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Hello everyone, I'm sharing another project created for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 Facebook Release!

This Invite features the new Cauldron Bigz Die, 3D Crackle Texture Fade, and Handmade Alphabet Bigz XL(hidden) dies.

Still love those bigz dies, they can cut out all those heavier materials, such as chipboard. I adhered Metallic kraftstock onto chipboard for the cauldron.  Sanded the edges heavily and lighter in the middle.  The thread is Tim Holtz which was dyed with Distress Spray and bones tied to the handle. This one has a great feature, there's a small slit in the cauldron.....

so you can slip in hidden messages! I used a piece of Mixed Media Cardstock (coloured with Distress  and Distress Oxide inks and sprays) cut to fit the slit.  The top of the tag was die-cut with the smoke die in this set.  I had the paper hanging off the edge and cut along the edge of the die. Cut two of the smoke pieces, adhering one on each side of the tag, this reinforces it as it will be pulled up to reveal the word party. 

This was also cut out with Metallic Kraftstock and adhered to the tag.  Love the font on this XL die!

Don't you love these 3D Texture Fades?  This one is Crackle, but when used on the other side, it looks like bubbles.  

I like using Mixed Media Cardstock and colouring these embossed pieces with paint. as I show my technique here.  It seems like a long process, but it really isn't, as you are using very little paint, and each layer dries quite fast.  With different colour combinations, you can get so many different results!

Love the colours in this one!  I started with dark colours and worked up to the lighter, more vibrant ones.  I thought I had written down which exact ones I used, but I can't find my list, sorry!  I know I either started with Espresso or Black Soot, then into the purples, ending with greens and a bit of yellow.

Instead of a card type invitation that opens, I just added the invite onto the back of my matted front.  This was a blank ephemera clip art (it might have been from Graphics Fairy, I downloaded a long time ago!), added in my wording in photoshop, changed the background colour a bit, and printed on a 4 x 6 piece of photo paper.

At the bottom of my cauldron, I applied some Halloween Clipping stickers (one of which I noticed when processing my photos, had slipped down! Darn, don't you hate that when you noticed somethings not right after all the photos are taken! lol!) A piece of Tim Holtz Halloween Ephemera with the words"You're invited to a " die-cut from Tim Holtz Sizzix Alphanumeric Label Thinlits 664177 set.  Love this set, the letters are only 3/8" high, perfect for small areas!

Thanks so much for dropping by, hope you are enjoying all the amazing projects done for this release!  Tim has a link to everyone's blogs or instagram accounts where they are sharing, here.  Still more to come, plus a few samples I created for his Idea-ology release!  See you soon!

Until next time,



Hello everyone! Today I'm sharing another project that I created for Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 Facebook live.  Here's a link to his blog post which features the facebook video and also a link to all the amazing designers.  For this project, I decided to create something with bold colours, instead of my usual vintage and distressed look.  I'm going to show you how I created this background with Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks.

My Sizzix Chapter 3 dies that I used are Bat Crazy and Ghost Town:

Also a Tim Holtz Cobweb Thinlits die (662375) which unfortunately has been retired.  There is still a corner cobweb die in the Mixed Media Halloween Thinlits set (661588) which is still available to purchase.  

I created my background with Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink , 8x10 Yupo Paper(non-porous synthetic paper) from Ranger Ink(tac63346), Alcohol Blending Solution (TIM9800), and various alcohol ink colours in the purple, yellow, and orange colours, plus Pitch Black.

To create the background, start with your lightest colours first (yellows).  I knew I wanted the yellows  near the bottom of my tray, behind the houses. 

 I added a few dots of the lightest yellow ink to my alcohol ink applicator and tapped this onto my Yupo paper.  Building on that, add in some dots of alcohol blending solution, then some darker yellow.  You are going to work into oranges and then the purple tones, and finally adding black to the purples near the top. The colours applied on top will eliminate the bottom colour, instead of blending together and creating muddy colours.  I liked the marbled look, so I didn't use a lot of blending solution and I tapped lightly. If you find that you have too much blending solution or ink on your applicator, just tap some off onto a piece of paper towel. Just experiment and have fun! If you would like more info or inspiration, Ranger Ink has some great Alcohol Ink Videos here.

My Ghost Town was die cut from Tim's Matte Black Alcohol Ink Cardstock(TAC65487).  Love this cardstock, it's a rich, velvety, matte, intense black.  How's that for descriptive adjectives! lol!  I also used solid pieces of yellow/orange coloured Yupo cardstock behind my houses.  These were hand-cut slightly smaller than the black silhouettes, then pop-dotted behind.  This way I could overlap them,  the middle one built up higher, and the houses and background behind didn't show through the windows. The tree is also in this set.  I die-cut a bunch of them in plain black cardstock, crumpled them and adhered to the inside bottom of my tray. A Halloween Quote Chip was added on the bottom.

My bats were die-cut from Tim Holtz Metallic Jewels Kraft Stock(th93781), then Black/purple Alcohol ink lightly tapped on top.  Love all the different sizes and shapes in this set of bats! Some were adhered to my die-cut cobweb in the corner.  The Vignette Tray was painted black, but I also used Woodgrain cardstock on the outer sides.  This was Sprayed with Black Soot Distress Spray Stain, then highlighted with purples.

I don't like leaving the back of a project unfinished, is that weird?  Even if you don't see it, I think it's kind of cool that there's another designed part of your project hidden from view.  I took a purple piece of Metallic Kraft stock, cut out three bats.  The piece was sanded, quite deep in some places and adhered to the back of my tray.  I replaced the bat cutouts with a different colour of Metallic cardstock and sanded my back again.  I applied Distress Ink(I think I used Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo,... I think) on top.

Hope this inspires you to get out those Alcohol Inks and create some fabulous Halloween backgrounds for these new Halloween dies!  I have more projects to share for Tim Holtz Chapter 3 Sizzix, hope you visit again!

Until next time,



Hi everyone!  It's been awhile, hasn't it?  I've been busy enjoying what sunshine and warm weather we have managed to get this cooler spring and summer.  In the many rainy moments, days, weeks, I've also been busy creating for Tim Holtz's Sizzix Chapter 3 release.  I was thrilled to be asked to create some samples for this Halloween and Christmas release.  If you missed Tim's Facebook Live, you can visit his blog here for the link. He not only revealed his new dies, but shared over 70 amazing projects created by his designers!  He also has links to all their blogs, where you're most likely to find a tutorial or feature on some of these projects, so make sure you check it out!

Today I'm sharing the first project I created, this Etcetera Halloween tag!

I love creating Halloween Vignettes and all the new dies are perfect for adding that personal and whimsical touch.  I used these two on my tag. How can you resist those ghosts?!  This window frame can be used all year round too.
Frightful Things
Window Frame
Speaking of ghosts, I went for a glossy, slightly dimensional look.  Here's how I created them.

I first die-cut my ghosts from Tim Holtz Watercolour cardstock.  This cardstock has texture on one side and smooth on the other.  The smooth is great for stamping, but I used the texture side.  After they were die-cut, I applied a small amount of Distress OxideInk.  It was applied to my mat, then spritzed with water.  I lightly dipped my ghosts, just enough for a few small splatters and dots.

These were embossed with clear embossing powder several times. You can also use extra thick embossing powder (remember Utee?)  I always keep my clear powder in a small plastic container, so easy for dipping and very little spillage.  When heating your embossing powder, you can dip the piece immediately once it's all melted, into more embossing powder (it will stick to the hot die-cut) eliminating another application of embossing ink.  I always use my craft tweezers to hold my small pieces, no burnt fingers!

The extra layers of clear embossing give the die-cut more dimension.  I even dipped the die-cut into my Oxide ink between a few layers and then used heat again, before adding another layer of powder.  Experiment for your own look! 

The other pieces were die-cut with regular cardstock, watercolour paper, and Tim Holtz Substrate Paper.(TH93291- has been retired but some places still have some left or Sizzix has leather paper still)  This paper has a soft suede feel to it, die-cuts like butter, and the Oxide inks look so good on it. I used it with the pumpkin, broom and cat.  For more dimension on the skeleton head and bones, I die-cut it out of watercolour paper, and also adhesive back craft foam sheet.  The black cardstock was cut out so that it was behind the skull eyes and mouth and slightly longer so the bones could be attached, then adhered behind the foam piece.  The watercolour cardstock on top.

This Window Frame is a Bigz die, so it can be die-cut with thicker material.  I used chipboard. This die also has a background piece if you choose to use. Instead of paper I used an Ephemera piece and also a piece of Mica sheet, not too thick; the layers can be peeled apart. (bought from Amazon).  A couple of corners were snipped out with scissors.

The window was painted with black gesso, then Ranger Crackle Texture paste randomly applied.  Once dry, I accented the cracks with Distress Crayons.

Idea-ology Halloween Worn Wallpaper covered my Etcetera Tag and slightly sanded on the edges.

I used Etcetera Trim that was gessoed with Black, then also crackled for my small shelf.

Arrange your die-cut pieces on your tag.  I glued down a small bit of moss before adhered the pieces to my shelf.  "Frightful Things" was die-cut from this Label Alphanumeric Set (664177). This is one of my favourites, the letters are only 3/8" tall!

A piece of dyed mummy cloth completes my tag.  Thanks so much for stopping by, there's so much more to share, so hope you come back!

Make sure you check out everyone's amazing projects, you saw only half of them on the Facebook live! I can't wait to see what else everyone created in the coming months.  A big thank you to Tim, Mario and Paula, for asking me to create!

See you soon,



Hi everyone, I'm back today with another card created for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 2 Release.  This card features the new Adorned Thinlits (664176) set.  If you missed Tim's live Facebook chat for this release, he has the replay video on his blog here.

 Using Tim's Metallic Confections Kraft Stock (TH93784), I die-cut a couple of each of the flourishes.  Cut out a piece of the same metallic cardstock cut to your desired  size and sand this randomly. Adhere the flourishes with Collage Medium.  I started with full flourish pieces, and then cut up pieces to fill in empty spaces.  Once these were secure, I also sanded the raised flourishes.  A Hickory Smoke Distress Crayon was rubbed into this background to highlight the raised areas and sanded paper.

I love dies that you can use for backgrounds or just something to add into a cluster, a feature die, or even just adding texture.  I find myself using these dies the most.

Once my background was finished, I die-cut a frame from the Stacked Baroque Thinlits set (662693) and Tim Holtz Woodgrain cardstock (TDA57826)  that had been coloured with Distress Spray Stain and Oxide Inks. Paper from the Wallflower Collection was added behind the frame.  More of the Adorned swirls were die-cut with Black Soot Kraft Cardstock (lightly sanded and a bit of green Distress Paint added) Large Wildflowers stems #2(664164) were die-cut from Mixed Media Cardstock that had been coloured with Distress Oxides Inks and Black Soot Kraft Cardstock.  To finish off my cluster, I added in a piece of ephemera, a Stencil Chip "4"(TH93954), a metal bow adornment (TH93686) and a Clippings Sticker(TH93583) "My Sweetheart". This finished card front was adhered with foam dots on black cardstock, then the card base (Wildflower patterned paper).  That completes my card!

I will be sharing the rest of my projects soon! Thanks so much for visiting me here, I really appreciate it!  

Have a great day,



Hello everyone!  This week, Tim Holtz shared live, his new Sizzix Chapter 2 release, which you can still watch here. I'm sharing today, one of the cards I created with this release.

My rusty card using the Intricate Lace Die.

This die is gorgeous and full of detail.  I decided try something different, knowing I would lose some of that detail, but I still like to think it looks ok.  At Christmas, I saw some garlands made totally out of metal that were all rusty, so different looking; loved them!  When I sat down to use this die, I started out by die-cutting it with Mixed Media Cardstock, intending to colour and antique with Oxide inks.  Then I remembered the rusty metal garlands, and so then....

It looks like I embossed the die-cut cardstock with rusty embossing powder, which would probably be a lot easier, but I actually used Tim Holtz Distress Grit-Paste. I love the look of Grit-Paste when it's been painted!  A wonderful thing about this Thinlits die, is that you determine how large your borders are going to be, there is no cutting edge all the way around.  If you want your die-cut piece wider or longer, you can use a longer piece of paper, and do a second cut close to the previous die-cut edge.  I left a larger border all the way around than you see here, I cut it down with a craft knife after I applied the Grit-Paste. I taped down the edges of the die-cut, so it wouldn't move when the paste was applied and these edges were cut off after.
I tried not to apply the Grit-Paste too heavy, or if I did in some areas, it was partly scraped off. The die-cut was all filled in, but when you lift it off the glass, the paste came off the larger open areas and I used a Craft Pick to poke out the smaller areas (some of the really tiny areas, I just left).  Set this aside to air dry. It's a bit tricky and messy, but I think worth it!  I die-cut Tim Holtz Skeleton Leaves (Sizzix 663094) in Mixed Medium cardstock and treated them the same way with the Grit-Paste, but I didn't apply the paste quite so thick.

Once the Grit-Paste had dried, I painted my pieces with Espresso Distress Paint first, dry, then randomly Ripe Persimmon, Fossilized Amber and Rusty Hinge.  My Mixed Media cardstock flowers were coloured with Distress Oxide Ink and are die-cut from Sizzix's Large Funky Florals Thinlits set (664158). The centers were Fluted Fasteners(92373) and a Hardware Head(93788) in the middle.
Ruler Ribbon (TH93955) was adhered across the bottom, a Black Metallic Quotation Sticker (TH93559) on top of that.  I created a cluster with the Funky Florals and Skeleton Leaves in the corner.  This Intricate Lace Layer was adhered with dimensional foam strips(on the edge) to a mat of Mixed Media cardstock, then Metallic Cardstock and finally my cardstock base.

Here's another look at my card!  One thing about using dies, that I love, is how versatile they are. It's amazing how different they can look, just by changing up the materials used.  After watching the samples from Tim's video, I'm sure you will all agree!  

Thank you so much for visiting, there's more projects to be shared soon!



Hello crafting friends!  It's been awhile since I've shared here, a few things here at home have taken me out of the craft room.  Hopefully I can get back into it, it always seem to take me awhile to get my mojo back!  Here is another project created for the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Booth at Creativation 2019.

This is my vignette box/pincushion piece.  

Turn it around and this is the pincushion side of the Vignette box.

I adhered two vignette boxes(TH93782 - 3.875" x 5.5") back to back to create the wider structure.  It was then covered with Worn Wallpaper (TH93692), treated with Distress Oxide in areas to age the paper.  I then used Ranger's Opaque Crackle in random areas.  After this dried, I rubbed in Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo, Weathered Wood Distress Crayons into the cracks, adding a bit of water to the crayons as I went along.  

Before adhering my Vignette Frame (TH93694) to the outside of the box, I finished off the inside with Tim Holtz paper that had been distressed and crackle paste randomly applied.  Next I embellished the inside with Tim Holtz Ephemera, a vintage spool, coloured Bouquet Findings(TH93569), a Photo Booth Photo (TH93799) a Classic Label Sticker (TH93959) a Thimble(TH93791) made into a pincushion with a scrap of velvet ribbon, a Mini Pin (TH93790), a piece of the Ruler Pieces Findings (TH93565), and a small amount of Spanish moss.  My Vignette Frame was painted first with Black Soot Distress Paint, then lightly dry brushed  with Frayed Burlap, and Barn Door paint.  This is then adhered to the outside of the Vignette box.  

Apply a bit of Ranger's Crackle Paste to the corners and edge of the frame, overlapping onto the paper covered sides.  Colour the dried paste the same way.

For the Pincushion side, the frame is Lace Baseboard Frame (TH93786). This was coloured with a combination of Frayed Burlap, and Antique Linen Distress Crayons and Oxide Inks. Now the pincushion! I used a hard piece of mat board or you could use a thin piece of wood (like the Vignette Panels) slightly larger than the oval opening of the Lace Baseboard Frame (TH93786).  Keep in mind that this piece has to be smaller than the Vignette Box, it will fit just inside.  My pincushion was made with a piece of wide French ribbon (I've been hoarding this piece for a long time!) that I slightly stained with Oxide inks.  Take your piece of fabric or ribbon that is slightly larger than your board, a small amount of stuffing, place it in the middle underneath, wrap your fabric over the edge and staple in the middle of each side once.  If you need to add more or take away any stuffing do so now.  If you're not sure, just hold it under the frame to judge it.  I then used a hot glue gun to permanently adhere the fabric to the board, using small dots of glue and working back and forth between the different sides to keep it even.  Glue gun this to the back of the frame.   I did check first to see if the pincushion board still fit inside the box after the fabric was attached.  Adhere a Ribbon Adornment to the top of the pincushion on the frame(TH93686)

Adhere the frame to the box with Multi Matte Medium or Collage Medium. You can see in this photo how the frame extends past the box and is flat against it.  I used elastic bands on each end to hold this tight while the glue dried.

To finish off this project, I painted a Vignette Finial (TH93573) with Black Soot Distress Paint first, then dry brushed with Frayed Burlap.  I added a small amount of Grit Paste(TDA53422) on one side and after it dried, painted it with Distress Paint(I think I used Espresso, maybe Forest Moss, a touch of Barn Door).  I adhered this to the top with Matte Medium.  The string is Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements black Craft Thread and a Story Stick(TH93680) was tied onto this.
My Vignette Base (TH93709), the larger one, was also painted, then a big of Grit Paste applied and painted in the same way as the Finial.  This is adhered to the box with Matte Medium also.  I was worried that because the box was wider, the top of the base was too small and it might wobble or not be strong enough so I adhered a large Gadget Gear(TH93297) first on the bottom of the box, then the base to that.  It seemed to give more weight and strength to the bottom of the box.

Here's another look at my finished pincushion vignette box, hopefully I've remembered everything, it seems like such a long time ago that I made this!

I have one more project left to share from the Idea-ology booth, plus a few pieces from the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 2 release.  Tim has a new blog post with a video showcasing these new dies and samples for inspiration!

Thanks so much for visiting, hope you stop by again!


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