Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!!!


Wow, it is officially 2011. Way back in the late nineteen hundreds (sounds like eons ago) Prince was singing about 1999-2000. Well, we hit and surpassed that mark by 11 years. 

Do you recall the fears that were spread during that time: Computer crashes and glitches, ATM machines unable to process requests, widespread blackouts, water shortage, etc., simply because of the 00 digits.

I know several people who purchased generators and tanks of water and stockpiled food. Me, I went out and brought the New Year in right. God says, I have not given you the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

So, last night I was ringing in 2011 by playing around with the Tim Holtz Distress Inks while watching Laura’s UStream –Following the Paper Trail. Guess what?  We had a special visitor…T!m himself. He only stayed for about 10 minutes, but it was great having him pop in. There I was busily working with his inks, serendipitous for sure. With that in mind, I thought I’d provide a bit of eye candy for you.

Aren’t they luscious? I could just eat them. Please keep in mind that this is just a sampling of the colors. Sadly, I do not own all of them.

I really love using these inks, but sometimes it is hard to ascertain which colors are needed for a particular project, especially with the Blues.

I finally broke down and made some color swatches for myself. I am going to punch out some of my corner punches to help with my record keeping. I used the Black Soot on this Holly Leaves corner bunch. Why? Because it was at my elbow. lol. I did three of them trying to see how dark I could go with the saturation. Holly Leaves--light, square to the left--medium and the one on top of the pad--darker.

Don’t ask me how, but somehow I would up with two Scattered Straw pads. I am glad as I like that color.

Each piece started life as a white 2x2 card and I used the Inkssentials tool and blending foam to color them.
The Tattered Rose and Milled Lavender are probably the lowest on my list of well-liked colors followed closely by Shabby Shutters, too soft for me.

My faves: Vintage Photo, Chipped Sapphire, Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Stormy Sky, and Peeled Paint. Yum-O!!! Can I sneak in Antique Linen and Old Paper? Really liking it with the Martha Stewart Iron Gate Punch. The two marry well.

Just wanted to pop in and help you ruin your resolve to not shop as much this year…lol. If I told you about my last year purchases I would have to take you hostage. Keep inking and thinking with love.

Until then.


  1. Vee....what a great idea.....I'm always inking a near by piece of cardstock when I do any project with these inks.....because I'm not sure of the exact tone of blue or brown, or whatever. I'm going to do this too! Thanks for a great idea....and Happy New Year!!

  2. Wonderful idea..I have been working on a inventory book of my supplies. Will be adding this to my list for when I get to my inks. Seems like no matter how hard I try, I grab the wrong ink pad. No more worry's if I do this..thank you! Happy New Year to you and Zach!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing, Love the colors they are a must buy selection LOL. Happy New Year To You and Zachary.

  4. That is such a good idea. I made a mini tag of my stickles, almost the same idea.. They do look a little different when put to paper.. Since I only have 2 of Tim's Ink Pads, I can wait a little while..LOL.

  5. You sure have made my day! All this is so exciting about how to punch these punches. You are a very clever young lady. Thank you so much for showing us how to do all this. I just love what you did and I'm sure lots of others will just love it. Gee now I have to go practice. What fun you are Veronica. Thanks about the ink too. Gee you are so creative. I do teabag folding and love it and 3D pictures.Thank you so much. These stamp companies should pay you since you came up with all this great stuff!
    God bless you Veronica!
    Smiles, Barbara