Tim Tag and 10 Days to go!

This tag took forever and I'm so pleased with it.  I'd set myself a challenge to start a blog and enter a challenge before my fifteenth birthday and I've cut it close ( only ten days to go!) but I did it. So, I am really thrilled to be entering this tag into my first two challenges.... Tim Holtz, one of my craft inspirations Twelve Tags of 2012  and the Summer Ice Cream Colours Challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges. I chose the pink, cream and brown to represent Neapolitan ice cream.

Because I don't have the die to make roses I improvised! I started to play with the leftover pieces from when my mum die cut the tag for me and discovered that the inner bit of one of the book plates on the die could be cut into a spiral which could be twirled into a rose! I use Core'dinations card and sanded them a little. Next I cut them into a spiral which I then cut into petal shapes (still keeping it a spiral). Then I twisted it into a rose which is very fiddly so took forever but is very calming. To keep it together I cut a small square of double sided tape a glue gun probably would have worked better but I managed and it got easier as I made more!

You can see here the piece I used, it is the oval from the Tim book plate. I tried out some different versions and ended up using the plain one instead of the embossed one.
I wanted a white silhouette so I stamped with clear embossing ink then heat embossed it. with Seafoam White powder them cut it out because it had a square frame that I didn't want.  I used two Distress Inks Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet to tint the frame for the lady. I used double sided tape to stick her to the tag which I had embossed and sanded down. I looked at lots of ribbons but couldn't chose one so picked some of my knitting wool instead. I used some awesome tea dye tinted lace/ribbon that my mum made at the bottom of the tag. Finally I stuck on my chosen stickers.

Tim Holtz 12 tags 2012 - August
Fashionable Stamping challenges


  1. Oh Els! I love this tag and am amazed by the amount of patience that you displayed making those tiny and stunning flowers! As ever, your sense of colour and placement rocks and it is hard to believe this is one of the first tags you have ever made! Proud of you daughter!

  2. Love your tag! Such pretty roses and color choices (I'm partial to polka dots), using a white silhouette is very original and that touch of lace really looks terrific too.

  3. What a stunning tag! Love the way you made flowers out of a frame! Amazing take on Tim's tag! Hugs, Sandra

  4. This is beautiful and oh so elegant. Love the color combination you used and if your mom hadnt told us you were only 14 I wouldnt have believed it!
    Wishing you advanced Happy birthday and waiting to see more fabulous creations from you
    Cheers from Bangalore, India

  5. Well done Els. You have just taught so many of us 'experienced' crafters what to do if you don't have the spiral dies and I for one will be having a go (not sure if I've got your patience but let's see!) It really doesn't look like this is your first Tim tag and I wish you the very best of luck in both challenges. Looking forward to your next tutorial already! Hugs, Buttons x

  6. Absolutely beautiful, Els! You've certainly inherited your mum's "use what you have" gene! And Happy Early 15th Birthday!

  7. this is just stunning!! you are very accomplished for a 'beginner' lol!!
    the roses are just genius and look beautiful.
    tony x

  8. Amazing work... you're really good ;)

  9. Amazing work... You're really good ;)

  10. Hi Els, your innovation with this tag is so impressive! I started out making my flowers like you did and I love the look of them, fiddly I know, but so worth it in the end. Your tag is stunning, I love the colours you have used, the tag has a very vintage feel to it. I do hope you win either (or both!) challenge, you certainly get an 'A' for effort and patience.....Crafty hugs, Anne x

  11. Great work Els... your flowers are brilliantly done - great improvisation with what's to hand is the sign of a born creative!
    Alison x

  12. Such a fabulous tag with great details. The flowers looks wonderful. Thanks for joining us at FSC this fortnight.

  13. You are brilliant girlie!!! So proud of you! So smart at such a young age means a super future!!! Your tag is gorgeous...and all those beautiful roses just rock!!!! Kudos to you!

  14. Hi Els, Fabulous tag and great improvisation and creativity with the roses, they look stunning. Love your ice cream choice.
    Thanks for joining us at FSC, and hope you will join us again.
    Avril xx

  15. Brilliant tag, that's a beautiful art work. The flowers are amazing.You can be proud!

  16. Ana thanks for the comment on my blog!
    I also love your blog and this tag is fantastic and beautiful flowers!

  17. A very very nice and beautiful tag Els
    You cab be proud
    Good luck on teh Challenge

    Greetings Janny

  18. Congratulations on reaching the goals you set yourself. You will never regret starting a Blog - I was a reluctant Blogger, didn't think it was for me but friends encouraged me to give it a go.
    Wonderful details on your tag, love the flowers.
    Thank you for sharing with us at FSC this fortnight.

  19. Well you should be pleased with this tag!! It sure is a masterpiece - You have done it young lady and now you will be hooked FOREVER. I can not think of a better past time and you sure are talented!!

  20. Your tag is just gorgeous! I LOVE all the tiny little flowers, they are gorgeous! Thanx so much for sharing. :)

  21. Tag is gorgeous and the way you made flowers is really smart! Good luck with challenges!
    Hugs from Slovenia

  22. A beautiful tag Els and I'm in love with your roses. I have to try that and you are so clever for working it out.
    Good luck with your challenges.

  23. Beautiful tag Els, love the flowers ! Thanks for joining us at FSC. Sue C x

  24. Fabulous tag Els you must have had a lot of fun making those gorgeous roses as you've made so many! Well done and good luck with the challenges Cx

  25. This is really gorgeous Els. Love the colour choice and the lovely embellishments you've included.
    Can see you take after your Mum!
    Thanks for joining in over at FSC too.
    Fliss x


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