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Hi everyone!  Today I am sharing a project I created for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 Halloween Facebook release.
I've created this Spooky Web Vignette tray using the new Spider Web, Alphanumeric Shadow Uppercase Thinlit sets, plus older Funky Foliage Thinlits set and  Star Trim Impresslit die.  The webs aren't very visible, until...

.....you turn on the string of mini lights.  I'm going to show you how I created this muted shadowy effect with the webs.
I first die-cut my webs with black adhesive backed cardstock.  This web die is designed so you can use 1/4, 1/2, even 3 quarters of the die and have a solid edge to it. I then adhered the webs to a piece of frosty acrylic cut to the same width as your vignette box(this is piece from retired Tim Holtz Frosted Acrylic TH93048).  This piece was shorter in length, but I used another piece for the word Spooky.  Could you use a piece of clear acrylic?  Yes you could, but it won't be as muted, so you could use a double layer of Collage tissue paper? If anyone has any ideas, please share! 
Next I drilled a small hole in a large Vignette Tray (6 x 12) and pulled through a set of Tiny Lights(TH994019).  I used a hot glue gun to adhere the lights evenly.

I covered the back of the vignette tray with the Abandoned Mini Paper Stash.
Adhere the acrylic piece to the tray.  I just want to mention, you might want to try different glues to see what the acrylic adheres to.  I find that this frosted acrylic doesn't stick well with some glues, I believe I used a hot glue gun (used very sparely!) The bottom will be open for now, as my acrylic piece wasn't long enough.  I added an extra piece when I did the word section.
This is what it looks like with the lights on.

I took a piece of plain Collage Paper (TH93708) slightly larger than my whole tray and stamped with Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamp, Rosette & Floret CMS279 and Distress Ink in Hickory Smoke (I think).  I wanted it to be very random, so I pressed harder in some areas and very lightly in others.  Also, where my larger web is, I  didn't want the stamped area too dark.  
Here's my stamped piece glued to the top of my Vignette tray (even the open area where there is no acrylic).  I trimmed the excess paper around the edges after my glue (Collage Medium) had dried.
Now for the 'Spooky' word!  Just warning you, the letters in this word barely fit across my tray, I trimmed the ends off after I had my word paper piece finished.  Using the new Alphanumeric Shadow Uppercase and paper from Tim Holtz Halloween Worn Wallpaper, (last years, but I believe it's in this year's package too) I placed my chosen letters on a strip of Sticky Grid.  This sticky grid paper holds your dies in place and the grid lines gives you perfect alignment.  Place your paper on top and die-cut your word.  For this floral paper, I used the negative piece.  Die-cut the letters in adhesive-backed black cardstock again.  Adhere your negative floral piece to a piece of acrylic and then adhere your black letters.  My word piece is approx. a little bigger in height than the size that was left open on the bottom.  This is adhered on top of the stamped collage paper, giving a very light pattern to the clear part of the letters.  Die-cut two pieces of the Star Trim Impresslit (it embosses and die-cuts at the same time) with black cardstock, lightly sand the top and adhere to the top and bottom of your word piece.
Using Mixed Media cardstock that was coloured with Distress Oxide Sprays and Inks, I die-cut foliage from the Funky Foliage Thinlits set.  This is one of my favourite sets to use for Halloween foliage!  I adhered these pieces to the edges, trying not to cover too much of the areas where the webs are revealed.  I also added a couple of spiders(black cardstock) from the Spider Web Thinlits set  It looks like a rather plain piece without the lights on, but with them on, all is revealed!
Here is another look at my finished piece when it is lite up!

I have a few more pieces that I will be sharing in the coming weeks, sorry I'm very behind with posts and haven't even been creating.
 This year has been very trying for me, my mom became quite ill in May.  She had been in lockdown in her apartment for two months, so nobody had seen her, just talked to her daily. What we thought was just a case of depression, her not eating properly, which caused very low sodium, creating hallucinations and dementia like behaviour, was much more than that. I won't go into it, but it was extremely difficult, because of Covid, with her hospitalization, her seniors residence, etc., it is so sad how the elderly are being treated.  We decided to bring her here to stay so we could look after her and just when she started to improve, she took a turn for the worse. It was discovered she had cancer, which was quite aggressive and had spread everywhere, so we brought her home from the hospital instead of going into hospice.  They were only allowing two designated visitors in the hospital and one in the hospice.  It's so sad to see patients with nobody there to be with them in the hospital, I can't imagine how hard that must be for families.  Mom passed away last month with all her family beside her. She even got to meet her great-grandson who was born on my dad's birthday, the week before. Unfortunately my sons and daughter don't live here and unable to travel because of restrictions, so at least we got to FaceTime with them.  I like to think that mom's last days were filled with laughter, love, and her family spending time with her.  When I hear people complaining about wearing masks, it just infuriates me.  It is so little to ask of all us, when so many are suffering, not just from the virus itself, but with the restrictions, isolation, job loss, etc.

I think I have caught up on sleep and my mind has calmed down a bit, so I hope to start creating again.  I was trying to create these pieces for the Sizzix Chapter 3 release when Mom was here, and she enjoyed watching me create.  Especially the poinsettia pillow, which, if it had been in her favourite colours (turquoise and pink) it probably wouldn't have made it in my parcel to Tim!  I think I even bribed her to eat more, with a promise to make her one in her colours.  I think I might just have to make one anyways.

Hope all of you are coping with this Coronavirus, it is hard on all of us.  Hug your family if you can, and if you can't be with them, phone, phone, phone!  I taped my mom quite a few times, talking to her grandchildren, sending them messages of love, and now they have that forever.

Take care, and thanks for visiting,



Hello everyone!  I'm sure a lot of you Tim Holtz and Sizzix fans joined in the Facebook Halloween Chapter 3 reveal, but I hope you'll join me over the coming weeks for some tutorials featuring a few tips and techniques using these Seasonal dies!

Here's a sneak peek of one of my Halloween projects, tutorial to follow soon!
Be sure to check out Tim's blog for a link to all the incredibly talented designers who created for the Chapter 3 release.

Don't forget, tomorrow is the Facebook Live Reveal for Christmas Chapter 3!

Until next time,



Hello everyone!  I'm back on the Sizzix blog today with another tutorial featuring Tim Holtz Chapter 2 dies!  I'm partial to anything with birds, so I couldn't wait to create with this Feathered Friends Thinlits set.  You can find my tutorial here on the Sizzix UK blog.
Hope you visit me there!

Until next time,


Hello everyone!  I'm back on the Sizzix blog today with another tutorial featuring Tim Holtz Chapter 2 dies!  These new Colorize animal dies are so cute and easy to use when creating your own special project.  You can find my tutorial here on the Sizzix UK blog or here on the Sizzix US blog.

Hope you visit me there!  



Hello everyone, I'm very grateful that Sizzix has asked me to be a guest blogger on the Making Journal  today. I'll be sharing a tutorial on this card that I have created using dies from their just released Chapter 2.

 You have seen the Doodle Art #1 Thinlits die from Chapter 1 used here on my blog in a very different way.  I wanted to show you how versatile these dies are and how different they can look, just by your choice of papers and mix media materials.  I've used from Chapter 2, the Doodle Art #2 Thinlits die here, along with Media Marks, and Decor Frames.

Hope you visit me on the Sizzix Blog!

Until next time,



Hello everyone!  Hope you are all safe and doing o.k. during these difficult times.  I am so grateful I have many hobbies and interests(and supplies!) that will keep me going for a long time.  I'm sharing a  tutorial today on a project I created for Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 2 at Creativation.  Who doesn't love distressed bricks and suitcases!

Love this Brickwork 3-D Texture Fades embossing folder!  I know this is going to show up a lot in my future projects.  Then there's the Baggage Claim Bigz die!  Those little detail elements make these suitcases so dimensional.  I've also used a frame from the Chapter 2 Decor Frames Bigz die for my sign.  There's this rectangle shape and an oval shape on the same die.

Using the back side, I painted my Tim Holtz Vignette Tray with white Gesso.

Starting with the background, I embossed a piece of Tim Holtz Mixed Media Heavystock.  Spritz your paper lightly before embossing to avoid cracking.  I chose a paper that would withstand my paint.  I also embossed an older 3D Texture Fade, Foundry.

I didn't take any photos of my painting process for the two embossed folders, but if any of you have visited here before, it's the dry-brushing method with Distress Paint that I use a lot.  A few examples where I've used this are herehere, or here. I started with Ground Espresso(dark brown), then reds, ambers, etc. The main colour is whatever brick colour you choose, but add in some brighter colours in the layers, to give it interest and depth.  After my two pieces were painted, I cut the brickwork piece, following an uneven pattern where the bricks are separated. I wanted the top half to show more bricks, so I cut that part wider. With the remaining piece left over, I flipped it and added it to the bottom part of the brick piece.  The Foundry piece is adhered first, then the Brickwork to the wood tray.  I left a small piece uncovered at the bottom, as my little base is adhered there and I wanted a flat surface. 

 I did go back and add some black flecks of paint to my bricks with my Splatter Brush(Ranger Tim Holtz TDA47841) and I stamped little bits of the graffiti writing on the Stamper's Anonymous Evolution CMS262 stamp.  I just inked that part of the stamp I wanted to use and pressed it onto the brick with my hand.  I wanted the writing to be random and not perfect.  I would do this before adhering your Brickwork to the tray (so much easier).

I used two pieces of Tim Holtz Etcetera Bracket Trims, one wider than the other.  Adhere these together and paint with white gesso.

Paint this piece with a dark brown (Ground Espresso) let dry.  Add Ranger's Opaque Crackle Texture paste to random areas.  Let this dry, then highlight the cracks with Tim Holtz Distress Crayons, in darker brown tones.

Before Adhering the base, I adhered Tim Holtz Travel Collage Paper (TH93950) to the sides with Distress Collage Matte Medium.  Also apply it to the top of your papered sides, to seal it in.  Adhere your base to the bottom front of your tray.  This also helps your tray stand better without falling over.

Die-cut your Baggage Claim  suitcase pieces with chipboard.  I painted them with white gesso before dry brushing my colours on.  This gives the paint colours a white base to start with and the colours are more true, but also it adds some texture to your pieces from the brush strokes. Start with your darkest colour and dry brush the lighter colours.  Die-cut your straps and handles with Tim Holtz Metallic Kraftstock and Black cardstock.  Distress these by sanding and adding a small amount of Distress crayon.  Adhere to the suitcases.

Your suitcases are ready to add to your piece.  

I've added in some moss, and Tim Holtz Ephemera under and around the suitcases.  A large Paper Doll (tinted lightly) sits on top of the suitcase.  I cut a slit under the one hand and stuck a Tim Holtz Snippets(TH93564) Ephemera ticket in the slit to add more dimension.  I used foam adhesive squares to adhere him so he isn't flat against the brick.

For my sign, I die-cut the letters with adhesive backed black cardstock using the Tiny Type Upper Thinlits set(664406).  I have been using this set and the lower case set so much lately.  Perfect size for cards or anything else and because the letters are small, you can actually spell out longer words! 

I adhered the letters to a piece of Woodgrain cardstock that had been coloured with Distress Oxide Sprays.  This was cut to fit behind the frame.  The frame was die-cut with chipboard, and Tim Holtz Black Metallic Kraft Stock, using the new Decor Frame Bigz Die.  I adhered the Black metallic frame onto the chipboard frame, then distressed it with sanding and brown distress crayons.  This frame was then adhered to my tray.  I also distressed a piece of ephemera(a sign) with Distress Oxides, sanding and inking, then adhering it to the edge and around the corner of the tray.

And that my friends, is the end of my tutorial!  Here's another look at the tray!

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and  it inspires you to create your own scene with these amazing new dies and 3d embossing folder.

Thanks for visiting, hope you come again. 


Please stay safe and STAY HOME, craft away!  

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