Tim Holtz Seasonal Mica Distress Crayons Release

Did you happen to catch the news yesterday? New Tim Holtz Seasonal Mica Distress Crayons are here! Like the Distress Mica Sprays that came out last month, these new crayons are limited edition colors with an amazing pearl mica finish. There are four sets, for a total of twelve amazing new colors that are perfect for all of your seasonal makes… or for a rainbow of fabulous colors that work all year round. I had lots of fun creating some projects for the surprise mid-week reveal, and I’m excited to share the first of them here with you today. Since Halloween is right around the corner, let’s start with this Halloween gift tag.

If you’re not familiar with Distress Crayons, you’ll definitely want to watch yesterday’s replay on Tim’s blog or YouTube channel where he demos many tips and tricks for working with this medium. The fun thing about the crayons is that they can be used in many different ways, and I tried to show that in this tag make. One way you can use them is to create gorgeous blended backgrounds, like this wicked web pattern here. Best tip for a smoothly blended background is to coat your paper with Distress Collage medium first, and let that thoroughly dry. I stamped the spiderwebs from the Stamper’s Anonymous Tangled Web stamp set over my coated tag using Black Soot Archival Distress ink. Then you can scribble on the Mica Distress Crayons and blend the pigments out with a damp finger. For this tag, I used the Bubbling Cauldron and Jack O’Lantern Mica Crayons to create this two-tone Halloween design.

You can also color directly with the Distress Crayons, and that is what I did on the scalloped border strip and die cut lettering. And as one final touch, I doodled directly onto the die cuts to add some detail to those, too.

Looking for more Distress Crayon ideas?


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

Ranger Ink - Dina Wakley Media - White Tag - Sizes Number 8 and 10 Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 Pack Idea-ology - Tim Holtz - 6 x 9 Kraft Stock - Neutral Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps TANGLED WEBS CMS346 Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Dies - Toil and Trouble Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Dies - Alphanumeric Varsity Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Dies - Decorative Trims Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Halloween - Distress Crayons - Pearl - Set One Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Halloween - Distress Crayons - Pearl - Set Two Tim Holtz Distress Archival Ink Pad BLACK SOOT Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BLACK SOOT Ranger TIM19541 Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium MATTE TDA47933 Tim Holtz Distress COLLAGE BRUSH SET TDA50896 Tim Holtz Idea-ology HALLOWEEN TRIMMINGS th94072 Tim Holtz Idea-ology LOOP PINS TH93200 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad CARVED PUMPKIN Ranger TIM43201
Sizzix Alphanumeric Handmade Bigz XL

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 Sizzix Halloween- Pumpkin Patch Colorize

Hello, crafty friends! Now that fall is officially here, it’s time to share all things spooky! And today I have a spooky sweet fabric project to share that I made for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Halloween release… a small pillow tuck made with Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabric and felt and the new Pumpkin Patch Colorize die set.

Now Tim has released lots of pumpkin die sets over the years, but this new Colorize set is a true favorite. In this set, you receive two different jack o’lantern images and two different bats, each with multiple layers that you die cut and stack for a real 3D appeal. I love that the dies come with base shapes, and then pieces that you layer to build up the design. You can see that I used yellow felt for the base here, and then stacked three shades of orange felt and two shades of green felt for the stems. And a little tip, if you don’t have enough colors of felt (or even paper, for that matter), you can add Distress ink to the felt to change the shade. For this project, I only had two colors of orange felt, so I inked up the felt with Rusty Hinge Distress ink to make a third, darker shade.

The felt I used is from Benzie Designs, and it really does die cut beautifully. Therm O Web Sprayn’Bond Fusible Adhesive was really helpful for adhering all these pieces together, without the need to sew. I fused the pumpkin and bats to a backing of Abandoned Eclectic Elements fabric and used a row of pom pom trim to create a grassy border. A bit of Distress-dyed seam binding was added in a bow, and vintage rick-rack trim was sewn around the border.

I love this time of year! Happy Fall y’all!


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

Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Dies - Pumpkin Patch Colorize Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Rusty Hinge Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mowed Lawn
Benzie Felt
Eclectic Elements Abandoned Fabric Collection
Trim

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

Tim Holtz Sizzix Halloween- Costume Party

Happy Saturday, crafty friends, and thanks so much for stopping by! It’s now September, and those of you have been following me for awhile probably already know what that means…. this is the time of year when my brain turns to all things fall and my favorite holiday of all, Halloween. Today I wanted to share one of the projects that I made for the Tim Holtz LIVE Sizzix Halloween reveal. This spooky sweet 5×7 desk frame features new dies and new limited edition grit paste and glitter from Tim’s Halloween release.

Can you even resist these cute little characters? This trio is from the Costume Party Thinlits die set, and it is the latest in the Colorize line. If you’re not familiar with Colorize, it’s basically layers of dies that you build up following the color code stamped on the back of each die. I used a combination of Kraft Stock cardstock and Distress-inked watercolor cardstock to build my trick-or-treaters, and I love how the mix of surfaces adds contrasting visual texture to the finished design. And for even more fun, I used the special limited edition Nightfall Glitter from the Distress Sparkle Set for some sparkly accents on eyebrows, eyes, and hair.

The background of the frame is Distress watercolor cardstock that has been inked with Victorian Velvet, Stormy Sky, and Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide. I masked the moon from an older set, Gate Keeper, and inked around the mask with Fossilized Amber Oxide to add the warm glow of the moon. I watercolored more oxide over the scene using a thin paintbrush, and that created the windy swirls that you see. Then splatters of Picket Fence paint create the look of stars.

The little die cut bats are also from the Gate Keeper die set, and I added in stamped tombstones from the old Village Graveyard set. I believe the graveyard set has been discontinued, but there are tombstones in the new Halloween Vault set that could be substituted. I cut the ground freehand from kraft stock cardstock, and swiped it with a bit of Distress paint to add color contrast and depth. The frame itself was painted with a combination of Picket Fence and Black Soot Distress paint, which was then sanded to remove some of the paint before adding the fabulous Crypt Distress Grit Paste from the limited edition Halloween Texture Set. The Grit Paste was sanded, too, and the whole finished result gives that fabulous aged, time worn appearance I truly love at Halloween.

Have you started on Halloween crafting? Have a favorite from the Tim Holtz release? I’d love to hear!


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

Idea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - Classic Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 Pack Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Dies - Costume Party Colorize Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Halloween - Thinlits Die - Gate Keeper Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Dies - Vault Series - Halloween 2021 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique Linen Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Tea Dye Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Frayed Burlap Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black Soot Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Candied Apple Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Fossilized Amber Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Victorian Velvet Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Stormy Sky Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Chipped Sapphire Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Shabby Shutters Tim Holtz Flip Top Distress Paint PICKET FENCE Ranger TDF53170 Tim Holtz Flip Top Distress Paint BLACK SOOT Ranger TDF52937 Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Halloween - Distress Texture Paste Set
Tim Holtz Sizzix Village Graveyard Thinlits Die Set
Distress Sparkle Set: Nightfall Glitter
Hero Arts Printer’s Type Lower Stamp Set

Say Cheese with Therm O Web & Miss Ink Stamps

Hello, crafty friends! I hope you are all doing well, as it’s been a bit since I’ve checked in here. The summer has ended up being a busier time than I expected it would, and that has kept me away longer than I planned. It’s been lovely, though…. I’ve had both kids around on and off and my parents were here visiting for most of the summer. After the super long break in visits due to Covid, it was really nice to see them again.

Today I’m going back a bit to share a project I made for the Therm O Web blog for a recent collaboration with Miss Ink Stamps. I used the adorable Say Cheese stamp set and their Scene Builder Stencil to make a gift set for my dear friend, Paige, who celebrates a birthday in July. I pulled out a really old pillow box die from Sizzix to make the gift box, using patterned paper from PhotoPlay Paper’s Fern & Willard collection. And the coordinating tag matches with the same paper, stamps, and fuzzy grass accents die cut from Therm O Web deco foil flock transfer sheets.

I am always a sucker for cute little critters! And these happy papers are so perfect for a bright summer day. I’ve got all the details and a step-by-step tutorial for these projects up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.
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

Photo Play Paper - Fern and Willard Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Pack

Miss Ink Stamps SCENE BUILDER Stencil 319t01

Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Borders

Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Switchlits Embossing Folder and Dies - Seal

Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Scallop Tags

Therm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - 6 x 12 Flock Transfer Sheets - Green Envy - 4 Pack

Ranger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet Black

Gina K Designs WILD DANDELION Color Companions Mini Ink Pad CUBE43

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Tumbled Glass

Zig CLEAN COLOR 48 SET Real Brush RB6000AT48V

Sizzix Fancy Pillow Box Bigz Die
Miss Ink Stamps Say Cheese Stamp Set

Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3- Treat Bags

Happy Monday, crafty friends! Today I’m back to share the second project that I made for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 reveal on YouTube Live this past weekend. Once again, I’m turning to my favorite new set of the Chapter 3 release… the Switchlits Interchangeable Seal… to create a pair of prize ribbon sweet treat bags.

I have always been a sucker for packaging made from brown kraft paper, so these fun candy bags are right up my alley. And I do love the color red mixed with kraft, so that was the jumping off point of this project. The first step was stamping the bags with one of my favorite Tim Holtz background stamps called Flurry & Pine in my most favorite Distress color of all, Brushed Corduroy. The bags were then flicked with ink and Antique Linen Distress paint before being filled with crinkle paper and candy sticks. I used a combo of inked lace and pink twine to tie the bags closed.

From there it was simply a matter of making a prize ribbon topper using the Switchlits Seal set and some numbers and letters from the new Varsity Alphanumeric set, also from Chapter 3. I love mixing textures, so I added several layers to the center of the medallions combining hard and soft surfaces like paper, fabric, and an old antique pearl button. You’ll notice I used two different dies from the Seal set to cut out the rounds, one being the scalloped edge and the other the pinked. Candied Apple, Barn Door, and Abandoned Coral Distress inks on watercolor cardstock were used to die cut the seals from, and then the embossed raised areas were emphasized with Brushed Corduroy ink. I dry brushed Antique Linen paint onto the embossing, too. The Varsity letters and numbers were die cut from two different Kraft Stock cardstocks and then nestled back together. Then simple fishtail banners finish the design.

I really love how these turned out, and think they would be adorable in any color combo for any different occasion or holiday. And how ironic that I made prize ribbons when the name of the brand new color of Distress revealed on Saturday is Prize Ribbon! Honestly, I didn’t know! But how fabulous would these ribbons look in that blue? ❤


The supplies I 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 - Tim Holtz - Switchlits Embossing Folder and Dies - Seal Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Dies - Alphanumeric Varsity Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps FLURRY AND PINE CMS312 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed Corduroy Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Candied Apple Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Barn Door Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Archival Ink - 4 Pack Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Abandoned Coral Tim Holtz Flip Top Distress Paint ANTIQUE LINEN Ranger TDF52906

Hero Arts: Printers Type Lower Alpha
Lace, Twine, Fabric, Buttons

 

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

Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 2- Folk Flowers Revisited

Hello, crafty friends! Happy Tuesday to you! Today I’m here to share my last project that I made for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 2 reveal. This time, I have another art tag to show that features the beautiful new cover plate background die, Folk Flowers.

If you popped in a couple of weeks ago, you may have seen the companion tag that I made in a very similar style. Whereas that tag used the Folk Flowers die as a stencil, adding Distress Grit Paste and Distress Embossing Glaze to create a raised surface… this time I layered the die cut panel onto a tag base to create recessed areas with all those negative cut outs. It’s another way to use a large background die to give a totally different look to the finished project.

Here in the close-up shot you can catch a better view of the recessed pattern. I used a Distress Embossing Pen to add embossing medium to the inside of each cut-out opening, and then filled the recessions with Distress Embossing Glaze. Once heated, the tag looks like it was enameled, like stained glass. It’s such a pretty technique, and so easy, too.

The top of the tag was smeared with a bit of Distress Grit Paste to give it an aged appearance and Distress Crayon was added to bring out the texture. I love how old and grungy it looks, like this tag has been around for a long, long time. I added leaf sprigs that are from the Funky Nature die set from Chapter 1. More lace and scallops and ribbon. The metal is an Idea-ology Quote Band.

Art tags are always great all on their own, but I added mine to a simple kraft gift bag for gift giving. Remove the clip at the top, and the tag comes right off and becomes part of the gift. I love two-fer projects like that.

That’s a wrap for my Chapter 2 projects from the YouTube Live reveal. In case you missed my other Folk Flowers art tag, you can see that HERE. Thanks so much for stopping by!


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

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Mixed Media Heavystock - Number 8 Tags - 20 Pack Idea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - Classic Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Folk Flowers Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Dies - Funky Nature Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Quote Bands Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique Linen Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Old Paper Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Vintage Photo Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Crayons - Set 3 Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Embossing Glaze and Embossing Pen Set - Peeled Paint Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Embossing Glaze - Rustic Wilderness
Sizzix Stitched Ovals Thinlits Die Set
Stampin’Up Seam Binding Ribbon
Lace