Hello friends!  I'm sharing a card today featuring a special limited edition Tim Holtz Sizzix die set from Simon Says Stamp , in celebration of their DieCember event. This set is free with a $25.00 minimum purchase of any Tim Holtz product.  Check out the Simon Says Stamp YouTube video where Heidi and Tim reveal the die set and his amazing Village Dwelling projects here:  https://youtu.be/5jfls2PBq0s

It's hard to tell in my photo, but this is a shaker card!  

I created a background with Distress Mixed Media Heavystock, Distress Sprays and Oxide Sprays (Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Speckled Egg, Antique Linen, Scattered Straw and a little bit of Distress Flickering Candle Mica Stain on the moon). The small amount of yellow tones were applied first and where I wanted my moon. The stars were die-cut about center, my background cut to size, then machine stitched around the edge.  Gold Kraftstock was cut slightly larger and adhered behind.

My Santa in the sleigh silhouette was die-cut with black smooth Kraftstock, the moon with a scrap piece of Distress white Heavystock that had yellow tones with a bit of Flickering Candle Mica Stain on it.  I used the large  3 1/2"size of the Sizzix Domes(664190).  I'm not sure if these have been discontinued, I hope not!  

I added in a couple of clouds and my sentiment, stamped with Simon Says Stamp limited edition Tim Holtz Stamptember set.

After my moon and clouds were glued down, I added a small amount of Tim Holtz Mica Flakes (TDR69140) in the centre and then adhered the dome over my scene.

Next I die-cut foliage from the Sizzix Festive Bouquet 665565 in Distress white Heavystock.  I added in a very small touch of colour with a wash of Stormy Sky Distress Ink applied with a watercolour brush.  After my pieces dried, I applied Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter with Distress Collage Medium.  These pieces were adhered around the outer edge of the dome to form a wreath.

For the finishing touches of my card, I stamped my sentiment on a scrap piece of coloured Heavystock, die-cut the stars again on each end, and backed this on gold cardstock.  The silhouette and sentiment were adhered to my card front.  This card front was adhered with foam adhesive squares to patterned paper (Christmas 2020 Worn Wallpaper) and then my cardstock base.

If you are interested in this free gift, I wouldn't wait too long, as there are limited quantities!
Hope this inspires you in your card making!

Thanks so much for visiting!

Until next time,




 Hello friends!  Today I am sharing a project I created for the Tim Holtz Christmas Idea-ology 2021 YouTube live.

The base for my project is the new 9 x 9” Vignette Display Panel.  I didn't take very many step by step photos as I was creating. I really didn't have much time to get my projects done so there was some late night crafting! 

For the inside of my panel, I’ve used the Sparkle stencil(THS132) with Distress Texture Paste, on  Distress Watercolour cardstock. After the paste dried, I coloured lightly with Distress Oxide and Distress Sprays. Sorry, I didn't have the colours written down, I'm pretty sure Bundled Sage was used though, lol! The inside edges are covered with Backdrops Christmas paper TH94181. 

Next I used the Christmas Collage Tiles (TH94189) and green cardstock cut the same size as the tiles to create my background pattern. The Collage tiles are adhered with foam adhesive squares so they are raised. 

This is my background pattern completed.  Something similar to a quilt pattern. At this point, you can finish off the front edge of the panel sides.  I just apply Distress Opaque Crackle paste TDA71303 randomly on the fronts, let dry naturally, then colour with Distress Brown crayon.

For the sides and back of my tray, I'll show you how I finished it here now, but I did do mine later on, as I wasn't sure how I was going to finish these parts yet.  I applied pieces of the Christmas Post Cards TH94192, Christmas Ephemera TH94187, Christmas Snippets TH94187 or any other paper pieces.  These  can be cut, torn, curled, anything to make them look like they have some history on this box.  I leave some of the wood box exposed and once you have it all glued on, apply Distress Crackle Paste randomly.  I have  even cut out a piece of chipboard the size of my label or paper, laid it down, then apply my crackle, then lift off the chipboard.  You are left with the blank spot that you will glue you paper piece onto, after your crackle has dried and you have tinted and coloured the crackle.  I use any dark brown Distress Crayon, usually Walnut Stain.  Apply this into the cracks, I usually wet my fingers lightly from a wet paper towel, and rub the colour in. After I apply a light wash using Distress ink from my craft mat, and a watercolour brush.  Heat dry.

For the back of my tray, I covered it with Christmas Collage Paper TH94192 and Distress Collage Medium.  You have to apply it a little heavier, so the paper becomes transparent, and then apply the collage medium on top after.  If it tears in places, I'm ok with that, but you can always cover those spots with more tissue or your Distress Crackle paste.  The label in the left cover, is an example where I used the piece of chipboard (not glued on) the same size as the label, and  then applied the crackle paste.  The label glued on after, looks like it's embedded into the paste.

Now for the embellishments. I’ve used the Yuletide card from Christmas Layers(TH94185) which is a thicker coated cardstock and placed it behind a Baseboard frame (th94143). This is the front of my pocket. 

Next I took one of the Mini File Folders (th94191) and propped it open with a Christmas Snippets Label(th94190) with a stamp sticker on top, from the Christmas Sticker Book(th94183).   This holds the file folder open like a pocket. My Yuletide frame is adhered to the front of this pocket.  This pocket is filled with foliage, a tiny amount of spanish moss, Bundled Sage tinted Mummy Cloth TH94155 and two Photo booth photos (these have been distressed on the edges) that are in the Christmas Paper Doll package TH94184.  You could fill this pocket with your own small photos or a small piece of memorabilia.  

I die cut a selection of Christmas foliage from Sizzix Holiday Brushstroke 2,(665578) Festive Bouquet (665565) Thinlits sets and also used poinsettia die-cuts from the Christmas Worn Wallpaper scraps(th94182). The foliage is a combination of cardstock, oxide or ink coloured Distress Heavystock.  These pieces all have randomly applied Rock Candy Glitter to them.
The poinsettia pieces are shaped slightly with a Tim Holtz Sizzix shaping tool 665304 (a metal ball) to curve the petals, then Rock Candy glitter applied randomly.  Do enough of these to cascade down the side of your pocket, a few in your pocket, and on the bottom of your tray.

I have also used Idea-ology Warm Velvet Trim th94115, Tiny Bells th94201, and Snowflake Adornments th94200 for the top corner.

Here's a better look at the photo booth photos, and the snowflake adornment (love these!!)

For the bottom of my vignette tray, I have used a Drippy Candle th94172, Candlestand Adornment th94166, Woodland Tree Lot th94211, Baubles Findings th94099, Tin Tops th94204, and Mini Flair th94197.  The Drippy Candle is adhered to the top of my Candle Stand (coloured with Alcohol ink to make it darker and more vintage).  Once that was secure, I added more drippy parts at the base and down the candle stick with hot glue.  Colour the drips with paint and Distress Crayon.
The Baubles are covered in the Holiday Snowfall Grit Paste (this is Ranger's limited Holiday Texture Set, tsck78227) with some Distress Mica Flakes added into it.  The Christmas Tin Top is covered with Icicle Crackle Paste, also from this Holiday set.  White Picket Fence Distress Crayon is rubbed into the cracks.  The Holiday Snowfall Grit Paste is applied on top and also on the base of my tray.  My small tree is coloured with green, and Mica Flakes applied.  I think I've got everything! 

Here's another look at my Yuletide Square Vignette tray!  Any little embellishments can be used for these vignettes to create your own Christmas magic!

I still have two more Idea-ology projects and another Sizzix one to share, hopefully soon.  My back is still bothering me to sit too long, so I'm doing things a little at a time!  But, my house is decorated, finished this week!  Yeah!

Thanks so much for visiting here, and also for the lovely comments.  They are so appreciated!

Until next time,




 Hello friends!  Well, it has officially turned into winter here, we’ve had quite the blizzard here with lots of snow and colder temperatures.  That means it definitely feels Christmasy now, so it feels right to start sharing my Tim Holtz Sizzix and Idea-ology makes. Hope you will bear with me, these posts will be brief, as I’ve hurt my back, somehow(feels like a pinched nerve which I have done before or maybe I’m just getting old!), unfortunately it has been quite painful to sit at the computer, my craft table, or sewing machine. Wouldn’t you know, my favourite activities! Any hard chair actually, so I’ve piled up pillows to help but that only works for so long! I’ve created this winter card for the Sizzix Tim Holtz YouTube live using the new Colorize set, Eugene.

How cute is this penguin set, Eugene?  I really like the combination of bright red and minty green in Christmas displays so I thought Eugene would suit this colour scheme. 

I’ve also used this Festive Words set. Love this font!

I’ve used a combination of different mediums on this card.  Sizzix Sculpting Foam seemed like a perfect choice to give a soft texture for the hat and scarf on Eugene and also the backdrop for my “let it snow”. This foam comes in many different colours and also can be sculpted to give a bit of shape, fantastic for flower dies. I’ve also used textured, smooth, and watercolour cardstock, plus mixed media Heavystock coloured with Distress and Oxide inks, sprays. Sizzix has videos to explain how all the pieces go together on all their Colorize sets. I highly recommend!

This Snowflake Impresslits embossing die is so beautiful!  Just added a tint of colour on one and Distress Rock Candy Glitter on all of them. 

The “ice mat” behind Eugene is made with a piece of acrylic and embossed with the Cobblestone 3-D Texture Fade Embossing folder. I lightly sanded it and rubbed a light touch of Distress paint, mostly on the edges. 

I’ve used several mats with cardstock and patterned paper from last year’s Idea-ology Christmas line. 

Just adhere your acrylic piece with the snowflakes tucked behind and then Eugene, words, let it snow, on top with dimensional foam adhesive dots. You’re done!  

Thanks so much for visiting,
See you soon!


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