Thursday, 14 April 2016

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2016 April, Jane's Journal's card version

Tim really had me thinking outside the box for this month's project. Here is his tag combining
mosaic and a textured paper background. You can see the techniques he used over on his post here.
Well eeek I thought....I don't have a large bird die and I don't have his new mosaic making set. I also don't have any of his new wood grain textured paper.

I seriously considered not entering this month but I'm a girl who likes a challenge so I dug my heels in and had a long think. I could not see his wood grain paper for sale here in the UK so I decided to made my own. I bought a wood grain embossing folder and had a play. I used different paper and Hickory Smoke distress paint and made these fun "bark" backgrounds.
I then had a play with various inks and sprays to see which colours I liked

The paint acts as a resist when the inks dry and I decided to use the one below for my card. I felt it was very spring like.
I had my little helper  Billy with me (it's not quite warm enough yet to work in my garden studio)
and I had to laugh at his antics...

 thanks Billy, my lids are really useful on my stool!
So then it was time to make  the mosaic part of the challenge.
For this I decided to use my TH butterfly duo die and Tim's very original mosaic technique...I don't have sheets of wonder tape so I used strips and I don't have his crystal embossing powder so I used weather wood embossing powder for the "grout".
 I liked the effect the glossy accents gives to my scraps of paper.
I wanted to use my Tim wildflower dies again...I LOVE this die set, they are gorgeous whether you water colour them or just cut them from card. I also used one of his sentiment dies, another set which I use again and again.

So now it was time to put on my creative hat .......

and here is my finished card...very feminine (sorry Tim ;0)
Here's the background in close up
 and my mosaic butterfly.

I have kept the rest of  the backgrounds and butterflies I made for future projects. 

So despite the challenges I faced this month with Tim's April tag I did exactly what the Prof encouraged us in January, as he started the 12 tags this year;

"my goal is to empower your creative way of thinking and remind you that inspiration is right at your fingertips." (Tim Holtz Jan 2016)

Thanks Tim for your ongoing creativity and for encouraging me to find ways of overcoming creative challenges. I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2016 April
A Vintage Journey spring is in the air
PaperArtsy resists techniques
Noor UK anything goes
Card mania 3/5  spring
The Ribbon Girl 2/3 any card goes
Live and Love Crafts Photo inspiration I was inspired by the texture of the roof of the summer house and used the colours of the birdcage roses photos, pinks,purples, green and cream for my little floral butterfly bouquet I created 
We love to Create 2/2 #8 anything mixed media
Creative inspirations favourite things 2/3 mine inks, card, ribbon and embossing powder
Simon Says stamp Monday April showers brings forth May flowers

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Wow, Jane! Just goes to show what you can achieve when you have to think outside the box! Although your card may look very different to Tim's tag, the techniques are still there and even more innovative too because you had to adapt the products that you had in your crafty stash!
    Nice to see Billy was doing his best to help too! Hugs, Lisa x

  2. Well I didn't really think it would be a challenge for you Jane, I knew you would do it!
    Your bark turned out brilliantly and I love your butterfly(I love Tim's bird too) .
    I also love that Billy, what a cutie!!! Don't you just adore all that paw business that they get up to.
    V x

  3. Oh wow Jane, you really did improvise and definitely thought outside the box - but it was so worth it as your result is gorgeous. I really love the bark you created, it looks fantastic! Thanks so much for joining in our Spring is in the Air challenge at A Vintage Journey. Anne x

  4. Stunning Jane, really love the Butterfly

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  5. Great tag Jane. Love the way you colored the wood grain. Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey.

  6. I was really impressed with the different colored metallics in your background.. it's really pretty. I hope you win the competitions! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  7. Hi Jane,
    WOW the background turned out really great; such a cool metallic effect! Love the mosaic butterfly, so gorgeous. Improvisation at its best! The pics of your playful kitty made me smile. There have been some promising Spring days, but I agree with you it's still rather cold. Thanks for joining LLC this month again.

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts

  8. absolutely brilliant Jane - I adore this xx

  9. and it is a SUCCESS! Love your April Tag Jane and these adorable pictures of Billy "helping" you!

  10. Gorgeous Jane!! I love how your butterfly turned out, the soft colours and patterns really work well for the spring feel of your tag! Fabulous version of Tim's tag. Billy is so sweet, aren't they just hours of amusement! lol. hugs :)

  11. Gorgeous card, love it! Love the cat too ;)

  12. A gorgeous creation! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations! xxx

  13. Love your butterfly card, and well done on your creative ideas for overcoming the challenges! I love Tim's bird tag too and can see how he inspired you. Billy is such a sweet cat and I hope he didn't get any ink on him when he played with those lids!
    Have a wonderful weekend Jane.
    Helen xox

  14. Your butterfly is beautiful!! Stunning card!!

  15. beautiful take on Tim's tag Jane and well done on your thinking out of the box background...thank you for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...hugs kath xxx

  16. Wonderful Jane! I particularly like the background you created!!
    sandy xx

  17. I forgot to tell you - I love your cat pictures. I am a cat person!
    Sandy xx

  18. Love all your woodgrain experiments and the springtime mosaic butterflies look simply fabulous! Great take on Tim's remix (not that I've even managed to see his yet - but I've seen the combo bobbing up here and there, so I'm getting up to speed gradually!).
    Alison x

  19. I love the wood grain effect on the card. Another great creation and your fur baby helped I see:)

  20. Lovely card, Jane! Great background, and neat way to do a butterfly. I am so glad you joined us in our April Showers challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! Hope you are enjoying spring! Maura

  21. Great creation, Thanks for joining us at Creative inspirations!
    CraftyNatalie - DT

  22. This is a gorgeous Tag Jane and loved seeing how you put it all together with the help of your gorgeous cat.
    Thank you for sharing this with us at Noor Design UK.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  23. Wow! Lovely!
    Thank you for joining us at Card Mania Challenge, good luck:)
    Marzena DT


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