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Hi everyone! It's hard to believe that November is half over already.  That means cardmakers have either finished all their Christmas cards or if you're like me, haven't started yet! For some inspiration, here's a couple of shaker cards I created for Tim Holtz that were also featured on his Sizzix Holiday Part 2 video.

This fun Thinlits set, Cool Yule is one of my favourites from this year's Holiday release. You can create all sorts of different looks for each of the four characters.  The Snowy Stars Thinlits set was perfect for using around my shaker opening.

Die-cut the Snowy Stars ring on a piece of white cardstock.  Using the Stitched Circles die that fits on the inside of the ring, die-cut a circle in the middle.

Cut out a piece of clear acrylic and adhere to the back of your die-cut starry cardstock. Then die-cut an adhesive backed foam ring(if you want a bit more depth to your shaker box, use two of these), using two sizes of the stitched circles and glue onto the acrylic piece.

Die-cut your character pieces and adhere.

Cut out another ring from cardstock and adhere to the front of the card.

Your character will be adhered to the front of the acrylic piece.

Fill the circle with your shaker bits.  I just used the cut out star pieces from my starry ring.
Adhere a die-cut stitched circle to the back foam ring.  I used strips of foam the same depth as the ring, around the die-cut cardstock.

I chose a coloured piece of cardstock to adhere behind the front so it shows through the stars.

Adhere the two mat papers onto your card base, then your white die-cut card front.

Finish off your card front with a sentiment, I used the Christmas Shadow Script.  The stars are from the Snowy Stars Die set too.  The words, 'tis the, are from the Holiday Talk Metallic Sticker Pkg. (TH93347).

I used the same idea, but a square cutout instead of the circle.  I used the straight strip of stars and cut it out four times, around the cutout stitched square.  Some of the strips slightly overlapped, but you can't really tell.  The bingo card is from Tim Holtz Christmas Ephemera pack. The branches are from Tim's Branches Bigz Die and the greens are from Funky Festive.  Happy Holidays is also a Holiday Metallic Sticker.  The plaid paper is from last years Christmas Paper Stash.



 Hi everyone, I have one of my Tim Holtz Sizzix Christmas cards to share with you today.  This is one of the cards I created for Tim's Sizzix Christmas video which you can watch here.

I love this whimsical Merry Moose Thinlits die set!  My foliage is created with the  Funky Festive Thinlits set.

Love all the little details with this set.  I used Tim's Substrate Sheets(TH93291) that die-cut beautifully. These papers have a suede type texture that can be sewn, stitched, punched, painted or stained.  I used Distress Oxides to colour.   Sizzix also makes Leather sheets, which are similar.

These trees are so fun, I'm sure I will be using these a lot!

Behind my moose, I used Tim's Bigz Die,Tree Rings.  I had a piece of adhesive backed thin real wood, I had been hoarding from a long time ago, perfect for this die.  The edges and raised areas were inked.

                                         Can't have a moose card without plaid, right?

A bit of ribbon, Ephemera Card and a Tim Holtz Christmas Quote Chip, complete my card.  

Thanks for stopping by, I will be sharing more cards!  



Hi everyone!  I'm sharing a Halloween Tunnel Card using Tim Holtz products today.

After watching Jennifer McGuire's tutorial on Tunnel Cards, I really wanted to try one.  Jennifer has a great video on how to create the inside of this card.

Love this skeleton and frankenstein from the Ghoulish set!  I've got two layers inside my oval tunnel.  Keep in mind that your card has to close, so I've just used flat die-cut accents on the different levels.

The patterned paper on the front of my card is actually Tim Holtz Halloween Collage Paper (TH93727) adhered to black cardstock with Vintage Distress Collage Medium.  The brown tinted collage medium gives the paper a yellowish tinge.

I used the ovals left from my negative layers die-cut on the inside using Tim Holtz Sizzix Stitched Oval Thinlits. The "Fright" was cut out twice and adhered slightly off-centre.  My Skeleton is die-cut with Ghoulish Set (663091) from Distress Mixed Media cardstock that was coloured with Distress Oxides.  The leaves are from Fall Foliage Set 660955), also coloured with Distress Oxides on Mixed Media Cardstock.  The branches are from Tangled Twigs 663086 and Twisted Edge (661589) Thinlits which are cut apart.  I cut a Tim Holtz Pumpkin (TH93312) in half, and added in Mummy Cloth.

Have you ever looked at a die and thought I wish I had a stamp like that?  To create one, just die-cut your shape out of adhesive backed thin foam sheets.  I usually get mine from Michaels.  I save flat pieces of the hard plastic that stuff is packaged in, a piece cut out slightly larger than your shape works great to adhere the foam die-cut to.  This isn't a high quality stamp, and you're only going to get a silhouette stamped image but it gets the job done!  I originally wanted to do an alcohol lift with these stamps on a sheet of Translucent Yupo paper (Ranger Ink) and use the Yupo sheet for my background, but I couldn't find where I put my paper.  I did find my Mica(non-porous) sheets which I thought would turn out even better, but the shapes didn't show up  on the Mica as well as I would have liked.  Instead, I used the lifted Alcohol inked image on my stamps and stamped on a porous piece of watercolour paper.  I then coloured the paper with Distress Oxides.  You can colour your paper before or after as your stamped images are permanent, because they are done with alcohol ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I can't believe how fast this month is going and I really need to finish a few more Halloween projects!  Hope you visit again!



Hi everyone!  Welcome to my first Halloween tutorial of this year!  I couldn't wait to start creating once my new Halloween goodies arrived.  As soon as I saw this Tim Holtz Sinister Bigz die, I knew I needed to have this one.  The skull is in three pieces.

I had created a shadow box earlier this year using one of the large Collage Frames (TH93711) and a vignette box and loved the idea of having room behind the frame to create a 3D vignette.

How can you not love this flocked paper from the new Halloween Paper Stash(TH93712)!  I covered the front of my frame with this. Sand and ink the edges.

I wanted my skull to be a little thicker, so I cut out two from Sizzix's Little Sizzles Mat Board.  This is an alternative to chipboard, it is light weight and cuts beautifully!  I cut out another skull from Distress Watercolor Cardstock.  This was lightly coloured with Distress Oxide inks.

Once all my pieces were adhered together, I applied clear Distress Embossing Ink all over the top, then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I did this twice to get a thicker coat of embossing on top to get a deeper impression from my stamp.

For the third layer of embossing, I wanted a more aged look so I used Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture embossing powder, but another coat of the clear will work too. Apply the distress ink, then your power.  Before heating, have your rubber stamp (only red rubber used for this as clear acrylic stamps would melt) ready as you have to work quickly.  My stamp is from Tim Holtz Entomology Set (CMS328).  As soon as your powder has melted all over, press your stamp into the piece while it is still warm. Lift after you have your impression.  If you're not happy with the impression, just reheat and try again!

This is how it will look.  I liked the small writing on this stamp, and usually choose a small pattern when doing this technique.  It's really just for the texture, so I'm not worried about it being perfect.  I also find that a finer embossing powder works better, the stamp impression will show up better.

To grunge it up a bit more and the stamped impression to show up more, apply Distress Crayons. Add a bit of water and wipe off the excess, leaving the colour mostly in the recessed areas.

I didn't press my stamp into the teeth, it's a small piece and I thought it would stand out more being plain.  Put this aside and work on the frame next.

This amazing Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits die is called Tangled Twigs.  Look at the detail! There is no cutting edge around the outside, so you can leave as much as you want, I did about 3/8". I die-cut this from black cardstock.  I also die-cut one from a piece of flocked or velvet cardstock which was backed with an adhesive sheet before cutting out. I left about 1/8 inch edge on this one.  I had this piece from a long time ago and loved that velvety look like the flocked pattern paper.  Because this is an intricate thinlits die, it wouldn't have cut through the two layers, so this is why I cut two separate pieces.  I carefully pulled the adhesive off one edge of my velvet piece and lined it up with the cardstock, pulling away the backing as I lined it up.  Because the skull is resting on the twig cutout, this velvet layer gave it more strength and it couldn't tear.  Something to consider when deciding what material you want to use.  Now that I think of it, Tim Holtz Substrate sheets would work really well.

I folded the edges underneath to fit inside the vignette box, which was covered with patterned paper first.  The die-cut was adhered about halfway down.

Cover the outside with patterned paper (Tim Holtz Halloween 2017 Paper Stash).

Adhere the frame to the box with Distress Collage Medium. Once that dried, I determined where my skull was going to sit, and clipped a few of the twigs behind the eye socket so they could come over the top of the skull.  I die-cut a small section of the twig die from a velvet piece to go over top of the left side of the skull.

Adhere the skull pieces to the edge of the frame and the branches behind.  I used black foam adhesive squares to the back of the bottom skull pieces so they were higher on the one side.


Color some Tim Holtz Baubles (TH93759) with Alcohol Ink.  I used Pebble, Mushroom and Pitch Black.  I used larger ones on the bottom as you can't see them, the box is slightly lower than the frame opening.  I adhered one inside the one eye and started out adhering the larger ones.  I used collage medium or a strong clear liquid glue.  Wait until these first ones are dry before adding in the smaller ones, so they all don't fall off from the weight.

To complete my Sinister Frame, I adhered two metal pieces from the Halloween Vignette Accents pkg. (TH93730).  These were both aged with Distress Paint.  A small pearl brad was adhered to the center of the bottom piece.  The words 'the silence' was from the Halloween Clippings Stickers (TH93719).  
Well, that's all I have today, hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  I can't wait to get started on my next project...actually I have a few on the go. 

Thanks so much for stopping by, 
until next time,



 Hello friends!  I haven't created a Tim Holtz Village piece for awhile and after seeing a blog post by the very talented Autumn from Sew Paper Paint where she created a chippy distressed card using the 3D Lumber Embossing Folder, I knew I wanted to try it on a Village House.  I used the Village Brownstone here.

I've placed my house on an altered Vignette box for a base.

 Some spanish moss was added around the base to hide the bottom of the house.

I wanted to keep my house vignette very neutral in colour, as I think I'm going to create a few more in the different house sizes.  I have a narrow ledge, that I would like to display them.  We'll see.....big ideas, so little time.

Following Amber's tutorial I created two pieces of chippy embossed lumber paper using Tim Holtz Mixed Media Cardstock.  My favourite heavy weight paper to use when using mixed media products.  I did lose a bit of the embossing depth after distressing, but I managed to run it through again, once everything was pretty much dry, slightly damp.  You just have to line everything up exactly where it embossed the first time.  I did lose a bit of crackle texture, but that just made it look even more distressed.  If you haven't created a Village Dwelling, I go into more detail in this post or this Halloween Manor Dwelling here.

Love the look of this chippy cardstock!

I also used the new Tim Holtz Fixer Upper Thinlits set to add on awnings (Idea-ology paper), door and trim from the embossed cardstock.

For my roof and shingles, I sprayed Tim Holtz Woodgrain Cardstock with Distress Stains and then applied Distress Oxide inks to give my paper an aged look.

After adhering my roof, shingles, and window frames I adhered the door to the end of the Brownstone.  There's usually a larger door/window there, but I put covered up the top part of the opening with my embossed cardstock and glued the door with an awning there.  Then the step was adhered.  The chimney was made from distress woodgrain cardstock with some texture paste added and aged before adhering to my roof.

Here's another look at the chippy awesomeness!

Doesn't this look like real aged wood?

Next came the vignette box base.  I have a thing about little boxes or containers, love them.  I have a few antique ones, but didn't want to use them so I decided to make my own using one of Tim's Vignette boxes(TH93279) and a Vignette Panel (93295) for a lid.

I had so much fun created this really old looking box, I want to make more!  I'm addicted to this aged crackling!  Just getting in the mood, before I start creating for Halloween!

I covered the top with paper first, then antiqued it with Distress Oxide inks.  Then added in some Ranger Crackle Texture Paste.  This was distressed with Distress Crayons and inks.  I used Tim Holtz  Design Tape around the edges.  Even though it's adhesive backed, I use a collage medium or a liquid glue, so it's more durable.  The edges were treated with crackle texture paste, then distressed.  I added in torn bits of paper and a few labels(Idea-ology ephemera) after.  For the labels, I just scrapped off the area where I wanted to glue them so the crackled paste was around the label.

The inside was covered in paper that was distressed with Distress ink and Oxides.  This was done after I put the hinge on.  I used Tim Holtz Hinges (TH93075) painted, and nails from his Vignette Hardware(TH93668).  They did poke through the box, but I added a few strips of chipboard to cover up the nails before gluing in my paper, so that end looks slightly thicker. Design tape was applied to the edges here also.

Here's another look at my Chippy Brownstone!  A big thank you to Autumn for the inspiration!

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a great weekend!


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