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    Tim Holtz Embossed Metal Tag & Victorian Diorama! (& Giveaway!)

    Filed under Art Projects, Design Team, Giveaways, Newsletters, Steampunk, Tim Holtz, Tutorials

    How’s that for a contrast? A lovely “Off to the Park” Victorian Diorama (with a tutorial by Design Team Member Laura Carson) AND a tutorial for a cool embossed metal tag technique by Tim Holtz!

    Let’s start with Laura’s Project: If you can glue you can make this diorama!

    I’m sure you’re thinking, “Oh sure! Easy. Mmm hmmm.” Seriously: it is. You will be able to create a diorama using a New! and On Sale! Square Paper Mache Box and decorative paper. I know! Sounds too good to be true but once you get going on this you’ll see just how simple it really is. (Don’t recognize the box?… the lid is the top of the … gazebo?… and the bottom of the box is flipped upside-down to form the base. Clever.)

    As always, I love all of the attention to detail that Laura pays to her creations. For instance, the lovely parasol (made from a doily) is leaning against the column waiting for the equally stunning woman to pick it up on her way to the park. I also like the bustle (also made from a doily, and subtly tinted with the Tumbled Glass Distress Ink & Stain Set). By the way, Laura is going to show you how to make the parasol — and the skirt and bustle as well — in her tutorial!

    If you have purchased some of the On Sale! Tulle Netting and have some leftover, be sure to check out how Laura used it to edge the bottom of the skirt. Don’t you think that the New! Antique Gold Rope-Edged Rondelles with the ribbon threaded through them (on the base) and the New! and On Sale! Large Fancy Chipboard Corners (the large swirls behind the woman’s head) make just the perfect finishing touches?

    Here’s Laura’s full supply list. And, here’s a link to Laura’s blog for the tutorial. (And don’t forget to scroll down for today’s Giveaway — which includes everything to make your own version of Laura’s project!)

    What? Another project (and with another tutorial)? I love what Tim Holtz created for his January Tag (note: that’s the tutorial link… and this is just the first tag in his “12 tags of 2014” project) so I’ve put EVERYTHING he used On Sale! (And that is quite a long list!)

    Yes, buried under all those layers of embossed foil and gears (and antiquing) is a simple manila tag! Scroll down (just a bit) for some of the New and On Sale! items he used, and immediately below are some of the old favorites that I’ve just put On Sale!



     January 16th Update:
     The “Off to the Park”
     Giveaway Winner

    Hooray! An “Off to the Park” Giveaway!

    In addition to the January Romantic Women Kit, pretty much everything Laura used in her project is in this Giveaway! Here is the full list of everything in this gorgeous (golden hued) Giveaway package. And Miz Meghan also added all the rest of the 12″ x 12″ papers from The Avenues Collection (those not already in the January Kit):
    The Avenues Clocks Scrapbook Paper
    The Avenues Courtyard Scrapbook Paper
    The Avenues Doors Scrapbook Paper
    The Avenues Shutters Scrapbook Paper
    The Avenues Trellis Scrapbook Paper

    To enter the “Off to the Park” Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY or Monday (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, January 13, 2014).

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So make sure to check back Tuesday to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Lace and Trims Giveaway? That would be Jeri Aaron!

    Posted by Leslie, January 12th, 2014

    178 responses to “Tim Holtz Embossed Metal Tag & Victorian Diorama! (& Giveaway!)”

    1. Christine Dahlin says:

      just getting a wee bit desperate for diorama goodies!

    2. Emily N. says:

      Great collection of goodies!

    3. Conchi says:

      I really NEED these goodies!!

    4. Pam Weiler says:

      The diorama is beautiful! I would love to win this fabulous giveaway.

    5. kathy cabble says:

      I’m hoping to win this one. Oh please

    6. Karen Crowder says:

      Another day, another try at the giveaway!

    7. Marcie says:

      Awesome project, I’d love to try!

    8. Deb Neerman says:

      WoW, wow, wOw, speechless over this a-mazing project! The goodies used to create it are over-the-top wonderful. Would love to win this collection … thanks so much for the chance!

    9. joann west… says:

      Gorgeous…lovely collection…

    10. Ronda Liebert says:

      Lovely giveaway! I would love to win.

    11. I’m beside myself with all the talent you all have and this project is amazing! Hope I win!

    12. Again, I am amazed at Laura’s impeccable attention to detail! I can look at her work over and over, and each time I find something I missed. The use of color, texture and detail make this another definite hit! LOVE IT! Also, Tim Holtz is off to a good start in 2014 with another of his amazing tags!

    13. Terry McMullen says:

      What a wonderful giveaway! I would LOVE to win!!

    14. Blair Lowery says:

      Hope springs eternal…. So many wonderful items in the group.

    15. Debi W says:

      What a gorgeous and wonderful giveaway. I hope I am the person picked.

    16. Florence says:

      I love the soft colors!

    17. April James says:

      I could make some really cool things with these materials! Gorgeous!

    18. Amanda Miller says:

      So beautiful! Love the colors. 🙂

    19. Laura says:

      So gorgeous! I’d love to win this, thank you for the chance!

    20. Jen R says:

      Oh this one is fabulous!!! Off to the park indeed!

    21. jackie says:

      Another fab project from Laura! please count me in the drawing!

    22. Carrie Monnier-Cummings says:

      Both of the tutorials are phenomenal! Was already going to so the diorama and now I want to do the tag too!

    23. Michele Biondolilllo says:

      Once again, you have another wonderful kit with so many ideas that my head is swimming!!
      Wonder if I will sleep tonight or just lay there and plan away!

    24. Mary Toriello says:

      Another great one and I want it !

    25. 2amscrapper says:

      I love Laura’s work–this is yet another stunning creation. It would be wonderful to win the supplies to make her tag! Helene

    26. Gypsy Angel says:

      LOVELY creation! I would love to win. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    27. sally papin says:

      How I love Laura’s art. Hoping to win this great give away!

    28. RanaeBaker says:

      I’m always amazed at all your new ideas and I am in love with clocks- WOW I can’t wait to get some of these items

    29. what an absolutely enchanting collection of goodies to make that diarama! Thanks for throwing my name in the hat!

    30. Jane Thomas says:

      WOW Love the elements in this giveaway!

    31. Patricia League says:

      Again another beautiful project…..just another one to add to my bucket list ! But that’s what keeps me going!
      Thanks for offering another kit!

    32. Cindy Fitch says:

      What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you for the chance to win.

    33. CJ says:

      Love the beauty and creativity in this project!

    34. Karen N says:

      Love T!m things and love Alpha Stamps…what a great combination!!!

    35. Pat Healey says:

      Thanks for your wonderful give away!

    36. Rosemary Woodruff says:

      I love all this…have one of the Romantic kits due here on Monday….this is gorgeous…I am really excited over all this!

    37. Mary Mac says:

      Gorgeous project and yest the detail is amazing.

    38. Diane Douglas says:

      Another great piece from Laura. Love the Victorian era. Thank you for another great giveaway and a chance to win all the goodies.

      Take care,

    39. Paula Crichlow says:

      I don’t what it is about clocks but they are so interesting and a cool element for art projects! And of course Alpha stamps has all kinds of great clocks and wonderful things to compliment them. Thanks for the chance to win some of these fantastic things.

    40. Traci says:

      Laura is amazing she is has the most creative imagination-I always enjoy here beautiful creations.

    41. Julie Byler says:

      Beautiful Collection, would love to play with these wonderful trinkets and papers.

    42. Marcia says:

      Most fun yet!!!!!!

    43. Holly Day says:

      Really nice collection–so many cool possibilities!

    44. Christie says:

      I have added to my wishlist!

    45. Julie Byler says:

      Beautiful collection! I would love to play with this wonderful trinkets and papers.

    46. Awesome stuff! I may be due for an order from you guys soon…

    47. Gorgeous use of contrasting colors and textures! Love it!

    48. Rae Higgins says:

      Love the tutorial!

    49. Sandi Cotroneo says:

      Tim Holtz has great designs and products. I’d be happy to be the winner.

    50. Jenny Hesters says:

      Boy howdy is this fun, I would love to win these beautiful designs!

    51. sheila AR says:

      Laura’s work is stunning once again, love that she shows us how. These Victorian pretties are driving me nuts and this just may be the most enticing giveaway yet! Love the colors in the diorama and need to create!! Thank you Leslie!

    52. Mary White says:

      This woman is a wonder! Love, love, love her work!

    53. Sandy Holva says:

      Must win, yes yes yes!!!!

    54. mary walker says:

      I would so loveto win this, its beautiful

    55. Jill Noblitt says:

      Gorgeous goodies! I am always so inspired by the art you feature!

    56. Lori Devoux says:

      I love this! Thanks for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

    57. kathy hou says:

      Yay! Gorgeous as always!

    58. marla b says:

      Yes! Think it’s time!!

    59. teri steele says:

      I really hope to win this. I love Laura’s creation and would love to try this using the doors from her Baby Its Cold Outside project. Ive been holding off waiting to do it until I found a way to make a more 3d porch effect and here is the perfect solution of how to do it!

    60. What a delightful collection! And I am so ready to be “Off to the park!” I just love all of your “stuff”. Thanks for sharing!

    61. Sandy says:

      Laura, this is out of the park. How lovely.

    62. Janet Turner says:

      Wow, what a great giveaway! I would love it.

    63. Carolyn Summers says:

      OMG this is a beautiful assortment and I’d enjoying using them for duplicate projects.

    64. Renee Zarate says:

      Love this! I’d love to win.

    65. Yvonne Cornelius says:

      Super collection and beautiful work by Laura.

    66. Leslie Webb says:

      I’ll keep trying to win! What a great collection!

    67. Trish Werther says:

      Love the projects! Thanks for the give away

    68. Virginia Smith says:

      I loved the January kit! It would be great to win this giveaway as well to add all the other elements for my projects!

    69. Darlene Propp says:

      Another fabulous giveaway! I love this collection!

    70. Maxine Kincora says:

      Oh, yes, please.

    71. Judy Ross says:

      Hope I win…Thanks!

    72. Beth Jones says:

      How beautiful!! Smiles

    73. Roberta S says:

      How does Laura Carson do all this stuff? She always comes up with such awesome projects! And Tim’s tag is totally cool. I would love to win this giveaway!

    74. Laurie Baker says:

      Great idea to turn the box over and use as a stage. Am going to get on the tutorial right away as it gives me ideas for things I can make for the children and grandchildren in my life.

    75. Laura’s tutorial is great inspiration to get to work with the kit materials. I have them waiting for me when I have time to play. Love the pocket watch too!

    76. Debbie Painter says:

      The detail on this project is just wonderful!! Would so love to win!! Thank you for a chance!!

    77. Kim B says:

      nice! hope I win!

    78. Linda Phillips says:

      Just love all of your projects.

    79. Wendy says:

      I’m a big fan of Tim Holtz and I love Victoriana so this project is a real winner for me. Beautiful work! Thx for the chance to win.

    80. Christine Shook says:

      Another beautiful project!!

    81. Cathy Skrehot says:

      Love these projects…thanks so much for the chance to win!

    82. Congratulations to Jeri on winning the lace and trims giveaway! I adore Laura’s project and would love to be entered into the giveaway. Plus Tim Holtz in the same post?! Be still my beating heart! Thanks for the opportunity and the inspiration. Deb

    83. Daylan says:

      Wow! I can see using this for steampunk projects, too. Thank you for another opportunity!

    84. Bonnie says:

      Love the clocks.. this is a very cool giveaway! Thanks for the chance

    85. Diane Dainis says:

      As usual Laura has done an amazing job!! I have been a big fan of her work since I discovered her. And her detail is truly her signature.
      Thanks for the opportunity.

    86. Kitty says:

      wonderful collection, thanks for offering it all!!

    87. Miranda says:

      Perfect for lovers of anything Victorian!

    88. DebbieK says:

      Love the project and LOVE the blog candy. Thanks for the chance to win it:)

    89. Kathleen R says:

      What a marvelouslyyyy… wonderfullyyyy… fantastical give away !
      Warm wishes and good luck to all 🙂

    90. coco says:

      I love so much Laura’s amazing works… how could I resist?!!! Thank you for this great giveaway and this fabulous project Laura. Coco x

    91. Diane Pomerleau says:

      Please! Please! I will love to do this project!

    92. Kathleen Johnson says:

      Beautiful project, beautiful goodies! I would soooo love to spend a day at the park!

    93. Judith Janes says:

      You guys are trouble. Whenever I visit your site I always end up with more goodies than I originally intended! Would love to have this collection! Judy

    94. Barbara Hodges says:

      Thanks for the opportunity to win this stunning prize!

    95. Karen says:

      Would love to win this and try my hand at a new project. So pretty!

    96. Pam says:

      I love this collection! Thanks for the opportunity to win

    97. Barbara Nekic says:

      Hi, I love this collection! It is so much fun to work with clocks and gears.

    98. angelic says:

      I love the beautiful Victorian diorama! Thanks for the giveaway.

    99. Thalia Kottke says:

      What a fabulous collection, I love it, would love to win thanks for the giveaways.

    100. marge says:

      a chance in a million…literally a million…but hey..it could happen…fingers crossed.

    101. Jo says:

      What a beautiful set for a Victorian scene! I love it!

    102. Brenda Lubrant says:

      Another beautiful piece of art created with some awesome products. I am always inspired by seeing such creativity.

    103. BuffyVS says:

      Gorgeous diorama. Love the iris folds for the skirt in the gown. Total inspiration!

    104. Alice says:

      Nice giveaway, as usual. Laura’s gazebo diorama is inspired! Love her attention to details.

    105. Peggy Oliver says:

      This is my favorite diorama yet since I discovered Alpha Stamps—I really want to make this–for ME this time and not for a swap!

    106. Robin Parker says:

      Laura is a creative genius!

    107. Gilda says:

      Beautiful project. Thanks for the give away.

    108. Myra Skidmore says:

      Wow, this diorama is gorgeous! I want to make it and would love to win the giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win and congratulations to whomever does win it!

    109. Vic says:

      Very interesting projects! I agree that Laura and Tim are amazing!

    110. P boszko says:

      Luv it…as usual, thanks for the giveaway!

    111. Dena Cottrell says:

      What a beautiful diorama by the extremely talented Laura Carsen. And as always, your generosity is astounding both in your monthly giveaways and your sales. I would love to win this!!

    112. Me Pugh says:

      Just can’t resist Tim Holtz and gears!

    113. Lynn Fox says:

      Another perfect giveaway! Thank you!

    114. Jamie says:

      What a delight it would be to win this!

    115. Kathy says:

      Love all things Tim Holtz. Nice giveaway.

    116. Carmen Willis says:

      I just love how Laura incorporates clockworks into her art work and projects. I love vintage and clockwork pieces achieves the look and feel of old time. A wonderful giveaway indeed!

    117. Lou Anne says:

      This is fantastic!

    118. Kate says:

      This is a simply stunning diorama ! I love it! So vintage!

    119. karenladd says:

      Wow, LOVe this diorama and wonderful giveaway!

    120. Nikki P says:

      Very cool!

    121. You have the BEST giveaways!! Thanks 🙂

    122. Guinea Cable says:

      A few of my favorite things…..ok…all of my favorite things!

    123. Rhonda Cable says:

      Repost….auto spell changed my name….

    124. Wonderful scene with thoughtful construction.

    125. Phoebe Diamond says:

      Oh I absolutely would love to get picked for this one. How fun is that?

    126. Thank so much for the chance to win such an enticing prize.

      Oh! The places I could go with these products to play this.

      Also, thank you so much for keeping the “enter-to-win” process simple….it’s very much appreciated!

    127. Jo says:

      Awesome give away!!!

    128. Cynthia Kyla Kahn says:

      So many cool ideas!!!!

    129. Yvette LeBlanc says:

      i love it11

    130. Sar Tann says:

      I can’t get enough of these dolls, they are spectacular! Their so romantic and feminine, they make me look at this type of medium in a whole new way. Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful works of art!

    131. KIM says:

      It’s time to get crafting.
      Thanks for the chance to win.

    132. Janet Dietzman says:

      What a great project!! I love all the pieces that have gone into it, some used in a ‘creative’ unintended way.

    133. Theresa Goldman says:

      Such an interesting give away….. Oh, what fun it is….

    134. JM monroe says:

      Laura’s work stunning as always. Would love to have these goodies.

    135. Willow says:

      Just when you think a good thing couldn’t get better! So much fun!

    136. Holly M. says:

      OMG this is a fabulous giveaway! And Laura’s Off To The Park diorama is gorgeous. I am keeping my fingers crossed!

    137. Carol Slowik says:

      Beautious!! Hope it’s me.

    138. Debra Gibson says:

      This giveaway was made for me! Wonderful goodies! I hope I get to win it would be so much fun to work with these produts! I have never won so I am hoping that this time I do !!

    139. Helen Potter says:

      So many beautiful goodies to play with!

    140. Beverly S says:

      Fantastic bits & bobs in this collection! Thanks so much for your wonderful giveaways and for the chance to win 😀

    141. Charlotte says:

      What a beautiful project. You always are so inspiring

    142. Karen H says:

      I am new to your newsletter and loving it. What a beautiful project and fabulous giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.

    143. Nelda Johnson says:

      I love Laura’s diorama and would love to make one of my own with this wonderful give away!

    144. Linda Ritter says:

      What a great collection of projects and ideas. ALso a great sale going on and on top of it all, a giveaway! Thanks Alphastamps!!!

    145. lynn legge says:

      i love how laura made this diorama, i have never made one.. and would love to do so using this giveaway.. pick me pleaseeeee
      thanks for always giving us a chance in this giveaway alphastamps..

    146. Lois C. says:

      Beautiful project!

    147. Melissa Kehoe says:

      I can’t think of a better thing to do with this frigid January…

    148. Kim Slater says:

      Tim Holtz rocks! Thanks for a great sale!

    149. Diana Kelly says:

      The diorama is so lovely. Laura is so creative, I am glad she shares her talents. Thank you for the giveaway. I would love to have it.

    150. cathy norton says:

      That giveaway looks so fancy. It also looks fun to do. Thanks for a chance to win.

    151. Roxanne says:

      Oh My! I absolutely LOVE this Victorian Diorama! I read Laura’s tutorial and she just has a great way of explaining her wonderful projects. She has such creative and inspiring talent! Love these!
      Random .org thingy…please please pick Me!

    152. Carolyn Bowlby says:

      Going for the gold. Pick me, please.

    153. April Dudko says:

      Laura does it again! Such a lovely selection of goodies, and you have been so generous to share so much lately with everyone! So many giveaways! Maybe I’ll be the lucky one this time.

    154. Lorna says:

      Love Laura’s work and this is a fun giveaway.

    155. Alexandra says:

      Wow–this is SO pretty! Lovely ladies and a bit of steampunkish. Well-done! :):):)

    156. Julie F. says:

      This is beautiful, please add my name to your giveaway…


    157. Tanya says:

      I just love the ladies and the dresses!

    158. M. C. Sparks says:

      love Tim’s stuff – and the Victorian is great!

    159. Debbie Rollier says:

      Pick me!

    160. clarissa says:

      What a fantastic collection of supplies!

    161. Karen Mallory says:

      What a wonderful giveaway! I love Laura’s art!

    162. Carol Milgram says:

      Mmmm,Mmmmm would I ever love to win the givaway…it is so beautiful

    163. Sharon McDonagh says:

      Such a generous giveaway…I could share with my sister and niece and only wince a LITTLE bit at not keeping it all for myself!

    164. Penny Shukan says:

      I am so ready to go off to the park!

    165. Michelle B. says:

      I would luv to be ” off to my studio ” with the ” Off To The Park” Collection!!!!

    166. Melissa says:

      Love it all…I have a penchant for all things Victorian!

    167. Nellie Cotnam says:

      some really nice projects and nice ideas can be created with this collection

    168. debbi george says:

      What a great selection of Stuff! I could really go to town with all this. My house is Victorian! Thanks

    169. What a great collection!

    170. Sharon K says:

      I feel a Steampunk attack coming on! What a great give-away and thank you so much for the last one I won. I can’t wait to work with the Bo Bunny Doorways paper and the other goodies!

    171. Love all the goodies, AND I love Laura’s creative projects, I am keeping my eyes,fingers and toes crossed.I am going to give it another shot at this !

    172. Sylvia L. says:

      Laura’s creativity is unparalleled. Thanks for the chance to win the beautiful elements of her tutorial.

    173. Toni Tuck says:

      I would so love this awesome giveaway! It is fabulous!

    174. marybeth says:

      Love the variety of these embellishments

    175. Debbie Peysen says:

      Awesome giveaway. You make the best giveaways. thanks