Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous

Featuring Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous products

Abstract Flowers

Hi everyone!

Today I’m playing along with the challenge at the CAS Colours and Sketches challenge – this week is a fun colour challenge! I did find it a bit difficult to match the Stampin’ Up ink colours to something in my craft room, so in the end I used an Altenew ink and coloured cardstock!

I stamped a Tim Holtz background on my card base before adhering the Simply Graphic die cuts. To complete my card, I added a Sugar Pea sentiment.

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AAA Cards One Layer challenge with coffee twist

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It’s time for the a new challenge at AAA Cards!  This fortnight we’d like you to create a one-layer CAS card; our optional twist is ‘coffee’! As we don’t have a sponsor this time our lovely admin, Jane is offering a £10 gift voucher to a craft store of the winner’s choice.

I have a rather vast stamp collection and a lot hold little memories, so bear with me as I take a trip down memory lane…. For my card, I used a stamp from the Tim Holtz Stamptember 2015 collaboration with Simon Says Stamp. I actually won this set during Simon Says Create 2015 – I remember Heidi said she had a few sold out sets as prizes for us and I hoped one would be the Stamptember Newton’s Nook set! I LOVED it but it sold out before I could buy it… luckily a few years later Newton came out with a very similar set as part of their regular releases which I was able to get hold of! I was still very excited to win the coveted Tim Holtz set of course, although I have to confess this is the first time I’ve used it. Almost five years later. Where does the time go?

Anyway, on to my card…I masked off the sentiment that is part of this stamp and coloured the stamped image using my Twinkling H2O paints – that shimmer is so difficult to photograph though! I covered the image and also used a Taylored Expressions mask to contain the ink splatters that I added as my finishing touch.

My team mates have come up with some beautiful cards which are on the AAA Cards challenge blog. We are also joined a previous challenge winner, Stephanies, who has some lovely inspiration on her blog!

Hope you can play along with us!

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Christmas in July 2020 – Day 21

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Welcome to Day 21of Christmas in July! Today I’m playing along with the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown! This week, they have a theme challenge – Santa! And as you can see, I have stepped well outside my CAS comfort zone with my entry!

Now, surprisingly, given my penchant for all things Christmas crafting, I have very few Santa stamps. I was going to use a very old wood-mounted stamp until I remembered the Tim Holtz Christmas Time stamp set that I picked up at my local craft store last year! I just adore the Santa/reindeer stamp – it is such a joyful image, don’t you think? Anyway, I used the wrinkle-free inking technique to apply a couple of layers of distress ink. Yes I smooshed the inkpads in a certain order so that the Festive Berries ended up around Santa and the Rusty Hinge went around the deer!

I added a Gina K sentiment and stamped a few stars from the same Tim Holtz stamp set across the background using Pumice Stone distress oxide. Finally I added some glitter paste using the Tim Holtz Sparkle stencil! What an apt name!

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Love you always


Hi Everyone!

Happy Saturday! Today I’m playing along with the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge!

It’s another sketch that reminds me of the London Underground but I decided to use the old Simon Says Stamp Scribble Heart and Arrow die set instead of a circle. When I saw the die set in my collection, I thought it was probably 8+ years old, but it turns out it was made in 2015, so not THAT old. I guess with ‘fast craft’, some things feel a lot older as they disappear quickly.

Anyway, I cut the heart from an ink blended panel and extended the arrow so it ran the width of my card. I stencilled some glitter paste on the card base before adding the die cuts and finally added a Mama Elephant card to complete my take.

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Day 8 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019

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I’m playing along with Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags event again this year!

Picket Fence Studio was the Day 8 sponsor – although I don’t have any of the festive products, I absolutely loved Tracey’s inspiration so I adapted the design for use with the products I have. I used a Tim Holtz stencil, a deer die by Simon Says Stamp and little tree by Flora & Fauna. The sentiment is by Mama Elephant.

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Stencilled flowers

Happy Saturday friends!

I’m playing along with the current CAS stencil challenge. This month the challenge is to stencil over a coloured background.

I love this challenge as it helps me practice/learn some techniques but have rarely entered a card because I find it quite difficult to incorporate the technique in a CAS card. Take my creation today for instance… it’s definitely simple but the ‘white’ (or in this case black!) space is limited. CAS is definitely my preferred style and I don’t usually struggle with other CAS challenges, but to be honest I’d probably prefer a wider frame if I was making it again…

Still, I looked back at the DT inspiration and also their past winners and decided to give it a whirl as the amount of ‘white’ space is comparable to some of those showcased cards…. it’ll be interesting to hear what the DT members think.

To create my card, I used an old blended background created with regular distress inks plus a Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous stencil. The frame was cut with a Studio Katia stencil and the sentiment was created using part of a Waffle Flower Crafts die.

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