I just love this globe die!

I am really inspired with this globe die. As you can see from my previous posts this has become my go to, especially for more masculine themes. 

I’m entering it into the Simon Says Monday Challenge as a way to encourage myself to try new things. As you can see, I’ve done a little bit of everything with stencils and stamps. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Cheers ~ Joanne

Grundgy Men that I Love

I love the Tim Holtz masculine products, it gives me so much more to work with. Not only do we have Father’s Day coming up, I also have some very important events in my men’s lives to celebrate. 

My son will soon be taking command of a battery in the US Army and I wanted to convey many things to him, mostly that I’m proud of him and he can make a difference!  I also took the opportunity to incorporate the Simon Says Monday challenge of circles. 

Here’s one using the photo holders which I used as a kind of envelop. I do love this stamp set. 

Here’s the rain man that I painted with distress white, stamped in pumice and embossed. 

And that’s it for now. Thanks for stopping by. Let me know what you think. 



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. 

December Tag: 2016

I’m frantically trying to get everything done before heading back to the states to spend Christmas with our family. So, I put my 2nd tag together without any do-overs and realised my shadow press is a bit large and you can’t see the patterned burlap. I used the clockwork stencil with fossilised amber spray stain. It set the theme for my tag~time, treasure every moment!  Hope you take time this holiday season to treasure every moment with those who matter most to you. 

So here is my take on this months challenge. Since I don’t have any shadow press I thought I’d create my own shadow using the thinlits No. 5 dies by double punching in contrasting colours. I think it has a similar effect. 

12 Tags of 2016: November 

Ok, so I’ve been a silent observer for far too long and I’ve decided to give it a go and do the Tim Holtz tag monthly challenge.  I know I’m starting at the end of 2016 but better late than never. The thing really holding me back was having to create a blog to post my work on. It sounded more difficult than it actually was. If I can do it anyone can!  


My very first tag!  Sorry, I haven’t figured out how to edit the layout or the pictures here. I’m sure it’ll improve with time.  

First blog post


Love is More than Emotion

Welcome to my blog, a place where I can share my creative musings with others who have similar expressive tendencies. Being creative means experimenting with all sorts of different elements and not limiting your imagination to paper and ink. Join me on this colourful journey.