12 Tags of 2012 – June

Well, I think it’s safe to say I’m close to the wire this month.. In fact, there’s only four hours of June left here in the UK! Still, I’ve finally found time to compete my version of Tim’s 12 Tags of 2012.


My tag uses all the same things as Tim’s but mine is very, very different! I decided to go for a pop art/comic book style with this tag, using bright colours throughout.

I started out by cutting a Manila tag using Tim’s Tag and Bookplate die. I then followed Tim’s instructions to colour the tag using Picket Fence, Wild Honey, Dried Marigold and Spiced Marmalade distress stains.


I then stamped Tim’s Retro Circles stamp with Black Archival ink and pressed it randomly across the tag, using light pressure to ensure an uneven stamp.


I inked a photograph of myself and my baby daughter, following Tim’s instructions. I used Festive Berries, Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers and Shaded Lilac Distress Inks.


I glued the photo to a piece of Ticket paper from one of Tim’s paper sets (It was a scrap so I’m not sure which it came from) I distressed the edges and then dipped them into a small puddle of Broken China Distress Stain.



I used the lightbulb Sticker from the File Tabs Idea-Ology and used a permanent marker to change the filament into a heart. I affixed it according to Tim’s instructions.



I colorised some of the remaining Idea-Ology pieces with Raspberry, Purple Twilight and Clover alcohol inks and affixed all onto the tag following Tim.






I coloured the Crinkle Ribbon with Fired Brick Distress Stain, and the flowers with Broken China and attached them as stated on Tim’s blog.




See you next time!


Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge – Week 9

This year is truly flying by, I swear I must be losing days in my sleep. Although, that would involve the baby actually letting me sleep..

It’s time again for the lovely Linda Ledbetter’s CC2C. As usual the challenge is to use one of Tim’s techniques shown in his 2nd compendium of curiosities book.

This weeks challenge is to use an Idea-ology Pocket Watch found on page 35. This weeks challenge is sponsored by the generous folks over at Simon Says Stamp

I decided to do another photo frame this week, simply because my husband loves them and I needed a gift for fathers day!


I started out by being a bit naughty and smashing the glass out of the Pocket Watch. I then filled it following Tim’s instructions.


I took some floristry wire, painted it with Silver and Pitch Black Paint Dabbers, and once dry, curled them into tight spirals. I then used hot glue to affix Idea-Ology mini Gears and game spinners. I then used hot glue to glue them into the watch.

Next, I needed to recreate the glass I has smashed out so I poured a pile of UTTE onto my craft sheet and melted it using my Heat Tool.


Once set, but still warm, I trimmed it into a tough ouch circle approximately the size of the watch and let it cool completely.


Once completely cooled, I shattered it into shards and hot glued it onto the inner edges of the watch.


I took a large scrap of paper from Tim’s Lost and Found stash (I think!) and affixed it into my frame. The frame was originally a faux gold but I painted it with Pitch Black and Silver Paint Dabbers. I then dabbed Tim’s Ransom Letters with Silver Paint Dabber and glued the words ‘Tick Tick’ onto the paper insert.

I used hot glue to glue the Watch and Key Chain into the frame.


I then glued the word ‘Boom!’ into the frame. I’m not sure exactly what I used to create these, as they were just in my stash, but I expect it was Platinum UTEE onto Grunge, with a coat of clear UTEE.

Finally I hot glued the remaining ‘glass’ shards around the frame to simulate the exploding watch.


My husband adores it, and it currently resides on his desk in his office at work.




Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge – Week 2

Well, here I am, leaving my entry to this weeks Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge until the last moment again. I actually started the project last weekend, but, as is typical for me, got half way through and had another idea and went with that instead!

This weeks CC2C is Tim Holtz’s Faux Patina, found on page 58 of Compendium of Curiosities 2. And oh boy, what a fun technique it is. I had to stop myself from applying it to every embellishment in my stash!

Anyhoo, this Sunday is my baby girls very first birthday and I had decided to alter the box her first pair of shoes came in, to hold a few keepsakes from her first year. I decided to combine this plan with this weeks challenge.


I started by applying a thin coat of Claudine Hellmuth white Gesso to the entire box, setting it aside to dry.


Next I gave the entire box two coats of Claudine Hellmuth Pale Yellow Studio Paint. Leaving it to dry between coats. Once the final coat was completely dry, I sanded the edges and corners before liberally applying Gathered Twigs Distress Ink with my Ink Blending Tool. I also applied the ink in streaks across the yellow sides and top to further distress the paint.


Next I die cut white card using Tim’s Vintage Lace Strip Die. I then spent what felt like an hour using a Pokey Tool to remove all the tiny punched holes. It’s a labour of love, but the end result is totally worth the time spent.


I then sprayed the lace pieces with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearl Mist, drying it with my Heat Tool. I then coloured the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink on my Ink Blending Tool.


I then glued the lace strips to my box using Matt Multi Medium. Next I added Idea-ology Foundations Box Feet that had been treated to the Faux Patina technique (buy the book to see how it’s done) to the box using both Matt Multi Medium and Long Fasteners pierced through the base. I also added an Idea-ology Curio Knob to the lid of the box.


Next I added an Idea-ology Keyhole, again treated to the Faux Patina.


Next, I took an Idea-ology Ornate Plate and gave it the Faux Patina treatment. I then cut the matching insert from the Tag and Bookplates Die and painted it with Gold and Pitch Black Paint Dabbers. I stamped my daughters name onto the insert using vintage letter stamps. I then affixed it into the Ornate Plate and coated it with Crackle Accents. Once dry, I attached it to the lid of the box using Matt Multi Medium. I inked a blue paper rose with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and attached it next to the Ornate Plate using a hot glue gun.


I took an Idea-ology Word Stick and dabbed it with Stream Paint Dabber to highlight the word ‘Kiss’. I then added a Jump Ring and a Charm Clip and set it aside. I also took a Locket Key and again added a Jump Ring and a Charm Clip. Next I took a Journal Ticket and stamped ‘My Daughter. My Heart. My World’ onto it using my vintage letter stamps. I then inked the edges using Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. I then took the letters X and O from the new Idea-ology Alpha Cards and affixed both the Alpha Cards and the Journal Ticket together using a Hinge Clip.

I then attached a Mini Doily to the lid of my box using Matt Multi Medium, and affixed the Clipped tickets over the top using Multi Medium. I then used a glue gun to affix paper roses around the tickets and attached the Key and the Word Stick to the Hinge Clip. I then glued a Pen Nib to the Journal Ticket and a number one from the new Mini Numerals that I’d also patinaed (I don’t think that’s a word, is it?!) and called it done.