Tuesday 16 July 2024

Vintage Shabby Collage Journal - Stamping with Tim Holtz Flowers

 Using scraps from projects and snippets to create little collages.

I have a double spread today using materials from a variety of companies but the important ones are listed below.

The background stamping was done by using hickory smoke oxide, this leaves a fabulous impression of light on dark.

Here is the train driver who is carrying a cargo of flowers to the airport where it all will be sent to florists in Paris and New York. The boxes are carrying fragile freight and he does not want his cargo to get crushed. It is a great responsibility to get all the boxes delivered on time and safely, but he is experienced and wise and ready to do a good job.

Claude, this dedicated driver carefully carried all the packages for miles, stopping at stations to pick up and drop of passengers, many of them regularly taking this route and train knowing that Claude always did a good job at keeping the train to time. As he pulled into his platform at Charles de Gaulle Airport he was thinking of all the arrangements that had been made to transfer the cargo to the plane travelling to New York and to shops in Paris. He watched the handlers remove the boxes from their carriage and gave a sigh of relief knowing he had got them safely to the terminal and they were now off to their final destinations.

Claude was happy and satisfied that his task had been accomplished and he was ready to head off hme to his family.

  • “Just living is not enough ... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” – Hans Christian Andersen


Stamps - Tim Holtz Flower Jar CMS297, Perspectives CMS213, Ledger Script CMS241
Distress inks - scorched timber
Distress Oxide - hickory smoke, walnut stain
TH Snippets - Urban Layers
TH Collage Strips - large
TH Words - Small Talk
The Graphics Fairy - Fleur Tab
TH Cello Sticker Tape
TH Clipping Stickers
TH - papers
Sakura Micron brown pen

Friday 5 July 2024

Scrap Collage Journal

 Using scraps from projects to create little collages.

Having spent a fair few days on creating six panels for my next workshop, using Alison Bomber's newest release of stamps, I needed a bit of a break. I have loved creating the panels and I'm really pleased with them but I felt I needed to design and create something small and more personal, just for me. Sitting right in view were a number of bits left over from my creative process, so I set about sorting some of the pieces I could use and also raided my collage tub to add to it and ......

...... Eh voila!

An inky scrap of card from the workshop collection of scraps plus the pressed foliage stamp that had been fussy cut, one of Alison's words snippet, an ephemera stamp in the right hand corner and a part of a delivered envelope I had saved in my collage pieces tub.

It was so satisfying getting something created in just over an hour rather than the days it takes me for much bigger projects. It's left me ready to do more ......


Monday 1 July 2024

Using Stencils with Distress Watercolor Pencils - Deco Feather stencil and flower design

It's my turn to post over at the Country View Craft Challenge on FaceBook and I have chosen the theme of 'Stencils'. There are just so many ways they can be utilised and in my latest workshops at CVC Headquarters I was teaching about the Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Pencils and I focussed quite a lot on monoprinting.

On my card the larger panel background was made using the Nordic stencil and the wet pencils on the dry stencil technique - spritz lightly with water and monoprint onto the substrate - in this case mixed media paper.  

The small panel using mini deco leaf stencil in various greens was again using wet to dry ie wet DWP paint to dry stencil. 

The die-cut flowers were washed with clean water and dribbles of DWP puddles added in with a small brush. 

To put the panel together I added some snippets....

....some inked mummy cloth and a Tim stamped sentiment.



Distress Watercolor Pencils - Rustic Wilderness, Fossilized Amber, Bundled Sage, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, Peacock Feathers

Distress Ink - Ground Espresso

Stencils - Nordic, Mini Deco Leaf

Dies - Wildflower 1 and 2

Stamps - TH Nature's Wonder

TH Snippets - Curator, Field Notes and Number Strips

Sunday 30 June 2024

Pressed Botanicals Collage - Pressed grasses and pressed umbels stamps by Alison Bomber

 Vintage Dreaming Collage

A vintage collage created directly in my Collage Panels journal, especially for using with Tim Holtz Found Relatives and Photobooth Pictures.

The Umbels silhouette stamp was inked up and directly added to the central panel .....

.... whilst the silhouette grasses were stamped onto spare card and fussy cut.
Some of Alison's words were added to bring a story to the overall project ....

.... this particular young lady is looking thoughtful and reflective with eyes looking upwards to the foliage and wondering about a walk in the forest where she can lose herself in her dreams and find some peace and quiet.

That is me sometimes, looking forward to a walk on our Ranges where the paths roam past the canal, out into fresh, bright openings and then back into some dense wooded areas which climb high and provide some beautiful views through the trees.


Thursday 27 June 2024

Seaside Project 2 - Tim Holtz Seahorse frame for Country View Crafts

 Oh I do like to be beside the seaside.

'Anything Seaside' is still a challenge title for June at Country View Challenges on FaceBook.

My choice has been to decorate and make a frame that sits nicely with the idea of being beside the sea on a lovely summer's day.

I love to use up scraps and inky backgrounds and some shapes have been reworked with leftovers taken from my bits folders. I have also used a number of older dies and stamp sets.

Seahorse cut from TH Sand and Sea Bigz die. Not readily available any more. Stencilled with the new mini leaf stencil using distress crackle paste sprinkled with Tattered Rose distress glaze. Later I sanded the texture and rubbed over vintage photo and unchartered mariner distress inks. 

Starfish stamped and cut using Nautical Blueprint CMS194 and Rusty Hinge, Ripe Persimmon and Scattered Straw Distress Watercolour Pencils. Dried and overstamped with Vermillion archival and Scorched Timber distress ink. Over that I applied distress crackle paste and when the crackles had appeared and it was dry I rubbed in walnut stain distress ink.

The frame and background in the aperture were created just by dipping into DWP puddles and drying. Distress crackle paste was applied round the edges and had unchartered mariner rubbed into them when dry. Splattered with white ink.

The sentiment is my own,produced on the computer.


Tim Holtz Products

Collage Frame

Stamps - Nautical Blueprint CMS194

Distress Watercolor Pencils - Rusty Hinge, Ripe Persimmon and Scattered StrawSalvaged Patina, Broken China, Blueprint Sketch, Weathered Wood, Walnut Stain.

Sizzix Dies - Wildflowers 1 and 2 

Deco Leaf mini stencil

Distress glaze - Tattered Rose

Distress crackle paste

Sunday 23 June 2024

Wish and Dream Panels with Tim Holtz Spritzes

 I picked up 2 small panels that have been hanging around on a shelf for ages, they both had a thin layer of gesso or texture paste scraped over them and were begging to be picked up and used.. I dipped them in some left over walnut stain distress ink I had been using and put them near the window to dry whilst I carried on with another project.

I heard the postman deliver some post through the letterbox and was excited to find the new Tim Holtz Spritzes I had ordered had been delivered and I did no more than unpack and shake them and gave each one a spray on some very small pieces of card and put them aside to dry. There were some little splatters of the sprays from each bottle left on my craft mat and I dipped my two little panels in them so as not to waste any. They remained on the shelf until the next morning and I just gathered some bits from my collage packets and hey presto these appeared. 

I added some more splatters of the Spritz and some slatters of white paint to finish them off.


Products from Country View Crafts

Tim Holtz Distress Spritz

Tim Holtz Distress inks

Tim Holtz Snippets - Field NotesCuratorNumber Strips

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Chit Chat stickers

PaperArtsy Lace chalky finish paint

Wednesday 5 June 2024

Seaside theme - Country View Crafts and Tim Holt products 2024

For a new challenge at County View Crafts Challenges 'All Things Seaside' on FaceBook I've used a clipboard as the substrate for my project and created a fairly flat collage so that the clipboard can be used.

The board was painted with Haystack and stamped with Buff PaperArtsy chalky acrylics. I used one of Tim's ledger stamps.


Then over this I created a collage.


Products by Tim Holtz

Layering stencil - Rosette

Stampers Anonymous - Ledger Script CMS 241


Idea-ology, ephemera, snippets, typed tags, cello sticker tape, word chips, paper strips

Sizzix Dies - wildflowers, numbers

Distress inks