Wednesday, March 4, 2015

12 Tags of 2014

Hello Everybody!  So sorry I've not been around the last few days, but I've been working very hard on another special project to link up to Brenda's theme at A Vintage Journey "Special Numbers".  Of course, I never expected it to be such a huge undertaking.



It all started out with this collage panel I found in my pile of junk in the Closet.  Well, it actually found me!  I was cleaning up a little, and as anyone who has ever done any organizing, it gets worse before it gets better. This actually fell on me from an overcrowded shelf in what my sister lovingly refers to as The Space Shuttle. To me it's sarascloset. So at first I thought I might be able to squeak in one more quick project with some numbers using this wooden collage frame--maybe put one number in each box to signify a calendar of sorts.  But NOOOO, I cannot do anything simply!  I got to thinkin' I haven't ever done a year of tags for Tim's 12 tags of 2014 (I did do Nov. and Dec.).  Being a HUGE fan of Mr. Holtz, I thought I owed him the honor. So here is my composite of Tim's 12 tags of 2014 for the entire year in ATC style (but not the correct size) pieces.  Whew!  And I thought it too difficult to do one tag in a month!  This took me 4 days of spare time! Ha!  (Not enough of that, with 3 jobs and 2 teenagers!)  I  came up with the idea on  Saturday, and got myself organized. I got up early on Sunday before going to work, to get started. I found I was "locked out" of Tim's website! Oh no!  By Monday afternoon, I still could not load Tim's website consistently.  I was really in a panic, but my son came to the rescue and knocked down the firewall--whatever that is!

I thought to take a photo after I started to paint, but this is not the completed paint job.

If you look closely, you can see that I took care to include numbers in each little frame. Nothing was pre-made, but every background, die cut etc. was made especially for this project, which made it that much more time consuming.

 I did, however, use a lot of my tiny bits and pieces of leftover paper/ card stock and grunge board, otherwise known as trash to some, (I even pulled a few pieces of trash out of the trash can to use on this.)     which makes this perfect to enter into Candice's theme this month at Our Creative Corner "Junk in Your Trunk".  Even the frame was someone else's junk I picked up at a yard sale.  Obviously, they never saw the vintage beauty it could be! I used some off-cuts from some foam board I used for a recent wall hanging (Countdown to Spring) to raise some of the "tags" to the front of the collage frame.

Some other "junk" I salvaged is as follows:
  * I used one manila folder for all my "tags".  I just cleaned out the file cabinet last week and rescued some for crafting.
  * March tag--"Grandma" metal word tag upgraded with a Chit Chat sticker.  I will never used "Grandma" for anything!
  * Various tissue tape pieces I stuck on the side of my cabinet.  These were all pieces I was able to rescue after trying to unroll several rolls that have been stuck together ever since I purchased them.  (Anyone else encounter that problem?) I ended up with a lot of shreds, but I find I do used them--I save everything!)
  *April tag--"25" metal tag from another incomplete project.
  * May tag--frame behind butterfly is one of those pieces between 2 "real" frames on Tim's Industrious stickers. Notice I stamped numbers on it!
  * July tag--Acetate waste packaging for embossed background piece.  Starfish and sandollar are from a piece of junk beach home decor I got at a yard sale.  I rescued the fish and threw the rest out.  Yes, I do throw SOME things out!
  * November tag--piece of corrugated cardboard from a store clerk's trash pile at Hobby Lobby when she was stocking shelves.  Don't worry, I ASKED before helping myself!
  * December tag--berries from a Christmas pick (purchased at a yard sale specifically for the berries).  Leftover tiny piece of tinsel twine leftover from a Christmas project.

A little tip for painting tedious things like this frame is to use Distress Paints. I paint on a little at the top of each frame opening and then give it a spritz or 5 of water from my spritzer to get the color to drip down the sides of the opening.  Then I take a paper towel and soak up any liquid at the bottom, and give it a good dry with the heat gun.  It also gives it a nice vintage look.  Perhaps you already do this, but thought for those that don't, it would be a helpful time and labor saver. I love how my finished frame has the look of old barn wood using just 2 colors and a few swipes and spritzes.

Here are some photos captioned with little tidbits, but otherwise I just followed Tim's instructions to the best that I was able given the supplies I had.  I did go out of my way to use some non-Tim products to show you can achieve a Tim Holtz look without all his products.  One of the many things I like about Tim is that he even says on his blog you can use what you have. While I did try to stay true to his important elements of each tag, I could not fit everything on each one (these are 2 and 3/4 inches by 3 and 3/4 inches). You can go to Tim's blog for full details on how these are made.

I used a toothbrush and Distress paint for the splatters.

I used a stencil from a recent Estate sale for the heart background.  I did my chalkboard look differently  from Tim--used white embossing powder and Distress paint smudged to give the look of a dusty chalkboard.

That's that "Grandma" tag in disguise.  

I used my new Motif paper stash for the top flower--see all the numbers?  I used Kraft Core stamped with a Tim stamp with lots of numbers.  I couldn't get a close-up of it.  My camera kept focusing on something else.

I've included 5 elements with numbers on this tag.

This is my favorite--can you guess why?

I didn't have the bubbles Texture Fade, but found this "wave" one.  Notice I tucked one of the sea grasses behind the acetate for more depth.  The seahorse is a stamp which I fussy cut then worked Tim's technique.  You can't see the flecks of gold on him here.   The beautiful background also can't be seen  Sadface.

Tim wants us to follow our creative muse on this month's tag.  I was inspired by my favorite subject--birds. Probably not too obvious, but I rusted the corners and the gear and pen nib. The stencil/texture pasted 3 is behind the top frame of the filmstrip. The 8 is obvious.  So little room to work with!

The "Faded layers" background.  27 is barely visible behind "No" and further down the 28.  The 6 is pretty obvious under her cheek.  I used 2 different stencils for this.  You might notice my numbers are backward on the butterflies!  I used a Reflections stamp and at first I used the "kissing" technique to get the correct orientation, but it was too light.

Instead of a spider, I masked Tim's bats to achieve the layers.  I high-lighted the 31 for my "number".  I don't have Tim's sprays, so I used Dylusions ink sprays. The Jack-o-lantern stamp is one of my unnamed ones.  He's very lumpy and textured in real life, with the Glossy Accents on the colored parts.

I had to use a Movers and Shapers Leaf because of the size of the tag. For my actual tag for Tim's challenge, I used a snowflake (and won!)  Nothing really worked on this so I "Embraced Imperfection".  Notice the 2 different colors of Tiny Attachers, the poor job I did fastening the word band and the lack of Distressing on the Picker tag--all done on purpose to reflect the theme. 

I worked very hard on the background for this--I used a gessoed alcohol ink technique to get some great little spots that look like snow, but when I added my vellum (I don't have the Frosted that Tim uses), it completely covered it up. But on the bright side, my Reflections number stamp is oriented properly by stamping it on the reverse side of the vellum. The glitter on the deer doesn't really show in this photo either.
 PLEASE take note of the 1-12 numbers and month rub-ons in each shot. These were nerve wracking to put on--so tiny!--so I want to be sure they are noticed!!!

Here are a few close-ups of the flowers--you can see the numbers very well on the top flower, but difficult to see on the bottom one.  You can see my phone camera in the reflection of the Mirrored piece and the cork piece in the top photo and the numbered card stock piece in the bottom photo.




I was trying to get a better shot of that yummy glittered heart! I had to use another glitter--I don't have Tim's Distress glitter in red.


In this close-up I was trying to show the numbers on the background but there is too much reflection off the acetate layer. I think this the only one of the tags that numbers are not obvious on.


Well, that's it for me today!  I think I'll go lay down!  I am frantically trying to get this published, because with only hours to the deadline and a windy day today, I'm afraid I might not get this linked up in time before we lose power again!  there's WAY too much work involved to miss getting this published in time!  


I hope you enjoyed my wall hanging--I'm thrilled to have completed it in such a short period of time! Thank you for stopping by and for hanging in there to the end of this post.  I will forgive you if you came to look at the photos!  It is a painfully long post! I appreciate, read and reply to every single comment! Hugs!

Sara Emily

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

A Vintage Journey "Special Numbers" I have many special numbers here, but the most important ones are 1-12 which remind me I was able to complete Tim's 12 tags of 2014!


Altered Eclectics "March Already-Anything Goes/ Mixed Media" I know my tags are ATC style, but they are not ATC's--the project is the wall hanging as a whole.


The Artistic Stamper March's Creative Challenge "Spring is Coming" I've done a few spring like frames within my wall hanging.  Lots of stamping on this!


Inspiration Journal "Spring Blooms" My April "tag" has spring blooms on it!

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #10 "Birds of A Feather" You can see I was inspired to make birds a part of my Tim Tags for March and August on my wall hanging.  I was particularly inspired in August when Tim gives us free reign on our tags to follow our muse.


63 comments:

  1. Sara Emily you are nuts! I love your creativity, how do you do it?? Hugs Jan x

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    1. That's a pretty accurate diagnosis, Dr. Jan! I had my nose to the grindstone on this project! Hugs!

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  2. Wooow, Sara, this is awesome! Thank you for the inspiration! You are so talented!
    Hugs :)
    Branka x

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    1. Thank you, Branka! I know I certainly am dedicated! Thanks for visiting! Hugs!

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  3. I love how you made all the tags into ATC style! awesome! Thanks for joining us at Inspiration Journal. =)

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! Inspiration comes from the weirdest places, sometime!

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  4. Wow Sara, this really is a labour of love and such a clever idea too. Each ATC has been beautifully completed and I am pleased that you managed to get it linked up to A Vintage Journey! Anne xx

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    1. Thank you, Anne! I'm so pleased to get it linked in time, too!

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  5. Thank you too for linking up to Inspiration Journal with this gorgeous creation! Anne xx

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  6. Am I reading this correctly??? Did you just make an entire years worth of tags for one post??? YOU GO GIRL!!!

    Jan - Great splatter background, love the distressed metal effect on your clock.

    Feb - Who doesn't love a glittery heart!! Great job with the chalkboard technique and a perfect stamp choice too!

    Mar - I just love all the soft subtle stamping on this one!

    Apr - Beautiful job with the flowers and I love that bit of cork you put in there!

    May - Wonderful arrangement, great use of Idea-ology

    Jun - WOW on that background and this is my favourite butterfly stamp set! Gorgeous colours!

    Jul - One of my favs!! That dreamy bubbly watery background...awesome! Love the authentic starfish and you really did an amazing job on your seahorse! Bravo!

    Aug - Amazing blending and stamping here, beautiful texture on your gear and pen nib!

    Sep - It's a hat made of butterflies...LOVE IT!!

    Oct - You always rock Halloween, so no surprise that your October tag is stupendous!

    Nov - Another fav!! The texture on that top layer is spectacular, it looks like it's degraded! WOW Sara!

    Dec - Well, Christmas is my fav holiday, so this is another fav tag! Your reindeer is fabulous and I love your snow in the background!!

    You really put your heart and soul into this project and what an amazing creation you put together! Well done my friend! Big hugs :)

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    1. Wow, Pamellia, you have made my year with this comment to end all comments! You found something hugely complimentary to say about each month, and I think you spent more time on your comment than I spent in writing the post! A HUGE thank you! Hugs!

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  7. How have you only managed to do this in a few days, I think that would take me a year....?! So much gorgeous detail, you have such a talent for this kind of thing. This is beautiful and I hope you treasure it all year through :) xx
    BTW congrats on your voucher win at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge xx

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    1. And as for you, Georgie! You always make me smile when you visit, and you always seem to bring me good unexpected news! I had to go check MMMC to see what you were talking about! Wow! Congrats to YOU, my friend for your well deserved win! I guess my lucky rabbit's foot is finally starting to work! And congrats on your lucky goodie win the other day! I am truly happy for you!

      Thank you for this sweet comment about my Tim board, too. How do I do it? Not much sleep with this one, I'm afraid, and lots of little dashes to the Closet in between chauffeur duties, work, housework and meal making. I was fit to be tied when I couldn't access Tim's website for 2 days!!!!, and had to do some of these by looking at other people's entries! I haven't lifted a crafty finger since completing this--recuperating! Hugs!

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  8. You surely are Superwoman!! I'm in awe of all the work you have put into this gorgeous creation. Everywhere you look there is creativity and gorgeous techniques. There's too much to put in one comment and I think Pamellia has done a great commenting job for all of us! Thanks so much for joining us at ATP Exchange. Juliax

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    1. Ha! Ha!, Julia! I just got done responding to her comment, and I feel so trite. Thank you so much for your awesome comment!

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  9. Wow Sara, genius idea and what a craft marathon you were on ! Such an inspirational project carried out to perfection. Thanks for linking up to AVJ challenge and good luck.
    Julie x

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    1. Julie, what a generous compliment! I think this may have been training for the raft marathon I will be on these upcoming days! I haven't started my next HUGE project yet and it's a busy, busy week!

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  10. Wowsers, what an amazing project! I can't begin to imagine doing that many tags or ATC's or anything in such a short period of time, you are the woman! Beautiful project Sara, you've done Tim proud!

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    1. Deb, that's a HUGE compliment! If I can do Tim proud, then I'm happy! Thank you for visiting! Hugs!

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  11. OH MY WORD SARA - I'm lookin and I cant stop looking!!!! Everything that everyone says here is true! SO amazing - what a project. I love absolutely everything - have i said that already?. So glad that you "linked your junk" to the Junk in Your Trunk Challenge at Our Creative Corner. (Candice -aka Tincan Crafter)

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    1. Thank you for looking! I really appreciate you stopping in, Candice! And I'm so happy you like my collage!

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  12. Wow, wow wow Sara, you have made the most amazing project here and now knowing about your jobs and family - where do you find the time and mental space to be so creative and prolific????? You have done a brilliant job with this segmented panel and each piece has been lovingly put together. Thanks for sharing at AVJ and your continued support.
    hugs Brenda xxxx

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    1. Brenda, what a top-notch compliment! I'm always so happy to be able to participate in the wonderful challenges at A Vintage Journey! Good work on bringing up the "baby" to a full year! Congrats!

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  13. Good grief and wow all at the same time! Sara this is stunning, truly stunning.. I am in awe. Nikki xxxx

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    1. Wow! What a wonderful compliment coming from you; it is I who is in awe of your work! But thank you for your lovely words!

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  14. Each and every tag deserves a handclap, but my favourite one is the underwater sea. It's so lifelike and the seahorse's texture and colour are amazing. Love, love this project!!!

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    1. Thank you Sharon, for visiting and for your wonderful compliment! I kind of like the underwater sea one, too!

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  15. Fantastic idea to use your own creation for some beautiful new art make! you are brilliant Sara. Great new wall hanging. Thanks for joining us at Artistic Stamper this month.

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    1. Shilpa, what a inspirational comment! This really made my day!

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  16. Hi Sara thanks for visiting me over at my blog..to answer your question I used clear rock candy crackle paste on my butterflies. It is always my go to crackle and works so well on everything. Wow you have been busy here making all those ATCs...it took me a year to do mine. They are really stunning, great work
    Crafty hugs, Jane x

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    1. Jane, thank you for taking your time to come here to answer my question! I appreciate the information and your lovely comment, too! I kind of wish I had done my over the course of the year, too! It would not have been so frantic! But this was fun to make never the less! I will try to do better on a monthly basis this year! Hugs!

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  17. Oh WOW!!! What an amazing project! I so far have managed ONE Tim Tag - yup just the one so this really puts me to shame - but I don't even care as it is so brilliant. Great tip about the distress paints too (Thank you :o) ) Thanks for sharing this wonder with us at Altered Eclectics ~ Steffi xx

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    1. Thank you, Steffi! I'm happy you can use the tip. Yes, I looked at Tim's monthly challenge, but never participated because I didn't have the products. I was hesitant to put my own twist on it, using non-Tim products, as I've done here. I was inspired by A Vintage Journey to make Tim style pieces using what ever I had.

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  18. Awesome projet made up of so many little works of art. Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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  19. Hello Sara,
    This is just wonderful, such a lot of work but so full of interest.
    Thank you for joining us this month at CVC.
    Smiles:)
    Sue

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    1. Hi Sue, Yes it was a HUGE amount of work in very little time, but it means a lot to me to have risen to the challenge. Thank you for your kind words!

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  20. Hi Sara! it's completely amazing! I have not enough eyes to admire what you made here! Yes such an amount of work! Beautiful! I too take this space to answer your question about "aged ivory embossing enamel": it's from "Stampendous", "fran-tage". I hope this helps. And thanks for joining us at Our Creative Corner too! A bientôt!

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    1. Oh, yes, Lys, that helps! Thank you! And thank you for your wonderful comment! I will have my daughter translate that last bit! Tee hee! Hugs!

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  21. OMG Sarah, this truly was a labour of love, what an incredible project! Really love the idea of it too (I have always wanted to do Tim's Tags in ATC size, but have never yet got round to it...
    Just looking at each individual one, all the wonderful 2014 tags came back to me, so that was very enjoyable too. This is truly so creative! Thank you for adding it our challenges at AVJ, OCC and MMM!

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    1. Thank you, Astrid! This is such high praise coming from one who I consider to be a creative genius--you! I am happy to have Tim's inspiration hanging in one neat panel on my wall.

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  22. Well frankly you deserve a medal simply for completing this mammoth task all in one hit Sara!!! Each and every ATC is a joy to see and I love how you've adapted the original designs to fit this smaller scale (for example using the M+S dies for November's slot). Thank you so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey with this wonderful creation. Jenny x

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    1. Wow, Jenny! Your praise and just finishing this is reward enough! Thank you for your very generous and thoughtful compliment! It really means a lot to me!

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  23. Wow! This is a treasure Sara? How did you manage to do this one...I shouldn't be asking but I just love complicated projects my self! And i think we share our birthday month right??? That says it all...this is just awesome my friend. keep rocking and big hugs from me.

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    1. Rupa, you have just given me the highest compliment, since you are the Queen of mastering complicated projects! Ha! Ha! If you think this is complicated, just check out my next post! January is the birthday month! I was always told that Capricorns are hard workers and loyal! You have just totally made my day, Rupa! Hugs!

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  24. This Project is really nicely done Sara and I got a awesome inspiration by you. But further you know what I do really love on your blog it feels like coming home and you are a good friend Thank you for that!
    xoxo SanDee

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    1. SanDee, You have just put a huge smile on my face! Thank you for your very sweet comment. And welcome home! Tee Hee!

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  25. Fantastic, Sara! How wonderful to have all those glorious ATCs displayed so beautifully. I'm glad you drew my attention to the tiny dates at the foot of each ATC - how cool! - and I love the finish on the wood frame. Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey for the Special Numbers challenge, and for playing along at Country View Challenges.
    Alison xx

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    1. Thank you, Alison, for your very sweet comment. From now on I will do one per month, and not try to do all 12 tags in 4 days!

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  26. Dear Sara, I saw this post on my phone while I was at work and I am not good at texting, then ofcourse I forgot to go back and comment when I came home...So sorry about that. This is such a gorgeous and elaborate project and you put so much work into your stunning creations! I love your attention to little details. This is just wonderful! Also I would like to thank you for taking time to visit me and congratulate me on Simon Says Spotlight. :) That was such an honor for me! I am so happy that you share the joy with me. I truly appreciate you!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Samra! You have truly made my day! Yes, I was thrilled to see your name as the Designer Spotlight, and oh, so well deserved! That box is a beauty! Hugs!

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  27. A work of art! Love it. Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

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  28. This is absolutely amazing, I love everything about it. Thank you for sharing it with us at Altered Eclectics.
    xxx Hazel.

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    1. I really am happy you like my take on all 12 of Tim's 12 Tags of 2014, Hazel!

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  29. AWESOME! What a fabulous wall piece you created, I love it! Thanks for sharing with us at Altered Eclectics Challenges!
    Leigh DT

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    1. Thank you, Leigh! It was my pleasure to join in the fun!

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  30. once again you've knocked me off my chair!!! how i would love to rummage around your junk closet! i can totally relate to the 'just one more quick project' idea... why don't they ever work out that way? your ATC ode to the 12 tags is just AMAZING. every single one. i could recognize which tag each was inspired by right away. you rocked this one. hope it's hanging on the wall!
    Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!
    -Rachel
    rwkrafts.com

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  31. once again you've knocked me off my chair!!! how i would love to rummage around your junk closet! i can totally relate to the 'just one more quick project' idea... why don't they ever work out that way? your ATC ode to the 12 tags is just AMAZING. every single one. i could recognize which tag each was inspired by right away. you rocked this one. hope it's hanging on the wall!
    Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!
    -Rachel
    rwkrafts.com

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