Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tim Holtz November 2016 Tag of the Month

This was a fun technique remix.  I didn't have all of the things I wanted to create Thanksgiving tag so I made a Halloween one and a Christmas one.  I think both turned out really fun!



Swallowtail Cards

This beautiful Swallowtail Stamp has to be one of my favorite stamps.  It is absolutely beautiful and very versatile.  I created 3 cards of 4 colors.  I have been gathering ideas of this stamp on my pinterest board.   I lifted this idea and technique from several sites.  If you want detailed instructions check out Simply Said with Karen's Blog here.  I loved this design of fussy cutting and die cutting makes for great interest.  I used Wink of Stella, Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens and Distress Markers to color.

The inside of the card used the basket weave corner punch and Impression Obsession stamp - Happiness.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Altenew Beautiful Day Card Set

This is my first set of cards using the Altenew layering stamps.  Each flower or stem is stamped multiple times with different ink colors to create a soft watercolor look.  This set was the Beautiful Day stamps.

I used the Tim Holtz mixed media dies set 1 and 2 allow the mat color to show through.  I used sentiment stamps from Our Daily Bread Designs.  The corner punch on the inside allows the insert to be removed and the card recycled if desired.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Fall Spinner / Easel Card

This card was so much fun to make.  I love the spinner.  When trying to display it I realized that a standard card would not stay standing.  I decided to make it as an easel card too.

Photos seldom do justice to the cards.  I wanted to add a video so you could see it in action,  Spinner cards have been around for ages, but this fall was the first time I tried my hand with making some.  I made several in September for a Halloween Make'n'Take.  Then I found a Lawn Fawn die that actually die cuts the channel for the spinner.  I can see many more of these cards in my future.

DCWV patterned paper
Bigz Die Tattered Leaves with coordinating Texure Fade
Fall Leaves brads
Sentiments from Texana Designs
Have a Fabulous Fall and
A Thankful Heart is A Happy Heart

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Tim Holtz October 2016 Tag of the Month

  • surfaces: metal foil tape, cardstock, manila tag
  • crayons: distress crayons/black soot/picket fence/vintage photo
  • paint: distress paint/black soot
  • adhesives: distress collage medium/crazing, scotch quick-dry, black foam tape
  • embellishments: ephemera/curiosities, adornments/wicked, word bands/incantation
  • tools: distress collage brush, distress splatter brush, craft sheet, scissors, tiny attacher, paint brush, craft pick, vagabond
  • dies/folders: rivet texture fade
  • brother scan'n'cut - scanned and cut out Franky from Texana Designs Stamps (designed by Jillian O'Diorne, my creative daughter)
  • misc: wire
I don't have any of the monster dies so I had to improvise.  I used a stamp of Franky from Texana Designs.  With photoshop I was able to extract the elements.  I used Scan'n'Cut Canvas to create the various pieces.  I fired up the Scan'n'Cut and the magic began.  I thinking it turned out pretty darn good.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tim Holtz September 2016 Tag of the Month

Technique Remix: Paint Patina and Alcohol Ink Resist


Texana Designs Stamp - Haunted House

#8 manila tag; alcohol ink yupo/white; black cardstock; Deco Sheets-Halloween

alcohol inks: pitch black, mushroom, blending solution; mini stencils #17

archival ink: jet black, watering can

distress ink: walnut stain

distress paints: vintage photo, seedless preserves, fossilized amber, spiced marmalade, hickory smoke, antiqued bronze

embellishments:  remnant rubs - gothic, alpha parts - wicked, industrious stickers - gothic, typed tokens - halloween, index labels, jute string, tinsel twine - autumn, game spinners, adornments - crossbones, wire pins


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Here Comes Halloween

Halloween has always been one of our favorite holidays.  I believe that my daughter's excitement is contagious.  She's been designing stamps for Texana Designs.  We've all had a fun time with some great images.  Great job Jillian!

I have some papers from DCWV that are 6" x 12" patterned papers.  I added some glittery goo and two stamps from Texana on the front.  The sugar skull is mounted on a wobble and is bouncy.  The inside of the black card has a white mat with corners and the mini sugar skull and the sentiment "EEEEEK  HAPPY HALLOWEEN".  I used the remaining paper to decorate the inside of the envelope.

Below is a twisted easel card with Texana Stamps, dies from Spellbinders and Tim Holtz.  I saw the design on pinterest and decided I had to try it too.  I had some premade cards in orange and black so I cut  them up to make this one.  I'm really pleased how it turned out.

Here is another card using those orange and black cards and the sizzix triple flip die.  I added three stamped images created by Jillian and two stamps.  I also used a Tim Holtz Alterations tree die.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Halloween Spinner Card at Sassy Scrappers

It was a great day at Sassy Scrappers.  I hope you were able to join us.  If not, be sure to stop and shop.  We didn't clean out the store completely!  Hope you will make it the next time that Texana Designs has a trunk sale and make'n'takes.

The Spinner/Slider card is fun to make and fun to give and even more fun to receive.  It takes a little planning, but just because of using the foam tape to adhere the pieces.


Texana Designs Stamps:
      Halloween Background Ground
      Ghost Set
      Halloween Set
      Eeeeek Happy Halloween
      Boo to You
      Made in Texas by a Texan or Handmade by
Stick It Adhesive Sheets
Ranger Adhesive Foam Roll
Sticky Thumb Dimensional Adhesive Foam - Black Dots, Assorted Sizes

Papermania Neon Adhesive Gems - Orange 
Martha Stewart Edge Punch - Drippy Goo
Bazzill Smoothies Cardstock - Lemon Sherbet, Orange Crush, Bubble Gum, Apple Crush
American Crafts Glitter Cardstock - Mint or Yellow
Radiant Neon Ink Pad 4 Colors
       Cool - Electric Pink, Purple, Blue & Green
       Warm - Electric Pink, Coral, Orange & Yellow
Hero Arts Ombre Ink Pad
       Yellow To Orange
       Gray To Black
2 Pennies or washers


Color the image
Attach two pennies with a popdot.
Attach the image to the penny with a glue dot.
Set aside.


A track approximately 3/8" wide has already been cut in black mat.
If stamping this main mat, do so before putting the foam tape on the back.
The Radiant Neon Ink Pad will leave a subtle background on black.


Stamp the decorative 2 1/2" neon colored mat.  I used the Hero Arts Ombre ink pad.  Next using a blending tool, ink the edges with black.


In order to insert the slider slip the valley between the pennies onto the bottom of the track and then work the top of the track in between.

Add the neon gems to the bottom left section. 


The American Crafts Glitter paper adds just the right amount of glitz to this card.  The greatest trick is to use the "Stick It" adhesive sheets from Ken Oliver Crafts.  It is a very thin, very sticky adhesive that is easily die cut or punched.


Apply the foam tape to the back of the slider mat.  Be sure to leave enough space for the penny to roll freely.  I didn't want a contrasting color in the opening so I backed it with another black mat.


The base card is orange cardstock cut 4 1/4" x 11" and scored at 5 1/2".
The black mats are 4" x 5 1/4"

If you have trouble lining up the mats straight I like to use score tape on all four sides.  On two opposite corners peel back just an inch or so of both strips of tape.  This gives you lots of play to get it straight before tacking it down and peeling off the remainder of the adhesive backing.  The image above shows the 1" strip of the backing on the bottom left corner.


Stamp the white mat with the Neon Inks or the Ombre Ink with stamps to match the front.


Texana Designs has some great stamps designed for the back of your cards.  Remember to always sign and date your creations.

Check out more samples on my Pinterest Board HERE

There is another great tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers HERE

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Make'n'Take Sept 10th at Sassy Scrappers

Texana Designs Team will be at Sassy Scrappers Saturday morning on the 10th for great make'n'takes be sure to come out for the fun.  We will have various Fall, Halloween and Christmas projects.  I will be showing you how easy it is to make a penny spinner/slider card.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Trick or Treat with new Texana Stamps

Texana Designs 
Stamps:  New Fall 2016 Release

Ghost, Bats, Crow, Branch, Frankie (mini),
Frankenstein (mini) and Scarecrow (mini)
“Trick or Trick”
Distress Specialty Stamping Paper
Brayered background with Distress custom ink pad
Wink of Stella markers
Dylusions white paint pen for stars


I am loving these new stamps released by Texana Designs.  Jillian O'Diorne (my talented daughter) added to the Halloween line this year with the ghost, scarecrow, dracula and a treat bag (not shown here).  Karen Lambert drew the branch and the crow.  Frankie was released last year, but the mini was released this year along with the mini sugar skull.

I made a custom stamp pad with Distress Reinkers and applied to specialty stamping paper with a brayer for the background.  The moon was masked before applying the color.  Masking takes more practice so each of the spooks were stamped and fussy cut before becoming part of the card.

I love the big Texas skies in West Texas.  The Belt of Venus is the pink color in the East created by the earth shadow of the sitting sun. I also wanted to add a few stars to the night sky.  Some of the cards show my attempt at spooky clouds, but that will take more practice too.


Just a peak at a few more samples I've made this month are below.  Check out the Texana Designs blog in a few days for more samples from the entire design team.  We will also at Sassy Scrappers in Wimberley on Saturday September 10th from 10:30 to 12:30 for some great make'n'take cards.  Hope to see you there!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Tim Holtz August 2016 Tag of the Month

Technique Remix: Brayered Stains and Frameworks

Texana Designs Stamps
Solid Butterfly, Dragonflies and Embrace Natures Beauty
Vial Labels
Wildflowers Thinlet Dies
Crinkle Ribbon
Remnant Rubs
Frameworks - Honeycomb
Textured Surfaces
Textile Surfaces
Grunge Paper
Distress Inks, Paint & Stain
Archival DIY Pad - Black Soot