Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tim's 12 Tags of 2015--January

Good afternoon!  Today, I'm linking my "tag" to Tim's 12 Tags of 2015--January just under the wire!  As usual, I couldn't just do what Tim did, but I included the elements that made his tag what it is, and I've got to say he is one creative genius!  I'm so happy he shares that with us, and so freely gives of his talent. Here is my completed project! Please visit Tim's blog for full instructions and lots of inspiration!


Anyway, I thought I would make a Valentine tag, and  for me that meant  traditional pinks, which I thought would look more feminine with the Melange Tissue wrap.  I have the Postale (for once!), but I liked this better for this project.  After making my background and painting it up (on a piece of manila folder which I planned later to die cut using Tim's tag Bigz die) according to Tim's instructions, I wasn't at all pleased with it, and started to send it to the recycle pile.  Enter my daughter, giving me lot's of encouragement, saying how much SHE liked it.  Lightbulb moment! I will make this into something  just for her!  So as things usually happen with me, the ideas just started flowing.  I liked how it was all coming together, but a tag wouldn't fit the layout I planned (wow, did the "P" word just come out of my mouth?), so I adhered my background to the inside of a cigar box lid which I stained with Distress Stain. I have given a fresh beginning to this lonely cigar box lid (I wonder what happened to the box?) using Tim's stains in a whole new way to me (I've never used  his stains to color unfinished wood before)! They do a good job, don't you think?

Here's the front of the cigar box lid; I forgot to take a "before" shot of the other side, but it was plain unfinished wood.

I pretty much followed Tim's instructions (makes it look simple, doesn't he???), but added a few of my own twists.  Most obvious is that I chose my to use Tim's Ransom Alpha Parts instead of the "twenty one" from my new Numeric set, although I did use the numeral from it.  I also chose to use Pumice Stone Distress glitter on the numeral and Brushed Pewter DP on the text. I used Chit Chat stickers to make my "title"--So Many Reasons 2 Love & Adore You. I used  some letter stamps (unknown manufacturer)  for "Reasons" in Archival ink. I also used a brand new basting brush (I have 2 of these--WHATTTT?) from the kitchen in place of a splatter brush--need to get one of those because I had paint ALL over!


I stained Tim's floral ribbon using various Distress stains and added his Idea-ology pen nib "thoughts" wiped with Spun Sugar DP, and wiped off to leave color in the recesses. I did the same with the metal heart charm from my stash.



I used Distress paints spritzed with water on my craft mat and  and dragged a piece of card stock through the puddle for a marbled  effect. Then I die cut hearts (Sizzix) from it, edged them with Brushed Pewter DP  and backed them with additional hearts die cut from burlap and swiped with Distress Paints. I finished it off with Tim's Distress bulb spritzer, but used silver Krylon pen instead of Tim's choice of gold. I used it to make little poofs  and specks of silver--you can get the two different looks simply by moving the marker in the chamber.


I love how it came together, and I can't wait to give it to my daughter on Valentine's Day!  The words from Chit Chat fit her just perfectly, and I want her to know just how special she is!



Thank you for stopping by and leaving all your encouraging comments!  When I read them, I am inspired to stretch my creative limits! Hugs and blessings!

Sara Emily

I would like to enter this into these inspiring challenges:

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015-January

A Vintage Journey Challenge 24 "Love is in the Air" My influence by Tim is by his 12 Tags of 2015!!!

The Mixed Media Challenge #8 "Something New For the New Year" My new craft and kitchen items are in bold text. I used a kitchen basting brush in a new way--to make splatters of paint, and gave new life to an old cigar box lid, using it in a new way as a frame.

Inspiration Journal "Fresh Start" I've listed my new products in bold text, and I'm giving them a fresh start in my Closet.  I'm giving the basting brush a fresh start as a craft item!  I'm giving the cigar box lid a fresh start as a frame,  and I'm getting off to a fresh start by hopefully participating in all of Tim's 12 Tags of 2015! (We'll see!)

Country View Challenges "Use Something New to You" My new products (craft and kitchen) are in bold text.  I've tried something new:  using a basting brush to create paint splatters! I've given a few things a new use in life: the cigar box lid as a frame and the basting brush as a splatter brush. And splatter, it did!

Paper Artsy Topic 2 "Shiny Stuff" I was inspired by Leandra's dangly beads and used a dangling heart on my framed piece.

The Artistic Stamper January's Challenge "New Beginnings" A background paper heading to the recycle bin was seen in a whole new light, and was given this "new beginning" as a Valentine framed art piece for my daughter.  I also used some products new to me--listed in bold text.  Another new beginning is the start of a new year of tag challenges I hope to participate in.

37 comments:

  1. What a fabulous creation based on Tim's tag, I love it when someone does it different. Love all the pink and your Valentine theme Sara. Wonderful! Nikki xx

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    1. Thank you, Nikki! It was getting just a tad late for a New Year's "tag" for me. I'm so happy you stopped in for a look! Hugs!

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  2. Beautiful take on Tim's tag Sara, your daughter will love this... and congrats on your win over at Tim's place too, it's always nice to see a friend scoop a lovely win xx

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    1. Oh, Thank you so much, Georgie! I sure suits her to a tee! (I'm blessed with a WONDERFUL teenage daughter! When she was 2, I was thinking, Oh Dear, she's going to make one FIIINNNEEEE teenager, as I gritted my teeth. Teens and menopause don't mix, so I was really worried! She is a dream, truly!

      Thank you for your applause on the Tim Win! It was a tremendous and most welcome surprise! Hugs!

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  3. Wow Sara this is fabulous, so many gorgeous colours and textures. Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts. Sue xx

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    1. Thank you, Sue for the tremendous compliment! I've enjoyed making many entries to the Use Something New to You challenge!

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  4. Holy wowsers Sara Emily! This is spectacular! You never do anything regular, do you! Well, that's a good thing because this is the best version of Tim's tag yet! I thought I was happy with mine, but now I hang my head in shame! Such a beautiful and thoughtful gift that your daughter will treasure always! Love your mind hun! big hugs until next time :)

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    1. Oh, Pamellia, you are too funny! I cannot picture you hanging your head in shame, or at least you never should! You are fabulous at EVERY type of art/craft you do! But I am so happy you like it, and I hope Lauren does, too. I think she will; she is my biggest fan; as for me, I'm hers! I'm so happy you have joined up with Tim's Tags challenge--have you posted it??? I must have missed it-please send a link!!! I think all the entries that I've seen are awesome! Good luck with your entry, but please let us see it! Hugs!

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing this and playing along with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!! I love how you took Tim's Tag challenge and turned it into something of your own!! It is wonderful!!

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    1. It is my pleasure to play along at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge, Karen! And thank you for your sweet compliment on my version!

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  6. Oh Sara this is such a wonder interpretation of Tim's original, really brilliant, I love the deep colour tones you have used and the whole thing is so beautifully put together, love it! Big congrats to being our latest winner at a Vintage Journey, and thanks so much for adding this project to our current challenge!

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    1. Wow, Astrid! This is one of those make my month comments! You are such a talented artist, and having this generous praise from you makes me so happy! And not only that, you deliver such great news!!! I'm so thrilled to hear that I've been chosen as a winner over at A Vintage Journey! I'm off to see who the other winners are!

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  7. Lovely creation. Thank you for joining in The Artistic Stamper Creative challenge

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  8. Love your take on Tim's tag. What a great idea to alter this box. Love all the colors and textures. Thanks so much for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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  9. I adore this take on Tim's tag! Jenny x

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  10. This is amazing Sara! What a fabulous transformation to a cigar box. The background is beautiful as is all the elements on top. LOVE IT! I'm playing catch up here and also congratulating you on your recent win for A Vintage Journey. Always a treat popping by here. Karen.x

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    1. Wow! Thank you, Karen! What a great compliment from you! I am such a big fan of your work, and this means so much to me!

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  11. Me again, I didn't realise I wasnt a follower, but I am now. Karen.x

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  12. A cigar box? WOW!!! Very original and just plain COOL!!!

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    1. Just a cigar box LID! I don't know what happened to the box; I just had a lid sitting in my pile of things to alter, and thought it would make a good frame. But happy you like it!

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  13. Sara - LOVED YOUR TIM PROJECT - I think its absolutely awesome. I hope he picks you as winner, I would if I were him! Thanks for your nice comments on my blog as well, you are too kind!

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    1. Awe, shucks! Thank you SO much! I wish he had!!! :):) I'll keep trying!

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  14. love your interpretation of the 'tag'... the cigar box looks much more impressive! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!
    -Rachel
    rwkrafts.com

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  15. Sara, I am loving stopping by your blog. You, too, get carried away with enthusiasm and I love the way that you express your thoughts. This is a fabulous piece of art and your daughter sounds delightful. Love all the textures and the exuberance. Great idea to stain Tims flowers! Looking forward to seeing more delights! Glad that I found your blog! Thanks for visiting mine too!

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    1. Wow, wow, wow, Hazel! You just made my day! And put a huge smile on my face. I'll be around to see you again! Love what I'm seeing on your blog, too!

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  16. Oh, this is so pretty! She is sure to love it!

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    1. Aww! thank you, Dodie, for stopping by to see my Tim Tag:)! I'm so happy for your win and a really beautiful job you did! I hope to see more of your work!

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  17. Love your altered cigar box - a great take on Tim's inspiration with lovely warm colours and such great attention to detail. Thank so much for doing the triple again and playing along at Country View Challenges, The Artistic Stamper and A Vintage Journey.
    Alison xx

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    1. Alison, what a lovely comment! It was my pleasure to join in each of these challenges!

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