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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Spring Chicks with Therm O Web

Hello sweet friends! Happy Wednesday!


Today I have a quick and easy spring tag set to share that I made for the Therm O Web blog featuring their shiny bright deco foil and their new foil transfer gel.


The transfer gel is a game changer in the world of foil, as now you can use your favorite stencils to create fun and unique foiled patterns on all your paper crafting projects. Simply place a stencil onto your paper, and apply the gel transfer medium to the stencil as you would any texture paste. Once dry, run the paper and foil through a laminator, and viola. Fabulous foiled designs!


I used bright spring colors for my foiled tag backgrounds, and the adorable Quick Critters set from Taylored Expressions for the chicks and sentiment. So perfect for this time of year.
I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! And thank you for all the sweet comments on the opening of my Spring Shop!


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

Bazzill BANANA SPLIT Card Shoppe Heavy Weight 8.5 x 11 CardstockBazzill CREAM PUFF Criss Cross Heavy Weight 8.5 x 11 Cardstock 00143*Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits TAG COLLECTION Wafer Thin Die Set 658784Taylored Expressions QUICK CRITTERS Stamp and Die Set TEPS170Hero Arts Stencil TRIANGLE PATTERNED BasicGrey SA059Therm O Web AQUA Deco Foil Transfer Sheets iCraft 51255Therm O Web SPRING GREEN Deco Foil Transfer Sheets iCraft 51265Deco Foilâ„¢ Transfer Gel pictureMemento TUXEDO BLACK INK PAD Full Size me-900Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad FOSSILIZED AMBER Ranger TIM43225Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TWISTED CITRON Ranger TIM43294Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TUMBLED GLASS Ranger TIM27188Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965Uni-Ball Pen Signo Gel WHITE Two Pack 1919994Therm O Web 3D MOUNTING SQUARES White Foam 3777Dina Wakley Ranger PALETTE KNIFE Media MDA41771Therm O Web - Foil Laminator - 12 Inches

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Tattered Love with Sizzix

Heya, Crafty Friends! Happy Friday!

Today I have a set of spring-inspired Sizzix tags to share with you, made with new products from the Tim Holtz collection.

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Like many of you out there, I have been a long time fan of Tim Holtz’s “Tattered” line of Sizzix Alterations dies. The original Tattered Florals Bigz die was one of the very first Sizzix dies I ever purchased, and over the years I’ve collected the leaves and pinecones and tiny florals, too. So I’m sure, then, that it will come as no surprise that I was over-the-moon excited to see this latest addition to the Tattered family, Small Tattered Florals Thinlits.

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I love the vintage feel to these tiny flowers. They put me in mind of the old-fashioned cabbage roses and peonies often found in grandma’s garden, or the cherry blossoms starting to line the streets of my neighborhood these days. A perfect homage to spring.

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I love soft pastels for this time of year, so pulled out a variety of my favorite spring colors of Distress to use here, with matching colors of cardstock. And to complete my vintage look I added in a beautiful embossed background made with a new Tim Holtz Texture Fade, and some new Thinlits sentiment word dies, too.

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If you’d like to learn more about this project, check out my full step-by-step tutorial on the Sizzix blog. And I’ll link you to the new supplies below.

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


The supplies I’ve used are linked below for your convenience:

Tim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS ColorCore 12 x 12 Cardstock GX190000Ranger 8.5 x 11 KRAFT CARDSTOCK Inkssentials Surfaces ISM35244Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits TAG COLLECTION Wafer Thin Die Set 658784RESERVE Tim Holtz Sizzix SMALL TATTERED FLORALS Thinlits Die 661806RESERVE Tim Holtz Sizzix SENTIMENT WORDS THIN Thinlits Die 661807RESERVE Tim Holtz Sizzix LATTICEWORK Texture Fades Embossing Folder 661825May Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapTim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PICKET FENCE TIM40781 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyTim Holtz Distress Ink Pad DUSTY CONCORD Ranger TIM21445Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad AGED MAHOGANY Ranger TIM21407Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad VICTORIAN VELVET Ranger TIM27195Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TATTERED ROSE Ranger TIM20240Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium VINTAGE TDA47940Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET 15 X 18 Reusable NSC20677Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4 Ounces TDA47414

Doggone Cute with Sizzix

Hello Crafty Friends!

I’m not always a huge fan of Mondays, but I’m super excited for this one. After weeks of preparation, CHA Creativation week is finally here, and that means I can start sharing with you some of the fun projects I’ve been working on behind the scenes. Soon, that is. For now, there is one last push to get through, and what I hope is one last crazy week here at my house. It has been such a whirlwind, prepping and creating for this upcoming show. Four companies, and 26 projects completed, with several yet to go. I am blessed, and honored, and so excited to share. But I’m looking forward to getting back to my quiet routine. And I’ve been missing visiting with you.

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CHA projects have left me little time for playing in my craft room, but today I’m reaching back into the archives a bit to share a set tags that I made for the Sizzix blog featuring some doggone cute new stamps and dies by Sizzix designer Stephanie Barnard.

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Cute, right? I am just crazy about that sweet little dog from Stephanie’s new Doggone Cute Framelits with stamps set, being the dog lover that I am. I thought this little pooch would be just adorable paired with these fun new sentiment circle dies on a set of shaped gift tags.

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I made these tags like mini cards, that open with room for handwritten messages on the inside.

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So sweet and fun, and a perfect match for this adorable Cooper and Friends doggy collection from Photo Play Paper. I’ve got the full tutorial up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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


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

Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# SCHOOLHOUSE RED SR1Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 SheetsPhoto Play Paper - Cooper and Friends Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Go FetchPhoto Play Paper - Cooper and Friends Collection - 12 x 12 Cardstock Stickers - ElementsSizzix - Framelits Die with Clear Acrylic Stamp Set - Doggone CuteSizzix - Thinlits Die - Word Circles 2Sizzix - Thinlits Die - Word CirclesRanger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468Zig CLEAN COLOR 60 SET Real Brush RB6000AT60VSizzix - Big Shot Plus Machine - White and GraySizzix MAGNETIC PLATFORM FOR WAFER-THIN DIES Accessory 656499Sizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093

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Peace Tag Set with Ranger Ink

Happy Monday, Crafty Friends!

Today I have the great honor of guesting over on the Ranger Ink blog. And since it’s holiday time, and we’re all in need of fun packaging ideas, I have made a sweet and shabby set of tags to share that are sure to brighten up those Christmas boxes and bags.

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These happy tags are filled with lots of my favorite Ranger Distress and Tim Holtz products. For art tags, I like to use a large tag base. But since these were designed to be added to gifts, I started with #5 size manila craft tags from Ranger.

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Love that these manila tags are heavyweight and sturdy enough to stand up to lots of Distress treatment, because I put them through the works. They’ve been inked and embossed, sanded, painted, and splattered for that aged time-worn finish that I love so well.

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It never ceases to amaze me, the wonders of Distress when the inks blend and mix together with water. Almost seems like magic.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I only accomplished a little bit on my holiday to-do list, so the pressure is on. Here’s hoping I can knock it out this week!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below: (Affiliate links used)

Ranger MANILA TAGS #5 Inkssentials Surfaces ISM27966Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 SheetsTim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS Colorcore 2.25 X 12 Cardstock 278921Tim Holtz Sizzix MINI STOCKING & CANDY CANE Dies Movers & Shapers 658775Tim Holtz Sizzix HOLIDAY GREENS Thinlits Die 658759Tim Holtz Sizzix HOLIDAY WORDS 2 THIN Thinlits Die 661601Tim Holtz Sizzix STITCHED PLAID Texture Fades Embossing Folder 66161028 Lilac Lane LOVE STORY Embellishment Kit LL106Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Jute String - ChristmasTim Holtz Distress Ink Pad CRUSHED OLIVE Ranger TIM27126Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad FESTIVE BERRIES Ranger Winter TIM32861Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ABANDONED CORAL TIM43188Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad CANDIED APPLE Ranger TIM43287Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PUMICE STONE Ranger TIM27140Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceZIG Wink of Stella GLITTER CLEAR Brush Tip Marker 025320Ranger 4 ounce MULTI MEDIUM MATTE Paint Glue INK41535Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965Ranger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES Brush BRU40842Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4 Ounces TDA47414Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET 15 X 18 Reusable NSC20677Sizzix - Big Shot Plus Machine - White and GraySizzix MAGNETIC PLATFORM FOR WAFER-THIN DIES Accessory 656499Sizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093

2016 Holiday Inspiration Series with Tim Holtz

Happy Monday, Friends!

Did you all see the fun news? Tim Holtz has just launched a month-long Holiday Inspiration Series on his blog, and I am so honored and excited to have the first project up! Throughout this special series, we hope to share lots of amazing new products from Tim’s new 2016 Holiday Release, and project ideas to jump start a whole season of holiday crafting and creativity.

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For my project I have made a card and matching tag set featuring lots of fabulous goodies from Tim’s new holiday collection. I’ve used some new Tim Holtz Alterations dies and embossing folders, along with new holiday papers, glittery deco sheets, and Idea-ology ephemera bits to create an elegant and traditional holiday look with a bit of a vintage feel.

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I just love this new Enchanted Doves Alterations die. And since this is a Bigz die, that means you can die cut any number of surfaces, including the fuzzy fleece I used here. I really love how the soft fabric of the bird adds a whole new layer of texture and detail to the design. Makes you want to reach out and touch it.

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Isn’t the new Holiday Deco Paper beautiful? Adds an instant sense of glamor and sparkle that is always so welcome at the holidays.

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I really love the vintage nostalgic feel to this set, and the bits of holiday shine mixed with lots of natural rustic touches. But my favorite part is the little surprise element to this otherwise traditional design. The card is a spinner. Open it up, and the dove twirls around. A fun touch for whoever opens it. And looks kinda cool as a decor piece, too.

I hope you enjoyed this peek at the new Tim Holtz 2016 Holiday Collection! I’ve got the full step-by-step instructions for today’s project over on Tim’s blog, if you’d like to learn more. And be sure to stop back there often this month as the Holiday Inspiration Series continues.

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P.S.- It’s time for some sneak peeks! Here’s the first peek from my Holiday Shop, opening
Friday, November 11th @ 10:00 a.m. EST

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


The supplies I’ve used are linked below for your ease and convenience: (Affiliate links used. Thanks for your support)

Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Christmas - 8 x 8 Paper Stash - TidingsRanger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Ranger Ink - Inkssentials - 8.5 x 11 Cardstock Pack - KraftAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Christmas - Deco Sheets - HolidaySizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Bigz Die - Enchanted DovesTim Holtz Sizzix STITCHED RECTANGLES Thinlits Die 661189Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Texture Fades - Embossing Folder - Tiny DotsTim Holtz Idea-ology FESTIVE Ephemera Pack TH93241*Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Jute String - ChristmasAmerican Crafts TWINE Gold DIY Shop 369055StitchnSew Fleece Sew-In High Loft (White 45 in. d/f x 1 Yard pack)Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BRUSHED CORDUROY Ranger TIM21421Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Glitter Dust - Vintage PlatinumUni-Ball Pen Signo Gel WHITE Two Pack 1919994Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Tiny Attacher with 100 Tiny StaplesRanger Ink - Multi Medium - MatteRanger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965Sizzix - Big Shot Plus Machine - White and GraySizzix EXTENDED MULTIPURPOSE PLATFORM 658992Sizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093

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Smile Crazy Dogs Tags with Sizzix

Hello, Crafty Friends!

I’m back today with another silly Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs project to share. This time, I’m using the Mini Crazy Dogs, along with a brand new collection of Sizzix Photo Embellishments dies, to make a set of tags.

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What a fun combination, right? I am absolutely crazy about all these silly dogs hanging out in these sweet little frame tags. All the pups are from the Mini Crazy Cats & Dogs stamp and framelits sets, and they truly are the perfect size for these new photo frame dies.

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I just love these crazy dogs! They are so cute all on their own, but add some silly photo frame props (all included in the new Photo Embellishments collection by Lynda Kanase), and you truly have the most adorable mutts in town. Add these fun tags to gift packaging or treat containers for the cutest wraps around, or pop them onto a card base for a quick and easy card design.

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The dogs and backgrounds have all been watercolored using my Distress Inks, and I used two new photo frames die sets for the base of the tags. Love that these new dies have interchangeable borders and sentiments. I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all have an amazing Halloween holiday weekend! Any big plans in the works?


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below. (Affiliate links used where possible. Thanks for your support.)

Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits MINI CRAZY CATS AND DOGS Wafer Thin Die Set 661594Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps 2016 MINI CRAZY CATS AND DOGS CMS272Sizzix PHOTO FRAMES AND PROPS Thinlits Die Set 661400Ranger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad RUSTY HINGE Ranger TIM27157Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad WILD HONEY Ranger TIM27201Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad CRUSHED OLIVE Ranger TIM27126Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TUMBLED GLASS Ranger TIM27188May Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapRanger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive GAC17042Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4 Ounces TDA47414Ranger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES Brush BRU40842Therm O Web WHITE FOAM ADHESIVE Deco Foil Double Sided Transfer 03764Sizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093Sizzix MAGNETIC PLATFORM FOR WAFER-THIN DIES Accessory 656499Sizzix - Big Shot Plus Machine - White and Gray

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