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Tim Holtz June challenge

I have to admit, i wasn't feeling this one. Don't get me wrong, I love the tag; as always Tim Holtz has outdone himself. I juat had no idea how to approach it. For a start i didn't want it to be a tag. So i decided to make a card instead.

Then I had an issue with the actual technique, purely because i don't have any stencils that are big enough to cover an entire card, so instead I picked out this stencil of a rose, and decided to use greens and pinks (distress inks) to do a reverse rose effect. I then cut that out and attached it to a background i got free from a magazine. I decided that, as I quite liked the rose, I wanted to use rub-ons instead of stamps as they are smaller. I then attached a metal crown to the top of the card, and the phrase 'Wisdom begins in wonder' which i actually got out of an Einstein quotable notable set that i bought in New York way back in 2009!  The ribbon has been inked with distress inks and the stars are actually shrink plastic, punched out of the bigger pieces that I am working on at the moment. 

There will be another post this week, but challenges have to be kept separate from the rest of my work.
Emma x


  1. I like this,it's good you have gone for something different as I think there are too many that try to look exactly the same and I don't think that's the idea? Anyway,it's certainly not an easy one to do,it took me 2 days to finish mine and I have still got to photo it now.


    1. Thanks Donna. Can't wait to see yours :)

  2. Hi Ems! I think you've done an amazing job with this challenge, and I agree with Donna (fellow commenter). The Holtz challenges are just like any other crafters/crafting idea ... they're just there for a sort of inspiration. To kind of get your creative juices flowing. Don't make something 'the same as', if you can come up with something of your own, something better.

    I started a tag tutorial on my blog (just posted Tut. number 4 today) - and I always say that just because I've made one like 'this' - readers might not have the same stuff as me, so I'll suggest other things which others may have, & hope that the suggestions I make help them think in a different direction so that they can produce something that's totally their own. It might have been inspired by my tutorial, but they can be really proud of themselves for making something completely unique.

    Likewise ... you should be really proud of this 'make' - you did it YOUR way, and personally, I like your way. It's individual; it's not a copy; it's YOURS - and that makes it brilliant.
    Have faith (in self) and confidence (in your abilities), because you're a really great crafter Ems. Truthfully. A really great crafter.
    Sending love, as always ~ Cobs. x

    1. Thanks TC. I've seen your latest tag tutorial - another great piece. I think part of me is trying to run before it can walk per se. It's just disheartening on occasion when my idea does not translate as well as I had hoped. Still, crafting, as you say, is all about perception, so while I may lack the confidence in my own work, I may even be inspiring others. That's a nice thought to have :)


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