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Sunday, 21 April 2013

A moment in time




Hello all, and a happy Sunday to you!  I'm here with my take on Tim Holtz's glorious April tag and, for the first time, I've been able to play it almost entirely with Tim's ingredients (though my 4 is a tiny one - I now "need" those Number Parts!).  


The only change is that, as Tim suggests, I've varied the colours: I aimed for the iridescent blues and greens of a dragonfly's wings, with the Pewter as my choice of Metallic Distress Paint.


I won't go into making-of details - you can find out everything you need to know from the Master himself here, but I'd just like to share some of my favourite things about this tag...  


I feel fine blowing a trumpet about this one since really it's all Tim's work not mine!!











I love this stamp - I'd been coveting it for ages, since it was released with the other Classics, in
fact, and inking it up for the first time gave me all the joy I'd expected.












Love the Clearly For Art film - it's so easy to heat and mould, and then re-heat and re-mould if you've messed it up!











Also very happy with the marbling in the background; the Pewter gives that "silvery lace" that the stamp mentions... 

And I seem to be on a real green and blue-green kick at the moment, so the colours please me a lot.

Yes, I know it's ended up looking as though I've got purple involved, but I promise you it's Chipped Sapphire DP!




Love the look of the Distress Paints on metal, it's one of my favourite things about them... and the worn look that Tim offered up for this tag looks so cool, I think.

I chose to use a clock as one of my metallic embellishments - dragonflies, like butterflies are around for such a short lifespan, but fill it with such beauty and industry - a lesson to us all in how to make the most of one's time.









I ran with the gears theme a little... expanding from the ones at the top and adding another at the foot of the tag, along with the gorgeous da Vinci-esque cogs and gears tissue tape from the Commute set. 






Love the funky use of the mini-staples to attach the wordband.

I gave it an extra little brush of Distress Paint in Pewter even though it was already silvery.  The paint somehow brings it to life.











I added the quote for the same reason as the clock; it's one of my favourite Tim Holtz sentiments, both for the thought and for the handwriting it comes in.













Love the shabby, worn look you get on the Crinkle Ribbon when you use the paints as well as stains (as you know, I've already been playing with that!).







I had sooo much fun with this one, and I do love the outcome... thank you, Tim, for another astounding piece of inspiration!  


Hope you all have a wonderful day, and I'll see you soon either here or elsewhere in Craftyblogland.


The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
Eleanor Roosevelt


“What day is it?"
It's today," squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day," said Pooh.”
A.A. Milne


I'm entering this as my April tag in Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2013
And in the Sentimental challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges
As well as So Sentimental at the Craft-room Challenge


86 comments:

Helen said...

Alison, this is a gorgeous take on Tim's tag - love your soft colours. I love the stamp too - think I need to 'treat' myself...

Julie Short said...

I totally understand why your enjoyed making this glorious tag Alison. It is Awesome! There is so much to look at and admire.

Kjersti said...

This tag is gorgeous Alison, a beautiful colour scheme and the stamp is awesome! Have a nice Sunday!
Hugs Kjersti:)

Sophie said...

Super, Alison :-)

Jennie Atkinson said...

Fabulous take on Tim's tag - your colour combination is just gorgeous and I think better than the master's!! My first distress paints arrived yesterday so I am looking forward to trying them.

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

I like that watery background and the dragonfly's wings are stunning in their beauty.
Wishes
Lynne

Redanne said...

Love your totally beautiful take on Tim's tag, the colours are so soft and muted and love the stamped cogs. It is back to the drawing board with mine for attempt number 4..... Hugs, Anne x

Distinctly daisy said...

Gorgeous!

Carol Q said...

wonderful combination of elements and colours Alison.

Almo said...

Gorgeous Timmy Tag Alison, love the soft colours good luck in the challenge. Hugs Mo x

Astrid Maclean said...

Great take on Tim's tag Alison and I love the colours!!

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

A gorgeous tag, Alison.

Sarah said...

Applause!!! Very nicely done, Alison. Beautiful pearlescent background.

Netty said...

terrific combination of colours and elements. Hugs Annette x

Lisa S. said...

I love this tag and the gorgeous colors you used Alison. It's beautiful! Hugs

chrissies said...

Beautiful colours and images Alison--I have always loved the dragonfly stamp

Best wishes Chrissie xx

gayle said...

How annoying, my internet dropped out just as I pressed publish! Grr!

What I wanted to say was something along the lines of... how I do love these images together, a beautiful piece indeed with those pretty wings :) tfs!

Mrs.B said...

Great tag Alison, love the background colour.
Avril xx

Dagmar said...

Ohhhhhh this is a dream - I love it very much - these incredible colors - a great work of art

Rita said...

What stunning colours Alison. I love all the textures on your tag with lots of lovely stamping too. Hugs Rita xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

a really heavenly piece of ART Alison!
also the tag below is a Beauty and your vintage monochromatic composition makes me happy too!

Chrissy said...

WOW!! That dragon fly is beautiful Alison, I love the colours and his wings, gorgeous.Fabulous tag and colours, love the sentiment [verse]..beautiful.

Luv CHRISSYxx

Annie said...

Fabulous take on Tim's tag Alison. Love the colours and the dragonfly stamp is so fabulous. Great sentiment and embellishments.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday x

Annie x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Such a wonderful take on Tim's tag, love your color scheme.

May said...

Gorgeous take on Tim's tag, Love the colours of the background & that wonderful dragonfly..the stamping is perfect..AmAzing work as always... Love it!! Hugs May x x

Sue said...

Gorgeous tag Alison, I love your choice of colours and those stamps are spectacular xx

Hettie said...

This is gorgeous Alison. Love the softness of it. Love that Dragonfly stamp and it is already on my list!
Hugs
xx

Hettie said...

PS Love the Pooh quote!
xx

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Love your tag and the purples you are using. You always inspire me, love looking at your blog.

Keren Tamir said...

fantabulous TH tag Alison!! love all the embellies and the background!!

Bonnie Irvine said...

The colour palette that you chose is a beautiful nod to the colours and irridescence of dragonfly wings. I love this take on the April tag. Don't tell you know who but I prefer this one to the original. Shhh!

barbarayaya62 said...

Great tag! Love the color combinations , very very beautiful tag! BArbarayaya

inkypinkycraft said...

simply beautiful, love your take on the tag..thanks for your kind thoughts for james, you're very kind..hugs trace x

Brenda Brown said...

Such a glorious colour palette Alison and combined with the mottled effect background gives a beautiful Spring and Summer feel to this piece.
Have a good week.
Hugs {brenda} x0x

brenda said...

So very inspirational Alison, a really great tag.

B x

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Amazing tag my friend! The background and the colours look so lush! Beautiful stamping! xx

Leikkaan Mervi said...

Wow Alison this is gorgeous! have to come again with better time.
thanks for your comment, the comment section on Craft-Room Challenge works now!
Thanks for sharing this, good luck;-))m

Kezzy said...

Wow gorgeous take of Tims tag, love the colours. Happy Crafting :-) Kezzy xxx

Buttons said...

A beautiful interpretation of Tim's tag here Alison. Love what you have added. Hugs, Jenny x

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Totally stunning work!!!

Crafteezee said...

Wow Alison you make it look so easy. I'd love to come and play at your house, lol.
Hugs Tracy x

Candy C said...

Alison...this is another gorgeous tag. I love the dimensional wings on your dragonfly. They are awesome and almost bring "life" to him. :) I love the mottled, blended colors of your background. So so lovely. I also love all of the stamping that you've done. The addition of the metal pieces really looks amazing, too. <3 Candy

cathylynn said...

Alison your talent is outstanding! This is another beautiful tag. Love the colors and special details. It's always a pleasure to visit and admire your work!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Fliss said...

Absolutely beautiful Alison. A really gorgeous background and the stamping and embellishing is fabulous.
So lovely to have you with us at FSC too.
Hugs, Fliss xx

toni said...

Gorgeous colour choice hereAlison and beautifully done. Got to get cracking on mine x

Matilde said...

I like your tag very much! The colours are amazing!

catherine said...

This looks fantastic Alison and such a great take on the Tag challenge this month
x catherine

Heather said...

A stunning tag Alison, such beautiful colours and your marbling is wonderful and I love your details, especially the awesome pewter elements.

hugs
Heather xx

Ellie Knol said...

GORGEOUS! LOVE your sentiment!

Debi said...

beautiful take on Tim's April tag, and great minds think alike- this sentiment is one of my fav's ;) thanks for sharing with us at Craft Room Challenge, Debi x

ps as always thank you for the kind words on my blog :)

Von said...

Gorgeous tag Alison such a wonderful blend of colours :)
Von ♥

Nan G said...

Wonderful colors! Love the dimension of your dragonfly! I'm off to find TH's April tag. Hugs!

Anke said...

WOW WOW WOW Alison, your tag is so beautiful, I love it.

Hugs
Anke

Kasia said...

WOW! What an amazing tag! I am absolutely delighted with your creation, Alison :) Love this beautiful dragonfly :)

Karen McAlpine said...

Dreamy!

Maria said...

Hi Alison, wow I love this sooo much! The wings are fabulous and I love the metallic distress, and such beautiful colour throughout. I can see that sentiment as a tattoo! It's lovely to have you join us over at the Craft-Room Challenge for our "So Sentimental" theme.

Maria xxxxx

Gio said...

Bella, bella , bellissima ! !
Ps: I prefer yours...:-)

Paper Profusion said...

Golly Alison - how gorgeous is this - but of course they all are!!! I'm attempting a catch up but realise I can't take in all the delicious deets and beauty right away!

Sorry I've not been commenting on all your fabulous makes. In particular please know that I am awestruck by 'Once Upon a Time' - my favourite of yours so far I reckon - it is SUBLIME!

Hope all is well in Czech Republic! Nicola xx

Esther said...

This is such a beautiful Tag - the colours are gorgeous, the marbelling looks amazing and the stamping is perfect, a stunning piece of Art, thanks so much for sharing with us at Craft-Room and FSC...esther xx

Marjie Kemper said...

My stars! I love your spin on Tim's April tag. Your colors are intensely beautiful.

Chris Warner said...

How delicious! Great composition and such beautiful colour work, I lurve this tag! Chris xxx

Kate said...

Wow! This is stunning. I love the lavender. A very pretty and feminine take on Tim's tag. Somehow I have missed all your recent posts. I had to manually input all my blogs into a new rss feed reader and somehow I missed you. I have a lot of catching up to do. Have a great day.
Kate

Yvonne Garner said...

Hi Alison! Your tag is perfection and perfect for our at FSC! Hoping to make a tag myself for April before it is May! So enjoy every one of your blog posts. Hugs, Yvonne

hazel said...

This is such a beautiful tag and a great take on Tims tag. Thank you for joining us at Craft Room Challenge.
xxx Hazel.

BJ said...

Congratulations on your win a superb tag. BJ

Anita Houston said...

Oh no...another post I missed....sorry! Fabulous take..soft and dreamy! Beautiful! Congrats on your win!!!

Redanne said...

Woohoo Alison, congrats to you on your win, a big thumbs up for both of us this month! Hugs, Anne x

Winnie said...

Congratulations on your winning tag! Such a great background you made and such a great quote!

Sandra said...

This is one beautiful tag Alison! Love the soft colors! Congrats on the win! Hugs, Sandra

Rita said...

Congratulations Alison on your win. I love it when my blogging friends get noticed. Do a little dance. Hugs Rita xx

toni said...

Congratulations alison , this is a fabulous tag x

Tincan Crafter said...

Love the stormy colours, and the stamped gears at the bottom - gears are irresistable. Congratulations on your win!

Chana said...

Beautiful tag! Congratulations!
Hugz,
Chana

Emma Williams said...

Congratulations on your well deserved win, teamie!!! :) It was a fabulous tag and yes....it's definitely big smiles all round and I think both deserve to celebrate our wins in style tonight!! :)) xxx

Pascale B. said...

Congrats on your win, it's well deserved !!!

Buttons said...

Huge congratulations on your well deserved win with this beautiful tag Alison. Hugs, Jenny x

Anna-Karin said...

This is a gorgeous take on Tim's tag Alison! Love it! Big congrats on winning, so happy when I saw your name there.

sara j said...

I am so falling down on the job here Alison... what a beautiful rendition of Tim's Tag you have created....the colors are glorious - rich and restful at the same time. Yummy.

Desiree de Monye said...

I love the color scheme you used. Congrats on your win!

Paper Profusion said...

Congrats on your continued winning streak Alison! Well deserved. Nicola x

Annie said...

Huge Congrats Alison on your TH tag of 2013 win. This is a stunning tag with gorgeous colours throughout.

Have a great weekend

Annie xx

ionabunny said...

Love the colours on this. Congrats on your win. Well deserved

misstreez said...

Congrats on your win this month with your tag submission. Your tags looks great with all the collaged stamping.

Julia S-W said...

Last as usual Alison but my congratulations are as heartfelt as all the others! The tag is simply beautiful and I so love the dragonfly stamp and the wings are perfect.
Well done you!!
Juliaxx

Brenda Brown said...

I had missed this while I was away, HUGE congrats on such a deserved win, the colours on this are just gorgeous.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Joy said...

Found you from Tim's 12 Tags - LOVE your tag - its gorgeous, the colours are stunning!!