Back to my Roots

Last blog post I did a scrapbook layout, something I hadn’t done in years.  Well that was where my journey into this world and on this amazing site began so many years ago.   One thing that drastically changed my work was the introduction of Sizzix dies by Tim Holtz!  I still remember his first release, I don’t think I bought the entire first collection but I do remember they took up close to my arm span!

Those dies are still some of my favorites, and there have been many, many, many more added to my collection over the years.

Of course it’s not just his dies I love, his stamps, inks and so much more!  It has been a while since I really spent quality time with just my dies, paper & stamps creating a mixed media project…….which is how my love for mixed media began!

This project was made using only Tim Holtz products!

img_1995-001-734x1024I started with a little cardboard box deciding that it needed a new life rather than hitting the recycle bin.  So I pulled out some chipboard and all (ok, not ALL) my Tim Holtz supplies.


The first step was cutting the opening of the front using the Vintage Cabinet Card die to create a shadow box.  Then the base, top and inside were covered with Tim Holtz papers.  I knew I had to use one of the gentleman stamps, yes I have a strange crush on them, which I colored using Distress Ink and a water brush.


I think he’s quite handsome…….then again maybe I’ve been reading too many Historical Romance novels!

The frame, gears and scroll die cuts were all treated to some Distress Embossing Powder, oh how I love these embossing powders.  I also hoard them like crazy since I can’t get them anymore. *sad face*

img_2001-537x1024I used some stamps on the sides of the box to give it some extra interest.  Oh and those quote stamps, still some of my favorites in my collection!  The one coming our of the typewriter is actually a much bigger stamp, I choose just that part to use on this project.


I really had so much fun making this project and going back to where my mixed media journey began!  I guarantee I’ll be using my dies & stamps more often, the possibilities of creativity are endless!

I challenge you all to look back at how you’re style has changed over the years and think about some of the things that really changed your creative journey.  Could be a type of product, a class, or an amazing group of friends you’ve made along the way!

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Nesting Bird

Fall is among us, the wind is chilly and Thanksgiving is just days away….but I’m not quite ready to let go of summer.  I know I’m not alone, summer always seems to go too fast.

When I sat down at my table to create a project for today’s post I thought of all the amazing fall inspiration I’ve seen lately and even some Christmas crafts are showing up around the web.  But with my mind wishing for warmer temps I decided to forgo the norm…so today I’m bringing you a little bit of summer sunshine.


When the idea for this project first popped in my mind I wanted to create this on one of the 5×7 Tim Holtz Burlap Panels…but sadly I’d run out of that size.  I’m hoping Lori can get some more in…hint, hint Lori. :)   I moved on to option two and used some plain chipboard for the base of my project which I covered with a piece of Tim Holtz paper.


I’d had these fun shutters in my stash for….well not sure how long but quite some time, and I really wanted to use them so I pulled out the Tim Holtz Window Box and Pediments dies.  Both die cuts were covered in Distress Embossing powder, Walnut Stain for the Pediment and the Window Box, and Broken China for the Window itself.

As you can see the Window had a facelift as the color wasn’t quite right so I covered it with Copper embossing powder then sanded some off to distress it and show bits of the Broken China Distress Embossing Powder.


A window wouldn’t be complete without a bird so I pulled out the Dina Wakely Scribbly Bird stamp set and stamps this cute little fellow on some Watercolor paper with Ranger Archival black ink.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Broken China and Tea Dye mixed with water to paint the bird.


Of course the bird needed a place to rest so I added a branch using the Tim Holtz Bird & Branch die which was coated in Vintage Photo Distress Embossing powder….I love the texture it adds!  A few flowers & a vine die cut and my bird was perfectly nested!

I hope this project gave you some warm fuzzy feelings as we enter this new season of chilly winds & cool temps!!

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