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Hello friends. Today I’m sharing a simple project using a mini clipboard from the Tim Holtz idea-ology range.


I covered the edges of the mini clipboard with opaque crackle texture paste and set aside to dry and crack.


I took a technique inspired by Stacy Hutchinson using plain collage paper to reinforce old book paper. I adapted it slightly and added the collage paper (shiny side down) over the front of my vintage dictionary page. I sprayed with water, antique linen and frayed burlap distress sprays and set aside to air dry. I love the mottled aged look that just happens. That’s the magic of distress!


I used my singer heavy duty sewing machine to sew up the side of the page, this would have been far more difficult without the reinforcement of the collage paper, so thanks again Stacy. I even managed to add a zig zag, which was a sewing level up for me! Practice practice! I tucked the nails from the idea-ology vignette findings pack into the stitching.


I went back and forth with the clip portion of the clipboard, I coloured it blue with distress crayon, then covered it with ground espresso distress paint, then wiped most of it off! Finally I added grit paste and a little vintage photo distress crayon. It still didn’t look right, but the addition of a little crochet die cut under the clipboard was all it needed, (thanks Kaz)!


The adornment florals were coloured using distress crayons and attached with distress collage medium. I added a little mercury glass stickles to the center of the flowers. I also slid a little piece of crochet die cut under the flowers.


The intricacy of the new crochet thinlits die kind of blows my mind. I recently got a Sizzix big shot foldaway machine and the pressure is incredible. I only had to run it through my machine twice and that was cutting distress heavystock. I’m really impressed.


I altered a found relatives card with distress markers and trimmed to fit underneath a frame, die cut using the stitched ovals thinlits die set.

Thanks for stopping by.
Zoe


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Hello friends. Yes you guessed it, another Hat! With Spring upon us here in Copenhagen and Easter fast approaching, I was inspired to do something with eggs.


I had to back order the bird feather (CMS180) stamp set but I knew I had to have it and the hat and collar from the distinguished (CMS371) stamp set is a perfect match! One of best things about Stampers Anonymous is they never retire their stamps, so you can always go to their website and order them going back to the very beginning stamp set, CMS001.


I love that the egg comes in 2 stamps, stamping the background first and then the speckled detail over the top. Using the Tim Holtz travel stamp platform makes this simple. I used the newsprint stamp from the newsprint and type (CMS266) set in the background and layered the tangled twigs thinlits die cut over the top.


I love to layer my cards and the idea-ology classic kraft stock, sanded and layered over Tim Holtz design tape is standard for me. I love how the kraft stock palette works with my distress inks and the design tapes are so varied in their design that you can always find something that works. The idea-ology hardware heads were covered in rusty hinge distress paint and wiped away. My obsession with these hardware heads continues.


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend.

Zoe


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Hello friends. I’ve been in a little bit of trouble this morning over a small issue of sewing through nails without safety glasses! Moving swiftly on… I am sharing a card I made using the Dapper (CMS267) and Distinguished (CMS371) stamp sets. Until Distinguished was released in January, Dapper was my favourite and most used set. The hat and coat are just my jam. Distinguished has been such a happy surprise and I have loved playing with the new wardrobe, but I had to go back and grab the background stamps from the Dapper set.


The background is distress watercolor cardstock dragged through hickory smoke and frayed burlap distress spray and dried with a heat tool. Then tapped through the droplets a second time and dried again. Using black soot distress ink and a waterbrush flick watered down ink at the card to give some darker specs. Blend in a little frayed burlap distress ink and edge with double espresso distress archival ink. The mini ink pads are perfect for edging cards as their size makes them easy to handle and you don’t fumble the ink pad across the front of your card. Hands up who’s done that?!


The hat and coat were stamped from the Distinguished (CMS371) stamp set and the moth from the Entomology (CMS328) stamp set and die cut with the matching thinlits die set. I have noticed that die cutting them makes them much stronger versus fussy cutting them. I added gears from the assemblage range to the hat and slipped a hardware head in, it fit perfectly. All grunged with little swipe from walnut stain distress crayon. The hat and coat were coloured with faded jeans and frayed burlap distress marker and ink.


Okay so this next bit is what got me into a little bit of hot water this morning thanks to my instagram post. I decided at 4am that I was going to sew nails to ruler ribbon on my singer heavy duty sewing machine! I’m still slightly dumbstruck that it worked! Sewing level up for me! I now need more idea-ology ruler ribbon and vignette hardware, because those nails are awesome!!


The gears from the Dapper (CMS267) set I stamped twice using the brushless watercolor technique from Tim Holtz’s Creative Chemistry online classes. I love referring back to techniques from it. Lifetime access, check it out. The advert stamp I made work for me by using the travel stamp platform and inking individual lines of text and stamping. I’m a bit of a straight lines freak so the stamp platform has been a total game changer for me. I used vintage photo distress archival ink and stamped twice for a bolder image on some lines, another reason to love the stamp platform.


The base layer is scrap card edged with design tape. It’s such a great way to create a layer and the design tapes go a long way.

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend.

Zoe


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Hello friends. I had a really busy day yesterday and couldn’t wait to get to my desk to try out an idea that had been brewing all day. I made a card to send to my Niece who lives in Ireland and will be celebrating her very first St Partick’s Day this coming Sunday.


I created a background using distress paints and my gel press. I brayered vintage photo distress archival ink onto the newsprint stamp from the Newsprint and Type (CMS266) stamp set and rolled over the background with my hand, pressing in several places. It creates a very subtle weathered style background. I used Humidor design tape to create the base layer of the card. The design tape is an awesome layer maker and I use it a lot.


I stamped the advert from the Distinguished (CMS371) stamp set using the travel stamp platform. Die cut a frame using the stitched ovals thinlits die, blended in frayed burlap distress ink and mounted with adhesive foam. I also die cut some hearts from the Tim Holtz heartfelt bigz die. Initially I was going to create clovers but changed my mind and decided to add them as hearts, I like the playing card type effect.


I sprayed idea-ology bouquet finding flowers with peeled paint distress spray and added peeled paint distress crayon to the four leafed clover, which I added to the hat with an idea-ology mini fastener… I love these mini fasteners, they’re the unsung heroes of idea-ology.


I stamped a top hat, matching coat/collar and the tie from the Distinguished (CMS371) stamp set. I have been giving the tie stamp the side eye all week! I stamped in black soot distress archival ink and coloured using a peeled paint distress marker and waterbrush. I fussy cut everything and blended with frayed burlap distress ink using a mini blending tool. I used the peeled paint distress crayon to add colour to the story stick and glued it on with distress collage medium and added a hardware head.


I cut down an idea-ology ruler and added that with the fussy cut tie draped over it. The tie fits perfectly into the collar. I really really really love this stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Zoe
 


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Hello friends. Still clinging slightly too tightly to The Professor (CMS373) stamp set, I made a card also using another of my other fave sets from the March stamp release, Distinguished (CMS371).


The new wardrobe is dreamy and I stamped and fussy cut the traditional hat and coat-collar. It works beautifully over the lightbulb stamp from The Professor (CMS373) stamp set. That Lightbulb though… OH MY! <3


“like moths to a flame” (I couldn’t help myself), I was drawn back to the entomology (CMS328) stamp set and with the accompanying thinlits die set, it couldn’t be easier, especially as it fits through my sidekick, too easy not to!! Love my sidekick.


The snarky stickers are so so good. I’m going to use them more on my cards. These are from the original snarky small talk set. They’re mounted onto a piece of ruler leftover from another project. Keep those bits to use up later, it’s fun sifting through your bit box and it can often give you some unexpected inspiration.


I used a frame from my bit box that I had cut from metallic kraft stock, die cut with stitched rectangles thinlits die and embossed with the foundry 3D texture fades folder. I simply added alcohol ink to it and adhered with adhesive foam. I used the text stamp from the entomology (CMS328) set over the background, as well as the advert stamp from the distinguished (CMS371) set, love this stamp a lot! Stamped in hickory smoke and vintage photo distress archival ink.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you get some time to be creative this week.

Zoe


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Hello friends. I wanted to share the details of 4 cards that I made using the new The Professor (CMS373) stamp set from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous.


I used a gel press with distress paints to create the background and stenciled through the crate stencil with more distress paint and a blending tool. Stamping the awesome new inventor 7 (CMS374) stamps in ground epsresso distress archival ink.


I used these mail art stamps (CMS339) released last year to create my own sentiments. Both stamped in black soot distress archival ink and idea-ology adornment arrow, adornments star and a gear were added with a little distress collage medium.


I stamped and fussy cut the professor from distress watercolor cardstock and added to the card with adhesive foam to give it some lift. I blended in a little frayed burlap distress ink in.


This background was rescued from the scrap pile. I created it using fired brick oxide spray and then painted distress collage medium over the top. I sanded back portions and blended in vintage photo distress ink. Adding a stamped and fussy cut professor from the professor (CMS373) stamp set.


I added idea-0logy nibs, quote tokens and a number 9 from the numeric set which I painted with candied apple distress paint and rubbed to weather.


Using the mail art (CMS339) stamp set again, I created a border for the bottom of the card. I painted using frayed burlap oxide ink. I added a piece of idea-ology filmstrip over the stamped measure tape from the professor set and added some of the new idea-ology hardware heads. I wish wish wish these were sold in bulk packs, I LOVE them.


This next card was inspired by the talented Joy Kennedy who created a beautiful sample for Tim’s booth at this years Creativation. You can see her sample HERE.

I created the background using a gel press and distress paints. Stamping with a stamp from the fragments (CMS368) stamp set in vintage photo distress archival ink.


I added lots of idea-ology including, ribbon ruler, numeric, adornment arrows, philosophy tags, milk caps, index clips and adorment stars, all adhered with distress collage medium.


I stamped the cool advert stamp from the new distinguished (CMS371) stamp set. The travel stamp platform was a godsend in this case as the print didn’t come out as bold as I wanted the first time so I kept stamping until I was happy.


I dipped into my bits box and found these die cut gears from the industrial bigz die, cut from metallic kraft stock. I added vintage photo distress crayon to grunge them up. Layered under a fussy cut professor and mounted over the top of the stamped inventor 7 (CMS374) stamp set in faded jeans distress archival ink.


I addded a fuse and more idea-ology hardware heads. Obsessed!!


Finally I added a quote chip of one of my favourite words.
They say that curiosity makes you smarter…


Thanks for stopping by. Hope this post has inspired you to make something.
The Professor, Inventor 7 and Distinguised stamp sets are all available this month.

Zoe

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Hello friends, if you saw my post on Wednesday, you will know that there was supposed to be a post with the highlights of my trip to Creativation. Unfortunately, the post disappeared like a sock in the dryer, so it’s a rewrite over the weekend. In the meantime, I felt very inspired to get making using some of the new Tim Holtz products.


I have been so excited about the new Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamp sets, particularly Distinguished (cms371)! This stamp set is one of my favourites from the new stamp releases.


I have a bit of a thing for Tim Holtz Hats and have been rather obsessed with the dapper set (cms267) for years. I often create using the hat and suit, so this new wardrobe is a dream for me.


I took a gel press workshop at Creativation and couldn’t wait to get home and try it out with some of my favourite mediums, in this case, distress paint. This formed the base of my card, using distress mixed media heavystock.


(an example of some backgrounds I created using distress paints on the gel press)


I used the new Tim Holtz distress archival ink mini in vintage photo to lightly stamp the number stamp from the purveyor (cms187) set. I love mixing the old and new stamp sets together.


Using the gel press, I built up several more layers of distress paint, adding a pop of colour with broken china at the end. You literally only need a tiny drop of distress ink. This method allows you to create a background with very little product!


I used the stitched rectangle thinlits die and foundry 3D texture fade to create this frame. Adding alcohol ink and distress crayon to grunge it up and a little design tape to hide a tear for contrast.


I love the old advert style typography stamp included in this set and the new top hat makes me a bit swoony and weak at the knees…


…as does the new suit jacket! I added a chipboard quote and aged it with alcohol ink and distress marker.


Idea-ology gears are my jam and the new hardware heads are the perfect partner. Here I aged with a little picket fence distress paint and distress crayon. I added an adornment arrow with a fuse wrapped around it. All glued into place with distress collage medium.


The layers are design tape and metallic kraft stock, sanded, with a little vintage photo distress ink blended in.


Thanks for stopping by and I’ll be back soon (maybe, probably, definitely) with my highlights from the Creativation 2019 show, hopefully before it’s time for the next show!! Have a great weekend.

Zoe x

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