My Creative Time 70th Edition Release Week- Build a Fall Wreath

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It’s sneak peek week over at My Creative Time for their 70th Edition Release, and I am so excited to be joining in on the fun with a special guest designer project. Today is day three of peeks, and Emma is showcasing a new fall stamp and die set called Build a Fall Wreath.


As the name of this new set implies, Build a Fall Wreath is filled with oodles of small greenery stamps and matching dies that are perfect for layering and “building” up images such as wreaths and swags. But today I’ve used a handful of the different images to build my own patterned paper on this set of fall-inspired tags.


I love how the smaller size of these images are the perfect scale for smaller projects, like these gift tags that I made with the previously released Holiday Tags set. And by placing all of the images together onto one acrylic block, all the stamping for even a big batch of tags is a super quick and easy process.


I used watercolor cardstock for my background and banners and added a loose watercolor wash to the images using a variety of fall colored Distress inks. The sentiments and banner also come with the set, and the matching banner die, as well. Patterned paper is from Photo Play Paper.

***Sneak Peek giveaway!***

Emma is giving away a free set of today’s new products to one lucky commenter, so don’t forget to leave a comment here, then pop over to the My Creative Time blog to see what the rest of the team has for you. Emma will announce today’s winner on the MCT blog tomorrow. Remember, as always, the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win. VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE leave a way for us to contact you w/your comment just in case “YOU” are the lucky winner! For EXTRA entries, you can spread the word about this release on Facebook, tweet about it OR even instagram it! #mycreativetime! Good luck everyone! And thanks so much for stopping by!


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

My Creative Time: Build a Fall Wreath stamp and die set (available on the MCT website 8/18)
My Creative Time: Holiday Tags stamp and die set

Photo Play Paper - Campfire Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackRanger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532May Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapRanger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet BlackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Fossilized AmberTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Dried MarigoldTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Aged MahoganyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Forest MossTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackZIG - Memory System - Wink Of Stella - Glitter Brush Marker - Glitter Clear

Butterfly Boxes- A Sizzix Tutorial

Hi Friends! Happy Monday once again!
Hope you all have had a wonderful weekend. Things are usually pretty quiet around here, but not these days. I’ve got a full house right now with both kiddos and even a wee puppy here to keep me company, and lots to do before school starts up in a few short weeks. Summer is working it’s way toward the end, and as always, it seems there is suddenly much to get done….meetings and appointments and doctors and shopping…. times two for me this year, as I will have both of my munchkins in college. As a matter of fact, the wee Missy Nik and I are off to orientation today.
Wish me luck! This ol’ mom is going to need it!


This weekend, I found myself in somewhat of a gift wrapping emergency. Very last-minute plans were made to get together to celebrate two summer birthdays for my friends Amy and Susie, and although I had the gifts, I was totally unprepared with the wrapping.


What I needed was something small for the cute purse charm key rings I was gifting. Something along the lines of a jewelry box, and not the big gift bags I tend to keep on hand. Something, too, that I could put together quickly, last minute as this was. So I pulled out one of my favorite pillow box dies from Sizzix to create some very easy gift packaging, and then dressed them up with new summer products from Sizzix, including stamps, dies, and even new paper, too.

I’ve got a quick tutorial to share, in case you’re in ever in need of any last minute quick and easy gift packaging ideas.

1. Gather your supplies. For this project, I used the new 3-D Butterflies Bigz Die from the Where Women Cook collection. The patterned paper is from the same line and comes in a pad called Have A Little Party. The birthday stamp and tag are from the new Tag Sentiments #2 Framelits w/Stamps set by Lori Whitlock. And for small gift items, you can’t beat the Fancy Pillow Box Die.

2. Die cut the pillow box from patterned paper. You may notice that the paper pad is perfectly sized to fit the Sizzix Bigz dies, so no pre-cutting of paper is even needed. To die cut with Bigz dies, use this Sizzix die cutting sandwich: Standard Cutting Pad, Die (cutting side up), paper, Standard Cutting Pad.

3. Fold the pillow box along the crease lines. Place gift item inside, and thread the box with twine or ribbon through the die cut holes. I used a tiny piece of red-lined tape on the end of the flap to keep it snug against the box. Then just fold in the ends of the box to close.

4. Die cut the 3-D Butterfly from patterned paper from the pad, and assemble the butterflies by slipping one shape into the slit on the second. No adhesive is even necessary.

5. Tuck one wing of the butterfly behind the twine tie. Add a foam dot behind the butterfly to secure it in place.

6. Stamp the sentiment onto watercolor cardstock, and die cut it with the matching tag die.

7. Color the inside of the tag shape with Distress ink.


So quick and easy! And best thing is, this pillow box die is on sale right now, through the end of the month at Sizzix.com. I’ll link you to all the products below.

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


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

Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Sizzix - Where Women Cook Collection - 6 x 12 Paper Pad - Have a Little PartySizzix - Where Women Cook Collection - Bigz Die - Butterflies, 3-DSizzix - Framelits Die with Clear Acrylic Stamp Set - Tag Sentiments 2Ranger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Archival Ink Pads - Watering CanRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Picked RaspberryRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Peacock FeathersMay Arts PINK Twine String BurlapTherm O Web 3D MOUNTING SQUARES White Foam 3777Sizzix - Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair - Clear with Silver GlitterSizzix - Big Shot Machine - White and Gray

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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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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 Foil™ 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

Stampin’Up Stampabilities Marker
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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