Friday, 11 April 2014

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2014, April, Jane's Journal style

Tim posted his April tag on my birthday and I was delighted to see that he was using his feminine side for this month. Below is his creation to be used for inspiration. The first thing I wanted to use on my card (yes I have been making cards not tags since January) was the wonderful paper roses but I felt that using just 2 did not quite work for me so I decided to make a whole bunch (well 5). I also wanted to use the idea of replacing  the cut outs in a lattice die as he did. When I saw his metal dog tag which reads" Inspire" I was inspired to use a quote which I had found whilst researching for a recent project, " April is a promise which May is sure to keep". These words of wisdom were written by Hal Borland. I also loved Tim's fun spiky leaves cut out from book pages and wanted to incorporate this into my creation. So off I went to arm myself with my supplies.
I only have limited supplies of Ranger products but I am gradually getting some great stash together which was added to on my recent birthday. My Hb bought me some Distress Paints below. I only have a few colours so I was limited to which to use. I chose some Spring/Easter colours..............

 Faded jeans, Victorian velvet and Iced spruce. Tim uses Ranger tissue tape but I do not own anything other than some tissue tape I bought in Wilkinson's after Christmas in their sale. I thought it could represent trellis for my flowers to be displayed on .
I first made some patterns on my card with the tape.
 When I was happy with them I added the 3 colours of Distress paint plus a mist of water to blend them.

When this was dry I covered parts with Vintage photo Distress ink and then added splashes of water to get the cool effect which Tim shows.
It gives a great mottled effect between the paint and ink but does not stick to the tape. It's really hard to show in a photo but I think you can see it below.

Next I cut some more "trellis" with a lattice die and coloured it with my 3 paint colours

 I cut some insert pieces using scraps of paterned paper and distressed their edges
 I also made a sheet of card using my distress inks and a words stamp to make my flowers with.
 Another birthday treat is my new flower die set and I cut several and had a play with putting them together.
 Here is my first one, I love the colours.
So having got my elements together it was time to put on my creative hat and put my ideas together.
Here is my finished card.
As you can see I used a whole bunch of handmade roses and I also used a couple of Cheery Lynn leaf dies to cut my book page leaves.
I also added some lace for even more femininity ;0)
Here are some close ups

I really love these big blousy blooms and the very shabby chic muted colours. The background has an almost chalky effect and feel and  I will certainly be making some more roses.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Tim Holtz's 2014 tags April
Rhedd and Rosie anything goes
Papertake Weekly spring has sprung
Simon says stamp Happy Easter
Divas by Design Easter/spring
Pan Pastel UK Pretty shabby chic
Country View Challenges new beginnings my new beginning is springtime.
Stamping Sensations dies and/or punches
Penny Black and More Blossoms and blooms
Stamp and Create Spring flowers
Whimsy stamps anything goes
Cheery Lynn anything goes
Craftyhands anything goes
A Creative Romance eggcellent spring
The ribbon girl spring
Ali Craft spring

So there we are, a third of the way through 2014 already. Thanks for stopping by and also for any comments you take the time to leave. I really love reading them.

 It's a big weekend for my son's girlfriend who is running the London Marathon on Charlotte run and we are all willing you on to the finish of 26 grueling miles. She has spent months in training and it has taken a huge amount of dedication and stamina. Thanks so much to everyone who has sponsored her. She is raising funds  for The Anthony Nolan Cancer Trust and if you would like to swell the pot she has raised so far..over £750 to date, every pound is gratefully received. There is a link to her fundraising page here.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Hello there Sweet Jane, That card is utterly amazing. So many steps go into the finished product. I was wondering how long does it actually takes to make one like this type?! I think the construction of the rose is so clever and I would never have guessed that it was made in that fashion. You are going to need a studio just for all your card supplies soon : )
    Have a great weekend, xoRobin

  2. this is wonderful Jane - absolutely brilliant - love it all xx

  3. Both the page and the tag are really nice, I personally love the tag. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Hands Challenge.
    Cindy DT

  4. Wow Jane, this is fabulous and love your step by step on your blog. Your leaves look great too, cut out from the book pages. Thanks for joining in the challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs this week and Good Luck, Julie x

  5. Awe Jane that is such a beautiful card!
    I want to play with your flower maker, it looks like such a lot of fun!!!
    I love the names of your paints too! :)
    Have a great weekend and best of luck to Charlotte!
    V xxx

  6. Very cool flowers and an awesome card. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge.

  7. Jane.. goodness you are like Rumplestiltskin spinning straw into gold with your amazing card making skills! That one is brilliant! Good luck to your son's girlfriend in the marathon!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. Utterly delightful Jane, you have really taken Tim's tag as inspiration and produced something entirely of your own and with such gorgeous results. I love it. Have a great weekend xx

  9. wow love your playing Jane, I do love a mucky craft day and your days look full of it, and what gorgeous pieces you always create too, a little dull here this morning, but hoping that yellow thing will break through for another beautiful day
    enjoy your weekend my friend
    Hugs Kate xx

  10. Your flowery card is really pretty, Jane! I love how you created all kinds of textured effects which really give the card depth, yet keep a lightness of colour too! Wishing you a wonderful weekend....hope it's a sunny one :)
    Helen xox

  11. Hi Jane, your card is fantastic - love the colours and your background and flowers are fab!

    Thanks for joining in with us this week at Papertake Weekly this week.


  12. My goodness, Jane, what an amazing amount of work has gone into this stunning card! LOVE those gorgeous flowers! Thank you for sharing it with us for our Dies and Punches challenge at Stamping Sensations.


  13. Wow...loving the tag and the page,very nice indeed...a fabulous entry for our challenge at Rhedd & Rosies...x

  14. Your creation is lovely Jane and perfect for our themes, thanks so much for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More challenge.

    B x

  15. Amazing creation! Love the colors you used, and all the details you put into it. Thanks so much for sharing with us at penny black and more!

  16. Stunning project and love all the texture you have created. many thanks for joining in with the pan pastel "shabby chic" challenge (
    Lou x

  17. Such an incredible work of art!! Thank you so much for playing along with the Papertake Weekly Challenge! :)

  18. Hello Jane, I love this card esp. the roses.
    Interesting to see your process.
    I was thinking of Charlotte today!! Hoping there was some decent weather for the London Marathon.

    Happy new week soon.....
    Anne xxx
    PlumCreek Studio

  19. Great interpretation of Tim's April tag - love it.

  20. I really like the flowers and especially your last post too. I love story time and the photos are gorgeous. Good luck to Charlotte!

  21. A beautifully coloured and adorned card Jane. Just perfect for our challenge this month at Penny Black and More.
    Thank you for joining us and we look forward to seeing more of your lovely creations.


  22. Oh wow! This is just gorgeous! Love every detail of it! Thank you for playing along at Rhedd and Rosie’s. Sammy-x

  23. Love the techniques so much)))) The project looks absolutely amazing)))
    Thank you for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs!

  24. This is beautiful Jane
    thanks you so much for sharing with us on the Ali-Craft blog challenge
    ali x

  25. Oh wow these are both gorgeous Jane, so creative and with so many lovely details to look at.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  26. Dear Jane,

    Such a beautiful card again, I think I have said it earlier that these vintage-inspired ones are my favorites. And wow: A marathon - that is a huge achievement, and raising money as well: Hooray for Charlotte!

    Happy day, dear friend!


  27. I've found your blog ... and I love it ! Your projects are lovely...:-)
    Greetings from Poland!

  28. What a fabulous project. Thanks for joining in our Shabby Chic challenge at

  29. what a lovely project.

    Thanks for joining in the fun over at CraftyHands Challenge.

    Good luck


    Jo x Dt x

  30. Fab mixed media project. Thanks for joining in with our challenge at A Creative Romance :) xx

  31. Fabulous take on Tim's Spring Tag. I love all the textures and colours. Thanks for joining us at Country View Challenges this month. Jennie

  32. I love this!
    Thanks for sharing step by step.
    This inspires me to try out too.
    Brgds, Tarja


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