Tag Challenge II

Here is another inspiration challenge from Tim Holtz! He suggested rub-ons, distress stains and stamping. Great combinations and I just loved the rub-ons. So here is my take on his amazing tag:


One of the things that really inspired me was when I looked at what he did, I immediately thought about all those rub-ons that you have that get ruined or “broken” from sticking to the wrapper – this project allows you to use those remnants very easily without stressing you out. I chose to go with White rub-ons instead of black. I wanted to use up some old stash I had in my book and found some Spring BasicGrey rub-ons and I am SO GLAD I DID!! I really like how they turned out with the stains and paints.


I was able to lightly sand over the white rub-ons once the inks/paints were dry and the white just popped out from the colors. I also used the spray inks from Tattered Angels and Dylusions to color the flowers. I pretty much only buy white flowers these days and then ink or paint to match my page or project. I find I use my stock faster.


This one came together pretty fast and I really enjoyed looking through my stock to find useable items – I don’t always have what Tim uses… mainly because I don’t have his budget – lol. But it is fun to find alternatives. Let me know your thoughts and I truly hope that this inspires you to get out those rub-ons you have had for such a long time and create a one of a kind masterpiece.

Tag Challenge

Tag for Thought….I hope each day we take time to be thankful for those who have fought for our country and given their time and even their lives for our freedom.


For this month’s tag challenge, it was a time of reflection as I made the tag for this month, being challenged by Tim for this 4th of July Freedom theme.  As usual, I never have all the cool things and items that he has, but I do have A LOT of stuff so we made do and improvised with our own take on the tag.


Two tags shown:


The smaller one was used from a clothing tag!  What a great idea Mindy!!!  It was a great thick tag that was a tag on a shirt she just bought for her husband.  It already had the word “Urban” on it and that combined with Mindy’s amazing artistic talent, it came out great!  Product used included: Tattered Angel spray inks, Ranger Distress Inks, DCWV Paper stash paper scraps and some fun metal embellishments from Tim Holtz line with the word COURAGEOUS.  I loved how her tag came out and as usual liked hers better than my own 🙂


The larger tag was made from DCWV Paper stash paper scraps.  I had these laying around and thought I would try using this as the base rather than a shipping or scrapping tag.  Other paper used (Blue stars) is from Canvas Corp – again, scraps from another project. Inks used were Ranger Distress Inks, Tattered Angel spray ink and Fiber Scraps Ink Daubbers.  Added a few metal embellishments, distressed and inked the edges and called it finished.  We both used the crinkle ribbon, inking our little fingers blue and red for the final touch as well as acrylic star clusters.  They were clear stars and we used Ranger Alcohol Inks to bring out the red, blue and gold colors.


I hope these encourage you to look through your materials and make something fun.  You don’t always have to have the exact items and it is fun to improvise (after of course you get over the depression of not having what you really want – ha ha)