Hi Blog Friends,
Thanks for visiting and leaving your comments yesterday, yes it was good news about Tom. I suppose in a way it was good that they found out when he was still quite young, so it can be kept an eye on. He did give up playing football, but I think that day was drawing ever closer anyway!
One crafty thing I've decided to participate in this year is Tim Holz 12 Tags of 2013 Challenge...it just makes so much sense: I'm a big Timmy fan, taking part teaches new techniques and it's tags..I love tags! I took so much inspiration from my blog friend Anne, last year with her tags and other gorgeous creations, that I just had to jump in!
The inspiration for January's tag is to take the time to absorb your surroundings, take it all in and enjoy life to the fullest. You can see Tim's tag here. I didn't have all the stamps and embellishments but this is my finished tag and I really enjoyed making it.
To make the tag I used the following:
One large manilla tag
Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets
Creative Expressions Clock Face parts
Ranger Film Strip Ribbon
Ideology Head Pins
Ideology Adage Tickets
Quote stamps by Sam Poole and free stamp (January)
American Seam Binding
That Special Touch of Sprocket Mask
Distress inks: weathered wood, bundled sage, rusty hinge, vintage photo
Antique bronze distress stain
I started by embossing the sprocket mask on to the tag and then inked all over with a mix of the distress inks, finishing by inking around the edge with vintage photo. I then used a mister to sprinkle droplets over the just inked tag and heat dried to create splatters.
The sprockets were made using the die and Grungepaper, which I then covered with the distress stain - I wanted to use pewter, but it seems to have gone 'walkies' since Christmas! Then I scuffed up the edges of the die cuts with my fingers (!) and distressed the edges with Vintage Photo.
I stuck the spockets to the tag, letting them hang over the edge, trimmed those bits off and added them elsewhere to make double use of one die cut.
The film strip was added along the side, secured with tiny brads. I didn't have the sentiment Tom used, so I chose this one from my stamps and added a ticket.
To finish off, I stamped another Sam Poole quote on some American Seambinding (the possibilities are endless) and used 'January' from a calendar stamp set I had free with Simply Homemade Magazine.
Thanks for stopping by!