1. Mr Pumpkinhead

    16th October, 2017

    Have you met Mr Pumpkinhead? He’s a bit of a merchant… of what though, we don’t know ….and don’t dare to ask!!

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Thank you so much for your kind comments about this card I made for the Tim Holtz Halloween inspiration series. Here’s a step by step to show you how he was made…

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Step 1: Cut a piece of distress mixed media heavystock 3.25 x 5 inches. Cover with antique linen distress ink using a blending tool.
    Step 2: Blend in a little mustard seed distress ink.
    Step 3: Squish broken china distress ink onto a non stick craft sheet and spritz with water using a distress sprayer.
    Step 4: Tap the heavystock into the ink. Dry with a heat tool.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Step 5: Blend a little vintage photo distress ink lightly over the background.
    Step 6: Edge with walnut stain distress ink.
    Step 7: Spray big water droplets over the background. Dry with a heat tool.
    Step 8: Tap the heavystock into the broken china droplets again if required.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Step 9: Blend more vintage photo distress ink over the background.
    Step 10: Edge with more walnut stain distress ink, this time blending a little further into the center.
    Step 11: Spritz with water and immediately pat dry with kitchen roll (paper towel) to lift the ink and leave a bleached spots.
    Step 12: Stitch around the edges with a sewing machine.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Step 13: Using the Tim Holtz stamp platform for exact placement, stamp the gear stamp from the dapper stamp set in potting soil archival ink.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Step 14: Lightly swipe the edges with a black soot distress archival ink pad to give the background a kind of vignette.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Step15: Stamp the hat/suit and merchant stamps from the dapper and pumpkinhead stamp sets using the Tim Holtz stamp platform, with black soot distress archival ink on mixed media heavystock.
    Step 16: Make masks for the pumpkinhead stamps by stamping onto a sheet of plain paper and fussy cutting.
    Step 17: Cover the pumpkinhead stamped image with the corresponding mask. Turn the stamp upside down overlapping the bottom of the stamp and stamp again.*
    Step 18: Move the stamp down and stamp a third time.*

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    *The additional stamping under the pumpkinhead creates a shadow that will create a neck to sit under his suit.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Step 19: Fussy cut the merchant stamped image with tonic mini scissors.
    Step 20: Blend a little antique linen distress ink over the top. Edge with potting soil archival ink.
    Step 21: Watercolour the hat and suit with faded jeans and rusty hinge distress markers using a water brush.
    Step 22: Fussy cut and edge with vintage photo distress ink.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Step 23: Watercolour the pupkinhead with rusty hinge and fossilized amber distress markers.
    Step 24: Fussy cut, creating a neck to slip under the shirt and edge with vintage photo distress ink.
    Step 25: Using a distress spritzer tool, spritz gathered twigs distress marker over the pumpkinhead.
    Step 26: Adhere the pumpkinhead onto the card and mount the hat and shirt over the top and the merchant sign underneath.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Step 27:  Blend vintage photo distress oxide ink into the edge of a kraft card, spritz with water to oxidize the ink and dry with a heat tool.
    Step 28: Using a sanding grip, sand metallic kraft stock and blend in vintage photo distress ink.
    Step 29: Sand the edges of classic kraft stock and blend in vintage photo distress ink.
    Step 30: Blend vintage photo distress ink into the edges of the cork.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    I hope you enjoyed this step by step and have been enjoying the inspiration series you can follow along on Tim’s facebook and instagram with a weekly recap on Saturday on his blog. Thank you so much for the lovely comments you’ve been leaving here and on social media on my inspiration series projects.

    Cheers
    Zoe x

     



  2. Monster Mash

    13th October, 2017

    I am back with a couple more samples that I made for the Tim Holtz inspiration series. If you follow Tim on facebook and instagram you may have seen the inspiration series with seasonal projects by lots of talented designers. There’s a recap each Saturday on Tim’s blog.

    Today I’m sharing a monster mash of cards made with the incredible new Stampers Anonymous Monstrous stamp set for the inspiration series. To see the rest of this monstrous conga line, check out the Monstrous Makes post on Kath Stewart’s blog.

    iGirlZoe: Monster Mash
    iGirlZoe: Monster Mash
    I used the Tim Holtz stamp platform to ensure a nice bold image. Using the label frame stamps as a base, stamp with black soot distress archival ink and fussy cut. Stamp the newsprint background stamp over the top. Blend Vintage photo distress ink into the label and spritz with water to get the distress ink to react.

    iGirlZoe: Monster Mash
    iGirlZoe: Monster Mash
    Stamp the monstrous heads with black soot distress archival ink and watercolour with distress markers. Fussy cut with tonic mini scissors and adhere with 3D foam.

    iGirlZoe: Monster Mash
    iGirlZoe: Monster Mash
    Stamp the monstrous sayings onto the bottom in black soot distress archival ink.

    iGirlZoe: Monster Mash
    iGirlZoe: Monster Mash
    For the Frankenstein card, die cut claw marks into the label, lift and ink the edges with vintage photo distress ink. For the Dracula card, die cut a cobweb and adhere over the top of the stamped label. Both using dies from the new sizzix thinlits dies by Tim Holtz.

    iGirlZoe: Monster Mash
    The card mounts are some of my usual favourties, kraft card base, metallic kraft stock, classic kraft stock, corregated card and cork from the idea-ology surfaces pack. All sanded with a sanding grip and blended with vintage photo distress ink. The Dracula card cork was washed with candied apple distress marker using a water brush.

    iGirlZoe: Monster Mash
    iGirlZoe: Monster Mash
    I hope you enjoyed the walk through and have been enjoying the inspiration series so far, don’t forget to check out the other designers projects and cards from the series. Thanks to Tim, Paula and Mario for inviting me to be part of this amazing experience and to you for stopping by.

    Cheers
    Zoe x



  3. The Undertaker & Embalmer

    10th October, 2017

    I am delighted to have been asked to make some samples for the Tim Holtz inspiration series. If you follow Tim on facebook and instagram you may have seen the inspiration series with projects by lots of talented designers. There’s a recap each Saturday on Tim’s blog.

    Today I am sharing a home decor piece that I created for the inspiration series featuring these wicked sisters…

    iGirlZoe: The Undertaker & Embalmer
    I covered a burlap panel with a sheet of paper from the Halloween mini stash. Created a background wash with water and rust alcohol ink. Blended walnut stain distress oxide through a stencil and around the edges. Stitched with a sewing machine and adhered to the background.

    iGirlZoe: The Undertaker & Embalmer
    The new Halloween typography is fantastic for spelling out themed words, such as “wicked!” The Thomas F. Little Undertakers ephemera is from the new Halloween ephemera pack, torn and inked at the edges. I stained a ruler with collage medium vintage! CONFESSION: this was my first time using it and WOW! I added an adornment index clip, weathered with alcohol ink and archival ink and added a halloween clippings sticker, (addicted to these). Added a piece of twine from the halloween trimmings to give a pop of colour amidst the brown. 😉

    iGirlZoe: The Undertaker & Embalmer
    The detail on these owls from the adornments halloween set are incredible. I covered it with black soot distress paint and when almost dry, buffed off the raised portions with a soft cloth. Then added rusty hinge distress paint to the eyes using a pin. I added mushroom alcohol ink to the chain, hanging from the index clip, to take off the shine. Mushroom alcohol ink makes everything vintage, I love the stuff!

    iGirlZoe: The Undertaker & Embalmer
    I love adding these clippings stickers to my cards and projects. I admit to having stocked up on the Halloween ones and plan to use them throughout the year. I just love the layer of comedy they add and adhered mine to the witches from the paper dolls ancestors pack. Added rusty hinge distress marker to their brooms and witch hat bands.

    iGirlZoe: The Undertaker & Embalmer
    Thank you to my dear husband, who sawed through these large idea-ology gadget gears for me, which I added grit paste to the gear and once dry, went over it with rusty hinge, peeled paint and walnut stain distress crayons. I finally “stepped away from the glossy acccents” and tried collage medium matte and was very impressed, that gear is stuck down tight and the excess glue shrunk when it dried, so no glue residue around the gear!

    iGirlZoe: The Undertaker & Embalmer
    For the final touch I added some cheesecloth stained with rusty hinge distress spray to the corners of the burlap panel with collage medium matte and edged the burlap panel with rusty hinge distress paint.

    iGirlZoe: The Undertaker & Embalmer
    I hope you like my burlap panel and have been enjoying the inspiration series so far, don’t forget to check out the other designers projects and cards from the series. Thanks to Tim, Paula and Mario for inviting me to be part of this amazing experience and to you for stopping by.

    Cheers
    Zoe x

     



  4. Frilly & Funkie: Haunted For Life

    7th October, 2017

    Hello friends! I hope your weekend is off to a good start. I’ve been taking a little break from my regular Design Team position with Frilly & Funkie, until the new year. But today I am popping back to bring you a SATURDAY STEP BY STEP with a Halloween themed card using some of the new Halloween stamps by Tim Holtz.

    iGirlZoe: Haunted For Life
    If you would like to see the step by step in full, pop over to Frilly & Funkie.

    Have a great weekend.
    Zoe

     



  5. Creative Chemistry LIVE UK Edition

    29th September, 2017

    I just had the best weekend of my life!

    Creative Chemistry LIVE UK Edition
    I can’t believe a week has passed since I was lucky enough to attend the Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry LIVE UK Edition workshop, held at Art from the Heart in Harrogate.

    Creative Chemistry LIVE UK Edition
    The first leg of our flight was at 7am, so a 4am alarm call for us, (they don’t call it the red eye for nothing)!! It was an easy journey with enough time at Heathrow to pick up some Scottish Tablet from Fortnum and Mason and make a quick stop at Starbucks before our connecting flight to Leeds.

    Creative Chemistry LIVE UK Edition
    We checked into the Crowne Plaza in Harrogate and I got a much needed early night, although like many others attending the workshop, was far too excited to sleep!

    Creative Chemistry LIVE UK Edition
    It was finally time to make my way to Art from the Heart and check in for the workshop.

    Creative Chemistry LIVE UK Edition
    We were given these cool lanyards to wear in class!

    Creative Chemistry LIVE UK Edition
    Tim is a phenomenal teacher, I loved every minute, learnt so much and laughed lots. I was lucky enough to take the class with a couple of long time online friends, Emma Williams and Jenny Marples. It was so great to finally meet them in person and share the day with them.

    Creative Chemistry LIVE UK Edition
    Mario Rossi, King of BTS, was of course there making things run smoothly and capturing moments from each of the workshops.

    Creative Chemistry LIVE UK Edition
    These are the tags that I made in class. DO NOT adjust your screens, I did use PINK!

    Creative Chemistry LIVE UK Edition
    These were my favourite technique tags and I’ve already used them to make some Halloween cards.

    Creative Chemistry LIVE UK Edition
    These are the goodies we were given in class. Tim and Mario are just beyond generous.

    Creative Chemistry LIVE UK Edition
    We were given necklaces for luck, which of course will now be my travelling accessory for life! We were also given these cool gusseted bags. The idea is to take time out each day and make something and put it in the bag to use later. We were also given these Tim Holtz District Market notebooks for jotting down creative ideas. I have already made good use of both.

    Creative Chemistry LIVE UK Edition
    Each student received these stencils, made exclusively for the Creative Chemistry LIVE classes. We were given a binder with clear sleeves to store our technique tags and even a tote to carry it all home in. Tim and Mario think of everything.

    Creative Chemistry LIVE UK Edition
    We had to get a THA Group photo with the man himself! Kaz Hall, Jenny Marples and I admin the Tim Holtz Addicts facebook group, along with Jess and Jennallee who are based in the US.

    Creative Chemistry LIVE UK Edition
    I managed to get a silly photo with Tim and Mario (the photo bomber) Rossi! These guys are just so much fun and their energy is endless.

    Creative Chemistry LIVE UK Edition
    Mario took some fun selfies after class. Love this guy!

    Creative Chemistry LIVE UK Edition
    Naturally I did some shopping at Art from the Heart and they were stocked up with Tim Holtz’s new holiday line!

    Creative Chemistry LIVE UK Edition
    I was still on cloud nine the next day and as the next group of lucky students began their workshop, my Husband and I visited York and did some shopping.

    Creative Chemistry LIVE UK Edition
    We met up with friends and family for afternoon tea at Betty’s Tea Room. It was simply heavenly. Somewhere I would definitely go back to.

    Creative Chemistry LIVE UK Edition
    And just like that our magical weekend had come to and end and it was time to make our way back to Copenhagen. We had just enough time on the way to the airport to drop in for one last hug and meet Kath Stewart and Anne Redfern.

    We had an incredible time and met so many lovely friends, old and new. There was such an incredible atmosphere surrounding the entire weekend. People traveling from all over and coming together. So much laughter, excitement, hugs and new friendships. I certainly came away with a renewed vigor for all things creative and some wonderful memories. I hope we can do it again soon.

    A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Tim Holtz, Mario Rossi and Ben from Art from the Heart for all their hard work bringing this class to the UK and making so many crafters happy.

    Zoe x