Friday, October 21, 2016

Easy DIY Pumpkins - Idea-ology style!

Hello friends! I love decorating for Halloween, you know how I love Halloween! 
Here are a few ideas for decorating pumpkins that are fast, simple and fun, even the kids would have fun making them! 
If your looking for more inspiration don't forget to check out Tim's recap of the Halloween Inspiration Series. They are to die for!  

From just adhering Jute String, coving a pumpkin with Design Tape or just as simple as adding a few embellishments to the top.

Gather a few supplies... Halloween Jute String, Materialized Design Tape, Sizzix Alteration Punches, Crayons, Type Tokens, Wicked Adornment Spiders, Crypt Cameos, Cardstock and of corse some pumpkins to decorate. 

Using Design Tape to cover the entire pumpkin. I worked from top to bottom and around, as you work make sure you burnish the tape as you go. Some wrinkles will occur but not to worry I think it adds a little character. When I was working I overlapped each previous strip and kept working until the entire pumpkin was covered. 

Add shading with Distress Crayons. I added Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo to darken the top and bottom. Scribble the Crayon on in small areas and blend out by rubbing with your finger. 

I also darkened the indentations to enhance the shape of the pumpkin.  Draw the Distress Crayon on the pumpkin and smooth out by rubbing with your finger. 

Add reindeer moss using a hot glue gun to adhere to the top around the stem. 

Sand the cardstock, punch leaves and branches using the Sizzix Alterations punches by Tim Holtz. 

Ink the leaves with Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool. Add them to the top with a glue gun. 

Color the Typed Token words with Distress Crayons then rub off the excess with a dry towel. 

Add Wicked Adornment spiders and Crypt Cameos with Jump Rings to the Swivel Clasp then adhere to the top of the pumpkin. 

Can't wait for Halloween I love to see all the little children come to my door in their costume. and the candy is pretty good too!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Looking for all the goodies to make this project by just clicking on the links bellow!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

STAMPtember with Tim Holtz

Hello friends! Don't you just love STAMPtember at Simon Says Stamp? So many fun things happening and the new products are AMAZING like this exclusive set with Tim Holtz! 

My card today features the new Tim Holtz stamp set from Stampers Anonymous exclusively designed for Simon Says Stamp and it even comes with a fun Layering Stencil that's part snow and part Poinsettias, it's perfect for the Holiday season.

Creating a shaker card was a way to add a snowy hill to set off the festive tree. 
Color the stamp with Distress Markers to make fun colors on the tree. 

Deco sheets are a great way to add a little sparkle to your holiday cards. 
Check out the snow! I used a little Texture Paste trough the Layering Stencil to create the effect of snow falling. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Find all the supplies I used at Simon Says Stamp! 

Friday, September 2, 2016

2016 Tim Holtz Halloween Inspiration Series

Hello friends! Have you been enjoying the 2016 Halloween Inspiration Series on Tim Holtz's blog.  It's full of AMAZING creative projects. Today is my turn to share some cards made with the new Halloween launch from Tim. Head over to Tim's blog and check it out. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

New Workshops - It's All About the Scrapbook in Dixon, California

Hello friends! I'm so excited to be teaching at "It's all about the Scrapbook" in Dixon, California July 22nd and 23rd. 

“Sweet Memories”
Friday, July 22nd 6:00 - 9:30 pm

Transform an ordinary Tim Holtz Flip Frame into a charming vintage shadow box. You will be learning techniques using Ranger and Idea-ology products for photo tinting, painting to achieve the perfect vintage look, creating a layered background and more. Class includes everything but of corse you’re welcome to bring items or photos to personalize your project.

"Exploring the Colors of Distress"
Saturday, July 23rd 10:00 - 2:00 pm

Come explore your creativity using some of the NEW Tim Holtz Distress products, Dina Wakley Media Board and Sizzix Alteration dies. I will guide you through several techniques using the new Tim Holtz Distress Crayons and you’ll learn how versatility they really are. Coloring, shading, how they react when wet...the possibilities are endless. We will be creating 4 mini works of art to display in our Flip Frame, each art panel will be composed of different techniques and styles. 

"Family Mini Configurations Book"
Saturday, July 23rd 3:00 - 8:00 pm 

Create beautiful memories using the Tim Holtz Mini Configurations book where there is lots of places to add special treasures. Class is filled with techniques using many Idea-ology and Ranger products that will transform the ordinary into an extraordinary family heirloom. Everything will be included in your class kit like photos, trinkets and even a few vintage items. If you’d like to personalize your project your welcome to bring family photos, mementos and treasures. 

Call "It's all About the Scrapbook" 
at 707-676-5252 for more details. 

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Experimenting with Substrate

Hello friends! 
I love to experiment with new product…today was a good day to test what Substrate can do. 

What is Substrate you ask?

It's a Tim Holtz Product. 
 It's a textured paper that is thicker then cardstock. 
It comes in 3 shades…white, kraft and dark brown. 
It's flexible.
 It can be painted or inked.
It can be washed.
It's great for die cutting.
It can be sewn and you know how I love to sew. 
It can be crumpled up.
It's fun to emboss. 
You can stamp on it. 

Here are a few photos from my experiments.

Snip the edge and then you're able to tear it. Love the layers that are exposed. 

Crumple it, works if you wet it or it can be dry too. 

I washed it after I crumpled it and it gave it the look of worn leather. 

Use Distress Spray Stain to create a old weathered look. The swatch on the left is what I started with. 


Die cut with a Thinlit! 

Die cut with a Steel Rule Die. Love this Gadget Gears 2 Bigz Die. 

Sewed it together!

Stamped on the Substrate with Archival ink. 
Colored the flower with Distress Markers and a Water Brush. This was a little surprising that the Substrate reacted a little like watercolor cardstock.  I see more experimenting in my near future. 

Colored with Distress Crayons then lifted color off through a Layering Stencil using a wet cloth. Oh my the possibilities. 

I had such a FUN day experimenting! 
I'm thinking of more ideas to try and can't wait to play again! 
What are you going to try?

Thanks for stopping by!