Mr. Holtz Owl

A few years ago, owls were all the rage. Remember that? Hero Arts had several adorable owls. I used them lots (and still do) and got a bit of teasing for it from Mr. Tim Holtz.

See, I tease him for always creating “dark cloud” projects and he teases me for creating “bags of Skittles” projects, often with cutesy things such as owls. It’s all in respect and fun.

So when he asked for a few years ago to create some projects for his Ideaology booth at CHA, I knew just what to create:

A colorful owl. :)

Yes, I was being a bit of a smart aleck, but it was so much fun to create…

So Mr. Holtz Owl was created from cut pieces of Grungeboard. And all the embellishments? They are all from Ideaology.

Paperclips for feathers. The number zero for eyes along with a few gears. The beak? That is a leaf. And the feet? Those are game spinners/clock hands.

All the coloring was done with Distress Inks. The only non-Holtz goodies are the branch (Prima) and the letter stamps (Papertrey).

So much fun to create. I did this a couple of years ago and don’t think I have shared it here yet – sorry if I did.

And there you have it: The Mr. Holtz Owl.

Have a good week.

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Amazing print giveaway!

Awhile back, I found a quote that took my breath away. One that defined my feelings about life perfectly.

So what did I do? I immediately contacted the talented, adorably sweet Lori McDonough.

I found Lori through Etsy and own several of her feel-good-about-yourself-and-life pieces. And I really wanted her to work her magic with this magical quote. Thankfully she said yes. Check THIS out…

I adore it. Perfect for a craft room, huh? I admire people who really USE their talents and make the most them. Think of Olympic gymnasts, Tim Holtz, my brother-in-law (who opened a dental clinic in Liberia), Sandy Allnock (Operation Write Home), teachers, etc. Whatever it is… I love watching it.

If you are interested in buying this print, you can find them on Etsy HERE. Oh, and while you are there, check out these that I have purchased and love, too… (Click the images for the link.)

My oh my, Lori has talent, huh?

And! I am giving one away. Just leave a comment here by Sunday night and I will pick a lucky winner of the talent print above.


Free Shipping at 2Peas!

Hello, everyone!

I am so excited to offer you another great discount today. My sweet friends over at Two Peas In a Bucket have offered a good one – free shipping! I have loved 2Peas for so many years. I still miss being a Garden Girl there (I was for many years) and am continually amazed by the many classes and features they offer. (HERE is one to check out – a chance to win big Hero Arts prizes.)

Between now and Sunday, use the code “SHIPJM” for free shipping on orders of $35 or more! Sweet, huh? LOVE free shipping.

Want some shopping ideas?

I have recently decided to switch to all 6×6 papers. I figure that if I want to scrapbook, I can piece pieces together. The patterns on 6×6 are just so much easier to work with! Check HERE for 6×6 paper pads. These are my weakness. My current fave? THIS gorgeous set from Echo Park. (BTW, Echo Park has the sweetest people – a great company.)

I also love THIS 6×6 from Memory Box

Ah.. and check out the colors of THIS My Mind’s Eye 6×6…

The new Smash products are all the rage and fun for any fellow scrapbookers out there. I plan to get some of my teens, too…

Technique Tuesday has great made-in-the-USA-therefore-they-stamp-perfectly clear stamps HERE. I love THIS one…

You could always get some of the new Hero Arts holiday stamps HERE, such as THIS one…

Again, between now and Sunday, use the code “SHIPJM” for free shipping on orders of $35 or more. Here is the fine print: This is good on non-digital, non-phaseout domestically shipped product. :)


Go-To Gal Designer Challenge: Cosmo Cricket goodness…


Today I am part of the Paper Crafts Go-To Gal Designer Challenge. This is a fun challenge we do the last Wednesday of the month… where we use goodies from a favorite manufacturer. I was bummed to not play last month, so I had to this month! Be sure to hop on to the next Go-To Gal when you are done here. The links are below.

Today we are all using some delicious Cosmo Cricket. I adore Cosmo Cricket papers. (Especially their 6×6 pads. They are l.o.v.e.l.y.) Their colors are always perfection.

I decided to challenge myself to try to do something I find really hard to do: Create a simple card with colorful patterned paper. I just am not good at simple cards or using patterned papers, so this is a challenge for me! Here is what I came up with…

I love patterned papers that have several patches of patterns/colors on one. These papers are perfect for punching or die cutting little shapes… and they all will easily match when you put your card together. (I call this “creative cheating.”) So, THIS is the Cosmo Cricket paper I die cut my birds from…

(Oh, and I forgot to photograph it, but I put a strip of the reverse side of the paper on the inside of the card for fun.)

After die cutting the birds with THIS die from My Favorite Things, I inked the edges with Distress Ink and my Ink Blending Tool. I drew lines with a black pen and a ruler and stamped the bird legs and greeting (both from the My Favorite Things die/stamp set). Oh, and to make it pop, I used Black Enamel Accents for their eyes. This works so well!

Oh, and here is the MFT die and stamp set I used…

So, that is my simple patterned paper card. Thank you to Cosmo Cricket for creating that gorgeous paper – making it easy for me to make this happy card for my daugther. :)

Be sure to check out what the other Go-To Gals created with Cosmo Cricket, too: the gorgeous Julie, the super kind Windy, the classy Betsy, the lovable Kim and so-very-funny Teri.

Go vote

Oh, and the winner of the goodies from Ellen Hutson was Brenda B. I emailed ya.

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Birthday Party Favors


Awhile back, I shared the invitations I created for Colin’s 5th birthday… which had a Super Mario bowling theme. (Interesting, huh?)

And I am just not getting around to sharing the favors I created for the kids I invited. Bad me. :)

We had quite a few kids at this party as I invited all the kids in his class. He goes to a Montessori where the kids are close and I have great respect for the families there. Many of them are from other countries – I love how diverse it is. So when it was time to create favors, I knew I wanted to do something with some personalized pieces. Many of the kids have unique names so I thought it would make it extra special. (I know how frustrated Kay was as a kid when she could never find a pencil with her name on it! Ha.)

So each kid got a bag. The bags are from Hobby Lobby. They were sold in packs of three and were 40% off… coming out to about $1 a piece.

I used the Silhouette and the Clean Cut Fabric Interface to cut the names and adhere them to the bag. This is SO very easy. SO easy. (Or I wouldn’t have made so many – hee.)

The girls got flowers with gem centers and their name in the Cocktail Shaker font…

The boys got a basic font with lots of stars using fabrics Colin insisted on…

The kids were over the moon with the bags. It made me so happy.

Each bag also had a tag with a note from Colin…

Colin helped with picking the goodies that were inside the bags, too. I printed lots of Super Mario themed coloring pages that I found on the internet. (The coloring pages for the girls had lots of Princess Peach.) Colin also wanted to put in a few of the glow-in-the-dark stars. To save on costs, I broke up bigger packs and gave each kid 3…

And here is another personalized piece. I created this circle in Photoshop and laminated it. I then glued it to a clothes pin and put a magnet on the back. Perfect to put on the frig to hold a masterpiece…

Oh! And Colin wanted bookmarks, too. All the clipart was free online…

And, yes, these did take a lot of time. But they were so very worth it when I saw those kiddos smile. The girls helped me out quite a bit, too, and had a lot of fun with it. Isn’t that what this craft is all about anyway?! Yay!

Have a great night.

New Stamps, Distress Stains and Discount Code!


Heidi over at Simon Says Stamp seriously rocks. First, she let me steal borrow her baby Abby while at CHA…

Then sweet Heidi emailed me to let me know she has the all new Distress Stains and the newest Hero Arts stamps in stock. Even better – she is giving a discount code to my readers. Just use the code “JOY” to give you 10% off your entire order until Midnight July 25 EST. Awesome enabling, huh?

First up? Check out these new Distress Stains

You can get buy all the new ones HERE in a group… or all of the Stains both new and old HERE in another group. Or you can just buy them individually HERE. My favorites of the new: Picket Fence (it is white – so cool on kraft), Barn Door, Pumice Stone and Scattered Straw. My favorites of the old: Broken China, Peeled Paint, Antique Linen and Wild Honey.

Simon Says Stamps also has the new Hero Arts stamps in stock HERE. A few people asked about my favorites.

THIS one is amazingly delightful. It is fine-lined and perfect for a subtle background. It is supposedly a holiday stamp but can so be used for anything…

THIS next one is equally awesome. I think good Christian holiday stamps are hard to come by and this is perfection. I can imagine the nativity embossed in white with lots of inks resisted on top. So lovely. And the greetings? Perfection.

Next we have THIS oh-so-useful set. Could work great for holiday cards but also any card you send in the winter. (You can see a fab video by the fab Shari Carroll HERE using this set.)

Everyone needs a good holiday greeting set like THIS one. And I love these fonts…

Check out THIS musical background. So classy…

Oh… think of all the fun techniques you can do with THIS set! Love love love.

THIS guy has such pretty ornaments…

Can’t forget Halloween, too! THIS set is a hoot…

THIS Halloween set is cute, too. And that cloud? I will be using that all year round. The cat, too…

And this last bit of enabling makes me oh-so-happy. Hero now has Pool notecards, envelopes (with the unique flap), layering papers and designer patterned papers. L.O.V.E.L.Y.

Again, just use the code “JOY” to give you 10% off your entire order until Midnight July 25 EST. Awesome, huh?

Happy shopping. ;)