Let it Snow with Ranger Ink

Happy Monday, crafty friends! Brrrr, has it ever been frigid in my neck of the woods lately. The “polar vortex” has certainly visited us here in the heart of North Carolina this past week… much to the chagrin of me who is spending quite more time shivering and shaking outdoors than I’d wish with a puppy who is completely immune to the cold. Unfortunately, I’ve heard there’s much more of the same looming ahead as we close out January. Seems like the perfect time to share this winter-themed card project and tutorial that I had up on the Ranger Ink blog last month.

This snowy card was made with the Tim Holtz Paper Snowflakes die set by Sizzix, with a fun inlay die cutting technique backed by the pretty sparkle of Ranger glittered embossing powder. Now normally I am a neutral-loving gal, as many of you know by now. But there’s something about this bright color combo that just feels so perfect for winter. The blend of blue and purple Distress Oxide inks makes me think of an evening sky in the midst of a snowfall. And of course that touch of glittery sparkle feels like freshly fallen snow. Surely a combination that will chase away any winter blahs.

It’s not often that I shy away from patterned paper, but that’s just what I did with this card made solely from a mix of heavyweight white cardstock and watercolor cardstock that was inked, inked and spritzed, or simply embossed with tinsel powder. The only extra embellishment is the gilded rub-on sentiment.

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’re managing to keep warm and snug inside!

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Perfect Cardstock - White CardsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Paper SnowflakesAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Remnant Rubs - Gilded ChristmasRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Broken ChinaRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Blueprint SketchRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Wilted VioletRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Embossing Ink PadRanger Ink - Specialty 1 Embossing Powder - Bridal TinselRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 2 OuncesRanger Ink - Multi Medium - Matte - .5 Ounce

A Joy Frame Tutorial with Sizzix

Hello Sweeties! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, surrounded by good food, good friends, and the love of family!

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I prepared my big turkey dinner last Sunday while Pete was home. So yesterday I was free and easy, and enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving meal out with friends. No cooking, no dishes, and no work for any of us…. just lots of laughter and good cheer with those I hold dear.

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Now that Thanksgiving is over, I’m trying to really get going on my holiday projects. Today I have a sweet handmade gift idea and tutorial to share with you, made with the adorable new Tim Holtz Alterations Stacked Snowflakes die for Sizzix.

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I love giving handmade gifts at the holidays, and being the holiday home nut that I am, my favorite gifts are home decor pieces, like this little frame. I found this sweet silver frame for under a dollar at my local thrift store. Talk about a score! Then with a bit of paper and a pretty hand-stitched fleece snowflake, I was able to put together a quick and easy heartfelt holiday gift…. practically for free.
I had so much fun making the shabby background with my Distress inks and paint, and am tickled I could incorporate one of my old childhood loves, hand embroidery. If you’re interested in learning more, I’ve put together a tutorial for all the steps. Let’s take a look.

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Start by measuring your frame opening and cutting a piece of paper to fit. Since we’ll be working with lots of paint and Distress products, you’ll want to choose a nice sturdy paper, such as manila cardstock or watercolor paper. I love having a bit of design to my background, so I went with a patterned paper from Authentique’s holiday collection, Believe. I’ve found that the nice thick linen texture to Authentique’s papers hold up well for mixed media projects.

Drip a bit of white acrylic paint over your background paper, and brush out with a foam brush using up and down swipes. Don’t try to cover the entire paper… just randomly brush the paint out, leaving some spots covered and some uncovered. Allow the paint to dry completely.

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Dab a bit of Weathered Wood Distress Stain onto a non-stick craft sheet and mist the stain with water.

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Drag the painted paper through the stain/water mix. The painted areas will resist the stain, whereas the unpainted areas will absorb the color.

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Using a ink blending tool, apply a small amount of Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to the paper. You can spritz the paper lightly with water to help blend the color, if needed.

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Tear bits of dictionary or book paper, apply tacky glue or glue stick to the back of the torn papers, and adhere them to the background paper. Sand over the text print using a sanding block. I like to see the text, without focusing on any of the words, so sand as needed to slightly obscure the print. Curl back any loose edges, too. That just adds to the unique texture of the finished piece.

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Add additional Distress inks, as desired. I went back over a few areas with Salty Ocean and Antique Linen ink.

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Add a few random swipes of Broken China Distress Paint. Mist lightly with water to blend, then allow paper to dry fully, or speed up the process with a heat tool.

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Stamp sentiment onto the bottom right corner using Jet Black Archival Ink. Place paper into the frame.

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Now it’s time to die cut some snowflakes. I love adding the soft touch of fabric and fleece to my projects, so I used coffee-stained Therm O Web Stitchn’Sew Interfacing. I absolutely love the shabby aged finish of soaking my felt and fleece in a bit of coffee and coffee grounds. You can see the variation in staining and the bits of grounds which remain after soaking. Of course if you are going to soak your fabric, make sure you let it dry completely before die cutting.

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Run your fleece through your die cutting machine using this standard die cutting sandwich for Bigz dies: Standard Cutting Pad, die, fabric or paper, second Standard Cutting Pad.
*Note: Here’s a tip I use when cutting fabric with lots of fibers, like this fleece interfacing…. place a thin piece of scrap paper, like this mailer ad, between your die and the fabric. That will keep all the tiny fibers from getting embedded in the die.

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Die cut the same snowflakes again, this time from cardstock.

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Cover the cardstock snowflakes completely with glue stick, then adhere to the fleece snowflakes. This gives the fabric a bit of extra stability. Now you can add embroidery if you wish, or just leave them as is. Either way looks great!

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Adhere both layers of die cut snowflakes to the frame opening using foam adhesive, then top with a pearl button. Final touch…. paint a small amount of clear Stickles glitter glue onto the background.

Hope I’ve given you a few quick and easy holiday gift ideas to try. Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Tim Holtz Alterations Stacked Snowflakes Bigz Die by Sizzix
Patterned Paper: Authentique Believe Collection
Dictionary Paper: The Kraft Outlet
Stamp: Stampin’Up
Fleece: Therm O Web Stitchn’Sew Interfacing
Ranger Ink Products: Distress Ink ( Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Antique Linen) ; Distress Paint ( Broken China) ; Star Dust Stickles ; Jet Black Archival Ink
Paint: Delta
Floss: DMC
Vintage Button
Adhesive: Therm O Web SuperStik Glue Stick, 3D Adhesive Squares

Let it Snow!

Do you think if you say something enough, you can make it happen?  Well that’s kinda what I’m hoping will happen with this little card.  Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

There’s no sign of anything yet…….but we honestly are supposed to get some snow today.  Yesterday was 60 degrees.  And today it’s supposed to snow.  I’m not sure if I believe it.  There wasn’t even any frost on the ground this morning.

Oh, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!


I made this little card using scraps from my stash and more of my old stamps.  I really am trying to use my stamps more this year.  The sledding stamp is from Stampin’Up’s Winter Play (2001) set and the greeting is from the Let It Snow (1997) set.  Stamped the kiddos with SU’s Basic Black ink, colored them with their chalk pastels and my Sakura glitter pen, cut them out and popped them up for a touch of dimension.  Stamped the greeting in SU’s Going Gray.

Papers are October Afternoon and KI Memories.  White lace trim is from Melissa Frances, and the cream trim is a vintage find I picked up at an antique store yesterday.  How fun is that?

Card is based on the current sketch over at 2sketches4you.  They really have awesome sketches if you card-makers are looking for inspiration.

I have to show you all another vintage treasure I found yesterday.  I am so excited to play with these.  I’m envisioning using my Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists on them…….but they are truly beautiful as is, too.

Last night, my little peanut and I made a batch of these.  Oh, my word, are they ever GOOD!  Definitely recommend them if you’re in need of a little chocolate fix. And when are we not in need of a little chocolate, right? 😉

My card still isn’t working yet.  No snow! Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Thanks for stopping by everyone!  Hope you have a fabulous Friday!

Countdown to Christmas- Day 19

Evening everyone!  Today has been one long and tiring day of shopping, and oh my goodness, am I ever worn out.  Still haven’t completely finished everything that I hope to accomplish, but today was a good day.  Feels good to scratch one more item off the list.

Tonight I have a fun crafty project to share.  A wooden snowflake that I’ve altered and plan to create a holiday wreath with.

I first covered the snowflake with some KI shimmer paper and then edged the snowflake with white paint and glitter.  Added buttons to each arm of the snowflake and a ribbon tie at the top.

In the middle I added a big layered bow made of tulle, trim, and wide organdy ribbon.  The Santa image is a die cut from K&Co.’s Evergreen line, which I enhanced with gems, a berry pick, baker’s twine, and a little present.  I tucked some holly into the bow and added a Noel rub on to the ribbon.

I’ve gotten as far as attaching my snowflake to an evergreen wreath and hanging it on the back of my kitchen door, and think that might be it for this year.  Will have to add the rest of the beautification to next year’s project list. 😉

Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend.  With less than one week until Christmas, I’m sure they are busy busy.  Just keep breathing, and we’ll all make it together! 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by everyone!

12 Days of Christmas Crop- Day 5

Hi everyone!  It’s been another beautiful day here in NC today.  Sunshine and temps into the mid 70’s.  I spent the day with my good friend, shopping in quaint little downtown Wake Forest.  What cute shops there were to stroll through.  One of my favorites was an old fashioned tea house where we even saw a group of ladies in fancy hats.  How fun is that?  I sure wish we could bottle days like these.

The 12 Days of Christmas crop continues at Webster’s Pages with design team member Dena Coe’s holiday layout.  Here is a little peek.

Take a gander at that fun tinsel trim Webster’s has just come out with!  And if you want to see Dena’s full project, along with all the crop information, please go here.

And for a scrappy project from me, I have my card for the current sketch at the Sketch This blog to share.  I’m working on my holiday cards.

Dug into my stash for this older KI paper.  Paired that with some Little Yellow Bicycle 25 Days of Christmas chipboard pieces, some trim from Melissa Frances, and a rub-on greeting from Deja Views.

I rubbed the greeting directly onto the trim and threaded some smaller satin ribbon through the lace, as well.

Layered the chipboard snowflakes over a button which is over a circle of pink Heidi Swapp bling.  Added a gemstone eye to the reindeer, too.

Here is the sketch for you.  It’s the last sketch of the year, so I do hope you’ll all have a chance to play along.

Thanks for stopping by everyone!

The 31 Days of October- Day 12

Hi everyone!  It’s turned cold and gray and rainy on us today. Makes for a rather gloomy Monday, but a perfect day for hiding away in my scrap-room.  I’ve been playing with some of the new Webster’s Pages goodies, and have absolutely fallen in love with their new trim collections.  If you haven’t seen them yet, I will warn you……..you are going to WANT these!

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These are the new Botanical Trim Collection and the Winter Trim Collection. Both elegant and amazingly detailed.  If you are looking for unique trims, look no further.

I also have a couple of cards to share today.  The first card is my Halloween share for day 12 of my 31 Days of October.


I dug out some oldies but goodies from my stash for this one. 🙂

Supplies: Patterned paper: Making Memories and KI, Acrylic fence and star: Making Memories, Scalloped border: Bazzill, Jack o’lantern: Jolie’s, rub-on greeting: DCWV, and ribbon.


And for the second card, I’m going to completely shift holidays on you and share my card for the current sketch over at the Sketch This blog.

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For this I used some of my favorite new Christmas paper, Jolly by Golly by Cosmo Cricket.  The Santa image, along with the “special delivery” greeting come from the Jolly by Golly Creative Cards.  I made a scalloped frame piece using my Stampin’Up border punch and some Webster’s Pages cream paper.  I also punched 3 snowflake images from the patterned paper with my 1/2″ circle punch and added some Kaiser pearls to the centers.  Additional embellishments include a touch of satin ribbon and a printed flower from Making Memories.

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Hope you will check out the blog and play along!  Hook me up in the comments if you do.  I would love to see.

Have a great day everyone!

Spring Fever

I don’t know about you all, but I am definitely going through a fairly big case of spring fever right now.  After all the rain and cold and gloom we had, I’ve been SO ready for some sunshine.  Luckily, these last few days have been beautiful, and I have been sure to soak up every moment outside that I can.  Getting in lots of bike riding and reading in my favorite kick-back chair with the sun hitting my face.  But unfortunately, I can feel the temperature starting to drop and we are due for more cold and rain over the next few days.  Bummer.  But you know what they say about April showers and May flowers….so I’ll just have to make the best of it.  Even though it’s not even April yet. 😉

So to celebrate the cold, I thought I’d post a page I made of one of our recent snowfalls.  We so rarely get any snow that I really had a great time playing with this layout.  I broke out my paint and some old microbeads and got messy just for fun.


Papers are mostly old Basic Grey from their Figgy Pudding line.  This was one of those lines that I had to have the whole thing, but then have hardly touched because it was just too pretty to cut.  Silly me!  The snowflakes were hand-cut from the patterned paper, and  I added a little bit of Little Yellow Bicycle Vita Bella paper as the pattern reminded me of snowflakes as well.


I absolutely adore that main photo of my two kiddos together.  It’s probably one of the best photos I got of the both of them all year.  Also loving the Melissa Frances rub-on I added directly to the wide velvet ribbon. Fun technique and so easy to do.

And as you can see from the detail of the title letters, I really did get gloopy with the paint and beads.  Smeared that mixture around the outside edge of the page also.  Love the “snowy” look it gave those raw chipboard letters.


Basic Grey has currently put this page up in their gallery, which is always kind of fun.  And although I enjoyed making this page……..I’m hoping we’re done with the real cold for this year.  I’m ready for flowers!

Hope you’re having a taste of spring in your neck of the woods, too!  thanks for stopping by!

Back To School

Yes, that’s right.  The kids went back to school today.  We are on a year round school system and just finished up our second track-out of the year.  It was a wonderful break, and oh,so hard to go back this morning.  The day started out really rocky, too.  I remembered to set the alarm last night, and even made sure it was set for the correct wake up time.  What I didn’t do, however, was make sure the radio station and volume were set.  Guess the clock had gotten bumped, cause the station had been turned into static and the volume was almost non-existent.  Slept right through that baby.  Got Peter to school on time, but of course he missed the bus and I had to drive him in.  Sigh.

I have been able to accomplish quite a bit today, however, with the kids back in school.  Went and got my car inspected and went to the post office.  Baked a pumpkin cake, too, from a recipe I got from my scrappy friend, Krista.  I haven’t tasted it yet, but it smells heavenly.  The recipe is on her blog if you want to check it out.

Krista has also tagged me for a Christmas version of the tagging game that’s been going around.  The rules are to state 7 random Christmas things about yourself.  So here goes!

1.  Even though I’m not a huge fan of Christmas music, I have been listening to quite a bit of it.  Found a station on my dish network that’s playing them non-stop, and I’ve been tuning in almost every day.
2.  My favorite Christmas music is instrumentals.
3.  I have been collecting one ornament each year for each of my kids since they were born.  This way, when they move out, they will have a bunch of ornaments to take with them.
4.  I try to make a homemade ornament every year.  Haven’t made mine yet this year, but I have made a Christmas garland.
5.  I have been collecting Christopher Radko ornaments for about 8 years.  They are my absolute favorite.
6.  My mom makes the best Christmas cookies I have ever tasted.  the recipe has sour cream in it.  Have you ever heard of that before?
7.  I have a large collection of hand-painted wooden elf ornaments from Sweden.  They make me smile, plus they are a heritage thing for me.

So there ya go!  Total Christmas randomness!   Thanks for thinking of me, Krista!

I also have another December kit project to share with you.  Are you guys getting tired of this kit yet?  I made SO many things with it.  They just keep coming and coming.  Today’s page is of my Christmas table last year.  It was the first year that I really tried to put together a festive table for the holidays.  I see how it could be much improved, but I was working with what I had.


My photos were really fairly small, so I was able to place all three of them on just one of the Little Yellow Bicycle photo mats.


The patterned paper and die-cut snowflakes are Christmas Magic by Little Yellow Bicycle.  Alphabet by American Crafts.  Wood flourish and snow pearls by Kaisercraft and reindeer by May Arts.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting.  Be sure and say Hi!


Ahhh……..it is so nice and quiet and peaceful in my house right now! I got to sleep in, the kiddos are still sleeping in fact, I’ve been able to drink my coffee slowly, we don’t have anywhere we have to go today. Pure bliss! Wish everyday could be like this.

Since it’s been so quiet this morning, I was able to download a few photos from my camera onto my computer. I got some wonderful photos of Nik decorating the Christmas tree the other day. We still haven’t gotten very far along on that project. Think I’ll put that on my to-do list for today.



And where was Peter this whole time, you may ask?


Where else but sitting at the computer. Figures. He said he is sorry, Mom, but decorating the tree is just BORING! Sigh…. teenagers.

But even without his help, we are slowly turning the house into a winter wonderland. Look at this cute pair keeping me company by the computer. Do you guys have some of these at your house, too?


Sock snowmen! both made by Nik at school. Different years, different interpretations of the same basic idea. There’s no way I could NOT smile looking at this. They make quite the couple, don’t they?

And now it’s time to share my next project using the December kit from Paper-Playground.


These are various photos of Nik and her presents last Christmas. Love how this turned out with the mixture of patterned papers, die-cut edges and big ribbon. And I just adore those glittered snowflakes.


I’ll be back tomorrow with more projects.

Have a great day!

The December Kit is Up!

Yeah!  December first!  I just love the first of the month!  I have so many happy, scrappy things to share.  The new kit from Paper-Playground is up on the website, and that means I can finally show you all some of the things I’ve been working on.  And I have some other scrappy news to share, too.  Lots of news! Too much news, probably……I’ll have to break it up into smaller, digestible bits, I think.  Otherwise you all will be nodding off in your seats.  So are you all ready?

First of all, I have to share this bit of news here.  Stacey Michaud asked me to do a page for her fabulous journaling article in ScrapStreet ezine.  Stacey’s article this month features tips on focusing on the who/what/where/why/how of journaling.  The page I created is near and dear to my heart, and is something I had been needing to do for quite some time.  And, I used the beautiful November kit from Paper-Playground, too! 😉  If you all haven’t checked out ScrapStreet yet, you will be amazed, I promise!

And now….are you all ready to see the full December kit?  And maybe some projects, too?




So pretty, isn’t it?  Be sure to check out the Paper-Playground website for the full list of kit contents.  Take a peek at the smoking gallery, too, while you are there.  And be sure to get your kit quickly before they fly out the door.

Here are just a couple of the things I’ve done with this month’s kit.



Thanks for hanging in there for so long!  I’ve got lots of other fun things to share, including more kit projects and some fun news from inspireME, but I’ll let that wait until next time.

Hope you have a wonderful day!