Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Halloween 2018 Release

howdy folks! 

today i am sharing a card i made for the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous 2018 Release facebook live event...go check it out here to see all the stamps and stencils along with some amazing samples!

one of my favorite sets is Nature's Wonders CMS343...i love the grungy leaves as much as i love the quotes!


i colored the leaves with distress markers...of course. and watercolored the background a bit along with some shading with pumice stone.


i love the detail in the leaves...the grungy spots add detail and texture...i played off of them in my watercoloring.  the images are stamped on distress watercolor paper with archival black ink. using the stamp platform means i can stamp a few times on the textured paper and get a clean image...

you can also see here my 'technique' (i use that term loosely!) for the shading/shadows...the key for me is to not take it seriously and not follow any rules...just do what looks good to my eye and go with it!


the quote was added onto a scrap of black card stock; i used pinking shears to just add a little detail to one side...the edges of the card base and quote are inked with an ink blending tool and vintage photo distress ink. a little 'not too serious' wonky black stitching and the card was just layered on some distress cardstock.


thank you for stoping in, i love how this card came out...i can't wait to play some more with this stamp set. i will be sharing more samples in October and November from this release!




More Creativation 2018 Stampers Anonymous Release Samples

hello lovely folks!  today i am sharing a few more cards i made for Tim Holtz' Stamper's Anonymous Creativation 2018.

i think you are all aware of my love for the blueprint stamps...they are super fun and easy to color and so very versatile!


first up, is this 'best' card...i cut the frame out of distress water color cardstock, stamped grapes from CMS336 Mini Blueprints 10 in Jet Black Archival Ink.  the wine glass is stamped the same way using CMS333 Wine Blueprint stamp. the images are colored with distress ink markers...of course!  the edges were lightly inked using vintage photo distress ink and an ink blender. the ribbon is cut from the gold in the metallic paper stash and rubbed with steel wool. adding a pressed tag was the finishing touch.


up next is this card using  CMS334 Beer Blueprints and CMS336 Mini Blueprints 10.  these images are colored the same way...edges also inked with vintage photo and an ink blending tool.  The frame is cut from silver metallic stash kraft cardstock, rubbed with steel wool, and inked with mushroom alcohol ink...just love that aged look.  the base as well as the oval under the focal image is Distress Woodgrain Cardstock.  i first rubbed it with gathered twigs Distress Oxide Ink, sprayed it with water and dried it with a heat tool. a final touch of rubbing the top with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink Pad made the woodgrain pop.


this cheerful (and much more colorful than i ever venture) card is layered on a watercolored background done with Twisted Citron and the wrinkle free technique...the edges were brightened up with more Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress ink and an ink blending tool.The beverages were inked with distress markers (of course...) and the same inking added...the cheers was cut with Tim Holtz Alphanumeric 1" Tall dies.

i hope you enjoyed these refreshing cards (LOL)...see you soon with more fun!



Creativations 2018 - Tim Holtz Blog Hop and Give Away

welcome folks!  i am so glad you are here!  

i am so happy to be part of the Creativations 2018 - Tim Holtz Blog Hop and Give Away...there are so many amazingly talented folks in this group of artists!  from here, you will head on over to the incredible Zoe Hillman's blog...have fun and show her some love! read to the bottom for the give away details!!!


one of my favorite stamps from the new release is Glorious Bouquet CMS325...it is so detailed and versatile.  it's great how you can choose what areas of the stamp are perfect for your project.


i started out by stamping the part of the flowers i wanted to use vertically on a piece of patterned paper from the Paper Stash Memoranda.  i used the Stamping Platform to stamp the image twice with Archival black ink.


for coloring, i chose to do a base of Distress Oxide Ink using a detail water brush. i dried the ink with a heat tool in between colors...


this is what the base looks like...pretty, but then i added the depth.  the distress oxide ink makes for a great base for coloring with markers...


on the left, is one layer of coloring with a detail water brush and Worn Lipstick Distress Marker...on the right, is a second layer of coloring...


and, the final pop with a lil marker to paper coloring!  you can see how the pink flower now pops...


here is another look at the steps on the leaves using Peeled Paint Distress Markers...i love the depth of the leaves on the left of the bottom picture.


here is a look at the final colored image. to finish the card, i sewed the image layer to card stock and layered on the card base.  a simple black cotton thread bow finished off the simple card.

thank you for stopping by on the blog hop, enjoy the rest of the hop!!!




We have a few prizes to give away just leave a comment on ALL the different blog hop posts for a chance to win! 


Comments must be posted by midnight PST on Tuesday, February 6th. 

Winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 7th on Richele's blog (californiaARTgirl.blogspot.com


below, find a list of the creative line up of amazing talent...have fun visiting all the folks and don't forget to leave a comment!!



Paula Cheney

Vicki Evans

Emma Williams

Cathie Parreco

Kaz Hall

Jan Hobbins

Jenny Marples


Tami Bastians

Audrey Pettit

Mou Saha

Richele Christensen


Kath Stewart

Cheiron Brandon

Stacy Hutchinson

Chelle Fowler (me!)

Zoe Hillman

Joy Kennedy

Bobbie Smith

Creativation 2018 Stampers Anonymous Release Samples

hi Folks!  today i wanted to share a few samples i made for Tim Holtz and the Stamper's Anonymous Booth at Creativation.  these are using sets shipping now...


the stamp set Pennants CMS330 is one of my favorites...i have a mad love for pennants. i cut the 'class of' out of felt and love the look. the lined background and merchants set complete this card perfectly!


the set Entomology CMS328 did not exactly scream my name...however, i loved coloring these lil critters! this fun colored layer is on a layer of distress wood card stock...one of my favorite things!

i hope you enjoyed these cards...check our Tim's Blog to see all the stamps and come back tomorrow for a blog hop!!


All I Want For Christmas Card

howdy! welcome back! i am so happy to share another card i created for the Tim Holtz Holiday 2017 Inspiration Series.  i have really loved all of the amazing projects...be sure to head over to Tim's instagram and blog to get your inspirational fix!


the carved stamp sets released by Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous this year are all so fun and super easy to put together for quick cards. here i used the Carved Christmas 1 and Mini Carved Christmas stamp sets.

i stamped the background using distress inks in festive berries and evergreen bough.  i used my stamp platform to stamp the images several times to get a deep color...it works so so well!


the black stars are done with black soot ink, an ink blending tool sponge (a round one, kinda folded like a taco) inked through a taped off Starry stencil...meaning, i taped off an area where i could just ink one star and moved my stencil around.  i inked it really well to get a deep color.


i used a detail water brush to color the saying in the stocking after stamping with black archival ink...sometimes i color all the words and other times, i leave one word white to pop...here i did Christmas a different color to stand out.

i have a mad obsession with the Alpha Parts Frozen snowflakes with clear rock candy glitter...so i added them along with a die cut snowflake behind my popped up focal image. 


then just a simple crinkle ribbon bow and then layer it all together...simple, sweet, and a holiday favorite of mine.


thank you for joining the fun!


Sweet Little Felt Embroidered Hoops

hello, folks!

today i wanted to share these sweet lil hoops i have been having fun making...they are 4" muslin hoops that i hand stitch felt die cuts onto...


what some of you may not know is that the first crafts i ever did were needle crafts. my mother owned The Needlecraft Gallery in Monterey Park, CA for most of my childhood.  i learned to do latch hook (ha!), cross stitch, embroidery, needlepoint, knitting, and crocheting...


to this day, it is my 'go to' craft when i want to relax (i am working on TWO throws at the moment) and it usually involves reminiscing about that store and all the growing up i did there.


i love the combo of simple muslin and felt with the hand stitching...


i added words that seemed appropriate with archival ink to each of the die cut images to finish them off...they are a cute little addition to a vignette or to hang on the wall.


i used my Tim Holtz movers and shapers (get em if and where you can, they are retired!) as well as my own pattern for the stocking.  you can use any dies that cut felt...so the possibilities are endless. this globe is one of my favorites!


all of the words are stamps from Tim's Hashtags (i just didn't include the #) and Simple Sayings sets and individual letter stamps.  I used Tim's stamp platform to get them right in the spot i wanted them.


these sweet little hoops truly are stitched with love...i really enjoy hand stitching...like really.


i hope you enjoy these lil guys (they are available in the Sunday Junkin etsy shop) and learning a little about me.


Christmas Cheer Card


hello folks!  i have another card i made for the Tim Holtz Holiday 2017 Inspiration Series.  check out Tim's instagram daily to see some incredible projects that are sure to inspire! also, he recaps all the deliciousness on his blog weekly, so hop on over there while you are at it!


i love this santa from the Christmas Classic set...he is so great to color and i love the holly detail.  i really love to add dimension with coloring even when it is a single layer.  i stamped all of the details in black archival ink then colored the images with distress markers. inking the edges last with broken china and iced spruce.


here is a closer look at the coloring...it's simple but gives plenty of depth and pop.


one of my favorite ways to add a vintage touch to my projects is to add silver or gold metallic kraft that i have rubbed over with steel wool...sometimes a lot, sometimes (like here) a little.  sandpaper is also a great way to give texture to the paper.  i love the way it looks as is or even inked with something like gathered twigs or walnut stain distress ink. here i made a rosette after i took the shine off.

to add a little more silver detail, i used a silver sharpie in my distress marker spritzer...you can see it there on the greenery. i finished off the cheer banner with the sharpie as well.


to finish off the card, i layered the image on more 'distressed' silver metallic paper then black...this is a card i can see duplicating for Christmas cards.

thank you for stopping it!





O'Christmas Tree

hello! welcome back!

today i am sharing a sweet lil card i made for the Tim Holtz Holiday 2017 Inspiration Series. i am incredibly grateful to get to play with such amazing products from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous!


i adore this lil tree from the set Tattered Christmas. when i saw the new stamp release for holiday this set was at the top of my list...i L.O.V.E. coloring these images!


i stamped the tree and holly on distress watercolor paper and colored the images using distress markers and a detail water brush. each image is outlined with watered down pumice stone...i do this in a quick 'don't over think it' way and love the results...easy way of making images pop.

the sentiment from the Watercolor Trees set was perfect for this image and fit perfectly in the label stamp from Simple Sayings.

IMG_2315then i layered o top of a crisp stamped background from the Sparkles and Christmas set..super easy to stamp several times using black archival ink on the water color paper for a deep, crisp image using the Stamp Platform from Tim Holtz and Tonic!!

i inked up all the edges with pumice stone distress ink and layered my card...it's simple and sweet.


thank you for stopping in!


Tim Holtz Assemblage

so i might have lost my mind a lil...in a really good way! i was in love at first sight with Tim's new jewelry line with Joann Fabric & Craft Stores. and, by lose my mind i may or may not mean that i drove to 3 different stores in search of the line...which is funny in that a) it was readily available to order on the Joann's website and on sale b) it was clearly stated that it would be in stores LATER in the week c) the likely hood of it being out was slim, but that wasn't going to stop me...hence this excitement...


i have to thank Diane and Marlene at my local Joanns for going above and beyond for us...we were just a lil excited and they had the best time listening to us oooh and ahhh over all the incredible products...it really felt like Christmas morning...just so so good.


i literally had already put the buckle cuff on before we checked out...i wore it around the store...it's my favorite!


i posted this picture on instagram...calling it my '5 minute collection'...it was seriously 5 minutes once i sat down to play...the cuff was already on, the bead chain bracelet went on next, and the gunmet link bracelet i simply removed 2 links and popped it on.  next, the necklace was just adding charms to the large lobster claw...so so easy! all i used was a pair of pliers...and, honestly, a few times i got excited and just used my fingers...


i am by no means good at making jewelry...a true novice...so i wanted to start the more detailed playing by trying my hand at the gorgeous necklace Tim showed on his video and blog (go see here!!!) 


here is my simpler version...it took me about a half hour and it was super easy!!  i am in love with it...so so good!


then this one...the details on all the charms are gorgeous!! i did tint the rhinestones with mushroom alcohol ink to soften them...


one of the things i love about this whole collection is how much variety there is...the vintage pieces range from sparkly to more industrial...truly something for everyone!  


so...literally 5 minutes on this one too...this is definitely one that i think is going to be my go-to every day piece...simple with a lil sparkle...mad love.


and here they are...not bad for a first try! i couldn't stop playing...this stuff practically makes itself! i am so excited to play some more and go back and see what other trinkets i can pick up...there are already pieces i wish i had grabbed!!! i can't wait to see what other inspiration is posted on social...i just know there are going to be so many things i will want to try!

thank you for stopping in and sharing in the excitement of this new line...i hope you love it as much as i do!




More Creativation 2017 Samples

i'm back today to share more samples i made for the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Creativation 2017 release...


the two sets that immediately 'spoke' to me were Flutter and Illustrated Garden...they are beautiful and incredible to color...so so pretty.  i created this lil 'shiplap' background with woodgrain cardstock and simple ink blending...i love how it came together.


the next set that spoke straight to my heart, is Flower Jar...my daughter teases me about my love affair with jars; can one ever have too many jars?!  vines and roses background stamp is perfect for watercolor stamping...what a great combo!! the woodgrain cardstock strikes again...its just a perfect touch...


sometimes simplicity and monochrome palettes can have a lovely impact...i love using numbers and images to make a simple impact...i loved how this came out...


here is another simple card with impact...i used tissue tape (yes, it's a favorite technique of mine) to mask off the verse then did a quick blended background with spritz and flick.  the tim holtz craft thread makes it's appearance again...along with mirrored stars that i first inked with mushroom alcohol ink then silver alcohol ink mixative...they look so cool in person.

thank you for stopping in...can't wait to share hipster...they were a sneak attack favorite!!