CHA Tim Holtz Projects

I've been very fortunate for the past couple of years, to be asked to create for the Tim Holtz booth at CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) Mega Show.  I'm always amazed  that I get to be a part of this with an amazing group of talented people.  It is so exciting when that box arrives!  My husband can't quite get what all the excitement is about, over this box of paper, metal pieces and such.  That's the worst part, you can't share it with anyone, it's top secret!  Here are the samples I created this year:

Who can resist doilies!  I know I can't, so loved using this Thinlits Doily(Sizzix 661497) die on this card.  After die-cutting it with cardstock, I inked with Distress Ink, then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I sprayed Distress Spray Stain (I think Stormy Skies) all over the embossed doily and then heated it again with my heat gun.  The heat kind of melted the colour into the clear melted powder, giving it a mottled blue glassy look.  The papers are from the new Dapper collection, the metal charm is the TH93270 Antique Cameo frame, with a rub-on 6  from TH93287 Gilded Accents, and my other dies were Tiny Tattered Florals 660227, Scribbles & Splat 660222, and Debossing Months Set 660046.

I was also asked to use this Typo Upper Alphabet Die.  This is a Bigz XL Steel Rule die, so the letters are 1 1/4" tall and can be cut out with thicker materials. This die is released in April.  I used the new adhesive backed Textile TH93294 paper on top of chipboard for the letters and coloured them black.  These extra large gadget gears TH93297 made great flowers!  The stems are patterned paper (Dapper collection) cut in strips and the leaves were die-cut from the Textile paper.

This Dapper guy is another new Bigz die 661192, also releasing in April.  I die-cut this from a piece of Substrate paper (TH93291) that was embossed with the Herringbone embossing folder (661201).  This paper comes in three different colours, is resilient, flexible and can be stitched, painted, punched, however you want to alter it.  I adhered adhesive backed linen from the Textile Surfaces pkg behind the die-cut.  There's new design tape in gold or silver and two different widths.  This is what I used around the edge of my mat.

This Dapper Paper Collection has a masculine theme but it can be used in other ways too, like this vacation 8 x 8 layout.  These are older dies used in this layout, the Globe(660214), Handwritten Journey(660217), Mixed Media (660220), Courtyard Frameworks (659429), Labels Set (660060).  The courtyard frameworks were die-cut from chipboard, then painted with a mixture of black gesso and texture paste.  This gave the rough texture that I highlighted with Distress Paints.  The metal embellishments are new also; the Watch Cameos (TH93264) and Nailheads (TH93277).  These Display Hangers (TH93271) are perfect for hanging those special projects.

This 8 x 10 layout features the Dapper Bigz die again, this time the die-cut pieces, not the negative piece.  There's also the Black & Gold Mini Cabinet Card, Nailheads, Watch Cameo, Dapper Design Tape, Gilded Accents and Alphabet rub-ons from the new release.  The Typo Bigz XL die was used again, with fabric covered chipboard.  The Mixed Media Thinlit die was used with Dapper paper and metallic Tim Holtz Core-dinations paper.

My last project is a 12 x 12 vacation layout, again featuring the Typo Alphabet die.  This is used with paper covered chipboard.  The "explore" is from Adventure Block Words 660212 and the negative die-cut is used.  I die cut the patterned paper and then die-cut the "ex" on my photo, the brown cardstock mat shows through.  The metal gears have the Dapper epoxy brad and pearl in the center.  A mini Plaquette (th93296) is hanging from twine with a globe charm.  The small leaves are punched out from the Tim Holtz Large Laurel Punch (660172).  The Tim Holtz Labels Thinlits dies are used here also, along with the mini Filmstrip (658551) die-cut from the Substrate paper.  Can't forget the Dapper Design tape, love this stuff!

Well, that's all my CHA projects!  Don't you love this release?  I'm always crazy for all the different metal embellishments, they can be used on everything.  
I'm so grateful for the opportunity to design for this show.  Thank you, Tim!

Until next time,



A Stamped Doily Card

Hello!  Today I sat down just to play and create something.  No deadline, not for work, just for me.  It doesn't seem to happen as much as I would like, but it's pretty hard to resist the need to use some new products.  There has been a lot of that arriving in the past week at the store.  I seemed to have spent a small fortune (how did that happen?), thank goodness it was payday!  One of my purchases was this Tim Holtz Doily Stamp set:

How did I  get the floral pattern on my stamp?  It's easier than you think!

This is my favourite paper from the new Tim Holtz Paper Stash "Dapper" Collection, so I decided to use this for my pattern.  I cut out a piece 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 and stamped three of the doilies from my set(CMS254) on my paper with clear embossing ink.  I then used clear embossing powder on the images and heat set.  This now acts as a resist.  Next I sprayed the entire surface with Aged Mahogany Distress Spray Stain.  Wipe off the excess that has pooled on the resist doilies. Don't you love this colour?  The pattern shows through on the areas that resisted the spray. See, how easy is that!

To accent my stamped doilies, I applied and rubbed in with a Walnut Stain Distress Crayon along the outside edges.  Love these crayons, they are so creamy.  I just rubbed with my finger, so it gave a soft shadow.

To finish off my card, I applied Tim Holtz Gold Design Tape to a strip of Gold Metallic Core-dinations cardstock and adhered this to my card.  I dyed some Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon with Tarnished Brass Mica Spray and Tarnished Brass Distress Stain Spray and tied it into a bow after it had dried.  Hung from it is one of the new Idea-ology Cameo Frames(a piece of patterned paper inside).  My "celebrate" is from Sizzix's Tim Holtz 660215 Celebrate Handwritten die. This is matted on black cardstock, then gold metallic core-dinations paper, before my card base.

This is just another way to use your stash of stamps and patterned paper!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you come back and visit.  I haven't had a chance to show my Tim Holtz CHA booth projects, I will be doing that soon!



Hello everyone!  Today I have a tutorial with this layout on the Sizzix blog, we're celebrating love this month!

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