Dec 3, 2018

Tim Holtz Tea Time and Coffee Blueprints Cards

Hello friends!  Today I'm sharing a couple more cards I made for the fall/winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  I had a great time using the Tim Holtz Coffee Blueprints Minis again and this time decided to go for a chalkboard effect. 

I carefully arranged the images in a row on a large acrylic block then stamped and embossed them in white.  To create the chalky effect, I used Picket Fence Distress Ink and a blending tool, then also tapped the pad direct to paper.  I layered over the Christmas Paper Stash.

I chose a simple embellishment of the poinsettia from the Funky Festive dies, layered over a bed of Juniper Punched greens I inked with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink.  A simple, but bold design.

For my next card I used Tim's Tea Time Bigz die.  I cut three of the same tea cup from Mixed Media cardstock.  To smooth out the cut marks on the cup I used in reverse, I sandwiched the cup and two pieces of thin chipboard and ran through my Big Shot.  I sponged the top one with Frayed Burlap, the middle with Fired Bruck, and the bottom with Peeled Paint.  I stamped images from Tim's Ornate (& Lace), (Stripes &) Holiday Type and Mini Swirly Snowflakes stamp sets. 

I stacked them together like so, then layered onto a trifold card.  For the background I used the (Nordic &) Plaid stamp.

I added another Funky Festive poisettia, layered with more Juniper Punched greens.

For the inside I was tickled to use Tim's new Cut Out Script alphabet dies to make my own custom coffee sentiment!  :)  Fa la latte!  I layered it over a Stitched Rectangle panel so there would be room to write inside.  The inside music is from Tim's Music (& Advert) stamp set.

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Dec 2, 2018

Tim Holtz Fresh Brewed Christmas Coffee Card

Hi friends!  I'm totally enjoying myself crafting just for fun for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  Today I worked on this green/plaid design.  There were several mishaps along the way, but I tried to salvage the card as best as I could because I really loved the end design.  I used the Tim Holtz Fresh Brewed Bigz die, this time sponging with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.  I splashed with water and lifted the droplets, then went overboard with the white gesso splatters and smeared part of the cup.  I had already glued everything together, so I tried to wipe it away...  :(  I ended up smearing the plaid in doing so and had to make a patch.  Seriously, that called for another cuppa coffee!  ;}

I love the yummy effect of this frozen latte!  I used Tim's Plaid (& Nordic) background stamp and Black Soot Distress Oxide for the background.

For the sentiment I used Tim's Shadow Script Christmas die over a strip of paper stamped with the Flurry (& Pine) stamp set.  For my floral spray I used the Juniper punch again and berries from the Funky Festive dies.  As a final touch I added a sentiment from the Occasions Small Talk stickers.

And here's a card I shared on Instagram yesterday.  My compututer's acting up so I won't go into details, but find that post HERE.

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Dec 1, 2018

Tim Holtz Watercolor Trees and Baroque Frame Hack

Happy December friends!  If you were hoping for a Mini Album Makers Challenge post, please remember we are taking a break and have extended our challenge through the end of the year.  Find out more HERE.  I'm spending my time making some Christmas cards.  Today I'm sharing a batch featuring the Tim Holtz Watercolor Trees stamp set.  Oh how I love this set!  I wanted it so badly last year and am happy to get to finally have a play...

I stamped my four trees using Tim's Stamp Platform and Distress Inks.  I fussy cut each one, then worked on my background panels.  I used the (Plaid &) Nordic background stamp and Shabby Shutters DI.  I used the Stacked Baroque die to cut out the inside portion.  I dipped those in more Shabby Shutters, but decided to save them for another project.  Now, I wanted a frame for my Baroque opening, but the next size of die was much too large for my small cards.  In the past, I have traced the perimeter of the die used for the opening onto cardstock and cut it out, but I didn't want to hand cut four pieces like this...  What to do?  I decided to trace the die onto foam and cut out to make a stamp.  The permieter of the die is just larger than the cut out shape.  I did not cut the center of the foam stamp out so that the shape wouldn't warp.  Then I used the Ranger Embossing Dabber along the edge of the stamp.  I used the recessed marks around the opening as a guide to stamp, then embossed in Princess Gold

{Insert happy dance!}  I just love how this turned out!  I chose to make a background panel from the (Stripes &) Holiday Type background for the opening, this time using Old Paper Distress Oxide to get a little more color variation.  I sponged the main panel's edges with Frayed Burlap.

I picked a sentiment from the Watercolor Trees set and stamped onto mop up inky paper, then cut it into a pennant banner.

More super simple, mailable Christmas cards for my boxed card mission.  These were such a joy to make.  I have more stamped trees using the tall, skinny tree and can't wait to use them for cards too. 

Don't forget to check out my card box tutorial HERE.  Thanks so much and have a lovely day, Autumn

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Nov 30, 2018

Tim Holtz and Karen Burniston Coffee Cards

I hope I'm not overwhelming you with posts, but I am having so much fun making these days and couldn't let the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop pass me by without making a few cards.  My friend Carol shared THIS pin with me and it totally put me in the mood to break out my Tim Holtz Fresh Brewed Bigz die and get crafty.  I used paper from Tim's Christmas Paper Stash and chose the buffalo check for my cuppa. 

I used Tim's Occasions stickers for the sentiment over a piece stamped with the (Stripes &) Holiday Type stamp.  I tucked in a Snowflake Flurry 2 die cut behind it.

The snowy hill is from Tim's Home for the Holidays die cut set.  I cut it and the back panel from his Stitched Rectangle dies.   I made a little spray with the Juniper punch and berries from the Funky Festive dies.  I use this punch a lot because it is so easy for making quick holiday sprays.  There is another, called Large Pine which is actually on clearance for $6 at right now.  I strongly urge you to grab it up!  You will thank me later.  :)  LOL!  As a final touch I splashed everything with watery gesso to create a snowy effect.

Now, I made this card as fast as I could late last night, then woke up at 5:30 am today and made a second card.  :)  Honestly, I don't know what got into me...

For the entire month of November, I played along with The Daily Marker 30 day coloring challenge.  I shared most of my coloring on Instagram

Here's my day 9 coloring, using the Tim Holtz Mini Blueprint Strip Fresh Brewed.  I grabbed these at Tuesday Morning because I had seen THIS card by the incredibly talented Shelly Hickox.  Since I already had the Karen Burniston Twist Panel Pup-Up die from the Darkroom Door/KB Collaboration Blog Hop, I knew I wanted to CASE Shelly's design using the Fresh Brewed images.  :)

For the cover I used the Fresh Brewed die again and for the final day of the coloring challenge, I watercolored the pieces to make my 1/2 Sweet Frozen Caramel Latte with No Whip!  :)  The little heart came in the Twist Panel set. 

I doodled on the pieces to make them coordinate better with the stamped images inside of my card.

I tucked in another Flurry 2 snowflake die and greenery from the Funky Festive set.  The bow is from the same set and is mounted onto a panel stamped with Tim's Doodle Greetings stamp set onto chalkboard paper.  I was really disappointed with this paper.  It bubbled when heat set due to the plastic coating.  This panel came out fine, so I sanded the edges of it to add to the chalkboard look.  I made a little gift card holder for the inside and left it white so the message could be written there.  I had every intention of adding the On The Edge snowflake along the seams, but apparently I don't own it and thought I did!  LOLOLOL!  Oh well...  Ha!  I'm so pleased with how these cards turned out, despite my sleep deprivation.  I'll try to add a video of this one on Instagram later today.  Merry Christmas y'all!  <3

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Nov 29, 2018

Tim Holtz Winter Watercolor and Festive Overlay

Hi friends, I have a few more Christmas cards to share with you today.  The first two were made with the new Tim Holtz Winter Watercolor stamp set.  I simply used my Stamping Platform and Distress Inks to create identical stamped designs on each panel.  I wish I had made a few more of these!

On a separate scrap I stamped the smallest of the poinsettias and fussy cut it, then used foam tape to give it dimension.  I added a squiggle of Stickles so that it would sparkle a little.  For the background, I simply sponged with Evergreen Bough and flecked repeatedly with water for a snowy effect (taking care to mask the center stamping).  The sentiment is from the Festive Overlay set. 

After drying the sponged panel, I mixed a tiny bit of water with Fired Brick DI and gave the panel a splash.  The Winter Watercolor set is my FAVORITE this year!  Oh how I love it!

For my next card I used an older Tim Holtz embossing folder called Simple Snowflakes.  Thankfully it is still available at  I sanded a piece of gold Metallic Kraft Core, then ran it through my machine.

It makes the most wonderful pattern!  It's detailed, but not overly busy.  

For the sentiment, I cut a circle from Tim's Stitched Circle dies and stamped it in Antique Linen DI with the (Mesh &) Linen stamp set.  Then I positioned the sentiment from the Festive Overlays set on the circle and embossed with Bronze EP.   I snipped the edges of the panel (a trick I learned from Jan) and mounted onto a silver kraft core circle cut from the same die.  I bundled a bit of silver thread and adhered a few silver sequins to finish it off.  I didn't even add a mat because the edges were distressed so beautifully!  I really hope you're making time to create this holiday season.  Wishing you joy, Autumn

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Nov 27, 2018

Tim Holtz Wisemen Pop Up Card Tutorial

Today I'm sharing another card I made for the Tim Holtz Christmas release video for Sizzix.  You can see the video and wide array of new products HERE.  This is the photo Sizzix shared on the Tim Holtz Project Inspiration Page HERE.

I absolutely ADORE Tim's Wise Men die and decided to pair it with the new Cut Out Script alphabet set.  I created an easel/pop-up card to show off that beautiful silhouette. 

I started by cutting my card from blue Kraft Core to 6 x 9 3/8" and scoring at 5 1/2" and 8 5/8".  I cut the Wise Men die from sanded Metallic Kraft Core and layered on a second cut from black cardstock.  I mounted this panel over the small section on the card.  I made the background panels with Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans and Black Soot Distress Inks, with lots of water flecks between the sponged layers.

I die cut my letters from the Cut Out Script set and attached to the bottom inky panel.  This panel is raised up so the top can tuck into it.  It is 2 3/8" high.  I tucked the scallop border from the Stitched Ovals die in to help finish the inside. 

I've been seeing some amazing designs with this die, such as THIS colorful card by my talented friend Monika and THIS exquisite metallic design by Jan.  I just know you will love this die as much as I do!  Wishing you a lovely holiday season my friends, Autumn
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Nov 25, 2018

Tim Holtz Farmhouse Wreath Christmas Card

Does anyone play Design Home?  It's a fun little decorating app that I'm addicted to.  It's also the only game I ever played on my phone, or probably ever will!  Anyway, this fall there was a eucalyptus filled vase that seemed to make every room I designed sing.  He he!  I decided I wanted to use the Tim Holtz Layered Holiday Wreath Bigz die in a similarly colored palette.  I grabbed this die last year and haven't used it, so joy joy the thrill of breaking into old/new stuff!  :) 

First, let me say this whole card is paper and ink.  All of the layers are stamped and not from Tim's paper stash.  I used Tim's Dots (and Floral), Plaid (and Nordic) and (Stripes and) Holiday Type, all stamped in Black Soot Distress Oxide.  Now, for the greenery effect I repeatedly dipped my two wreath panels in watered Distress Inks: Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint and Pine Needles.  Then to add that "waxy finish" to resemble the eucalyptus look I was going for I dipped the panels in Distress Oxides: Shabby Shutters and Iced Spruce. 

I layered the two cutouts together, slightly offsetting the pattern, then pulled the lower panel leaves through to the top and curled all of the extended leaves.  I colored the bow with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap DIs.  

I'm soooooooooooo thankful to finally have one of Tim's Bigz XL alphabet dies.  I love the new Letterboard one he came out with this year.  This one is from last year's release and is called Storybook.  I cut one layer from black chipboard, then a second from burlap paper and glued them together.  I'm really happy with how  it turned out and love the modern/farmhouse color scheme.  (The card base is white, though the colors are slightly off in the photos.)  Wishing you joy this holiday season!

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