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April 30, 2015 @ 9:55 PM

My April tag bears little resemblance to the examples Tim Holtz made for this month, but still incorporates several of the same techniques. I didn't have flower stamps that would have given the same effect...and I just had to play with my new "Fresh Brewed" die!

Before I even cut the cup and lid shapes, I grabbed a piece of stencil plastic and cut a stencil of the shapes included on the die. That gave me the perfect template, using the top and bottom lines of the sleeve design, for cutting the slots to hold the cup in place.

I'm still excited about the idea of dragging out my sewing machine to help create some tags more like the ones on Tim's website. Maybe this weekend?

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March 30, 2015 @ 11:06 PM

Between skipping a step on the first tag and the huge amount of fun I had with the textural embossing technique, I ended up making two tags for this month in Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2015 challenge. Even though I missed adding a first layer of tissue tape for the tag on the left, I think it's my favorite anyway. In fact, I learned that it's a good idea to do some smoothing of base layers before stamping detailed images...unless you don't mind the ridges showing up in subsequent layers. I think a layer of clear gesso would level out the surface nicely before painting and stamping!

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March 1, 2015 @ 12:27 AM

Once again, I'm running right up to the last minute getting a tag posted for the 12 Tags of 2015 challenge hosted by Tim Holtz. I did at least create a few handmade elements to include in this month's collage tag! Tim's tag used a felted heart, but I really wanted to crochet one...so I went in search of a pattern. I found the pattern for the heart shown below at this site: http://patternpiper.com/2014/01/20/crochet-heart-tutorial/. The instructions worked out great -- once I realized that they were in UK terminology and found the translation guide someone had thoughtfully added in the comments!

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January 31, 2015 @ 10:15 PM

 Wow...I'm not sure what happened to the second half of 2014! Honestly, I just got busy with other creative ventures - like taking some introductory book binding classes and getting caught up in something of an obsession with that. I also rediscovered my love of reading for pleasure. Now that I seem to be finding a little more balance between reading, learning, and creating...maybe I'll actually manage to complete the 12 Tags of 2015 with Tim Holtz and company! It's a worthwhile adventure because Tim is good about introducing new techniques each month and implementing it in his own design. Sometimes I just copy (or attempt to copy) his design. Other times I change things up a bit as I work through his instructions. ...

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June 15, 2014 @ 10:00 PM

 It's so hard to believe that another year is almost halfway over! Yet, here we are in the middle of June...which does happen to be one of my favorite times of the year. It's balmy and beautiful in the mountains of western North Carolina right now. Of course that also means we have plenty of company in the area to enjoy it with us. I am blessed to live in such a beautiful place. Luckily, I'm also only about four hours from the nearest beach!

Tim's tag this month was full of bright, vibrant color that just screams of summer. With my body and soul reaching for the sea, I had to go with those colors. Everything about this tag was fun. From the inky watercolors on the stamped image to the monoprinted stencil design and the...

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June 15, 2014 @ 9:52 PM

Hi! This tag is very late finding its way to my blog...because I was very late getting it completed. Then I just zoomed through the next one. I understand why it took some time with this one. I did the "Imagine" tile early in May, but then I got stuck on what I wanted to do for the remaining elements. Once I got my general direction figured out, I was good to go and actually had fun making the tile pieces to hold the embellishments. The door on the lower left was great practice for the June tag!

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April 27, 2014 @ 11:04 PM

 There are some techniques that I find intimidating enough to make me procrastinate on starting a project. Once I get started, though, I usually find that my fear was actually much more scary than the thing I feared. Such was the case with the paper roses on this month's tag! Once again, I was reminded that hot glue can make almost anything work. Now that I am past the hurdle of the first couple of roses, I have ideas that will make them even easier...just in time for Mother's Day cards!

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April 27, 2014 @ 10:56 PM

A bit behind on the Tim Holtz "12 Tags of 2014" challenge...but managed to get caught up this weekend! Once I got started on this one, I really enjoyed making both the tag for the challenge and a 4 x 6 size version to go in a photo display stand for my office.

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February 12, 2014 @ 11:09 PM


I had so much fun making this heart themed tag! Since I was missing several of the supplies used by Tim Holtz for his February tag, the challenge to improvise made the whole project more engaging. Between using a different sentiment stamp, a heart sprinkle stencil, a hand-cut heart with glitter, and even a custom border sticker, I had several opportunities to branch out. I made the textured border sticker with a Sizzix Texture Fade, my Big Kick machine, and some wonderful self-adhesive silver foil paper from the company where I work. I have several sample sheets from a few years ago that had just been waiting for inspiration - or dire need - to strike. The slightly distressed look given by the texture treatment just ...

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February 12, 2014 @ 10:59 PM

 I loved making the focal pocket watch die for this tag. With the start of a new year, I am always more aware of the passage of time. As usual, my version used most of the techniques Tim illustrated in his tag...but with my some changes to express what is on my mind. Here is a link to Tim's tag for January. Since I was still playing catch-up, I didn't get mine uploaded in time to make the gallery for last month...but I am starting to add my February tag NOW!

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