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,