Saturday, 16 August 2014

Tim Holtz tags of 2014, August, Jane's Journal style

For Tim's August tag he decided just to go with his creative flow, warts and all and asked us to do the same with our creation for this month's challenge. He just sat down and started playing with ideas, there was no plan.
Here is his tag below and the link to his post is here 
He used lots of different techniques and even melted part of his photo film when being too energetic with a heat gun.  A few days ago I had some quiet time down in my studio just to sit down like he did and let my creative muse loose.

I wanted to make a card this month, rather than a tag and decided it would be the special 30th birthday card for my SILs birthday in November. I really like to get special cards made when I have some time and not be sitting in my studio the night before with no ideas what to make.

I have only been creating with my Ranger products for about 10 months and I still have an awful lot to learn about techniques but I really love to play with the inks I own. I decided that, like Tim, I would use my distress stains...and because I recently treated myself to a couple of new colours. Yay!  Also as it is a special 30th birthday card I wanted to use my new vintage photo distress glitter which really lends itself to male cards. I, like many crafters, struggle with male cards so this was also a great challenge for me.

So here is my creative process showcasing my unique creative muse.

First of all I selected  my stamps. I chose one of my recent new quotes stamp as centre stage, I think going into your 30s is a really different stage of your was for me. I think by then we have had enough of life's experiences to cope as stronger more rational people. We leave ordinary behind and can start to see the bigger picture. I also wanted to use one of Tim's car stamps and his "enjoy the journey" stamp. I like including numbers on  Big Birthdays cards I make, even if the recipients are trying to avoid it...LOL. I'm not sure my dear Dad  and Mum appreciated  big 80s on their cards a few years back, but hey it's what I do.

I stamped using archival ink. I also added some tissue tape. You will see I got a few dabs of ink on the card but I "embraced" my imperfection and knew that they would be covered.

I wanted to add some textured stars so I applied grunge paste through the stars stencil.

Once this was dry I chose my stains and added these to my card.

Once dry and I was happy with the colours I felt that I wanted even more texture to the stars so I used another stencil and applied some rusty hinge DI through it. I love the spots on the stars.

I also added some "ink splodges" with chipped sapphire and mustard seed DIs.
I really liked this effect but I still wanted to "jazz things up" as this is a birthday card. I knew my Distress glitter would fit the bill.

I added the glitter in random areas around the edge and also die cut a number 30 which I glittered up too.

I chose a couple of relevant ideaology pieces and coloured them with distress paints. I also changed a white star brad to blue with the paint.

So then it was time to put everything together and here is my finished card..............
and a few close ups. The "Genuine" charm is very appropriate for my dear  SIL. The ink nib is a touch of fun as he is never without a trusty pen, I mean seriously never and he writes lots of ideas and things down.

I thought the words very appropriate for a 30 year leave ordinary behind........time flies doesn't it. The "male" touch of glitter will add some bling to the celebrations in November.

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

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2014 August
Little Claire's  a man's birthday card
Stamping Sensations anything goes
Penny Black and More anything goes
The Artistic Stamper anything goes
Country View word play
A vintage journey time flies
Allsorts stencils or masks I have used 3 different stencils
Divas by Design so charming
Simon Says stamp Monday challenge scratched up..get grungy
PanPastels UK bold and bright

Thanks for visiting and witnessing my creative took me in a direction I could not have planned when I sat down quietly at my studio desk this week. My only idea when I started was to make a special 30th birthday card. Thanks Tim for encouraging us just to play at times and go with the flow. We can't plan life and sometimes just keeping moving forward is what we need to spark our creativity and joy. Have a wonderful weekend whatever you are doing. 

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Jane, I love love love this card. Your step by step is brilliant and the layers, texture and stamping has been so cleverly brought together. Great work.
    Julie x

  2. Brilliant Jane, T will love it. I sometimes feel your cards should be hung in a gallery instead of placed on a mantlepiece!
    And no we can't plan life, sometimes wish we could though.
    V x

  3. I love all the layers in this. Nice job!

  4. Another stunning design Jane, I love the colour of the glitter, very...male :)

  5. Fabulous Card Jane! AND oh so true! Loved following the process with you! Have a lovely weekend, xoRobin

  6. A fabulous tag, Jane. Wonderful colours and textures! Thanks for joining us at stamping sensations this month and good luck!

  7. Stunning project which fits perfectly with our "bold and bright" challenge over at Pan Pastel Challenges. Adore all the detail and the colours chosen. Lou x

  8. a great take on Tims tag Jane - lovely work! hugs rachel xx

  9. Really wonderful work, Jane- I know your sil will appreciate this! Great sentiment, too. "Ordinary" is so easy and tempting to fall back on, sometimes. I can't imagine that you'd ever be guilty of that! Hope all is well with you this week. Hugs, Michele :o)

  10. This is such a masculine card and yet totally arty too. The colours and techniques combine well, but the addition of personal items makes for a bespoke card in true TH-style.

  11. Love you card it looks great.

  12. Wow! LOVE it!

    And thank you for sharing images from the process. It was awesome seeing your fab creation come "to life".

    Claudia x

  13. Amazing card! So many layers, so much to see, so much fun! Gorgeous! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  14. Gorgeous project and such a great tag on the August tag. Love all the different stamps you used, colours and patterns. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  15. Looks amazing, very unique, thanks for joining us at Allsorts, xxx

  16. Wow stunning work Jane!! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month.

  17. Loved seeing how you made this card, Jane, it is always interesting to see your processes. The card is very special and one to keep!
    Happy week ahead.
    Helen xox

  18. wow fantastic and great instructions, way to go x Thank you for joining us over at
    Sandie (Divas by Design DT)

  19. A super creation Jane, sorry I am so late but only just back from holiday and playing catch up.

    Thanks so much for joining in at Stamping Sensations, PB&M and Allsorts challenges.

    B x

  20. Hi Jane your card is amazing !!!! absolutely love the texture and the layout

    Mines up it would be great if you could visit

  21. Absolutely love this page - what fabulous colours and brilliant stamp choices... just so many great details and it all works beautifully together. Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

  22. Stunning Jane, love it!Thank you so much for joining us over at Pan Pastel UK.

  23. I love your card Jane, my goodness you've packed a lot of creativity into it! Delighted you joined in with our 'Time flies' challenge at A Vintage Journey. Chris xxxx

  24. Beautiful card again, Jane,

    I really love the colors - and leave the ordinary behind - oh yes!!

    Have a wonderful last (!!) week of August, dear friend!


  25. Oops - should also have said thanks so much for playing along with us at Country View Challenges and at The Artistic Stamper.
    Alison x

  26. Thanks for playing with LC challenge!


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