafts….. fall decorations…. I even bought my first pumpkin of the season yesterday. You know me and autumn…it just can’t come soon enough.


Weather like this, though, has me longing for the beach. So perfect time to share some seaside tags I made recently for the Therm O Web blog, featuring dies from the GinaK Designs collection and stamps from our friends at Waffle Flower Crafts.


This is the adorable Bear and Bird stamp set, with paper from Simple Stories’ Summer Days collection. I framed my beach scenes with square dies from GinaK Designs, and gave my bears some cool beach accessories from a super old Stampin’Up stamp set that I haven’t used for years. Bonus points for that! 🙂

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

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


Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - White - 12 SheetsTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Island Dream - 12 SheetsSimple Stories - Summer Days Collection - 12 x 12 Collection KitWaffle Flower Crafts - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Bear and BirdTherm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Single Stitch - Square - LargeSizzix - Framelits Die and Clear Acrylic Stamp Set - TagsSizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Stitched Ovals Thinlits DieRanger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet BlackTherm O Web - Premium Dye Inkpad Sets - Island DreamRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassKuretake - ZIG - Clean Color - Brush Marker - 48 Piece SetRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundTherm O Web 3D MOUNTING SQUARES White Foam 3777

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A Little Dose of Happy with Tammy Tutterow & Spellbinders

Hi Sweet Friends, and happy Monday once again!
Hope you all have had a super wonderful week! Any big plans in the works for this tail end of summer?


Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like autumn is almost here? I know the official date is still weeks away, but once school starts and Labor Day approaches, I feel like we’ve turned the corner on our seasons. And I, for one, am really looking forward to fall.


Labor Day weekend is my boy’s birthday. He will be 22 this year…. which is so hard to believe. I’m looking forward to having him home for the long weekend, and possibly my wee Missy Nik, too. I’ve got plans for baking some of Pete’s favorite treats and wrapping a few pressies. Sweet homey things that make this old mom’s heart burst with happy.
So it seemed rather fitting to share this “little dose of happy” card here with you today.


This card is made with some of the most adorable cling stamps from my dear friend Tammy Tutterow’s collection with Spellbinders. This is the pretty Sunflower Bunch stamp, along with a sentiment from the Tiny Sentiments set. The images were die cut with Tim Holtz Stitched Circles. And a bit of paper busting from my stash.

Thank you all so much for stopping by! Hope you all have a fabulous week ahead. And in case you’re interested, a little news on my AudOnes Prims shop….

I will be unveiling my fall collection this weekend.
Grand Opening is this Sunday,
September 3rd @ 1:00 p.m. EST


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

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - White - 12 SheetsPhoto Play Paper - Seeds of Kindness Collection - 6 x 6 Paper PadSpellbinders - Cling Stamp Set - Sunflower BunchSpellbinders - Happy Grams 3 Collection - Cling Mounted Stamps - Tiny SentimentsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Framelits Dies - Stitched CirclesRanger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet BlackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Fossilized AmberKuretake - ZIG - Clean Color - Brush Marker - 48 Piece SetRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

BasicGrey RSVP 6×6 Paper Pad
Simple Stories Pumpkin Spice Enamel Dots
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Stay Positive with Therm O Web

Happy Monday, Sweet Friends!
And for those of you lucky enough to be in the pathway,
Happy Solar Eclipse day!


This past week I had the great fun of joining along with the My Creative Time August release, so I didn’t get the chance to mention what a big week it was for us here at my house, with school starting up again for both my kiddos. Pete is finishing up his last semester at university, but for my daughter, there are lots of changes and nerves underway as she starts her first year away at college.


I knew move-in day would be tough on the both of us, so I wanted to cheer her up with a little care package and surprise. Just a little something to let her know I was thinking of her, and wishing her well. Sneaky mom hid these cuties on her desk when she wasn’t looking, to find and open after we were gone.


Nik is majoring in life sciences, so I knew this adorable Real Genius collection by Photo Play Paper would be right up her alley. Perfect for a pun-loving girl, like her. And even though she’s all grown up, I knew she would enjoy a little encouragement from mom.


I’ve got the full details 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!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Photo Play Paper - Real Genius Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - White - 12 SheetsSizzix - Framelits Die and Clear Acrylic Stamp Set - TagsEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner RounderMay Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

Butterfly Boxes- A Sizzix Tutorial

Hi Friends! Happy Monday once again!
Hope you all have had a wonderful weekend. Things are usually pretty quiet around here, but not these days. I’ve got a full house right now with both kiddos and even a wee puppy here to keep me company, and lots to do before school starts up in a few short weeks. Summer is working it’s way toward the end, and as always, it seems there is suddenly much to get done….meetings and appointments and doctors and shopping…. times two for me this year, as I will have both of my munchkins in college. As a matter of fact, the wee Missy Nik and I are off to orientation today.
Wish me luck! This ol’ mom is going to need it!


This weekend, I found myself in somewhat of a gift wrapping emergency. Very last-minute plans were made to get together to celebrate two summer birthdays for my friends Amy and Susie, and although I had the gifts, I was totally unprepared with the wrapping.


What I needed was something small for the cute purse charm key rings I was gifting. Something along the lines of a jewelry box, and not the big gift bags I tend to keep on hand. Something, too, that I could put together quickly, last minute as this was. So I pulled out one of my favorite pillow box dies from Sizzix to create some very easy gift packaging, and then dressed them up with new summer products from Sizzix, including stamps, dies, and even new paper, too.

I’ve got a quick tutorial to share, in case you’re in ever in need of any last minute quick and easy gift packaging ideas.

1. Gather your supplies. For this project, I used the new 3-D Butterflies Bigz Die from the Where Women Cook collection. The patterned paper is from the same line and comes in a pad called Have A Little Party. The birthday stamp and tag are from the new Tag Sentiments #2 Framelits w/Stamps set by Lori Whitlock. And for small gift items, you can’t beat the Fancy Pillow Box Die.

2. Die cut the pillow box from patterned paper. You may notice that the paper pad is perfectly sized to fit the Sizzix Bigz dies, so no pre-cutting of paper is even needed. To die cut with Bigz dies, use this Sizzix die cutting sandwich: Standard Cutting Pad, Die (cutting side up), paper, Standard Cutting Pad.

3. Fold the pillow box along the crease lines. Place gift item inside, and thread the box with twine or ribbon through the die cut holes. I used a tiny piece of red-lined tape on the end of the flap to keep it snug against the box. Then just fold in the ends of the box to close.

4. Die cut the 3-D Butterfly from patterned paper from the pad, and assemble the butterflies by slipping one shape into the slit on the second. No adhesive is even necessary.

5. Tuck one wing of the butterfly behind the twine tie. Add a foam dot behind the butterfly to secure it in place.

6. Stamp the sentiment onto watercolor cardstock, and die cut it with the matching tag die.

7. Color the inside of the tag shape with Distress ink.


So quick and easy! And best thing is, this pillow box die is on sale right now, through the end of the month at Sizzix.com. I’ll link you to all the products below.

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


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

Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Sizzix - Where Women Cook Collection - 6 x 12 Paper Pad - Have a Little PartySizzix - Where Women Cook Collection - Bigz Die - Butterflies, 3-DSizzix - Framelits Die with Clear Acrylic Stamp Set - Tag Sentiments 2Ranger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Archival Ink Pads - Watering CanRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Picked RaspberryRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Peacock FeathersMay Arts PINK Twine String BurlapTherm O Web 3D MOUNTING SQUARES White Foam 3777Sizzix - Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair - Clear with Silver GlitterSizzix - Big Shot Machine - White and Gray

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