Christmas Plaid

Happy Halloween, everyone! I am starting the Christmas season today with this cute box. I was inspired by Zoe Hillman‘s make for the new Distress Color – Lumberjack Plaid. This is one for you if you need a quick and cute box.


  • Papers: Tim Holtz Idea-ology CHRISTMAS Backdrops th94277; Cardstock from the stash in: craft, burgundy, black glitter;
  • Inks: Aged Mahogany in Distress Ink and Distress Oxide Ink
  • Sizzix dies – Tim Holtz: Festive Bouquet, Vintage Labels Thinlits Dies 665929,CURIO BOX Bigz XL with Framelits Dies 664419
  • Stamps: Stampersanonymous CMS456 Holiday Sketchbook
  • Embellishments: CHRISTMAS Linen Tape Patchwork th94299
  • Distress Watercolor pencils


Cut the plaid cardstock and the craft cardstock using the Curio Box Dies. Using the linen tape, tape around the bottom of the box to secure the sides. Cut the front labels using Distress Ink and the Vintage Labels. Stamp the images using Distress Ink. Color the image with watercolor pencils and then stamp it a second time. Cut your foliage using scraps from the stash. Layer them together, and you will have a perfect little gift box. These are fast and fun to make. Have fun!

Challenges entered: SSS Monday Challenge, Craft Roulette, Allsorts Challenge

Vintage Doll

Happy Sunday, Friends! I am going vintage this weekend. Why? Why not?! This is not a style that normally inspires me. However, it did this weekend. 😁 The card started with the concept of using a sheet from an old pattern; I figured that clearly paired well with the Haberdashery stamp set. The remainder of the card was just going with what worked. Let go and go with what you have!


  • Papers: Mixed Media Strathmore Cardstock, Blue-green Tim Holtz Cardstock, Craft Colored Card Stock from the stash, old unused patterned tissue paper from Simplicity
  • StampersAnonymous: Tim Holtz Haberdashery CMS 105
  • Inks: Distress Ink (Speckled Egg, Salvaged Patina), Distress Ink Pad(Ground Expresso, Aged Mahogony), Distress Archival Ink (Faded Jeans)
  • Distress Crayons: Faded Jeans, Speckled Egg
  • Embellishments: Embossing Douber, Frosted Crystal, Collage Medium, Paper Dolls, Omber thread, Tim Holtz Fabric Tape


Cut the mixed media card stock down to 3″ x 6″. Using collage medium, adhere your pattern paper to your cardstock and allow it to dry. Apply Distress Ink to the background randomly using a cotton ball. Stamp your images with archival ink and a stamping platform; ink some images more than others for a duotone/multitone effect. Ink the edges with Ground Expresso and Aged Mahogony. Go over the paper randomly with Ground Expresso for a more weathered effect. Stitch the edges of the base. Cut a “seat” for your doll, cover using Tim Holtz Fabric Tape, and then stitch it to the background. Choose an Ideology paper doll and emboss it with Frosted Crystal. Once dry, color the dress with a combination of distressed crayons. Adhere the doll to the background. Mount the background to your paper “frames.”

Enjoy your week! Hopefully, I’ll be able to catch the live next Saturday for the new Distress Color on Tim’s YouTube Channel at 9am CST,10/30/22!

Challenges entered: Allsorts Challenge, Double Trouble Challenge (circle lower right), NBUS Challenge, The Card Concept Challenge 182a, Twisted Thursday Challenge, The Dream Factory ( a little girl)

Dashing Through the Snow

Happy Sunday, everyone! It is still Inktober and decided to play with some ink today. My envelope was inspired by the envelope Nathifa made for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Christmas. If you would like to play along, everything I used follows.❄🛷🎄❄

  • Papers: Stonehenge Aqua Coldpress Black 140lb, Blue shimmer paper from stash, Clear Vellum, Dina Wakely Collage Paper, Black sparkle cardstock remnant from stash, black fun foam
  • Distress Spray Stain: Prize Ribbon, Black Soot, Uncharted Mariner
  • Distress Oxide: Prize Ribbon
  • Distress Mica Stain: WinterFrost
  • Distress Ink: Picket Fench
  • Ink: Archival Ink in Black Soot and Prize Ribbon, Versamark Watermark, Donna Salazar Mixed Media Inx in Pewter
  • Embellishments: Distress Grit Paste-Snowfall, Ideology Doplets-Halloween, DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Silver Spark, Ranger White embossing powder
  • Stamp sets by Stampersanonymous Tim Holtz: Stamptember 2022, Exquisite CMS453, Bold Tidings Mini CMS440
  • Die Sets by Sizzix-Tim Holts: Thinlits Bowtied(666063), Thinlits Festive Bouquet(665565), Thinlits Framed Tags(666065), 3D Impresslits Snowflake (665376)
  • Tools: Stamping platform, Splat Box, Envelope Punch Board, Sizzix Big Shot, small brayer


Cut the watercolor card stock down to 8×8. Get out your splat box and have some fun with your stains! Allow drying time. Cut the watercolor card stock down to 8×8, score (3 3/8in) and cut using your punch board. Cut your tag using the pewter ink, brayer and leftover inked watercolor cardstock. Emboss your sentiment and then add metallic luster to the edges. Cut the foliage out of black sparkle cardstock and add grit paste randomly. Cut the bow out of the blue cardstock. Add metallic luster to the accent pieces of the bow. Cut your snowflakes out of vellum and apply grit past to the top of them. Layer and assemble your envelope. I used foam on the edges of the bow to stabilize it as this envelope will be mailed and the bow needed more support.

The liner is very simple and fast to make. Use the collage paper, archival ink, and stamp the flowers in Black Soot and then the snowflakes in Prize Ribbon. Cut down and glue inside. Yes, you will see your glue line; however, the envelope will be sealed and when opened I would expect these edges to be destroyed in the process.

“Have the Courage to Be Imperfect.” – Alfred Adler

Challenges entered: ABC Christmas Challenge, Allsorts Challenge, NBUS Challenge, Tic Tac Toe Challenge (embossing (sentiment), free (monochromatic), glitter (paper, texture paste) ), Twisted Thursday Challenge

Parisian Evening

Happy Sunday, everyone! I went looking for a combination of orange, purple +1 color and ended up at the Color Catalog by Sara Rene Clark. I was completely inspired by her photo for this combination (dark blue, dusty blue, orange, purple, black). Although my photo does not show it well, all the “light” sources, including the reflections, are Distress Oxide Jack-O-Lantern Crayon. An ORANGE!! There is something peaceful and beautiful about this image. Thank you, TH, for all the wonderful products you give us to play with.

So, here is what you will need if you would like to make this:

  • Papers: Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper, Black Black Cardstock, Blue “sequin” cardstock from the stash, Black Fun Foam, clear acetate
  • Distress Spray Stain: Wilted Violet, Prize Ribbon, Stormy Sky
  • Distress Oxide: Black Soot, Picket Fence
  • Distress Mica Stain: Jack-O-Lantern
  • Distress Oxide Crayon: Jack=O=Lantern, Wilted Violet, Prize Ribbon, Black Soot, Stormy Sky
  • Ink: Archival Ink in Black Soot, Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Copic Black fine liner 0.05mm, Black Sharpie
  • Embellishments: Glossy Accents, Perfect Pearls, Foundry Wax in Sterling, Black Cherry Aroma embossing powder by Emerald Creek, Perfect Pearls in perfect pearl
  • Stamp set: Stampersanonymous Tim Holtz, Cityscape CMS 224
  • Tools: Stamping platform, Exacto blade/knife, Waterbrush


Cut the watercolor card stock down to 3.5×12. Get out your splat box and have some fun with your stains! Dry with a heat tool. Cut the cardstock down to two equal sizes. Decide which you will use for your base and which you will use for the Paris stamp. Stamp Paris on your inked background using multiple layers of Archival ink and Onyx Black Ink. While the ink is wet, apply your embossing powder and emboss. Cut out your cityscape using an Exacto blade. Color the highlights of your city using crayon or mica spray and a water brush on your city as you like. Using your cut-out, decide where the line of demarcation will be for the city vs. the water. Using Versamark Onyx black ink, the stamping platform, and acetate, stamp the city a second time and then use the acetate to “transfer” the city for your reflection on the paper. This is textured watercolor paper, so it will not stamp perfectly. GREAT! It is a reflection and not to be perfect! Scribble crayons on a glass mat and use the water pen to pick up colors and add more color and softness to the reflection. Tired? Go get some coffee! Order Starbucks for delivery. YUM!!! White Chocolate Mocha Venti, please!!!! Cover the “water” with paper and add “stars” with Gilding wax. Then cover the city, using Perfect Pearls add the stars’ reflection on the water. Add the light reflections using either DO crayon or mica stain in Jack-O-Lantern. Ink the city’s and sky’s edges with Black Soot and a blending tool. Using a fan brush, add “wisps” and water lines to your water using Glossy Accents. Allow drying time. Ink the edges of the water with Picket Fence using a blending tool. Place your city on the card front and outline using the Copic fine liner. Fill in the outline with Sharpie to give the city a dark “glow.” Mount your city on black fun foam and glue to the card front. Frame with Black Black cardstock and blue sequined cardstock. Add to a card base made from Black Black cardstock. Have fun!

Here’s the inspiration photo and color guide:

Thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!

Here’s to the ones that inspire us and don’t even know!!!

Challenges entered: Craft Roulette, SSS Monday Challenge, NBUS Challenge, The Card Concept Challenge (Paris-obviously!), Time Out Challenge, The Dream Factory Challenge (stars)

Designer Spotlit card at SSS Monday Challenge, The Dream Factory Challenge

Colorful Options October 2022

Jeepers Creepers: “How’d you get those eyes” or “What’s eating you?”

Hi Everyone…welcome to another month on the Colorful Options Blog. Thank you for joining us for last month’s challenge, and we hope you can join us this month, too, because it’s time for a new challenge.

And the theme for this month is……


I created a one-layer card featuring a scarecrow that is up to no good. I used Tim Holtz/Stampersanonymous The Scarecrow, Tangled Webs, Unraveled, Halloween Cutouts, and the Ton’s Couture Cling Stamp.

My card started out with simple stamping and masking using the Ton’s “city” stamp, the scarecrow, and the spider in Archival Ground Expesso. I stamped the webs in Archival Spiced Marmalade. Then it was on to the glorious world of colors, layers and shading. Honestly, I had a hard time achieving the look I wanted and layered mediums and colors until I achieved a result close to what I was going for. I would have like the scarecrow to glow more; however, I would have to add more contrast to make that happen and I didn’t want the card to go that dark. The best instruction on coloring/achieving a glow affect is from Lisa Mitrochin on Youtube.

Here’s what I used to “color”:

  • Distress Oxide Ink: Carved Pumpkin, Dried Marigold.
  • Distress Crayons: Decayed, Ripe Persimmon, Ground Expresso
  • Distress Watercolor Pencils: Vintage Photo, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmilade
  • Prismacolor pencils: PC938, PC915, PC917,PC918,PC118,PC941,PC946,PC1082,PC1058
  • White Gel Pen
  • Black Liquid Ink

Why don’t you pop over to the Colorful Options Challenge and check out the amazing creations from my very talented Design Team mates and as always you have until Friday October the 28th 11:59pm US CST time…5:59am(Saturday, October 29th) UK time…6:59am(Saturday, October 29th) CET to join in with the chance to win a  Sizzix-Tim Holtz Thinlit-Frightful Things set.

You can also follow the Colorful Options Challenge on Instagram

and if you use Instagram…

please add #colorfuloptionschallenge to your entry uploads so we can see them on there too

I look forward to seeing what you create this month…

Have Fun and Happy Crafting

Shared With: SSS Monday Challenge, Tic Tac Toe Challenge (Embossing, Spooky, Ink Blending), Pearly Sparkles Challenge

Treacherous Imagination

Hello everyone! Happy October! Looking for a quick and colorful Halloween card? This one is it! Make time is about an hour-ish.

Start with a spiderweb cardstock and ink it with Distress Oxide in Carved Pumpkin. Cut your skulls out of inked scraps from previous projects. Emboss the sentiment (Tim Holtz Halloween Tiny Text) with Carved Pumpkin embossing powder. Mount everything with foam tape and place it on a black card front. Easy, easy!

As it is the beginning of October, there is a new challenge at the Colorful Options Challenge. Treacherous Imaginations serves as my rainbow-inspired and color-of-the-month contribution.

Go visit the Colorful Options Challenge and check out the amazing creations from the talented Design Team. You have until Friday October the 28th 11:59pm US CST time…5:59am(Saturday, October 29th) UK time…6:59am(Saturday, October 29th) CET to join in with the chance to win a  Sizzix-Tim Holtz Thinlit-Frightful Things set. Yep, the same one I used to make this card.

Scare up some fun this Halloween!