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This month the Virtual Crafting Challenge is ‘D’. For anyone looking to give Paper Distressing a go, I thought now would be a good time to introduce you to a few of my Favorite Tools for Distressing Paper. 

First up, is 

Tim Holtz Paper Distresser

This is a great little gadget for distressing the edge of paper and card. The effect you get is similar to a deckle edge, apply ink or embossing powder for an even more dimensional finish. A quick cheat for matting and layering, is to cut a shape using Spellbinders Nestabilities, and then go around the edge with this tool. The Paper Distresser retails at around £5, its worth it as its much easier to use than the edge of a pair of scissors, especially if you have bad dexterity, like me. 

More tools will be coming during the month, watch this space to see my favorites and the effects you can get with them. 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie 🙂


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In today’s post, I will be reviewing the following book;

A Compendium of Curiosities


A Compendium Of Curiosities by Tim Holtz

  • Author; Tim Holtz
  • Publisher; Advantus Corp
  • ISBN: ?

I admit, I am a HUGE fan of Tim Holtz’s techniques. A regular visitor to his blog and I already own his two DVDs. Having been crafting, for quite a while and already using several of Tim’s techniques, I wondered how much ‘new’ stuff this book would hold. I feared it would be little more than a catalogue of products, more focused on selling product than technique. WRONG!!!!


The first section is a look round Tim’s studio (Wish it was mine!!!).


Here you will find a list of essential tools. Although these are key to the grunge style techniques, if you are just starting out in stamping and paper crafts, they are a very good core kit, for many styles.


This is a bit of a product list for the ideology range but it is also far more. Each page features four or five photos of projects showing the items in use. There is a panel on each page describing which item is used where and has new ideas for products.

If you have longed to buy some of the Ideaology range of embellishments but are a little unsure of what to do with them, or how they would look, these ideas will definitely spark your imagination. If you have bought any of the products previously and neglected them, this book will definitely have you rushing to your supplies to get started.


This section features over 30 of Tim’s techniques. Each page has 6 descriptive photos, of how to complete the technique. The photos are very well taken, as you can clearly see the lids of inks and lables on bottles, to see which products are used, without the need for lengthy listing of products. If you are a long-standing Tim Holtz fan, you will see techniques that you recognise but there are still plenty of new ideas and the most recent products are used. This is a wonderful reference book for all of Tim’s magic. There are products that I’ve seen but not tried, now I see how they are used I can’t wait to try them out.


Eye candy! The gallery section features, books, cards, tags & scrapbook pages. After reading through the techniques section, you will start to recognize the techniques in action, on the finished pieces. SO much inspiration.

Who Is this Book For?

This book, is for everyone who likes Tim’s style of stamping. If you like grunge, you will love this book. I do think this book would be suitable for crafters at all levels, even those just starting out. Tim shows a wide range of techniques and you can build upon them, as your skills improve. I love creating my own background papers using Tim’s style of stamping and colouring. For those just starting, out the advice on core kit, will be very helpful.

For those more seasoned crafters, you may well find you have a lot of the products mentioned, already and this is a great place to learn how to get the best from them. At last, a book that will stretch the seasoned crafter YEY!!!!!

If you have bought any of Tim’s products and then neglected them for ages, not too sure what to do with them. (I did that with Grugeboard for AGES) Then this book is for you. Ideas a plenty and so much inspiration, that you will rush to your cupboard to get your supplies out.

Value for Money

This is a superb book and packs so much into its 77 pages. It sounds expensive, for such a small volume but the amount of ground covered in these pages, is impressive. The front section is great if you have or would like to try a particular Ideology product and are not sure quite what it is or what to do with it.

The techniques section covers a lot of ground. The best thing about this book, is that it is showing you techniques. Once you have these skills,  you can take them wherever your own imagination leads. This is so much better than a small list of finished cards/projects, where all you learn are just those projects. With the techniques in this book your only limitation is your imagination.

I was a bit negative, when I discovered this was a spiral bound book, but the paper quality is superb and it’s true that if you are following along with the techniques in your craft space, a book that lies open next to you, is a big advantage. This book is a wonderful compendium of Tim’s techniques and products, a must have for Tim fans and a must have for anyone looking to stretch their skills.

Summing Up

A MUST have book! I’m loving it!


If you have not heard of Tim Holtz (where have you been???) Here are a list of places you can find out more about him and his products. Tim’s book is available through his blog.

Tim Holtz website, full details of the Ideology range.

Tim Holtz Blog

Ranger website for details of products

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie 🙂

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Have you ever bought something because ‘everyone’ says its fantastic and then just put it in the cupboard because you just don’t know what to do with it? I’m not overly led by ‘the latest product’ but I was with Tim Holtz Grungeboard. I bought some when I saw it, and put it in the cupboard, I get it out, look at it, then put it away again bemused and bewildered. That was until I saw Sheena Douglass on Ideal World the other day, demonstrating how to make bracelets out of it.


Here  are some pictures of the first bracelet I’ve made so far. The holly themed one, was made along the lines of Sheena’s instructions the text background ones I put my own spin on the idea.


Grungeboard Bracelet

Grungeboard Bracelet


Close up of the detail on the Grungeboard Bracelet

Close up of the detail on the Grungeboard Bracelet


More Grungeboard Bracelets

More Grungeboard Bracelets

I have filmed a tutorial for You Tube, about how I created the purple one. As soon as I have the disk space available, I will edit and upload it. It will have to go in installments as it’s quite involved and the film got quite long!


Come back next Friday for a step by step tutorial on how to make a Garland using Grunge Paper.


Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon


Billie 🙂

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Here is the next installment in the series of articles where I am focusing on the core products that I can’t live without for crafting. As with all things it is a matter of personal taste and which colours or products you choose will be driven mainly by the style of crafting that you enjoy.

Heat Embossing

If you wish to add some dimension to your stamping then heat embossing is a good place to start. I will do a detailed tutorial on how to emboss for next week but put simply, you stamp your image with a slow drying ink, and then cover the image with embossing powder. You use a heat tool to melt the powder and you will be left with a raised image, whether the image is glossy or mat will depend on the type of embossing powder that you use.

Heat Tool

The first thing you will need if you wish to heat emboss is a heat tool, this is used to melt the powder. Do not use a hair dryer it is not hot enough and will blow the powder off the page. I have tried holding the paper over a hot light bulb, burnt my fingers and it could cause a fire, same is true of putting your paper under the grill. NOT a good idea it is messy and less effective. For the sake of about £20 buy a heat tool! My favourite and I’ve had mine for over 5 years is the Heat It Craft tool by Ranger http://www.rangerink.com/products/prod_tools_heatit.htm


Embossing Powder

My must haves’s would be

  • Clear
  • Black
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bronze

If you like to work on dark cardstocks add a white.

I mainly use the regular powders, but I have another set of the above in the Detailed powders too. The granuals in the detail powders are much finer and are better for detailed images.

There are also powders available with much larger granuals and these are used for deep (or Triple)embossing. Although you can achieve a deep emboss with any powder by repeatedly adding additonal powder while the earlier layers of powder is still wet, by using the deep embossing powders you won’t need as many layers. An example of this type of powder is, Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel.

UTEE or Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel

This has the largest available granuals and melts to form a thick layer, best used on heavy card or chip board/ mount bord etc the result will look like an enamelled or ceramic tile. Check out links to Suzie W’s site for more details on this. Although this is available in many colours my tip, unless you are very into this particular branch of crafting is to just buy the Clear UTEE, as once you have melted the first layer you can add your regular powders to the melted powder and it will change colour (as long as your powder was opaque)

Other options

Additonal colours and speciality powders become a matter of personal tase, if you like glitter you can get embossing powders that contain glitter. The advantage of them is that there is no glitter falling off your project once it is heated. Tim Holtz has brought out a range of Distress Powders, these are a bit different to regular embossing powders in that firsly they are matt finishes rather than shiney and also the powder contains resin crystals. Shake these powders before each use to distribute the resin, emboss as normal then once you have melted the powder on your project and allowed it to cool, rub over the image with your finger and the resin crystals will lift off, leaving a ‘distressed’ image. DO NOT return the powder you rub off to the jar! It is spent crystals which will not work for a second time. 😉

Add to your colour pallet as your taste and projects dictate, remember that a clear powder will show the ink colour that was used beneath it, so you don’t need hundreds of colours of powders….unless you want to 😉

Protecting Your Worksurface from Heat

It is very important to protect the surface on which you are working from the heat that the heat tool will produce. I know a lot of people swear by the Craft Sheet but since this is essentially a product originally designed to line backing trays etc it will transmit heat through the sheet so will not protect your table. I use a glass Surface Protector from Lakeland, the kitchen suppliers in the UK, they do have a mail order service.


It is a glass sheet on little feet, the sheet is therefore raised just above the table and this has sucessfully worked for me for YEARS. I would not recommend stamping on this though as it is textured.



http://www.stampendous.com/plusfdr/ep.html Stampendous, this has a photo tutorial next to the products

http://www.rangerink.com/products/prod_emboss_distress.htm Distress powder from Tim H at Ranger

http://www.schmoozewithsuze.com/index.php Suze Weinberg’s website there are links to videos where she demo’s UTEE


Still with me, thanks for reading and see you next week


Billie 🙂 xx

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I was catching up on other peoples blogs last night and realised that Rhonda my friend from the Book Arts Forum has given me this award. This is my first award so I hope I get this right, and pass it on properly. I did a cut n paste Rhonda so I made sure I had all the details correctly. Ohh there are so many people I would love to give this too, now let’s see. I would have given this to Rhonda and also to Kiley but they have just had it, thinking caps on…


Thank you, Rhonda over on http://myhandboundbooks.blogspot.com/ , for the “Arte y pico” blog award!

This is the deal:

1) You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award for, creativity, design, interesting material, and also contributing to the blogger community, no matter what language.
2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
3) Each award-winner, has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
4) Award-winners and the one who has given the prize should to show the link to the Arte y pico blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.
5) To show these rules.

I’m passing on the award to:

Suzi Blu http://www.suziblu.blogspot.com/ she is the most talented mixed media artist and I love her work and her philosophy on life.  Sending you love arty Goddess.

Glenda http://artylicious.wordpress.com/ she is also the most talented mixed media artist, sharing her work, ideas and inspiration with the world.

Tim Holtz http://timholtz.typepad.com/my_weblog/ I sooo love Tim’s style of stamping, his blog is such an excellent place to learn and be inspired.

Beatrice http://katzele.typepad.com/katz_and_stamps/ Wonderful stamps and so much inspiration, I just have to get my stamps out every time I go here.

Jackie http://www.tjbookarts.com/ Thanks to your blog, I found the wonderful community of bookbinders on your forum. I have learnt so much from your blog and forum made some new friends, you have helped me a lot with my crafting journey into bookbinding.


I have never won anything before, it has really made my day 🙂 thank you Rhonda and I hope the people I pass this on to enjoy it too.

Feel the love guys 🙂


Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you next week


Billie xx

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