Monday, March 5, 2018

Mixed Media Card - Sizzix Guest Designer

Hello Friends! I'm so excited to be a guest designer over on the Sizzix blog today.  I always love figuring out new ways to use the same die. 

Check out my full tutorial on the Sizzix Blog with tips on how to use your Mixed Media die in a different way.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Blog giveaway winners and exciting news!!

Hello friends! Thank you all so much for joining in the Creativation Blog Hop. I thoroughly enjoyed all the inspiration and all your comments. THANK YOU! 

CONGRATS to the winners! 
From Bobbie's blog.....
Maureen Morton
Wow! My college roommate studied entomology and this looks just like some of her homework! So realistic and wonderful; not at all creepy like some buggies!Thanks for sharing and I know what I'm buying!

From Kath's blog.....
Blogger Geralyn Gray 
Beautiful mixed media card. Love all the textures and vintage look.

From Mou's blog....
Blogger Rosetta Savage-Jenkins 
The gift of Mou Saha is well demonstrated in these tags. You really have a unique style as I have been following you for years now. You flow is evident. Bringing out the best is what you do! TU.

From Emma's blog....
Blogger Lynda 
I would love to do this with a photo of my grandmother....if I can locate what I did with would surely be a treasure to hand down to my daughter! Love pearls!!!!

From my blog....
Kimberly Piwowarczyk
I love the dimension on this project. I definitely have to get some of those sizzix adhesive sheets - it would make the teeny tiny dies easier to attach! Thanks Richele for hosting this bloghop, I am learning so much!
Please email me at your address and I'll get the prize packages off to you this week. 
Thank you all so much for participating in the Blog Hop. 
Please let me know if you'd like to see more blog hops.
I have wonderful news...I have a new Granddaughter 
Rose Marie
5 lbs. 12 oz. arriving about a month early and everyone is doing great! 
The last several days I've been hanging out with big sister Clara and she's so excited to have a little sister. I can hardly believe how grown up she is.
Thanks for stopping by. 

Friday, February 2, 2018

Creativations 2018 - Tim Holtz Blog Hop and Give Away!

Hello friends! Thanks so much for joining us all today. I'm so excited to be hosting a Blog Hop featuring projects from Creativations 2018. Several talented artist shared their creativity and made beautiful samples for the Tim Holtz brads (Idea-ology, Sizzix Alterations and Stampers Anonymous). You are in for a big treat so grab a cup of coffee or tea and join me on this creative journey. Don't forget to leave a comment on the bolgs for a chance to win prizes (details below). You also don't want to miss Tim's fabulous recap of Creativations complete with booth video tours, check it out here! 

The project I'm sharing today was for the Sizzix booth featuring the new Funky Florals #1 Thinlits set, Alpha Numeric 3/4"Thinlits, Cut Out Script Bigz XL die and the Tea Time Bigz die. 

The Funky Florals set comes with lots of different flowers in the one set. 
I can't wait for the other 2 set to come out. 

First I chose a color palette, pinks, reds, gold and greens with a little black for the centers. I added Sizzix adhesive sheets to the back of the card stock before die cutting.

 I die cut lots of flowers and greenery to work with. I love that the dies fit through the little Side Kick. The Side Kick is so convenient. I also use foam dots to elevate some of the flowers and the tea cup. 

LIVE LIFE IN FULL was die cut from the 3/4 " Alphanumeric Thinlits die set and BLOOM was cut with the new Cut Out Script Bigz XL die, the die was designed so the letter connect to each other so you can create words. 

I used the Framed Panel from Idea-ology, stained it with Vintage Photo Distress Spray Stain then added a little Ranger Foil Sheets was added to the raised part of the frame with Collage Glue Stick.  

A huge THANK YOU to Tim Holtz for creating innovative products for all of us to use. He always AMAZES me! 

 I have a few prizes to give away just leave a comment on the post for a chance to win the more blogs you comment on the more chances you have to win! Comments must be posted before midnight PST on Tuesday, February 6th. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 7th here on my blog. 

The next stop on the Creativations 2018 Blog Hop with be with the awesome Kath Stewart! Don't forget to comment below for a chance to win fabulous PRIZES! 

Thanks for sharing the creative journey with all of us. 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Creativation Recap!

Hello friends! Well I'm back from Creativation and what a whirlwind it was. So fun meeting new friends and catching up with other friends. I have meet some of the most amazing people in this industry. Thank you! 

It's hard to believe that it's over! After a year of planning from product development, booth planning, new fixtures, getting the product manufactured, getting sample made and the list goes on. Tim Holtz and Paula Cheney work their magic with lots of hard work, dedication, passion and countless hours. Thank you! I am in awe at how it all comes together. So grateful to be part of such an amazing team. Here are a few, well more then a few, pictures of how it all comes together....


Everyone starts unpacking boxes and boxes of vintage treasures and props. 

It's always fun to see whats new.

Look at all the vintage goodness. 

Lots of good times and the winner is......

MAGIC it tell you! 

I was honored to work in the Sizzix booth again this year demoing and talking about the Tim Holtz Alteration line. The NEW 3-D line was a big hit and it was so fun to see all excitement. And who doesn't love the 3-D glasses. 
 Look at how cute the diner for the Sidekick and Side Orders turned out! 

The diner is complete with a little jute box and restaurant ticket holder. 

January release.

February release. 

March release.

The village series. 

The new 3-D texture fades and 3-D Impresslits that emboss and cut with one die available in April. 

Everyone had so much fun wearing the 3-D glasses to see the display! 

Don't you just love it!

Sizzix Education
 The Sizzix class all set up and ready to go! Thanks to all who came! 

Such an honor to teach the Sizzix education class with Jen Long, Lori Whitlock, Stephanie Barnard, me and Katelyn Lizardi. 

And here's the card everyone made with the new Funky Florals Thinlits die. 

Thanks to everyone who came to the show or followed us on social media! 

Friday, February 2nd I'll be hosting a blog hop with inspiration from those who contributed to the Tim Holtz booths. I hope you will stop in Friday. Follow me on Instagram (caliartgirl) or Facebook (Richele Christensen) for more info soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Ranger Ink Blog Post - DIY Christmas Cards

Hi friends! I'm happy to have these cards over on the Ranger Ink blog featuring the DIY ink pad with Distress Oxide inks and the Carved Christmas stamps from Tim Holtz + Stampers Anonymous. The DIY Ink pad is perfect for making lots of cards fast. 

Check out all the details over on the Ranger Ink blog

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, December 8, 2017

2017 Inspiration Series - Gift Card Package

Hello friends! Hard to believe Christmas is just a few weeks away...I'm so not ready. These Tim Holtz Gift Card Package are sure to be a big hit for the gift giving season. They are so fun and easy to create. 

Don't forget this set will be good all year long for birthday gifts, thank you, Mother's Day and Father's Day, I know I will be using this all the time!  

Die cut all the pieces from the Gift Card Package Thinlits Set. 

Carefully fold on all the score lines to create the package pocket. Adhere flap with Distress Collage Medium and let dry. 

Adhere the top piece of the package. 

Adhere the bow to the top of the package and the ribbon to the front of the envelope portion. 

Ink the edges with Distress Ink on a Mini Ink Blending Tool as desired.

Tie tag around the package with twine. 

Insert gift card under the half moon die cuts.

Now you're ready for the gift giving season. 

This wintery package in embossed and a little snowflake embellishment was added. 

Who doesn't love the Tag Press to create fun embellishments like this one. 

Remember don't open until December 25th! 
This die set is full of possibilities! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

2017 Inspiration Series - Mini Mason Jars

Hi friends! Thank you all for stopping by my blog today I'm so happy you're here. Today I'm sharing a few ways to alter the Mini Mason Jars for gifts, a home decor piece or something fun to hold your favorite photo for the holidays. The post is a little long so grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy! 

The first Mini Mason Jar is perfect for a quick gift for the kids or in my case the Grandkids! 

Wash all pieces of the Mini Mason Jar before you start. 
Paint lid with Evergreen Bough Distress Paint and let dry. 

Stamp Holiday Postmark of your choice on Christmas Paper Stash with Archival Ink.

Punch out postmark with Tim Holtz/Sizzix 1 1/4" hole punch. 

Fit punched paper into ring and place in Tag Press and press. See Tim's video on the Tag Press here.  

Once you've press the ring punch a small hole at the top of the ring to add a string later. 

Die cut a couple circles from Stitched Circles to fit the top of the lid. Also die cut the mug from the Mini Christmas Things. I used the new Sidekick for die cutting today. Super handy and oh so cute. Use scissors to cut off the steam on the red cup. 

Ink the edges of the circles and mug using Distress Ink on a Mini Ink Blending Tool. 

Adhere the mug together with Distress Collage Medium. Add the mug and the small circle with foam tape to create a little dimension. Adhere the plaid circle directly to the lid with Collage Medium.

Alcohol ink the Metallic ribbon, apply Alcohol Ink to applicator tool, place on ribbon and pull ribbon to color. 

Tie a bow around the top of the jar adding the snowflake, use a small piece of string to tie the post mark tag to the bow. 

Fill the jar with hot cocoa mix and mini marshmallows. 
The kids are going to love it! 

This Mini Mason Jar decor piece has an elegant look but can also be made in traditional colors. 

Spray trees with Distress Mica Spray in Tarnished Brass. 

Apply Distress Collage Medium to the tree using your finger. 

Pour Vintage Platinum Distress Glitter Dust over trees and shack off excess glitter, set aside to dry. 

Apply Gold Metallic Mixative and a few drops of Blending Solution to cotton swab and rub over deer to color.

Cut a circle to fit in the bottom of the Mini Mason Jar. (Approximately 1 1/2") The circle is for a base to adhere everything to and will not show. 

Adhere the deer to the circle using hot glue. 

Cut the base off the trees and adhere the trees with hot glue. The trees should not overhang the circle to much or they won't fit in the jar. 

Apply a generous amount of Collage medium to the bottom of the circle. 

lower the unit into the jar to adhere to the bottom and let dry. 

Add Distress Rock Candy Glitter to the Mini Mason Jar for snow. 

Apply Gold Metallic Mixative to the lid, Curio Knob, Pine Cones and Christmas Word Band. I used the lid from the Photo Clip Kit or you can drill your own hole. 

Punch greenery out with the Holly and Juniper Punch. Alcohol ink the greens withGold Metallic Mixative on an Applicator Tool. 

Apply Gold Metallic Mixative to the Beaded Berries to color gold. 

Bend the Word Band to fit the curve of the jar using jewelry pliers. Apply Black Soot Distress Crayon to the Word Band. It's helpful to heat up the Word Band before you add the Crayon.  

Rub off with a soft cloth and the Crayon will remain in the words. 

Adhere the greenery around the center hole with Distress Collage Medium. Attach Curio Knob to lid. Tie Metallic Ribbon around Curio Knob attaching Pine Cones and Bells with a bow. 

Thread the ribbon through the Word Band, add a small piece of foam tape to the back of the band and tie around the bottom of the jar. 

Adding the Photo Clip Kit to the Mini Mason Jar and adding a photo or ephemera can be fun too. 

Create a collage with Ephemera, Paper Dolls and even a tree. 

Embellish lid with Distress Paint, Fringe, Typed Token and Christmas Jute String. 

Attach collage to Photo Clip, add candy to the Mini Mason Jar and your all set. 

I hope you will try a few Mini Mason Jars this season! 
Thanks for stopping in!