Saturday, December 31, 2011

Yes, I am still here folks...between the busyness of the holiday season and being a little under the weather, haven't really been able to do any crafting of any sort. As such I'm searching for my mojo these days, so please bear with me.

After doing several of twelve tags of Christmas, I was enamoured with all things Tim Holtz and as you'll see today, most of the items used are indeed Tim's.

I started with a standard A2 card base in black. The background has been created by inking a piece of Kraft Resist with Tumbled Glass and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink. Next I sprayed some water into my hand and flicked it across the paper. The water gives a splotchy sort of look.

Then, I die cut the dress form in black and covered it with a layer of Antique Linen Distress Ink. Once it started to dry, I finished drying it with my heat gun and then inked it with a little Walnut Stain Distress Ink. The spool is was also die cut and inked, then wrapped with linen thread in a dark green.

A piece of tulle has been gathered up and glued to the dress form, followed by the spool, a tag/pin, then sentiment piece and finally some little buttons. The tag and the sentiment piece have been distressed with a distressing tool and inked.

Paper: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Kraft Resist, Stampin' Up Basic Black and Naturals Ivory
Ink: Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Seedless Preserves and Walnut Stain; Ranger Archival Ink
Stamps: Tim Holtz Stuff to Say
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Sewing Room Die, Antique Linen Distress Crackle Paint, craft sheet, distressing tool, Inking Tool, tulle, misc. buttons, linen thread, Pebbles Button Candy Dots, Tim Holtz Trinket Pin and Adage Tickets

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and peace, happiness and prosperity in 2012!

Tim's Tags - Day Nine

Friday, December 9, 2011

Tim Holtz has an outstanding background technique for today's tag.

I've used his technique with a much more open stamp and added some Perfect Pearls also. Then I die cut the tree and painted with an Acrylic Paint Dabber in Silver. Once that was dry, a thick layer of Distress Crackle Paint in Picket Fence was painted over top and again, allowed to dry. Then I hand dyed the seam binding in Distress Ink in Festive Berries (ooh I love that color!) and it was twisted and wrapped around the tree.

Used my Movers and Shapers "25" die on some Grungeboard and also inked it with Festive Berries. Pulled some little sparkly stars from my stash and added one to the top of the tree and three more were placed randomly down the right side of the tag.

A little tulle and some red twine pulled through the tag hole finishes the tag.


Paper: none

Ink: Distress Inks in Festive Berries, Vintage Photo, Evergreen Bough, Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky and Broken China

Stamps: none

Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Sizzix Christmas Tree #2, Movers & Shapers Mini Reindeer and 25 Set, non-stick craft sheet, Distress Crackle Paint in Picket Fence, Acrylic Paint Dabbers in Snow Cap and Silver, Grungeboard, heat gun, clear embossing powder, tulle, Snug Hug Seam Binding in Chalk White, Glossy Accents, inking tools, red twine, Perfect Pearls Mist in Heirloom Gold and little sparkling stars from my stash

Have a fabulous Friday everyone!

Tim's Tags - Day Eight

Thursday, December 8, 2011

I love Tim's background idea for the tag today. You can find his instructions here. My background was done in a similar manner using similar stamps. Since I only have one set of Tim's stamps had to make do.

Used lots of grungeboard...letters and plain elements. They were painted with Acrylic Paint dabbers. I added some Baubles and some tulle for some dimension.

Once the entire tag was done, I spritzed it with Perfect Pearls for even more shine. Fun tag!

Paper: none
Ink: Archival Ink in Black; Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough, Festive Berries and Vintage Photo Distress Inks
Stamps: Judikins and Stampers Anonymous
Accessories: #8 Manila Tag, Tim Holtz Baubles, Tim Holtz Swivel Clasps, sanding block, non-stick craft mat, Glossy Accents, tulle, inking tool, jump rings, Acrylic Paint Dabbers in Gold, Silver, Copper and Snow Cap, Perfect Pearls Mists - Heirloom Gold

Have a terrific evening everyone!

Tim's Tags Day Seven - Tidings of Comfort & Joy

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Yes, this is my final post for today! And, now I'm caught up! Yippee! Again, I'll direct you to Tim's blog for his instructions on making today's tag. I think his tag is absolute vintage perfection!

I've basically followed his instructions, using what I have. Luckily, I placed a large order with one of my favourite on-line stores in November when they were having their anniversary sale. Somehow a lot of Tim's line appeared in my shopping cart!!! LOL! And my goodies arrived this week, which really helped to make some of my tags.

Using his instructions, I made the tag, the holly, the berries and the sentiment. Since I don't own many of his stamps...please Santa???? could you help a girl out there???, I substituted one of my faves from Quietfire Designs.

Tim's Tag has the baubles at the top of the tag but I chose to add them down with the berry and holly spray.

Paper: ummm...none
Ink: Archival Ink in Black, Vintage Photo, Forest Moss, Frayed Burlap and Embossing Distress Inks, and Red Pepper Alcohol Ink
Stamps: sentiment - Quietfire Designs, Tim Holtz Merry Christmas Clear Stamps, Stampendous, Club Scrap
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Holly Branch die, #8 Manila Tag, #8 Craft Tag, Kraft Glassine, Tim Holtz Baubles, non-stick craft sheet, plastic bag, Acrylic Paint Dabber in Snow Cap, Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter, piece of silver pipe cleaner, piece of torn lace, hand dyed seam binding (Forest Moss), dimensionals, black embossing powder, heat gun, distressing tool, ink blending tool

Well that's it for today, hopefully I'll stay on track! Have a wonderful evening!

Tim's Tags Day Six - Bells and Holly

Yes, I'm really trying to catch up with all my tags today. This one is very different from Tim's but I love it. Just check out the link to his tag to get all the instructions.

After following his instructions on how to make the tag and only using one color instead of several, next comes the embellishments. I used his Drill Punch to make a tiny hole in the little bells and wreath from his Holiday Adornments. Then using some alcohol ink and a little plastic bag, I colored the jingle bells. They are strung with silver cording and looped through the Holiday Adornment. A bow was fastened to the top of the tag and then the silver cording with the bells and wreath were tied around it. Pretty simple but I like the look!


Paper: coated white card stock

Ink: Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Stream Alcohol Ink

Stamps: none

Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Postal Texture Fades embossing folder, #8 manila tag, Acrylic Paint Dabber in Pool, Tim Holtz Holiday Adornments, Tim Holtz Drill Punch, sanding block, misc. ribbon, silver cording

Tim's Tags Day Five - Poinsettia Peace

Well, I'm playing catch-up today...this is my edition of the Tim Holtz Twelve Tags of Christmas - Day Five tag. You can find his here, along with all his instructions.

Using his technique for the tag, I've stamped a poinsettia image in place of his reflections stamps, which I don't own. Next, I cut a piece of Grungepaper with the Tattered Banners die and inked it with a Lettuce Acrylic Paint dabber. Next the dove and olive branch were made with a Martha Stewart punch, again using the Grungepaper, and again inked with the Snow Cap Acrylic Paint dabber and Lettuce Acrylic Paint dabber respectively. The Tattered Banners die cut was then stamped with the sentiment. It was glued to the tag with Glossy Accents, leaving a raised area in the center.

Some miscellaneous ribbons and fibers are tied through the top of the tag and done!

Paper: coated white card stock and Grungepaper
Ink: Ranger Archival in Black
Stamps: Club Scrap and Holly Berry House
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Tags and Bookplates die, Tim Holtz Tattered Banners sizzlet die, Martha Stewart Vintage Dove punch, piece of clear plastic packaging, Acrylic Paint Dabbers in Lettuce and Snow Cap, Glossy Accents, non-stick craft mat, soft cloth, miscellaneous fibers and ribbons

If you're looking for some really different techniques, be sure to check out Tim's Blog!


Monday, December 5, 2011

Well, I'm behind on everything else this Christmas, so why not my tags too! Here is Tim's fourth tag.I kept the snowman theme but tried to play a little with some different products. Again, the picture just does not show how sparkly the entire card is. Must work on my photography skills!

First, I smeared Shabby Shutters, Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky Distress Inks on my non-stick craft mat, then spritzed it with water and pulled my card stock through it. Then, I cut the tag with the Tag and Bookplates die. The snowman and sentiment were stamped in Stormy Sky and then I used a paint brush to cover the entire tag with Golden Glass Bead Gel. Once that was dry, I inked the tag with Versamark and heat embossed with Antiquities Frosted Crystal embossing powder. Then I repeated the Versamark and heat embossing. It gives a more pronounced look to the Glass Bead Gel. The edges of the tag were distressed and sponged with Shabby Shutters.

Next, I used my Stampin' Up! Northern Frost Sizzlets Decorative Strip die to cut some snowflakes out of silver glitter paper. The paper is quite thick, so shims were needed to get a proper cut and I actually had to use my craft pick to finish poking through some of the holes. These snowflakes were then glued to the card with Crafters Pick Glue.

I hand dyed some seam binding with the Shabby Shutters and Stormy Sky Distress Inks and then pulled some other ribbons from my stash as the final embellishment for the tag.

Paper: Gina K. Baseweight card stock in Ivory
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Stormy Sky, Weathered Wood and Shabby Shutters; Versamark
Stamps: Inkadinkadoo clear stamps
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Tag and Bookplate die, Stampin' Up! Northern Frost Sizzlets Decorative Strip die, Golden Glass Bead Glitter, non-stick craft sheet, heat gun, Antiquities Frosted Crystal embossing powder, misc. silver glitter paper, misc. ribbons, Snug Hug seam binding in Charcoal Gray and Chalk White, gloves, paint brush, distressing tool, craft pick

Hope you are enjoying these tags as much as I am!

Tim's Tags - Day Three

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Another day...another tag. This one is based on this Tim Holtz Twelve Tags of Christmas - Day Three Tag.

I've taken a much more feminine approach to this tag, it's all in creams and pinks and has a whole lot of shimmer that's again really hard to photograph. And, again, in keeping with my plan of using what I have I did not run off to Mike's to buy something. Although I was really tempted...LOL!

It all starts out with a die cut tag in ivory. Next the tag was dry embossed with one of Tim's embossing folders. Then, the raised lettering was sanded with a sanding block and lightly touched with the Spun Sugar Distress Ink. I varied the amount of ink on the raised lettering so that some areas are darker than others. Next I took some Distress Stickles and rubbed them here and there across the raised lettering. Then hit the tag with the heat gun until they were dry. I also spritzed the card with some Glimmer Mist for even more shine. And, the edges were distressed with a distressing tool and more Spun Sugar Distress Ink.

Next comes a die cut piece of the same ivory card stock. I tapped the Antique Linen Distress Ink on my non-stick craft mat and spritzed it with water before dipping the die cut in it. Then it too was spritzed with Glimmer Mist and dried with my heat gun.

I used the same method to tea stain my piece of lace with the Antique Linen Distress Ink and again the same method to die a piece of white seam binding in the Spun Sugar Distress Ink. When I went looking through my pearls, I discovered that I didn't have matching ones...some were white and some were ivory. Yes, a trip to Mike's seemed to be in order but...Copics saved the day! I simply colored my pearls all the same color with a Copic marker. Whew!

The pin was partially strung with beads, crystals and silver spacers and woven through the ribbon. Then I completed the pin and placed an end cap on it. Wouldn't want to "stick" my gift recipient would I? LOL


Paper: Gina K. Ivory Base Weight Card Stock

Ink: Spun Sugar Distress Ink, Antique Linen Distress Ink

Stamps: none

Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Tag & Bookplates die, Tim Holtz Ornate die, Tim Holtz Christmas Background and Borders embossing folders, misc. pearls, Copic marker - E57, Glimmer Mist in Old Lace, Distress Stickles in Antique Linen, Stampin' Up! Pretties Kit (retired), Snug Hug Seam Binding, Melissa Frances lace, Prima velvet ribbon, non-stick craft mat, heat gun, water mister, distressing tool, sponges

Have a super Saturday!

Tim's Tags - Day Two

Friday, December 2, 2011

It's Day Two for the Tim Holtz Twelve Tags of Christmas. Here's Tim's latest tag.

And, again in the spirit of using what I have, this is my tag. I've die cut a piece of Kraft Resist with the Tags & Bookplates Die and glued it to a #8 manila tag. Then it was smudged with Snow Cap Acrylic Paint.

Next, the trees and sentiment were stamped in Pine Needles Distress Ink. I cut a piece of Grungeboard with the Ornate Alterations die. Then it was inked with the same ink but I softened the color by smudging Snow Cap Acrylic Paint over it with my finger. It was then glued to the tag with Crafters Pick glue.

The two deer are die cut in embossed felt with the Movers and Shapers Mini Reindeer & 25 set. I used my Zyron to attach them to the tag.

And finally, I tied some raffia with a Muse Token and Trinket Pin through the hole and done!

Paper: Tim Holtz Paper Stash - Kraft Resist
Ink: Pine Needles Distress Ink
Stamps: Tim Holtz - Merry Christmas Clear Stamps and Quietfire Designs
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Tags & Bookplates die, Ornate Alterations die, Alterations Movers & Shapers Mini Reindeer & 25 set, Grungeboard, embossed felt, Crafters Pick glue, Zyron machine, raffia, Snow Cap Acrylic Paint Dabber, non-stick craft sheet, Tim Holtz Ideaology Muse Tokens - Christmas, Tim Holtz Ideaology Trinket Pins, Inkssentials #8 Manila Tag

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Tim's Tags - Day One

Thursday, December 1, 2011

It's day one of the amazing Tim Holtz Twelve Tags of Christmas and I'm playing along today.
Here's Tim's tag.

I'm enamoured with all things Tim. And, yes, while I do own some of his products, I don't have each and every product to re-create Tim's tag. Hmm...this could be just the time to pick up more of his products but I'll be using what I have. That's just fine...his tag's for inspiration and so this is what I've come up with.

My tag's been cut with his tag die. It was dry embossed with a snowflake embossing folder. Next I tapped a white craft ink pad over the raised areas of the embossing. Then, it was heat embossed with SU Iridescent Ice. Next, the edges were distressed with a distressing tool and sponged lightly with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. A little bit of the distressing ink was lightly dabbed here and there over the entire tag too.

The sentiment, is really sparkly IRL, however I just couldn't capture all the sparkle on this with my camera. Wish you could see it! The letters are chipboard and have been painted with an Acrylic Paint Dabber in Snow Cap, then dipped in Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter and glued to the tag with Crafters Pick Glue.

The spray at the bottom has been created with Tim's Festive Greenery Die in a couple of different colors - SU Pear Pizzazz, an unknown shape of turquoise and deep espresso colors of Bazzill. The holly leaves were again painted with the Snow Cap paint and dipped in more Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter, as were the flourishes. Behind the spray, I've fashioned a banner similar to Tim's Tattered Banners Die which I don't have. It's a piece of his Kraft Resist Paper Stash that's been distressed and inked with the Vintage Photo Distress Ink too.

The pinecones are hand made by using the McGill Paper Blossoms punches. They were dabbed with the Snow Cap paint and also dipped in the glitter.

And, finally, I added several different types of fibers and seam binding from my stash.

Paper: unknown Bazzill turquoise and espresso colors, SU Pear Pizzazz and Paper Stash - Kraft Resist by Tim Holtz
Ink: Brilliance Moonlight White and Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Stamps: none
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Tag & Bookplate Die, Sizzix Textured Impressions Snowflake embossing folder, Tim Holtz Festive Greenery die, Adirondack Lights Acrylic Paint Dabber in Snow Cap, Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter, Recollections Glitter Adhesive Dots, non-stick craft mat, Crafters Pick Glue, Basic Grey Holiday Chipboard, McGill Alpine Snowflake punch, McGill Floral Petals punch, McGill Craft Molding Mat and Tool Kit, various fibers and seam binding from my stash

Have a terrific Thursday everyone!