I Said I Wouldn't Do This!

Ok, I was talked into creating a blog to showcase my creativity. I have been resisting this for far too long, but now is the time to finally get the ball rolling.

So here goes. Come with me on my journey into creativity.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

TH 12 Tags of Christmas - Day 11

And we're almost done with the 12 Tags of Christmas.  I've had so much fun doing the tags this year, that I don't want the fun to end.  But as all good things .... must come to an end!

I'm loving all of the techniques, but once again, I have to use whats in my stash.
Take a look at Tim Holtz tag #11:


And now, here is my rendition of tag #11:

TH 12 Tags of Christmas - Day 10

Ooohhh... and I thought there was nothing else that could be conquered.  Boy, was I wrong at that.  Tim Holtz is still dazzling us with more techniques.  This is bringing back techniques that I've done in the past , but haven't played with for a little while.  I'm loving every minute of this journey.

Here's Tim Holtz day 10 tag:


And now, for my day 10 tag:

TH 12 Tags of Christmas - Day 9

And for today's tag, Tim Holtz showed the technique of double embossing.  I will have to try this more often.  I emboss a lot, but never 2 embossing.  I like the look of this.

So, here's Tim's day 9 tag:

I'm using my stash... and the one thing that I don't have are the Halloween dies.  But I can see some of them in my future.  So, without futher ado, here's my rendition of tag #9.

TH 12 Tags of Christmas - Day 8

And its a Steampunk Christmas tag.  I'm in love with what Tim Holtz has done with todays tag.  Very nostalgic.  I don't have a few of the elements that he used, but I'm going to work with what I have.

Here's Tim's Tag:

And now, here is my rendition of Day  8's tag:

Saturday, December 10, 2011

TH 12 tags of Christmas - Day 7

Yep, I'm still at it.  Taking me longer than I wanted , but I'm getting there slowly but surely.

Tim Holtz is at it again.  I'll have to wait til after he's done to pick my favorite.
Here's today's tag that he created:


And now, for my tag.  I didn't have the stamp set that he used nor some of the distress stains... but its all about using what you have in your stash.

TH 12 tags of Christmas - Day 6

And onward we go.  What a ride Tim Holtz has been taking everyone on.  I'm in love with the techniques that he is sharing.  Some things aren't for everyone, but I am trying them out to see how I can incorporate them into my everyday... lol.... crafting.

Ok... yes, I'm a wee bit behind.  but the weekend is here and I'm hoping to catch up with the last 4 tags before the weekend is over.

This is Tim's tag:

While trying to figure out how I was going to tackle this tag given that I didn't have that embossing folder, I still wanted to try out the techniques that was shown.  I dug through my stash and pulled out the embossing folder that was previously used .... the Christmas words.  I was going to make it work.

I gathered all of the acrylic paints that I have in my stash and went to work.  I think it came out pretty nicely.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

TH 12 Tags of Christmas - Day 5

And moving right along.  I'm only 2 days behind now, but by the time I post this one, I will be back to being 3 days behind.  LOL!  Oh well... life is grand.

Todays tag was another wonderful creation.
But after realizing that trying to use alternative method for the creation of this tag, I went with the alternative tag.  I think I like it even better than the first one he displays.

This is the original tag:

This is the alternative tag:

So after working on the first tag and deciding it was not coming out as I wanted it to, I nixed the tag and went for the alternative.  Here's my version.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

TH 12 Tags of Christmas - Day 4

I'm trying to catch up, but work keeps getting in the way.
So here goes.  Tim Holtz keeps amazing us with all sorts of techniques.  Some that I remember from last year , along with lots of new ones.  The Alterations dies that he has created are fantastic and very versatile that I had to go buy some that I'd not planned to buy.  But after seeing what he did with them, they were a must have.

Check out his day 4 tag: http://timholtz.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/12/12-tags-of-christmastag-4.html


So after getting the rest of my supplies, I have now created this tag .  I think I did a pretty good job in creating it.  Its very time consuming because of the crackle paint and having to let that dry.  But that gives you a chance to make all of the other components and get the tag ready for the snowman.

I used most of what he showed, and improvised on what I didn't have.  Here's the final outcome:

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

TH 12 Tags of Christmas - Day 3

Ok, I'm a little bit behind due to work and other things that are busy on my schedule, but I'm determined to get these done.

Here's Tim's Day 3 tag:


I know I have some bells and jute cord in my stash, but it is eluding me tonite.  So, I'm going with what was out in the open.  LOL!

Shipping Tag
TH Christmas Background Embossing folder
TH Season Silhouettes Christmas Background Stamp
Various Distress Reinkers
TH Bauble
MS Holly Leaf Punch
MS Branch Punch
Shimmerz Spray

Sunday, December 4, 2011

TH 12 Tags of Christmas - Day 2

Ok.... we're off to a great start.  I completed my day 2 tag and had to do a little improvising.  As I stated in my day 1 post, I'm trying to use what I have in my stash with minimal purchases for supplies that I absolutely must have.  LOL!  Thats what I keep telling myself.

So here is Tim Holtz day 2 tag: http://timholtz.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/12/12-tags-of-christmastag-2.html


So in scrounging up my supplies, I found I didn't have half of the items he used in this tag, but I'm going to do like Tim Gunn says "Make it work".  LOL!

So for my tag, I went back to my Cricut cartridge and cut the Reindeer from Very Merry Tags, as I had done last year.  I used Grunge paper to cut it out and then inked it with Frayed Burlap.  The Holly leaves were cut from the MS Leaves punch.  While talking to another Tim Holtz fan, we discussed how to make the paper using our stash.  So I took a piece of Kraft paper and stamped it with the Recollections Musical Note stamp using a black permanent Archival ink.  I then embossed some holly leaves and the words "Christmas Carol from TH Christmas stamp set.

I didn't have any of the Picket Fence ink that he used, so I lightly used my Snow Cap Paint dauber and rubbed some off before it dried.  I think my Kraft resist version came out really nice.  I used a TH On The Edge die to cut the bottom piece out of grunge paper.  I inked it with Gold Paint dauber, and then inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  I added some brads to the bottom after adhering the grunge paper to the tag.  For the final touch, I added the "Believe" charm to a piece of ribbon from my stash.  I'm proud to say that all the supplies used were from my stash.  Yea me... WTG!

And now, for my tag:

Kraft Paper
Recollections Musical Note Stamp
TH Christmas Carol Stamp
Holly Leaf Stamp
TH Brads
TH Ornate On The Edge Die
Andironak Snow Cap Paint Dauber
TH Grunge Paper
TH Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
TH Vintage Photo Distress Ink
TH Seasonal Distress Ink
Cricut Cartridge Very Merry Tags - Reindeer
MS Holly Leaf Punch
Red Rhinestone

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas - Day 1

Hey Everyone!
Its that time of year again.  I played along last year and I'm going to attempt to play along this year.... all dependent on my work schedule.

So, Tim Holtz is at it again, charming us with his 12 Tags of Christmas.  He is off to a fantastic start.  I'm a few days in posting my first tag, but I hope to catch up and post the days tag by midnite of each day.
His first tag is simply amazing.

Here's his day 1 tag: http://timholtz.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/11/12-tags-of-christmastag-1.html

In my opinion, the point is to create the tag, but not necessarily exactly as its displayed unless you want to.  I get a kick out of using whats in my stash and putting my own twist on it.
I started off by embossing a tag with the Tim Holtz Tag Die  and made from the Coredinations paper using the Sizzix Snowflake folder, embossing ink and white embossing powder.  I used the Storybook Cricut Cartridge and welded Noel together on Grunge Paper.  I added glue and sprinkled the MS silver glitter all over it an set it to the side to dry.  I created the banner from the Cricut Cartridge out of Kraft paper.  I stamped with a Recollections Musical note stamp and then inked the edges with Frayed Burlap.  The branches were cut with the MS branch punch from brown Coredinations paper.  The leaves were cut with the MS leaf punch from Green Coredinations paper, folded down the middle and sanded.  The edges were inked with the Snow Cap dauber.  The ribbon was borrowed from a friend at a crop (thank you Karina).  And lastly, I loved the pinecones that I stumbled upon at Michaels. 

So, heres my tag:

 Close up details of the bottom.

Close up details of "NOEL"

Tim Holtz Coredinations Paper (Blue)
White embossing powder
Sizzix Snowflake Embossing Folder
TH Baubles
TH Grunge Paper
TH Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
TH Distress Embossing Ink
Andirondak Snow Cap Paint Dauber
Mini Pinecones (Michaels)
Red Stickles
MS Leaf, Branch Punches
MS Silver Glitter
Kraft paper Banner cut from Cricut
Noel cut from Cricut Storybook Cartridge
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