Tim Holtz Mini Fresh Brewed Die Cutting

Howdy! Lately I have been watching the Tim Holtz demo’s on Saturday’s and decided to dig out some stuff to make a quick tag. I was kind of in a hurry (why during these days) to go pick up my coffee from my in-laws house and wanted to make a little thank you for them. They run a coffee business and were nice to leave it out for me so I could get it right away. So sometimes when you are in a hurry there is not overthinking the creating and you end up with something you are very happy about. Here it is!

Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebration Words Script

I took regular and Oxide Distress ink pads in a couple colors of brown and put some ink down on my mat. I spritzed with water and dipped the tag in the inks. I did two layers of this drying them in between. I added the before assembly photo because I was very happy with my ink smooshing. I can’t remember if Tim calls it that but that is what I call it.

For the coffee cups I die cut them using Movers and Shapers magnetic dies. It took me a bit to remember how to use them and find all the things I needed. I love these cups so I was happy to get it all together. They are the only magnetic ones I have and I probably didn’t get how they worked when I bought them. I ink blended them with a couple blues and a bit of brown so it wasn’t so solid blue. Then I flicked some water on them. In the middle of the cold coffee drink cup I wrote the name of their coffee which is Zolo. It is good coffee. Today I tried their cold brew and it is super good!

For the sentiment I just die cut it out and ink blended over it.

For all the die cuts I used Mixed Media paper.

Entered over at Love Handmade Cards for the May challenge in Flickr.

Entered over at Die Cut Divas May Challenge Make it a Beverage.


  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers Mini Fresh Brewed die set
  • Oxide Distress Ink
  • Distress Ink
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebration Words Script die set

Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs Sympathy Card

Hello! How are you all doing? Good I hope and I also hope lots of crafty stuff is going on. It took me a bit to get going on it. Today I have a sympathy card for my sister-in-law who lost her dog. Not the kind of card you want to make.

Tim Holtz Bubble Stencil

For the background on my card I did a couple layers. The first was a smooshing of Oxide ink if I remember correctly. I did that some time ago. The next layer I did just recently. I randomly inked over a stencil with Oxide ink. I then stamped some bones from the Crazy Dogs set also in Oxide ink. How many bones can you find? They are subtle.

For the dog.. this is the third dog I did. I cut each one out by hand too. The first one I stamped first then ink blended over top with black Oxide ink. The dog detail got lost. Then I thought reverse that. Ink blend first then stamp. Better but I still wanted more detail to show for the dog. Black dogs make it challenging. So here is the third dog. As you can see this guy is heat embossed and I did that over blended Oxide black ink . Then I stamped the dog again on white and colored the collar pieces, the nose and the eyes. For the eyes I did not color but I added some glaze to them.

Then I stamped the two lines of the sentiment from two different stamp sets.

Entered over in the Love Handmade Cards April Challenge in Flickr.


  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs Stamp Set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Bubble Stencil
  • Oxide Distress Inks
  • Paper Smooches Sympathy Sampler Stamp Set
  • Hero Arts With Sympathy Stamp Set
  • Judikins Black Detail Embossing Powder
  • Copic Pens

Spellbinder Coffee Brewing Die Cut

Here we go with another one of my thank you cards…

The people I made this for have a coffee business and gave me coffee related gifts for Christmas. You might be starting to see where this is going.

Hero Arts August 2018 MMH kit

I recently joined the Tim Holtz Fanatics Facebook group so I was enjoying seeing all the Tim Holtz inspiration. That made me want to do an Oxide Distress Ink background. Not a stretch for me to pull these out though. So I did some smooshing for the background with the Oxide inks. Then I used a stencil to add the coffee rings and bits of pattern here and there.

The french press coffee maker was die cut from gold metallic paper. To make it look like it had coffee in it I took a little piece of brown paper and put Nuvo on it so it would be shiny. Then I glued that to the back side of the french press. There is Nuvo on the little knob on top of the lid also.

The cups were die cut using a Hero Arts MMH kit. They needed a little something so I used a stencil to put a pattern on them using a little bit lighter color of Oxide Distress ink than the paper was. I also went around the edges of the cups with some gold pigment ink.

The beans were die cut and have a little guess what… Oxide ink on them.

The sentiment die cut also with a little Oxide ink on it.


  • Spellbinders Cup and Beans die set – coffee beans
  • Spellbinders Coffee Brewing die set – french press
  • Hero Arts August 2018 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Hero Arts Thanks Stamp & Cut set
  • Oxide Distress Ink
  • TCW Stencil Mini Butterfly Collage
  • Delicata Golden Glitz Pigment Ink
  • Tim Holtz Kraft-Stock Gold Metallic Paper
  • Nuvo Crystal Glaze

Heartfelt Creations Create a ‘Scape Backcountry Stamp

Hello to you all! I got these new stamps recently and they very cool. There are several sets that go with the create a ‘scape theme. What is cool about them is that you build a scene and the outdoor mountain vibe.

So to create this I used three different stamps pieced/stamped together to make the whole scene. Also a few things are die cut.

The first step was to stamp the three scene pieces and line them up to make the whole scene. Below is the stamp set and die set so you can see what I mean. You don’t have to do it this way but this is what I did. Then do some masking and color blending on the background. Then I die cut the canoe and a few things around it, the wolf, the big tree and the cabin. I colored everything and glued the pieces on to the scene. I used Oxide Distress inks and Copics to color the scene. There is a few rough spots but not bad for my first time doing this. I sent this to my brother for his birthday.

Here is the stamp set and dies since it is kind of hard to explain and the links so that you can see more examples and the rest of the stamps and dies if you are interested. I have nothing to do with Heartfelt Creations but I like the company and these stamps are really cool to me. They are part of the Wilderness Retreat Collection.





  • Heartfelt Creations Create a ‘scape Backcountry Stamps
  • Heartfelt Creations Create a ‘scape Backcountry Dies
  • Copic Markers
  • Oxide Distress Ink

Thanksgiving Cards

Howdy! Today I have several Thanksgiving cards. Not tons like Halloween…

Hero Arts Autumn

For my first card I did the alcohol lift technique. This one came out very nice. I made the panel some time ago. If I remember right the lift technique works better with regular alcohol ink than it does with the pearl alcohol ink. I used clear stamps. For the sentiment I heat embossed it with maybe rose gold embossing powder.

Supplies – Alcohol ink, Alcohol lift ink, Hero Arts Autumn stamp set (leaves), Hero Arts Happy Thanksgiving (sentiment), embossing powder, corner rounder

Cheery Lynn Designs Small Leaves

This is the card that got me going on the Thanksgiving cards. I had stamped the pumpkin on the canvas some time ago and then colored it with Copics. I picked two patterned papers from the same pad. Then glued the pumpkin on those. I heat embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder. I die cut the leaves and then inked them with Oxide Distress ink and a bit of the Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic ink (love them). I am just going to say it this is not my favorite card.

Supplies – Hero Arts Happy Thanksgiving stamp set, gold embossing powder, Gold Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic ink, Oxide Distress ink, Cheery Lynn Designs Small Leaves die set, Copic pens

Cheery Lynn Designs Small Leaves Die Set

Here’s another one where I had the background done awhile ago. I stamped the leaves and acorns using Versamark ink on kraft paper. I highlighted them using a gold pen. I die cut several leaves and added Oxide Distress ink and some gold Glimmer Metallic ink with an ink blending tool. The sentiment is heat embossed.

Supplies – Hero Arts Holiday Petals & Leaves stamp set, Lawn Fawn Thankful Mice stamp set (sentiment), Cheery Lynn Designs Small Leaves die set, Jelly Roll Gold Metallic pen, gold embossing powder, Oxide Distress ink, Hero Arts Gold Glimmer Metallic ink

Hero Arts Autumn Stamp Set

I think I also had this background/panel done awhile back. These are such pretty leaves to heat emboss which is done on kraft paper. The label is die cut and the sentiment is heat embossed. Throw on a couple sequins and you are done.

Supplies – Hero Arts Autumn stamp set, embossing powder, Hero Arts Happy Thanksgiving stamp set (sentiment), sequins, Spellbinders Labels Four die set

Cheery Lynn Designs Small Leaves

Here we are with the last one. A note about the photo location… My hub made me a little shelf and attached it to the fence so I could take photos there of my cards. Super nice of him.

Now about the card. I picked some more patterned papers from the same paper pad for the background. The sentiment is heat embossed in gold. I die cut several leaves and added Oxide Distress ink and some gold Glimmer Metallic ink with an ink blending tool. I did a little inking around the edge of the card.

Supplies – Lawn Fawn Thankful Mice stamp set (sentiment), Cheery Lynn Designs Small Leaves die set, gold embossing powder, Oxide Distress ink, Hero Arts Gold Glimmer Metallic ink

Entered in the Die Cut Divas November Challenge.



Halloween Cards… Lot’s of them

Happy Halloween…. almost! I got a new stamp set if you saw my Halloween Thank You post and that just got me rolling on making Halloween cards. I love Halloween and I intend to send cards every year but it doesn’t always happen. So hang on tight because here I go.

Uh oh I am kind of forgetting how I did this. I think I stamped the two pumpkins and the things with them first along with the spider web. I colored the pumpkins with Copics.

Then I made masks to cover them up so I could ink blend the background using Oxide Distress ink. I then ended up tracing over the outlines to make them a little more bold.

I stamped the sentiment and wasn’t happy with it but moved things around so I tried to line up the sentiment again to stamp it again. I was close but not quite but I think you can get away with a shadow look for a Halloween card. Then I ink blended around the sentiment with yellow to help make it stand out.

Supplies: Hampton Art Halloween stamp set, Oxide Distress Ink, Copic markers

This one was fun once I got the background figured out. Cutesy doesn’t go with this pumpkins. The background is ink blended with Oxide Distress inks. Then I stamped on it with a text stamp, the spider webs, spider and sentiment.

Probably the most fun was making that fence. I had a fence die cut but I wanted more to it. First I used some Chunky Metallic embossing powder on it. Then I wanted more black to it so I put on another layer of the metallic embossing powder and sprinkled some black embossing powder on it too. It came out pretty cool. A bit more shiny than I would like but I still really like it.

The pumpkins are stamped and then colored with Copic pens. I cut them out by hand. I actually have dies for them but I don’t always want to white edge.

Supplies: Sizzix/Tim Holtz Mini Halloween 3 (webs, spider, 2 other images), Sizzix/Tim Holtz Jack-O-Lantern stamp set, Stampendous Chunky Metallic Embossing Enamel, Copic pens, Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday stamp set (sentiment), Hero Arts La Letter text stamp

This one is a lot like my Halloween Thank You card posted here.  The background is ink blended and splattered with water. I inked around the edges of the card with the purple ink.

All the stamps are from the Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Mini Halloween 3 stamp set.

Supplies: Oxide Distress ink most likely, Stampers Anonymous set mentioned above.

Here’s a card with Hero Arts Reactive ink blending for the background. I stamped the spider web over the ink blending. I stamped a Crazy Bird and the accessories and colored them with Copics. I die cut two layers for the sentiment.

Supplies: Inkadinkado Spiderwebs stamp set, Hero Arts Reactive Ink, Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy stamp set, Hero Arts Halloween Trimmings stamp & die set Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Crazy Things stamp set (pumpkin & witches hat)

This image is so cute and I colored it some time ago with Copics. Another one I am finally using from my stash. The background is Lawn Fawn plaid paper. The sentiment is die cut maybe two times and glued together. The hen and the mat are cut out with Spellbinders dies.

Supplies: Lawn Fawn Fall Plaid Paper, La-La Land Crafts Clover on Pumpkins stamp, Copic Markers, Spellbinders Circle dies, Hero Arts Halloween Trimmings stamp & die set

This cute little image is by La-La Land Crafts and I got this when I took a class with Irina the owner of La-La Land at a local store. It was a Copics class and I didn’t think I liked coloring with them because it was to hard to do. Well fast forward and don’t ask how many Copics I have and how often I use them. Lots! I am not that big of a fan of what I call dolly kind of images but I love this one and I think Irina is very talented. So on to the card…. I colored Marci with Copics. I cut her and the mat out with a die. I stamped the sentiment.

Suuplies: Basic Grey Patterned Paper, Hampton Art Halloween set (sentiment), La-La Land Crafts Witch Marci, Copic Pens, My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangles Dies

An easy one with no stamping or die cutting. What? I love this Authentique paper and this image is perfect to send to my sister-in-law. It took me longer to figure out how to lay it out than to put it together. My brain wants to center everything which can get kind of boring. I inked around the edge of the orange paper.

Supplies: Authentique Enchanted Halloween Patterned Paper, Black Ink, Twine

I found this stamp in Southern California in a store that was closing. I live in Northern California and I was down visiting my Dad and his girlfriend. Such a cute scene. I colored the scene with Copics. I heat embossed the sentiment. I forgot to powder before embossing which I do about half the time. I figure with Halloween designs they can get away with things being a little off.

Supplies: Northwoods Rubber Stamp Halloween Scene, Copic Pens, Hampton Arts Halloween stamp set (sentiment), Sparkle and Sprinkle Tuscan Star Embossing Powder.

For this card I found that spider web die cut in my stash so I found papers that go with it to make the card. The sentiment has 3 layers of paper layered together the bottom two are black. I stamped Mr. Bones, his tie and hat on paper that was part of the same line. I glued black paper on the back of the skull, tie, hat to give a bit more dimension. I cut all of those out by hand. I added gold and the black Glaze (Jelly Roll pens) to the hat.

Supplies: Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Mini Halloween stamp set, Jelly Roll Metallic Gold and Black Glaze pens, Hero Arts Halloween Trimmings stamp & cut set (sentiment), Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Crazy Things stamp set (hat & bow tie) 

I guess I liked Mr. Bones.. At first I was thinking what am I going to do with this stamp. I like how both of my Mr. Bones cards turned out. The spider web I made some time ago with an embossing folder and it looks like I inked the folder. This is the debossed side. I stamped Mr. Bones and die cut around him. I colored the hat and bow tie with Copics and cut them out by hand. The sentiment is die cut from white paper and colored with a Copic pen. There is a bit of gold from a metallic Jelly Roll pen on the hat.

Supplies: Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Mini Halloween stamp set, Jelly Roll Metallic Gold pen, Hero Arts Halloween Trimmings stamp & cut set (sentiment), Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Crazy Things stamp set (hat & bow tie), Sizzix Spider Web embossing folder, Spellbinders Oval die

Ok if you are still with me this is the last one.

This is a stamp from Stamptember at Simon Says Stamp. It is a SSS/Brutus Monroe stamp set called Autumn Greetings. I pretty closely copied Nichol Spohr’s card because I love her card so much and the other one that she created. That is what made me hit the button and get this stamp. Take a look here to see her cards! The scene is colored with Copic pens and I used a black Glaze pen on the bats on the moon and the pumpkin face. The base of the globe is also colored with Copics. The sentiment is heat embossed from the same set. Over the scene I put Hero Arts Crystal Clear Lacquer. I need to practice that some more..  The background is ink blended with Oxide Distress inks. I splattered a little shimmer spray on the background by spraying a bit on my craft mat and using a little paint brush. The stars.. I added them but I am not crazy about them.

Supplies: Simon Says Stamp/Brutus Monroe Autumn Greetings stamp set, Copic Pens, Jelly Roll Black Glaze pen, Hero Arts Crystal Clear Lacquer Pen, Oxide Distress Ink, Judikins Black Detail Embossing Powder, Imagine Crafts Shimmer Spritz

***If you made it to the end can you answer two questions in the comments?

Which card do you like best?

Is there too many cards in this post and would it be better to put maybe 3 in a post?***

Thanks so much for looking! I had lot’s of fun and somehow lot’s of ideas came to me.






Craft Organization Idea – Ink Foam

Howdy! Today I have an organization idea that I just love. I will be honest with you… I did not come up with this idea. My teammate from a2z Scrapbooking posted this on her blog. Her blog post about this is located here. Thanks Arlene! It is a storage idea for ink blending foam.

I was storing mine in ziploc bags. Each color had it’s own foam in a bag by itself. It was annoying to have to dig through the whole box to find the one you need. This storage is for Oxide inks since they are what I use most. Maybe someday I will get to the original Distress inks. I also added a few Hero Arts Reactive ink to the case that had space.  So here we go…

Ranger Ink Blending Foam

The supplies needed are some sort of plastic container. I got mine at Daiso which is really inexpensive. It is a document case. It is about 12X9 and a tad over 1/4″ deep. I like efficient storage so I did not want a container really deep. They are not super sturdy but they don’t really need to be.

Then you need velcro circles with sticky backs. I got ones that are a little over 1/2″ wide. If you can find closer to an inch wide I would go with that.

Then some labels. I happened to have a brother label maker and I got narrow tape for it. Obviously you could do this different ways.

The velcro circles that are down the very center of the container I am not sure about those being there but I didn’t want to rearrange everything. Just think it out before sticking things down. I grouped the colors together as you can see kind of following the Ranger color chart. Yes I get that deep into it.

Just more of them…

With the lid closed….

The velcro dots and open container….

Hero Arts Haunted Digital Kit With Oxide Ink

Halloween is a fun holiday for me. I like decorating around the house and the front yard. I like somewhat creepy but not gory. I created a card that goes with the a2z challenge this month of holiday. My card is a combination of using digital images, ink blending, die cutting and stamping.

Hero Arts Haunted

The first thing I did when creating my card was take the haunted house from the Hero Arts Haunted Digital kit and had my Cameo cut it out. I had to change the png image by using trace and then I resized it. It did take a while to cut because it has all this tiny holes in the house for a distressed look.

Then I did some ink blending with 1 Hero Arts Reactive Ink and 3 Oxide Distress Inks on the background. I sprayed the background a bit with a mini mister.

I used the pumpkin from the digital kit also. I resized it and duplicated it to make 3 pumpkins. I colored the stems with a brown Copic pen and the faces with yellow.  I hand cut them out. One of the pumpkins is raised with one of those really thick glue dots.

The sentiment I cut out with Hero Arts set Halloween Trimmings stamp and cut. I put some Versamark on the words and then sprinkled on some black embossing powder and heat embossed it. Keeping the words from flying away was a bit of a challenge during the heat embossing. There are several different embossing powders in the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store including a detail black and a sparkle black.

The witch is a cute little stamp from my stash.

The a2z Scrapbooking store has great sales going on! Run don’t walk and check it out!


FB Hero Arts Scramble #1 – My Monthly Hero July 2017

Hello! This was a fun week because Cindy was nice to start up the Hero Arts Scrambles again and this time we are in Facebook. Here is a link to the group if you would like to join. For the first FB Scramble she chose a theme of inchie/grid cards. I have not made one of those in quite awhile. I have been thinking about the My Monthly Hero July 2017 set and that I needed to use it. It worked great for this card. I used most of the small images and portions of the larger images. I don’t do so well using small images so this was perfect. Thanks Cindy!

Hero Arts July 2017 My Monthly Hero

What is fun about the Scrambles is it kind of forces you to get in there and make a card that you might not come up with on your own. That’s a good thing!

Well I love Oxide Distress Inks so there is a bunch of that on the card. I created an orange panel first with a pink/orange and 2 orange Oxide inks that I put down on my craft mat. I spritzed with water and used some mixed media paper to soak up that ink. After it dried most of the way I dipped again on the ink on my mat. I did the same with the blue panel using 2 blues. In the interest of time I dried the panels at the end with my heat tool.

I cut the orange piece into a bunch of 1 inch squares. I then used many images from the July 2017 My Monthly Hero kit and stamped them with Versafine ink.

I cut the blue panel out with a die that has some stitching around it.

When I glued all the orange squares on the blue square I glued down the 4 corners first so I could use them for nice even spacing.

Fortunately I had just enough of the blue panel left to cut out the sentiment.


  • Hero Arts July 2017 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Oxide Distress Inks
  • Versafine Onyx Black Ink
  • Honey Bee Stamps Large Thanks die
  • Memory Box Stitched Square Layers die

Rubbernecker Petunias Layered Stamping

Wow I finally am getting to the last card post for now and I am caught up. Here is a birthday card I made with the image done way back and I finally put it together on a card.


Rubbernecker Freehand Frame

This flower is a two part stamp by Rubbernecker Stamps. They have some nice techniques to use with their stamps on their website and I just saw something I had not seen before on using this stamp. They inked the solid flower parts and then added Colorburst to the image. I need to try that. Back to what I did… I think I put some Oxide ink on the solid flower and then spritzed and stamped. Then I stamped the outline part probably with some Versafine ink.

The outline is also a stamp by Rubbernecker.

The sentiment is die cut.

Then just a couple layers of paper and it is put together.


  • Rubbernecker Stamps – Petunias
  • Rubbernecker Stamps – Freehand Frame
  • Spellbinders Die – Sentiments Three