Tim Holtz Crazy Cats Birthday Card

Recently I made a card for a friend that has two cats. Of course I had to use some Tim Holtz cats. I used Crazy Cats. I am really happy how this turned out.

Stampers Anonymous Crazy Things

The background for my card is a piece I created some time ago. I think I smooshed some Distress Oxide ink onto watercolor paper. I stamped the yarn balls and fish bones, from the Crazy Cats set, using a brown Distress Oxide ink. It is hard to see but I also stamped the numbers from the Faded Type stamp set in a light green Distress Oxide ink. They are kind of hard to spot.

The sentiment is stamped.

For the cats I ink blended Black Soot and Hickory Smoke. I then stamped the cats over the ink and heat embossed using black embossing powder. I stamped the eyes again and cut them out and glued them to the cats and added Glossy Accents. I cut the cats out by hand.

The present and the balloon is from the Crazy Things set. I smooshed some Distress Oxide on a mat and watercolored the present. For the balloon I used a glaze pen to make it shiny. The milk bottle is from Crazy Cats set and it has Glossy Accents on it and the label is colored in with a Copic pen. I cut all of these out by hand. The balloon string was drawn on.

Entered over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with the theme We’re On A Roll. I have a couple balls of yarn stamped on my background.


  • Stampers Anonymous Crazy Cats stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Sayin Stuff stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Crazy Things stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Faded Type stamp set
  • Sakura Glaze pen
  • Distress Oxide inks
  • Glossy Accents


Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs

Today I am sharing a card I had a lot of fun creating. It was for my son for his birthday.

This first photo is more detail focused.
This photo is focused on the colors of the card.

I created these two dogs to kind of look like our dogs. An artistic version… Here they are. Lucy is the black and white dog and Aspen is the brown and black dog.

For the background I used some Distress Oxide ink and did some smooshing on the craft mat. Then I did some second generation stamping of the numbers in the Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz set Faded Type. I went over two stencils with Hero Arts Unicorn ink which you can barely see. Like I am looking at and can barely see it. I heat embossed the bones using Broken China Glaze embossing powder.

For the dogs I created two panels with Distress ink smooshing and tapping. For the black dog (Lucy) I ended up making another panel and strategically stamped so she would have a white chest. I heat embossed each dog using black embossing powder so that the detail would show up. I hand cut them out. Creating black dogs, which I have done several times, is tricky because you can lose the detail. I was super happy how they turned out.

The tennis ball stamp from the set had to be a part of it since the Lucy would play fetch with her ball 24/7 if you kept throwing it for her. I created the ball by first stamping it. Then I hand cut it out and put some colored grit paste on it to make it look fuzzy. I drew the lines back on.

The sentiment is stamped.


  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Faded Type stamp set
  • Clearly Besotted Say What? stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Chevron stencil
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Burlap stencil
  • Judikins Black Detail embossing powder
  • Distress inks
  • Distress Oxide inks
  • Archival ink

Smudging and Stamping with Tim Holtz Dried Flower

Here I am today with another smudge card. I told it would be appearing again. I just love this technique.

Distress Oxide Ink

So again for the background I used a couple different stamp sets. I stamped each image one at a time and immediately smudged it using a blending foam. Most if not all of the images were stamped with Oxide Distress Ink. I then ink blended over all the images with a couple different colors of Distress Ink and also went around the edges of the card with the ink.

I stamped the flowers multiple times with the same wood block stamp. I used Archival ink for this.

For the sentiment I took a Distress ink pad directly to paper then die cut the sentiment.

For the base of the card I ink blended around the edge of a piece of off white Neenah paper so it looks like green paper.


  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Faded Type stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Mini Classics stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Mini Bouquet stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Dried Flower rubber stamp
  • Distress Oxide Inks
  • Distress Inks
  • Archival Ink
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebrate die set

Smudging Tim Holtz Style with Distress Oxide Inks

I am here today with a card I created using the Tim Holtz smudging technique and really like this one. You will probably be seeing more of it. I have been watching his demos on Saturday mornings and they are full of great information. Lets just say I have been shopping since I started watching them. You have to support all the papercrafting Mom and Pop stores. Yes that is my reason and I am sticking to it. It is true that they need our support. Anyway.. here is my first full card I made using this technique.

So the idea for this technique is stamp images on the background and quickly smudge them using a blending foam. You need to stamp one thing at a time and smudge right away otherwise the ink dries to fast. I think I used mostly Distress Oxide inks but possibly also Distress inks.

After you stamp and smudge then you ink blend over most of it in a color or two or whatever you think looks right. Don’t blend over an image with the same color you stamped with or you will lose that image.

For the train, sentiment and one of the train crossing signs I stamped those with Archival ink.

I also die cut a panel for the inside of the card and quickly inked that.

I used many different sets for this and I am very pleased with the way it came out. The different sets are listed below.


  • Distress Oxide Ink
  • Distress Ink
  • Archival Ink
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Getting There stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Mini Classics stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Faded Type stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Compass wood block stamp
  • Hero Arts Everyday Messages stamp set

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.






Stampers Anonymous Mini Halloween 3

Today I have something a little different for you. I created a thank you card using a Halloween stamp set.

The story behind it is my husband just got back from New York with some crafty goodies for me. He is very sweet to go to The Ink Pad in New York and they help him and talk to me on the phone and he gets a bunch of fun things for me. Funny thing is I have never been in the store but let me tell you if I go to New York I will go in there. Right after he got back we went to Lake Tahoe for a week. We always go this time of year and we stay in a house so I bring craft supplies. I brought the Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Mini Halloween 3 set he got there. I decided to send the store a thank you card since they spend so much time getting my stuff together. Of course the Halloween set didn’t have a thank you sentiment so that came from a different stamp set. We’ll see if I can figure out which one since they are put away now.

For the background I ink blended 3 Hero Arts Reactive inks and dribbled a little water on it.

The owl, kids, web and spider are stamped using the Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Mini Halloween 3 set.

The sentiment came from a Simon Says Stamp/Pink Fresh Studio set.

Christmas Peppermints

For this past week’s challenge at Merry Monday it was an inspiration photo. I did not enter mine in the challenge but the red peppermints stood out to me.


Christmas Peppermints

Here is my take on it.

I used the Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz stamp to stamp the peppermint candies on vellum. I colored them on the back side of the vellum with a white chalk pen which I forgot I bought. I then hand cut them out so it looked like wrappers on the mints.

The background is some paper from a Christmas 6X6 pad.

The crooked sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp and heat embossed with red embossing powder.


Adirondack Red Pepper ink
Red rick rack ribbon
Hero Arts stamp set – Color Layering Dimensional Bird (CL906)
Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz set – Christmas Blueprint 3 (THMB015)
Background Paper – Graphic 45 Twas the Night Before Christmas
Wow Embossing Powder – Cable Car Red



Gingerbread and Candy Canes

Inspired by Merry Monday challenge #291. The challenge was add candy canes, cookies, and/or sweets to your cards! I did not enter these cards but the switching things around ideas kept coming after I made the first one.
Check out Merry Monday Challenges here.

Let me know which you like best, which one second, which leaves third place for the other…

Gingerbread and Candy Canes

For the backgrounds on the right and left I stamped those using Hero Arts stamp Cling Dots (CG139). The middle card background is from a paper pad.

The frame die cut is Simon Says Stamp Holiday Frames (SSSD111393). As you can probably see I backed the word Christmas with red paper on two cards. On the third I glued the cut out letters back into the frame.

The gingerbread man is from the set Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Christmas Blueprint 3. I stamped with Versamark and used white embossing powder and heat embossed. Two guys I left as it stamps and one guy I cut out.

The candy canes are from the same Tim Holtz set. One I stamped with Hero Arts Royal Red ink and cut it out. The other two I heat embossed with white powder and cut them out.

Gingerbread & Coffee


The inspiration from Merry Monday #232Kind of a different card but fun to make. You can’t really see but I stamped a plaid pattern with Versamark on the red background. I did not enter this to their challenge but I like playing along whether I make the challenge or not. I appreciate that they do this all year long. The coffee cup was from a set by Avocado Arts called Perfect Blend. I heat embossed the cup and colored the coffee with Copics. The two gingerbread people are from Tim Holtz set Cling Christmas 3. The sentiment is from a set by Art Impressions called Holly Jolly Set. The mat is cut with a Spellbinders die called Labels Seventeen (S5-025). I decorated them differently to have one be a boy and one a girl. I used some bling and enamel accents.