Thursday, November 19, 2020

In the Air There's a Feeling of Christmas...

 Hello friends!

Today I have a tutorial over on the Ranger Projects page featuring Rustic Wilderness.  Seriously how did we live without this FABULOUS green?  

Creating the Rustic Wilderness inked paper on the new white Heavystock was a dream.  The white paper shows the true color of the ink, which is something i've always wanted.  Glad it's finally a choice in the Distress line.  

Anyway, I sure hope you pop over to the Ranger site to see the full tutorial to make one for yourself!

now carry on,

Friday, November 13, 2020

Rustic Wilderness - Fall

 Hello friends,

I'm sharing my "fall" project from the Rustic Wilderness release this week.   I started with a Mini Etcetera Tag since it seemed the right size for the Funky Wreath I wanted to use.
I cut a sheet of Heavystock paper about the size of the Mini Tag.  Then I sprayed Distress Ink Rustic Wilderness, Crackling Campfire, and Fossilized Amber onto my craft mat and pressed the Heavystock paper into the ink to pick up the color.  I dried it with a heat tool then went back into the ink two or three times to create the layered look I wanted.
After I created the main background, I made more inked cards to use for the leaves.  Some of them I dried right away and others I went back into the ink to add layers of color.  The fall colors are beautiful!
Once I had the cards done, I cut two of the Funky Wreaths (from cards that were only colored with Rustic Wilderness) and leaves from the Fall Foliage die set.  The leaves shown are the larger leaves in the set.  One thing I love about the die is that you get large, all the way down to tiny leaves, which worked perfectly for the project.
In this main photo, you can see that I adhered the large inked paper to the tag, cutting away the excess with a cutting knife and self healing mat board.  Once the paper was adhered, I stamped the text (The Professor stamp set) over the surface with Ground Espresso Archival Ink.  I did not use a stamping block, but rather "rolled" the stamped image onto the tag surface to create a worn effect.
I added the Public School card from the Remnants Layers pack to the surface with foam squares
  1. The Funky Wreath die comes with two wreaths + extra branches to add in.  As I said previously, I cut two sets from Heavystock paper I colored with Rustic Wilderness. Layer the wreaths together, adding in the extra branches.  
  2. Adhere the wreath to the card with Collage Medium - I tried not to press it down too much so it looked more realistic.  
  3. Add white paint to the recessed numbers from the Factory Tags pack and let it dry.  Pick up some Walnut Stain Distress Crayon with a damp paint brush and brush back and forth over the top of the white paint to grunge it up.  
  4. Ink a long piece of string with Walnut Stain Distress ink and dry it with a heat tool. Double the string, then thread the metal tag (so two pieces of string go into the hole at the same time). Wrap the string around the tag, coming around on the other side to create the bow.  This sounds much harder than it was to do in person!  Secure the metal tag with part of the foam square 
  5. Add the small colored leaves to the wreath.  I tried mixing up the colors and sizes so there are layers of leaves. 
  6. I also added a bit of cheesecloth under the bow.
The Paper Dolls were very easy to color.  Just color the bows with Distress Crayons Fossilized Amber and Faded Jeans using a Detail Water Brush.  Their cheeks are Aged Mahogany.
I wiped white paint onto a small Deco Frame and let it dry.  The frame was adhered to the card with Collage Medium so it sits off the surface of the tag.  I also added a few words from the Clippings Sticker Book.
To finish off the tag, I added a Larger Hinge Clip at the top.
I love this fall project.  It was easy to to create and very fun to incorporate the new color, Rustic Wilderness along with Crackling Campfire and Fossilized Amber to create such a wonderful Fall background.
now carry on,

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

New Color Rustic Wilderness

 Hello friends, 

I have so much to share this week! Including 4 projects using the new color from Tim Holtz and Ranger. Today I am sharing the Merry and Bright Vignette Tray. This is the large tray that comes in the pack. The box at the bottom comes from the Vignette Box set and it is the second from the largest.

I used Collage Medium to adhere the Holly Collage Paper to the outside of the Vignette Tray. I like the look of the Collage Paper directly over the wood Tray because if you do it right, the woodgrain comes through the paper and the print looks as if it is part of the wood. 
You can see that I followed up the Collage Paper by painting the lip edge and inside of the Tray with Rustic Wilderness.  After the paint was dry, I rolled out the gold Trim Tape (4 separate pieces) onto my craft mat.  I added Mushroom Alcohol Ink to a Blending Tool and pounced over the tape multiple times (letting it dry for a minute between layers) to create the mottled finish that you can see here.  The Alcohol Ink layers really add interest to the tape and give it a vintage vibe.
As you can tell, I did use Tiny Lights to light up the Vellum Scene in the background!
  1. Adhere holly patterned paper (from the Christmas Paper pad) to the back of the Tray.  Add a layer of Collage Medium over the top to seal.  Use damp paint brush to add Distress Crayon Walnut Stain over the paper to age.
  2. Paint the Vignette Box with Rustic Wilderness Distress Paint (inside and out).  Once dry, add plaid paper to the inside back of the box.  Use Collage Medium to glue the box into the tray.  Let dry in place before standing the Tray up.
  3. Thread the Tiny Lights through a drilled hole in the Tray (or in my case I just used an awl and hammer to make the hole).  Secure battery pack to the back as shown in a previous photo.
  4. Wind up lights in a loose circle inside the tray and secure with hot glue on the wire or Scotch Tape over the wire.  I personally think Scotch Tape or cut pieces of packing tape are easier.
  5. Adhere the Vellum Scene to the plaid Baseboard Frame (USE TAPE, not wet glue to do this).
  6. Add risers to the back of the frame - I used small wood blocks but you could use bingo chips or another riser of your choosing.
  7. Add the white Warm and Natural to the top of the box.  Fluff it up with a Tonic Scratch Tool.
  8. Now adhere the plaid frame to the tray, over the lights, so it rests on the top of the box.  Let dry completely.
Use Distress Crayons to color the Paper Dolls of your choosing.  I used Aged Mahogany for her coat and Faded Jeans for his.  Fossilized Amber for the buttons and skate blades.  If you have never colored Paper Dolls before, please refer to my post back in March on Distress Crayons.
I added foam squares to the back of the Paper Dolls so they can be added to the plaid frame. 
The urn pictured here is from the Halloween 2020 and was is called "Grave Relics" but unless you own them already you will need to Google the name to see who still has some.  
I used Picked Fence Distress Paint to wash over the Urn to give it a wintery vibe!  The tree in the urn is the medium size that comes with the Woodlands set.  There is also a small tree to the left, and that one is the tiny tree size in the Woodlands package. I sprayed each tree with Rustic Wilderness and then used Stickles glitter glue to add some sparkle.
At the top left there is a very pretty poinsettia ephemera piece that came from the Snippets Ephemera pack.  I also added two glittered Bells and some pine that has been been cut from paper (Heavystock white) that I colored with Rustic Wilderness.
The bottom box was really easy to create:
  1. Use Alcohol Ink to color Baubles.  I used Lettuce, Crimson, Patina and Butterscotch.  Once dry, add all the Baubles to a plastic baggie and add a few drops of Mushroom Alcohol Ink.  Squish around and dump out onto a paper plate to dry.  Add to the Vignette box before you glue the acetate in place.
  2. Cut a piece of acetate to fit the top of the box.
  3. Stamp acetate with Staz-on Ink and the Stampers Anonymous Sketch Greenery stamp set.
  4. Adhere the acetate to the top of the box with Collage medium, let dry.
  5. Color white Heavystock paper with Rustic Wilderness Distress Spray Stain.
  6. Using the Sizzix Merry and Bright Thinlit, cut TWO sets of the words so they can be glued together to make then even thicker.  
  7. Once they are glued together, paint over each word with Collage Medium (one word at a time) and then add Rock Candy Glitter.  Let dry completely.
  8. Add the black Merry Christmas Trim Tape to the box edge (it will cover the edge of the acetate).
  9. Add the words with Collage Medium.  Let them dry in place before you move the box.  Don't worry that the letters might run off the edge of the box!  It's fine!

I added a Curio Knob to the top of the box + more cut pine and red Velvet ribbon.

Thank you everyone for stopping by!  I'll try and have another new color project up on the blog on Friday!
now carry on,


Thursday, November 5, 2020

2020 Christmas Kits

Hello friends!
We have been working very hard to create two distinctly different Christmas kits for 2020. 
 We hope you find one that suits you and that it might make this season of hope a little cheerier!
If you have any questions, please email me at

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If you would like to purchase more than one of a particular kit, this is also where you can change the quantity. 
If you want to purchase both kits, just click on the unique link below.
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The Winter Village

$129 includes US domestic shipping

The 7” x 10” wood box, with a custom base, is the perfect size for this magical winter scene.  Not only does it have Tiny Lights inside each house, but with Rock Candy glitter, Mica Flakes, and vintage-look glitter it truly is sparkly!  All the holes for lights have been pre-drilled, paper has been pre-cut, and the houses have been cut using the new Paper Village Sizzix die.  Combined, they make for an unforgettable keepsake for you or a loved one.  This kit comes delightfully packaged, as always, and includes a supply list, detailed written instructions and five pages of color step-out photos.

NOTE: A Paper Doll is included in the kit but a family photo could be substituted.

Good Tidings Journal

$119 includes US domestic shipping

This chunky 5 x 7” accordion journal has a shaker cover filled with Mica and 3 signatures to embellish with flips, folds and pockets.  Most paper has been pre-cut and pre-scored for you. Extra paper, hand stamped transparencies and plenty of ephemera and embellishments are included to make this book your own. Multiple Paper Dolls are included in the kit but family photos could always be substituted. The kit comes with supply list, detailed written instructions and 6 pages of color copy step-outs. As always, the kit comes delightfully packaged.

NOTE: Stampers Anonymous CMS414 Tapestry was used on the background and is not included in the kit.  Another similar stamp set can be substituted.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

October Tag

hello friends,

Just a quick post today with an EASY tag I created using Halloween idea-ology products.  Lets get started!
Paper from the Departed paper pad added to a #8 Etcetera Tag. Covered in Collage Medium to seal.
Bits of Departed paper ripped up and adhered to the tag with Collage Medium + Walnut Stain Crayon and Media White Gesso,
Stamp from Stampers Anonymous CMS412 Examination + Archival Ink in Black Soot.  More added crayon but this time with Black Soot.
Large Hinge Clip + 31 from the Baseboard Halloween pack.  Self-adhesive Halloween Label Tape was added across the top.
I colored the Paper Doll I chose, then used a cutting knife and self healing mat board to cut around the hands.  That let me insert the card from the Snippets Halloween pack.  Gosh I love the tiny flash cards...this is the third project in a row that I have used one of them!  Note to self...add more tiny flashcards to the next pack.  I covered the card with collage medium that allowed me to use the crayon over the top.
Clock added from the same pack as the 31.  Sting from the Mummy Cloth pack at the top.  Foam pads on the back of the Paper Dolls to raise them up to "stand" on the 31. 
Easy, easy, I tell you...
The tiny flash card gets me every time!
now carry on,

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Dreadfully Wicked

Hello friends,

Glad to be here today to share a Halloween project using the Divided Drawer for the substrate.  This projects lights up with very little trouble so it's a great project if you have never used Tiny Lights before.  Lets get started!
  1. Drill or punch a hole (awl and hammer) in the top portion of the Divided Drawer.
  2. Paint the outside and well as one shelf of the Divided Drawer with Black Soot Distress Paint.
  3. Paint the lip edge in white.
  4. Once the paint is dry, cover the interior of the large top compartment with paper from the Abandoned Paper Pad.
  5. Run the black pinked-edge tape (from the Halloween Trim Tape pack) around the lip edge. 
Thread Halloween Tiny Lights from the back of the box to the inside (Halloween Tiny lights come in a pack with both purple and orange).  I wound them up in this oval shape so they would show through the Vellum Scene.  I added a couple pieces of scotch tape to keep them in place.
This is my favorite frame from the Baseboard pack so I had to use it here.  Before adding the Halloween Vellum to the back, I used the Splatter Brush to flick orange paint over the surface.
Once the frame was ready to go, I adhered it to the box with two wood blocks so it stands up and away from the lights.
Next is to add the Paper Doll.  She can be found in the Halloween Paper Doll pack although her dress is plain black.  I wanted a different look so I used the Distress Embossing Pen to draw the stripes of her skirt.  The Embossing Pens come in a set of two, bullet tip and brush tip.  I used the brush tip which makes creating the stripes even easier.  The pen leaves a shiny mark on the surface so you can see exactly where you are drawing.  I drew 3-4 lines at a time, then stopped and embossed the lines with Crackling Campfire Distress Embossing Glaze.  I repeated the process over and over until I got to the top of the skirt.  Then for good measure I created a waistband and colored the neckline.  The mask is from the Halloween Sicker Book and it works perfectly to make her look like she fits right in at the Masquerade Ball.
I added Worn Wallpaper to the shelf for a bit of pattern.  Then placed a wood block at the bottom of her skirt so she would stand on her own with only the block glued to the bottom.  The 13 card came from the Snippets Ephemera Pack.  Just for scale, that card is only 1 1/2" long!

I wanted to fill in the hole at the right with something so I decided on a Metal Gate.  I painted the gate with Peeled Paint Distress Paint, then pounced Black Alcohol Ink over the top to grunge it up.  I just broke off the part of the gate I would use and glued it into the box with Collage Medium.  Shredded up dyed cheesecloth (peeled Paint Distress Spray Stain) is my nod to grass or moss growing up the old gate.
Once the Tiny Lights are on, the eerie glow is the perfect backdrop.
Use the Lumber 3D Texture Folder to create the woodgrain background (watercolor paper).  I sprayed the paper with Crackling Campfire Distress Spray Stain and dried with a heat too.  Then I used a Ground Espresso Ink Pad to rub directly over the surface of the woodgrain to color all the highpoint of the texture.  And lastly, I added Collage Medium to the surface give it a finished sheen.
If you look at the compartment, you can see that the left side is higher than the right.  I used a small piece of Oasis (stuff used in floral arrangements) to build up the left side.  By added the Oasis, it gave me different levels to work with and a place to push the Mushroom into, giving it the ability to stand on it's own.
As for the objects found the this compartment: the largest of the Toadstools in the pack, a Grave Relic (urn) that has been purposely broken with a hammer, a skull, and Bouquet flowers colored with Crackling Campfire and Milled Lavender.
I added the Quote Chips from the Baseboard pack to the shelf along with Hardware Heads on each end.  Since they are made from Chipboard you can cut the quotes to fit.
I couldn't decide what to do on the outside of the box so I waited till the end.  I knew I wanted something that might relate to the number 13 card so I decided on stamped numbers using Crackling Campfire Distress Paint.  I squeezed paint onto the craft sheet, then spread it thin with my finger.  I placed the numbers on the block (multiple at a time), then pressed the stamps into the paint and then on the wood box.  I love how they turned out, almost like old carnival numbers.
At the top of the box is a Finial.  I painted it with Crackling Campfire, let it dry completely, then painted it with Black Soot.  Once that was dry, I sanded it lightly with steel wool to reveal the Crackling Campfire underneath.  Perfect for a Halloween make.
Hope you liked the Halloween Divided Box featuring Crackling Campfire.  I hope you give it a go, even if it's on a smaller scale. There is still time to make something fun for Halloween! 
now carry on,