Burlap Panel | Tim Holtz Media Team

Hello everyone, how have you been ? I am back with another tutorial for the Tim Holtz Media Team.

I would like to send HUGE thank yous to the crafters who took the time to write comments on this Blog, each and every one is truly appreciated !

As a paper and mixed media crafter, layers are fascinating and creating with a good mix of materials becomes almost an obsession. For me, learning how to get layering right was a long process as there were many mistakes of trying to sort out a mismatch of products versus style and it took some time to get comfortable with what I made. While I love shabby projects, I am certainly not a girly-girl crafter, usually no ribbons or flowers, and prefer metals over all other supplies. The Idea-ology line is a perfect fit for me ... part grunge, metals and vintage images.

This was a Burlap Panel home decor project I made and one which would be wonderful as a gift with the coming Christmas. The finished size is 6 inches at the top, with the height 7 inches.


A favourite Sizzix Alterations product are Texture Fades as they add so much dimension to any project you make.


More details :


These are the supplies I used :
Distress Paints : Salty Ocean, Antique Linen, Black Soot, Frayed Burlap, Mustard Seed,.
Distress Ink : Gathered Twigs
Distress Glitter : Antique Linen
Surface : Idea-ology Remnant Rub | Salvage Stickers Lost and Found | Vellum Ephemera Expedition.
Embellishments : Idea-ology Label Pull, Word Key, Hitch Fasterner, Trinket Pin, Accoutrement Button, Number Tab
Ranger : Matte Multi Medium | Stickles Gold | Ink Blending Tool
Sizzix : Alterations Texture Fades 657195 Pocket Watches | 656642 Styled labels | 657209 Butterfly Magnetic Movers and Shapers.
Stampers Anonymous : Papillion CMS106 | Hashtags CM 183

In Singapore these supplies are available at Made With Love

To begin, I embossed white cardstock using the Pocket Watch Texture Fades.


This was coloured using Distress Paints, and over the top, a coat of matte medium. You will find this extra layer of sealent will make the paper feel like leather almost.


Using a blending tool, pounce a light layer of Distress Paint Black Soot.


Next I painted the Styled Label wtih Salty Ocean, and stamped the image using Antique Linen paint on the stamp.


I used a partial Label to the right of the embossed piece. At this point I made adjustments to the colours by rubbing in more Distress paints on to the embossed surface.


Next I added a line of Remant Rub Numbers.


And you can see how I built up the layers using Idea-ology Vellum Ephemera and the Word Key. The word Time was adhered to the key, and a button on the handle. The foil Butterfly was die -cut using the Magnetic Movers and Shapers, and Distress Glitter Antique Linen adhered to it using Glossy Accent, and after that inked with Distress Ink Gathered Twigs.


The Label Pull was also altered with Distress Glitter to keep the feel consistant and metal number tab added for more layers.


I never used to like glitter, but lately I've had a change of heart : a little bit of glitter makes the projects pop with a subtle twinkle. Gold is cool these days !
Thank you for coming by my Blog. The process of crafting is satisfying when you remember it's not about techniques headcount, as you can see I don't use difficult or many techniques. Though it helps to know your products and the end results you get when using them, when crafting is done with the feeling of adventure you will enjoy it more !

Happy creating !
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Good Monday !!

Hello, good Monday everyone !


Breakfast is important ! It fuels the body and mind, it gives me a few minutes of slow time to think about what needs to be done today.

It will be a full day of crafting, an activitiy that keeps me occupied and no one is more thankful for a job that is much a part of what I love. Aside from our pets, everyone else is out of the home ....... a good time to work with no distractions. Do you need music or background noise to work ? For me quiet is essential, no chatter, maybe just light music in the background (some indie pop, usually Regina Spektor, Inch Chua ...).

I have 2 crafty posts this week : one on the Sizzix US Blog and on this Blog, a tutorial for the Tim Holtz Media Team.

This week kicks off my Moments Canvas workshop at Made With Love and if you've signed up, here's to lots of fun !

Moments class

Have a great  week ahead : stay cool and safe !

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The Big Shot Party.

Hi everyone ! Here's a sneak for the Big Shot Party Made with Love hosts each month and this time we are going vintage.


I get alot of questions about WHAT exactly is this Party. And YES it is a party where we have cakes, drinks and snacks. If you follow Genevive (Here) or me (Here) on Instagram, you will find we regularly post photos of the fun event.

We show you how Sizzix can be used to create projects from layouts, to cards, gift boxes, banners and altered pieces. You make and take home one or two projects designed only for that day. Both Genevive and I are on the Sizzix US Design Team and work extensively with the products for our workshop projects at the store Made With Love Singapore. It's what we enjoy and the endless possibilities is fascinating ! Made With Love is the only store in Singapore where you will get accurate information about any Sizzix product, how to use them as well as demonstrations before deciding to buy. I love the fact you can get the latest dies that have just been released !

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Each month when the schedule for workshops at Made With Love comes out, there will be a Saturday afternoon specially dedicated to the Big Shot Party. Customers call to book a seat and honestly, all 10 places go very fast. We keep the Party small because crafters benefit most with this hands-on, personalised experience and we strongly believe in projects being taught by the Designers themselves, not by anyone else.

The date for the next Big Shot Party will be out soon, watch out for it !

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A Sizzix | Authentique Paper Card Tutorial.

Hello everyone !

It's the weekend and time for some crafty fun with this tutorial for Sizzix. Authentique Paper gave the Team lovely papers to work with and this time I am using the Harmony Collection in tones of Mustard and Grey. I've added a Prima die cut pretty Baroque style frame in gold foil cardstock for an updated feel.



Sizzix supplies I used :
Big Shot
Standard Cutting Pads
Extended Cutting Pads
Magnetic Platform
659702 Prima Framelits Die Set 6pk Enchanted
658847 Embossing Folders Swirls and Squares in Ovals Set

Paper : Authentique Paper Harmony Collection | Gold Foil Card stock : Doodlebug.
Distress Paints : Tumbled Glass | Scattered Straw
Embellishment : Idea-ology Philosophy Tag and Brad | American Crafts Jewelled Brad.

** In Singapore you will be able to find these supplies at Made With Love **

If you are ready, let's begin !

On your Big Shot with the Magnetic Platform and cutting pad in place, arrange the Prima Framelits dies as in the photo below. Trim a piece of Gold Foil card stock to fit the size of the dies, place the top cutting pad on the framelits/paper and run through the Big Shot.


After the die cutting, you will find the smaller die would have created an embossed inner border, so cool !!


I've also die cut another piece of patterned paper with the rectangular Ticket shape you see below.

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Emboss a white card stock using the Squares in Ovals folder. Then trim off all the 4 edges to the size you like.


Lightly paint the embossed card stock edges first with Scattered Straw , add then Tumbled Glass.


Fussy cut 3 pieces of flowers from the patterned paper.


From the sticker sheer, choose stickers you like. I've chosen to use 2 stickers which I matt on patterned paper and trimmed to a thin border all around.


Layer the papers, Gold frame, word stickers and the metal Idea-ology Philosophy Tag. You may need 3D Foam Dots to add height to the paper. Matt the embossed piece to patterned paper and card stock.


It's not difficult to create layers in a card as all you need is a little fussy cutting, pretty die cuts, some stickers and matching embellishments. Very quickly you will have a card ready for someone special !

Have a wonderful weekend.

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Textured Mini Book | Tim Holtz Media Team

Hello everyone, thank you for coming by and today, I have a Mini-book designed for the Tim Holtz Media Team.

As paper-crafters, we always look for ways to add texture, colour and dimension to our work. No time is as wonderful as now to be using mediums as continuing improvements on products have made it possible for effects to come straight out of a jar ! Leaving the engineering of new mediums to the experts frees us to work with our imaginations, to think creatively in design and colour ..... how cool is this ? AND, when you combine mediums with paper supplies, it becomes a whole ton of FUN !!

This mini book was made over a couple of days. I've had the Distress Paint Shaded Lilac for a while now and though I like the colour, it was one I've never worked with. In a sense this project was a challenge : to create a colour combination that worked.





Here's a list of supplies I used :
Surfaces : Paper Stash : Kraft Resist | Collage | Bazill Card stock : Kraft, White.
Chipboard : 2 pieces of 4 1/2" x 6 1/4" for the front and back cover, the spine 3/4" x 6 1/4".
Embellishments : Idea-ology - Ephemera Vellum pack : Expedition | Ornate Plates | Brads | Remnant Rub Numbers.
Distress Paints : Shaded Lilac | Antique Linen | Tumbled Glass | Frayed Burlap | Black Soot | Dried Marigold.
Distress Inks : Seedless Preserves | Frayed Burlap | Black Soot | Embossing Ink.
Ranger Embossing Powder : Silver.
Ranger Alcohol Ink : Cranberry | Raisin.
Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution.
Ranger Glossy Accent.
Ranger Metal Foil Sheet
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Stencil : Harlequin THS016
Sizzix : Alterations Shadow Press 659857 | Layered Dragonfly 659679 | Movers and Shapers Styled Labels 656652.
Tools : Craft Sheet, Ink Blending Tool.

This book was done in 2 parts :
1) the pages inside were hand-bound and Sea Lemon has great You Tube videos on how to bind books : HERE. I used A5 sized paper which was folded into half, resulting in each page being 4" X 6". An alternative to a bound book would be to use accordion folded book pages.
2) the cover was made separately and the bound pages adhered only to the back cover. The stitches on the signatures were left uncovered.

To begin the cover, I chose a Kraft Resist paper with a Script design. Roughly paint with Distress Paint Tumbled Glass and Antique Linen, then wipe off the paint from the resist portions of the paper with a towel.


Next I trimmed the Kraft paper to 12" x 8". You will need 2 pieces of chipboard 4 1/2" x 6 1/4" for the front and back cover, and the spine 3/4" x 6 1/4". Using a good liquid adhesive, adhere the chipboard covers and spine as in the photo below. Make sure there is a slight gap between the spine and the covers. Gently press the paper into the grooves as this will make sure your book cover can open fully open once the adhesive dries. Trim any matching paper you like and then adhere to the inside of the cover.


The next step involves sealing the outside of the cover with matte medium as this prevents the cover from getting soiled or worn from frequent handling. This cover is now ready to be embellished !


Ranger's sticky back Metal Foil sheet on to a thin cardboard, and die cut, then emboss the dragonfly.


I lightly painted the ends of the Dragonfly wings with Mustard Seed Distress Paint, dried it, and dripped alcohol inks Raisin, then Cranberry nearer the body. Once completely dry, I sanded the wing to expose the raised areas. Alcohol inks are translucent and when used on metal, creates an interesting sheer tint very different from acrylic paint.


The next step is to add colour and texture to the front cover. I love the Harlequin stencil and used it to lightly pounce Shaded Lilac Distress Paint. Dont worry too much if the paint gets under the stencil, this will happen !

** This is a great video demo by Tim on using stencils with Distress paints : HERE


Lift the stencil and work quickly while the paint is still wet. Sprinkle Silver embossing powder randomly and heat emboss.


This is how it looks. It's really hard to get an accurate photos as the colour is very subtle, but I guarantee you the effect is fabulous !


I wanted the Harlequin design to pop a little more and inked lightly with Seedless Preserves.


The photo below shows you in clearer detail the mix of paints, embossing powder and Distress ink.

The Book Plate was painted with Distress Paint Dried Marigold, and when dry, run a sanding block over it gently to wear away some of the paint. I rubbed in Glossy Accent to stop the paint from flaking off from.


Emboss Adventure and Discover with Shadow Press on white cardstock.


Swipe Shaded Lilac Distress Paint making sure it does not pool into any of the recessed parts of the words.


While the paint is wet, pick up some Silver embossing powder with your fingers and sprinkle on to the words. I like this patchy effect not completely covering the paint. Heat emboss.


For the word Adventure, I carefully lined it up on to the Styled Labels die before die cutting.


The word Discover was trimmed into a simple rectangle and the corners rounded. On the page, I adhered a dark patterned paper from the Collage collection and stencilled with the Harlequin stencil using the ink blending tool to pounce the Distress Paint.


On the inside page, I worked on layering the elements by using vellum tags and over laying the Remnants Rubs.


This is how the inside of the front cover looked. On the left, I stencilled using Black Soot Distress Paint for contrast.


This is another page I made using the embossed Adventure bracket shape layered with vellum and more stencilling with Shaded Lilac.


This book has a total of 40 pages and I will be working on more in the weeks to come. For now, I  hope the pages I've shown is enough to get you started.

Have fun, just explore and find out which mediums work for you, see you soon !!

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Tim Holtz Media Team project.

Hi everyone !

It's a real thrill being able to share a tutorial on the Tim Holtz Blog : Here.
This home decor project that was good fun to make. If you'd like to see how I used Distress Glitter, this is the project for you and perhaps you'll be able to find ideas there !


Thank you for dropping by !
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Hello everyone !


This is Stasha, and it's her Freshmen year at the Yong Siew Toh Music Conservatory at NUS. The one thing I know, as a scrapper, when we have good photos and wonderful products, inspiration is immediate ! I love this Emporium collection by Teresa Collns, the soft browns and dusky pinks are a perfect combination.

Below are the details :



Let's talk about scrapping style a bit .........

This layout is really *me* now. I have to admit it took a long journey to get to this style, and right now as far as layouts are concerned, it's what I do best, usually very quickly and enjoy tremendously. Good photos are important, so are pretty products that suit my style. There have been past instances when I've had to use supplies that were so different and beyond what I would've chosen myself, very challenging ....... and subsequently the work produced was unsatisfactory (to me anyway ....) !

The one thing I've realised in Singapore is : clean and simple layouts seem to get a bad rep as classes, they are considered less value for money because they look so simple to do. People will not pay for classes that teach balance and proportion, which is essentially what clean layouts are about. Contrary to the the usual opinion, clean layouts do require skills, especially knowing how to work with *white space*, knowing how to stop from adding too much, how to create interest, even texture to the layouts, learning how to create with current and trendy products.

I've had scrappers who seem stuck in a time warp ....... they feel helpless when it comes to using current products in the stores like enamel dots, insta-photo frames, the tags, envelopes, glitter paper and the colour gold. Consequently, they scrap in styles that feel dated and often heavy.

This is not a
criticism, I would never ever say a scrapping style is wrong.

What I am saying is, no matter your style ........... update it. Using new products that have come out is so much fun. Not knowing how to adapt them to your style means you are losing out on new skills, a fresh way of creating, more exciting ways of being inspired.

Hope your week has been good !

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Thank you so much !

I'd like to say the biggest thank you to everyone who left messages for me here as well as in Facebook, it truly meant so much ! Reading through them all made me feel unbelievably lucky that people like you took the time to comment and that all the work over the years was worth it.

Someone asked me in the store how does one get on any Design Team and honestly, the only SURE thing I know is to do *consistent good work*, be reliable, importantly, shore up your product knowledge and the truth : the number of Teams you are on doesn't necessarily translate to quality work. How can one do quality work when deadlines are coming at you fast and furious ? It's a sure inspiration killer.

Crafting has been my longest addiction and I am looking forward to a renewed creative direction.

On the Sizzix Blog is a Shabby Mailbox, I hope you will drop by to look at it ! Click here : Sizzix US


I'll see you soon !

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Another journey and lots of excitement !!

Hi everyone !!

I've been sitting on this for the last few weeks and finally it is OUT !!

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Paper crafters the world over would know about the Tim Holtz brand across Ranger. Sizzix, Stamper's Anonymous and Idea-ology. The fabulous projects created by Tim and his team of Designers for shows have always been stunningly original with their use of mediums and products.

To be on the Tim Holtz Media Team has been a much hoped for wish, but NEVER in my farthest imagination did I even think it would ever happen. Thank you so much Tim, it is still a surprise, still pinching myself and over the moon thrilled at this chance to work with you ! You might already know that Tim has a wonderful dedicated BTS (behind the scenes) team in Mario Jossi, Paula Cheney, Richele Christensen and Tammy Tutterow. I've been fortunate enough to have worked under Tammy who was a Team Leader before and am so happy for this chance again

Also on the team are :

Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Emma Williams

Jan Hobbins

Mou Saha

Vicki Boutin

........ and right now we are all collectively screaming and hopping with excitement from our homes (or holiday locations) around the world !!

Thank you for coming by to look at my work. As the many wonderful paper-artists and creatives inspire me, I hope the work I do will in some ways help you make art for yourself !

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Changing Journeys

Hello everyone !

Today I have a project that's very much my style - a little vintage, with tone on tone colour, texture, metal embellishments and ephemera.


I've used Tim Holtz Idea-ology products as well as his Distress range from Ranger, and a stamp from Stampers Anonymous. Much of my work uses Sizzix and I LOVE working with Alterations Texture Fades Embossing Folders with the Harlequin folder being a favourite.

The base of this piece is canvas on which I applied Ranger's Texture Paste with a palette knife and randomly sprinkled Distress Glitter in Shabby Shutters. And then the edges were painted with a mix of Distress Paints Mustard Seed, Frayed Burlap and Black Soot.


Above you can see how the metal hardware from Idea-ology adds a grunge feel to counter the elegant harlequin design of the folder.


Buttons and vintage ephemera seem to find their way into all my projects !


I love embossing folders and the effect they create. There are so many ways to customise the final look and I've used a Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous background stamp to make an interesting print on the harlequin embossed card stock.

First I swiped Distress Paint in Pumice Stone on the stamp, then with gentle pressure, stamp onto the card stock taking care not to get any paint on the recessed areas. The image you get will be slightly smeared, almost like worn away print. Clean your stamp immediately to stop the paint from drying in the crevices of the stamp. Completely dry the paint with a heating tool.

Next I stamped a second time over the paint using Archival Ink in Coffee which created another layer to contrast the paint.

Here is a close-up :


Here's the list of products :

Sizzix :
Alterations Texture Fades : Harlequin 657849

Idea-ology Metal Embellishments

The Distress Inks I used were :
Wild Honey
Dried Marigold
Frayed Burlap
Squeezed Lemonade

Distress paints :
Mustard Seed
Frayed Burlap
Black Soot

Distress Glitter :
Shabby Shutters

Ranger : Texture Paste

Can you believe how July whipped past ? It's August already !! Thank you for coming by this weekend and here's wishing you a smooth and productive craft-wise week ahead !

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