12 Tags of 2012 – May

Wowzer, I’m running close to the wire with this one! It’s the end of May, but finally, here is my version of HRH Tim Holtz May tag. This post is fairly picture heavy so grab a drink and I hope you enjoy.


I mostly followed Tim’s instructions, but as I didn’t have many of the items used in Tim’s, I gave it my own flair using what I had.

I started by gluing Tissue Paper to my tag. Once dry, I inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


Next, I spritzed the tag with a little Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist, drying it with my heat tool. I stamped the tag with a Ruler stamp from one of Tim’s stamp sets (I can’t recall the name of the set, I lost the cover sheet) using Coffee Archival Ink.


I stamped the Cotton Reel Label stamp using Sepia Archival Ink into the upper left confer of the tag. Then stamped the dress form using Black Archival.



Next I created the flowers according to Tim’s instructions. Then created a ‘vase’ for them using a mini bottle of Matt Multi Medium and using Wendi Vecci’s crackled glass technique.






Next I attached an Idea-ology Mini Pin, and used Jump Rings to attach two Type Keys.


I inked a length of Ruler Ribbon with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and glued it to my tag after a heated argument with my sewing machine who is apparently on strike! I then affixed the flowers into the vase and used Matt Multi Medium to affix both to the tag.


I then took a strip of a weave style ribbon (no idea what it actually is, it came wrapped around my fancy Easter egg!) cut it into two and threaded it through the hole in the tag.


I’m pretty pleased with the end result. Here’s to the next tag!





ATC swap for WOYWW

Wow! I can’t believe how quickly this week has come around. It’s the third anniversary of WOYWW over at the lovely Julia’s place which means its time for an ATC swap!

I have several to swap, though I’ve only photographed four to keep the rest as a surprise.





And of course, not forgetting what today is about. Here’s my desk after making ten ATC’s!




If you’d like to swap ATC’s with me, email me at Craftymonki@gmail.com

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge – Week 7

So, I guess I should explain my lack of post for week six of the CC2C.. I did start the Tissue Wrap Collage. In fact I started three. I got each piece collaged and had an utter lack of creative mojo on how to finish each piece. Plus, it was sunny! The UK gets approximately 5 minutes of sun each year, so I spent most of my time outdoors. But still, I really didn’t gel with this challenge and as I was unhappy with the week before too, I decided to give it a miss and come back fresh.

This weeks challenge is Brushless Watercolour found on page 49 of Tim Holtz’s Compendium of Curiosities 2. The challenge is hosted by the lovely Linda Ledbetter and sponsored by Eclectic Paperie


As always, you’ll need to buy Tim’s book to learn the techniques, and this week I kept it very simple by only stamping a Bee onto the finished piece. I decided to do the technique on an ATC because there’s an ATC swap over at Julia’s place tomorrow.

See you next week!

Oh what a mess!

Ah well, after two weeks of pristine desk loveliness.. Look what I went and did!




All that mess is the result of making two ATC’s and having a play around with this weeks CC2C. Actually, that odd purple box thingy in the left corner is a failed experiment for the challenge.

Anyways, I will have a few ATC’s to swap if anyone would like to swap outside of the bog swap too?

Thanks for visiting. Now head on over to Julia’s Place to visit more desks!

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge – Week Five

Here I am, running late as usual! It’s week five of the lovely Linda Ledbetter CC2C challenge. This week it’s the shattered stains technique found on page 48 of Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities 2. This weeks challenge is sponsored by the generous folk over at Simon Says Stamp

Now, I confess, whilst I found the technique itself fun, I really had no idea what to do with the pieces themselves. I must have about 20 separate shattered stains pieces as I did each piece then realised I didn’t know what to do with them! I finally settled on making a canvas to hang in my daughters nursery.


I started by making two shattered stains butterflies, then the words ‘dreams’ and ‘soar’, also in the shattered stains. I then made a crown and set of wings and shattered stained them too.

Next I Gessoed a mini canvas using Claudine Hellmuth White Gesso. The canvas was a really ugly faux painted thing that I found for 20p, perfect for altering!


Once the Gesso was dry, I used Snow Cap, Stream and Pool Paint Dabbers straight onto my craft mat, mixing them with my fingers and finger painting the canvas.


Next I took the bubble wrap type stamp from Tim’s Mixed Media stamp set and dabbed it with Snow Cap paint dabber. I then rolled the stamp over the edges of the canvas. I bent the stamp slightly to get a softer impression.


I then took the honeycomb stamp from the same set, inked it with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and again rolled it over the edges of the canvas.


I spritzed the whole canvas with Biscotti Perfect Pearl Mist then sanded all of the edges and inked them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


Next I used Glossy Accents to glue my shattered stained words and pieces onto the canvas. I took the words ‘in’ and ‘we’ from Tim’s Chit Chat stickers, inked the edges of them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and glued them onto the canvas.





I stapled a strip of Binding Seam ribbon to the back of the canvas. The ribbon had been coloured using Broken China Distress Stain.



Wednesday. Again.

It’s Wednesday again, so it’s time for another glimpse into how the other (crafty) half lives. Head on over to Julia’s place to see wonderful glimpses into other crafters work stations.

I’m actually rather pleased with myself this week, I’ve managed to keep on top of the mess! I know, it’s a shock, it’s shocking to me too!


There’s plenty of stuff still on my desk, mostly because it’s waiting to be altered and I’m afraid if I put it away, I may never get around to working on them. The old chocolate tins are in various stages of being altered, and are currently holding odd die cuts, tissue wrap and bits of grunge. The glass jars are still patiently awaiting my attention.


There’s some grunge covered in Crackle Paint drying in the corner, and a wooden cigar box waiting to be painted.


Regular readers (I love you guys!) will know that I have a penchant for dying my hair daft colours, well I’ve changed colour again. I took this picture yesterday in a moment of ever elusive sunshine, which explains the sunglasses rather than simply being me having a rock star moment! Hah!


Happy Wednesday!

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge – Week 4

Wowzer, where do the weeks go? It’s week four of the wonderful Linda Ledbetter’s CC2C This week it’s the faded layers challenge, found on page 43.

Now, you’ll have to forgive me for the poor photography, I took most of the final shots around ten minutes ago, and as its 9:30 in the evening here, the light was not on my side.

I started by cutting a tag from white cardstock (actually, it was Glossy Paper and I used the back!) using Tim’s Tag and Bookplate die. I inked the tag using Tim’s new Spring Distress Inks. Oh my, I love those shades! I then created the faded layers background.




I then spritzed the whole tag with Biscotti Perfect Pearl Mist.


I then added grunge letters cut from Tim’s WordPlay die. I covered them in a scrap of paper from the Vintage Shabby paper stack, inked them with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink and sprayed them with a little Perfect Pearl Mist. I also distressed the edges with a little Gathered Twigs.

I then used individual letter stamps to stamp the word ‘Make’ onto the grunge letter ‘A’ using Black Archival Ink.


I used the same letter stamps to add the words ‘To Breathe’ onto the centre circle of the clock fade.


Next I inked a strip of Binding Seam with Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks and sprayed it with a little Perfect Pearl Mist before crumpling it and drying it with my Heat Tool before adding it to the tag.


Fans of Tim Holtz will recognise the phrase I used ‘Make Time To Breathe’ from his blog. I love the phrase and it really struck a chord with me so i decided to use it for this tag, and as I was so pushed for time making this one, it’s a perfect sentiment!

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