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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Tim Holtz's Tag for April

I made it in just in time.  This one has been sitting on my desk for a few weeks. I started pulling weeds, then it rained so I started my spring cleaning and so on. I kept coming in my craft room to feed my bird and the tag was sitting on my desk just begging for a moment yet I had to run.
I didn't have everything Tim used, down to only one arrow to big for the tag so I substituted a pen nib. I made my "Measuring Tape"  with a TH stamp from his Steampunk stamp set. I used some Aged Mahogany ink to stain my "grout" and instead of the wood paper I used a TH eb folder to obtain the same look.
This is Tim's tag

It's getting late and if I don't cut this short I will never make the dead line.  I will see you next month for sure if not before that.
Hugs to all,

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Tim's Holtz March Tag

It's that time again, Tim Holtz's tag for March of 2016. I love doing Tim's tags it is one of the projects I set my mind to doing every month. This month as most months I didn't have all of the materials Tim used, I was missing his new crayons and the mixed media dies they look amazing and I will get them one day.  I used some bright paint colors I have and and molding paste through one of his stencils.
The remix of techniques this month is Textures and Dimensional Die Cuts.
Cut up a box into a tag shape, exposed some of the corrugation distressed with both inks, and stains added foil and I thought it was to dark so I added some white embossing powder. The tag is covered with Tim's tissue, wild flower stencil and molding paste let dry and added some bright paint colors. Glued both together added a word band, highlighting with white paint topped off with flower and one of Tim's pearls.
It took me a bit to love this one I hung it on my tag line so I could view it every time I'm in my craft room and now I'm very pleased with it. Some of them just have to grow on you I guess.  Below is Tim's version. Thanks for stopping by. see you next month with a new and exciting tag offering.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Tim Holtz Tags of 2016 Feb. issue

This is my entry for Tim's 12 tags of 2016 February issue.  I really want to try to keep up with the tags this year, I love Tim's products so much and I'm finally starting to accumulate a decent collection. It's seems as I never have the same stash as he has though, as you can see below, he has different everything on his tag below. 

This year he is doing a Re-Mix of techniques from years before. This tag includes embossing with molding paste and inking directly on a stencil, misting and turning over on the tag.

Over the past few months I've been made aware that art is a story and if you can put the story together your art will be better.  
This solider and his lady met at the hotel illustrated at the bottom of the tag, he shipped out and she sent him love notes, then on Feb. 14th she ripped off the bottom ruffle of her night gown attached a heart locket with her picture for him to carry. Upon receipt of these precious gifts his fellow soldiers heard him remark "life is good".      

The funny thing is the story really did help me pick out embellishments to finish off the tag.
For details on how and what I used see below.

I used Tumbled Glass sponged on the tag first, dripped water and picked up some of the sponging. I used the clock stencil and Chipped Sapphire for the ink to stencil technique. I used texture paste through my Eye Chart stencil, selecting the TO from one line and using the two smallest lines on the side of the tag because they look like they could be a foreign name LOL.
I free handed some Hearts with his water brush and some Aged Mahogany, used chit chat words outlined in Tumbled Glass at the same time I highlighted the roping around this gentleman's hat. used a Vial Label and some rub-on's from Life Quotes. I die cut his Airplane from mirror paper and cut my ephemera from a few different paper stash pads. Add pen nib, heart, and pin.        

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Tim Holtz's tags of course

I can't believe I haven't posted since February. It's not that I have not been creating because I have, just didn't have time to post.

Today I want to share with you some Tim Holtz's tags. You all know how much I love Tim's stuff. Although it's only August the inspiration from Tim's tag below lead me in this direction. 

Tim used several word dies and an image from Found Relatives which I do not have. I do however have his Found Relatives Special Occasions, this pack consist of several vintage images from the holidays which I love. I do not have his word dies either, I do have his ABC thinlits which I also love because he of course thought of us and put extra letters and numbers in the kit so you could actually spell a word/words in one pass. I'm not kidding he included like 5 A's,  6 E's, 5 O's well you get the picture. I was able to spell out 5 words that relate to Halloween in one pass AMAZING! 
Once again I digress.  This tag was all about layers upon layers. I started with laying out my words on one tag, cutting and letting the letters fall by the wayside using the negative on top of a tag layered with Tim's tissue. Then the fun adding the ink, this part didn't go so well for me and I thought I ruined the tag. I stuck with it and after a day of thought I just used Black Soot lightly sponged over the entire tag and that brought all my colors together. If you look closely you can see some Grape Concord, Mowed Lawn and Dried Marigold under the Black Soot. My very next problem with my plan was the image I used was too small to be a focal point. I cut two leaves from Tattered Leaves Die in copper to draw the eye in and extend the "look" of the image. I cut two images from Tim's most recent release of Halloween paper and used them as Ephemera sanding the edges and outlining the entire image to give the shadow. Then I turned my attention to the embellishment of the tag. I pulled out Tim's extra long Cobwebs die and cut a piece of that from silver paper added a rub-on spider from this years rub-on's. To balance the top out I added a vile label and two more rub-on's. I used watered down Seedless Preserve paint for my splatters. I edged the tag in Concord Grape.

Below I've taken a pic of the two tags I finished too late to post. I love the one with the paint brushes.

I hope to be back a bit more often.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tim Holtz Tags Feb. 2015

Hi, I've had some down time since I just couldn't get it together after my last project. Low mojo maybe or just life getting in the way. I've been looking at Tim's tag almost daily and I have to confess a bag of Ephemera is always last on my list of things to purchase. I really don't know why, I think it something about not having the vision needed to use all the pieces. I had no kids this past weekend and no emergency so I was well rested when I woke up on a cold but bright Monday morning and the light bulb went on I have two of Tim's paper stashes. In these paper stashes Tim provides many different sizes and types of papers so I can make my own ephemera. I set out to pick things that would most resemble his theme which of course was Valentines Day. I searched and searched cut and trimmed until I was satisfied with my picks.
With another collage technique I just couldn't resist. My design is a bit different but I think all the elements are there and I really am proud of how this one came together. I followed his technique instructions including the shadowing. I wasn't able to sew my heart as I had my table with my machine on it fall and a little piece came off. It didn't look good flat so I used my TH mini attacher to gather the heart. All materials used except the felt heart are from Tim's collection. Here is a peek at Tim's tag.
 So how did I do?
Working on a journal page hope to be back sometime this week.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Sparkle & Shine Challenge

Today I'm posting my entry for the Sparkle & Shine challenge on the Finnabair blog. As most of you know I've been trying to dabble in Mixed Media. I watch several You Tube videos a week on the subject in fact I've come to learn that some of my favorite artists are on Finnabair team. She sells her products through Prima and with the recent CHA convention released new items and that is how I found her blog a CHA video. 

With the release of new product she decided to have a Blog Hop and a challenge. I visited all the blogs and the ideas started in fact there were so many rumbling around in my head it was sorta paralyzing. I do not have half the materials these gals have much less the practice or natural born talent. I was digging through all my stash and found this beautiful shiny paper and that is where it began.
 I made these beautiful shiny tea roses with TH's Pine Cone die. With the paper being so shiny and the hounds tooth pattern I thought I should go modern ....... and I made it as a gift for an 18 yr old girl. She loves feathers and since I do a lot of crafting for her I just happened to have some sparkling ones on hand.

 I added some shiny leaves and mirrored TH's Trellis along with some Prima Say it in Crystals. 
Since Valentines Day is coming up I decided to make a heart, so I drew out a modern heart pattern on plain paper, tore a flap off a box and went to work tracing, cutting, and removing the outer layer to expose the corrugation. I cut a split in the heart, painted, glittered with three different colors and added glass beads to fill the split. I tied around it with some black shiny yarn, added a hat pin and flower.
 Detail of the top right corner, left overs from scrapbooking times I added crystals to them and pewter paint.
 Shot of the background I used black gesso, washi tape, stencils with paste I colored, stamps with embossing tinsel, and spray mix with Pearl EX.
Lower right of background, more stencils and colored paste, crystals and that silver thing well that is an old scrapbooking item also. It's one of those acrylic dots you can put over something you want magnified. 
So that is it I worked on this for two weeks everyday, I drove my friend nuts because I would message her pictures and say I'm stuck or what looks wrong and she was always there to help. Thanks so much for being a very supportive friend.
Well there is a huge prize up for the best project so wish me luck :). Even if I don't win I had so much fun pulling this one together and my Grand Daughter gets something new to hang on her wall.
Thanks for stopping by I hope ya all hung in there.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Shiny Things

Over at Paper Artsy the challenge for these two weeks is to create with shiny things. There is always a huge amount inspiration from the talented gals on the blog. I try to take a little bit from everyone and add it into my creation. This time my major inspiration came from Penny who used gilding on her project. That being said I have a group of shiny things on my layout, jewelry, flowers tipped in treasure gold, flowers tipped in perfect pearls, leaves tipped in glitter, feather tipped in glitter, bottle cap filled in glossy accents, mirrored trellis die cut, ribbon with gold thread running through it, gold paper die cut for picture mat and the paper itself is very glittery so much so that I used Dusty Teal mixed with a fair amount of Guacamole and water to create some drip-age allowing the elements to take center stage. I'm adding detailed pics below. I hope you enjoyed this layout I had fun creating it. Thanks for stopping by.

Thanks again :)