Friday, June 4, 2010

My Version of Tim Holtz's Curio Cabinet

I went to Tim Holtz's class last Sunday. The project was for a curio cabinet I do not necessarily subscribe to the darker colors, so I made my own modifications. My theme colors were peach, coral and sunset orange. I also highlighted the edges inside the cabinet with copper-colored ink from ColorBox. I know, I cheated and used some non-Ranger products, but hey...for opaque inking, nothing compares to ColorBox inks. The hands and the knob kept on falling off--so I just used Gorilla Glue for them.

The title of this piece is "Fractured Love".

Spontaneous ideas were encouraged during the class, but I wanted to create something that would have special meaning to hubby and I, hence the choice of paper and trinkets. His favorite number is 7 and mine is 8, and there are several 3s in the projects, since I was born on March 30th. Tim gave us free rein over the little treasures he had on the huge table, but I opted to use some embellishments from my stash--the Art Nouveau Fairy, the miniature medallions, flowers(grunge rose and Primas), and the crystal squirrel.

I filled the bottle up with half a dropper of Worn Lipstick, mixed with water. Vanilla is supposed to be an aphrodisiac, so I labeled it as such. :-) The cigar label is just for a touch of color.

At the back of the cabinet is a piece of bingo card with the numbers 74 and 75--he was born in '74 and I on '75. I was also lucky to get hold of a music book page with my favorite song in it, "Hosea". There is a vintage picture of a couple and a map. I absolutely love the page from a vintage French journal that I incorporated into the mix. The whole cabinet was inked using Victorian Velvet, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany, Antique Linen and Vintage Photo.

Of course, I used a piece of paper with a cat in it.

I used Tim Holtz's tissue tape for the edges of the box.


  1. Beautiful and very inspiring!! I actually have a curio that I could use, already hainging on the wall in my hall. I love little minitures and I have some odd ones in it but I didn't modify it in any way just filled it up but, now, I look at your creation and the possibilities just explode in my head!
    I must say I love your colors and much prefer them to Tim's. ;).

  2. Thanks! You're too sweet. :-D

  3. Holy wow! That is absolutely AMAZING girl! I love it all - the colors are perfect. WOW oh WOW!

  4. i am tongue tied trying to find the right words to express how blown away i am by this treaure!!!

  5. Wow! Simply WOW! It is amazing, I'm speechless! I so love altered anything LOL and to get to "hang" with Tim Holtz for the day would be one of my dreams come true, you lucky girl you! There is just so many things to look at I will definetly be back! What a treasure, TFS!

  6. Peach you did an amazing job on this shadow box! All that talent that you have is amazing! Thanks for sharing with us!

  7. Truly amazing! I love how you incorporated all the meaningful symbols. It must mean so much more to you.