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Friday, 11 July 2014

Challenge 10 - Dies and Distress

Hi Everyone......It's Annie here from Curious'n' Crafty Treasures blog and I am the host for this fortnights challenge theme, which is 'Dies and Distress'.

You can create any type of project i.e tags, canvas, cards, altered art.....as long as you include dies and distress products such as inks, paints, stains, embossing powders and markers.  Dies can be distressed, stained,painted, embossed and stamped.................the creativity is yours.

We are a Tim Holtz inspired challenge blog, however, it is all about Tim's style, so the dies you use do not have to be from Tim's Sizzix range. Please check out our Travelling Instructions for more details.

Our regular sponsor is Country View Crafts and the challenge winner will receive a £10 gift voucher to be redeemed at their online store.


We also have a Pinworthy Badge for the Top 3 projects....so why not hop on board...it would be lovely to meet you :-)

Our Creative Guides have provided some fabulous, inspirational projects for this challenge and you can find out more of their 'How To' details by visiting their own blogs.........so c'mon, let's see you get creative :-)




I recently purchased this blank Burlap Panel and really wanted to alter it in a grungy style. Of course I just had to use my favourite dies and distress products along the way. To find out more details, please click on my name above, which will take you to my blog.




When I think of Tim Holtz I think not just of vintage and distressed/shabby items but his eclectic mixes of elements, his texturing and layers. I love using metal sheets and pattern wheels so to highlight the 'Dies and distress' I have used Tim's distressing and texturing influences, together with his inks, paint, stamps and dies, to create my crown card. The how and the what can be found in my step x step HERE.




I decided to alter one of Tim's wonderful Assemblage Clocks. I had great fun playing with a mix of Distress products and both Sizzix and Spellbinders dies. I have a step by step and more photos on my blog.




When I first heard the challenge for this fortnight I decided to try a plan I have been thinking about for a while. Using Tim's Dies and Distress together couldn't have been more perfect for this project. There was some construction and lots of experimenting.

Now sitting next to my computer I have this distressed calendar/clock so I never happen to miss a challenge date. Stop by my blog here for all the details and step x step photos.




I wanted to do something a little different for this challenge and used Tim Holtz's Butterfly Frenzy die to create a kaleidoscope of butterflies, in soft tones. I used Distress ink, paint and markers and some dry embossing. You can see full details over on my blog HERE.




So I wanted to have a play at using my favourite die, the gears and lots of yummy brown distress colours to decorate and create my ATB. I love the possibilities to decorate not only the sides but fill the inside with goodies too! I also used one of the new framework dies, artful arrows and lots of distress inks and paints. To see all the details and the surprise inside please see my blog here.




As you can see, it's still a bit autumnal over at Words and Pictures - but there's lots of die-cutting here, as well as plenty of Distress Ink and Paint involved, all on my favourite corrugated cardboard. Do hop over to see more details if you'd like to.




Well Alison is autumnal and I am still seeing all the wonderful colours of Hawaii in my head. Today I thought I would share a journal page with you, made in my large Dyan Reavely journal which is full of distress products as well as Dylusions sprays and Tim's gorgeous butterfly dies. Don't forget your project does not have to be only vintage in style it can be shabby chic, a mixed media piece or journaling style - so I guess you know which category mine fits into lol.




For this "Dies and Distress" challenge I went with a mix of Dies and Distress Inks, Paints and Stains and of course adding some Idea-ology along the way. I so love Tim's pocket watch dies and of course a little Rock Candy crackle adds a great distress feel. Stop on over for more details!




I love die cutting and Tim’s Dies have to be some of the best in the market both innovative, unique and beautifully detailed. What a great challenge to use lots of them and lots of distress product too! For more detail on my project please click here.


I think you'll agree they are amazing projects, and I hope they'll inspire you to play along on this wonderful journey. You have until 6pm UK time on Thursday 24th July to place you entries.

Can't wait to see what you create!

Crafty Hugs Annie xx






24 comments:

  1. A great challenge title Annie and my socks have been well and truly knocked off with the projects shown by the team. Such great inspiration. Gutted I missed the deadline on the last challenge, I have posted it anyway it wont happen again! Mo x

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  2. This is a great challenge and amazing works by DT's here! There is so much that can be done with inks and dies!

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  3. These are Absolutely GORGEOUS inspiration pieces for this latest challenge-Dies & Distress!! They are all so different and wonderful and just WOW!! I will be visiting every Creative Guide's blogs' and loving ya'll up Big Time!! Just fabulous and spectacular! XOXO-Shari

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  4. Great projects from my team mates as usual. All so different and fabulous. Great inspiration, way to go ladies.

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  5. Wow, what a talented bunch you are, as if we didn't already know that... love all these projects, fantastic inspiration!

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  6. Great challenge, great inspiration. I adore the variety here, all Tim inspired and gorgeous! Nikki xx

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  7. I always love it when I see all the projects together like this, thanks team for a wonderful display of inspiration xx

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  8. Some gorgeous pieces here , I love seeing the array of creative ideas ...they look great and so glad to be back so thanks to all of you for giving me some time out! Its so great to be back xxx love it! x

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  9. What a fabulous variety of inspiration, wonderful projects from all the team, great challenge!

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  10. This is such a great challenge Annie and the Creative Guides have certainly provided some wonderful inspiration! Anne xx

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  11. Another fun challenge I can't believe how quickly the 2 weeks fly by. Your Guides have excelled in their creativity, lovely work x

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  12. OK, just picking my jaw back up off the floor!!! You guys have positively outdone yourselves here! So many incredible ideas and such a great theme. I'm sure our followers and newbies will be completely inspired. Jenny x

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  13. What a team! Fabulous creations - can't wait to hop round and see them in detail (though I will have to wait... chores first, then pleasure!!).
    Alison xx

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  14. Fabulous projects from my team mates, all gloriously different both in style and content with great examples of how different levels of distressing can be achieved. Well done teamies! This is a great theme so I hope that lots of our friends out in blogland will be inspired and enter. Have a great weekend everyone. Chris xxx

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  15. Wow great projects from the Design Team. Great theme of the challenge.

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  16. Wow! What an amazing selection of projects! I'm in awe! Thank you for providing such an inspiration! Ingrid x

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  17. What absolutely stunning creations from all the Guides, every one of them amazing in it's own right, you are all so talented! Carole Z X

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  18. So many fabulous makes and terrific inspiration ideas. Nicola x

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  19. Fabulous inspiration ladies!!! Hope I get to play along with this challenge. :)

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  20. I'm so sorry not to be able to comment on your works even more on your personal blog! Your projects are wonderful! Summer is a period a little complicated for me! Children home from school and holidays! Forgive me! From September'll be more present! Congratulations for the work are amazing ... everyone! Always insipirational!!!!! BArbarayaya

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  21. Some inspiration girls, fabulous projects, love them all. Wowwzerssss Hugs Terry xxxx

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  22. As always the inspiration here is fantastic.
    Yvonne

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  23. Brilliant pieces - sadly I missed the boat but its on my blog if you should like to look

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  24. Just got in by the skin of my teeth ! Lovely projects on here. Just wanted to join in, love all things Tim Holtz

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