Saturday, March 7, 2015

12 TAGS OF 2015: MARCH

Again this year, Tim Holtz has created a challenge called 12 Tags of 2015, providing a tutorial so that his followers might be inspired, play along, and create monthly tags.  I have admired his tags, as well as those of others who have participated in the past, but never felt I was artistically quite up for this challenge.  

This month, I was inspired when my dear friend Val-Belle posted her tag for the March challenge, and I just could no longer resist.  When I looked at Tim's list of supplies, I was missing quite a number, but thought I could "make do" with what I had (my supply list will follow the detail photos below).  

I have to tell you that when I finished my tag and looked at it, I almost cried.  It's beautiful, and I am, indeed, quite capable!

I have some detail photographs to show, but the following is my favorite because it showcases an element very dear to me. In October of 2014, I was grateful to attend the Art-Is-You Conference in Stamford, Connecticut.  One of the things that most attendees do is to create small pieces of art to "trade" with others attending the Conference. The beautiful "smile" element attached to the ribbon on my tag is a "trade" I received from Marjie Kemper of Marjie Kemper Designs.   I am privileged to have taken classes taught by Marjie, but, even more special, I am privileged to call her "friend."  

Here are the others:

Supplies used:
  • Ranger #8 manila tag
  • Washi tape from my stash
  • Distress Spray Stain in Fired Brick, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Faded Jeans, and Salty Ocean
  • Butterfly stamp from Finnabair Don't Forget to Fly Cling Stamp Set
  • VersaFine Ink in Onyx Black
  • Melt Art ultra thick clear embossing enamel
  • Schoolhouse stencil (THS011)
  • Studio 490 (Wendy Vecchi) embossing paste in Metalic Gold 
  • Loop pin to attach "smile" charm
  • Basic tools
  • Other items from stash

So, thank you Tim, thank you Val-Belle, and thank you Marjie!  I couldn't be happier! Thanks for your visit today, as well as your comments.  Both are important to me!

I am entering this tag in the Craft Stamper Magazine March Take It, Make It challenge.


  1. Kay you are very capable of playing along with the TH Challenge and i am so glad that you can now see this.

    Your Tag is gorgeous, your attention to detail is wonderful. So much to see that i will be back to look again on a larger screen than my phone.

    Looking forward to more of your projects in this style, you really have rocked it! :-) xxx

  2. Your tag is colorful with lot of interest, Kay! Love it :)

  3. I think you rocked this challenge and I can't believe that you doubted yourself...I love the colours and the smilie face is just perfect. I hope that you continue to play too.. For me doing his tags has been one of the most pleasurable and liberating things I have ever done... I am obsessed by his product 😳

  4. Oooohhh kay... your tag is absolutely gorgeous. I understand how you feel (because i am pretty much the same a lot of the time) when you say you have never felt "artistically up for the challenge". Kay, I think the most disabling thing is to compare ourselves to others... your work is beautiful, worthy, and unique... much like you. ☺xxx

  5. Kay, this is just fabulous! I'm so glad you played along in Tim's challenge. I've joined in once or twice but mostly I don't have what he uses and sort of give up before I even get started. I'm always inspired by his tags and always find something to learn from them nevertheless!

  6. Wow,this is WONDERFUL Kay.....absolutely stunning! The level of detail you've created on a tag is amazing,everything about it is super yummy. In fact I love it soooo much I've pinned it ;)
    Extra big hugs
    Donna xxx

  7. It looks sunny and happy and totally "cool"! So much to see and beautiful! Have a fun week, hugs, Gerrina

  8. Wow, this is gorgeous ! Don't ever think you are not good enough because you are, and more !
    Corrie x

  9. This is really extraordinary, Kay! I agree with Russell, time to do big canvases. Thanks so much for entering it in the Take It Make It Challenge, it is so beautiful!

  10. Your tag rocks! I have no doubts that you can do any challenge! This is amazing, live each detail of this tag!
    By the way, I will be visiting my son between April 1 and 6. Maybe this time we can met irl?

  11. I love your tag! It's beautiful! :)

  12. Kay, it is a fantastic interpretation of the march tag, loved every detail of it!

  13. So pleased you entered your beautiful tag into the craft stamper make it take it challenge, it's such a lovely tag! Your a very talented lady, :)

  14. You knocked it out the park with this one. It's absolutely beautiful. I, too, am a fan of Marjie's and how special to include her trade on this tag. I always look forward to your creations

  15. This is really beautiful Kay, wonderful elements and beautifully put together. You are more than capable! xx

  16. AAAHHH Kay this is so beautiful. I know what you mean so well...but you did a wonderful job and made a beautiful Tim's Tag

  17. Omgosh Kay!! Outstanding!! And I agree with Corrine- what's been holding you back ,my friend? Your art is more than capable as are you- go big sister!! This tag just rocks and so do you! Mwaa! xo

  18. Well this is very gorgeous :) :) love it, better than Tims xx

  19. Fabulous take on Tim's tag .... gorgeous detail and texture. Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper TIMI challenge .... good luck! Linda xx

  20. So glad you took the plunge to play along... OF COURSE you're capable... this is a triumph! I love the colours and the wonderful personal meaning in your embellishment from Marjie. A real delight!
    Alison xx

  21. Creation very original and very beautiful!

  22. Oh, where's my comment on this tag??... I can't see it :( I'm sure I had left you a comment, because when I looked at it at first I was so amazed by this one!!! For me it's a winner Kay!!! Everyone of us would love having such fabulous art tag! :-) Bisous! Have a lovely week and playtime with your art stuff and stamps :D Coco

  23. This is indeed gorgeous. Love that little tag with the face and all the other lovely elements. So much to look at. Must check out Tim's post. Thanks for sharing. Hugz


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