As I write this post my heart is sad just a tiny bit knowing Christmas is only 6 days away and then all the lovely ornaments will need to come down until next year. Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I love to get up in the morning pour a nice cup of coffee, sit on the couch with my furry kids and just enjoy the tree before my busy day starts. The lights of the tree warm our home during the month of December and it’s just as we know a wonderful time of the year. With this in mind, I realized that I have not really made a new ornament for the tree this year, which led me to my post today. I pulled out my stash box of wood/chipboard and decided I wanted to use a tag, a Tim Holtz Etcetera tag set I had bought a while back. Out came the scrapbook paper and embossing powder and glitter and poof, a new Santa “Believe” vintage ornament emerged and now I’m hooked!.
Here is some of what I used (a complete list can be found at the end of the post)
1. Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous #8 Etcetera Tag
2. Vintage scrapbook paper for the background (I used the Tim Holtz Christmas Worn Wallpaper)
3. The main image of your choosing from scrapbook paper or ephemera (I used Santa from Carta Bella Paper)
4. A quote – I used a Tim Holtz Christmas word chip (From the 2017 collection)
5. paint and embossing powders of your choosing.
Here are the general steps I took
1. I glued my piece of worn wallpaper background to the front of the tag.
2. I painted the back of my tag, the edges and a little onto the front with Dylusion Vibrant Turquoise. I also painted the two eyelets with the turquoise.
3. I then took the Dylusions white paint and did a whitewash on the front over the wallpaper just to knock it back a little
4. I took out my Tim Holtz Layering Argyle stencil and used some Candied Apple Distress Oxide thru it to bring the red of the Santa suit into the background to tie it together. I also did a little edging of the tag with red.
5. Next came my Distress Oxide in Vintage photo and I edged the Santa cutout as well as the tag and the eyelets to mute the tones a little
6. Now came the fun part the embossing. I used my Versamarker to color over the white areas on Santa’s suit and I used the Ranger Bridal Tinsel embossing powder and dried it with the heat gun to add some shimmer to Santa.
7. I carried the embossing powder over onto the background using the Tim Holtz Layering Stencil “Bubble” and my small Versamark pad to add some shimmer to the background.
8. While I had my red distress oxide out I edged my “Believe” quote chip.
9. Now comes assembly time. I used dimensional dots to put “Santa” on the page. I took out my glossy accents to put the eyelets, and the quote chip onto the background.
Phew! I think I got them all!.
You can watch me make the tag over on my Youtube channel, just in case I missed a step: Vintage Etcetera Tag Santa Ornament
Below are still shots of my finished tag.
I hope this tag will inspire you to look at some of your stashes in a new way. When I first bought this tag it never dawned on me to turn it into an ornament, but now it will grace my tree for years to come!
Here is the complete list of items I used in this project:
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Well, October has left us and fall is here in full swing with smells of cinnamon, pumpkin, and thoughts of turkeys and stuffing. Now that the creepy and whimsical have been taken down my home is looking quite bare. I have a few fall items but usually, enjoy the break until it’s time to deck the halls for Christmas. Thanks to one of my youtube followers I started thinking about this in-between time. We always see a lot of Halloween decor and lots of Christmas but very little Thanksgiving. Therefore I decided to try and make a few Thanksgiving/fall themed bits during November.
My first share for the month is a shadow box. One of Tim Holtz’s vignette boxes. The idea blossomed from a bit of burlap fabric I found on clearance at the end of last season. I thought it would make a lovely fall backdrop for a shadow box. Now during Thanksgiving, we give thanks and for me, it’s all about family. That’s why I chose “Family” as my word to center around. With a few bits from the Idea-ology line, I whipped up this little centerpiece at 5″ H x 4″ W x 1 1/2″ deep.
You can see my process video here: Thanksgiving-themed shadow box
This piece is for sale in my etsy shop: Thanksgiving-themed shadow box
Here are some close-ups for you:
As you can see the fall and Thanksgiving is a great time to gather our Idea-ology bits and keep that glimmer going in our homes through the holiday season.
You can find a list of supplies below:
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Welcome to day 4 of my 7 days of Halloween. For today’s treat, I have another assemblage piece. This is a spooky coffin box with an Edgar Allan Poe “The Raven” theme. The box used is a craft wood box that opens like a jewelry box. I purchased this one at Michaels (couldn’t find a link on website). This is a seasonal item and they are great to stock up on at the end of the season to use as favors the following year. This box came together because of my Tim Holtz Idea-ology 2018 Halloween ephemera pack. I was looking thru all the bits and saw the one photo of Edgar Allan Poe, I then pulled out my Idea-ology baroque frames and thought hmm that would look cool together, then I put them on the coffin box and the spell began. This one had many steps, too many to easily layout her for you but the basic materials were the wood coffin box, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween 2018 ephemera piece, Tim Holtz Idea-ology baroque frame, distress resist spray, gothic stencil (Tim Holtz stampers anonymous layering stencil), black paint, Dylusions pomegranate seed paint, scrapbook paper, embossing powder, archival ink, raven stamps and a little magic ;).
I see this box as a cute addition to a bookshelf, or as a set of favors for a party with treats inside, maybe even as a gift for that Edgar Allan Poe lover you know.
This box will be listed on my etsy shop (while supplies last): Edgar Allan Poe Coffin Box
You can watch the magic happen in my Youtube Video: Edgar Allan Poe Coffin Box
Here are some still shots to get those cauldrons bubbling:
As always below is a list of the supplies I used to make this piece. Happy crafting have a spooktacular time!
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Have you missed me? I have been a busy bee in my studio prepping for the 7 days of Halloween release today October 1st. Halloween has always been my favorite time of year. Growing up in New York it meant the leaves were changing, apple cider was out, and it was time to go pumpkin picking with friends. It also marked the start of the fall craft fair season.
Well today on my first day I am showing you a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Vignette Box. I have not worked in this medium before. It was a little tricky getting all the bits and bobs into the box but when it was done I loved it. It feels like a peek into another little world and to see it you really have to get close and it pulls you in. As an artist, I am always looking for new inspiration. I can see many more vignette boxes in my future. I love building these little scenes that I know the story but I wonder what does it say to you?
For this one, I used the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Vignette Box, Scrapbook paper I splattered, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween Ephemera, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ancestor Paper Dolls, Idea-ology Amber Apothecary Bottles, Recollections from Michaels holographic cameo, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween Word Chips (2018), Distress Oxides and elbow grease.
You can watch the process video on my Youtube Channel: 7 Days of Halloween Day 1 Idea-ology Vignette Box Til Death Do Us Part
This box can be purchased (while it lasts) on my etsy shop: Til Death Do Us Part Vignette Box
Here are photos of the completed piece:
I hope this spooktacular little piece that measures only 4 3/4″ tall by 3 1/4″ wide by 1 1/4″ deep will inspire you to find new ways to use up some of that ephemera you have stocked up in your studio. Creating your own story and little world is always a treat.
Here are all the supplies that went into making this little piece:
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