Friday, February 27, 2015

Sweet Determination - Tim Tag for February

I love this sweet, serious, determined little person (part of the Tim Holtz Found Relatives set), and was myself determined to find a way to use her image.  I am not a fan of Valentine's Day overall, and as I live solo couldn't see doing a pretty card to give someone.  But I could make a "baby book" page for this wonderful little girl for the 2015 February Tim Holtz Tag.

Warning - lots of pictures here, lol!

 I knew I wanted use her image as a portrait, so started looking for a way to frame her, and settled on the Tim Holtz Baroque die, using the largest Oval mover and shaper dies as the aperture.

I then applied Ranger Texture Paste through a very detailed doily stencil to create some "carved" texture to the frame.

 Once dry, I sprayed with Distress Stain in Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose, Gathered Twigs and Tarnished Brass, trying to create a rose gold effect.

I then turned to my image.  She started like this:

 I colored her dress and hair bow with Spun Sugar using a Distress Ink pen, and added some "smocking" using a Tattered Rose Distress Ink pen.  I cut the image to fit the frame (with enough edging to which I could glue the frame).  She then looked like this:

I auditioned some commercial paper to be her overall background, and ended up with this from Prima's Londonderry pack, which I picked up online a while ago:

Now to put the frame on:

The tag is a GIANT size 12 - I might as well have used an art journal for this like Kezzy did!  The tag background was created by painting with Spun Sugar and Tattered Rose.

It seemed a bit bright, so I toned it down with a bit of Abandoned Coral, believe it or not!  That color seems very bright in itself, but it worked here as a calming influence, picking up on the colors in the little flowers in the background.

Then I started arranging my layers, per Tim's step-outs.

The hearts are from the new Tim Holtz "Heartfelt" die - I LOVE that it makes so many sizes at once! I did not end up using all of these now have some pre-made ephemera, embellishments or whatever we call them to use on a future project!  I used a number of the very small hearts, covered with Distress Glitter, on the final project.

Part of what I wanted to incorporate from the get-go were images from NiceCrane's beautiful Beatrix Potter series.  Here, I used two from the Peter Rabbit series.

I added some other pieces to complete the patchwork of paper background...including several little pieces from Linda at the Funkie Junkie Boutique - she always sends along some wonderful little  things with your order!  Here I used her little script stamped heart and the butterfly (which I had sprayed for another project).

 I attached a metal token which I distressed (although I am not sure how!)  Note the little heart with Picked Raspberry Distress Glitter....

and a wonderful little heart charm also from the Funkie Junkie Boutique which I distressed with Ranger's Brick Antiquities embossing powder, and attached with a similarly distressed ornate brad.  I backed these with another heart from the Heartfelt die, stained in Picked Raspberry (without glitter).

The letters were cut with Brenda Walton's Antiqua set, and embossed with a mix of Ranger's Red Pepper and Tim Holtz Tattered Rose embossing powders, then knocked back with watered down white gesso, and a spritz of Abandoned Coral distress stain spray.

I added a bit of ribbon stained in Picked Raspberry to the top and here is the final project!

Thank you so much for stopping by, and please do leave a comment - I love hearing from you!


  1. Beautifully put together Lynn, I love the whole concept of a baby page and that frame looks amazing with all the texture you added.
    Thanks for linking to my visual journey.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  2. Wooow, Lynn! This tag is awesome! Beautiful texture and the frame is fabulous! I love that ornate brad on the little heart!
    Branka x

  3. Ohhh!! I love the photo, Lynn. So beautiful and cute. I'm agree with Vintagehandmade, perfect texture and frame.


  4. Oh Lynn, this tag is so unique! I love your take on Tim's tag for February and using and framing the found relative is so clever. Love all the hearts! Happy Weekend!

  5. This is so beautiful - she's a cute little thing, with a personality twice her size by the look of her - I love the vintage look of it and all your adornments - just fabulous.

  6. Gorgeous tag Lynn! Love the beautiful frame and sweet image! Great take on Tim's tag!

  7. What a great take on tims tag . Love the way you have combined elements in the background x trace x

  8. Thank you for all of the wonderful pictures and descriptions of your project. I had a wonderful experience on your blog!