Sunday, January 10, 2016

New Release From Tim Holtz - Dapper

Hi all! I'm so excited to share this project I created for Tim Holtz's idea-ology booth. The new line is called Dapper and it's the perfect blend of vintage masculine elements. I was in love with it the minute I laid eyes on it!

When I was planning my mini configurations book, I really wanted it to look like an old cigar box that had been turned into a shadow box. On the left side, I created a blotter using Tim's new substrate sheets. Let me tell you, this material is amazing! Doesn't it look like leather? I can't wait to share more projects using it.

After I arranged the boxes on this side, I had to start thinking of what would go in them - no easy task! It was fun to play around with all the new bits, seeing how they looked together. My favorite section is the mini book niche. I was excited to see that the sophisticate cabinet card fit perfectly in the opening. Then I spotted the new mini book rings and the gears started turning. A strip of the new paper with the ruler image was used to create a faux wood ruler that the book dangles from. So cool!

Here is the cover of the book lifted so you can see the first page. There are five all together, but you could definitely fit more in that space! I love the idea of a book within a book and can't wait to play with that idea more. Other openings hold the new findings mixed with some of the older idea-ology pieces like pen nibs and letterpress letters. Another of my favorite sections is the burlap panel. It's hard to see, but behind the gears I used Tim's new Industrial layering stencil and distress stain spray to color the panel. I hated to cover it up! But those new gears are so cool and work perfectly there.

The new products, as well as the older ones, can be found at Simon Says Stamp via the links below. I'm not sure exactly when the newer items will be in stock, but you can request to be notified when they are available.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my grungy, distressed configurations book. I have lots more to share in the coming days and weeks so be sure to check back! If you're not already a subscriber, you can subscribe to my posts by email, or follow on Bloglovin' via the links at the top of my sidebar.

Have a wonderful week!


  1. Gorgeous Shelly, lovely to see your work displayed at CHA X X X X

  2. Shelly- you are amazing! Your "vision" turned into this antique looking treasure is so authentic. Perfect for men...and women with men in their lives! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Amazing piece Shelly! Looking forward to seeing more of your creations. TFS!

  4. Absolutely amazing Shelly, it looks like it came out of a lovely antique shop, love everything about it! Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  5. Love LOVE this ! SO vintage, j'adore !!! Bravo !


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