Saturday, 28 December 2013

The most wonderful time..... and Mr Holtz

I hope you have all had a magical Christmas and are now looking forward to a wonderful New Year!  I was not going to post this project for reasons I will explain in a moment.  Mr Mojo took off on his holidays as soon as he knew I broke my hip and sadly, he has not been back much at all since!  The dilemma was, how do I create Christmas cards for family and friends without any inspiration.....

And along came Mr Holtz and his fabulous skate die which I had just purchased.  He posted THIS and I was inspired!  I did a tag card shamelessly copying his design to see if using his techniques would give me some ideas and it did.  Off I went making lots of cards and gift tags using the skate die (and this time using my own ideas!).  But they have all been given away to family and friends and I did not want to end the year without doing one more post...... so all I have left is this tag card and my leather look skate which I have already blogged.

The only differences between my tag and Tim's is the embossing folder I used and I added one of Tim's beautiful idea-ology ice skates and a brown ribbon bow at the top.  For details on the 'how to' please follow the link to Tim's blog.

This really is the most wonderful time of year, when family and friends come together to share the joy of Christmas and look forward to a new year.

Many people are showing their favourite makes for 2013 and what better way to round off the year.  I am just going to show you one, something that I am totally happy with (we are our own worst critics aren't we?), my Halloween Configurations box.   I followed the tutorial by the very talented Richele Christensen, it was an absolute delight to make and I won the most fantastic prize from Richele of guess what? - a bumper bundle of Tim Holtz goodies so I have plenty to play with next year..........  I am linking this up with Jennie the Artistic Stamper HERE who is asking us to show our favourite piece from this year.  You can find my original piece here.

 I have a lot to thank Tim Holtz for and long may it continue, despite it making me rather poor most months!

And finally, it would take me forever to thank people for their kindness this year, so I just want to say a very big thank you to all my friends and followers who were kind enough to visit my blog and leave comments, those who sent me well wishes, beautiful cards, wonderful gifts and most of all, those who shared friendship.  I am truly thankful for each and every one of you so THANK YOU!

I wish you and yours all the very best for 2014 and hope that it is happy and healthy and that you get lots of time to create your own forms of art.  Big hugs, Anne xx


  1. Your tag really is wonderful Anne. I love the design and fabulous detailing.
    I can easily see why you were so pleased with your Halloween Configurations box, it really is amazing.
    Thanks to you also Anne for all your kind and supportive comments and the inspiration on your blog.
    Sending hugs and good wishes for a very Happy New Year.
    Sue xx

  2. Your tag is beautiful Anne, that die is on my wish list lol! I remember your Halloween creation and it is a really beautiful piece of art. Yep we are our worst critics because I think I have loved everything you have made this year and they would all be suitable for favourite posts! Keep warm, dry, healthy and keep on mending xx

  3. Hi Anne, You may have copied Tims skates here on this tag but the way you have put your own twist and used your own ideas on cards I have seen that you have made with this die (including the wonderful old brown leather one) is a credit to you. Your configurations box is just one of many amazing projects you have done this year, and I am confident we will all be treated to many more in 2014. Happy New Year my lovely friend. Hugs Mo x

  4. What a beautiful tag Anne, I love all your little touches. It's been a fabulous year following your blog ....... who needs Mr Mojo when you create such stunning projects without him.
    Your Configurations box is simply amazing, so much detail, and I'm already looking forward to seeing more of your creations in 2014.
    Thank you so much for all your comments and support over on my blog, and who knows we may get a chance to meet, hopefully next year.
    Lots of love and best wishes to you and your family for the New Year ...... Big hugs Linda xx

  5. I assure you Anne that your mojo has not gone far - you have artistically worked Tim's skate die to the same standard of Torville & Dean on the real things. (Hope that makes sense - it's late!)

    These last months must have been really tough for you but I'm sure that once you are "back on your feet" (sorry!) everything else will follow. I bet that once your mojo starts flowing there will be no stopping you. Thank-you for being such a lovely person to me and for being so loyal, encouraging and kind re my blog.

    Wishing you a very happy and healthy 2014 Anne. You surely deserve it. Love Nicola x

  6. happy holidays thanks for sharing your creative inspiration

  7. Good Morning Anne. It really is our pleasure to visit your blog and see your fantastic cards and projects. I was lucky enough to receive one your ice skate cards and the attention to detail is wonderful. You are such a special person and it's my privilege to call you a friend. Looking forward to seeing more of your creations in 2014. Here's to that hip healing up and hope you have a Healthy and Happy New Year. Hugs Rita xxx

  8. You do Tim so well with your skate cards and tags, Annie! Every one is spectacular! I have loved all of your creations this year, but I do have to agree with you that your Halloween Configurations Box was extraordinary and so deserving of Richele's recognition!! I look forward to see the amazing things you design from your box of goodies!

    I hope you and David had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends and that you took it easy and are continuing to heal. You both deserve a new year of easy living and good times!! Love to you! Big hugs!! Darnell

  9. Your tag is stunning Anne, it looks like that die has tempted your mojo home again. Your Halloween project is a real beauty! I hope next year is a better one for you
    love and hugs
    Claire xx

  10. Found your blog late in the year Anne and so glad I did. Your pieces are imaginative and full of flair. You are one of those people who have a natural ability for knowing what looks right. Mr Mojo may go walk about sometimes, but it will always come back.

    Hope the hip is healing nicely and you can start skipping around as light as a fairy soon. Beautiful tag and can't wait to see all your new makes in the New Year.

    I am sure 2014 will be a good one for you and your family.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

  11. It's always a delight to visit your blog Anne and to see you next beautiful and inspiring creation. You have used this wonderful ice skate in so many amazing ways, each one showing what a versatile artist and crafter you are, this tag is mo exception. I hope you've had a great Christmas (and not too much pain) and enjoyed time with family and friends. Thanks for all your visits, your encouragement and your wonderful friendship.
    Wishing you a new year filled with joy and happiness.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  12. A gorgeous tag Anne, and we all have lots o thanks Mr Holtz for, you have created a real beauty and your Halloween box is stunning too and well worthy of winning! Hopemyou are starting to recover and that 2014 brings better things!
    Hugs trace. X and thanks for all your wonderul comments and support through the year x hugs x

  13. Hi Anne :-)

    Huge thanks to you too for your wonderful friendship. It was great to meet up with you and David and I felt that I had known you for years.
    I too love to visit your blog and your creations are always so beautiful and inspiring.

    I look forward to viewing more in 2014

    Best wishes to you and David and best wishes to Mr Holtz too x

  14. Hi Anne, glad to hear your mojo is making a comeback! I think Mr Holtz has many people's bank balances in trouble every month!! Looking forward to seeing what you create in 2014 and to meeting you in person on our Hels workshop in Feb! Claire x

  15. As the very proud owner of one of your wonderful skate cards I can say, hand on heart, that you have truly used this die in such special and imaginative ways. Well done you for continuing to put your own spin on original ideas and coming up with whole new ways for bringing them to life.
    Your Configurations box was a joy to behold and you should be justly proud of it (as you should be for all your creations in truth). Long may it continue.
    Thank you for your very special friendship throughout 2013. You are an incredibly inspiring person and the pair of you truly are a blessing in my life. May 2014 be full of treasured memories and adventures (for all the right reasons!)
    Much love, Jenny xxx

  16. Yay, Anne,
    so glad to hear that you won! This is truly earned!!!
    And you and the ice skates die are a match made in heaven. I really love what you create with this lovely die! ;)

    All the best of 2014 my dear friend and take care!
    Claudia x

  17. Beautiful tag and beautiful configurations box too!! Hope Mr Mojo comes back and that you can get creating in the New Year - I'll keep popping back to see what you do!! Best Wishes for 2014. Elaine xx

  18. dear anne. i love your skate tag almost as much as i love the skate card you sent for christmas. the fact you managed to make any cards at all is amazing. amd your box is stunning. thanks for showing it again. big hugs to you for a happy new year xx

  19. Great work Anne, I think tim loves the fact that he is such a source of inspiration to crafters all over the world. It must give him a lovely warm glow! Your tag is lovely and the way you used the die to create the worn leather skate was genius! I think that's exactly what Mr Holtz loves when someone grabs inspiration and runs with it, I know from following your blog that you are great at doing this! Very best wishes for 2014 , I look forward to seeing more of your lovely work! Toni xxx

  20. As one of the lucky recipients of your skate cards, I know just how stunning they are!! I totally loved mine!!! Your tag here is gorgeous too, the worn leather look looks fantastic here too as do the embellishments! Your Halloween make was spectacular and your win so very well deserved! And as to Mr TH? I think we are all so lucky to be inspired by him and is wonderful projects again and again. May the New Year bring you much health and happiness and with that the return of Mr Mojo too! xoxo

  21. Your tag is fabulous Anne and makes me now want that die!! And the Halloween configurations box was just spectacular and I am so pleased it was award winning too!

    I am only new to following you this year Anne but I have really enjoyed all your fabulous makes, they are all so wonderful and full of much inspiration for us all, so please just keep doing what you always do.

    Wishing you peace, health and happiness for 2014 and a speedy recovery of that hip. xx

  22. I remember your Halloween configurations box and how fabulous it is! Now your Skate tag is totally stunning! I love every detail! Your art is very inspiring and I know in no time at all you will have Mr. Mojo back in full swing! Wishing you a wonderful 2014! Hugs!

  23. As I was lucky enough to receive one of your wonderful skate cards which I shall treasure, I can agree you have this die off to a fine art! Thank you dear Anne for your blogging friendship and a years worth of fabulous inspiration on your wonderful blog. I hope you have a terrificl 2014 full of crafting fun as well as all you desire. Lots of love, barb xx

  24. What a beauty! I so love how you softly colored the skate and the key is a wonderful add-on. Hope your Christmas was lovely, Anne, and that 2014 is a great year for you and yours. Also sending more healing vibes!

  25. Anne thank you for your kind words on my blog! I hope you have a wonderful 2014!! Your projects are always inspirational ! Your tag with the skate is absolutely amazing! I love the soft tones of blue you used! hugs BArbarayaya

  26. Hi Anne, I think quite a lot of us owe much to you for your inspiration. I too love my skate card and it will be going in my "keepers" box which I go through every time my mojo goes absent! Thanks also for your wonderful friendship. Hope you have a wonderful start to the New Year and it just gets betterand better for you. Love, Margie xx

  27. Anne, you've done an amazing job on your tag! Such beautiful details. I've gotten so far behind on my 12 tags of 2013 - think the last one was August. Yikes. Thank you for all the inspiration in 2013 and Happy 2014!

  28. Your friendship has been a highlight of 2013 for me Anne and I'm looking forward to carrying it on in 2014 xx

  29. I would like to add my own good wishes for a fantastic, healthy, happy & crafty 2014 for you Anne. It has been an absolute pleasure to visit & see your incredible creations over the past 'umpty' months and I look forward to visiting to see more in the coming 'umpty' months too *hugs* Mo :o) xx

  30. Your skate tag is wonderful - now I have said that so let's move on to the important stuff. I forgot all about your Halloween box and how wonderful it is. Boo to you too and I know you have heard the saying "Time heals all wounds and wounds all heels!" You wounds will heal and the world will once again go round and round and before you know it - you will be up to you neck in Christmas again!!!
    It has really been my pleasure to have followed you Anne - you do make me smile!
    Happy New Year Kid!!

  31. Your tag is wonderful as is the Halloween configuration box. I hope you are on the road to recovery now. Your blog is always an absolute pleasure to visit - although I haven't been around in Blogland much lately, sorry! I am looking forward to seeing your brilliant creations in 2014. xxx

  32. Miss Anne, I am so happy that you sound as though you are healing well, and also glad you were able to make your goal of some family cards & tags. This one is gorgeous (as per usual!). I run out of superlatives for your beautiful creations. If you had to pick some of your best projects over 2013, I think it would have been most difficult. They were all stunning. I'm always amazed when you say you're not exactly happy with 'whatever', as I look at each in awe, with all the meticulous craftsmanship you bring to each one that I've seen. I'm looking forward to seeing much more in 2014, when you feel up to it again. Never rush it, as we want our Anne back, all fit & healthy, no achy pains from jumping in too soon. Many hugs & TFS.I'm so thankful I found your lovely blog to enjoy.

  33. Well worth re-visiting that amazing haunted house, Anne - it's an absolute triumph... and no surprise that it was Mr T.H. who rescued you from your creative doldrums - he's amazing at that!! As the proud owner of one of your cards, I can testify to how effective the cure was...

    Hope you're having a lovely Christmas, and wishing you a wonderful 2014 complete with fully healed hip!
    Alison xx

  34. Hi Anne! I do love this haunted house, a great revisit! Love your tag..I did actually get this die for Christmas so it will feature in next years cards! Just want to say thank YOU for all your inspiration, I love to visit your blog to see your gorgeous creations! Hope you will soon be back in fine health & glad you had a good Christmas! Fancy that, your son lost his hen coop roof as well! Happy New Year to you & yours!!! Hugs Carole Z xx

  35. Thank you for joining in the challenge and a Happy New year to you xx

  36. Gorgeous tag Anne & I adore your haunted house creation it's fabulous to see it again...Thank you for your kindness & friendship & of course fantastic inspiration throughout 2013... Glad to hear the hip is healing well..wishing you & your family a blessed 2014...Hugs May x x x

  37. I am typically a layout crafter, but I have been so inspired by your posts and projects time and time again. You create such beautiful things!
    Happy New Year!!

  38. I do love the haunted house! That is a phenomenal design! Love the skate tag and the more the merrier with that one. I am so tempted to buy the die too but then there is always next years surprises from TH! lol Wishing you a very Happy New Years to you and your family!!
    Hugs KElly

  39. Gorgeous gorgeous skate! That die is wonderful and I must use mine soon! Loved your haunted house too, and your beautiful words! I wish you the best year yet. Happy 2014!!!

  40. This is such a gorgeous tag. I will have to give this a try. My skate die is calling to me now! lol
    Gorgeous colours and perfect inking and shading as always! I like the folded tag idea...amazing how something so simple can turn it into a card.

  41. Hi Anne, I must have missed this post, maybe I was on my way back from the ski trip.
    I love this skate die but I am still waiting for mine to arrive.
    Sending hugs, Angela x

  42. Loved this when you did it, I can see why it's a fave x Hope your on the mend x


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