Eat Cake with Therm O Web & Brutus Monroe

Brutus Monroe Logo

Happy Friday, friends! I’m back today with day two of my projects for the fun match-up with our friends at Brutus Monroe on the Therm O Web blog this week.


For my first Brutus project, I shared a card straight from the flower garden. And this time, I’m going with a more whimsical approach with Brutus’ fun Topsy Cakes stamps on a set of gift tags. I think these tags would work great for birthdays, or retirements, or weddings, or any celebratory occasion….. or even just the end of the work week, like today. I mean, I hardly ever need an excuse to eat cake!


I pulled out some GinaK Designs dies from the Decorative Tag Set for both the small and large tag shapes here. The Topsy Cakes were stamped directly onto the tags, and then masked to add the stenciled pattern in the background. The images were then colored with Copic markers.


Stamped a sentiment from the Topsy Cakes set onto the smaller tags, and tied them to the top with a bit of twine. The GinaK gingham ribbon was inked to match. As always, I’ve got the full tutorial for this project up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Happy weekend to you! Thanks so much for stopping by!


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

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackBrutus Monroe Clear Stamps TOPSY CAKES bru4639Therm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Decorative TagBrutus Monroe - Mixed Media Stencil - TileTherm O Web Gina K Designs BLACK AND WHITE GINGHAM Fancy Ribbon 18048Brutus Monroe RAVEN DETAIL Ink Pad BRU2543Gina K Designs PASSIONATE PINK Color Companions Mini Ink Pad CUBE11Gina K Designs TURQUOISE SEA Color Companions Mini Ink Pad CUBE16Therm O Web - iCraft - Purple Tape - Removable - 1.5 Inches x 15 YardsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

Stampin’Up Twine
Copic Markers: E55, E57, E59, BG10, BG13, BG18, R11, R27, C1, C3

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Valentine Monsters with Sizzix


Hello, hello friends, and happy Valentine’s Day! Any special plans with your sweeties in the works for today? I’m having more of a “Galentine’s” crafty day with a gal pal today. Laughing and crafting, maybe coffee and treats, sounds like my kind of day. And I couldn’t let the day pass without creating some little goody bags for my two Valentines. My kiddos may be all grown up now…. but who doesn’t like a few sweet treats, right?


Of course a treat bag needs a good tag tie. So I pulled out some of my favorite dies and lots of pretty new Distress Oxide inks to whip up my tags for this year. Who says monsters are only good for Halloween?


To create these tags, I die cut and layered two tag shapes together from the Tim Holtz Tag die set, die cutting an oval shape from the center of the second tag. I used a layering stencil on the top tag, ink blended in my all time favorite Valentine color palette of pink and brown. I used the same colors to create a smooshed ink background for the window opening, and then added those silly pieced monsters. Those guys really make me smile.


I hand-cut polka dots to add to my monsters, and hand-cut hearts, too. I am crazy about Ranger’s Opaque Crackle Texture Paste these days, so that was rubbed into the corners and spots. A bit of Distress Crayon really brings out the great cracks and texture. I added dots of Glossy Accents to the eyes. The sentiments are stamps from my sweet friend, Emma, at My Creative Time.

Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Thanks so much for stopping by!


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

Strathmore BRISTOL SMOOTH 9 x 12 Paper Pad 365096Tim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS Colorcore 2.25 X 12 Cardstock 278921Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits TAG COLLECTION Wafer Thin Die Set 658784Tim Holtz Sizzix SILLY MONSTERS Thinlits Die 662374Sizzix Framelits DOTTED OVALS Wafer Thin Die Set 661840Tim Holtz Layering Stencil DIAMONDS THS081May Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapRanger Wendy Vecchi Archival WATERING CAN Ink Pad AID39006Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad TATTERED ROSE Ranger tdo56263Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad AGED MAHOGANY Ranger tdo55785Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad VINTAGE PHOTO Ranger TDO56317Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BLACK SOOT Ranger TIM19541Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons SET 10 TDBK51800Ranger TEXTURE PASTE OPAQUE CRACKLE 4oz INK57505Ranger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive GAC17042Sakura BLACK GLAZE GEL PENS Pen 2 Pack 38495Tim Holtz Distress Markers BLACK SOOT Ranger TDM32458Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965

My Creative Time- Best Bots stamp and die set
vintage seam binding

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A Winter’s Wonder Tag & BIG Sale News!


Hi Friends! Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy weekend to you all! We’re already a couple of weeks into January, and I am still no closer to reaching my New Year’s goal of a regular blogging schedule again. Creativation (CHA) projects have been keeping me busy in the background, and I have been soaking up as much family time as I’ve been able this past month with both my kiddos and parents here visiting. So once again I’ve not much new to share at the moment… but I do have a few projects from Creativation 2017 still waiting in the archives to share, like this winter wonders tag I made for the Ranger Ink booth.


The focus here was on Distress Markers, which I used to create the free-hand funky plaid in the background of this Ranger Ink #8 manila tag. I selected brown and green markers for a natural woodland look, and used both the thick and thin tips of the pens to create a variety of lines in different widths… using a ruler for part of the design, and just winging the rest. To tone down the colors, the tag was heavily doused with water and blotted dry. Softens the design so it can fade into the background. Added die cut winter greens and some real mini pine cones I managed to find on a trip to the mountains last year.  Added a Sizzix sentiment and Clippings sticker, too.

Creativation is now less than a week away, so that means new products and new projects are coming soon! But until then, I’ve got some great deals and fun news to share with you!

Starting today, and running only through the 17th, Sizzix is offering a new Limited Edition Big Shot that features a gorgeous new mint color and a silver geometric pattern. This exciting new machine is a limited release and can only be purchased exclusively on sizzix.com. (Click on the photo above for a direct link with more information and availability).


And if you’re looking to stock up on accessories for your new Big Shot machine, or pick up the supplies I’ve used today, then I’ve got some news for you! All Sizzix and Ranger Ink items are on sale right NOW for a limited time at Scrapbook.com (excludes the exclusive Limited Edition Big Shot machine available only through sizzix.com). This great discount expires soon, so shop NOW for big savings on Sizzix Products!

Shop Your Fav Brands at Scrapbook.com

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Mixed Media Heavystock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackTim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS Colorcore 2.25 X 12 Cardstock 278921Ranger MANILA TAGS #8 Craft Inkssentials Surfaces ISM27973Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Garden GreensSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Holiday GreensSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Thin Holiday WordsAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Clippings StickersTim Holtz Idea-ology CRINKLE RIBBON TH93020Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Mowed LawnRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Gathered TwigsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Vintage PhotoRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Walnut StainTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Glitter Dust - Vintage PlatinumRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 2 OuncesTonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Paper DistresserRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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A Holiday Snow Globe with Sizzix


Happy Monday, sweet friends! And happy December, too! With Christmas now only three weeks away, holiday preparations are in full swing these days. I am still very much in that chaotic in-progress stage at my house…. decorating is underway, shopping is underway, and holiday gift wrapping is underway, too. I’m really looking forward to crossing at least one item off of my to-do list, but it seems I’ve still got a long ways to go. How about all of you?


I am making some slow headway on my gift packaging, though. This weekend I went and picked out my holiday wrapping paper for the year. I like to go with a different theme each holiday, and actually look forward to picking out my rolls of brightly colored wrapping papers. I guess my love of pretty scrapbooking papers carries on into a love of pretty much any paper. I’m sure you all know what I mean. 😀


Part of my packaging for the year includes a few handmade tags, of course. And last week, I shared this sweet snow globe shaped Tim Holtz tag on the Sizzix blog, and wanted to share it here with you, too. This tag is once again a mix of some of my favorites from Tim’s new holiday collection. The globe and the church building, the moon, snowbank, and the stars, are from the Snowglobe2 die set. And to complete the scene, I added in some pieces from both the Snowman Scene and Winter Wonderland sets, as well. I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial 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 below:

Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Tim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS ColorCore 12 x 12 Cardstock GX190000Tim Holtz Idea-ology TIDINGS Mini Stash 8 x 8 Cardstock Pack TH93325Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Thinlits Die - Snowglobe 2Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Thinlits Die - Winter WonderlandSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Thinlits Die - Snowman SceneStamper's Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Simple SayingsAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Christmas - Adornments - PineconesMay Arts IVORY Twine String BurlapRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Stickles Dry Glitter - Clear Rock Candy - 3 OuncesRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Archival Ink Pads - Watering CanRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Hickory SmokeRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Sanding Block - also known as Sanding Grip

May Arts gingham ribbon

 

2017 Tim Holtz Holiday Inspiration Series- Snowglobe Tag Set

Hi sweet friends, and happy Wednesday! It is a happy and busy week, with Thanksgiving right around the corner. And today is my birthday, too! Both my kiddos arrived home last night for the holiday weekend, so I am in full celebration mode already. And I am so excited to be here to share another holiday project from the 2017 Tim Holtz Holiday Inspiration Series with you. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing a few moments here with me on the blog today!


I love putting together pretty gift packaging for the holidays, and one of my favorite holiday projects is making handmade tags. Tags are a perfect way to top off all those gift boxes and bags that come with the holidays, and they make a wonderful small gift for friends and family, too. This year, I’ve combined a few of my favorite Tim Holtz die sets to make my tags for the season, in a snowy village theme that I adore.


Don’t you just love the detail of those tiny village houses? They are from the new Snowglobe #2 Thinlits die set, part of the new 2017 Tim Holtz and Sizzix holiday release. Every individual section to these buildings have their own separate die, making it so easy to piece and layer the dwellings in a huge array of different color combos. And the tiny stars and moon and snowy hillside pieces come with the set, too. Talk about endless design possibilities.


For my tags, I created small village scenes nestled onto tags die cut from the new Gift Tags Thinlits die set. I began by adding a variety of Distress ink colors onto watercolor paper. Snowbanks were die cut from white cardstock using the Snowglobe #2 set, painted with Picket Fence Distress paint, and sprinkled with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter. I adhered the snowbanks to the watercolored paper, and then die cut the shapes with the Gift Tag set so that the snowy bottoms of the shapes were perfectly die cut with the rest of the tag. Added the tiny village pieces, and then layered the small tags onto larger ovals, die cut from an older favorite of mine, the Stitched Ovals die set.


The tops of the tags were tied with ribbon and rustic natural twine. And finally, I added a simple stamped sentiment and bit of die cut greenery to finish.

I hope my friends in the states have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, surrounded by good food, good friends, and the love of family! Thanks for stopping by!


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

Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Tim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS ColorCore 12 x 12 Cardstock GX190000Tim Holtz Idea-ology TIDINGS Mini Stash 8 x 8 Cardstock Pack TH93325Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Thinlits Die - Snowglobe 2Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Thinlits Die - Gift TagsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Holiday GreensSizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Stitched Ovals Thinlits DieStamper's Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Simple SayingsMay Arts IVORY Twine String BurlapRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Stickles Dry Glitter - Clear Rock Candy - 3 OuncesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Chipped SapphireRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 2 Ounces

Ribbon: May Arts

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Beach Hair with Therm O Web

Hi Sweet Friends! Happy Monday!


We have been having the most beautiful weather here. The storms have cleared, leaving nothing but blue skies and gentle breezes. Feels like summer has returned.


Even so, signs of fall are creeping in. The first hint of color is popping out in the trees, and there’s a squirrel burying acorns in my front lawn this morning.   And of course, I have completed switched over to fall inside. Fall crafts….. fall decorations…. I even bought my first pumpkin of the season yesterday. You know me and autumn…it just can’t come soon enough.


Weather like this, though, has me longing for the beach. So perfect time to share some seaside tags I made recently for the Therm O Web blog, featuring dies from the GinaK Designs collection and stamps from our friends at Waffle Flower Crafts.


This is the adorable Bear and Bird stamp set, with paper from Simple Stories’ Summer Days collection. I framed my beach scenes with square dies from GinaK Designs, and gave my bears some cool beach accessories from a super old Stampin’Up stamp set that I haven’t used for years. Bonus points for that! 🙂

I’ve got the complete tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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


Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - White - 12 SheetsTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Island Dream - 12 SheetsSimple Stories - Summer Days Collection - 12 x 12 Collection KitWaffle Flower Crafts - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Bear and BirdTherm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Single Stitch - Square - LargeSizzix - Framelits Die and Clear Acrylic Stamp Set - TagsSizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Stitched Ovals Thinlits DieRanger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet BlackTherm O Web - Premium Dye Inkpad Sets - Island DreamRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassKuretake - ZIG - Clean Color - Brush Marker - 48 Piece SetRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundTherm O Web 3D MOUNTING SQUARES White Foam 3777

Stampin’Up: Fun in the Sun set
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Stay Positive with Therm O Web

Happy Monday, Sweet Friends!
And for those of you lucky enough to be in the pathway,
Happy Solar Eclipse day!


This past week I had the great fun of joining along with the My Creative Time August release, so I didn’t get the chance to mention what a big week it was for us here at my house, with school starting up again for both my kiddos. Pete is finishing up his last semester at university, but for my daughter, there are lots of changes and nerves underway as she starts her first year away at college.


I knew move-in day would be tough on the both of us, so I wanted to cheer her up with a little care package and surprise. Just a little something to let her know I was thinking of her, and wishing her well. Sneaky mom hid these cuties on her desk when she wasn’t looking, to find and open after we were gone.


Nik is majoring in life sciences, so I knew this adorable Real Genius collection by Photo Play Paper would be right up her alley. Perfect for a pun-loving girl, like her. And even though she’s all grown up, I knew she would enjoy a little encouragement from mom.


I’ve got the full details up on the Therm O Web 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 below:

Photo Play Paper - Real Genius Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - White - 12 SheetsSizzix - Framelits Die and Clear Acrylic Stamp Set - TagsEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner RounderMay Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round