Thursday, April 2, 2015

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - April

Howdy! Today, I am proud to show you my Tim Holtz-inspired tag for April 2015. The reason I am proud is that Tim has finally convinced me to turn on my sewing machine and use it! I have not been on speaking terms with this evil monster for ages. I was working on a project (a couple of years ago!) and just could not get the stitching to work out right and finally gave up. The machine (through no fault of its own, as we have now discovered) has been sitting under my desk ever since. So today, after some serious soul searching, I thought it was time to bury the hatchet and give it another go. After DH and I worked on it for awhile, we discovered that I was not threading the machine correctly. Oh bother! Once this minor issue was corrected, I practiced on a couple of scrap paper things, and then, lo and behold, SEWED ON MY TAG!!!! I felt like Tim must have felt on a video I saw of him at CHA earlier this year. He was challenged with demoing a tag without using ANY BROWN INK. Tim said: "Not gonna lie. I'm breaking a sweat!" Ha!

As always, if you would like to see Tim's tutorial for this month, click here and be amazed.

So now that you know the back story, here is my tag. I hope you like it! Peace.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - March

Greetings. Here is my Tim Tag for March. I always enjoy following Tim's tutorial every month. I have succeeded in making and posting my creations consistently for over a year now. (*gives herself a pat on the back*) It's a great routine and gives me a little incentive and inspiration. I have the freedom to either replicate his design or think outside the box. I think it's cool either way! And I learn something new just about every month. This month, I used embossing powder with Ranger's Archival ink. I never would have thought archival ink would work for embossing, so there you go. If you are interested, you can see Tim's tutorial here: That's it for now. I think I'll go create something else now. Bye! Peace.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - February

Hi again. This month's Tim Tag is really fun! I love his design (well, that goes without saying!) and I had fun going through my stuff to see what I could come up with for mine. He has been doing a lot of sewing machine stiching lately and every time I see it, I think, "This is the month I will pull out my sewing machine and follow along." Well, it didn't happen. Again. I am not an experienced seamstress and it causes me some amount of stress to think of sewing on my tags. I know - it's weird. One of these days...

If you would like to see Tim's tutorial, click here:

Anyway, I am happy to present my February 2015 tag. I used some new (to me) materials on it, including thin gauge wire, cork, and a real postage stamp. I cut lots of stamps off of my envelopes when I find interesting ones, and need to start incorporating them into my work.
I hope you like it and maybe find some inspiration as well. Enjoy! Peace.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - January

Hello 2015! It has been a crazy month! We got to visit my Happy Place earlier this month - Disneyland! Man, I love being there. I am so fortunate that we get to visit fairly often. It is truly my second home! Then about three days after we returned home, I developed an annoying cold that wiped me out for almost two weeks. That was a bummer, to say the least. So, once I recovered from that, I had just a few days to catch up on so many things, which included my Tim tag. It was loads of fun to create this tag, especially since I decided to create my own chit chat stickers! I had fun deciding on the words that are special to me. Thanks to Tim for the inspiration, as always. If you would like to see the tutorial for my tag, you can click here: Thank you so much for stopping by and feel free to leave me a comment. I would love that. Peace.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 - December

Happy Holidays, everyone! This month has been a whirlwind of activities for me. I know I am not alone here. I was a tad worried that I would not get to do Tim's tag this month, but I made it in the nick of time!! I had a few challenges along the way of how to accomplish the results I was looking for, as I do not have some of the supplies, but I have learned that this is actually the most fun part of the journey and it awakens my creativity, as opposed to just following along. After all, Tim has been my greatest teacher for a while now, and often my inspiration as well. So, thank you, Tim Holtz! For the tutorial, please click here:

I hope you enjoy my tag creation for December. Also, I wish you a wondrous 2015. Peace.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 - November

Hello everyone. This month's Tim tag was a bit of a challenge for me, because I do not yet have the Layered Leaf die. I love his collection of combo die/embossing folder sets, but so far only have the Butterfly. I tried making a tag with a leaf theme, by using thin dies (and I won't bore you with the details of how that ended. Let's just say it was NOT PRETTY). Anyway, I decided I needed a steel rule die, so off I went in search of one that would work.  I ended up with more of a Christmas-looking tag, but hey, I'm OK with that!
If you would like to see Tim's tutorial and tag, click here:
Supplies: #8 manila tag, corrugated cardboard, Tim Holtz/Sizzix Pine Tree Die and Burlap Texture Fade, Gold Embossing Powder and Versamarker (in lieu of the foil sheet), Distress Paints (Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, and Pine Needles for the tree and Walnut Stain, Tarnished Brass and Picket Fence for the splotches), Crinkle Ribbon and black ribbon, and I crafted my own "Here & Now" embellishment by cutting it with my Cricut and Sure Cuts A Lot software.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I would love to hear from you, so feel free to leave a comment. Peace.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 - October

Hello World. Here is my Tim Tag for October. My tag has an obvious feline twist to it, as I am happily "owned" by 3 amazing cats. To see Tim's tag and tutorial, you can click here ( For my tag I used Tim's CMS113 Mini Halloween 2, Happy Halloween and Mini Worn Text stamp sets. Also, since I still have Ranger's Texture Paste on my wishlist instead of my havelist, I subbed Viva Modeling Cream in Pearl and used Dyan Reaveley's Luscious Leaves stencil. For the mask technique, I cut up an old package from some embossing folders and adhered it using removable tape adhesive. I also used a fragment charm and Tim's Seasonal Paper Stash for my embellishment. I wanted to highlight the cat's eyes, so I colored them with an orange Copic marker and then topped them off with a Wink of Stella pen. The BOO letters are cut from chipboard and stamped using the Worn Text stamps. Of course, I had to spritz the tag with my Distress Marker Spritzer (LOVE that thing!). I couldn't get my Sharpie to spritz much, so I used my Distress Marker in Black Soot. Finally, I added some Idea-ology linen ribbon and jute string and it was done. Now I'm in the mood to make some Halloween cards! Thanks, Tim, for the inspiration! Peace.