Hello friends!  One of my favourite things to create with Tim Holtz Idea-ology products, are little vignettes.

 I don't know about you, but I love all the Trinket Tins so much that I have a really hard time using them, I just want to collect them!  I've actually purchased more than one of each... to use and one or two to keep!

The first thing I did, was cover a Vignette Wood Box (TH93279) with plaid paper from Christmas Paper Stash (TH93739) and sand the edges.  I then adhered some Funky Festive and Mini Holiday Greens die-cuts on the top of my box where my trinket tin was going to sit.  I didn't do too many as I wanted it still to be fairly flat.  With the matching plaid Christmas Design Tape (TH93760), I taped all the inside of my tin, both sides, close to the outer edge to finish off the inside, except the edges that will sit on the box (I'll tell you why in a bit).  A piece of Worn Christmas Wallpaper (TH93777) with a wintery scene, was cut to fit the inside of my tin lid.  A Christmas Quote Chip (TH93753) with four little mini fasteners (TH92790), love these, they look like little screws, in the corners.  At this point, I have not put the box top or anything else in the deep side of the tin.  Place your tin on the box where you want it placed, and hammer a small nail through the tin and wood box, both sides, lid and bottom of your tin.  Your tin is now secure on the box to continue on embellishing.  I just glued a piece of foam underneath where the nail came through, or you could bend the nail.  Add in a piece of Design tape to the bottom of your tin, both sides, to cover the nails.

This is the view from the back, where you can see my Christmas foliage peeking out from the tin bottom.  I tucked in a few more pieces after the tin was nailed down.

The smallest of the Vignette Box Tops, there's 5 in the package (TH93755 - Ribbon Icicle Decorations; 3.38 x 4.75 inches) fits inside the trinket box with a bit of room above and below.  I've just die-cut some Distress Cardstock with  Funky Festive and Mini Holiday Greens to fill in that empty space.  I wanted a 3-d looking scene inside, so I found this photo ephemera from the Christmas Ephemera pack.  It was a bit wider than my box top, which was perfect.  I just taped the two sides to the front corners, giving the photo a curve.  This created a half circle area to create a "floor" by just adhering a small piece of cardstock to the bottom.  This was covered in Tim Holtz Grit paste(for snow) and a mini tree.  Rock Candy Glitter was added while still wet. Adhere the box to the inside of your tin, leaving a space on the bottom and top for your greens.  Greens were added to the top of the tin with Tiny Bells (TH93744), ribbon and a Christmas Token.

Love these Salvaged Snowmen (TH93774)!  Fun to paint or alter anyway you want, the same as the Salvaged Santas, which I altered with just Gold Mixative Alcohol ink and glitter here.  I've used Distress Paint and antiqued it with a Distress Crayon (diluted with water). To add a bit of snow around my snowman, paper dolls, and tree, I used Grit Paste with Rock Candy Glitter added while wet. This will anchor your embellishments to the box a bit more securely even though they were glued down first. The Icicles (TH93778) were accented with Distress Rock Candy paint, glitter, and a touch of white Picket Fence paint.

A tree Ephemera piece was adhered to the corner of the tin. The edges were inked and a bit of Rock Candy glitter added.  For my tree in the front, I used a Woodland Tree(TH93757) which was coloured with Bundled Sage Distress Spray, glittered with Rock Candy Glitter, and placed in a thimble(TH93772, my favourite item from this Christmas release!) which was coloured with Alcohol Ink.    I bit of snow was also placed in front of the thimble.  Some Beaded Berries(TH93779) were coloured with alcohol ink and placed among the foliage.

Well, I think describes about everything.  Sorry, I didn't take any step by step photos this time.  I find it really slows down my creating process, especially in the winter here, when it gets dark so early and there's a shortage of good light!  Hope I've encourage you to use one of your trinket tins!

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

Happy Crafting,




Hello there, I still have a few cards to share that were created for the Tim Holtz Holiday Sizzix video.     Today I'm sharing one made with the Wise Men Thinlits die.  It is so beautiful, I decided to keep it simple.

You can tell I was getting closer to my deadline, no time for photos featuring the steps! Lol! 
I used Tim Holtz Watercolour cardstock to die-cut my thinlits, using the flat side on top.  The wise men and the star were then adhered with Collage Medium to another piece of Watercolour cardstock, this time using the textured side.  The Wise Men Thinlits piece doesn't have any cut sides or bottom, so you can choose how wide or deep you want the bottom.  Love this idea!   How many times, have you wished for just a bit wider die to cover your card dimensions.

I've used my favourite dry brushing technique to create this painted look (Distress Paint).  I go into more detail on how to achieve this, in this post from last year's Inspiration series or this one with the 3-D embossing folders.  I love how the different colours of paint work with the texture of the watercolour paper.  I kept my colours in the same gold or yellow tones to keep it simple.

I've used this Metallic Tim Holtz ribbon(TH93338), and Tiny Bells (TH93744) across the bottom.  Funky Festive leaves and foliage under the bells and to finish it off, 'Peace on Earth' die-cut from Thin Alphanumeric Thinlits in Gold Metallic Kraft Cardstock. This card front was matted on dark brown, then Gold Metallic Kraft Cardstock.  I also add a strip of Tim Holtz Design Tape to the very bottom.

Hope I have given you a bit of Christmas card inspiration!  There's still more to come so I hope you visit me again.  Thanks so much for your comments here and on Instagram, I appreciate them all and am grateful for all the crafty love!
Have a great weekend!



Hi everyone! It's hard to believe that November is half over already.  That means cardmakers have either finished all their Christmas cards or if you're like me, haven't started yet! For some inspiration, here's a couple of shaker cards I created for Tim Holtz that were also featured on his Sizzix Holiday Part 2 video.

This fun Thinlits set, Cool Yule is one of my favourites from this year's Holiday release. You can create all sorts of different looks for each of the four characters.  The Snowy Stars Thinlits set was perfect for using around my shaker opening.

Die-cut the Snowy Stars ring on a piece of white cardstock.  Using the Stitched Circles die that fits on the inside of the ring, die-cut a circle in the middle.

Cut out a piece of clear acrylic and adhere to the back of your die-cut starry cardstock. Then die-cut an adhesive backed foam ring(if you want a bit more depth to your shaker box, use two of these), using two sizes of the stitched circles and glue onto the acrylic piece.

Die-cut your character pieces and adhere.

Cut out another ring from cardstock and adhere to the front of the card.

Your character will be adhered to the front of the acrylic piece.

Fill the circle with your shaker bits.  I just used the cut out star pieces from my starry ring.
Adhere a die-cut stitched circle to the back foam ring.  I used strips of foam the same depth as the ring, around the die-cut cardstock.

I chose a coloured piece of cardstock to adhere behind the front so it shows through the stars.

Adhere the two mat papers onto your card base, then your white die-cut card front.

Finish off your card front with a sentiment, I used the Christmas Shadow Script.  The stars are from the Snowy Stars Die set too.  The words, 'tis the, are from the Holiday Talk Metallic Sticker Pkg. (TH93347).

I used the same idea, but a square cutout instead of the circle.  I used the straight strip of stars and cut it out four times, around the cutout stitched square.  Some of the strips slightly overlapped, but you can't really tell.  The bingo card is from Tim Holtz Christmas Ephemera pack. The branches are from Tim's Branches Bigz Die and the greens are from Funky Festive.  Happy Holidays is also a Holiday Metallic Sticker.  The plaid paper is from last years Christmas Paper Stash.


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