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! 



7 comments:

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

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

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  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

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

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  5. Gorgeous tag! Love all the shimmery goodness!

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  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

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  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!)

    Sally

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