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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!



Hello crafting friends! Today I'm sharing another project I created for the Tim Holtz Idea-ology booth at  Creativation 2019.  This is my Mr. Tinkham's Trunk Vignette box.

I love using Idea-ology's Vignette boxes and this new Divided (TH93794)one gives you some different options.  The dividers inside all can be removed.  I decided to just remove the larger bottom one so I had a bigger area above the two smaller dividers.

My first step was alter the outside and inside of my vignette box.  I covered the outside back with Wallflower patterned paper (TH93110), tearing a bit away from the corner, exposing the wood.  I then added in a few pieces from the Idea-ology Journal Card pkg(TH93957). There are 4 different sizes of cards in this package, 25 of each size.  That's 100 cards in the one package! You can see one on each side here, they were adhered wrapping them around the edge of the box. I didn't apply the adhesive right to the edge in some areas, so I could curl up the edges. I also used a couple of the new Classic Label Stickers (TH93959) here. In this package there are 4 different colours; blue, red, black and pink. The papered box was distressed with Distress inks and Oxide inks.  Ranger's Opaque Crackle Paste was applied randomly and let dry. I then used Distress crayons (Gathered Twig, Vintage Photo, and Weathered Wood) and a bit of water to moisten, to darken and age the crackle.  Some places, I picked off some crackle.  

On the sides, I used journaling cards, classic label stickers, and ephemera, distressing these before adhering.  I left some of the wood exposed and applied Crackle paste randomly.  The inside of the box was covered with Wallflower patterned paper.  I also covered the dividers on both sides. I inked the edges of my papers before adhering. Crackle paste was also applied randomly to my paper and to the box edges.

In this small divided side, I filled it with a small painted Vignette Frame(TH93694). I used a piece of Keepsakes Ephemera(TH93958)inside the frame.  This old advert gave me the idea for my Vignette box theme. This and the other pieces of ephemera were distressed with Distress Oxide inks.

On this side I painted one of the new Deco Frame Adornments (TH93792) with red and a touch of green Distress Paint.  Mr. Tinkham's photo is one of the new small Found Relatives photos(TH93798).  I cut it down to fit behind the adornment frame. My little book is actually made using a book cover piece from Layers Remnants(TH93956), cut up pieces of old book paper the same size, for the inside and a piece of heavy cardstock for the back.  Using my Tim Holtz stapler, I stapled the inner pages together in the middle (it won't show).  I used a piece of Designer Tape for the book's spine. Tiny Text Remnant Rubs(TH93695) were added to a lightly sanded Classic Label Sticker.  A price sticker (Keepsakes Ephemera TH93958) was placed in a Memo Pin (TH92833).  For my Filmstrip Ribbon(TH92820), I cut down one of the photo postcards from the Layers Remnants (TH93956) to fit behind the acrylic.  I find if you heat the ribbon slightly with your heat gun, while holding it with tweezers, you can make it hold that shape.  Be careful, don't overheat! I use Ranger's heat tool, it's not a direct heat like some embossing heat guns. The memo pin pokes through this to hold it securely into the wood.  There's also a Pen Nib (TH92909) in the back.

For the largest divided opening, I created a travelling trunk.  My "trunk" is actually a Vignette Box (3.875 x 2.75 fromVignette Set TH93782).  I covered the outside of the box with Mushroom Metallic Kraft Cardstock (TH93784).  This was sanded, a little heavier in some areas and the edges. To darken the sanded areas, rub in Distress crayons or/and ink.  I've cut two strips of the new Ruler Ribbon(TH93955) and adhered these to the front. Distressed Keepsakes Ephemera labels were added.     Red paint was added to  four Hardware Heads (TH93788) which were adhered to each corner.

For my trunk "handle" I used a Clock Hand (TH93693).  I bent it around a dowel to get the curved shape, then using small pliers bend the ends out.  For the one end with the hole, I inserted a Fluted Fastener (TH93273) with it's brad and the other side, I just stuck the end of the clock hand into the center of the fastener.  Both of these ends were adhered with Collage Medium to the trunk.

The wheels of the trunk were two Mini Pulley Wheels (TH93580) which were coloured with a combination of Candied Apple, Ripe Persimmon, Black, and Vintage Photo distress paint/crayons.

Before adhering the trunk, I added in ephemera, and labels, distressed with Oxide inks to the back of the box.  I used Collage Medium to adhere the trunk.  That completes my project.

Here's another look at my finished Vignette Box!  I have a few more projects from the booth to share,...but that's another day! 

Thank you to all of you who took part in the Creativation blog hop and all the wonderful comments!  Congratulations to Mel Roberts-Hareld, Kathy Tucker, Tiffany Hopkins and Dana M; the blog hop winners!

Thanks for stopping by, 



Hello everyone! Welcome to the Tim Holtz Creativation 2019 Blog Hop and Give-Away! If you are following along, you have just hopped over from the very talented Emma WilliamsRichelle Christensen is hosting this blog hop featuring inspiration from all those who contributed to the Tim Holtz booths. Make sure you visit all these amazing artists and leave a comment on everyone's blog for a chance to win prizes!

Today I am sharing a "Fairy Garden Clock" I created for the Tim Holtz Idea-ology booth.

This Assemblage Clock(TH93065) has been painted, an embossed metallic strip around the outside and inside, the glass removed, and a fairy garden placed inside.  My reaction as soon as I saw these wings in my secret goodie box?  I think I gasped, I'm sure it was the same as all the other designers, lol!  Couldn't wait to use them, and there's so many in the package!

My first step was removing all the extra parts of the clock; legs, glass, etc. I lightly sanded the clock, just to give it a bit more grip, as it is a smooth metal.  Everything was then painted with 2 coats of Ranger Ink's Black Gesso. I then dry brushed my Distress Paints in Forest Moss, Peeled Paint and Fossilized Amber onto my clock base and parts.
 Next, I ran a sheet of Ranger's Foil Sheets in the 3D Botanical Texture Fade through my Vagabond Machine. I cut the width to the same as the texture fade, ran it through once, then embossed from the other end.  You are going to need a strip for the outside of the clock and one for the inside.  If you need to piece extra strips, I do it at the bottom,underneath the clock or inside, where it isn't visible. These embossed pieces might tear a bit when embossing, but don't worry, the foil is very sticky and once painted, you won't notice when they are placed on the clock.

First paint your strips with (I think I cut them about 1 5/8 - 1 3/4 wide) Black Soot, then dry brush Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, and a bit of Dried Marigold and Tumbled Glass. Peel off the backing a bit on one end and apply around your outside edge of your clock.  I did not apply the strip right to the edge as it was curved, so I tried to keep it on just the flatter part.  Attached your top clock parts and the legs. 

 I didn't replace the clamps on the inside that held the glass in place. Screw in the legs. Then apply your strip to the inside of the clock.  It won't fit perfectly flat, there will be lumps from the screws, but you won't really notice once you have filled it.  

The inside and outside back of the clock was covered with patterned paper from the Wallflower Collection(TH93110).  Now you can fill your clock inside with your fairy garden scene.  I glued down a piece of moss from the craft store. I also adhered a Metal Gate piece(TH93961) at a slant.  Leave enough room for a thimble toadstool to go behind it.

Using a Tiny Vial (TH93201) and Corked Vial (TH92899) as my toadstool bases, I filled these with Distress Glitter, then sealed the bottoms.  The Thimbles (TH93791) were my tops.  These were tinted with Distress Paint and a bit of Clear Rock Candy Glitter added to the top.  My Thimbles were glued to the end of the vials.  The short tiny vial was turned upside down and then adhered to the thimble. 

My Thimble Toadstools were then glued to the clock inside. These new Baseboard Dolls (TH93796) are perfect for 3-d decor items, these were tinted with Distress Markers.  I added on the new Transparent Wings(TH93785) to my dolls and then adhered these to my clock base. 

 The one standing has a threaded needle in her hand and the one sitting has her hand inside a vial filled with fairy dust (Distress Glitter).  A bit of glitter was added randomly to the wings and doll's hair.  I also added in some flowers(Bouquet Findings TH93569) coloured with Distress stain spray (Dried Marigold and Scattered Straw).  There's also a small star wand (TH93572 Treasures Adornments) with a bit of glitter applied, stuck in the moss.

To finish off my Fairy Garden Clock, I tinted some ribbon with Distress Stain Spray, and crocheted a chain with Tim Holtz Black Craft Thread(Eclectic Elements - Neutral set) and the new Mini Pins (TH93790) woven into this.  I added two charms on each end, one of them a hand from the Milagros Adornments pkg (TH93676) and the other a Story Stick (TH93680).
Hope you enjoyed my tutorial and thanks so much for visiting.  I have a few more projects from Creativation 2019 that I will be featuring here in the near future.  Hope you visit again!

 Next on the blog hop is the fabulous Jennalee Anderson.

There are a few prizes to be given away, just leave a comment on ALL the participating blogs for a chance to win!  Comments must be posted by February 9th at midnight PST to enter for a prize.  Three winners will be announced February 10 on Richele's Blog!

Here's a complete list of all the participating designers:

Jennalee Anderson next on the hop

Good Luck and enjoy all the Tim Holtz inspiration!


Hello friends!  Valentine's Day is coming and every year I like to create at least one Valentine project.      I'm sharing my vintage crackled heart with you today.

A few years ago, I created a paper mache heart with quilted paper (here), and I really wanted to make another smaller one.  

I found this metal heart at a craft store (Michael's, not a paper mache one, but this one was about the size I wanted.

I had covered a metal heart in a different shape and size last year, and I really liked how the Tim Holtz Collage Paper looked.  This one was not gessoed before the paper was applied, and the edges were given an aged look.  The metal shows through the paper, so it gives it a darker look.

I applied white gesso on both sides of my heart.  While that was drying, I stamped a piece of Tim Holtz Plain Collage Paper with this script stamp from his Entomology Stamp set (CMS328) with Archival black ink (so it doesn't bleed when using my different mediums).  I've covered one side of the front of my gessoed heart with my stamped Collage paper and clear Collage Medium. I am very generous with the medium, so that the Collage paper becomes transparent.  On the back, I've covered my heart on both sides, leaving the middle plain. 

Before applying Crackle Texture Paste, I applied Distress Vintage Collage medium all over my heart, both sides.  This sealed in the stamped Collage paper and gave it an antique look.

While the Crackle Texture paste dried, I cut out a few small pieces of patterned paper.  These were from the Tim Holtz Wallflower collection, and they were the small 3x3 or 3x4" designs in the paper stash. The patterns are smaller, which I like to use on smaller projects.  I taped the pieces together on the backside with masking tape or washi tape, where their edges met. I had traced my heart shape on a piece of scrap paper to give me an idea of the shape and size I needed. I then stitched with embroidery floss, where my papers met, connecting the edges together(I left the tape on the back).  I torn a bit of the edges and curled them up on the inside of the paper heart.

I antiqued my crackled parts of the heart with a Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon and a small amount of water, using my fingers.  The Distress crayon was also applied along the edge of the heart in the recessed areas.  To adhere the quilted paper, I lightly wet the paper with water, just enough so it was a bit damp.  If you added too much water, just carefully dab with a paper towel.  This makes the paper more pliable and a little easier to maneuver on the curved surface while adhering with Collage medium.

This is the backside of my heart.  You can see where the crackle was applied, mostly on the areas where I didn't have the stamped paper.  I didn't use any patterned paper on this side.

To finish off my heart, I added in flowers (Bouquet Findings TH93569) that were tinted with Distress Spray Stain, painted Key (TH92822), a tinted Countdown Brad Fastener(TH93631) inside a Typed Charm (TH92819), Story Stick(TH93680), held together with a Loop Pin(TH93200) and Mini Pin (TH93790) and tied with Distress Stain Spray tinted seam binding ribbon.

                                          Here's another look at my chippy vintage heart!

Thanks so much for visiting me here today. 

 Tomorrow, Tuesday February 5, 7:00am PST, there will be a Tim Holtz Creativation Blog Hop.  I hope you join myself and all the amazing designers who all contributed projects for Tim's Creativation booths. We are all sharing projects we created.  Not only lots of inspiration, but there will be prizes!  Richele Christensen is the host of this blog hop and will have all the information on her blog.  See you tomorrow!


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