My Favorite Things – Nautical-Themed CAS Card

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a CAS, nautical-themed card featuring supplies from My Favorite Things.

MFT Nautical

I have had the Hot Cocoa Cups in my die collection for a while now (purchased for a winter-themed project) and thought it would be fun to turn them into nautical-themed coffee cups. The standalone anchor die in the recently released You Float My Boat die set fits perfectly!

I stamped the sentiment from the You Float My Boat stamp set with a navy ink from Impress Stamps. To add subtle texture behind the mugs, I added embossing paste using the Tim Holtz Faded Dots Stencil. The patterned paper is from the Carta Bella Ahoy There paper pad (released several years ago).


Summer of Creative Chemistry Week 5

This week, the challenge at Summer of Creative Chemistry with Tim Holtz at Online Card Classes is to create a project using 3 or more Distress Paints.


For my tag’s background, I used the Eroded Metallics technique.

Tim Holtz Summer of Creative Chemistry Week 5

It took me several tries to feel like I was really getting the technique. I used Silver Distress Paint, although the Copper would have given a more patina look. The Copper is on my list to purchase. I was running out of Silver paint, otherwise I would have kept making tags using the technique. The water portion of the globe was cut from an earlier attempt at the technique. I figured I would find a way to salvage the tags! I used Distress Paints to paint manila cardstock for the land portions on the globe and for the globe stand.

Summer of Creative Chemistry Week 4

This week the challenge at Summer of Creative Chemistry with Tim Holtz over at Online Card Classes is to create a tag, card, or other project using ARCHIVAL INK.


For the challenge, I created tags using the Dapper and Mixed Media 2 stamp sets with the Archival Resist technique. I stamped glossy cardstock with Archival inks and then applied Distress Inks to the background. Because of the difference in the properties of the two inks, the images stamped with Archival Ink resist the Distress Inks.

 Summer of Creative Chemistry with Tim Holtz

For the tag on the left, I stamped all of the images (including the hat and shoulders) before applying the Distress Inks. For the tag on the right, I stamped the hat/shoulders image after I colored the tag background, so it’s more prominent. I made at least five of these tags trying different images and colors.

I also revisited the Distress Powder Resist Technique from Day Seven of Creative Chemistry 101. I liked the tag and the technique but wasn’t entirely happy with the design.

Summer of Creative Chemistry with Tim Holtz

However, once I started creating tags similar to Tim’s 12 Tags of 2016 – June, using the Sizzix Dapper die, I decided to cut up the tag I had made and used it to back the negative cut that the Sizzix Dapper Die creates (left).

I also cut another tag with the Dapper die, dry-embossed it with the Tailored Embossing Folder and backed it with a black tag (right).

Finally, I revisited last week’s challenge to create with Perfect Pearls and Distress Inks and Stains.

Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry Week 4

I used Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls on a tag stamped with the Distress Ink Newsprint background and glued on the positive pieces from the Sizzix Dapper Die.

Mixed media is fun as long as you allow yourself to experiment!

Supplies: Sizzix Dapper Die

Summer of Creative Chemistry Week 3

I’ve finally had a chance to play along with the challenges at Summer of Creative Chemistry with Tim Holtz over at Online Card Classes.


This week, participants were challenged to create with Perfect Pearls and Distress Inks and Stains.

Here’s my tag using Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls over a stamped Distress Ink background.


I stamped the background (Tim Holtz’s Seasonal Catalog 1) with a variety of Distress Inks onto a manila tag to which I’d earlier applied (and dried) Antique Linen Distress Stain.


Once stamped, I brushed on the Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold. After applying the Perfect Pearls, I added Distress Inks to the edges. The Perfect Pearls are brushed away to some extent on the edges.


I die cut the Umbrella Man from Kraft-Core cardstock and added a Tim Holtz Word Band, in lieu of any sentiment. I don’t have any Tim Holtz Halloween dies, but I figured that the Umbrella Man was “curious” about the Halloween items in the background.

It was a lot of fun (albeit outside of my comfort zone) to delve into a more layered project!

Let’s Set Sail!

Warmer, sunnier days this past week had me in the mood to make something nautical (one of my favorite card themes). I created a whimsical sailing scene with a miscellany of products from my stash.

Sailing Cat


I’ve professed my love of the Poppystamps Walking Cat die, which I’ve used on quite a few cards. I would have used the same die here, but the Walking Cat didn’t fit on the Paper Smooches Sail Boat (it was too big).

With the Paper Smooches Sail Boat die, I cut the sailboat from a variety of colors and adhered the pieces to a dry-embossed background. I attached the boat part (red) with foam so that the cat could be placed behind the hull. I heat-embossed the sentiment (from a Simon Says Stamp set) onto a panel that I cut with one of the dies in the Poppystamps Marina Sailboat die set.

Have a great weekend!

Supplies: Paper Smooches Sail Boat die, Poppystamps Sitting Cat die, Poppystamps Marina Sailboats die, Simon Says Stamp sentiment

The Cutting Edge Challenge #3

It’s time for the another Cutting Edge Challenge! Our inspiration this week is an amazing card created by Design Team member Lisa Addesa.

There’s so much about Lisa’s card that inspires me! Here’s my take.

Challenge3I was drawn to Lisa’s card’s design, featuring an embossed card base and a card panel with negative die cut hearts in rainbow colors. I substituted the hearts with stars, and I made the panel black rather than white. The yellow, green and orange stars on my card are negative cuts – I ran the panel through the Big Shot with three different star dies. I then backed the panel with circles cut in those colors. The pink and blue stars are adhered to the top of the panel.

We’d love to have you play along! Head on over to The Cutting Edge Challenge blog where you’ll  find inspiration from other members of the team, the rules and regulations and the InLinkz tool for you to link up your project!


Simon Says Stamp “This is the Life” Release

Today, I’m sharing two cards created with dies from the brand-new Simon Says Stamp “This is the Life” releaseFrozen Treats and Ice Cream Cone Parade. Do you see a summer treat theme here? 🙂

FrozenTreatsFor my first card, I used the Frozen Treats die to cut a variety of cardstock colors. I then fussy cut the Popsicles along embossed lines and layered the pieces onto kraft cardstock bases. The turquoise card panel was embossed with the Tim Holtz Wave embossing folder. The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stripe Greetings stamp set.

On the second card, I used the inlay technique with the Ice Cream Cone Parade die.
IceCreamConeParadeI cut a variety of cardstock colors from the Simon Says Spring Rainbow Pack with the Ice Cream Cone Parade die. I also cut the white card panel, onto which I stamped my sentiment from the Simon Says Stripe Greetings stamp set, with the die. I then began adhering the pieces into the panel. To finish off the card, I added a thin chocolate brown mat.

There are lots of great summer-themed stamps, stencils and dies in the new Simon Says Stamp “This is the Life” release! I’m off to do some shopping. There’s also a hop going on at the Simon Says Stamp Blog.

Tim Holtz March 2014 Tag

I had a lot of fun creating this month’s Tim Holtz tag – I like its theme and colors. I view creating his monthly tags like getting a kit from which I learn new techniques, with the safety net of the design and colors already thought out. I’m not sure why I didn’t make one in January – I need to go back and make that one as well!


One of this month’s techniques was smudging. This technique was shown in the Online Card Classes Chemistry 102 class, but I didn’t have much luck with it at the time. I had more success with it this time – smudging produces a subtle effect.

The tag on the left is the first generation and the one on the right is second generation. I smudged the stamped images on both tags. The images, from the Bird Feather set, are stamped with Distress Inks. The top part of the tag was misted with Distress markers using the new Tim Holtz Spritzer tool. This is an easy way to add misting, with or without a stencil to a project.


Tim Holtz 12 Tags – February 2014

I’m playing along this month with Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2014. I’m still taking baby steps when it comes to working with Tim Holtz’s stamps, techniques and overall style. I don’t have many of his stamps, and the ones I have are primarily Christmas themed, so I simply followed the steps on his blog post to create my tag.



OCC Stenciled: Day Two

Today’s Online Card Classes Stenciled class lesson was about using the stencil as a template.  I created a card based on the one shown by Kristina Werner.


I colored in some of the stars on the Tim Holtz stencil with Inktense pencils. I didn’t color as many as Kristina had on her card, I added sequins for some more bling. The Inktense pencils do leave some shaving residue as you color, so it’s important that you shake/blow those off as you go along. While I like this technique, and it’s a quick and easy way to craft a card, I think I’ll use this same design on a card onto which I ink the stars.