Category Archives: Tim Holtz Dies

Randy’s Father’s Day Card

I had a lot of fun making this card for Randy. I knew exactly what I wanted to do for it. I did have to experiment a little before I got it right.

Randy Father's Day

I used pretty much all tim Holtz stuff for the card. The background is TH “On the Go” texture fades. I used  the “Fresh Brewed” die set using acetate for the cup. I used acrylic paint on the back to get the coffee color. I also used the frosting from the cupcake stamp set for caramel-laced whipped cream. For the straw I used an actual Starbucks straw and ran in through the machine with the “Fresh Brewed” die. I also used a square punch for the ice cubes and dabbed white acrylic on the squares.

We went to the Black Hills in South Dakota for a three-day weekend for Father’s Day. It started out pretty hairy. For most of the 6 hour drive down there we had tornado warnings, grapefruit size hail and 90mph winds. Luckily, we were about 20 miles north of all this. Still made it hairy as at one point it was coming directly at us. We took the fast route down that way has two towns! Pretty much in the wide-open space and nowhere to go. Arrived safe and sound!

We had a wonderful time and the smell of pine was just amazing!!

Have a great week and thanks for stopping!


Three Birthday Cards

June is always a busy month of birthdays for me. Three birthdays three days in a row. I made the cards in May so I wouldn’t be so pressured when the time came. First up is my oldest sisters birthday. I used Saturated Canary “Sisters & Friends” for both of my sisters which I do not see in her shop anymore. 😦

Bev's B'day

Next is sister Deb’s card.

Deb's B'day

Third is my friend Linda. Her card is “Sybil” from Home Grown – Sugar Nellie. For some reason the minute I saw this image years ago I thought of Linda. So years later I finally make it for her.

Linda's B'day

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Have a great week!


A Birthday Card For My Sister

I’ve been doing a few different things over the past few months. I’ve gotten into Art Journaling. I’ve also been working on making an envelope album. A few other things too. Unfortunately, none of them are finished.

I haven’t picked up my copics since December so it felt like starting over again. I always enjoy coloring a Saturated Canary image. I loved this image the moment I saw it. I love taking pics of butterflies so she was perfect. I’m afraid I don’t see her in the store anymore.

Catching Butterflies

One of the new things I discovered are PanPastels. I LOVE them you can get such a soft background or a dark vivid color. The background and the large butterflies are colored with them.

I cut out and popped up the top butterfly and the girl and the small butterflies on the net.

  • Stats:
  • Digi:  Catching Butterflies – Saturated Canary
  • Stamp:  Antique Background – Hero Arts
  • Punch:  Butterflies – tonic
  • Die:  Butterflight – Tim Holtz
  • Copics:
  • Flesh:  E000 E00 E21 E11 R11
  • Hair:  E50 E23 E25 E27
  • Hair Ribbon, Top & Socks: YR0000 YR000 YR00 YR01 YR02
  • Skirt:  B91 B93 B95
  • Socks & Boots:  E50 E51 E53 E55YR02 YR01
  • Butterflies:  YR000 YR00 YR01 YR02
  • Butterfly Net:  E21 E23 E25

That’s it for me today. Thanks for stopping and looking. I always appreciate your  comments.


Randy’s Magnolia Paper Bag Mini Album

I wanted to make the guys a special project this year for Christmas. Drew’s project is in the previous post. Randy’s is a Kathy Orta waterfall pocket album. I loved doing these special projects for them. I used SEVEN Magnolia images on it.

The morning I got up to do this project I told myself I was trying all sorts of new things I’d never done before. So I’ll get right to it.

I used Merry Christmas Tilda for the cover. I also used TH mini poinsettia die along with Magnolia’s swirl die. I have watched Zoe’s videos on how to color folds but just didn’t get the hang of it. I have the Magnolia “Sweet Christmas Dreams” 2011 magazine and it has an article in it by Zoe on page 54. I feel the information just clicked for me. So here is my first attempt at folds.

Merry Christmas Tilda

In the first pocket I used Magnolia’s Fir in Snow. I’ve always loved this image. I guess my love of pine trees coming through. My first attempt at night sky. I also used the MS pine needles edge punch on the pocket.

Fir in Snow

Next up are more folds in Tilda’s apron using the Tilda with Christmas Tree.

Tilda with Christmas Tree

Randy always puts the Christmas tree lites on so I had to use Lighting Edwin. More folds on the jeans. I used the large holiday lites punch on the pocket.

Lighting Edwin

For the last pocket I used three images. Tilda with string of glitter, tighter folds, Tilda decorates Christmas tree, I did this image three times grrrrr and the Christmas tree.

Christmas Tree with Tilda Decorates Tree & Tilda with Glitter

Shot of how the album looks.

Pockets with Images

Thanks for sticking with me on such a long post. The album has two more sets of pages so the album is a work in progress.

Have a wonderful 2013! Thank you for leaving all your wonderful comments they are truly appreciated!


Drew’s Paper Bag LOTV Nativity Book

I had sooo much fun making this book for Drew’s Christmas card/present. It took me a good couple of weeks to make! It was truly a labor of love! I found the directions here for making the paper bag book. This is going to be a long post with lots of pics so grab some coffee. For me, it’s a mug of raspberry chai!

The Cover

Away in a Manger

The main thing for this pic is I made the background paper using the faux leather technique found here. This was so much fun to do! Really makes an awesome paper.

Left side of all the pages will be a pocket page with a tag in them that has a Bible verse on it.

Left Side of Pages

 Angel Gabriel

Angel Gabriel

Mary & Joseph

Mary & Joseph

Little Shepherd Boy

Little Shepherd Boy

Three Wee Kings

Three Wee Kings

Pine Cone Wreath

Pinecone Wreath

Also in the pocket of the bag that each image was glued to had a large tag that had various things typed on them. The Nativity, Psalm 23, and other favorites. Also a tag for memories of 2012 Christmas.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Ours was very quiet. After almost 11 months of unemployment we did not make a big deal with Christmas. Here’s hoping 2013 will be better.

I want to take this time to thank you for coming and spending time with me over 2012 and for all the wonderful comments you have left. They mean the world to me.

Next will be Randy’s card/present. I used 7 Magnolia images on his project.


Tim Holtz Rivet Tag For Drew

A friend (Linda) at Stamp Club made an ATC rivet one. I just loved it. She’s our Tim Holtz expert! I knew I just had to try it. I thought Drew would love it. The car on the tag was Randy’s idea. He likes to take credit for that. So I’ll spread credit around today!

I have to say I have never done most of the stuff on the tag. If you know me at all I’m rather anal about everything being lined up and straight. So the tag was a challenge for me. Unfortunately, things are pretty much lined up. Baby steps, baby steps!! LOL Next one will be a little less straight.

I had sooooo much fun making this. Trying different things as I realized I didn’t have what I needed. Of all the reinkers I have I didn’t have black soot!! I ended up using tuxedo black ink to dye my ribbon black. Drew that may be another reason you got black on your hands. Sorry about that!!

I found the directions for making the rivet tag in Tim’s second book A Compendium Of Curiosities.

This was just a “thinking of you and love you” tag for Drew. The goal line is within reach so go after it with gusto my precious son!! Love you, Mom

Once again thank you for visiting with me for a while and as always love reading your comments. They mean a great deal to me. We are in a very dark period right now.

I have two very large projects I’m making the guys for Christmas. They may have to be added to over the next few Christmas’ as they may be too large to get done.

Trying to be grateful for the small things. Thank you Annette for posting your “grateful fors” to FB so if I haven’t made my list it reminds me to do so!


Tim Holtz Dies Halloween Card For Drew

I made this Halloween card using all TH dies and one stamp. I really like how it turned out. Life was a little stressful here so I forgot to take a pic of it. So I had Drew take a pic at school for me. I think he did a great job.

We’ve got a refrig reflection thing going on. LOL I’m not complaining at all as he told me all the stuff he had to remove off the top to take the pic. I have the most supportive guys of my hobby! I hope they know how much I appreciate them!! Drew took three pics but I don’t care to have my sloppy writing showing so will just share the easel back. LOVE the easel back!

  • Dies:  Rickety House, Branch Tree & On the Fence – TH/Bats & Ghosts – QK’s
  • Distress Inks:  scattered straw, wild honey, spiced marmalade, rusty hinge & black soot – moon colors

Once again I took pics of our maple out front and my gorgeous mums. They look like a small bush!!

I guess it has been to long since I posted I had a heck of a time with pics! I’d put one in and the other would disappear! I made Drew a “Just Because” card and am waiting for him to get it then will post it. All things I’ve never done before. I really liked it!

Thanks for visiting with me and leaving your love. I always appreciate you taking the time to do that.

Have a great rest of the week!