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!!!


  1. So so so stinking cute!!! I LOVE the turkey leg! LOL!!! FUN take!!!

    1. Anita....thanks so much for taking the time to visit and leaving some "LOVE!"
      I still love your "crazy bird' !!!!!....especially that cute gobbler.....sooo creative!

  2. Like Anita, I just love that turkey leg, yours is such a fun tag Mylissa! Thanks so much for your visit and comment on mine. Anne xx

    1. Redanne....Hey there....thanks for stopping by...I did have fun creating with the birds! Congrats again on your win....both your tags are awesome!