Stud Muffin with Photo Play Paper


Happy Friday, friends! I’m back today with another masculine guy card to share. This time, a shaped card I made for Photo Play Paper using their awesome Man Card collection. And if you’re on their mailing list, you would have received the free cutting file and downloadable instructions for this project in your inbox this week.


I don’t often make shaped cards, so this was a lot of fun for me, and I think the sailboat shape is perfect for Father’s Day this weekend. I used a mix of three patterned papers to create the hull and sails, and then fashioned some rigging using flag stickers popped up with foam tape. Added a simple twine loop to finish the line. The wave at the bottom of the boat is the negative of the scalloped border I die cut from the solid navy blue section of one of the cut-apart journaling cards.


This sailboat pattern is available as a free cutting file, which you can download here. And you can find the step-by-step directions for this project here, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all have a wonderful Father’s Day weekend with all those special stud muffins out there!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger 4.25 x 5.5 IVORY CARDSTOCK Letter It les59349Photo Play Paper - Man Card Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stitched OvalsMay Arts IVORY Twine String BurlapTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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Cheers to You with Ranger Ink


Hello everyone, happy Friday! Just like that, another week has zipped by in the blink of an eye. It has been my usual busy here between work and family visiting, and this week, my dad and I have tackled some pretty hefty yard work limbing trees and sawing the branches into bundles. I’m feeling a bit worse for the wear physically, but I love how clean and open things are looking now. My poor parents come for a little vacation, and get put to work instead. Ha!


Today I have the great pleasure of sharing a card that I made for the Ranger Ink blog. My focus this time was Ranger’s fabulous Letter It product line, which I used here mixed with some Tim Holtz stamps and dies.


The Letter It line is a very complete collection of paper crafting products, including cardstock and tags, stamps, inks, markers and mediums, and some of the most beautiful embossing powders and opalescent powders around. Just look at the amazing silver sparkle on that background panel. And I love the handwritten script font of the stamps, too. I combined two of the Letter It stamp sets to create the fun text background here, and then layered the panel with a lacy vellum overlay, die cut with one of Tim’s Mixed Media die sets.


I used the die cut vellum as a stencil first to create the inked pattern on the Letter It tag, and then added a mason jar and floral sprigs from the Flower Jar set to finish off the tag. I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial for this project up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Letter It Collection - Cardstock - IvoryRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Cardstock - GreyRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Tag AssortmentHero Arts - Layering Paper - Classic VellumRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Clear Acrylic Stamps - BirthdayRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Clear Acrylic Stamps - CelebrationStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Flower JarSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Framelits Dies - Flower JarSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Mixed Media 4Ranger Ink - Letter It Collection - Embossing Ink PadRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Stamping Ink - Set 1Ranger Ink - Letter It Collection - Embossing Powder - TinselsRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Pearl Powders - Set 1Ken Oliver - Maya Road - Vintage Trims - Seam Binding - 4 YardsDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily WhiteRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Acrylic Stamping Block - 4 x 3Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Tattered RoseRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Salty OceanRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Worn LipstickRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Picked RaspberryRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Festive BerriesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Mowed LawnRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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And Hello to You with Tim Holtz & Sizzix


Hi friends, happy Friday! I hope you are all doing wonderfully well! I’m sorry things have been so quiet here on my blog lately. I’m afraid my new work schedule is leaving little time for crafting and play. But I’m very happy to be here today to share the last of the cards I made for the Tim Holtz Alterations booth at the Creativation 2018 show. Just in time for a flash sale on Tim Holtz products going on over at Sizzix this weekend! Read on for more information on that.


This card features three of the new die(s) that Tim released at the show this year. The frame is made using a negative shape die cut from the Stacked Postage dies. I love that scalloped detail that created on the inside of the frame. And the floral accents are from the Funky Floral #1 dies, stacked at different levels on the side of the frame to help call attention to the simple sentiment. But the star here is truly that cool alphabet background. That is the new Cutout Lower Alphabet die, a Bigz XL die released in the April collection. I managed to squeeze the entire alphabet into my background, with a little hidden message, too. A great way to get some extra use out of those alpha dies.


Did you all see the news? Sizzix announced their new design team this week. I decided not to re-apply when the call went out. With my new work schedule, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. But I wish the new team all the best, and don’t worry… I will still be playing with my Sizzix products as much as I can!

And speaking of Sizzix products… be sure to check out the Tim Holtz Sizzix FLASH SALE going on this weekend- today through the 20th, only!
(Click on the banner below to shop)

Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicMay Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Salty OceanRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Peacock FeathersRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Cracked PistachioRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Twisted CitronTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Texture Paste - Opaque CrackleRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 Pack

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Hello Beautiful with Therm O Web & Jillibean Soup

We’re having fun on the Therm O Web blog this week, joining up with the gang at Jillibean Soup! Both blogs are filled with project inspiration all week long, mixing Jillibean’s adorable paper and mixed media collections with Therm O Web’s awesome deco foil products, and more…. and we’ve got a great prize to give away, too. Keep reading for more information on that!

May is a big birthday month for me, so for my project, I made a birthday gift set featuring Jillibean’s beautiful Farmhouse Stew collection. I love the bright and happy colors in this line. So perfect for spring and summer birthdays, and just about any other occasion, too.


As with many of my gift set ideas, when I’m looking to make several projects that coordinate together, I usually start with the card. May just seems to call for flowers, so that was the jumping off point for my design. The mason jar, the sentiment strip, and the flower bouquet are all from the die cut shape sheet, and were so easy to put together. I chose three papers from the collection kit that pulled colors from the bouquet and layered them with crisp white Therm O Web Premium Cardstock to make all the patterns pop.


I needed a small gift box for my birthday set, and this mini pizza box die shape from Sizzix was the perfect size. I die cut the box from Premium White cardstock, and added some of the same papers I used on the card to pull everything together. A GinaK Designs tag, decorated with stickers and die cuts, was tied to the box with twine. I am crazy about those Jillibean Soup Mix the Media Felt Flowers…. good grief, I would add those to everything, if I could.


Can’t wait to give this gift set to the birthday girl! Stop by the Therm O Web blog for the full tutorial, if you’d like to learn more. And be sure to get entered in our fabulous prize giveaway, while you are there. One lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Therm O Web store PLUS a Jillibean Soup 2 Cool for School Paper Pack!

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


Today’s supplies:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackJillibean Soup - Farmhouse Stew Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackJillibean Soup - Farmhouse Stew Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Rise and ShineJillibean Soup - Farmhouse Stew Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Gimme Some SugarJillibean Soup FARMHOUSE STEW Die Cut Embellishments Pea Pod Parts JB1414Jillibean Soup - Farmhouse Stew Collection - Puffy StickersTherm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Decorative TagTherm O Web Gina K Designs SINGLE STITCH SQUARE LARGE Set Nested Dies 18010Sizzix - Where Women Cook Collection - Bigz XL Die - Box Mini PizzaJillibean Soup - Felt Flowers - Shades of RedLawn Fawn TANGERINE Single Cord Lawn Trimmings LF786Therm O Web - Memory Tape Runner XL - Dispenser - PermanentTherm O Web - Mixed Media - 9 x 12 - Foam SheetsTherm O Web 0.50 INCH iCraft Adhesive Double Sided 3375

Wander, Seek, Explore, Fly with Tim Holtz and Sizzix

Hi friends, happy Wednesday to you! Thanks so much for stopping by! I am playing catch up here on the blog today after sneaking away for a long four-day weekend with my scrappy gang at our favorite retreat center at the beach. The weather prediction called for cold, but the sun shined the entire time, and it really was lovely. Enough so that I managed a few walks on the beach, and came home with my usual bag of sea shells. Can’t go to the beach without collecting a few of those. And once again, I got next to nothing done…. but what fun.

Being still in a beach frame of mind makes me think of the new Tim Holtz dies that have just been released for April. Especially the beautiful Bigz Seashell dies I had the pleasure to work with. Perfect time to share today’s project…a travel-inspired beachy wall hanging that I made for the Tim Holtz Creativation 2018 booth. And if you haven’t seen yet, here’s a video re-cap of Tim’s latest collection for Sizzix, along with a little peek at some of my projects, too.


As Tim mentioned in the video, this wall hanging took a mixed media approach with a mix of paper, fabric, recycled cardboard, crackle paste, and some of my favorite tropical colors of Distress. I added in the new Planks dies, embossed with the planks texture fade, and the Funky Floral #1 dies, and of course the Bigz Seashells, to create a shabby, vintage-inspired, travel themed decor piece, perfect for summer.


The sentiment words come from the new Shadow Script die collection. I used the “shadow” die to cut negative shapes into the background, and then layered the opening with the “positive” die cuts. Backed the panel onto linen fabric to add a soft texture to the hard lines of the crackle splattered cardboard base.


The Funky Floral dies are so much fun to play with. There are so many different stacking possibilities. This time, I used some of the center pieces all on their own, tucked here and there into the clusters. Makes me think of coral or sea anemones. And branches from the Fall Foliage set fit in nicely for a reef look, too.

Hope your week is off to a great start! See you all soon!


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

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackRanger Ink - Dina Wakley Media - Kraft Paper PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Funky Floral 1Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die with Texture Fades - SeashellsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die - PlanksSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Shadow Script 3Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Fall FoliageSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Halloween - Texture Fades - Embossing Folder - Wood PlanksTim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Stickers - Chitchat WordAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Display HangersRanger Ink - Texture Paste - Opaque CrackleRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Salty OceanRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Peacock FeathersRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Cracked PistachioRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Twisted CitronTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Tattered RoseRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Abandoned CoralRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Festive BerriesTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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A Friendly Hello with Ranger Ink


Happy Monday, friends! Thanks so much for stopping by! Today I have the great pleasure of guesting on the Ranger Ink blog. The focus of my project this time around is Distress Oxides… and I put these fun ink pads through a variety of techniques to make a bright and happy friendship card inspired by the pretty colors of spring.


I think the most notable difference between the Distress Oxides and the regular Distress inks is their opaqueness and chalky finish. To me, they feel almost like a cross between Distress Ink and Distress Paint, and I love that unique look. Best thing is, all the techniques we’ve learned for the regular inks can be used on the Oxides, as well.


To put the Oxides through their paces, I experimented with all my favorite techniques here. There’s ink smooshing and ink blending. I stenciled and stamped, and watercolored with the Oxides, too. I even played around to create some Oxide stripes and polka dots… a little funky touch to go along with these Tim Holtz Funky Florals dies.


I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We hit 80 here, and yucky green pollen is coating everything. The carpenter bees are in full swing, too. But today we’re back down to a low in the 40’s. What a crazy spring.


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:
(Affiliate links used where possible at no extra charge to you)

Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked PostageSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Funky Floral 1Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stitched RectanglesTim Holtz Layering Stencil DIAMONDS THS081Stamper's Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Simple SayingsTim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps REFLECTIONS CMS111Photo Play Paper - Luke 2 Collection - Christmas - Enamel DotsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Tattered RoseRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Shaded LilacRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Wilted VioletRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Bundled SageRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Walnut StainRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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See the World with Tim Holtz and Sizzix


Happy Tuesday, friends! Thanks so much for stopping by! Today I have another card to share that I made for the Creativations show in January. This time, a beach-inspired card for the Tim Holtz Alterations booth featuring his fun Seashells, Planks, and Stacked Postage dies from the new April Sizzix release.


Aren’t the Seashell dies amazing? Love that they come with matching embossing folders for adding that bit of lifelike dimension. I did some Distress ink smooshing to add color to the shells, and then blended more ink over the embossing with an ink blending tool. Clear embossing powder was added to the raised areas for a bit of shine. And finally, a touch of crackle paste on the shells and card corners adds that shabby aged appearance that I adore.


The Planks were embossed with the wood plank embossing folder. The coral are actually from the holiday greens die set from a previous release. I added cheesecloth for extra texture, and layered all the pieces onto one of the Stacked Postage dies. A chipboard sentiment completes the scene.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! And thanks so much for all the well wishes for my birthday girl. I read her each and every one, and had her grinning ear to ear! I’m still trying to process the fact that she’s now two decades old, though! 😀


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die with Texture Fades - SeashellsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die - PlanksSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked PostageSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Holiday GreensSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Halloween - Texture Fades - Embossing Folder - Wood PlanksAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Quote ChipsRanger Ink - Texture Paste - Opaque CrackleRanger Ink - Embossing Powder - ClearRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Abandoned CoralRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Festive BerriesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Shaded LilacRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Salty OceanRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Peacock FeathersRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Cracked PistachioTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round