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Harry Potter – Books from the Library

It is time for more Harry Potter! Clearly, this has become a “thing” for me. I created these two Harry Potter textbooks for our Harry Potter Trunk-or-Treat.  I popped them in the cauldron I had made for the Harry Potter party. Becuase we had the whole Trunk-or-Treat props to create, I was working on a tight deadline and so I will have to confess that I really didn’t write down supplies and tools I used to create these. That just adds to the mystery, right? However, if you have a specific question about how I created something just drop me a line. Without further ado, we enter the Hogwarts Library.

Straight from the Hogwarts library

Both books started life as blank journals. I found the larger book at a discount store and the smaller book came from my local craft store.

Dragons – created by Jennifer Miner

The Dragon book was referenced in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone where Hagrid borrowed a copy from the Hogwarts Library to learn about a dragon egg he had acquired.

I started by creating the dragon scales using a stencil and dimensional paste. I used a variety of products to get the color correct. Some paint, a little mist and finally a little Distress Stickles.

Harry Potter Inspired Textbook

Next came the “leather” portion. For this, I used heavy cardstock and more paint with a little stamping on top. Then I applied a little vaseline in a few areas and painted over the whole thing with a few shades of brown acrylic paint. I then tore the corners and adhered it to the front. I also distressed my edges to add to the whole feel.

Detail on the Dragons book

I added the corner details which were created using chipboard accents colored using Prima Marketing’s Patina kit.

More up close detail

Next, I started on the title. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the lettering from white cardstock and then I attacked it with all of my distress metallic supplies. I made two accent bands using a variety of tools and techniques.

Dragons: Breeding for Pleasure and Profit created by Jennifer Miner
To create the subheading I used my printer the wording and then I used carbon paper to transfer the words to my cardstock. I then tracked over the wording with a Sharpie pen. I knew I wouldn’t be able to recreate this on my own.
Book created by Jennifer Miner

I used a ton of different distress techniques on the book and I was really pleased with how it turned out.

Harry Potter Inspired Books handmade by Jennifer Miner

Now on to the smaller Quidditch book. The snitch in the center was created with polymer clay and gilding wax. The wings are from Tim Holtz and were colored with Pearl Alcohol Ink Metallic Mixitive. The title and shield and title were cut using my Silhouette Cameo.

Title Close-up

I used Distress Inks, paint, Crackle Paint, stain, sprays on the cover to create the work look. I also stamped a large compass to add to the effect.

Quidditch: A Complete History

I used metallic corners that I used the Patina Medium on for the corners.

Not your average library book

The metal ribbon holder and title frame are from Stampin’ Up! They are really old and have been hiding in one of my drawers for ages.

Created by Jennifer Miner

I also added metallic nailhead rhinestones and gems for just a little bling, I really love the colors on this book cover.

Inspired by Harry Potter. Quidditch book

IThe larger decorative strip is a piece of faux leather fabric leftover from my Brave costume.

Quidditch: A Complete History

I hope you enjoyed seeing my books as I had a blast experimenting and creating these. I wasn’t trying to make them match but I guess I tend to go for similar colors.

Created by Jennifer Miner

As always, thanks for popping by and checking out the latest Harry Potter addition.

Distress Oxide Card with Roses

Well, if you are a card maker you probably know that the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxides are the latest hot trend from Time Holtz, who we love (ps). I will admit that I have the capability to go full hoarder on all things Tim Holtz and these are no exception. I knew that I would need them and that it was really useless to try and resist. I ordered the first collection which includes Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Iced Spruce, Faded Jeans, Wilted Violet, Vintage Photo, and Walnut Stain. I really wanted to use them right when they arrived but I was just too busy with other projects.

Well, I finally got a chance to work with them and yep, they are awesome. And yes, I will now have to buy the whole collection. I must have them in all colors. Just have to, there is no point in resisting. I whipped up a card to go with my Maleficent cross stitch. I really liked how the inks performed and I am loving the finished product.

Tim Holtz Distress Card by Jennifer Miner

I started with my white cardstock and stenciled the diamonds using Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet, Broken China and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Inks. The stencil is actually too small to cover the whole background but I was able to line it up and I think that it looks like it was done all at once.  Once I had my diamonds I went back over them with the same colors. Then I added some distress with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain around the edge. The last step on the background was a little flick with water.

Just a hint of glitter

Once the background had dried, I added the stenciled flourish.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the shape from a piece of clear acetate. Then I applied Golden Molding Paste colored with Distress Ink Reinker in Walnut Stain over the stencil. You have to clean up your acetate immediately or the paste will not come off. Once I was done stenciling I added a touch of Distress Glitter in Rock Candy over the wet paste. This was then set aside to dry.

Distress Oxide Card with Roses

While I was patiently waiting for my background to dry, I created my roses. I used my McGill Paper Blossom punches and the Distress Oxide Ink to create the blooms. Then I created the sentiment by stamping the words on a piece of scrap paper then trimming it down and adding Vintage Photo Distress Oxide. When the background was dry I glued the roses on and added the sentiment with two lavender eyelets.

Distress Oxide Ink Happy Birthday Card

I mounted my panel on a piece of brown cardstock and then inked another background with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain. The last step was to add a little bit more shimmer with the adhesive gems.

Shabby Chic Distress Card by Jennifer Miner

I will totally admit that I am loving the Distress Oxides. Yet another great product from the master! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the card.


Paper: Neenah Solar White, Brown cardstock – Archivers

Ink: Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet, Broken China, and Cracked Pistachio, Vintage Photo Distress Oxide, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Antique Linen Distress Ink, Archival Ink Ranger

Stamps: Saying Stuff Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous

Other: 2mm Clear Gems & 3mm Brown Gems -by Mark Richards, GoldenMolding Paste, Distress re-inker – Walnut Stain, Distress Glitter in Rock Candy, Harlequin Layering Stencil – Tim Holtz

Punches: Dogwood, Starflower,  and Birch Leaf McGill Paper Blossoms

The Tower House


It is a chilly day here in Colorado and it is only going to get colder in the next few days. That’s okay with me, that means more time to craft.

I mentioned that I could see myself getting addicted to the Tim Holtz Villages. well, the inevitable is in progress. Today I am sharing my second house, I am calling this one the Tower House. I saw this amazing house on Pinterest and knew I needed to make a tower.

Tim Holtz Sizzix Village House by Jennifer Miner

This little house with round tower was so much fun to create.  There were little scraps of paper everywhere in my studio as I cut and recut and trimmed and “Frankensteined”  parts together. I did a bit of research but I really just had an idea rattling around in my head of a tower with weathered copper roof and everything else grew from there.

The Tower House by Jennifer Miner

I started with the tower, which was created using the bell tower die. Next, I cut two roofs and two side walls and adhered them together to create an eight-sided top. I then cut the base to match. The siding was created with strips of cardstock colored with Distress Ink and then cut again with the die. The roof was created with color sprays and clear embossing powder. The bricks were the negatives from the windows. I now have a little baggie of house parts, just in case.

Front elevation for the Tower House

For the house, I used the Village Dwelling Die for the main house and then added the front from the from the Village Manor. I moved the main entrance from the side to the end of the house. I also added the dormer windows from the Village Bungalow.

Side View – Tower House

The roof was colored with Distress Stain and I used Distress Ink on the window frames.

There is a floor in there!

I used my Silhouette Studio Software and Silhouette Cameo to create the window frames for the tower. I also added acetate behind the windows and then I added a floor in the tower before adhering it to the “stone” portion.

Front of the Tower House

The door was created in the same manner as the roof but without the embossing powder. I used a paper punch to make the door knobs and then gave them a dot of Glossy Accents. The front window is also from the Village Manor Die and was colored with Distress Inks and the center also has a coat of Glossy Accents.

View from the top

I really had a lot of fun building this little house. This time I even created a mock-up version before I started to be sure that my ideas would work. I can see a few places where I should have taken a little more time but I am definitely learning with every house.

My little Tower House – a paper creation

This little door was created using the door die and extra scraps. I then gave it a coat of Distress Stain and then a coat Indian Summer Glimmer Glaze. I added a little brad and then glued it to my tower.

Copper Roof – Tower House by Jennifer Miner


Dies: Village Dwelling, Village Manor, Village Bell Tower, Village Bungalow, & Village Rooftops – Tim Holtz for Sizzix & Silhouette Cameo

Ink: Milled Lavender, Old Paper, Black Soot, Weathered Wood, Frayed Burlap, Peacock Feathers, Pumice Stone, & Gathered Twigs Distress Ink – Ranger, VersaMark – Tsukineko

Paper: Neenah Solar White & Basic Black – Stampin’ Up

Other: Vintage Photo & Weathered Wood Distress Stain, Pumice Stone & Gathered Twigs – Distress Markers, Indian Summer Glimmer Glaze – Tattered Angels, Black Velvet & Teal Color Shine Heidi Swapp, Dragonfly Glimmer Mist –  Tattered Angels



Honey Damask Card

Hello All,

I am back with another card today, this one features damask and Tim Holtz’s darling layered bee die. This was another fun venture into Distress Ink and layer after layering!

Haney & Damask Card by Jennifer Miner
Haney & Damask Card by Jennifer Miner

I started this card by creating the stenciled damask layer. I started by covering my paper with Distress Ink in Wild Honey. Once I had that as I wanted it, I then inked with Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, and Peacock Feather Distress Ink through the Tim Holtz Gothic Stencil.  Next, I stamped the French Script Background Stamp over my damask using Peacock Feathers. The last step for this layer was a quick spritz with Glimmer Mist in Sunlight.

Distress Ink, Damask, and the Layered Bee Die make up this fun Honey Damask Card
Distress Ink, Damask, and the Layered Bee Die make up this fun Honey Damask Card

Next, I started on the bee. I used the Tim Holtz Layered Bee Die and Texture Fade (aka embossing folder) to add the detail using white cardstock. I then spritzed my bee with Mustard Color Shine and Dragonfly Glimmer Mist. I had cut an extra bee shape, one without texture since this was to be the bee’s shadow. I colored this using Walnut Stain Distress Stain and Glimmer Glam in Hay Ride this gave the shadow a little shimmer. The bee and shadow had some quiet time to dry.

Honey Damask by Jennifer Miner
Honey Damask by Jennifer Miner

Then it was on to the background. This was inked with Tea dye, Vintage Photo, and Brushed Corduroy. I then added the damask stamp in Brushed Corduroy over this. I gave my stamp a blotchy application for a more distress look.

I then cut two curvy squares from white cardstock. The larger was inked with Wild Honey. The small of the two was inked with Antique Linen and then I stamped the same damask stamp this time using Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.

Tim Holtz Inspired Card
Tim Holtz Inspired Card

Next, I created the sentiment banner, I stamped the frame and then sentiment on a scrap of paper and then fussy cut them out. Next, I added an application of Antique Linen ink. I adhered my squares together and added my banner with a set of copper brads. I then assembled my card, added a little additional distressing with my Edge Distressing tool. I added the ribbon detail using an adhesive strip of lace over a satin ribbon. I then added the Prima paper flowers, adhesive pearls, and adhesive gems. The top layer of the bee die was adhered using pop-dots. Thank you for popping by today. have a wonderful day.


Paper: Neenah Solar White

Ink: Wild Honey, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy, Frayed Burlap and Antique Linen Distress Ink – Ranger

Stamps: Damask – Great Impressions, French Script – Stampin’ Up, Saying Stuff – Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous

Other: Sunlight & Dragon Fly Glimmer Mist & Mustard Color Shine by Heidi Swapp, Walnut Stain Distress Stain – Ranger, Hay Ride Glimmer Glam – Tattered Angels, Lace on a Roll & Teal 3/8″ Stain Ribbon – Recollections, Clear Gems – Me & My Big Ideas, Pearls – Doodlebug Designs, Gothic Stencil – Stampers Anonymous, Layered Bee Die – Sizzix, Copper brads – Creative Impressions, Paper Flowers – Prima

Victorian Inspired Card – From the Heart

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

Victorian Inspired Card

From the Heart Card


I think that today’s project has a heavy Victorian feel to it. This baby has a lot going on but I think that it all works. I have made another video to go with this card, view below:

I started with a piece of 5″x7″ white cardstock and applied ink using the wrinkle-free distress technique. I used Fired Brick, Frayed Burlap, and Gathered Twigs. I actually did a second application with Fired Brick only.

Bird & Lock
Bird & Lock

Next, I applied VersaMark through a mesh stencil and then brushed on Pearl Ex Pigment Powders in Sparkle Gold and Super Bronze. I then stamped a distress floral element in the lower right-hand corner using Copper ink. I then brushed on a little more Pearl Ex in Sparkle Copper.I also stamped some wording in the top left-hand corner, I used Frayed Burlap. I then distressed my edges with my Edge Distressing tool and inked the now distress paper with more Frayed Burlap.


Next, I cut a little bird out of pattern paper and added more a little Frayed Burlap. I also  cut a damask die from more pattern paper. The papers are from the same 12×12 paper collection called The Second Wind by Prima. I added more ink to the damask die cut and trimmed it to fit my paper.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

I then created an element using Grunge Paper. This stuff is super cool but for some reason, I am always forgetting that I have some. I might have to see if I can cut this with my Silhouette Cameo. I used a pre-cut lock and I also cut out another bird which I layered under my pattern paper. For the lock, I inked the keyhole with Black Soot ink and then embossed it with Black Glitter Zing Embossing Powder. I inked the lock with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, didn’t like the way it looked so I colored it with Vintage Photo Distress Stain. I then applied and heat Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder. I added a little Aztec Gold Pearl Ex Powder for accent.

Handmade Roses up close and personal
Handmade Roses up close and personal

I then took my plain little bird and stamped a floral cluster with VersaMark and embossed this with Gold Zing Embossing Powder. I also added a clear Lush Brad, for an eye.


Then came the creation of the roses. I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Die. I inked the medium flower with Tattered Rose Distress Ink and then shaped them with my McGill Paper Blossom tools. I cut down each petal and then used my reverse tweezers to add three folds on each petal. You can see a video on how to make paper roses here. I then added some bright green leaves that I inked with Old Olive and more Frayed Burlap. I adhered the roses and leaves the card front.


Next, I added this oversized fabric covered brad. These are Downton Abbey themed and I am so wishing I had bought more. I then created the sentiment frame. I used the Tim Holtz Saying Stuff set to create the sentiment. I first stamped the frame with Frayed Burlap and the fussy cut that out. I then inked the frame with Tattered Rose Distress Ink. I then inked up the sentiment “from the heart” with Frayed Burlap and then adhered that to my card using foam tape and Scor-Tape. My last step was to add the adhesive pearls and brads.


As you can tell, I was very heavily inspired by Tim Holtz for this project. My initial inspiration for this card was this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge; Powder Power. Thank you as always for visiting my Blog. I hope you enjoyed this project!

Inspired by Tim Holtz
Inspired by Tim Holtz


Ink: Fired Brick, Gathered Twigs, Frayed Burlap, and Black Soot Distress Inks – Ranger, VersaMark & VersaMark Dazzle – Tsukineko, ColorBox Gold & Copper

Embossing Powder: Glack Glitter & Gold Zing! – American Crafts, Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder

Stamps: Urban Tapestry, Flights of Fancy, and Saying Stuff by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous

Paper: Neenah Solar White & The Second Wind Paper Collection – Prima

Pearl Ex Powder: Sparkle Gold, Super Bronze, Sparke Copper, and Aztec Gold

Other: Mesh Layering Stencil – Stampers Anonymous, Grungeboard & Grungeboard Elements, Gems & Pearls – Recollections, Brown Adhesive Gems – Mark Richards, Fabric Covered Brads Downton Abbey – Crafters Companion



Home Tag – Brayered Stain & Frameworks

Hello, everyone!

Today’s tag was a true labor of love. There were so many steps and layers. I was also working late into the night and that might have added to the level of intensity. I also created a video following the creation process. This is by far my longest video but I think that you get the feel for the whole process.

I was inspired to create this tag by this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Inspired by Music.  I chose one of my favorite songs: Home by Michael Buble. This song has very special meaning to me and it comforts me every time I hear it. I also used Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016 for August as inspiration. The August tag featured Brayered Stain and Framework and I used both techniques in my tag.

Home Tag by Jennifer Miner
Home Tag by Jennifer Miner

I started with my manilla tag and picked up the Distress Stain in Stormy Sky and brayered over my tag. The stain starts to bead up on the craft mat and so it has a streaky look. I then inked over that with Brushed Corduroy and Walnut Stain. I rubbed my Edge Distressing Tool over the edges and then added a little more Walnut Stain over that. I then splashed a little water over the stain and ink.

Brayered Stain & Framework Techniques
Brayered Stain & Framework Techniques

I cut out my trellis from heavyweight cardstock and then directly applied Evergreen Bough Distress Stain directly to my die. I then applied a little Walnut Stain Distress Embossing Powder and then heat set that. I then inked my trellis with Walnut Stain and Evergreen Bough Distress Ink.

Individually stamped quatrefoils
Individually stamped quatrefoils

Now I started working on the little quatrefoil shapes from the inside of my trellis. I started with the orange harlequin one. I applied Fossilized Amber and Carved Pumpkin ink and then stamped the diamonds. Each quatrefoil was inked with Vintage Photo, so I’ll just leave that part out, just know that it happened.

Next, I created the shiny silver using Sterling Silver Embossing Powder. It took about 4 applications to get the smooth finish. Next was the music. I stamped the music and then inked over them with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo.

The central orange/red one has a lion and then ink. The crowned bird was next. This one was stamped and then colored with Distress Markers. Next came the butterfly, it was stamped and then watercolored with Distress Markers.

I the stamped a little Eiffel Towner and then applied Shaded Lilac around that one. The dark blue quatrefoil was colored with Stormy Sky Distress Stain and then I applied Glossy Accents. The top purple quatrefoil was stamped with Dusty Concord and then I applied Shaded Lilac Ink.

The last quatrefoil was colored with color mists. I first sprayed with Gold Color Shine and then Mustard Color Shine. I then dabbed a little Sweet Cherry  and then hit it with another spray of Gold. This moves the color and just blends everything together. I glued all of my shapes as I went along.

Inspired by Tim Holtz and Michael Buble
Inspired by Tim Holtz and Michael Buble

Next, I cut out my “Home” from Tim Holtz cardstock in Brushed Corduroy. I used the Blossom Alphabet from QuicKutz. I then added a little Gold Rush Metallic Luster. Next, I added thin foam tape to the back and adhered to my tag.

Home by Jennifer Miner
Home by Jennifer Miner

Next, I created the “I want to go” embellishment, I started with a thin strip of cardstock and stamped out the words using a small alphabet stamp set. I used Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I then aged by paper with Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, and Walnut Stain. I then added my teeny tiny eyelets. I use a 1/4″ hole punch to make the holes and then pick the eyelets up with a toothpick. It makes them  so much easier to place in the holes. I then use my setting tools to flatten the eyelets. I adhered this to my tag.

Tim Holtz Inspired tag
Tim Holtz Inspired tag

I added some fibers to my tag and the circle paper clip and key embellishment.

Thank you for dropping by and I hope that you enjoyed this project!


Stamps:Alphabet – Rubber Stampede, Charm Collection – Stampendous, Ledger & French Market – Stampers Anonymous, Ornate Textured Background – Stampabilities

Paper: Neenah Solar White (80lb & 110lb), Brushed Corduroy Tim Holtz Collection – Coordinations

Ink: Fossilized Amber, Carved Pumpkin, Candied Apple, Evergreen Bough, Shaded Lilac, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Dusty Concord, & Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks – Ranger, Tuxedo Black Memento, True Black – Papertrey Ink

Stain: Stormy Sky, Vintage Photo, & Evergreen Bough Distress Stain – Ranger

Color Mist: Gold, Mustard, & Sweet Cherry Color Mist – Heidi Swapp

Markers: Twisted Citron, Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Peacock Feathers, Tattered Rose, & Tumbled Glass Distress Markers – Ranger

Other: Rock Candy Distress Stickles – Ranger, Walnut Stain Distress Embossing Powder – Ranger, Sterling Silver Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up, Metallic Luster in Gold Rush – DecoArt, Blossom Alphabet – QuicKutz, Adornments (Fibers) – EK Success, Key, paper clip & safety pin – Tattered Angels




Green & Gold Horse Head Sympathy Card

Hi ya!

Another distress/grungy card for you today. I found myself in the sad position of having to make another sympathy card for a dear friend that had recently and unexpectedly lost her horse. The recipient of this card has been one of my best friends and her horse was truly one-of-a-kind. I thought a lot about them while I create this card and I hope that it brought her some comfort.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

When we use to compete in Eventing, my friend’s colors were electric blue and neon green. I tried to incorporate that into this card, but with a grungy twist. I started with my horse silhouette and cut out the heart using my Silhouette Cameo.  To color the horse I used a collection of Tattered Angels Mists and Glazes along with a few Heidi Swapp and Dylusion’s Mists.  I was working to create an aged bronze look, which I am not sure I really got to, I still like it.

Green & Gold Sympthy Card
Green & Gold Sympathy Card

Once I had the head as I wanted it, I set it aside to dry. Then I went to work on the background. I used Distress Inks along with the Tim Holtz stencils Dot Fades and Rays. I tossed a little water on the background to create depth. I just love how the Distress Inks react to water. Once that was dry, I added more stamping with the Bitty Grunge stamp set ( from Tim Holtz) set and French Ledger both from Stampers Anonymous.  I then added Distress Ink over my stamping to give depth and add that grungy and distressed feel.

Distress Horse Card
Distress Horse Card

I the created the heart. I know you have seen this style of heart a few times on my cards but I just love the look. So, you’ll probably see it again. I colored the heart with Postbox Red Dylusions spray and  when dry I added Xmas Red Stickles. I allowed that to dry and then added a coat of Glossy Accents.  I gave the heart overnight to dry.

Close-up of the glitter heart
Close-up of the glitter heart

I created the sentiment tag using Papertrey Ink’s Mega Mixed Messages and a scrap of white paper. I added the Mark Richards gems and glued on the gold sequins. This completed the main part of the card and it was then added to a piece of teal cardstock.  I did also add a little ink to the teal cardstock for more gungy-ness. I was overall pretty pleased with the end result.

Green - Gold Horse-5


Stamps: French Ledger & Bitty Grunge – Stampers Anonymous, Mega Mixed Messages – Papertrey Ink

Ink: Ground Espresso, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron, & Tumbled Glass Distress Ink – Ranger

Paper: Neenah Solar White & Teal – Bazzill

Mists & Glazes: Woven Burlap, Tattered Leather, Butternut Squash Glimmer Mists – Tattered Angels, Cowboy Glaze – Tattered Angels, Postbox Red & Pure Sunshine Dylusions – Ranger, Mustard  Color Mist – Heidi Swapp

Stencils: Dot Fades & Rays – Stampers Anonymous

Other: Xmas Red Stickles – Ranger, Glossy Accents – Ranger Teal & Citron Gems – Mark Richards, Sequins –  The Paper Studio

Thank you, as always!

Chicago Cubs Birthday Card

Chicago Cubs Birthday Card

Party Like it’s 1908


My husband asked me if I would make a very special birthday card for his dad this year. You see my father-in-law is from Chicago and is a diehard Cubs fan. If you follow baseball, you know that the Cubs fans are probably the most loyal fans in all of sport. This type of request was a little out of my normal style so I looked around the internet for awhile and didn’t find too much out there so a little fiddling and experimentation produced this card.

Special Birthday Card - for a Cubs fan
Special Birthday Card – for a Cubs fan

I relied heavily on my Silhouette Cameo for this project. Each element started as white cardstock and I used Distress Inks to add the color.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

My internet research led me to a fantastic map of Chicago which I printed onto white cardstock. I added Old Paper and Tea Dye Distress Ink. The ink from my printer smudged when I did this but I think that it added to the overall look.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

I then created the additional elements. I purchase the baseball shape from the Silhouette Online Store. I colored the ball with Tea Dye and Antique Linen and the stitching was colored with Festive Berries. The red is actually a full circle and the ball pieces were applied on top. I found the baseball bat and base online. I stamped the bat with Stampin’ Up’s Hardwood background stamp in Walnut Stain and then applied Vintage Photo. The base was colored with Pumice Stone and Weathered Wood. I was trying to give each white item a different look.

The background is a vintage amp of Chicago
The background is a vintage map of Chicago

I used the font Ball Park to create the sentiment on the front. The offset feature in the Silhouette Software is great for adding a shadow to your wording or shapes.  I used Festive Berries and Antique Linen for the sentiment.

My last element on the front was the Cubs logo. Once cut, I colored with Candied Apple and Festive Berries for the red, Blueprint Sketch, Broken Chine and Mermaid Lagoon for the blue and then Antique Linen and Vintage Photo for the background.

All this was adhered together and it was time to start the inner panel. The last time the Cubs won the World Series was in 1908, which as you know is some years ago. The Chicago fans are ever hopeful that “this year” might be the year they break the streak. I saw this quote on the web and knew that it was just right!

Inner panel of the card
Inner panel of the card

I created the two mats first by applying more Distress Ink to white cardstock. The red was the same as the front, Candied Apple and Festive Berries and the blue was created using Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch.

I used my Silhouette software to create the wording and printed that out. This is the Ball Park font again.  I aged this panel with Antique Linen, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo. I place an oval of paper over the wording to keep from smudging it too much with my ink blending tool and to give the panel a pop. Lastly, I added the blue pin striping with a ruler and Blueprint Sketch Distress Marker. Everything was adhered and added to a large card base.

Close-up of Cubs card
Close-up of Cubs card

This card is 5″x7″ so it fit in a large envelope. I even managed to get this to the recipient on time! I hope that you enjoyed our journey today!


Ink: Weathered Wood, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Candied Apple, Walnut Stain, Old Paper, Pumice Stone, Festive Berries, Tea Dye, Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China & Tumbled Glass Distress Ink – Ranger

Paper: Nennah Solar White

Other: Blueprint Sketch Distress Marker – Ranger




Distress Butterfly Card

Swallowtail Butterfly Colored with Distress Inks and Masked.

Some people wait for paint to dry, I wait for glitter glue to dry. I broke out the Distress Stickles for my cards today and it took forever to dry! Okay, not really but it sure felt that way.  I really like the way these cards turned out. I really this Swallowtail stamp from Stampin’ Up.

Distress Butterfly Card by Jennifer Miner
Distress Butterfly Card by Jennifer Miner

I started by stamping the butterfly using Memento Jet Black ink and then I used Distress Ink to paint the butterfly. I used Distress Markers scribbled on an acrylic block and painted with an Aqua Painter. I ended up needing a little extra Squeezed Lemonade so I used my Distress Ink pad as well as the marker. Once I painted I went back over the details with the corresponding marker.

One layer with masking and distress techniques
One layer with masking and distress techniques

I allowed this to dry and then added my Distress Stickles. They gave just the right touch to my butterflies. I set these aside to dry overnight. If I kept looking at them I might have been tempted to stamp before they were dry.

Two of a kind. Swallowtail stamp from Stampin' Up & lots of Distress techniques and Tim Holtz products
Two of a kind. Swallowtail stamp from Stampin’ Up & lots of Distress techniques and Tim Holtz products

Once everything was dry I created a copy paper mask of my butterfly. I used this to mask my butterflies and I stamped my background using Ground Espresso Ink. I then used my  Ink Blending Tools to add the color to the backgrounds. I kept my mask in place so I could add color right up to my butterflies. I used stamps from the Stampers Anonymous Papillon set and Gorgeous Grunge from Stampin’ Up for the backgrounds. Once I had my backgrounds as I wanted them I tossed a little water on to add to the distress feel.

One Layer Distress Butterfly Card by Jennifer Miner
One Layer Distress Butterfly Card by Jennifer Miner

Again, I had to wait impatiently for my card fronts to dry. I then distressed my edges using my Edge Distressing Tool. I then adhered my stamped panels to a card bases and glued on some sequins. I’ll admit I was a little late to the sequin part but now that I have joined everyone else I am diggin’ it! Okay, so what I am trying to say is that “I like sequins, why did it take me so long to get some???” That was all she wrote for these cards and in fact they are already en route.

Masking & Distress Watercoloring
Masking & Distress Watercoloring

Thank you as always for stopping by and checking out my creations.

Card by Jennifer Miner
Card by Jennifer Miner


Stamps: Papillon – Stampers Anonymous & Gorgeous Grunge – Stampin’ Up

Ink: Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Ground Espresso & Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink – Ranger, Jet Black Memento Ink – Tsukineko

Markers: Squeezed Lemonade, Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed, Vintage Photo & Mermaid Lagoon Distress Markers – Ranger

Distress Stickles: Broken China, Antique Bronze & Clear Rock Candy

Paper: Neenah Solar White

Other: Gold Sequins – Spare Parts

Strong Spirit Purple Heart Card

If you ready my post yesterday you would know that this card took a little while longer then I was hoping but it is finally done! This is my tribute to Prince. His music was truly the soundtrack of my youth. I was lucky enough to see him in concert and it was amazing how one man could control an arena full of people with only the raise of an eyebrow. He was creative and talented and his music will last forever. I was a little surprised at the strength of my reaction to the news of his passing but I cannot look back at my life without there being a place in it for his music.

Transcend the Rules - Created by Jennifer Miner
Transcend the Rules – Created by Jennifer Miner

When I was 15, I went on a school trip to France and England. It was a life changing opportunity for me and it helped to make me who I am today. One memory from that trip that stands out was a moment that showed me how universal music is and how it can color a moment forever. Our group was traveling via the Metro, the Parisian subway and were changing trains at an above ground station. It was a beautiful Spring day and across the tracks there was a street musician with an acoustic guitar. While he was on the other side of the platform the station was quiet and we could hear him playing and singing Purple Rain. It was one of the most beautiful moments that I have ever had. When I think of Paris, I think of Purple Rain, always. It is something that I will carry with me for the remainder of my life and when I hear that song I am back on the platform listening to a Parisian musician on a trip that changed me.

I also made a  video for this one. I am really not loving my narration today but this was my fifth attempt and I really didn’t want to start again. The quality isn’t great so I may have to start looking for a new microphone.


Purple & Damask Heart
Purple & Damask Heart

And so without further ado, here is the process that I used to create my card for you today. I started by creating the brick background. I used a piece of white cardstock as my base and use the Tim Holtz Brick stencil. I mixed some Golden Molding Paste mixed with Naphtol Crimson and Iridescent Bronze acrylic paint. I thoroughly mixed in my red but left my mixture not totally incorporated once I added the bronze. I applied my mixture over the stencil. I allowed this to dry over night.  I decided to “paint” over my bricks. I first applied Picket Fence Distress Paint to my craft sheet and added a little water, I then pressed my brick panel into my puddle of paint. This wasn’t giving me quiet enough coverage so I also applied paint directly to my panel and spritzing it with water. I also gave it a few spritzes with Perfect Pearls.


While I liked how the paint over the bricks looked, it needed more so I applied a heavy coat of Distress Crackle Paint in Picket Fence. It was heavy because my paint was nearly dried up so I added a little water and tried to make it work.

Then I started work on my heart. I went to my spare parts box and found a heart in the size I was looking for. I had previously used my Silhouette Cameo to cut this card out of burgundy cardstock. Clearly, this was not the color I was wanting so I simply painted the heart using Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint. Once that was dry I added a coat of Purple Stickles and then on top of that a coat of Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles.

By Jennifer Miner. Inspired by Prince with Tim Holtz Distress products.
By Jennifer Miner. Inspired by Prince with Tim Holtz Distress products.

At this point I trimmed down my brick panel and did a little distressing with Old Paper & Vintage Photo Distress Inks and a very light sanding.

Next, I started working on my damask panels. I used another of Tim Holtz’s stencils this time it was the Gothic Stencil. I sponged on Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks.  I trimmed my panels and then added Antique Linen and Vintage Photo to distress. Next, I tore the center of the damask panels to allow the brick to show through and then added Vintage Photo and Wilted Violet along the torn portion.

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Next, trimmed everything up and mounted my purple heart with foam tape, adding the wings by sandwiching them between the adhesive. I then  added Diamond Glaze over my heart. I have done this on a few other cards and I really like the look of the glaze over glitter.

Next, came the crown. This was another little treasure from my spare parts box. It was cut out with my Silhouette Cameo and then colored with Black Distress Paint and a few coats of Glimmer Glaze in Champagne on top. I added tiny 2mm purple Gems from Hero Arts to accent the crown and then added it to the card using foam dots.

By Jennifer Miner
By Jennifer Miner

I then created the rusty hinges. I started with grungeboard hinges from Tim Holtz then I inked them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Then I applied a heavy coat of Embossing Ink and applied a generous application of Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder over top. This was then heat set and once cool I rubbed off the excess material from the embossing powder. This powder has crystals in it that do not melt when heated so that you can rub them off to create a distressed look. That makes it important to shake up your powder before applying it to distribute the crystals. Once I was don’t with that I applied inked over the hinges with Walnut Stain. I applied these to my card using glue and then I added a few Tim Holtz brads.

Next, I added the distress grunge brads to my wings. I really should have added these before I put the wings on the card but since I didn’t I used a series of stick pins to create holes to place the brads. Not totally recommended but I think that they really make a statement so I wasn’t leaving them off.

Distress Purple Heart Card with Quote from Prince.
Distress Purple Heart Card with Quote from Prince.

Now I created my sentiment, I created the label in my handy dandy Silhouette Software and used the print and cut feature to generate the label. The quote says ” A strong spirit transcends rules.” and is a quote from Prince. I used the font Jellyka Saint-Andrew’s Queen, I love this font it looks hand written. I distressed my sentiment label using Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. I cut a mat from a piece of texture brown cardstock and then mounted this to my card using foam dots.

To create the dark purple flowers I used paper flowers from Prima and spritzed them with Fully Purple Glimmer Mist. The more violet colored flower came in the shade. Once the flowers were dry I glued them on and added the Pewter Adhesive Pearls from Kaiser Scrapbook. I added a brown mat from the same paper as my sentiment and I added one more layer in dark purple.

Close up of the purple glitter hear.
Close up of the purple glitter heart.

The finished size of this card is 5 1/2″ x 7″ so I created the card base with two pieces of cardstock. Once I added the card front to the base I was finished! This was a true labor of love that had quite a few starts and stops and almost didn’t make to a finished product. I know this is a long post and so if you made it this far – You ROCK!!

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Paper: Neenah Solar White 80lbs & 110lbs, Suede Brown Dark & Pansy – Bazzil

Ink: Embossing, Old Paper, Chipped Sapphire, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Wilted Violet, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain, Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves Distress Ink – Ranger

Stamps: French Script (Retired) – Stampin’ Up

Stencils: Bricked & Gothic Stencils Tim Holtz – Stampers Anonymous

Distress Products: Picket Fence, Black Soot& Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint, Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint, Rock Candy Distress Stickles, Grungeboard Plain Elements – Idea-ology, Heart Wings Die Tim Holtz – Sizzix, Brads (on hinges) – Idea-ology, Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder – Ranger

Other: Molding Paste – Golden, Napthol Crimson & Iridescent Bronze Acrylic Paint – Liquitex, Purple Stickles – Ranger, Diamond Glaze – Judikins, Champagne Glimmer Glam – Tattered Angels, 2mm Adhesive Gems – Hero Arts, Pewtwe Pearls – Kaiser Scrapbook, Fully Purple Glimmer Mist – Tattered Angels, Brads – Making Memories, Pearl Perfect Pearls – Ranger, Flowers – Prima Marketing

Whew – I emptied the drawers of this one. I hope you enjoyed today’s project.  I will be sharing this card in this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge : Show Us Your Metal.