Friday, May 29, 2015

12 Tags of 2015-May

Hello, again!  It's been over 3 weeks since I've posted anything, and I bet you might have thought I fell off the face of the earth.  It's just been a tremendously busy three weeks for me and my family, and now that the weather is perfect, I like to get out and tame the garden.

Today, I spent the day in shear joy in my closet creating this vintage tag with inspiration from the Vintage Master--Tim Holtz.



  You can see details of Tim's fabulous inspirational tag and follow along with his easy to follow tutorial HERE on his blog.


I followed his instructions, with some minor tweaking here and there, either due to lack of the goods or just because I like to put my spin on things. I am now able to lift my sewing machine, and I wanted to put it to good use by sewing a burlap tag I cut using Tim's Tag and Bookplates die to black card stock.  After sewing it on, I frayed the edges, and trimmed the card.


UPDATE: You may notice the photo above does not have the Remnant Rub arrow on it!  I made the tag, and added my spritzing.  I goofed spritzing, and totally messed up the young lady's face.  I was able to correct that, but in the heat of the moment forgot to add the rub on.  After uploading all my photos and writing my post, I noticed it was missing.  I had to completely redo!  Now I notice I forgot to take this photo out of the post.  Well, I like it, so it's staying!  I just didn't want you to think your eyes were playing tricks on you!

I chose to use black texture paste to really show off my brand new Cracked Pistachio Distress ink. I love the color so much,  I made my entire tag around it. Isn't it such a happy color?  It makes me so happy to use it, I thought I would enter my tag in Georgie's  Happy, Happy, Happy challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  And nothing makes me happier than Vintage, Vintage, Vintage!  So I'll be joining in the fun at Mixed Media World for their Vintage challenge, too.

  I used Tim's Measured Layering stencil to lay down my paste. Ephemera was chosen from Tim's Ephemera Packs--Expedition and Emporium and one vintage match box label from my collection.  No originals were harmed; I photo copied it, and treated it to a little Cracked Pistachio Distress ink.




 I cut up the Bus Route piece from Tim's collection so it would better fit my collage and popped up "Route 4" with foam tape.  I also chose to use my Vintage Photo Distress marker to give a little shadow to my pieces, after covering the entire tag with Glue and Seal.Oops!  I did this before I added my Small Talk quote! I added some Vintage Photo to that, too, because it just looked too bright for this vintage piece.


I chose this couple from Tim's Photobooth; they look like they've just gotten their photo taken for the Church Directory, so I made my tag about looking for Divine moments.  I used Antique Linen, Wild Honey, and Vintage Photo Distress Markers to color the photo. I swiped some Cracked Pistachio ink on my mat, and applied it to her dress using a Detail Water Brush. I don't have anything but the ink in this lovely color, so I found ways to get it on everything! I used a Remnant Rub arrow from the Special Delivery collection.



The pin is from my stash--sorryTim; will pick up some the next time I'm out, but after running to 3 different craft stores to pick up my supplies, I didn't feel like running back out again today!  I had these sweet buttons, too, that really match in real life, but not in the lighting in my photo studio.

My flowers are all hand made using the Tattered Florals and Tattered Flower Garland dies.  I used plain white card for the top flower, inked with Cracked Pistachio and spritzed with Vintage Photo Distress spray and Pewter Perfect Pearl spray.  The other two are cut from Kraft Core and colored with Cracked Pistachio ink and the Pewter Perfect Pearl spray. By the way, flowers make me happy, too!

I used Idea-ology Paper Twine, inked with Cracked Pistachio instead of thread to tie around my upward pointing arrow. I also tied my threads off at the end of the stitching into a little bow.  You can see the Marker spritzer was put to use. Little details like this make me happy!



In place of the Linen ribbon, I used a strip of burlap I slathered with white texture paste, dried, then applied Cracked Pistachio and Vintage Photo Distress inks.  I twirled it up into some cork screw curls for fun. The date of my ledger page is 1945-vintage!


 A Vintage Journey wants us to use our spring colors this time (of course with a Tim Holtz influence), and I can't think of any color more spring-like than this Cracked Pistachio and being more influenced by Tim than by being inspired by his latest tutorial.



 That's it for today!  I appreciate your visits and your comments, and I'm so happy you didn't give up on me!  I read and appreciate every comment you leave, and I try hard to respond to each and every one! (eventually!) Hugs and Blessings!

Sara Emily

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


46 comments:

  1. Hi Sara! We have both been quiet and busy, lovely to see you back. Great tag, lovely stitching to frame your embellishments. Nikki xx

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    1. So happy to be back and so happy to hear from you! Busy is good, right? Thank you for dropping in and leaving this sweet comment! Hugs!

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  2. Oh, Sara, YOU are a vintage master! Your tag is my favorite! What a great idea to fraye the edges! Wonderful choice of ephemera pieces and your flowers are just stunning! Love the colours and sewing! Happy to see you back, my dear, with this wonderfully wonderful tag!
    Huge hugs :)
    Branka xxx

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    1. Branka, you are such a sweet heart! I figured it was going to fray, why not make it work to my advantage! The sewing is a joke! My machine was mad at me for not using it in so long that it just did what it wanted to! Hey what can I say, I only paid $1 for it! Tee hee!

      Thank you for your more than generous comment! It really made my day! Big hugs to you!

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  3. Oh wow, Sara, I love your take on Tim's tag! I love those hints of green coming through from the background! And arghhh, isn't it annoying when you can't get the camera to show how you see it IRL. :) I love all your details right down to the tiny knot around the arrow :) xx

    Hugs,
    Georgie xx

    PS, thanks for playing along at Frilly and Funkie (so glad you had fun with this) and thanks joining us at Mixed Media World xx

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    1. Hi Georgie! It's always a great day when I see one of your happy messages! I thought the knot was Branka's idea until I took a closer look at Tim's tag...I can't take any credit! I did have fun with your challenge at Frilly and Funkie, dear! I just had to participate! Wish I had time to make a butterfly creation, because they do make me Happy, Happy, Happy, and that was the first thing I thought of when I saw the challenge.

      Looks like you've been busy, busy, busy, so I am thrilled that you took the time to stop in and leave some love! Totally made my day! hugs! :)

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  4. Very detailed work, really interesting and lovely tag!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm happy you noticed the details! That makes me Happy, Happy, Happy!

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  5. Sara!!! Your take on Tim's tag is wonderful!!! Love your choice of trinkets :) Sending big hugs your way!!! Samra

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    1. Thank you so much, Samra! I'm looking forward to seeing yours! Happy Sunday to you! Hugs!

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  6. FAB Tag, Sara Emily!! Oh, I love your black embossing paste back there in your background! That's totally cool!! Love your choice of colors and Oh, look at those darling itty bitty little blue buttons! Such a great take on Tim's tag!! Good Luck at the challenges!! XOXO-Shari

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    1. Shari, I really got a great big smile on my face reading your comment! Thank you so much for your sweet comment; yes those buttons are the smallest I've ever seen! Big hugs!

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    2. Shari, I really got a great big smile on my face reading your comment! Thank you so much for your sweet comment; yes those buttons are the smallest I've ever seen! Big hugs!

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  7. Hey doll! Happy to see you creating wonderful pieces again. Love that black texture paste and your stitching is mouth wateringly stupendous, especially with that bow. You are a vintage master ninja! So many luscious details, bits and bobs. Amazeballs! Big Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

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    1. Awwww, Punkin! Another great big happy comment! I'm so pleased you liked my details! I had to laugh, because I can just picture myself dressed as a vintage ninja! Ha, Ha! Hmmm....Halloween costume idea! Big Hugs to you!

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  8. Your tag is totally stunning! Thanks for your kind comments on my blog, too. Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Thank you so much, Valerie! A very valuable compliment from you, a very talented artist! Hugs!

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  9. Your tag is totally stunning! Thanks for your kind comments on my blog, too. Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

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  10. Your tag is totally stunning! Thanks for your kind comments on my blog, too. Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

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  11. How glorious Sara!! I always look forward to seeing your version of Tim's tag and I am never disappointed! Your layout is inspired and I just adore the addition of the stitching!! It's just a wonderful version of Tim's tag! So glad you found a little time to relax and slip into your closet!

    Switching to DT mode now, Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Happy, Happy' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

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    1. Awww, thank you, Pamellia! It tickles me that you look forward to seeing my tags; I feel the same way about yours! The fact that you like the stitching makes hauling my two-ton out SO worth it! I can't wait to see your next beautiful creation! Big hugs!

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  12. I have said it before and I will say it again ~ you are so dang talented. This tag is fabulous! I don't know how it differs from Tim's tag but I do know that putting your own spin on his creation and NOT using everything he does is what makes your tag uniquely your own. I love your tag!
    Sandy xx

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    1. And YOU are so dang SWEET, Sandy! I'm so happy you stopped in for a look and leaving your comment, which just really made my day! Hugs!

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  13. Hi Sara thanks for your very kind words you left over at my blog yesterday. The yellow flowers in my garden are indeed azaleas and the green leaves are from one of my pot grown acers. I'm delighted to hear that you love your gardening too. Your tag here is beautiful, I love the black stitching xx

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    1. Thank you for this sweet comment, Jane! What a great compliment coming from you!

      And thank you for the information on the plants! I thought that looked like a maple of some sort, but never saw a leaf like that! You really did it justice with your photography! And the yellow azaleas with their delicate blooms are just amazingly beautiful--I'm so envious! Looking forward to seeing your next post!

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  14. Sara....That cracked pistachio...always catches my eye..LOVE....YOUR ....TAG....and those adorable tiny buttons....and your stitching.....and your quote...
    It's FAB!

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    1. Mylissa, how kind of you to visit and to leave this sweet, sweet comment! I think the Cracked Pistachio has got to be my favorite Distress color yet. But there are 3 more out there I haven't had the pleasure of using yet. Using them is what really grabs me! Hugs!

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  15. Wonderful Sara! Love how you stitched around the edges of the burlap and then frayed it and love you used more burlap for your tag tie, brilliant! Loving the cracked pistachio, a fab interpretation of Tim's May tag!

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    1. Thank you so much, Deb! I'm so happy you took some time to come visit! Your comments always make me smile! Sorry I'm so late; playing a lot of catch up with everything I do these days, it seems!

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  16. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving some love, Sara! I really love the color scheme on your gorgeous tag! The new cracked Pistachio is awesome isn't it? A beautifully designed tag!

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    1. Thank you, Lee-anne! Yes, CP is a wonderful color, and really takes on a life of it's own! That Tim is really working overtime with these magnificent monthly colors--loving that new Hickory Smoke! I'm going to need another job!

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  17. Hi Sue. Your Tim tag is awesome! First of all, thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Your comments are always so uplifting and smile getters. :) So thanks so much for them! I take them to heart and they mean so much. Now...your tag is awesome! Love the burlap background and your choice of the Cracked Pistachio and black colors to be your primary focus on this tag. They are awesome together and work so perfectly with the burlap. Your collaged tag is a great design. I love the machine stitching. That just adds to the wholesomeness of this tag. <3 Candy

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    1. Thank you for visiting, Candy and for making my day with this awesome comment! I'm happy you liked my tag!

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  18. I love your Tag for May! I would have not noticed the spritzing issue. Just sayin' This was such a fun tag for May! Thank you for sharing with us at Frilly and Funkie.

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  19. This is such a fantastic take on Tim's tag Sara! Love the group of flowers and stitching. Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey and Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

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    1. Awww, gee, Jenny! How sweet to say you like MY flowers! Thank you!

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  20. Stunning tag with a perfect vintage vibe Sara,love it
    Thanks for joining us at MMW and good luck :)
    Hugs
    Donna DT xxx

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  21. So, obviously, I am catching up on my blog reading! I've been saving this lovely post for a spare moment, and I've just enjoyed reading about how you created it. The texture from the burlap is wonderful..and all those little touches that are your signature make me giddy with joy. Ilove the sentiment, the fab photo (yes...they do look like faces from a church directory!) and the gorgeous flowers and shabby bow. What a treat! Thanks, Sara Emily!

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    1. Awww, thank you, Kathy! I'm so happy you like it! And I know you are REALLY busy, so I can't thank you enough for taking your time to stop by! Big Hugs!

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  22. I love your tags! Especially that green one- beauteous Sara Emily!! xx

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    1. Thank you, Jackie! I was so excited when our local craft store got this color in! I have been banned from on-line shopping for a while!

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