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Friday 23 January 2015

Challenge 24 Love is in the Air

Hello dear friends, followers and visitors, thank you for coming by here today. This is Astrid hosting our latest challenge.

It being nearly the end of January, it's not long until Valentines day. And as the saying goes:
A flower cannot blossom without sunshine,
And man cannot live without love.

For this challenge please share what moves your heart with us, be it a Valentine's card for a loved one, a heart themed project, or something else that expresses what true love means to you. Just make sure that Tim's style is evident in what you make.

Like always, our winner will receive a £10 shop voucher from our wonderful sponsor, Country View Crafts as well as a blog badge and the opportunity to join us here as a guest for a future month's challenge. We also award 'Pinworthy' badges to 3 runners up.

My amazing team mates have poured lots of love into their wonderful creations, I'm sure you will agree that there is lots of inspiration!

Despite the fact that the theme is Love is in the Air, I decided not to go the traditional Valentines route, but instead to share my love of all things Tim! I designed a booklet with 12 pockets to hold my 12 tags of 2015. For a full tutorial and step by step, please visit my blog

This whole piece is created on a vintage book board from a hardback which was disintegrating. The board had some Russian ephemera on the inside page, so that was the starting point for the collage around this young Russian bridal pair. The dark red accents in the collage echo the colour of the book cover cloth. Come over to Words and Pictures to hear the couple's story, and find out the name of the book too!

For this theme I have created a layered card using a variety of products both from Tim Holtz and other suppliers. Lots of embossing and distress paints create the layers and the hearts. Do pop over to Addicted to Art for more details.

My Valentine's card is inspired by Tim's Classics #8 stamps and his 'flick distress technique' but it's been made with his Distress inks and Lovestruck dies too! My step x step can be found HERE. Chris xxx


For this great challenge I wanted to share a page from my flip calendar. It is easy to see Tim's influence here. I used his movers and shapers dies as well as his Love Struck Die. You can see more details by visiting my blog "My Crafty Life On The Internet".


Astrid's timely challenge inspired me to use Tim's In the Bag die to create two sweet vintage Valentine treat bags. I used lots of Idea-ology items, crackle paint, stenciling and inks. I have lots of pictures and a description of how I made these sweet Vintage Valentine Treat Bags on my blog post here.


I decided to use the opportunity to journal the fact that in April it will be 40 years since my husband and I first started going out together - where does the time go ? This mixed media page is very much in my own style but using Tim's products - tissue tape, stamps, texture paste, layering stencils, ink, spray and dies - which goes to show how versatile they are in mixed media pieces. There are more details on my blog if you wish to join me!


I have long wanted to produce a project based on Tim’s Heart and Soul project so Astrid’s challenge theme was the ideal opportunity.  Please click here to see how I made my Valentines Heart with Soul.


I was so happy that Astrid chose "Love is in the Air" for our next challenge, as I needed that encouragement to create something a little sweet for my honey! Tim came to the rescue with his movers and shapers, stencil and stamps and all added to a mixed media background of paints, stains and crackle! Stop by for all the details HERE.


I made a Memory album for this project which I gave to my Husband Chris, to hold photographs of our Wedding Anniversaries over the years. Please pop over HERE to my blog to see close up shots of my detail.


I think I should call this red on red don't you? I bet you can guess I've made a Valentine card for my hubby using lots of Tim goodies. It has layers of papers, inks, paints, die-cuts and ephemera, all mounted on a kraft card. I wonder what he will make of it?

Well I hope we have inspired you and given you some ideas, so hopefully you will play along and share with us what love means to you! It's not necessary to use Tim Holtz products, but as we are a Tim inspired challenge, please make sure to tell us what Tim's influence in your creation is.

Happy Valentines to you all and much love from your creative guides!!


  1. what wonderful and creative projects here ladies! So much love in so many styles! Great inspiration - can't wait to visit you all and see the details!

  2. Thanks for a great challenge Astrid. Our wonderfully talented teammates have done it again!!

  3. Wow teamies, these are the most amazing 'love' themed creations, great job. xxx

  4. Fabulous projects ladies and wonderful inspiration for Valentine's Day! xx

  5. Great makes from you all ladies, have just done the rounds and each one of your projects is just amazing!!!

  6. A lovely selection! Off for a hop... Nikki x

  7. So much love going on here and a whole lot of talent of the team! Great challenge theme, Astrid.

  8. A great challenge Astrid, must start taking a closer look at everyone's post. Looking forward to seeing the entries.
    Julie x

  9. What fabulous inspiration, I finally got some inky time and I am delighted to be able to join you today. There is lots of love in the air ;0) x

  10. Another fantastic collection... looking forward to hopping round once I've done my tax return!!
    Alison xx

  11. So many fabulous projects and inspiration
    Looking forward to visiting everyone's blog

    Jools x

  12. Fabulous, varied, inspirational projects..WOW!! Ruth x

  13. Thank so much for the wonderful inspiration and for the fun challenge!

  14. What wonderful projects so full of heartfelt inspiration ladies! I hope to get a chance to play!

  15. Amazing projects full of inspirational love - thank you all

  16. Wonderful vintage inspiration!

  17. I am a little late to the party!! Fabulous projects from my team mates, all so beautifully different in topic and details. Looking forward to seeing what all our wonderful followers come up with for this great challenge from Astrid. Jennie x

  18. Classic but obviously inspiring theme! Beautiful créations, ladies!

  19. Fabulous creations from all the team! X

  20. Such gorgeous and creative projects, as always! Thanks for the wonderful challenge Astrid, I had a great time mixing Tim Holtz with soft and fluffy! hugs until next time :)

  21. Thank you for the fun challenge and the fabulous DT work for added inspiration! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  22. Oh my this was a hard challenge for me but I loved loved it. I am a big fan of Mr Holz but I neither have the experience nor the know how to make projects like his. But I love and admire his work therefore I also love your blog. (don't always understand everything that's being explained though lol) I knew the theme when I started and I knew I was going to use red but I didn't have a clue where it would take me. I should have come back here and take a look at the gorgeous DT inspirational cards but I simply forgot. I was just too concentrated. And now comming here to upload my card I see one the DT cards is also in red and black but mine is a lot darker, more grungy I think ?! Would that be the correct word ? So I am very curious to know what you specialists think of my attempt. Thanks for this great challenge and for having me join in. Greetings Veerle x

  23. Great challenge, Astrid, and wonderful inspiration from the Curiosity Crew! One of these days I am going to learn to have a long hard look at your work before I start mine, and save myself a lot of recycling!

  24. Great challenge, Astrid, and wonderful inspiration from the Curiosity Crew! One of these days I am going to learn to have a long hard look at your work before I start mine, and save myself a lot of recycling!

  25. Very Happy to be able to play here again but the time has flown by and I'm just scrapping in under the wire. Fabulous DT inspiration as always