Friday, March 23, 2018

Just My Type

Oh I had so much fun planning the design for this love note which features Inventor 1 CMS340 stamps and the Ornate Trims CMS326 stamps (one of my faves!) from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous. These Inventor stamps are cool and since I don't have much talent in the world of mixed media art, I really enjoyed the challenge of coming up with ways to use them for greeting cards.
The main typewriter image is stamped on Distress Mixed Media Heavystock in Black Soot Archival Ink. Then I went over the whole thing with Antique Linen Distress Ink, added Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink around the edges, and then spritzed drops of water on it to age it.
For the base, I embossed a bunch of the Ornate Trims stamps in gold on a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock. Then I colored it pink with Spun Sugar Distress Ink. I used this as the base and made a second one and cut the hearts out of it using the Sizzix Alterations Heartfelt Die. This is one of those dies I consider to be a staple die that should be in every crafter's collection. It is a steel rule die and can cut so many things it is a must. For this card I cut the Heavystock and chipboard for each of the hearts.
For the sentiment I stamped several sentiments from Glorious Bouquet CMS325 and then cut out the letters individually to make the play on words with the typewriter.

As a final detail I stamped one of the Trimmings that kind of looks like beads. I gold embossed it, then colored with Distress Marker in Victorian Velvet, trimmed it closely and attached it to the top and bottom of the typewriter piece.

 Although this card has a couple of steps to it, it's really not a difficult one to duplicate.

Thanks for visiting!

Blessed are the Curious

This card features the Theories CMS329 stamp set and all of the new mini stencils from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous.
There really isn’t a technique here, but I stamped the tightrope walker and sentiment, then cut along the tightrope and inserted the stenciled Pennants (punched with the Sizzix Alterations Pennant Punch) under the top part of the card so that it looks like the pennants are hanging off the tight rope. I was hoping it would give it a festive, carnival feel.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Hello Spring!

Wishing you a very happy first day of Spring by sharing this card that is in full funky floral bloom.
It’s no secret by now that quite possibly my favorite new release die is the Planks die. I really love it. It can take on so many different looks. For this card I was feeling a little “Joanna Gaines” and wanted to make it look a little like weathered shiplap for the background.
To make the floral wreath, I cut multiples of the florals from the Funky Florals 3 Die Set from Distress Mixed Media Hardstock. Then I sat down, put on a good movie, got out my waterbrush and Distress Markers and I got to work water coloring the Florals and putting the extra pieces on them. I’m not gonna lie, this did take some time, but the more Florals you use, the more variety in the assembly and water coloring. I really enjoyed finishing each floral piece and watching the wreath come to life.
I finished the card off with the Shadow Script #2 word Hello for this Hello Spring Card. Although this was made as a card for display purposes, it could easily be in a Framed Panel or put on an Etcetera Tag as a piece of home decor, and based on the ink colors you choose, it could be a happy, warm wreath for summer or a deeper, browns, reds, and rusts for fall.

I hope this card brought a bit of spring and a bit of inspiration to you today!

Saturday, March 17, 2018


Happy Saint Patrick's Day!  
This is a day I spend cooking all day because over the years I have developed a menu that has become one of my husband's very favorite meals of the year.  I'll share that below, but first, let's talk about this card.

I used several new Sizzix Alterations dies designed by Tim Holtz. They are listed below.
Stacked Labels
Stacked Arches
Shadow Script 1
Funky Florals 2

Now, as promised, my Saint Patrick's Day menu. I don't use recipes exactly, so I have linked to a few on Pinterest that are close. Be sure to check in on my Instagram for pics of our meal!
Guinness Irish Stew
Irish Soda Bread with Kerrygold Butter
Banoffee Pie
Served with a pot of strong black tea

Friday, March 16, 2018

My Beloved and My Friend

I made this large Etcetera Tag as part of this year’s addition to my Valentine’s Day decor based around a favorite Bible verse from Song of Solomon 5:16b which says, "This is my beloved and this is my friend." 
 It was so much fun using a whole bunch of the new Ideaology and a few little odds and ends from my stash.

For the background, I attached canvas to the large Etcetera Tag with Distress Collage Medium and then attached the Floral Collage Paper over the canvas with more Collage Medium. To mute the color, I washed the whole thing with Picket Fence Distress Paint and wiped it off. Once it was dry I attached some Design Tape around the outside edge and then went over the dges of the whole tag with Ground Espresso Distress Crayon. I just really love the aged, distressed texture on the background.

Supplies Used:
Large Etcetera Tag
Floral Collage Paper
Rose Design Tape
Distress Collage Medium
Distress Picket Fence Paint
Tattered Rose Distress Oxide and Distress Stain
Distress Crayons - Vintage Photo, Picket Fence
Vignette Frames
Gumdrop Hearts
Jeweled Charms
Locket Keys
Story Sticks
Adornments Milagros
Alpha Chips Elementary
Alphanumeric Script
Lace and rhinestone scraps from my stash

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Perfect Fit

Today’s blog post features two new Stampers Anonymous stamps by Tim Holtz. I used the Batik CMS327 background stamp and the Inventor 3 CMS342 dress form to make a card that could be a love note, a Valentine, or just a note to celebrate something that ended up being a perfect fit.
 I wanted to take a minute to talk a little about color with this card. I don’t have a particular design style. I just go with whatever inspires me in that moment, and that includes color. Sometimes if I’m working on multiple projects at once, you might see a similar color theme or common design element that is my favorite in that moment. That is the case with a lot of the Stampers Anonymous samples I made this year. I found myself reaching for many of the same colors over and over. This year’s favorites were Brushed Corduroy, Chipped Sapphire and Aged Mahogany. Peeled Paint is quite possibly one of my all time favorite colors, so of course it always makes its way into many of my cards.
For this card I pressed Chipped Sapphire, Aged Mahoghany, and Peeled Paint Distress Inks onto the Batik Stamp, the gave it two light overall spritzes of water, and stamped it onto Distress Mixed Media Heavystock. Then I measured two more pieces of Heavystock and I used a blending tool to load Chipped Sapphire onto the edges to make matching mats. I sprayed them and dried them before layering them all onto a Peeled Paint Cardstock base card.

All that to say, don’t be afraid to pull out some of those Distress Colors you don’t think you really like and give them a whirl! They might become a new favorite!

Thursday, March 8, 2018


I made this card to celebrate the many brave women in my life, and especially those who have fought and weathered severe hardships with strength and grace. I am thankful for each of them and for what they have taught me through their endurance and resolve. Much love to all my brave sisters on this International Women’s Day.
Supplies used:  
Stacked Labels
Funky Florals 3
Shadow Script 1
Fold-Up Bows
Stitched Ovals 
Star Bright Texture Fade 
Embossing Diffuser Set 1
Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide 
Spun Sugar Distress Oxide
Peeled Paint Distress
Shabby Shutters Distress Ink

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Tropical Is a State of Mind

There’s nothing more vacationy (my word) than a drink with a little umbrella. This tropical drink Blueprint Stamp reminds me of my favorite fruity drink at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at Disneyland.
I started by inking up the Botanical Background Stamp CMS327 with several green colors and one blue, then spritzed it with water and stamped it on Distress Watercolor Paper. Once it was dry I stamped the large Tropical Drink from the Cocktails Blueprint Stamp CMS336 in the center of it in Black Soot Archival Ink.  I also stamped a sentiment - “is a state of mind” from the Pennants CMS330 set to go with the word tropical.

I stamped a second blueprint onto another piece of watercolor paper and then watercolored the image and fussy cut the image. Then I adhered it over the other image on the background with dimensional adhesive.
I colored a third piece of watercolor paper with the same color as the umbrella for the bottom mat.
The yellow cord is Crafters Thread by the Tim Holtz Eclectic elements.

Beer and Pretzels

I found some inspiration online for this card in the form of pub signs. I really wanted it to feel more like an artistic sign than a card, so to do that I added several layers, including a corrugated base from the Textured Surfaces, a layer of stenciled Distress Heavystock using the large  stencil, and a layer of Distress Woodgrain Cardstock cut with the new Stacked Arches dies from Sizzix Alterations.
The stamps used were the Beer Blueprints CMS334 for the bottle and mug, and the Mini Blueprints10 CMS336 for the title and pretzels. I stamped them all on Distressed Mixed Media Heavystock, and then water colored them and cut them out. 
I popped several of the shapes using dimensional adhesive, including the foam. The different levels adds a lot of interest, but is so simple to do. 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Off the Vine Card

The Blueprint Stamps from Tim Holtz through Stampers Anonymous are some of my favorite stamps from Tim (and MJ3rd)! I love to pair the full size with the mini's and that's what I did on this card. I used the Wine Blueprint CMS333 and Mini Blue Prints 10.

I started by making the background which is made by putting Chipped Sapphire, Pine Needle, and Aged Mahogany on the Batik CMS327 background stamp. Spritz with water and then stamp. Sew it on a slightly larger piece of cork from the Ideaology Textured Surfaces. 

Stamp the full size grapes, bottle and word corkscrew as well as the mini corkscrew. Watercolor them with the same or coordinating Distress colors.
Cut the words and images out and then adhere with dimensional adhesive.

This is another very simple, straight forward design for a card that can be used for any occasion.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Smile! A simple card thanks to some of the new Sizzix Alterations dies from Tim Holtz. I used the Mixed Media 5 die set and the Shadow Script 2 die set.
The patterned  papers are all from the Memoranda Paper Stash and the word and background are Distress Mixed Media Heavystock inked with Iced Spruce.
The Shadow Script word, Smile, was cut from DMM Heavystock, then embossed with Black Embossing powder and Gold Embossing Powder for an enameled look. The word Smile was inset into the outer shadow instead of layering them for a different look and use for these dies.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Thank You For All You Do

I was a public school junior high teacher for fifteen years, and for the last ten years I’ve been teaching school kids in my city from kindergarten through high school about water and water issues. So it’s safe to say that I know something about teachers.

Over the years, I appreciated the sweet and thoughtful gifts my students would bring to me, but what really touched my heart were the notes from parents and students. The kind words when a parent noticed something I did for their child or even more, when a student expressed something I had done that helped them...those are the things I treasured, and I still have them saved in a wooden treasure chest for keepsakes.
In that light, I created this card with two Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamp sets, Pennants CMS330 and Composition & Lined CMS332. These two paired together make it really simple to stamp a bunch of backgrounds and pennants for notecards for teachers, or others who could  use a kind, encouraging word.
There really isn’t much technique to what I did here. I stamped the composition background onto Distress Mixed Media Heavystock in Black Soot Archival, then used a blending  tool to add some Old Paper and Brushed Corduroy around the edges. I stamped the Lined background in Tumbled Glass and added the same Distress Inks around the edges. The pennant and sentiment were stamped in Fired Brick Distress Ink.

To finish it off I added a piece of Ruler Ribbon and some Mini Paper Clips from the Tim Holtz Ideaology line. I adhered the clips with Distress Collage Medium and machine zig zagged across the ends of the Ruler Ribbon.

Monday, February 19, 2018


It’s President’s Day in the US, which is a Federal Holiday celebrating the office of the presidency of the US, but we used to have two separate holidays in February, for President Washington’s and President Lincoln’s birthdays both in February. Since 1869 we have celebrated Washington’s Birthday on th day, February 22nd. But in 1971 it got changed to the 3rd Monday in February and in most states it’s consolidated into one day to celebrate all the Presidents.
So it’s in that spirit that I’m posting this sample from Creativation celebrating the spirit of liberty from which the US Presidency was born.
I used several of Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations dies on this card and papers from the Correspondence Paper Stash, but it's a pretty straight forward design.

The dies I used are the Rosette Set #662691, Stacked Arches #662692, and Cut Out Script #662709. All of these dies are what I consider staple dies. Staple dies are the ones that I can use over and over on a variety of crafts, from card making to scrapbooking layouts or mini books or tags or mixed media, so I always put them on my wish list. You just can't go wrong with staple dies.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Numbers, Numbers and More Numbers

While making Stampers Anonymous samples for Creativation, I heartily embraced a little challenge from Tim and Paula. The challenge was to limit the number of stamp sets used on each card to no more than one or two sets. With some stamp sets this is easy, but with others it’s a little more challenging. So when I put the Merchant CMS331 stamps on my desk, I had to think a bit about how to meet that challenge.
This birthday card is the result of that little additional challenge. I used only Merchant and the sentiments from Glorious Bouquet CMS325 to make this card, and it may be shocking to those who follow me, but I didn’t use any other outside inspiration for this one, just the challenge.

I started by scattering the various numbers from smallest to largest onto a piece of Distress Watercolor Cardstock on my Tonic Stamp Platform, and then applying Distress Inks from light to dark in a sort of ombré style. Before stamping I misted the stamps with water so the Inks would blend nicely on the watercolor paper. Then I used the Distress Splatter Brush and added a few tiny splatters of Chipped Sapphire across the background.

Then I used a blending tool to color the watercolor mats with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and misted them with water for a vibrant, saturated color. I found myself reaching for my Chipped Sapphire a lot this time. It was my “go to” blue for some reason. My favorite colors change frequently and I was really feeling Chipped Sapphire while I was designing samples in December and January.

The sentiment was the large 8 from Merchant and the Happy Birthday from Glorious Bouquet. The th for 8th is from the thanks sentiment from Glorious Bouquet and I just inked the first two letters and stamped them after the 8. The mat and sentiment piece were cut from the new Sizzix Alterations Stacked Labels dies.
The decorative border is a 1/2” piece of Distress Water Color paper that was colored with Chipped Sapphire and then I stamped one of the smaller 8 stamps sideways also in Chipped Sapphire.
For the balloons, I stamped two different sizes of Os from Merchant in the various background colors and then used my waterbrush to color them in and make the little tie thingy. I cut them out and adhered some with some pop dots for dimension. Then attached pieces of Eclectic Elements Crafters Thread to each one and tied them at the bottom.

And there you have it, a festive birthday card using only number stamps!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

My Kind of Planking

Tim Holtz is introducing an exciting, brand new form of planking in 2018, and the best part is you never even have to break a sweat! Now that’s my kinda work out!

I love so many of this year’s Sizzix Alterations dies from Tim Holtz that I’d be hard pressed to pick a favorite, but if I had to, I think the Wooden Planks might be it....and not just because he gave me a shout out when he introduced them either, although that was really cool! Thanks Tim!

The Planks #662705 are so versatile and you can do a lot with them, but I knew I had to use the Distress Woodgrain Cardstock with them. Definitely one of my favorite papers to use with die cuts. Such fantastic texture.
For this first card I found some inspiration on Pinterest with a warm, happy, Caribbean feel. I colored pieces of Distress Woodgrain Cardstock with brightly colored Distress Oxides and just used them as a background. So simple!
Then the sentiment is made using one of the new Shadow Script #3 Item #662686 dies and cutting the shadow die out of Idea-ology TEXTURED SURFACES TH93204 burlap, lightly brushed with Picket Fence Distress Paint. The word is cut out of Woodgrain Cardstock.
This second card is also very simple but uses one of the new alphabets, Cut Out Upper #662707. I can never have enough alphas. Especially these large steel rule due alphas! I know they cost a bit more but it is so worth it to be able to cut so many things like chipboard and thick fabric for card or layout titles. The alphas are always on the top of my wish list.
For this card, I cut one of the planks for use as a sign. The plaid frame is cut from Dapper paper using two of the largest Stacked Deckle dies. Then I cut the word Explore from the Cut Out Upper Alphabet from both Woodgrain Cardstock and chipboard for dimension. The back ground is layered over the Treeline #661604 die cut from two different colors of green paper.

Although both of these are in card form for Creativation sample display purposes, these could easily be used for pocket pages, or layout title blocks for scrapbooking.