The Patina Leaves Set with Tim Holtz Assemblage

Hello Crafty Friends, and happy Monday!
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

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Today I am excited to share another jewelry project with you featuring the fabulous new Assemblage collection by Tim Holtz.


As a relatively new jewelry maker, I cannot emphasize enough how fun and how easy it is to create with the new Assemblage collection. This line literally has everything you need to complete any jewelry project, from the basic findings like jump rings and clasps to a huge variety of chains, and all the gorgeous charms and links needed for adding that personal finishing touch. It truly is just a matter of opening and closing a few jump rings and chains, and you are on your way to beautiful jewelry.


Early in the month, I shared a glitzy necklace project in a gunmetal finish with lots of bling (click HERE in case you missed it), and today I’ve got a little set in brass to show featuring some of my absolute favorite Assemblage charms, the Patina Leaves.


I really love this look. It’s so fun combining all the different bits and pieces, and I just love how unique the finished project turns out. So different from the typical store-bought jewelry. I’ve taken lots of detail photos to share and will walk you through the process, in case you’d like to make a patina leaves set of your own.


This necklace begins with the Brass Link 18″ chain. Fold the chain in half to determine the center point, and open the center chain link using a pair of needle-nose pliers. Attach a Flat Toggle clasp to the two ends of the chain for the closure. At the bottom of the right chain comes a jump ring followed by an Ornate Ovals link in brass. Add another jump ring to the bottom end of the oval link and attach a Lobster Claw Clasp. Then to the jump rings and clasp, add a variety of charms and dangles. I used a pair of Diamonds & Pearls charms, and an adorable puppy Brass Bezel charm, too.


I like to mix chains to add a bit of texture and variety, so here I added a 5″ length of Brass Loop chain next, attached by the lobster claw at one end, and a jump ring at the other. Then comes that beautiful Branch charm.


One really fun thing about this charm is that there are holes along the branch where you can add some dangles if you choose. I attached a couple more of the Diamonds & Pearls charms and a pair of amazing Patina Leaves. The end of the branch meets up with the left side of the Brass Link chain.


With some of the leftover Brass Loop chain, I created a matching bracelet, closed with one of the Lobster Claw clasps. On the center link, I added a jump ring, to which I could attach a trio of charms.

Remember all Tim Holtz Assemblage products are available exclusively through Joanne Fabric & Craft stores or online at joann.com.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!


The products I used are listed below:

Brass Link Chain #THA20002
Brass Loop Chain #THA20003
Flat Toggles #THA20052
Lobster Claw Assortment #THA20051
Assorted Jump Rings #THA20063
Patina Leaves Charms #THA20042
Branch Charm #THA20021
Brass Bezels Charms #THA20025
Ornate Ovals Links #THA20066
Diamonds & Pearls Charms #THA20028

Lamppost Lantern Box with Sizzix & Tim Holtz

Happy Friday, Crafty Friends!

Today I have a DIY home decor project to share that I made with the adorable Lantern Box Bigz die from the new Sizzix Tim Holtz spring 2017 release. Recently I shared a fun garland home decor project featuring these lanterns. And now I’m back with a different look and new idea for using the lantern to create quick and easy home or party decor.


These little lanterns are so easy to create, and I love that they are the perfect size for holding battery-operated tea-light candles. This time, I die cut my lantern from crisp black cardstock, and lined the interior of the windows with clear acetate. A bit of Picket Fence Distress Crayon rubbed along the creases and edges adds a bit of shabby charm. If you’d like to see step-by-step directions for assembling this lantern die, check out my tutorial on the Sizzix blog here.


Love the versatility of this cute lantern. Last time I hung several from a string of twine to create a garland, and here I added a simple pedestal made from a stack of wooden spools painted with Black Soot Distress paint. Now this lantern reminds me of the lamppost from the Chronicles of Narnia series. Am I right there?


To dress up my lamppost I added ivy greenery from the Garden Greens Thinlits die set. I die cut the greens from watercolor paper and then watercolored the leaves with Distress ink. Picket Fence Distress paint was added to the edges of the leaves for that variegated look ivy so often has. And finally, a bird charm from the Idea-ology Treasures Adornments was tied to the top with twine.

Thanks so much for stopping by! And wishing all my fabulous mom friends out there an absolutely wonderful Mother’s Day weekend! ❤


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

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 12 SheetsRanger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Gary M Burlin and Co Embossable Window Plastic Clear Acetate Sheets 6 sheets 7x9Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz L Die - Lantern BoxSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Garden GreensAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Adornments - TreasuresRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Black SootTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Shabby ShuttersRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Crayons - Set 3

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Mother’s Day with Ranger Ink

Hello Friends! Happy Monday!


Apologies for the very late start to my blog post! My internet was down for most of the day, and has only just come back online. Just in time for me to sneak in with a sweet Mother’s Day card project that I have up on the Ranger Ink blog today.


I have been so taken recently with the new Tim Holtz Scroll die mixed with some of his wildflower thinlits, and this seemed the perfect combo once again for Mother’s Day. After all, all moms love flowers, right?


This time I used the newer Wildflower #2 set, water colored with Distress inks and Distress Oxide, along with the shiny glam look of gold Deco paper for the “greens”. I embossed the frame with the Lace Texture Fade and die cut the opening with my favorite Stitched Ovals die set. Use some new goodies like an Index Clip, Salvaged Baseboard, and Quotation sticker.


The inside is embellished with a die cut word strip and accent Clippings sticker. I used some of the leftover letters to add the sentiment on the outside, too.


I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you’re all having a wonderful day!


The Montgomery Necklace with Tim Holtz Assemblage

Happy Wednesday, Crafty Friends!

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I am so excited to share this post with you all today! You may remember me mentioning once or twice over the past couple of months that I’ve been trying my hand at a new hobby, jewelry making.  So you can imagine how happy I was to hear that Tim Holtz was coming out with his own line of jewelry supplies! Of course I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these new products, and today I am thrilled to share my first ever Tim Holtz Assemblage jewelry design.


I am calling this piece my Montgomery necklace, after the Tag Charm that I used here, and I truly just adore how it turned out. There is so much to love about this new product line, it’s hard to know where to start. First of all, the finish and quality of these pieces are phenomenal, with a bit of glitz and glam mixed with that vintage aged feel we all know and love from the Tim Holtz line. And all these products are nickel and lead free. Absolutely must-haves for jewelry.


As crafters, we all like lots of choices, and another thing I love about the Assemblage line is all the choices that are available, including absolutely everything you need to complete any jewelry project, from chains to findings to charms and links and tokens and more. This particular necklace is pieced from three different chains, with lots of beautiful details in between. I think it looks pretty cool, and seriously, this was so easy, you won’t even believe. I’ve taken lots of close-ups photos so that you can see all the individual pieces and details, and I’ll try to mention each part as we go.


With so many amazing charms to choose from, it was too hard to pick a favorite, so I added quite a few. And truly, it’s as easy as opening and closing a few jump rings. For the chain, I started with Gunmetal Loop at the top, cut from the original 36″ to about 18″ with one snip of a wire cutter. Next comes a Faceted Gems Charm, attached with a jump ring, followed by a Gemstone Flower Link. To add interest, next I attached two links from the Pink Rosary Chain.


After the Pink Rosary Chain is the amazing Bouquet Charm, attached on either end with jump rings, followed by one more link of Pink Rosary. Then I added a 3″ section of Gunmetal Link Chain, which is similar in finish but different in shape to the first Gunmetal Loop. The Gunmetal Link chain comes with the lobster clasp, which I used to connect to the next section.


Attached to the lobster claw jump ring are two fun dangle charms, one small Sparkling Rondell, and a pearl from the Diamonds & Pearls charms. Then the namesake, the Montgomery Tag Charm.


After that is a little more repeat of elements to create some balance. First, another Gemstone Flowers Link, followed by Pink Rosary Chain, attached to the other end of the Gunmetal Loop chain.


The toggle clasp comes attached to the Gunmetal chain, so super easy finishing. And with the leftover chain parts from this project I was able to complete two additional bracelets and am working on another necklace, too, which I’ll share another time.

Remember all Tim Holtz Assemblage products are available exclusively through Joanne Fabric & Craft stores or online at joann.com.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!


The products I used are listed below:

Gunmetal Link Chain #THA200006
Gunmetal Loop Chain #THA200007
Pink Rosary Chain #THA20011
Bouquet Charm #THA20020
Tags Charms #THA20048
Gemstone Flower Links #THA20032
Diamonds & Pearls Charms #THA20028
Sparkling Rondells Charms #THA20046
Faceted Gems Charms #THA20029
Assorted Jump Rings #THA20063

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Garden Notes with Ranger Ink

Hello Crafty Friends!
Happy Fri-Yay!


This week I am super excited to have a guest project up on the Ranger Ink blog. Like many of you, I have been eagerly anticipating getting my hands on the new Distress Oxide ink pads, and curious to give them a whirl. This fun garden journal-inspired art tag features one of my all-time favorite Distress color combos in the new Oxide version, and an exploration of some of the ways you can use these new ink pads.


I know you all have seen me using the new Tim Holtz Scroll die as leafy greens in some of my recent projects, and today I’m continuing that theme in this nature-inspired tag. Love them mixed with the Wildflower dies, and now that there are two sets of the flowers, there are double the possibilities of gardens you can create. Sure wish mine looked like this!


The real fun of this tag, though, is the cool background I made with the new Oxide inks. I tried ink blending with the ink blending tool, as well as swiping the tag through Oxide inks mixed with water. Then I stenciled with the inks, watercolored the flowers and greens, and even stamped, too. And then shabbied the tag with Opaque Crackle Texture Paste, ink, and Distress Crayon.


There’s also lots of new goodies from Tim’s Creativation 2017 release, including the new Memoranda Paper Stash, Clipping Stickers, Index Clips, and Quote Chips. I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below: (Affiliate links used)

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Mixed Media Heavystock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackRanger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532RESERVE Tim Holtz Idea-ology 12 x 12 Paper Stash MEMORANDA Paperie TH93550Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps REFLECTIONS CMS111Sizzix Tim Holtz Movers Shapers Alterations Die Cutting Template Tag BookplatesRESERVE Tim Holtz Sizzix SCROLL Bigz Die 661816 Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - WildflowersStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Lattice WorkStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Dot FadeAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Quote ChipsAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Index ClipsAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Clippings StickersMay Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Twisted CitronRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyTim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad CRACKED PISTACHIO Ranger TDO55891Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad BROKEN CHINA Ranger TDO55846Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Wild HoneyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Cracked PistachioRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Mowed LawnRanger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons SET 3 TDBK47926Ranger Ink - Texture Paste - Opaque CrackleRanger Ink - Glossy Accents - Clear Dimensional Embellishment - 2 ouncesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundRanger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES Brush BRU40842Ranger Ink - Palette Knife Set - Black - 4 PiecesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 2 OuncesSizzix - Big Shot Plus Machine - White and GraySizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093

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A Lantern DIY with Sizzix and Tim Holtz

Hi sweet crafty friends! Happy Wednesday!


Today I have a fun DIY decor project to share that I made for the Sizzix blog using the fabulous new Lantern Box Bigz die by Tim Holtz.


These 3D lanterns are super fun for all sorts of home decor and party projects, and I love that they are the perfect size for those tiny electric tea light candles so that you can turn your lantern into a luminary if you wish.


I love using these lanterns individually, but then I thought how fun it would be to tie multiples together to create a whole garland full of sweet lanterns. Can’t you see these hanging off a mantel for different holidays, or strung above the table for that perfect party decor?


I embossed my lanterns with some of the new Tim Holtz Texture Fades embossing folders, and then gave them a shabby vintage inspired finish with Distress Ink, big puffy bows, and a bit of die cut greenery. Tucked an Idea-ology Paper Doll into the window of one for a bit of unexpected whimsy. Super fun and easy to put together. I’ve got the full tutorial up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful Day!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below: (Affiliate links used)

Ranger Ink - Inkssentials - 8.5 x 11 Cardstock Pack - KraftRanger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Silhouette America - 8.5 x 11 Vellum PackSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz L Die - Lantern BoxSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Halloween - Thinlits Die - Fall FoliageSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Texture Fades - Embossing Folder - LaceSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Texture Fades - Embossing Folder - LeafyAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Paper DollsAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Clippings StickersTim Holtz Idea-ology CRINKLE RIBBON TH93020Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Squeezed LemonadeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Twisted CitronRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mowed LawnTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Spray Stain - Tarnished BrassRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

Cityscape Suburbia with Sizzix

Hiya Crafty Friends! Happy Wednesday. Hope your weeks are going great so far!


Last week I had a tutorial up on the Sizzix blog, and today I wanted to share my project here with you, too. A set of shabby Distress tags, made with the fabulous new Cityscape die collection by Tim Holtz for Sizzix.


I think this new collection is so much fun. And as always, I am blown away by the intricacy and detail of these Tim Holtz Thinlits dies. If you take a close look, you can see all the tiny individual pieces that make up each structure, all in separate dies for you to use and layer however you wish. I love that this collection comes with entire city scenes in border dies, or individual build-as-you-go city pieces, like I’ve used here today. With so many buildings, as well as trees and shrubs, and even a complete transportation die set to choose from, the creative possibilities seem endless.


I think these new sets would be great for travel themes and art journals, or friendship cards across the miles. Or how about Happy Holidays from my house to yours? Think I might have to give that one a try.

I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial for these tags up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!


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

Tim Holtz Core'dinations KRAFT CORE NOSTALGIC 12 x 12 Paper Stack GX-1920-00Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Mixed Media Heavystock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackRanger Ink - Inkssentials - Craft Tags - Size Number 5 - ManilaSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Cityscape, CommuteSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Cityscape, SuburbiaSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Traveler Words, ThinTim Holtz Sizzix Framelits TAG COLLECTION Wafer Thin Die Set 658784Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Lattice WorkStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Dot FadeMay Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapTim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad CRACKED PISTACHIO Ranger TDO55891Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad BROKEN CHINA Ranger TDO55846Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyTim Holtz Sizzix DIE PICK Tool 657498Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundTim Holtz Idea-ology SANDING GRIP Block Tool Sand TH92482

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