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Hi everyone,  just sharing a little Valentine's gift I created for my mom.

I used a Tim Holtz Mini Mason Jar (TH93202) and added a Photo Clip Kit (TH93351). The lid on my candy filled jar was painted pink.

I dyed my seam binding with Spun Sugar Distress spray.  A Milagros Idea-ology Heart (TH93676), Jewelled Charms (TH93697), and dyed Bouquet Findings (TH93569) were tied to my bow with Tim Holtz Craft Thread.

For my frame, I used the smallest Baseboard Frame, there's 8 different sizes in a package (TH93710).  I  took a piece of the Idea-ology Plain Collage Paper (TH93708) and stamped it with Tim Holtz Botanical Sketch (X3-2560) Stamper's Anonymous stamp and archival black ink.  It's quite a large stamp, but I used just a section big enough to cover the frame.  The collage paper was adhered with Collage Medium.  I used Distress markers to colour in my flowers and then used a bit of Distress Oxide in Frayed Burlap.  A "love" Metallic Quotation sticker was added (TH93559), along with flowers die-cut with Sizzix Small Tattered Florals (661806).
These mini mason jars make great little gifts!  Hope you  have a great Valentine's Day!

Until next time,



Hello there, glad you stopped by!
  Thank you so much for all the wonderful comments on my previous post, the Tim Holtz Creativation Blog Hop.  I hope you enjoyed all the inspiration as much as I did. The winners of the blog hop have been posted on Richele's blog here.  Thank you Richele, for organizing it all, hope we do it again!
Today I'm sharing my another project from Tim's booth.  I didn't have a chance to do much this year.  My son(lives in Australia) came home for Christmas this year and brought his girlfriend who has never been to Canada or seen snow!  Unfortunately it was so cold, with temperatures as low as -46C, I'm not sure she will want to return for our winters! She couldn't believe or understand how we could live in those cold temperatures, and at this point (it's still cold) I'm beginning to question why we live here too! We also had a very special surprise a few days after Christmas, my daughter came home too. I can't believe my kids all kept it a secret.  It's the first time our family have all been together for Christmas in over ten years!  So it was a very busy holiday season for me, not much crafting time!

Here's is a project using one of my favourite Idea-ology embellishments, the Trinket Tins (TH93698).

I have turned the Trinket Tin into a wagon, using the Tim Holtz Milk Caps (TH93684) as wheels. To attach them, I cut strips of thin chipboard, measuring across the bottom of the tin plus about 1 1/2" extra and about 1/2 wide. Attach one end to the back of the milk cap with a Hex Fastener(TH93268), adhere the strip to the bottom of the tin and with the opposite end piece, attach another milk cap. I distressed the caps a bit, and added a small amount of white paint to fade the colour.  Fluted Stars (TH93660) were lightly painted and adhered to the front.
The tin itself is lined with Idea-ology Aviary Collage Paper (TH93706) that I applied with Collage Medium.

Some of my little flowers were die-cut with Sizzix's new Thinlits set, Funky Floral #3 which will be available in April.  There are three different sets in the Funky Floral series.  I created my coloured paper with Distress Oxide inks and Distress Mixed Media paper, giving them a soft watercolored look. I also used the Tiny Tattered Floral Thinlits set to make a few tattered roses.
 #1 February Release
#2 March Release

#3 April Release

Before filling my tin with flowers, I glued three small glass jars that were lightly painted(Corked Vials TH92899) to the base and then added a tiny bit of crunched up Tim Holtz Fringe (TH93688) in the new soft cream colour. The Fringe was also added to the inside of the tin. A painted metal Butterfly (TH93689),  Snarky Small Talk Sticker (TH93704) and Paper Dolls (TH93555) lightly coloured were added also.  These paper dolls come in a package of 107.  That's a lot of paper dolls!  With each new Tim Holtz release, there will be new ones added and some older ones removed, but the product number will remain the same. My string is Tim Holtz craft thread, braided and a Story Stick (TH93680) tied to the end.  White paint was applied, then wiped off, leaving the numbers white.  

Hope you are inspired by my project to create your own wagon!

I have one more project to share, will do that soon!

Thanks so much for stopping by,



Hello everyone! Welcome to the Tim Holtz Creativation 2018 Blog Hop and Give-Away! If you are following along, you have just hopped over from the very talented Kaz Hall.  If you just happened to visit me here, you can start from the beginning with the fabulous Paula Cheney.  Richelle Christensen is hosting this blog hop featuring inspiration from all those who contributed to the Tim Holtz booths. Make sure you visit all these amazing artists and leave a comment on everyone's blog for a chance to win prizes!

I'm sharing this set of shadowboxes today featuring one of my favourite of his new releases, the new Tim Holtz Metal Vignette Bases.

There's a set of two in each package, the smaller about 1.625 inches wide, and the larger one at 2.75 inches wide. The top of these bases are flat, making it easy to adhere to your structure.

I've added a painted wood finial piece (TH93573) to give the larger box more height, plus finished off the top with another finial.  I can't seem to leave any metal unpainted, so I painted my bases first with a brown distress paint, wiping off the excess, then after that dried, Faded Jeans lightly on the raised areas. Both of my boxes were painted with a Faded Jeans wash (paint watered down)and a few splatters of Picket Fence paint. The new Vignette Frames (TH93694) fit perfectly over the Vignette Boxes (TH93279) and there's all four sizes in one package.  I've realized that I enjoy creating with lots of dimension, I just can't seem to leave anything completely flat!  Maybe that's why I'm hooked on making these shadowboxes. I raised one of the new Baseboard Frames(TH93710) with foam, placing a Photobooth vintage photo(TH93207) inside a Foundry Frame(93198) behind.  To finish off the inside I used a metal Ribbon Adornment (TH93686), "she is brave" Remnant Rub (TH93695) over a painted chipboard piece, tiny Key Adornment(TH93321), tied with Tim Holtz Craft Thread (015274) and dyed Crinkle Ribbon (TH93020).

My smaller box was created the same way as the larger one, but the base just glued directly onto the box.  Instead of a finial, I adhered a metal corner from the Vignette Accents pkg(TH93687) to the front.  When covering the inside of the boxes, I used an assortment of Tim Holtz papers and also the new Worn Wallpaper (TH93692)pkg.  I took a Watch Cameo(TH93264) and placed one of the new Quote Tokens (TH93691) on top.  The words were highlighted with Picket Fence paint and again his Craft thread was used.  My layers of papers behind the watch were die-cut with Tim's new Stacked Label Sizzix die(662695).

I have a few more projects that I will be sharing at a later date, hopefully you come back to visit!

Thanks so much for visiting me here and I hope you have been inspired to create your own shadowbox.  Next up on the blog hop is Jenny Marples with her incredible Creativation project!

                                                         PRIZES, PRIZES, PRIZES!
There are a few prizes to be given away, just leave a comment on ALL the different blog hops posted for a chance to win!  Comments must be posted by midnight PST on Tuesday, February 6th.
Winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 7th on Richele's blog.

Here's the list of all the participating designers:

Jan Hobbins   You are here!



Good luck and enjoy all the Tim Holtz inspiration!



Hi everyone!  Hope all of you have had a great Christmas.  I haven't been online much this Christmas, it's been a very busy one for me.  We recently did a lot of renovations on our lower level of our house and it was a lot of pressure trying to get things back to normal and completed before the holidays. I always do all the painting in our house and for some reason I thought it would be quick and easy....what was I thinking?! Hopefully I won't have to do that for awhile!  Our oldest son(he lives in Australia) came home for Christmas and brought his lovely partner with him, who has never been to Canada, seen snow, or experienced cold weather.  This may be the one and only time she will ever come again for Christmas, it is currently -33C and with the windchill, feels like -38C.  She has never been so cold in her life.  Who am I kidding, I feel like I have never been so cold in my life and I go through this every winter.  We also host the Christmas dinner in my family, so it is a busy holiday here.  It's worth it though, even though I feel like I could sleep for an entire week after.

I made this Christmas Shadow Box Card for my sister, and then forgot to give it to her.  Sorry, Pat, I will get this to you soon!

Love this Holiday Shadow Box die by Katelyn Lizardi!

There are two variations to make with this Thinlits set.  I chose the outdoor scene, which really could be for any winter occasion.  I first die-cut the back of my card using the main card die.

For the front  of my card, I used the tree insert that fits inside the main card die, creating a window for my scene.  I also die-cut two rectangle pieces that make up the base and top of the shadow box.

The snow pieces were die-cut with white cardstock.  I die-cut adhesive sheets, applied these to the snow fronts, and covered with "snow".

Next I die-cut my trees and deer.  The fir trees and deer were die-cut with cardstock that had been inked with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks.  The bare trees were die-cut with Tim Holtz Woodgrain Cardstock that had been inked.  All of the card pieces and embellishment dies have tabs so your die-cuts fold back for easy adhering.

The snow, trees, and deer pieces were adhered to the card base first.  The front and back pieces were then adhered to the base.  The top piece was adhered last.

Mini snowflake die-cuts were added to the front to finish my card off.  I didn't want to add anything more to the front of my card, so I added my sentiment on the back.

Thanks for stopping by, and a very Happy New Year to all of you!



Hi everyone, today I'm sharing my final piece for the Tim Holtz Holiday Inspiration Series.  I hope you have enjoyed this Inspiration Series as much as I have.  There's so many amazing projects, I would like to try them all!

I've taken one of the more intricate new Tim Holtz die sets, Snowglobe #2 and created a simple card. There are 26 pieces to this set, which might be a bit daunting, but using all the same paper does help.

I cut a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" square out of Ranger's Mixed Media cardstock.  Die-cut your globe piece, about 1/2" from the top.  You are going to use the negative part for your card.  I die-cut another piece the same but the card size is slightly larger, so there's about 1/8" mat.  (I've used a piece of thin chipboard so you can see the two pieces more clearly).  The two layers create a deeper recess inside the globe.  Cut out another solid square, 5 13/16" x 5 13/16", this is the backing to your globe.  Center and glue all three pieces together.

Die-cut all those wonderful little pieces from Ranger's Mixed Media Cardstock. I die-cut a few extra pieces of snow.  Glue the windows, and house parts to the main house pieces. Tweezers help with holding the smaller pieces.  I've used Distress Collage Matte Medium to adhere my pieces.

The Snowglobe base was embossed with Sizzix's Birch Texture Fade Embossing Folder.

All of the pieces were adhered with Distress Collage Matte Medium.

After everything was glued down,  I applied a thin layer of white gesso to the entire surface. It not only gives a good white base (when painting, your colour goes on cleaner) but also the brush marks give a nice texture.  Plus, if you have any glue showing, the gesso will cover it.

I chose blue/green tones for my card, but any colour scheme would work. I painted my darkest colour first, Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint, with inside the globe a little darker.  I use very little paint, you still want the detail to show.  It doesn't look very good at this stage,  don't worry!

Next came Tumbled Glass, then Evergreen Bough and Brushed Pewter Distress paints.  These were all dry brushed (most of the paint is wiped off the brush, leaving a slight amount left on), one at a time and dried in-between.  You just want to lightly brush a trace amount of colour, it's amazing how little you need and still get colour on your piece.  Sometimes you might want to reapply a darker colour again, just repeat.

When you are happy with your final colour, dry brush Picket Fence Distress paint to highlight. 

Add a bit of snow by splattering white paint with a Tim Holtz Splatter brush.  I die-cut the globe on a piece of scrap paper and laid the negative paper on top so the splatters just reached the inside of the globe.  A bit of Rock Candy Clear Glitter was added to the tree tops and roof tops.  To finish my card, I die-cut pieces from the Festive Greens Thinlits Die set out of white cardstock.  These pieces were highlighted with Clear Rock Candy Glitter and Glossy Accents.  Silver Stickles were applied in little dots to the berry die-cut.  The thin silver trim on my card, is Silver Deco Sheets (TH93219) that I cut.  These Deco sheets are like Tim's Glitter Design Tape, very thin but with a backing, so they can be cut into any shape or trimmed into strips like I did and apply like a sticker.  A bow from Idea-ology Metallic Trimmings(TH93646) and a painted Christmas Typed Token Finding (TH93629) complete my embellishments.  My finished card front was adhered to a white cardstock card base.

Here's another look at my finished card:

There's still some holiday inspiration to come, and in case you've missed any of the previous weeks, don't forget to check Tim's blog for the weekly recap, or his Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for more inspiration!

I just want to thank all of you for visiting and the wonderful comments throughout this Inspiration Series.  It means a lot to me and I hope I have inspired you to create your own Christmas keepsakes.

A big THANK YOU to Tim, Mario and Paula for letting me be a part of this creative journey!  I feel very honoured to be a part of your team!

Until next time,



Hello friends!  I'm sharing this Christmas Place Card project today:

Sizzix's Designer Lynda Kanase has a new collection called "Picture This" for all your Instax or Fujifilm photos. There are different themes in each set that let you display your mini photos in style.  But when I saw the Photo Stand Set, I immediately thought of Place Cards for my Christmas Table.  Here's a little tutorial to show how I created my place cards.

With the Sizzix Seasonal Photo Stand set, I die-cut my base using Tim Holtz Woodgrain Cardstock.  

After die-cutting, fold along the crease lines.  I then sprayed the stand with Distress Linen Spray Stain, let dry, and highlighted the grain with Distress Photo ink.  I usually run the stamp pad across for a more vivid contrast.  Fold the sides in, along the crease lines and adhere them closed.  You will end up with a slit through the middle of the stand for your photo.

Next I used this cute Photo Shaker Box set for my shadow box.  There are different little words that interchange in the box. I use a bit of masking tape to hold everything in place before die-cutting. Lots of little stamps and extras in this set too.

This is what my die-cut frame looks like.

Fold your photo box on the crease lines, except for the bottom one. Because I'm not building a shaker box, I left this one flat, but just folded in the side tabs.  This will go in the slit on the photo stand.  Next I die-cut my inside name plate with the rectangle frame.  I printed my names on the computer.  These could be stamped too.

The name card was adhered to the back of the frame with 3-d foam tabs.  Place the frame in the slit.  Time to decorate your place card.

There are lots of little embellishment dies in all these sets, I chose to use the snowflake confetti, holly leaf and berry.  I just received one of the new Tim Holtz Sidekick Starter Sets, and am already loving the convenience of this little machine when having to die-cut those little tiny dies.  I need to die-cut a lot of these leaves and confetti pieces, so it goes a lot faster to use this machine.  Just sandwich your die and paper between the two cutting plates and run it through your machine.  For my holly leaf, I used silver metallic cardstock coloured with various colours of green alcohol ink.

I adhered the holly leaf and berry in the corner.  For my snow, I applied Tim Holtz Grit Paste (TDA53422) to my stand, pushed my tree into the snow, and sprinkled Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter while my "snow" is wet. My Grit Paste is fluffed up a bit to look more like snow. The snowflake and star confetti is adhered to my place cards and Stickle Glitter Glue was applied to highlight them.

Here's another cute idea for place cards.

Instead of names, use photos of everyone (even baby photos to keep everyone guessing!) and add fun embellishments to the photos.

This Sizzix set, Photo Frame with Seasonal Props is a cute set with different props and stamps to add to your frame.  It even has it's own frame with this set.  I stamped my images, coloured, then die-cut.

Here's another look at my finished Christmas Place Cards.
Once you have figured out what you are going to create, it's pretty fast to create multiplies of these place cards.  I've got 4 done, just 17 more to go!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy creating!

Until next time,


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