Dec 012010

So, the day we’ve all been waiting for is here, the beginning of Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of Christmas.  So much inspiration and fun!

This year I have two goals:

  1. Do as much as possible with what I already have.  (Read: “Don’t spend tons of money on new gadgetry!”)
  2. Make cards instead of tags.  I made tags last year, and I love them, but I don’t know what to DO with them, so cards it is.

Without further ado, here is my card inspired by Tim’s day 1 tag.

christmascard house with fence and snow (from tim holtz 12 tags of christmas2010)

I didn’t have his Rickety House die, so I found a clip art house I liked and used it as a template to cut out of grunge paper with a craft knife.  Then I embossed the house with the notebook embossing folder.

Next it got painted with snow cap paint dabber, sanded and then inked with aged mahogany distress ink.

I took scraps of packaging and inked them with butterscotch and terra cotta alcohol inks and glued them to the backs of the windows.

The snow is made with picket fence distress crackle paint sprinkled with chunky white glitter.

christmascard house with fence and snow close up (from tim holtz 12 tags of christmas 2010)

The trees were cut with sizzix dies and the snow applied the same way as the house.  The fence was cut out of grunge paper with the sizzix picket fence die, painted with picket fence distress crackle and a little glitter sprinkled on.

The background was made by mixing  broken china distress ink, blue patina perfect pearls and a little water in a mini mister. Shake it up good and then spray on your paper for a fabulous, pearly look.

I stamped snowflakes with faded jeans, and then inked the edges of the paper with walnut stain to finish up the background.

The final touches are some “smoke” (Tim’s idea, the cotton from a q-tip, brilliant!) and the wreath.  I picked up the wreath at Michaels in a package of “merry minis.”  They have a kind of pearly finish which brings the look of old mercury glass to my mind.


Grunge paper 12-Inch-by-12-Inch, 3-Pack
Tim Holtz Collage & Notebook Sizzix Textured Fades Embossing Folders
Snow Cap Paint Dabber
Aged Mahogany Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Broken China Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Faded jeans Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Walnut Stain Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Butterscotch Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink
Terra Cotta Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink
Inkadinkado 7-Piece Snowflakes A-Plenty Clear Stamp
Perfect Pearls Pigment Powders – Blue Patina
Tim Holtz™ Distress Crackle Paint Picket Fence
Sizzix Pine Tree Die (red die)
Sizzix Medium Pine Tree Die (yellow die)
Sizzix Picket Fence Die (yellow die)
chunky white glitter – Sulyn
Wreath – Merry Minis Ornaments – Michaels
Mini Misters 3 Piece Pack
3/16-Inch Mini Glue Dots Roll
Mono Vellum Adhesive Dispenser
Dimensional adhesive: Squares Foam Tabs
Matte Multi-Medium 4Oz

Nov 302010

When I saw Kristina’s day 19 card, I loved it, but . . . I knew I was utterly NOT in the mood to (a) make a circle card, or (b) do any fancy cutting of any kind.  (She used a Silhouette to make her lovely design.)

So, I took the idea of snowflakes within red circles and did my own thing.  The large red circles are the insides leftover from the ornament Christmas card from a couple days ago.  Sometimes inspiration comes from the bits and pieces right in front of you!

christmas card snowflakes in circles

If you have a package of snowflake rub ons, or even stickers, this is a very simple card to make.

1.  Clear emboss snowflakes on the card background.

2.  Cut large, medium and small circles out of red card stock.  (Mine are 2 3/8″, 1 1/4″ and 1/2″)

3.  Apply snowflake rub ons to red circles, adhere circles to card.

4.  Punch one edge of patterned paper with scallop punch.

5.  Apply sentiment to this strip and adhere to card.

6.  Add stickles to snowflakes, set aside to dry.

I still have six cards to go to complete the Holiday Card Series, but I don’t know, Tim’s 12 Tags of Christmas starts tomorrow.  So many opportunies to play! We’ll see .  .  .


Stamp: Inkadinkado 7-Piece Snowflakes A-Plenty Clear Stamp
Embossing: Ranger Embossing Powder 1-Ounce, Clear, Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Clear For Embossing  
Card Stock:solid red, kraft
Circle Cutter: EK Success Circle Scissor Pro
Circle punches: Ek Success 1-1/4-Inch Paper Shapers Circle Nesting Punch, EK Success Paper Shapers Small Punch-1/2-Inch Circle
Scallop Punch: Scallop Sentiment Border Punch(Fiskars)
Rub ons: Snow Flurries (October Afternoon), Happy Holidays (Tupperware)
Glitter: Antique Linen Tim Holtz Distress Stickles
Paper: Seasonal Paper Stash Paper Pad (Tim Holtz)

Nov 282010

This was another fun card, make mostly from scraps on my cutting table.  This is a great size because you don’t have to make special envelopes, just use a business size.  The finished card is 4″ x 9.5″, so you can cut it from an 8.5″ x 11 sheet of card stock.

Have fun wrapping string around all those little gifts!

christmas card stack of gifts with cat on top

(Based on Kristina Werner’s day 18 of her Holiday Card Series.)


Paper: Seasonal Paper Stash Paper Pad (Tim Holtz), Glad Tidings Card Make Paper Pad (K & Company), Yuletide 12X12 Specialty Paper Pad (K & Company)
Stamp: Inkadinkado Cattitude Clear Stamps
Ink: Aged Mahogany Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Cord: Darice Lame Cord 1 Ply 25 Yards Gold
Adhesives: Squares Foam Tabs, Mono Adhesive Dispenser Permanent
Scallop Punch: Scallop Sentiment Border Punch(Fiskars)
Rub ons: Tupperware

Nov 272010

Isn’t this Susan Winget paper just gorgeous?!  With paper this pretty, you don’t need to get too complex with a card design.  This one is based on Kristina’s day 17 design.  I decided to used the circle cut out to include a little ornament that was on hand.

christmas card gold beaded star in circle


Solid red card stock
Circle Cutter: EK Success Circle Scissor Pro
Glad Tidings Card Make Paper Pad (K & Company)
Star Ornament: Merry Minis (Michael’s)
Stamp: Christmas Cheer (Studio G)
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Clear For Embossing  
Embossing Powder:  Zing! White Opaque Embossing Powder
Squares Foam Tabs
Mono Adhesive Dispenser Permanent
Gel Pen: Uni Ball Signo Gel Pen Broad Point

Nov 252010

Happy Thanksgiving all!

Since I’m not cooking today, I get to play for a bit this morning.

This green die cut edge was hanging out on my table,  leftover from Tuesday’s cards, so I decided to put it to work as a border in today’s card.  In fact, all the paper strips were scraps.

The music background stamp adds a nice, subtle touch.  I meant to just clear emboss it, but I think a little Bundled Sage distress ink was left on the stamp.  No problem!

The “Let it Snow” rub-on was just begging to be used, and there you have it!  Easy-peasy.  🙂

christmas card let it snow

Btw, Kristina’s day 15 card got me started with the layout of this one.  You’d never guess it by the end result, but I like to give credit where credit it due.  🙂


Paper: Glad Tidings Card Make Paper Pad (K & Company),  Yuletide 12X12 Specialty Paper Pad (K & Company), Seasonal Paper Stash Paper Pad (Tim Holtz)
Ink:  Bundled Sage Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Adhesive: Squares Foam Tabs, Mono Adhesive Dispenser Permanent
Embossing powderRanger Embossing Powder 1-Ounce, Clear
Stamp: Music Background Cling Stamps  (Hero Arts)
Rub-ons:  October Afternoon, Snow Flurries


This next card fits in a business envelope.  You’ll need to cut your white card stock to 8″ x 9 1/2″.  The supplies do most of the work, so this one was really quick!  (Based on day 16 of the Holiday Card Series.)

christmas card snowman merry christmas


Paper: Yuletide 12X12 Specialty Paper Pad (K & Company)
Stickers: Jolee’s By You-winter Snowman, Jolee’s Boutique – Bold Christmas
Ink: Vintage Photo Tim Holtz Distress Ink j
Adhesive: Mono Adhesive Dispenser Permanent

Nov 242010

Still working on Christmas cards and following Kristina Werner and her Holiday Card Series.  Her card from day 14 is a great, simple design.  So simple, in fact, that I got carried away cutting out squares and ended up making  five of them in no time.

christmas card merry christmas squares

I just picked up bits of patterned paper from my scrap pile and started cutting squares.  Here are the dimensions you’ll need:

The card is 4 1/4″ square.

You’ll need 8 – 1 1/8″ pieces of patterned paper for the background, a 2 1/2″ square of dark paper for a  mat and a 2 1/4″ square of light paper to stamp on.

I lightly penciled in a line 1/4″ in from all four edges to help place the squares evenly.


Stamps: Snowflake wood border stamp, Studio G; Merry Christmas clear stamp, Studio G
Ink: Aged Mahogany Tim Holtz Distress Ink , Weathered Wood Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Papers: Seasonal Paper Stash Paper Pad (Tim Holtz),  Yuletide 12X12 Specialty Paper Pad (K & Company)
Gel Pen: Uni Ball Signo Gel Pen Broad Point
Dimensional adhesive: Squares Foam Tabs
Adhesive: Mono Adhesive Dispenser Permanent
Other:  1/8″ self adhesive gemstones


Nov 232010

There’s something about these glittered snowflakes that I just LOVE, but I’ve had them for over a year and never could seem to find a use for them.  When I saw Kristina’s day 15 card, I said, “AHA! Sparkly snowflakes, here we go!”  (Yes, it made me very happy.  Simple things, you know  . . . )

christmas card sparkle snowflakes

This is another extraordinarily easy card that can be made in multiples.  The steps for a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card:

  1. Cut patterned paper to 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
  2. Adhere with dimensional adhesive.  (Being sure to NOT put adhesive where the bow will go.)
  3. Draw faux stitching around patterned paper.  (This is one of Kristina’s signature elements.  It really does add a nice touch.)
  4. Stamp sentiment on red paper.  Cut into banner shape.  Adhere to card.
  5. Adhere snowflakes.
  6. Tie on ribbon for bow.

Here’s a stamping tip for you:  You don’t always have to use the entire stamp.  The stamp I used for the sentiment has a border which I didn’t want.


There are a few ways to get around using the whole image. I was embossing, so I used an embossing pen to only color in the sentiment.  Alternately, you could stamp the entire thing on the ink pad, then carefully wipe the ink off the areas you don’t want.  Also, you can use markers to color in just the areas you want.  This makes your stamp collection much more versatile!


Paper: Seasonal Paper Stash Paper Pad (Tim Holtz),  Glad Tidings Card Make Paper Pad 
(K & Company)
Adhesives: Squares Foam Tabs, Mono Adhesive Dispenser Permanent
Stamp: Merry Christmas stamp, Studio G
Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Clear For Embossing
Embossing Powder: Zing! White Opaque Embossing Powder 1 oz
Gel Pen: Uni Ball Signo Gel Pen Broad Point
Glittered Snowflakes: Nicole Arts Glittzers, Adhesive backed embellishments
Gold edged 1/8″ white satin ribbon
Embossing pen: Embossing Pen (Inkadinkado)

Nov 222010

After taking time out to make a dolly for my granddaughter, I’m back to making Christmas cards. The gold embossing on this one didn’t photograph very well, sorry about the crummy pic!

christmas card scalloped oval gold embossed

This is another that is easily made in multiples.  You can do each of the steps assembly line style.  The steps on this card are few:

  1. Stamp the background
  2. Die cut the ovals, edge lightly with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink
  3. Stamp and emboss the sentiment
  4. Adhere the larger oval
  5. Tie on the ribbon
  6. Adhere the smaller oval with dimensional adhesive.


Happy crafting.  🙂

Music Background Cling Stamps   (Hero Arts)
Aged Mahogany Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Petite Scalloped Ovals Die Template
Yuletide 12X12 Specialty Paper Pad (K & Company)
Solid cardstock, red
Christmas Silhouettes Clear Stamps 5 pc Set Inkadinkado
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Clear For Embossing
Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder 1-Ounce, Gold
Gold edged white satin ribbon

Nov 212010

Welcome back to the final day of our Topsy-Turvy doll directions.  For the previous days, see:  part 1, part 2, part 3.

Today we’ll make the yarn hair for our doll.  I used Red Heart brand in worsted weight, but you can use whatever you like or have on hand.  You’ll need to find a book (or a rigid object) that is 14″ across.  Wrap the yarn around this object 80-100 times.  (I got a little overenthusiastic and wrapped mine 130 times!  As a result, my doll’s hairs is a bit thicker than strictly necessary. Ah well.)  If you have thinner yarn make more wraps, or use less wraps for thicker yarn.


Once your book is all wrapped, find the center of this bundle of yarn.  To hold the yarns in place for sewing, place a piece of painter’s tape slightly to one side of center and another to the other side of center, leaving a 1/2″ gap.  Do this on both sides of the book.


Now, gently slide your yarn off the book.  (This is the tricky part, just take your time.  Don’t worry if it gets a little messed up while sliding.)  Your yarn bundle should look something like this:


Lengthen the stitch on your sewing machine and sew down the middle of your bundle of yarn, right between the two pieces of tape.  To keep the yarns from getting caught on the presser foot and feed dogs, sandwich your bundle between two pieces of waxed paper while sewing.  Make sure to backstitch to secure both ends.  Gently remove the tape and waxed paper.


Hand stitch the seam to your doll’s head.  This seam becomes the center part of her hair.  Since mine was so thick, and difficult to sew, I also lifted up the hair on either side of the part and applied a line of glue to further secure it.


Repeat this wig-making process to make hair for the other side of the doll.

You can now style your doll’s hair as desired.  If you want to trim the yarn loops, that’s fine.  I left in the loops because this doll is going to a two-year old and I don’t want her to be able to pull out single strands of yarn.  My day doll’s hair is pulled back and the night doll’s hair is in ponytails.

If desired, hand sew the nightcap to the sleeping doll’s head.  Now is the time to add whatever other trimmings you like.  I gave the day doll a ribbon rose and sash for her dress and flowers for her hair.


The sleeping doll got  a ribbon rose on her bodice, ribbons on her pigtails and a teddy bear.  I had to carefully position the bear so that it didn’t show as a big lump under the day dress.

And here she is, once again.  Hope my granddaughter loves her!

topsy turvy doll awake

topsy turvy doll asleep

If you decide to make a topsy turvy doll of your own, please send me pictures.  I’d love to see what you’ve done!

Nov 202010

We’re continuing on with our Topsy-Turvy doll.  If you missed the previous posts, you can find part 1 here  and part 2 here.  Hope you’re having fun with this project!  We’re making this little lady.  Her sleeping counterpart is underneath her dress.  Kinda fun!

topsy turvy doll awake

topsy turvy doll asleep

For the skirts of the dresses: (10″x40″ pieces)

Topstitch lace 2″ from one long edge of each skirt.  Lace will be towards bottom of skirt.

Sew center back seams of skirts, leaving 3″ unsewn at top.  Press this seam open and continue pressing back 1/4″ on unsewn section.  Sew skirts together along bottom edges.  Press this seam open, then fold along seam and press, creating a double-sided skirt.


Treating skirts as one, gather top edge.  This is very heavily gathered so I like to zigzag over a cord (like crochet cotton) to make my gathers.


Gather the skirts to fit the bodices and sew the waistline seam, matching center backs and having gathers even all around.  (The skirts will be sandwiched between the two bodice sections.)  Check to make sure the seam is satisfactory, then remove crochet cotton and trim seam to reduce bulk.

Now it’s time to dress your doll.  Make sure you put the nightgown on the side with the sleeping face and the day dress on the awake face.  Hand sew the open center back seams on both dresses.

We’re coming down the home stretch!  Tomorrow we’ll give our ladies their hair and finish up.

Click here to go directly to the 4th and final part.