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January 2015 Tag


Hello!  Long time, no blog.  The password to this blog was l..o..s..t.., but is now found!  Making tags has fallen by the wayside with the fullness of the rest of my life.  However, during the holiday season, I make tags for the family and have some vacation time, to boot.  So, here we go…

This is my rendition of Tim Holtz’s January 2015 Tag.

Holtz January 2015 Tag

My supplies are woefully deficient, but an exercise like this, lets me know what I really would like to have/need to buy.

Instead of a New Year theme, I decided to make a tag for my sister’s birthday at the end of the month.  I used an abstract gold floral tissue paper and adhered it with Mod Podge.  Random acrylic paints were used in red, pink, and berry, which I dabbed on with crumpled tissue paper, spritzed with Walnut Stain.

January 2015 Holtz Tag H

There was quite the stash of grunge board letters/numbers in my crafting bin that were used, painted gold and misted with Walnut Stain.  The 4 and 8 were gone over with the barn door distress pad and, once again, random glitter that I had on hand was applied over Glossy Accents.  The Spun Sugar distress pen was used around the Chit Chat stickers.

January 2015 Holtz Tag BI had a mirrored snowflake on hand, and since I didn’t have a fun embellishment that fit between “happy” and “48”, I added a chain fringe dangle from the ribbon.

January Holtz Tag A

One last look of the entire tag:

Holtz January 2015 TagThank you, so much, for stopping by–happy creating!

I’m linking with Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2015!


January Tim Holtz Tag


This is my interpretation of Tim Holtz’s January tag.  Of course, I used what I had on hand.  I was just as happy using the Tattered Florals die, since there are several female birthdays coming up.


Materials used:  #8 manila tag/small embossing folders, wing and swirl/Pealed Paint, Broken China, Vintage Photo distress stain/barn door, spun sugar, tea dye distress ink/Tattered Floral die/grungeboard/Melody Ross glass paper clip, K&Company paper/Fiskars Make a Wish Quotes stamps/Visual Artistry, Stampers Anonymous/Vial label/ Idea-ology Foliage /manila folder scrap/ ribbon remnant.


Notes:  I made Tim’s ribbon using a stamp and distress ink.  The color was bright for this tag, so I used it for another tag.  I didn’t have any film reel ribbon, so I used the film stamp, cut out the windows with an exacto knife and put plastic underneath to simulate film.  The “Wish” stamp was in a horizontal line, I cut the letters apart and used them vertically.

Note to self:  Take photos earlier in the day to exclude shadow “ribbons”.

Thank you for taking a peek!

Hugs, Kim

Birthday Tag for a Male


Yesterday, I was held hostage in Walgreens while Fun-Sized Chick (my 13 yr. old), looked at One Direction ephemera.  I decided to look for a birthday card for an old, dear friend.  Then I had a smack-myself-in-the-head moment and thought–“I can do that!”

BD Tag Man

This is what I came up with.

Using Tim Holtz’s book, A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol. II, I used the ‘spritz and flick distess’ technique (p. 42), as well as,  the ‘texture fade’ technique (p. 64) using “soot”.

ink and stamp supplies

I have a rather small supply of of inks, stamps, etc. built up.  What I used was a Fiskars birthday stamp on a cardstock scrap, distressed with “soot”, my Christmas postmark stamp was rolled on with my fingers, and a Holtz embossing folder on a scrap.  I ripped a portion of a page from a math book and applied it  across the tag distressing it with “tea dye”.  It still needed something so I tried a gasket and some washers.  Notice how on the bottom-most washer is right after the 7 to make a 70?


After I selected the washers, it still seemed a little bare.  (It’s hard to know when to quit, isn’t it?)


It finally received black bias tape as a ribbon and attached along the front with a string of bits and bobs using a macro attacher–(ha, desktop stapler).  If you’ll look closely, you’ll also see I added a grommet thing into the hole of the tag as well.  That about does it!  Thanks so much for joining me–I’ll see you soon!

TAG, You’re it!


BD Tag Man

I’m linking with:

Oma’s Crafts

Welcome to Tags and Toile!


Welcome to Tags and Toile!

Hello! Welcome to my shiny, new blog! This will be my place to be creative with both tags (paper) and toile (fabric). The tags will often be Tim Holtz inspired, ’cause I recently discovered them and am head-over-heals crazy about them, and secondly, there will be some fabric posts, um, probably using toile, too. I am a fabric junkie, so need a creative outlet for that, as well. I hope you don’t mind! Stick around for the posts that most interest you.

You will notice my posting name is cheapchickim and my photo has Cheap Chic Home as a watermark. Cheap Chic Home is my other blog at In the future, I will watermark with TNT.

I’m thrilled to meet you!