Sunday, March 18, 2012

Tim Tags--March 2012

I had my kids home last week, and while here, I got my daughter, Kelly, to work on the Tim Holtz's March tag with me.  She had worked on one of the Christmas tags, and she had such a tough time with the technique, that it kind of turned her off.

She wanted me to watch a BBC series with her called "Sherlock Holmes".  I'm not that into British TV, so I made a deal with her ... I'll watch an episode with her, if she makes the tag with me.  We both ended up ahead!  The series is fabulous, and she really enjoyed making this tag with me!

Here's mine:

We really had a great time working on these mosaic butterflies!  I'm actually a big fan of mosaics, so I couldn't wait to get working on this tag.

Here's a close-up of my butterfly.  We wanted some colorful papers, so we used the In Color Hostess Paper Pads.  I used Old Paper Distress Embossing for my "grout".  We also used a Stampin' Up! butterfly die since I didn't have Tims.

I used one of the snaps on top of my small flower.  I wish these weren't discontinued.  I just love the look!

I didn't have Tim's woodgrain background stamp, so I used my Stampin' Up! woodgrain stamp.  I definitely like Tim's better.  (Mental note to purchase that one.)  I used one of Tim's sayings and misted with my Perfect Pearls Mist--Perfect Pearl.

Here's Kelly's tag:

She used the Stampin' Up! Canvas background stamp.  The stamp isn't large enough for the entire tag, so when she stamped the top, the image overlapped a little.  She's even more anal than me, so she tied the ribbon around the tag to cover up the imperfection.  She needs a little more Tim training to "embrace imperfections."  lol

She wanted different colors than me, so she chose an older SU Hostess paper pad.  She also cut much larger pieces, and used Walnut Distress Embossing Powder.

Here's a look at Tim's tag:

We made due with what we had, but I definitely got to get that background stamp!  Much more detailed than mine!  I might have to get his buttterfly die too.  Ka-ching!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Where in the World is MY Vagabond?

That's what I'd like to know!  lol  On Tim Holtz's blog today, he gave a link to the Sizzix website where they're having a contest called "Where in the World is Your Tim Holtz Vagabond?"  What you need to do to enter is post a picture of your Vagabond.  Simple.  They're going to award prizes for our creativity, and until supplies last, each participant will receive a sheet of limited edition stickers for the Vagabond, plus a set of their new guage keys.  Tim has a video on their website here that shows you how to use the guage keys.  I probably could've used these a couple of weeks ago when my Vagabond broke!  Yup ... you heard me ... broke.  I almost passed out!  Seriously.  My little electric friend just spit everything back out where I was shoving it in and made a bang.  After that, when I hit the button, the bottom roller wouldn't roll, and something was clanking around inside.

I emailed Sizzix, and much to my surprise, I was told that not only would they send me a new one, but they'd ship it right away!  What?!  I just needed to send them the broken machine for their quality control department to look at, and a copy of the receipt for proof of ownership.  Since we couldn't locate my receipt, they sent me a FedEx label to ship it (their cost), and said they'd send me a new one when they receive it.  Whoopeeee!

I received the label and shipped it March 2nd.  I emailed them a couple of days ago to see if they received it, and I received this response yesterday:

It says they received my Vagabond, but not the paperwork yet.  She's going to send a new one out right away and get a tracking number to me.

But, what about the contest?  Never fear ... just in case I don't get my new little baby before the contest ends, I'm just gonna post the pic of the email in the meantime!  ha  Is that creative enough for ya?