Saturday, December 29, 2012

After Christmas Tag

This tag was started before Christmas and finished this afternoon. Dabber paint and distress stickles were used on the poinsettia. I used several of the new distress inks on the tag. 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

December Daily 25

Check out this tag I made using Viva Las VegaStamps!, distress stains, ultra clear embossing powder, distress inks and bling from my stash.
You can view tutorial, list of stamps and supplies on VLVS blog:

Friday, December 14, 2012

December 14th Tag "Seasons Greetings"

This is my last day of share a tag a day for 12 Days!
Actually I've shared a total of 15 tags this month.

These dies arrived this week; the stacked words and toy soldier, they were die cut and then painted before placing on a stamped snowflake patterned paper tag. Calendar stamp from Mini Holidays 2 was with inked on white matte coated paper.
 A metallic metal gold bling was applied on hat. Gold tinsel twine was applied to tag with Tim's mini stapler. Red seam binding was added to tag to finish.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

December 13th Tag "A Joyful Christmas"

Tomorrow is my last day to share a tag a day for 12 days!!

Thank you for looking and a special Thank you for those that left a comment during this month! 

 I used Tim's stamp set inked with archival black ink.
An extra image was inked, watercolored, cut out and then placed over my distress inked background with sticky dots. To finish I added seasonal tissue tape and dyed ribbon.  

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

December 12 Tag "Joy"

This is my December tag for 12-12-12. My order of dies just arrived and I couldn't wait to play with them. The wreath and bow was die cut with red and green core-dination paper. Holly leaves from strip die was ink distressed and placed around the wreath with a little bit of glue. Glamor Glitz pearl was added to bow.
I hesitated for months and finally gave in buying word play die, die cut joy was made with tim's tissue paper and grungepaper. I used distress ink and stickles on joy. Glossy accents was used to apply bling for dot on joy.
Red trim was added on top. Glitzy holiday patterned paper was applied to #8 manila tag and then red distress ink was added to tag before adding the wreath and joy to tag.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

December 11th Tag "Merry Christmas"

Die cut Tim's poinsettia die with grungepaper. Color poinsettia with green and red dabber paint, heat set to dry, add picket fence stickles over the flower and then heat set to dry.
The background was made with Tim's TF embossing folder.
Merry Christmas was made with my digital craft cutter and then painted with Bottle dabber paint. The star was painted with metallic white paint. Add the layers of flower with glue, the center flower was painted with gold dabber and then clear dots were added to center with glossy accents. Add red trim, bling from my stash of finding and old jewelry was added to finish my tag.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Santa Pop-up Card

Look on this blog to see how I made this card:
Comments appreciated!

December 10th Tag

My mother sent me this die cut stocking with the flower and embossing already on it. I hope she is pleased with the results how I finshed this tag.

I used a my Silhouette digital craft cutter to make the S, it was applied to a 3-d sticker and then glossy accents was added over the S.
My Silhouette was used with kraft core to cut "edec 25."
Punched a hole in stocking, added a ribbon with a tiny brad.
Dylusions spray ink was used to color the tag.
The glitz beads are actually hot fix beads I added with glossy accents.
Glue n' Seal was used as an adhesive to apply stocking to tag.
Picket fence distress Stickles was added around the stocking.
Trim was inked with distress stains and added to the tag to finish.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

December 9th Tag

HO HO HO!! jolly old santa was inked on glossy card stock and then inked with Christmas distress ink, trim. The holly from same sheet of stamps was inked with memento bamboo leaves, cut out. Red distress marker was used to color berries.
My tag was made with blue and green alcohol inks on transparency. This piece was added to a white tag.
Glue n' Seal was used on this tag.


Saturday, December 8, 2012

December 8th Tag

I used vintage rickrack that was once white that has turned with age. All stamped images are from Viva Las VegaStamps! I used black archival ink to stamp all images and then used Tim's new distress Christmas inks to color the tag. The trim binding was inked with distress stain and added to the tag.

I hope everyone is enjoying seeing my tags!

Friday, December 7, 2012

December 7th Tag

December the 7th!
I've enjoyed making each tag to share here on my blog!

I inked the music stamp on #8 manila tag with black ink and then sprayed it with perfect pearls. Set this aside to dry.
On trimmed manila, stamp Christmas Carols with archival black, immediately add clear embossing powder, pour off extra and heat set to glossy finish. Festive berries inked applicator was used to color piece. Sprinkle with water and heat dry.
Apply Christmas Carols to tag with glue n' seal. Use distress tool around outside of tag and then use inked applicator to color edges.
Ink trim with festive berries, wad up and heat set to dry. Add to top of tag, string gold bell with gold thread and then tie to trim.

Thanks for viewing my tag. Come back tomorrow!


Thursday, December 6, 2012

CC2C#31 Ink Pallete Distress

I've been so busy making tags to share here on my blog for December I almost forgot about CC2C #31 using Tim's technique on page 51; ink pallete distress.
Linda from Studio L3 has all the details:
Tim's volume 2; Compendium of Curiosities can be purchased here:

December 6th Tag

On this tag I used a product I've had for several years; MS Frosty Gingerbread Microbeads. The deer was die cut with glossy cardstock, and then inked with broken china distress stains, when it was dry I added MS glue over the deer and then added the tiny microbeads. I had to wait several hours for the glue to dry. Wow! love the look on my deer.
I used snowflake embossing folder on #8 tag and then added a little bit of color over the raised snowflakes with broken china distress ink.
Use demin dabber to paint townhouse die cuts. Add picket fence crackle paint to roof, when dry Stickles clear rock candy was added to roof tops.
Apply deer and townhouse to tag with glue n' seal; by the way this is my favorite wet glue.
Inked trim was added to finish my December 6th tag.

I forgot to add the silver tinsel twine to the deer before gluing down to tag.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

December 5th Tag

Here is another fun tag, i used Tim Holtz toy soldier and merry christmas stamps as well as holly and sprig die cuts.
Background stamped image from my stash.
Distress markers were used on color toy soldier.
Patterned paper on holly leaf die cuts.
I used clear embossing on toy soldier and merry christmas and then heat set to a glossy finish.

This is my quick card.

My tags are being made daily to share with you. Come back soon.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December 4th Tag

Distress ink was used to apply color to tag and then green alcohol inked glitter was made and applied to blueprint stamped tree. Believe was inked with black archival.Distress markers were used to color ornaments. Distress stain was used to apply color on seam binding.
Come back to see what I made for tomorrow.

Monday, December 3, 2012

December 3rd Tag

Please come back each day while I share a new tag for 12 days!

This is a tag I made using one of Tim's stamp, distress inks, tissue tape, tag die, token, embossing folder, chitchat and a tab diecut. I used distress markers to color the ornaments.

Thanks for Looking and have a very nice day!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

12 Tags of 2012 ~ December x 2

Wow! I love what Tim shared on his blog December 1, 2012!
I was inspired to make this tag using his techniques on snowman card using All things Tim except I didn't have his metallic stain, word play die and metal embellishment.
I used what I had on hand using watered down dabber paint for the metallic stain. I was pleased with the results. I wish those metallic stains were available at Hobby Lobby or Michael's. Kraft core paper was used on the folded card.
My little Tim Holtz snowman was cut out and painted weeks ago and just sitting there. Thanks Tim for the inspiration to finish my tag!

Now, I'll share my second tag! I love Tim's poinsettia die!
Glossy accents on the die cut image as well as dabber paint with distress stain was used on this #8 tag. Tim's tissue wrap was applied to grungepaper poinsettia die cuts with glue n' seal. The tiny silver stickers/ from theNetherlands was applied on the green metallic folded card. My poinsettia die cut and added to the tag with 3D foam dots.
Thanks for Looking! I've enjoyed making all of my tags this year from viewing
 Tim's 12 tags of 2012.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Bird Card

I made this quick card this evening using a new Sizzix dove/bird die, tattered garland strip die and paper ribbon with patterned paper. Distress ink on the bird. Finished size: 5 1/4" x 5 1/2." 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Reflective Imagery CC2C#30

 Linda from Studio L3 ask us to create our own works using the technique Reflective Imagery on page 55 in Tim's Compendium of Curiusities Vol. 2 book.

This is my project using distress inks, retro and seasonal paper pads, poinsettia die-cut and one facet all from Tim Holtz.
 CH multi medium and Ranger Glossy Accents was used as well.
I also used a Merry Christmas digital die and a tree hanger from HL. 

My santa didn't show as clear as I wanted in the facet. -(

Update: I forgot to add the base of the page was made with Tim Holtz Vintage Valise die. 

Friday, November 23, 2012

December Daily No 25

 Viva Las VegaStamps blog: has all the details how I created this 8" square canvas piece using December Daily plate #1430. Click on link to get more details and list of supplies. Check out the top of canvas, I wired on a fork that was flatten with a hammer to hold other tags to celebrate special days during the holiday season.

Plate 1430Plate 1431
Susan's project is below mine as well as other design team members to share their projects using December Daily plate#1430.

Friday, November 16, 2012

CC2C#29 Texture Fade Techniques

I'm inspired to use my new blueprint stamp by Tim Holtz.
Inks, stamps, paints and embellishments ere used from my stash of Tim Holtz products.
Linda from Studio L3 said lets play with TF embossing folders from Sizzix! 
Turn to page 64 from Tim's Compendium of Curiosities #2. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Reflections Stamping

I made this tag using the technique from Tim's book on page 65.
 Linda has the details on her blog Studio L3 using the technique from Tim Holtz  Compendium of Curiosities Volume 2. 
Also, this week Simon Says Stamp is the sponsor for a $25.00 gift certificate. 
I used
 Inks, stamps, distress stains, dies and ideology from Tim Holtz/Sizzix/Ranger. 

I used two tree die-cuts and off centered them just a little bit to the right. I came up with the idea last year when making Christmas tags. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

CC2C#27 Alcohol Ink

Linda from Studio L3 has all the details for this CC2C #27 technique; Ink Palette: Alcohol ink. This is one of the three techniques using alcohol inks.
 Funkie Junkie Boutique gift certificate will be given to one lucky person. Right now they are offering a 10% off through November 23rd.

I used Tim's technique on page 52 on the metal bird. And a combination of Ranger/Tim/ Dyan's inks and stamps on this tag.  

Saturday, November 3, 2012

12 Tags of 2012 ~ November

I made two tags for my 12 Tags of 2012 ~ November using supplies I had on hand. I love the tag Tim shared on his blog. 
I used Tim's distress inks, leaf and sprig magnetic dies, and some of his stamps. 
I didn't have his fall stamp set,  
I find myself wanting his Fall stamp set and his strip die. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Brayer Background with Flower

This is one of many techniques I've used over the years; making backgrounds to use on cards, tags and journal pages.

The flower was watercolored and then cutout. The flower image is a Hearts in Touch Rubber Stamps.
Carte Postale and diamond image from Tim Holtz. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

M. Cluck

Mrs. Cluck Pecking #1955 image from VLVS was inked with Memento on Kromecote and then colored with distress markers and distress inks. The background was made with embossing folder and smash ribbon. The M. Cluck was made with two of my TH strip dies. The blue necklace was made with my 2 way glue pen and Michaels Boo Blue Glitter.

Thanks for Looking! 

Monday, October 29, 2012

HIT Tag with Roses

I had a lot of fun playing with my stamps on Sunday, I created this card using a Hearts in Touch stamped image with my Copic markers and my new tool; ABS-1 with an aircan. After the aircan runs out I'll have to go back to an air compressor. Sure was nice not hearing that noisy machine running. 
The flowers were made with my TH Tattered Pinecone die. Leaves were made with TH magnetic dies.  Thanks for Looking and have a nice day!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Don't Follow Your Dreams...Chase Them!

This is my second tutorial on VLVS blog. I hope you will stop by to see my project using Viva Las VegasStamps and my new Pop 'n Cuts die. 

CC2C#26 Crumpled Kraft Suede

Linda From Studio L3 chose Tim's Compendium of Curiosities Vol. 2 page 40 as our 26th challenge techniques; Crumpled Kraft Suede.
Our sponsor for this week: she will give a #25.00 gift certificate to one person.
The background portion of the piece was made using this week's challenge technique; Crumpled Kraft Suede. I left it blank to show all the highlights this technique gives to your project.
I cut off the elbow from my skeleton stamped image and then reset it to hold his stamped sign. I'm sure he didn't feel a thing. The owl was inked and then highlighted with distress markers and Stickles. 
I made the vintage cabinet card into a 3-D project.

Supplies used on this project:
Vintage cabinet card die w/movers and shapers cabinet die
On the edge fence die
Black, white and grey card stock
Kraft resist paper
Distress inks
Distress markers
Perfect Ink Refresher
Distress stain
Perfect Pearls
Archival black ink
Black dabber paint
Movers and shapers branch die
Enamel accents white paint
Tim's stamps: Halloween 2 #113
Odds and ends stamp set #100
Vagabond die cutting tool
All above from Tim Holtz/Ranger

Sizzlits bats strip die from Sizzix
Fun foam used as spacer for 3-D
Kodak camera

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fall Card ~~100th upload this year!

I took my Pop 'n Cuts die with me when we went down to see my mother last week. Mother and I had fun playing with the die.
I used an acorn movers and shapers die along with vintage lace strip die from Tim Holtz/Sizzix. Distress inks were used to color everything on this card.

The leaf die cuts, pumpkin, boo and spider are from my mothers stash of stamps.  

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

12 Tags of 2012 ~ October

I can't believe it took me so long to sit down to make my tag this month using Tim's techniques for 12 Tags of 2012 - October.
It was fun once I got started this morning.
And then, when I finished my tag, the Internet was down until after 7 this evening.

I used Tim's technique with supplies I had on hand.
I used some old glitter from my stash and was so surprised when it was mixed with the alcohol ink.
Thanks Tim for the inspiration!

Friday, October 19, 2012


Sharing an ATC I made with Hearts in Touch Rubber Stamps and background stamp from Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Time Flies - ATC

As they say, Time Flies when you are having fun!
I was cutting up the diamond stamp on plate # 1428 within the hour they arrived at my door to make this tag.
The time flies and bicycle are from plate #893
 Stamps are from
The background was made using Perfect Pearls and Palette Stamp and Stick Gluepad
 Archival Black ink pad was used on quote and bicycle.
 While still wet ultra high gloss embossing powder was used over the tag and heat embossed. Love the Look!
Note: a little bit of perfect pearls came off when I poured off the embossing powder. I didn't poured this portion back into the bottle, if I do this project again, I'll heat set before inking the images.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Time Flies Tutorial

Hi Bloggers! This is a close-up of my finished tag, click on link below to view my first tutorial as a DT member for Viva Las VegaStamps!
I love the stamp plate #893 used on this project; it's perfect for many projects, including Steampunk!!
Starting today you can see my VLVS projects on Splitcoaststampers ~ members gallery - jcstamps2 
 Thanks for Looking!!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Ink Palette - Perfect Pearls CC2C #25

Linda from Studio L3  request us to use Tim's customized watercolor set on this week's challenge.

The Ink Palette - Perfect Pearls technique this week is on page 53 in Tim's book; Compendium of Curiosities. Volume #2.

The sponsor for this week is Simon Says Stamp:
One lucky person will be given a generous $25 gift certificate to spend with Sinom Says Stamp.

My challenge technique was trimmed and then adhered to a frayed burlap distress inked resist paper.  4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
I used one of Tim's new Classics #2 stamps, introduced this year.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

CC2C#24 Alcohol Ink Resist

I finally had time to sit down today and play with this technique Linda from Studio L3 requested us to do last Friday. The technique is on page 59 in Tim's Compendium of Curiosities volume 2 book.
I made my piece into an ATC using supplies I had in my stash along with the supplies Tim used on his technique.
I used glossy accents to apply the cardstock to the alcohol piece. Generally, I don't like to see the glossy accents showing but on this piece it's OK.
Thanks for Looking and have a nice day!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Dylusions Tag

Inspired to make another tag using Dylusions stamps and inks.
I love how these stamps and inks came together on this big tag.
I made the tag with manila heavy duty 14pt file folder. The size 4"x8"

Thursday, October 4, 2012


This week's challenge is all about distress markers! Tim Holtz: A Compendium of Curiosities Vol.2 page 50.
Linda from Studio L3 has all the details on her blog:
One winner will get a surprise package from Mario.

I've been playing around with Distress Markers along with these new stamps.
As you can see, I love color!


Monday, October 1, 2012

It's Official

I made the Design Team for Viva Las Vegastamps during the next nine months!  Please visit these sites:

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Riveted Patchwork #22

Riveted Patchwork

Linda from Studio L3; chose Riveted Patchwork from Tim Holtz: A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol. 2, page 57 as our challenge #22. This week's sponsor is Funkie Junkie, Linda is offering $25 to one lucky winner.

I made this tag following Tim's directions and then made it my own finishing it with new stamps.
I used Kromecote; with Rangers archival black ink to stamp the images: 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Baby Bear Costume Party

A call to create a brand new preject; ATC, tag, card or anything on Tuesday's Halloween Blog Hop. 
Anyone can enter if you have a VLVS stamp.

I didn't have any halloween images but did have a VLVS  bear image and made it into a spooky little witch! (baby bear item 1156)
This little bear is going to a Costume Party!

I stamped the bear image with black ink on Kromecote glossy cardstock. Heat Set to dry. A mask was made and placed over the bear image.
Rusty hinge and spiced marmalade distress inks were used to color around the masked image. Heat set. Remove the mask.
Distress inks were used to color the bear by spreading a little ink from pad on craft sheet and then a waterbrush was used to color the bear.
The paper hat was made with my digital cutter.
Glitter paper and stickers were added to top of card.
Rock candy stickles was added to the wings and heat set.
Black emamel accents was added to the bears eyes and heat set.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

CC2C#21 Happy Halloween

I had fun making this tag using the technique Linda from Studio L3 selected for our challenge this week, "Blended Stains" on page 45.

The sponsor for this week, Simon Says Stamp:

For those that don't have Tim's newest book here are the details to get an autographed copy:

To make my tag I used Tim's images from Trick or Treat #50, Mini Halloween2 #113 and the Happy Halloween Reflections #112 along with distress stains, distressed alterations TF, distress tool, distress inks, black archival ink, Vagabond and heat tool. Black seam binding from my stash.

Thanks for looking and have a nice day!


Saturday, September 15, 2012

12 Tags of 2012 ~ September

I love Tim's tag for this month:

Last night I got out the metal tape and played around with found objects in the house to make marks in the metal. I made the most beautiful color on the metal tape with pitch black, butterscotch and sail boot blue alcohol inks. DH found a steel wool pad in our wood working shop, yeah! I can finish this tag. (The photo shows blue background but it's more silver than anything)
I used lots of Tim's supplies, some were in my stash. One good find was a metal piece; it's my key holder. I found it at a little goodie store in Kansas. You never know what you find each time.

The supplies from Tim Holtz:
Tag die, Vagabond die cutting tool, Alcohol inks with applicator, Curiosities stamp set # 104 and  Steampunk stamp set #107, brush corduroy distress ink, white dabber paint, pen nib, brads, gears, word band, scissors, punch and mini-stapler.
Archival black ink from Ranger.

Black seam binding, key and found object, steel wool, metal tape manila folder and screw eyelet from my stash.



Friday, September 14, 2012

Viva Las VegaStamps! DT Tryout”

These samples are some of my projects!

The woman image above is from VLVS.

 Dylusions stamped images

Tim Holtz stamped images and Silhouette birds