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Hello crafting friends! Today I'm sharing another project I created for the Tim Holtz Idea-ology booth at  Creativation 2019.  This is my Mr. Tinkham's Trunk Vignette box.

I love using Idea-ology's Vignette boxes and this new Divided (TH93794)one gives you some different options.  The dividers inside all can be removed.  I decided to just remove the larger bottom one so I had a bigger area above the two smaller dividers.

My first step was alter the outside and inside of my vignette box.  I covered the outside back with Wallflower patterned paper (TH93110), tearing a bit away from the corner, exposing the wood.  I then added in a few pieces from the Idea-ology Journal Card pkg(TH93957). There are 4 different sizes of cards in this package, 25 of each size.  That's 100 cards in the one package! You can see one on each side here, they were adhered wrapping them around the edge of the box. I didn't apply the adhesive right to the edge in some areas, so I could curl up the edges. I also used a couple of the new Classic Label Stickers (TH93959) here. In this package there are 4 different colours; blue, red, black and pink. The papered box was distressed with Distress inks and Oxide inks.  Ranger's Opaque Crackle Paste was applied randomly and let dry. I then used Distress crayons (Gathered Twig, Vintage Photo, and Weathered Wood) and a bit of water to moisten, to darken and age the crackle.  Some places, I picked off some crackle.  

On the sides, I used journaling cards, classic label stickers, and ephemera, distressing these before adhering.  I left some of the wood exposed and applied Crackle paste randomly.  The inside of the box was covered with Wallflower patterned paper.  I also covered the dividers on both sides. I inked the edges of my papers before adhering. Crackle paste was also applied randomly to my paper and to the box edges.

In this small divided side, I filled it with a small painted Vignette Frame(TH93694). I used a piece of Keepsakes Ephemera(TH93958)inside the frame.  This old advert gave me the idea for my Vignette box theme. This and the other pieces of ephemera were distressed with Distress Oxide inks.

On this side I painted one of the new Deco Frame Adornments (TH93792) with red and a touch of green Distress Paint.  Mr. Tinkham's photo is one of the new small Found Relatives photos(TH93798).  I cut it down to fit behind the adornment frame. My little book is actually made using a book cover piece from Layers Remnants(TH93956), cut up pieces of old book paper the same size, for the inside and a piece of heavy cardstock for the back.  Using my Tim Holtz stapler, I stapled the inner pages together in the middle (it won't show).  I used a piece of Designer Tape for the book's spine. Tiny Text Remnant Rubs(TH93695) were added to a lightly sanded Classic Label Sticker.  A price sticker (Keepsakes Ephemera TH93958) was placed in a Memo Pin (TH92833).  For my Filmstrip Ribbon(TH92820), I cut down one of the photo postcards from the Layers Remnants (TH93956) to fit behind the acrylic.  I find if you heat the ribbon slightly with your heat gun, while holding it with tweezers, you can make it hold that shape.  Be careful, don't overheat! I use Ranger's heat tool, it's not a direct heat like some embossing heat guns. The memo pin pokes through this to hold it securely into the wood.  There's also a Pen Nib (TH92909) in the back.

For the largest divided opening, I created a travelling trunk.  My "trunk" is actually a Vignette Box (3.875 x 2.75 fromVignette Set TH93782).  I covered the outside of the box with Mushroom Metallic Kraft Cardstock (TH93784).  This was sanded, a little heavier in some areas and the edges. To darken the sanded areas, rub in Distress crayons or/and ink.  I've cut two strips of the new Ruler Ribbon(TH93955) and adhered these to the front. Distressed Keepsakes Ephemera labels were added.     Red paint was added to  four Hardware Heads (TH93788) which were adhered to each corner.

For my trunk "handle" I used a Clock Hand (TH93693).  I bent it around a dowel to get the curved shape, then using small pliers bend the ends out.  For the one end with the hole, I inserted a Fluted Fastener (TH93273) with it's brad and the other side, I just stuck the end of the clock hand into the center of the fastener.  Both of these ends were adhered with Collage Medium to the trunk.

The wheels of the trunk were two Mini Pulley Wheels (TH93580) which were coloured with a combination of Candied Apple, Ripe Persimmon, Black, and Vintage Photo distress paint/crayons.

Before adhering the trunk, I added in ephemera, and labels, distressed with Oxide inks to the back of the box.  I used Collage Medium to adhere the trunk.  That completes my project.

Here's another look at my finished Vignette Box!  I have a few more projects from the booth to share,...but that's another day! 

Thank you to all of you who took part in the Creativation blog hop and all the wonderful comments!  Congratulations to Mel Roberts-Hareld, Kathy Tucker, Tiffany Hopkins and Dana M; the blog hop winners!

Thanks for stopping by, 



Hello everyone! Welcome to the Tim Holtz Creativation 2019 Blog Hop and Give-Away! If you are following along, you have just hopped over from the very talented Emma WilliamsRichelle Christensen is hosting this blog hop featuring inspiration from all those who contributed to the Tim Holtz booths. Make sure you visit all these amazing artists and leave a comment on everyone's blog for a chance to win prizes!

Today I am sharing a "Fairy Garden Clock" I created for the Tim Holtz Idea-ology booth.

This Assemblage Clock(TH93065) has been painted, an embossed metallic strip around the outside and inside, the glass removed, and a fairy garden placed inside.  My reaction as soon as I saw these wings in my secret goodie box?  I think I gasped, I'm sure it was the same as all the other designers, lol!  Couldn't wait to use them, and there's so many in the package!

My first step was removing all the extra parts of the clock; legs, glass, etc. I lightly sanded the clock, just to give it a bit more grip, as it is a smooth metal.  Everything was then painted with 2 coats of Ranger Ink's Black Gesso. I then dry brushed my Distress Paints in Forest Moss, Peeled Paint and Fossilized Amber onto my clock base and parts.
 Next, I ran a sheet of Ranger's Foil Sheets in the 3D Botanical Texture Fade through my Vagabond Machine. I cut the width to the same as the texture fade, ran it through once, then embossed from the other end.  You are going to need a strip for the outside of the clock and one for the inside.  If you need to piece extra strips, I do it at the bottom,underneath the clock or inside, where it isn't visible. These embossed pieces might tear a bit when embossing, but don't worry, the foil is very sticky and once painted, you won't notice when they are placed on the clock.

First paint your strips with (I think I cut them about 1 5/8 - 1 3/4 wide) Black Soot, then dry brush Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, and a bit of Dried Marigold and Tumbled Glass. Peel off the backing a bit on one end and apply around your outside edge of your clock.  I did not apply the strip right to the edge as it was curved, so I tried to keep it on just the flatter part.  Attached your top clock parts and the legs. 

 I didn't replace the clamps on the inside that held the glass in place. Screw in the legs. Then apply your strip to the inside of the clock.  It won't fit perfectly flat, there will be lumps from the screws, but you won't really notice once you have filled it.  

The inside and outside back of the clock was covered with patterned paper from the Wallflower Collection(TH93110).  Now you can fill your clock inside with your fairy garden scene.  I glued down a piece of moss from the craft store. I also adhered a Metal Gate piece(TH93961) at a slant.  Leave enough room for a thimble toadstool to go behind it.

Using a Tiny Vial (TH93201) and Corked Vial (TH92899) as my toadstool bases, I filled these with Distress Glitter, then sealed the bottoms.  The Thimbles (TH93791) were my tops.  These were tinted with Distress Paint and a bit of Clear Rock Candy Glitter added to the top.  My Thimbles were glued to the end of the vials.  The short tiny vial was turned upside down and then adhered to the thimble. 

My Thimble Toadstools were then glued to the clock inside. These new Baseboard Dolls (TH93796) are perfect for 3-d decor items, these were tinted with Distress Markers.  I added on the new Transparent Wings(TH93785) to my dolls and then adhered these to my clock base. 

 The one standing has a threaded needle in her hand and the one sitting has her hand inside a vial filled with fairy dust (Distress Glitter).  A bit of glitter was added randomly to the wings and doll's hair.  I also added in some flowers(Bouquet Findings TH93569) coloured with Distress stain spray (Dried Marigold and Scattered Straw).  There's also a small star wand (TH93572 Treasures Adornments) with a bit of glitter applied, stuck in the moss.

To finish off my Fairy Garden Clock, I tinted some ribbon with Distress Stain Spray, and crocheted a chain with Tim Holtz Black Craft Thread(Eclectic Elements - Neutral set) and the new Mini Pins (TH93790) woven into this.  I added two charms on each end, one of them a hand from the Milagros Adornments pkg (TH93676) and the other a Story Stick (TH93680).
Hope you enjoyed my tutorial and thanks so much for visiting.  I have a few more projects from Creativation 2019 that I will be featuring here in the near future.  Hope you visit again!

 Next on the blog hop is the fabulous Jennalee Anderson.

There are a few prizes to be given away, just leave a comment on ALL the participating blogs for a chance to win!  Comments must be posted by February 9th at midnight PST to enter for a prize.  Three winners will be announced February 10 on Richele's Blog!

Here's a complete list of all the participating designers:

Jennalee Anderson next on the hop

Good Luck and enjoy all the Tim Holtz inspiration!


Hello friends!  Valentine's Day is coming and every year I like to create at least one Valentine project.      I'm sharing my vintage crackled heart with you today.

A few years ago, I created a paper mache heart with quilted paper (here), and I really wanted to make another smaller one.  

I found this metal heart at a craft store (Michael's, not a paper mache one, but this one was about the size I wanted.

I had covered a metal heart in a different shape and size last year, and I really liked how the Tim Holtz Collage Paper looked.  This one was not gessoed before the paper was applied, and the edges were given an aged look.  The metal shows through the paper, so it gives it a darker look.

I applied white gesso on both sides of my heart.  While that was drying, I stamped a piece of Tim Holtz Plain Collage Paper with this script stamp from his Entomology Stamp set (CMS328) with Archival black ink (so it doesn't bleed when using my different mediums).  I've covered one side of the front of my gessoed heart with my stamped Collage paper and clear Collage Medium. I am very generous with the medium, so that the Collage paper becomes transparent.  On the back, I've covered my heart on both sides, leaving the middle plain. 

Before applying Crackle Texture Paste, I applied Distress Vintage Collage medium all over my heart, both sides.  This sealed in the stamped Collage paper and gave it an antique look.

While the Crackle Texture paste dried, I cut out a few small pieces of patterned paper.  These were from the Tim Holtz Wallflower collection, and they were the small 3x3 or 3x4" designs in the paper stash. The patterns are smaller, which I like to use on smaller projects.  I taped the pieces together on the backside with masking tape or washi tape, where their edges met. I had traced my heart shape on a piece of scrap paper to give me an idea of the shape and size I needed. I then stitched with embroidery floss, where my papers met, connecting the edges together(I left the tape on the back).  I torn a bit of the edges and curled them up on the inside of the paper heart.

I antiqued my crackled parts of the heart with a Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon and a small amount of water, using my fingers.  The Distress crayon was also applied along the edge of the heart in the recessed areas.  To adhere the quilted paper, I lightly wet the paper with water, just enough so it was a bit damp.  If you added too much water, just carefully dab with a paper towel.  This makes the paper more pliable and a little easier to maneuver on the curved surface while adhering with Collage medium.

This is the backside of my heart.  You can see where the crackle was applied, mostly on the areas where I didn't have the stamped paper.  I didn't use any patterned paper on this side.

To finish off my heart, I added in flowers (Bouquet Findings TH93569) that were tinted with Distress Spray Stain, painted Key (TH92822), a tinted Countdown Brad Fastener(TH93631) inside a Typed Charm (TH92819), Story Stick(TH93680), held together with a Loop Pin(TH93200) and Mini Pin (TH93790) and tied with Distress Stain Spray tinted seam binding ribbon.

                                          Here's another look at my chippy vintage heart!

Thanks so much for visiting me here today. 

 Tomorrow, Tuesday February 5, 7:00am PST, there will be a Tim Holtz Creativation Blog Hop.  I hope you join myself and all the amazing designers who all contributed projects for Tim's Creativation booths. We are all sharing projects we created.  Not only lots of inspiration, but there will be prizes!  Richele Christensen is the host of this blog hop and will have all the information on her blog.  See you tomorrow!



Hello again everyone!  It's time to share my projects for the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Booth at Creativation 2019.  I'm going to start today with my Photobooth Embroidery Hoop.

I used a 12" wood embroidery hoop from the craft store for this project.
I love this new Photo Booth package (TH93799)!  I had just a few left from his original release, so I was happy he released a new set.  The photos are a great size to work with!

To start, I stained the hoop with Distress Vintage Photo Spray Stain. I applied Ranger's Crackle Paste  to the outside of the hoop and the front outer edge.  Once this dried, I applied Distress Vintage Photo Crayon in the cracks. While my hoop was drying, I started working on the strips.

Using Collage Paper (I used an older one, Floral-TH93707) and Plain(TH93708) I cut off pieces about 4" longer than my hoop. I taped down both ends of the Plain to my glass mat so it didn't move around.  I then applied Distress Vintage Collage Medium(TDA47940) all over this piece and then laid down the Floral piece on top.  I started carefully at one end to match up the sides. I lightly ran an Ink Brayer (roller) over top just to smooth out the sheets.  Then I applied another coat of Vintage collage Medium over top.  I used the Vintage medium to give it an antique look, but you could use the regular Collage Medium instead. I let this dry for a short time, just enough, so it was easy to peel off and hang up.  It dried faster this way and freed up my mat to repeat this on two more pieces. I wasn't sure how many I needed for my hoop and this turned out to be enough.  Once everything was dry, it had almost a pliable cloth texture thanks to the Collage Medium.  I then cut my strips 2" wide with a craft knife (helped to tape down the ends again). 

After you have your strips all cut, weave them together on a flat surface.  I placed the hoop on top, just to figure out how I wanted to place them.  Once you have established the placement, glue with a clear adhesive, just a small amount in the center where each strip overlaps.  I then machine stitched vertically and horizontally across all the woven strips.  This is a photo of the backside of my hoop to give you a look at the stitching.  Place your woven piece on top of the inside hoop, apply a small amount of Collage Medium underneath on the hoop to secure the strips and carefully place the outside hoop on top.  Open the screw generously so it's easy to adjust the strips and then tighten, adjusting as you need to (doing so before the glue dries), making the woven strips look nice and flat. I hadn't trimmed off the excess paper strips yet, just in case one of the strips needed adjusting. I turned them to the inside, applied Collage Medium underneath and on top of the whole backside of the hoop. After it dried, I then trimmed my strips, but if you're braver than me, you could trim them first and then apply the Medium.  I then applied another coat of Collage Medium to the back, just to make it extra secure. (I had visions of the hoop coming apart at the show, so wanted to make it as secure as possible!)

I distressed the edges of my chosen Photo Booth photos and stitched down both sides before adhering to my hoop. To finish off my piece, I tinted some Typography letters (TH93584) with Alcohol Ink and adhered to my hoop with Collage Medium and added in the &(Ampersand) from the new Stencil Chips (TH93954).  There's also a Quote Chip (TH93563) and Metallic Quotation Stickers(TH93559).  
That Completes my project!  I think I'm going to make another one using the new Travel Collage Paper (TH93950) which is a map, when that one arrives in February!  I wish we had taken more of these photobooth photos when we were growing up, love them! 

Here's another look at my finished project! Hope you visit me again, I have more to share!

Thanks for visiting me and thank you so much for your kind and wonderful comments, they are much appreciated!



Hello everyone!  I'm back today with the remainder of my cards created for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1 release. I have enjoyed creating with this release so much, as I know all of you will too!

I did these cards back in October, November, so hopefully I can remember what I did! First up are two cards created with the Wildflower Stems #1 and Wildflower Stems #2 Thinlits sets. If you loved the previous Wildflower sets, you will love these slightly larger ones.  I die-cut my flower shapes for this card out of Tim Holtz Mixed Media cardstock.  I then covered my flowers with a light coat of Ranger's Crackle Paste. I let this air dry before colouring.  I use a combination of Distress crayons, Distress Markers applied with a Watercolour pen.  I apply a small amount of the crayon, then rub it into the crackled paper with a bit of water, usually using my fingers. Love how the crayons get into the cracks, highlighting them. I usually use a darker crayon in the cracks as it shows up a lot more.  I think I used the Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass, Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint, Bundled Sage  crayons (sorry I didn't write it down!). Patterned papers from Wallflower, and cardstock are layered, stitched for my card base. A bit of ephemera, vellum ephemera and Clippings Stickers go on next.  A small frame die-cut with Stacked Baroque and Distressed Woodgrain cardstock, then treated with Distress Stain and Crackle paste to highlight my flowers is next.  The ribbon is stained with Distress Spray Stain.

These Wildflower Stems were die-cut from Mixed Media cardstock coloured with Distress Oxides. I believe I used Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemonade, and Antique Linen.  The background paper is also from Wallflower(TH93110) and cardstock.  My sentiment is die-cut with Gold Metallic Kraft Cardstock and the Thin Sentiment Words Thinlits(661807) set, which sorry, I didn't realize has been retired. The Thin Alphanumeric Set is still available and a great 3/8" 121 pc set, same font! Using the Sizzix Sticky Grid sheets when lining up your letters, is a must have for me!  I added a painted Butterfly Adornment(TH93689) and stained ribbon, along with stained Tim Holtz Mummy Cloth.

I'm so attracted to these larger negative space (not sure if that's what you call them!) dies.  I've always admired those paper cut artists, how I wish I had the patience and talent like them; so I guess this is the next best thing!  When I have them in my hand, I'm always trying to think of different ways to use them.  I had created a card a long time ago using this layout, so I thought why not with this Organic Thinlits die. This die does not have an outer edge, so you determine how big you want your border.  I die-cut this out of a dark grey cardstock and cut out my two triangles on each end.  Because this is a rectangle shape, you won't be needing part of the middle section.  I just measured one side and marked the opposite side the exact same measurement.  With my craft knife, I just cut across. This 6 x 6 card worked well for the size of triangles I ended up with (about 1/4" border).  I just cut a strip of matching cardstock to adhere across the top, finishing off the triangles before adhering to my Wallflower patterned paper/cardstock mat.  I also stamped and die-cut foliage from the Flower Jar  Thinlits with matching stamps (CMS297).  The butterflies and bee are from Entomology stamp set(CMS328) and Entomology Framelits set.  These were lightly tinted with Distress Markers.  Add in a Small Talk Occasions(TH93245)sticker and some dyed ribbon and Bouquet Findings (TH93569) to complete your card.

This time, I used the Organic die in my background.  I die-cut it with Distress Mixed Media Cardstock cut to measure the width and height of my Etcetera 8 x 4 1/2" tag.  With no outer edge on this die, I can make it the exact size I want.  I placed the die where I wanted the pattern to sit on my tag.  Adhere this to your tag with Distress Collage Medium.  I then applied Ranger's Crackle Texture Paste all over, trying not to apply too heavy so you don't lose the detail and dimension of the die-cut.  In some of the recessed areas I wiped away a bit where I had too much and along the edge, I used more so the pattern blends into the edge.  Once dried, use Distress Crayons to colour.  I used Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain, Forest Moss and Antique Linen.  For my small frame, I die-cut with Stitched Rectangles and Distress Woodgrain Cardstock that was stained with Distress Stain Spray. I also applied Crackle Texture Paste to random parts of the frame, then coloured with Distress Crayons.  A piece of Ephemera behind the frame completes it.  I also die-cut a Flourish with the 3-D Flourish Impresslits Embossing folder in Mixed Media Cardstock, painted with Distress Paint.  My pink coloured trim was die-cut with the 3D Mini Provincial Impresslits Embossing Folder.  To finish off my tag, I coloured the Bouquet Flowers (TH93569), ribbon, and Mummy Cloth with Distress Spray stains, a piece of Fringe(93688) and adhered Clippings Stickers(TH93583) and a Botanical Paperie Butterfly(TH93554).

That's the rest of my Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1 cards.  I have more to share from his Sizzix Chapter 2 release and all my projects for the Idea-ology Booth at Creativation, coming soon.  Hope you come back to visit me!  Make sure you check out the other designers who also created for Tim Holtz, he will be posting about that.  Their projects are so amazing!

Thanks so much for visiting,



Hello everyone!  Happy New Year! It's been awhile since I've posted anything, Christmas was busy as usual here.  Not only that, I have been busy working on some secret projects for Tim Holtz. Have you been watching any of his Sneak Peek Facebook Videos?  So many good products this year!  Tim released his Sizzix Chapter 1 dies this month which are already available. Love them all! Today I'm sharing a few cards made with the Geo Springtime Thinlits set.

Using the Butterfly die, I created this simple acrylic card.  The butterflies are die-cut from Mixed Media cardstock, also the Mini Scallop 3-D Impresslit borders.  When cutting the green cardstock back, cut it allowing for the top overhang (about 1-1/2") that you will score.  Cut out a piece of clear acrylic in your chosen card size, and adhere to the the back of the top folded over card front, then a piece of cardstock to the front and back on the bottom, and a piece on the top back.  Adhere the die-cut butterflies and Remnant Rubs Tiny Text sentiment to the card acrylic front.  On the inside of the card, I used a piece created with various Distress Oxide Inks on Alcohol Ink Glossy Paper and a light coat of Distress Micro Glaze(This glaze seals in and brings out the layers of vivid colours like magic). Scraptime has a video with Tim demonstrating at Creativation last year here. When I'm playing with different mediums or techniques, I always save the scraps of paper to use for future projects, comes in handy!

I also created two more cards with the hummingbird and rabbit from this set.

For the hummingbird, I die-cut my bird from Distress Mixed Media Cardstock that had been coloured with Distress Ink.  I traced the bird shape from my die onto white cardstock and cut the shape out on the inside of the line.  This makes the shape slightly smaller than the die-cut, but you might have to trim it a bit more.  Green cardstock was used for the Garden Greens thinlits.  These were adhered to my matted background (Tim Holtz Worn Wallpaper), then the bird pop-dotted on top. Hello Friend was die-cut from Tim Holtz Thin Pondering Words  Thinlits Set on White cardstock.  The words were matted on green cardstock, and the ends were snipped with scissors.  My pink background is stamped with Distress Ink and the Mesh & Linen (CMS221) stamp.

The rabbit was die-cut with yellow cardstock.  I then die-cut the rabbit again from Tim Holtz 
Wallflower paper, but this time used the negative piece.  Make sure you have your paper size cut out and the rabbit die positioned where you want it on your background.  I used a piece of Wallflower vellum behind the rabbit.  Just cut out a piece slightly larger than your die-cut and adhere it to the back. To finish off my inside, I then die-cut another rabbit from a piece of paper, again using the negative piece.  This goes on the inside of your card, keep in mind that the backside is facing out and you have to match up the two die-cut shapes. 'Smile' was die-cut from Shadow Script #2 and my foliage is Wildflowers .

You can see how the patterned vellum shows up in the light.

I've shown you three different ways to use this one die, and I'm sure you can think of many others! 
I've created more cards for this release, projects for his next Sizzix release and the Creativation Booth, so come back to visit!  I will be sharing soon!

Thanks so much for visiting me here!


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