This year Suz has added another piece to what is slowly becoming her ‘Tim Holtz Christmas corner’. Last year it was his Tree of Life that kept her fascinated, this year it’s one of his Configurations – it’s a shadow box whereby you can move around the boxes until you find the ‘configuration’ that you need. Suz painted the insides of each box with white gesso. She Glimmer Misted plain white sheets of paper in gorgeous tones of Starfish, Turquoise Blue and Olive Vine. Not satisfied with the solid Glimmer Misted look though, she added a second coat of Mist over a Crafter’s Workshop template, to create a subtle pattern.
Though it could really be themed for any time of year, Suz generally only allows what she affectionately terms as ‘dust collectors’ out over the Christmas period. Because these Tim Holtz Configurations are much deeper than a printer’s tray, for example, Suz decided that she needed proper little three-dimensional pieces to go into the boxes, and so she set about handmaking all the Christmas themed bits you see.
The gorgeous little Christmas tree above was inspired by a Martha Stewart project (only in miniature) where you stack gradually decreasing squares of paper onto a spike (satay stick), topped with a Jenni Bowlin pearls and sprinkled with glitter. She made the snowman from two white wooly pompoms and gave him bling eyes, nose and buttons, ribbon for a scarf and a top hat made from a Jenni Bowlin chipboard button and then black and grey buttons piled above each other.
Her daughter helped too, wrapping bits of styrofoam in the tissues that she used to mop up the Glimmer Mist spray, to make presents. Her daughter also had the brainwave of putting two red Queen & Co half pearls together to make holly berries, and cut out some holly leaves.
Just one of the beautiful things about these Configurations is that you can hang items in a box and attach them from above. The holes Suz pierced to hang the crystal and the button wreath are both hidden by the box above them.
This gorgeous little wreath is actually one of the new Pink Paislee Artisan Circle Elements. How fun is it scattered with tiny bling and half pearls!
The Girls Paperie old fashioned alphas made a simple but perfect statement in the midst of the busy-ness of the rest of the boxes.