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.


Tim Holtz December Tag

Like many of the Tim Holtz projects on which I’ve worked, this month’s 12 Tags of 2013 was not finished in a single sitting! It took a couple of tries for me to be happy with the design and execution. That being said, one of my favorite things about the Tim Holtz projects is that they push you to try new techniques and products.

Dec2013TimHoltzTagI followed the directions on the December tag post, substituting supplies as needed. The focus of this month’s tag is the frosted film and Clearly for Art used for the die-cut poinsettia. The Clearly for Art product is covered with the film, die cut, colored with inks (on the frosted film side) and then curled with the application of heat. I could have used a few more hands during that process! As Tim explains, “if you don’t like the shape you created, simply reheat it and it will flatten out completely allowing you to reshape it,” which I did more than once!

While Tim’s tag features one of his newest stencils for a background pattern, I stamped my background with the Seasonal Catalog stamp in Vintage Linen for a tone-on-tone look. Tim used a splatter brush from Liquitex to apply Picket Fence paint. I used a toothbrush, since I don’t have that tool. The toothbrush delivers an even dusting of the paint. I would have liked a few more drips and a more random pattern, which the splatter tool appears to provide.


Day 9 Tag from 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist

I’m sharing a tag inspired by the tag that Teri Anderson created as part of the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist series in the CLASSroom at Ellen Hutson’s.

Day9TagI cut the skates from three cardstocks – white, black and silver. I pieced the skates together with the silver cardstock as the base. This was decidedly less labor intensive than the way I crafted the skates for this tag. The tag background of two patterned papers is on a craft-a-board base. I covered a different patterned paper with frosted film for the die-cut snowflakes. The effect is subtle, but noticeable! I also applied Wink of Stella to the cut-out sentiment for some extra shimmer.


Tim Holtz Skates Tag

There’s just something about a pair of ice skates that says winter! Since I first saw the Tim Holtz skate die cuts from summer’s CHA, I’ve wanted to try them on a project.

DecTagI cut the skates from grunge board and applied gesso to them. I tried the gesso method after trying to paint the grunge board raw. I just wasn’t able to adequately cover the raw grunge board with the paints. The grunge board acted like a sponge with paint. After the gesso application, I painted the skates with Distress Paints – Picket Fence on the skate bodies, Black Soot on the heels and Brushed Pewter on the blades – and got good coverage. After the paints dried, I lightly sanded the skates for a distressed look. For a bit of sparkle, I added Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter with Glossy Accents as the glue.


For the background, I cut a tag from grunge board with the Tim Holtz tag die and covered it with a piece of patterned paper from the Merriment stash to which I’d applied the Frosted Film. The Frosted Film in easy to apply and gives a nice finish to the paper. Something to note, the tag size just exceeds 6″ in height. I was using a 6″ x 6″ pattern from the paper pad, so rather than cut the tag down in height, I used a strip of paper at the bottom that is rotated 90 degrees to the other paper. The Word Band covers up the paper seam.

I laced the skates with the Natural Hemp Cord. I considered baker’s twine, but the Hemp Cord texture seemed more appropriate. I used a needle to thread the cord through the holes in the skate die cuts.

I applied the Picket Fence paint to the Word Band, let it dry a bit, and then rubbed it off leaving paint on the recessed words.

This isn’t “whip up a tag in a few minutes” project. This tag took a couple of days of trying things out and letting the die cut skates dry between the various applications of gesso, paints, and Glossy Accents! That being said, I really like how the skates turned out. I think it would be fun to make some as Christmas ornaments.