20 October 2012

Santa Claus is coming to town...

Go on, admit it. Your singing that song in your head now:) Happy Saturday to followers new and old. It's still thrilling each time someone decides to sign up to see my posts, and I do try to find your blogs so I can follow you too - to me crafting is as much about encouraging and supporting each other as it is about showing off our own creations. Stepping down from the soapbox now... and so for today's offering, which is my take on Tim Holtz' October tag.


I don't really do Halloween (more of a Bonfire Night gal) and rather than focus on what I don't have I went for the more positive approach. Background first. Music score on tissue paper with green and blue pigment ink over the top. Following TH's instructions I worked DI Stormy Sky into the creases and added DI Walnut Stain to the edges, then spritzed the whole thing with some copper mica mist. A final stamping with a TH swirl in Black Archival Ink to finish.


Sleigh next. I covered corrugated cardboard with copper acrylic paint - with added beach sand - added a few drops of Pitch Black alcohol ink, a rub of DI Walnut Stain, and completed the runner with Distress Stickles Antique Bronze (gotta love this stuff!) The parcels carry on the paper theme of my previous Christmas tags and who wouldn't be tempted to open them?!


I have coloured embossing glitter with alcohol ink but the red 'Santa' needed a more uneven finish - reach for Fired Brick Distress Stickles and hey presto. Finishing touches included the cord from clothing tags coloured with acrylic paint, a Tim Holtz washer, Woodware lock and key brads (all from The Stamp Man) and some Funkie Junkie Boutique seam binding with copper paint resist (well you can resist in something other than white sometimes - see below) and DI Stormy Sky/Peeled Paint soaked over the top of the resist.


And of course, this will be entered into the following challenges;
That's all for now folks. Have a great weekend, and see you on a blog near you soon.
Hugs, Buttons x

24 comments:

  1. That sledge is fabulous and love the glittery lettering.
    Wonderfully festive.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  2. A great take on this month's tag and well done for using what you have!!

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  3. That background is scrumptious, Buttons, and the sled looks incredible cut from the corrugated cardboard. I love it!

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  4. Hehehehe, I sure was singing away, you know us so well!!!

    Great take on the tag.

    Sam xxx

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  5. Hi Buttons, yes, I am singing that song in my head now but am also singing your praises as well! You are so worth following and this piece shows why, it is innovative, beautifully created (the sledge in corrugated card and rusted with sand is fabulous) and a delight to look at. I do so admire your wonderful work! Crafty hugs, Anne x

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  6. Great tag am loving the sledge, and yes I too am singing lol. Thanks for sharing with us at Dragons Dream. Elizabeth x

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  7. Oh this is gorgeous Buttons! But how could you put that song in my head? Better than Gangnam Style I suppose! Vicky x

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  8. Buttons this is a great take on Tims tag!!! Love the corrugated sleigh...a fab take on the tag also a great entry for our dragons dream challenge! Thanks for playing!
    Another great make Buttons and I agree crafting in blogland is about sharing and caring for our friends and crafty mates too !!there are lots of lovely people to befriend here too...and some amazing talent too...you being one of those! Hugs trace x

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  9. oooh! can't be a bit of bling...AND it's pink - heaven! :) lovely tag, I really must get my finger out and get my resist tag done, so much to do so little time!

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  10. ...this is just awesome Buttons, your background colour and texture is super, loVe the sleigh, again the texture is amazing & full of gorgeous prezzies and the blaze of sparkle on your Santa makes this one very eye catching tag...great take Buttons I really love this...Mel :)

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  11. Fabulous tag Buttons.. Love that sleigh!! Yes you got me singing.... Thank you for dreaming with us at Dragons Dream... May x x x

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  12. What a great twist on the TH tag! I completely love your background - gorgeous colours, and the flourishes look fabulous! Your sleigh is absolutely glorious - full of texture and burnished antique metal - how cool do the stickles look on the runner?! Love it!
    Alison x

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  13. Your card is fabulous and I am doing my best not to sing your song :)Love all the little textury bits!

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  14. I still have Nightmare Before Christmas songs in my head. ;) Love your tag - especially your sleigh. I flaked on September's tag; hope I get a chance to play along in October!

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  15. Love that you made this your own!!! The Christmas theme is fab!!!! Love the dark background and that blingy Santa!

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  16. Fabulous Buttons, I love the background and the sleigh looks awesome with the presses.
    Hope you are enjoying your weekend.
    Hugs Brenda xox

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  17. Wow, that's a fabulous tag, love all the details. Thanks for dreaming with us at TIO this fortnight.

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  18. Like you I had to think out the box on Tim's tag, which I am still working on. Love your take on the tag.

    Gorgeous glittered Santa and fab sleigh.

    Hugs Annie x

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  19. I love this tag, especially the sledge which looks brilliant. Some lovely techniques on this, love it. x

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  20. Ohhh Buttons, this is so cool! Love that you made it your own by changing the season up! Love the red sparkly Santa letters, and the background is stunning too! Hugs, Sandra

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  21. LOVE this Buttons! I've not had a look at Tim's tag yet, but I'm sure this will be better. I love the corrugated card for the sleigh and how you have added your own sand. Your and dyed and resisted seam binding is wonderful! Only you could have been bothered to do that. Thank you so much for sharing with us at TIO. Sue x

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  22. A very interesting background Buttons! And a great Santa-tag in total...love the colours and the shiny Santa...

    greetings, Alie :-)

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  23. This is gorgeous! I love the background and the sled and the key and keyhole! Love the glitter too! So fun! Thanks for stopping by too! :)

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  24. fabulous tag, love the background.. great job thanks for sharing at TIO

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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