Friday, August 26, 2016

Tim Tag August 2016

Please join me on my new blog - where this project is included with more already added. Thank you. I hope to see you there.

Finally finished the August Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016. It is actually a card I made for a friend of mine who has 2 more months of chemo. The card was inspired by all the butterflies I see when I ride my bike. It is stunning to see them dancing everywhere. It just makes me happy. Lately they have been gathering nectar from Joe Pye Weed which has this odd light purple color on flower stalks that are 4-6 feet tall. I didn't think I could copy the color so most of the wildflowers are meant to be Queen Anne's lace which I love as well.

I am new to using a lot of the products used in the 12 tags so sometimes I don't get it. I was able to do the techniques, but I didn't realize how overwhelming my background was. It needed to be much more subtle. When I reviewed other tags I finally realized this, but my butterfly and flowers were glued down at that point and I really didn't want to make any more (as I still have Halloween houses to make!!)

The other kind of goofy thing I did was sew around the edge by hand. My sewing machine is 2 feet from my crafting area, but I didn't feel like moving my box of tools and cleaning the craft table just to put a few stitches on the card. As a result I did a blanket stitch all around the card. It looks ok, but I think some simple accent machine stitching would have been better.

Well, there you have it for August. I don't think I'll be able to do the next couple of months tags as I am going on a 2400-mile bike trip which is very exciting. I'm taking an iPad Pro that I can draw on and I'm going to take pictures of inspiring houses for my little cardboard houses as my creative outlet. I'll be posting a blog somewhere, haven't decided exactly where yet, but I will let you know.

Ya'll take care.


  1. Hi Lucy, hope your bike trip is awesome! I think you did a great job with your tag. The lightness of the butterfly and trellis die really work against the darker background! Keep on trying and good luck! <3 Hugs, Autumn

  2. I love this project! The butterfly is stunning!

  3. Thank you for your kind comments about this tag. I rode my bike today and got some photos of butterflies on the Joe Pye Weed which I will post later tonight or tomorrow.

  4. Hi, I enjoyed reading your post and congrats on completing Tim's tag. A 2400-mile bike trip? What? I wonder where you live and where you'll be trekking but if you are starting soon, I suspect it's somewhere in the southern hemisphere to avoid the cold. Do tell!

    1. The only time I could get off is this fall. I rode my bike cross-country (US) many years ago before I started my medical career and I'd like to do it again before I retire. Well, my knees are good now so I'm going to do it again before retirement. I decided to go in a different (shorter) direction which will be from Canada to Mexico along the Sierra Cascades Bike Route through Washington State, Oregon, and California. It will probably be pretty cold in the mornings, but I think I can handle it. Thank you for reading my post and for your question. I will put a link to the travel blog next week.