Scraps of thoughts, photos and art

Tim Holtz

Sorry about that! Life happens and then we move on.

Tim Holtz has started a year long monthly tag inspiration and has retired his 12 days of December tag ideas. I think it’s a good thing and I’m looking forward to it. He’ll catch up in March for January, so February’s came out first. What a great tag full of inspiration!

Here are 3 different versions created by me, Cindy and Barb in one night. Can you believe it…just one night! We were pretty impressed with ourselves since we were very pleased with the way they came out.

Tim Holtz


We used a bunch of different things – Tim Holtz dies, Really Reasonable Ribbon, Distress Inks, Glimmer Mist, and other cool things. Can’t wait for March’s tags! Thanks Tim!

On our Mini Mister/Tool/Marker Stands!

Plain Metal Stand

What is THAT you ask? It’s a cool metal stand, lightweight and sturdy, with 15 holes for holding items from your craft table. Especially made to hold Ranger’s Mini Misters and TENseconds Studios metal tools, the stand is paintable and comes with 4 self-adhesive rubber bumper feet! Guess what? It even holds Ciao and Sketch Copic Markers (or practically any marker for that matter) and most Tim Holtz Tools!


To jazz it up a bit, you can even use alcohol inks like shown on the samples below or paint!

Alcohol Inked Mini Mister Stand

Alternate AI color Mini Mister Stand

Metal Tools Stand

Rusty Pickle is really good at creating grungy and worn looking papers. Panama Jack is one of those great collections that fits that description to a “T”. Rustic old Florida comes to mind, somewhere like Key West, when seeing these papers for the first time. Great shades of blue and green, the patterns are conducive to tropical, vacation or even masculine projects with a tad of “old” thrown in. The Pickle Trims are awesome texture and color combined. Add some torn Core’dinations cardstock and Ideology stuff, you’ve got yourself a great page!

Rusty Pickle Panama Jack

Rusty Pickle Panama Jack paper, stickers & trim
Coredinations Cardstock
Ideology metal
Ranger paint & white pen

Such wonderful pieces of art! They are too fun and great to use up scraps of paper and other material.

The Oasis ATC club (my local ATC club) had a recent meeting where we traded cards for 2 different themes: “Leather and Lace” and “Egyptian”. What super FUN themes! For leather and lace, I used the technique that I recently learned at PK Glitz. It’s so simple and yields a fantastic result. All you need is sticky paper, an open patterned piece of lace and glitter. Below is the result.

Leather and Lace

For the egyptian theme, I used 2 different egyptian stamps (background from Lasting Impressions with Panache and the other I can’t remember) that were heat embossed. I added some extra glitz for effect using a glue pen and some of PK Glitz’ tape – oh yea that stuff is KILLER COOL!


I was also lucky enough to be invited to join in on a Tim Holtz inspired nation-wide ATC swap. The theme was to use Adirondack Lights colors. I chose to also use Stampers Anonymous stamps and Tim’s Brushless Watercolor technique. I had to add some grungeboard that was painted with Cool Peri and coated with Crackle Accents. Here is the result:

Tim Holtz, Lights

Such a fitting way to end our totally FABULOUS weekend with Tim! A 12×12 canvas painted and covered with grungeboard pieces, crackle paint and a custom made beach sand. Yes, it looks like sand, but is a mixture of UTEE, Perfect Pearls and Glossy Accents!! Thank God that Tim helped me with my background painting – I was much too linear when it started out! I love the look of it now. Envision a gorgeous picture where the chipboard frame is – that would make it complete. My word for the year is “potential” (thanks Ali Edwards for the inspiration), so what a fitting canvas to use don’t you think?

Paradise Found, pic 1

Paradise Found, pic 2

Paradise Found, pic 3

Paradise Found, pic 4

The fun was still cranked up to a high level as we got into the fifth class using TONS of goodies – grungeboard, crackle paint, ephemera, trinkets and INK! Tim is the master at finding all the goodies you see on this project. Way cool! I loved using the techniques that we had learned in the other classes so far to make this project really unique. Everyone just loved it once everything was glued down.

Distress-a-palooza, pic 1

Distress-a-palooza, pic 2

Distress-a-palooza, pic 3

Highly anticipated because we would be working with Prima’s Paintable Transparencies, acetate covers and Zutter’s Bind-It-All, Words & Windows was super fun and a great way to start Sunday off. Did you know that you could paint with alcohol inks? Part of the class included custom paint palettes of dried alcohol inks that could be used with a water brush filled with Blending Solution for painting – quite remarkable and oh so fun! This project is my most incomplete one since it needs some love by adding pictures and alpha rub-ons. The front cover will say “love” and the internal pages will say “me”, “you”, “two” and “friends”. I especially loved the jazz music Tim put on while everyone was painting, awesome touch and made me feel right at home with Sunday Morning Jazz Brunch from Watercolors on XM channel 71.

Words & Windows, pic 1

 Words & Windows, pic 2



Some Odd Girl

Sizzix Blinkie

Origami Owl anyone?