Selfish Purchase!

So this week was hellishfor me!  Craziness at work and even more with Scouts.    By Thursday I had had enough.  I walked into Joannes with the goal of purchasing the Tim Holtz mixed media scissors.  Thats right shopping therapy and I hate shopping!!   The hope is to replace my Fiskar sewing scissors with these.   I had been looking for these scissors for weeks with no success.  But on this day there would be success!!

There on the wall were the scissors that would make me happy and there above them was a 40% off sale sign – BONUS!!  I had brought a coupon and now I didn’t have to use it.  That’s when I saw a Tim Holtz Clockworks stencil – what!  I hadn’t seen that stencil in any store and knew it would great with the Spellbinder Sprocket die I had bought months ago.  Hello coupon!

Well lets just say that shopping therapy was a complete success. Purchased both and spent $16. Less than the original cost of the scissors.

Yesterday I went to Tuesday Morning – I had heard they had scrapbooking supplies at discounted prices.  I have to say I thought this store was a Christian book store.  I was pleasantly surprised to see Tim Hotlz, 3 Gypsie, Graphic45 and Sizzix things at REALLY good prices.  Ok they weren’t current season, but still great stuff.  Unfortunately I left with nothing, but thought I’d pass on the resource!

Well I’m off to start another page in my Art Journal.  Have a Magical Day!


Spring has arrived!

It’s finally here – Spring!  I’m so sick of the cold snow and Winter.  Finally the snow crocuses showed t

heir faces and the snow melted away.  My daffodils are coming up and the birds are singing.   All this happiness made me think of creating a Spring moment in my art journal.

I’ve been working on some water coloring so I had to use my retired Fifth Avenue stamp set and the beautiful rose in that set.  Here’s what I came up with.

20140411_220825    I love how this page turned out.  I love the colors – so bright and Spring!!  I water colored the Rose using Pretty in Pink and Primrose Petals.  The background was  painted with Gesso and then sprayed with Wisteria Wonder and Pool Party and then sprayed with water so the colors would blend.  Using molding paste and a flower stencil I made the smaller flowers around the page and then painted them using Primrose Petals and Perfect Plum.  Then add buttons from the Bright collection along with Candy dots all around the page.  I love buttons!!


I love how bright and happy this page is.  Spring is here!!  Hope you have a Magical Day!!


Tim’s March Tag

This month’s Tim Holtz tag inspiriation looks like this.

Tim did a lot of great techniques on this tag and I thought it over for days on what I was going to do.  Then MD sat down next to me and started to work her magic.  MD came up with an amazing tag!


She did a really cool watercoloring ink ‘drag’ of the tag on her craft mat with Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip inks.  I love how the background came out and her concept of the half butterfly.  This tag was really all her and I love how it came out.

I hope it inspires you to make a few Tim Tags too!  Have a Magical Day!


Supplies: Stampin up inks – Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Stamps – Swallowtail, Christmas Lodge, Charming, Witches Brew Washi tape, Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink, Burlap ribbon, Handmade Orange zipper flower, Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain ribbon.

I Heart You!

Starting some of my Valentine’s Day inspiration, I created this page with an idea of using aluminum foil to make my letters.  Here’s the page:

Iheartu page

I really like how this page came out.  It tested a lot of my fears – white space, too much stuff on a page and use of tools.

I love how the ribbon looks around the heart – really made it pop.  I made these flowers using my Accent Essentials Cricut cartridge.  I inked the paper with Primrose Petals and then stamped them with En François in Smokey Slate.  I love how vintage they look.  Did you catch the Hershey kiss tag??


There’s all types of techniques on this page – rub-ons, modeling paste, paper background, stamping, homemade embellishments and more.

I hope it inspires you to put some love in your pages.

Have a Magical Day!


Add a little Glitter to your life

When making my Tim Holt February tag I realized I didn’t have any red glitter paper and I realized how the heck am I gong to make a red glitter heart?  I looked in my drawers and found my Dazzling Diamonds and a Real Red reinker – perfect!

So I thought I’d show you a step by step process so you can add different colored glitters to your projects.

1. Sprinkle some Dazzling Diamonds into a container and add a few drops of reinker to it depending on how dark or light you want your glitter to be. I used a popsicle stick to mix the color in since the reinker can stain! Dazzeling diamonds died

2. Versamark your piece.

3. Sprinkle Heat & Stick powder onto your project. heat and stick powder

4. Using your heat gun, melt the Heat & Stick powder. grungeboard heart versamarked

5. Sprinkle the colored Dazzling Diamonds onto your piece being sure to get full coverage.applying diamonds to heart

6. In order to have the Heat & Stick set you have to use your heat gun.  I always put my pieces on a tile I purchased at the hardware store to prevent my table pads from warping from the heat.  It gives a nice spot to put your pieces away from your projects.  Here’s the piece as I’m heating heart

Here’s the completed heart on my Feb Tim’s tag project. feb tag

I think this opens up a whole new avenue for your projects when you can color the glitter any color you want!!  Give it a try.

Have a Magical Day!


Happy Valentine’s Day tag

This week I jumped on the Tim Holtz tag train again and using Tim’s tag as inspiration:


Here’s the tag I made:

feb tag

This tag was so much fun to make.  I started with a manilla tag and just like in Tim’s video I used my inkpads to create a distressed background.  I used Early Expresso, Crumb Cake and Elegant Eggplant, sprayed some water on my craft pad and then dragged the tag thru it.

Once dried, I stamped En Francois in Chocolate Chip.  Then I used a combination of Real Red and Cherry Cobbler to stencil hearts, which were then clear embossed.  I inked the edges with Chocolate Chip and Early Expresso.

The sentiment is from the Stampin up Seasonal Sayings set and was heat embossed in white and then I used a white gel pen to doodle the edges.  I have to tell you this was the hardest part for me.  I wanted to make my sentiment big and bold like Tim’s but then realized even a simple sentiment still makes a big statement.

The heart was a piece of Tim Holtz Grungeboard that was heat embossed with Heat & Stick and then dusted with a Real Red dyed Dazzling Diamonds.  The silver wire and black beads were from my stash and I thought the look of it wrapped around the heart and the lace ‘wings’ gave it a steampunk look.

I used a heart boarder punch on some silver dryer tape.  If you haven’t used this yet – DO IT!  Great tool you can find at your local hardware store at a reasonable price, but has so many uses.  I actually wrapped the arrow in it and then used sandpaper on top to grunge it up before wrapping it with wire.    With this tape you get full coverage on a piece and a nice sheen.  I then used Stampin up Cherry Cobbler tulle as a ruffle bottle for the stamp.

I really like how this tag came out and I was proud of myself for not following Tim’s tag so closely.  I hope you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.

Have a Magical Day!



Getting on the Tim Tag Train

I’ve watched tons of videos where crafters have made tags and referenced Tim Holtz year-long tag series.  The last few months I have gotten hooked on Tim Holtz and even followed his blog and videos at the Anaheim CHA (Craft & Hobby association).

This year I thought, New year, New challenge.  So I’m committing to make a tag each month inspired by Tim Holtz monthly tag challenge.  For January, Tim made a tag themed “Time”.  Here’s the link to Tim’s January tag.

Here’s mine.IMG_1208


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So with only the Tim Holtz Weathered clock Bigz die and Spellbinder Slight Sprocket framelit,  I found my inspiration.  I really liked how this tag came out and I look forward to Tim February one!  I hope you find inspiration and join me in the Tim Holtz monthly tag challenge.

Have a Magical Day!



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