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

Tim Holtz Extra- New Distress & Frosted Crystal

Hi crafty friends! Today is a fun day for Tim Holtz fans with the announcement of a surprise YouTube Live featuring the latest new additions to the lineup of Distress. Today sees the release of three new Distress colors in crayon formulation, Kitsch Flamingo, Salvaged Patina, and the latest color, Prize Ribbon. But not only are there new crayons today, another favorite product in the Distress family is now available in a larger size…. Frosted Crystal embossing powder. And Tim is sharing a fun demo using all these new products on his YouTube channel today. And don’t worry if you’ve missed the LIVE, as you can always catch the replay! Just head to Tim’s blog for more information on that!

I had such fun playing with the new colors, and challenged myself to combine all three of them on this tag. Prize Ribbon is really the perfect blue for the paper dolls that I tinted. The little boy looks like a vintage version of a Boy Scout, and makes me nostalgic for those younger scout days I shared with my son. And she looks quite good in blue, too. I went much lighter with her coloration, but used Prize Ribbon for the main color on both images… and I really like the gradations of color you can achieve from just one crayon.

If you’ve not played with Frosted Crystal embossing powder before, it will most likely feel very different from products you’ve used before. This powder, like it’s name implies, leaves a frosted, textured, matte finish, unlike most embossing powders that melt to a shiny smooth, glass-like consistency. If you zoom in on these Paper Dolls, you can see what I mean about the texture. Once coated with the powder, these ephemera pieces are very easy to watercolor with the Distress crayons. So if you’ve struggled coloring the slick surface of Paper Dolls in the past, you may want to give this technique a try. Tim gave a great demo on this during his Live on Distress Crayons and Glaze, which you can find on his YouTube channel.

This tag was a great way to experiment with the new colors, and use up some of my older pieces of Idea-ology die cuts. All the bits were adhered to the tag with Distress Collage Medium, and then the top of the tag was brushed with Collage Medium, too. I then went in with the crayons adding color and smearing it out with my finger. I used a pair of Tim Holtz stencils and a wet paper towel to remove some of the color to make those cool patterns on the background. And don’t think that the crayons only work on paper, because you can add the pigment to many things, like the corrugated paper, twine, and lace trim I used here. It’s fun to just experiment and see where your imagination can go!

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


Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons SET 12 tdbk77190 Preview Image

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Mixed Media Heavystock - Number 8 Tags - 20 Pack Tim Holtz Idea-ology SOLOS PAPER DOLLS TH93555 Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Dot Fade Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Argyle Idea-ology - Tim Holtz - Ephemera Pack - Thrift Shop Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium MATTE TDA47933 Tim Holtz DISTRESS EMBOSSING DABBER Ranger tda72485 Tim Holtz DETAILER WATER BRUSH Ranger Watercoloring TIP33080 May Arts NATURAL Twine String Burlap Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons SET 3 TDBK47926

Frosted Crystal

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

In the Meadow with Ranger Ink

Happy Fri-Yay, crafty friends! Are you all ready for the weekend? It’s always such a happy day when Friday rolls around again, and what a beautiful day it is, too. I just got bundled into my winter coat and hat and set out to walk the dog, only to quickly find out that it’s actually about 60 degrees today. Obviously I didn’t bother to check before I headed out, and clearly, just like Bernie with his woolly winter mittens, I am prepared for winter.

And even though we’re far from any real snow around here, I do have some frosty friends to share with you today. These snowy tags feature some fun snowman stamps from Tim Holtz and Stamper’s Anonymous and lots of layers of Distress products, from Archival Distress to Distress Oxide to regular Distress Ink. Throw in some Distress Paint and Distress Grit Paste, and finish things off with a bit of Distress Texture Paste, for good measure. Each product brings its own unique qualities to the design, and I love how these simple tags look opaque in some areas and translucent in others, with a great textured tactile finish all over.

I used Tim Holtz Sizzix dies to cut the tags and add the crochet paper trim to the bottom. Simple ribbon ties were added to the top, along with some long-hoarded Idea-ology ice skate trinkets.

I’m very happy to have the full step-by-step tutorial for creating these tags up on the Ranger Ink Project Page, if you’d like to learn more.
Happy weekend, friends! And thanks so much for stopping by!

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

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Paper Pad - Kraft-Stock - BlackoutStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Christmas - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Tattered ChristmasTim Holtz Sizzix Framelits TAG COLLECTION Wafer Thin Die Set 658784Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Crochet 2Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Archival Ink Pads - Mini Kit - ThreeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Squeezed LemonadeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Broken ChinaRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Carved PumpkinTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Gathered TwigsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootTim Holtz Flip Top Distress Paint PICKET FENCE Ranger TDF53170Tim Holtz Flip Top Distress Paint MUSTARD SEED Ranger TDF53125Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Grit Paste - 3 Ounces - TranslucentRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Texture Paste - 3 Ounces - CrackleRanger Ink - Stickles Glitter Glue - Frosted LaceTherm O Web Gina K Designs MASKING MAGIC Mask Paper 18123

Idea-ology Ice Skates Adornments
Stampin’Up Ribbon

Cyber Monday at Scrapbook.com

Cyber Monday

Happy Monday, crafty friends! It’s Cyber Monday, and amazing deals are still happening at Scrapbook.com! I think today is my most favorite sale day of them all, because today is Tim Holtz day…. that’s right! All Tim Holtz branded products are on sale today, up to 50% off. Here’s what going on today.

Monday 11/30 Cyber Monday

  • Tim Holtz Day- All Tim Holtz on Sale!
  • Freebie: Ranger Ink Nebula Stickles Glitter Gel

Today’s freebie with purchase is Stickles Glitter Gel, which I used here on this pair of adorable holiday tags. If you love the look of glitter, but hate the mess of loose glitter, then these Stickles Glitter Gels are your answer.

I love the long skinny shape of this tag die from PhotoPlay Paper. Works great on the popular slimline card style, and would make a great bookmark, too. I die cut my tags from the new Ranger Distress Kraft Heavystock paper, and used the Tim Holtz Stars stencil to apply the glitter gel to the background.

The sweet images are from the Papercut Christmas #2 die set from Tim Holtz and Sizzix. They are just so quirky and fun, aren’t they?

Be sure to stop by Scrapbook.com and grab up some amazing deals on all of these Tim Holtz products today, and more!

And thanks so much for stopping by!

Scrapbook.com: Thousands of scrapbooking supplies. HUGE daily discounts!

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Kraft Heavystock - 8.5 x 11Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicPhoto Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Stitched FramesSizzix - Christmas - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Papercut Christmas No. 2 ColorizeSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Falling StarsStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - StarsRanger Ink - Stickles Glitter Gel - Nebula


Scrapbook.com Black Friday Week

Black Friday Week

Happy Tuesday, crafty friends, and happy Thanksgiving week to my friends and family in the States! The holiday deals are continuing this week at Scrapbook.com with new specials and some fabulous freebies for your shopping enjoyment, including:

Tuesday 11/24 Black Friday Week

Today’s special offers include the 10 Best Deals of 2020 and an extra 5% off coupon code, and as if that wasn’t enough of an incentive to shop, you will receive a FREE Sizzix Merry & Bright Thinlits Die Set  with your order! Of course you all know that I’m a big fan of Sizzix dies, and the script on this word die is particularly fabulous. I love that the size of this die is perfect for card making, as well as tags, too. Because we can all use a lot of tags at the holidays, right?

I am always a sucker for cute critters, and there’s just something about this sweet mouse from PhotoPlay Paper’s Not a Creature Was Stirring collection that seems perfectly fitting for this time of year. I paired the mouse and holly  with plaid paper from PhotoPlay’s other holiday collection this year, Christmas Cheer, for this fun gift tag. I think this tag would look so festive on holiday packages this year.

Wasn’t I right? Isn’t the font on this Merry & Bright word die fantastic? Love that the wording is all connected, which makes using an intricate die like this very easy. For this project, I die cut the sentiment multiple times from both bright red and crisp white cardstock, and then stacked the die cuts in alternating colors to create sort of a candy cane stripe when viewed from the side. It’s a subtle touch, but a fun little surprise. And this is a great way to add dimension to very thin pieces like these.

The tag shape itself and the white scalloped border along the bottom were made with dies from PhotoPlay Paper’s Holiday Say It With Stamps collection. The images were colored with Copic markers, and I added ribbon and twine at the top of the tag to finish the design.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ll be back tomorrow with more fun from Scrapbook.com. Until then, wishing you all a very wonderful day!

The supplies I’ve used are linked below: (affiliate links used at no extra cost to you)

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White CardstockMy Colors Cardstock - My Minds Eye - 12 x 12 Classic Cardstock - Carnival RedPhoto Play Paper - Christmas Cheer Collection - 6 x 6 Paper PadSizzix - Thinlits Die - Merry and Bright 2Photo Play Paper - Not A Creature Was Stirring Collection - Clear Photopolymer StampsPhoto Play Paper - Not A Creature Was Stirring Collection - Etched Die SetPhoto Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - BordersPhoto Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Bracket And Speech BubbleDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily WhiteTsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

May Arts Chevron Ribbon- Red



Pre-Black Friday Sale at Scrapbook.com

Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! The holiday crafting season is getting a jump start at Scrapbook.com this week with special Pre-Black Friday sale deals. Now through Monday the 23rd, all Scrapbook.com Branded-Items are at their lowest prices, all American Crafts Brands are on sale, and there is a special Freebie with purchase that you won’t want to miss out on!

Every holiday season, you can find amazing deals at Scrapbook.com, and this year I am excited to be joining in on the fun as an affiliate fan. I hope to pop in here often to let you know about the special offers and sales, and most importantly, all the FREEBIES that are up for grabs. Starting today with this exclusive 1/4″ adhesive roll.

Of course adhesive roll is mostly used to stick papers and embellishments together, but it can also be used for so much more. I love strong roll adhesive like this for putting together die cut boxes and bags, or adding strength to pockets and pouches, like gift-card holders. But today I used the adhesive roll to easily add loose glitter accents to this pair of cute holiday tags.

I love this adorable Vintage North Pole collection by Simple Stories! Such a sweet retro vibe, and I am a sucker for those cute Santas. These tags were made with simple 2×4 strips of cardstock that were layered with papers from the 6×8 paper pad and embellished with ephemera die cuts. A few quick snips across the top corners and a corner rounder punch on the bottom turned those strips into fast tags.

Working with loose glitter can be challenging, but it was sooo easy to apply this beautiful Distress glitter using the 1/4″ adhesive roll. Simply add a strip of adhesive, remove the protective liner, and press into glitter. Burnish the glitter by pressing it into the adhesive, and then just brush off the excess. Simple, right?

Be sure to check out Scrapbook.com for all the latest deals and information, and I’ll be back with more soon!

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White Cardstock Simple Stories - Simple Vintage North Pole Collection - 6 x 8 Paper Pad Simple Stories - Simple Vintage North Pole Collection - Ephemera - Bits and Pieces - Santa Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Glitter Dust - Vintage Platinum Scrapbook.com - Double Sided Adhesive Foam Roll - 1/4 Inch x 32 Feet - 1 Roll EK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner Rounder

Maya Road Twine





Therm O Web & GinaK Designs Gnome Limited Edition Kit

Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! I wanted to share news of a fabulous and fun new holiday release from Therm O Web and GinaK Designs, and invite you all to join us as we celebrate today with a blog hop on Instagram. Both the GinaK and Therm O Web teams have put together lots of fun projects to share with you featuring this new and exclusive holiday kit.

Here is a peek of the project I am sharing on Instagram today. This Limited Edition kit comes with gnome stamps, dies, stencils, and a FREE full pack of each of our Gina K. Designs Glimmering Gold and Sparkling Silver Foils. Just you wait till you see all the creative ways to use these products.

Be sure to hop along and leave comments at each stop for multiple chances to win one of two $50 Gift Cards to shop at thermoweb.com. Comments must be left on Instagram for your chance to win. Simply start at either the Therm O Web or GinaK Designs Instagram page for all the details and the complete hop list. And I’ll link you to this exclusive kit below. Remember, once this kit is sold out, it’s gone forever. So be sure to grabs yours! (click on the colored link below to shop)

Gina K. Designs Gnome for the Holidays StampnStencil Kit

School is Fun with PhotoPlay Paper

Happy Friday, crafty friends! Today we’re heading back to school here on the blog with PhotoPlay Paper’s Recess collection.

Look at that adorable school bus filled with critters! You know I can’t resist that. And that rainbow stripe paper! ❤ This long and skinny tag was inspired by the slimline card designs that are so popular right now, and I love that it can do double duty as a gift tag and as a bookmark. And I think for sure this would brighten up somebody’s school day.

Happy weekend, friends! Thanks so much for stopping by!

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White CardstockPhoto Play Paper - Recess Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackBest Creation Inc - Baker's Twine - Dark Green

How To: Fabric Scraps on Tags

Happy Friday, crafty friends! Today I’m back to wrap up a week of fabric inspiration here on the blog with one last project. So far this week I’ve shared an easy-sew fabric project bag and a fun technique for adding fabric die cuts to paper-crafts. And today I’m once again showing a super simple and sweet way to incorporate fabric with paper. This time, on a set of gift tags featuring pleated fabric borders and ties.

It seems I can’t make anything without being left with a pile of scraps and leftovers, and the same holds true for working with fabric. Honestly, those scraps usually end up in the trash. But this time, I decided to put the scraps to use, and came up with these cute gift tags, perfect for wrapping up some small gifties I had for my BFF’s birthday celebration last week.

You all know I’m a sucker for cute little critters, so I couldn’t resist the Party on the Farm stamps and dies from Hello, Bluebird. The sweet farm animals were colored with Copic markers, die cut with the coordinating dies, and popped onto the tags with foam tape for a bit of dimension. I used a very old tag die from Papertrey Ink to make the tags and two different colors of Gina K Designs blue cardstock. Another oldie from my stash, the Fiskars cloud punch, added a little accent to each tag.

Of course I used the fabric strips to tie the tags to the cello gift bags. But I also made pleated borders across the bottom of the tags with more leftover fabric strips. And it’s very fun and easy to do. Simply add a thin line of Therm O Web Fabric Fuse glue across the tag, spread it even thinner with your finger, and then add the fabric, bunching and pleating the fabric strip as you go. The glue holds the fabric in place, while giving you enough open time to manipulate the strips as needed. I added a line of machine stitching down the center of the fabric to keep it in place, and topped it all off with some stamped sentiment banners.

It felt really good to use up some scraps instead of adding them to the trash heap, and I love how the blue sky backgrounds of these tags coordinate so nicely with the new Speckled Egg Distress ink I gifted my friends. How about you all? Have you snatched up the new color yet? Is it perfect, or what?

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

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

Scrapbook.com - Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Neenah Solar White - 50 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Speckled EggRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Reinkers - Speckled Egg

Hello, Bluebird Party on the Farm stamps and dies
Papertrey Ink Tag Sale #1 die
Fiskars Cloud Punch
Blend Fabrics Seeds by Cori Dantini
Copic Markers