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Hello everyone!  I'm sharing another project created for Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1 Creativation release. If you missed it, here is a list of all the designers who participated in the Tim Holtz Sizzix booth and Facebook Live here.

I love how you can use the Doodle Art Thinlits die as an overlay on any combination of colours or looks on a background.  I decided to go a little brighter and use pinks, yellows, and corals, guess I was thinking Spring!

I've also used the Pattern Repeat, Tiny Type Upper and Tiny Type Lower Alphanumeric Thinlits sets from Chapter 1.  My flowers are created from the older Funky Floral Large  and Funky Floral 3 Thinlits set.  Here's a short tutorial on how I created my Etcetera tag.

To begin, I took an Idea-ology 5 x 8" Collage Frame (TH93711) and applied Distressed Collage Medium all over, then immediately place a piece of plain Collage Tissue Paper (TH93708) over top.  Add a bit more Collage Medium on top and dry. I like all the wrinkles and texture it gave the frame, but still allowed the printed border to show through. A very thin coat of white gesso came next. I sprayed Distress Oxide Spray in Abandoned Coral(with a small amount of water sprayed) to give it a light distressed looking colour.  Let this dry.

I randomly stamped with Stampers Anonymous stamps Patchwork(CMS256) and Newsprint (CMS266) with Black Archival ink.  I stamped with just the stamp in my hand, so it would be uneven.

I used a Stampers Anonymous Medium Etcetera Tag(THETC-002) for my base which I painted with Distress paint.  I started with my lighter colours; Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold and Abandoned Coral.  The first colour is painted on to completely cover the tag, each colour following was dry brushed, so the different layers of colour show through.  This is one of my favourite methods using paint, if you are not familiar with the technique, I have step by step examples here or here.  I ended up with Black Soot as my last colour, but the lighter, colourful layers showed through slightly, giving the black more depth and interest.

My bright background was created with Yupo paper and various Alcohol Inks by Ranger Ink.

Black cardstock was used in cutting out the Doodle Art Thinlit die.  I cut it out twice, one for behind the frame, and the other piece was cut up for the leaves and pieces underneath my Large Funky Florals.  The Funky Florals were also die-cut with alcohol inked Yupo paper.  Adhere the Doodle Art background to the back of your Collage frame, your flowers and Doodle Art bits to the corner of the frame.

Adhere the coloured Yupo cardstock to the back of the Collage frame, underneath the Doodle Art cut out.  I used foam 3d adhesive for this, as I wanted a small space in-between the two pieces, for added depth. Adhere this Collage Frame to your Etcetera Tag.  Pieces of the black cardstock die-cut with Pattern Repeat (the honeycomb pattern) were tucked in my cluster of florals and leaves.  I left in the center pieces where my Tiny Type words were(Love Life) which die-cut from mixed media heavy stock and tinted lightly with Distress Ink, giving a dark background to the lighter letters.

I added in above the frame, die-cut pieces of the Doodle Art, Funky Florals 3, Large Funky Florals (Black cardstock and alcohol inked Yupo paper for colour).

Save those tiny scraps of coloured paper, whether it's alcohol inked, Distress Oxide, Paint, or sprays! It's handy to have them ready for all those little flower pieces.  I keep all of mine in a ziplock clear bag, the heavier freezer ones that have a zipper closing so it's easier to open and close(and stays closed!) I've also added in a few Tim Holtz Clippings Stickers(TH93583) that were lightly tinted with Worn Lipstick Distress ink and tinted seam binding ribbon.

Here's another look at my finished tag!  Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and thank you so much for your interest and support!
Next time, I will be sharing projects created for the Chapter 2 release!

See you soon,



Hello everyone!  Today I'm sharing another project created for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1, 2020 release.  If you missed the Facebook Live, featuring all the dies and fabulous projects created from this release, you can see it here.

I've created my small hanging home decor project using the Curio Box, Heartbeat, Crochet #2, and Falling Hearts Sizzix dies.  Love the Heartbeat set so much, it can be used in so many different ways!

Here's a small tutorial on how I created this:

First I die-cut the tops of my 3 boxes with patterned paper (AbandonedTH94022) and the Curio Box Bigz die.  I die-cut the box bottoms using chipboard.  For the middle box, I die-cut this heart from the  Heartbeat Thinlits set in the middle of the curio box top.

For the other two boxes, I die-cut the centres out with the Curio Box Framelits (4 Framelits come with the Curio Box Bigz die).  I used the larger one for the box top and the smaller one (same shape) for cutting out a piece of cardstock cut to fit behind.   I also cut out a piece of patterned Vellum (Wallflower Vellum TH93148) and adhered this behind the cardstock frame, then this behind the box top(3d dimensional foam adhesive squares).  The other two Thinlits Heartbeat cardstock die-cuts were adhered across the top of the boxtops. 

Before adhering the tops on the boxes, I installed the Tiny lights(TH94019), starting with the box that will be at the top.  Punch a hole for the string to go through in one of the top corners. This string of lights will be divided between the three boxes.  Exit the string in the corner of the box bottom, same side as the string entrance. There's about 1" space between each box.  Your light string should exit in the middle of the corner as this will be covered by the crochet trim. I didn't adhere this corner closed until the strand was put through.  There's no flap to adhere the box sides together, this is because if you're using chipboard, it never folds well because of the thickness.  My tip for securing the corners; I use small strips of tissue paper and liquid adhesive to adhere the corners together and then add more liquid adhesive on the inside. Tissue is a great way to secure sections together, without the bulk.  I also made a hole in the centre near the top, threaded a loop of twine(knotted at the end) through, for a hanger.

I temporarily taped the battery pack to the outside back.  Adhere the tops to the box bases, after your lights are fixed in.

With the Crochet 2 Thinlits set, I die-cut several strips with cardstock.  This die set does not have a cutting edge on the ends, so you continue the strip as long as your paper.  I wanted a strip long enough to go all around the three boxes, so I adhered several together.  Once you have done this, weave twine through the holes for extra strength.  I left extra twine on the ends for tying a bow on the top.

There is a space left between each box, so I used a small piece of the crochet die-cut and adhered it to the back where it shows.  This is adhered after you have the lights all assembled in the three boxes.  The strand runs along the backside of the crochet die-cut, which will be covered. To get the trim on, I started with the middle of the strip and started adhering to the middle of the bottom box, going up each side. After you have reached the top middle, snip the ends of the leftover crochet trim.

For the middle box, I added die-cut cardstock hearts from the Falling Hearts Thinlits Set.  These were adhered to the vellum, underneath the heart monitor.

Here's closer look at the top box when it is lighted.

Here's the bottom box lighted up.

I also added a painted ring from the Mini Hardware Findings set(TH93571). and a Story Stick(TH93680), and Arrow(TH93127) to the top of boxes, tying the twine around it in a bow.  I've circled the area where the light strand runs between the boxes, you can hardly see it.

Here's another look at my finished project!  Hope you enjoyed my tutorial, thanks so much for visiting!

Until next time,



Hello everyone!  I'm happy to be back on the Sizzix blog with a tutorial on creating this Etcetera Tag. It features new Tim Holtz dies from the Chapter 1 release.  You can find my tutorial here or here!

Hope you visit me there!



Hi everyone!  I'm sharing a project today featuring the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1 release.

I love all the 3D Texture Fade Embossing folders, and I wanted to highlight this new Rose one that is gorgeous!  Here's a short tutorial how I created my Vignette box.

Starting with my Vignette tray(TH93568), I covered the edges and inside walls with Typography Collage Paper(TH93952), using Distress Collage Medium.

The back and sides were covered with patterned paper Memoranda TH93550).  Then randomly cover the sides, edges and back with Ranger's Opaque Crackle Texture paste.  Set aside to let this dry.

Take a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock and cut to the width of the inside of your Vignette tray.  I embossed this first, using the new Chapter 1 3D Roses Texture fade folder. Because my paper is longer, I flipped my paper around and did the other end. You can see the place where there's a seam, but my shelf covers that. You can either colour your paper with Distress Oxides before embossing, or after. I wanted the Oxides to pool around the embossed areas so I chose after.  You might lose a bit of the depth in your embossing, you can always emboss it again after.  I used Spring colours (it's cold and dark winters here, so any excuse to use bright spring colours is welcome! The Distress Oxide Sprays I used were; Tea Dye, Dried Marigold, and Old Paper.  Adhere this to the inside of your Vignette tray.

For my shelf, I used two different widths of the Etcetera Bracket Trims(THETC-010).  These were painted with white gesso, or paint, then Opaque Crackle texture paste applied.

I used a scrap of Mixed Media Heavystock, coloured with Oxide Sprays, to die-cut the Crochet 2 Thinlits die.  This doesn't cut on the ends, so you can die-cut it as long as you want.

After my Etcetera shelf had dried, I applied Distress Crayons in the crackled areas to highlight.  The Crochet 2 trim was bent in the middle and this is adhered to the trim end, following the curve.  Adhere this to the inside of your tray.  It's about 2 - 2 1/2" from the bottom.

The pot was die-cut with Mixed Media Heavystock, coloured with Distress Oxides also.
I used this Bigz die from last year's release called Potted. Slightly bend the ends so it curves.
Adhere this to the shelf.

Die-cut flowers with Oxide Sprayed Heavystock(Tea Dye, Dried Marigold, and Spun Sugar), using the Mini Tattered Florals Thinlits set.

Adhere these to the inside of your pot.  Those 3D embossed leaves are cut out from the remanent of the embossed rose background folder.  Add in some spanish moss.  I also added in a butterfly die-cut from the Scribbly Butterflies Thinlits set. I placed it on the edge of my tray, as I had a hard time covering up my embossed background.  Do you ever have that problem?  Sometimes I love the background so much, I don't want to cover it, so I pick my least favourite part to cover!

For the base on my tray, I made this from two Etcetera Bracket Trims, and a piece from the negative leftover in-between.  I wanted the tray to have a wider base, so it wouldn't fall over.  This middle is covered up with paint and then Crackled texture paste.  It is then adhered to the bottom of the tray.

To finish off the bottom of my tray, I added in a painted thimble(TH93791) to use as a smaller pot, die-cut flowers, a twig and some spanish moss.  On the right side, I added a tinted Baseboard Paper Doll (TH93796) with wings(TH93785).  I even glued a tiny amount of moss in her hand to give the doll a little 3D embellishment.  A Book Clippings sticker was added also(TH93583).

Another view, looking down.

For the top, I added a Vignette Finial(TH93573) that was painted.  A Date Dial(TH93953) was adhered underneath.  Moss was also added to complete the top.

Here's another look at my finished project!  I think I need to create more spring projects, it's been so cold here the past week and half; around -30 to -40C everyday! I think there was one day, we were the coldest city on the planet!  It's finally warming up today, still minus but single digits! Feels almost like spring, but unfortunately we know we have a couple of months of winter to go.

Thanks so much for stopping by, until next time,



Hello friends!  I'm sharing another project today created for the Tim Holtz Christmas Idea-ology 2019 Facebook Release.   

This is my Christmas Vignette Tray.  For a change, I've used the backside of the tray. 

 This is rather a long tutorial, so you might want to grab a beverage, sit back and relax!  I know most of you have completed your Christmas projects this year, but you can always use the inspiration for next year!

I started off by giving a light coat of white gesso or paint to the back of my large Vignette tray(TH93568).  Along the outer edges, I applied Ranger's Opaque Crackle Texture Paste INK57505, then set aside to dry.

Cut out paper to fit your tray.  This plaid is from the Tim Holtz Christmas Paper Stash TH93988 and because it's not as wide as my tray, I pieced it together.  I knew I was going to put a vignette box in the middle, so I tried to make the seam where the box would cover it.  Machine stitch around the edge.  Adhere this to your tray back. I didn't use adhesive right up to the edge of the paper, just up to the stitching, as I distressed and lifted those edges.

I've used Etcetera Scalloped Trim pieces(THETC-008) all around the edge of my tray.  I used the longest piece and cut a shorter one to fit the longer sides.  Shorter one on the sides.  These were painted first with white paint, dried, then Ranger's Opaque Crackle Texture paste on top.  Once the crackle paste has dried, use a brown Distress Crayon on your pieces, and rub it in with a damp finger. This brings out all the crackle!

I've used quite a few of these Christmas Quote Chips (TH93998). But if you're like me, I buy these every season, so I've accumulated quite a few so I don't mind using them up! With the narrow ones, I figured out which ones I would use and how they would fit around the perimeter of my tray first. I managed where I just had to trim a couple of them to fit.  Distress and ink them, even use a bit of Tim Holtz clear Distress Crackle Rock Candy(TDC31888) to age them.  Paint Tim Holtz Hardware Heads (TH93788) and adhere to each end of the Quote Chips. 

Adhere the Quote Chips all around the edge of your tray.  I have the words facing the front of the tray. 

Next adhere the scalloped trims.  I was so happy that the combination of the two were the exact width of the tray edges, with the scalloped parts slightly overhanging.

Cover the inside edges of a large Vignette Box(TH93279) with pattern paper.  Crackle the corners with Crackle texture paste.  I did this because when I place the Christmas Vignette Box Top (TH94000 Sparkling Tinsel Icicles one-5.5 x 3.875) on top, I curled up the corners to expose the crackle.  I had drilled two holes through the back of the box and tray to secure these two pieces together with screws. 

I also drilled a hole large enough for a Tiny Lights strand (TH94019) to go through.

Here's how the back looks.

I secured the lights around the upper edge of the box using small nails (TH93668) at each corner(slightly sticking out), and wrapping the wire around once.  Your strand should end up at the bottom of the box with extra left to wrap around the trees.

I've used a winter postcard from the Christmas Layers and Baseboard Frames(TH94017) for my background scenery.  I curved this card, so I used 3D foam dots on each side to hold the card edges up higher.  The edges rest on top of the foam dots. Adhere them underneath.

Your postcard will look like this from the side.  

Your light strand is in front of the postcard.

For the snow at the bottom of the box, I cut out a small piece of styrofoam.  It's flat on one side and curved to fit the postcard on the other.  Apply Ranger's Tim Holtz Grit Paste(TDA53422) to the top.  While it's wet, apply Tim Holtz Distress Mica Flakes (TDR69140) and Clear Rock Candy Glitter(TDR35879) to the top.  Set aside to dry.

Take the stands off the Tim Holtz Trees (Woodland Tree Lot TH93757 and Mini Woodland Tree Lot(TH93758).  Colour these with Distress Spray Stain in your chosen green colours.  Apply a bit of Matte Medium with your finger on the trees and sprinkle Mica Flakes and Distress Glitter.  These trees are adhered into the styrofoam.

Glue the snow piece with the trees to the bottom of the Vignette box.  Paint a Salvaged Santa or Snowman (TH93995) with Distress Paint and adhere next to a tree.  Wrap some of the light strand around the bigger tree on the left and with the remaining bit, hide behind the snow at the back and bring it across to the other side to wrap around the tree at the right.  Adhere your Vignette box top to the wood box.  Curl up the edges of the box top.

Now for the deer on the little shelves.  I cut out pieces from the leftover negative bits of the Pinked Etcetera Trims(TH9401, the same width as the Silver Stencil Chips(94018), numbers 2 and 5. For each shelf you need one flat and one pinked strip and crackled these.  Cut out two pieces of the Idea-ology Icicles (TH93778) the same width as the trim shelves.  Apply clear Distress Crackle Rock Candy(TDC31888) and Distress Rock Candy Glitter.

Cut out a piece of Christmas Stash patterned paper for the back of the stencil numbers.
Distress ink and alcohol ink the number stencils to age them.

Paint the Decorative Deer (TH93994) with Distress Paint and lightly sand these to make them look worn.  Apply Distress Rock Candy Glitter with Matte Medium.

Adhere the Stencil Numbers on each side, a little less space at the top as the shelf will go underneath.

  Adhere the shelf underneath.  Die-cut some foliage with the Sizzix Large Funky Festive Thinlits die(6642221).  Cut these apart and glue onto the shelf with a alcohol inked red Beaded Berry(TH93779).  I applied a tiny amount of white paint to the snow.  Adhere the deer to the shelf.

A silver Metallic Droplet was adhered above the stencil numbers.

I also cut out a piece of the negative leftover trim from the Pinked Trim package as pictured above.
This is to hold the battery pack for the lights.  Glue this to the back corner of your vignette tray.

Cut out a piece of Ephemera or paper to fit over the trim piece.  This creates a little pocket to hold the battery pack.  Now it's easy to remove the pack when changing batteries.

For the top of the Vignette Box Top, I cut off the bottom of a Wood Slice(TH93662) so it was flat on the bottom.  Glue this to the back of the box in the middle of the top. Apply Mica Flakes. I used this to give the ribbon/foliage cluster some height.  Die-cut various pieces of the Sizzix Large Funky Festive Thinlits die(6642221) with Distress cardstock.  Adhere Distress Rock Candy Glitter to the foliage and adhere to the box.  I dyed seam binding ribbon with Distress Candy Apple Spray, tied it in a bow and adhered to the wood slice. Add in a couple of Tiny Bells (TH93744) and a tree from the Yuletide Adornments (TH94008).

And that my friends, is how I created this Christmas Vignette Tray.  

I think my favourite part is the trim around the tray.  I want to create this again on another tray!

I still have a few more projects to share, I hope to have them posted before Christmas!  Fingers crossed!

Thanks so much for visiting,


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