Saturday, November 22, 2014

One of a Kind

Hello everyone!  I'm happy to make my first ever entry into Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014  challenge with my One of a Kind tag.  You can find all the details of how to make Tim's November tag here.  I've never participated in his tag challenges before, because I never  had the supplies he used in most of his tags, but  I've finally decided it's OK to improvise!



When I saw Tim's Layered Snowflake die and embossing folder set, it was love at first sight! And when I saw his November tag using a leaf, I thought I can do this! As I slowly progressed, I saw a few other snowflakes being used in place of the leaf, and I felt even more confident in working outside the box.

Not only did I improvise on the focal point, I also had to change up a few other things. I did follow along by marbleizing my tag with Distress Paints as Tim did in his inspiration tag, but added Perfect Pearl Powder to the paint on my craft mat to give it a little glisten. (Weathered Wood, Iced Spruce, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire, Picket Fence and Brushed Pewter paints used)  Instead of using Walnut stain Distress Ink on the embossing folder, I used Iced Spruce.


I don't have the sticky embossing powder or foil transfer sheets, so I used some Brushed Pewter Distress Stain on a plastic stir stick and flicked it over my painted tag to give it more sparkle.

On my cardboard layer (torn from a hoarded box-waste not, want not!), before die cutting, I swiped on Picket Fence Distress Stain, spritzed with some Perfect Pearls spray and flicked some more Brushed Pewter Stain and paint over the dried surface. This was done in place of the sprays, since I don't own any yet.  (Hint, hint, Santa!) I die cut the snowflake and assembled as per Tim's tutorial, using the Walnut Stain around the inside edges of the die cut snowflake before assembling and around the distressed edges of the completed tag.

My vintage book titled "Snow" mentions the types of snowflakes and this is the stellar snowflake--my favorite!


I smeared some texture paste through Tim's Christmas Layering Stencil on a piece of  acetate waste packaging, allowed it to dry, and wiped with Walnut Stain Distress ink. I used the acetate, because the word was just a little to long to fit on the tag horizontally and the surface too rough. I think it worked out fine.

Chit chat stickers were inked, a Vial Label was labeled with a  Words rub on, inked and spritz and flicked to distress it, and one of Tim's very old Christmas Idea-ology snowflakes was altered with Distress paint and stain.  I spritzed a tiny plastic snowflake ornament from my stash with Perfect Pearls sprays (Perfect Pearl and Turquiose), and all these elements were glued onto the tag.  I popped up the vial label with sticky foam tape. A tiny bit of bling was added to the center of my metal snowfake embellishment.

I stained Crinkle Ribbon with Distress stains (same colors as the paints), lightly crinkled it, and dried with a heat gun.  I twisted it up into a famous Paula bow and added some  Crystal Stickles to make it sparkle.  I inserted the loose ends through the hole in the "top" of the tag, and let the ends dangle.  But wait, you assembled it upside down, you say!  No, I did that on purpose, because each time I looked at the tag, it just looked better upside down with the bow at the bottom.  So, I hope I don't get points taken off for going against the rules.  I snapped a shot after moving the bow out of the way to show it really is a tag!



I have to say I'm quite pleased with the outcome of my first ever Tim tag, and it didn't hurt me a bit to step off the path a little. Thank you so much for visiting and leaving your cherished comments!

I would like to enter this into the following inspiring challenges:

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 November

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #20 "Box it Up!" I'm going out on a limb here, and taking a piece of a box to make my project for my entry.

Inspiration Journal "Happy Holidays"  I think of snowflakes when I think of Christmas and since my tree will be mostly snowflakes this year, it is going on as an ornament!

Divas By Design Challenge "Let It Snow"

Rhedd's Creative Spirit Anything Goes (as long as it's altered art)

The Mirror Cracked From Side to Side #3 Christmas Decorations I'm using this tag as a tree ornament!

60 comments:

  1. Beautiful. I love your colors and think it looks perfect the way you did it.
    Upside down???? Would never have known.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

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    1. Thank you, Christy! I love these colors, too! As for the upside down, I have a habit of looking at mostly all my work upside down, even when I paint. It helps me to see things more clearly. My art teacher in high school said this is good practice! This one just looked better upside down!

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  2. Oooh you have Tim's snowflake, that is on my Christmas wish list!! :) Beautiful tag, lovely blue colour. You're starting the same time as me, I did my first one this month too xx

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    1. Georgie, I hope you get your Christmas wish! I have a few things on my list, too! but when I saw this, I had to get it! You will use it over and over again! MY FAVORITE Tim tool to date! Thank you for visiting my blog and for your sweet comment:). I have a number two tag--couldn't resist! Stay tuned!

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  3. Beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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    1. Awe, thank you! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  4. Fabulous....thanks for joining us on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.

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    1. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  5. I love the colors here Sara...the blue is so striking against the kraft! The snowflake looks awesome.

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    1. Rupa, You made my day! Thank you for visiting and leaving such a lovely comment!

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  6. Your colors are fabulous and I love the Tim snowflake! I'm drooling over the beauty you have created! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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    1. Glenda, you are such a sweetie! Thank you! Tim's snowflake is Snow-much-fun to use! Great challenge this time! I'm having a good time with it!

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  7. your tag is fabulous....love that gorgeous snowflake...thank you for joining in the "Happy Holidays" Challenge at Inspiration Journal ...hugs kath xxx

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    1. Hi Kath! You are a huge inspiration to me, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generous praise!

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  8. I love, love, love this! I did the same thing. Hehe...

    You crack me up. I love seeing a comment on my blog from you. Yes, I sleep. I'm just fast and usually at this time of year am working on 2-3 projects at a time. It snows on my blog because I'm Canadian. Thanks for always sharing such kind words.

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    1. Well, I live in the south, and we are having rain, but that doesn't show up on my blog, now, does it???

      That being said, I'm thankful for your sweet comment! And very high praise coming from one of your creative stature!

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  9. This is one gorgeous tag, the colours are stunning. Thank you for joining in the challenge at The Mirror Crack'd. Happy crafting, Angela R. x

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    1. Thank you, Angela! It is a pleasure to join in the challenge at The Mirror Cracked.

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  10. Oh my gosh Sara, I am so sorry that I have fallen so far behind with your beautiful creations! I'm playing catch up now. This is absolutely stunning! Wow! No offence to Tim, but I like your version of his tag better than his! That bright blue against the cardboard is so striking, I can't stop looking at it! I love how you turned the sentiment label sideways, great detail! I have to say though, that the stencil text on the acetate is just genius...I am so stealing...ahem, I mean borrowing that fantastic idea! You amaze me girl! hugs :)

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    1. Oh, Pamellia, no apologies necessary! but I know you like to return comments, so I know you are a busy girl right now. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for you taking your precious time to leave such a sweet comment. Steal/borrow away! That's what we're here for--to share our creative experiences. By the way, I STOLE yours on my Christmas-y Things post. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your tutorial!

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  11. Yay to improvisation! Your tag is stunning. That is it I am sure you are hooked now!

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    1. Thanks, Helen! Think I may just be hooked!

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  12. Utterly gorgeous! Love this. Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

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  13. Love your tag! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  14. Great textures. Many thanks for joining the Rhedd's Creative Spirit challenge and good luck!!! Melissa (DT)

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your kind words!

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  15. Extremely gorgeous, and LOVE the bow addition! Congrats on your win!

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    1. Thank you so much, Anita! You have made my day! If if weren't for your comment, I might not have known I was a winner for at least another day!

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  16. Beautiful Sara, I love the upside down direction of the tag and the beautiful snowflake. Congrats on your win with Tim xx

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    1. Thank you! Your take on Tim's tag is absolutely out of the ballpark! I LOVE it and talk about creativity! Your tag is just loaded with so many awesome twists and turns!

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  17. Congrats on your win for your first tag too Sara - how amazing is this?!!! Xxx

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    1. Georgie--GREAT job, girl! I'm so happy for you to have won on your first time out with Tim's tags. I bet you are hooked now, right???

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  18. Really Beautiful Tag! I LOVE the color combo!
    Congrats on your win! :)
    Hugs,
    Cathy

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    1. Cathy, you are so sweet to leave this nice comment. You know how much I love your two tags! They are winners in my book!

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  19. LOVE this version and wow Sara!!! What a first entry! SO pleased for your win. Jenny x

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    1. Thank you, Jenny! What generous praise from such a talented lady! I loved your card with your coloring and the use of the tissue wrap. I absolutely love it and will be borrowing that idea for a future card!

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  20. So happy I found your blog, it is wonderful!
    Love the bow at the bottom, so pretty. Love your colors and the snowflake is sooooo pretty! Great win for your Tim tag! Congrats! ~kim

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    1. Kim, you are so sweet to visit and leave such a nice smile-inducing comment! And congratulations to you, too!

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  21. Whaaaatttt???? I won???? I didn't know! Yippee! Another thing to check off the bucket list!

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    1. Haha That's what I thought too Sara, it's another achievement to tick off the list xx

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  22. You are so funny....and a bit of a cheater. giggle giggle. You must be my friend...I have a reputation for bending challenge rules until they break! I love this box tag. It is so pretty! Thanks so much for playing along with the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge!

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    1. Gloria, you always make me smile, and this time-- laugh out loud, with your comments! I'm happy you like my tag! But I can't be the only person who made something out of a box, instead of making a box. But just in case this didn't fly, I've prepared a few other boxes for your challenge! I love your challenges!

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  23. Well done Sara! Your tag is gorgeous! Karen.x

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    1. Thank you, Karen! I really appreciate your support and kind words! And I love your tag--very unique and full of creative details!

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  24. Sara, you always delight! This is wonderfully vintage and absolutely gorgeous! I love the way the blue pops against all that wonderful brown. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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    1. And you Kathy, always make me smile with your heartfelt, sweet comments! I have missed you! Your Thankfulness journal was out as part of my Thanksgiving /fall decorations, and it was such a joy to look at!

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  25. Stunning...your colors and the snowflake itself! Congrats on your win.

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    1. Thank you so much, Yvonne! And congrats back to you, too! Your foiling is superb! You have inspired me to add that to my ever-growing wish list!

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  26. I am not even going to look at Tim's tag because I want to sit here and admire your tag on its own. I love the colours, the wonderful big snowflake and gorgeous bow. I also love the idea of using it as a tree ornament but for my tree everything would have to be red and gold but you have given me ideas. Thanks for joining us at The Mirror Crack'd.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  27. Thank you for your sweet and funny comment! I'm trying to picture a gold and red snowflake!:)

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  28. Awesome!!! I love the tag! Thanks for joining us over at The Mirror Crack'd Challenge. Hugs, Susanne.

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    1. Thank you, Susanne! I'm happy you like it!

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  29. I just clicked over from Tim's Blog..congrats really is a great project. I am happy to take a second peeky! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Gloria! You're sweet to leave such a happy note!

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    2. OOPS! That's me, Sara Emily, replying to you, Gloria! My daughter was signed in on my computer!

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  30. Congratulations on your win. I like the variation on Tims tag.

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  31. Thank you for visiting and for your note. I left a note on your blog...what a great November tag you made!

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    1. Sorry, that should be Sara Barker; my daughter keeps signing up on my computer:)! Ahhh, teenagers!

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