To Die For….

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To Die Foe
I have had a roll of Tim Holtz frosted film for a while in my stash and wanted to create some Apothocary Bottles with mysterious contents for A Vintage Journey challenge.

I used Tim’s dies, Apothacary Bottles, Tags and Weathered Clock. I inked the bottles with DI in Spiced Marmalade, Peacock Feathers and Wild Honey, then stamped images from my very first Tim Holtz stamp set. I used seasonal masks for the bats and cat. The film was die cut and stuck on top. They were stuck onto a die cut tag made from packaging.

The tag was assembled on Seasonal Halloween paper with the clock, Wow Tarnished Silver embossed grunge board in skull and date shapes.

Some black ribbon and wired sparkly ribbon finished off the tags.

I had fun creating this, I love Umbrella Man!

Heavy Metal

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What a busy week! And the weather?? Still I found time to relax and make a “Heavy Metal” piece for A Vintage Journey Challenge. I have just discovered a great blog, Our Creative Corner, check it out there is some lovely work there. Their challenge is Go Rustic which fits my project too.

Heavy Metal


I love metal embellishments, steam punk and all things grunge so I was happy with the theme.

I chose a mini printers stand from Tando I found in my stash. The front is built up of layers so I thought I could sandwich things in between to create depth even though it is a tiny piece. I covered the top frame with Industrial tissue tape.Background

I built up the base using Tim’s Eroded Metallic and Painted Industrial techniques from A Compendium ofCuriosities vol 3. I wanted a contrast so used metallic embossing powders and crackle paint. I cut up the four backgrounds to fit the apertures in the frame.




The Steampunk On The Edge die was perfect to fit into the layers. I corroded the card with Vintage Photo distress embossing powder and scattering a of frantage.


I think of the Eiffel Tower as a heavy metal structure and found some Artistic Outpost stamps which featured the Parisian landscape. I stamped onto thick plastic with Archival ink and dabbed alcohol inks on the back. This was layered over the background. I added stamps and metal embellies and triple embossed key and keyhole.

There is a cute stand to put the frame onto, I painted it with bronze DP. I am quite pleased with how it turned out.

I won a Pinworthy Badge! So excited!I won a Pinworthy Badge!

Hope you like it too, I do appreciate reading comments if you have time to leave one.


Jane Evelyn Mary

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Jane Evelyn MaryWhen my beautiful Granddaughter, Arabella, was born my daughter decided to give her a middle name, a family name, Evelyn. This is a photo of my Grandmother, Jane Evelyn Mary Jones, Arabella’s Great Great Grandmother! I think was taken around 1914. She always seemed very serene to me as a child, I never heard her shout or get angry. We had fun together, she could still touch her toes in her 70’s despite severe rheumatism.

When Challenge 12 came up on Compendium of Curiosities Challenge¬†for Tim Holtz Distress Photo Tinting Technique this seemed the perfect photo. You need to read Tim’s book, The Compendium of Curiosities Vol 3, page 41 to find out details. There are some great inspiration pieces from the design team on the blog. The Funkie Junkie is sponsoring prizes too.

I used Tim’s embossing folder, French Script , I DI with Vintage a Photo, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Picked Raspberry and Victorian Velvet, then highlighted with Treasure Gold. The lace and ribbon was stained with Victorian Velvet, Spun Sugar and antique Linen.
The roses were made from Cor’dinations cut from The Pine Cone die ( she loved roses). The ornate frame was heat embossed and inked with Black Soot. I used computer generated words for her name.

Making this new page for my album brought back lots of happy memories.