Tag Archives: Tim Holtz

Tag it Tuesday: You Can’t Fix Crazy

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Tag it Tuesday: You Can’t Fix Crazy

It’s true…you can’t fix crazy. Sometimes, it’s your crazy that can’t be fixed…most of the time it’s someone else’s crazy that can’t be fixed. 

It’s a little manila tag layered with acrylic paint, ink, a stitched frame stamp. The butterfly is glittered with Tim Holts’ delicious picked raspberry and purple glitter. 

 

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Starfish Beach Banner

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Starfish Beach Banner

Ahoy, Dude, Mate, Hey:

Surf’s up!  It’s an awesome day to catch some rays or waves or just enjoy the last long days of summer.  Out here in Southern Cal we can enjoy a warm day at the beach all year but the sun feels different in the summer.  I created this banner to celebrate the last summer beach days we have.

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I started with an existing starfish garland.  Then I altered it with glitter letters in sand colored glitter.  Big grainy glitter.   I altered the glittered letters with shells or a little bling.  Then I added pictures of beach babes and seashells in those plastic, Tim Holtz bubbles that were so popular a few years ago.  I taped them bubbles shut with shiny blue tape after I added 3-D embellishments and tiny seashells.  I dangled a seashell from the bubbles.  They added just the right amount of detail without taking away from the clean look of the beach banner.

Enjoy!

Starfish Beach Banner

Starfish Beach Banner

Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Tim Holt’s 12 Tags of 2015 April Tag

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Tim Holt’s 12 Tags of 2015 April Tag

Wow!  It is unbelievable how quickly a month can fly by.  Taking a vacation was awesome but boy do I notice that I missed a week of work, fun and creating.  It is April 28 and I am finally posting my addition to the 12 Tags of 2015 Tim Holtz monthly challenge.

As you know I am not a big sewer.  I love all the crafts and art with machine stitching it always seems like a big hassle to get the machine out.  Once it’s out. Then it is fun.  Maybe someday the sewing machine will have a designated place so that it is always available.

So, here is my tag inspired by Tim Holt’s challenge.  It was a stretch not because of the composition but because of the sewing machine.  I managed to break a needle and jam the machine.  I think it was a tension thing. Then it became my tension thing.   In any case, it is a lucky day that the tag is done.  I like how fresh it feels.  The tag I created ended up a little more themey (I know fur sur “themey” is a word) than I planned.  After the sewing machine hassle it seemed the sewing theme was appropriate.  What do you think?

Trish' Tag Sewing

Next month is literally only a few days away.  It is the first time in a long time that I don’t have to wait what feels like a looooooooooooooonnnggg time before the next challenge.  Can’t wait.  It’s onto the next.

Cheers,

Trish

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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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