Thursday, October 3, 2013

October Tim Time

Another month has come and gone - too quickly, I might add!  But the weather here has been great, so I guess it really doesn't matter what the calendar says.  I was out giving the flower beds a final once over before they sleep for the winter.  I like to make sure there aren't any weeds that will go to seed and cause me extra work in the spring.  Needed a little rest, though, and the gnats were starting to bite like crazy so decided to come in and post my 'Tim Tag'.

I started my tag promptly on the 1st.  That doesn't usually happen but I had just a few colors of the Distress Glitter and that made my decision as to what I could create.  No black or orange for Halloween creations so I went with an autumn theme.  I love Halloween and love to decorate the house for the holiday but decided to limit myself to what I have on hand for materials.  Not really a hardship, looking at all of the materials I have surrounding my work space.  :)

I had some puddles of stain left on my craft mat from my birch tree painting.  Rather than just wipe them up (such a waste), I decided to ink up a few tags and some seam binding.  I chose one of these as the base for this month's tag.  All I had to do to get it ready, was distress the edge and rub some Vintage Photo around the outside edges.

The Tattered Leaves die is one of my favorites so I cut out some leaves and inked them with various Distress Stains.  Then I 'frosted' them with glue and glitter. You can see the materials and tools I used in this photo.  Since I chose to use the oak leaves, I decided to cut out a couple of acorns using the Mini Acorn and Pumpkin die.

My granddaughter and I picked up the most beautiful acorns a couple of weeks ago.  I set them outside to dry and today I noticed the squirrel has been hauling them away and burying them.  He is a very busy squirrel.

This is how my leaves looked before I applied the glue and glitter.  They were so pretty I hated to cover them up.  Once I had the glitter on and it was dry, I went back over the leaves with some Barn Door Distress Stain to give them more autumn color.

I decided to add falling leaves on the background with a simple oak leaf stamp and some Pumice Stone Distress Stain.  
The little tag I created using some manilla card stock and Tim Holtz and Papertree Ink stamps.  I inked the edges and attached it and some ribbon to the bottom of the tag with tiny attachers.  The leaves and acorns were attached using some dimensional Zots.  I took the ribbon I had stained earlier and spritzed it with some Glimmer Mists to bring in the teal and red from the background.  I tied it on and called it done.

A little footnote:  Previously on my blog I mentioned labeling all of my Distress Stains with print and cut stickers made with my Silhouette.  The labels were white with printed names but I couldn't see the actual color.  While I was working on this project, I decided to blend a little of the color on the label so that I could see and choose my colors more easily.  I think this will work great and it makes the stacks look 'oh so pretty'.  These are the colors I used for this project.

Hope you are having a great fall and, as always, thanks for stopping! 


  1. Beautiful tag. The leaves and acorns are gorgeous! Great job!

  2. Beautiful colors! Love all that happy glitter too!!

  3. Hi Cathy, gorgeous tag, love the colours and the Autumn feel is perfect. I'm really struggling with mine as I don't have ANY of the products this time - a real challenge!

    Love your colour swatches on your DI labels - great idea, I've got the labels on mine but I can see that having the actual colour there on show is really helpful - another cunning idea I may have to "borrow".

    Hope you are well. Hugs MMx

  4. Great job, Cathy! And thanks for the brilliant idea with the color! :-D

  5. Gorgeous tag! Love all the shimmery goodness!

  6. This is gorgeous Cathy. Love the way you have used the glitter. Did you know there is a Colours of Autumn (with leaves) challenge at Frilly and Funkie ending this Tuesday? Most impressed with the distressing on your ink pad labels too. Very vintage. Jenny x

  7. I just love Fall colours & your tag reminds me of my very recent trip to Maine...I'll be making my tag tomorrow (now that I've unpacked!)



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