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Monday, 11 February 2013

Playing with new Tim Holtz CHA 2013 dies

Hello Everyone

A huge welcome to my latest followers, it is a pleasure to have your company!

I have had some new Tim Holtz Winter CHA released dies for a few days now and just wanted to have a play with them.

The dies are the Movers and Shapers  Mini Clipboard Top and Bottom die and the Bigz Picture Wheel die.

Had I not seen a video of Tim Holtz using the Mini Clipboard die I would not have known how to use it, in fact when I first cut the die out I thought that my machine had not cut through properly - but it cut exactly how it is meant to cut and I will show this a little later.




I made this tag, to incorporate both dies.  As a child my Mum and Dad had a very old view-finder which used a picture wheel and so this new die brought back those memories for me.  I found some mini photographs at Craftwork Cards and they were a perfect fit for the picture wheel. If you click on the picture you will get a better look at the photos.

The picture wheel is cut from TH Grunge paper which I distressed with Picket Fence Distress Stain and then randomly coloured with Brushed Corduroy and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks.  I touched the photos here and there with the same colours to give them a more aged look.

The base tag is a No. 10 tag which I have embossed with a TH Sizzix die.  I did the top first and then put the bottom in again - this is a great embossing folder for doing this without leaving a line across where the join is.

The embossed base was then aged using Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks.

The words Remember and Vintage were added with black embossing paste through a Wendy Vecchi stencil. Wendy's stencils are amazing and so easy to use.



I cut out a topper for my tag using the Mini Clipboard Top and Bottom die.  As you can see from the photo on the left (I have put arrows) the die does not actually cut out where the arrows are indicating at the top and the bottom.  This makes it ideal for mounting items such as gift cards.  I have never seen anything like this before and I just love it!  You can space the dies as close or as far as you want, or, as I did with my finished tag, miss out the bottom piece altogether.

I embossed my cut out piece using a harlequin pattern embossing folder and coloured it using Gathered Twigs and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks and used Brushed Pewter Distress Stain to colour the 'clip' element.



I trimmed the top of the topper so that the clip element was more prominent as you can see in this photo.  I really does look like a proper clip on a clip board.

This close-up also gives you a better look at the tiny photos I have attached to the Picture Wheel.

To finish the tag I coloured some vintage ribbon with Gathered Twigs Distress Stain placed directly onto my craft mat, spritzed with water and then the ribbon was dragged through it and then dried with my heat gun.

The Cherish token is a TH Idea-ology one and I coloured it silver with Brushed Pewter DS to match the clip.

I did make quite a mess when I made my tag, with the Distress inks on all the pieces, dying the ribbon and using the embossing paste (I am fairly new at this and always make a mess!) so I am entering this in Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge this week where the theme is Something'Messy'.  It does not have to be messy as a project but just messy getting there! There is a great prize of $50 on offer for a randomly selected individual and also a top three will be chosen from the entries.


I really enjoyed having a play with these new dies and I am looking forward to seeing what other people do with them.  In the meantime I hope you like my effort.  Thank you so much for visiting me, I hope you will leave me a comment and if you are new then I hope you will leave a link so that I can return the compliment.  Hugs, Anne x

43 comments:

  1. Great tag...we had an old viewfinder too. Now-a-days viewfinders are just for kids.
    When i was a kid, the viewfinder was my folks and we had to ask to use if and look at things. teehee

    Love how you captured those old memories.

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  2. Hi Anne, I had one of those viewmaster thingys as a kid. This die looks just like one the way you have done it is lovely with all those mini photos. They are both nice dies, I can see these popping up in lots of your future projects. Hugs Mo x

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  3. Really gorgeous tag - LOVE the tiny photos! What a wonderful result to playing with your new toys... love the neutral palette and fab embossing too!
    Alison xx

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  4. Superb Anne and what a great explanation of how the die works and what you did with it, wonderful! I love your design, your embossing and colours and the little photo's in the view finder. You are such a temptress :D!! Chris xx

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  5. This is fantastic Anne I had a viewfinder when I was little and one of reels of pictures was about disneyland and I dreamed of going there..well didnt go till I was married but I loved it LOL but love this its great work huggles hun Sue J xxxxx

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  6. Thank you Anne for the details as I did see this die and didn't think much until I have seen what you have done. Your tag is interesting and indeed wonderful too.
    I can just imagine how divine 30 Clematis are. We tried so hard to grow them at one time but our gardens are gingers heliconias bromeliads and orchids and I don't try to fight the climate anymore. Is that wisdom?
    Thank you for your lovely comment on my canvas today.It's still not back as a customer snaffled it so she can copy it!

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  7. Anne I think the clipboard die is fantastic, think I may have to have that, it would be so useful for lots of projects.......the tag has come out beautifully once again also.
    Cheers,
    Elaine

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  8. I love this tag Anne, what gorgeous make, I have the clip but not had time to play yet..!? must remind myself how to use it! lol but your explanation was fab and wont have to now!!
    love the colours and how you have used the picture wheel, wonderful hugs trace x

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  9. another gorgeous creation anne...love what you've done with the new dies...hugs kath xxx

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  10. I covet these dies even more now I have seen what you have made! Fab work, I know how fiddly little photos are, having tried to put them behind mini film strip! Looks like you have been spending your pocket money wisely! ( hope the renovations are going well?) hugs barb xx

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  11. WOW! I really love how you have used those new dies Anne. The tiny photos fit perfectly and the soft colours are gorgeous
    hugs Sue

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  12. HI Anne, I love your tag, fabulous! Love these dies too - the clip is going to be a must have and I love the picture wheel..I had a viewfinder as a toy when I was a kid. I remember getting a 3D effect on cartoons and other 'picture' stories and there was more 'educational' stuff too..pictures of faraway places...I'd forgotten all about it! Hugs, Carole Z X

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  13. Great tag and I love that picture wheel - as you say, it brings back memories and I'm sure is great fun to use. Lovely colours too!!

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  14. Fabulous tag Anne,love the new dies.xxx

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  15. Oh you lucky thing x this is a fab tag Anne the dies look amazing and how great to add mini photos. I remember picture wheels too fabulous make Anne dies now on my wish list x

    Hugs
    Annie x

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  16. WOW Anne, I adore the latest addition to your huge creative collection of work. Like Annie my wish list has extended by another 2 dies..
    As you know i will not be around much over the next weeks, but have taken time to catch up on a few must See's. As i can i will post more comments on your other amazing works. You have been a great inspiration to me Anne, forwards and upwards. xxx
    HUGE HUGS,
    Nelle xx

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  17. Lovely tag Anne and another great buy.

    I had one of those picture wheel things as well (Viewmaster), can remember one of the themes was nature and a picture of mountain goats on a hillside - always looked like they would jump off. Liked it so much that I actually bought one a couple of years ago from an 'antique' shop in Honiton and some reels. Still have it so maybe I should buy the die and make some of my own.

    Ann B
    xx

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  18. Fantastic dies with fantastic results Anne..Had one of those Viewmaster things too.Love your tag. Gill x

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  19. this is fabulous Anne - I just love the picture wheel - brilliant xx

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  20. Awesome Anne, love TH dies they cut so perfectly and gee I love this design with the picture wheel, how clever is that...great results...luv aNNie xx

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  21. That is superb Ann. As usual your eye for detail shines through and I adore the picture wheel. How well you've created it.
    Love jo x

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  22. Anne, you have done some wonderful work here with Tim's dies! Love this tag! I did not think I wanted the clipboard MS, but thanks to you, I do now!!!! That and one other new release item, I thought I could live without! Hugs!

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  23. I love, love, love how you incorporated the mini images on the viewmaster reel. So clever!!!!

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  24. Liking these muchly! Really clever of you to put those teeny photos and I also love the vintage feel you've achieved with this piece. xxx Keren

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  25. Gorgeous tag Anne, I had not seen the new Timmie goodies (where have I been) lol.... Fabulous idea to to use the mini images on the viewmaster...Love the clipboard die too...Now I need to go shopping! Yikes!! Hugs May x x x

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  26. Fantastic work there Anne, i love what you've done on this tag . The miniature photos and clip board are fab and the embossed background works really well.
    It's lovely . I remember those picture wheels, i think we had some toy viewers when we were kids, ahhh! The good old days x

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  27. Anne, this was a fascinating read on how you made this great piece of art. My hat's off to you for figuring out all that complicated die. You did wonderfully well with it, & I know exactly what those viewfinders were. We had one too! How clever of you to think to make your piece like this...so nostalgic. (bet a lot of your followers won't know about this viewfinder!LOL) Good luck on your challenge, hope you win the prize. $50 would get plenty more TH dies! And this is a winner in my book, if I were judging. This rocks! Looks like it was a lot of work too. TFS

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  28. Wowser Anne - stunning tag and so much wonderful information too. You should be working on commission because everyone is going to want those dies. The clipboard one looks like a must have! You must have put in an awful lot of time fixing all those photos to fit like that - they look brilliant and have made it such an inventive piece of nostalgia. A totally brilliant tag Anne! Nicola x

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  29. ooh this is awesome! So much detail! I love your new dies and the way you have used them is fabulous. Those teeny tiny photo's look amazing! You are soooo talented xx

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  30. Amazing that you have these gorgeous dies already! I sure love to have them too. Stunning tag! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

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  31. Wow. I mean, I really don't know what to say. It's such a wonderful work of art, Annie! My grandpa had a couple of those old view finders and so this brought back memories for me, too! I'm sure you will win the challenge!!

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  32. The picture wheel is fantastic, great tag!

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  33. Oh Anne!!! I love this!!! I can't wait to get those die cuts! They aren't even out yet here! You did such a cool job on this clipboard with the picture wheel! I am so jealous! :) I love your design and how you've distressed the embossed background of your tag and clipboard! LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing your tag with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

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  34. How spooky Anne I got the clipboard die too, just gotta find some time to play with it lol.
    Love your picture wheel and the way you have used it on your tag with the clipboard holder as well. Great job.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  35. How in the world do you have these already??? We don't...more importantly I don't...lol!!! You tag in AWESOME!!!! I love the filmstrip on the clipboard...clever! The tiny photos are amazing as well...WOW!!! Love the sentiment in black up the sides...fab! What a striking tag! Thank you for joining in on our mess this week at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

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  36. Oooo new dies, they are on my wishlist. Love Love Love your tag. x

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  37. Massive round of applause with this Anne. That viewfinder is amazing (thank goodness they are doing a version in the Thinlits range too!) as is the clipboard and you have teamed them perfectly with the tiny images and the embossed background. You are so clever and inventive. Hugs, Jenny x

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  38. Oh, Anne, this is fabulous! I loved seeing Tim demo that clipboard die and I love what you've done with it. You make me want to order it!

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  39. Oh lucky you!!! and what fun you must be having. Were all drooling her. LOL
    hugs Lynn

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  40. Hi Anne
    Amazing use of that die and what a clever use of images.
    So fabulous.
    Thank You for all your kind comments which I always appreciate but none moreso during my enforced absence when I was unable to visit your own blog.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  41. Awesome! Thanks for showing! Have already pre-ordered the clipboard die and seen the video. It's so cool, isn't it? LOVE how you used the big wheel with all the lovely photographs in the windows! A brilliant idea!

    Hugs,

    Claudia x

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  42. Gorgeous Work! LOVE what you did with those dies! Thanks so much for joining us this week at SImon Says Stamp and Show!!! - Ashli :)

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