Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Tim Holtz Halloween Inspiration Series: Frightful Skull Card

Hello friends! The Tim Holtz Halloween Series continues and the project have been AMAZING! Todays project features a fun masking technique using the Dripping Texture Fade embossing folder to make a creepy background for our Skull and Candlelight Bigz dies. 


Emboss a piece of cardstock with the Dripping Texture Fade. Cut around the embossed Drips to create a mask. 

Using the Dripping Texture Fade emboss a piece of paper from the Regions Beyond Paper Stash. Sand the raised area with a Sanding Grip. 

Lay the mask over the background paper lining up the Drips. Ink the Drips using Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool. 

Pull the mask away to reveal the colored Dripping.

Distress the edges with the Paper Distresser and Ink with Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool. 

Apply Distress Ink directly to your Craft Sheet and spritz with water. 

Swipe Skull die cut through ink and dry with a heat tool. Repeat as desired. 

Ink the edges with Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool. 

Adhere a piece of Regions Beyond Paper Stash to chipboard with Multi Medium and let dry. 

Die cut Candle pieces with the Candlelight Bigz Die. 

Color the candle pieces with Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool. 

Adhere all the layers with Glossy Accents. 

Add a piece of dictionary paper behind the eyes, nose etc. Ink the paper with Distress Ink to create a little glow. 

The new Oddities Adornments are the perfect touch to add to the Linen ribbon with a Loop Pin and a few Jump Rings.

For a little added inspiration…I created this piece with some of the same techniques for a workshop I taught over the weekend. 
 You'll notice that it has the Skull, Candlelight Bigz die and the Dripping Texture Fade. 
The possibilities are endless! 

Thanks for coming by!

If you're looking for the goodies check your local craft store or you can find them at Simon Says Stamp...just click the link below!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Upcoming Workshops

Howdy all! I'm heading to Plano, Texas October 17th - 19th to my friend Monica's store Stamp Asylum to teach a few workshops. 

Bird Crazy for the Holidays 
Are you “Bird Crazy”?  Come learn coloring techniques using Distress Markers, water brush and the Distress Spritzer. Each card will feature a background technique with Texture Paste, Distress Ink, stamps, Layering Stencils and more. 
BONUS - Bird images are die cut for you!
Saturday, October 17th  10:00 - 1:30 pm
and by popular demand!
Monday, October 19th  11:00 - 2:30 pm

 Elegant Holiday Shadow Box
Create a nostalgic holiday shadow box by transforming an ornate metal Flip Frame in to a beautiful decor piece. There is lots of techniques to share in the class using Distress Spray Stains, Alcohol Inks, Distress Glitter, Stickles Glitter and more. Make little pinecones and flowers using the Sizzix Tiny Tattered Floral dies, they will even have a little frosty sparkle on them. You will love the new Tim Holtz Christmas collection from Idea-ology that gives the project a old time vintage look. Join me to create this unforgettable keepsake to display for many years to come.
Saturday, October 17th   3:00 - 7:30 pm

Family Memories Mini Configurations Book 
Come venture into the unforgettable journey of configurations! Class will be filled with techniques using Ranger Distress Products and Idea-ology trinkets and treasures to transform an ordinary Mini Configurations Book in to a family heirloom. Bring your imagination and creativity to dream up your own story with the photos provided or bring special family photos and mementos to personalize your project. Your kit will be packed with all the supplies need to create this one-of-a-kind piece.
Sunday, October 18th  11:00 - 4:00 pm

Classes are filling fast…hope to see you their! 
If you have any questions call Stamp Asylum.

Next stop Stampers Corner in Elk Grove, California. 
November 7th
More info to follow!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Halloween Inspiration Series: Spooky Cards

Hello friends! Are you loving the Halloween Inspiration series over on the Tim Holtz blog? The projects have been so AMAZING!!! Don't you think? 

Today's project features embossing with ink on your Texture Fade, coloring Deco Sheets with Alcohol Inks and die cutting tricks to use on Thinlit dies to make your life easier. 

Rub the ink on to the Texture Fade directly from the ink pad. My favorite ink for this technique is Archival ink. The color comes out with good coverage and the color is smooth. Don't worry you can clean the Texture Fade later with stamp cleaner. 

Once the Texture Fade is inked carefully insert a piece of Kraft-core cardstock in to the folder. 

Run it through your machine to ink and emboss the image in one pass. 

Love the contrast and how it shows off the embossed design! These are just a few of the new Tim Holtz Texture Fades embossing folder for 2015…the Zig Zag, Cobwebs and Batground. I think Batground is my favorite. Which one do you like? 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Totally Crazy..."Bird Crazy"

Happy Friday everyone! Yes it's another post with THE birds. The "CRAZY" adorable Birds that is! Did you hear the exciting news from Tim Holtz…there's a new Thinlits set to cut out all the Crazy Things making it that much easier to create these fun cards. 

All you need is Distress Markers, Distress Spritzer, Detail Waterbrush, Watercolor Cardstock, Kraft-Core Cardstock, Paper Twine or Jute String, Stamps (Bird Crazy, Crazy Things and Crazy Talk) and of corse the NEW Crazy Things Thinlits set! 
You can find the coloring technique I've used on a previous post HERE

WARNING: Bird Crazy is addicting! 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Upcoming Workshops

Hello friends! I've been super busy getting ready for all my upcoming workshops! Next weekend I'll be at The Island Creative Escape! 
Here's my schedule...

Are you “Bird Crazy”?  Come learn coloring techniques using Distress Markers, water brush and the Distress Spritzer. Each card will feature a background technique with Texture Paste, Distress Ink, stamps, Layering Stencils and more. 
BONUS - Bird images are die cut for you!
Friday, September 25th 6:00 - 9:30 pm
Saturday's class is FULL 

If you love Halloween as much as I do you will love this creepy decor piece because it’s all about the “Spook” factor with skulls, bones, drippy blood and tiny potions. Class is filled with techniques using many of the new and old Idea-ology, Sizzix and Ranger products to transform an ordinary worn cover in to a wall hanging that’s perfect for Halloween. 
Saturday, September 26th 3:00 - 7:00pm
More info here!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Halloween Treat Bags!

Hello friends! Halloween treat bags are always a favorite of mine, they are perfect for the Grandkids, friends or a Halloween Party. I always try to utilize dies that I already have and mix them with some of the new must haves. The stand by dies I use over and over again...the Labels Thinlits die set and "In the Bag" Bigz dies. Add in some of my new favorite dies like the NEW Jack-o-lantern Bigz die, Handwritten and Script Halloween Words Thinlits sets and the Movers and Shaper Tiny Bat, Cross and Shield set. 
All great additions to my stash and for our project today. 

Die cut the Bag using some of the NEW Tim Holtz Regions Beyond Mini Paper Stash. The paper comes in 8" x 8" and has lots of different designs in a great color palette of black, orange and cream. Ideal for Halloween! 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

STAMPtember at Simon Says Stamp and the NEW Tim Holtz Stamp set.

Hello everyone! I'm so excited to be a part of the festivities for the NEW Simon Says Stamp exclusive set from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous. After you look around here, don't forget to check out all the inspiration over at Simon Says Stamp blog

Here's the new set! 
So many favorites...the party hat…the coffee cup and the clock…actually I love them all! 
 I think the size is ideal for card making! I fell in love with last years set and have used it all year long. I was so happy to add another set to the collection!

Love how fast these cards came together with just a few supplies. 
The New Exclusive Stamp Set by Tim Holtz, Distress Markers, Distress Stain, Waterbrush, Type Tokens, Watercolor Cardstock, Kraft-core cardstock, Jute String, Loop Pins and Postage Stamp Frame Bigz Die for the card shape. 

Create a wrinkle free distress background by applying Distress Stain directly to your Craft Sheet and swiping Watercolor cardstock through the ink and dry with a Heat Tool. Repeat as desired. 

Add a little ink through a Layering Stencil using Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool. 

The New Distress Sprayer has a feature that I love…if you pull the trigger slowly is spits water droplets to create light spots on your background. 

Stamp the image of your choice from the the Simon Says Stamp Tim Holtz Exclusive Stamp set on to the background piece with Jet Black Archival Ink.  

Using the Distress Spritzer and Distress Markers add a little extra texture. The Distress Spritzer also fits other brands of markers. 

Stamp another image on to Watercolor Cardstock and trim out with scissors. 

Color image with Distress Marker and blend the color with a Waterbrush. 

Cut a piece of Watercolor cardstock a little larger then the background pieces for a matt. Ink with an Ink Blending tool for the perfect match. 

Score and fold a piece of Kraft-core Cardstock large enough to die cut the Postage Stamp Bigz Die with the fold just inside the the cutting blades to create the card. Sand and ink the card with Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool. 

Add a little Distress Paint to the Typed Tokens, let partially dry then rub off excess paint and paint will remain in the word. 
Assemble your card by adhering the layers together, add a little stitching if desired and attach some embellishments. 

I think this one is my favorite! 
"Today is a Good Day" 

Thanks Heidi and the gang over at Simon Says Stamp for asking me to join in on the FUN! 
Thank you so much for stopping in! 

Here's all the goodies….available at Simon Says Stamp!