A Little Thing Can Make You Smile



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

12 thoughts on “A Little Thing Can Make You Smile

  1. LoVe this, Jan! Those flowers centers are awesome. I want to go to my studio right now and mix some up. Your background is gorgeous, your stamp choice is perfect for this technique. So dimensional and beautiful!

  2. Hi Jan, a beautiful textural tag and stunning design. I am so glad I pre ordered these butterflies as they look amazing, especially in your bright colour choice leads to a striking design.
    Thanks for joining in the challenge at A Vintage Journey and good luck.
    Have a lovely weekend, Julie x

  3. Hi Jan. This is such a lovely, bright and cheery piece. I just returned from an extended weekend trip to Florida, where the sun was shining and I think I may have seen some flowers similar to these in bloom! Where I live, it’s still gloomy and wintery weather…so this breath of spring is appreciated! 🙂 Your flowers and butterflies are lovely and your Rock Candy Glitter background works so well with your design. Thanks for sharing with all of us at CC3C. <3 Candy

  4. Holy Cannoli! Jan, I love this tag from start to finish! Girl! This is spectacular in color, design and technique! I think your sparkle comes through very well on camera–so hard to capture. The wire is such a great touch! I’ma gonna have to add these butterflies to my collection! Hugs!

  5. So much detail and a gorgeous colour palette in this stunning make. Thank you for joining in with us at AVJ this fortnight
    Annie x

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