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 Hello everyone! Today I’m sharing a card I created for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Halloween YouTube Live launch.  I decided to give this Colorize Candlelight Thinlits set more of an autumn look, mostly because I couldn’t resist making fall leaves!

Love these new sets!

Oak Leaf Impresslits 665374
Candlelight Colorize 665552 

I used Distress Mixed Media Heavystock papers coloured with various fall colour combinations.  These were created with Distress sprays, Distress Oxide sprays and Distress Halloween Mica Stains.

My candles were die-cut with coloured Mixed Media Heavystock and the lantern from Distress Metallic Kraftstock. Sizzix has great videos to assist you with constructing all the Colorize die sets. 

For my lantern, I cut out a piece of acrylic, tinted it with alcohol ink, and adhered it behind the die-cut. I then applied a small amount of the new Halloween Distress Crypt Grit Paste. 

I’ve also used this new 3D Foliage Embossing Folder.  Mixed Media Heavystock was used to emboss a piece, then trimmed slightly small than the Lace Baseboard Frame TH93786. This was coloured very lightly with Antique Linen Distress Oxide Spray. I just wanted a light touch of color.

Foliage 3D Embossing Folder 665252

Brown Distress Crayon was used on my Lace Baseboard Frame TH93786 in all the grooves to highlight the lace texture.  The leaves were cut out with the Oak leaf Impresslit.  Love the way this die embosses and die-cuts the leaf!  I know you are wondering what size my card is... I thought I had written it down somewhere, but in all my scrappy mess, I can't seem to find it.  It's a large one!  I don't really make specific sizes of cards, I just cut the card base to fit my design.  I also like to layer with a few mats of cardstock to give dimension to my cards. The background paper is from the Tim Holtz Abandoned paper pack, machine stitched around the edge.  I've also added in some tinted Mummy Cloth and a Quote Chip TH94045.

Here's another look at my finished card!  Love the Candlestick and Lantern set, I can see this as a Christmas card too, just change the leaves to winter foliage.

Thanks so much for visiting, I have more to share. 
 I will be taking a short break, a very long wait to finally see our granddaughter (and of course her mom and dad) on Vancouver Island.  It's been over a year, she went from a tiny baby to a walking, talking, toddler!  If only we could see our older son and daughter soon also, I would be a happy momma. One is in New York and the other in Australia.  Unfortunately it could be awhile.

Until next time.



 Hello crafting friends! Still trying to catch up! This is my last project from Sizzix Chapter 2.

I've created this 3D Shadow Vignette Box using two of the new Chapter 2 Thinlits sets.

Here's a look at the back of my Vignette Box.  The ovals are all created with the 
new Stacked Oval Framelits set(665368).

Stacked Oval Tiles 665368

Flower Field 665369

The flowers were die-cut from the Flower Field Thinlits set.

The Oval set has 25 dies, 5 of each size (5 sets).  You can cut out quite a few at a time!  These were all die-cut from Mixed Media Heavystock.  For the ones with flowers inside, I die-cut a Flower Field piece from the Heavystock and then cut out my ovals from that piece. You will get fragments of the flower pieces which I just adhered to my ovals. My Vignette box (largest of set TH93279, 3.875 x 5.5 x 1.5 ) was covered with Mixed Media Heavystock also, on the outside.  The oval die-cuts were glued on randomly as shown in my photos.  On the top of the box, I used a piece of the die-cut oval negative piece from my heavy stock sheet.

Once all your die-cuts are arranged and adhered on the outside of the Mixed Media covered Vignette box, paint the entire outside with a dark colour.  I've used Distress Ground Espresso paint for my first layer.  After this has dried, dry brush your next chosen colour and let dry, and so on( I think I used Forest Green, Peeled Paint, and Speckled Egg).  I usually use about 3 or 4 different colours.  You don't use very much on your brush for the dry brushing, wipe off the excess your brush.  This gives your painted surface, depth and texture.  Ranger Ink is going to be retiring some of the Distress paints, so if there's certain ones you like, I would try and stock up!

Cover the inside with patterned paper (edges inked) and Mini Foundations were adhered (Collage Medium)  to the bottom.  A bit of paint was added to the foundations.

Die-cut the Flower Field die (I die-cut two) with Distress Watercolour Cardstock (I used the flat side) and apply colour  to your die-cut.  I smoosh different colours of Distress Ink pads on my Glass Media Mat and use a watercolour brush to dilute the colour, then paint. This die does not cut on the bottom, giving you the choice of how much paper you want there. To get the dimensional look, I cut a narrow piece of die-cut, applied adhesive foam and adhered in front of another narrow piece in the middle of my box.

I cut out two pieces of Distress Kraft Heavystock to fit inside the Vignette box.  Using the largest Oval Framelit,  I die-cut the centre of one, and then the next oval size down, in the center of the other Kraft piece.  I then applied Oxide Sprays, Distress Sprays, and finally Distress Crackle Paste with the Tim Holtz Crackle Stencil was applied randomly.  Once that had dried, I used a Distress Crayon to to apply in the cracks.  It's handy to have these finished before you adhere your flower field pieces, so you can determine what is going to show in the cutout ovals.

When I cut up my Flower Field pieces and adhered them in-between with adhesive foam, they are staggered so they aren't covering up the layer behind too much.

Here's another look at the different levels.

To finish off my Vignette box, I added a Mini Hardware knob (TH94123) with a bit of Velvet Trim TH94113 on top, and a Phrase sticker from the Metallic Sticker book TH94134.

I have a few more Tim Holtz projects I will be posting, I'm a little behind!  

Until next time,




Hello everyone! I'm sharing a project created for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 release.

I made this pillow featuring the new Potted #2 Bigz die and various older wildflower dies. This die is taller than the original Potted Bigz die to accommodate the taller flower dies.  I enjoy using felt when creating die-cut flowers, and these pots are  a great addition to use with them.

The Potted#2 Bigz Die 665438 


For my flowers, I've used a combination of Tim Holtz Stems; Wildflower Stems #1 664163, Wildflower Stems #2 - 664164, Wildflower Stems #3 - 665221 and Large Stems 664170, Large Stems #2 - 665222.  The more intricate ones are a little harder to cut out of felt, they can fall apart easy, even with the adhesive backing, so I've tried to use more solid flowers.  I've used Sizzix felt for all the flowers, so many colours!

Before I die-cut my flowers, I apply Heat'n Bond Iron-on Adhesive paper to the back of my felt.  This gives the die-cuts a sharper cut, plus you just have to iron your flowers to your background.  The really narrow pieces are a little trickier to keep in one piece, some I had to sew after to make sure they held together.

For the pots, I sewed the main piece on three sides, over top of my flower stems. These were also stitched, so that the pot was a little loose at the top.  The top is left open.  I stitched the pot rims top and bottom, leaving the sides. The ends were stitched to the pot sides.  The fabric on the smaller pot is Tim Holtz Birch Planks (Yuletide).

The word 'Bloom' was die-cut using the Alphanumeric Stretch Upper set and Tim Holtz Abandoned Fabric.  Because these letters are super skinny, I was worried they would fray, so I slowly and carefully stitched them after they were ironed on.

Various leaves from the flowers were die-cut and placed at the bottom of the pots.  I hand stitched lines with embroidery floss, to 'ground' my pots.  The crackled potted 2, is made from Sizzix Surfacez Tan Texture roll.  This was stamped with Stampers Anonymous Cracks & Specks CMS186 and archival ink.
I've heat set this after stamping to make it permanent, then wet the texture paper to soften it.  This paper is so versatile and durable, it can be stamped, sewn, embossed and even washed.

The other Potted 2 is also die-cut with the Sizzix Texture paper, it was also wet, but while wet, worked with my hands to soften and crinkle it.

I also hand stitched  a flight path for my Idea-ology Butterfly (TH93785) which was tacked in the middle with a couple of stitches.  I've used Tim Holtz fabric for my pillow cover (Memorandum & Abandoned), and a cotton cream coloured background in the center.

I'm so behind in sharing, I have a few posts to catch up on, so I will try and get everything done, before Halloween is released!  Did I just write that? Halloween already?!  I don't know where this year has gone, before you know it Summer will be over.

Until next time,



Hello everyone!  Today I’m sharing another Tim Holtz project created for his Sizzix Chapter 2 YouTube reveal.  If you missed the reveal, you can catch up here!

For those of you who love the Sizzix Colorize animals, Bernice the hippo is a fun and great addition to the collection.

I've used a Medium Thickboard Etcetera Tag(6 1/2 x 12) as my main base.  This was covered with cut up sections of Idea-ology Backdrops Paper and 2 Salvage Tags.  I glued together my pieces, then trimmed to the tag measurements.  Before adhering to the tag base, I machine stitched around the edge and zigzagged stitched in random places.

Next came the small Mini Thickboard Tag (4/12 x 8").  This was covered first in a small floral from the Backdrops paper pack, then a piece of Kraftstock which was die-cut with the new Folk Flowers Thinlits die. I found that the tinier the pattern of the paper used, made it stand out behind the kraftstock. Two pieces were needed to cover the tag, so there is a seam near the top, but this was mostly covered up by the trees. You can always place the seam near the bottom, as Bernice will cover it, but at this point, I wasn't sure where I was going to position everything.  This was lightly sanded also, then the tag adhered to the main base. A small B(for Bernice) was embossed and cut out from the 3D Type Embossing Folder and Metallic Kraftstock. The 'B' was lightly sanded and a bit of Alcohol ink added to age it. This was stapled over a piece of Linen Fabric Tape and adhered over the tag hole 

A Lace Baseboard Frame was coloured with Distress Crayons (mostly Bundled Sage with a bit of Dried Marigold and Tea Dye).  This was glued to the small tag, hanging over the edge, to offset Bernice.  I also wanted to tuck flowers underneath it.

These die-cut Funky Trees were made with Mixed Media Heavystock, coloured with Distress Oxides (different shades of light greens and yellows, using Old Paper, Squeezed Lemonade, Bundled Sage).  The pieces used for the top layers on the trees were embossed with the 3D Engraved folder. This is actually a winter snowflake folder, but because they are small pieces, you can't tell.  It adds another dimension to the trees, and if you want the embossing to show up a little more, spray a bit more Oxide colour on and let it get into the creases.  Adhere your trees, trying to place them so they cover most of your seam. 

Usually I use ribbon, or Mummy Cloth for the hole in my tags, but I decided to take advantage of the O, with my theme of April Showers and I really wanted to use one of the new Numbers dies.  So the tag ring was covered in scraps of my Backdrops paper, the number 2 was die-cut and a Uppercase H was die-cut from the Stretch Upper Alphanumeric dies.  H20!

Now we can add in Bernice!  She's so lovable looking, isn't she? I have used various shades of Kraftstock, all in the same tone.  I love these new packs of Idea-ology 6 x 9" Kraftstock, which come in three different sets, they don't have texture and distress so nice.  There is a Warm, Cool, and Neutral set, each has a total of 24 sheets, 8 different colours.  Perfect for those projects that you would like different shades, especially the Colorize Animals or even flowers.  I hope that eventually there will be different sets, would love different shades of yellows, pinks, etc.  I've used the Warm set for Bernice.  I haven't gone into how she was constructed, as Sizzix has great step by step videos for each of their Colorize sets here.  

Bernice needed an umbrella with all that rain, so I used the umbrella from Tim's set, The Gent.  I added in the throw away pieces from the frame piece, molded them with my Tim Holtz Shaping kit, so my umbrella looks puffier.  The only reason being, is because I loved those Oxide splotches, couldn't let them go to waste! lol!  The umbrella handle fit perfectly into Bernice's mouth.

For my raindrops, I used the Media Marks Thinlits set.  I alcohol inked a piece of clear acrylic with light blue/greens and then die-cut.  These were adhered randomly with Distress Collage Medium.

Here's another photo of Bernice with her umbrella.

To finish off my tag, I coloured different Mixed Media Heavystock pieces with various Distress Oxide colours (mostly Dried Marigold, Brushed Corduroy, Tea Dye, Kitsch Flamingo) and die-cut these sheets with my most well used sets, the Tiny Tattered Florals and Small Tattered Florals Thinlits sets.  These flowers were also shaped with the Tim Holtz Shaping kit and adhered above the lace frame and below.  I've used different beads from sets of Sizzix Making Essential Sequins and Beads sets.  I've also added a few clippings(words to go with flowers) from the Idea-ology Clippings Sticker Book.

I've added a little quote in the corner, using the Tiny Type Upper and Lower Alphanumeric thinlits sets and leftovers from my Oxide coloured Mixed Media Heavystock (apply adhesive sheets to the back before die-cutting, makes it so much easier!)

And that my friends, is how I created this Bernice Etcetera Tag! I hope this inspires you to use those older dies with your new ones.   I have used quite a few dies, but I'm sure you have ones that you can substitute if you don't have all of these. There are so many embellishments you can create to go specifically with your colour scheme and project.  Who would ever think that the embossing on the trees is actually snowflakes?  You will be surprised going through your embossing folders, how different they look when using just a small section of them.

Here's to all the flowers that April showers bring, but I wonder what April snow storms bring?  We had a big one a couple of weekends ago, then it warmed up after to some nice hot weather and now we're heading into colder days again, hopefully the forecast is wrong, and there's no snow.  There's no leaves on the trees yet, so at least nothing has been frozen.  It feels like it's taking forever for the leaves and flowers to come out!  I hope you are having better weather than us, wherever you are!

I have one more Sizzix Chapter 2 project to share, and I still have a couple of the Idea-ology projects also to share, so we'll see you soon!

Thanks for dropping by,

until next time


Materials used for this project:
Bernice Colorize Thinlits set 665366
Countdown Thinlits set 665367
Folk Flowers 665363
Tiny Tattered Florals 660227
Small Tattered Florals 661806
Tiny Type Upper Alphanumeric 664406
Tiny Type Lower Alphanumeric 664407
Media Marks 664436
Engraved 3D Embossing Folder 664249
Typewriter 3D Embossing Folder 663760
The Gent 665202
Stretch Upper Alphanumeric 665206
Funky Trees 665217
Tim Holtz Sizzix Shaping Kit 665304
Medium Thickboard Etcetera Tag THETC 002
Mini Thickboard Etcetera Tag THETC 004
Salvaged Tags TH94048
Clippings Sticker Book TH94030
Small piece of Linen Floral  Fabric Tape TH94139
Warm Kraftstock TH94112
Lace Baseboard Frame TH93786
Volume 1 and 2 Backdrops Paper TH94117 and TH94118
Copper Metallic Kraftstock paper
Distress Mixed Media Heavystock 
Various Alcohol Inks for Rain Drops
Clear Acrylic sheet
Distress Oxide Sprays and Inks (Old Paper, Squeezed Lemonade, Kitsch Flamingo, Tea Dye,
   Brushed Corduroy, Dried Marigold, Bundled Sage
Beads for Flower centres


 Hello everyone!  Today I'm sharing the first of my Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 2 projects.  If you missed his YouTube Launch featuring all the new dies and the incredible makes for this release you can catch up here on Tim's blog.

I've created this Shaker Card using the Funky Insects and an older one, Funky Wreath.

The insect's bodies were created with Ranger's Mixed Media Heavystock that was coloured with Distress Oxide Sprays and Inks.  I used Worn Wallpaper Scraps to die-cut the wings and top body parts.  These were lightly sanded (the Worn Wallpaper has a nice subtle texture that looks great when sanded) and the edges inked.  

My window for my shaker was created with the Funky Wreath. To create the shaker, I've used a craft foam sheet cut slightly smaller than my card top sheet.  I use inexpensive ones from the craft store and apply my own double sided adhesive that is thinner, which is applied to both sides before die-cutting. Die-cut the wreath in the foam sheet, you are using the negative space.  Position this where you want it on your card, remove the backing on the bottom and adhere this to your background paper (from the Backdrops paper pack).  Fill with your sequins (Sizzix Limoncello Sequins Set), or other filling (I've even used some tiny butterflies die-cut from the Park Thinlits set (Mary Poppins).  Fill your circle making sure everything is not touching the edge or it's not too full or above the foam. Cut out a piece of clear acrylic larger than the die-cut area, usually the size of the foam, peel off the backing on top of the foam sheet and stick your clear sheet on top.  Make sure it's pressed down to secure it everywhere and nothing escapes.
I die-cut this wreath in the centre of the Cool Kraftstock sheet and used the negative space. When I am using the negative space as my card front, I usually cut that piece slightly larger in case I mess up and it's not centred properly or I'm not sure how big I want the surrounding area, then I trim to the exact size I want. The edge was machine stitched after I decided on my exact measurements. I then die-cut the wreath again with mixed media heavystock,  coloured with oxides. This paper was backed with adhesive before die-cutting.  This is going to go where the wreath in the negative space was taken out. 
The Kraftstock was adhered on top of my shaker part, then the wreath adhered in place, matching the die-cut area.  Hopefully this all makes sense! 

I 've added some Linen Floral tape which I machine stitched the edges before removing the backing, but it is very sticky, so some adhesive did stick to my needle.  This piece went near the bottom, then a label from the Engraving Layers (lightly inked and sanded). I die-cut the word JOY from the Stretch Upper Alphanumeric Thinlits set and Warm Kraftstock (lightly sanded), adhered in the middle and a Metallic Sticker over that.  My Funky Insects, along with a few leaves from the Brushstroke Floral set were all adhered to complete my card front.  This was adhered to my kraft card base.

Materials used:

Funky Insects Thinlits set 665364, Funky Wreath Thinlits set 664434, Stretch Upper Alphanumeric Thinlits set 665206,  Brushstroke Floral Thinlits set 665360, Worn Wallpaper Scraps TH94122,  Warm Kraftstock Stack 94112, Cool Kraftstock Stack 94110, Layers Engraving TH94125, Metallic Sticker Book TH94134, Linen Floral Tape TH94139, Sizzix Essentials Sequins and Beads-Limoncello 664604, Backdrops Paper Volume #1 TH94117. Various colours of Distress Oxide Inks and Sprays. Double sided Adhesive Sheets Sizzix 656802, Craft Foam Sheets, clear acrylic sheet, 12 x 12 Kraft cardstock.

Thanks so much for stopping by,
until next time, happy crafting!

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