Many years ago, my sister (-in-law), Judy, Retired2stamp, invited me to a Stampin' Up Party. I was drawn to the 6X6 recipe card swap our local group was doing and had wanted to scrapbook too. I wasn't really interested in card making because I had witnessed my brother (in-law) Ed fold up a handmade card and put it in his pocket. I almost fainted and I didn't even make the card. But after a few parties, I was hooked and now make more cards than I had ever thought I would. My most recent passions are ATCs, tags & altered art. As you look through my blog I hope you can see how I've grown in my crafting ability!

Thursday, January 19, 2017


Although Tim Holtz isn't doing his monthly tag challenge this year, we have so much to learn so we decided to continue making tags using his past techniques.  I got together with my peeps at The Craft Shack to make our versions of Tim's Day 2 of 12 Tag of Christmas from December 2, 2007.  His technique was embossed painted resist & we really loved how the background was inked too.

The snowflakes & background were done following his instructions.  I first stamped the tall pine trees m iced spruced ink using a frayed burlap marker on the trunks but it was very light so I offset stamped in peeled paint & walnut stain.

When I put the glass glitter over the stickles, I ended up with blogs of glitter.  I used my pick to spread the glitter around & remove some of the bigger chunks.  I decided to research adhering glass glitter & found a tip on using Modge Podge.  My peeps tried it & not only did it dry quick but it was easier to control the "dots" by using the tip of a small paint brush.  I should have put my stickles on my mat then dotted my project.  I added stickles without glitter, a strip of bling & a few random pieces of bling.  We made ghost snowflakes from window sheets & Tim's mini snowflake die.

To finish up, I painted a Frosty token & added it to my fluffy bow along with a skate charm.  BTW, I learned how to make my fabulous fluffy bow from Frederique Sleijpen-Mommers.  I've never been able to master bow makng but Freddie's fluffy bow tutorial made it so easy!  Hope you check it out.

Hope you enjoyed my tag & check out one of my peep's blog, Lisa Brown AKA Runs with Scissors's blog for her version!  TFL!

stamp sets - reindeer flightscribbly christmas
paint - picket fence, weathered wood, broken china
ink - tumbled Glass, broken china, black sootpeeled paint, iced spruce
die - movers & shakpers snowflakes
misc. - #10 manilla craft tag, distress sprayer. heat tool, Wow clear embossing powder, star dust stickles, retractable craft pick, mod podge glitter glass, window plasticchristmas typed tokensloopvpins, ice skates, jewel strips clip bales, crinkle ribbon, silver dots.


  1. this is really awesome. It's a great idea to revisit the old techniques!!!

  2. This is amazing! Love the look and the colors are fantastic.

  3. So honoured to be mentioned here and am so proud of your bow!!!