Tim Holtz 2015 CHA Booth Project Assemblage

Cathe_Holden_Tim-Holtz_CHA2015-10I had such fun designing an assemblage display piece for Tim Holtz’s 2015 Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) booth using current and all new for ’15 Tim Holtz products, many from his idea-ology line.Cathe_Holden_Tim-Holtz_CHA2015-08 I was unable to make the 2015 CHA show last weekend and see Tim’s amazing booth, so I’m grateful to Noell Hyman of Paperclipping to get a peek inside it and to see more of his fabulous new products and techniques in her video. (Watch for my piece at minute 7:15!)

As a focal point for my project, I created a faux pocket-frame daguerreotype. To make that I started with the gorgeous Tim Holtz Metal Foundry Frame. Laying a moistened swatch/scrap of red velvet face down over the frame, I used a mini iron to press the back and created an embossing of the frames ornament. I wrapped the trimmed out section of velvet around a piece of cardstock with a small bit of cotton pressed between to create a little cushion effect.Cathe_Holden_Tim-Holtz_CHA2015-03I traced the frame twice to foam core board and using an Xacto knife, cut out the top paper foam layers, keeping the back paper layer in tact. I trimmed out a frame about 1/4″ around that to make two sections. I wrapped each section in fabric bicycle handle tape, pressing the tape into the opening of the frame. I used the same tape to hinge both frames together from the back. I cut some woven ribbon from Tim Holtz Naturals Red & Cream Trimmings to line each inner frame area. I glued the velvet panel into one frame area.Cathe_Holden_Tim-Holtz_CHA2015-02I pulled out my handy gold leaf kit and worked over an adorable little Tim Holtz Trophy Cup.Cathe_Holden_Tim-Holtz_CHA2015-07I did the same to the Foundry Frame, and antiqued both with Tim Holtz Ranger Ink Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap. I trimmed a bit of clear plastic from some product packaging and used as the “glass” in the frame, placing a picture of a little girl trimmed from a Tim Holtz Found Relatives Portrait card under it. I glued the Foundry Frame portrait into the second foam core frame. Cathe_Holden_Tim-Holtz_CHA2015-06I used the decorative backside of one of the portrait cards to finish off the back of the pocket frame. I trimmed little envelope images from the new Tim Holtz Correspondence Paper Stash and folded them into little letters tied with string to tuck behind the pocket frame.Cathe_Holden_Tim-Holtz_CHA2015-16As a base for my piece I used a vintage wooden pedestal frame found (with cabinet card photo in tact) at a local antiques store. I covered the old photo with beautiful floral paper from the Tim Holtz Wallflower idea-ology cardstock, photo corners from the new Industrious Chiseled Stickers, and finished with a Tim Holtz Metal Observation Word Band. I attached a little vintage wooden parts box the lower section of the frame to serve as a shelf. Atop the shelf I placed the pocket frame embellished with Tim Holtz Adornment Arrows (gold-leafed) and one bloom from his all new Miniature Heirloom Roses painted and antiqued.Cathe_Holden_Tim-Holtz_CHA2015-15In the very center of the little shelf sits an adorable little Tim Holtz Corked Dome. This is the larger of the two in the set, and I darkened the cork with a marker. Inside is a tiny plastic deer and a snippet of moss. While on a roll, I used the smaller dome that’s just under two inches, (again darkening the cork) with another mini deer, moss, and a ball-head pin from my pincushion painted red with white dots to serve as a forest mushroom. I attached a modified Tim Holtz Ring Fastener to the top creating a little charm for fun.Cathe_Holden_Tim-Holtz_CHA2015-01I painted and antiqued the feathers of the larger Adornment Arrows and glued them down into the Trophy Cup. I attached that to the top of an old advertising tin as a pedestal.Cathe_Holden_Tim-Holtz_CHA2015-132Using the Tim Holtz idea-ology Pocket Watch, I trimmed and placed a floral section from the Wallflower idea-ology cardstock. I cut the dimensional area from the product’s bubble pack and rubbed on the clock face image from Tim Holtz Numbers Remnant Rubs. I placed the bubble over the flower paper, and used more of the red and cream trimming to finish off the watch face. Cathe_Holden_Tim-Holtz_CHA2015-04I used a gold paint marker to re-color the metal areas, and strung the pocket watch with stained Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon.Cathe_Holden_Tim-Holtz_CHA2015-14I painted Beacon 527 along the side page sections of an antique arithmetic book to seal it closed. The book served as the platform for the entire assemblage.Cathe_Holden_Tim-Holtz_CHA2015-05I finished the back of the piece with black matte board, a fun red paper seal from the Tim Holtz idea-ology Thrift Store Ephemera Pack, and my signature.Cathe_Holden_Tim-Holtz_CHA2015-110 Cathe_Holden_Tim-Holtz_CHA2015-12There were many other designers who created spectacular pieces for the Tim Holtz CHA booth, so keep watching his blog for upcoming features. Be sure to follow Tim on Instagram and Twitter at @tim_holtz and exciting captures from the show from many using the hashtag #timholtzCHA2015. In addition, follow friends Paula Cheney @luckyday and Mario Rossi @mariojrossi on Instagram for exciting Tim Holtz behind-the-scenes (BTS) shots!

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Vintage Ephemera iPhone 6 Case via Shutterfly

Last month I attended a fun event to learn more about Shutterfly products and had a blast designing my own custom products and even crafting with them. So last week when I purchased my new iPhone 6, rather than picking up a case for it at the phone store, I headed home and designed my own to order through Shutterfly. To do that, I utilized scanned images of things I had in the studio- a vintage floral trade card, a little red-bordered Dennison label, and the tax stamp on the side of an old cigar box.Cathe_Holden_iPhone_Shutterfly_01I digitally combined the pieces in Photoshop, including a scan of my handwritten name, and uploaded it to Shutterfly. It took a few tries to get the dimensions down, as I needed to add some blank area around my collage to make it fall right into place within the iPhone 6 case template. Today it arrived at my door in their signature orange box and I am super happy with every bit of it.

Shutterfly iPhone cases are 50% off right now!

Cathe_Holden_iPhone_Shutterfly_02I really like how the image wraps around the side of the case. Be sure to account for that in your image editing and cropping so you don’t loose an important part of your design that is meant to fall only on the back of the case.Cathe_Holden_iPhone_Shutterfly_03Of course, you can use family photos, your own artwork or photography, and Shutterfly has lots of options for graphics and layout on the phone cases. Or, you can do like me and scrounge up some cool pieces to scan. Or, even better, dig through my FREEBIES page to find pre-scanned goodies to use, including cigar tax stamps, vintage calling cards, and red-bordered labels. I’ve included thumbnail links below.Cathe_Holden_iPhone_Shutterfly_04 The vintage rose/cigar trade card used in my iPhone 6 case design was made into a free image sent exclusively to all those on my newsletter email list recently. Be sure you’re signed up to receive an exclusive freebie from me with every email.

Cigar Tax Stamps

Cigar Tax Stamps

Vintage Calling Cards

Vintage Calling Cards

Vintage Label Images

Vintage Label Images

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Small Canvas Wall Assemblage

Make fantastic, unique wall art no matter what your skill level. Check out my latest project over at SC Johnson Family Economics to see just how simple and fun it is to make a unique small canvas assemblage from things you already have.SCJ-Cathe-Holden-Assemblage You’ll find lots of theme ideas to get those creative juices percolating. Leave a comment on the project post at SCJ- I would love to hear what you think and some of your own ideas!

Bonus: The vintage ship painting image used in my assemblage is FREE to you here.

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