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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Honey, I’m Home

I love the little altered wooden houses that Lori makes…so much so that I wanted to put my own little spin on them.

I love mini ANYTHING so these are right up my alley.

I’ve used the new Pebbles - Simple Life by Jen Hadfield line that is available in the store. Actually, every single thing I used to make these houses is available in the store. This line is homey and cozy - perfect for the weather here in Southern Manitoba this weekend.

The whole line is available in-store but I used these products specifically:

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Gorgeous patterned papers.

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I am loving puffy stickers right now, aren’t you? They add that extra bit of dimension that I love!

So I started out with 3 plain wooden houses - the perfect little canvas. I knew I wanted them to be a dark wood to match the woodgrain elements in the paper collection. I didn’t have walnut stain so I used watered down walnut stain distress ink to stain the wood. I am ecstatic about how it turned out. I applied it with a wide, flat brush and only needed one coat. Once the stain was dry I cut paper pieces to fit on the faces of the houses, adhered them with BeCreative tape (my fave double sided tape!), and sanded the edges a bit to match the distressed looking wood.

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Next came little strips of corrugated cardboard for the roofs (rooves?). I lightened up the edges of the cardboard with a bit of white Tim Holtz Distress paint as well.

Now the fun part - decorating.

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I tried to keep it simple (ahem, simple life, ahem) as far as embellishing went. Minimal embellishments to keep the layering clean with pieces going over the edges of the wood for interest. The “home” word on the grey house is from the wood veneer package; I just painted it with white distress paint to make it match.

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Let me just say, I’m not a big mixed media person and vintage/distress isn’t my preferred style, but I do love the Tim Holtz distress products. At first I was intimidated by them but now I’ve learnt how to adapt them to my scrapbooking style. I love that crafting products don’t have to be used for a specific thing/style and ANYONE can use them!

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The last step was adding a few Viva Decor Pearls (’member those??) to the tops to fill in the white space.

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Aren’t they sweet? They would make a perfect little gift for a housewarming or even Mother’s day. Maybe they should be a class? Either way, this line is lovely and next time you’re in the store be sure to check it out!

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