Sunday, 26 April 2015

Tag Time

Hi all and happy Sunday. This is for once a non scheduled post, I am going to hit the publish button as soon as I have finished writing this.....

Just sharing my version of Tim Holtz's April tag. I am sorry to say mine turned out very differently indeed, for various reasons....
So I followed the first part of his technique pretty much to the letter, even using the same stamp set (though not the same stamp in the set). You can of course read all about the technique on Tim's blog HERE.
I had decided though from the start that I would do mine differently, as, though I loved the water colouring technique he showed, I did not like the blockiness of the design, so instead of using just a piece of water colour card and adding it to the Kraft, I cut my whole tag from water colour card.
This meant of course that I totally missed out the second part of his technique....
Anyway, once I had stamped and coloured the flowers and done the background, I felt there was too much white space (because I had used a much bigger area of course), so I added stenciling and some background stamping to the background, so this is how it ended up.

I then turned my hand to the pages of the little book I created back in January to keep my tags in. (If you want to see how I did that, just follow the link).
I decided to make my pages quite bright and colourful. I recently did an online course with my blog friend Marjie Kemper and decided to incorporate some of her brilliant techniques (I am still learning lol...). The butterfly is from the Tim Holtz watercolour set, it turned out a bit dark so I added some doodles with my white pen, but I now wished I hadn't, as I think it looks silly, but hey ho, too late now.
Here is the other side:
As April is very much a month of rain and shine in the part of the world where I live, I decided to add some of the wonderful rain drop stamps from Designs by Ryn.
Well, that's it for now, - wishing you all a very happy Sunday and I hope you get some creative time in the week ahead.
Thanks for visiting and of course I am adding this to Tim's April challenge.

50 comments:

Berdien Weideveld said...

Prachtig Astrid !!!!

Fliss said...

Wow Astrid! Your tag is absolutely stunning and so beautifully shabby chic in style. Love your pretty tag book too.
Fliss xx

Anneke said...

Beautiful Astrid. Lovely colors.
Great the little book. Lovely sunny colors.
Very inspiring thanks for showing Anneke

Kerstin F. said...

Wonderful colours with a soft vintage touch, lovely!!

Pamellia Johnson said...

Holy wowzers Astrid!! I think this is my absolute favourite this month!! LOVE that you used purple, what a dreamy colour for flowers and the combination with the yellow for your album is completely hypnotizing!! Love love love your Tim Tag version!! hugs :)

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful tag, love the white highlighting! Valerie

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Lovely tag Astrid the purple flowers are gorgeous and I love your backdrop. Tracy x

massofhair said...

Like you used one of the TH Sizzlits to stencil or spray through, really beautiful and ethereal background. LOVE purple so your flower is an instant hit with me lol. I do like this stamp plate and might consider adding it to my stash. Enjoy your Sunday! :-) xxx

Susie Bentz said...

Just lovely! I really enjoy seeing your tag book each month, too!

Rita said...

Wonderful tag Astrid. I bought these stamps for Annies Birthday and lo and behold she had them. So now I have a set of my own. Hugs Rita xxxx

S@ndy Diller said...

So beautiful as always Astrid. Love the butterfly and the rain drops. Have a great week, S@ndy xx

Regina said...

As always my friend.....amazing!!!

Joi at RR said...

The watercolor paper makes your tag look mystical - just beautifully gentle and sweet - like a daydream. I love seeing the different ideas folks have from what Tim creates. This is just wonderful Astrid. And of course, your book is over the top super fine. j.

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

Wow, Astrid, your tag is soooo beautiful.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

ONE WORD ....FANTASTIC --
I am in love with this tag !

Paula Cheney said...

I love the purple color Astrid. Not a color I usually gravitate to, but you make it look amazing. Well done!

Patty O'Malley said...

I think your tag is gorgeous, Astrid! I love the way it looks. The tag book is pretty, too. Love that raindrop stamp--looks realistic!

Kathy Bradley said...

Astrid,
Your tag is gorgeous. At first, I thought the raindrops were some sort of embellishment - as they have the look of 3D - very awesome. Thanks for sharing.

JackieP Neal said...

I think your butterfly is just fine with the doodles! I absolutely love the purple & yellow combo-just stunning! And your flowers on your tag- so beautiful!!
Thanks so much for your reply Astrid!! Phew! I thought i was going to have to go out and buy a new printer! heehee xo

Sue Balawajder said...

Really beautiful,purple is my favourite colour. I too thought the raindrops were an embellishment, fantastic.

Corrie Herriman said...

Wow, love those beautiful purple flowers !
Corrie x

Lynn Price said...

Beautiful colors throughout, Astrid.....but especially love how you've done the flowers. I need to start playing with that set; this might be just the lure I need, lol! Love your tag book - such a great idea! I am not yet caught up with Marjie's online class - I can see there are fun techniques ahead! Thanks for you r lovely comments, also. Do try the eco printing - it is a blast! xxx Lynn

Inky and Quirky said...

Stunning tag Astrid,the flower looks so real!
Big hugs
Donna xxx

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Your tag is beautiful, as is your book! It's always a delight to see what you're working on.

rachel said...

ooo Astrid - I do love this - its absolutely brilliant - I think this is a winner - fingers crossed for you xx

Redanne said...

No need to be sorry it turned out differently - because yours is fabulous Astrid, I love the rich colours, the flowers are superb and I love the stenciling in the background. I lalso love seeing the pages in your tag book too - again the colours are gorgeous and Ryn's raindrops look superb. A fabulous take on Tim's tag, in my humble opinion! Hugs, Anne xx

Margaret Mifsud said...

Wow!! Certainly don't need to be sorry about this tag Astrid, it is stunning!!! You may not have followed all of Tim's techniques but the colours and the background work is amazing. Also love the rich colours of your tag book and that raindrop stamp is fabulous ... and I love your little butterfly. Doesn't look silly at all. Love, love, love this!! xx

maria's knutselplezier said...

Your tag is so beautiful Astrid , there is nothing wrong with it, and you made such a beautiful cover, I really love it!!!

Greetings
Maria

Maryann Laursen said...

WAUW your tag is soooo beautiful Astrid, and you have certainly nothing to be sorry about, cause it looks like a million here as usual hun and the white scribbles looks fabulous too. I love everything you´ve done here, and even bettter than Tims, I think. And the cover is simply stunning too, so you can be very pleased sweet lady. Such a wonderful look to come home and find here.

Ros Crawford said...

I have to say I much prefer your tag to Tim's ... I love that beautiful purple against your gorgeous BG ... The book pages are stunning too! We haven't had a great deal of rain this month like we usually do but we had some and though it's sunny it very cold! I guess you are about the same ... have a good week!

Stamps and Paper said...

Absolutely stunning work Astrid beautiful colours

Anne

Terry said...

What a lovely way to start my Monday off! I love those beautiful purple watercolored flowers and the beautiful stenciled background. Your take on Tim's tag is wonderful and love the brightness you incorporated in the tag holder! Love!

Ruth said...

Love the journey it took, gorgeous colours on the tag and wallet. One of my fave April tags! Ruth xx

bello amanecer said...

Awesome project as always!! I love the colors!!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous tag and I love your book that you keep them in, such a fabulous idea (I think I'm repeating myself). Take care, Shirleyxx

Jennie Atkinson said...

Fabulous tag Astrid - I always love it when you take the tag and make it your own. The colours are wonderful. And the book ……… fabulous too! Jennie x

chrissies said...

Such a beautiful tag Astrid with a gorgeous technique for the flower colour.

Love Chrissie xx

Alter This said...

such fab tags, I think its okay to go off on a limb and do your own thing, your work is outstanding and these tags are brilliant x

Annie said...

Great take on Tim's tag, incorporating your own style too. Love the wonderful colours and stencilling. Regarding the tag book butterfly....I really like it.....!!
Hugs Annie x

Caty said...

Just admirable!! The colours are so beautiful!! I like it very much, big hugs.

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

I love your take on Tim's tag Astrid, your background is just beautiful. And your new tag book page is gorgeous, love the raindrops and I think your butterfly is very pretty ☺

Inkypinkycraft said...

a great take on tims tag x i watercoloured mine differently too...but love the stencilled detail on yours x

georgina said...

Love it Astrid..you make things come alive ...... Any news on file folders yet ?, hugs Georgina x

Marjie Kemper said...

These are so beautiful, Astrid. I love the bright purple of the flower on the muted background, and then the vibrancy throughout on your tag holders. Thank you for the link and for mentioning my class - much appreciated!

Joan said...

Your tag is just fabulous, I love the purple flower and the subtle tones of the background, just gorgeous , my flower stamps arrived today , time to play. Also love your tag book,
Joan

barbarayaya62 said...

Absolutely great version! Colors and design are fabulous and the stencil perfect! Love it! Barbarayaya

Buttons said...

A gorgeous take on Tim's tag and I do love that tag book. Jenny x

Anita Houston said...

Beautiful rendition...LOVE the purple and the simplicity!!!

Paper Profusion said...

Truly beautiful Astrid! Nicola x

butterfly said...

A lovely take on the April tag - the colours are wonderful, especially on the tag book pages ready to receive it.
Alison xx

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