Feeling Lucky with Ranger Ink

Hi Crafty Friends! Top o’ the morning to you!
Don’t forget to wear your green today!


Today is a big day in our house. It’s a big college tour day for my daughter, and last day of spring break for my son. And I get to hang out with both of them. So I’m sure you know what I’m going to say. This old mom is feeling pretty lucky today.


So what perfect timing to share this lucky little vignette box with you that I made for the Ranger Ink blog, filled with lots of shabby Distress goodness, and lots of fun new products from Tim Holtz’s latest release.


I just love this sweet little dancing girl, all decked out in her greens for St. Patrick’s day. She is from the new Paper Dolls collection, colored with Distress markers and embellished with a new lucky clover charm. I added a field of shabby shamrocks made from tiny Heartfelt hearts for her to twirl in. Lots of Vintage Distress Collage Medium, Ink, and Distress Glitter Dust. Papers are from the new Memoranda Paper Stash. And tons of new Tim Holtz designer tape coat the box, too.


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

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

Paper Bag Shamrocks with Therm O Web

Happy Friday, Crafty Friends!


It’s always such a happy feeling when Friday and the start of the weekend rolls around, isn’t it? I’m particularly grateful to get this past week under my belt, and I’m feeling quite lucky. Lucky to be done with the colonoscopy. Lucky for such good results. Lucky to eat again.


So today I’m celebrating with a few lucky clovers. Paper bag pillow clovers made this week for the Therm O Web blog using Therm O Web adhesives and papers from Photo Play Paper’s new spring release.


Creating paper bag pillows is one of my all-time favorite home decor projects. They are really easy to make, and add a festive look to your home for any season or holiday for very little cost. And better yet, this is a great earth-friendly project, utilizing natural elements and recycled materials, too. My kinda project!


I added stitching to my pillows, and dressed them up with layered trims and hand-stamped sentiment flags. But I’ve got lots of tips and tricks, and a full step-by-step tutorial for completing these shamrocks for all you non-sewers out there, up on the Therm O Web blog.

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


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

Photo Play Paper - About a Little Boy Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - SoarPhoto Play Paper - Bloom Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Birds and BeesPhoto Play Paper - Hoppy Easter Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackRanger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Sizzix - Framelits Die - Hearts SetRanger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965Ranger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Twisted Citron
Stamp: My Creative Time (Happy Everything Stamp and Die Set)
Trim: Stampin’Up (Crumb Cake Scalloped Tulle), May Arts (grosgrain)
Other: Recycled Kraft Grocery Bag, Polyfill Fiber Stuffing, Sticks

Valentine Pocket Pouches with Therm O Web

Happy Friday, Sweet Friends!

Today I have a Valentine treat holder idea to share that I made recently for the Therm O Web blog. A pair of sweet and simple fabric pocket pouches, perfect for a few holiday treats, and easy enough to make in bulk, even at the very last minute.

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We don’t go big on Valentine’s Day at my house. Neither one of my kids has much of a sweet tooth, but I rarely let the day pass without gifting some small treat or trinket. This year, it’s a few Lindt chocolates tucked into these little fabric pouches. A fun alternative to the traditional paper gift bag.

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The basic construction of these pouches is super easy, and the great thing is they can be made from any remnant fabric scraps you may already have at home. I lined the pouches with Therm O Web Stitch n’ Sew fleece for extra stability, and tied the tops off with some favorite ribbons and trim. Add a quick love note or hang tag, and you are good to go.

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Simply start with a rectangle of fabric, fold in the sides, and secure with a bit of stitching. For a no-sew option, try Therm O Web’s Fabric Fuse adhesive. And for further instructions, check out my step-by-step tutorial on the Therm O Web blog.

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


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

Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 12 x 12 Paper Stash - WallflowerNeenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 SheetsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die - HeartfeltTim Holtz Sizzix Framelits TAG COLLECTION Wafer Thin Die Set 658784StitchnSew Fleece Sew-In High Loft (White 45 in. d/f x 1 Yard pack) pictureTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - 6 x 12 Transfer Sheet - Pink Melon - 5 PackTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - Liquid Adhesive - 2.1 Fluid OuncesRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Archival Ink Pads - Potting SoilTherm O Web FabricFuse TAPE Adhesive 3346

Stamps: So Sweet Seasons by Close To My Heart
Other: Fabric, Trim, Fabric Brads

Crazy Dog Valentines with Ranger Ink

Hello, hello, Friends! Happy Monday!

I’m back today with another Valentine project. This time, some silly sweet matchbook-style note cards I made for the Ranger Ink blog.

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Matchbook cards remind me of the boxed Valentine cards my kiddos grew up with. There’s something very nostalgic about them, and although I don’t make them very often, they are my top go-to design for Valentines. If you have kids at home, you can easily make cards like these together. Or, they work great in grown-up versions, too.

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I love how easy these cards are to make, perfect for re-creating in bulk, if needed. I added texture to the simple design with an embossed background, grunged up with Distress inks and a bit of Vintage Collage Medium. A few hearts and lovey dovey sentiment, of course, for Valentine’s Day. And my favorite Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs.

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I’m just a sucker for those silly guys! ❤

I have the complete step-by-step tutorial for creating these Valentines up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Any happy football fans out there?


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

Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Tim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS ColorCore 12 x 12 Cardstock GX190000Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits MINI CRAZY CATS AND DOGS Wafer Thin Die Set 661594Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps 2016 MINI CRAZY CATS AND DOGS CMS272Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps CRAZY TALK CMS236Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die - HeartfeltTim Holtz Sizzix ZIGZAG Texture Fades Embossing Folder 660972Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Jute StringAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Tiny Attacher with 100 Tiny StaplesRanger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad VICTORIAN VELVET Ranger TIM27195Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Spun SugarTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Tattered RoseTim Holtz Distress Ink Pad WILD HONEY Ranger TIM27201Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PUMICE STONE Ranger TIM27140Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique LinenRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Black SootRanger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons SET 3 TDBK47926Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium VINTAGE TDA47940Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Collage Medium - CrazingRanger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive GAC17042Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4 Ounces TDA47414Ranger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES Brush BRU40842Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET 15 X 18 Reusable NSC20677Sizzix - Big Shot Plus Machine - White and GraySizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093Sizzix MAGNETIC PLATFORM FOR WAFER-THIN DIES Accessory 656499

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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

Baker’s Twine: The Twinery
Trim: Stampin’Up

A Frosty Friend with Therm O Web

Happy Friday, Crafty Friends!

My scrappy group has a fun annual holiday tradition. Every December we get together and do a big potluck brunch, and everyone brings a handmade gift to exchange. Oftentimes we just draw numbers to see who gets what package. But this year, we did one of those snatch and steal games where everyone gets one chance to take someone’s gift. That simple act brought a whole new element into the game, I tell you what. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.

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Of course this party was the perfect excuse to craft up one of my favorite fabric prim creations. This is the little friend that I made… a wee frosty snowman, all dressed up for Christmas.

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Recently I scored some vintage Jello molds at my local junk store, and I thought they would be a great container for my little guy. Love that he can now stand upright without toppling over, and it was just the right size for building a snowman and adding a few fashion accessories.

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The snowman is made from my favorite fabric for frosties, Therm O Web Stitch n’ Sew fleece. I made the hat, eyes, and coal buttons from felt, and the arms from chenille stems. A hand-stitched mouth, and a nose carved from wood. I gave him a candy cane and pine-bough wreath to hold. And finally, doused him in a good coat of flaky mica glitter.

I do love making snowmen at the holidays, and I’m so happy with how he turned out. This little guy was snatched twice at the party, so I think he went over well. I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial for him up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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And interested in winning some of the Stitch n’ Sew fleece I used to create your own holiday snowmen? Then be sure to enter this amazing giveaway while you are there!

Thanks for stopping by, Friends! How are your holiday preparations coming along?  I finally finished my tree yesterday, so now the bulk of my decorating is done. One thing out of many to check off that list. Baby steps, right?


Easy Holiday Gifts with Therm O Web

Hi Crafty Friends!

Here we are at the last day of November already! Can you believe how quickly the time is going? If you’re like me,  then I’m sure many of you are looking for quick and easy holiday gift giving ideas right about now… and we’ve got lots of great ones for you this month on the Therm O Web blog. Today I have a super easy sweet treat idea to share with you.

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I know everyone loves sweets at the holidays. And what sweeter, and easier, last minute gift idea than a simple hot chocolate mix packaged with love?

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Jar gift ideas are so fun and easy, and there are so many different things that you can fill them with. I went with a simple hot cocoa mix, topped with white chocolate chips and crushed peppermint candies. Once you fill the jar, then all you need is a bit of ribbon, and a festive tag. Super easy.

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I pulled out some well-loved older favorites for the tag…. Papertrey Ink’s Gingerbread Lane stamp set and Tag Sale #4 die. And of course my tag is dressed up with bright red deco foil for a bit of holiday shine. I’ve got the full tutorial for adding foil to your paper projects up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all have a wonderful day!
And looking forward to this weekend…

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This year, I am super excited to be joining in on the fun at Choux Choux Paper Art for their annual Visions of Sugarplums blog hop! Hope to see you then!


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

Echo Park - I Love Christmas Collection - 12 x 12 Collection KitNeenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 SheetsSizzix Framelits CIRCLES DOTTED Wafer Thin Die Set 661560Therm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - Liquid Adhesive - 2.1 Fluid OuncesTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - 6 x 12 Transfer Sheet - Red - 5 PackRanger Wendy Vecchi Archival POTTING SOIL Ink Pad AID38979Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BRUSHED CORDUROY Ranger TIM21421Tim Holtz Distress Markers BARN DOOR Ranger TDM32441Tim Holtz Distress Markers GATHERED TWIGS Ranger TDM38207Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965Sizzix - Big Shot Plus Machine - White and GraySizzix MAGNETIC PLATFORM FOR WAFER-THIN DIES Accessory 656499Sizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093

Papertrey Ink Gingerbread Lane Stamp Set
Papertrey Ink Tag Sale #4 Die
Making Memories Paper Reverie Sienne Gems & Brads
Stampin’Up Real Red Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Stampin’Up Creamy Caramel Ink

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