Saturday, February 27, 2016


2016 Tim Hotz February Tag

February brings forth such wonderful memories to
my mind of making fun cards and projects for 
Valentine's Day. A month full of love and sharing
and giving to those that we love.
 As usual Tim captivates us with another 
tag filled with lots of good stuff.
To check out how Tim created this lovely
tag, just follow the link to his blog.

This month I got really carried away
on my tag and only followed the directions 
for making my base.
Ohhh but I had such fun going off on my own!
Here is my February Tag:

Now here are some photos of all the supplies
I used..the only thing missing is some 
cotton that I used for the eggs and some 
Tumbled Glass Distress Ink that I used to
color the eggs and I just typed the word 
"together" on a typewriter. least I think those are the ONLY
few items I left out!

After making the base for my tag,
I took the stamp of the single rose
and stamped it toward the bottom of
my tag using some Frayed Burlap
Distress Ink. Oopsies...I left out this
supply...but it doesn't really matter
because after I put EVERYTHING
else on the can't even see it.
(It was really pretty before I covered
it up).  You can see some of the leaves
peeking out at the bottom because I
stamped it more that once.

I then decided to use my Teresa Collins 
embossing folder:  So In Love.
It made these lovely little hearts
all over my tag...Yes...I am a heart
lover!  I just gotta have a heart somewhere 
in my project.
 Then I randomly painted some of them with
the Distress Tarnished Brass Crackle Paint.
I then started laying out my embellishments
so I could figure out my placement for 
EVERYTHING.  So since my photo was 
going near the top, I wanted to have the word
"love" by it.  So I made a little stencil from
Teresa Collin's "love" punch.  I "LOVE"
that it is in cursive....I applied Finnabair
Gold Crackle Texture Paste and then added
some of the Distress Tarnished Brass
Crackle Paint to it too, because I didn't
apply enough of the Gold Texture Paste.
 No mistakes right..I just tried to get 
enough on there so you could read the word. 
I then cut out part of a rose design from
some Valentine paper and put it behind
the heart frame.  I then applied Glossy Accent to 
the center. I stamped the birds using brown ink onto
a soft blue paper, cut them out and put them on 
chipboard and cut that out also and glued the 
birds to the top of the frame.  Oh they are really
"tweet" on it....Ha Ha!

I distressed the photo and added some
 Distress Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Ink.
 I cut out the word "US"  using the Typeset die.
I cut out two hearts to use
as photo corners on my photo and added the Distress
Crackle paint just around the edges at the top.
I used Tim's Heartfelt die...I really love how they 
look...especially with the touch
 of crackle paint on the edge.

I took some twine and wrapped it until I had
the shape of a bird's nest and applied some glue
and some smaller pieces of twine to look like 
twigs, and added my bird eggs.  They are made out
of small bits of cotton and I added just a touch of
Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to give 
it a touch of blue color. This was going to be nestled
below the frame with the flowers.
Next I got busy making some flowers and leaves from
scratch paper. I used the Tattered Flower Garland
and the Festive Greenery dies.
 I inked everything...made my banner,
(I just typed "together" onto some paper
and cut it out).  

One thing that I have found helpful when I get ready
to glue things down is to take a photo of
my project.  This helps me put EVERYTHING
right back where I want it to go.

Then I got busy gluing EVERYTHING onto the tag.
I took some white ribbon and applied some Tarnished 
Brass Spray Stain and some Antique Linen Stain 
to it before I tied it to the top of the tag.  

I hope you like my "LOVE" tag!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016



Out of the blue...My girlfriend said:
We have both been very busy lately
and haven't been able to scrap together much.
But still we talk at least several times if not more
a week.  This is part of life.  Moving forward,
changing, growing...learning.
This doesn't mean we won't ever see each other
again.  This just means CHANGE, and hopefully
some we hope to still GET

I decided I wanted to make her a little 
So I went online to find her home that was
already up for sale and copied it.
I thought a little something to remember
her home by would be "PERFECT!"
It didn't take long to make this little project.
I thought this can be made into an ornament
or she can leave it out on a side table.
I will tell you this...when I gave it to her,
She got all choked up and tears appeared
in her was 
appreciated and I felt sooo good that I was able 
to give her something that she would CHERISH!

So here is what I made:

The first step was to print the photo.
I then started with my base.  
I used some art mat board 
(I cut it on a large trimmer)
and covered it with some wood paper.
For my measurement I left about 1/4th inch
on the sides of the bottom base. 
Then I picked out some brick paper, because that
was an element in the photo.
I mounted that paper onto chipboard...leaving
more of a boarder at the bottom for my 
title.  I also mounted my photo onto to chipboard.
I glued all three bases together. 
I used a Studio Calico wood embellishment tab and
added Tim Holtz's Label Letters for the date on the tab.
I found some Scrabble letters in my stash and glued the tab
and the letter on with hot glue.  
I was amazed out at how quickly 
this cute project came together. 
So a little gift from my heart to hers...

Oh...speaking of hearts...I added one more embellishment
that isn't in the photo which really was special...
I put a tiny blue heart on the window on the right.
It really popped out because it matched the sky  ...
(and my heart was feeling blue because I was
going to miss her).
Lots of Love ....It's what we need ...
I hope you liked my little project.