Tim Holtz Milk Cap Christmas Decor

Howdy! I am finally getting around to posting a Tim Holtz project I started last year and then finished the beginning of September this year. You know you just don’t want to rush these things. I made a project just like Tami B who is one of the makers for Tim Holtz. Here is a link to her project. Here is her creation. I loved it so much I made one!

Here is my take on it. The fun thing is I found a milk cap from a city I lived right next to when I was about 8 years old. I also had cousins that lived there until very recently.

Not the most vibrant picture….

For the frame I used a Tim Holtz frame that I painted with Distress paint and highlighted with crayon. For the background frame piece I glued on a piece of paper from the Christmas Noel paper pad. To highlight the metal piece which says Merry Christmas I used a Distress Crayon.
To start the tree I put some Distress Crackle Paint on the milk caps. If I did this again I might skip doing that. After gluing them to the frame base I sprayed over them with Resist Spray lightly and dusted with Clear Rock Candy Glitter.  Then I added the metal decor pieces that I enhanced with Distress Crayons and the optical lens’.
Here is another photo of the piece that shows some of the glitter.
Distress Paint
  • Tim Holtz Christmas/Noel paper pad
  • Tim Holtz Framed Panel
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Milk Caps
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Tokens
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Adornments Festive
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Adornments Christmas Words
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Optical Lens
  • Distress Crackle Paint Clear Rock Candy
  • Distress Oxide Paint
  • Distress Crayons
  • Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter

Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Papillon Birthday Card

Now for a butterfly birthday card.

Well here we go with the how to and I actually found some notes about creating the main panel on this one. They were helpful notes but needed a bit more detail. I made the panel probably about 6 months ago. I sprayed some Distress Spray Stain (maybe Oxide versions of the color) on mixed media paper. I stamped over that using a flower stamp and maybe white Distress paint. I used another stamp, I See Paris, to stamp in white also. The butterflies were stamped with Distress Oxide Ground Expresso and it was a second generation stamping.

The sentiment turned out a bit awkward. I am not sure that I like where it is located and the brown ink that looks black would have been better in a brown that was not so dark.

The background paper is from a Tim Holtz Christmas paper pad.


  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Papillon stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz I See Paris stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Mini Bouquet stamp set
  • Distress Spray Stain (Oxide or Distress not sure)
  • Distress Paint Picket Fence
  • Distress Oxide Ink
  • Clearly Besotted Say What? stamp set
  • idea-ology Christmas/Noel paper pad


Distress Reinker Coloring with Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Flutter

For todays card I used a background I made awhile ago and did some Distress reinker coloring.

I made the background for this card awhile back using a brayer and Distress paint. I stamped more on the background while making the card. I am not sure if it is the best background for the butterflies but here it is. I stamped with the Mini Bouquet stamp set on the background with Oxides.
I also used the Burlap Stencil and some ink on the background. It even has some text from the Papillon set that is hard to see. It is yellow.
I stamped the butterflies and then I used Distress Reinkers to watercolor them.
The sentiment is die cut.
Here is the background before I glued everything down so you can see some of the things I added such as the stamping and stenciling.
  • Stampers Anonymous Flutter stamp set
  • Distress Oxide ink
  • Distress Paint
  • Distress Reinkers
  • Burlap Stencil
  • Stampers Anonymous Mini Bouquet stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Papillon stamp set
  • Sizzix Celebration Words Script dies

Hero Arts Color Layering Stamping

Howdy, here I am again with a home decor project. Sometimes you think what the heck am I going to make instead of a card then you get rolling and dive in. I have really enjoyed the projects I have made for the June challenge over at a2z Scrapbooking. I made another thing for my craft room. It is going to sit in my craft room next to my computer to hold my birthday lists. I like them right in front of me so I can quickly see the birthdays coming up. That is not a guarantee of timeliness though….

Hero Arts Color Layering Stamping



To start off my project I got this wood stand at Michaels craft store. I used Distress paint in a few different colors of brown to paint the wood.

For the butterflies I used the Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly stamp set and the Flutterbies Printable digital set. Both of these are available in the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy shop. First I used my Misti to stamp the 3 layers of the larger monarch butterfly. For the 2 smaller butterflies I used the Flutterbies Printable kit to print the pdf with 6 butterflies on it. I just told the printer I was printing on a 4X6 piece of paper which in reality I used an 8 1/2 X 11 piece of Neenah paper. This makes all of the butterflies print smaller. I colored the 2 purple ones with Copic pens. I hand cut all of the butterflies but the Monarch Butterfly matching die is available in the a2z Etsy store. I glued these down over the branches. There are little strips of foam under part of the wings of the orange butterfly and under the purple butterfly on the right to give them some dimension.

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Here comes the tricky part…. I decided I wanted to die cut the branches out of Tim Holtz plain tissue paper. You need to make it more stable to run it through a die cut machine. I put some 2 sided adhesive on the tissue and die cut 2 of the branches. The trickiest part is after you take off the backing paper you have a very delicate branch that you have to keep from sticking to itself and get it on to that wood without ripping it. The first one, all good. The second one I had to fight with it.

The clasp that holds the paper at the top is colored with Alcohol Ink.

Here is a look without the list. I am going to have to redo the lists so the color ink on the lists match the butterflies. I just mean any orange and purple. It’s going to bug me if I don’t. Ha!

Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly


Please join us in this month’s “Anything but a Card”.


Hero Arts Fancy Birthday Cake Galaxy Background

Hello, here I am today with a card I made for my son for his 28th birthday. I think his birthdays make me feel older than my own birthday.

Hero Arts Fancy Birthday Cake

So unless I don’t remember right this is my first galaxy card. When I first saw it I thought that’s cool but I wasn’t in a hurry to try it. Fast forward. Some time ago I was showing my son something about cards which I do sometimes. He doesn’t make any but he is lucky to hear me go on about card making. Or not! He said what’s that called and I said a galaxy background. Then here comes May and time for his birthday. I was going to do a coffee card for him. You see how that worked out. I remembered he like the galaxy look.

So the background is made from Oxide Distress inks and watercolor paper. I splattered a bit of watered down Distress dauber paint over it.

The cake is a Hero Arts stamp and I stamped it on watercolor paper. Then I painted it with Oxide Distress inks. The one icing area is done with Nuvo drops.  I hand cut this out.

Then the sentiment, simply die cut.

I am going to say I am very happy with the way it turned out and it looks better in person.

Here’s my son Jeff.


  • Hero Arts Fancy Birthday Cake stamp
  • Oxide Distress inks
  • Distress Paint Picket Fence color
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss Simply White
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Happy Birthday die

Mixed Media Frame – For Hubby

Mixed Media Frame for Hubby

I was struggling to figure out what to get my hub for his birthday. It finally hit me, make a fun frame with a photo from our recent Tahoe trip.

I started out with a plain light wood frame. I used several different colors of Distress paints on the frame to create the streaky wood look. I was very happy how that came out.

The trees were die cut from water color paper that I had water colored with a couple different greens. The die is Sizzix/Tim Holtz Woodlands (660978). I ended up cutting a couple more trees out and glued them together so the trees were thicker. I also put some inks over the original watercolor. Then I was having trouble with white showing from the bottom layers of trees so I ended up spraying the trees with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. So let’s just say those trees have many layers. Note to self go around at least the edges of the paper layers underneath with some ink or spray.

The letters I had and inked them up with some Distress Oxide inks.

All the wood pieces I had and I just colored them with different inks or Copics. The bird is supposed to be a blue jay which are very common at Lake Tahoe.

The photo is of my hub and our two dogs Aspen and Lucy at Fallen Leaf Lake. The brown and black dog is Aspen and Lucy is the black and white dog.

This was a fun project and I am really happy with how it turned out.

Here is a few more photos of our dogs in Tahoe.

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