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.




  1. What a wonderful tag for your son! 28, but he's still your baby, right? This is so creative, and I bet your son loved it! Thank you for your very sweet comment on my blog! I'm so excited to be one of the lucky winners this month! And what fun we have making these! Hugs!

    1. Hello there Sara....thanks for taking the time to stop by and leave such lovely words! Yes...Will loved the tag....I don't think he's missed it yet...he was very enamored with his birthday gifts!...yes! I have had the most fun with these tags every month!!!..hugs back at you!