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Monday, April 20, 2015

Happy Spring! Tim's 12 tags of 2015 - April

 

Here is my interpretation of Tim's Tag for April 2015.  As typical, lots of improvising (which I find SO much fun!), and I really think the little "band" on the tag is cool - I am going to make some cards using that technique.

What I Used to Make my Tag:
Wendy Vecchi Stamp it Stencil it, Marigold, WVSTST013
#8 Kraft Tag (homemade)
Distress Markers in Evergreen Bough, Riper Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemon, Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Soot Frayed Burlap and Pumice Stone.
Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Brush - Detail
Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alphanumeric #660056
Silhouette Machine
Piece of Light Brown cardstock
Wink of Stella, Clear
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Distress Marker Spritzer


Stamped flowers
First, as I don't have any Kraft tags, I made my own.  I folded a piece of Kraft paper in half, glued it together and trimmed it down to tag size.  I put the tag aside and concentrated on finding a good flower to use as the focal point. I have some flower stamps, but none of the ones I looked at had an open enough space in the petals - until I remembered I have some Wendy Vecchi SiSi stamps - SiSi stands for Stamp and Stencil (there are some really cute sets!).  I finally chose the Marigold stamp and stamped it 3 times on my watercolor paper, that I had cut down to size as instructed, in the Jet Black ink.  I used my ink spritzer (for the very first time! I need a bit more practice) to spritz the background of the tag in Evergreen Bough, dried it with my heat gun and let it sit aside to fully dry.

Once the tag was fully dry, I water colored my flowers; I can remember coloring
like that with watercolor pencils, back when the water brushes first came out.  I used more color on my flowers than Tim did on his.  I finished the water colored portion by edging it in Frayed Burlap.  Set that aside and began to figure out how I was going to go on to the next step.


I was hoping I had a word I could use in the Holiday Words Script die set, but, none of them really worked. I knew I was going to make my second word, Spring, out of the Alphanumeric Die Set, but I struggled with how I was going to make my first word.  As usual, when I don't have the products to make something the way I want, my Silhouette machine steps in.  I designed and cut several "happy" cuts, using different fonts, and chose the one I liked best.  Then came cutting the strip into the tag.

I am not gifted with measurement gene (or the driving directions gene), but I tried to measure the way Tim tells it on his blog - I finally just measured from each side of the tag, and then the strip part itself.  I spelled out Spring with my Alphanumeric dies, then attached them all together with temporary tape (I use regular clear temporary tape, so I can see the placement).  Held my breath, and
cut the word out.  That's one of those moments if you mess up the entire project goes in the garbage.  But I did it (whew!) and it was while testing the water colored insert that I realized I stamped too many flowers on the paper.  If I hadn't of put the little piece of light brown card there, the flower made it difficult to read. So I glued that piece in place and added some sparkle with Wink of Stella in Clear.  Thought I was done with the tag, took a bunch of pictures and realized I had forgotten the star! I found a star that I had already punched out of silver paper and attached that.  I debated hand drawing the stitches, but. . .I don't trust myself. So I took more pictures, added the little piece of ribbon and took even more pictures.  That's it! I had forgotten how much fun water coloring is and have added that set Tim used in his tag to my Need ASAP list (which grows longer and longer and longer. . . ).

Please consider helping me meet my goal of 100 new followers/subscribers in 2015. And leave me your blog info in the comments ~ I'd love to pop over to your blog and take a look! Fondly, Christi


And one last look ~

I'd like to enter my Happy Spring Tag in the following challenges:
Tim's 12 Tags Challenge - April 2015
Artistic Inspirations - #129,  Anything Goes with a twist of Spring 
Not Just Cards Challenge - #17, Always Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Anything But a Card
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 173
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge - #137, Springtime Flowers
Frilly and Funkie -  Springtime Die Cuts

24 comments:

  1. This is such a lovely tag Christi! Very pretty flowers and so interesting to read how you made it too. Your link worked fine :-)

    Hugs

    Di xx

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    1. Thanks Di!!! Your challenge (Pixie's Crafty Workshop - see the link above - and go ENTER!!) is SO much fun - and I love reading about the new entrants :)

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  2. Gorgeous tag Christi, you've made me feel like dusting off the watercolours. I love the strip idea, and the way you put the paper behind the die cut letters adds an extra dimension to the whole thing
    Jane

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    1. Jane, I so appreciate you taking time from your busy crafting life (and the girl COOKS too!!!) to pop by <3

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  3. (This is Shannan...I think it's coming up Anonymous.)

    So pretty! I love the coloring on the marigolds. I swear, that star sparkled when I looked at it. I thought it was a GIF! Must be me, because it didn't happen again. :)

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    1. Shan, your name came up as shannonraucci.com - just so you know! I really need to get to sending you some of this stuff - your so kind to me, my own personal cheerleader!! <3 Hugs to you and the pups!

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  4. Great Tag, perfect for our challenge at Sweet Stampin' this week. debbiex

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  5. Great take on Tim's tag, I love the shadowing, it really grounds them beautifully!! I've signed up to follow :) Every little helps! I'm in the same boat, I'd like a hundred followers this year too, so please pop over and say hi if you have time :) Thanks for joining us for our Frilly and Funkie Challenge!!
    Hugs
    Georgie xx

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    1. Went to your site and Google+'d you & followed you :) In case anyone else wants to go check out Georgie's gorgeous creations, here blog is here: http://littlebluecraftbox.blogspot.com/ Hugs!!!!

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  6. Lovely tag Christi ! Beautiful flowers ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

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  7. Gorgeous take on Tim's tag Christi! I love the stamp you chose and your watercolouring is excellent! I'm hopping on the follow boat, let's get you to a hundred, shall we!! Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Stencil Mania' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

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    1. Thank you SO much for following me Pamillia! Your art is so inspiring!! Thank you for your kind comments :)

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  8. This is sensational, Christi!! I love that band idea, too. You really rocked Timmy's tag!! And thank you for sharing the details!! Hugs, Darnell

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    1. Thank you SO much Darnell!!! I appreciate you taking the time to stop by :) Hugs!!!

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  9. Gorgeous tag and I love the colours you used. I like the sentiment panel across the image as well. Thank you for joining in the Fussy & Fancy Friday Challenge this time. Hope to see you again.

    Hugs, Vannessa
    Fussy & Fancy Friday DT

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  10. Such a pretty tag, love the cheerful Spring flowers! Thank you for joining our 'Anything but a card' challenge at Sweet Stampin' , good luck and I hope you'll join us again soon, love Jacky x

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    1. Thank you Jacky!! Have a great week :)

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  11. Lovely tag thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations. Louise x

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  12. Your improvising works brilliantly Christi! I love this version and love the marigolds. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

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    1. Thank you SO much Jenny, for you kind words :)

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