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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tim Holtz Tags and a Halloween Giveaway

Well, the photoshop course I mentioned in my last post is underway and suddenly things that have eluded me finally appear so logical, I guess you could say 'the penny has dropped'. I'm sure that I'll find something else to stumble upon, but for now everything seems to be working and making sense.

I'm enjoying learning something new and being creative and not only with photographs but also in the studio where I've been playing with some new Tim Holtz stamps (new to my collection that is). I couldn't resist his Haunted Mansion set for Halloween art  and last night I made this:

There are so many wonderful little things in the shops at the moment (specially for Halloween) that can be adapted for use in your artwork. A visit to the Pound shop got me these interlocking skeleton hands that I've attached to the bottom of the tag and the black spider is from a bag of spiders that's so big I'll never use them all. It's such good fun finding stuff to craft with from places you don't expect to find such things.

I've predominantly used Tim Holtz stamps and the Butterfly/Moth combo is from Paper Artsy. I utilised a wooden stirrer (courtesy of Costa Coffee) painted with a black Ranger Paint Dabber as a baton to attach the tag and and chain hanger. 

The 'Embalming Juice' background is actually a self adhesive bottle sticker I found in another store. The packet contains eight different bottle stickers and there's one with 'Ye Olde Spider Venom 1896' which I think is my favourite. I've inked and stamped over the top to blend it in. I made the tag to fit the width of the sticker as they are just too nice to start cropping bits off!

Finally, I added little gems to the eyes of the Skeleton, Owl and Spider, a red heart gem to the skeleton's rib cage and another little gem to the 'boney hands'.

Keep your eyes open for other fabulous finds while you're out and about shopping. I've found all sorts of things this year that will be making an appearance in the things I make.

Another stamp set that I've been hankering after for a while is Haberdashery. With my love of sewing and fabrics I know I'll make really good use of this one. And here's my first tag made with the set:

The final tag is made from a compilation of stamps and features images from Crafty Individuals and Inkylicious. Again, I've used the wooden baton to attach a chain hanger.

And finally, when I bought the bottle stickers I couldn't just buy one packet could I? I mean, I have to have one to use and one to cherish as we do. Now, there weren't many of these in the shop and it's the first time I've ever come across them so I bought an extra packet! I'm going to give the extra packet away together with some of the creepy spiders and the Halloween Tag  to someone who leaves a comment on this post before 1800 hours BST on Thursday 06th of October. The draw will be carried out randomly and I'll post the name of the winner on my blog after the draw has taken place.

So if you're into Halloween and would like these things you know what you have to do, good luck to all.

Happy Crafting.......


judithw said...

Wow Lynn, fabulous as usual, love the spider, owl and skeletons. Just right for the forthcoming season. Hope my pumpkins grow a bit bigger.
Love Judith x

veronica said...

lovely tags Lynn, my favourite is the halloween one - and I loved the label!

erasercarver said...

Woah, love these tags, Lynn! The Hallowe'en one is especially excellent, lucky you, finding those labels - perfect! I can see I shall have to have a good rummage around next time I go shopping :)

craftimamma said...

Well, I couldn't wait to get online once I got home, lol! I was good though and made myself wait until I had emptied the cases, sorted the washing and put everything away, including the cases up in the loft. How virtuous is that, Ha! Ha!

Oh, it's so good to see you blogging again Lynn and especially some of your fantastic tags. Fantastic combination of all the different stamps and I love all the little additions you have found. Those bottle labels are brilliant!

I'm going back for another good look at these beauties.

Lesley Xx

Unknown said...

You're sooo good at making tags! My fave is definitely the Halloween one. The skeleton hands just set it off to a tee!

The bottles labels are amazing. Fabulous find! They work soo well with the TH Halloween stamps

So glad you're creating again and enjoying it. looking forward to some more wonderful creations!



judith@poppy cottage said...

Hi Lynn, I love all of your tags, the Haberdashery one is my favourite, but I love the red accessories on your Halloween tag with the skeleton and spider. The colours are fabulous for this time of year. My OH's Birthday is on Halloween, so I have to be extra creative for that special birthday card! Judith xx

jac777 said...

Dear Lynn ~ Too late for the draw no doubt, but if not, PLEASE include me :) Computer was having a day off yesterday, much to my annoyance! I've been a very keen follower of your blog for several years now - miss it dreadfully when you're having problems & can't post, like while you were being nurse following poor Diesel's recent injury!
Love the Hallowe'en're so good Lynn :)
Jackie x