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Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2016 - March

today was therapeutic. i am going through a rough time health wise.  want to know a secret about that?  i am actually not concerned about myself as much as one would think.  in the face of some really scary stuff, it is those i love...true friends and family...that are weighing on my mind.  it makes me sad to hurt them.  i don't want to make the phone calls or tell the results of tests to them.  i want to protect them….keep them safe and happy.  that is my job, the nurturer.

so today, on the eve of one of two surgeries, i took a deep breath and pulled out my crafty supplies (thank you friendz!!!) and bit by bit created this month's remix tag.  i took my time, literally all day, because i wanted to focus on the positive and create something sweet and special.

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i love butterflies.  their transformation has always been a draw for me.  "just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly…"

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 month's tag was a celebration of wonder and the fabulous distress crayons for me…i love how the crayons blend over the gesso painted on the tag.  please pop on over to Tim's blog to see the full tutorial on this tag…it's fabulous!

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the lil cuties are punched with Tim's sizzix punches.  i painted a tag with gesso, stamped it with potting soil archival ink and the flourish background stamp then rubbed and smeared the distress crayons over the surface. finally, i sprayed the tag with tarnished brass mica spray.  then punched away…so so cute!

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another thing i love about distress crayons, is the way they work with metal…it smears right into those etched words and they stand out perfectly! i used picket fence on the quote band.

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i girlied mine up with some trimmings dyed with peacock feathers stain…of course!!

thank you for stoping in, and if you aren't playing along with the 12 tags…no time like the present to start!! i'm loving the inspiration of the remix of past techniques and innovative new techniques and products of today…go get inspired and make some time to create!!

oh, and those health things i mentioned…not ready to share details, just know, it is all going to be okay! thank you for little prayers and positive thoughts!!

Chelle


Today is full of possibilities...

happy easter! thinking about what today means to me…renewal and possibilities come to mind.  so, when i made time to play today i was guided by those thoughts...

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i played with the distress crayons and a technique that wendy vecchi showed me, here is a tutorial on her blog…i inked a tag with archival inks in watering can and sky blue to start...

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i used the tim holtz doily #2 die and his tissue wrap to create my doily…so cute!! i adhered it with the matte collage medium and the distress collage brush in a hashtag motion to create texture. then added vintage photo, black soot, and hickory smoke crayons and smudged away with my finger…then lightly (super lightly, or you will wipe it all away!) with a baby wipe i removed more crayon just from the raised portions of the doily.  

i stamped the flowers from tim's wildflower set in archival jet black ink.  the sentiment is from small talk.  once i adhered the saying with more matte collage medium  (under and over the stickers) i used black soot and picket fence crayon over the edges...

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i added a gum drop to the new charmed..inking the gumdrop with mushroom then gold alcohol inks.  the charmed is painted first with iced spruce paint then the gold alcohol ink and finally mushroom…because i can't leave well enough alone…

the tag was layered over a silver kraft core base that i roughed up with steel wool and added smudged black soot crayon to. then a cute lil bow of pearl cotton and wrapped it around the whole thing and put onto a black card base.

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i hope your day was filled with love and renewed hope…there are so many possibilities ahead!

chelle