Sunday, December 4, 2011

Tim's Tag, Day 4 - Perseverance

I almost had one of those whiny, 'I don't have the stuuuuuuffff' moments when I saw Tim's tag for today. I actually do have a lot of the stuff, I just don't have the Winter Wonder snowman die and I couldn't think of what would work to replace it. I finally settled on the Artful Dwellings die and the sweet little Mini Reindeer Movers and Shapers die.

Everything was going fairly well. I had cut out my little house and covered it with Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint. I didn't love how my Distress Stains looked (why does Tim's always look so much better?!), but I was ok with it. My trouble started when I decided to see what would happen if I added a few drops of Silver Adirondack Alcohol ink to the puddle of Distress Stains...I really wanted a pretty little thread of silver running through the blues and white...

I hadn't used that color for awhile and so a couple big blobs kind of shot out when I squeezed. I was like, what the heck, maybe it will be ok. So, I swiped my tag...

...and spritzed it with a little rubbing alcohol, thinking it would kind of disperse the ink. Well, that ink dried in a flash! But the rest of my poor tag was saturated. I dried it with my heat gun and it was a mess. I thought about giving up, but I decided to see if I could salvage it.

In the end, it all came together. I don't know that I would recommend that technique, but it's always fun to see what will happen! To finish my tag, I embellished it with some glittered trim, made with the Sizzix Vintage Lace die. I added a little wreath, some chunky glitter, and I was done. Whew. Glad that is over! I think part of my inability to focus on today's tag is that my daughter is coming home for a long visit tomorrow!! [Warning...major mom bragging ahead.] She got a job working for American's Next Top Model in LA back in September. It was so exciting, but so hard to have her leave (growing up is very hard on moms). I absolutely cannot wait to see her beautiful face tomorrow and have the luxury of seeing her every day for the next three weeks!

Ok, back to business! You can find all the supplies I used at Inspiration Emporium AND if you use my coupon code - stamptramp - you will save yourself 10%! In addition, make sure you join in with us over at the Inspiration Journal blog. You just might win a nice little gift certificate! :-)

36 comments:

  1. Your tag is gorgeous! Have fun with your daughter the next few weeks!

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  2. Tim has some serious competition Shelly! Your tag is absolutely stunning! I love how you used the mini reindeer in the dwelling! x

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  3. Beautiful background and love how you've done the reindeer. Simply gorgeous work. x

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  4. Fabulous tag, love the little reindeer and great use of the dwellings die. Great tag. Tracy x

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  5. You go girl! Your tag looks great--as all your work does. The reindeer in the house looks so cute! I love that mover and shaper set. I didn't have the snowman die either, but had the small stamp of it, so I had to fussy cut it. No grungeboard as well. Necessity IS the mother of invention and you rock that so well! I'll be checking in on you.... :-)

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  6. Beautiful tag with a tag, Shelly! Love how you did it. The embellishemnt is just wonderful!
    BTW welcome to the TJ designteam!

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  7. A gorgeous tag Shelly. Nice to see someone else with a really dark background - I experimented too! I love the use of the reindeer - stunning!

    I've just been re-reading a Somerset Memories magazine from 2009 and found a piece you had done - brilliant!

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  8. That is lushishly gorgeous. So cool and snowy!

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  9. Great looking tag, Shelly! Have a wonderful time with your daughter:)

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  10. Oh bravo, Shelly! Nicely done with the reindeer. I'm having the same whiny-I-don't-have-stuff moment. No movers and shapers here and I have been noodling all day on how to achieve that totally cool look with the Glossy Accents. Will be dragging out the kraft knife later tonight. Love the way your icy blue background came out - sometimes unplanned events turn out amazing and yours definitely did. Another super inspirational piece!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  11. I love it! All of your tags are amazing!

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  12. Love it! The roof on the adorable little deer's house is gorgeous! Have a great time with your DD and brag away! My DD was just up for a visit, so I know how precious that time can be. Seldom do I get sick and this sore throat just came on out of no where, but I do take Vit D! Have fun!

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  13. I love the deer in the house...so cool! I too think Tim's crackle always comes out better than mine...lol! And...I also wanted some shine and silver so I so understand you going for it, and yours came out gorgeous. Kuddos to perseverance!!!

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  14. This is just adorable! You did a great job improvising once again!

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  15. Gorgeous Shelly...this one was tough...however, your tag is a dreamland.

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  16. Oh my gosh, SO clever to use the entire reindeer as your area to fill with GA, Shelly. Love it!! Wishing you fun and relaxed times with your girl.

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  17. I love your variation! Glad you stuck with it ;-). Enjoy your mom - daughter time!

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  18. Love it! So glad you persevered!

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  19. Your tag turned out to be very beautiful! I know what you mean how Tim gets things to look so much better and not to mention easy. But I think your tag looks, dare I say,better than Tim's. Since I only have 2 stains I first tried the wrinke free distress and it back fired on me so I had to try something else but your experiment worked out beautifully.

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  20. Oh..my..your tag is gorgeous!
    Lovely reindeer.
    Just Love it ♥
    Hugs Anne

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  21. Your tag is beautiful, love the way you made the background as well...

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  22. Your take on the tag is fabulous - it looks like your reindeer's in a stable! Have a truly wonderful three weeks!

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  23. Oh this is awesome Shelly!!! I've been having some of those whiny moments, but mainly I've just lost my muse!!! Hyou seen her?

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  24. Hi Shelly - Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a wonderful comment. :) I absolutely LOVE your tag - just as much as Tim's!! It's stunning!! The white wreath and the dear...wow!! I love how you used what you had on hand...you created a beautiful piece! Enjoy the rest of the 12 Tags!!

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  25. This is gorgeous!! I love the name of your blog and all you pretty art work!
    Sandy

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  26. I love your little house; the roof trim is fabulous! What a good substitution idea

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  27. Always love looking at your work. Sometimes I even like yours better than Tim's (shhhhhh don't tell!!) Anyway, I love the way your background turned out. You make some very pretty "messes" LOL
    Can't wait to see the next one :)

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  28. Beautiful tag, Shelly! I love your own spin on Tim's design. You always do such amazing work! Love how you did all of the reindeer with the glossy accents! Neat idea! <3 Candy

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  29. Beautiful! Love the crackle on your cut out.

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  30. OMG...this is just stunning! SO much better than Tim's! WOW!

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  31. This tag is so gorgeous and my favorite of all! I love how it looks like ice. Enjoy Christmas with your daughter!

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  32. This tag is so gorgeous and my favorite of all! I love how it looks like ice. Enjoy Christmas with your daughter!

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  33. I just love your presentation of Tag 4! The snowman tag was my favorite this year, and i love that you filled the little fawn with glossy accents! Very nice job!

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