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Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Tim Holtz “Enameled” Tag

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Tim Holtz “Enameled” Tag

You win some, you lose some and sometimes it’s a draw. I was initially thinking this was a “lose” but I’ve decided to cut myself some slack–I’m calling it a “draw.” There are design elements that make areas of the tag work and I like the feel of the tag, but I just can’t call it a “love.”

For example, I really like how the “enameled arrows” work with the metal arrows and the saying, “Be careful going in search of adventure, it is ridiculously easy to find.”  Arrows just seem to work with the quote.  Adventurous.  I also like the way the black ribbon, the black shiny embossing and the black woven vertical ribbon tie the tag together.  I also like how the vintage glass embellishment fits into the piece.  I like the texture that the “enameling” created.  I like the background colors.  I like most of the parts of the tag.  I think I should love this tag–I guess what I am dissatisfied with is the sum of all those parts.

I also enjoyed learning a new technique.  The “enameling” really creates a cool texture. And the gold is so of the moment.  So on trend. You can learn exactly how to do it on the Tim Holtz Blog, here is his link: http://timholtz.com/12-tags-of-2015-march/

Thanks to Tim Holtz for his March Tag of his 12 Tags of 2015 series.

Cheers,

Trish

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6 Projects, 1 Creative Blitz

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Hi. My boys including the big boy went for a winter weekend away. I stayed home and worked through a creative blitz. I dropped them off at their meeting point at 6 AM, I designed and created all day and night.   I finally called it quits at 12:08 am. I just love creative days, don’t you?

It was one long glorious day of crafting, creativeness and art. I worked on eight projects.  I started six new projects. And I finished six projects. Two of the new projects I started aren’t finished, but that’s a-okay.  They will be finished by the end of this week.  Yippee!  Nothing like completing a project unless its starting a project.  Below are some images of what my day looked like! I loved my day!  Thank you!  It was a blast!

Cheers,

Trish

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag–It Feels Like Spring

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag–It Feels Like Spring

Hi.  So this weekend I worked on some great creative pieces.  One of these creative endeavors resulted in this very pretty tag.  It is inspired by the beautiful, warm spring-like weather we are enjoying in Southern Cal.  It may be snowing elsewhere but here it is 80.  So, here is a tag that is part spring like and pink.  A pinky spring tag!

Enjoy!

Trish's Tuesday Tag 2/17/15

Creative Details : It’s all about the layers…I first stenciled a back ground using a circle stencil, polka dot stencil and a diagonal line stencil with various acrylic paints including Liquitex, Distress, Golden and assorted craft acrylics in bright pink, bright green and orange .  Then I added black Distress and Golden acrylic as an accent.

As the paint was drying, I stamped a torn piece of muslin with “gorgeous” in black ink.  I made sure to fray all sides of the muslin.  I glued down the pink ball embellishment with hot glue.  Then I added the ivory crochet ribbon under the balls.  I hot glued the muslin to the top of the pink ribbon.  I mod podged the pink flower to the tag being careful not to get any gluey stuff on the muslin.  While the tag was drying I dug through my embellishments stash and found the perfect metallic silver leaves.  I attached the leaves with hot glue under the muslin.  I found a little fabric butterfly and added it to the top of the muslin.  I tucked in a homemade embellishment I made– a flower I stamped on top  book paper, fussy cut and covered in glossy accents.

The tag still needed something so I added a ruffle of pink crepe paper.  I ruffled it without concern for exact ruffles or even spacing on the back of the tag using hot-glue.  I trimmed up the bottom of the ruffle so it was even.  Then finally I added black rub-ons and polka-dotted the entire tag except the flower and embellishments with a white acrylic Sharpie Paint Pen.  And finally I added a piece of ivory binding ribbon I stained with Distress Stain through the top hole of the tag.  A perfectly pink spring tag.

Trish’s Tuesday Tag Valentine’s Day

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag Valentine’s Day

Hi.  Happy Valentine’s (week).  Hey, so today I want to walk you through my Valentine’s Day tag creations.  I created not one but nine tags as I was just so inspired, my creative juices were flowing.  I was inspired by none other than the amazing Tim Holtz.  On his blog he hosts a 12 Tags of the Year.  He posted his February 2015 Tag earlier this month.  Check out his step by step instructions on his blog post: http://timholtz.com/12-tags-of-2015-february/

So as I collected my supplies I quickly realized that I had a lot of “left-over” ephemera, stickers, scrapbook paper and embellishments.  So I decided to create a stash tag.  And since I was saving my $$ for the Rose Bowl Flea Market on February 8 (more on that fabulous adventure next week), I decided no new purchases; though I think Tim Holtz’s metal arrows are awesome.

I began my first tag using mostly stickers and really liked the outcome.  I noticed I had a ton (maybe a bit of an overstatement) of stickers and decided to continue with tags.  Hence the nine tags.  I probably could have kept going but really.  So after I stuck all my stickers on my two sizes of tags (#5 & #8) I added some scrapbook and book paper.  Covered everything with a coat of Mod Podge and let them dry. See my 9 beauties below before any highlighting or lowlighting.

Valentine's Day 9 drying tags

As you can see some of the colors are a little strong.  I followed Tim Holtz’s step by step instructions and added some “white” paint.  His steps are easy to follow.  I followed his steps until he started adding ephemera pretty closely.  Sometimes, I don’t follow steps very closely but this time I did.  Back to the unifying “white” paint.  I used Distress Paint in “Antique Linen.” I liked the softer “white” as my tags were already stickered in “old” papers/stickers.

Once the tags were softened with Antique Linen I highlighted the tags with Black Soot Distress Marker. Then I began adding my ephemera.  Below are the tags with the ephemera laid out but not yet attached.

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I attached (Thanks Jen Cushman for always “attaching”)  the ephemera using hot glue, Tombo adhesive, and metal wire.  And finally, I used the shipping twine that was originally on the small tags.  I wanted to de-emphasize the top of the tag as the tags themselves were so interesting and sort of strong and masculine.  I did age the twine with scattered straw.  And when I thought they were all done I decided to edge the tags.  I added some ColorBox Terracotta ink and some Scattered Straw Distress Ink around the tags.

These fast and easy tags added to the Valentine’s Day holiday decorating theme that I inadvertently started.  My Valentine’s decorations this year are red and black, with a dash of book paper.  I have a final three that I liked best–but really I am pleased with all of my tag designs.   I love the results!

Valentine's Day Final three

Cheers,

Trish

P.S. I forgot to share all the supplies I used.  Below is a picture of the supplies minus the stickers and book paper.

Valentine's Day Tags Supplies