Halloween Fun

I have always admired and loved all the ”makes” by Tim Holtz and his special makers! This weekend I finally gave it a try for myself!


Over the last year and a half I have gotten things here and there for this but I picked up the Simon Says Stamp Limited Edition HALLOWEEN MIXED MEDIA Kit Bundle. It is a HUGE box of Ranger and Tim Holtz goodies.

Contents include: (bolded items used)

1 package of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween Label Tape 
1 package of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Creepy Eyes
1 Tim Holtz Idea-ology Laboratory Vial
1 package of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween Snippets Ephemera Pack TH94056
1 package of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Boneyard findings

1 package of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Silver Stencil Chips
1 roll of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Plain Collage Paper
1 Tim Holtz Idea-ology Thimble
1 package of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Foundry Adornments
1 roll of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween Collage Paper
1 sheet of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween Remnant Rubs
2 wooden spools
1 package of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Warm Kraft Stack
1 package of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Butterfly Design Tape
1 package of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween Paper Dolls
1 Tim Holtz Idea-ology Vignette Divided Box with 3 removable dividers
1 one ounce jar of Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Grave Texture Paste
1 one ounce jar of Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Crypt Grit Paste
1 Simon Says Stamp Ultra Smooth Craft Glue Stick
1 yard of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mustard Velvet Trim
1 yard of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Rust Velvet Trim
1 yard of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Yellow Velvet Trim
1 package of Tim Holtz Ranger Alcohol Ink  4.25 x 5.5 inch Foil Tape Sheets
1 package of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween Transparencies
1 roll of 0.25 inch Simon Says Stamp Redline Tape 
1 package of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween Ephemera TH94151
1 package of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween Mini Flair
1 package of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Bubbles
1 Tim Holtz Idea-ology Vignette Coffin
1 roll of Tim Holtz Ledger Fabric Tape     
A bundle of Reindeer Moss

I looked through it all and began my creating.

From the contents of the kit I got out the bones, the tomestones I already had, the mummy cloth, the paper dolls, the collage paper, etc. I started laying out what I wanted before I did anything then started actually doing.

  1. Cut two pieces of plain collage paper to fit the casket top and bottom and crinkled them up to give them some texture
  2. Sprayed each of the pieces with Mica Sprays…Empty Tomb, Bubbling Cauldron, and Hocus-Pocus
  3. Added Grave paste and Crypt paste to the outsides of the casket in random fashion and let dry overnight as well as a bit of Crypt to the two tombstones I had from before

  1. Used Distress Collage Medium to paint the flat insides of the top and bottom of the casket then added the sprayed pieces of collage paper to the back. I thought about cutting it down but decided to just paste the sides in a rough manner to add more texture.
  2. I wrapped one of the paper dolls with the mummy cloth and glued it down, taking a black alcohol marker to make the eyes
  3. Picked out a couple of the little Ephermera to add to the back of the coffin and glued them down with Distress Collage Medium
  4. Glued the mummy down with some Gina K Connect glue
  5. Added the tombstones and bones with the help of a hot glue gun
  1. Cut out the Happy Halloween from the Spellbinders die from a year ago and offsetting the red metallic paper with white for dimension
  2. Took a piece of twine and wrapped it arount the thumb of the zombie hand and dangled a glow in the dark spider
  3. Added glow in the dark spider web above the hand
  4. Glued everything in place and then some green Reindeer Moss

This MIXED MEDIA kit is loaded with so many other goodies that I’ll keep going. I LOVE IT and it was easy to do overall. I was just always to afraid to try them thinking they would not ever come out looking good. I was wrong! If you have the kit…go make something. If you don’t have the kit…go get it!


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Hope you have as much fun as I did putting this together!

Happy Halloween friends. I’ll be back when I play some more with this kit!


Welcome to the Altenew Certified Educators’ Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from  Irina Fonina. If you want to start at the beginning go to https://wp.me/p6Dps1-erN

We are having a good time playing around with techniques or themes related to the first letter of our name.  So many choices that will fit so many people…what would YOU chose if you had to do something based on your first letter?  Please share in the comments. Send your creations to the link below to win!

My project is called POPPIES AND PATTERNS.

I was inspired by some simpler cards I had been seeing on Facebook from many people, including fellow educator, Tenia Nelson.

I chose the Painted Poppy Stamp and Die bundle, stamping the flowers in black and pairing it with just a splash of color.

For this first card I used the Might Waves 3D embossing folder cutting just a strip of it matted with a black background, a bit of embroidery floss and a splash of Burnt Red Crisp Dye Ink.

For the second card I used the Window Slats 3D embossing folder but only edging it with some of the Burnt Red ink and adding orange embroidery floss.  I also added splatter from the same ink.

The third card uses the Illusion Triangles 3D embossing folder and adding some Sew Easy fancy floss that I had in my stash. Because the matting of the pattern was shiny metallic paper, I used some Glossy Accents over the Burnt Red ink.

The next stop on this hop is Anna Patricia Mahtani

Along with our creations we get to be ambassadors to lead you to great products at Altenew and of course:


$200 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $35 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 10/09/2021 for a chance to win. 

There’s MORE! What’s a hop without YOU?! We have included an Inlinkz at the Altenew blog for you to enter your gorgeous Altenew “Alphabet Name Game” creations. We will pick 2 of our favorite handmade creations from those who joined the linky party and they will each receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate!

Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 10/11/2021.

Altenew Blog

Virginia Lu

Joylita Dsouza

Fiona Duff

Michelle Ochoa Murray

Irina Fonina

Penny Pynnonen

Anna Patricia Mahtani

Kari VanNoy

Bridget Casey

Rachael Shedeed

Ann Taylor

Neha Aggarwal

Annemarie Caister

Helen Kalb

Sandra Woodson

Nancy Souza

Nandini Karmarkar

Pam Boedeker

Eva Bussom 

Terri Marie Koszler

Karen Brown

“Anything But A Card” Blog Hop and Link Party + Giveaway

WOW, OH, WOW, this is exciting to join in an official blog hop. Thank you so much for joining me today. I would love for you to subscribe to my page for other goodies along the way. But today, if you are following the hop, you should be coming from Helen Kalb  . Please read on, and don’t forget to add a comment for a chance for a wonderful gift certificate from Altenew!!

–Coasters and Trivets

I love playing with Alcohol inks…on any substrate.  I’m still taking classes from any source to get more tips and tricks in how this medium works.  It is mesmerizing and is never the same twice. 

At Christmas I decided to make some presents for my family by making coasters for my six kids…that meant 4 coasters for each family….24 coaster!! 

Here are some pictures of the ones made then:

For this blog hop I thought it would be fun to expand a bit and add a trivet to the collection.  I took the third set in the pictures above for the example and used the same colors to create the trivet. I used the Alcohol refills for the Altenew Artist Markers in colors of Sapphire, Persian Blue and Ocean Waves. Included with this was some Ranger Silver Alloy.

Here’s my guide to the finshed project. It isn’t hard, it just takes some time and patience for drying and waiting for the next steps.

  • Obtain a ceramic tile with a light background ( I was actually lucky to find several at Habit For Humanity Restore for 25 cents each but they were terracotta in color.)
  • Since my tiles were terracotta, I purchased some white gesso and painted it onto the tiles to seal and to create a white background;
  • Using alcohol inks, 91% alcohol and some blending solution I went to town in covering the tile.

Here’s a speeded up video showing putting the color on the tile.

Once the tile was as I wanted it I let it dry overnight.  Then set upon sealing the inks with resin, following the instructions on the package for mixing. 

There are some tricks with resin

  • have air be as dry as possible (air conditioning is helpful if you live in a warm, humid climate),
  • tape the underside of your project with painters’ tape along the edges,
  • before mixing the resin, turn some cups upside down to elevate your tile. 

The resin is self-leveling so is will find its way around the tile and drip off the edges.  Thus, with the painters’ tape underneath you can then just peel it off and the resin drips will come off also. If after 3 days of curing there are some rough spots along the edges you can sand them down with a fine sand paper.  It’s easy to do by hand and you don’t need special tools other than the sand paper.

For finishing touches you can just glue some felt to the bottom of the tile itself or get fancier with a frame.  I found a frame on Amazon that would hold a 6×6 tile and thought that would dress it up even more.  I got a bonus that the frame also came with a tile…so now I have another tile I can use in the future.  What a deal!!!

The finished product and matching coasters


$200 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $35 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 07/04/2021 for a chance to win. 

There’s MORE! What’s a hop without YOU?! We have included an Inlinkz at the Altenew blog for you to enter your gorgeous Altenew “Anything But A Card” creations. We will pick 2 of our favorite handmade creations from those who joined the linky party and they will each receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate!

Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 07/06/2021.


Start at the beginning at Altenew Card Blog 

Before me is Helen Kalb 

You can continue on with the Blog Hop by going to Rosie Neustaedter 


Altenew Card Blog 

Terri Marie Koszler 

Neha Aggarwal 

Bridget Casey 

Tenia Nelson 

Nandini Karmarkar 

Teri Stokes 

Rachael Shedeed 

Fiona Duff 

Eva Bussom  

Nenette S. Madero 

Roteja Galvan 

Karen Brown 

Sandra Woodson 

Helen Kalb 

Penny Pynnonen 

Rosie Neustaedter 

Irina Fonina 

Rebecca Sogn  

Nancy Souza 

Virginia Lu 

Sure hope you enjoyed this and have a terrific day!



Hello all,

Registration for my workshop is now OPEN. Please join me to add sparkle and shine to your layering dies from the Hibiscus Garden 3D die set.

Once you have registered I will send you a discount code off of the Altenew items being used in the workshop. This is a great discount of 20% off. It will only be good until June 8th so register early!


  1. Email me at page0418@yahoo.com to get an exclusive 20% discount code for the required Altenew products above!
  2. I will send you a full color PDF file a few days before the workshop with a complete supply list and detailed instructions for the cards we will make together.
  3. I will send you a Zoom invitation a few days before the workshop. This invitation will say 3:30ET on it to allow us to come together early & solve any technical issues. We will actually begin at 4:00ET.
  4. Please email me with any questions you may have at page0418@yahoo.com, and please type JUNE WORKSHOP in your subject line.


Supplies you need to provide will be die cutting machine, metallic paper, glitter paper, chunky glitter, shimmer pen, embossing ink and powder if desired and normal cardstock, glues, etc. for any cardmaking. (Hopefully time will allow to show your how alcohol inks can add even more to your designs.)

IMPORTANT NOTE: I do not want anyone to be prevented from attending the workshop due to finances. So if you can’t afford all of the exact supplies that I am using, feel free to substitute what you DO have! Or, you can just choose to come and observe and chat without making everything that we will be making. That’s perfectly fine with me!

Final Workshop of the Altenew Educators Certification Program

The long-awaited date for my Final AECP Workshop came on March 28, 2021.  I invited seven ladies to join me on Zoom to make cards and work with alcohol inks. The wonderful people came with very different places in their crafting background. My two longtime friends, Jo and Lori, got me into scrapbooks 15 years ago but have limited to no experience with cardmaking and didn’t know Altenew at all. Sande and Mandi joined the AECP the same time I did and Sande is now a Certified Educator. Followed just behind her, Bridget was certified as an Educator. Sharon has just finished her Level 1 and Jill is a friend from a different group that was kind enough to join in. I owe a huge THANK YOU to each of them for the time and effort they put in…and for going out of their comfort range.

We used Yupo paper, Acetate, and Holographic paper. Many of them said they had the supplies needed but I sent everyone a small “kit” that included samples of theses three types of substrates and a mini distress mister labeled as alcohol.  By doing this they could fill it with 91% alcohol and not get it confused with water. They supplied the remaining items including the alcohol inks, blending solution, and any other regular crafting items they might want to use.

Some of the ladies were very experienced with card making but no one had a great deal of knowledge about alcohol inks so we started from scratch by creating the “papers” we would use in the cards we would make.  I LOVE ALCOHOL INKS and still have so much to learn about them, too, but I know for sure, they are addicting!! We chose our colors and created a couple of backgrounds on Yupo paper.  I showed how to make an alcohol ink flower (see below) for control of sometimes uncontrollable ink. I also showed how the blending solution reacts with the ink, and how the 91% alcohol reacts differently with the ink.  From there, we switched to the holographic paper – so many variations of backgrounds to get depending on the holographic design in the paper.  Lastly, we inked up some acetate, making various colored sheets to die cut and create an acetate card, giving a stained glass effect.  I use the term “backgrounds” loosely here because some of these turned into backgrounds and some of them we used by die cutting images.

We started simply, with an overall background and adding large word dies.


My example on Yupo Paper

Class Gallery


My example of alcohol ink on holographic paper:

Class Gallery


My example of Alcohol ink on acetate:

Class Gallery

Everyone did a terrific job getting 2-3 cards done and finishing out a bit on their own. I love the diversity of all the cards, colors, styles. So nice to see how everyone put their own spin on the techniques.

Bonus CARDS done with die cutting yupo or holographic papers

Ink flower

This has been a wonderful journey to get to this final Altenew Educators Certification Program Workshop!  I have found great new friends in the program, been encouraged by them and by Erum and Virginia along the way.  I have realized that I’ve only scratched the surface of what I can do in cardmaking.  There is so much more to do and so much more fun to have!  And I look forward to sharing my handmade cards with others to pass on the joy!

Thank you all for a great program and a great day!

Hugs, Penny

Demystifying Mixed Media Level 3 Class 5

Wow, this should be my last class before doing a two-hour workshop before becoming a full Altenew Educator.  How exciting!  I hope this makes the grade and I can prepare for a workshop.

In this class Tania Ahmed showed us how to use multiple mediums within one card.  She covered quite a lot of territory and made what could be a mess into some beautiful works of art.  From her class I chose to use the example of watercolor, embossing paste, and embossing powder.  Here is a video of my process using these mediums:

Now to take this background and make it into a card.  I had some tulle that was left from my wedding almost six years ago.  It is purple and I thought that could be used on the card in some way to remember our love and could be part of my husband’s Valentine’s Day card.  I tied some into a bow, and created a ribbon-like edge on the left side.  I glued it down to the cardstock on the back then also glued some fun foam on top of it and mounted it onto a card base.

I cut the word ‘love’ from the Circled Greetings: Love Die three times and glued them together.  I also cut the word out of Tim Holtz metallic lavender paper.  I glued it onto the card front then added some pearls for embellishments and my card was finished.

Check out the shimmery close up view of this card and the bonus card below. I love the sparkle of the Translucent Pearl embossing powder.

Bonus card:  I also tried to add some tulle to another similar background…made the same way as the video showed.  This time the tulle was too much and I took it off.  Instead, I wove together the Woven Heart Die out of the deep purple paper and added it to the front of the card with a few purple sequins to finish it off. I used the ‘Hugs’ from the Simple Greetings Die Set and cut the shadow in deep purple and the word in white –again stacking three on top.  This time I also pressed the word into embossing ink and then dipped it into the Altenew Translucent Pearl embossing powder and heated it.  Now it matched the diamond snowflakes on the card and sparkled.

This has been a great journey through AECP. I already have ideas for my two hour workshop so I hope this passes and sends me on the way. Thank you all for watching this process. I highly recommend taking all the classes in the Altenew Academy. You will learn sooo much!

Stencils Unleashed:  Advanced Stencil Techniques   Level 3 Class 4

Submission for my Level 3 Class 4 of AECP

Oh, what a lot of fun was this class.  Lots of different information on using stencils in different ways.  I wanted to do more videos but this set of classes packs in sooo much I ‘d have a forever video to capture its essence.  Nicole Watt does an excellent job of teaching 7 different (plus) ways to use your stencils.

  • Coloring Stencils
  • Graphite shading
  • Silhouette
  • Layering
  • Spotlight/watercoloring
  • Alcohol inks
  • Using up the scraps

I will show you a few examples of most of these techniques but I will be focusing on the alcohol inks for this post.  Just like Nicole, I LOVE alcohol inks.  The re-inkers from Altenew work really well in any manner you might use alcohol inks.

Working with the stencils can be a bit tricky and very messy.  Messy is part of the fun for me…some like to wear gloves but I have never found the alcohol inks to be that lasting that I felt I needed gloves.  It is always a good idea to work on top of covered surface or in a box, though, to protect your crafting space from getting too messy.  One of the major things of using alcohol inks is that you have very little control over the overall outcome, yet you can also get LOTS of backgrounds made quickly and easily and no two will be alike. Then you can use them either as backgrounds or die cut them for silhouettes or flowers or shapes or sentiments.

In Nicole’s class she uses photo paper rather than Yupo paper.  She emphasizes that it should be a good quality photo paper – one where you touch the corner with your finger and it sticks a bit.  I, too, have a lot of photo paper and rarely print my own pictures anymore so this is an excellent way to use something you might already have on hand.

The process is this:

  1.  Have all your supplies ready ahead of time and open next to your workspace –inks and a spray bottle of alcohol  (Nicole used 70% alcohol but I used 91%).
  2. Inside a box lay your photo paper shiny side up.
  3. Choose the stencil you would like to use and pit it on top of the photo paper
  4. Add a few drops of ink – whatever color or colors you like
  5. Spray with alcohol, if desired, to help move the inks around
  6. Lift the stencil up and move your paper to an area to dry
  7. There will still be a lot of ink on your stencil so put down another sheet of photo paper
  8. Spray the stencil with alcohol and lay the stencil down on top of the paper, let it sit a minute then lift up and put aside the paper to dry
  9. Chances are you can still repeat steps 7 and 8 multiple times, with the result of each getting lighter and sometimes giving a nice watercolor look.  This can create some very lovely tidbits which will give you many background options.

In my examples below I used Altenew Deep Iris, Sea Glass, Ocean Waves, and Dessert Night.

Here are two of the cards I made with these backgrounds:

Also, here are other examples of cards from a few of the other lessons in this set:

Silhouette embossing — also created my own stencil with acetate
Layering the same stencil and another stencil over the first