Saturday, December 26, 2015


Tim Holtz 2015 Dec. Tag

May I have a DRUM ROLL PLEASE....

Here it is...Tim Holtz 2015 December Tag..
If you are interested in making this tag
just follow the link to Tim's Blog and he
has the directions right there for you!

It is sooo me...
and the basic components of this tag
were very simple and fun to do. The main thing 
that took the most time were cutting the
leaves, inking and shaping them
 and gluing them on.
I am also feeling so proud of 
what I was able to accomplish......
I completed every tag!
 (My first tag was
late - sooo sorry...and I also completed 
some older tags that I found that appealed 
to me - I just never posted the older tag versions).
I am definitely  hooked on creating TIM'S TAGS!
If you haven't done should ....
it is soooo much FUN!!! 

Here is my 2015 DECEMBER TAG:

Here is what I did different.
I used regular burlap, because I didn't have
the self adhesive textured surfaces.  I just
glued a burlap rectangle to the tag and cut around it,
to cut off the excess.  I used Barn Door 
Distress Spray on the stencil.  I was worried that it would be
 too bright, but it was PERFECT!... I used my 
FESTIVE GREENERY #657467 strip die
because I didn't have the punches.
Oh and I almost forgot I used this little 
Martha Stewart punch too.  
I used some "Jingle Bells" that I had
from Michaels.  I didn't do any of
the stitching because my little craft
sewing machine broke recently.  (Boo Hoo)!
I used some red checked ribbon instead of paper,
and for the topper ribbon I used Tim's and sprayed it 
with Iced Spruce, Bundled Sage,
Tarnished Brass and Walnut Distress Stain .
My favorite part was making the was 
really a "labor" of love.... cutting out all those
leaves, pinching the middles to make
the vein down the middle,  inking them,
 and gluing them to making the wreath.
I enjoyed it so much that I made another one. LOL!

I inked this tag using the ink left on my mat 
from my first tag and on the stencil.
I used the holly die cuts from the same die
and used paper scraps this time around.
I typed the sentiments on a typewriter,
tied the bells (also from Michaels) to some
twine, added some red bling for berries, and inked
my ribbon (TPC Studio - Holly Jolly #2010877),
before tying it in a knot and gluing it on. 
The Vintage Tinsel Ribbon #00392 was from Pink Paislee.
I used Ground Espresso to ink everything.
OHHH it turned out sooo pretty!
I hope this post doesn't come across
as too abrupt, but I had just a small
window of opportunity to sneak down
 to my craft room ..there is still a lot of
Christmas celebrating going on!
And NOW.... the most IMPORTANT part...
(My hubby was very JEALOUS! He didn't 
understand why I HAD to spend sooo much time
in my craft room) 

until next time...because I do want to ....
continue this journey.....

Monday, November 23, 2015


Tim Holtz 2015 November Tag

Here it it...Tim's NEW tag for November.
If you are interested in learning how Tim made
this Autumn Tag then follow this link to his blog
and he will provide all the directions you need
to make this sweet little tag.

I really enjoyed the process of making my tag for November!
I made a pumpkin tag last month, so I decided I would
finally play with my Bird Crazy Dies this month.
I love birds and I have grown to really like these little guys.
I went a little crazy myself and bought most everything that went with
these cute little guys.  The Bird Crazy die, the Bird Crazy stamps,
the (Bird) Crazy Things die and the stamp, and then there is the (Bird) Crazy
Talk stamp set...the only thing I haven't bought yet is the
(Bird) Crazy Thoughts stamp set.
 Oh yes...I am really into these crazy birds!

This is the (Bird) Crazy Thoughts Stamp Set:
The only thing "Bird Crazy" I haven't bought yet!

Simon Says Stamp has all these "Bird Crazy" products
and probablyanything scrappy you need.

Here is my "Bird Crazy" November 2015 Tag:

I hope you get my little sense of "Bird Humor,"
with Thanksgiving almost here.  LOL!
This tag doesn't really have any "girlie" items on it either,
unless you count the little bit of shimmer in the ribbon and
on the buckle of his hat.
This bird is definitely a "guy" to me.
Maybe Tim will make a female version!

Tag:  #8 Ranger Craft Inkssentials Surfaces # ISM27973
Distress Inks:  Frayed Burlap, Pumice Stone, Brushed Corduroy, Black Soot,
Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Barn Door, Abandoned Coral, Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber,
Ground Espresso and Walnut Stain
Ranger Archival Ink:  Jet Black
Distress Paint:  Picket Fence, Antique Brass
Distress Spray:  Antique Brass, Fossilized Amber, Walnut
 Dies:  Tim Holtz Bird Crazy #660964
Tim Holtz Crazy Things #660953
Alphanumeric #660056
Rubber Stamps:  Bird Crazy  #CMS212
Crazy Things #CMS237
Birthday Blueprint #CMS053
Stampabilities Wood Block Stamp Mesh Background #OR1046
Marker:  Fine Point Black
Paper:  Tim Holtz Water Color Cardstock #TDA39549
Ranger Foil Sheets #ISF40576
Scratch Paper:  White, Brown
Ribbon: Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon #TH93020
Hemp Cord:   #1936-91M Earthy Colors
Tim Holz Wishbone #TH93071
Craft Mat:  Ranger Ink Essentials Craft Sheet #NSC20667
Die Cutting Machine:  Vagabond  #656850
Distress Sprayer:  #TDA47414
Brayer:  Speedball #41217
Ranger Heat It Craft Tool:  #HIT00471
 Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tool: #IBT40965
Water Brush: Tim Holtz Detailer Water Brush #TIP33080
Other:  Ranger Glossy Accents #GAC17042
Pop Dots: Paper Studio Sticky Doos #430892
Ranger Glue Stick:  #IWT44666

To make the background of this stamp, I really tried to
follow along with Tim's directions.  I squirted a little
Picket Fence white paint on my craft mat and ran my brayer
through it and applied it to my stamp.

This was the closest stamp I had to the
Linen background stamp that Tim used.

This is Tim's Mesh and Linen stamp set. 
 He used the one on the bottom.  
 I was a little timid with my paint
 at first because in the past I  just stuck my stamp in the paint
and applied it to my project.
Using the brayer to apply the paint was a new trick for me.
But since the stamp was a fairly large one,
I can see that applying the paint with the brayer was definitely the
proper way to do this...(no I wasn't doubting Tim..but myself).
Then I stamped my image onto my tag.
 Dried it with my heat tool to set it. 
I did not have the sprays that I he suggested using
so I just used  distress inks (Frayed Burlap and Pumice) on my Craft Sheet,
gave a little squirt of water over the distress inks
and dragged my tag through the ink and dried it.Then
I applied ground espresso to the edges of my tag
 with my mini inker.
I didn't get as much concentrated color in the center
of the tag as Tim, but I am in LOVE with this back ground even more.

This back ground turned out sooooo COOL.
I love the vintage look of it and how it
looks like it has so much texture.

Next I veered completely off the grid and did my
own thing.  I took the birthday stamp, cupcake, applied
washi tape to the image next to the outer lines.
This is so I wouldn't get ink on the image....just
the lines. 

Then I stamped this image along the left edge
of the tag,leaving space at the bottom for a word.

I then picked out the bird I wanted to use,
stamped it onto water color paper (two times in 
case  I wanted to layer some of the parts), used 
distress inks with my water color brush to color one of the 
stamped images, then die cut the colored image.
I then went back to Tim's directions to apply the
foil to the edges of the tag.  I have been wanting
to do this since January.  This was really easy and I 
LOVE the result.  Just apply some glue with your glue
stick to the edges where you think you want foil, 
place your foil....FOIL SIDE UP...over the glue...
give a little RUB A DUB DUB....remove it....and 
like have this shimmery foil effect on the surface.

Next I went back to work on the main focus of my tag...the BIRD....
I wanted him to have a pilgrim hat.  I stamped the witches hat
from the Crazy Things stamp onto watercolor paper, colored
it using my waterbrush and black soot,
then I colored the band and the buckle, then die cut it out.
For the buckle I used brass paint then glossy accented it.
I then cut along the base of the hat is a straight line and cut off
the pointed parts of the brim, reinked the edges using black archival ink
and TA DA...instant pilgim hat. Oh I can't wait to get a picture...
but I have got to finish.
I glossy accented the eyes to my second stamped bird, after it 
was dry, I cut them out. I also colored the beak of the 2nd bird and cut that out.
I then pop dotted these parts onto the bird.  Oh he is looking cute! 
I decided to do the wings too!
I went on line got an image of a turkey leg, printed it, colored it,
and hand cut this out.  
Then I stamped the hearts from the Crazy Things stamp.
I colored them with Barn Door and Abandoned Coral and cut
them out.
 I then started assembling my tag.  I placed everything on my tag
then glued it down.  I then drew the word BIRD in a rectangle at the top 
of the know to kind of give it the look of a blueprint stamp.
 I then cut out the word "THANKFUL."
I had to use the letters because the block word was too large.
I glued these on after inking them with walnut distress ink at the tag base.
I then wrapped hemp cord above the word and tied it in a knot.
Then I inked my ribbon with the yellows and sprayed
 it with antique brass and walnut stain.
Then I tied my wishbone with hemp cord and put it on
the ribbon.  I took some walnut distress ink and applied
some ink around the images for some shading ....
Oh He is CUTE...I had so much
I think I turned into a "CRAZY BIRD" at the end...LOL!

(I am not sure what is green at the top of my tag...I believe
something is reflecting off of the foil)

Hope you like my "BIRD CRAZY" tag!
Thank you for all the fun Tim!!!

Saturday, October 31, 2015


Tim Holtz 2015 October Tag

Here it is my Scrappy Friends....Tim's October Tag!
He's so "cute" and "ugly" ....LOL!!!!!!
If you want to see how Tim made this monster tag, 
follow the link to his blog and he walks you right 
through it.

This year is flying by so very fast.  Now that Fall is
here, my life gets very crazy.  We have soooo many things 
happening between work, school, football and lots
of Birthdays all the way to the end of the year. I can just
feel myself aging...Ahhh but I am having fun with this life....
and that's what it's all about!  Being happy! Following along with 
Tim on this 2015 Tag journey has made me very happy!!!!
I didn't think I was going to get this made with everything I had 
to do ...but I did. 
In honor of my oldest son's birthday, which was his due date, 
and is his BIRTHDAY.....HERE IT IS...
(I hope you like it)!

William is..... drum rolls please:
28 years old today...Yep...telling my age here.
 Birthday Party takes place later today.
I still have lots to do!  
Sooo....let's get down to business:
TH Alteration Dies: 
Tag & Bookplate #656938
Pumpkin Jack #657463
Mini Scary Jack-o-lantern Set #657462
TH Thinlits Dies:
Celebrate #660223
Halloween #660957
Labels #660060
Birthday Blueprint #659882 
(this is a stamp and die set)
Sander, Stylus, Mini ink blending tool 
Distress Inks:
Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Black Soot
Fossilized Amber, Hickory Smoke, Vintage Photo,
Walnut Stain
Distress Marker:
Black Soot
Glossy Accents, Beacons 3-in-1,
TomBo Aqua Mono Liquid Glue
Mini Ink Blending tool
Spatters #THS009
We R Memory Keepers - Spookville:
Numbered Notes
Graphic 45 - Happy Haunting Collection
Midnight Magic
I just used these colors from my
scrap bin:
black, green, yellow, orange, and white.
The black and white diagonal stripe was in my
scrap bin too. 
Paper Studio Ribbon #780379
Paper Studio Spare Parts Googly eye Brads #717017
 Fancy Pants Bulb Shape Safety Pins #106
Recollection Stickers Ghosts & Bats #158919
Art-i-cake Charm #ALH46556

Making the Tag:
I cut my tag out of an old manila folder to use as my base tag and cut
 my Numbered Notes paper into a tag using the Tag and Bookplate Die.
I glued the cardstock to the base tag, sanded and 
inked it using Hickory Smoke Distress ink.
Next I cut Jack out two times out of orange and 
yellow scrap paper, and a small 
piece of green for the stem.
I used a stylus to draw the lines on the orange paper of Jack.
I place him on an old mouse pad as I drew the lines so 
I could get an indention. 
I then gave Jack a face by using the  Mini Scary Jack-o-lantern die.
Then I sanded and inked Jack with hickory smoke.
I placed Jack on my tag to get a feel for where he
needed to go and to see how much room was left for
I removed Jack and stenciled some splatters 
using black soot at the top and 
bottom right corner.  I wasn't sure yet how I was going
to embellish the tag so I put the splatters where I thought
 I might have open areas.
I cut the "HALLOWEEN" strip off of the Graphic 45
paper, inked it and glued it to the bottom of the tag.
Now to finish Jack.
I put the yellow cut out of Jack under the orange cut out
and lightly traced his face onto the yellow Jack.
I removed the orange Jack and took my Distress inks:
 Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, and Fossilized Amber
and inked the areas for his eyes, nose, and mouth that I
traced onto the yellow Jack keeping near the edges.
I wanted his face to "GLOW" from he was lit.  
I gently sanded and inked his "Top" and glued it
to the top of his head on the orange Jack and then placed
the orange Jack on top of the yellow Jack.
I then proceeded to gently glue Jack together at the edges.
I wanted the inside to be open to give him a 
3 D effect.  I then attempted to glue him onto the
tag.  He was rather wide so I left part of Jack 
hanging off the edge of the tag and bowed him a little
in the middle.  That is how I was able to have Jack's  face 
lift off the inside layer.
I wanted this tag to say Happy Halloween BOOthday.
So I got busy trying to figure out how to get this
on the tag in such a small space.
I found the Art-i-cake charm that said "Happy Halloween"
............this is soooo "Perfect!"
So then I took the Thinlits Halloween and Celebrate 
word dies and cut out the words Boo and Birthday 
two times in black and yellow.  I cut off the Bir
in Birthday and glued  the word Boo to the 
beginning of the word in the
black and yellow.
I now had "boothday" in black and yellow.
Then I glued the yellow on top of the black so the 
black would shadow the yellow and distressed
it with Spiced Marmalade ink.
I then needed a label for this to go on. I used one of the larger
labels from the thinlits label set and cut it in black and green.
I cut the outer embossed edge off the green and 
glued it to the black label. It was a little tight, but I'm
thinking it will work.  But it still needed some 
more layers.  I cut a small candle out using the 
Birthday Blueprint set, and inked it using Spiced 
Marmalade and Vintage Photo, being careful to
leave some yellow in the middle of the flame.
Then I put some glossy accents on the flame.
I placed the word "boothday" and the candle 
onto the label....and the oo's in the word 
"boothday" said, "We need eyes."  
So I got out the word Boo from the Halloween
thinlits die set and cut it in white card stock.  I then
used the circles from inside the o's to glue onto the back
of the word "boothday." I used a black soot distress 
marker to make eyes inside the white circles.
I could feel the tag finally coming together.  I place the label
onto the tag next to Jack at the top.  It was going to 
cover up most of the splatters, but that's O K.
I  then went digging in my stash and found the ghost and
bat stickers and the google eye brads....Gotta go with it.
I just couldn't work fast enough now.
  The bats went on the label and I glued it on.
Jack got some eyes. I put 2 ghosts on the tag, one by Jacks top and 
one by his cheek.  I then added the ribbon and the charm.
Ta Daaaaaa!!!!
All Done!
Now to get Will's presents wrapped and his cards signed...Yep
this tag is going on his gift, but I am sure I will end up with 
it so I can put it with the rest of my 2015 tags.



Monday, September 28, 2015


Tim Holt 2015 September Tag

Here is Tim's Tag for September 2015.  
For directions and supplies, follow the link to 
Tim's blog. He gives the "BEST" directions on how
to make this GORGEOUS tag.

I was so pleased to see all the color in this month's tag.
Does this mean we will have a vibrant Fall????
I really hope so...if not...I'll just look at my pretty tag
I made from following Tim's directions 
(with only a few changes...LOL).

With Fall finally here, it got me thinking about how
fast this year is flying by and then I realized there are
only 3...YES...3 more tags to make for this year.
I have really enjoyed making these much so
that I began going through older tag posts hunting for other
tags that I wanted to make.   I have made six extra tags.
I am happy that I have been able to stick to my commitment.
It has really brought me a lot of pleasure.
(Wish I was better about that in some other areas of my life, ha, ha).

Here is my version of Tim's September Tag:


My favorite part about this tag (besides all that pretty color)
was using my flourish with the transparent paste.  That was
I really LOVE how it catches the light and shines.
I am so happy that the colors shine right through it...kind of
like they are under water!
I also like how the butterflies look as if they are going to 
fly right off the tag.  Such a fun effect.
I made 3 changes to my tag...I added some Gold Glimmer Mist.
I thought it went well with the Fall motif.  I used some black and
white twine and I used the word "SOUVENIR."
This tag is my "SOUVENIR" for the month of September!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and if you want...
leave a little "SCRAPPY LOVE!"

Monday, August 31, 2015


Tim Holtz August Tag 2015

Here is Tim's Tag for this month and the link to
to all the supplies he used and how he made it.

Well I finally completed my August Tag.
Nothing like cutting it close to the wire!!!!
I tell you when I first saw this tag, I was like...
Blah...because the man and the colors just didn't appeal
to my taste.  But that was just my first reaction to the
visual tag.  So the creative side of me started reading and following
the post and within seconds I was hooked. I began thinking
about what I wanted on "MY" August tag, and
what story I wanted to tell, and could I actually
apply his techniques to "MY" tag.
As always Tim shows us the way.
My tag is TOTALLY different from his,
and I am again amazed at my finished tag.
I have to Thank Tim AGAIN, for all his
inspiration and encouragement because
without that...I know I wouldn't be
attempting this!
Here is my AUGUST 2015 TAG:


I wanted my tag to reflect something that I could
actually relate to.  I began looking at pictures, because
I knew I had to use something with meaning to me.
I ran across some pictures that I took in July.  We were all
blowing bubbles outside.  I immediately recalled the happiness
of that day and the "HEAT" of Summer!

Here are my two favorite pictures from that day.

(This is the photo I picked)

I have been waiting ALL month long to try and
get this tag completed and something always
interfered.  It is a relief to FINALLY say's done!

Magnetic Platform
Clear Plates
Heat Tool
Craft Sheet
 Tiny Attacher
 My own photo
 #8 Manila Tags
 Multi Medium – Matte
 Ranger White Gesso
Clear Packaging
Recollection Very Small Circle Punches
Hand Hole Punch
Glossy Accents
Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon
  Dew Drops Winter Retreat  DD24
Rays THS003
TH Alphanumeric 660056
Impression Obsession Clouds DIE068-A
Vintage Photo
Abandoned Coral
Spiced Marmalade
Mustard Seed
Barn Door
Monarch Orange
Potting Soil
Evergreen Bough
Rusty Hinge
Tarnished Brass
Fossilized Amber
TH - Documented CMS226
Hero Arts - Summer C3036
Stampendous - Destressed Type R140
Pebbles 732605 - 1905 Pine
Bo Bunny Double Dot Ocean Journal
Cosmo Cricket Social Club / Jazz
Webster's Pages All That Glitters WS1140
Stash:  Gold Metal Sun

I mainly followed Tim's directions.
I used brown hues instead of black.
I was trying to get a feel of sunshine, so I stuck with
yellow, oranges and red with a touch of aqua for some
added color.
I used the Alphanumeric die because I wanted to
say something specific that I didn't have in a die.
I was trying to keep the Rays from the stencil showing
through, but after I used the matte medium and some of the got lost in the layers.
I really enjoyed challenging myself on this tag.....trying
to figure out how to simulate bubbles, without losing them
totally within the layers as I did with the stencil. Also, I
wanted my words to still show up...
As always when I do these tags...I learn so much. I will
start using my archival ink colors more when I stamp instead of
sticking to black and brown.  I just love how my ticket
turned out.
I also love spraying the crinkle ribbon to match the tag.
It is on my favorite list of finishing touches.
SOOOO I am ready to see Tim's September's Tag....

Monday, July 27, 2015

Tim Holtz 2015 July Tag

USA TAG 2015

One of the things that I have really enjoyed about
making these tags is that I am using product that I have
always wanted to use and I am becoming more comfortable
using them.  It is SOOO MUCH FUN!
 I loved making this simple tag this month and adding some 
little sparkle to mine.  
And yes...I did  make a few changes for this tag...
but not much....

For a complete list of supplies used for Tim's Tag,
follow this link to his blog.

I had to change my ink because I didn't have my Hickory
Smoke (YET) so I used some Weathered Wood.
 I also used some Tattered Angels Silver Sugar
Glimmer Mist to add a little shimmer. (You can't see
it in the photo...but it's there). Then I used a pretty sparkly star
from Teresa Collins Blingage - Shelly's Stars to dangle with
an eagle charm (found in my stash) from the ribbon.
There were several things I really enjoyed about making this tag:
I love tearing the paper and adding ink...I haven't used this technique
in a long time, but have always loved the look.
I also loved adding ink to the ribbon along the edges and adding more
distress color to age it.  It looked so vintage ..LOVE!
The only other change I made was to add some distress picket fence
to my eagle and star and I scuffed up my # so it wasn't so shiny.
To finish my look I added walnut distress ink to my # and  around the edge of the tag.
Oh I almost forgot...I didn't have the I typed the word
brave onto the label.  I realize that I used a red label instead of the black,
but it's such a small difference, that I left it...Besides...I do like red! I think
the word shows up better beside the red too, since mine was typed!
One thing I need to work on...
My sewing...I can't sew straight line on these tags to save my life...LOL
(But there are NO MISTAKES ...right?)
AND.... I love the Distress Glaze.... I can't wait to use it again!

I love the 4th of JULY....being with out...
and of course the OHHHS and AHHHS of the fireworks!
A Perfect Tag for a Perfect Day!

Thank you for stopping by for a visit....
Leave some LUV if you feel like it!


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Tim Holtz January Tag 2015

Tim Holtz January Tag 2015

Here is Tim's Tag

As usual Tim has made an AMAZING TAG.
You can check out Tim's Tag, all the directions, and
the products he used on his blog:

I can't believe that June is almost over and I 
am just now completing my January Tag. 
I am just so happy I finally made the tag as
I fell in love with the entire process of creating it.

When I began making the tags for this year,
January just flew by and I wasn't able to make mine
in time to post.  I always knew I wanted to change mine up 
a little bit.  With January celebrating the beginning of a new year,
I really wanting to create an impression of fireworks.
I love is just a beautiful explosion of
color in the sky for everyone to "AHHH" over.
So that is how the idea of my tag developed.

Here is my version of Tim's January 2015 Tag.

I made my background following Tim's
directions.  Then I got to work
using Tim's Label Die: #660060.
I am really loving this die and finding it very
versatile.  I used some scraps of black and gray card stock
and gold shimmer paper to cut out the 
design shapes for the fireworks.  I off set the shapes 
as I layered the design and of course I inked and distressed
everything! For my numbers I drew them on chipboard and
hand cut them out.  Then for the five I used the glitter,
and for the one I used layers of paint and finished with a 
coat of Glossy Accents.  I used a Vial Label behind the one, 
inked it with Walnut Distress Ink, and stamped
 Jan on it and used a fine black sharped to make
some small dots under the month. I used a small brad 
and a gear on the smallest firework.
 I also added some bling ...a little extra ohhh and ahhh!
For the chit chat stickers, I put them inside a Sizzix 
Frame, Stamp Combo die.  I backed it with chipboard, 
painted and distressed it, Glossy Accented, and used
 twine and a Hitch Fastener for a knob to hang
it on.  In the center I distressed the itty bitty heart brad my 
girlfriend gave me from her stash.  I followed 
Tim's directions on the twenty.  After everything was
adhered to the page, I then continued to layer with 
Tarnish Brass Spray Stain, some Picket Fence 
(I splattered with an old paint brush) and some Walnut 
Distress Ink and Spray Stain.  I was heavy on the tarnished 
brass spray, but I was really happy with the look of this tag
when I was finished
Supplies I didn't use:
Arrow, star, spritzer, splatter brush, Krylon gold leafing
pen, and I used the Vial Labels not the Index labels.

 I was at a girlfriend's house and 
didn't have all my product I wanted to use for this tag.
However, I was really pleased with the outcome.
It turned out totally different from ANYTHING I 
have ever made before....probably the most 
distressed look of anything I have done.
I really got into it....
This tag was all about the layering
of color, expressing a fireworks display, and making
it SHIMMER! I wish you could see it for real, because
I don't think my picture did it justice.
I am loving my January Tag!!!!!!