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 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!



Hi everyone,  just sharing a summer shadow box that I have created.  I started this way back in April or May and decided I better finish it off before Summer is gone!  

Loved using this Tim Holtz Planks Bigz Die with his Woodgrain Cardstock.  I know some of you are wondering what colours I used or products, but it's been awhile!  I usually start colouring my woodgrain paper with Distress Stain (a lighter shade of brown) and then add different shades of either Distress ink or Distress Oxide Ink.  I know I did finish my planks with a bit of Picket Fence paint splattered.  The Seashells are a new release this year, they are also a bigz die, but it comes with it's own embossing folder.  These were coloured with Distress Oxide inks.

The Seahorse and starfish(inner piece of the Sand dollar) are from Sand & Sea Bigz die and the small sand dollar is a retired Tim Holtz Mini Sand & Sea Movers & Shapers die (659582).  I think this seahorse is one of my all-time favourite dies!  The seahorse is embossed with Fractured Ice embossing powder (a few times) from Emerald Creek.  The sand dollar is Oxide Distress Inks and the star fish is painted or inked, Tim Holtz Clear Rock Candy and then when that was dry, a small amount of gold embossing powder on the one side.

My Tim Holtz Typography letters were stained with Distress Spray Stain in Tarnished Brass, then lightly sanded.

The bit of clump of sand? is Tim Holtz Grit Paste with Embossing powder applied.  I used the heat gun after it had air dried.  The TH Baubles were coloured with Alcohol ink.  My sea foliage was die cut from cardstock coloured with Distress Oxide Inks and Tim Holtz gold cardstock.  I used Sizzix Holiday Greens and Mini Holiday Green Thinlit Dies.  I splattered a bit of Tarnish Brass Distress Spray Stain on these too.  Once I had all my embellishments finished, I adhered a piece of patterned paper to the back of my Tim Holtz Vignette box and adhered the rest!

Here's another look at my shadow box!

I'm supposed to be working on some secret Christmas projects, but I am having a hard time thinking about Christmas when the temperature is 27C right now!  I better get back to thinking about snow!

Thanks for stopping by,



When I was trying out these new Tim Holtz 3-D embossing folders with dry-brushing different paint finishes, I was surprised how much I loved the Foundry one.  The Mechanic (Gears) folder was the one that first caught my eye, as I love anything with gears, but after using them all, I'm loving all four!  These were all used with Tim Holtz Distress Paint. 

My Distress paint colours for 'Mechanics' was Ground Espresso, Fired Brick and Walnut Stain.  I gave it a bit of shimmer with Perfect Pearls Copper and Prima Metallique Wax Vintage Gold.  'Botanical' was Bundled Sage, Evergreen Bough and Ground Espresso.  For 'Lumber' I can't remember what I used (sorry, didn't write it down) but I think any of these, Faded Jeans, Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers, Hickory Smoke and Picket Fence.  The Foundry was Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick and Ground Espresso.

I've created this frame using the Foundry embossing folder and am going to show you my painting process.  I've also used a glazing medium on some of my layers.

I've used a Tim Holtz Framed Panel (TH93283) to showcase my embossed piece.

First emboss your cardstock.  I like a good heavy cardstock, usually Tim Holtz Mixed Media Heavystock(TDA533842)  or Neenah heavy cardstock.  When I'm painting my layers, I dry brush (wiping most of the paint off my brush), which seems like it will take long doing all those layers, but the paint dries very fast.  That's how you create more depth to your project and also with the deep embossing, you don't lose any depth with thinner layers of paint.  I started with Squeezed Lemonade.

A layer of Cracked Pistachio.

Next, another layer of Squeezed Lemonade.

                      A layer of Lucky Clover.

This time I used a layer of paint, diluted with Glazing Medium.  On the Ranger blog, Dina Wakely has a short video on how to use this medium.  I used a combination of Ground Espresso and Black Soot paint with my medium.  You use a small amount of paint and more medium, about 1part paint to 3 or 4 parts medium, but just experiment for the effect you want. After mixing, apply over your entire surface.  Don't worry, you will be removing most of this!  Have a wet wipe (I prefer baby wipes) ready to lightly remove this layer.

You don't want  to remove all of this, so lightly wipe, leaving this darker stain in the crevices.

This glaze gives your paint that slight sheen to the painted folder and the subtle layers start to show through.

I wanted to introduce an orange tint to my paper, so I repeated the glaze mixture with Ripe Persimmon.

This gave my paper a rusted and aged look.  It's just a matter of repeating or using colours to get the look you're going for.  Even introducing a small amount of a different colour in one of your layers can give an interesting look to your finished piece.

I wanted to create a bit of a rust look to my piece, so I added some Tim Holtz Grit Paste with a spatula.

After this dried, I painted my 'rust' with Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin, Fired Brick, Ground Espresso, and Peacock Feathers.

The Ground Expresso was used mostly around the edges to create dimension.

I've painted my Framed Panel with Ground Expresso (slightly diluted) and aged it with Distress Oxide inks (Frayed Burlap, and Antique Linen).  The paper is an old piece of Tim Holtz and the metals pieces are Tim Holtz Idea-ology (Index Clips TH93574, Gadget Gears TH93297, Hex Fasteners TH93268,  Story Sticks TH93680, Large Keyhole TH93678, Quote Chips TH93563,  Mini Gear Sprockets TH93012, Sprocket Gears Watch Parts TH92691 and Assemblage Charm THA20048.

The metal pieces have a light coat of Distress paint dabbed on with my finger and then Oxide ink (a bit of water spritzed on first) dabbed on top to give them an aged look.

I cut out two pieces of thick chipboard the same size as my embossed piece and adhered them to the back of my paper.

Adhere the paper to the panel, then the embossed piece backed with chipboard, and then the rest of your embellishments.

Here's another look at my finished piece!  Hope my explanation of my painting process made sense! 
Happy painting!

Until next time,




Hello everyone!  Today I'm showing my project I created as Guest Designer for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.

Their Challenge Theme for the next fortnight is "Letter Perfect, hosted by Sara Emily.  Here's Sara's description of this theme:  According to Merriam Webster, 'letter perfect' is defined as "correct to the smallest details".  We're not asking g you to be immaculate or flawless; we just want to see letters or words on your vintage or shabby chic project.  They don't have to be the focus, but be sure we can see them!

I knew right away that I wasn't going to attempt writing anything myself, I have terrible writing!  But I do have a lot of word and letter dies.  I love the idea of using them on my cards, layouts or mixed media projects, you can choose any size, font or colour to match your project.  These block word dies make perfect backgrounds as they use the negative space.  I've used them in this way for birthday cards, especially the set that has Calendar months (661178).  I will highlight the month of the birthday in a different colour so it stands out.  Let's get started!

Starting with my word background, I cut out 2 pieces of light chipboard (or you could use heavy or mixed media cardstock, that can withstand painting) the same dimensions as the wood panel frame(TH93582) back piece ( 6 1/2 x 4 1/2).  I drew a guide line around the top piece where the inner edge of my frame is. I love using the negative space on these Tim Holtz Daily Words Block Thinlits and they were perfect for this painted background. I then figured out what words to use that fit within that border.  There was a small empty space left, but I knew it would be covered up with embellishments. I taped my words lightly with masking tape (love this thin 1/4" masking tape, I get from an art store) to hold everything while die-cutting.

Here's what my words look like die-cut.  Glue this top piece to the solid piece of chipboard.  Glue all the inner pieces of the A, D, O and R's or leave them off.  

Once your chipboard pieces have dried, you are ready to paint.  I started with Ranger's Black Gesso and painted everything.  I tried to not have the inside of the letters too thick, I wanted them to be as recessed as possible. Dry before your next colour.
I still want my black colour to show through, so I use an Acrylic Glazing Solution with my chosen colour, Fired Brick Distress Paint (about 2/3 Glaze to 1/3 paint) to dilute my paint.  Leave on a few minutes and then wipe off the excess with a baby wipe.  I do this by dabbing lightly until I'm happy with the amount left, which is usually just in the corners or recessed areas.

Next I used Fossilized Amber Distress paint, same method.

This is what it looks like after wiping the amber paint.  I wanted more paint left in my recessed words so they show up more.

I did another two coats of paint/glaze(a little more glaze, less paint this time), one of them Ground Espresso and the final coat with Antique Linen.

Here's the end result.

I lightly painted my frame with Antique Linen, and then dry brushed Ground Espresso to age it.  The painted background was adhered to the frame backing.  Before gluing the frame on top of my backing, I adhered a couple of pieces of paper ephemera on the left edge.  You don't really see much of them in the finished piece, there's a clock half and strip of printed paper, but they add dimension.

Using Sizzix's Tim Holtz Heartfelt Bigz die (660233), I die-cut my different sizes of hearts from thick chipboard.  There's 11 different sizes on this one die. One of the larger ones was painted with black gesso and then covered with Tim Holtz Clippings stickers (TH93583).  I trimmed them around the edge of the heart.  The heart was coated with Tim Holtz Crazing medium, then antiqued with a Walnut Stain Distress Crayon.

For the other hearts, I covered another large one with a portrait cut out from a Found Relatives card (TH93121) and distressed the edges, but you can always use your own photo.  I love the backs on these cards as much as the photos, so I used some of the leftover card to cover another heart.  The rest of the hearts were painted with Distress Paint, the red one had a Remanant Elements Rubs(rub-on) applied to the top.  My quote was from the Tim Holtz Occasions Small Talk book.  I applied this to a chipboard strip cut the same size, and inked the edges.  I had to cut it into two pieces, as it was a bit to wide for my frame.  Gears from the Gadget Gears (TH93297) and Mini Gears (TH93012) were also added.

For a bit of colour, I took a piece of Tim Holtz patterned paper, sprayed it with Rusty Hinge and Barn Door Distress Spray Stain.  Foliage from Tim Holtz Wildflowers (661190) Thinlits die and a postal stamp from Labels (TH660060) were used to cut out my shapes.

After I finished adhering all my embellishments, I covered up the edge of my frame where the back and frame meet.  Salvaged Design Tape (TH93672) was applied and sanded to distress it.  This tape is great for hiding those seams! 

You're done!  Here's another look at my finished 'Letter Perfect' project.  Hope I've inspired to you to use those letter or word dies for your backgrounds and also to join in Frilly and Funkie's challenge!
Thanks so much for stopping by. A big thank you to Frilly and Funkie for asking me to be a guest designer!  I've enjoyed this challenge and I'm sure you would too.  Be sure to check out all the inspiration from their design team and past challenges.

Until next time,


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