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stamping fun for CHA

hi folks…that whole 'new year, new you' thing applies to blogs too, right?!  i wanted a simpler look…down to basics so i can focus on the creativity.  it's time to turn my intentions (i so very much want to share doing what i love with anyone willing to have a look) into reality. so let's start with today. just a simple post to share some of the samples i made for the stampers anonymous booth at CHA…how would that be?!

every tim holtz release i think…this one is my favorite!! i am just amazed at the incredible things that man comes up with!!

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first we have this gorgeous rose image from the 'lady rose' set…i loved coloring this image!

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i found myself really loving the 'sideshow' set…i have some fun things in mind for these images!

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and…then there are the new 'crazy cats'…seriously...

(and, that is the new 'mixed media 2' set in the background!)

ready for more of the cats?!

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yeah. then there is that. the 'mini bird crazy & things' along with the 'crazy talk' works fabulously with the cats…of course!

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right?! he cracks me up. those eyes, tho. also loved playing with the new stencils…so many good ones!

thanks for stopping in…see you soon!





Light My Fire

howdy folks…yes, i know. but, welcome back.

my daughter and i were in a chain gift shop recently and we came across jars filled with matches that had a little square of grit paper that you could strike the match on…they were pricey for what they were and i immediately knew i had just the things to make my own with more of 'me' in the project.

so here is my version...


i knew i wanted it to be vintage looking, so OF COURSE i turned to my Tim Holtz stash…as always...

IPhotofirst, i picked a few metal embellishments; painted them with tarnished brass distress paint and inked them up mushroom alcohol ink to 'vintage them up'...


next, i painted the top to my Tim Holtz mini mason jar with picket fence distress paint…i let it dry a bit them wiped some of the paint off and then muddied it up with more mushroom alcohol ink…LOVE this look so much! at this point i wiped a little paint onto the jar and wiped it off to allow the embossing to stand out and make it less perfect...


i filled my jar with my favorite green matches…and cut a piece of the match strike off the box...


i chose some ephemera pieces from different ephemera packs of Tim's and inked them up with gathered twigs ink…and, yes, indeed i did ink the match strike too...


i chose the word 'shine' from the small talk stickers and inked that up...


i added vintage thread to the arrow (love love love when Paula Cheney does this!!!) and bent it slightly so it wrapped on the jar nicely…time to assemble!


i used matte multi medium to adhere the layers…and brown paper string to add the number token...


i absolutely adore the look of those green matches in there…it blows away the jar we saw in the gift store.  i love finding something great and realizing you can make it (and actually do it!!!) with your own touches...


man, that top is incredible…lighting my candles this fall is going to be just that much better with this little jar!!

thanks for stopping in…next time you see something in a store and have a thought 'i can do that'…DO IT…it feels amazing to complete a project and enjoy it!!




More CHA 2015 Stamper's Anonymous Samples for Tim Holtz

here we go...sharing the rest of my samples for the new release by Tim Holtz for Stamper's Anonymous...

this next one was a total surprise...i didn't know how much I would love these guys until i colored this project...


yeah, that just fun!


i personally, happen to really love how this card came out...all the details really came together for a great card. the flowers are from the fun new set, flower garden. next, i used the new background stamps, dots & floral to stamp the patterns on the tea cups...they stamped onto the die cut watercolor paper beautifully!


another incredible new floral stamp is this one, botanical sketch.  it is so versatile and here, super fun to color.


okay, back to more new blueprints with this globe...and the handwritten thoughts stamp...lots of layers on this one!


also, from the schoolhouse set, these stacked books are so 'em!


another handwritten thought and the great mariner set...


this set has so many i did a watercolored background and kept it simple.


lastly, here is a sample with the new watercolor set...such a great layering set...i must play with it some more soon!

i hope you enjoyed seeing my samples and hope you check all the new sets Tim shared on his blog here...there are so many must haves and more that i haven't played wiht yet!


CHA 2015 Stamper's Anonymous Samples for Tim Holtz

my favorite part of CHA (for those that don't know, this is the Craft & Hobby Association Show in Anaheim, CA where manufacturers share all their new products) every January is coming away so inspired by the amazing talent the paper craft industry has as well as getting to catch up with friends.   

this year, I was once again invited to play with the new stamps releasing by Tim Holtz through Stamper's Anonymous.  this release is nothing short of fabulous…so many innovative and fun images to color.  and, you know how much I love to color!!!

today I thought I would just do a quick post of my samples, and later I will post a few tutorials (dare I say, even a video one?!).

first up is what has to be my all time, forever and ever, favorite blue print stamps…are you ready for this? I'm not sure you can handle  it…I know I gasped when I first saw these stamps...





the stamps and dies are everything a girl could ask love love them!


see that straw? yeah, it's perfect...that is an element of the die...which i used to CUT A STRAW out of a STRAW with...yeah, i'm nerdy like that...

now, let's move on to more favorite stamps, shall we?


feel free to take a minute...i can't stand how fun these guys are...they were the talk of the show, and i have some great plans for them...look for those projects soon!


more favorite stamps are just perfection, so adorable!


i am in love with this buggy, it's not a great picture of this card...but you will forgive me (maybe this will be a good one to share later, so we have a better look at it!?



i really like that there are sets for every age, the babies, elementry kids, and older...


i think we have covered a lot today, it's all so wonderful...i will share more samples tomorrow...and let you simmer down a moment! 

thanks for stopping in!


Vintage Trees

Dreams become reality when intentions become action.

i don't know where that quote originated, but today it resonates with me.  i always have good intentions...i have dreams like everyone else.  So what happens between the 'i want to make that' or 'what a great idea, i want to try that'...even the 'i can't wait to try that'? something is missing between intention and execution.

i don't typically do new year's resolutions...i figure i am just setting myself up for failure. because, of course, i have the best intentions but no follow through. so, instead, this time it is all about the "action speaks louder than words."

i LOVED this sweet project by Paula Cheney when she posted the much so, i commented on it that i wanted to try i have in the past...

well...this time I DID IT!  i didn't intend to do it...I REALLY DID IT!! here is my version...


one of the things that i didn't let stop me was the 'but, i don't have every thing she used' or the 'i don't have time''s about using what you have and CREATING THE TIME! cause, face it, none of us have the time to do all the things we love.  we have to create it.  and, i am so happy i did...i love this little tree.  it will sit on my desk all year to remind me to create the time to do the things i love and take action, not just intend to do it.


Paula's technique for these vintage look ornaments is perfect...they look amaizng!


and, can we talk about these super cute snowballs!!!??? love them!

so, i hope you create some time during this crazy time of year to do something you have intended to do...make it a reality and share what you love!


You Are the Best Card and Mini Distress Winner

hi folks! i am humbled and grateful for all of your sweet, encouraging comments...truly, thank you!!!!


i came home from work and took a little while to unwind and make this simple card...the ice cream cone is from a blueprint stamp set; i watercolored it with distress markers and a water brush...

the back ground was a fun experiment...i inked some gray card stock with perfect medium through a distress stencil, added sticky embossing powder, heat embossed it and added pumice stone distress glitter...a little inking with pumice stone distress ink and a mini ink blending tool added a great dimension...i think i will be trying this on other projects!

to make the banner i used a distress ink black soot marker and inked just the words i was looking for on the hash tag set and stamped them all willy nilly for a casual sentiment...

thank you for stopping in and i hope you enjoyed today's was wonderful to get some inky time in!!!

now...on to the winner:


Oh, Wow! This is gorgeous! I would have never thought I would have to have that bell stamp, but now I don't know how I will survive without it! I love the minis, too, and treat them like a watercolor palette--my go-to watercolors. I would love to win the new sets! Thanks for the opportunity!

Posted by: Emily Barker | August 16, 2014 at 03:26 PM

please send me your information at so i can send out your mini sets!!



Mini Distress Ink Love

hi folks! it's an exciting day! Ranger is releasing the final 3 sets of Mini Distress Inks!! sets 10, 11 & 12...make the collection complete!!


look how cute they look in the Mini Distress Ink Storage Tins...


i knew i would LOVE the minis..let's be honest...because they are CUTE...AND MINI!!!! who doesnt love that???

but, here's the that i have been using them for a while now, i love them for so much more!!! yes, they are cute, and mini...and convenient, and easily portable, and great for some cool techniques that are just easier because of their size...what went from love at first sight, went to truly, madly, lasting love...

now that i put that out there...let's do some creating! stick with me till the end...there's a GIVEAWAY to be had!!!


today's project is this noel card using blueprint stamps...didn't see that coming, did ya?!


we are going to ink our blueprint evergreen stamps with all the green minis in the new sets and stamp onto watercolor paper for our background


i love that the minis make it possible to ink my stamp without masking off the areas on the stamp that i don't want to ink...and i am able to ink a few colors on the stamp at a time for the varigated pine...


after stamping varigated pine all around the edge of your watercolor paper (5 1/4 X 4) using the blueprint and mini blueprint stamp, spritz the background lightly with water and dry with heat tool


spritz the background with gathered twigs distress marker and spritz tool


ink edges with mini tea dye and mini ink blending tool, set aside


stamp jingle bells from blueprint sets onto watercolor paper using jet black archival ink


paint bells with brushed pewter distress stain mixed with a little water, dry with heat tool or allow to air dry then using black soot & pumice stone distress marker and a water brush, add shading 


ink edges with tea dye


add memo pins using multi medium (i use scraps of tissue tape to keep the pins flat on the back)


use pine needles mini to ink edges of backing watercolor paper 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 folded in half (this piece can be 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 adhered to a card to save the amount of watercolor paper you use if you like)...i love the control you have with the minis on this!


spritz with water, do not blot but dry quickly with the heat tool to keep color dark


adhere pine background to card base with foam tape


stamp holly on watercolor paper using jet black archival ink, color using ditress markers and water brush


cut out and ink edges with tea dye ink with mini blending tool


dye ribbon by pressing festive berries mini onto craft sheet, spritz with water, and swipe ribbon through ink...use heat tool to dry


tie ribbon onto bells through the memo pins, add foam to the back of all images 


stamp noel in jet black archival ink in upper right corner and layer images using foam and glossy accents made it to the end! now, for the giveaway...

leave a comment on this post for your chance to win sets 10, 11, & 12 mini distress inks...i'll choose a winner next friday, august 22!

UPDATE: Thank you for all the sweet comments! Winner will be announced on blog Monday!

hope you enjoyed today's go get inky!