Lamppost Lantern Box with Sizzix & Tim Holtz

Happy Friday, Crafty Friends!

Today I have a DIY home decor project to share that I made with the adorable Lantern Box Bigz die from the new Sizzix Tim Holtz spring 2017 release. Recently I shared a fun garland home decor project featuring these lanterns. And now I’m back with a different look and new idea for using the lantern to create quick and easy home or party decor.


These little lanterns are so easy to create, and I love that they are the perfect size for holding battery-operated tea-light candles. This time, I die cut my lantern from crisp black cardstock, and lined the interior of the windows with clear acetate. A bit of Picket Fence Distress Crayon rubbed along the creases and edges adds a bit of shabby charm. If you’d like to see step-by-step directions for assembling this lantern die, check out my tutorial on the Sizzix blog here.


Love the versatility of this cute lantern. Last time I hung several from a string of twine to create a garland, and here I added a simple pedestal made from a stack of wooden spools painted with Black Soot Distress paint. Now this lantern reminds me of the lamppost from the Chronicles of Narnia series. Am I right there?


To dress up my lamppost I added ivy greenery from the Garden Greens Thinlits die set. I die cut the greens from watercolor paper and then watercolored the leaves with Distress ink. Picket Fence Distress paint was added to the edges of the leaves for that variegated look ivy so often has. And finally, a bird charm from the Idea-ology Treasures Adornments was tied to the top with twine.

Thanks so much for stopping by! And wishing all my fabulous mom friends out there an absolutely wonderful Mother’s Day weekend! ❤


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

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 12 SheetsRanger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Gary M Burlin and Co Embossable Window Plastic Clear Acetate Sheets 6 sheets 7x9Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz L Die - Lantern BoxSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Garden GreensAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Adornments - TreasuresRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Black SootTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Shabby ShuttersRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Crayons - Set 3

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Garden Notes with Ranger Ink

Hello Crafty Friends!
Happy Fri-Yay!


This week I am super excited to have a guest project up on the Ranger Ink blog. Like many of you, I have been eagerly anticipating getting my hands on the new Distress Oxide ink pads, and curious to give them a whirl. This fun garden journal-inspired art tag features one of my all-time favorite Distress color combos in the new Oxide version, and an exploration of some of the ways you can use these new ink pads.


I know you all have seen me using the new Tim Holtz Scroll die as leafy greens in some of my recent projects, and today I’m continuing that theme in this nature-inspired tag. Love them mixed with the Wildflower dies, and now that there are two sets of the flowers, there are double the possibilities of gardens you can create. Sure wish mine looked like this!


The real fun of this tag, though, is the cool background I made with the new Oxide inks. I tried ink blending with the ink blending tool, as well as swiping the tag through Oxide inks mixed with water. Then I stenciled with the inks, watercolored the flowers and greens, and even stamped, too. And then shabbied the tag with Opaque Crackle Texture Paste, ink, and Distress Crayon.


There’s also lots of new goodies from Tim’s Creativation 2017 release, including the new Memoranda Paper Stash, Clipping Stickers, Index Clips, and Quote Chips. I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial 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: (Affiliate links used)

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Mixed Media Heavystock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackRanger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532RESERVE Tim Holtz Idea-ology 12 x 12 Paper Stash MEMORANDA Paperie TH93550Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps REFLECTIONS CMS111Sizzix Tim Holtz Movers Shapers Alterations Die Cutting Template Tag BookplatesRESERVE Tim Holtz Sizzix SCROLL Bigz Die 661816 Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - WildflowersStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Lattice WorkStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Dot FadeAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Quote ChipsAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Index ClipsAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Clippings StickersMay Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Twisted CitronRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyTim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad CRACKED PISTACHIO Ranger TDO55891Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad BROKEN CHINA Ranger TDO55846Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Wild HoneyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Cracked PistachioRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Mowed LawnRanger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons SET 3 TDBK47926Ranger Ink - Texture Paste - Opaque CrackleRanger Ink - Glossy Accents - Clear Dimensional Embellishment - 2 ouncesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundRanger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES Brush BRU40842Ranger Ink - Palette Knife Set - Black - 4 PiecesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 2 OuncesSizzix - Big Shot Plus Machine - White and GraySizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093

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Cityscape Suburbia with Sizzix

Hiya Crafty Friends! Happy Wednesday. Hope your weeks are going great so far!


Last week I had a tutorial up on the Sizzix blog, and today I wanted to share my project here with you, too. A set of shabby Distress tags, made with the fabulous new Cityscape die collection by Tim Holtz for Sizzix.


I think this new collection is so much fun. And as always, I am blown away by the intricacy and detail of these Tim Holtz Thinlits dies. If you take a close look, you can see all the tiny individual pieces that make up each structure, all in separate dies for you to use and layer however you wish. I love that this collection comes with entire city scenes in border dies, or individual build-as-you-go city pieces, like I’ve used here today. With so many buildings, as well as trees and shrubs, and even a complete transportation die set to choose from, the creative possibilities seem endless.


I think these new sets would be great for travel themes and art journals, or friendship cards across the miles. Or how about Happy Holidays from my house to yours? Think I might have to give that one a try.

I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial for these tags up on the Sizzix 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 and/or listed below:

Tim Holtz Core'dinations KRAFT CORE NOSTALGIC 12 x 12 Paper Stack GX-1920-00Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Mixed Media Heavystock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackRanger Ink - Inkssentials - Craft Tags - Size Number 5 - ManilaSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Cityscape, CommuteSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Cityscape, SuburbiaSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Traveler Words, ThinTim Holtz Sizzix Framelits TAG COLLECTION Wafer Thin Die Set 658784Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Lattice WorkStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Dot FadeMay Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapTim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad CRACKED PISTACHIO Ranger TDO55891Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad BROKEN CHINA Ranger TDO55846Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyTim Holtz Sizzix DIE PICK Tool 657498Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundTim Holtz Idea-ology SANDING GRIP Block Tool Sand TH92482

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Hippity Hoppity with Ranger Ink

Happy Friday, Sweet Friends! Here’s to the start of a long holiday weekend!

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

I hope you all have fun plans for the weekend. I actually didn’t have any at all until my boy texted yesterday morning to say he was coming home. And my Missy Nik is coming over tonight, too, so now my wee tiny family will be complete….. and this ol’ momma’s heart is very full.


Today I have one last Easter project to share. A little Crazy card that I made for the Ranger Ink blog with those silly Tim Holtz Crazy Cats and lots of shabby Distress fun. I do get such a kick out of these crazy critters with their crazy expressions. And I absolutely love that there is a line of accessories that coordinate with all the crazy animals, and work for every holiday and season, making it super easy to turn a cat into this year’s Easter Bunny.


This silly trio was stamped in Archival ink and watercolored with Distress inks, with their eyes layered in a coat of Glossy Accents. I went from light to dark coloring on the cats, and accented the final one with silly bunny ears and one of the new Idea-ology Bouquet flowers. Love that you can paint, ink, or stain those flowers to match any project.


The patterned papers are from the new Memoranda Paper Stash, mixed with Distress and shiny Metallic cardstocks, all heavily sanded for a nice aged finish. I added a sentiment from the coordinating Crazy Talk stamp set, and some dyed crinkle ribbon, too. The background was created with the Measured layering stencil.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all have a very blessed and joyous holiday weekend!


Happy Spring with Photo Play Paper

Hello Crafty Friends, and happy Monday! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!


Today I have another fun Photo Play Paper mix and match project to share, combining their two new spring collections, Bloom and Hoppy Easter.


I love the sweet bunnies in the Hoppy Easter line. For this card, I wanted to create a little garden scene for the bunny, complete with grass, flowers, and even some April showers. So perfect for this time of year.


Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ve got a new shop bunny to share with you next time, and it’s my daughter’s big 19th birthday this week, so lots of fun things in the works here. Hope you all have a wonderful week ahead, too!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Photo Play Paper - Hoppy Easter Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackPhoto Play Paper - Bloom Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackNeenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 SheetsSizzix Framelits CIRCLES DOTTED Wafer Thin Die Set 661560May Arts IVORY Twine String Burlap

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Creativation 2017- Life is Wonderful with Tim Holtz

Hiya Crafty Friends! Happy Wednesday!


Today I have another one of my Tim Holtz Creativation show projects to share, and this time, it’s something a little bit different. I know you all have seen me playing with this fabulous new Scroll Bigz die on several projects I’ve shared already. But today I’m bringing the Scroll die out of the background accent pieces and into the spotlight with this shabby altered home decor panel.


I’ve really loved using the Scroll die cuts as flourishes and leafy green accents mixed with floral bouquets, but for this project, I wanted to show how you can use these pieces all on their own, too. And since the Scroll die is a Bigz die, that means you can die cut all sorts of materials besides your standard paper, like the chipboard I used here, die cut and stacked up three deep for lots of depth and dimension.


I find that I have certain colors that I tend to gravitate to over and over. But for this project, I challenged myself to use Distress colors that I often overlook, and I’m so glad I did. I really love this combo of Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans, and Weathered Wood, applied in a watercolor wash over the surface that was pre-coated first in a layer of paint. I added some stamping to the scrolls in matching Distress ink, and then finished with Glossy Accents once everything was dry.


I love how the vibrant color of the scrolls pops against the neutral background. That is some of the new Memoranda Paper, brushed with paint, inked, splattered, and stamped, on one of the backing boards from the new Mini Framed Panels. New Idea-ology tissue tape on the edges, and a bit of Distress marker work to create a frame.

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


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

RESERVE Tim Holtz Idea-ology MINI FRAMED PANELS Structures TH93582RESERVE Tim Holtz Idea-ology 12 x 12 Paper Stash MEMORANDA Paperie TH93550Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Tim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS ColorCore 12 x 12 Cardstock GX190000RESERVE Tim Holtz Sizzix SCROLL Bigz Die 661816 Tim Holtz Sizzix DAILY WORDS BLOCK Thinlits Die 661180Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps REFLECTIONS CMS111Tim Holtz Idea-ology FRENCH Design Tape Paperie TH93355RESERVE Tim Holtz Idea-ology CLIPPINGS Stickers Paperie TH9358328 Lilac Lane ATTIC FINDINGS Embellishment Kit LL103Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceTim Holtz Distress Ink Pad WILTED VIOLET Ranger TIM43263Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Blueprint SketchTim Holtz Distress Ink Pad FADED JEANS Ranger TIM21452Tim Holtz Distress Markers WEATHERED WOOD Ranger TDM32755Ranger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive GAC17042Sizzix - Big Shot Plus Machine - White and GraySizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965Ranger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES Brush BRU40842

Creativation 2017- Forever with Tim Holtz & Sizzix

Hello Crafty Friends! Happy Monday to you!


We had the most wack-a-do weather here this weekend. After weeks of an unseasonably warm winter and temperatures well into the 70’s, we woke up to snow on the ground yesterday. In March! Snow! That truly is unheard of around here.


Fortunately, the weather didn’t stop me from having some crafty fun with my crafty gang at my jewelry-making party yesterday. I need to take some photos and share with you some of the pieces I’ve been creating. I think I’m hooked on this jewelry thing.. because I need another hobby, right? But for now, I’ll share one of my card creations instead.


This is one of my Creativation CHA cards that I had the honor of creating for Tim Holtz. This card features another fun background made with the new Leafy Texture Fades embossing folder. Really love the organic vibe to this pattern, and a great thing about this folder is that the design looks amazing from either side. This is the raised embossed version in kraft, colored with Distress Crayon. You may remember this card here where I used the de-bossed side with watercolor Distress. Either way, you get super cool results.


Lots of touches of gold in Deco cardstock and Distress Glitter Dust. The new Scroll Bigz die used as leafy greens mixed with the original Wildflowers die set. The patterned paper is from the new Memoranda Paper Stash.

Thanks so much for stopping by, Friends! Hope your week is off to a great start!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Ranger 8.5 x 11 KRAFT CARDSTOCK Inkssentials Surfaces ISM35244Tim Holtz Idea-ology DECO SHEETS TH93219RESERVE Tim Holtz Idea-ology 12 x 12 Paper Stash MEMORANDA Paperie TH93550RESERVE Tim Holtz Sizzix LEAFY Texture Fades Embossing Folder 661826RESERVE Tim Holtz Sizzix SCROLL Bigz Die 661816 Tim Holtz Sizzix STITCHED RECTANGLES Thinlits Die 661189Tim Holtz Sizzix FRIENDSHIP WORDS BLOCK Thinlits Die 660213Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - WildflowersRanger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons SET 3 TDBK47926Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain TARNISHED BRASS Ranger TSS42549Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad FOSSILIZED AMBER Ranger TIM43225Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TWISTED CITRON Ranger TIM43294Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BUNDLED SAGE Ranger TIM27102Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Blueprint SketchRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Glitter Dust - Vintage PlatinumSizzix - Big Shot Plus Machine - White and GraySizzix EXTENDED MULTIPURPOSE PLATFORM 658992Sizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093

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