Thank-Fall Tag Set with Ranger Ink


Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! It’s another frigid day here in the Carolina’s, but I refuse to give up on Fall just yet. So today I am back with another fall-inspired project. A set of thanksgiving gift tags that I made this week for the Ranger Ink Projects Page featuring their beautiful new Speckle Embossing Powders.


I love all the different textures and colors that are in these powders that give such a variegated finish. It’s the closest thing to the look of real enameling that I’ve yet to see. There are even large chunks that really look like stained glass when melted. So amazing what can be done these days with powders.


I love creating tags, and am always looking for different takes on the basic gift tag. For these tags I used two of my favorite and most-used Tim Holtz die sets to create the tag base… Stitched Rectangles and Stacked Tags. Fall Foliage die cuts, double-embossed in Speckle powders were used for the leaves. Vintage lace trim was added to the bottoms, and a mixture of Big Chat stickers and Alphanumeric dies make up the sentiments. Thought some Metallic Kraft Stock cardstock would go nicely with the golden tones of the embossing powders.


I think these would be so pretty used for fall birthdays and goody bags, don’t you? If you’re interesting in learning more, I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Ranger Ink Projects Page blog. Thanks so much for stopping by! I am so very grate-fall and thank-fall for all of YOU!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - MetallicIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Paper Stash - EtceteraSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Fall FoliageSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked TagsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric Classic LowerTim Holtz Layering Stencil DIAMONDS THS081Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Big ChatMay Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapRanger Inkssentials EMBOSS IT GREY TINTED Embossing Ink Pad emb65555Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique LinenTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Shaded LilacRanger Ink - Speckle Embossing Powder - FlurriesRanger Ink - Speckle Embossing Powder - LavenderRanger Ink - Speckle Embossing Powder - Lemon DropRanger Perfect Pearls HEIRLOOM GOLD Powder PPP21865

Satin Ribbon, Lace

Mr Snowman Gift Card Holder with Sizzix


Hello crafty friends! It’s the day before Halloween and my house is still filled with pumpkins and spooks, but as is often the case in the craft world, it’s time to move on to the next season. So today I’m super excited to be doing something I haven’t done in quite some time…. sharing a project on the Sizzix blog. This time, it’s the Sizzix UK blog The Making Journal and my project share is this sweet Mr. Snowman gift card holder tag.


The focus of my project was featuring Tim Holtz dies from the latest Sizzix Chapter 4 release, and I used two of my favorite new sets on this tag today. This is the adorable Mr. Snowman die from the new Colorize line, and the background was made with the Alpine set which makes incredible scenery for so many different designs. The tag and all the pieces were die cut from a combo of Distress watercolor cardstock and Distress Kraft Stock cardstock, and I went in with Distress Oxides and Inks to add color and definition to all the layers and pieces. Dyed trim was added to the top of the tag, and I made a quick and easy sentiment banner with simple twine and die cut Alphanumeric Label letters.


I call this a 2-fer project, because it really is two projects rolled into one. Not only is this adorable snowman tag a great packaging gift tag or decorative art tag, it also does double duty as a gift card holder. I love time saving ideas like this when the busy holiday season comes around.
If you’d like to learn more about the process, or check out the full step-by-step tutorial, be sure to pop on over to the Sizzix UK blog The Making Journal.


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 10 PackIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicSizzix - Christmas - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Mr. Snowman, ColorizeSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - AlpineSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked TagsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric LabelDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily WhiteRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Spray - Iced SpruceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Iced SpruceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Faded JeansRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Chipped SapphireRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Dried MarigoldRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Stickles Glitter Glue - Frosted Lace

Boooooo Happy Halloween with Ranger Ink


We’re coming down to the wire, friends! Halloween is just days away. But last minute as it is, I’m back with one last Halloween project for the season. This time, a pair of haunted gift tags that I made for the Ranger Ink blog.


I just love these two silly ghosts, don’t you? They are from the Frightful Things die set from the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 release, one of my favorite sets from this year’s holiday release. I paired the ghosts with spiderwebs from the same set, and popped them all against crisp black tags for contrast. The negative spaces were filled in with letters from the Alphanumeric Labels die set, inked in soft lilac Distress for a classic Halloween color combo.


These will be so cute tying up some Halloween goody bags for those special spooks. Happy Halloween, everyone!

And as always, I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial for this project up on the Ranger Ink project page, if you’d like to learn more!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 10 PackSizzix - Halloween - Thinlits Die - Frightful ThingsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked TagsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric LabelTherm O Web Gina K Designs BLACK AND WHITE GINGHAM Fancy Ribbon 18048Hemptique BLACK Hemp Cord Twine 029294Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Hickory SmokeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Shaded LilacRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Metallic - Brushed PewterRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Stickles Dry Glitter - Clear Rock Candy - 3 Ounces

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Under Your Spell with Therm O Web & Rabbit Hole Designs


Hello crafty friends, happy weekend! I’m back today to share a second card that I made for our recent Rabbit Hole Designs match up on the Therm O Web blog. You all know how much I love Halloween, and with it less than a week away now, I’m trying to squeeze in as many pumpkins as I can. This time, I’m using an adorable Halloween set called Gourd-geous.


Pumpkin witches? Yes, please! They definitely have me under their spell. These cute pumpkins were colored with Copic markers and then die cut with their coordinating die set. The spider and sentiment are from the same set, too. Once again I used Sweet Mango Glitz Glitter Gel to add some holiday sparkle to the back of the frame.


The frame was made from Therm O Web’s Black Onyx cardstock and a rectangle die from the GinaK Designs collection. The die cut out the inner window opening, and I trimmed the outside edges to size, leaving enough room on two sides to add a decorative scalloped border. The scallops are from Tim Holtz’s Stitched Ovals die set and come in two sizes. I used both for a bit of interest here.

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


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

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 10 PackSimple Stories HAPPY HAUNTING 12 x 12 Collection Kit 10900The Rabbit Hole Designs GOURD-GEOUS Clear Stamps TRH-30The Rabbit Hole Designs GOURD-GEOUS Dies TRH-30DTherm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Double Stitch - Rectangle - SmallSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stitched OvalsEcho Park MERRY SNOW 6 x 6 Stencil mfc190034Therm O Web Gina K Designs SWEET MANGO Glitz Glitter Gel 18135Memento TUXEDO BLACK INK PAD Full Size me-900

Copic Markers
Twine: Ken Oliver Waxed Hemp by Maya Road

Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 Release- Ghost Town

Hello, hello friends! We’re halfway through the month of October already, in what feels like the blink of an eye. Halloween will be here before we know it, so it is high time for me to share the last of the Halloween projects that I made for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 release. This time, it’s a haunted trick or treat card made with the spooky Ghost Town dies.


This fun die set features three different houses, along with the tree trunk and smoke wisp you see here. The set is perfect for creating a haunted mansion look, or even an entire haunted village. For my card, I used the tallest house image set against the forest edge made with a stenciled tree line and a single die cut tree. I’m quite sure a wicked witch hoping to lure in some children lives here.


I used several layers to build up my background, starting with that fabulous Crackle 3D embossing folder on the base. I really recommend spraying your cardstock lightly with water before embossing, as that helps the paper bend and curve into all those nooks and crannies. A large Stitched Rectangle, die cut from watercolor cardstock and heavily inked with grey tones of Distress is next, followed by an Idea-ology Cabinet Card Frame with gold trim. If you look closely at the top and bottom of that card, you’ll notice some gold metallic punched borders that were made using the punchinella shaped die from Festive Repeats. I threaded some twine through the bottom border for some extra dimension and texture.


The tree, stars, and smoke were die cut from sanded Distress cardstock, and the house from watercolor cardstock inked in red and black Distress to create the roof and siding. I used a pair of stencils to add brick and shingle-like texture to the house, and backed all the window openings with vellum that was painted with Fossilized Amber mixed with Perfect Pearls powder. You can see the touch of shimmer when viewed from the side. Definitely gives that old haunted house a deceptive warm glow.

But not sure I’d ring that doorbell. Would you?


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 10 PackDina Wakley Ranger KRAFT PAPER PACK mdj59653Idea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - MetallicIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicLawn Fawn - 8.5 x 11 Vellum - 10 PackSizzix - Halloween - Thinlits Die - Ghost TownSizzix - Halloween - Thinlits Die - Regions BeyondSizzix - Thinlits Die - Festive RepeatSizzix - Tim Holtz - 3D Texture Fades Embossing Folder - CrackleStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Halloween - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Mr. BonesStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - BirchStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Dot FadeTim Holtz Layering Stencil DIAMONDS THS081Tim Holtz Idea-ology SOPHISTICATE Cabinet Card Frames Paperie TH93288May Arts BLACK Twine String BurlapEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner RounderRanger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet BlackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Fossilized AmberTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Aged MahoganyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Hickory SmokeTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Perfect Pearls KitRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 Pack

Life Moments with Ranger Ink


Hello, crafty friends, and happy Wednesday to you all! Hope your week is going well and that your fall (or spring, depending upon where you are) is off to a great start. I’m always super excited at this time of year, because of course autumn is my favorite season. I love it when the air turns cooler and the leaves start to change color, and pumpkins and apples start popping up everywhere. So I’m extra happy to be sharing a new fall project with you all today that I made for the Ranger Ink blog.


This card is a fun mix of some newer products, like Ranger Distress Archival Inks and the awesome Crackle texture folder from Tim Holtz and Sizzix, combined with lots of pretty Distress Ink colors and favorite stamps. I went with a warm autumnal color palette of golden yellows and rich deep orange and rust on this fall-inspired design, and used my Distress inks to do some easy watercolor washes and splatters. Quick techniques that give a unique appearance every time.


The texture on that 3D Crackle embossing folder is just amazing. The embossing looks great on either side, too. I pulled out my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher to adhere the layers of background papers, and sandwiched a nest of loose threads in between. A simple stamped sentiment finishes the design.


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

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you an awesome weekend ahead!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackDina Wakley Ranger KRAFT PAPER PACK mdj59653Idea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicTim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps HASHTAGS cms183Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps NATURE'S WONDER CMS343Sizzix - Tim Holtz - 3D Texture Fades Embossing Folder - CrackleAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Tiny Attacher with 100 Tiny StaplesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Antique LinenRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Wild HoneyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Rusty HingeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Aged MahoganyTim Holtz Distress Archival Ink Pad MINI KIT 3 Ranger aitk64848

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Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3- Cauldron Bigz

Hello crafty friends! I’m back today with another project that I created for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 release. As you may remember, I was given a special secret assignment for this release to create some fabric projects using the new dies. And today I’m here to share the last of my Halloween inspired fabric creations…. this time, a spooky witch’s spell pillow made with the new Cauldron Bigz die and the fabulous Handmade alphabet font.


Of course Bigz dies are perfect for using with thicker materials like the wool felt and fabrics I used here, and one of my favorite things about using fabric with die cuts is the ability you have to manipulate the pieces. Because fabric has give, I was able to expand the slit at the top of the cauldron and back the opening with a contrasting fabric, as well as tuck the wisp of smoke into the inside. Love how you can now see the contents of the cauldron just bubbling away.


I used Distress paint to add details to the scene, like the shadow below the cauldron, the bubbles rising above, and all the white pieces so that they stand out. And of course a witch’s brew needs a good spider, which is hanging to the side of the cauldron by a thread. I used a bit of alcohol ink on the spider to really make it shine.


I added a few hand-stitched accents to the cauldron handles, and edged the pillow with some favorite pom-pom trim. If you’d like any additional tips for using fabric with dies, check out some of my previous posts (These Old Bones) and (Skull & Crossbones Dolly).

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend ahead. I’m planning to head to Richmond to visit my boy. We’ve got belated birthday celebrating to do, and this ol’ mamma can’t wait!

P.S.- I’ve added a few Halloween spooks to my AudOnes Prims Shop. Come take a peek!


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

Sizzix - Halloween - Bigz Die - CauldronSizzix - Bigz XL - Alphabet Die - HandmadeTim Holtz Idea-ology WICKED Metal Adornments TH93305Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Adirondack Alcohol Ink - Sunset OrangeSigno - White Uni-ball Impact Pen

Floss: DMC
Cotton Print Fabric, Wool Felt, Pom Pom Trim