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Hello friends! I’m sharing the first of my projects created for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 2 release.

 I’ve created this home decor Vignette Tray piece using the new Modern Floristry and Silhouette Birds Thinlits dies. Love this Bird Thinlits set, there are nine different birds to choose from!

The vignette tray is covered inside and outside with patterned paper. I’ve used Backdrops #1 and pocket card paper. The tray is longer than the paper so it is pieced with the pocket paper at the end. I’ve chosen a piece piece that looks like it’s collaged. The edges were covered with Design Tape Trim.

After the tray is covered, I’ve applied Distress Crackle paste randomly on the inside and a few places on the outside tray sides. Set aside to dry. 

Once the crackle paste was dry, apply Walnut Stain Distress Crayon. I use either my fingers (slightly dampened) or a Blending Brush to apply in the cracks. 

For my "home" I've used a Tim Holtz Flash Card.  I've machine sitiched around the edge, inked the edges and then also added Distress Crackle Paste.  This time I applied Embossing Glaze powder (Weathered Wood) over the wet crackle paste.  Set this aside to air dry.  Once the crackle has dried, use your heat tool and melt the embossing glaze. Highlight the cracks with a Distress Crayon.

I've coloured a few sheets of Distress White  Heavy Stock with Distress Sprays & Oxide Sprays. I've chosen pink tones, a combination of any of these would work; Spun Sugar, Kitsch Flamingo, Saltwater Taffy, Picked Raspberry Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral and Tattered Rose.  All my flowers were die-cut with these sheets.  I really like die-cutting flowers and foliage with coloured heavy stock instead of cardstock, it gives a very unique and personal touch to your project.

For my green leaves and centers, I've also coloured White Heavystock with Oxide Sprays;  Pine Needles, Old Paper, Antique Linen Frayed Burlap and Pine Needle Distress Spray.  die-cut your foliage and centres. 
Before I build my flowers, I like to shape the petals with a Stylus (Sizzix665304).

For my bird silhouettes, I didn't want to use black, I wanted something softer but still giving them the look of a silhouette.  I've coloured heavy stock again, but with blue and grey tones.  Sorry, I guess I didn't jot down the colours I used, but go with darker ones, Chipped Sapphire, Prize Ribbon, Stormy Sky, etc.  I added in a  bit of Distress Mica Spray in Frosted Juniper (Christmas set) to get them a shimmery look.  Also, I've highlighted a few areas with a pink tone of Distress Oxide ink(spritz with water on mat and use paint brush) after they were die-cut.

Once you have everything die-cut, you are ready to build up your shadow box (Vignette tray).  Decide where you want to place your home flash card and the placement of twine.  The twine is secured with Tim Holtz Tack Nails (TH94240) and I have three levels.  Just make sure you leave enough room (especially the top one) for your birds to sit on.  Once you have the twine placed and secured, adhere your flash card, and birds with dimensional foam adhesive squares.  Finally you can adhere your flowers and the bird in front of the flowers last.  Depending how dimensional you want your flowers, I have stacked some foam squares on top of each other for added dimension.

Here's another look at my project!

It seems like Spring is taking it's time arriving here.  We had a blizzard two weeks ago, and still had piles of snow three feet high,  then gradually warmed up to 22C on Friday, melting almost all the snow.  I was so hopeful, now it's something like minus 10C today and a bit of snow.  Maybe I should have used the word "hope" for my Vignette Tray!

Thanks so much for visiting me here, 
until next time.


Products used:
TH93568 Vignette Tray (12" x 6")
665861 Silhouette Birds Thinlits
665853 Modern Floristry Thinlits 
TH94240 Tack Nails
TH94218 Design Tape Trims
TH94224 Flashcards
Patterned Paper - TH94117 Backdrops Volume 1
                             TH94226 Pocket Cards
                             The back of my tray is covered with an old piece of  
                             Tim Holtz Memoranda 12 x 12 patterned paper
tda76322 Distress White Heavystock
Distress Sprays and Oxide Sprays
Distress Mica Stain Frosted Juniper (Seasonal Release RGR-TSCK78234) 
Distress Opaque Crackle Paste
Distress Embossing Glaze - Weathered Wood
Distress Walnut Stain Crayon

Adhesive Dimensional Squares, Distress Collage Medium


 Hello friends!  I'm sharing a project today that was created for the Tim Holtz Idea-ology 2022 release.  If you haven't watched Tim's YouTube Live of the reveal, his replay video can be viewed  here

I really enjoyed making my December Daily Vignette Drawer a couple of years ago, so when I saw this new Vignette Divided Card File, I knew I wanted to make something similar.  I came up with the idea of making a card file for my birthday, anniversary, or any special dates.  Maybe I'll have a better chance of remembering them!  I have them on the computer and in a book somewhere, but if this is sitting out, I'm hoping I’ll look at it more often. 

The file box  has two dividers which are permanent.  It also has a drawer pull on one end.  Using  paper from the Backdrops Volume 3 set, I covered the  outside of my box.  I unscrewed the drawer pull first, before applying my paper on the end.

Next, cover the inside with the Backdrops paper.

Once my Card File was covered with paper, I adhered metal Foundations (TH92821) feet to each corner with Tim Holtz Collage Medium.  The top edge of the file box was covered with the new Design Tape Trims.  Love these!  Perfect for covering vignette box edges.

After the foundation feet have dried solid, I applied Tim Holtz Grit Paste in a few areas on and beside the feet.  Let this dry.  Once the Distress Grit Paste has dried, apply Distress paint to the grit paste.  I started with a dark brown, and then lightly applied a darker orange, then yellow to make it look slightly rusty. 

I’ve added in a Label Sticker to the front drawer pull. 

I’ve used a card for each month, plus 3 pouches (one for each section) that will hold gift tags, stamps, or embellishments for cards. I’ve used the new File Cards for these, there’s 4 different styles.  For a couple of the cards, I used a Mini File Folder, the width cut to the same as the File Cards. 

I think this is my favourite part of this kind of make, embellishing the cards! It’s so rewarding to use your stash and being creative.  I've used all new Idea-ology product, but what makes projects like these so special, you can use anything. Maybe you have vintage or personal items you can use too, anything goes! 

 These are the January, February, March, and April cards.  My patterned paper used is mostly the new Pocket Cards. I love using these cards for smaller projects, the patterns and designs are a smaller scale. For each month word, I’ve used snippets, ephemera, remnant rubs, anything with a  date. I’ve just circled the month part.  For months I didn’t have, I used Thinlits dies. The cards are embellished with Flashcards, Label Stickers, Paper Dolls Portraits, Paper Dolls Mini, Word Key, Memoir Ephemera, Ephemera Snippets Number Strips, and Linen Patchwork Tape. 

Here's a look at the back of my cards.  The February (lots of birthdays in this month!) card is the Mini File Folder cut in half.  I've used Design Tape Trims, Snippets, Ephemera, Marbled Design Tape, Backdrops paper, Collage Tiles and lined paper.  I've used either lined paper or left the backs plain to write on.

For my pouches, I've used these Pocket cards.  The ephemera label has been adhered on the sides and bottom with thin adhesive tape, creating a small pocket for stamps.  my small gift tags were die-cut from the small tag set that came with the Sizzix Sidekick.  Some of them were die-cut double.  Just fold your paper and position the tag die so the top overhangs the paper edge, so it doesn't cut.  

 May, June, July and August and the pouch. Paper Doll Portraits, Mini Paper Dolls, Flashcards, Design Tape Trims, Snippets, Label Stickers, Linen Tape Patchwork, Ephemera, and some Impresslit Shapes (leaves) were used.

Here's the back of my cards. The flashcard (stuff) was machine stitched on the sides and bottom onto the Backdrops Paper to form a pocket for stamps.  I've used Metallic Classics Kraft Stock paper for one of the tags, 3D Mini Woodgrain embossed Black Kraft Stock and the other tag has Impresslits leaves attached.

   Here's September, October, November and December cards.  Flash Cards, Collage Tiles, Memoir Ephemera, Snippets, Gauge Dials, Remnant Rubs Eccentric, and an Impresslits Medallion.  A Collage Tile was machine stitched sides and bottom to form a pocket for stamps.  Tags were Classic Metallic Kraft Stock and Distress Watercolour paper. Warm Velvet trim also used.

Here's the back and inside of my File Cards.  I've left these blank, but can always add in lined paper.

Here's another look at my finished project.  Not only are these fun to make but it would make a great gift for someone!  Thanks so much for visiting me!  Don't forget to visit Tim's blog and check out the other makers and their projects, you will be so inspired!

Until next time,


Tim Holtz Materials Used:
TH94247 Backdrops Volume 3
TH94217 Collage Tiles
TH94218 Design Tape Trims
TH94219 Design Tape Marbled
TH94221 Ephemera Pack Memoir
TH94222 Ephemera Snippets Number Strips
TH94223 File Cards
TH94225 Gauge Dials
TH94226 Pocket Cards
TH94227 Kraft Stock Metallic Classics
TH94229 Label Stickers Thoughts
TH94239 Linen Tape Patchwork
TH94232 Mini File Folders
TH94233 Paper Dolls Portraits
TH94235 Paper Dolls Mini
TH94237 Remnant Rubs Eccentric
TH94243 Vignette Divided Card File
TH94245 Word Keys
TH94152 Ephemera Snippets Curator
TH94145 Kraft Stock Black
TH92821 Metal Box Feet Foundations
TH94115 Warm Velvet Trim
TH94113 Cool Velvet Trim
664497 Sizzix Lower Case Tiny Type Thinlits
664406 Sizzix Upper Case Tiny Type Thinlits
665374 Sizzix Oak Leaf 3D Impresslits
662729 Sizzix Laurel 3D Impresslits 
662720 Sizzix Medallion 3D Impresslits
665460 Sizzix Mini Lumber 3D Texture Fades Embossing folder
Distress Grit Paste
Distress Paint
Distress Collage Medium


Hello friends! If you managed to catch the Tim Holtz YouTube Live today (March 12th), you are aware of his very new Ranger Ink product, Foundry Wax.  I was lucky enough to receive some to create with, and all I can say is, wow!  This wax is nothing like any other wax that you have used.  I don't know about you, but it is very dry here, so every time I would buy artist's wax products, they would dry out in no time and I would have to throw them out.  Also, when heated, it looks more like leafing and is permanent. If you have ever tried gold leafing, you know how messy that can be!

Foundry Wax comes in two different sets.  Wax Kit #1 is Gilded and Mined and Wax Kit #2 is Sterling and Statue.

I've created this card using the Mined Foundry Wax, which is a very rich coppery colour.  Just a quick explanation to show you a few different ways to use it.

I first embossed a piece of Black Alcohol Ink Cardstock with the 3D Elegent Embossing Texture Fade.  I used this cardstock as I love the matte velvety texture and it's really black.  It is designed to work with Alcohol Inks, Pearls and mixatives, therefore it doesn't buckle and is a good weight. I wasn't sure what medium I was going to use when I first started, I was thinking Alcohol Ink, but then I just decided to use paint to see how Foundry Wax worked with this medium. 

After embossing, I applied a very small amount of Prize Ribbon Distress Paint, almost dry brushing it, so my black still showed through.  I dry brushed a touch of Saltwater Taffy Distress Paint in a few areas, just to give it a bit of warm colour.

After my paint dried, I started applying my Foundry Wax.  I did this with a very small amount on my craft mat at a time.  I’ve used my finger to apply it on my embossed surface but you can also use a small brush. Since this is a very new product, I would suggest watching Tim's video to hear all his tips and tricks with it.  He has so many different amazing techniques using this product.  It dries very fast, once out of the bottle, so I used small amounts at a time.  A little goes a long way. You won't want to waste any, as you will want to use it on everything!  Once I had it applied to my surface, I used my Embossing tool to heat it.  It doesn't take long, a few seconds, and like magic, it turns shiny immediately! A word of caution, do not heat next to your Foundry Wax bottle, it does react to high heat very easy!  That was cautionary advice from Tim!

Next, I used it on a butterfly die-cut.  I used Metallic Kraftstock for the large butterfly, lightly sanded the edges.  I also used this Entomology Stamp Set with matching dies for the smaller butterflies.  These were die-cut out from regular black cardstock, then stamped with Prize Ribbon Archival Ink,  and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I wanted the Foundry Wax to pick up all the raised embossed stamping on my butterflies. After my stamped and embossed images were finished, I applied the wax with my finger. Wow!

I love how this wax highlights the stamped images, can't wait to try other stamps!  I didn't use a lot on the larger butterfly, but I did use it directly on the metal Heart Adornment.  Love how it works on metal! (I use my Tim Holtz reverse grip tweezers to hold my metal piece to avoid burning your fingers)There was a tiny bit left on my mat, so I touched up my label sticker too.  I did say, you will want to use it on everything, didn't I? lol!  On all my items, I have applied the wax with a thinner amount, but you can also apply it heavier or even reapply more layers. 

I was having fun making my butterflies, I couldn't stop.  I'll save them for another card!

I matted my card front to a piece of copper Metallic Kraft Stock, then my black card base.  Adhere your butterflies and label sticker, and the card is done! I’m sure I will be trying this wax on everything! There's so much to learn and experiment with Foundry Wax.  Hope you try out this new product, I can't wait to see what everyone creates!  

Thanks for stopping by,


Materials Used:

Alcohol Ink Matte Black Cardstock TAC65487
Mined Foundry Wax
Scribbly Thinlits 664409 (large butterfly)
Entomology 663068 (small butterflies)
CMS328 Entomology Stamps
3D Texture Fade - Elegant 664172
Prize Ribbon - Distress Paint & Archival Ink
Saltwater Taffy Distress Paint
Metal Heart Adornment TH94130
Label Sticker TH94229 (Free to Fly)


 Hello everyone!  I’m back sharing another project, this one is with the new Tim Holtz Idea-ology 2022 release.  If you didn’t catch Tim’s live release on his YouTube Channel, you can watch the replay anytime, details on his blog. He will have photos and links to the other Makers projects also there.  Make sure you check them out, there’s some amazing makes and lots of inspiration!  Now onto my first project!  This one was not sent to Tim for the YouTube Live.

This project was all because of the Moon Transparency, one of my favourite images. My scene in this vignette is the desk of a seamstress.  So many women in my family are/were sewers. I've been sewing, since a very young age and my daughter is a fashion designer, so this theme has special meaning to me.

There are different plastic images in this new package, some wonderful butterflies which I can’t wait to use. I decided to use the moon in a window and of course Tiny Lights to light up like stars. I’ve used a Baseboard Window Frame to place in front of the image and Vignette box.  

I’ve covered the vignette box with the new Metallic Colored Kraftstock the back has been distressed. 

The sides have been embossed with the Quilted 3D folder, then distressed. 

The base is a new Square Vignette Box, which gives more room for all those embellishments. This was covered in paper from the new Backdrops Volume 3 pkg. I’ve used the Doily stencil and Distress Crackle paste randomly around the edges. Walnut stain distress crayon was applied in the cracks after it had dried.  

Before assembling my base, I worked on my embellishments. These new domes are a medium size, perfect for displaying those small items. I’ve used the centre of a small embossed Impresslits Medallion on my dome base. This has Distress embossing glaze, then Distress Crayon applied to it, giving it a metal look. The outside of the base is covered with new Linen Tape.  

The glass dome has a very small amount of Collage Medium applied to the inside, just enough to give it an aged look. I’ve added a strip of Design Tape Trim around the bottom edge. These trims are perfect for covering the edges of the vignette structures also, they are the same width. I wanted it to look like clothing samples in the dome, so I used the new Tiny Paper dolls, removing the feet, hands and heads (sorry, that sounds terrible , doesn’t it). The clothes were tinted with Distress Crayons and Memo pins were hot glued to the backs. These were poked into the dome cork base. 

In the Ephemera Memoir pack, there's my favourite, the book covers.  I love making little books with these, wish there was a whole pack of these! I've added a Snippets Label Ephemera to the front of one (a word from Book Clippings added later) and Ephemera Snippets on the other.  I've also made a larger book, using a piece of ephemera for the front cover (glued onto a piece of chipboard).  For the spine, I've used a piece of the Linen Patchwork Design Tape and the title is a piece of ephemera.

I've grunged up a Quill Adornment, with Alcohol Ink and Distress Glaze.  This was adhered to a pen nib, also grunged up.  I've wrapped the area where the two are adhered (with Distress Collage Medium) with some black Tim Holtz EclecticThread (I think this is retired, but could still be available in retail stores)

Even though this was a Halloween release, I love these Drippy Candles and Candle Stands.  Also grunged up.  I've used Distress Collage Medium to adhere these together.  It's amazing how well this medium holds, even with metal.

Now, to get my main pieces together.  I've drilled a hole in the top of my Square Vignette box and the bottom of my Vignette box for the Tiny Lights to go through.  Adhere the two boxes together with Distress Collage Medium (before attaching the moon transparency and window frame).  Thread your lights through from the underside of the bottom box, into the top one.  I concentrated the lights more where the stars were and left a bit extra outside the box for the candle.  Adhere the transparency, then the window frame.  I have added two Brad Fasteners for knobs on the window frame.

Here's with the lights on, so you can see how the lights look like stars.  Now, I'm ready to build up my Vignette box with my embellishments.

The back of my vignette.

The top of my Dome has a small Ring Fastener (minus the ring!) to hold a clear Bauble (Christmas release), both adhered with Collage Medium, and a bit of thread tied around to cover up the glued section.
The top of my window box has a Quote Seal, highlighted with Distress Picket Fence Crayon and Picket Fence paint around the inside edge.  I've used a bit of Spanish Moss and Sizzix die-cut leaves also.

Next I've added my small Dome, candle, Books, and Quill pen.  The tiny lights are just behind the candle (there's just two, cut off any extra lights you don't want).  Fill in the spaces with Spanish Moss, Baubles (coloured with Mushroom Alcohol Ink), Bouquet Flowers (dyed with Distress Pink Sprays) and die-cut leaves.

Here's a side view of my vignette.

Here's another look at my finished make!

This is the first of my Idea-ology makes, more to come!

Thanks so much visiting, hope you enjoy this new release as much as I do.

Until next time,


Materials Used
TH94247 Backdrops Volume 3
TH94242 Vignette Boxes Squares
TH94248 Baseboards Windrow Frames
TH94241 Transparent Things
TH94239 Display Dome Small
TH94225 gauge Dials
TH94220 Adornments Quill &Arrow
TH94221 Ephemera Pack Memoir
TH94228 Kraftstock Metallic Colours 
TH94230 Linen Tape Patchwork
TH94235 Paper Dolls Mini
TH94236 Quote Seals
TH94188 Ephemera Snippets Labels
TH94152 Snippets Ephemera
TH93279 Vignette Boxes
TH92909 Pen Nibs
TH94166 Candle Stands
TH94172 Drippy Candles
TH94099 Baubles
Th94180 Baubles Halloween
TH94019 Tiny Lights
TH92833 Split Ring Memo Pins
TH94128 Design Tape Trims
Th93060 Ring Fasteners
TH93569 Bouquet Findings
TH92703 Brad Fasteners
THS018 Doily Layering Stencil
tda71303 Distress Crackle Texture Paste
Distress Crayons, Inks
Distress Embossing Glaze - Speckled Egg
Alcohol Ink - Mushroom
Sizzix 662702 Funky Floral
            662720 Medallion 3D Impresslits
             665734 Quilted 3D Texture Fade 

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