Sunday, May 24, 2015

12 Tags of 2015 - May

Happy Sunday, Everyone!

Hope you all are having a fabulous weekend.  Today I am sharing my Tim Holtz inspired May 2015 tag project.  First, here's a peek at Tim's inspiration tag:

I'm pretty sure that this is my favorite so far.  (I'm also pretty sure I say that every month.  They just keep getting  better and better, as impossible as that seems!)

Here is my take.  I finally got around to adding some paint to the second "frame".  I painted a layer of Gathered Twig DP, and dry brushed on touches of Walnut Stain.

I used a mix of ephemera cut from Tim Holtz Idea-ology papers, and copies of my personal attic collection, along with Idea-ology, random bits and pieces, Chit Chat stickers, and Remnant Rubs.  My tiny roses and buds were cut with my Silver Bullet Professional cutter, colored with Distress Stains, and assembled.  

Some close ups:

I used a charcoal pencil to ground my ephemera on the burlap backing.  The mirrored star was alcohol inked and then rubbed with a bit of Gathered Twig Distress Paint.  (The brown circles were punched from sandpaper. I can't recall why I did that, but I sure am glad I kept them in my "junque" box!)

The rhinestones on the frame received the same treatment as the mirrored star; Alcohol ink followed by a bit of Distress Paint.  I didn't want anything to be too bright and shiny. I don't know who the lovely lady is, but since she was in the family attic, I'm claiming her as a relative.   You can see my stenciled and inked embossing paste peeking out from behind the elements on the left side.  I added many layers of Distress Paint to the metal label frame before adding the Remnant rub label.  It started out shiny, believe it or not! I tied it on to my tag with a simple Distress dyed seam binding bow.

I love my Penny Duncan Creations rose SVG files.  Being able to cut them in any size (less than 1/2 inch in diameter for these ones!) with my Silver Bullet and SCAL software gives just the flexibility that I crave as a crafter.  The foliage cut is also one of Penny's designs. 

Here you can see the custom charms I made using alcohol ink and a Remnant Rub on a glass charm, and alcohol ink and Distress Paint on a gumdrop in an Idea-ology Type Charm base.  I find that the Distress palette of products coordinates really well with my collection of attic ephemera, as well as Tim's  Idea-ology ephemera, which makes creating matching, custom colored bits and pieces really simple and fun. 

Creating this month's tag was a rewarding process of combining personal and reproduction ephemera, and creating custom coordinated embellishments using my collection of Tim Holtz products.  What a pleasure!

I hope you find time to have some fun playing with Tim's ideas for the May tag of 2015!

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. Holy amazing Elizabeth!! You are blowing my socks off right now!! Sorry Tim, but the winner is quite clear to me, wow! Sandpaper, what!!! Love that! Your rusting on the sentiment plate is fabulous and all your elements are just perfect!! Best version of Tim's tag ever! Can you tell I love it? lol :)

    1. Thanks, Pamellia! Wish I could remember what possessed me to punch those circles of sand paper!

  2. Elizabeth, I agree with Pamellia above! I think your tag is a sure winner! I'm not sure how Tim picks his--I think part random, part what he likes--and I'm sure he's going to LOVE yours! I picked it out of all those thumbnails on his blog as MY favorite! All those wonderful elements/ephemera so well composed, and I LOVE< LOVE< LOVE your tiny flowers! The jeweled frame just really sets this apart from all the others! Well done! Hugs!

    1. Thanks so very much, Sara! Your comment has made my day!

  3. Thanks for your kind comments on my Churchill tag. Thought I'd pop over and have a look at your version. Have to say I love how you've framed it and all the bits and bobs you've used. I'm sure that is half the fun .....rummaging for all the bits to use and adapt. Elaine x

  4. Elizabeth...The showcasing of your tag really caught my eye..It is soooo different...Plus I love what you did to the metal pieces...they look like they have been outside for years... (LUV)...and i love the frame....Just really liking what you did...Thank you for the pleasurable visit!


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