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Hello everyone,  I'm here today sharing a Tim Holtz project created for the Sizzix Chapter 3 Facebook live.

As soon as I saw this Reindeer Bigz die (#664219)I knew I wanted to make it into a 3D project.

With a bigz die, you can create with heavier materials, such as chipboard. But instead of chipboard, I used a mat board made by Sizzix (656492), called Little Sizzles.  It's lightweight, cuts and inks beautifully.

I die-cut my deer multiple times with the mat board (I think about 4-5 times) and 2 times with my patterned paper for the front and back, remembering to flip your paper for the back (Tim Holtz Christmas 2018 paper stash). As you can see by my photo, I notched out a small piece about the width of my pole in the inner deer die-cuts.  This allowed the pole to be inserted without creating a lump in the deer. You do not have to do this on the paper and outer front and back die-cut mat board.  Glue all your pieces together.  I always sandpaper the edges lightly, so the piece looks finished off, then ink the edges.  I tied two Tiny Bell Findings(TH93744) with string around the neck of the deer to finish off.

I then covered a small wood vignette Box (93279) with Tim Holtz Plaid paper on the outside of the box. I drilled a small hole in the center of the book so that my pole from the Idea-ology Photo Clip Kit (TH93351)would fit through.  

These photo clips were designed for the Mini Mason Jars, a package comes with three sets.

Use the washer and wing nut to secure the pole (long screw).

Insert the long screw into the hole in the bottom of the deer body, as shown here.  You can glue this in to secure it, or leave it so it's easier to store. 

Next, I die-cut my foliage using Sizzix's Chapter 3 Large Funky Festive Thinlits (664221) with various colours of Distress Kraftstock(TH93585).

After my foliage pieces were assembled I applied randomly, some Distress Rock Candy Glitter(TDR35879) with Multi Matte Medium or Collage Medium.  I also applied some to my deer and the long screw(pole).

Before adhering the foliage pieces, I inked the edges of my vignette box and added a Tim Holtz Christmas Quote Chip to the front of the box. This was lightly sanded and inked too. There were small Mini Fasteners Brads Screws(TH92790) attached in the four corners.  Some Crinkle ribbon(TH93020-discontinued) was dyed with Distress ink and tied to the pole. There's a small amount of Spanish Moss added in with the foliage die-cuts.  I attached the deer to finish off my project.

Here's another angle of my 3D deer.

Here's another look at my Christmas Deer.  Hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as I did creating it!

Until next time,



Hello everyone!  Well, this is my final project that was created for the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween 2019 Facebook live.  

I had this old book of Chinese Ghost Stories, that I thought would make a great backdrop for my Halloween Vignette.

I wanted the Zombie Hands (TH93980) coming out of the book and they worked out perfectly to hold onto this vignette box with frame.  

Using a small Vignette box (TH93279), I covered it inside and outside with a piece of Abandoned Paper (TH93962).  Don't you love this paper!?

After I covered the box, I chose one of the smaller frames from the Halloween Layers and Baseboard Frames package (TH93986) and adhered it to the front.  You will notice that it is slightly larger than the box, but that is easily covered up with Ranger's Opaque Crackle Texture paste.  I applied the paste all around the opening and a little on the one corner.  Let this dry, then colour with Distress Crayons.  I rub it in the cracks, then apply a wash of Distress ink diluted with water. The ink is applied to my craft mat, then a touch of water added, then applied with a paint brush.

I then added in my embellishments.  First a small piece of dyed Mummy Cloth(TH93982) was adhered to the bottom of the box and up the side.  A small amount of spanish moss on top of that.  Bones(Boneyard TH93964) crossed, then a Skull(TH93968), a tombstone (CrypticTH93980) with a Remnant Rub on the front(TH93972), a Bitty Bat(TH93981) and finally a moon from the Halloween Snippets Pkg(TH93983). A small Clippings sticker(Curiosities Sticker Book TH93969) was adhered to the bottom of the frame. To determine where your zombie hands should go, place them on each side of the frame, place on your book, then mark your book where the bottom of the hands rest.  I used my craft knife to cut into the book with a large X, then more small cuts across.  Fold back the layers and ink with Distress Ink.  Before gluing your hands in the openings, distress your open pages with Distress Oxide inks.  My book was just a thin one, and the pages lay quite flat, so to get a bit more height in the middle I did add a piece of styrofoam in the centre of a page on both sides, close to the back and front of the book.  This styrofoam was about 1/4 to 1/2" thick, the edges a little thinner.  Glue in your hands, and slide the frame/vignette box in.  I didn't glue the box to the book. but you could secure it more with adhesive or a hot glue gun.  Curl up the edge of the pages.

Here's another look at my Haunted Book!  Hope you enjoyed my Halloween Idea-ology projects as much as I enjoyed creating them!  Thank you so much for your comments and visits here, they are all  appreciated!

Stay tuned, I will be sharing all my Christmas Projects created for the Tim Holtz Sizzix and Idea-ology Facebook lives!

See you soon,



Hello everyone!  I still have a few Tim Holtz Halloween Ideaology projects to share and today I have this Halloween vignette tray.  I think poor Dorothy didn't know what she got herself into when she married Mr. Aughinbaugh, the pharmacist.

How many ways can you use the new Tim Holtz Creepy Eyes(TH94984)?  I don't know why, but I thought of flowers right away!

The trinket tin opens up to reveal some deadly potions.

I've used the larger 6 x 12" Vignette tray for my structure.  The inside was covered in a piece from the Abandoned Paper Stash (TH93962).  Don't you love this pattern?  I had to use two pieces to cover the tray, but I placed the seam where I knew the top of my tin was, so it was not noticeable.

I lightly stained my wood tray with Distress Paint that was diluted, so it was more like a wash.  I think I used a combination of Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans.  If you want a darker stain, had in some Distress Spray stain to your mix of paints, then add a bit of water.  

I used tiny nails(TH93668 Vignette Hardware) to nail my tin to the tray.  If they poke through just nail to the side and flatten, you can cover the back with paper. This secures it as it will probably be opened often.  Paint the insides edges of the lid top and bottom.  

Cover the lid and bottom of the tin with Abandoned patterned paper.  I then used Ranger's Crackle Texture Paste as shown in the photo.  Set this aside to air dry, then tint with Distress Crayons.

I built a little shelf for my creepy eye floral display using Etcetera Pinked Trims (THETC-009).  This was painted, crackled, and distressed with Distress crayons.

I gave my Halloween Paper Doll couple (TH93973) a ghostly appearance.  These paper doll collections get better and better, thanks to Paula's daily hunt for photos!  These were placed inside and with the gentleman coming out past the Halloween Baseboard Frame (TH93986).  A piece of Abandoned paper was used behind the frame also.

I added a tiny bit of Picket Fence white Distress paint to a small amount of Collage Medium, blended the two and then applied with my finger to my paper dolls.  I used a swirly motion as it gives an uneven look, and you don't need much.  If applied lightly, you can also go over and add more!  Just a note here; small bunch of dyed black flowers(TH93569 Bouquet Findings) was added on top of the brides's bouquet after the photo was taken.

For my Creepy Eyes(TH93984) flowers, I used Mixed Media Heavystock paper, coloured with Distress Oxides, and Abandoned patterned paper  that was die-cut with Tim Holtz Sizzix Large Funky Florals  and the leaves from Funky Foliage.  I added in some cut up die-cut pieces of the Tangled Twigs Sizzix die, and Mummy Cloth (TH93982). I also added in some tinted Bouquet Findings (TH93569) and a bit of Spanish moss.

A metal Corner Adornment (TH93979) accented with green Distress Paint was adhered to the bottom corner of my Baseboard Frame.  I attached a Spider Adornment (TH93985) to the corner of the metal embellishment.  The pearl was coloured with Distress Alcohol Ink.

Don't the flower centers look like eyelashes on my creepy eyes?  The whites of the eyes were slightly tinted with alcohol ink.  One of the girls who also created for Tim, it might have been Zoe, popped out the iris, tinted the white area, and replaced the iris.  I thought this was a great idea! I added in some Clippings Stickers from the Curiosities Sticker Book(TH93969) to my pinked ledge and outside and inside of my tin.  Love these little stickers, they add little subtle phrases that can add a story to your project.

For the inside of my Trinket Tin (TH93976), I added in ephemera from the Halloween Ephemera Pack(TH93963), Halloween Snippets Ephemera(TH93983), glass apothecary vials(TH93302 and TH92899),  a skull (TH93968), bones (TH93964) and Clippings stickers(TH93969).  The vials were coated with clear Rock Candy paint(TDC31888) after the ephemera was adhered.  My cardstock frame on the tin bottom was die-cut with Sizzix Trinket Frames Bigz die.

Here's another look at my finished Halloween Vignette Tray.  Thanks so much for visiting me here!

Until next time,



Hello crafting friends! Sorry for the delay with my, "Part 2, Behind the Haunted Door".  Here's a photo of the inside of my door.

 Just when I think I'm catching up, something happens. I had some crafting deadlines that took over most of my time and then last week my mom(she's 94) had a mini stroke, her fifth, that we know of.  We always spend at least 12 - 14 hours in emergency, then she's sent home after all the same tests she has every time, show nothing.  This time we got home around 4:30am, which I think is harder on her than the actual stroke.  Who am I kidding, it even takes me a few days to get over the stress and lack of sleep!  At least she doesn't get as stressed as she used to, she's so busy watching all the action in the emergency ward, and getting all that special attention! All is well, and she's back to her usual self.

Now, let's get back to some halloween crafting!  Part 2 of the Haunted Door. 

I kept everything quite flat on the inside, as there is not much depth once the door closes.  If you wish to fill your inside with more dimensional product, you will have to build up the edges more.

I used Tim Holtz Halloween Worn Wallpaper (TH93974) for the background.  This was applied in two pieces for the width, but once you have your embellishments inside, the seam mostly is covered up.  
I also added a small piece of patterned paper from the Abandoned Paper Stash (TH93962) at the bottom, to look like carpet.  Love this paper, there's so many amazing patterns that could be used for anything, not just Halloween.  

Once you have your background paper adhered, you will need to build up the sides and also create your door with chipboard.  I had a piece of black chipboard that I used but plain would work also (just paint the edges that are exposed, black).  I cut 2 thin strips about 1/2"wide, with my craft knife the length of the space between the tombstone top and bottom.  Adhere these on either side with Collage Medium or Matte Medium.  To attach your door (details in previous post in creating the front) I used  a strip (about 1 - 1 1/4") of Tim Holtz Substrate Paper (TH93291) which unfortunately has been retired.  Sizzix makes a leather paper (661146 and 661149)which is similar.  This tough paper can be sewn, washed, die-cut, inked, folded, stamped, you name it!  It works great for hinges, as it can withstand the opening and closing without tearing. I make a fold 1/2" in, just like you would crease a card except, I creased two lines right next to each other, to give it a wider crease.  This helps your door lie flat.  Adhere the 1/2" side to your built up edge and the other to your door.  I wanted to have a bit more hinge width on the door section to support it better.  Once this has dried, adhere your patterned paper (I've marked which paper I used in the photo above) cut to fit the door and up to the crease, covering that hinge side. Colour in the exposed crease with black paint or ink.  Cut out two more 1/2" strips of chipboard and paint the one exposed side with black paint, then dry brush with similar colours as the tombstone.  These are adhered, once dried, to both sides.

This is the reason, I made the crease in the hinge a bit wider, it has to close over the added strip.  This is just my way of adding a hinge, without purchasing metal hinges. 

 Now you can decorate your inside!  Keep in mind that there's not much depth.  I was pushing it with the Crypt Cameos (TH93967) but they were perfect for my wall!  The mirror is created using a Tim Holtz Baroque Frame (TH93267), and a piece of a Mirrored Sheet (TH93029) cut to fit behind the frame. It's really hard to see as my camera didn't pick up the image, but I used a technique that I have done on Yupo paper with Alcohol Inks, on the mirror.  There's a stamped web (Tim Holtz CMS306 Skulls & Cobwebs) on the mirrored sheet, and you can see how it's done here.    The spooky fireplace is die-cut with Tim Holtz Sizzix Fireside Thinlits die.  This was created with Tim Holtz Woodgrain paper, coloured with Distress Spray Stain first (I used a combination of Gathered Twigs, Vintage Photo, Fired Brick) then a bit of Distress Oxide ink added by spraying on craft sheet, add a spritz of water and then dipping the woodgrain paper lightly. I believe I used (I thought I written this down, sorry!) Frayed Burlap, Hickory Smoke, and Antique Linen.  The fire, grate, and stones were die-cut with Tim's watercolour paper.  Adhere your finished fireplace, add in a die-cut Bottle(Sizzix Regions Beyond), Candle and Spider (Frightful Things) also from coloured Watercolour paper.  Add in your witch PaperDolls which were lightly tinted(TH93973) and a Distress painted Halloween Token (TH93971) tied to one of the Witch's hand.  An Ephemera Cat (TH93963) was also added to the fireplace mantle.

Here's the bottom of the door, explanation is in the first part of this tutorial.

Here's another look at the finished inside.  Hopefully I've explained well enough for you to understand!

Here's also another look at the outside of my Haunted Door!  Thanks so much for visiting me and hopefully I'll have my other Tim Holtz Halloween Idea-ology projects up right away!  Fingers crossed!

See you soon,



Hello fellow crafters! Today I'm sharing part of a halloween make created for the Tim Holtz Ideaology Facebook live 2019.  Love everything in this release, especially my biggest weakness, the patterned paper!  I'm getting so behind in my blog posts, before I know it, Halloween will be here!  I have projects on the go, projects to share, last year's projects to finish.....can anyone else relate to my crafting chaos?  

My haunted door all started with the new Tim Holtz Halloween Creepy Eyes(TH93984). How could you not love these eyes!  I've seen  Halloween doorbells with big eyeballs in the shops at halloween, so I decided to re-create one using last year's Stamper's Anonymous Etcetera Tombstone overlay and a large Etcetera tag.  There are new overlays that are shipping very soon! I'm sharing the front of this project today and will share the inside later.

The top and bottom tombstone overlays fit over the large Etcetera tag.

After adhering the overlay with Ranger's Collage Medium, I painted over everything with Black Gesso.  I'm never sure what I'm going to do with a project, so it's always a good idea to gesso the raw surface with either a white, or in this case black, gesso.

Originally, I wasn't going to have a door that opens, and then I decided to go for it.  What did I get myself into?!  I had a piece of black chipboard which I cut with my craft knife to fit the area that is recessed.  Using a piece of paper from the amazing new Abandoned Mini Paper Stash (TH93962) for my front door, I decided to also add some texture with the Tim Holtz 3D Lumber Texture Fade (662718). This door was wider than my texture fade and die-cutter, so I just cut my paper in two pieces (I cut where there was an embossed line down the texture fade) and embossed both.  These two were then adhered to my chipboard. You can't even tell where the seam is after it's finished.  Ranger's Crackle Texture Paste was applied randomly, mostly on the outed edges of the textured door front.  I set this aside to dry and finish after I got the tag base completed.

I applied Tim Holtz Grit Paste to the top and bottom and let dry.

Once this had dried, I painted the entire surface with Distress Paint using a dry brush method. ( I seem to use this a lot as some of you know... it's so relaxing!  Just like fussy cutting!) I have a more detailed description here and here.  Even the areas that have been gessoed have a slight texture that shows up with the paint.

Next, I adhered the Skull Adornment (TH93979) to the centre.

I applied a small amount of Ranger's Crackle Texture Paste around the skull.  After this dried, I applied Distress Crayon in the cracks, then Distress Paint to blend in.  The skull also was painted.

With Distress Mixed Media Heavystock (TDA53835), I coloured with Gathered Twigs Distress Spray Stain, and Distress Oxides in various browns and a bit of Spiced Marmalade. I used two pieces and die-cut with Tim's Sizzix Tangled Twigs (663086) Thinlits die.  Love this die!

These pieces were cut apart and adhered to the top.  After I decided which part to use over and around the skull, I cut an X on the part where the skull was, then adhered, cutting away the pieces I didn't need.  Save some twig die-cut for the door!

Next is the doorbell!  I die-cut a Baroque Frame(662693) of Abandoned paper (TH93962) and another piece, same size with black cardstock.  Using one size larger of the frame, one piece from Metallic Kraftstock, another same size of black cardstock.  Adhere the black piece behind the patterned or metallic, just offsetting it slightly.  You can barely see it behind, but it also gave it a bit more thickness.  The metallic was sanded around the edges.  I also applied grit paste to a few areas, and painted this after it dried, to make it look rusted.  Adhere the patterned paper piece on top of the metallic.  Before adhering to the door front, finish off the door. The edges of the door were slightly sanded.  I coloured and accented the crackle with Distress Crayons and diluted Distress Ink, then applied my 'Tangled Twig' die-cuts.  A Mini Hardware (TH93571) doorknob( painted, then some paint rubbed off) was attached over a keyhole sticker from the new Curiosities Sticker Book (TH93969).

My Creepy Eye was slightly coloured with Alcohol Ink (mushroom, I think).  A tiny bit of Black Soot, applied with a pin, was added to look like veins.  I used a Q-tip for the mushroom.  Adhere this to the middle.  My "Push To Ring" was black cardstock die-cut with the Sizzix Alphanumeric Label Thinlits Die (664177).  

The bottom of the door frame was finished off with foliage die-cut from my Distress Oxide coloured heavystock, using Funky Foliage Thinlits die set (663087), Bouquet Findings (TH93569) dyed with Distress ink sprays, and a Halloween Quote Chip (TH93978) that was distressed and crackled with Crackle Texture Paste.  
I'm just going to mention that I created my own hinge for the door on the backside, before it was covered.  If you want to create one and apply it to the front, I would decide this and do it before your paper was applied to the front.  You could also use metal hinges on your door.

Here's another look at my Haunted Door front, hope you have found some inspiration for your own Haunted Door!  Stay tuned for part two,  what's behind the door!

Thanks so much for visiting,

see you soon.... Jan

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