Flowers & Butterflys

Here are a few cards I made. She me are for special people and others are just because. That way I’ll always have cards on hand when I’ve forgotten that special event or a m too busy to create something new. 

This first one is with the Tim Holtz flower garden set. I love that there are now coordinating dues. I hate fussy cutting. 

This next one is with the Tim holtz new butterfly dies. Cosmic shimmer mist is perfect for them. 


Beautful Flutterbys

This is the first time I’ve used something different from cardstock for one of my mixed media creations. I used a Tim Holtz framed panel and really didn’t know where to start. I searched Pinterest for inspiration and could find any detailed instructions. So I resorted to just experimenting, after all, we’re supposed to embrace imperfection, right!  I used a few paints and then just started smearing different colors with my finger, trying to get a grunge effect. I added distress collage crazing but didn’t get the desired effect. Then I used the distress crayons and rubbed in some vintage photo to add to the shading. I think it kind of turned out shabby pretty. 

You can’t tell from the photos how many layers I’ve added. I have difficulty knowing when enough is enough but I think these layers blended well. Needless to say, I had to hold the frame down for a bit as it kept popping off. 

Here are a few close ups. 

Hope you enjoy!

Until next time. 


Distress Oxide Inks ~ Oh My!

I have been spending most of my spare time experimenting with these new inks and I think they’re the greatest thing since sliced bread. There are endless possibilities and it’s not just smearing ink on card. It’s like paint to an artist. One of the first things I did was to try different colours and multiple layers. On this example, once I got the desired effect I randomly stamped with pumice stone distress ink. Even though the oxide was dry, it reacted with the distress ink and gave it a blurred effect. I then stamped the dragonfly I jet black archival ink, and the again on vellum paper where I embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I coloured the dragonfly on the backside of the paper with faded jeans and peeled paint. Added a few embellishments and a pretty ribbon. Wallah!

Around the world!

I travel a lot for work and when I saw this globe die cut I knew it had unlimited possibilities. I’ve been experimenting with the new Tim Holtz distress oxide inks and different embossing powders and techniques. Here are a few of my creations. 

Here’s another creation with a different look. 

And finally, one using my beautiful paper stash that I tend to hoard. Just some simple embellishment with grundge paste and stencils, design tape and bam…it’s done.