‘Craft Supplies’ Category

  1. 12 Months of Distress – January

    9th February, 2015 by iGirlZoe

    Oh Cracked Pistachio… I think I love you…

    Tim Holtz Cracked Pistachio Distress
    My postman arrived with the much anticipated first new distress colour of the “12 months of distress.” Having a new colour each month is so exciting, it’s like having a year long advent calendar. I could not wait to break into the cracked pistachio and try it out.

    I made a tag using various cracked pistachio distress products. I used Tim’s technique from January’s 12 tags of 2015 along with cracked pistachio paint and gathered twigs spray stain to create the background.

    Tim Holtz Cracked Pistachio Distress
    I used the cracked pistachio marker to watercolour the stamped image and spray stain to colour the crinkle ribbon.

    Tim Holtz Cracked Pistachio Distress
    I used the cracked pistachio ink pad to ink up a heart stamp from the new watercolour stamp set, misted with water and stamped directly onto distress watercolour cardstock. I am going to make a tag each month using the new distress colour. It gives me a chance to try out the colour and build an index.

    Thank you for taking time to look at my tag and check out the following online challenges that I am entering.

    Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – H is for… (HOLTZ)
    Inspiration Emporium Monthly Challenge – February


    supplies: tim holtz; surfaces (manila tag, distress watercolor cardstock, core-dinations kraft core)/distress ink (cracked pistachio)/distress paint (cracked pistachio)/distress marker (cracked pistachio)/dies (typeset)/idea-ology (crinkle ribbon, tissue wrap, label letters)/stamps (#47 dance card, #217 watercolor)/tools (water mister, blending tool, paper distresser)
    other: archival ink (jet black)/glossy accents/glue n seal/sewing machine

  2. Love is… my postman

    6th February, 2015 by iGirlZoe

    Hello. Thank you for the lovely comments left on my blog, I really appreciate it. It has been an exciting week with new craft products arriving.

    Windsor and Newton Watercolours
    I was just getting my new Windsor and Newton watercolour set wet when the postman knocked. I suspect our postman thinks I am a little bit nuts. The Swiss are quite conservative, so my running towards the postman waving, cheering and whooping is usually met with looks of confusion and sometimes fear. It’s nice to arrive to applause and cheering, right?

    Tim Holtz CHA 2015 Products
    With my new goodies unpacked, photographed and, (of course), shared on social media, I began to make stuff.

    Tim Holtz Handwritten Stamps
    I used the heart stamp from the new Tim Holtz watercolor stamp set. I applied fired brick distress ink to the stamp, misted with water and stamped onto distress watercolor cardstock. I love that this watercolor cardstock has a smooth and dimpled side. Stamping on the smooth side gives you a cleaner stamped image, but for the background I prefered the dimpled effect.

    Tim Holtz Handwritten Stamps
    By changing the greeting inside the card, this could be used for Valentines, engagement, Mother’s Day, birthday or just a notecard.

    Thank you for taking time to look at my card and check out the following online challenges.

    Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – H is for… (HOLTZ)
    Inspiration Emporium Monthly Challenge – February


    supplies: tim holtz; surfaces (distress watercolor cardstock)/distress ink (antique linen, fired brick, vintage photo, walnut stain)/stamps (#47 dance card, #217 watercolor, #218 handwritten thoughts)/tools (water mister, blending tool, paper distresser)
    other: windsor and newton watercolors/glossy accents/sewing machine/crystal gem

  3. New Year Art Journal

    21st January, 2014 by iGirlZoe

    Art Journal
    I had no idea where I was going with this when I started. I knew I wanted to create some texture and had seen a fabulous art journal video posted by Vicky Papaioannou. I used her background technique, cutting scrap paper into random sized squares and then sticking down with Studio Medium.

    Art Journal
    I was particularly keen to try this background technique as it goes against my need for the ‘laws of straightness’. This year I’m keen to try out new techniques and use the products I have in different ways.

    Art Journal
    I used the Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs to create some keys phrases to inspire me throughout the year. You will see I mixed up some of the RR’s, I assure you that Tim hasn’t produced an RR saying “life is lists!” 😉


    supplies: tim holtz; distress paints (frayed burlap, weathered wood, bundled sage, wild honey, black soot, aged mahongany)/distress markers (vintage photo)/remnant rubs (elements, numbers, words)/layering stencils (cargo, dot fade, splatters); claudine hellmuth studio multi-medium (matte)/faber-castell artist pens (black)/uni-ball signo gel pen (white)/liquitex modelling paste.

  4. Watercolor with Distress

    15th July, 2013 by iGirlZoe

    Tim Holtz Distress Stains
    Recently I’ve been experimenting with watercolor techniques using different Distress products. I’d only used my Distress Stains to swipe across a tag or stain ribbon, so was thrilled to discover how incredible they are to watercolor with. They are now part of my staple craft supplies and I hope to add more colours to my collection.

    Brett Weldele Tim Traveler Watercolor Card
    I created this card for my Father-in-law’s birthday using Distress Stains, a water-brush and a stamp from the Tim Holtz Time Travelers set. I followed Brett Weldele’s tutorial on monochromatic coloring.

    Brett Weldele Tim Traveller Watercolor Card
    When I had assembled the card I felt as if it needed a little extra something to make it pop, so I added some idea-ology lace chain and secured using mini fasteners to simulate the pocket watch chain.

    Tim Holtz Distress Markers
    I’ve also been experimenting with Distress Markers which I got for my birthday. Initially I was skeptical as I wasn’t convinced a marker could watercolor that well. How wrong was I?! So it’s great news that Tim Holtz has just announced the release of 12 new colours of Distress Markers, in the first of his CHA Summer 2013 Sneak Peeks. I’m especially excited about having a new surface to distress, with the launch of Distress Watercolor Cardstock. AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY! WOO HOO!

    Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Card
    This card I created with Distress Markers, a water-brush and a stamp from the Tim Holtz Remnants set. I used Distress Stains for the background and a little Distress ink around the edges to age it.

  5. Birthday Weekend

    9th July, 2013 by iGirlZoe

    It’s been a couple of weeks since I returned home from a lovely long weekend celebrating my birthday in the Swiss mountains.

    Red Helium Balloons
    My DH is such a romantic and surprised me with red helium balloons, a chocolate mousse cake, champagne and fancy chocolates.

    Birthday Treats

    Tim Holtz Products
    As if that wasn’t enough, I was treated to a trip to my favourite store, Scrapdeco. I picked up some Tim Holtz goodies and talked shop with the owner, Genevieve.

    Gold Leaf Hearts for Wedding Invitations
    Getting some new products has inspired me to get creative again. I’ve been a bit “papered out” after months of making stationery for my brother’s wedding. I’ll share what I made in a later blog post.