Sunday, 23 October 2011

Ten minutes!!!!!!!

Ten minutes to make a complete "something" with Tim Holtz products is this week's challenge from Grungy Monday.  Hum, it normally takes me ten minutes to decide on whether to use stains or inks, but a challenge is a challenge.

So taking the advice of Gabrielle I planned ahead.  Selected a set of stamps - mini classics, which sort of dictated the colour scheme (red white and blue) as the stamps have a french theme.

To the pile I added an off cut of white card, a page of text, two tags cut from Tim dies (I always have some knocking around on my desk ready for inspiration to strike), some background paper, embossing ink and black embossing powder, trusty inks and stains in appropriate colours and set the timer.

  1. First cut the base card to 8x8" and then the next layer of old Basic Grey paper a little smaller.  
  2. Die cut the white card with a PaperArtsy die and stamped the postcard card image all over on an angle in Tea Dye Distress Stain. Edged in walnut stain.
  3. Spread some Picket Fence distress Stain on the large manila tag and all over the smaller one.
  4. Added Faded Blue Jeans Distress stain to the large manila tag
  5. Swiped Barn Door Red Distress Stain to the smaller one.
  6. Swiped some Walnut Stain Distress Ink down the book text
  7. Stamped and embossed the Eiffel Tower over the blue and the Mona Lisa on the red
  8. Stuck the white postcard down on the Basic Grey paper, put the text on top of that and stapled the tag to that.
  9. Stuck the Basic Grey down on the base card
  10. Stuck the little tag with some foam pads on top of the big manila tag


If I had time I would have quite liked to added in some journalling / title along the lines of - "So when are you going to take me????"  My dear husband who has conversational french classes every week for the past 5 years keeps promising to take me to Paris so he can practice his french and I can delight the art, architecture, pretending I'm Amelie or Meg Ryan.  

It hasn't happened yet either acting or rugby gets in the way (that's the excuses).  anyway my birthday is on a Saturday next year with no excuses of sport or thespianism (I might have just made that word up) on the horizon so I think we might manage it especially if I waft this under his nose enough times!

And no it doesn't mean I was rooting for France in the Rugby World Cup!


  1. I only just got my Tim in 10 done today too - like you I planned it in advance but still only just made the 10 minute limit!! Love your card - and I hope you get to Paris soon!

  2. Tee hee! Someone's actually listened to what I had to say!!! You're my actual favourite human ever now just for that!!! This is a wonderful project - wish all that prep I did produced something so fabulous!


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