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Hello there and thanks for stopping by!  I have an Etcetera tag that I am sharing today.

This is a tag that I had started for Creativation, but it never made it there.  I decided to finish it finally.  I have way too many unfinished projects hanging around, I need to start using the pieces or finishing them off!  Are any of you like that?  This is the Medium Thickboard Tag THETC-002(6 1/2 x 12 in) which is a great size to work on.  I've also used the new Tim Holtz Sizzix Rosette 6pc Thinlits set here.

I started out by applying white gesso to my tag.  After that had dried, I adhered Floral Collage Paper (TH93707) with Collage Medium.  You can see the pattern peeking through my layers.  I didn't want to lose the pattern completely when applying my texture paste and paint over top, so I added a really small amount of Tim's Micro Glaze (TDA46967) with a Blending Foam over the entire surface.  This acts as a waterproof sealer.  Next I applied Texture Paste with the Trellis (THS074) layering stencil randomly all over my tag.  Once this had dried I began applying different layers of colour (watercolours, paint, acrylics watered down with a spray bottle).  If you want more Collage paper to show through, just remove some of your colour with a wipe.  Once your main colours are dry, dry brush some lighter colour on to highlight the grooves, edges and raised areas.

I die-cut my rosettes (there's three different ones in the set) with paper from Memoranda Paperie (TH93550), inking the edges and also adding in some random colour with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks.  There's layers of Ephemera, Quote Chips, Clippings Stickers, Industrious Border Stickers, Alpha Parts Framed (TH93117), Star Adornments Findings,  and even embossed Mixed Media (Sizzix 660220) chipboard parts.  My dyed Crinkle Ribbon has a Locket Key and Story Stick hanging from it.  Everything has been slightly inked or painted with Distress Paint and Distress Oxide ink.

Here's another look at my tag.  

Thank you for taking the time to visit me here!  

Until next time,



Hello everyone,  just sharing my last Tim Holtz Creativation 2018 project today.

This is a shadowbox that hangs on the wall, created with a Vignette box and one of the new Collage Frames.

I used one of the new Collage Frames(TH93711) for the front of my shadowbox. These are approx 5 x 8".  I covered the frame with Botanical Collage paper (TH93705) using Collage Medium, then lightly coloured it with Tim Holtz Distress Markers and a waterbrush. A small mini handle from the Mini Hardware Pulls set (TH93685) was added above the opening, and Large Keyhole (TH93678), a mini knob from the Mini Hardware Findings (TH93571) and key from Locket Keys Metal Hardware set (TH92822) were added to the lower part of the frame. These metal pieces were darkened with Black Distress paint and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink.  The frame was then adhered to a Vignette Box (TH03279).  I lightly painted the outside of the box with watered down white paint, just to tone down the brown stain.

For the inside of the Vignette Box, I covered the back with Worn Wallpaper (TH93692), tearing a piece then curling it apart to reveal a bit of printed paper (Tim Holtz Memoranda TH93550).  The photos are from the Photo Booth pkg TH93207), and also used Quote Chips(th93563), Clock Hands (TH93693), Clock Face (TH92831), Salvaged Design Tape (TH93672), Letterpress (TH93130) Treasures Adornments (Bird) TH93572, and Clippings Stickers (TH93583).  

Thanks so much for stopping by,



Hi everyone,  just sharing a little Valentine's gift I created for my mom.

I used a Tim Holtz Mini Mason Jar (TH93202) and added a Photo Clip Kit (TH93351). The lid on my candy filled jar was painted pink.

I dyed my seam binding with Spun Sugar Distress spray.  A Milagros Idea-ology Heart (TH93676), Jewelled Charms (TH93697), and dyed Bouquet Findings (TH93569) were tied to my bow with Tim Holtz Craft Thread.

For my frame, I used the smallest Baseboard Frame, there's 8 different sizes in a package (TH93710).  I  took a piece of the Idea-ology Plain Collage Paper (TH93708) and stamped it with Tim Holtz Botanical Sketch (X3-2560) Stamper's Anonymous stamp and archival black ink.  It's quite a large stamp, but I used just a section big enough to cover the frame.  The collage paper was adhered with Collage Medium.  I used Distress markers to colour in my flowers and then used a bit of Distress Oxide in Frayed Burlap.  A "love" Metallic Quotation sticker was added (TH93559), along with flowers die-cut with Sizzix Small Tattered Florals (661806).
These mini mason jars make great little gifts!  Hope you  have a great Valentine's Day!

Until next time,



Hello there, glad you stopped by!
  Thank you so much for all the wonderful comments on my previous post, the Tim Holtz Creativation Blog Hop.  I hope you enjoyed all the inspiration as much as I did. The winners of the blog hop have been posted on Richele's blog here.  Thank you Richele, for organizing it all, hope we do it again!
Today I'm sharing my another project from Tim's booth.  I didn't have a chance to do much this year.  My son(lives in Australia) came home for Christmas this year and brought his girlfriend who has never been to Canada or seen snow!  Unfortunately it was so cold, with temperatures as low as -46C, I'm not sure she will want to return for our winters! She couldn't believe or understand how we could live in those cold temperatures, and at this point (it's still cold) I'm beginning to question why we live here too! We also had a very special surprise a few days after Christmas, my daughter came home too. I can't believe my kids all kept it a secret.  It's the first time our family have all been together for Christmas in over ten years!  So it was a very busy holiday season for me, not much crafting time!

Here's is a project using one of my favourite Idea-ology embellishments, the Trinket Tins (TH93698).

I have turned the Trinket Tin into a wagon, using the Tim Holtz Milk Caps (TH93684) as wheels. To attach them, I cut strips of thin chipboard, measuring across the bottom of the tin plus about 1 1/2" extra and about 1/2 wide. Attach one end to the back of the milk cap with a Hex Fastener(TH93268), adhere the strip to the bottom of the tin and with the opposite end piece, attach another milk cap. I distressed the caps a bit, and added a small amount of white paint to fade the colour.  Fluted Stars (TH93660) were lightly painted and adhered to the front.
The tin itself is lined with Idea-ology Aviary Collage Paper (TH93706) that I applied with Collage Medium.

Some of my little flowers were die-cut with Sizzix's new Thinlits set, Funky Floral #3 which will be available in April.  There are three different sets in the Funky Floral series.  I created my coloured paper with Distress Oxide inks and Distress Mixed Media paper, giving them a soft watercolored look. I also used the Tiny Tattered Floral Thinlits set to make a few tattered roses.
 #1 February Release
#2 March Release

#3 April Release

Before filling my tin with flowers, I glued three small glass jars that were lightly painted(Corked Vials TH92899) to the base and then added a tiny bit of crunched up Tim Holtz Fringe (TH93688) in the new soft cream colour. The Fringe was also added to the inside of the tin. A painted metal Butterfly (TH93689),  Snarky Small Talk Sticker (TH93704) and Paper Dolls (TH93555) lightly coloured were added also.  These paper dolls come in a package of 107.  That's a lot of paper dolls!  With each new Tim Holtz release, there will be new ones added and some older ones removed, but the product number will remain the same. My string is Tim Holtz craft thread, braided and a Story Stick (TH93680) tied to the end.  White paint was applied, then wiped off, leaving the numbers white.  

Hope you are inspired by my project to create your own wagon!

I have one more project to share, will do that soon!

Thanks so much for stopping by,



Hello everyone! Welcome to the Tim Holtz Creativation 2018 Blog Hop and Give-Away! If you are following along, you have just hopped over from the very talented Kaz Hall.  If you just happened to visit me here, you can start from the beginning with the fabulous Paula Cheney.  Richelle Christensen is hosting this blog hop featuring inspiration from all those who contributed to the Tim Holtz booths. Make sure you visit all these amazing artists and leave a comment on everyone's blog for a chance to win prizes!

I'm sharing this set of shadowboxes today featuring one of my favourite of his new releases, the new Tim Holtz Metal Vignette Bases.

There's a set of two in each package, the smaller about 1.625 inches wide, and the larger one at 2.75 inches wide. The top of these bases are flat, making it easy to adhere to your structure.

I've added a painted wood finial piece (TH93573) to give the larger box more height, plus finished off the top with another finial.  I can't seem to leave any metal unpainted, so I painted my bases first with a brown distress paint, wiping off the excess, then after that dried, Faded Jeans lightly on the raised areas. Both of my boxes were painted with a Faded Jeans wash (paint watered down)and a few splatters of Picket Fence paint. The new Vignette Frames (TH93694) fit perfectly over the Vignette Boxes (TH93279) and there's all four sizes in one package.  I've realized that I enjoy creating with lots of dimension, I just can't seem to leave anything completely flat!  Maybe that's why I'm hooked on making these shadowboxes. I raised one of the new Baseboard Frames(TH93710) with foam, placing a Photobooth vintage photo(TH93207) inside a Foundry Frame(93198) behind.  To finish off the inside I used a metal Ribbon Adornment (TH93686), "she is brave" Remnant Rub (TH93695) over a painted chipboard piece, tiny Key Adornment(TH93321), tied with Tim Holtz Craft Thread (015274) and dyed Crinkle Ribbon (TH93020).

My smaller box was created the same way as the larger one, but the base just glued directly onto the box.  Instead of a finial, I adhered a metal corner from the Vignette Accents pkg(TH93687) to the front.  When covering the inside of the boxes, I used an assortment of Tim Holtz papers and also the new Worn Wallpaper (TH93692)pkg.  I took a Watch Cameo(TH93264) and placed one of the new Quote Tokens (TH93691) on top.  The words were highlighted with Picket Fence paint and again his Craft thread was used.  My layers of papers behind the watch were die-cut with Tim's new Stacked Label Sizzix die(662695).

I have a few more projects that I will be sharing at a later date, hopefully you come back to visit!

Thanks so much for visiting me here and I hope you have been inspired to create your own shadowbox.  Next up on the blog hop is Jenny Marples with her incredible Creativation project!

                                                         PRIZES, PRIZES, PRIZES!
There are a few prizes to be given away, just leave a comment on ALL the different blog hops posted for a chance to win!  Comments must be posted by midnight PST on Tuesday, February 6th.
Winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 7th on Richele's blog.

Here's the list of all the participating designers:

Jan Hobbins   You are here!



Good luck and enjoy all the Tim Holtz inspiration!



Hi everyone!  Hope all of you have had a great Christmas.  I haven't been online much this Christmas, it's been a very busy one for me.  We recently did a lot of renovations on our lower level of our house and it was a lot of pressure trying to get things back to normal and completed before the holidays. I always do all the painting in our house and for some reason I thought it would be quick and easy....what was I thinking?! Hopefully I won't have to do that for awhile!  Our oldest son(he lives in Australia) came home for Christmas and brought his lovely partner with him, who has never been to Canada, seen snow, or experienced cold weather.  This may be the one and only time she will ever come again for Christmas, it is currently -33C and with the windchill, feels like -38C.  She has never been so cold in her life.  Who am I kidding, I feel like I have never been so cold in my life and I go through this every winter.  We also host the Christmas dinner in my family, so it is a busy holiday here.  It's worth it though, even though I feel like I could sleep for an entire week after.

I made this Christmas Shadow Box Card for my sister, and then forgot to give it to her.  Sorry, Pat, I will get this to you soon!

Love this Holiday Shadow Box die by Katelyn Lizardi!

There are two variations to make with this Thinlits set.  I chose the outdoor scene, which really could be for any winter occasion.  I first die-cut the back of my card using the main card die.

For the front  of my card, I used the tree insert that fits inside the main card die, creating a window for my scene.  I also die-cut two rectangle pieces that make up the base and top of the shadow box.

The snow pieces were die-cut with white cardstock.  I die-cut adhesive sheets, applied these to the snow fronts, and covered with "snow".

Next I die-cut my trees and deer.  The fir trees and deer were die-cut with cardstock that had been inked with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks.  The bare trees were die-cut with Tim Holtz Woodgrain Cardstock that had been inked.  All of the card pieces and embellishment dies have tabs so your die-cuts fold back for easy adhering.

The snow, trees, and deer pieces were adhered to the card base first.  The front and back pieces were then adhered to the base.  The top piece was adhered last.

Mini snowflake die-cuts were added to the front to finish my card off.  I didn't want to add anything more to the front of my card, so I added my sentiment on the back.

Thanks for stopping by, and a very Happy New Year to all of you!


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