Christmas Joy with Sizzix & Tim Holtz Chapter 3


Happy Monday, crafty friends! I’m excited to kick off the week with a little holiday card project that I made for the Sizzix blog The Making Journal featuring some fabulous new Tim Holtz dies from the Chapter 3 release. I am a sucker for Santa Claus images, and this guy right here from the Papercut Christmas #1 die set has truly stolen my heart with his retro look. Isn’t he quite the jolly fellow?


I think Santa’s mid-century modern 50’s vibe works perfectly with the geometric shapes of the Triangles Stacked Tiles set. There are so many fun things you can do with simple shapes like these. Right away, I saw Christmas trees, and a banner is always a great idea for triangle shapes, as well.


I used Tiny Type alpha dies to add lettering to the banner, and the older Snowman Scene set to create the snowy border across the bottom of the card. Another new die set from chapter 3, Falling Stars, was used to add a topper to the largest stacked tree. Then layers of Distress Kraft Stock cardstock and Distress stamped watercolor paper finish the design.

I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial for this card up on the Sizzix Making Journal Blog, if you’d like to learn more.


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Idea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackSizzix - Christmas - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Papercut Christmas No. 1 ColorizeSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Stacked Tiles TrianglesSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Falling StarsTim Holtz Sizzix SNOWMAN SCENE Dies 662422Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric Tiny Type UpperStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Christmas - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Sparkles and ChristmasTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Tattered RoseTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Worn LipstickRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Barn DoorRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Candied AppleTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique LinenTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Spray Stain - Tarnished Brass

 

 

It’s Your Day with CardMaps

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Happy Monday, crafty friends! Here we are on the last day of August already, can you believe that? The months are just zipping by, and right about now it feels like the years are flying by, too. My boy, Pete, is turning 25 in just two short days. How on earth can that even be possible?

At the beginning of July, a new set of card sketches was released on the PageMaps website, and I was very excited to be able to make some project samples using the new designs. Today I have one last July CardMaps card to share. Here is the fun sketch that I used, and my take on it featuring some adorable stamps from Hello Bluebird.


This is the seriously cute Party On the Farm stamp and die set from Hello Bluebird. I know I often mention what a sucker I am for sweet critters, but these little farm animals in particular melt my heart. Both of my parents grew up on farms, and I have very happy memories of childhood days spent on my aunt’s farm in Minnesota. So I just couldn’t resist.


As you can see, I very closely followed the sketch. The images were stamped and colored with Copic markers. I used a pierced circle to die cut the farm image, and then popped the animals up with foam dots to add some depth to the scene.


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


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

Scrapbook.com - Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Neenah Solar White - 50 PackFancy Pants Designs - Home For Christmas Collection - 6 x 6 Paper PadTsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

Reverse Confetti Under the Umbrella 6×6 Paper Pad
Hello Bluebird Party on the Farm Stamps and Dies
Sizzix Framelits Circles, Dotted Die Set
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An Oct 31 Trick or Treater with Sizzix


Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! You all know that my favorite time of year is here when it’s time for fall and Halloween makes! Today I’m super excited to share my first Halloween project of the season… an October 31 Trick or Treater card that I made for the Sizzix blog featuring new dies from the Tim Holtz Chapter 3 release.


This little guy is seriously too cute to spook, though, isn’t he? He is from the fabulous Trick or Treater Thinlits set, definitely one of my top faves from the Halloween release. I’ve mixed Trick or Treater together with the new spider web and the alphanumeric shadow numbers sets, also from the Chapter 3 release, on this fun design.


I made this card  taller and skinnier than a standard A2 size for something a little bit different, and created a simple stamped background layered on cardstock for the card base. The new spider webs have such amazing detail. I added one at top and one at bottom to really extend the length of the design.


I’m definitely ready for a break in this heat, buy boy does it feel crazy that summer is starting to slip right by. Both of my kiddos are back at school, though, so I know it’s true.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!


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

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackHero Arts - Hero Hues - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Pitch Black - 10 PackIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicSizzix - Halloween - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Trick or TreaterSizzix - Halloween - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Spider WebSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric Shadow NumbersStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Christmas - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Sparkles and ChristmasTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Dusty ConcordTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Old PaperTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Walnut StainRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Hickory SmokeTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Pumice Stone

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Hooray Happy Birthday with Ranger Ink


Happy Tuesday, crafty friends! I hope everyone in the path of tropical storm Isaias is staying safe. We were so incredibly lucky in that the storm ended up being rather a non-event for us here in the heart of North Carolina. This morning the sun is shining and not a single leaf is out of place. Sure hope everyone else is faring as well.


Today happens to be the birthday of two of my dear friends, and so I thought it was the perfect day to share this birthday card that I made recently for the Ranger Ink Project Page. This tall slimline card features an absolutely eclectic mix of brands and products, and I love how whimsical it turned out. There’s a little bit of Distress, including the fabulous new Speckled Egg color, mixed with stamps from both the Ranger LetterIt and Simon Hurley Create lines, and my favorite Tim Holtz die set of the year. Kathie and Patty, happy birthday to you both! This card is dedicated to you!


Slimline cards have become all the rage these days. Love the tall, skinny design. Feels very fresh and different, and lots of fun. I used the new Simon Hurley Scene Maker stencil to create the cloud background, the grassy border, and the curved tree line. The birch trees are one of his new background stamps, which I water-colored with a bit of Distress ink and fussy cut. The sentiment is pieced from two different LetterIt stamp sets. And of course that bird is from the Tim Holtz Feathered Friends die set, my favorite die set of the year.


I had a lot of fun mixing the different styles of the Tim Holtz, LetterIt, and Simon Hurley Create lines on this card. It’s always good to try something new. As always, I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial for this card up on the Ranger Ink Project Page, if you’d like to learn more.

Happy birthday, Patty and Kathie! And thank you to all for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Inkssentials - Specialty Stamping Paper - 8.5 x 11Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackRanger Ink - Simon Hurley - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps - TimberRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Clear Acrylic Stamps - CelebrationRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Clear Acrylic Stamps -It's The Little ThingsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die- Feathered FriendsRanger Ink - Simon Hurley - 6 x 6 Stencil and Mask - Scene MakerRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxide Ink Pads - Speckled EggRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Shabby ShuttersRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Wild HoneyRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Archival Ink Pad - Jumbo - Watering CanRanger Archival Ink Pad SHADOW GREY AIP52517Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Mowed LawnRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 Pack

 

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All Bottled Up with Tim Holtz & Sizzix


Happy Monday, crafty friends! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and the sun is shining on you on this bright and beautiful summer day. It is a scorcher here in the heart of North Carolina. Too hot to spend time outdoors, and way too hot for the poor flowers to bloom. But that’s okay, because I have some flowers to share today anyway.


This sweet pillow is a project that I made way back for the Tim Holtz Sizzix 2020 Chapter 1 release, and features one of the Bigz dies from that collection called Bottled Up. Of course since Bottled Up is a Bigz die, it is perfect for cutting heavier and thicker materials, like the wool felt I used here.


I love making small pillows and pillow tucks to add to my home decorating. They look great just tossed into a chair, or bundled together to fill a favorite basket or bowl arrangement. With Halloween quickly approaching, I’m thinking of all the potions and poison bottles I could make with this die. But for today, I paired it with another Sizzix Bigz die, Large Stems, to create a sweet floral pillow perfect for the spring and summer months.


I did some piecing of the flowers to get the two-toned colors, and left the flower heads free to add extra dimension. Hand-stitched French knots hold the stacked flowers in place. And I used a blanket stitch and outline stitch to add detail around the stems and bottles. A pair of buttons and Idea-ology metal Mini Plaquettes finish the design.

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


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

Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Bigz Die - Bottled UpSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz L Die - Large StemsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Mini - Flip Cap - Tumbled Glass

Other: Wool, Felt, DMC Floss

 

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Beside the Sea with Ranger Ink


Happy Friday, crafty friends, and welcome back to the blog! Summer is in full swing here today with this beach-inspired home decor project that I made this week for the Ranger Ink Project Page. This mixed-media piece is filled with sand and sea images and real seashells I’ve collected over the years, in a tropical summertime color palette of Distress Oxides, Inks, and new Embossing Glazes that I adore.


It seems like every time I go to the beach, I end up bringing home at least one container of shells. And most of the time, those shells sit in those little baggies or bottles for years, ignored. So happy I finally broke some of them out to add to this home decor plaque. I might not be making any actual trips to the beach anytime soon, but this brings back many happy memories and is a great way to incorporate some souvenirs into your decorating for the season.


I love the look of text print on just about anything. Adds some interest to an otherwise plain surface, like the background of this plaque frame. I simply added a layer of patterned paper to the wood plaque, and then proceeded to create an ocean view with lots of ink blending and masking, water droplets and the dimensional texture of Distress Crackle paste.


Then layers of coral branches and shells…. both real and paper versions. A bit of cheesecloth for extra texture, all finished off with a Tiny Type sentiment. Oh, how I long to be beside the sea! But perhaps for now, beachy decorations are the next best thing.

If you’d like to learn more about this project, I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial up on the Ranger Ink Project Page. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 4.25 x 5.5 - 20 PackIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Paper Stash - EtceteraSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die with Texture Fades - SeashellsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Holiday GreensSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric Tiny Type UpperSizzix - 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 Oxides Ink Pads - Cracked PistachioRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Shabby ShuttersRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Peacock FeathersRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Abandoned CoralRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Antique LinenRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Gathered TwigsTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Walnut StainRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Hickory SmokeTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Embossing Glaze - Tattered RoseRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Embossing Glaze - Weathered WoodRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Texture Paste - 3 Ounces - CrackleTherm O Web - iCraft - Purple Tape - Removable - 1.5 Inches x 15 Yards - New LookRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 4 OuncesRanger Ink - Multi Medium - Matte - .5 Ounce

 

 

A Lemony Tri-Fold Pocket Pouch with Sizzix


Happy Fri-yay, crafty friends! Hope you are all doing well, and are gearing up for some holiday fun this weekend. Many of you may have seen the amazing Sizzix Chapter 3 reveals over these past few days, filled with all our favorite holiday, Halloween, Christmas, and winter new releases. But today I’m going to step back a moment to the Chapter 2 release, with this bright and happy lemony sunshine project that I have the great fun of sharing this week on the Sizzix blog.


My bestie celebrated her birthday at the end of May, and since she loves the color yellow, we decided to throw her a little lemon/lime theme party. We had such fun gathering bright citrus table decor. And I put together this zesty tri-fold pocket pouch for her gift. Perfect for smaller gift items or gift cards, and a fun and unique twist on traditional gift wrapping.


I used several dies from Chapter 2… Doodle Art #2 and Crochet #2. And I absolutely adore all that intricate lacy detail. And because I love fabric as much as I do paper, I made a fancy stacked flower centerpiece from silk and wool, a fabric brad, and ribbons and trim using one of Sizzix’s Bigz flower dies. I’ve got all the details and step-by-steps up on the Sizzix blog and the Sizzix UK Making Journal blog, if you’d like to learn more.

I hope my friends and family in the States have a fantastic 4th of July weekend! 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 - 50 PackSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die- Doodle Art No. 2Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Crochet 2Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz L Die - Large StemsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Squeezed LemonadeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Mustard SeedRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Twisted CitronScor-Pal - Scor-Pal Eighths Measuring and Scoring Board - 12 x 12Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundRanger Ink - Multi Medium - Matte - .5 Ounce

Sizzix Stitched Ovals Thinlits Die Set
Stampin’Up Trim
Wool Felt, Silk Flower, Fabric Brad
Parchment Paper

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Happy Bird Day with the Sizzix Making Journal


Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! I think I’ve mentioned that I’ve been on a bird kick lately, right? Well, today I have yet another tweet bird project to share.. this time a card that was posted this week on the Sizzix UK blog The Making Journal, featuring my favorite die sets from the Tim Holtz Chapter 2 release.


The adorable birds from the Feathered Friends Thinlits die set has by far been my favorite set from the spring release. I love that they can be colored in so many variations to create many different species of birds, and they all turn out so beautifully. The Funky Wreath die set is the perfect companion set for these birds, and once again I’ve added in a wreath on my project today. I love dressing up the wreaths with small extras, like flowers or ribbons or bows. On this card, I made a messy nest for the bird with some wonky “greens” and natural twine. And added in a hand-stamped sentiment banner to finish the design.


It was recently my mother’s birthday.  She loves bird images and nature scenes, so this card was made specially for her. She’s getting quite the bird collection going, I must say!

I’ve got all the details and the complete step-by-step tutorial for this project up on The Making Journal blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 4.25 x 5.5 - 20 PackIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Paper Stash - EtceteraTim Holtz Idea-ology 12 x 12 Paper Stash WALLFLOWER Cardstock Pack TH93110Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die- Feathered FriendsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die- Funky WreathSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Media MarksSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Crochet 2Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Bigz XL Die with Framelits - Curio BoxRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Texture Paste - 3 Ounces - CrackleRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Fossilized AmberRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Rusty HingeTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Old PaperTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Gathered TwigsTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Walnut StainRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Archival Ink Pads - Mini Kit - ThreeMay Arts NATURAL Twine String Burlap

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Tweet Tweet with Tim Holtz Patchwork Bird


Happy Friday, friends! I’ve been on a bird kick lately with my crafty projects. So perfect time to share this tweet bird-inspired fabric project with you… A pillow that I made some time back featuring the Tim Holtz Handmade Alpha XL and Patchwork Bird Bigz dies.


I love making fabric projects with my dies, and I was really excited when Tim Holtz asked me to make some secret fabric creations for his Facebook Live Chapter 4 2019 reveal.  I really had fun with this pillow. There are so many layers and fabulous details on these patchwork birds, and since it is a Bigz die, it’s super easy to cut thicker materials with it, like the wool felt and fabrics I used here.


I tried something new with this pillow, which is using Distress Paints to create a hand-painted watercolor background. I sketched in very loose tree branches and leaves, painted in with muted earthy tones of Distress greens and browns. I really like the framework that gave to the birds, and how it worked perfectly to ground the images into a scene. The bird pieces, themselves, were die cut from a variety of felt and fabric and pieced together. I added lots of hand-stitched details to enhance their patchwork feel.


I added some favorite pompom trim around the edge of the pillow, and topped it with a messy bow made from thick twine, vintage millinery flowers and velvet leaves, and a vintage button. So very tweet!

Be well, friends! Thanks for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Bigz Die - Patchwork BirdSizzix - Bigz XL - Alphabet Die - HandmadeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Bundled SageRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Mowed LawnRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Antique LinenRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Gathered TwigsRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 Pack

You’re a Cutie Pie with the Sizzix Making Journal


Happy Monday, crafty friends, and happy first of June! This weekend, I had the great pleasure of posting an altered tag tutorial over on the Sizzix UK blog, The Making Journal. And today I wanted to share this cutie pie project, featuring the adorable Gertrude the giraffe die set, here with you, too.


Tags are one of my absolute favorite projects to make, as I always find them useful for so many occasions. This sweet tag with the new Gertrude the giraffe Colorize die makes me think of the adorable zoo animals that are often used for baby gifts and décor, so I went with that theme in mind while creating this tag. This project uses several Tim Holtz die sets from both Chapters 1 and 2, and I love how well the whimsical styles work together. The Doodle Art background plays beautifully with a Media Marks hillside, and creates a perfectly little outdoorsy scene for all your favorite critters. I think any of the playful Colorize animals from Chapter 1 and 2 would look great on here. And think how fun a whole row of these tags together would be.


My Mom made a wall hanging out of felt that had a giraffe very much like this that hung in my brother’s room when he was a babe, so this project is filled with nostalgia for me. Isn’t it funny how simple bits of paper can bring back so many memories?

You can check out all the details and step-by-step tutorial for this tag on the Sizzix Making Journal, if you’d like to learn more.

 Hug your people, friends! And sending out lots of hugs from me to you!
Thanks for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked TagsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die- Gertrude - ColorizeSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Doodle ArtSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Media MarksSizzix - Tim Holtz - Bigz XL Die with Framelits - Curio BoxSizzix - 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 - Faded JeansRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Chipped SapphireTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Shabby ShuttersTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Collage Medium - Matte