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 Hello everyone!  Today I'm sharing the first of my Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 2 projects.  If you missed his YouTube Launch featuring all the new dies and the incredible makes for this release you can catch up here on Tim's blog.

I've created this Shaker Card using the Funky Insects and an older one, Funky Wreath.

The insect's bodies were created with Ranger's Mixed Media Heavystock that was coloured with Distress Oxide Sprays and Inks.  I used Worn Wallpaper Scraps to die-cut the wings and top body parts.  These were lightly sanded (the Worn Wallpaper has a nice subtle texture that looks great when sanded) and the edges inked.  

My window for my shaker was created with the Funky Wreath. To create the shaker, I've used a craft foam sheet cut slightly smaller than my card top sheet.  I use inexpensive ones from the craft store and apply my own double sided adhesive that is thinner, which is applied to both sides before die-cutting. Die-cut the wreath in the foam sheet, you are using the negative space.  Position this where you want it on your card, remove the backing on the bottom and adhere this to your background paper (from the Backdrops paper pack).  Fill with your sequins (Sizzix Limoncello Sequins Set), or other filling (I've even used some tiny butterflies die-cut from the Park Thinlits set (Mary Poppins).  Fill your circle making sure everything is not touching the edge or it's not too full or above the foam. Cut out a piece of clear acrylic larger than the die-cut area, usually the size of the foam, peel off the backing on top of the foam sheet and stick your clear sheet on top.  Make sure it's pressed down to secure it everywhere and nothing escapes.
I die-cut this wreath in the centre of the Cool Kraftstock sheet and used the negative space. When I am using the negative space as my card front, I usually cut that piece slightly larger in case I mess up and it's not centred properly or I'm not sure how big I want the surrounding area, then I trim to the exact size I want. The edge was machine stitched after I decided on my exact measurements. I then die-cut the wreath again with mixed media heavystock,  coloured with oxides. This paper was backed with adhesive before die-cutting.  This is going to go where the wreath in the negative space was taken out. 
The Kraftstock was adhered on top of my shaker part, then the wreath adhered in place, matching the die-cut area.  Hopefully this all makes sense! 

I 've added some Linen Floral tape which I machine stitched the edges before removing the backing, but it is very sticky, so some adhesive did stick to my needle.  This piece went near the bottom, then a label from the Engraving Layers (lightly inked and sanded). I die-cut the word JOY from the Stretch Upper Alphanumeric Thinlits set and Warm Kraftstock (lightly sanded), adhered in the middle and a Metallic Sticker over that.  My Funky Insects, along with a few leaves from the Brushstroke Floral set were all adhered to complete my card front.  This was adhered to my kraft card base.

Materials used:

Funky Insects Thinlits set 665364, Funky Wreath Thinlits set 664434, Stretch Upper Alphanumeric Thinlits set 665206,  Brushstroke Floral Thinlits set 665360, Worn Wallpaper Scraps TH94122,  Warm Kraftstock Stack 94112, Cool Kraftstock Stack 94110, Layers Engraving TH94125, Metallic Sticker Book TH94134, Linen Floral Tape TH94139, Sizzix Essentials Sequins and Beads-Limoncello 664604, Backdrops Paper Volume #1 TH94117. Various colours of Distress Oxide Inks and Sprays. Double sided Adhesive Sheets Sizzix 656802, Craft Foam Sheets, clear acrylic sheet, 12 x 12 Kraft cardstock.

Thanks so much for stopping by,
until next time, happy crafting!



Hello everyone, hope all of you are enjoying your Easter weekend!  I'm sharing my second project created for Tim Holtz Idea-ology 2021 release.  Tim shared his new release and all the fabulous projects from his makers on YouTube.  You can find his blog post with the replay and link to the makers here.

 I used this wonderful 5 1/2" lady from the new Engraving Layers package as my main feature of this Framed Panel. 

These Framed Panels are just like making a large card!  They are 6 1/2 by 9" and have a wood base, great for mixed media or heavier embellishments.  I used a paper from the new Backdrops Volume 2 pkg. for my background.

My frame was painted using Distress Paints (Ground Espresso first, then dry brush a light blue and green).  The butterfly paper (edges inked) was adhered with Collage medium to my  panel.  It's a bit narrower than the base, but the frame covers the bare sides.  Adhere the frame on top.

I also covered the back with Backdrop patterned paper.  To finish off the edge and cover the seam between the frame and the panel, I used this silver Pinked Trim Tape.  Love this tape for finishing off edges.  I hope it returns, as it was in the Christmas release.

These Engraving Layers are all black and white images, ready for you to create your magic!  I use Distress  Ink and a water brush to create my watercolours, but Distress Crayons, or markers work well too.

These Curio Frames are gorgeous right out of the package, you don't really need to alter them.  I just sanded my edges.

The Vignette Advert Panels are printed wooden panels that look like they have been stamped with vintage advertisements or labels.  The 5 pieces are all different sizes and bring a different texture to your projects.  I added a bit of Crackle Texture paste and paint to the edge.  I really loved using the Worn Wallpaper on this project and the new die-cut pieces included with the papers add an extra element.  My paper was adhered to the wood panel, except the corner where the label was stamped.  I just curled and distressed that corner of the paper.

I made a bunch of Small and Tiny Tattered flowers using the new Kraftstock stack Warm paper. This new kraftstock is amazing, it die-cuts like butter and distresses beautifully.

I created a mat with black kraftstock slightly larger than my wood panel and machine stitched the edge.  This was adhered to the middle of my framed panel, then the wood panel on top of that.  Now you can start adding the rest of your pieces. 

I added the Curio Frame, then my Worn Wallpaper die-cuts, flowers, and a Quote Flair button.  My large lady from the Engraved Layers was added to the left of that using foam adhesive dots, so she is raised higher.  I've tucked in more Sizzix die-cut flowers and Worn Wallpaper die-cuts at the bottom of the Lady. 

A Metallic Sticker with a metallic quote was added from the Metallic Sticker Book. A small metal Heart Adornment lightly coloured with Distress Crayon and tied with black cotton thread finished off my panel.

Here's another look at my finished piece!  Hope you love all these new releases from Idea-ology as much as I do!

Here's a list of everything I used:
Kraftstock Stack - Warm Paper TH94112, Backdrops Volume 2 TH94118, Engraving Layers TH94125, Quote Flair TH94116, Curio Frames TH94136, Hearts Adornments TH94130, Worn Wallpaper TH94122, Vignette Panels TH94124, Metallic Sticker Book TH94134, Framed Panel TH93283, Small Tattered Florals 661806, Tiny Tattered Flowers 660227, Christmas Trim Tape TH94107, Distress Inks and Paints.

I still have a few more projects to share from this release and also my projects from Tim's Sizzix Chapter 2 release which also had his YouTube debut Saturday April 3rd.  Can't wait to share those with you too!  I took a short break from playing with paper after I finished with my Sizzix projects to create with my other hobby  addiction, sewing.  I've been sewing clothes for our granddaughter who turned 1 in January and my fabric pile was growing a little too fast! We have only been able to see her once since the pandemic lockdowns, hopefully it will be safe to travel soon.

Until next time,




Hello everyone!  Today I'm sharing my first project I created for the Tim Holtz Idea-ology 2021 release.  If you missed his YouTube live, he has the replay and the links to all the makers here.  Every time there's a new release, I think this is the best one yet, it can't get any better, and then .... well, it does!  I especially love all the Backdrops papers, so many designs to choose from. 

These Display Domes are one of my favourite Tim Holtz structures to use.  I was happy to discover that the new Tin Tops(TH94128) fit inside! Love the graphics on these! There's something about this cute little girl paper doll that has my heart and she was smaller so she fit well inside the dome.

On the backside of my tin top, I've created a small vignette using one of the new Idea-ology Quote Flair buttons(TH94116), a leaf from the Engraving Layers(TH94125) a Worn Wallpaper Die-cut (TH94122) and moss (from a craft store).  The engraving layer was tinted with Distress Ink and a water brush, then I've used a few layers of Antique Linen Embossing glaze to give it an aged look.

I wanted my tin top (TH94128) to be finished off on the underside, as it is visible under the dome.  I cut out a piece from Backdrops Volume 1 (TH94117) paper pack and adhered it to the tin.  The edges of the paper were inked with Distress Ink.  Ranger's Crackle Texture paste was applied around the edges.  Once the crackle was dry, I applied Walnut Stain Distress Crayon, then rubbed it in with a dampened finger over the cracks and finished it off with a wash of Distress ink in a brown tone.

The front of my tin top was given a rusty look in two corners. Translucent Grit Paste(TDA71730) was applied first and set aside to dry.  Distress paints were applied, with the Ground Espresso first, all over the grit paste.  Next, a light touch with my finger of Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, and finally Shabby Shutters.  If you find you have put too much of the lighter colours, just apply another darker or brown paint and cover it.

Before adhering my different parts to the dome base, I wrapped Agenda Linen Tape (TH94140) around the cork bottom. Love that this tape is super sticky!  Dried moss was then adhered with a hot glue gun to the top.

I cut apart my Worn Wallpaper die-cut, to make the pieces even smaller.  The edges were distressed and inked.  

The front of my Dome vignette, I've used a paper doll, from the Solos Package (TH93555).  The new paper dolls are in two different packages, one is made up of solo dolls and the other is made up of Groups (TH94137).  My little girl's dress is coloured with Squeezed Lemonade Distress crayon.  There's also a Toadstool(TH94082) that I've used Speckled Egg Embossing Glaze on, giving it a bit of colour.  My pieces of the Worn Wallpaper die-cuts are adhered in front and behind the tin top.

These Mini Flairs (TH94129) are one of my favourite items from this release.  I love the imagery on them, I think I need another package!  I've used a small round gold/white frame sticker from the Metallic Sticker Book (TH94134) on the top of the dome, then a mini flair adhered on top.  I've also tied a small bit of Tim Holtz Cotton Thread around the button.

To finish off my Dome Vignette, I used double sided adhesive to secure the bottom of the glass to the base and then adhered Velvet Trim from the Cool Tones (TH94113) package.  I have a huge weakness of ribbons and trims, so I was pretty excited to have these trims in so many colours.  There are three different   variety packs, 7 colours in each.  This Cool one, is a mixture of blues and greens, there's also a Neutral (browns and natural colours) and a Warm (reds, pinks, orange, yellow) package.  I've had a question about how to tie a nice flat bow.  There actually are a lot of YouTube videos out there, let's face we all have trouble sometimes! Just google search 'tying a flat bow' and you will be surprised how many.  My favourite is using a fork, wrapping the ribbon around the tines (good for small bows) or my fingers. Cut a piece of ribbon first to adhere snug around your dome and then glue the bow on after.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I will be sharing my other Idea-ology projects soon!

Until next time,



 Hello everyone, I am sharing the last of my projects created for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1 Release.

Love the shape of this Mr. Rabbit Bigz die.  Because he's a steel rule die,  heavier materials, even fabric, can be used to die-cut this 4 3/4" high rabbit.  I've also used the new Intertwine 3D Texture Fade Embossing folder and created a wood basket which is filled with moss and Funky Nature Greenery and eggs.

I started out with making my basket vignette 4 1/2" x 3 1/4" box.  The inside was lined with patterned paper from the Tim Holtz Abandoned mini stash.  I embossed enough of the Distress Mixed Media Heavystock to cover around the outer box sides. I inked my embossing folder with Vintage Photo Distress Ink pad before embossing. Using Distress Antique Linen ink and water finish off the colored embossed paper. Cut out your strips and glue to the outside edges.

For the top edge, I applied Ranger Opaque Crackle paste(INK57505) to Etcetera Scallop Trim and set aside too dry.  Once this had dried, I applied Walnut Stain Distress crayon to the cracks and a wash of Distress Antique Linen Ink to colour.  This was glued around the edge, slightly higher (about 1/4")  than the box edge.  Don't throw away the scraps after you punch out your Etcetera trims, I have found lots of uses for these! I used my scrap pieces of Etcetera Pinked trim and used this to line the inside of my box edge, on the back of the Scallop Trim. It gives the edge a nice finished look and secures the scalloped trim. These were also crackled and coloured. 

Here's what my edge looks like after the two trims were adhered.  I used a 5.25 x 4" Vignette Panel for my base (TH93295-retired) and covered this with patterned paper.  The wood basket is adhered on top of the panel.  I used 1/4 foam strips in between the two pieces, allowing room to hot glue dried moss in between.

Here's a close up of the embossed Interwine box and the scalloped trim edge.

Use a square foam piece and hot glue this in the middle of the inside box.  Fill the box with moss.

Die-cut three rabbits in chipboard and two rabbits in Distress Watercolor paper. One of the watercolor rabbits will be for the back of the rabbit, if you want the textured side facing out, make sure you die-cut it the opposite way.  Glue the three chipboard pieces together.  Color your water-colour pieces.  I just used various Spring coloured Distress ink and a Ranger Waterbrush.

Colour Mixed Media Heavystock with various green Distress Sprays and Distress Oxide Sprays.  Die-cut your Funky Nature pieces.  Also die-cut the eggs with various Spring coloured papers.

I use a toothpick, snipped off a little at one end, push this into the foam piece glued in the middle of the box.  A small area in the bottom of your rabbit is separated with a craft knife and the sharp point of the toothpick fits in here.  Your rabbit can be removed for storing or gift wrapping.  Hot glue your Funky Nature pieces into the moss.  I added in a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Toadstool (TH94082) that I applied Speckled Egg Embossing Glaze to give it a tint of blue.

A close up of the eggs.

Here's a look at the inside of the box. 

Here's another look at Mr. Rabbit!  I think this is one of my favourite rabbit dies and I know that I will be using this 3D embossing folder a lot.

Thanks so much for dropping by, I will be sharing all my Idea-ology projects next!

Until next time,



 Hello everyone!  I think we can all agree that this first Tim Holtz release for 2021 Sizzix  Chapter 1 was full of amazing dies.  There is something for everyone; botanical, steam punk, whimsy, retro, and can't forget Colorize! 

 The Gent clipboard was my first make; I was drawn to that umbrella and of course you can't have a steampunk looking gentlemen without gears!  The Mechanical Bigz L die has 9 gear/sprocket shapes on it and as a Bigz die, can cut chipboard or heavier mediums. I used as a background, the new Typewriter 3D Texture Fades Embossing Folder.  Here's a short tutorial on how I created my mini clipboard!


I first removed the clip on my Mini Clipboard(TH93278).  Using Metallic 2 Kraftstock(TH93780 Rose Gold/Copper) in the Copper colour, I covered my clipboard and sanded the edges.  I sand quite heavy near the edge in some parts to get down to the kraft backing.  I did cover the top part of the clip with the same paper, but because it's not a flat surface, I needed something a little less thick.  The metallic and kraft in this paper are two layers, which actually peeled apart pretty easy, leaving me with a very thin metallic layer to work with.  Using Tim Holtz Collage Medium, I adhered this to the surface, pressing it down with my fingers to adhere to all the curves and edges.  I just trimmed the edge with a craft knife and/or sanded the excess off the edges.  Distress this piece too and grunge the sanded areas on both with a Walnut Stain Distress Crayon.

For my Typewriter folder, I used Mixed Media Heavystock.  The colours I used were, Gathered Twig and Vintage Photo Distress Spray and Broken China, Pine Needle Distress Oxides.  I also used Cracked Pistachio and Tumbled Glass Distress Crayons to highlight some areas.  After your embossed piece is finished, cut out a mat slightly larger from Black Soot Kraftstock. These are adhered to the clipboard. 

Die-cut your pieces you want to use with chipboard.  Depending on how thick your chipboard is and how thick you would like your pieces, use 1 or more for each gear.  I usually paint my chipboard pieces with Gesso first, so the paint covers better, I used Black Gesso on these.  Apply Ranger's Translucent Grit Paste (TDA71730) or white Grit Paste, let dry and then paint your first coat of dark paint.  I'm pretty sure I used Black Soot, but it could have been Ground Espresso.  

 Once that has dried, add in your brighter rusty colours.  Usually I use a yellow, orange, and a red combination. Any of these work well; Rusty Hinge, Crackling Campfire, Ripe Persimmon for an orange shade first, Fossilized Amber for a yellow next and a light application of Candied Apple, or Fired brick for red tones.  In this set, I used a blue/green paint to match the embossed background. For those coloured layers, I just dry brush or even dab with my finger as you just want to add colour to the raised grit areas and the flat areas, I dry brush.  At this time I also added a bit of grit paste to the clip on the clipboard and painted those areas in the same way.  After this has dried, you can re-attach the clip.

For my 'Gent', I used Mixed Media Heavystock that was coloured with Distress Oxide sprays and inks and Distress Sprays and Inks. The Umbrella panels were die-cut from Tim Holtz Abandoned paper(94022).

Before adhering the gears and gent, I added a few bits of Ephemera (Field Notes TH94051).  Add your gears, Gent, and umbrella, using adhesive foam dots where you would like the piece to be raised.
A Tim Holtz Machinery Head (TH94038) was added to the large gear and you're done!

Hope all of you Tim Holtz enthusiasts are enjoying watching Tim's Saturday YouTube  lives!  He has so many tips and techniques he shares.  This Saturday(February 27th) will be his Idea-ology Live Release, where he shares all his new products and the projects from his makers.  I am very honoured to be asked to create for this, can't wait to see what everyone else has created!  Hope you join in the fun!

Thanks so much for visiting here!
Until next time,



Hello friends, it’s been awhile!  To start off the year, I'm sharing the first of my Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1 projects.  This Lucky Etcetera Tag features the new Lucky Love Impresslits Embossing Folder and the Multi-Level Swirls Embossing Folder.

I love Impresslits, and every time I use them, I wonder to myself....why am I not using these more?!  They emboss and cut out the image at the same time, and you've got that nice curved finished edge.  

I have used a Mini Etcetera Thickboard Tag (Stamper's Anonymous THETC 004) for my tag base.  This measures approximately 8" x 4.5".  I cut out my Tim Holtz Mixed Media Heavystock(TDA75172) paper the same dimensions as my tag.  The Multi Level Swirls folder is a new kind of embossing folder, with more than one level of embossing, but not as dimensional as the 3D folders. Your folder is slightly narrower on the sides than the paper and you will have a space at the end.  I used this flat part for the top of my tag.  Now, the big question is; to emboss first and then colour or colour and then emboss.  When you emboss first, if you use sprays after, the liquid follows all the highs and lows of your embossed paper, giving it an interesting look, but you can lose a bit of the embossing, depending how wet your surface becomes.  If you colour first, you don't get the unique colouring that sets into the grooves.  I couldn't decide, so I did both.  I lightly sprayed my one or two colours first, dried it until it was slightly damp, then embossed, then sprayed my oxide sprays.  I think I used Old Paper and Antique Linen Oxide Sprays.  

After I glued my embossed sheet to my tag with Ranger’s Collage Medium, I applied Crackle Texture paste at the top of the tag (then you don't really notice that it's not embossed) and a couple of areas on either side of the tag lower down, to balance it out.


The white texture paste lifted some of the spray colour, which I thought worked in my favour.  Add in some brown Distress Crayon in the cracks to accent them.

Colour a piece of Mixed Media Heavystock paper with a combination of green Distress Sprays and Oxide Sprays for your clovers.  The distress ink sprays will give you a darker and more vibrant green. Lucky Clover, Rustic Wilderness, and Evergreen Bough are good greens to use. 

The Lucky Love Impresslits comes with a heart die also, but I cut my paper to size for cutting out just the clover.

After die-cutting, I added a light touch of Distress crayons, in 
Antiqued Bronze(giving a little bit of shine) and Walnut Stain to highlight the embossed areas.  The edges were also inked.

For my hand holding the clovers, I used this Tim Holtz stamp set from Stamper's Anonymous, Eclectic Adverts CMS372.  The hand was stamped with black Archival ink on Distress Oxide coloured Heavystock.

The stamped image was cut out and a small piece of raffia was tied around the wrist part. To add extra depth to my die-cuts I like to use sculpting tools.  This Sizzix set is really old but they still have this similar one on their site. This flat pad is used for the veining tool (the curved pointy one) which is used for the veins of leaves, but I used it in between the fingers. The ball stylus was used on the backside to give a slight curve to the whole hand. 

I also used two Etcetera Bracket Trims THETC-010.  I had applied white gesso first, as I wasn't sure if I was going to paint them, but I ended up covering them in this Tim Holtz Abandoned mini stash paper.

I also applied Ranger's Crackle texture paste to the edges, let dry, then applied Distress Crayon in the cracks.  A Tim Holtz Memo Pin was stuck in the bottom bracket trim(to hold the hand) and the other bracket trim was glued on top, but staggered with about 1/4" overlap at the top.  You can see how it looks in the main photo. 

This created a very narrow 'pocket' which I stuffed a small piece of dyed Mummy Cloth (TH93982) after I adhered the bracket to the tag.  I also adhered a small plain journal card (TH93957) in the middle, just above the brackets, helping the hand and clover to stand out from the background.  The lucky clovers are placed and pop-dotted(foam adhesive dots) so they look like the hand is holding them. 

To finish off my tag, I used a 'Lucky Is A State Of Mind' Quote Chip (TH94045 or TH93563) that had been distressed and inked on the edges.  A dyed ribbon (Crinkle Ribbon or Seambinding), Story Stick (TH93680) and a Thought Token (TH94024) were added at the top of the tag.

Thanks so much for visiting me here, I will be sharing my other projects soon!

Until next time,


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