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!


Tissue Tape Masking Tutorial

today i wanted to share a video tutorial that i did using a fun technique i use when i want to have an image pop in a unique way...


we will be doing this background masking that makes the image the center of's simple, quick AND fun...


i hope you enjoyed the tutorial and try it for yourself!

UPDATE: I shared another tutorial using this technique on the Inspiration Emporium Blog...pop on over for another project using this cool technique!





Distress Marker Love

as you may know, i have alwasys loved coloring...and my favorite thing to do (besides color outside the lines) is to use markers.  again, you may know how in L.O.V.E. with Copic markers I was (still am for some things)...well, that love does not even compare to the love i have for Distress Markers.  

i A.D.O.R.E. them


they are what i use to get this look...they are my all time favorite to use to color the blueprint stamps in the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous line...


i have a few tips and tricks that i use to get my coloring to pop...these images show the detail really's all about imperfection and getting a great contrast with a dark shade on one side...


i could go on and on about well they blend, how vibrant the colors stay even when using my favorite detail water brush...


how you get such depth with JUST ONE COLOR MARKER...sorry to go all caps on you...but seriously, look at that ribbon!


this one was just in case you wanted to see it on a the larger ribbon...#love


all in the details...embrace imperfection...and color outside the lines!!

all of these were samples i made for CHA in Jan, apparently during my 'ignore my blog' that i am back, i wanted to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU...and to give back a little...

comments are a BIG DEAL to a blogger...they let us know we aren't just sitting here typing and pouring our hearts into our posts all for lets us know if you like what we are motivates us, inspires us, and pushes us to continue to post...

so THANK YOU for stopping in and a HUGE THANK YOU to those that take a moment to cheer me on!

to show my appreciation...I have put together a surprise prize package for one lucky winner that commented on my last post during the Inspiration Emporium Easter Egg Hunt...

Love your bunny! Distress markers rock!

Posted by: Nancy Zunic | April 20, 2014 at 07:09 PM

CONGRATULATIONS NANCY!!! thank you for taking the time to comment...and, I agree...DISTRESS MARKERS ROCK!!

here is your prize package...your very own signed copy of Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities 3, one of each water brush i use to color, various distress markers, 3 distress ink mini sets, and a mini ink blending tool...


Nancy, please email me to claim your prize!

i hope you found a litlte inspiration here today, and get some time to play with markers soon!


Inspiration Emporium Easter Egg Hunt

hi folks! Inspiration Emporium is having an Easter Egg Hunt!!! how fun is that!?  if you haven't been to the Inspiration Journal first...head there for the first part of the hunt! and, as always, we all appreciate your comments and following!


i have been having fun making some sweet little Easter decorations...but of course, you KNOW how I love to watercolor using my distress markers...


i never tire of playing with markers!  i am however, looking forward to the upcoming Online Card Class: Watercolor for Card Makers...

Image 13

it sounds like it will be A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!!! the Inspiration Emporium Easter Egg Hunt will have some great prizes, including a few spots in this class!!! 

so, here is my letter if you are playing along...


next, you will head over to Big Mama's twitter to see her tweet of her letter: @BigMamaP23 (we love our mama, be sure to show her some L.O.V.E.!!).

have fun playing along and have a wonderful and blessed Easter!