DIY Home Decor Frame - Sizzix Tutorial

Hi everyone!  I have a tutorial on the Sizzix blog today featuring this home decor frame:

I'm featuring new Tim Holtz Thinlits dies and embossing folder, plus an old favourite, his Tea Cup Bigz die.  Embossing folders and Tim's new Oxide Distress inks are perfect together!  Hope you join me at Sizzix to see how I created this!

Until next time,



Hello there, everyone!  Here's part two of my Tim Holtz Creativation 2017 projects.  Thank you for all your comments and visits here in the previous posts!  They are all very much appreciated.

For those of you who are familiar with the Tim Holtz Worn Book Covers from previous years, he has now released two new ones.  Unlike the older ones, these covers already have the 2 ring binder inside.  All ready for you to fill with your custom pages!  I've used the Tattered (TH93589) cover for my project here:

These covers are covered with fabric, so they take stain or other mediums beautifully.  I really liked the grey tone, but wanted a touch of blue so I lightly brushed Distress Stain onto areas of my book. The paper on the front is from the new release, Memoranda (TH93550) and around the edge is one of the many new tapes, from the French Design Tape(TH93355) pkg.  The oval frame is the Baroque Frame(TH93267) with a card from the Botanical Layers Paperie Pkg. (TH93554) inside.  The little word strip is from Idea-ology Clippings Stickers pkg.(TH93583).  I really love this pkg, so many wonderful little phrases and words. The paper die-cut flowers are also from the Botanicals pkg.   Those little flowers are the Bouquet Findings (TH93569).  These little white flowers can be easily altered with stain or ink, giving you your perfect custom coloured flower.

My favourite part of this book cover is the knob and wings.  I love colouring all the metal findings with paint, it completely changes the look of each piece.  This knob is from the new Mini Hardware Findings pkg. (TH93571) and the wings from the Regal Adornments Pkg. (TH92903).  I think I used a combination of Picket Fence, Evergreen Bough, Tumbled Glass, and Mustard Seed.  The metal Word Band (TH93000) was attached with design tape (French TH93355) that was doubled and threaded through the loops on each side.  I applied paint on top and then wiped away the excess so it just stayed inside the words to highlight them.

Here's a few of my pages inside:

The word fly is made with the new Alpha Transparent Tiles (TH93566).  I used two Mixed Media Tags, die-cut the three rectangles out with the Tim Holtz Sizzix Stitched Rectangle Thinlits die 661189 (the smallest one) which were slightly smaller than the tiles.  Before die-cutting the rectangles, I embossed the top tag with Tim's new Floral Texture Fade Embossing Folder (661821) and painted with Distress Paint (Black Soot, Hickory Smoke, Picket Fence). Adhere the tiles to the inside of the back tag and adhere the top one.

There's that gorgeous Paper Cut Bird Thinlits die again! (661800)

Paper Dolls (TH93555) on a stencilled and painted tag. Idea-ology Quotations Metallic Stickers (TH93559), Snippets Ephemera (TH93564) and an Index Clip Fastener (TH93574) also were added.

Patterned paper with added Chatter Design Tape (TH93360).

Well, that's my mini album project, there's a few more to come, stay tuned!


Sanctuary Layout with 3-D Embossing

Hello there crafty friends!  I have a layout on my blog today, featuring one of Sizzix's new 3-d Textured Impressions embossing folders:

I've used the Leaves folder for this layout, along with a few Sizzix Thinlits dies.

These embossing folders have a deeper and bolder texture to them.  Love this leaf one, and there are other fabulous ones here.

These folders are thicker than your regular ones, so the Sizzix Sandwich for these is a little different.   Open your Sizzix Platform to Tab 1, place your folder, with your paper inside,  and then adding a standard cutting pad on top.  You are only using one cutting pad, two will make it too thick to go through your machine.

Love the extra dimension on these folders.

I decided to paint and distress my embossed paper.  I used a mixed media cardstock, which I lightly gessoed after embossing.  I used various colours of Distress paint until I got this end result.  Just a note here; I probably would test what colour combination I wanted to use, on a test sheet first.  I ended up adding a few too many layers of paint, trying to get the right colour combo I wanted on here, and the raised areas weren't as pronounced.  After the paint dried I lightly sanded the top, highlighting the embossed pattern.

My leaves were die-cut with the Sizzix Tim Holtz Garden Greens Thinlits die and patterned paper.  

After they were die-cut out, I lightly sprayed them with Tim Holtz Distress Stain Spray.

On my layout, I added a few hand cut leaves from my paper (49 & Market, Vintage Artistry) and my die-cut leaves.  The butterfly is also hand-cut out. 

My larger butterfly was die-cut from the Sizzix Tim Holtz Detailed Butterflies Thinlits set. The top layer was die-cut from patterned paper and the bottom was a solid colour cardstock.  Both were spritzed with Distress Spray and a Distress Brass Mica Spray.

Once I had all my pieces cut out, distressed, and inked, I adhered them to my paper.  The background paper has some paint and stain splattered randomly.  

My photos were taken at an amazing park, The William Rickets Sanctuary, in the Dandenongs, Victoria, Australia.  When we were visiting our son, we spent the day up in the Dandenongs and this was our last stop. It was just before closing, so we didn't get to spend as much time there as I would have liked. As soon as you enter the park, you feel the peacefulness and tranquility amongst the ferns and trees.  William Ricketts bought this property in the 1930s and began these amazing mystical pottery sculptures representing the Aboriginal people and their culture.  He created these pieces and embedded them into the  rocks and trees so they look like they are part of the landscape.  I think there's close to a 100 pieces, some hidden or almost completely covered with moss, you almost miss them.  It was such an inspiring place to visit, I hope to visit again one day.

I also want to thank all of you for the wonderful comments I received on my Tim Holtz CHA projects.  Thank you so much, it means a lot to me.  I will be posting the rest of them later this week!

Thanks for stopping by,


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