Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Tim's December Tag--To Grandmother's House We Go!

Well, I'm going to give Tim's 12 Tags of 2014-(December) one more try before the calendar flips another page!  My, how 2014 flew!

My tag is actually a card...it is to thank my brother and his lovely wife for gifting me with a copy of the family movies from when we were kids.  Can you say "take a nostalgic trip to the past"?. Speaking of nostalgia, my brother's business is called Nostalgic Restorations, where he customizes and does auto body repair to vintage and antique vehicles.  I thought Tim's Old Jalopy was just the thing for him. I really wanted to put  "Nostalgic Restorations" on the door panel, but I was afraid to mess it up.  Thought that counts!



A Vintage Journey  wants us to "Ring Out the Old and Ring In the New" with their current challenge, showing a heavy Tim influence.  I was inspired by Tim by his 12 Tags of 2014, and a quick trip down memory lane to one of his older videos on using his "new"  stains!  Ha! Ha!  I think that was made in 2011, right?  I had to reference it, because I knew there was a way to put my stains into mister bottles, as I only have ONE Distress Spray stain. Also my connection to Out with the Old (using Old Tim inspiration). In with the New inspiration from his latest tag challenge.  I've used many of Tim's "Old" products, as well...Mini Tall Trees Texture Fade, Old Jalopy die, Old Movers and Shapers snowflake die.  Well, you get the idea!  And now In with the New!  New to me are Tim's Industrious Stickers (first time I've used mine), and Tim's stamp set Mini Handwritten Holidays. I've used so many of Tim's techniques here, including those from his December Tag tutorial, the masking technique using his masking sheets and snowflake die, using stains in Mini Mister bottles to name a few.

That "ringing" you hear are my jingle bells adorning the wreath on the grill of my jalopy!


There's also that contrast of Old versus New with the old grungy jalopy with the bling of the stars (kicking myself for not antiquing them!) and the tinsel twine.

I love Tim's idea to use a tea infuser to shake on his Distress Glitter, and I actually had one in my hand to buy at an estate sale recently, but passed it up since someone else REALLY wanted it.  So I have my collection (yes, another collection) of vintage salt and pepper shakers that did the trick of releasing just enough Distress glitter to make a frosted look on my jalopy.

This is before I added the Texture paste to try and hide the pink Distress paint which should have been white! Glue is still wet!  I love the little sparkles the Distress glitter affords my old grungy jalopy!  The Chipped Sapphire gives the paint job some depth.

 You can see I've had to wing a few things again with this month's tag. I'm sorry to say, I do not have the Frosted, that particular reindeer, the SPRAYS!, the stamp image, the Pine Twine, the Snowfall Texture Fade, the Thinlits, or the snowflake. That doesn't leave much, does it?  So I've substituted vellum for the Frosted and used the Mini Tall Pine Texture Fade for my trees in the background, Distress stains in Mini Misters (not too shabby as a substitute, but I WILL  be getting the sprays!), a stamped sentiment, Distress paint on a skewer to make snow fall, Tinsel Twine and jingle bells (colored with alcohol inks), Festive Greenery (I also used the wax paper!) and added some Mirrored stars for additional bling.  I tried to use frosted Shrinky Dink film in place of the Frosted, and it turned out well. But it was not transparent enough, so the detail of the light background didn't show how I wanted it to. Hoarding that for another project. Did I say "hoarding"?  I meant "saving".


You can see my Picket Fence Distress Paint turned pink on my jalopy (grungeboard painted with Black Soot, Brushed Pewter, Chipped Sapphire, Walnut Stain and Picket Fence). I may have put it on too soon before the Chipped Sapphire had a chance to dry.  I tried to cover it with Texture paste (more snow!) and it continued to appear pink, so I think I will just have to "Embrace Imperfection" as Tim reminds us!

UPDATE:  To embrace imperfection, I'm going to say the pink snow just HAD to be there to symbolize the old pink Cadillac convertible my brother restored as a wedding present to his wife years ago.


This is the specialty stamping paper with my home-poured Distress stain sprays and my one and only real Distress Ink Spray.  Sorry for the glare--it's so shiny!  I cut  some of the flourishes at the rear of the jalopy from this to symbolize exhaust.

I think my brother and sister in law will get a real kick out of this card! This is standing in as a last minute gift to them.  They were sweet to send me the family movies on a DVD; the least I can give them is a homemade (with love) card!


Thank you for visiting and leaving your lovely comments--they are treasured!  Please let me know if you have any questions on how I did anything, and I will try to recall.  This was one of those projects where I just kept trying different things 'til I liked the outcome, and didn't record anything.  Have a safe and happy New Year's Eve, and if I don't come up with something else to show you, I'll see you on the next calendar page!

I would like to enter this in the following inspirational challenges:

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014-December

A Vintage Journey "Ring Out the Old-Ring In the New"  My jingle bells are ringing!  Can you hear them?  Also I am referring to the old Tim products and the new ones I've used on my card, as well as using Tim's old videos for inspiration.

Allsorts Challenge Week 290/291 Last Minute Gifts

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes

The Artistic Stamper December's Creative Challenge "Anything Goes" I've stamped my sentiment.

Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog "Fussy and Fancy" For me this is a relatively fussy card with all the fussy die cuts and the background.  The flourishes is what gives it a little fanciness as well as the soft color palette of the background.

Loves Rubber Stamps # 132 "Something Old & Something New" My old is the Old Jalopy die cut; the new are Tim Holtz Industrious Stickers and Distress Ink Spray.  The old jalopy looks old, the Mirrored Stars look new. Sort of a current nostalgic look!

Inspiration Emporium "Sing, Sing It Loud!" Can you hear my tiny jingle bells ringing?

Love to Create Challenge #147 "Icy Winter Days"

35 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness Sara your jalopy is FABULOUS! I wish I could get mine to look half as good as yours. I love the addition of the wreath and cute bells on the front. As for the pink looking snow I think it looks kinda cool. The background is wonderful too with the flourishes. LOVE IT! Karen.x

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    1. Thank you, Karen You always say the kindest things! I was very disturbed by the pink that would not go away! So you have eased my mind a lot! I also may just tell my brother it is symbolic of the old pink Cadillac he restored as a wedding present to his wife years ago! Hey I think I'll add that to my blog!
      Thank you for your help and for your visit today and always!

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  2. This is so beautiful Sara. Thank you for joining in the last challenge of the year at Allsorts. Hope you had a lovely Christmas x

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! I appreciate your sweet comment and greetings!

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  3. Hi Sara - this is fabulous - so creative - just love the pine trees and distressed jalopy! Thanks for your comment on my Lets Celebrate cards... I have bad news .... the script stamp is a retired Stampin Up one called En Francais - there were a few on ebay last time I looked. It is a big stamp - so beware!!! Happy New Year, Nikki xxx (Addicted to Art)

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    1. Nikki, Thank you for your comment and for the info on the stamp. I will just have to start digging in my Closet to see if I might have this one. I have quite a few (Ha! ha!) SU sets stashed away. But it sure looked great on your cards! Hugs!

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  4. The sparkly jalopy looks fab, and I love your acetate trees - terrific tag! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Artistic Stamper.
    Alison xx

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    1. Awe, Alison, such a wonderful thing to say!

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    2. Oh, and thank you for joining us on A Vintage Journey too of course.

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  5. What an amazing project this is!!! Love those acetate trees, great idea! Thank you so very much for leaving such sweet comments on my blog. I truly appreciate it! Happy New Year! May it bring loads of health, happiness, prosperity and crafting mojo!

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    1. Samra,
      And thank you for YOUR visit and lovely comment! I really appreciate your wishes for the New Year, as well!

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  6. Lovely project, thank you for sharing at Winter Wonderlands 'Fancy & Fussy' Challenge and good luck x Susan x

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  7. Another fabulous entry to our new year challenge at AVJ, I love the jalopy die and you have used it beautifully. Perfect for your brother I should say, I bet he loved it. Thanks for joining us again with your great tag.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

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    1. Hi Brenda! Thank you so much...your kind words mean a lot to me! Another fabulous challenge and gorgeous work from the Creative Guides!

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  8. Gorgeous, fabulous textures!
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts.
    Happy New Year;-))m

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    1. Thank you very much for your sweet comment!:)

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  9. Wow Sara, this is incredible! The background is amazing with those blended colours and all the snow, it reminds me of the Aurora Borealis in all it's beauty! Great idea with the salt shaker, I will be giving that a go! Your car turned out fabulous, your brother must have been over the moon to receive this gemstone! I love how you did the trees too, you are just so creative. I feel so honoured to have found you this past year! Can't wait to see all your 2015 creations, what a great year it's gonna be! until next time, big hugs :)

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    1. Awe, Pamellia, you know how to make me smile on the roughest of days! Thank you for all your sweet, kind comments! Such wonderful compliments coming from such a talented lady! Hugs!

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  10. Hi Sara. I always enjoy seeing your art and I was in the middle of putting away Christmas decorations when I decided to take a break and check out some blogs. :) I am loving your Tim December tag. So cute! Tim's old jalopy has never looked better! Love the added little jingle bell wreath. :) Your vellum tall pines are a great substitute for the frosted film. They look amazing! I love your blended background as well. Your work is always beautifully done and very creative. And your comments that you leave on my blog are TOTALLY loved and appreciated! So THANK YOU for those and for all of your participation with CC3C. Have a fabulous new year. I look forward to seeing what you have yet to create! :) <3 Candy

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    1. Thank you, Candy! You have just started off my New Year with a huge smile! I'm so happy you took that break--it made MY day that you visited and left your sweet comment! It's been a while since I've found any time to create, so I'm looking forward to joining in very soon! Hugs!

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  11. what a great card for your brother - I love what you did with the jalopy (I have this and have yet to make it look like anything good!) Your belled wreath is adorable - thanks for joining us in the AVJ challenge again Sarah! hugs, Julia xx

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    1. Julia, You always say the nicest things! It is always a pleasure to link up a project for A Vintage Journey!

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  12. WOW!! Absolutely gorgeous!! Thank you so much for joining us at Love to Create Challenge.
    Hugs'
    Jackie ~ LTC owner

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    1. Thank you, Jacki! It was my pleasure to join your challenge at Love to Create!

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  13. Fabulous Design! Love your colors! Thanks for joining us at Loves Rubber Stamps this time around.
    Hugs, Dangina

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  14. Wow, this is so fabulous!!! Thanks for playing with us at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

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    1. I really appreciate your kind words! Thank you, Holly!

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  15. A fabulous design Sara and I love what you did with the car despite the pink! Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey for our current challenge. Jennie

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    1. Thank you, Jennie! I tried again, and still, the pink! I did put an extra large dollop of texture paste over it this time, and pink is hardly visible, but still there. :)!

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  16. WOW this is gorgeous Sara! I love all of the different textures, fabulous sparkle too!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Hugs, Tammy

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    1. Thank you, Tammy! I'm happy you stopped by!

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  17. Sara, what a delightful scene you have created with the old jalopy and I love how you embraced your imperfection of the pink. Stunning as always. Thanks for joining in the challenge at AVJ.
    Julie x

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    1. Julie, you always make me smile with your sweet comments! And thanks for making me feel better about the pink! :)

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