Throwback Thursdays

Well, HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  Nice to be with you today and returning to blogland on Thursdays for a new Throwback Thursday feature happening at the Scrap ‘N Stamp Blog.  Scrap’N Stamp online store & blog owner, Raya Latham recently contacted me and asked if I would be interested in sharing some of my older creations and blog postings at the Scrap’N Stamp Blog, and I said Yes!

So, every Thursday I’ll be re-sharing projects from blog postings of years past, beginning with today’s Throwback Thursday project of my version of Tim Holtzs’ Tag from July 2015 which, just so happened to be picked as one of Tim’s Winner’s last year!!



Thanks so much for joining me today and coming back to visit!  Hope to see you over at the Scrap’N Stamp Blog!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


Special Delivery

Hi There & Happy Monday!!  I’ve got my version of Tim’s August tag ready to go–talk about getting in just under the wire.  I’ve named this tag ‘Special Delivery’ because I get to hand deliver this tag to my very bestest friend Lance, for his 50th birthday!!  Now, the caveat is, it’s late!  BUT–It will be hand delivered, so, I’m hoping that will make it OK! 😉 🙂


I pretty much followed all of the wonderful steps that Tim took on his tag, but if you haven’t seen his, take a look at this–


Isn’t Tim’s tag GREAT?!  Aren’t they always GREAT?!!  You can see all of the detailed steps of how Tim created this masterpiece at his blog, I won’t go into many of the things that I did with my version (mainly because I didn’t take pictures!) 😉


I did just what Tim did with the sandwiching of stash paper between the two tags, but I’m using a jumbo #12 manila tag for my version, instead.  I really wanted the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment to be visible in the background and had I used a #8 tag, it would’ve gotten covered. up.


I rubbed my pads of DIs in Aged Mahogany, Twisted Citron, Vintage Photo & Blueprint Sketch over the surface of the tag.  I then brushed matte Decou-Page onto a clean paper towel and blotted over the surface of the tag to blend the colors.  I got this tip from my bloggy friend Alison (aka Butterfly) at Words & Pictures–this is how she treated her August Tim tag and I loved how it looked!!  Thanks for that, Alison!! 🙂


I used this boy and dog Found Relative card and layered on pieces of fussy cut paper stash and embellies.


I altered the Mirrored Star with Honeycomb AI then I dabbed a small amount of Black Soot DP over the surface.  I attached the Typed Token to the Arrow embellie with white cotton string that I then painted with a wash of Tea Dye DI.


I don’t have Tim’s vial labels, so I stamped this bottle label image from my AO Apothecary set, onto manila stock with Jet Black Archival and fussy cut.  I rubbed a bit of Vintage Photo over the surface and heat set.  I used Special Delivery & Numbers Rem Rubs to commemorate the date of Lance’s birthday.


I splattered Antiqued Bronze DP over the surface of the tag with a round wc paint brush.  I heat set everything and pressed under some heavy books for a spell, to make sure things where firmly adhered into place.


Here’s the back of the tag.  I did separate layers of Tim’s wrinkle-free distress stain technique using Twisted Citron, Blueprint Sketch, Vintage Photo & Aged Mahogany DSs.


This was a really fun tag to create-Such great ideas Tim comes up with, right?!  This is a style that can be used for any season, any reason and I just love that versatility.

OK–So, I’m dashing over to Tim’s blog now to get this entered into his challenge.  I’ll be back later tonight working on UK time, with the new challenge theme at Our Creative Corner for September!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • #12 Jumbo Manila Tag (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Collage Paper Stash (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Inks, Stains & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); White Gesso (Dina Wakely/Ranger)
  • Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Celebration Thinlits (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
  • Stamps: Apothecary (Artistic Outpost); Steampunk (Andy Skinner/Stampendous)
  • Found Relatives Cards, Mirrored Stars, Pen Nib, Remnant Rubs, Small Talk Stickers, Natural Trimmings, Typed Token & Arrow (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Flat Paint Brush; Paper Distresser (Tonic Studios)

My July Tim Tag

Hi There!! Happy Tuesday!! Thanks for joining me today as I share my Tim Tag for July!!  We all know what Tim’s Tag looks like–


Perfectly patriotic for our July 4th holiday earlier this month here in the U.S.!  I don’t have any of those fun images, but I do have some other seasonal Mini-Blueprints stamps, so I did a 3 month fast forward to Halloween instead 🙂


We had Fall-like weather this weekend with stormy skies, thunder & lightning and sporadic downpours of rain–It was fun and put me in the mood for Halloween!


I gathered up some of my supplies to make this month’s tag.


I’m using a jumbo tag for my version that I covered with a piece of this seasonal collage paper stash.


These Halloween images are in the Mini Blueprints #7 set and just like Tim, I stamped them onto Distress WC paper with Jet Black Archival.  These images are a bit tall, so that’s why I’m using a jumbo tag.  I did a quickie placement of the stamps onto a #8 manila tag and realized they wouldn’t all fit.


I water colored my images with Distress Markers, then rubbed the Distress Micro Glaze over the images and buffed away.  I used Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed & Dusty Concord as my background colors.


I inked the ripped edges of the images with Walnut Stain DI and adhered onto the tag.  I then snipped off any extra paper and ran through my sewing machine to add that rough stitched border.  I distressed the edges with my paper distresser and inked the edges with more Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.


I’m using Spiced Marmalade & Dusty Concord DMs to ink my seam binding.  This is a great technique for creating a two-toned ribbon!  I LOVE this technique!!


I don’t have the vial labels that Tim used on his tag, but I improvised with one of his enameled tags that I painted with Black Soot DP.  Now, I also ran out of my sheet of black remnant rubs from the Apothecary set and only have the sheet of white rubs left–That’s why I painted the tag black.  Otherwise, you wouldn’t be able to see the words on the white background.

I spritzed Black Soot DM over the entire tag with my air art tool and heat set thoroughly.


I had to get a close-up of this mirrored star.  I love the matte areas where the Black Soot DP settled.


I topped my tag with my colored seam binding, which blended wonderfully when spritzed with water and heat set.  I also stained some cheesecloth with Black Soot DSS and ran that through with the seam binding.  I added a type charm with the letter ‘H’ for Halloween.


I’m headed over to Tim’s blog right now and get this entered, before the clock strikes midnight on the 31st!  Hey–that’s still 3 days away!! I’m ‘early’ for once, not sliding in right under the wire!  WHEW, that feels good!!

Thanks so much for coming by today!  I have a plan to be back before the end of the week with one last July challenge project (due on the 31st), so I hope you come back for that!  Gosh, I hope I can make that!! 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Jumbo Manila Tag; Distress Watercolor Paper (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Seasonal Collage Paper Stash 8×8 (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Inks, Markers, Paint, Micro Glaze, Spray Stain (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Mirrored Star, Type Charm, Enameled Tag & Mini Numerals (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Seam Binding; Cheesecloth
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Craft Scissors; Glue Stick; Air Art Tool (Artworx)

Full of Possibilities

Happy Sunday, again!!  I’m back in my own PDT-time zone for this post and before the month really ends without me, I’m sharing my version of Tim’s Tag of May!!  I actually got it together and am making it just under the wire, with only hours to spare! WHEW!!


I don’t have all of the goodies that Tim used to create his gorgeous tag, but, it was fun to improvise with what I did have.  Let me show you what I did on my version of Tim’s Tag for May!


I had to make some provisions for not having any of Tim’s Ephemera packs or the exact same embellies, and I may have changed up the flowers a bit, too.  But, that’s the fun of creating one of Tim’s Tags each month–you don’t have to have Tim’s products.  Just be inspired by his creative style and techniques and you’ll be surprised at what you can do!!


I gathered up the supplies that I’m going to use for making my version of Tim’s Tag.  In lieu of having Ephemera Packs, I have a few of his Paper Stashes, that I cut my layering pieces from.  I’ve got burlap paper,  but there’s one small problem–


–it has a hole punched in it!!  Where ever I place the tag on the piece of burlap, the hole interferes with me being able to trace & cut out a good piece of tag size burlap.


So, I had to cut the piece of burlap into different sizes and stitch together.


Here’s the burlap panel cut down to a #8 tag—


Here’s the back of the tag–It’s a #8 manila tag that I found in my stash of prepared surfaces and I like the colors that this tag has.  If I had to guess, I think this is Mustard Seed & Broken China Distress Stains.


I applied white embossing paste through my Schoolhouse LS and let air dry.  When dry, I rubbed Faded Jeans DI onto the stenciled numbers.


While waiting for the embossing paste to dry, I worked on making some enameled Tiny Tattered Florals.  I made four heat embossed panels of card stock using Buttercup, Cornflower Blue, Tea Rose & Fern Green–the fern green panel is for the leaves, but I didn’t take a photo of those (sorry!).


Because I heat embossed the stock I used to make the flowers, it’s thicker and doesn’t fit into the quilling tool that comes with the set of dies.  I made my own quilling tool using my smallest needle nose pliers and taping the handle shut at the point where the embossed stock would fit snugly.


I don’t have the note pins that Tim used to hold the photo booth picture in, so I popped it up with foam dots.  I also don’t have the cute little star brads, so I stained a mirrored star with Denim Adirondack AI and glued to the typed token.  I glued the type token to the picture with matte multi-medium and when I attached to the tag, I added more foam dots to keep the token level.


Before gluing the flowers into place, I added a color coordinated brad to the center of each bloom.  OH–you can see the enameled leaves back there, too!


I chose a quote from the small talk sticker book and lightly sanded the edges.  I had a loop pin in my stash of goodies and I’ve got two jars full of buttons to choose from.  I dyed my seam binding with Faded Jeans DS and tied into a nice little bow!  An amazing feat with my man hands!!  Lets not even go into how my man hands handled those tiny tattered florals!! 😉 🙂


I used a game spinner for the arrow, and I had a piece of cotton twill ribbon that I also dyed with Faded Jeans DS to top the tag with.  To finish, I used my air art tool with my Black Soot DM and spritzed those wonderful ink splatters over the surface of the tag, being careful around the photo booth picture.  Not exactly like Tim’s May Tag, but you can see his inspiration and techniques all over the place!  Thanks Tim!!  I always learn something new when I attempt to create a monthly Tim tag, I wonder what’s in store for us in June!!

So, technically, this is my 2nd post for today–Sunday.  I will be back later tonight, working in two different time zones, wearing my design team hats for Artistic Outpost and Our Creative Corner, respectively!!  Hope you’ll be back to join me!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces:  #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Burlap Paper; Photo Booth, Menagerie & Collage Paper Stashes (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Inks, Stains & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Wendy Vecchi/Ranger); Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi)
  • Schoolhouse LS (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Numbers Remnant Rubs, Mirrored Stars, Small Chat, Game Spinner, Typed Token & Paper Twine (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Seam Binding & Loop Pin (The Funkie Junkie Boutique)
  • Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Tiny Tattered Florals Dies (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Air Art Tool (ArtWorx); Buttons; Palette Knife; Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Foam Dots; Scissors (Fiskars)

My March Tim Tag

HAPPY FRIDAY!!  HAPPY 1ST DAY OF SPRING!!  I brought out lots of bright colors to play with this week, and have my take on Tim’s March Tag to share today.


Here’s Tim’s tag–full of color and Spring!

I didn’t make a tag this month…


–But a little wall/door hanging out of a recycled clearance bin find, instead 🙂


Here’s what the little board looked like when I first found it.  That floral image was a piece of paper that I rubbed off with wet fingers.  I heat dried the board then gave a light sanding…


…and painted with a coat of gesso on both sides and around the edges.  OK–so this poor little board…I was going to use it for a Christmas décor piece and had started working on it in December, but then I had set it aside and kind of forgot about it.  But, I had started some Christmas themed work on it that I would need to hide…


Can you see some of the pops of Christmas color coming through?  Tim used tissue tape on his tag, but I’ve got too much that I need to hide, so I’m using a stamped piece of tissue paper to cover the entire surface.  I brushed on a layer of matte multi-medium and smooshed the tissue paper onto the board and let air dry.


Once dry, I’m using Broken China, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed & Ripe Persimmon DPs to marble my almost camouflaged board with.


AH–No more signs of Christmas here!!  Color me Spring AND you can still see the stamped ledger image!


Here is the back of the board–I kept it plain so I can write a special message, but I had smooshed a piece of tissue paper on the back just like I did on the front.


I followed along with the techniques that Tim employed in his March Tag–I used my Harlequin LS with Wendy Vecchi’s White Embossing Paste & her Buttercup Embossing Powder for my textured background.  I just love the grittiness of the enameled finish over the embossing paste.  Go ahead, touch it!!


I added a quote from Tim’s new Small Talk stickers and embellished with little wood & mirror stars


…and an Observation Word Band and some mini gears.


I altered a token and a brad and am using ring fasteners with with jump rings to make my hangers with.  I ran a double strand of jute twine to hang this with (it’s really lightweight) and finished with a spritz of Black Soot marker with my air art tool.

I’m going to head over to Tim’s blog and enter this into his March Tag challenge then I’ll be back over the weekend with my weekly post for Artistic Outpost!  Who knows what I made for AO?  You’ll have to come back on Sunday to see 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • MDF Board (3.5″x5.5″); Tissue Paper
  • Stamps:  Winged Things II (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Paints & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Embossing Paste & Embossing Powder (Wendy Vecchi); Archival Ink (Ranger); Black Embossing Powder (WOW); Adirondack Alcohol Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Mini Gears, Token, Mirror Star, Word Band, Ring Fasteners & Jump Rings (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Jute Twine; Wood Stars; Brads

It’s My Tim Tag for February

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  Happy Thursday!!  I’ve got a busy weekend ahead of me, (with Sunday being March 1st and all) (nudge nudge-wink wink) so I wanted to get my version of Tim Holtz’s February Tag in before all the brouhaha begins 🙂


I pretty  much followed Tim’s techniques except, I’m using his Eclectic Elements Fabrics for my  background!  I’ve been messing around with his fabrics lately (nudge nudge-wink wink) and am getting down to just a few scrap pieces, so, I thought FUN, just use fabrics instead of ephemera pieces and paper!!


Here’s an assortment of some of the pieces of EE fabrics I have left and there’s my #8 tag, that I had previously done a Distress Spray Stain monoprint technique on.


This will be the backside of my tag–you can see a little bit of the batting I’ve adhered to the front side peeking out.


Here are my scraps all sewn together, with a holiday flash card and a couple of strips of tissue tape as part of my patchwork, too.


Here’s a little bit of Picket Fence DP rubbed along the seams.


Things got a little but grungier with the addition of rubbing Black Soot DM along the seams, too.  Something I didn’t take pictures of–I added two butterflies to this tag.  I wasn’t happy with it as it was in this picture–I fussy cut two butterflies from my Collage paper stash and adhered to the tag.


Here you can see the two butterflies that I added and I machine stitched a piece of Tim’s red & cream ric-rac to the tag, too.


I improvised at making my own industrial frame–I used foil tape on cardstock, embossed with polka dots, then die cut using my framelits dies.  I also dyed my felt heart.  I don’t have red felt, but I have off-white, so I stained it with Barn Door DS and heat dried.  When I stitched the heart to the tag, it was still kind of damp, and you can see how some of the DS stained the thread!


I treated the word band and brads with Picket Fence DP and adhered to my tag with hot glue.


I treated the arrow, wire and mini corner with Picket Fence DP, then I hot glued the arrow in place and I gently hammered the corner piece in place.


Here is the back of the tag with all of the stitching making quite the design!


Oh boy–another month down on the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015!  I’m headed over there now to get this tag in–talk about down to the wire!  Tim’s February tag challenge closes Saturday the 28th, so hurry up!

I’ll be back on Saturday–it’s going to be a busy day here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy and a new month of creativity in store for you!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Eclectic Elements Fabrics (Tim Holtz/Coats); #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Cotton Batting; Foil Tape (Home Depot); Felt; Flash Card (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Seam Binding (Funkie Junkie Boutique)
  • Distress Paints, Markers, Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Arrow Adornment, Heart Charm, Red & Cream Trimmings, Word Band (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); 26 Gauge Wire;
  • Framelits (SU/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Heart #7 Sizzlet (SU/Sizzix); Polka Dot Embossing Folder (Provo Craft)
  • Matte Gel; Hot Glue Gun; Craft Sheet; Heat Tool; Paint Brush; Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Air Art Tool (Artworx)