Friday, August 26, 2011

Unlocking Your Creativity

Okay, enough about Hurricane Irene. At least here in Florida. I had some time yesterday to play around on my next project for my All Things Tim group. (If you said "Tim who?" I would ask you exactly which rock you have been living under for the past couple of years?)

Tim Holtz, the master of all things deliciously grungy, of course. The same Tim Holtz that I will soon be meeting personally in 30 days to be exact, on the ScrapMap Tim Holtz Caribbean Cruise! Royal Caribbean's 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise.

But I'm getting off track a bit. (Sorry, just terribly excited.) I have formed my own All Things Time Group, as I've mentioned before, inspired by Linda Ledbetter over at Studio L3. Linda hosts a fantastic blog where fans of Tim can share artwork and learn new techniques in the process. All those Grungy Monday challenges I've done are from Studio L3. I'm very excited to also be meeting Linda on our cruise!

Even though my Creativity Artwork isn't a Grungy Monday challenge, it's all about Tim Holtz's products and techniques. My ATT group will be doing this project in October.

I'll list all products used at the end of this post. The finished size from top to bottom of this little wall-hanging is 11 inches. What fun I had creating it, and I can't wait to hang it in my studio as a permanent decor piece.

Adding the birdcage die to the dressform is not something new. I've seen it before by other talented artists, including Tim himself. I cut it from Grungeboard first, then I cut off the two outer bars of the cage and added the scoop at the waist from the spare parts. Before gluing it all down, I embossed the whole thing in silver, then rubbed some Pitch Black paint over it with my finger and wiped away any excess to achieve the look I wanted.

I love this phrase about Creativity. It comes in the City Central stamp set. (Visual Artistry, Stamper's Anonymous.)

This hanging piece is cut from spare chipboard. I used Tim's On The Edge "Brackets" die on the top and bottom of the chipboard to get this look. I should mention that the larger shape above this one came from Melody Ross's Bracket Chipboard Book. After covering this hanging piece with paper from Tim's Crowded Attic paper stash, I used Fired Brick distress stain to cover the whole thing with red. Love the ease of this! The letters are plastic with an adhesive backing. They're called Newsprint Alpha Parts "Ransom."

Products used in this project
• Bracket chipboard book page from Melody Ross
• Sewing Room Alterations die by Sizzix
• Caged Bird Alterations die by Sizzix
• Paper Rosette Alterations die by Sizzix
• On the Edge "Brackets" Alterations die by Sizzix
• Newsprint Alpha Parts "Ransom"
• Word Keys (TH Idea-ology)
• Bead Chain (TH Idea-ology)
• Adornments, Regal (TH Idea-ology)
• Locket Keys, keyhole (TH Idea-ology)
• Hanger Clips (TH Idea-ology)
• Ruler Ribbon (TH Idea-ology)
• Acoutrements, buttons (TH Idea-ology)
• City Central stamp set (Stampers Anonymous)
• Seamless Experience stamp set (Stampers Anonymous)
• Papillon stamp set (Stampers Anonymous)
• Kraft Resist and Crowded Attic papers
• Various distress inks: Vintage Photo, Wild Honey, Faded Jeans, Fired Brick and Walnut Stain.
• Fired Brick distress stain

You can find all of these products at

Thanks for stopping by today. Enjoy your weekend, then come back and see me on Monday when I post my Halloween Configurations Box!


  1. Annette, LOVE this! It is one of those pieces that has my stomach doing flips--do you ever get that way when you see an art piece you love? lol!!

  2. Thanks Lisa. (I tried to find you via e-mail, but no luck, so I hope you see this.) Yes, I do feel that way about other talented artists' works. I know just what you mean. I feel honored that my creation could cause that feeling in you!

  3. Your artistic talent takes my breath away. Absolutley stunning!!!! Have a great time on the cruise:)

  4. Great Job!
    I love everything about this

  5. Love this! Beautifully designed and executed.

  6. I love everything t!m…hope you have a great time on the cruise. well, that's a big DUH!

  7. Gorgeous piece: Love it all!
    Really should make better use of my sewing room die! Thanks for this inspiration!

  8. Beautiful piece! Tim will be so proud :) I love the alph parts! You must be beyond excited to be attending the scrap map cruise have a wonderful time!

  9. This is amazing! I just love everything about it!


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