Tim Holtz 12 Tgas of 2013

12 Tags Of 2013 – September

Hello readers. I’m back to posting the next tag in my 12 Tags of 2013 series and the next in the sequence is this September tag. Tim Holtz’s focus for that month was using stencils for layering pattern using different mediums. It was an interesting technique and I jumped right into experimenting with it as soon as it was posted. I had a finished tag which I then duly hung on my tag board….but…..it just wasn’t gelling with me. So last week I tried again.

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And this makes me happy. All previous attempts at making something turned out muddied and dull, which is why I had to walk away.  When I start out on my backgrounds I usually colour several tags at a time and pick out the one I like the best. This time around I was spoilt for choice as they all looked right. No muddy colours, yay!


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I started out stencilling Distress Paint thru a dot pattern. In the top right corner I layered a different section of the stencil over the top of the first to get spots on my dots. I then coloured the tag with Distress Stains using bright pinks and yellows. Some more stencilling is added but this time with  Distress Inks, to create the wavy lines.


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By now I’ve already decided that I want to use my  umbrella man stamp as my focal image, and he gets stamped with a permanent Archival ink in Manganese Blue. Somehow this image, when it was all set and dry, looked like there was sunshine on his shoulder while his head was still shadowed by the umbrella. Gotta love those happen chance moments. I then finished off with the radial stencil, deliberately placing the centre over the mans head. Oh and I should mention (for those that notice these things) that the pale wavy lines in this part of the tag are part of the first layering with the paints, not a top layer with inks.

I wonder, how do you choose the words to stamp onto your cards and tags? I nearly always choose mine by what ever I have that fits in the space I want it to go. If I find a sentiment with the right shape then I’ll read it to see that it is appropriate. I picked this one because it’s shape closely resembles the shape of the man. Do you make choices like that as you create with stamped images?


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And lastly a look at what the September Tag Wall looks like. I have a completed tag for October so keep an eye out for that one in the coming week. Happy crafting to all.

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12 Tags of 2013 – August

Hello friends. Today I have finally got around to posting something for my 12 Tags Wall. Tims tag for August used an old technique which happens to be one of my favourites – masking. I got a bit carried away during the month and made several tags using the masking technique, but I only have room on the board for one and this is what made the cut.


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I bought this Tim Holtz Wild West stamp set when I saw it on sale one day. I liked that it was so different in theme to a lot of what I already own so I decided to add it to my collection. It’s one of those sets that I love to get out and just mess about with, so I’m pleased it finally got an airing on the blog. I used all but one of the images from the set, masking each layer as I stamped further into the background. Once all the stamping was done I then worked in the reverse direction, sponging from the background to the foreground, peeling away the masks as I went. The final piece of masking was a freehand cut edge to create extra clouds of dust under the horses feet.


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I totally forgot to take a photo of the tag wall for last month. Duh! First two rows are now full of inky goodness, And it won’t seem to take too long before the last row is full too.

Yesterday I could have used a real horse man, instead I had to rely on shanks pony. I was rounding up some loose cattle on a steep bit of country. I started out using 4WD but decided I’d have more luck if I just legged it up and down the slope. Got a great workout. On a more serious note though, I had to be self reliant doing this job as there was noone else around to help and I was so proud of myself for achieving what I did. Of course I rang my partner to let him know what I was up to and took advise from him before I set out. And in all reality it was probably a small job for any woman bought up on a farm, but I’m still kind of new to a lot of this action. Go me!!!


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12 Tags of 2013 – July

Hello dear readers. Time for another tag for 12 Tags of 2013. When I first saw the tag that Tim had demonstrated I had an immediate vision of what I would create using some of the same techniques. But the reality of bringing it to life eluded me, lol. I always trust that my muse will be with me when the time is right. And that time was today and I made my tag with no vision at all this time. It was just some creative play time prompted by ideas that Tim Holtz used for his tag.


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The background was brayed with  Antique Linen and Scattered Straw Distress Stains. Footsteps and text were then stamped onto the background using Archival Ink colours Aquamarine and Saffron.


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My starting point for this months tag however, was these die cut alphas. During the month I’ve been messing about with my gelatin plate, experimenting with different ideas for a step thru tutorial and demo I’ll be doing soon. Out of curiosity I wondered what one of the prints would look like cut up with my Word Play Sizzix die. As I rearranged the letters to make different words and phrases I settled on an idea to use ‘style’ as my inspirtaion for the rest of the tag. I recut the letters I needed with grunge paper, glued the paper print on top and covered them with Rock Candy Distress Crackle.


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I departed from Tims tags and went my own way with adding my ‘style icon’. I ‘dressed’ my Dance Card lady in some offcuts from the gelatin print scrap heap. I must admit I had a bit of fun trying different outfits for her to wear.


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In a nod to Tim I did pull out the washi tape. And I also found a label from a  sticker book to use as an embellishment. Two items I’m sure I’d never use without a prompt. And note to self – wear glasses when working with small stuff, lol. And true to my usual form I completely omitted any other form of embellishment of the metal and ribbon variety.

I will let you in a small personall challenge I have set myself. I’m not really an embellishment Grinch. They just don’t look right on my stuff, if you know what I mean. So…..I recently bought a couple of charms that I’m determined to find a use for on one of these tags in the near future. Certainly before the end of the year. It can’t be that hard!

As I used my gelatin prints for the making of this tag I’ll also be linking up with Gelli Print Party.

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12 Tags of 2013 – June

Hello friends and welcome to my new subscribers.

It was a pleasant change of pace to have some extra time during the week for some creative pursuits, so I got stuck into doing my June tag inspired by Tim Holtz. Interestingly enough he chose to work with a couple of mediums that I have no great affinity with – markers and paint. Ha! And there is a reason why most of  my stamp collection is devoid of line art images. Hmmm! I did however, despite my apparent aversions, have a go at colouring several images with my Stampin’Up! markers. I’ve done it before and got good results…..but meh….. I just wasn’t loving it. And if it’s going to go on my wall I’ve got to love it, right. So I went back to Tims Tag to find my inspiration.


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And this is the end result. Definitely worthy of a place on my wall.


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The base tag was coloured very much as Tim demonstrated with paints and stains. As usual most of it gets covered up with stamping and other stuff, but before that occured I had a very pleasing background to work with. The backgound was then over stamped with several images to match my theme. This time I used a Cobalt Archival ink. You know how I don’t like to use black, and I thought the Cobalt was a good match for the blueprint theme I had going on. I embellished this theme with a collection of ‘ephemera’, some of which are Kaiswercraft diecuts and the other a stamped piece of vellum.


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I bought this little stamp in a sale bin a long time ago, never used it, and in spite of several interim purges I always kept it. Just love the look of it I guess. So I stamped it off with the Colbalt ink onto watercolour paper and coloured it with my waterbrush and Distress Inks. I liked the splatter that Tim used on his tag and I had a practice at doing it on some scraps first. I like the results I got from pooling some Distress Stains onto the end of a pallet knike and then flicking, and when I went to commit some splatter to my image I had a little spill and got big splotches, lol. I quickly mopped up what I could, and loved it it even better than my original intention. So this week I’m going to enter into Simon Says Stamp and Show with at Splatter and a Splotch, which both begin with the letter S. Got to love those little mishaps!


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Ah… another one of those stamps from long ago, never used and always kept. The border detail stamp is an Anna Griffin treasure. A piece of decorative stonework for a building maybe? And I had to find a way to use my new stamp set, Going Somewhere, from my winnings from Tim, and this little phase was perfect in sentiment and size for this little scrap.

Last month when I went to the city, I took a guided tour around Brisbane. I worked right in the heart Brisbane many years ago, and you think you know your city pretty well, but doing a tour reveals all those treasures I had brushed passed everyday without ever ‘seeing’. I loved hearing the stories about the old buildings and what was left behind for future generations. Do you know about the treasures in your city or town?


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And I leave you with a pic of the ‘Wall’. See you back here again for the next round. Get creative!

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12 Tags of 2013 – May

Oh happy day, dear readers.

After much perserverance, trial and error, I have finally produced a tag for the May edition of Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013. This month Tim demoed a rub-on resist technique which I had a fair go at recreating. But for one reason or another none of the tags really gelled with me by the time I had something resembling a finished item. The backgrounds usually looked good, great even, but  I couldn’t get a cohesive look by the time I added some stamping and embellishments. But art time is never wasted even if nothing immediately tangible comes from it, because with patience, out of the choas comes something that I eventually find pleasing.


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Something bold and colourful!


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This is how the background looked after the first steps of adding rub-ons, stains and watermarks. I just love the effect of stamping with water onto an inked surface


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Next comes the stamping with Archival ink. I love stamping in colour, and used Deep Purple here to stamp the ‘weeds’ from the Urban Tapestry set. Simon Says Stamp and Show set a challenge this week to go Into The Woods, and I liked this image to create a tangled undergrowth.


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As I was looking through my stash for something appropiately woody I found instead something completely non-woody! A long forgotten peice of printed acetate, which I now deemed as perfect for background for my embellishment. I cut out a section that had the number 5 on it……….


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……………. and layered my number 5 embellishment on top. I covered a chipboard piece with a piece of adhesive foil sheet, ran it thru an embossing folder, applied alcohol inks and lastly added some rub-ons.


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Now back to my undergrowth In The Woods. You know how I make multiple Stamp2Cut images in one session so I have something ready made to add to my projects? Well this is another one of those. Who would have thought that an orange bird on an orange branch would be just what I need to finsh off this tag? Okay, so it might not rock everyones boat, but it sure floats mine!!


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Oops, terrible photo, but the  weather has turned foul and I’m on a mission to get this posted. Can’t leave without a shot of the line up so far for the year.

May is always a great month for me. I have my birthday early in the month, Mother’s Day and this year a special treat from Tim when my name was randomly selected from participants of last months tag to win a gift voucher. I was able to pool some of my good fortune together and purchase a couple of crafty items. Thank you Tim, family and friends for being a part of making this month special for me. Love you all!

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12 Tags of 2013 – April

Hello readers and a big welcome to all my new followers who have joined me here. Whoa, it has been weeks since I last posted and I know some of you have noticed the gap. My work load looks set to stay in overdrive for months to come as some major flood reconstruction projects have only just begun. This week I managed to ‘book’ myself a few indulgent hours in my craftroom on one of my days off, so I was able to get a tag done for my tag wall. Yay! But before I get onto that I must give a shout out to Simon Says Stamp for the $50 gift voucher I won for linking my last post up to one of their recent challenges. Woo hoo!

So here I am at last with something made for this months 12 Tags of 2013 inspired by Tim Holtz. This month Tim focused a lot on using his new paint collection, of which I have none. And I still only own two colours of acrylic paint, white and turquoise, so my alternatives where pretty slim when it came to making a tag with similar techniques that Tim used for his tag. But it was doable!


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Following Tims process as described for his tag I made a background with a base of acrylic paints, layered dye ink over the top and lastly randomly flicked on water spots to react with the ink. This technique gives a whole different way of layering and removing colour which I’d love to experiment more on.


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I lacked ideas for alternatives for many of the techniques and embellishments Tim used this time around, so it was paper and stamping all the way for me. The winged insects was a theme I could work with and my trio of butterflies were a combo of stamping and tissue paper prints.


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I treated the twigs in much the same way Tim did with his dragonfly by stamping the image in the background and layering a cut out of the same over the top. I used Stamp2Cut to get the intricate cutting details with the twig. When I cut these twigs I do a whole bunch at one time and this particular one was deemed by me to be dud since the stamping didn’t seem to be quite right, but I like the faded washed out look as it adds a a great contrast against the background. Love it when a fail turns into a save!


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Since I only had paper and stamps to work with I decided to create ephemera-like embellishments in the form of tickets, journal notes and text. I die cut my tickets from a previously made background tag. It was originally made for a Christmas theme but I figured if I flipped the ticket upside down the original ‘Christmas’ stamping would become less apparent. I never discount anything in my stash for use on a project.


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First row of the Tag Wall 2013 is now complete.


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Looking very colourful indeed. I love to create through applying colour. Much more vibrant than my real life, lol. This week Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge asks us to focus on colour, so I’ll be linking in with them this week.

Not sure when I’ll be back with another post. I’ve got some choises to make with some upcoming work that could see me living away from home for up to two weeks at a time or working 12 hour shifts six days a week. I can see that I’ll have to book another appointment with myself in the craftroom if I want to get anything done, lol. And all this work is cutting deep into my social interaction thru blogging and forums so I’m feeling like I’m having a one sided relationship and some wonderful connections are getting short changed from my side. Thank you for all your support during this time. And in the meantime happy crafting to all you lucky people who are still carrying on. I miss you!


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12 Tags of 2013 March

So here we are, racing towards the end of another month and that means I need to get cracking with my tag wall post. Mr Tim Holtz has once again inspired us to get creative with this months tag installment. I must admit that the soft colour palette and the abscence of inking manilla for this months tag had me stumbling at the starting block and I think I just kept coming back to look at it for the first two weeks trying to figure out what to do. In the end, with time running out I eventually resorted to making most of this tag much like the last, in my work breaks with a small stash of supplies.


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Considering I had to make do with whatever I took with me for the two days it took to make this I’m well pleased with the end result. There were several moments of frustration for lack of supplies that I was ready to scrap it, but knowing I’d probably not get time to start again challenged me to salvage what I could from my meager stash and just keep at it. My tag was already prepared with stencilled moulding paste and I added Twinkling H2O watercolour paints to the background for colour. Lucky I had a mostly sunny day that day and I was able to get it dry, eventually, since I couldn’t use a heat gun, lol.


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Tim used a banner on his tag and I decided I wanted that feature on my tag so a couple of banner die cuts made it into my box of tricks. I end up tossing the first since I messed it up and crossed my fingers the next, and last, banner would be more pleasing. It was a close call. After I committed to attaching it firmly with glue I just wasn’t that thrilled about it. My tag by this time was all but complete but I was out of ideas in my craft box. I eventually figured out what needed to be done though and once I was back in my craft room I was able to add the finishing touches with the mini floral arrangment.


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There were some elements from Tim tag I wanted to adapt to my tag including the rabbit, the die cut aperture, some sparkle and the ribbon. I own a grand total of one rabbity thing, so that stamp made it into my box. I was going to forego the die cut aperture but as I was searching through  my tag stash I found one solitary tag with a ticket window cut out of it. Seriously! WOW, so glad I saved that reject and put it back into my tag basket. I cut it down to make a frame out of it, made a mess out of the front side, flipped it over to the back side and stamped right over the top of the stains to be found there. And call me crazy, but I did take a couple of pots of glitter with me to work that day and miraculaously I didn’t make a awful mess with it. Then there was the ribbon. The seam binding was smooshed with ink, wetted down and left to dry in the open air while I did other things. I was just going to use it for the tag hole but it occured to me I could use it for the rabbits cravat too, so I did.


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The other inspired element I want to add was the paper grass. Once again I go to my stash of inked up tags and find what I need and  cut a tapered fringe. And for good measure I add some extra embellishments with flowers and fronds left over from the banner.


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And the tag wall for March 2013 is finally updated, with a lot of determination and perserverance.


March 2013 Crafting

Thought some of you might be interested in my seeing my ‘make do’ crafting station for the week. Lucky for me I had a quiet job that week and the weather was fine most of the time. I left the cropping tote at home and used a plastic storage unit instead since it would be more dust proof and I could use the lid for wetter crafting. With a vague idea about what I wanted to do I could keep my supply selection down to  what I thought would be most useful. On the ute tray you can see my art journal, ink pads, pre-inked tags, adhesives and spray bottle and inside the box are my stamps. paints and other tools. I wouldn’t want to craft like this too often but in a pinch it worked out. Having a selection of pre-inked background tags really extended my options with adding colour and layers to my finished tag.

This weekend will be Easter and we will be heading off to see family in other parts. All previous planned trips over the last few months have had to be aborted due to inclement weather so we are crossing our fingers we get lucky this time. See you all in the new month and until then, happy crafting.

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12 Tags Of 2013 – February

It’s getting close to the end of the month and I still haven’t posted my version of this months tag for 12 Tags of 2013 by Tim Holtz. Eek! I kept a lot of things similar to Tim tag this time around, even to the point of using more black in my work. I think black is starting to grow on me since it’s the second time this month it has had a prominent presence in my work.


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I started the tag by colouring it very much the same way Tim did with Distress Stains (Barn Door and Fired Brick) and water spritzing. I used  images from Tim Hotlz’s Dance Card rubber stamp set as the man and woman as a couple would be the closest thing I could come up with for a valentine theme.


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Just as Tim had done, I stamped them out onto water colour paper and with rough brush stokes I coloured them with my Distress Inks. I liked the way the brushstrokes turned out on the man but the woman looked quite dull beside him. Not being too keen to redo her I brainstormed to come up with an idea to improve what I had. Would it surprise anyone that my remedy would involve more stamping? I stamped patterns into her clothes with Tim Holtz Bitty Grunge rubber stamp set, selectively masking off areas to achieve this. I also stamped the dance steps from Dance Card into the background.


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I had bought some Tim Holtz Kraft Core sheets several months ago and hadn’t used any of it yet, so I go to fish it out to see if I had a colour that would be suitable. I was quite surprised to see I had added a black sheet to my purchases that day. I must have had an idea that black could be a useful colour to have on hand someday, which turned out to be entirely correct. I ran a scrap of it through a Cuttlebug folder and  sanded the raised parts to reveal the Kraft Core. Simon Says Stamp and Show’s challenge this week is to add some metal element to our project, so I die cut some Ranger Foil Tape Sheets with a Cheery Lynn Anastasia border die to add some shine to the tag. As I looked at all the parts of the tag in front of me I was hard pressed to think what else I should add to finish it off. It looked complete as it was so I decided to leave it as it is. No further embellishment was neccessary.


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And this is what the tag looks like on the Tag Wall. I think we’re in for another colourful year!

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12 tags of 2013 – January

Tim Holtz’ 12 Tags of 2013 has kicked off. I saw the first tag he made for the year, read his creative process, relooked at the tag ….and had no idea what to do. In between working on some other crafty projects I’d revisit his post. Still nothing. Oh dear! I figured since this is suppose to be my enjoyable pasttime I’d continue working on my other endeavours. Sure enough, as soon as I let my expectations go I started to see other possibilites.


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First thing I let go of was the colour theme. Here in Australia it’s high summer and we are having extreme hot weather. I’m not in the mood for browns. I need fresh colours today. I don’t possess any of the gadgetry images that Tim used for his tag, so I stuck with the techniques, in a round about fashion. In my tag stash was a sample from my Creative Chemistry 101 Online Class with brightly sponged on colour and water flicks all over it.


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These blue twigs were cut with my Eclips using Stamp2Cut when making my last tag. I figured they’d get put to good use one day, I just didn’t expect that day to be so soon. Looking thru my collection of embossing folders, I found bird in the grass design and knew it’d be a perfect backdrop for my twigs.  I highlighted the raised areas with ink and my blending tool. I don’t possess any metallic paints or stains, so I settled for shimmer on the twigs for my shine factor.


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I liked Tim’s use of sentiment panel. It was large, taking up nearly one third of the tag surface. I wanted someting large and prominent too. This is a great quote and the dimensions were just what I needed. I have a collection of large patterned and textured stamps, called Cover -A Card, which I use often on my projects. I don’t mention them half as much as I use them. They are my little work horses that often go unnoticed. I used Courduroy pattern here to create a background texture for the sentiment. And one last nod to the inspiration that is Tim – I used some brads. Hey, they’re the only metal embellishments I have., lol.  I even got the hammer out and smashed them up a bit.


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Ta da! First tag wall photo of the year. Last year when I saw my first tag on the board I was keen to get all the spaces filled. Now I look at it and feel a sense of possibilities and wonder at what may lie ahead. It’s like a fresh new beginning with a clean slate.

Simon Says Stamp and Show is having a Totally Mad (No Rules) Tea Party to start off the New Year of challenges. Hey! I’m having my own Tea Party every time I sit down at my crafting desk. Every day! I love it!

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