Monday, October 17, 2011

Tim in 10 Challenge

Happy Halloween Tag Card, close up of inside showing spider webs stamped in VersaMark and inside of card with greeting embossed with white embossing powder.
Linda Ledbetter has a "Grungy Monday" challenge at Studio 3 L  "Celebrating the Techniques and Products of Tim Holtz!"  Linda is an amazing artist and always post a project with each challenge she post on Monday. You can see some of her past Grundy Monday projects here.

I have been following Linda's blog and admiring her work and all the entries to her challenges but this is the first time I've actually created an entry by the deadline. I like to think about my projects for a while, and play with them for a while and usually by the time I get serious the deadline to enter has passed. Not today! What has changed you might ask? The challenge itself. I was to finish the card in 10 minutes and use at least 1 Tim Holtz product. Now as anyone who knows me can attest, using any amount of Tim Holtz product would not be a challenge for me, but finishing any project in 10 minutes? Impossible for me? Usually but not today. I think Linda's timed challenge it made it easier. By limiting the actual time to put it together to 10 minutes, I really had to focus and it worked! I will admit it took me two tries. (My daughter insist my first card opened the wrong way.) But my having to start over I eliminated some steps and had time enough to add a few more details. I am very happy with the final project.

For my card I used a scrap piece of Halloween paper from Tim's Seasonal Paper Stash and cut it with the Tags & Bookplates Alterations Movers & Shapers dye to use for the base and since it is two sided also used it for the bookplate and small reinforcers (all from the same die so only one pass through the big shot. Stamp set used is Trick-or-treat CMS 050. I used VersaMark to stamp the spiderweb over the inside of card heat set to dry ink and then stamped Happy Halloween and Zing white embossing powder and heat set. Then applied Black Soot Stain to a small cat from Seasonal Grungeboard and quickly heat set to dry. After folding the tag to make a card I attached the bookplate to the cover and used small black Scrapbook Adhesives foam squares to attach small cat. Then I added the ribbon and the gem stones. I still had a few minutes left so I tore the edge of the tag and inked away with walnut ink. I must admit I used a foam pad that already had been used with black soot but just didn't have time to find the right one. Then I realized I had just enough time for 2 quick sprays of Perfect Pearls Mists heirloom gold, just on the cover. It doesn't really show in the photo but adds a nice splattered mist of gold since it was so quickly applied.

I love Tim Holtz's blog. I have learned so many techniques through the years since he first started his blog. I wake up early every morning the first 12 days of December for the 12 tags of Christmas. (Well actually 13 because he does have drawings for fabulous prizes the day after the final tag posting of the season.) and collect Tim Holtz products like they were going out of style, which they never will. You should check out his blog if you never have before. He has some pretty amazing Halloween tags posted today and his instructions are the best. The web address is .

Linda's Tim in 10 challenge was a lot of fun. Now that it is done, I can't wait to see what the next challenge will be.


Patricia said...

Awesome!!!!!! looks realy nice!
Greetz Patricia

fairy thoughts said...

welcome to the challenge. this is great. you certainly nailed this, it looks as if it took a lot longer, you even stamped inside!!

Sue West said...

What a great card, it looks really good.
Sue :)

Anesha said...

Great card,love the cat!!

Dawn said...

I adore your pussy cat tag/card Dxx

Alison Horne said...

LOVE the cat and his enormous eyes!xx

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