Thursday, 8 May 2014

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2014, May..Jane's Journal Style

It is time for my next Tim Holtz inspired creation. This month Tim  inspired us to use some of our crafting "treasure". You know, all those lovely trinkets and embellishments which you buy and can never quite bear to use.
Here is his tag for May. He had created little tiles to display his treasure on.
I love all the trinkets and  embellies he used and he also introduced the new shadow press folder to make the word Beautiful. Now this posed me a problem as the new shadow press is not freely available in the UK yet.

I had a crafty think for a few days and put some ideas together. I decided that I would improvise by making my own shadows on my chosen word. If you remember I am making 12 cards for 2014 not tags and I decided that if I was going to have to break into using some of my "admire and stroke only" trinkets and  embellies that my card needed to be made with someone pretty special in mind. Our 33rd wedding anniversary is coming up in July and I decided that there was no one more special than my Hb and that I would create an anniversary card. for him. I used my January TH creation for his birthday and  the March one for his Easter card and he genuinely loved them.

Tim used the wrinkle free technique to create his background and I went for using 3 base colour distress inks  (DI) to make mine.

This was the backing card I made. I decided to use the word CELEBRATE as my shadow word. I die cut the letters in white card and then added some contrast colour..Rusty Hinge. I made my own "shadows" using Gathered Twigs marker pen. 
I stuck the letters onto an embossed panel of card.
I added some depth around the panel using Pumice stone DI.  I did not want to use chipboard on my card as I felt it would make it too heavy so I made a "faux" raised look by using ink.
I went through my scraps box to find some other small pieces to use for the other panels of the card. 
I also die cut some more lattice with white card. I put some Rock Candy crackle glaze on it (it's the first time I have used this amazing product and I love it). When it was dry I blended in some Rusty hinge and Vintage Photo DI. It created such a cool effect.
Next it was time to look out my special trinkets. I used some lovely bronze effect charms I have in my jewellery stash, some Ideaology charms and also the red heart I had saved from a Lindt chocolate bunny I had for Easter.
 Each tile of my card represents something special to my Hb and me. The number 33 is how many years we will have been married for in July.

 Here are a few of the tiles to share with you. The butterfly tile (I used my favourite Cheery Lynn die for this) represents our little garden where we enjoy lunch on sunny weekends. The rose, which is bronze, I painted with Distress paints. This represents the roses I had in my wedding bouquet all those years ago. The backing paper is a scrap from a Craftwork Crafts paper pad I won last year called Time Flies. This is so appropriate as our 33 years of marriage  have flown by and what fun we have had together. He is my soul mate.
The little key is "the key to my heart" which my Hb has always had since I met him at the age of 18.
More very appropriate words using one of my treasured TH metal word bands. The 2 star brads represent our 2 children, our finest creations from our marriage.
a few chit chat words

and this panel shows our initials and the heart charm from my Easter bunny. I attached them all with little flower brads which have also been in my treasure stash for years. 
So after all those little sneak peaks I am sure you want to see my completed card....

I hope he loves it when I give it to him in July. This took me parts of  3 days to make and was a real  labour of love....made for my true love. Yes I am such a soppy old romantic but I can never change and yes we have lived happily ever after...

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

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2014 May
Our creative corner love those leftovers all my panel are created from scraps of card and paper from my scrap box.
Country View Nature's Glories
Frilly and Funkie Words, word, words
The Artistic Stamper In the garden
A Vintage Journey Fond Memories each panel of my card represents a fond memory of my 33 years of marriage.
Papertake weekly anything goes
Cheery Lynn lots of layers
Pan Pastel UK pick a colour palette my palette is green/browns and golds as it reminds me of my garden. 
We do doobadoo lots of layers

I have a very exciting day ahead tomorrow. I have taken annual leave from work and  I am meeting my best friend Karen in London.  We are attending the 125 year anniversary celebration of the formation of our old school's old girls' association. This is being held in London at the Clothworkers' Hall, a very old grand building near Monument. I will be taking my trusty camera of course. 

Today  is also very exciting as I am am having ladies' lunch with my 2 very important darling daughter and granddaughter. We are meeting at Guildford so it's time for me to dash.

Thanks always for your kind visits and comments.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Beautiful Jane, just beautiful , M is going to love it! A real labour of love. :) You do put so much effort into your cards!
    I love the Tim Holtz tag as well, they always look so solid almost as if they are made from wood!
    Lots of girly days out and tomorrow...enjoy!
    You'll enjoy the company of your sweetheart at the weekend all the more after all those girls, have a good one my friend,
    V xxx

  2. Love your fabulous card, Jane and I'm sure hubby will too! Such wonderful memories all captured within a 6x6 space using those pretty treasured trinkets and personal touches!
    Have a fab lunch with your girlies and enjoy your reunion tomorrow - that'll be fun! Hugs, Lisa x

  3. Lovely things happening for you Sweet Jane! Your days sound so much fun and exciting too. Yes, please take lots of pictures : ) Absolutely love the card/tags that you made for you love, he will be thrilled. Look forward to hearing all about you London excursion and your daughter/granddaughter lunch❤

  4. Gorgeous card Jane, love it.
    Caz x

  5. I always say this, but your cards are works of art! Have a fun day with your girlies and tomorrow with your friends. I look forward to photos!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  6. Beautiful card, Jane and so special too! I love celebrating romance and I am sure your hb will be thrilled with this unique design....a true labour of love. I love the Tim Holz tags too, they are great for inspiration!
    Wishing you happy days!
    Helen xox

  7. This is a stunning card Jane, you have created a beautiful work of art based on Tim's tag which is full of wonderful trinkets and memories. Thanks for sharing it at both Country View Crafts and A Vintage Journey.

  8. I love your take on Tims May tag inspiration. yours is way nicer ;)
    fantastic colour tones and such a beautiful layout.

  9. Absolutely stunning Jane. I love how every little square tells so much of a story for you and your husband. A real keepsake for you both. Have a lovely lunch. Thanks for joining in the challenge this week at Cheery Lynn Designs and Good Luck.
    Julie x

  10. As always I love your take on Tims tag Jane - but this month you've really excelled yourself - fabulous work and beautiful piece - I hope you win! Hugs rachel x

  11. Gorgeous card Jane!!
    Thank YOu!!

  12. Lovely card indeed and I'm sure he'll like it. So pretty, you could frame it too! Thanks for sharing you card making! I've not done it in awhile! Have a great weekend! Looking forward to the photos of your get together with friend!

  13. had me at the teal and brown color combo. :) Everything you have done here is absolutely stunning. I love the tiled design. Each tile has something beautiful to look at! Love your butterfly. I also love the little metal embellishments you've added. The "Celebrate" letters running vertically look fantastic. It's all just beautifully done! Thanks so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey. <3 Candy

  14. Well this is an absolute "Work of Art" and I can see much time went into this! What gorgeous texture and the take on Tim's May tag is stunning! I know this will so be treasured!!! Thank you for sharing this beauty with us at A Vintage Journey.

  15. This is so beautiful Jane and a such a clever idea for your very special card. I love the way you've altered the trellis, those embossed panels and all the inky loveliness. And I'm overjoyed to be able to say thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie, Our Creative Corner and A Vintage Journey! You're a very creative lady. Jenny x

  16. Wow your colors are so striking. Love the mixed media and all the embellishments. That butterfly makes a nice focal point. Glad you joined us in the Cheery Lynn Challenge. Good Luck to you.

  17. oh my gosh!!!! so much detail and so much to drool over what a fabulous piece
    hugs Kate xx

  18. Your card is just beautiful Jane....a real work of art and I'm sure your dear hb will treasure it you must find a top secret place until July!...x
    Hope you've had lots of fun on your girly days and happy weekend!
    Susan x

  19. Oh so romantic card for your upcoming anniv.
    Happy celebrating and meeting up with Millie.

    We're celebrating Mothers here this weekend.
    Happy Creating to you, Jane.
    Anne xx

  20. Absolutely amazing creation,,,,LOOOVEEEEEEEE ITTTTT

  21. A stunning card love it. x

  22. Amazing project and such a clever take on Tim's tag, wonderful to think that it was mostly put together our of left overs, - wow!. Thanks so much for adding it to Thanks so much for adding it to our challenge over at Our Creative Corner, Country view Challenges and a Vintage Journey!

  23. This is a wonderful project and full of fabulous techniques. I would be having a hard time hanging onto this until July but I am sure when your DH sees it, he will be thrilled. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

  24. Wow Jane, this one amazing take on Tim's tag for May! I love every little detail on it, so much thought and love has gone into creating it for such a special celebration! I am sure DH will appreciate it so much! Thank you so much for adding it to both Our Creative Corner and A Vintage Journey!

  25. This is a fabulous take on the May tag - love the colours, and the wonderful fine crackle on the Frameworks. Beautifully done... and thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

  26. Beautiful card Jane I'm sure hubby will be blown away when he sees it ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

  27. This is amazing! A wonderful take on the tag! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Our Creative Corner! Love from Laura xxx

  28. Back again, as I realise I should also have said: thanks for playing along with us In The Garden at The Artistic Stamper. AND at Our Creative Corner. Great challenge combining - the complete trio!!
    Alison x


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