Monday, 20 January 2014

"Good Friends" Tim's January Tag

Hello everyone and welcome! A special welcome also to new followers, thank you so much for joining me here for my creative journey.
Well, today I want to share a tag inspired by no other than the wonderful Tim Holtz
As most of my visitors are  likely making their own, I don't need to say much by way of introduction, but if by any chance you don't know about Tim's wonderful monthly challenge, you can find out all about it HERE.

Now as some of you know, despite me having loved Tim's creations ever since I found out about them probably way back in 2008 or so, I have never followed his tag challenges, until last year that is when I managed to do two of them. But after completing Tim's Creative Chemistry 102 and having so much fun with it, I decided that this year I would join in with all of his tags.... wish me luck....

Anyway, like most people I had to do some adaptation as I don't own many of the products he used, but that was half the fun of it.
I did my background pretty much just like Tim. One of my favourite bits was the sanded down rub-ons, just love the distressed look of that, here's my version:

I don't have the pocket watch die nor any cog embossing folders, but I do have some Wendy Vecchi pocket watch art parts, so decided to use one of them and filled it with some rusted watch parts, purchased unrusted on ebay and then rusted with rusting powder from Crafty Notions. I embedded them in Glossy Accents and I have to say, I like the result.
I happened to have one of those tickets Tim used in my box of scraps, and as I wanted my tag to be about friendships in the arty crafty world, which have started to mean so much to me over the years, I themed both my stamped sentiment and my chit chat stickers around that.


After adding the stickers I added a bit of shading to make them pop a bit more.
I added a bit of seam binding at the top of my tag, coloured with Pumice Stone and added a type charm, just with the letter J for January
It's one of those little letter stickers mounted on a scrap of inked card.
Finally I decided it all looked a bit cramped on the #8 tag, so I mounted the whole tag on a #10 tag that I inked and stamped first and then added a January tab too. I will do this for all of my tags I think and then put them together in a little book at the end of the year.
Full of good intentions like always........

Well, that's it, tag number one done, can't wait for the next one now. I am guessing it may well include the new hearts stencil, I have got it on order, but will it be available by Feb?????Anyway, running ahead of my self like usual.....
Hope you like my version of the tag and of course I will be adding it to Tim's January Challenge

Thank you for visiting and have a creative day!!

46 comments:

  1. Wow, your tag is gorgeous, Astrid.
    Brilliant artwork as always.

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  2. Hi Astrid, I dont like it I LOVE it! all those little watch parts encased in the glossy accents in the pocket watch look amazing. I also like the way you have mounted the tag onto a larger one, this idea really makes it stand out. Hugs Mo x

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  3. Terrific tag Astrid, loving all the watch parts, hugs Annette x

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  4. Awesome tag. Love your details, as always!!!

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  5. Fabulous Astrid.. and I think that the 'good friend' sentiment is PERFECT!!

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  6. WOW!!Love the rusted watch parts, so much cooler than embossed card, great idea!

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  7. LOVE your interpretation of Tim's January tag, Astrid!

    The friends theme is beautiful and you have chosen one of my favourite sayings :)
    Your pocket watch looks very cool - improvising is - as you said - so much fun and often leads to new ideas you wouldn't have had if you had had the materials at hand Tim uses ;)

    The tiny touch of red from the label on top is sooo cleverly done and placed! LOVE this detail a lot!

    Hugs,
    Claudia x

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  8. Wonderful Tag Astrid. Friendships are worth their weight in gold. Enjoy your Evening. Hugs Rita xxx

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  9. beautiful as always, I have not seen anything so far on your blog what has not been beautiful, made with lots of artsy Feeling and love of crafting

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  10. Fantastic take on Tim's tag...Love the watch parts & the sentiment is brilliant... Hugs May x x x

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  11. Great tag, I absolutely love the rusted parts within the pocket watch. Great background too. Great take on Tim's tag. Tracy x

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  12. A fabulous take on Tim's tag. The red white dotted paper is a great eye catcher.

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  13. A totally fab take of his tag here Astrid. As usual you´ve done such an awesome job on this, and it looks fantastic.

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  14. Beautiful and unique take on the tag, I love the rusted watch parts very pretty

    Jools x

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  15. Well this tag is a real triumph Astrid, I love your take on Tim's tag! The pocket watch filled with the rusty bits is incredible - love this! Hugs, Anne x

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  16. Wow, a Fabulous tag, love the way you rusted the innards of the watch.
    Yvonne

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  17. What a fantastic tag and the watch is great artwork!

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  18. Sanding the rub-on gives the most brilliant effect. I am not the biggest fan of rub-ons but having a bit of a re-think!
    A tag with wonderful detail and texture.
    Wishes
    Lynne
    I also love Ebay for watch parts :)

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  19. Gorgeous Astrid - I love the watch parts. Looking forward to seeing your interpretation of TTags over the year x

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  20. Just love this fabulous take Astrid. You have really captured the spirit if Tim's tag but made it completely your own. Brilliant.
    Have a good week.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  21. That's gorgeous! I love how you used the pocket watch art part.

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  22. Fabulous take on Tim's Tag Astrid x

    I love the colours and the rusty watch parts look great in the Art Parts Pocket Watch. Have fun

    Hugs Annie xx

    ps we need to arrange our next get together x

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  23. Loooooove your version of Tim's Tag ... absolutely awesome Astrid!!!! The pocket watch and the rusted watch parts are brilliant and the sanded rub-ons look fabulous!! Love the sentiment as well. Fantastic all round!! ox

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  24. Astrid this is a great tag ...just finished mine. I love your textured pocket watch it looks great! hugs x trace x

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  25. love love love this is oozing with creative magic x

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  26. this is gorgeous - love your stopclock Astrid - fabulous!!! A beautiful take on tims tag - fabulous xx

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  27. Absolute fabulous. What a beautiful tag!
    xxx Marianne

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  28. A wonderful tag Astrid. Great to see your very own version of the TH challenge

    Love Chrissie x

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  29. STUNNING Tag Astrid! So much texture and layers to look at. Love the colours you have used and the sentiments are fab :-) xxx

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  30. Wonderful tag, love the watch with all those rusted bits, great effect - I think I like yours better than Tim's, but don't tell him okay? Valerie

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  31. I love your tag, Astrid! I absolutely love those rusted watch parts!! What a great idea to put the month on each one and then put them into a book! And, I love the sentiment, that art friends are the greatest! I feel the same.

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  32. Dear Astrid, your tag is so gorgeous,- The red background on the extra tag, fitting the line of red on the ticket,and above sign :JAN ... makes it so warm in colour tones, and beautiful with the rusted tones-I too love your distressed rub ons... a great way of making them look old, and not shiny!!
    Wonderful tag, and thankyou for the inspiration my friend.
    Hugs,Dorthe

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  33. Brilliant - LOVE the rusty watch parts in the watch frame - what a fantastic idea! Great take on the tag, Astrid... Looking forward to seeing all 12 this time!!
    Alison xx

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  34. Oh, Astrid, that tag is great! I LOVE the rusted watch parts, it looks phantastic!
    I wish you that your good intentions will stay with you ;)
    Hugs Evelyn

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  35. Love, love, love your take on Tim's tag, Astrid! The old watch bits covered in GA is so cool and I just love that sentiment and those are the best friends to have! Hugs!

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  36. Your tag is gorgeous, love all the detail and rust. The watch with all the rusty bits is fabulous. Your words are wonderful as well. Cheers, Shirleyx

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  37. Love the double tag, and all those wonderful bit in your time piece! Stunning tag!

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  38. Your tag looks great, Astrid! You have included so much detail... but I especially love the rusted watch parts.

    Hugs,
    Gaby

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  39. Totally yummy grungy look going on here, Astrid! Love that background stamping. Brilliant idea to add the month to each tag this year. I need to get going or the Jan. tag will pass me by! Thanks for the inspiration.

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  40. This looks scrumptious enough to eat Astrid. The glossy rusted watch parts are wonderful. Nicola x

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  41. absolutely yummy, astrid. such a rich, warm feeling in your tag.

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