Hello everyone!  I'm sure a lot of you Tim Holtz and Sizzix fans joined in the Facebook Halloween Chapter 3 reveal, but I hope you'll join me over the coming weeks for some tutorials featuring a few tips and techniques using these Seasonal dies!

Here's a sneak peek of one of my Halloween projects, tutorial to follow soon!
Be sure to check out Tim's blog for a link to all the incredibly talented designers who created for the Chapter 3 release.

Don't forget, tomorrow is the Facebook Live Reveal for Christmas Chapter 3!

Until next time,




Hello everyone!  I'm back on the Sizzix blog today with another tutorial featuring Tim Holtz Chapter 2 dies!  I'm partial to anything with birds, so I couldn't wait to create with this Feathered Friends Thinlits set.  You can find my tutorial here on the Sizzix UK blog.
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Hello everyone!  I'm back on the Sizzix blog today with another tutorial featuring Tim Holtz Chapter 2 dies!  These new Colorize animal dies are so cute and easy to use when creating your own special project.  You can find my tutorial here on the Sizzix UK blog or here on the Sizzix US blog.

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Hello everyone, I'm very grateful that Sizzix has asked me to be a guest blogger on the Making Journal  today. I'll be sharing a tutorial on this card that I have created using dies from their just released Chapter 2.

 You have seen the Doodle Art #1 Thinlits die from Chapter 1 used here on my blog in a very different way.  I wanted to show you how versatile these dies are and how different they can look, just by your choice of papers and mix media materials.  I've used from Chapter 2, the Doodle Art #2 Thinlits die here, along with Media Marks, and Decor Frames.

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Until next time,



Hello everyone!  Hope you are all safe and doing o.k. during these difficult times.  I am so grateful I have many hobbies and interests(and supplies!) that will keep me going for a long time.  I'm sharing a  tutorial today on a project I created for Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 2 at Creativation.  Who doesn't love distressed bricks and suitcases!

Love this Brickwork 3-D Texture Fades embossing folder!  I know this is going to show up a lot in my future projects.  Then there's the Baggage Claim Bigz die!  Those little detail elements make these suitcases so dimensional.  I've also used a frame from the Chapter 2 Decor Frames Bigz die for my sign.  There's this rectangle shape and an oval shape on the same die.

Using the back side, I painted my Tim Holtz Vignette Tray with white Gesso.

Starting with the background, I embossed a piece of Tim Holtz Mixed Media Heavystock.  Spritz your paper lightly before embossing to avoid cracking.  I chose a paper that would withstand my paint.  I also embossed an older 3D Texture Fade, Foundry.

I didn't take any photos of my painting process for the two embossed folders, but if any of you have visited here before, it's the dry-brushing method with Distress Paint that I use a lot.  A few examples where I've used this are herehere, or here. I started with Ground Espresso(dark brown), then reds, ambers, etc. The main colour is whatever brick colour you choose, but add in some brighter colours in the layers, to give it interest and depth.  After my two pieces were painted, I cut the brickwork piece, following an uneven pattern where the bricks are separated. I wanted the top half to show more bricks, so I cut that part wider. With the remaining piece left over, I flipped it and added it to the bottom part of the brick piece.  The Foundry piece is adhered first, then the Brickwork to the wood tray.  I left a small piece uncovered at the bottom, as my little base is adhered there and I wanted a flat surface. 

 I did go back and add some black flecks of paint to my bricks with my Splatter Brush(Ranger Tim Holtz TDA47841) and I stamped little bits of the graffiti writing on the Stamper's Anonymous Evolution CMS262 stamp.  I just inked that part of the stamp I wanted to use and pressed it onto the brick with my hand.  I wanted the writing to be random and not perfect.  I would do this before adhering your Brickwork to the tray (so much easier).

I used two pieces of Tim Holtz Etcetera Bracket Trims, one wider than the other.  Adhere these together and paint with white gesso.

Paint this piece with a dark brown (Ground Espresso) let dry.  Add Ranger's Opaque Crackle Texture paste to random areas.  Let this dry, then highlight the cracks with Tim Holtz Distress Crayons, in darker brown tones.

Before Adhering the base, I adhered Tim Holtz Travel Collage Paper (TH93950) to the sides with Distress Collage Matte Medium.  Also apply it to the top of your papered sides, to seal it in.  Adhere your base to the bottom front of your tray.  This also helps your tray stand better without falling over.

Die-cut your Baggage Claim  suitcase pieces with chipboard.  I painted them with white gesso before dry brushing my colours on.  This gives the paint colours a white base to start with and the colours are more true, but also it adds some texture to your pieces from the brush strokes. Start with your darkest colour and dry brush the lighter colours.  Die-cut your straps and handles with Tim Holtz Metallic Kraftstock and Black cardstock.  Distress these by sanding and adding a small amount of Distress crayon.  Adhere to the suitcases.

Your suitcases are ready to add to your piece.  

I've added in some moss, and Tim Holtz Ephemera under and around the suitcases.  A large Paper Doll (tinted lightly) sits on top of the suitcase.  I cut a slit under the one hand and stuck a Tim Holtz Snippets(TH93564) Ephemera ticket in the slit to add more dimension.  I used foam adhesive squares to adhere him so he isn't flat against the brick.

For my sign, I die-cut the letters with adhesive backed black cardstock using the Tiny Type Upper Thinlits set(664406).  I have been using this set and the lower case set so much lately.  Perfect size for cards or anything else and because the letters are small, you can actually spell out longer words! 

I adhered the letters to a piece of Woodgrain cardstock that had been coloured with Distress Oxide Sprays.  This was cut to fit behind the frame.  The frame was die-cut with chipboard, and Tim Holtz Black Metallic Kraft Stock, using the new Decor Frame Bigz Die.  I adhered the Black metallic frame onto the chipboard frame, then distressed it with sanding and brown distress crayons.  This frame was then adhered to my tray.  I also distressed a piece of ephemera(a sign) with Distress Oxides, sanding and inking, then adhering it to the edge and around the corner of the tray.

And that my friends, is the end of my tutorial!  Here's another look at the tray!

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and  it inspires you to create your own scene with these amazing new dies and 3d embossing folder.

Thanks for visiting, hope you come again. 


Please stay safe and STAY HOME, craft away!  



Hello everyone!  I'm sharing another project created for Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1 Creativation release. If you missed it, here is a list of all the designers who participated in the Tim Holtz Sizzix booth and Facebook Live here.

I love how you can use the Doodle Art Thinlits die as an overlay on any combination of colours or looks on a background.  I decided to go a little brighter and use pinks, yellows, and corals, guess I was thinking Spring!

I've also used the Pattern Repeat, Tiny Type Upper and Tiny Type Lower Alphanumeric Thinlits sets from Chapter 1.  My flowers are created from the older Funky Floral Large  and Funky Floral 3 Thinlits set.  Here's a short tutorial on how I created my Etcetera tag.

To begin, I took an Idea-ology 5 x 8" Collage Frame (TH93711) and applied Distressed Collage Medium all over, then immediately place a piece of plain Collage Tissue Paper (TH93708) over top.  Add a bit more Collage Medium on top and dry. I like all the wrinkles and texture it gave the frame, but still allowed the printed border to show through. A very thin coat of white gesso came next. I sprayed Distress Oxide Spray in Abandoned Coral(with a small amount of water sprayed) to give it a light distressed looking colour.  Let this dry.

I randomly stamped with Stampers Anonymous stamps Patchwork(CMS256) and Newsprint (CMS266) with Black Archival ink.  I stamped with just the stamp in my hand, so it would be uneven.

I used a Stampers Anonymous Medium Etcetera Tag(THETC-002) for my base which I painted with Distress paint.  I started with my lighter colours; Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold and Abandoned Coral.  The first colour is painted on to completely cover the tag, each colour following was dry brushed, so the different layers of colour show through.  This is one of my favourite methods using paint, if you are not familiar with the technique, I have step by step examples here or here.  I ended up with Black Soot as my last colour, but the lighter, colourful layers showed through slightly, giving the black more depth and interest.

My bright background was created with Yupo paper and various Alcohol Inks by Ranger Ink.

Black cardstock was used in cutting out the Doodle Art Thinlit die.  I cut it out twice, one for behind the frame, and the other piece was cut up for the leaves and pieces underneath my Large Funky Florals.  The Funky Florals were also die-cut with alcohol inked Yupo paper.  Adhere the Doodle Art background to the back of your Collage frame, your flowers and Doodle Art bits to the corner of the frame.

Adhere the coloured Yupo cardstock to the back of the Collage frame, underneath the Doodle Art cut out.  I used foam 3d adhesive for this, as I wanted a small space in-between the two pieces, for added depth. Adhere this Collage Frame to your Etcetera Tag.  Pieces of the black cardstock die-cut with Pattern Repeat (the honeycomb pattern) were tucked in my cluster of florals and leaves.  I left in the center pieces where my Tiny Type words were(Love Life) which die-cut from mixed media heavy stock and tinted lightly with Distress Ink, giving a dark background to the lighter letters.

I added in above the frame, die-cut pieces of the Doodle Art, Funky Florals 3, Large Funky Florals (Black cardstock and alcohol inked Yupo paper for colour).

Save those tiny scraps of coloured paper, whether it's alcohol inked, Distress Oxide, Paint, or sprays! It's handy to have them ready for all those little flower pieces.  I keep all of mine in a ziplock clear bag, the heavier freezer ones that have a zipper closing so it's easier to open and close(and stays closed!) I've also added in a few Tim Holtz Clippings Stickers(TH93583) that were lightly tinted with Worn Lipstick Distress ink and tinted seam binding ribbon.

Here's another look at my finished tag!  Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and thank you so much for your interest and support!
Next time, I will be sharing projects created for the Chapter 2 release!

See you soon,




Hello everyone!  Today I'm sharing another project created for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1, 2020 release.  If you missed the Facebook Live, featuring all the dies and fabulous projects created from this release, you can see it here.

I've created my small hanging home decor project using the Curio Box, Heartbeat, Crochet #2, and Falling Hearts Sizzix dies.  Love the Heartbeat set so much, it can be used in so many different ways!

Here's a small tutorial on how I created this:

First I die-cut the tops of my 3 boxes with patterned paper (AbandonedTH94022) and the Curio Box Bigz die.  I die-cut the box bottoms using chipboard.  For the middle box, I die-cut this heart from the  Heartbeat Thinlits set in the middle of the curio box top.

For the other two boxes, I die-cut the centres out with the Curio Box Framelits (4 Framelits come with the Curio Box Bigz die).  I used the larger one for the box top and the smaller one (same shape) for cutting out a piece of cardstock cut to fit behind.   I also cut out a piece of patterned Vellum (Wallflower Vellum TH93148) and adhered this behind the cardstock frame, then this behind the box top(3d dimensional foam adhesive squares).  The other two Thinlits Heartbeat cardstock die-cuts were adhered across the top of the boxtops. 

Before adhering the tops on the boxes, I installed the Tiny lights(TH94019), starting with the box that will be at the top.  Punch a hole for the string to go through in one of the top corners. This string of lights will be divided between the three boxes.  Exit the string in the corner of the box bottom, same side as the string entrance. There's about 1" space between each box.  Your light string should exit in the middle of the corner as this will be covered by the crochet trim. I didn't adhere this corner closed until the strand was put through.  There's no flap to adhere the box sides together, this is because if you're using chipboard, it never folds well because of the thickness.  My tip for securing the corners; I use small strips of tissue paper and liquid adhesive to adhere the corners together and then add more liquid adhesive on the inside. Tissue is a great way to secure sections together, without the bulk.  I also made a hole in the centre near the top, threaded a loop of twine(knotted at the end) through, for a hanger.

I temporarily taped the battery pack to the outside back.  Adhere the tops to the box bases, after your lights are fixed in.

With the Crochet 2 Thinlits set, I die-cut several strips with cardstock.  This die set does not have a cutting edge on the ends, so you continue the strip as long as your paper.  I wanted a strip long enough to go all around the three boxes, so I adhered several together.  Once you have done this, weave twine through the holes for extra strength.  I left extra twine on the ends for tying a bow on the top.

There is a space left between each box, so I used a small piece of the crochet die-cut and adhered it to the back where it shows.  This is adhered after you have the lights all assembled in the three boxes.  The strand runs along the backside of the crochet die-cut, which will be covered. To get the trim on, I started with the middle of the strip and started adhering to the middle of the bottom box, going up each side. After you have reached the top middle, snip the ends of the leftover crochet trim.

For the middle box, I added die-cut cardstock hearts from the Falling Hearts Thinlits Set.  These were adhered to the vellum, underneath the heart monitor.

Here's closer look at the top box when it is lighted.

Here's the bottom box lighted up.

I also added a painted ring from the Mini Hardware Findings set(TH93571). and a Story Stick(TH93680), and Arrow(TH93127) to the top of boxes, tying the twine around it in a bow.  I've circled the area where the light strand runs between the boxes, you can hardly see it.

Here's another look at my finished project!  Hope you enjoyed my tutorial, thanks so much for visiting!

Until next time,




Hello everyone!  I'm happy to be back on the Sizzix blog with a tutorial on creating this Etcetera Tag. It features new Tim Holtz dies from the Chapter 1 release.  You can find my tutorial here or here!

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Hi everyone!  I'm sharing a project today featuring the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1 release.

I love all the 3D Texture Fade Embossing folders, and I wanted to highlight this new Rose one that is gorgeous!  Here's a short tutorial how I created my Vignette box.

Starting with my Vignette tray(TH93568), I covered the edges and inside walls with Typography Collage Paper(TH93952), using Distress Collage Medium.

The back and sides were covered with patterned paper Memoranda TH93550).  Then randomly cover the sides, edges and back with Ranger's Opaque Crackle Texture paste.  Set aside to let this dry.

Take a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock and cut to the width of the inside of your Vignette tray.  I embossed this first, using the new Chapter 1 3D Roses Texture fade folder. Because my paper is longer, I flipped my paper around and did the other end. You can see the place where there's a seam, but my shelf covers that. You can either colour your paper with Distress Oxides before embossing, or after. I wanted the Oxides to pool around the embossed areas so I chose after.  You might lose a bit of the depth in your embossing, you can always emboss it again after.  I used Spring colours (it's cold and dark winters here, so any excuse to use bright spring colours is welcome! The Distress Oxide Sprays I used were; Tea Dye, Dried Marigold, and Old Paper.  Adhere this to the inside of your Vignette tray.

For my shelf, I used two different widths of the Etcetera Bracket Trims(THETC-010).  These were painted with white gesso, or paint, then Opaque Crackle texture paste applied.

I used a scrap of Mixed Media Heavystock, coloured with Oxide Sprays, to die-cut the Crochet 2 Thinlits die.  This doesn't cut on the ends, so you can die-cut it as long as you want.

After my Etcetera shelf had dried, I applied Distress Crayons in the crackled areas to highlight.  The Crochet 2 trim was bent in the middle and this is adhered to the trim end, following the curve.  Adhere this to the inside of your tray.  It's about 2 - 2 1/2" from the bottom.

The pot was die-cut with Mixed Media Heavystock, coloured with Distress Oxides also.
I used this Bigz die from last year's release called Potted. Slightly bend the ends so it curves.
Adhere this to the shelf.

Die-cut flowers with Oxide Sprayed Heavystock(Tea Dye, Dried Marigold, and Spun Sugar), using the Mini Tattered Florals Thinlits set.

Adhere these to the inside of your pot.  Those 3D embossed leaves are cut out from the remanent of the embossed rose background folder.  Add in some spanish moss.  I also added in a butterfly die-cut from the Scribbly Butterflies Thinlits set. I placed it on the edge of my tray, as I had a hard time covering up my embossed background.  Do you ever have that problem?  Sometimes I love the background so much, I don't want to cover it, so I pick my least favourite part to cover!

For the base on my tray, I made this from two Etcetera Bracket Trims, and a piece from the negative leftover in-between.  I wanted the tray to have a wider base, so it wouldn't fall over.  This middle is covered up with paint and then Crackled texture paste.  It is then adhered to the bottom of the tray.

To finish off the bottom of my tray, I added in a painted thimble(TH93791) to use as a smaller pot, die-cut flowers, a twig and some spanish moss.  On the right side, I added a tinted Baseboard Paper Doll (TH93796) with wings(TH93785).  I even glued a tiny amount of moss in her hand to give the doll a little 3D embellishment.  A Book Clippings sticker was added also(TH93583).

Another view, looking down.

For the top, I added a Vignette Finial(TH93573) that was painted.  A Date Dial(TH93953) was adhered underneath.  Moss was also added to complete the top.

Here's another look at my finished project!  I think I need to create more spring projects, it's been so cold here the past week and half; around -30 to -40C everyday! I think there was one day, we were the coldest city on the planet!  It's finally warming up today, still minus but single digits! Feels almost like spring, but unfortunately we know we have a couple of months of winter to go.

Thanks so much for stopping by, until next time,


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