Retro Background

Happy Easter everyone!  I hope your day is full of love, family & good food!

I’m still busy exploring and playing with new Tim Holtz dies that I picked up a while ago at the store.  When I first saw the Retro Repeat die set I can’t say it was on my must have list.  That is until I saw a video on how it works… blown away!  Like the name says ‘Repeat’ and yes you can!

I was just fooling around testing out all four to see how they work using a scrap piece of plain white cardstock.  It’s so easy to use and the ideas are swirling in my head!!

Of course I couldn’t waist these pieces I cut so I thought let’s play with plain old white cardstock, Tim Holtz dies and Distress!


I started these cards by coloring the Retro Repeat backgrounds using Distress Stain and Spray.  I added splatters of more Distress and water to  each of the backgrounds.  They were then layered on top of cardstock I colored using Ground Espresso Distress Ink to show off the patterns.


I thought the background n this first card looked like honeycomb so I added this pretty butterfly which I cut from the Tattered Butterfly die, yes another new one that was added to my collection!  The butterfly was colored using Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge and Broken China Distress Inks.


I knew I had to use those adorable toadstools again from the Funky Foliage die set, they’re just too cute!  The toadstools were colored using Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries and Ground Espresso Distress Inks.  The flowers were cut from the Wildflowers 1 & 2 sets and colored with Squeezed Lemonade and Warn Lipstick.


This tea cup from the Tea Time die, oh my goodness it’s so sweet and pretty!!  It was colored with Shaded Lilac and stamped with Dusty Concorde.  The tea cup is filled with leafy greens from the Garden Greens die which I colored using Crushed Olive & Bundled Sage.  The tiny roses were cut from the Tiny Tattered Florals set and colored with Squeezed Lemonade.


Finally I pulled out one of the first Tim Holtz dies I purchases, Sewing Room to adorn the last card with this vibrant dress form colored with Fired Brick and Barn Door.  I couldn’t resist adding wings to this one, cut from the Detailed Butterfly die and colored with Broken China.

It’s been a long time since I played with my Distress inks and dies creating fun little projects!  This challenge I gave myself helped me fall in love with these products again and test my creativity to see what I can create with nothing more than white cardstock and some tools!

Take a little break from the Easter festivities and pull out some much loved supplies and get creating!!

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This post was written by Lisa on April 21, 2019

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Beautiful Day

Appears we are having a typical Manitoba spring, sun, rain, and snow!!  I know we are all looking for warmer days, until then I hope this sunny little project will brighten your day!

I visited the store last weekend for the Pop Up Market, WOW what a day!!!  The market was full of people and the vendors were all so wonderful!

I managed to pick up some fun vintage items, how could I resist?!

Of course I also picked up more new Tim Holtz goodies…..oh my they are all so gorgeous!  Which I couldn’t stop from putting these new goodies to use right away!!


The base of this project is a block of wood that I ‘borrowed’ from my husbands stash.  I’m not the only hoarder in the house, he has a thing for leftover bits of wood.   But who am I to complain when I can transform them into fun little projects!

I started by covering the block with some Tim Holt paper.  Next using a variety of green and blue Distress Inks I inked up a piece of white cardstock before cutting it with the Tim Holtz Organic die.

I knew the die was very fine once cut so inking my paper first was the perfect solution!


To add the die cut piece to my block I used matte medium over the front then laid the die piece over top.  Once it was set I cut the extra off, much easier method when working with such a fine cut piece.  For extra texture I added a bit of moss at the bottom as well.


Next I cut these adorable toad stools using Tim Holtz Funky Foliage from white cardstock and coloured them using Distress Ink in different shades of brown.  My scene needed some flowers of course which were also cut from the Funky Foliage die set using green cardstock and some pink pattern paper.


The finishing touch is the fairy girl sitting so pretty in this secret garden!  Using Tim Holtz Paper Dolls and adding a pair of his new Transparent Wings to create the fairy.  If you have a love for butterflies & fairies you HAVE to get these wings, they are stunning!!!

I have lots more new Tim goodies waiting for me to use….stay tuned I’m sure you’ll be seeing many more projects coming soon using them!!

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This post was written by Lisa on April 7, 2019

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