Monday 29 November 2021

Tim Holtz Christmas Village Green

 Hello Friends

Since watching Tim's Saturday video on 'The Village' I have wanted to make a village of my own.  I was totally inspired by the creation that the very talented Emma Williams, one of Tim's Makers had made.  You can see Emma's beautiful and very detailed village here.

I built the village over a couple of weeks so I don't have step by steps but I have a few photos to share.  The first house uses House 1 from the new Village Collection and the brickwork was created using the Mini Brickwork 3D embossing folder.

The trees are from Tim's Idea-ology Woodland lot and I sprayed them green using Distress Spray Stain in Rustic Wilderness and the edges were covered with Picket Fence Distress Paint.  I added Tiny Christmas Lights to the tree and all of the houses.
The wreaths on the houses, the gentleman and the Carol singers were created by using Tim's Vault Series: Christmas 2021 die set with black shrink plastic.  I was quite pleased with the way they turned out!  The bows on the front of the village are from the same die set too.  

The central tree has Idea-ology pearl baubles (coloured with alcohol ink) and stars but no lights and you will see why at the end of this post!

I used House 2 to create a pair of semi detached houses, I simply joined two of the houses together and added a 'drain pipe' to separate the two houses.  All of the roofs were die cut and coloured with Distress Ink in two colours, Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs.
The Post Office was created from House 1 dies and I added the cute little awnings.  The phone box was created using the tall thin building from Tim's Paper Village die set and it even has a little telephone inside!  The post box was created with a wooden button and card - well I needed a post box to go alongside the Post Office. It was the hardest thing to create because it is so tiny....
The pathway at the front of the properties was created with Tim's Mini Cobblestone 3D embossing folder.  The 'snow' was created with Ranger Distress Grit Paste with Distress Grit Paste - Snowfall to add some extra whiteness. I carefully puffed on Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter to add a little sparkle.

To finish off my project I added some Idea-ology feet (from years ago) and a metal plaque from Tim's new Christmas range, that says 'Season of Magic'.
And finally, I took a little video so that you can see that I added a music box (playing Jingle Bells) and turntable to bring the Village Green Christmas tree to life.  I hope it works and that you like it!

I absolutely love this new size of Village dies and I can see me using them lots more in the future.

Thanks so much for your visit, I really appreciate you stopping by.

Take care and keep safe and well.

Crafty hugs,  Anne xxx


  1. This is adorable Anne and the details are amazing, it all looks spot on.xx

  2. I absolutely love it Anne. You’ve completed it beautifully. I’m so inspired now to make a Christmas village! Thankyou for sharing this xxx

  3. This is absolutely stunning Anne. The details are amazing and I love that the tree moves. You've done a fabulous job and created a beautiful festive ornament to treasure xx

  4. Oh my word Anne, this is absolutely amazing! So full of detail and the Christmas tree is the perfect finishing touch. Take care and have a very happy week, Sue xx

  5. Oh, my goodness, Anne! How I adore this magical little scene with it's music box tree at the village center! Every detail is so perfectly thought out and executed, as always! I just don't know how you do it! big hugs!

  6. Brilliant as always Anne. I love all the detail, the woodpile, the postbox, the musical tree etc but weirdly I love the roof tiles - so vry effective. Listening to the music made me smile. Elaine xx

  7. Anne! It is wonderful, fantastic idea, and the way you have created the village and the tree on what would be the green, love it!! It a Christmas decoration to bring out every year. Axxx

  8. Oh Anne, your village is absolutely wonderful. Nobody makes these structures better than you!!! Hope all is well with you and your family. Merry Christmas!
    Sandy Claus xx

  9. Hi Annie, Better late than never. I had to shut down the computer the last two weeks or I never would have gotten my cards down. I'm so easily distracted by any squirrel these days and then have trouble settling back to task.

    But now I've finished and can catch up and what an absolute delight to start with this amazing village you created!! Honestly, words can't express how much I love it and how much I admire your talent! It's exquisite! Thank you for making the video which is a joy and helps to make the whole creation come alive! Sending lots of love and hugs and hope to talk soon. Darnell xoxo

  10. I forgot to comment on this, sorry! I had seen it on Facebook but not in its full glory and with the music making your village come alive with even more Christmas ! Your village is just an absolute Wow of a piece. Every little detail is perfection. You can feel the joy you had when making it. As I have said before, you are the master of 3D and I bow down to your talent! Take care! Hugs my friend. xxxxx

  11. Oh my word Anne!!! LOVE THIS!!! You've made the world stand still for me while the video played. Outstanding creation, very beautifully designed and crafted!!! Nicola x

  12. This is just so sweet Anne and so much detail. Have a lovely Christmas. Hugs, Angela xXx

  13. Anne you are such an incredible creative, this is so lifelike down to every inch of detail. I love the adapted phone and postbox like a little splash of trademark *Redanne*. Speechless to see I have missed yet again another incredible make.. but I feel I have actually woken up Christmas morning in this amazing Christmas village. Such talent my friend, you give us all so much. Wishing you and yours a Happy Christmas.
    Sending hugs & thoughts your way Tracey xx


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