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Saturday, 8 February 2014

Tim's Tags 2014: February - Saturday 8th February 2014

Good evening Friends,

I hope you've had a good day! We've had  busy one, out this morning shopping and putting new curtains up this afternoon. I spent most of yesterday taking them up, not a job I relished :) No crafting for me today unfortunately.

Last year I started to take part in Tim Holz monthly challenge to make a tag following his tutorial...I was doing well until about July and then everything else got in the way - I resolved to try again this year, but January came and went so quickly! However, I was determined to make this month's tag. I enjoy this challenge because it encourages trying out new techniques and Tim's tutorials are very easy to follow.

This is the tag made by Tim for this month:

This is mine:

As is often the case I used different stamps and other materials to Tim, because I don't have everything he uses, but I did have the heart mask used on the original project. I won't explain how it was made, just click here and have a look at Tim's instructions.

When I was over in the USA last year, I saw the chalkboard technique used a lot and one of my friends showed me how she did it. I have seen it coming in quite a lot here lately, but had never tried it again, so was pleased to see it used in this project.

Tim uses  a different method to how I was shown and whether it was because I didn't have the same embossing materials that he used, I just couldn't get it right - so I went back to the way I was shown and was pleased with the result. I stamped on to black card and heat embossed with white powder. I then drew a line around the edge with white pen before chalking all over. Once the image was entirely covered I rubbed over it with my finger.

I didn't have the stamp Tim used or any Valentine/love stamps that were large enough for the tag, so  I improvised with this one by Indigo Blu.

These are the materials I used:

Tag made from kraft card
Tim Holz alterations layered heart stencil
Distress inks: Aged Mahogany, Fired Brick, Worn Lipstick, Pumice Stone, Milled Lavender, Brushed Corduroy
Versamark ink
White detail embossing powder
Glossy Accents
Red Glitter
Glossy Accents
Cardboard for hearts
Sizzix heart dies
Craft foil - silver
Spellbinders border die
The 'arrow' is a clock had from Chronology by Ideaology

That's it for today folks, I hope you are all managing to stay dry...the winds and rain have just arrived here as I type!

Carole X


  1. Brilliant "tag" Carole, I love your "chalk board effect"
    Terrible when "the boring things" get in the way of Crafting!!!!!
    Have a good weekend

    Patricia xx

  2. I like your tag. Working with what you have is resourceful and crafty. Good job.

  3. Hi Carole, I love your take on Tim's tag, I love the hearts in the background and your chalkboard technique looks wonderful. Anne xxx

  4. I love your version and the way you made it your own! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

  5. Great work Carole. I love the look of chalkboard but haven't actually tried it yet. Hugs Christine x

  6. oh oh oh I like yours better than Tim's maybe you should give him some tips heeheehee. I have never tried the chalkboard technique! I must : ) ah so many techniques so little time! : )

    Stay warm and dry, friend!


  7. Such a beautiful tag, I love your take on it!

  8. Hi Carole,
    brilliant tag. I love that chalkboard effect. Not tried this and didn't know it existed. Must have a go soon. You always post such brill things.
    I am so excited as I have been saving for a while to go to the NEC, then on realizing the amount I had saved was quite a bit, and there was no way I could carry such a lot of purchases around the NEC. Si I have bought myself a melt pot and some utee, and also Martha Stewart Clay and moulds. can't wait to get them and try something new.
    I have also been making lace and crochet things I saw on u tube the other day. Will be showing them soon on my blog.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  9. Hi Carole,
    Love your tag, and good luck with the challenge.

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  11. Sorry Carole just deleted my previou comment, think I was using 'chinese' when I wrote it. Lol... Love your tag, and the chalk affect. X

  12. Great tag Carole, the chalkboard looks very effective, also love your crocodiles card, made me smile. I had heard about the sighting and wouldn't surprise me. Stay safe on our horrendous local roads, we cannot tell what is under the water as we travel. xx Flora

  13. Thanks for the information... I really love your blog posts... specially those on NEOMED

  14. Great tag Carole, the chalkboard design is fabulous.

    Hugs diane

  15. Hi Carole

    Great take on Tim's tag!

    Haven't tried the chalkboard technique yet .. .. it is on my list! By the time I get round to it I am guessing it will be out of fashion! LOL!!

    Hope all is good with you.

    Love Jules xx

  16. Just gorgeous and I love the chalkboard effect with the sentiment.
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