It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

We received our first beautiful snow, with big fluffy snowflakes. It really got me in the mood. I haven’t posted in a while due to my day job keeping me very busy. Things will start to slow down now until the new year and I’m so excited to spend some special time with those I love.

I have been working on Christmas cards and will be posting a couple a day so that I don’t break the blog. This first one is mostly Tim Holtz products, except for the deer. Living in the U.K. I don’t have access to all the new releases, in fact I’m still waiting on some and it looks like I won’t have them before Christmas. I coloured the trees with TH crayons, super easy, just remember to collage medium before you start.

Here’s another one, a bit simpler. I wish I had used the snowflake S bossing folder rather than the stars but I was just experimenting with this one.

I think it still turned out pretty.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a few more, need to pop some in the post now.

”Tis the Season to stop and enjoy, be sure to enjoy.



Getting Spook On!

Hi There!

This year I caught the bug, the one that wants to play with spooky things. I’m really creeped out by horror stuff, just ask my family. They like to see me scream in fright. Anyway, I dipped my hand in just a few Halloween dies and thought I’d give it a go.

I have to admit, for this one, it was fun duty I have no idea what I’m going to do with it.

I used the Tim Holtz distress crayons to get the grunge look, I still can’t believe how easy it is to do.

I use grit paste and the Christmas word stencil for the font to do the beware. I used the different letters to create, Took some patience but it worked.

The next one is for my grandchildren. I used the oxide inks on black card. It makes the perfect night sky. The cute trick or treaters match my 5 GC πŸ‘ΆπŸ» and 🐢, so it’s perfect. I stacked them and topped with black glitter card. I had forgotten that I had the holiday word dies that included Halloween. It’s extra special when you realise you have something that you completely forgot about.

They really don’t do trick or treat here in the πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ and I miss it! This just a nice reminder of home. Hope everyone has a spooky Halloween.


Back to School You Go!

Time to head back to school already for read’n an writen an rithmatic. Here’s my take for the Simon says Monday challenge. First time using the little clip board.  Another fun thing to play on. 

The Tim Holtz paper dolls add so much whimsy and character. 

I also used some of my hoarded stash that I vowed to use at the beginning of the year. I have to find room for all the new things I’ve been adding. I really have a problem!  But it could be worse couldn’t it?  

Anyway, get the kiddies ready for school and the do a little celebration dance in your craft room. 



I’m Back with Lots of New Goodies!

Spent most of the summer across the pond enjoying our precious time with family ~ boy do I miss them!  In between seeing everyone I spent some time shopping, even though it was only about 6 months sine my last trip I still found many new and wonderful things. So…I’ve been having some fun creating with my new stuff.

This post will focus on the sizzix die by Tim Holtz with the beautiful bird and flowers. I wanted to see how many things I could come up with; however, there is just not enough free time to play. 
This first one is just a basic, easy to put together quick card that anyone could do. And yet it’s still beautiful. Monochromic using using SU Night of Navy paper. 

The next one I wanted to use some new embossing powder by Allure called Fractured Ice. I’ve recorded some of the steps. The next photo shows the back ground I created with distress oxide inks. Cracked pistachio, broken china, faded jeans, and wilted violet. Once I got the colours together, I spritzed pearl mist cosmic shimmer. Now the finished project after adding some bling. And my last project turned out nothing like I had anticipated. I was going to cut the bird and flowers apart and do a couple of different projects; however I got sidetracked and ended up wanting to use the oxide inks on the black card. I sponged the different colours on and then added crazing medium. It kept that chalky appearance. Meanwhile I created the background with a text stand and shadow grey archival ink, then layered the die image in to it. I thought it needed something fun ~ you can see what I added. Anyway, pretty surprised by the outcome. 

Not sure which is my favourite, seems to be pretty versatile. What do you think?

Hope you’re enjoying the last bits of summer!  But leave time for your creative side too!



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.