Saturday, 25 May 2013

Tim Holtz Tags of 2013 - May

That's weird, there's a strange golden orb in the sky. What? The Sun you say? Here in Northern Ireland? Surely not. But could it be...well, apparently we are having our one day of Summer today when the temperature struggles into double figures and the world and his wife get their barbecues out. So, a good day to share my entry for Tim Holtz gallery of tags. This month we are playing with rub-ons. I dug out a couple of sheets of old Papermania rub-ons I've had for ages and then played with my distress inks and came up with this tag.


There's nothing I like better than sitting in the garden on a warm, sunny day with a book. OK, so I don't actually own a hammock (or any pink wellies for that matter), and it isn't really warm enough to sit outside either (this is Northern Ireland, didn't I mention that lol!), but I can dream as well as the next woman.


This was a little metal tag from a dog collar that I painted with distress paint and added some rub-on letters to.

Papermania Summer Bloom and Honey & Hugs rub-ons
Distress Inks & Paints
Olive Archival ink pad
Tim Holtz stamp sets
Spellbinders Just Swingin' die
Paper flowers
I liked the design from the tag and thought I'd see what it looked like as a card. Trouble is that I didn't have any more rub-ons, so here are the results of an experiment with stickers and stamps.
This card uses the same images from a sticker sheet. I've added one of my favourite Crafty Individuals stamps to the background to give a little bird sitting in the branches.
...and here it is again, this time stamped with crimson archival and heat-embossed in clear before inking as before.
The inked background for all three of these creations is my favourite combination of Tumbled Glass and Bundled Sage applied with bits of Cut 'n' Dry foam. Simon Says Stamp and Show are challenging us to use our favourite ink pad this week. Hopefully they'll let me get away with two favourites :-)
Just before I go, a quick hello to May from Gemini Crafts at Gracehill in Ballymena. We had a great afternoon getting all inky with distress inks and perfect pearls yesterday. She has some fab stuff in her shop and it's well worth a visit. Have a great weekend everyone! Maddy xx
Entered for the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Favourite Ink
Tim Holtz May Tags


  1. Do you know Maddy we've got that in the sky as well and hubby just said we might see it again tomorrow, might balance out the 3" rainfall we've had here this month.

    Great inspirational tag and card.

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

    B x

  2. A gorgeous tag and cards Maddy. I love the scene you have created and the colours and textures are beautiful.
    Let's hope the sun is here to stay for a while this time.
    Take care
    hugs Sue xx

  3. What a fabulous piece of work!

  4. Lovely cards and tag, Maddy, gorgeous details on them. I love the image and your design is beautiful. The Sun poped out over here in Kent too, but it wasn't exactly tropical either! Just hopping by, hope you are having a great bank holiday weekend.

  5. Maddy these are all lovely, the tag especially.

  6. love the images on your tag and love the pink wellies-we had sun today but came with a cool wind but dried the washing
    carol x

  7. Lovely work - pink and yellow wellies both! Hope the sun comes out and is really warm soon for you all. It is still Spring though isn't it - I have been very cold in the UK and very hot too when visiting, but always love it whatever!

  8. Hi Irish lady! Oh this card just makes me feel wait...I already am lazy, I just wanna be in a hammock!!! It's the epitome of Summer for sure! Your inks are perfect the shades! Great design! Thank you for getting inky with us this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

  9. Gorgeous tag and cards ..just love all the pretty colours together....Joolsx

  10. Gorgeous card & Tag Maddy, fab designs and love the colours

    enjoy the rest of the bank holiday
    Lorna xx

  11. Ooh Maddy these are gorgeous! Happy leapblogging! Elaine-xxx-

  12. Gorgeous tag and cards love the colours very summery. As to that golden orb thingy we have it too making the most of it as we have rain in our forecast for tomorrow. Love Alison

  13. stunning tag and cards Maddy, fi x

  14. is a gorgeous day here today...reminds me of your sweet tag and card! Love the colors, and the design. They make me happy to look at them! :) I also wanted to thank you for the sweet comments you left on my blog! :) Thanks so much for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  15. The summer has arrived on your tag! really like the colours used x

  16. Fabulous tag and cards they are different in the nicest possible way xx

  17. Gorgeous Tags Maddy! That sunshine is so welcome isn't it? I have had two days where I can nip out into the garden in sandals! Hoping for another tomorrow so we can go out for a walk!

  18. ooo what a great idea and how very clever izzwizz hope you are having a great bank holiday ... thank you so much for hopping by my blog ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

  19. oh and I love the card toooo lol xx

  20. Nice affect with the card and matching tag, looks good

  21. These are fabulous pieces. Wish I could sit in the garden... no sun for days, it's still raining.

  22. wow. these are amazing!! gorgeous colours x

  23. These are super fine - I do like the colours and you feel that the summer is just round the corner.


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