Monday, January 4

Happy New Year, Time for Something New!

Hello to the first Monday of the new year! Can you believe it is already 2016? I wish a creative year to each of you, and may you enjoy many blessings throughout the year.

This week we are celebrating something new, and using our Tim Holtz products. We challenge you to do the same. I have been a Tim fan for a long time, and love using his stuff, from stamps to paint to gears! I have even been lucky enough to take a few classes with him...yep, that's me to the left of Tim.

I will share with you when I started my project for this week's challenge, I had a completely different idea in my head than where I ended up. But I do like where I ended up, so I think my creative muse was at work behind the scenes. Does this ever happen to you? 

I have been admiring all of the wonderful projects by my DT using Tim's Flip Frames, so I had to get one and try it out. I love this! I can picture making pages for the holidays, reason! It just looks so lovely set in the frame, another genius product, Tim!

I believe in the little things. It's the little joys and discoveries that carry the most importance day to day in my life. Oh sure, I like the big AH-HA moments, but they only come along once in awhile. The morning sun on my face, a smile, a butterfly flitting around the flowers in my garden, these are the things that bring me joy each day, and that is the path my muse took me on!

Inspired by Candy Apple Red...

colorful French Flight butterflies with wire antenna...

hand dyed ribbon with a bit of curly wire...

I am celebrating something new, and why don't you join us? Get out your Tim Holtz products if you have them(or use whatever you have on hand) and make something new! I am looking forward to seeing where your muse takes you!

Happy New Year!

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Head on over to the challenge blog and check out all of the wonderful projects by the DT! Get yourself inspired and join the challenge.


  1. Gorgeous creation Maura! I can see that I need to get me one of these flip frames too! this is absolutely fabulous :-)

    Lols x x

  2. STUNNING Maura! Love the glittery globe!! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  3. Happens to me all the time that I land up somewhere I didn't expect to be... Love where this one took you!
    Alison x

  4. Ahhh, Butterflies are my favorite thing in the whole craft universe! (LOL!!)
    Love this project, the world dies must go straight into my wishlist!!!
    xx ZOey

  5. Love that red & the bit of curly wire--your project is amazing & inspiring!

  6. Lucky girl! A class with Tim is my craft dream! Beautiful and bold work! I love how you use red and Sizzix dies! BArbarayaya

  7. Yes, you're a lucky girl, Maura! Like Barbara, it's my craft dream too to take a class with Tim. Love your frame, it's fabulous and gorgeous colors! Hugs, Sandra

  8. I've been a lucky girl too, as I took a class with Tim a couple of years ago and I was in my element! Your flip frame is gorgeous Maura, so much detail and I love the colours you've used and great minds, think alike with using the globe ~ it's amazing, isn't it? x

  9. This is gorgeous Maura! Love the great colours and the wonderful globe. I too was lucky to meet Tim and Mario a few years ago. Happy New Year!

  10. Beautiful new year inspired art! My art wanders all the time. It doesn't always follow where I start from but hopefully it ends up beautiful like yours!

  11. Such a beautiful creation, Maura. The embellishments you created are gorgeous. :)

  12. This color palette is FAB-U-LOUS! And yes- I totally can relate to ending up somewhere different from where I started. In this case, I don't know what your original plan was, but this "detour" is one of sheer brilliance! So fun to see the Tim pics, too!


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