Saturday 2 December 2023

Christmas card with the Sizzix Trim a Tree die set

Hello everyone, a few weeks ago I have made a card with the Sizzix Trim a Tree die set by Tim Holtz. You really liked, maybe because of the unusual colours, the white Christmas tree and the pink background. If you haven't seen it yet, you will find it here.

This time, I wanted a green Christmas tree.

The other card has a full tutorial, so here I just write down the things I did differently.

The background was painted with Distress Salvaged Patina paint.

The pine tree was first sprayed with Distress Mowed Lawn Oxide Spray. But then I changed my mind, and I wanted something deeper and darker. So with a sponge I blended Rustic Wilderness ink to the whole surface. I inked the edges with Ground Espresso, then I added a thin layer of pearl paint.

The pot was coloured with Walnut Stain and Ground Espresso ink.

The ornaments cut out from white paper and I inked the edges with Pumice Stone. Then I added a layer of pearl paint.

The edges of the background panel were inked with Frayed Burlap and Ground Espresso Archival ink.

The text is the first two words of a Hungarian Christmas song.

What I used:

Sizzix Thinlits dieTrim A Tree Colorize (666332)

Sizzix Texture Fades embossing folder, Sparkle (666298)

Ranger Distress Archival ink (Frayed Burlap, Ground Espresso)

Ranger Distress paint (Salvaged Patina)

Ranger Distress ink (Pumice Stone, Ground Espresso)

DecoArt Americana (White Pearl)


With my card, I would like to join the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Trees

Tuesday 28 November 2023

Tags with snowman of the Winterscape stamp set

Hello everyone, I'm here with three tags that I made for three girls. Every year I join a giveaway campaign to make Christmas packages for Hungarian children living in poor financial circumstances. So I needed three tags quickly because I have to deliver the packages on 30 November.

For making these tags, I took a Neenah Solar White sheet and cut out three tags with one of the dies of the Sizzix Framelits, Tags Collection set. Then I stamped the snowman on the tags with Espresso Truffle ink. Then I masked the snowman and stamped the tree. For the text I used Tuxedo Black ink and the Christmas Cartoons stamp set.

Then I coloured the tags with Copic Sketch markers. Even the sky. I inked the edges with Broken China, then I added white dots using acrylic paint.

What used:

Sizzix Framelits die, Tag Collection (658784)

Stampers Anonymous, Winterscape (CMS428)

Stampers Anonymous, Christmas Cartoons (CMS473)

Copic Sketch markers

With my tags, I would like to join the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Trees

Friday 17 November 2023

Christmas card with Trim a Tree by Tim Holtz

Here is the card that I had already finished yesterday but I was able to take pictures of it today. For this card I used the Trim A Tree die and the Sparkle embossing folder.

Although I love the traditional Christmas colours, I wanted something different this time. This is why I chose the Picked Raspberry paint for the background. 

So first I took a panel and painted with the Picked Raspberry Distress paint. When it was dry, I embossed my panel with the Sparkle embossing folder. Then I added a thin layer of White Pearl paint from DecoArt Americana. Since I wanted to enhance the embossed pattern, I went over the panel with a brayer using white paint. When the white went to other parts than the embossed pattern I quickly wiped it off with a wet paper towel.

The pieces of the tree were cut out from white paper, then I inked the edges with Pumice Stone ink. Then painted all the pieces with the same White Pearl paint that I used for the background. The pot of the tree was inked with Pumice Stone, but I added Ground Espresso to the edges. Then I covered this with White Pearl too.

The ornaments were cut out from two different shades of green. I glued them together, then I added a tiny drop of gold to the top part. In the end, I covered them with White Pearl paint.

Here you can see the ornaments before adding the pearl paint and after.

I stamped the text directly to the background with Archival inks, first with Ground Espresso, then with Black Soot because the Ground Espresso was not enough.

I also placed a paper behind my card from the new 2023 Idea-Ology release.

What I used:

Sizzix Thinlits die, Trim A Tree Colorize (666332)

Sizzix Texture Fades embossing folder, Sparkle (666298)

Stampers Anonymous, Cozy Christmas (CMS444)

Idea-Ology Christmas Backdrops (TH94346)

Ranger Distress Archival ink (Black Soot, Ground Espresso)

Ranger Distress paint (Picked Raspberry)

Ranger Distress ink (Pumice Stone)

DecoArt Americana (White Pearl)


Saturday 21 October 2023

Believe in the magic - Santa Greetings by Tim Holtz

Hello everyone, finally I had a little time to make a Christmas card. For this I used the Santa Greetings die set by Tim Holtz again. But this time I created a night scene for him. Here is my previous card where you will also find a tutorial of how to assemble Santa. 

I really enjoyed to make the background where I just layered many different shades of the blue. I think I started with Prize Ribbon, then I added some Broken China and Salvage Patina to the moon's corner. I added some Chipped Sapphire to the edges. Then I splattered with white paint. As a final step I blended Black Soot Archival ink to the edges.

For the snow part, I used a vintage white.

As I mentioned at the beginning you will find Santa's tutorial in my earlier blog post.

For the moon I used Antique Linen ink (original and oxide) and Pumice Stone oxide ink. Then I added white paint, to mute the colours. 

The text was stamped with embossing ink and heat embossed with black embossing powder.

For the stars I used silver glitter paper.

What I used:

Stampers Anonymous, Bold Tidings Mini (CMS440)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Santa Greetings Colorize (666338)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Moonlight (666386)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Swirling Stars (663095)

Ranger embossing powder (black super fine)

Ranger Distress paints (Barn Door, Broken China, Candied Apple, Chipped Sapphire, Lumberjack Plaid, Prize Ribbon, Salvaged Patina)

Ranger Distress Oxide ink (Antique Linen, Pumice Stone)

Ranger Distress ink (Antique Linen)

Ranger Distress Archival ink (Black Soot)

Ranger Distress embossing ink


I hope you like my card! Thank you for stopping by!

With my card, I would like to join the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Text it

Sunday 1 October 2023

Christmas card with Santa Greetings by Tim Holtz

Hello everyone, let me show you my latest make with one of the cutest Santas by Sizzix, Tim Holtz. This weekend I had a little time to create, so I decided to assemble this pieces of the Santa Greetings Colorize die.

Here I will start a long tutorial, because Because my assembly order is different from the one on the Sizzix YouTube channel. Usually I like and follow the Colorize tutorials step by step, but when I followed it here, somehow the parts didn't fit well. 

The main piece of Santa was coloured with Lumberjack Plaid Distress paint.

When it was dry, I glued the biggest white part on it. The white part was cut out from creamy white paper and I inked the edges with Antique Linen Distress ink.

Then I added the face part and the ears. I coloured them with Copic markers and I inked the edges with brown ink.

Then came the red layers. These pieces were coloured with red Distress paints. Sometimes I mixed colours, so I can't give you exact colour names.

Then the second layer of the face.

Then came the grey belt and immediately the black parts, the top layer of the belt and the eyes. These pieces were cut out coloured paper. And you can see, that I also added the missing white part, the pompon to the hat.

Then I glued the white top layer. I cut them out from white paper, I mean real white.

Then I added the white fur trims on Santa's coat and the boots.

Then I adhered the white part of the belt and the mittens. The parts of the mittens were cut out from black and dark grey papers.

And then the gold belt buckle.

The background:

I cut out a 5x5 inches square panel. I painted the top part with Speckled Egg and the bottom part with a Marabu Mineral White paint.

Then I stamped pine trees with Hickory Smoke Arcival ink to the background. 

I splattered the whole background with watered white paint. 

What I used:

Sizzix Thinlits die, Santa Greetings Colorize (666338)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Swirling Stars (663095)

Stampers Anonymous, Tree Line (CMS244)

Idea-Ology, Christmas Kraft-Stock paper (TH93626)

Idea-Ology, Big Chat Stickers (TH93192)

Ranger Distress paints (Speckled Egg, Lumberjack Plaid, Barn Door, Candied Apple)

Ranger Distress Archival ink (Hickory Smoke)

Ranger Distress ink (Antique Linen)

With my card, I would like to join the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Christmas

I hope you like! Have a fantastic October!

Wednesday 27 September 2023

Tag with a footballer boy

Here is another tag that I made for my younger nephew. Like his brother, he has his birthday in November. He will be 12.

For this tag, I used an old and retired Penny Black stamp set, Way Cool. I love this stamp set, because all the images are beautifully drawn. And it's very special for me, because it's really hard to find footballer stamps, or any stamps with athletes, or someone who's doing sport. 

I coloured the image and the background with Copic Sketch markers. 

For the tag, I used an My Favorite Things FT Die-Namics die set, Stitched Traditional Tag. And the text is also MFT, Bitty Birthday Wishes.

I tried to colour the football kit using the Real Madrid colours. 

Wednesday 20 September 2023

Masculine birthday tag with the Professor

Hello everyone, I'm here with a tag that I made for my nephew who will turn 15 at the beginning of November. I know, it's just September, but I always have to do the celebration cards in advance because I have to send them to Hungary.

And here is the tutorial:

I cut out a tag from chipboard and put a layer of gesso on both sides. When it was dry, I painted blue with Faded Jeans Distress paint.

Then I added a tiny bit of Chipped Sapphire here and there, spritzed with water, then soaked up the water with a paper towel. Then I splattered with Speckled Egg paint.

Then I stamped the Professor on Neenah Solar White paper with Tsukineko Memento Espresso Truffle ink and coloured with Copic Sketch markers. Then I stamped the circle where I planned the head of the professor using an embossing ink. Then I heat embossed using black super fine embossing powder by Ranger.

The hat was stamped with Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured with Copic Sketch markers.

For the birthday text I used embossing ink and black embossing powder. On the back of the tag, I also stamped a motivation quote and I was so happy when I noticed that it has the same font type as the happy birthday text.

The prize ribbon is part of an old and retired die set but it was perfect to put the numbers on it.

I inked the edges of the tag with Black Soot Ranger Archival ink and spattered with Black Soot paint the front page.

What I used:

Stampers Anonymous, The Professor 1 (CMS373)

Stampers Anonymous, The Inspector (CMS465)

Stampers Anonymous, Crazy Things (CMS237)

Stampers Anonymous, Crazy Talk (CMS236)

Stampers Anonymous, Ponderings (CMS252)

Sizzix Movers&Shapers die, Mini Trophy&Prize Ribbon (659444)

Sizzix Bigz die, Crescent Moon&Stars (658716)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Alphanumeric Label (664177)

Ranger Distress paints (Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Speckled Egg)

Ranger embossing powder (super fine black)

Ranger Archival ink (Black Soot)

Copic Sketch markers

Neenah Solar white paper

glitter paper


With my card I would like to join the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: What's your favorite color? 

Actually, I have two favourite colours, the green and the blue, but the blue which appears more often on my projects and in my wardrobe too :-)

Sunday 3 September 2023

Celebration card with paper doll ladies

Hello everyone, lately you could see my two birthday cards that I made for two October birthdays. And here is a name-day card that I made for my sister who celebrates her name-day in October. I live in Luxembourg but my family is in Hungary so I soon have to prepare a package and send it off to make sure it arrives by October.

Before I started this card, I asked my sister for a colour and she said dark green. And then Emma's Halloween card popped into my head. That was my inspiration but I wanted to make something different. 

I took a watercolour paper and started to blend ink through Sparkle stencil. Then I heat embossed with Ranger gold embossing powder.

Then I started to blend green inks to the surface, I started with lighter colours because I wasn't sure how dark I will like. Then I turned out that I preferred it when it was very dark.

The girls' dresses were coloured with Distress glazes (Kitsch Flamingo, Salvaged Patina).

The champagne glass was cut out from Neenah Solar white paper and coloured them first with Copic Sketch markers, then I heat embossed the glass with clear embossing powder, the champagne with a mixture of clear and enchanted gold powders.

The text was part of an MFT stamp set (Uncorked) and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

What I used:

Stampers Anonymous, Sparkle layering stencil (THS132)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Happy Hour (664435)

Idea-Ology, paper dolls

Ranger embossing powders (Gold, Enchanted Gold, Clear)

Ranger Distress inks (Black Soot, Bundled Sage, Lucky Clover, Pine Needles, Rustic Wilderness)

Ranger Distress embossing glaze (Kitsch Flamingo, Salvaged Patina)


With my card, I would like to join the:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Sparkle&Shine

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

Wednesday 30 August 2023

Birthday card with one of the Gentlemen by Tim Holtz

It is not only my mother-in-law's birthday in October, but also my mum's. So after the blue gentleman card that I created for my mother-in-law, I made another version for my mum. 

I used the same technique for both backgrounds. You can check out the tutorial on the previous card.

Here I used Spun Sugar Oxide ink, then Picked Raspberry Distress ink.

After sealing the surface with Distress Collage Medium I inked the edges with Picked Raspberry Archival ink, then with Ground Espresso.

What I used:

Sizzix Thinlits die, Gentlemen (666286)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Alphanumeric Bulletin (666281)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Cozy Winter (665574)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Celebrate (666285)

Stampers Anonymous, Crazy Talk (CMS236)

Stampers Anonymous, Linked Circles (THS159)

Ranger Distress inks 

Ranger Distress Oxide inks

Ranger Distress Collage Medium

Ranger Distress embossing powder (super fine white)


As you can see, I put some yellow stars on this card, that you can't find on the other card. There were already a lot of yellow elements there, it would have been too much yellow with the stars.