Thursday, July 30, 2015

Birthday Tag-Altered Surfaces

Hello, friends!

I wanted to join in Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015-July and Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge # 33, but have been pretty tied up this month with vacations, Dr. visits, and most recently a surgery.  But a great blog buddy is celebrating her birthday, and I wanted to make her a card.  Perfect inspiration for getting 'er done!

Here's the tag I made for her using Tim's July tag for inspiration, and including some altered Ideaology and Alpha Pieces for CC3C's challenge which is based on Tim's Altered Surfaces technique found on page 45 of his inspiring book A Compendium of Curiosities Vol. 3 which you can still purchase here.  This is the second to the last challenge at CC3C, and I didn't want to miss one more of Linda's challenges. (I was out of town during the last challenge, and just couldn't get it together before I left for vacation.)


As always, the Curiosity Crew has some amazing inspiration for this technique.  Be sure to pop by Linda's blog to see how the Crew put their own spin on the technique, and then visit each of the Crew's blogs to see all the details of each wonderful creation.  Linda is offering two prizes as always:  a humongous pile of Tim's goodies generously donated by Tim and Mario for the Curiosity Crew's Choice and a whopping gift certificate  to Inspiration Emporium generously supplied by the owners Joy and her family. And everyone's a winner because they get to try out a really fun and easy technique.

I won't go into any details on how I did this; Tim always provides the easiest to follow tutorial and you can find that on his website.


Here are a few close-ups, so you can see the details.  I pretty much followed Tim's instructions on his blog, but was lacking one key ingredient. Let's just say, I've got to get my hands on some of that Distress Microglaze.  I won't divulge my secret ingredient to achieve the same look, out of fairness to Tim, but I will say I will get some of his good stuff as soon as I am able; it will be a whole lot easier!  I also used his Spritz and Flick technique to up the vintage look and used faux stitching using his design ruler and pen.  Lifting my sewing machine is off limits, per Doc's orders! The colors I used are Peacock Feathers, Pumice Stone, and Wild Honey inks and markers and for my Altered Surfaces Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio and Antique Bronze distress paints.  I also used a little Antique Linen paint on the vial label. Stamps used are from Tim's Mini Blueprints 4 and Simple Sayings sets.  Remnant Rubs for the label, Ideaology embellishments and dyed Crinkle Ribbon finish it off.



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

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015-July

Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge # 33

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge No Ordinary Paper I used Tim Holtz Distress watercolor paper for my stamped and colored panels.


Thank you for stopping in today, and for all you kind comments!  I  read and appreciate each and every one of them and do try to reply.  I am doing my best to get around to everyone's blog to leave some love.  I must apologize, I have limited time at my computer due to my recent surgery (I still only have a desk top PC), and I am on bed rest the remainder of the next 24 hours, so it will take a while.) Hugs, and Blessings!

Sara Emily
So sorry for the upside down photos--Blogger seems to be stubborn this morning, and I'm supposed to be on bed rest, so I better get to it! Just twist your head around and they will be fine! :)

21 comments:

  1. Beautiful tag Sara, love the color combo..and choice of stamps! Its brilliant!

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  2. Really great play on the theme this month! Love the colors and embellishments!

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  3. LOVE the turn of the images and the tag! CUte cute image coloring too! Thanks for adding on the altered pieces too...love the question mark! Thanks so much for joining us at CC3C!!!

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  4. So awesome!! Love your take on Tim's July tag. Turning the stamped images is such a genius idea!! The colors are beautiful and I really like your altered images. Hope all went well with your surgery. I can completely empathize. Wishing you a quick return to health. -- Mary Elizabeth

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  5. FAB Tim Tag, Sara Emily!! I love the happy colors you've used--This tag is a celebration just waiting to be enjoyed!! :) And look at you go with incorporating CC3 #33 into this, too!! You clever girl :) :) Take care and recuperate well!! XOXO-Shari

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  6. Ohhhh boy, oh boy, oh boy! This is amazeballs! Love the images and the colors and the ribbon is to die for dearie. This just made my day splendid. The recipient is ooober lucky! Wowzers! And awesome sauce! And fantabulous and stupendious!!!!! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

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  7. Awesome, amazing, fantastic take on Tim's tag, Sara! What a genius idea to turn the stamp images! Colours and ribbon are just breathtaking! Bravooooo, my friend!
    Huge hugs! Branka xxx

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  8. Oh my gosh Sara, you freaking rocked the July tag!! LOVE the colours and the stamps you used! Great job dying the ribbon, you may have inspired me to try doing some dyed ribbon myself! No offence to the man, but you really took my breath away with your version! Stunning my friend! hugs :)

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  9. I love that the piece you altered is the question mark - such a great way to use it! Your project is terrific, Sara, and the dyed ribbon is a crowning touch. Thanks for sharing with us at CC3C!

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  10. Sara...You had me at the tealish-blue color!! LOVE IT! Your altered surface of the question mark and token are beautifully done and so perfectly blend with your tag. Love the trio of blueprint stamps you've used and how you've colored each panel. And the shabby striped ribbon...that's a real winner, too! Love it! Thanks for sharing your art with us at CC3C. <3 Candy

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  11. Ah, most lovely Miss Sara Emily! Very nice use of altered surface and beautiful interpretation of Tim's tag. I appreciate you hanging tough with us even in the face of a surgical procedure. Creativity heals!! Hope so, anyway. Thanks, my friend. <3

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  12. Wonderful birthday card Sara, you did Tim proud! Sending you healing energy and positive thoughts that you are up and about very soon, take it easy and give yourself time to heal <3

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  13. Scrumptious birthday take on the July tag - even if I have got a crick in my neck now!!
    Alison xx

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  14. Gorgeous Birthday gift for your blog buddy!! the colors ,the ribbon!! I love that you dyed it to match- yummy!!! Who says you are down and out? Even sitting you create like a madwoman artista!! hugs my friend!!xo

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  15. Well, look at you rocking the tag! I just love all the colours you've combined the stamps and the framed "?" is AWESOME! Fantastic tag! Thanks for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Blog. Cheers Nicole

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  16. Fabulous tag Sara! The altered surfaces you added on are a great addition! Thank you for joining in at CC3C!

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  17. Hi Sara - I love your different take on Tim's tag and that you can use it for a real purpose too! It's really fun. Love the bow - it matches perfectly. And the way you placed the metal embellishments made it all come together. It's such a neat birthday card - unique which I love. But I am mostly just stopping by here to thank you. Oh my goodness, gracious - you have no idea - none... how much your stopping by my blog today means to me. And to stay so long - looking, commenting... when you are already so busy and behind.... well... it's overwhelming. All your comments were so so special. Honestly, I just have tears streaming at the moment from your kindness. You gave me such a fabulous blessing of love and friendship today. Thank you from my heart. Hugs. j.
    P.S. I would have replied on my blog but the reply button won't work. I have contacted them three times but still not fixed. I tried to fix it myself by reading on the internet what to do but that didn't work either. Oh well - I'm just not very social media savvy! But I did want to thank you..thank you... thank you... j.

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  18. Hi Sara - I love your different take on Tim's tag and that you can use it for a real purpose too! It's really fun. Love the bow - it matches perfectly. And the way you placed the metal embellishments made it all come together. It's such a neat birthday card - unique which I love. But I am mostly just stopping by here to thank you. Oh my goodness, gracious - you have no idea - none... how much your stopping by my blog today means to me. And to stay so long - looking, commenting... when you are already so busy and behind.... well... it's overwhelming. All your comments were so so special. Honestly, I just have tears streaming at the moment from your kindness. You gave me such a fabulous blessing of love and friendship today. Thank you from my heart. Hugs. j.
    P.S. I would have replied on my blog but the reply button won't work. I have contacted them three times but still not fixed. I tried to fix it myself by reading on the internet what to do but that didn't work either. Oh well - I'm just not very social media savvy! But I did want to thank you..thank you... thank you... j.

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  19. I really love these tags Sara the colours the way you have used them I was never keen on these stamps until I had seen these tags. X

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