Saturday, August 16, 2014


Happy Saturday everyone!!!

Welcome to my blog and another challenge over at the lovely Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge

I have to say that I am continually BLOWN AWAY each week by the really beautiful and original art that everyone shares on our challenge. Sometimes it is SO HARD for the Curiosity Crew to choose just one winner. guys are really creating some imaginative, BEAUTIFUL pieces! 

I also want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all of the really uplifting comments you leave me. I read each one and they truly mean the world to me! 

Tim Holtz and Mario have donated so many wonderful Tim Holtz products for these challenges. Did you see the pile of prizes for the last challenge?  Even a set of Letter Press blocks in a huge stash of goodies! A huge THANK YOU to Tim and Mario for their generosity!!

This week, we are diving into the world of Tim's Stamps and Framelits!  So, pull out your Compendium of Curiosities III books and turn to page 63.

Okay, confession time!!!  I was a skeptic of the framelits because I figured I can always stamp an object and just cut around it, right?  Why did I need a framelit to do that for me?  Well, after doing this challenge, I am a huge believer in framelits now! 

They are amazing little metal devices that make the edges around your stamped images so much more clean and precise. And it really cuts down on the time it takes to cut out your stamped images...especially if you are making more than one, as I have done on my project for you ...

A Halloween Candle Holder!

I literally made this project in about half a day.  It was one of those wonderful little times when you go to your craft room, all of the planets and stars align and you can just crank something out that you love.

(The progression of the creation of the sides of the candle holder.)

I began with eight pieces of black chipboard; 4 each cut to the size of Tim's Postage Stamp die cut and also his Window and Window Box die cut. 

I covered 4 of the pieces of chipboard for the postage stamp die cut with some Graphic 45 Halloween paper and 4 pieces for the window with orange cardstock using Glue N Seal to adhere the paper to the chipboard first. Then I cut them all out.

I used Tim's medium retangle from his Sized Retangles die cut in the center of the postage stamp die cut to create a frame effect. 

I used 1/4" Scor Tape to join all of the pieces together to create each basic side of the candle holder. It it hard to see in the photograph but I also added a sheet of heavy clear film  behind the window to create a glass window pane effect. After each side was finished, I die cut four more postage stamp frames out of black cardstock and backed each of the panels to cover all of my construction and give them a nice, finished look. 

Now...onto the Framelits and giving my candleholder some personality!

I decided to make all of the sides of my candle holder basically the same. So I stamped four of each of the images above from Tim's Retro Halloween Framelits set onto some Specialty Stamping Paper using Jet Black Archival Ink and then heat set it. I colored the witch face using my Detailer Water Brush and Shabby Shutters (face), Worn Lipstick (tongue), Tattered Rose (cheeks), Spiced Marmalade (hat) and a mix of Shabby Shutters and Evergreen (eyes) Distress Inks. This picture shows the images after they have been cut out using Tim's little Framelits still in place at this point.

The Specialty Stamping Paper is very white. I wanted my characters to be a bit more vintage looking, so I gently pressed Antique Linen Distress Ink all over them.  It is a bit hard to see but the top character in each pile does NOT have the Antique Linen rubbed over it yet. In person, you can see a big difference in the white being toned down.  Antique Linen also seems to "set" the colors of the witch so nicely.

I fashioned a "body" out of black cardstock for my witch. Then I simply glued each of the heads onto the body.  The other characters will be on the outside of the holder.  The witch will be on the inside, peering out of the window.  So, she needed a body!

Here you can see one of the four panels coming together. The witch is behind the window.  The black cat is prowling around outside. The skeleton will be added to the right side after I add the little Tattered Banners at the top.  These were constructed out of Sticky Back Canvas that was adhered to a piece of cardstock. I distressed all of the banners with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink then stamped either "BOO" or "EEK" onto them with Jet Black Archival. Each banner is wrapped around a piece of elastic black cording to create the banner. At the top corners of each panel, I used my Crop A Dile to punch a hole big enough for the cording to slide through and be knotted on the back side. 

Here are the completed four panels.  These would make really cute card fronts or embellishments for decorative trick or treat sacks, too. But, I had envisioned them as a candle holder so I continued on...

I joined each panel together at the top with some DMC Color Infusions Memory Thread.  I took the thread through the same holes as I punched to add the banners.

To hold the panels together at the bottom, I simply made some little strips of black cardstock and added 1/4" Scor Tape to them.  

Then I added four of these at the bottom and four in the center of each joint to hold the panels firmly in place.

I added a base made out of two pieces of black chipboard cut 5 1/4" by 5 1/2". I joined the two pieces together using 1/4" Scor Tape, sanded the edges and then colored them using a Black Soot Distress Marker. Then I simply set the candle holder on top of the base. Finally, I added four tea lights in each of the windows. 

Here is one of the finished "BOO" sides of the candle holder. 

And here is a closeup of and "EEK" side. 

So...there you have fun and easy to make Halloween Candle Holder using Tim's Retro Halloween Framelits set among some of his other wonderful die cuts and products.

Now it is YOUR turn to pull out your Framelits and join in on the fun this week over at The Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge. The Curiosity Crew has some over the top cool ideas to get your creative juices flowing so go check them out.  Then join us and post your entry to our challenge. Be sure to link your project to our challenge and also to our wonderful sponsor's blog in your write up!  Speaking of our sponsor ....

This week, the wonderful folks at Inspiration Emporium are offering a

$50.00 gift certificate to their fabulous online store!  THANK YOU to Inspiration Emporium and Tim and Mario (and also our other sponsor, The Funkie Junkie Boutique) for all of the amazing prizes and opportunity for more than one person to win a prize each and every week.

Have fun with this challenge and GOOD LUCK!!

Monday, August 11, 2014


Hello friends and welcome to my blog!

Can you believe how quickly this summer is flying by?  It's already almost the middle of August! 
Recently, Laura Bomber of Our Creative Corner asked me if I would be a guest designer for them. It took me about a nano second to say "yes!". She is such a talented artist as are ALL of the members of Our Creative Corner's Design Team.  I have always been such a fan of Laura's art. Her style is something that really "clicks" with me.  It's very vintage/shabby chic. Her attention to detail and the artistic quality of her work just blows me away. Not only is her art amazing, but she is such a sweet and genuine person.  It has been so fun working with her.

The theme is for this challenge at Our Creative Corner is appropriately enough "Summertime".  So I have used some of my favorite things to create this lovely Tim Holtz Small Folio.  

For a complete photo tour of the folio, the products I used and a tutorial, slip on over to Our Creative Corner HERE.  And, if you'd like to leave a comment here and there, I'd really appreciate that! I love reading your thoughts. 

Enjoy the week and I hope this piece will inspire you to enter the Summertime challenge!

Saturday, August 2, 2014


Good morning friends!  Welcome to my blog. 

If you are a lover of vintage and shabby chic, then hopefully you will love this post.

I was thrilled recently when Linda Coughlin of the Frilly and Funkie Challenges and also the owner of The Funkie Junkie Boutique asked me to do a guest designer spot for her.  We have been friends since our days together on the design team for Simon Says Stamp And Show. She is such a sweetheart and very talented artist.

Linda's online store, The Funkie Junkie Boutique is one of my favorite places to shop for unique embellishments. She carries all sorts of fun little metal embellishments; particularly gorgeous filigree pieces, a nice selection of beautiful Venise laces and a lot of Tim Holtz Products as well!  All very reasonably priced; and who doesn't love that?!

Here is the versatile little piece that I created for Linda made from a plain copper 2" x 2" metal Memory Frame. It can be an embellishment for a card, mini book or album among other things.  You could add a bale to the top, add a chain and it could be a shabby chic pendant.  Add a pin to the back and it could be a vintage pin or broach. 

Special thanks to Linda for asking me to be a guest designer for her! This was so much fun to make and really easy!  Hop on over to The Frilly and Funkie Challenge and check out my step by step tutorial. 

Have a great week!


Hello Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge lovers!  
It's time for a new challenge!  Check out all of the beautiful art that has been created to inspire you from all of the Curiosity Crew at the lovely Linda Ledbetter's challenge site Here.  

Just in case you are new to the challenge, it is based on the products and techniques found in the Compendium of Curiosities Volume III, written by our favorite Master of Distress and All Things Grunge ... Tim Holtz.  

Have you seen his new summer releases?  If not, you have got to check out his blog! His new Stampers Anonymous Holiday Stamps are very cool for the upcoming Halloween and Christmas season. The new Holiday Sizzix die cuts are also very festive. And my favorite ... his new Merriment Ideaology line! I cannot wait to get my hands on those!  They should be in stores pretty soon so be looking for those!

But for now, back to our challenge! Are you ready?  

Challenge 8 is all about FADED LAYERS.  So turn to page 58 in your Compendium of Curiosities III book and check out Tim's step by step technique.

I created this card to illustrate Tim's Faded Layers technique in my background.  While I won't divulge the "how to" of this technique because that is what your book is for, I will show you as much of the step by step in the creation of this card that I can.

I used Butterscotch, Cooper Mixative and Stream Alcohol Inks to create the colors of my background on Glossy Cardstock.

To create my Faded Layers, I used Tim's Harlequin and Bubble Stencils.  Here you can see the faded images of those two stencils on my card.

I like the sort of "ghosty" images you get from the Faded Layers technique and I didn't really want to cover them up with a lot of stamping.  So I decided to add some pretty metallic die cuts to embellish my card front. 


I used an antique bronze metallic sheet and backed it with some kraft cardstock for stability. This eloquent die cut edge is from Spellbinder's A Gilded Life Collection. I added the pearls that were originally white but I transformed their appearance with Caramel Alcohol Inks. I also added some small rhinestones to the centers of the Fleur Dis Les points and also underneath the pearls to dress up this already ornate trim. Along the edge of the trim, I added a piece of Dresden scallop trim using 1/8" Scor Tape.

Alcohol inks are great for transforming the appearance of anything that has a non porous surface. You can color glass, plastics, pearls, rhinestones, metals, non porous papers ... anything that is non porous simply by pouncing the alcohol ink onto the surface using the ink applicator.  Use one or mix a combination of colors at the same time for a marbleized look.

Next, I used some more of my antique bronze metal sheet that was backed with kraft paper and die cut a pretty lacy butterfly and several flowers from Tim Holtz' Tattered Floral Garland die cut.

I also die cut a dainty flower stem.  Then I layered and bent the petals of my tattered flowers using a Long Fastener.  I would later add one of Tim's Ideaology Pen Nibs to the body of my butterfly. Here are most of the elements I used on the front of my card.

The next step was to begin placing them on my card front by gluing them in place. 

The Pen Nib is originally an antique silver color. I altered it's appearance to match my antique bronze metal die cut objects by wiping some Treasure Gold Renaissance Guilding Wax over it.  Then I wrapped some coordinated wire around the nib and brought it up behind the nib, creating the antenna.  I then glued it to my butterfly (using Glossy Accents) once I had placed it on my card front.

Here is a closer look at my butterfly and some of the Tattered Flowers. The butterfly's wings can be lifted to give more dimension to the card front. I love how the metal embellishments look against the colors and the faded layers of my background.

And here is a better look at the dimension that the Tattered Flowers give to the card.

I added a piece of cardstock behind my Faded Layers background to give my card that matted finish. The edge of the cardstock was swiped with Antique Bronze Distress Stain and then I joined the two cardstocks together using 1/4" Scor Tape. I literally made this card in about two hours from start to finish. So it's not a difficult project to do.

I hope that you will join our Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge.  Our prize for this challenge is a $25.00 gift certificate from one of my favorite places ...

There is also a fabulous prize package given for each challenge that has been generously donated especially for this challenge by Tim and Mario!  So don't miss out on learning this new technique, sharing your art with so many others who love Tim's style and having the chance to win some wonderful prizes!  See the challenge blog for all of the details on how to enter and win.

Good luck!

Saturday, July 19, 2014


Hello fellow Tim Holtz lovers!  Welcome to my blog and my newest piece that I've created for the Lovely Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities III Challenges.  

I am just returning from an "EPIC" trip to Paris, France and then onto Germany! I adore Europe, even though I had only been there once before. I am always mesmerized by the incredible history, the timeless architecture, the sights and sounds of the bustling European cities and the serenity of the rolling hills and small villages of the countryside. I don't like to "advertise" when I am away from home for obvious reasons but I'm back now and need to get caught up on my comments and replies while I was away.  Thank you all so much for comments left about my altered burlap canvas piece! I am thrilled that so many people liked it! And ...

Thank you so much for your continued support to the entire Curiosity Crew!  We so much appreciate all of your positive comments about our projects that we create to inspire you and hopefully educate you about a Tim technique or product that you may have questions about or been afraid to try.

This week, the Curiosity Crew is taking you to page 46 of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities Volume III.  It's all about his Painted Industrial technique.  I LOVE this technique! Whether you love to do steampunk inspired pieces or down and dirty metallic grunge, this technique is AWESOME and so much fun!

I made a gift envelope this week with a grungy Painted Industrial background and then mixed it with a totally opposite fun and funky Julie Nutting Mixed Media Paper Doll Stamp.  This is to show you that you can mix styles and still be just fine. I think the embossed painted industrial background gives my paper doll some extra "sass"...not to mention the way I've changed up her sweet, demure look with an embossed metal bodice and layered Melissa Frances zippered ribbon skirt. 

The envelope started out as a kraft colored plain 8 3/4" x 3 3/4" envelope.  I covered it with my embossed metallic background done with two of Tim's Texture Fades: Subway on the front and Riveted Metal on the back.

You can follow along in Tim's book to see exactly how the background was achived but I can tell you that I used Ranger's Foil Tape Sheets, the Texture Fades, my Vagabond to emboss the images and then Pitch Black and Juniper Paint Dabbers to colorize my metal. I love the aged, patina look that results from Tim's technique. 

(Back view)

Once the panels were completed, I simply glued them in place on top of the kraft envelope.  I then cut a 1/4" strip of the Foil Tape Sheet and added it to each long end of the envelope.  I finished it in the same manner that I did the panels.  This gave the edges that folded metal, finished look. I simply brushed the flap at the top on both sides with Silver Distress Paint and then lightly distressed it with Black Soot when dry.  I also added three Washers and three Long Fasteners to the bottom of the back (before I glued the embossed panel in place on the kraft envelope) and gave them a patina look with the Juniper paint from the Dabber (using my finger to apply the paint).

I used Jet Black Archival Ink to stamp my paper doll onto Specialty Stamping Paper and heat set it. Then I added the skin tones using Tattered Rose and Scattered Straw Distress Inks mixed together using a Detailer Water Brush.  I added a little more Tattered Rose to her cheek area and for highlights on her arms and legs.  Her hair was colored with Scattered Straw and touches of Tea Dye and just a hint of Vintage Photo for shading. 

I then stamped just the dress portion onto some scrap paper to use as a pattern to create my paper dolls' funky attire.

I first added the two little Melissa Frances pearls to the chest area of the bodice to give my paper doll a bit more "lift"...if you catch my drift. (smile) I then added the embossed metal foil sheet over the top.  The bodice was done with Tim's Damask Texture Fade on silver metal foil that was then wiped with a Gold Paint Dabber on the high areas. Next I cut four strips of Melissa Frances zipper ribbon and beginning at the bottom, I layered them on top of each other to create the ruffled skirt. I secured each layer using 1/4" Scor Tape. 

Using my Tim Holtz Kraft Knife, I made a small slit between her arm and bodice on the one side. I cut out the triangle made by her bended arm on the other side. Then I wrapped a small chain around her waist a couple of times and made a knot in the chain. At each end of the chain, I added a Mini Gear using a small Jump Ring. 

I wanted my paper doll to display even more of a funky attitude so using a Micron Permanent Black Ink Pen, I drew fishnet leggings on her legs. I added the black laced high tops rather than the cute little Mary Jane type of shoes on the stamp. 

To finish her off, I added Tim's Ideaology metallic Arrow that has been painted first with Broken China Distress Paint and then highlighted with a Juniper Paint Dabber. I added a few black pop dots on the underneath side and hot glued into place going across her body. She is glued in place using regular glue. Finally, I added a dimensional head piece to her head using a really lacy, neat little metallic piece from the Funkie Junkie Boutique (one of our generous sponsors) and a sweet little light pink colored rose like button that I had in my stash of stuff. The metal piece bends very easily, so I was able to give it a more dimensional look before I hot glued it into place. 

Since my paper doll has a sassy attitude, she needed a sentiment and some embellishments that coordinated with her.  I used a piece of Tim's Filmstrip Ribbon and stamped "ATTITUDE" on it using Black Stazon Ink and a little set of alphabet letters that I had. Underneath the filmstrip ribbon, I distressed a piece of white cardstock first with Broken China and then a light touch of Peacock Feathers Distress Inks. I cut the strip to 1/2" wide, the width of the filmstrip ribbon and distressed the edges with a Chestnut Roan Cats Eye Ink Pad.  Then, using touches of Glossy Accents (it dries clear), I glued "ATTITUDE" in place on top of the colored cardstock to make it stand out. I glued that in place on my envelope.

I added a bit of the Juniper Paint Dabber to three sewing bobbins and then hot glued them into place on top and to the side of my "ATTITUDE" filmstrip ribbon. Then I added the gold ball chain to wrap around the sewing bobbins.  You can actually move the chain around the bobbins if you want to!  To the sewing bobbins, I added an Enamel Charm that has Remnant Rubs words on it with a Jump Ring. I also added a vintage type pin to the bottom left bobbin and hung a Mini Gear from it.  The gear was given a patina look with the Juniper paint from the dabber (using my finger). 

Finally, I added the sentiment at the top.  It is a combination of two sayings from Dyan Reaveley's The Right Words and Say It How It Is stamp sets. They are stamped onto the same distressed white cardstock that I used on "ATTITUDE". I touched up the cut edges of the sentiments with my Black Soot Distress Marker to blacken the white edges of the cardstock. I popped the sentiment in place using black pop dots. 

This gift envelope would be a unique way to celebrate someone you know in a special way. You could stuff a card in here, add a gift card and even add a special letter or note. What a fun way to let someone know you're thinking of them!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I encourage you to check out the other Curiosity Crew's Painted Industrial projects and then join us at The Compendium of Curiosity III Challenge! This weeks' sponsor are the wonderful and generous people at Inspiration Emporium!

 Just for entering our challenge, you might be the lucky winner of their most generous $50.00 gift certificate to spend at their store!  

And ... as an added bonus ... Tim and Mario have generously donated a treasure trove of Tim Holtz products so that we can have a second winner randomly drawn each challenge. This lucky winner will receive a wonderful array of his products...a really NICE prize package! 

So, turn to page 46 in your Compendium of Curiosities III book and be on your way to entering our challenge!  


Saturday, July 5, 2014


Hello and welcome to my blog!  I hope that everyone in the Unites States had a Happy and safe 4th of July celebration yesterday! 

It's time for another Compendium of Curiosities Challenge III
Check out the challenge at the lovely Linda Ledbetter's site and see what the Curiosity Crew has created for you this week using Tim's technique from page 37 in your book.  Get your signed copy from Tim if you've not already done that HERE. This week ... burlap panels or canvases!  

I also want to thank everyone for their lovely comments each week!  You inspire me! I love these challenges so much! Tim's products and techniques are so fun and following his wonderful pictorials and step by steps in his book takes the fear out of trying something new!

This is the first time I had done a burlap canvas or panel and it won't be the last! It was so much fun and Tim's easy step by step instructions for creating the background on the canvas made this super simple to make.

Here is my altered 5x7 burlap canvas.  While I can't show you the steps in creating the background as that would give away Tim's techniques from the book, I will show you as much as possible about the finished result.

I began with my panel and Tim's Melange Tissue Wrap.

The transformation continues as I added other elements to my canvas.  I added a 1 1/2" circle punched vintage photograph of the little girl to Tim's clock from his Thrift Shop Ephemera Pack.  Then I added the Ideaology Sprocket Gears before gluing the clock in place. I added my own photo corners to the flower image.  It is also from Tim's Thrift Shop Ephemera Pack.

I colorized the butterfly's wings using Wild Honey Distress Ink and Tim's Detailer Water Brush.  Then I added a shadow effect around all of my elements using a black Stabilo Pencil and the water brush. Back ground colors include Victorian Velvet, Broken China, Mustard Seed and Picket Fence Distress Paint.

Here you can see more of the shading effect and the beginnings of this burlap piece. I added vintage lace across the top and bottom of the canvas using 1/4" Scor Tape.  

I also added Tim's metallic banner from his Industrious Stickers across the top. This is a sort of brushed nickel color originally.  I added some Aquamarine Treasure Gold Guilding Wax over it to change the color to a soft blueish tone.  Then I lightly added some Florentine Treasure Gold Guilding Wax just on the high areas of the design (using my finger). 

To the upper left is a beautiful ornate metal piece I found at this week's sponsor, The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I love little metal pieces and you can find a treasure trove of unusual and detailed metal accent pieces here at great prices!  There are also beautiful laces of all shapes and sizes and lots of Tim products among other things. It's definitely worth shopping with Linda Coughlin at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and a huge thanks to Linda for being one of our sponsors!

Next it was time to give this canvas even more personality by adding the little vintage children. I found these online and sized them to fit my canvas. I thought this darling sitting infant was perfect to be my butterfly, delicately perched upon the vintage lace edging. I slightly altered the appearance of Tim's Ideaology Pen Nib from silver to a Florentine Gold using my Treasure Gold Guilding Wax and glued it into place using Glossy Accents.

The other little girl is looking up as she's released her butterfly.  Here you can see the little black lines of it's flight upward made from a .005 Micron Pemanent Black Pen. I added a little Ideaology crown to her head from Tim's Regal Adornmanets set.  After all, every princess needs a crown!  She is standing on one of Tim's Ideaology Drawer Pulls with "just simplify" created from Tim's Chit Chat added to the center.  

Here you see the released butterfly, stamped on Specialty Stamping Paper and colored with colored pencils, fluttering upwards through the sentiment that I've added to the canvas.  The butterfly was a smaller one from Tim's Classics #17 stamp set. He is glued onto the canvas along his body but the wings are free to move about. 

The sentiment, "it's the little things that make life big", was created from Tim's kraft paper Chit Chat words.  They are adhesive on the back but I added a touch of Glossy Accents, just to be safe. "Big" was not included in the Chit Chat words, so I added it using a Black Micron Permanent Ink Pen. Then I drew around each of the Chit Chat words with the Black Stabilo Pencil and created the shading with the Detailer Water Brush. 

These little canvases really are awesome to work with! I love the depth and the texture you get from them! This would be great hanging on a wall or perched on some sort of plate holder or just leaning against something else on a book shelf. They are great little accent pieces!

So there you have it ... my altered burlap canvas!  I hope you will join us at Compendium of Curiosities Challenge III and try this canvas. I think you will LOVE your results! Then post your art to our blog and you could be the winner of our $25.00 gift certificate from

You can also win a wonderful prize package that has been donated by Tim and Mario themselves for our challenge! It's a huge assortment of Tim's products ... a really NICE prize!

So join us by posting your art, leaving a comment on each of the Curiosity Crew's blogs and share your art with so many others who love Tim's vintage style! I can't wait to see what you create!