Posts Tagged ‘tim holtz’

White Christmas Blog Hop

Friday, December 6th, 2019

Happy blog hop day! We are excited to kick of December with a fun Christmas themed blog hop to inspire you! But this isn’t just any Christmas blog hop… we’re dreaming of a White Christmas this year and we hope our cards will inspire you!

The hop starts here, with a card by Tara, and links for the rest of the team will be at the end of this post. Leave comments along the way as you hop for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the SNS online store!

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White Christmoose

My card today was inspired by dreams of a winter wonderland… not something I’ve had at Christmas since moving south! I love this Merry Moose die by Tim Holtz and decided to start by cutting him from white watercolor card stock. I had plenty of ideas for this dude, but keeping it white (mostly) was the hard part! Hopefully you like what I ended up with!

Merry Christmoose/ White Christmas card

Using white on white can be a bit tricky, so I wanted to play with textures. I combined the roughness of the moose die with some smooth pearlescent white cardstock as my base. I layered another piece of the same cardstock over it. This one has some snowflakes stamped in pale blue and the addition of Nuvo Glimmer Paste stenciled over Simon Hurley’s Backsplash stencil. Such a pretty combo!

I created a bit of a scene on my card by adding the layers of trees by Memory Box & Poppy Stamps. The card needed something else, so I cut an ornament from Tim Holtz’s Christmas Circle Words die set. The top layer is from Silver Alcohol Ink card stock and the base is a piece I had inked up with Distress Oxide Sprays. I had this little die cut branch sitting on my desk as the perfect spot to hang the ornament!

Next on the hop…

Time to hop along over to see what White Christmas inspiration you’ll find from our team! Next up is Nancy E, who is taking a break from DT work right now, but still is joining us and has a great card to share! Here’s the full list- happy hopping!


Nancy E.







Have a fabulous weekend and happy hopping!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 229} Wise Men Wow

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Happy Tuesday! Today’s Card is a simple one with some WOW factor, featuring a bold Wise Men die cut over ink blending with copper accents.

I don’t know about you, but I tend to be drawn to certain themes in decor & stamps at Christmas time. One of my favorites is anything with the 3 Wise Men on it. There’s something so beautiful about that part of the Christmas Story. I will never tire hearing about the journey they took. To me, the Wise Men really symbolize a big part of the wonder of the season! Of course, the Wise Men dies by Tim Holtz were a must have for me! I die cut them simply in black, leaving room at the bottom (the edge is open) for a sentiment I’ve had for years.

Next, I embossed the sentiment with Wow Copper Embossing Powder. I also inked up the star and embossed it in the same copper EP. It gave a nice bit of texture and was easy to do with a pair of tweezers to hold on to it!

I started with a pale blue panel of cardstock, so only used two colors of ink to blend my night sky. Wilted Violet Distress Oxide is my darkest color, which blends down into Peacock Feathers. I splattered over the panel with some Copper/Bronze Distress Spray Stain for a twist on the typical starry sky.

Like I said, the card itself is really simple! The pairing of the color combination with the bold silhouette of the wise men & the copper accents really does add some WOW. I hope you like it!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 227} Christmas Blocks

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

This card was originally shared in November 2016! I hope it inspires you to use up some of the leftover bits and pieces from other projects you’ve got on the go… Enjoy!

Happy Tuesday! Before I get started I’m supposed to announce the winner of the Poignant Poppy Blog Hop! Thanks to every one for their lovely comments and congratulations to Glenda A! You have two weeks to claim your prize – click here

I’m not sure when they decided it was officially “time” but I heard Christmas music on one of our local radio stations this past week, and store shelves are currently overflowing with Christmas decorations.  It’s far from wintery outside here, but it’s a wonderful time of year to be creating Christmas cards

  Today I have one that is great for using up smaller die cuts and embellishments you have, or for doing a bit of prep work and taking time (maybe while you watch a Christmas movie!) to create a bunch of little paper blocks that can be assembled onto cards later.  My blocks are 1.75″ square, but you could save yourself some time if you have a square punch in a size close to that.

I’ve used die cuts by Sizzix/Tim Holtz- these minis are probably some of my most used dies this time of year!  I love the steel dies for cutting heavier & textured materials, like chipboard and burlap covered cardstock.  Perhaps you’ve noticed that kraft is my favourite neutral to work with, and this card I pulled it out for every block on my card, keeping things pretty neutral overall but with little bits of red & some sparkle to brighten it up.

A ticket embellishment by Tim Holtz, some red bakers twine and some red bling, along with red embossing powder for my sentiment, bring the color to this card.  The olive green squares also add color, but are a step away from traditional red & green.

Corrugated cardboard is always a fun way to add texture, and these tiny snowflake buttons add some elegance.  I can’t decide which block is my fave… but I’m looking forward to creating some more and seeing where they end up!

Have you started your Christmas cards yet?  Dig into your supplies and see what you can create on tiny blocks to turn into fun patchwork cards.  I’d love to see a link to your creation in the comments!

Inky hugs,