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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Metropolis

Hello Friends

As soon as I saw Tim's new release video, I wanted these Sizzix Cityscape dies, even though I knew it might be a challenge for my less than dexterous hands.... they are such fun to use!
I used three of the Sizzix dies to create my 'Metropolis' - Tim Holtz Cityscape Suburbia, Cityscape Metropolis and Cityscape Commute.  It took me a couple of days as I painted each item individually, using the fabulous new Distress Oxide inks.
I just love the little clothesline!  On a visit to Hong Kong, many years back it was so interesting to see that even in such a large city, people actually had strings of washing out on lines between the buildings and that was my inspiration for combining the Suburbia and Metropolis die sets.
The word Metropolis was made from Tim's new Typography plastic letters, they were painted with Tumbled Glass Distress Paint and simply glued to the top of the Vignette box.  I was pleasantly surprised at how well the plastic takes paint.  Don't you just love the little helicopter!!
The whole scene was created using a Tim Holtz Vignette Box (the largest size) which measures 5.1/2" x 3.3/4" x 1.1/2" deep.  I covered the back and sides of the box with the beautiful new Memoranda papers, also by Tim Holtz.

If you want to be totally WOWED by a creation using the Cityscape dies, please have a look at what my dear friend Jenny Marples has made HERE.  It is breath-takingly beautiful!!  I wish I had thought to cut the buildings from already Oxide coloured cardstock - I will know for next time!

As always, thanks for looking and I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xx

42 comments:

  1. Anne I LOVE this!!!!! What a beautiful use of these dies and I can't believe you went to the trouble of even painting individual bricks on the buildings! Brilliant idea to use the letters on the top of the box and include the transportation. Thank you for your lovely words/link to my friend xxx

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  2. WOW! This looks amazing ..... love it!! xx

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  3. This is stunning!! Love love love... great work Anne xx

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  4. Gorgeous Anne, love how,you incorporated the scene in the box , lovely idea. Fantastic . Tracy x

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  5. Stunning piece of art Anne. Really looks Amzing. Hugs Rita xxxx

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  6. Oh, Anne, wie bezaubernd...
    Das ist ja ein niedliches Werk. Wunderschön hast du das gemacht.
    Da steckt viel Liebe und Zeit drin.
    Ich liebe es.

    Herzliche Grüße

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  7. Wonderful, wonderful Anne!!!
    Tell me, is there anyplace in the big world you have not been.
    I don't care what you say about your hands - this could not have been done any better by anyone out there!!
    Sandy xx

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  8. Wow, Anne! This is absolutely fabulous. Kind of wish I hadn't taken a peek because now I'm thinking that I *need* these dies, too. ;)

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  9. I cannot stand it... it's so awesome! I have ordered a bunch of these and I can wait to build my version of metropolis.

    I invited you to a Pinterest Group if you want to join, Tim Holtz Collective. You can pin this and any Tim Style projects from the past you want. I'm building a group with a bunch of awesome artists to share their love of TH and their work. Would LOVE your pins on there. You're so awesome.

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  10. This is just so amazing! Love your Oxide painted buildings - those inks look so cool! The work that went into your metropolis is awesome and the addition of the helicopter and car just adds more awesomeness! What can I say about the clothes line! It's just soooooo cute! Yet another triumph my friend! Will pop over to Jenny's now. xxx

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  11. I absolutely love this project Anne! So nice with all the buildings coloured with the Oxide's. And the car and helicopter, absolutely awesome. I have 2 of the new die's that you have used. I'm on holiday this week but I will try them out when home again. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. What a mini masterpiece Anne and I agree the washing line suits this little cityscape so well as a perfect finishing touch.
    Julie x

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  13. Oh my gosh, I don't even know what to say, Anne!! This is spectacular!! Wow!! What an amazing scene you've created!! I love those buildings!! The details you added are just perfect!! I love the clothesline and the helicopter...oh heck, I love, love everything!! I must have those dies now, you enabler ;) Absolutely fantabulous, my sweet friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  14. This is brilliant! Love the mix of colours you've used and how you've created the scene. I think the helicopter on the top just finishes it off nicely. Elaine xx

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  15. Love your cityscape...awesomeness!

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  16. I love this fabulous scene and the details and colours you chose. It reminds me more Italy, but I never went to Hong Kong!

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  17. This is the most detailed and intricate project! I love your cityscape, and in Old New York City, you could see the wash hanging the same way between buildings (at least the movies show it that way! Where I lived, wash was hung on clothes poles sunk in the back yards!) Love the architecture of these tiny buildings, the colors and of course the helo-pad! You did a fabulous job with these tiny pieces, and you always take such care with the minute details! And it shows! TFS & Hgus.

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  18. oops..forgot to mention the dimension and depth you've created with the way you've placed the buildings, with a background & foreground and middle!

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  19. absolutely amazing Anne - I love what you have done with these dies. I bought the vehicles set but haven't got around to using it yet!!! I am inspired! Big hugs rachel x

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  20. A most wonderful scene Anne! Takes me back to viewing the skyline from boat in the harbour. Now that sure was one buzzing city ... I absolutely loved it!! Terrific dimension and detail as always and the little clothes line is genius! Have a lovely week. Will try to start a catchup 2moro! Nicola x

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  21. Wow Anne! What a fabulous little scene looking over these wonderful roof tops! I have these on my list - which of course is never ending!!! Hugs, Chrisx

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  22. This is too fun, Annie! I can just picture you not even feeling the pain as you joyfully crafted your amazing city! I do love the helicopter and the letters and the little car, too! But the colorful buildings with their balconies, windows, and the hanging clothes are also delightful! Way to go!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo (Saw Jenny's spectacular creation!!)

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  23. Anne..... this is a masterpiece! Absolutely a masterpiece! love every single detail! FAb work! barbara

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  24. this is a wonderful project Anne, really gorgeous details x

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  25. What an incredible make Anne, I love the minute details right down to the washing line and clever layering of the dies to create your own cityscape. Sooooo clever. Have a great week xxx

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  26. Amazing piece Anne. You really have created a wonderful little world with the dies - fabulous.
    Toni xx

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  27. Such brilliant use of these fabby new dies Anne, wonderful!! So love the touch of the helicopter on the top of the vignette box and even the back looks fantastic! It looks as if you hadd super fun with this!!

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  28. This is fantastic! Anne Such a great idea that you have executed and crafted so brilliantly. So many wonderful extra touches that give this scene real personality - LOVE it !
    Hugs x

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  29. Absolutely wonderful Anne! Such a wonderful depth to your fabulous scene x

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  30. I love this Anne, it's fabulous!!!

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  31. A real treat of a shadow box, Anne - your cityscape looks amazing. It's clear to see how much fun you had, and the result is utterly delightful - full of stories. I've not yielded to these dies, but I'm really enjoying seeing you and Jenny (amongst others) playing with them.
    Alison x

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  32. fantastic Anne.........love your Metropolis. Guess they are looking for some super hero's in your helicopter xx
    So much amazing details and in such a small space............love it !!!!

    Sending huge hugs

    Annie xx

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  33. Hehhehe - look at the clothes on the line and WOW - a red car too.... this is just ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE Anne. Maybe that's a VIP on the roof in the helicopter!!! Your buildings are SPLENDIDLY DONE. I am just AWED! Xj.

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  34. Hi Anne, you've beaten me to it! I have these but just not got round to using them yet but I so love them and I adore how you've used them, brilliant. Happy crafty week, Angela xXx

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  35. Leave it to you to make me pine over a new product! ;0 You really did a wonderful job with this. I can only imagine the work that went into it. I like to stain my cutouts last most of the time because the ink covers the white edges. I do this especially with flowers, but I agree it would have been a huge time saver. You really wowed me and I know this looks amazing sitting in your space. Biggest hugs, Autumn

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  36. Anne, this is just fantabulous!! I just love when you go 3D, nobody does these projects like you do!! Your metropolis is just amazing, like a fun animation that I would totally love to watch! The helicopter on the top is great addition, takes the scene right out of the box, love that! The clothes line is such a fun little detail and the colours and tones really create a life like, yet still magical scene!! You sure have put these new dies to great use!! sending hugs :)

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  37. Anne, This is just too cool! It is so retro looking! Great little city and the heli is perfect!
    hugs,
    Jackie xx

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  38. I now have mine and just need time to play, but you've provided the best inspiration. LOVE every bit!

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  39. This is so cute and pretty, Anne! Love it to bits!

    Hugs,
    Claudia x

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  40. Holy smokes, Anne! Coming to your blog today is like opening gifts at Christmas! Each one wows me more than the last (But each one is so special in it's own way!) This is a knockout scene, and I love looking at all the details-those hand painted bricks (love!) and the washline (of course!). Amazing work, my friend!

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  41. I have seen this and seen this and keep looking at it and every time I do, something new jumps out. Holy toledo Batman! This is smokin awesome sauce and totes WOWZERS Anne! The things you do with these dies is amazeballs and so fun. All those details make me want to live in this metropolis dearie! Hugz to you muffin!

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Your comments are much appreciated! Hugs, Anne x

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