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Hello everyone!  Today I'm showing my project I created as Guest Designer for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.

Their Challenge Theme for the next fortnight is "Letter Perfect, hosted by Sara Emily.  Here's Sara's description of this theme:  According to Merriam Webster, 'letter perfect' is defined as "correct to the smallest details".  We're not asking g you to be immaculate or flawless; we just want to see letters or words on your vintage or shabby chic project.  They don't have to be the focus, but be sure we can see them!

I knew right away that I wasn't going to attempt writing anything myself, I have terrible writing!  But I do have a lot of word and letter dies.  I love the idea of using them on my cards, layouts or mixed media projects, you can choose any size, font or colour to match your project.  These block word dies make perfect backgrounds as they use the negative space.  I've used them in this way for birthday cards, especially the set that has Calendar months (661178).  I will highlight the month of the birthday in a different colour so it stands out.  Let's get started!

Starting with my word background, I cut out 2 pieces of light chipboard (or you could use heavy or mixed media cardstock, that can withstand painting) the same dimensions as the wood panel frame(TH93582) back piece ( 6 1/2 x 4 1/2).  I drew a guide line around the top piece where the inner edge of my frame is. I love using the negative space on these Tim Holtz Daily Words Block Thinlits and they were perfect for this painted background. I then figured out what words to use that fit within that border.  There was a small empty space left, but I knew it would be covered up with embellishments. I taped my words lightly with masking tape (love this thin 1/4" masking tape, I get from an art store) to hold everything while die-cutting.

Here's what my words look like die-cut.  Glue this top piece to the solid piece of chipboard.  Glue all the inner pieces of the A, D, O and R's or leave them off.  

Once your chipboard pieces have dried, you are ready to paint.  I started with Ranger's Black Gesso and painted everything.  I tried to not have the inside of the letters too thick, I wanted them to be as recessed as possible. Dry before your next colour.
I still want my black colour to show through, so I use an Acrylic Glazing Solution with my chosen colour, Fired Brick Distress Paint (about 2/3 Glaze to 1/3 paint) to dilute my paint.  Leave on a few minutes and then wipe off the excess with a baby wipe.  I do this by dabbing lightly until I'm happy with the amount left, which is usually just in the corners or recessed areas.

Next I used Fossilized Amber Distress paint, same method.

This is what it looks like after wiping the amber paint.  I wanted more paint left in my recessed words so they show up more.

I did another two coats of paint/glaze(a little more glaze, less paint this time), one of them Ground Espresso and the final coat with Antique Linen.

Here's the end result.

I lightly painted my frame with Antique Linen, and then dry brushed Ground Espresso to age it.  The painted background was adhered to the frame backing.  Before gluing the frame on top of my backing, I adhered a couple of pieces of paper ephemera on the left edge.  You don't really see much of them in the finished piece, there's a clock half and strip of printed paper, but they add dimension.

Using Sizzix's Tim Holtz Heartfelt Bigz die (660233), I die-cut my different sizes of hearts from thick chipboard.  There's 11 different sizes on this one die. One of the larger ones was painted with black gesso and then covered with Tim Holtz Clippings stickers (TH93583).  I trimmed them around the edge of the heart.  The heart was coated with Tim Holtz Crazing medium, then antiqued with a Walnut Stain Distress Crayon.

For the other hearts, I covered another large one with a portrait cut out from a Found Relatives card (TH93121) and distressed the edges, but you can always use your own photo.  I love the backs on these cards as much as the photos, so I used some of the leftover card to cover another heart.  The rest of the hearts were painted with Distress Paint, the red one had a Remanant Elements Rubs(rub-on) applied to the top.  My quote was from the Tim Holtz Occasions Small Talk book.  I applied this to a chipboard strip cut the same size, and inked the edges.  I had to cut it into two pieces, as it was a bit to wide for my frame.  Gears from the Gadget Gears (TH93297) and Mini Gears (TH93012) were also added.

For a bit of colour, I took a piece of Tim Holtz patterned paper, sprayed it with Rusty Hinge and Barn Door Distress Spray Stain.  Foliage from Tim Holtz Wildflowers (661190) Thinlits die and a postal stamp from Labels (TH660060) were used to cut out my shapes.

After I finished adhering all my embellishments, I covered up the edge of my frame where the back and frame meet.  Salvaged Design Tape (TH93672) was applied and sanded to distress it.  This tape is great for hiding those seams! 

You're done!  Here's another look at my finished 'Letter Perfect' project.  Hope I've inspired to you to use those letter or word dies for your backgrounds and also to join in Frilly and Funkie's challenge!
Thanks so much for stopping by. A big thank you to Frilly and Funkie for asking me to be a guest designer!  I've enjoyed this challenge and I'm sure you would too.  Be sure to check out all the inspiration from their design team and past challenges.

Until next time,



I decided to take part in a challenge at Frilly and Funkie, called A Neutral Point of View.  As much as I love colour, I do love a neutral palette!

I've created this neutral textured frame with a Tim Holtz Collage Frame (93711) as my base. I distressed the frame with a bit of Distress Oxide Inks (Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo and Frayed Burlap).  A paper from Idea-ology Etcetera Paper Stash pad(TH93551) was adhered to the back of the frame with adhesive foam.

With the Tim Holtz Roses (THS075) Stencil, I applied Ranger's Texture Paste to my frame.  I then coloured with the Distress Oxide Inks.

My flowers were die-cut with a sheer fabric (it's like a stiff gauze type) and one of the large flowers from Sizzix's Tim Holtz Small Tattered Floral Thinlits (661806) set.  I also die-cut two branches with  linen from Tim Holtz Textile Surfaces (TH93294) adhered to cardstock.  Once I had my flowers die-cut, I coloured them with the same three Distress Oxide Colours, sprayed them with water, and then dried them with my heat tool.  The heat caused my fabric to curl, which I really liked.

I also die-cut a doily (661497) with metallic cardstock, then distressed with Alcohol Ink and a bit of paint.  This was then cut in half, a painted Compass Coin (TH93061) with a Ring Fastener (TH93060) was attached in the middle, along with a Story Stick(TH93680) tied to the ring with Tim Holtz Thread.  I also die-cut leaves from Tim Holtz Funky Flowers #3(662702).

A butterfly from Idea-ology Botanical Ephemera (TH93554), a Paper Doll (TH93555) and Idea-ology Clippings stickers (TH93583) were also added.

Here's another look at my frame!  If you love challenges, check out the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog!

Thanks for stopping by,




Hi everyone!  I've been in a bit of a creative slump lately, I think this horrible weather that has plagued us since January is getting the best of me.  That and catching a terrible head cold twice, have got those creative juices flowing to a slow trickle.  I decided to participate in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "A Trio of Something" hoping it would give me that push.  This is what I've created.

I've used a Tim Holtz Etcetera Mini Chipboard Tag (ETC004) for my project which measures about 4 1/2 x 8".

I started out by painting the tag with black gesso.  Once that dried, I used black texture paste and Tim Holtz Stencil Code (THS102) down the center of my tag. Next, I painted with a dry brush method, "Three" Distress Paint colours; Broken China, Mowed Lawn, and Evergreen Bough. To antique my colours, I used an acrylic glaze tinted with Ground Espresso paint.  This was painted over the entire surface, then lightly wiped off with a baby wipe after a few minutes.  The glaze mostly stays in the recessed areas.

I've gone back with my light green paint and lightly touched the raised areas.  I've added "Three" charms; a Story Stick(TH93680), Milagros Adornments(TH93676) and a Charmed Findings(TH93266) with a round Gumdrop inside.  I've also dyed seam binding with Dylusions Fresh Lime Spray, Distress Spray Stain in Evergreen Bough, and Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise Mica Spray and diluted with water.

Now to decorate my tag!  I used a piece of Tim Holtz Wallflower printed Vellum over top of the smallest size of Vignette Panels (TH93295).  This was lightly painted with a wash combination of Dylusions Fresh Lime Spray and Picket Fence Distress paint.  The small Vignette Frame (TH93694) was also  painted with Picket Fence Distress paint tinted with the Fresh Lime.  I also used an acrylic glaze tinted with Ground Espresso paint, leaving it in the recessed areas of the frame.

My other embellishment were tinted flowers (Tim Holt Bouquet Findings TH93569) and leaves die-cut from tinted Ranger Ink Watercolour paper.  I used Sizzix's Funky Floral 3 (662702) and Flower Jar (662270) Thinlits foliage dies.  These florals and foliage were inserted behind a Tim Holtz Mini Hardware Pull (TH93685- the half circle one).  A Tim Holtz Quote Chip was distressed and lightly inked (TH93563).

One of my favourite Idea-ology embellishments are these Faucet Knobs (TH93677).  I've used "Three" of them (painted) screwed onto a Tim Holtz wood ruler (TH93565) that was cut down to size and tinted with Picket Fence distress paint.

Once I had all my pieces finished I adhered them to my tag.  Here's another look at my finished project.  This is the first time I've joined in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, it could be a new weekly challenge for me! You can see the other entries here for inspiration!

Thanks for visiting me here,




Hello everyone, it's been awhile!  I've made a birthday card here using one of the new Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous sets.

This stamp set is the Inventor #3(CMS342) from the Inventor series.  This image was stamped on Ranger's Tim Holtz Watercolour Cardstock.  It was lightly tinted with Distress Oxide inks and a water brush.

My black frame was created with Sizzix's Tim Holtz Stacked Label Thinlits Set (662695) which is available the end of April.  The flowers were made with Sizzix's Tim Holtz Funky Florals #3(662702) also available at the end of April.

The frame was created with three die-cuts (the negative part) of the Stacked Label cut from thin chipboard.  These were glued together to create a thicker frame.  I applied Black Gesso, then dry brushed a couple of lighter colours f paint.  Next I  drew a gold, then black line close to the inner edge with markers.  I applied lightly, Black Distress paint, then dry brushed my two other colours to fade the lines, giving my frame an antique look.  The flowers were die-cut with a floral foam sheet.  The tag was created with Tim Holtz Metallic Sticker (TH93335) and Tiny Text Remnant Rubs(TH93695).  Those little button flowers centers were some old button brads I had in my stash.

Here's the inside of my card.  The papers are from Tim Holtz and Blue Fern Studios.

Here's another look at my card. Thanks so much for stopping by!



Hello there and thanks for stopping by!  I have an Etcetera tag that I am sharing today.

This is a tag that I had started for Creativation, but it never made it there.  I decided to finish it finally.  I have way too many unfinished projects hanging around, I need to start using the pieces or finishing them off!  Are any of you like that?  This is the Medium Thickboard Tag THETC-002(6 1/2 x 12 in) which is a great size to work on.  I've also used the new Tim Holtz Sizzix Rosette 6pc Thinlits set here.

I started out by applying white gesso to my tag.  After that had dried, I adhered Floral Collage Paper (TH93707) with Collage Medium.  You can see the pattern peeking through my layers.  I didn't want to lose the pattern completely when applying my texture paste and paint over top, so I added a really small amount of Tim's Micro Glaze (TDA46967) with a Blending Foam over the entire surface.  This acts as a waterproof sealer.  Next I applied Texture Paste with the Trellis (THS074) layering stencil randomly all over my tag.  Once this had dried I began applying different layers of colour (watercolours, paint, acrylics watered down with a spray bottle).  If you want more Collage paper to show through, just remove some of your colour with a wipe.  Once your main colours are dry, dry brush some lighter colour on to highlight the grooves, edges and raised areas.

I die-cut my rosettes (there's three different ones in the set) with paper from Memoranda Paperie (TH93550), inking the edges and also adding in some random colour with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks.  There's layers of Ephemera, Quote Chips, Clippings Stickers, Industrious Border Stickers, Alpha Parts Framed (TH93117), Star Adornments Findings,  and even embossed Mixed Media (Sizzix 660220) chipboard parts.  My dyed Crinkle Ribbon has a Locket Key and Story Stick hanging from it.  Everything has been slightly inked or painted with Distress Paint and Distress Oxide ink.

Here's another look at my tag.  

Thank you for taking the time to visit me here!  

Until next time,



Hello everyone,  just sharing my last Tim Holtz Creativation 2018 project today.

This is a shadowbox that hangs on the wall, created with a Vignette box and one of the new Collage Frames.

I used one of the new Collage Frames(TH93711) for the front of my shadowbox. These are approx 5 x 8".  I covered the frame with Botanical Collage paper (TH93705) using Collage Medium, then lightly coloured it with Tim Holtz Distress Markers and a waterbrush. A small mini handle from the Mini Hardware Pulls set (TH93685) was added above the opening, and Large Keyhole (TH93678), a mini knob from the Mini Hardware Findings (TH93571) and key from Locket Keys Metal Hardware set (TH92822) were added to the lower part of the frame. These metal pieces were darkened with Black Distress paint and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink.  The frame was then adhered to a Vignette Box (TH03279).  I lightly painted the outside of the box with watered down white paint, just to tone down the brown stain.

For the inside of the Vignette Box, I covered the back with Worn Wallpaper (TH93692), tearing a piece then curling it apart to reveal a bit of printed paper (Tim Holtz Memoranda TH93550).  The photos are from the Photo Booth pkg TH93207), and also used Quote Chips(th93563), Clock Hands (TH93693), Clock Face (TH92831), Salvaged Design Tape (TH93672), Letterpress (TH93130) Treasures Adornments (Bird) TH93572, and Clippings Stickers (TH93583).  

Thanks so much for stopping by,


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