Happy Holidays and...

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Santa Roxy is ready to celebrate the holidays too!


December Tag Swap

It was my turn to think of the tag challenge this month, and I thought this one would be super easy.  We all had to create a tag using either the title, a verse, words or just inspiration from the song "Believe" sung by Josh Groban from the movie"Polar Express".  Did I say, I thought this would be easy?  For some reason every idea I came up with turned out in a mess, so after a few attempts, I just gave up and did this one.  How does Tim Holtz come up with those fabulous ideas every night for 12 days?  Anyways, here's my tag:

Even my photo turned out kind of blurry!  I used paper from Fancy Pants' new winter collection,Sizzix and Tim Holtz snowflake dies, a few of Tim's snowflake stamps, Tim's winter limited release inks, and acrylic for the back piece.  The acrylic was embossed with a Tim Holtz snowflake embossing folder, then I tinted some Rock Candy crackle paint with Distress stain and scraped it on the acrylic.  While it was still wet, I sprinkled green glass glitter and clear Mica flakes on top.  The "Snow is softly falling" is a line from the song, which I printed directly on the paper. I print first on a piece of regular printer paper, then tape my tag with removable tape onto the paper, lining up where I want it to be printed and put through the printer again.  I added a few diecut snowflakes (American Crafts glitter paper) a Memory Box diecut bell and ribbon. I glad I got these done, now onto my do-to list, which keeps getting longer!
Have a great weekend!


Tim Holtz Tags

I am amazed I've actually been able to do four of Tim's 12 tags of Christmas.  I have been so busy the last week, but at night, when I really need to take a break, instead of just watching t.v., I work on my tags. (and listen to the t.v.!)  This 4th tag was a little more involved, but it was fun to do.  I love anything to do with snowflakes!  Here's my tag from day four:

I used pretty much the same things as Tim's tag on this one.  I loved doing the background technique on this tag.  The rock candy crackle paint technique is so cool, except I put way too much on in some parts, and the crackle came off and left some bare spots.  I filled in those areas before I stained it and it was fine.  I'll know better next time!
This is Tim's tag #6.

At first I wasn't sure about this one, but I think it was all the different colors of paint on the tag that didn't appeal to me.  Still into the snowflake theme, I chose this Tim Holtz embossing folder.  I used three colors of Ranger paint dabbers;  pearl, silver and aqua.  I used the aqua for the background, pearl for the snowflakes, and the silver was around the outer edges of the snowflakes.  After burnishing the painted tag, I inked the whole tag with Twig Distress ink (from his Autumn collection).  I really like how the color turned out!  I forgot to mention, I didn't have any of his metal adhesive sheets, or should I say, I think I have them but after looking for half an hour, couldn't find them!  I used one of Spellbinder's metal sheets (I did find those!) and glued it to my cardstock with Claudine Helmuth's Matt Medium (best glue, ever!)  Instead of a charm, I die-cut a snowflake with chipboard and a Sookwang adhesive sheet on top.  I then covered it with Craft & Glitz glitter.  I love blending different colors of this glitter together, you can make your own custom colors.  I used lime green, sand and gunsmoke blue for this combination.  I then filled one of Tim Holtz's mini bottles with mica and attached the two to my ribbon. This was probably the easiest tag to make so far, it didn't take long at all!
Have a great Friday!

Tag #2

This is a quick post today, I'm supposed to be decorating my house for Christmas.  But, what am I doing? Tim Holtz tag #2.  I have a huge mess right now, boxes are everywhere, ornaments on every surface, but those tags keeping distracting me!  Here is my tag:
I didn't have his holiday resist papers, so I just stamped with clear embossing ink and one of his stamps.  Instead of burlap, I used some linen I had tea stained (from an old cross-stitch project). That's all for today, I have to go empty out more boxes!

Tag #1

Every year I follow Tim Holtz and his twelve tags of Christmas, but I never seem to have the time to make any of them.  Well, I'm really going to try this year to make them.  At least I have finished the first one, so that's better than the previous years!
The photo is not the greatest, it was so dark and gloomy this morning when I took it.  Love this pinecone die, it's one of my favorites!  Hopefully I can get the second one done tomorrow.

I'm off to the Festival of Trees.  The Urban Scrapbook tree won 2nd place for Best Design!!  We are all pretty excited at the store, they featured it on the local television station this morning.
Have a great weekend!

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