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? ūüôā

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‚Äôt 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.


12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist – Day 2

Have you been following the amazing tags shared in the CLASSroom at Ellen Hutson’s? It’s all part of the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist¬†series.

I’m sharing a tag inspired by Julie Ebersole’s. Her video was an absolute delight to watch – she’s funny and provides great explanations of her steps.


I made some modifications to use what I had on hand. And I learned a lot in making the tag. I made more than one mistake, but I learn the most when I make mistakes. The patterned paper is from last year’s (year before last’s?) My Mind’s Eye holiday release. One of the things I learned is that the Tim Holtz tag die is longer than a 6″ x 6″ pad, so I used 12″ x 12″ scrapbooking paper, which put some limitation into my choices. ¬†The sky is dry embossed with one of my favorite Sizzix embossing folders.

Happy December!


Tim Holtz November Tags

Since taking the¬†Online Card Classes¬†Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 102¬†class, I am continuing to play with the techniques. For this month’s 12 Tags of 2013, Tim Holtz demonstrated the chalkboard technique we covered in class. I’m sharing two tags using this technique.

NovTag1For the first tag, I stamped the sentiment and fun retro snowflakes onto the tag. The Santa was silver embossed, cut with the matching Sizzix die, and added to the tag with dimensional adhesive. I finished the tag off with tinsel twine, trimmings, and a Christmas Muse Token.


For the second tag, I stamped the blueprint onto the black tag with Versamark, and again on Ranger watercolor paper with Archival ink. I colored the toy soldier with a variety of distress inks, both from the pads and from markers. I prefer to scribble onto my craft sheet and lift the ink off with a water brush, rather than put the ink directly on the paper. I added some Seasonal Chitchat that I distressed around the edges with Black Soot distress ink. For the top and bottom of the tag, I dry embossed red Core’dination cardstock with the Candy Stripes folder to which I’d applied Distress Embossing Ink in the way that Tim shows in this post. I heat set white embossing powder and then distressed it lightly with a sanding block.

Tammy Tutterow Tag CASE

As I get my “sea legs” with the Tim Holtz products, I’ve been looking at the projects of Tammy Tutterow. She has a number of fabulous tutorials on her blog. Today, I’m sharing a CASE of a tag from one such tutorial.


I don’t have all of the same supplies as Tammy, so I improvised. For the sentiment label, I printed a digital label from my computer, stamped one of my favorite Hero Arts sentiments, and distressed it with Vintage Photo ink. (Even though we tend to think of fall as a time of reflection, and spring as a time of renewal, I decided that it wouldn’t hurt to think of the autumn season as a time of renewal as well!) I adhered the light-weight vintage paper to Craft-a-Board before die cutting the leaves. I combined a number of different Distress Inks to color the leaves – I’d try one ink, step back, add another depending on whether I thought the leaf needed to be more red, more green, and so forth.