1. It’s a Wrap!

    8th December, 2017

    I’m bringing you my final piece for the Tim Holtz holiday inspiration series. I hope you’ve been following along with Tim on instagram and facebook throughout November and December. If you’ve missed anything, you can catch up with all the inspiration on Tim’s blog from week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5 and week 6!

    iGirlZoe: It's A Wrap
    As there are only 17 sleeps until Christmas, (yes, I’m counting), this is a nice quick and simple way to give your gifts a little personal touch with a gift adornment!

    Using the Sizzix gift tag thinlits die and sidekick, as well as the Stampers Anonymous holiday and stripes stamp set to create the background. I added foil and vintage photo distress ink to the edges and vintage twine to the top. Then decorated…

    iGirlZoe: It's A Wrap
    ..die cut from the festive berries thinlits set, christmas paper doll, metallic holiday sticker and mercury glass stickles.

    iGirlZoe: It's A Wrap
    ..die cut from the christmastime village thinlits set and metallic holiday sticker.

    iGirlZoe: It's A Wrap
    ..die cut numbers that came with the Sizzix sidekick (LOVE THESE), christmas remnant rubs and stickles mercury glass.

    iGirlZoe: It's A Wrap
    ..die cut from mini festive greens thinlits set edged with mercury glass stickles, idea-ology bells covered with red pepper alcohol ink and metallic holiday sticker.

    iGirlZoe: It's A Wrap
    …Okay, I literally couldn’t stop myself from making another gift card holder, decorated in a similar way as the gift adornments and adding holly form the mini festive greens thinlits set and christmas ephemera.

    Thanks so much to Tim Holtz, Mario Rossi and Paula Cheney for inviting me to be a part of this years seasonal team and for all of their hard work, guidance and support. Thanks to all of you for your kind words of encouragement. I will be back on Monday with a recap of all my holiday inspiration series makes. Hope you have a great weekend.

    Cheers
    Zoe

     



  2. Tidings of Comfort and Joy

    4th December, 2017

    Hello friends. I’m back today with another gift card holder I made for the Tim Holtz holiday inspiration series. If you’ve been following Tim on instagram and facebook throughout November and December, you will have seen his holiday inspiration series. If you’ve missed anything, you can catch up with all the inspiration on Tim’s blog from week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4 and week 5.

    iGirlZoe: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
    Part of what I love about the festive season is there’s so many reasons to get creative. I love to use the seasonal products in my stash to make matching stationery. As my current obsession is with the gift card package die, I thought I would make another gift card holder to match a card I made for the holiday inspiration series and uses only 2 additional products, (idea-ology wood slices and the gift card package thinlits die).

    iGirlZoe: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
    Step 1: Die cut 2 pieces of kraft cardstock and the rest distress mixed media heavystock using the Tim Holtz Sizzix gift card package thinlits die. The bow and ribbon die cuts were sprayed with frayed burlap distress spray stain and the mini tag I didn’t end up using but put into my december daily stash.

    iGirlZoe: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
    Step 2: Fold the pocket and secure to a non stick craft mat with tape.
    Step 3: Secure the mini plaid stencil over the top and blend candied apple distress ink through the stencil.
    Step 4: Blend in vintage photo and walnut stain distress ink into the edges and stitch with a sewing machine.
    Step 5: Apply distress collage medium to the side tables, fold and glue into place.

    iGirlZoe: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
    Step 6: Follow steps 3 and 4 on the package topper, (the long kraft cardstock piece from step 1).
    Step 7: Adhere the package topper to the gift card insert with distress collage medium.
    Step 8: Place the gift card insert onto the Tim Holtz Tonic stamp platform and secure in place with magnets. Stamp the tree stamp from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous great outdoors stamp set with peeled paint distress ink. Slide the insert to the right, keeping it butted up against the top and keep stamping.
    Step 9: Place the bow and ribbon die cuts onto the Tim Holtz Tonic stamp platform and adhere with a pin prick of distress collage medium. It will easily pull away afterwards and the magnets won’t get in the way. Stamp with the background stamp from Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous sparkles and christmas stamp set.

    iGirlZoe: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
    Step 10: Stamp a sentiment over the trees. This will be hiding under the gift card for the recipient. You could add “congratulations” – “thank you” – “happy birthday” – “happy anniversary” for a non holiday gift card holder.

    iGirlZoe: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
    Step 11: Line up the ribbon with the bow and glue the ribbon onto the pocket with distress collage medium.

    iGirlZoe: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
    Step 12: To decorate the pocket, I stamped the wood slice from the great outdoors stamp set and used a 3/4 inch paper punch to punch the center and adhered to a wood slice with distress collage glue. Die cut greens from classic kraft stock with the Tim Holtz Sizzix festive greens thinlits set. Add idea-ology baubles dyed with red pepper alcohol ink.

    iGirlZoe: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
    Step 13: Bend up the tabs on the gift card insert very slightly.

    iGirlZoe: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
    Step 14: Slide your gift card in from the bottom.

    iGirlZoe: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
    Step 15: Push the insert into the pocket and you’re done.

    iGirlZoe: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
    Thanks for stopping by. I will be back with my final project for the holiday inspiration series on Friday. Hope you have a great week.

    Cheers
    Zoe x

     



  3. Holiday Gift Card Holder

    1st December, 2017

    Hello friends. With December here, like many of you I am getting ready to celebrate Christmas and have been making cards and buying gifts and gift cards. I wanted to share this gift card holder I made for the Tim Holtz holiday inspiration series. Follow Tim on instagram and facebook to see inspiration throughout November and December. You can catch up with all the inspiration so far in week 1, week 2, week 3 and week 4.

    iGirlZoe: Holiday Gift Card Holder
    Giving a gift card can seem less personal than an actual gift, so why not make it personal by making a gift card holder. I created this one using the products and techniques from my oh starry night card, with the addition of the Sizzix gift card package thinlits die.

    iGirlZoe: Holiday Gift Card Holder
    I die cut the package base from metallic kraft stock and the bow and ribbon from distress mixed media heavystock. You can see how the background was created HERE.

    iGirlZoe: Holiday Gift Card Holder
    I added festive greens under the bow, like on the matching card. I adhered an idea-ology fluted star in the center of the bow which I aged with picket fence distress paint and mushroom alcohol ink.

    iGirlZoe: Holiday Gift Card Holder
    Again, I wanted to mirror the products and techniques from the card, so I chose one of the smaller Christmas paper dolls. This one just seemed to fit, I blended in some vintage photo distress ink to take away the white edges and adhered with distress collage medium.

    iGirlZoe: Holiday Gift Card Holder
    I added a sentiment from the Stampers Anonymous holiday postmarks stamp set and slid my gift card into place.

    iGirlZoe: Holiday Gift Card Holder
    You could tuck the gift card holder inside the card, but I feel like the gift card holder could do with it’s own box… I will definitely make some more of these, and not just for Christmas!

    Thanks for stopping by. I am excited to be doing December Daily this year for the first time using my handmade album. I’ll be sharing my pages on instagram. Hope you have a great weekend and I’ll back back here on Monday.

    Cheers
    Zoe x

     



  4. O’ Christmas Tree

    29th November, 2017

    Hello again. I’m back with some more festive fun for the Tim Holtz holiday inspiration series. Follow Tim on instagram and facebook to see inspiration throughout November and December. You can catch up with all the inspiration so far in week 1, week 2, week 3 and week 4.

    iGirlZoe: O Christmas Tree
    Firstly I must apologise for the low quality photo. It was shot in low light because in Scandinavia, it’s pretty much low light until March 2018!

    Dear Santa, please could you bring some studio lights or relocate us to Arizona… 😉

    iGirlZoe: O Christmas Tree
    I wanted to play around with the idea-ology tissue wrap and create a book page style background. I used an older Stampers Anonymous background stamp set (CMS281) ‘stripes and holiday type’ to create the text. The frame is cut twice from heavystock with the Sizzix stitched rectangle thinlits die, which I stenciled with the mini plaid stencil and stitched.

    iGirlZoe: O Christmas Tree
    I covered distress mixed media heavystock with distress collage medium and immediately covered with plain tissue wrap. Once dry, I trimmed the edges and sprayed frayed burlap distress spray stain onto my non stick craft mat and dragged the heavystock through. I spritzed with water and dried with a heat tool. The glue, creased tissue wrap and distress stain created this cool worn/aged effect!

    iGirlZoe: O Christmas Tree
    I used my Tonic stamp platform by Tim Holtz to do all the stamping on this card with the Stampers Anonymous stamp set (CMS31&) ‘watercolor trees’ by Tim Holtz. You will see from the scrap paper that I had a few practice stamps first. As someone who likes straight lines, this stamp platform is a total game changer!!

    iGirlZoe: O Christmas Tree
    I added a bow die cut from the Sizzix fold-up bows thinlits set from heavystock and sprayed with fired brick distress spray stain. I edged the bow with walnut stain distress ink and adhered into place with distress collage medium.

    *SIDEKICK TIP: The small bow will just about fit on the sidekick platform from corner to corner. It does need a snip at each end with scissors to release the bow from the cardstock, but in a pinch, you could take the small bow with you on your travels with your sidekick.

    iGirlZoe: O Christmas Tree
    Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and a special thanks to those of you who have left comments, I really appreciate it. I will be back on Friday, until then…

    Cheers
    Zoe x

     



  5. Oh Starry Night

    27th November, 2017

    Hello! Is it just me, or is November flying by?! Today I’m sharing a card I made for the Tim Holtz holiday inspiration series. Follow Tim on instagram and facebook to see inspiration throughout November and December. You can catch up with all the inspiration so far in week 1, week 2, week 3 and week 4.

    iGirlZoe: Oh Starry Night
    Now to my card… I am ever so slightly in love with the new Stampers Anonymous starry stencil by Tim Holtz!

    iGirlZoe: Oh Starry Night
    I sanded a piece of idea-ology metallic kraft stock with a sanding grip. Placed the starry stencil over the top and spread texture paste through it. Removed the stencil, sprinkled embossing powder over the top and set aside to allow the texture paste to air dry, before melting the embossing powder with a heat tool.

    iGirlZoe: Oh Starry Night
    Using the stitched oval die, die cut distress mixed media heavystock. Stamped with the text stamp from stampers anonymous christmas nostalgia stamp set, (one of my all time favourite Tim Holtz seasonal stamps)! Using the stamp platform it was simple to line up the strip stamp to continue the pattern down the frame.

    iGirlZoe: Oh Starry Night
    I trimmed a christmas paper doll, postmark and holiday greeting, stamped from the stampers anonymous holiday postmarks stamp set and adhered it to the card with distress collage medium.

    **The christmas paper dolls are now sold out in most places but there are still some in stock HERE… but hurry!!**

    iGirlZoe: Oh Starry Night
    Using the sidekick I die cut festive greens from distress mixed media heavystock that had been sprayed with distress spray stain. The pinecones were die cut from classic kraft stock, sanded and blended with vintage photo distress ink.

    iGirlZoe: Oh Starry Night
    I painted fired brick distress paint onto one of the die cut pieces to simulate berries and give a pop of colour. I also added bells from the idea-ology tiny bells pack, they even jingle when you move the card, (SWOON)!!

    iGirlZoe: Oh Starry Night
    Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’re taking some time to craft during the festive season and I’ll be back very soon…

    Cheers
    Zoe x