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Hi everyone!  I've been in a bit of a creative slump lately, I think this horrible weather that has plagued us since January is getting the best of me.  That and catching a terrible head cold twice, have got those creative juices flowing to a slow trickle.  I decided to participate in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "A Trio of Something" hoping it would give me that push.  This is what I've created.

I've used a Tim Holtz Etcetera Mini Chipboard Tag (ETC004) for my project which measures about 4 1/2 x 8".

I started out by painting the tag with black gesso.  Once that dried, I used black texture paste and Tim Holtz Stencil Code (THS102) down the center of my tag. Next, I painted with a dry brush method, "Three" Distress Paint colours; Broken China, Mowed Lawn, and Evergreen Bough. To antique my colours, I used an acrylic glaze tinted with Ground Espresso paint.  This was painted over the entire surface, then lightly wiped off with a baby wipe after a few minutes.  The glaze mostly stays in the recessed areas.

I've gone back with my light green paint and lightly touched the raised areas.  I've added "Three" charms; a Story Stick(TH93680), Milagros Adornments(TH93676) and a Charmed Findings(TH93266) with a round Gumdrop inside.  I've also dyed seam binding with Dylusions Fresh Lime Spray, Distress Spray Stain in Evergreen Bough, and Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise Mica Spray and diluted with water.

Now to decorate my tag!  I used a piece of Tim Holtz Wallflower printed Vellum over top of the smallest size of Vignette Panels (TH93295).  This was lightly painted with a wash combination of Dylusions Fresh Lime Spray and Picket Fence Distress paint.  The small Vignette Frame (TH93694) was also  painted with Picket Fence Distress paint tinted with the Fresh Lime.  I also used an acrylic glaze tinted with Ground Espresso paint, leaving it in the recessed areas of the frame.

My other embellishment were tinted flowers (Tim Holt Bouquet Findings TH93569) and leaves die-cut from tinted Ranger Ink Watercolour paper.  I used Sizzix's Funky Floral 3 (662702) and Flower Jar (662270) Thinlits foliage dies.  These florals and foliage were inserted behind a Tim Holtz Mini Hardware Pull (TH93685- the half circle one).  A Tim Holtz Quote Chip was distressed and lightly inked (TH93563).

One of my favourite Idea-ology embellishments are these Faucet Knobs (TH93677).  I've used "Three" of them (painted) screwed onto a Tim Holtz wood ruler (TH93565) that was cut down to size and tinted with Picket Fence distress paint.

Once I had all my pieces finished I adhered them to my tag.  Here's another look at my finished project.  This is the first time I've joined in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, it could be a new weekly challenge for me! You can see the other entries here for inspiration!

Thanks for visiting me here,




Hello everyone, it's been awhile!  I've made a birthday card here using one of the new Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous sets.

This stamp set is the Inventor #3(CMS342) from the Inventor series.  This image was stamped on Ranger's Tim Holtz Watercolour Cardstock.  It was lightly tinted with Distress Oxide inks and a water brush.

My black frame was created with Sizzix's Tim Holtz Stacked Label Thinlits Set (662695) which is available the end of April.  The flowers were made with Sizzix's Tim Holtz Funky Florals #3(662702) also available at the end of April.

The frame was created with three die-cuts (the negative part) of the Stacked Label cut from thin chipboard.  These were glued together to create a thicker frame.  I applied Black Gesso, then dry brushed a couple of lighter colours f paint.  Next I  drew a gold, then black line close to the inner edge with markers.  I applied lightly, Black Distress paint, then dry brushed my two other colours to fade the lines, giving my frame an antique look.  The flowers were die-cut with a floral foam sheet.  The tag was created with Tim Holtz Metallic Sticker (TH93335) and Tiny Text Remnant Rubs(TH93695).  Those little button flowers centers were some old button brads I had in my stash.

Here's the inside of my card.  The papers are from Tim Holtz and Blue Fern Studios.

Here's another look at my card. Thanks so much for stopping by!



Hello there and thanks for stopping by!  I have an Etcetera tag that I am sharing today.

This is a tag that I had started for Creativation, but it never made it there.  I decided to finish it finally.  I have way too many unfinished projects hanging around, I need to start using the pieces or finishing them off!  Are any of you like that?  This is the Medium Thickboard Tag THETC-002(6 1/2 x 12 in) which is a great size to work on.  I've also used the new Tim Holtz Sizzix Rosette 6pc Thinlits set here.

I started out by applying white gesso to my tag.  After that had dried, I adhered Floral Collage Paper (TH93707) with Collage Medium.  You can see the pattern peeking through my layers.  I didn't want to lose the pattern completely when applying my texture paste and paint over top, so I added a really small amount of Tim's Micro Glaze (TDA46967) with a Blending Foam over the entire surface.  This acts as a waterproof sealer.  Next I applied Texture Paste with the Trellis (THS074) layering stencil randomly all over my tag.  Once this had dried I began applying different layers of colour (watercolours, paint, acrylics watered down with a spray bottle).  If you want more Collage paper to show through, just remove some of your colour with a wipe.  Once your main colours are dry, dry brush some lighter colour on to highlight the grooves, edges and raised areas.

I die-cut my rosettes (there's three different ones in the set) with paper from Memoranda Paperie (TH93550), inking the edges and also adding in some random colour with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks.  There's layers of Ephemera, Quote Chips, Clippings Stickers, Industrious Border Stickers, Alpha Parts Framed (TH93117), Star Adornments Findings,  and even embossed Mixed Media (Sizzix 660220) chipboard parts.  My dyed Crinkle Ribbon has a Locket Key and Story Stick hanging from it.  Everything has been slightly inked or painted with Distress Paint and Distress Oxide ink.

Here's another look at my tag.  

Thank you for taking the time to visit me here!  

Until next time,



Hello everyone,  just sharing my last Tim Holtz Creativation 2018 project today.

This is a shadowbox that hangs on the wall, created with a Vignette box and one of the new Collage Frames.

I used one of the new Collage Frames(TH93711) for the front of my shadowbox. These are approx 5 x 8".  I covered the frame with Botanical Collage paper (TH93705) using Collage Medium, then lightly coloured it with Tim Holtz Distress Markers and a waterbrush. A small mini handle from the Mini Hardware Pulls set (TH93685) was added above the opening, and Large Keyhole (TH93678), a mini knob from the Mini Hardware Findings (TH93571) and key from Locket Keys Metal Hardware set (TH92822) were added to the lower part of the frame. These metal pieces were darkened with Black Distress paint and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink.  The frame was then adhered to a Vignette Box (TH03279).  I lightly painted the outside of the box with watered down white paint, just to tone down the brown stain.

For the inside of the Vignette Box, I covered the back with Worn Wallpaper (TH93692), tearing a piece then curling it apart to reveal a bit of printed paper (Tim Holtz Memoranda TH93550).  The photos are from the Photo Booth pkg TH93207), and also used Quote Chips(th93563), Clock Hands (TH93693), Clock Face (TH92831), Salvaged Design Tape (TH93672), Letterpress (TH93130) Treasures Adornments (Bird) TH93572, and Clippings Stickers (TH93583).  

Thanks so much for stopping by,



Hi everyone,  just sharing a little Valentine's gift I created for my mom.

I used a Tim Holtz Mini Mason Jar (TH93202) and added a Photo Clip Kit (TH93351). The lid on my candy filled jar was painted pink.

I dyed my seam binding with Spun Sugar Distress spray.  A Milagros Idea-ology Heart (TH93676), Jewelled Charms (TH93697), and dyed Bouquet Findings (TH93569) were tied to my bow with Tim Holtz Craft Thread.

For my frame, I used the smallest Baseboard Frame, there's 8 different sizes in a package (TH93710).  I  took a piece of the Idea-ology Plain Collage Paper (TH93708) and stamped it with Tim Holtz Botanical Sketch (X3-2560) Stamper's Anonymous stamp and archival black ink.  It's quite a large stamp, but I used just a section big enough to cover the frame.  The collage paper was adhered with Collage Medium.  I used Distress markers to colour in my flowers and then used a bit of Distress Oxide in Frayed Burlap.  A "love" Metallic Quotation sticker was added (TH93559), along with flowers die-cut with Sizzix Small Tattered Florals (661806).
These mini mason jars make great little gifts!  Hope you  have a great Valentine's Day!

Until next time,



Hello there, glad you stopped by!
  Thank you so much for all the wonderful comments on my previous post, the Tim Holtz Creativation Blog Hop.  I hope you enjoyed all the inspiration as much as I did. The winners of the blog hop have been posted on Richele's blog here.  Thank you Richele, for organizing it all, hope we do it again!
Today I'm sharing my another project from Tim's booth.  I didn't have a chance to do much this year.  My son(lives in Australia) came home for Christmas this year and brought his girlfriend who has never been to Canada or seen snow!  Unfortunately it was so cold, with temperatures as low as -46C, I'm not sure she will want to return for our winters! She couldn't believe or understand how we could live in those cold temperatures, and at this point (it's still cold) I'm beginning to question why we live here too! We also had a very special surprise a few days after Christmas, my daughter came home too. I can't believe my kids all kept it a secret.  It's the first time our family have all been together for Christmas in over ten years!  So it was a very busy holiday season for me, not much crafting time!

Here's is a project using one of my favourite Idea-ology embellishments, the Trinket Tins (TH93698).

I have turned the Trinket Tin into a wagon, using the Tim Holtz Milk Caps (TH93684) as wheels. To attach them, I cut strips of thin chipboard, measuring across the bottom of the tin plus about 1 1/2" extra and about 1/2 wide. Attach one end to the back of the milk cap with a Hex Fastener(TH93268), adhere the strip to the bottom of the tin and with the opposite end piece, attach another milk cap. I distressed the caps a bit, and added a small amount of white paint to fade the colour.  Fluted Stars (TH93660) were lightly painted and adhered to the front.
The tin itself is lined with Idea-ology Aviary Collage Paper (TH93706) that I applied with Collage Medium.

Some of my little flowers were die-cut with Sizzix's new Thinlits set, Funky Floral #3 which will be available in April.  There are three different sets in the Funky Floral series.  I created my coloured paper with Distress Oxide inks and Distress Mixed Media paper, giving them a soft watercolored look. I also used the Tiny Tattered Floral Thinlits set to make a few tattered roses.
 #1 February Release
#2 March Release

#3 April Release

Before filling my tin with flowers, I glued three small glass jars that were lightly painted(Corked Vials TH92899) to the base and then added a tiny bit of crunched up Tim Holtz Fringe (TH93688) in the new soft cream colour. The Fringe was also added to the inside of the tin. A painted metal Butterfly (TH93689),  Snarky Small Talk Sticker (TH93704) and Paper Dolls (TH93555) lightly coloured were added also.  These paper dolls come in a package of 107.  That's a lot of paper dolls!  With each new Tim Holtz release, there will be new ones added and some older ones removed, but the product number will remain the same. My string is Tim Holtz craft thread, braided and a Story Stick (TH93680) tied to the end.  White paint was applied, then wiped off, leaving the numbers white.  

Hope you are inspired by my project to create your own wagon!

I have one more project to share, will do that soon!

Thanks so much for stopping by,


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