Wander, Seek, Explore, Fly with Tim Holtz and Sizzix

Hi friends, happy Wednesday to you! Thanks so much for stopping by! I am playing catch up here on the blog today after sneaking away for a long four-day weekend with my scrappy gang at our favorite retreat center at the beach. The weather prediction called for cold, but the sun shined the entire time, and it really was lovely. Enough so that I managed a few walks on the beach, and came home with my usual bag of sea shells. Can’t go to the beach without collecting a few of those. And once again, I got next to nothing done…. but what fun.

Being still in a beach frame of mind makes me think of the new Tim Holtz dies that have just been released for April. Especially the beautiful Bigz Seashell dies I had the pleasure to work with. Perfect time to share today’s project…a travel-inspired beachy wall hanging that I made for the Tim Holtz Creativation 2018 booth. And if you haven’t seen yet, here’s a video re-cap of Tim’s latest collection for Sizzix, along with a little peek at some of my projects, too.


As Tim mentioned in the video, this wall hanging took a mixed media approach with a mix of paper, fabric, recycled cardboard, crackle paste, and some of my favorite tropical colors of Distress. I added in the new Planks dies, embossed with the planks texture fade, and the Funky Floral #1 dies, and of course the Bigz Seashells, to create a shabby, vintage-inspired, travel themed decor piece, perfect for summer.


The sentiment words come from the new Shadow Script die collection. I used the “shadow” die to cut negative shapes into the background, and then layered the opening with the “positive” die cuts. Backed the panel onto linen fabric to add a soft texture to the hard lines of the crackle splattered cardboard base.


The Funky Floral dies are so much fun to play with. There are so many different stacking possibilities. This time, I used some of the center pieces all on their own, tucked here and there into the clusters. Makes me think of coral or sea anemones. And branches from the Fall Foliage set fit in nicely for a reef look, too.

Hope your week is off to a great start! See you all soon!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackRanger Ink - Dina Wakley Media - Kraft Paper PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Funky Floral 1Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die with Texture Fades - SeashellsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die - PlanksSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Shadow Script 3Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Fall FoliageSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Halloween - Texture Fades - Embossing Folder - Wood PlanksTim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Stickers - Chitchat WordAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Display HangersRanger Ink - Texture Paste - Opaque CrackleRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Salty OceanRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Peacock FeathersRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Cracked PistachioRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Twisted CitronTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Tattered RoseRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Abandoned CoralRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Festive BerriesTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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7 thoughts on “Wander, Seek, Explore, Fly with Tim Holtz and Sizzix

  1. This is beautiful! I love your idea of cutting the background dies from the main material and layering the text in the negative – it gives the piece even more dimension. That shell die is so wonderful. I loved it on your project last week, too. Looks like something else to add to my shopping list!

  2. Beautiful wall hanging with amazing texture and color! Wonderful way to do the sentiments, which is very eye catching! Fabulous creative project, Audrey!!

  3. I just love the look you got by shadow cutting the words on your banner so that the fabric peeks through. The touches of texture with the crackle splatter. There really is no way to go wrong with those floral die cuts. Tons of ways to use them.

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