Saturday, December 11, 2010

Tim's Tag - Day 8 & 9

I finally finished Day 8 and Day 9 of Tim's fantastic tags. Still two behind, though! I'm hoping to catch up tomorrow. I will be sorry not to have them to look forward to each day, but also a bit relieved. Keeping up with Tim is hard work!

I don't have a lot to say about Tag #8. I didn't have the stencil, so I googled it and found an image that was remarkably close to the real thing. I printed out on a transparency and, after thickening the lines a bit with a Sharpie, it was ready to cut. I made my own clock by embossing a pocket watch stamp and sponging it with white. All stamps, except for the flourish, are by Oxford Impressions.

Now this tag, this tag blew my mind! It was the closest one to my style of them all. What's funny is that it was probably harder for me than most. Not sure why!

 My first struggle was the rosette - did I have the die? Of course not! I love it, but I haven't had the chance to pick it up. After a great tip (cut a strip with scallop scissors and accordion fold) from my friend, Louise , I was in business. First, I made it too big. Then, I cut it down and it was too small. I added a pretty little ruffle made from crepe paper that I sprayed with my homebrew glimmer mist (which I also used for the Antiqued Glimmers background - a fantastic Technique Junkies tech from the 12/09 newsletter). Instead of tinsel, I edged mine in glitter.

I didn't have the medallion from the die, of course, so I punched a disc from black cardstock and glued my rusty star to it. I coated it with Glossy Accents (love the idea with the letters and had to use it somewhere else!). While I was digging through my vintage button stash, I came across an old jingle bell that ended up being the perfect accent. I was also happy to be able to use all my pretty buttons - I tend to hoard them and it's nice to show them off!

The big background stamp is from Oxford Impressions and is, sadly, no longer available. Maybe you could petition Suzanne to add it back to her line. It's an awesome stamp!


  1. Ooooo they look amazing!!
    great job, although you can tell you bonded more with the second one LOL
    Julie xx

  2. Both tags are terrific, on both I love how you bonded all the little elements.

  3. Shelly, your tags are amazing! I just love the creative ways you've worked around products that you didn't have!

  4. It's just as beautiful here as on TJ.... ;-) Maybe more beautiful because of the closeup.

    I want to try to make a rosette without the die. I have a friend who is totally frustrated with the die rosette results.

  5. I love your tag, Shelly! Great rich colors.I think this is Tim's best one.

  6. You are catching up! I'm with you -- Tim is exhausting me.
    Glad you didn't quite get the size on the rosette right because the addition of the crepe paper behind it is brilliant. Really makes that tag!

  7. Great tags, Shelly! Love the rosette with the star. You are soooooo good at improvising. Just perfect!

  8. Two fabulous tags, I especially love the vintage one, the rosette is lovely. I'm quite relieved it's finished as well, as I can now concentrate on everything else I have to do.

  9. Oh Shelly, these are superb! That second one is vastly better than Tim's - it made my jaw drop! Love them!

  10. Both tags are fantastic, your sleigh turned out really well and I just adore the second one - that was my fave to do to, thanks for sharing xxx

  11. Hi Shelly, I have been checking your progress on Tim's tags, and I must say,....the one with the rosette is much better than Tim's original. looks around the room...WHO SAID THAT?? You have done an excellent job of substituting for what you do not have in his line. I think that music background stamp would be worth petitioning for. One almost looks like you are mounting your finished tags onto a block of wood covered in DP...anywhere close??
    Linda S. in NE

  12. Stumbled on your blog from ATT ... and I'm in love with all that you do. I need to find that Santa image!!

  13. Shelly, ALL your tags are absolute beauties. Love the improvization of "not have" things. Sometimes that's better than the original, and in all cases for you, it definitely is. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent. Merry Christmas!!!

  14. Oh My Goodness Little Lady, what beautiful Tags!!! Very Nice Shelly.
    Love Them..
    Hugs Vada

  15. I adore that frill with the star in the center...pure magic!

  16. Hi, Shelly!

    Gosh, don't know where I've been that I haven't checked out your blog recently! My loss!

    I love what you did with Tim's tag idea!! It looks like you've mounted it onto a tag-shaped piece of wood that has depth to it. Is that what you did? I LOVE this idea! This is a piece of art, standing on it's own (it looks like that anyway), taking this another step along the way for sure! Please let me know, if you wouldn't mind!

    Thanks for sharing!



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