Category Archives: Tim holtz

Lawn Fawn + Distress Ink= AWESOME

Hey guys! Today’s card share is a card that I made with the most recent Lawnscaping Challenge in mind, Distress!


Who isn’t in love with Distress Inks? …. Really… Name one Well I am a total Distress ink nut.. And will find  any way possible to use them on a card:) For this card, I didn’t have to find a reason because it was the challenge. Yay!


Anyway, I decided to play with this Ink “Smooshing” technique that Laura Bassen has somehow perfected. I put down a couple of distress inks straight from the pad onto my nonstick craft mat and spritzed a few sprays of water. Then, I “smooshed” my watercolor cardstock panel down onto the ink in different random directions until I was happy with the look.


I then used the new Scripty Happy Birthday die to die cut along the bottom of the panel. I put blue foil paper from the DCWV Foil stack behind the negative of the image and aligned it to recreate the original shape.

A few more splatters and a couple of Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins finished off the card. Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!


Love you tons! With Tim Holtz Distress Ombre

Happy weekend everyone! I’m soooo ready to get some crafting done:) Today I will be sharing a card I made for Valentine’s using a new Lawn Fawn set called Love you Tons..


I started with a panel of Distress watercolor paper and my chosen distress inks. Starting at the bottom  and working up, I blended darkest to lightest. Once I was happy with the blending, I stamped and colored the pair of elephants with Copics.


To add texture, I found a couple of wood veneers in my stash and painted them to match the distress inks. Just a word to the wise, before you spray a card with perfect pearls mist, complete any heat embossing first. I did quite the opposite and my embossing powder stuck to the entire surface, even though I used my anti-static embossing buddy.


It it sure does sparkle in real life! I love it! The pictures don’t do it justice. I also spattered some perfect pearls mist along the background for added interest. Can you believe I made a card without sequins or enamel dots?? I shocked even myself:) Anyway, hope you enjoyed!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Life is Sweet

Hi everyone.. Just a quick post.. I have been very sick with the flu over the past week or so and  just today I’m feeling well enough to craft a bit. I haven’t finished the cards I’m working on for Valentine’s, so instead I will share a card I made a while back.

As most of you know always has amazing promotions on their site. They are one of my absolute favorite places to order my craft supplies not to mention the infinite amount of inspiration their design team gives with each new release or occasion. This past September they put on a huge celebration called Stamptember and collaborated with top designers and companies to bring us exclusive stamp sets. One of those stamp sets I could not pass up. Being a card maker at heart the Tim Holtz exclusive  stamp set was the perfect size for cards.


My card was made with the adorable icecream cone image. I have seen so many people use the image to add extra scoops and wanted to create my own version. I have recently fallen in love again with my Distress markers and using them to watercolor. I applied the marker directly to my nonstick craft mat surface, added a couple of water sprays and now you have ink to watercolor with. I love that you can control the intensity of the color by how little or how much water is added to the ink.


Of course I used Tim Holtz Distress watercolor paper, but you can use any watercolor paper of your choice.To help keep the ink within a boundary, so to speak, I stamped the images with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Then, topped each scoop off with distress stickles in coordinating colors.


I love that this card can be given for a birthday or to a loved one for a special occasion. Hope to be back soon with Valentine card shares… Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Old with the New!

Hi.. So for today’s card share, I was inspired by Simon Says Stamps Old and New challenge. You can enter the challenge here. I wanted to play with my new Julie Nutting stamps I got for Christmas. So I thought I would make a birthday card with a vintage feel. I used the Julie Nutting “Mindy” stamp by Prima.


Isn’t she pretty? This was my first time copic coloring hair and skin on a stamp as well. I have been practicing with my Lawn Fawn critters, but it’s totally different. I paper pieced her dress with some paper from Webster’s Pages. I can’t tell you how much fun I had dressing up this doll.


You can’t really tell in the picture, but the background is made from Tim Holtz’ Harlequin stencil and spritzed with a splash of Perfect Pearls mist. The adorable chipboard balloons came from Crate Paper The Pier chipboard sticker sheet.


I added some distressing along the edges, a few pearls and an enamel bow to finish it up.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

A Stenciled Christmas Day 3 + Crafty Giveaway Winner!

Hi everyone and happy Thursday! Before I talk about my card for today, I would like to thank everyone for your comments each day as well as following my blog. I’m so new at this and it is amazing how everyone in the blogosphere has been so welcoming and supportive. Thank you from the bottom of my craft loving heart.

Now, first order of business is to announce the randomly selected winner of today’s CRAFTY GOODIES GIVEAWAY!

And the winner is…. Mary-Anne V.!  Please email me with your mailing info so I can get this prize sent out to ya! Thanks..

Alright, everyone has one last chance to win a Crafty Goody Prize pack. Next Thursday, the winner will be announced here on my blog. You can enter to win by commenting on a post from now until next Thursday or following my blog by clicking the follow me button on the right sidebar.


Day 3 of A Stenciled Christmas combines two of my favorite companies, Lawn Fawn and Tim Holtz. I wanted to create a card with this super cute owl but I hadn’t purchased any background woodgrain stamps or stencils yet. So, after thumbing through my stencils I found a vertical stripe layering stencil from Tim Holtz. This was going to work. It is called Stripes, simply put. I got out my embossing paste and used Broken China Distress ink to tint the paste before applying it over my stencil. I set it aside to dry and began working on my main image.

imageI chose the cutest owl in all the land from Lawn Fawn’s Winter Owl stamp set and colored him with Copics. I then die cut him out with the coordinating die. I also used the sentiment and branch from another Lawn Fawn favorite called Winter Sparrows. The sentiment “Season’s Tweetings” was heat embossed in white on a vellum tag. I love the look of white embossing powder on vellum, I was first introduced to this beautiful combination by Nichol Magourik. I just love her blog.

Lastly, I added a few embellishments of pearls, gems and snowflakes for added interest. Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting! :)

A Stenciled Christmas Day 2

Hello crafty peeps! It’s day 2 of A Stenciled Christmas, where I share Christmas cards that I have made with various stencils in my stash. Today’s card features one of my favorite stencils called Flower Medley by Dylusions.


When I came across this stencil, in my mind I pictured a bouquet of poinsettia. I wanted to bring this vision to life with bright and bold colors. The only way I saw this happening was to use Tim Holtz Distress inks. I love them so much! I chose Festive Berries, Barn Door, and Mowed Lawn distress inks to work with. I began by temporarily adhering the stencil to a precut piece of Tim Holtz watercolor paper. Using my round mini ink blending tool, I randomly blended the colors onto the cardstock. It’s so fun adding each layer of ink, knowing that each time you do this, it will turn out different.


Once I was happy with the colors, I carefully removed the stencil. I am so thrilled with how it turned out! I spritzed a little Perfect Pearls mist onto the panel and set it aside to dry. In the meantime, I picked out a Papertrey Ink die from their One Liners Collection. This set of dies are absolutely gorgeous. It comes with a set of three dies (Peace, Love and Joy), all of which are in a beautiful cursive script. After die cutting the word Joy out of PTI Pure Poppy cardstock, I adhered it to a strip of vellum to mute the background and help the word stand out a bit. I then adhered the finished panel to a standard A2 top folding card, also in PTI Pure Poppy. This is a really great true Christmas red and it’s perfect. Here’s the finished card.


Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Just a reminder, I am hosting a CRAFTY GOODIES GIVEAWAY every Thursday until Christmas. To enter, all you have to do is either post a comment or follow my blog! You never know, there might be a stencil or two ;). Hope everyone has a wonderful day and Happy Crafting!

Crafty Giveaway Winner + Distress Ink Fun

Happy Thursday everyone! As promised I am here to announce the winner of my first Crafty Giveaway!

The winner is Beatrice Lawson!  Congrats Beatrice, I have emailed you. Thanks for following my blog:)

For everyone else, you still have a chance to win some crafty goodies… Every Thursday until Christmas! All you have to do is follow my blog and you will be entered to win. The prize pack includes items I have duplicates of or never used as well as a few things from my recent World Card Making Day Winner prize pack! 

And now, here’s today’s card share:)


I wanted to get away from Christmas card making for the day… Don’t worry I’ll return soon with a post featuring the Christmas tags I’m working on. There are a few birthdays in January and I wanted to get a head start.

First of all, this card was so fun to make! I started with a white card base cut at 4″ x 5 1/4″. Now, not just any cardstock will take Tim Holtz Distress Ink well. My favorites are Papertrey Ink 110lb white cardstock and Tim Holtz watercolor paper. Both work really well with the inks and tolerate the blending motion of the blending tool. I wanted to play around with my Tim Holtz Distress Inks, so I picked out a few shades to blend. (Worn lipstick, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade). Using my Tim Holtz round mini ink blending tool, I randomly chose areas on the card to apply my ink.. Being careful to blend the colors together with each having an equal part on the card. It was beautiful just with the distress ink background, but I thought it needed an extra punch! So I picked out a stencil called Flower Medley from Dylusions and placed it over the top of my card base using scotch masking tape to hold it in place. I applied Versamark straight from the ink pad onto the paper. I did my best to mush it down and get into all the small areas of the stencil. After carefully peeling up the stencil, I sprinkled my white embossing powder over the whole of the card and heat embossed it with my heat tool.

To finish off the card, I added a strip of vellum which I heat embossed with a happy birthday sentiment from Papertrey Ink. I adhered the card base to a standard A2 sized card and sprinkled a few enamel dots and such. The little yellow flower sequins came in my Sparkle and Sprinkle kit from PTI, aren’t they so cute?

Well, thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!