Thursday, January 31, 2013

...and a tag for January!

Yes, I know I'm getting this in just under the wire!  But here's my first tag for the 12 Tags of 2013 challenge:

Materials used:
 - Ranger Inkssentials Manila Craft Tags
 - Ranger Distress Inks: Stormy Sky, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire
 - Ranger Distress Stains: Pine Needles, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire, Brushed Pewter, Broken China
 - Ranger Archival Inks: Jet Black, Cobalt
 - Ranger Glossy Accents
 - Sizzix Texture Fades Pocket Watches Embossing Folder
 - Sizzix Mini Gears Dies
 - idea-ology Grungepaper
 - idea-ology Film Strip Ribbon
 - idea-ology Vial Labels
 - idea-ology Hinge Clips
 - Foam tape, ribbon, metal gears from my stash
 - Stamps by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous: CSS25900 & CSS30201

A couple of quick notes:
You'll notice the overriding palette of this tag is green and blue.  Those are my fave colours, so you can expect to see a lot of them.  :-)  Also, none of the stamps on my tag this month are ones I carved.  Part of this was about me being pressed for time (after, yes, procrastinating all month!), and part of it was about me becoming more comfortable using stamps that I didn't create, since they've been a part of my art for so long.

Well, that's it for now!  Hope you enjoy! 



So what's this all about?  Well, I've been carving my own stamps, and creating LTCs (a specialized form of ATCs) with them for the past 3 and a half years, and have been saying for some time now that I need to start blogging what I create.  But it never happens.  Recently, I've been branching out a bit more; beginning to journal, and to create tags and larger pieces, and supplement the stamps I carve with ones I find ready made.  I decided that in 2013, I would follow the challenge that Tim Holtz sets out of his blog of a tag a month, and what better way to hold myself accountable to that, than to make myself accountable to the Internet? ;-)

So, moving forward, this blog will be a mix of the various things I create: tags, LTCs, ATCs, the occasional journal page, stamps that I carve, and whatever else I create that I feel like sharing.  I hope you enjoy!!