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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Let’s go masculine…

It feels like 2015 just started and here we are the first week of March already!!  As much as I wish time would slow down a bit, I am happy to think that spring should be here soon!

My last few projects have been very feminine so this week I thought it was time to change it up a bit so I created this fun masculine tag…


I started the background by adding dimension and texture using  Ranger’s Texture Paste with a Tim Holtz Stencil.  I’ve used texture paste before but I had recently watched some videos on Ranger’s brand that showed it worked better with the Distress line of products…which we all know is my favorite of faves!

Once the texture paste dried I sprayed the tag with layers of Distress Spray.  I am very impressed how well it took the color!


To add extra dimension to the background I cut the Memory Box Steampunk Corner die from one of Ranger’s Foil Sheets in copper.  Before adhering the die cut to the tag I scuffed it up using my sanding block and added some Black Soot Distress Paint, whipping off the excess, to give it a distressed look.


I am really loving the Tim Holtz Handwritten Love Thinlet die set and wanted to show that it could be used on a project that wasn’t about love or Valentines.

Of course the center piece of this tag is this fabulous vintage image from the Tim Holtz Time Travelers stamp set!   Using Ranger’s Archival Ink in black I stamped the image on a piece of watercolor paper then using my Distress Markers I water colored the image.

A few more bits and pieces and my tag was finished!

Thanks for stopping by today and letting me share with you a little time spent creating!!

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