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Hello there, everyone!  Here's part two of my Tim Holtz Creativation 2017 projects.  Thank you for all your comments and visits here in the previous posts!  They are all very much appreciated.

For those of you who are familiar with the Tim Holtz Worn Book Covers from previous years, he has now released two new ones.  Unlike the older ones, these covers already have the 2 ring binder inside.  All ready for you to fill with your custom pages!  I've used the Tattered (TH93589) cover for my project here:

These covers are covered with fabric, so they take stain or other mediums beautifully.  I really liked the grey tone, but wanted a touch of blue so I lightly brushed Distress Stain onto areas of my book. The paper on the front is from the new release, Memoranda (TH93550) and around the edge is one of the many new tapes, from the French Design Tape(TH93355) pkg.  The oval frame is the Baroque Frame(TH93267) with a card from the Botanical Layers Paperie Pkg. (TH93554) inside.  The little word strip is from Idea-ology Clippings Stickers pkg.(TH93583).  I really love this pkg, so many wonderful little phrases and words. The paper die-cut flowers are also from the Botanicals pkg.   Those little flowers are the Bouquet Findings (TH93569).  These little white flowers can be easily altered with stain or ink, giving you your perfect custom coloured flower.

My favourite part of this book cover is the knob and wings.  I love colouring all the metal findings with paint, it completely changes the look of each piece.  This knob is from the new Mini Hardware Findings pkg. (TH93571) and the wings from the Regal Adornments Pkg. (TH92903).  I think I used a combination of Picket Fence, Evergreen Bough, Tumbled Glass, and Mustard Seed.  The metal Word Band (TH93000) was attached with design tape (French TH93355) that was doubled and threaded through the loops on each side.  I applied paint on top and then wiped away the excess so it just stayed inside the words to highlight them.

Here's a few of my pages inside:

The word fly is made with the new Alpha Transparent Tiles (TH93566).  I used two Mixed Media Tags, die-cut the three rectangles out with the Tim Holtz Sizzix Stitched Rectangle Thinlits die 661189 (the smallest one) which were slightly smaller than the tiles.  Before die-cutting the rectangles, I embossed the top tag with Tim's new Floral Texture Fade Embossing Folder (661821) and painted with Distress Paint (Black Soot, Hickory Smoke, Picket Fence). Adhere the tiles to the inside of the back tag and adhere the top one.

There's that gorgeous Paper Cut Bird Thinlits die again! (661800)

Paper Dolls (TH93555) on a stencilled and painted tag. Idea-ology Quotations Metallic Stickers (TH93559), Snippets Ephemera (TH93564) and an Index Clip Fastener (TH93574) also were added.

Patterned paper with added Chatter Design Tape (TH93360).

Well, that's my mini album project, there's a few more to come, stay tuned!

Sanctuary Layout with 3-D Embossing

Hello there crafty friends!  I have a layout on my blog today, featuring one of Sizzix's new 3-d Textured Impressions embossing folders:

I've used the Leaves folder for this layout, along with a few Sizzix Thinlits dies.

These embossing folders have a deeper and bolder texture to them.  Love this leaf one, and there are other fabulous ones here.

These folders are thicker than your regular ones, so the Sizzix Sandwich for these is a little different.   Open your Sizzix Platform to Tab 1, place your folder, with your paper inside,  and then adding a standard cutting pad on top.  You are only using one cutting pad, two will make it too thick to go through your machine.

Love the extra dimension on these folders.

I decided to paint and distress my embossed paper.  I used a mixed media cardstock, which I lightly gessoed after embossing.  I used various colours of Distress paint until I got this end result.  Just a note here; I probably would test what colour combination I wanted to use, on a test sheet first.  I ended up adding a few too many layers of paint, trying to get the right colour combo I wanted on here, and the raised areas weren't as pronounced.  After the paint dried I lightly sanded the top, highlighting the embossed pattern.

My leaves were die-cut with the Sizzix Tim Holtz Garden Greens Thinlits die and patterned paper.  

After they were die-cut out, I lightly sprayed them with Tim Holtz Distress Stain Spray.

On my layout, I added a few hand cut leaves from my paper (49 & Market, Vintage Artistry) and my die-cut leaves.  The butterfly is also hand-cut out. 

My larger butterfly was die-cut from the Sizzix Tim Holtz Detailed Butterflies Thinlits set. The top layer was die-cut from patterned paper and the bottom was a solid colour cardstock.  Both were spritzed with Distress Spray and a Distress Brass Mica Spray.

Once I had all my pieces cut out, distressed, and inked, I adhered them to my paper.  The background paper has some paint and stain splattered randomly.  

My photos were taken at an amazing park, The William Rickets Sanctuary, in the Dandenongs, Victoria, Australia.  When we were visiting our son, we spent the day up in the Dandenongs and this was our last stop. It was just before closing, so we didn't get to spend as much time there as I would have liked. As soon as you enter the park, you feel the peacefulness and tranquility amongst the ferns and trees.  William Ricketts bought this property in the 1930s and began these amazing mystical pottery sculptures representing the Aboriginal people and their culture.  He created these pieces and embedded them into the  rocks and trees so they look like they are part of the landscape.  I think there's close to a 100 pieces, some hidden or almost completely covered with moss, you almost miss them.  It was such an inspiring place to visit, I hope to visit again one day.

I also want to thank all of you for the wonderful comments I received on my Tim Holtz CHA projects.  Thank you so much, it means a lot to me.  I will be posting the rest of them later this week!

Thanks for stopping by,



Hello everyone!  For all of us crafters out there, the annual CHA (Craft & Hobby Association but now has a new name;"Creativation"), is the highlight of the crafting year.  This is where all the scrapbook and craft companies show off their new wares for the retail industry.  Stores from around the globe attend, ordering for their stores and gathering inspiration from all the wonderful displays and creations.  I have had the privilege and honour to create some samples for the Tim Holtz Booths! I'm sharing a few here today!

When I saw this Sizzix Paper-Cut Bird (661800) die, I knew I wanted needed to use this one! Using one of the new Vignette Trays, I created this shadowbox.  The bird die-cut is framed with one of the new Framed Mini Panels.  The Box is covered with his new paper collection, Memoranda, and I added painted Mini Foundations(93581) to each corner, using them like metal corners.  Love the new Botanical Layers(93554) and Paper Dolls(93555) paper pieces!  The people are so much fun to use and there are A LOT in each package.  The chipboard saying is from the Quote Chips package and the Everyday word is from my favourite of the new release, the Typography Findings. These yummy new plastic letters can be altered with inks or paint and are about 3/4" tall.  I just lightly inked these ones with Antique Linen.

Here's a closeup of my bird die-cut.  It was cut out with Ranger's Mixed Media paper, a coat of Tim Holtz Crazing medium and then dry brush painted.

These flowers were created with the Tim Holtz Small Tattered Florals thinlits dies (661806).  I know these dies will be used on everything!  I first sprayed, inked my mixed media paper with my chosen colours and then cut out.  I was really inspired by that yellow paper and decided to go for a more colourful look instead of browns.  I like the combination of the faded black/grey in the paper dolls and my matching neutral bird cut out with the yellows and oranges.  Hope you do to!

I don't know about you but I am obsessed with little unusual boxes.  And cool little feet and wheels for those boxes.  For those of you who share my obsession, these Mini Pulley Wheels are right up your alley!  I created this structure with two of the vignette boxes and a panel (the lid), covered with Memoranda paper.  The lid on the main box was attached with Idea-ology Hinges, so you can hide any treasures you might have inside.  The smaller vignette box was turned upside down and glued to the lid.  Those wonderful little flowers are Idea-ology Bouquet Findings which are white and can be coloured.  I just sprayed them with Distress Stain Sprays.  The bit of greenery under the flowers was die-cut with Sizzix's Tim Holtz Garden Greens Thinlits set and coloured Mixed Media Paper.

These little wood Idea-ology Vignette Finials are so fun to work with, especially with the Vignette boxes.  They take colour really well, I've painted this one with Distress Paint to match my hardware.
I was happy when I discovered that the Idea-olgy Decorative Dome fit perfectly on top.  That bit of green inside is a small piece of Idea-ology Pine Twine Trimmings rolled up and my butterflies are from the Botanical Layers pkg.

There's those Typography Letters again!  This time I have painted them to match my Pulley Wheels and ring, which is one of the Mini Hardware Findings(there's two knobs and a ring in the pkg.)  My lid wasn't sitting straight after covering it in paper, so I nailed this Distress Stain tinted Idea-ology Ruler piece to the front edge of the lid, and it gave me room to attach the ring.

That's the first two of my CHA pieces, there's a few more that I will be sharing.    Tim Holtz has a list of the other designers who contributed projects for his booth on his blog here.  Make sure you check them out, their projects are amazing!  A BIG thank you to Tim for asking me to be part of his journey and to Paula for all your help!  

Until next time,


I'm ending the year with a tutorial post on the Sizzix blog!  Happy New Year Everyone!

Thank you everyone for your visits and comments, all the best for 2017.


Copper Patina Enchanted Dove Card

Hello there! Christmas is almost here but if you're like me and still have a few cards to make, here's some card inspiration.

My patterned papers that I used for my card are from BoBunny's "Tis the Season" collection.

For my card, I have used Sizzix's Tim Holtz Holiday Mini Greens, Vintage Tidings,  Mini Paper Snowflakes, Enchanted Doves and Stephanie Barnard's Dotted Circles.

A Dashing Deer Christmas Card

Hi everyone!  I know it's been quiet here on my blog, but I've still been busy crafting away.  
I have a Christmas card here on the blog today featuring Sizzix's Tim Holtz Dashing Deer Bigz die.

This deer goes so well with all the Christmas plaids out there.

I die cut the dashing deer from chipboard.  With bigz dies, you just need to sandwich your die  and material between two cutting pads.

After I die-cut the deer, I embossed the bottom half with Sizzix's Holly Ribbon Texture Fade.

The embossed die-cut was then painted with black gesso.

To highlight the embossed areas, I dry brushed (wiping most of the paint off your brush before applying lightly) with Fired Brick and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint.

The dry brushing gives the deer an aged look.

To finish off the deer, I applied a coat of Ranger's Crackle Accents.  Once this had dried, I applied Black Soot Distress Paint and wiped it off, leaving it just in the cracks.

Apply a touch of Tim Holtz Clear Rock Candy dry glitter with glossy accents, on the edges of the antlers and body to give him a festive look.  Snip off a piece of pine trim, with a small Tim Holtz pinecone charm and a ribbon bow complete my deer.

The plaid oval behind my deer was created with Sizzix's Tim Holtz Stitched Oval Thinlits set, black glitter paper, and plaid patterned paper from Tim Holtz Tidings Paper Stash.  I die-cut the two ovals, then on the plaid one, pulled off the stitched edge.  The black oval was adhered to my matted card (Tim Holtz paper), then the plaid oval was pop-dotted on top.  

I added in a knit looking strip die-cut from the Sizzix Tim Holtz Holiday Knit Thinlits set.  There's five different pieces, which can be used alone or all together.  When I combine  two different colours together, I place scotch tape on the back of the die-cut before removing from the die.  Usually it's the one with all the little pieces.  When they are left on the tape after carefully removing the paper from the die, they stay in place and are so easy to place behind the other die-cut.  I even leave the tape on the back to keep them in place.

Before adhering the deer, I added in some Tim Holtz Tidings Ephemera, my holiday knit piece, and some greens punched out from the Sizzix Tim Holtz Juniper Punch and cardstock.  Finish off with a Christmas Sentiment from Tim Holtz Metallic Holiday Talk and Metallic Label Sticker.

Thanks for stopping by!


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