Sunday, September 23, 2012

It's All About T!M

Hello, my dear stamping friends! As you know, Tim Holtz is one of the powerhouse in the paper-crafting industry. My highlight of  ScrapFest 2012 to Minneapolis was to spend the romantic getaway with Dr. John without the kids meet the one and only---T!M. Taking the class from him was certainly awe-inspiring and fun!
I love how organized the class materials, instructions and supplies were laid out in front of you. The first thing that T!M said at the beginning of the class is that his class is all about taking the time and enjoying the process and there is absolutely NO stress in getting the job artwork done. I think we should apply that mentality into our stamping sessions in our very own little craft corners, agree?
Isn't the place MASSIVE? T!M would circulate the class and provide help and tips as he went along the class. While I was working away on the class project, he came nearby my table and posed for me (I nearly freaked out and dropped my ink at this point!!).
Here is the process
The result--Artful Hanging. The great thing about his class is that you do not have to be a T!M fan to follow exactly what the project is supposed to be. For example, I didn't care for the metal wing for the hanging, so I left it out! And I love it that way.
Later, I went for more of T!M's demos as I just can't get enough of it....These are the tags that he made with the fall/winter stamps. T!M explained how to work with Distress Markers, Rock Candy, Distress Stains, types of different paper (Ranger's stamping paper works best, of course, according to T!M), TH pattern paper and Rangers glitter etc. They are all product-based commercials tutorials. I ended up buying some of the stuff that he mentioned. I know, I had no will power!
As I was standing there and watching T!M doing the demos, I almost wanted to pinch myself since I had watched numerous T!M's You Tube videos over  the years..., but this time, he was right in front of me!  To thank you for visiting my blog, I have a recorded demo video of Tim on the basic technique (Stamping with Distress Markers) and thought you may like to watch it. 

You will not see this on You Tube, only here in my blog (just saying..). I have only 3 TH Distress Markers, but I think you can apply this technique with any makers that you may already have. I am sticking with my good old Marvey Brush Markers for now ( please note that I said it very weakly...I may just give in and buy the whole set next time). T!M is such a great salesman stamping artist....I am totally getting that re-inker (see video here).
video
Here is my photo with T!M after taking his class.We get to take lots of stuff home (including that bag that he was signing)!
And of course, I had to tell T!M about Dr. John's quest for Relax Inks (to compete with his Distress Inks)....T!M burst out laughing really really hard. I was a little surprised at his reactions. WHAT? No one ever mentioned that to T!M? 
 I will always remember this :) 

54 comments:

Arlene said...

Great video - thank you for sharing. What a wonderful time you must have had. I'm living through the eyes of Virginia!

Denise Bryant said...

Just tell Dr. John they are already De-stress inks and he'll make sure you have every color, silly girl!
DeniseB

Brenda said...

Lucky you! What a fantastic experience this must have been. Thanks for sharing the exclusive video.

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Love this post :)

Linda R said...

WOW.. That would be a dream come true for me. I would love to take a class of his. LOve your photos with him.. :)

Hugs~

CinnamonSally said...

Wow Virginia looks like you had a fantastic time!!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Great photos of Tim's class, V - really puts mine to shame :) Loved the video too - isn't it loud at Mall of America? But Tim just kept doing his thing - very personable guy and he loves what he does!

rcwidow (Linda) said...

Great post and pics! You and Tim look so cute!

Lin said...

Great post, V! I almost felt like I was there with you! Looks like a great class, and I won't miss my next opportunity.....

Cindy C. said...

Thanks for sharing Virginia! Great photos! Looks like you had a fabulous time!

BabyBokChoy said...

O we did miss a big opportunity to meet! :) I didn't go this year but I live only 30 minutes away. Next time eh? :)

stamplover2011 said...

Awesome pictures Virgina!! And you even got a video!! Way to go girl!!!

Cathy A said...

So glad you got to take a class with him, I have always been buzzing after one of his classes and like you can't resist buying more of his products afterwards! I shall eagerly await his relaxing inks now, hope he gives dr John a cut of the profits.

pcm said...

Jealous!!!! And I just love dr. john's sense of humor (and good sportsmanship)

Julie Hoffman said...

OMGosh you are one LUCKY lady Virginia!! I am cracking up about the Relax Inks. It would be even funnier if Tim comes out with some Relax inks. We'll all know where he got the idea!!

Cat Craig said...

FAB post Virginia. Loved the video and I can see you had a blast, I am glad you got to go after all. Hope Dr. John is back to himself.

Tracy said...

I also took Tim's class last Sunday at Scrapfest and I had a blast! It was definitely my favorite class because it was so relaxed!

Rachel W K said...

that looks like so much fun and so inspirational. And i'm not at all surprised he loved the relax ink idea!!!

Barb said...

What a fun, fun post, V! Love all the photos you got of Tim and his class and demos! He really is amazing and inspiring! Hugs! :)

jintyoo7 said...

Virginia - you and John need a show on TV. I burst hout laughing so hard at "relax inks" - the cat freaked out and bushed out her tail!!!!!!!


Brilliant photographs :)

Lindsey said...

WOW, Virginia, what a terrific opportunity! Lucky you. :D

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

hehehehe!!!! Relax inks, love it!!! I love the pictures and I bet you learned so much!

Rose said...

how fun!!!
please have dr john pass on where he finds the Relax inks :) i need some!! lol

Piali said...

FABulous post!! I need some RELAX inks too!! Great photos!Thanks for sharing with us!

Donna Nuce said...

Wasnt' he great! I loved that class with him. I have framed his signature on my information sheet and have my project hanging next to it. I am waiting for my Sister-in-law to give me my picture with him off her camera. Glad you had a good time at Scrapfest!

Laura B. said...

What an awesome class!

Chan said...

What a fun post, Virginia! Love that he posed for you, your cute pictures together, and the Relax Inks idea -- that just cracked me up! ;o)

kath said...

ooh virginia you are now an official Timmie stalker...he is such a sweetheart...everyone needs to take a Tim class...so inspiring and so much fun...hugs xxx

Dawn said...

O.M.G.... Virginia this would have been incredible. T take a Tim's class and then get photos with him.... just amazing!

Michelle said...

How exciting, Virginia! I got to meet Tim Holtz when he came to the Papercrafting Expo in Brisbane in June this year. You're right, he IS a great artist/salesperson. ;-) He is also a great teacher. I learned quite a bit in a very short time!

Elizabeth Allan said...

Great times and wonderful memories. Thank you for sharing Virginia!

Sheila H said...

Wow, Virginia! I really can't say anything else :)

Melissa Shea said...

Great post! I was grinning from ear to ear! Love the humor! He is a fab teacher and that makes him a natural sales guy too :) And I will agree to be stress free (ish!) while stamping and creating :)

shirley-bee said...

Wow, lucky you! Thanks for the pics and the exclusive video.

Mirta Sanchez said...

Looks like a marvelous time! Great pics!

tim holtz said...

absolutely loved this post and it was great fun meeting you. thanks for sharing the journey...

Colleen Dietrich said...

What a neat experience! I can tell you totally enjoyed meeting Mr. Tim. :)

Mariëtte said...

Great post, and I will vote for relax inks! Dr John needs to fill patent for it real quick :-)

Kim S said...

You lucky, lucky lady!

maria mcclure said...

hahahahahaha!!!! Tim is successful because he is a good person and he knows how to make people feel special. I believe you may very well have that same quality, Virginia, and you bring out the best in people. How fun for you that you got to meet him and received a lovely reply. :)

fishydesign said...

AWESOME!! That must've been an AWESOME getaway!

alexandra s.m. said...

You are so wonderful Virginia!
Not only are you quite the stamper/cardmaker yourself but your ability to share your experiences is a real gift!
You would have made such a fabulous reporter too ;-))

Thank YOU~

susanne said...

Virginia, you're a doll!! I'm so proud of my fellow Canadian!!! Thanks so much for sharing Virginia, and I too love your sense of humour!! sending you a hug, Susanne

Kelly Griglione said...

Doesn't he seem like the funnest guy to hang around with? And now I will never look at Distress Inks the same way! Hahaha! Fun post to read, Virginia!

Katarina said...

You have me in fits of laughter, Virginia!! You're so good writing about your "adventures".
Obviously I've never met Tim but he comes through as a really nice guy and obvoiusly he is IRL too. Glad you had such fun at scrapfest - I'm so envious!

Brenda & Ian said...

OMG, Virginia....I am sitting in my RV in Rapid City, South Dakota. My DH and friends are on a holiday for two months visiting places, like Mt Rushmore, Deadwood, Little Bighorn Battlefield (Custer), Wind Cave, etc and that is just the beginning. I have finally had an opportunity to catch up on my favourite blogs.

Giggled and laughed out loud for the T!M H posting. What a splendid event. I live vicariously through your Blog Posts and continue to be inspired by you. LOVE!!! your sense of humor so much I share many of your posts with Dear Husband.

Regards,
Brenda, the BC, Canada Follower (the one who went to the same craft store in Amsterdam)

Heading south towards Colorado Springs tomorrow.

Debstamps said...

You are tooooo fun Virginia! Thanks for today's smile at my stamping desk! I think I'll have to go relax and Distress something now...

Kelly Booth said...

LOVE your Recap...I went to Scrapfest years ago and took his class as well...pretty Amazing Guy that T!M..... thanks for Sharing V! xoxoxo

MarcyK924 said...

I think it's safe to say that you are Tim's number one FAN! That's OK, I made sure Dr. John had an escort! LOVE this recap, V!! XOXO

Alice Wertz said...

looks and sounds like a super fun class! lucky T!m!! =) thanks so much for sharing the photos from the class and your wall hanging looks amazing, V!!

BethieJ said...

Looks like you had a FABULOUS time!!!

natashakara said...

Oh my gosh Virginia! You (and Dr John) crack me up!!!
Loved your post, and wish I could have made it this year to meet up with all of you. I can't believe that we live in the same country and have not met yet.
I am going to be hosting a stamping get together in a few weeks, perhaps you can come if you don't have anything going on? I'll let you know the date, ( either the last weekend of October or the first of November). I'll let you know ;)

natashakara said...

Oh my gosh Virginia! You (and Dr John) crack me up!!!
Loved your post, and wish I could have made it this year to meet up with all of you. I can't believe that we live in the same country and have not met yet.
I am going to be hosting a stamping get together in a few weeks, perhaps you can come if you don't have anything going on? I'll let you know the date, ( either the last weekend of October or the first of November). I'll let you know ;)

Ruby Craft said...

I can't believe I never commented on this post. I had it in my list of unsorted bookmarks and just re-read it. I probably went off to watch your video and never made it back. Love Tim and Love your blog. I'm just now getting back into following my favorite blogs and yours is one. I hope you don't mind, I've pinned it to. Now that I've commented I'm off to watch the video. Thanks Virginia.