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Giveaway and the Grungy Garden

Yep I am hosting a Giveaway. 
A little thank you for all the votes and support you shared during the Sizzix Who Are You contest!!!  Check out the project and you'll scroll your way to the giveaway.
Before we get to my giveaway I wanted to show you a project I was "challenged" to do. I am not big on pattern papers.  I was challenged to create a project using the new Graphic 45 Botanical paper.  I wouldn't say I love Graphic 45 paper.  I wouldn't say I like the botanical paper...but keep in mind flowery isn't my thing when it comes to paper.  With that said I happily accept. 
My goal here was to take "pretty" paper and make it grungy for this mini shadow box.  I distressed, inked and cracked.  I even fussy cut.  UGH...
Flowers aren't my thing but I do love my tattered floral dies including the Jumbo one!  Using the pattern paper (usually I would make my own) I inked with vintage photo and stormy sky.  The wee center flower is a fussy cut from a sheet.  VERY FUSSY!
Look, my new #hashtags stamps.  I stamped these baby's onto a scrap piece of flowery paper then inked and cut wee flags!
I cut the window/ window box die then inked with the new distress paint old paper.  I sanded it a little then inked with vintage photo and stormy sky.  Behind the window I stamped my favorite Random Quotes stamp.
A fussy cut butterfly with rock candy stickles on the wings.  I cut mini silhouette paint with black soot and cracked with some rock candy crackle.

The box portion of the window box is glued outward so I could tuck spring greenery sprigs and more fussy cut flowers.

Distressing the window box really works with the botanical paper.  Look at all those fussy cut flowers!
I hope I didn't loose any Graphic 45 Fans.  I may not be a fan of this style but I made it my own.  And I'm please how it turned out.  I tried to "nail it"!
I have spent the past 2 weeks begging asking for votes...and asking.   I wanted to thank all those people the voted for me.  For taking the time to vote, cheering me on and so many words of encouragement. So Thank You!
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I am giving away a $35 "E GIFT CARD" though Simon Says Stamps to 1 lucky voter!  I've never sent an e gift card so it should be fun!  And no waiting!
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Here's what you'll need to do.
Simply tell me what Sizzix die is your favorite?
I'll pick a winner on Monday March 3rd. Good luck and THANK YOU!!!!


  1. I love Sizzix dies but my favorite is the large tag die because I can use it for so many things. Congratulations again for winning the fabulous Sizzix prize package.

  2. All of my dies are SIzzix and Stampin Up at that. I Love them ALL equally but I would have to say my fav is the pillow box dies. I am using it now to make gifts for my moms 75th birthday, filled with her favorite candies.

  3. Oh I couldn't choose just one no wait! I love the rolled flower die by sizzix! Congrats on winning! I can't wait to hear all about your trip!! I live pretty close to you if you need someone to go with!! LOL :)

  4. Okay the cookies were great but.... whoo whoo this might be a bit better!!!!

  5. My that was a very hard task you gave us!! lol I finally settled on the "Tim Holtz Sizzix DISTRESSED DOILY On the Edge Die". Your project is gorgeous! Challenge was accepted and completed!! Thanks for the giveaway and enjoy your trip!

  6. I fell in love with the Cameo Frame at your Manly Man class, Nicole, and have used it +++ since. I think that the TH Ornate Frame comes in at a close second!

  7. My all time favourite Sizzix die is Tim Holtz Sizzix GADGET GEARS. I'd have to say that this is my go to die. You can do so many things, like mask, layer, paint, distress, the possibilities are endless! I'm partial to this die, cuz I'm a "Steampunk Fanatic!" Ya know what's REALLY cool you can layer them with the ideology gears and game spinners. I usually don't glue the spinners down, so they are moveable. Congrats on the Win!! Enjoy your trip to California, can't wait to hear all about it!

  8. this kind of goes along with your post as in you won't see ME fussy cutting flowers! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA... my new favorite dies are the Sizzix Susan's Garden dies. They are super fun and sooooooo realistic although I WILL be grunging them up for my blog in the coming weeks! Again, congrats and good job with the Graphic 45 paper. I LOVE GRAPHIC 45!

  9. I love anything Tim. I have a serious addiction. Lol. This week my favorite is tattered flowers congrats Nicole

  10. I am liking the one you used to make this flower.. I don't have a fav. I use all that I have and love them all.. you did well and deserved to win.. enjoy your trip to California and the Sizzix tour.. jealous on that one.. take care

  11. I have a lot of fave dies... Since spring is coming, I'm gonna go with Tim's tattered florals as my pick! So many fabulous ones to pick from...

  12. Couldn't you give us an easier question? LOL I love all my dies... ohhhh to choose... the globe, no wait... the sewing room, wait... the new edger I bought, no wait... the tattered flowers... oh man, nooooo... the lantern.... yeh yeh, that's it... wait.... LOL I can't pick a fave but if I have to give only one choice then the lantern it is because that is what got me noticed for the December blog worthy link. ;) Sooooo glad that you won!!! I knew you would! ;)

  13. Congratulations! I'm glad you asked every day - or I might not have remembered to vote! :) I don't have many sizzix dies ... just two sets of sizzlets (circles and scalloped circles) but I do love them and use them all the time! :) I hope you have a wonderful trip!

  14. May favorite Sizzix die is the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die. I made my daughter's wedding bouquet with it. Turned out beautiful.

  15. Wow Nicole your project is absolutely amazing!!! The big flower is so beautiful and I hear you when it comes to fussy cutting. I love the cracked paint and love love love your hash tag sentiments!!!!!
    Congrats on winning again and I can't imagine the excitement you must be feeling!
    My all time favorite die which I don't own yet is the "Simon Says " Postal Stamp Edge"
    Thanks for the chance to win!!!!! hugs

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  17. Pick me - Pick me - LOL. Another AMAZING creation and proof of WHY you deserved to win...

  18. Just one - that is almost impossible - okay so if I can only pick one then it would be the Tim Holtz Flourishes!
    Congrats again on your win! And thanks for all the lattes and cookies!

  19. Jumbo Tattered Florals! Congrats!

  20. Ellen Lamke here from Facebook ~ Congratulations on your success :) Was my pleasure to vote for you each day. While I love all my sizzix dies I use the Box/Pillow, Top Note, Fun Flowers and Circles quite a bit. I would be thrilled to win your E-Gift Card.

  21. Your shadow box is AMAZING!! I'd certainly say you nailed it too! Wowzers!

    As for Sizzix dies... Well, I don't have many to choose from. I do have a little set of Sizzix mini labels that I got through Stampin' Up. I'm pretty sure they're retired now. I'd have to give them my vote though. That said, seeing your window art, it looks as though there are more to Sizzix dies than I'm aware of!!

    Congrats again on your win. It was a pleasure to help you earn the gold on this one.

  22. I love all the dies. I use the flower one the most. Congrats on your win can't wait to hear about your trip.

  23. Beautiful project! Congrats! I don't have a sizzix machine so I don't have a favorite, but if I did it would probably be a flourish!

  24. Congrats!!! You did an awesome job with these Graphic 45 papers and you nailed it!!! My fave die would be the rolled flower ones since I don't have any yet. Congrats again and hope you post lots of pictures for your visit. Can't wait to see them from a fellow canadian :-)

  25. Nicole I am so happy that you won and it was a pleasure to be able to help you out. I thought for sure you would be giving away a Timmy's Card! LOL! Love your new project, you aced it! I love all the Sizzix dies and have a binder full of them to prove it! Once again congrats on your win, you really do deserve it! Go Canada!

  26. Congrats Nicole on the win! It was well deserved. I love every single one that I own (and I own 99%) it's like a child you don't love one more than another.

  27. Meredith245 at yahoo dot comFebruary 28, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    My favorite is the nesting circle dies.

  28. Oh, any sissix :) Love em all. For this time of year, I want the Tattered Floral BIGZ die

  29. Beautiful!! Love the colors.

  30. First of all, Congratulations on your sizzix win, I voted. Your window box is so cute. My favorite die is my tattered floral and tattered leaves dies, I guess that's two, but the two go together.
    Thanks so much for the great giveaway, I'd love a chance to win.

  31. Congratulations on the big win!! Woohooo! Right now my fave Sizzix die is the Weathered Clock. I used it recently in a mini album and it looked great!

  32. Hmmm-this is a tuff 'un. Think I'll go with my first love-the original Tattered Florals. But I got the mini-snowflakes for Christmas and had a ball with them. Getting the big one for next year.
    Congratulations of course-I've bugged you for a while now so you know I love your style. Really looking forward to seeing you strut your stuff fro Sizzix!

  33. My favorite Sizzix die is the Rosette. I have both sizes and love them. They can be fun, grungy, pretty, you name it, I use them in so many different crafts. Congratulations on winning and for giving us the chance to win a little something too!

  34. The paper rosette die is my favorite.

  35. Congrats. Enjoy your trip to California. My favorite die is the Luminary 3D lantern. It is very versatile. Just love it.

  36. What a beautiful project with so much to see! It's fun to challenge ourselves! Love the vintage feel!

  37. I love the Tim 's Sizzix window box die or the large feathers. Again , glad you won. Josie

  38. Congrats on the win! I would have to say that the Iron Gate edge die is my fave... imagine that ;)

  39. Your nailed it!! Congrats on winning was fun watching your Facebook posts! My favorite Sizzix die is the Tim Holtz Tag and Bookplate die,I use it constantly.

  40. Congrats again Nicole! Thanks for the chance to win on Simon!!!!!!
    My fav Sizzix dies is Tag & bookplates by Tim Holtz because I use it every day of my life!!!! At the second place there is Gadget gears always Sizzix /Tim!!!! I love steampunk style! Your project is totally amazing as always!!!!!! Barbarayaya

  41. Congrats again :)
    I am so excited for you, as you know ;)
    I think you nailed it! I do like some of the G45 papers…some.
    My favourite Sizzix die…that is a hard one…I will go with the TH bird cage..or the weathered clock.

  42. A brilliant all the details and layers and delicate colours, Nicole!. Again huge congrats!!!
    And thank you for your lovely comment on my blog!

    Claudia x

  43. Congratulations. So glad that you won. I feel the same about Graphic 45 and flowers so you NAILED it!
    I don't have a lot of dies and I have some (a lot) I covet. Right now I have used my on the edge house dies a lot (made 150 cards with them for a realtor). I also love my fanciful flight.

  44. I am so happy for you! That is really very exciting. I can't wait to hear all about your trip as well. Thanks for the giveaway - I LOVE SSS. I don't have too many sizzix dies but the ones I do are Tim Holtz of course - I love the butterflies.

  45. Well I don't have alot to work with BUT I do have a huge wishlist!! LOL I'd have to say my fave is the the holiday lampost :) and I love the Sand and Sea one too.
    Congrats on the win!!

  46. Congrats on winning! I Love all my sizzix dies but I guess my favorite is the dress form one. I use it a lot in many different ways. I Love playing with it!
    Tracy Thomas

  47. I love my butterflies die! thanks and congrats on your win!!

  48. COngrats! Horray!

    great window pain -
    looks fantastic....

    Sizzix I dont have many - i have all TH - Shocker!
    My favorite one Right Now is
    Picture Wheel- probably cause it's the newest.
    before that ornamental - can use it for so many things
    But my want / Need list is long

  49. Congrats on your win. Your project is outstanding. Love how you made it your style.

    My favorite die is Picture Wheel because my grandson gave it to me for Christmas. I just bought the film strip die on Monday, so it's a close second.

  50. Congrats! Nicole!! Seriously, "how could you NOT have won?" ..... your project IS the best! Now getting to your giveaway, hmm... I will have to say that my favourite Sizzix die is Tim Holtz, Alterations Collection, BigZ Die, Weathered clock. Choosing a winner will be a difficult task; however, I would love to win ..... what is "second prize"? ....pumpkin cookies????? Just askin" xo

  51. Congratulations on winning the challenge! Wow.... You were up against some beautiful submissions~ Great accomplishment for sure!

  52. Cograts! I voted every chance I got :) I love my Big Kick and am extremely close to ALL my dies, I don't think I could pick just one. I guess my SU! 2 tag die is a favorite since there are so many ways to use and dress it up.

  53. Beautiful Congrats I voted and you deserve the win. thanks for the chance to win

  54. Congrats! Love your project! I think my favorite is the milk carton. Thanks for a chance to win.

  55. Congrats on winning and picking a fave sizzix die what a toughie humm Ancient Document love that one and my pine trees for xmas time :)
    hugs Nikki

  56. Congrats on your lovely project! I would have to say the gears dies from Tim Holtz are my favorites. I have so many favorites also but I would have to say I used that one the most. Good luck everyone on the giveaway!!!! I hope I still have the lucky Irish in me! LOL

  57. Congrats! Love your beautiful project. My favorite is the mini butterflies mover & shakers!

  58. Pick one??!! Ok ok, large tag. Congrats on your win. So great that you can go and enjoy some sun and learning!

  59. CONGRATS Nicole!!!! So very happy that you won and cannot wait to hear about your trip! I love your completed challenge - it turned out beautiful! As for favorite Sizzix die -- since I don't have any (what???? yes it is true) I would have to say from my looking online at some of their dies I would select the window die first - so versatile and something I could use in a lot of ways! Congrats again my dear!

  60. Huge congratulations on your well deserved win, Nicole. I think your project utilized the Sizzix products the best out of all the entries.
    As far as my favorite Sizzix dies, I'd have to pick any of my TH Alterations dies, like the Tattered Florals or the Vintage Cabinet Card.
    Have a blast on your trip to Sizzix!!!

  61. Congratulations! And have an awesome trip to California! Tough question! But I'm kind of partial to the cardinal on the branch "Christmas Cardinal"

  62. I am so happy you won.. I voted and share your post.. Congratulations You so deserve it...

  63. Congrats again! Hope you don't get torrential rain when you go down to California. I love the Sizzix border dies and the doilies.

  64. That is a great project! I love the use of the grunge on the paper! Congrats AGAIN on your amazing win! No one deserved it more, in my opinion! Us Canadians are kicking ass! My fave die is the Large tag because you can use it for anything!!!

  65. HAHA! I commented on wrong post! LOL
    I really hope I am not too late, weekend of torturous work!
    I love these tattered flowers, but I do like flowers, not that I create with them! LOL Congrats on winning! Bask in all the glory.

  66. New to Tim Holtz, but loving his designs! My fav is the butterfly...I think of my grandmother every time.


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