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Rushing toward Christmas! New Tim Holtz, Shadowboxes…

Filed under Art Projects, Gifts/Decorations, Giveaways, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Tim Holtz

Note: most of the links on this post no longer work, as we moved to a new Web site in 2018. However, you can see the supply list items from Shannon’s and Rhonda’s projects that are still available on the new site.

Before new Christmas goodies (and more adorable Christmas ornaments): a new FREE gift kit!

Crystal Beads Christmas Trees FREE Gift Kit How cute are these! Sets of green glass beads (6) , head pins (2), cube beads for each tree base (2), a tiny gold bead for the top (2), plus a pair of plated steel earwires (your choice if you want to make these into a set of earrings or just a tiny tree to put in a tiny shadowbox).

I’m showing 2 sets in the large photo (in 2 different shades of green… I’ll randomly pick which set you’ll receive).

ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Monday, November 30 through December 4 (2017) will receive one of the Crystal Beads Christmas Trees Gift Kits FREE!

Reminder! FREE shipping on orders over $50 (for orders shipping to USA) ends SATURDAY night, December 2nd! Wow! The holiday weekend sales may have ended Monday, but you’ll still get a gift! Read more about the sale weekend.


Home for the Holidays Diorama Ornament by Shannon Cooper

Aw… This is such a sweet ornament, made from one of the Tiny Diorama Boxes and the new Home for the Holidays Clear Stamp Set.

Beside being so cute to gaze on (below and in more photos in her blog post), Shannon provides a tutorial for how she cuts watercolor paper to make the layered scene inside the diorama box!

To make the layers inside the ornament, four pieces of watercolor paper were cut the same width as the diorama box and twice as long. Any thick paper would work, I just chose it because all of the images are colored with watercolor pencils after they were stamped.

Read more in Shannon’s blog post and/or see everything from her supply list.


A Jolly Good Christmas by Rhonda Secrist Thomas

Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas used the same Tiny Diorama Box, but her ornament looks completely different than Shannon’s. I love the masculine look (is plaid masculine? not sure, but that dapper dude in his top hat)!

Plus flipping the box around to portrait orientation gives it a new look, too.

Rhonda completely covered the inside and outside of the box with papers from the Tim Holtz Christmas 8×8 Paper Stash.

To add a decorative paper to the inside, use the (flat) box as a stencil to trace out the shape. After cutting, make sure to score and fold the paper so it will fit easily inside of the box.

Read more in Rhonda’s blog post and/or see everything from her supply list.


A New Sale!

ALL Christmas & Winter Charms are on Sale for 50% off! The sale ends MONDAY night, December 4th. Snowflakes, Gingerbread Men, Reindeer, Santa Claus, Wreaths…

Go see them all now!

Hooray for the Retro Christmas Shadowboxes Giveaway!

These are such cute, retro boxes! Perfect for a retro ’50s-ish scene. I’m including a set of the new Tim Holtz Christmas Vignette Box Tops AND one each of all 4 new shadowboxes that the box tops fit!

To enter the Retro Christmas Shadowboxes Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, December 1, 2017)!

And tell me: What will you make with these mini shadowboxes?

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the Sugary Sweet Glittered Ornaments Giveaway? Emily N! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

Posted by Leslie, November 30th, 2017

59 responses to “Rushing toward Christmas! New Tim Holtz, Shadowboxes…”

  1. Dana Desmond says:

    I LOVE the card and stamp set used on the diorama card. I’m going to try to make one for my co-worker this year.

  2. Claire says:

    I would make a mini holiday scene.

  3. Kat Cashwell says:

    Those Tim Holtz retro boxes!! I would make vintage shadow boxes!

  4. Jennie Ingram says:

    I’d make something for my parents house, as they adore retro 40’s & 50’s packaging. 😀

  5. I would make a vintage car theme for the Christmas tree at work. maybe a car with a Christmas tree on it.

  6. Eve Watters says:

    I love the idea of these little dioramas! I’m filling up to the brim with ideas! I think I’d start with a little scene of snow and birdies on twiggy trees. I’m going outside to find some good twigs!

  7. Cheryl Lee says:

    Love the diorama ornaments! And LOVE the Tim Holtz retro box tops!!! I’d make retro ornaments for sure. Congrats to Emily N!!

  8. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    Definitely ornaments. Christmas scenes. Sledding through the snow.

  9. Patti Gwyn says:

    Love the shadow boxes. Old school retro Christmas with Shiny Brites.

  10. Nancy O says:

    Old enough to remember some of those boxes in my parents Christmas supplies. Definitely make ornaments for my tree.

  11. Kim R says:

    Love these! I would make one each for all my grandkids!

  12. Winnie says:

    These are cute! I can see a lot of things to do with these.

  13. I would make several darling retro vintage scenes with these adorable mini shadow boxes! I have been collecting miniatures for awhile, so I have items that would fit nicely in these boxes.
    I will keep my fingers crossed.
    Happy Holidays!

  14. Anne W says:

    Wow, those box tops are really cute. I would make a retro scene to put on the mantel.

  15. Rebecca R. says:

    I would make some cute, mini retro ornaments!

  16. M. C. Sparks says:

    i need some little scenes that remind me of my youth…as do these boxes

  17. KIM says:

    Great giveaway
    I would try make Christmas shadow boxes .
    I never have before.

  18. Lori Devoux says:

    I love this! I would make ornaments for my tree in the form of a village! Thank you for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  19. Margaret K. says:

    I would make wonderful tiny villages with vintage miniature pieces. Snow villages. Fun

  20. Karen says:

    I love the retro boxes. I think a flurry of white and silver icicles and snowflakes with a snowman also inside would be fun to try.

  21. Laural says:

    The Night Before Christmas, a scene per box

  22. Susan says:

    I love these – I make tiny diorama scenes and these are perfect.

  23. Rena says:

    I love those boxes! So perfect for vintage Christmas scenes. Santa leaving gifts underneath an old fashioned Christmas tree.

  24. K Toews says:

    I would make little christmas dioramas.

  25. Amy says:

    so sweet, I would make little winter scenes.

  26. Emily N says:

    Love the little boxes and Tim Holtz box tops! I’d definitely make a little retro scene to go with that!

  27. Marilyn Ray says:

    I have been so into shadow boxes for Christmas lately. And I love vintage. I would love to make all of these in a vintage Christmas style, especially using the 3-D technique shown in the newsletter. I’m so excited about that.

  28. Pamela says:

    I would make some mini Christmas scenes in the miniature boxes.

  29. Traci says:

    Shadow boxes-love the vintage box tops so darn cute. >^..^<

  30. Margaret D says:

    If you had enough you could make a little box village. I am thinking they would be sweet mixed in with the chipboard ornaments a few weeks back as a mantle piece banner with evergreen etc. I can also see them on a wreath!!! Oh I think I would.maybe do a wreath!

  31. Dennis L says:

    Great vintage boxes! I would make small vintage car scenes, adding trees and snow and using a Christmas card or postcard as background.

  32. Deborah Cox says:

    Love these, can’t you just see them filled with tiny ornaments under a small tree, waiting to be used?

  33. Karen S says:

    I LOVE making scenes not in public but in my crafting. I’m a miniaturist in heart this would make a cute room box setting with a blast from the past.

  34. Barb macaskill says:

    These mini boxes are too cool for words! I would use them to make a table tree with the vintage boxes under it as gifts. There will probably be lots of Christmas Faeries and elves hiding in the tree and amongst the gifts too!
    I love the ornaments that Shannon and Rhonda made! Cute, cute, cute!
    Congratulations to Emily on being the lucky winner for the last giveaway! TFS!

  35. Jean Marmo says:

    Wow – so very cool!! I think a winter village would be so much fun!

  36. Gina Bloyaert says:

    Hello, I don’t know if I qualify for the competition because I live in Belgium!! What a nice price and want to not win! I would make the beautiful embellishments shadowboxes of Christmas that I have by Tim Holtz. However, blessed are must a Christmas tree in the snow outside a small deerhead on gotta be blessed and should not always maps to make something beautiful right? Thank you for the Nice Give away. MVG gina

  37. Vera Collier says:

    Retro assembles nestled among pine branches for display. Can’t wait to get my hands on these!

  38. Jen R says:

    They scream circus to me!

  39. Nancy E says:

    I would make a 50’s inspired X-Mas scene.

  40. Karen Mallory says:

    I love them! I would make little retro scenes inside the boxes. A little elf maybe, a salvaged Santa, and of course bottle brush trees!

  41. sheila AR says:

    These are wonderful! So many nostalgic retro scenes to assemble inside. Love someone’s idea of decorating a wreath with them!

  42. Jill Castoral says:

    Tim Holtz does it again! These boxes will be wonderful with mini scenes inside! My imagination is working overtime, LOL.

  43. Denise Bryant says:

    I’d make some ornaments with the mini boxes!

  44. Susan M L says:

    The Christmas Vignette box tops are just what I am looking for to make some cute snowy dioramas with bottle trees, deer and snowmen! Those earrings are sooo cute!

  45. Kim Lucak says:

    I love the vintage box tops! I would make vintage Christmas shadow boxes 🙂 The plaid with the stripe ribbon is lovely!

  46. Judy Goodwin says:

    I’d like to make cards for special friends and family members. They would also make great tree ornaments to go with the ones I’ve had for years in those actual boxes.

  47. Rebekah Avery says:

    Aww, I love these box tops much. I have been wanting a set for my America Girl Doll Maryellen’s 1954 Christmas diorama.

  48. Janet Turner says:

    I love the retro boxes. They remind me of my childhood. I woold make tree ornaments with them. Thank you for all the great ideas.


    I’d make Christmas retro ornaments. These boxes are cute.

  50. Roe says:

    Love the retro boxes.I have visions of tiny Christmas dioramas dancing in my head

  51. Kee Ostler says:

    I am so in love with these boxes! I would create tiny scenes and then tuck them in among my collection of vintage Christmas boxes.

  52. Debbie S. says:

    I like it all. Probably mini scenes for Christmas. I like the bead Christmas tree, so cute. Congrats to Emily. I like your sense of humor Karen. Hello to Gina. TFS

  53. Babs says:

    I’ve been collecting vintage Christmas items for years to make some holiday/winter shadowboxes. I’ve even saved several vintage boxes, but they are somewhat age worn. Now I can start fresh. Right away I want my tiny reindeer from the 60s featured.

  54. LeAnn says:

    I would use the boxes to make some vintage Christmas scenes

  55. Carla says:

    I would make Christmas scenes!

  56. Mary Mac says:

    How the Grinch stole Christmas Shawdow boxes would be fun to try.

  57. Carol Slowik says:

    I love these boxes! I would make vintage Christmas scenes and use my families faces!!

  58. Jo says:

    Always love the matchbox projects – especially the ones for Christmas!
    Would love to make one to decorate!

  59. Noreen says:

    Wonderful vintage boxes! I would make a wintry scene, maybe using an antique ornament or two for one of the boxes. And of course you would have to do a Santa scene with one of them.