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Saturday, 5 January 2013

Tim's 12 Tags of 2013: January - Saturday 5th January

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 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!

Carole X


  1. Hi Carole, bit of everything here, demonstration on how to get as much as possible on a tag. Great design .love it.

    Wilma x x

  2. Hi Carole, I do love your 'adapt and overcome' technique on your tag and I think it is all so much better for it. I tend to try and copy Tim to the letter but I like how you have taken inspiration from him and made it your own (I must try that too sometime!). Your tag is beautiful and I looove that clock face. Hugs, Anne x

  3. Morning Carole...what gorgeous tags, love your colours and all the different elements you have used to embellish your tags...


  4. Kudos! I think it's more fun to interpret Tim's tutorials & use them as inspiration rather than just imitating them!

  5. I really love the clean look of your tag. I had to go back and read your previous post about Tom. Glad to hear that he's going to be ok and wanted to encourage you to come to California. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks Christy! We should be over, we aren't strangers to California but its been about 3 years since our last trip... My family are spread right across San Francisco, Ventura and San Diego... So it's a lot of driving between them, lol Carole x

  6. I'm so late today!! I always love your tags and this is no exception. I have just made one today but very restrained. Love from Christine x

  7. Hello Carol,
    I am not into Steampunk myself but I really love to see what other people do.
    You have so many things on your Tag yet it does not look over crowded.
    I love it.

    patricia xx

  8. Hi Carole,
    superb tag all that wonderful work put into it. I haven't made one for ages now this is giving me the urge to make one.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  9. Awesome tag, love your take on the tag and very love the saying ( where is it from :-) ) off to look at the rest of your blog .

    1. Thank you! The quote stamp is from a set designed by Sam Poole for Creative Expressions, Carole X

  10. Hi Carole,
    I have been having a look at your blog for some weeks and I have to say you produce some fantastic pieces.
    I love your tag for today, Tim Holts is amazing.
    The wrapping on the presents with the gift tags were beautiful, they really looked special all piled up together.
    I am a 'Sue Wilson' fanatic, so I love my Spellbinders, I also love Patricia's blog (summerhouse crafts) she has a beautiful blog just like yours, so varied and full of inspiration.
    Look forward to the next eleven tags, hee hee.
    So happy you received good news about Tom, hasn't there been alot of sadness about this Christmas!
    Let's hope this new year is better.

  11. Morning Carole! WOW, this is wonderful, love everything about the tag, very interesting with the different textures and embellishments, well done!xx

  12. Good evening Carol,
    Now there`s a thought............ Ally Pally.
    I suppose with Hazel and I being so far north once on the train London is only another few hours down the line from Birmingham.
    NEC just came up in conversation and off course the little wheels go into motion!!!!
    Might just end up going to the SECC in Glasgow as usual.

    Patricia xx