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Hello friends!  I'm sharing with you today, a project created for Tim's Sizzix Chapter 4 Facebook release.  You can find links to everyone's projects that were created for this, on his blog here.

Love, love this Day of the Dead Colorize set!  I think I am quite taken with the guitar player!  I decided he should be serenading his love, but I really don't know how he ended up in a tree!

Here is my Vignette Shrine without the Tiny Lights on.  I am going to show you how I created this project!

First I drilled a hole in the corner of my Vignette Shrine(TH94034) and pulled a set of Tiny Lights through.  I wanted them to be evenly spread out and flat so I used a glue gun to anchor them down in a few places.

I covered the back and the sides on the inside of the shrine with paper from the Departed Mini Stash(TH94054).  Adhere the battery pack of the Tiny Lights to the back.  I should let you know here, that there are two wood base pieces to the Shrine, which I had full intentions of using, but I have no idea what happened to them and after searching everywhere, gave up. Actually, I still haven't found them, even after I cleaned up my disaster of a room! Distress and ink the edges.  I also decided to use Ranger's Crackle paste on the front edges of the box a little later, but I would do it now.  After the crackle dried, I used a Distress crayon to colour the cracks.

Next, I cut a piece of acrylic (doesn't matter what kind, it will be covered) that fits inside the shrine.  This lays on top of the Tiny Lights. I die-cut two sets of the Gate Keeper from black cardstock and glued them together like the above photo.  These are adhered to the acrylic.

This is what the gates look like with the acrylic adhered behind. You're only going to see the shadow of these when the lights are turned on.

I cut out a piece of Yupo paper to fit inside the Shrine, and coloured it with various alcohol inks, darker on the bottom.  This is adhered on top of the acrylic, along the edges. 

This is what it looks like lit up.

Next, I built my tree. I cut a few branches from a backyard tree.  I hot glued a few extra pieces to make it a bit more dense and easier for my guitar player to sit on.  Add some dried moss (from the craft store) to the branches and the bottom of the Shrine.  It also covers up where I added more branch pieces. Adhere this to the one side of the box inside.  

Build your Colorize Day of the Dead characters.  I used Mixed Media Heavystock that was coloured with Oxide inks and sprays.  The black is cardstock.  If you're unsure how to create your Colorize pieces, Sizzix has a video for every one of them.  So helpful! They are all on YouTube.  It does take a bit of patience with the small pieces.  I use Sizzix adhesive sheets on the back of my paper before cutting out.  I also use reverse action tweezers from my Sizzix Paper Sculpting kit to pick up and hold these small pieces.  These are the best tweezers!  You squeeze them to open, so you don't have to hold them closed (does that make sense?) and they grip those tiny pieces so well! You don't have to worry about dropping and losing those little bits while building your pieces.

Here is the one for this set.

After you have created your skeletons, adhere them to the inside of the box.  I used a mini action wobble on the back of my lady(for a bit of fun and she dances) and adhered that to a piece of about 1/2-3/4" thick foam so it was near the front of my structure.  The foam was also slightly slanted, higher closer to the side, so she faces a bit towards the man.

Here's how the lady looks after she was adhered.  She sticks out a bit past the edge.  I dyed some small flowers (Bouquet TH93569) with Distress Spray and adhered those into my moss.

Here's the guitar player sitting in the tree. Don't you love how his hand fits around the guitar?  I decided to put him up in there, as there wasn't a lot of room for them to be side by side and because there was a lot of height inside the shrine.  It filled that upper space also. 

I added a tombstone (TH93980-Cryptic) with a Halloween Rubs (TH93972) and a bit of moss.

I even made a very short video of my Skeleton lady dancing to the music!

Here's another look at my project!  Hope I've inspired you to create your own Day of the Dead Shrine!

Hope you visit again,



Hello friends!   I'm sharing another Halloween project created for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 release.  

The main attraction is the Gate Keeper Thinlits set for this Halloween Vignette.  I have also used in the background, Haunted which is a fantastic Spooky house.  Here's how I created my Halloween Vignette:

I covered the outside of a vignette box (TH93279- 3.875 x 5.5) with Halloween Worn Wallpaper(last year'sTH93974), sanded the edges, then applied Tim Holtz Distress Texture Crackle Paste (TDA71303).  I let this air dry, then applied Distress Crayons (brown tones) in the cracks.  Slightly dampen your finger and rub it in.

I painted a 3.875 x 5.5 Vignette Frame(TH93694) with Ground Espresso Paint, let it dry.  Dry brush lighter colours on top to get into the grooves.  I think this green was Peeled Paint.

I die-cut two sets of gates twice, for front and back (8 pieces total) from Blackout Kraft Stock(TH94020).  This was so the gate reached closer  to the middle of the vignette box. I wanted my gate to be sturdier as it is not laying flat.  The outer gate pieces were flipped so the gate posts were adhered together.  You will be trimming the outer gate pieces(the higher side) to fit the box and they look more like a fence.

There are some thin accent pieces for the gate bars, which I die-cut just for the centre front gates.  Once these were adhered onto the gate fronts and the gate pieces adhered front to back, I lightly sanded the kraft stock.  I also applied some embossing glaze to the fronts (Rusty Hinge) to give them more of a rusty metal look.  The bats were die-cut from black cardstock and the moon from Distress Oxide coloured Mixed Media Heavy Stock.

On a piece of Distress Watercolour cardstock, colour your background with Distress Ink and Sprays, Distress Oxide Inks and Sprays.  I first used a small amount of yellow (Squeezed Lemon) sprayed in the area I wanted my moon die-cut.  A moon shape mask larger than my moon die-cut was placed on this area, and then the rest of my background was coloured. Remove the mask and lightly spritz with water to make the edges of the moon blurry. The width of the watercolour cardstock is wider than the inside back and sides of my vignette box.  You can always trim it to size after.  This is adhered to the back and sides in one piece.  Adhere the moon and bats to the background and your painted frame to the outside of the vignette box.

I die-cut my house from Blackout Kraft Stock and the accent pieces from Mixed Media Heavy Stock coloured with Distress Oxides.  I didn't have room for the whole house, so I cut it in half where the orange line is.  This was adhered in the corner of the vignette box.  Also adhere the gates to each side, having them bent out over the frame.  They are slightly longer in length.  Using a hot glue gun, attach some spanish moss on the floor of the box and a spooky Tim Holtz Halloween Paper Doll (this one was from an older set that had very small ones).  I also die-cut a spooky tree from an older Sizzix Halloween set, Ghost Town from blackout cardstock and added that to my scene.

My base for the box is created from a Vignette panel(TH93295).  I adhered two Stampers Anonymous webs and 4 stacking ledges from the Etcetera Bat and Web Trims set (THETC-014).  Paint the entire surface lightly with a brown (Ground Espresso, I think) Distress paint.  If it's too thick, dilute with a touch of water, so you can still see the woodgrain.

After this had dried, I dry brushed over the base with a lighter distress paint.  I believe it was Old Paper.  I like that you can still see the wood texture through the paint.  My vignette box was adhered on top of this base in the middle.  All the ledges are covered, but the web trim is visible.

I die-cut various foliage from the Sizzix Thinlits set, Funky Foliage and Mixed Media Heavy Stock coloured with Distress Oxides.This was arranged at the bottom with Tim Holtz Idea-ology pumpkins(painted), bones, and a bit of spanish moss.  Also the foliage and moss were added to the top and  top corner of the box.

Here's a closer look at the moon and background.

  Your project is complete, here's another look!  Hope you are inspired to created your own Halloween Vignette box!  Love this Gatekeeper set, I can see this gate used on so many different projects, and not just Halloween.  
I think I've shared all of my Halloween Sizzix Chapter 3 release projects, now onto Christmas, then Chapter 4, plus my Christmas Idea-ology projects!  

Until next time,



Hello everyone!  It's been a little while since I've posted, and I still have a few Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 projects to share.  I've been spending quite a bit of time in the craft room creating for Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas, which was just released on his Facebook Live last weekend.  If you missed that, there's a link to the video replay on his blog here. But, for now, back to Halloween!

I'm such a big fan of the Colorize Dies and this Skelly is a great addition to this line.

Colorize dies have lots of different layers, creating more dimension in your makes.  There's a very helpful instructional video for each Colorize die on the Sizzix website, explaining all the steps.

I've also used this Foundry 3-D Texture Fade and this Curio box Bigz XL on this project.

The Curio Box is a Bigz XL die, so you can die-cut chipboard and heavier materials.  I had some white chipboard, which I used to cut out the bottom piece of the box.  I didn't want the box to be very deep, so I cut down the sides about 1/2 inch.  

Glue your corners together and cover the box with patterned paper.  I used a piece from the Tim Holtz Abandoned paper stash.  This will go behind a large Halloween Baseboard Frame (TH93986).

Adhere this to the back of your Baseboard Frame.  Distress the edges of the frame before or after the box is adhered.

This is the Foundry 3D Embossing Texture Fade, die-cut from Tim Holtz Mixed Media Heavystock and painted to created an aged look.  I have a tutorial on how I paint these pieces here.  I used Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick and Ground Espresso paint.  I also add a bit of Glazing Medium to my paint in the end layers, which gives it a bit of a polished look.

Die-cut all your Skelly pieces from this embossed paper.  I managed to cut out all of them from this one piece.  I cut them out one at a time, just so I wouldn't waste any of my paper.  Takes a bit longer, but at least I didn't have to emboss and paint another sheet.

Adhere all your pieces together, if you have any problems with the sequence, the video really helps!  I also inked the edges of the pieces.  The grey parts are from paper coloured with Distress Oxide Sprays and inks, the back of the eyes and the zigzag highlights are black kraftstock.

Skelly is adhered to the edges of the box, slightly coming out on the one side.  For embellishing my frame, I used moss from the craft store, Boneyard bones(TH93964), Beware Story Stick(TH94063), black heavy thread, and Type Chips (TH94031).  I also used Mini Fasteners Screw Brads Hardware (TH92790) on the Type Chips to fasten them to the frame.

Here's another look at my finished Skelly Frame!  Hope I've inspired you to create your own Skelly with something a little different than the usual colours.

Hope you come back to visit, I've a few more Sizzix Chapter 3 projects to share, plus some from the new Christmas Idea-ology release and in October there's another Chapter from Sizzix coming.  Lots of inspiration!

With this crazy year we are all experiencing, it is so nice to have creative hobbies, isn't it?  Now if I could just persuade my husband to learn how to cook, I'd have more time for it all!

Until next time,



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,


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