A Little Thing Can Make You Smile

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Hi everyone, I have made a new page for my Tim Holtz die album. Yes, I was inspired, I just received my new butterfly die with embossing folder!!! I also wanted to use my Garden Greens die and Frameworks Honeycomb.


I am entering Linda Ledbetter’s latest challenge 21 on CC3. There are great prizes from the sponsor, Inspiration Emporium.
I started by making a background paper using Wrinkle Free Distress  and then put the Rock Candy Distress technique from Compendium of Curiosities book 3, page 55, however you need your own copy to get the technique.

Unfortunately, the photo doesn’t show the beautiful sparkle in the background. I used Tim’s Distress Damask stamp.






I mounted the tag onto corrugated card which had been covered with tissue paper, distressed then painted white with Dabber.

I added Honeycomb kraft card embossed with leaves over a Honeycomb inked with Cracked Pistachio. I used Distress Stain to make a background to cut out the leaves.


Then the new Butterfly die, I inked the card with Cracked Pistachio and cut the butterflies. I embossed them then inked Black Soot on the raised areas. Super cool effect! I covered them in Glossy Accents. I wound some blue jewellery wire around a thin paintbrush and fashioned a body and antennae. I filled the void with Glossy Accents which stuck them in place.




I made a Tattered Flower using the spare background paper. The middle was created from a washer filled with a mixture of Glossy image3D paste,  mustard Seed DP, Rock Candy Glitter and glass beads.

I was pleased with the effect.

I am also entering A Vintage Journey, Tic Tac Toe challenge, I chose Ribbon, Stain and Die Cuts from the grid.


Please leave me a comment, I love to read them.

Hugs Jan x

Tic Tac Toe

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It is the Our Creative Corner February Challenge! The Design Team have been busy and there are some real treats to look at this month.

imageI  was so excited to have a go at Julia’s Tic Tac Toe, I have to admit I’ve never seen one used before for crafting!

This is what Julia says:

For this challenge please choose one line from the grid shown. This can be a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line but you must select the middle square as one of your choices. What you make is your choice but please ensure that the three items you have chosen are clearly visible on your make.


Please state in your post which line you have chosen. Inks, stains, sprays etc can be used as necessary on your project.


I chose the diagonal line, embossing powder, stamping and ribbon/twine/lace. I wanted to create a different Valentine gift for my husband. I love the effect of shadow boxes and tucking things inside so I worked on that idea.

This is how I made the project:




The fun part started by making the paper for the rose. First I made a muted background with Distress Inks. I used the Distress Damask Stamp with Distress Embossing Ink and clear embossed the image then re-inked over the top. I used the same stamp over the paper with Archival Potting Compost. I also embossed some more with green Distress Powder.


imageI used the paper to die cut  4 of Tim’s Tattered Flowers and then assembled them into a 3D rose.

I added dry embossed, die cut leaves from Cor’dinations Kraft Paper.

The rose was glued onto the frame with Silicone Glue.

I made the Shadow Box from a cheap canvas frame. I love the distressed look of the wood once the staples are removed.

I covered the frame with a good layer of Croco Crackling Colour in silver. You need a generous layer to get big, wide cracks as I have done.

I put green stain over to settle in the cracks. I randomly smeared embossing ink on the edge of the frame and added pink and white embossing powder, it popped and bubbled when I heated it.



The heart was a Paperartsy die, triple embossed with UTEE then

mica flakes, Blush Powder and glitter sprinkled over and reheated.

It made a great texture. I outlined the edge of the heart with the blush powder.

The backing paper for the heart was Tim Holtz Tissue Paper, stamped with the same stamp and Archival Potting Soil.


I wanted a charm to hang from the twine. I love the Faux Glass technique on Tammy Tutterow’s blog. I tried stamping using clear and white shrink plastic, but decided I liked the white best for this project. The hearts were coloured with alcohol inks, you only need a drop to get intense colour! I used the same heart die.

I used the white circle and a clear heart together for the final piece. I tied it onto a hitch fastener with the garden twine.

The frame needed something else….. I found a file index holder in my stash, cut out hearts from the rose paper and filled the appature with glossy accents. The green stain seeped into the glossy accents but I liked that effect! Finally I added some tea dyed lace around the inside of the frame.


I hope you like it.

Please come over to  Our Creative Corner and look at the lovely projects the Design Team have created to inspire you. I am looking forward to see what you create.

Our sponsors this month are Tando with some great prizes, check out their amazing products!

Jan x

Please leave a comment I do appreciate reading them.