Saturday, January 21, 2012

Doug's Tag

 My next  Tags for Twenty-Twelve (see sidebar) is for my brother-in-law Doug. Once again I tried to make it Holtzy, and actually quite like how it turned out. 

I wonder, though, if any of you feel as conflicted as I do about using Tim's trinkets. Don't get me wrong, I think they are wonderfully unique and full of character. But, I've always had issues with using pre-made embellishments because I feel like it's cheating. If I can't make it myself, I don't use it. Obviously, though, given so many of Tim's embellishments are metal, it's not possible for me to make them myself. But I really struggle with just slapping something pre-made on the card, even when it works, because I feel like it's the designer's work, not mine. 

Yes, there are so many really awful things to worry about in life, and this is stupid! But, there it is. :)

I recycled a paper bag for the tag's envelope. Because the bag was already a kraft color, the Distress Inks do not look as vibrant, but I thought it was cute anyway.

I picked up the My Mind's Eye burlap on sale at my LSS, thinking I had no idea what I could possibly use it on, and it's actually one of my favorite parts of this ensemble.


Tim Holtz products:
   Texture Fade Clock and Steampunk 
   Memo Pins
   Filmstrip Ribbon
   Adornments Classic (crown)
   Type Charms
   Harliquen stamp
   Alphabet Soup Grungeboard (the "5" and "6")
Spellbinders Labels One 
Stampin' Up Circles of Friendship stamp
Distress Inks
Stampendous Kaleidoscope embossing powder
My Mind's Eye burlap


Splendiferous--Elements of Time
Raise the Bar Challenges~~circles
C.R.A.F.T. Challenges~~use numbers
Simon Says Stamp~~anything but a card


  1. Hello - this is a great Holtzy project and it looks great. I know what you mean about using 'ready made' embellies though - you do feel it's cheating a bit, but if it fits and works, what's the harm! Thank you for joining us at C.R.A.F.T. challenge this week. Jeanette

  2. A really great tag full of texture and great details! I totally understand your ready made thing - I suffer greatly myself and am challenging myself to find an original slant with all those embellies out there - you have done a great job!!! Thanks so much for joining in with the challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Sarah.

  3. fabulous creation, thanks for joining in with our number challenge at CRAFT, good luck, x carol

  4. Your tag for your brother in law is beautiful! I love the collage of stamped and embossed images you used as your background. The colors are very striking together! And your embellishments to top it all off are perfect! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  5. Hello there, what a great project for our "Use Numbers" Challenge on CRAFT Challenge! Thanks for playing along this week.

    Good luck and a big Hug from Austria, Elisa (GDT Jan.)

  6. Wonderful embellished clock tag & bag. Has a wonderful Tim Holtz look to it. Thanks for entering the Raise the Bar Circles/Rings challenge.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  7. What a stunning Tag just love it and thanks for joining Craft with our numbers challenge and good luck

  8. I think it's very Holtzy...but more feminine! I find it humorous that you are uncomfortable with the "pre-made" embellishments. ;-) I never thought that about the metal pieces, but I did about chipboard, etc. After several years, I don't hesitate to use anything now.

  9. Fab take on the challenge! Love the colors and embellies! Wonderful recyling of the envelope too! Thanks for playing along with the Bloggers Challenge!