Monday, November 8, 2010

Time flies - where did October go????

I believe I saw a countdown calendar this morning that says only 16 more days until we feast...didn't want to know how many more days for the other holidays.  Does time seem to fly faster as we get older or are we just busier? 

It's Monday and that means a new challenge using Tim Holtz' book 'Compendium of Curiosities'.  This week we're working on our Perfect Distress technique, found on page 38. 

For my background I chose to ink up a Cuttlebug embossing folder (Clockworks) and stamp it on the tag before applying various brown dye inks all over to age it.  A copper marker was run around the edges.  Next, the technique.  Did you know Forest Moss Distress Ink and Mandarin (new color!) Perfect Pearls make copper?  See for yourself.  The clock tower is from the Pen and Pencil set.

Using Tim's Carnivale alpha strip I cut out the letters to spell time in paper to compliment the colors in the tag.  When gluing them I offset the top layer to give a shadowed effect then edged the left side and bottom with a copper marker.

I punched out an oval, distressed it with brown inks, edged it in copper then stamped 'flies' using an old Hero Arts alphabet.  The wing was cut from Tim's Heart Wings die, distressed with ink, crumpled, then edged in copper.

The clock face is a copper 3-D sticker, the spinner is Tim's.  Well, not his personally, but from his Idea-ology collection. 


  1. Wow! What a cool tag! And thanks for the Forest moss/Mandarin PP recipe! As soon as I get my colors I'll give it a try!

  2. Your tag is really great! love the vintage feel to it.

  3. Love this, Susan! It's so wonderfully vintage!

  4. Great job, Susan, I really love the brown tones on this, really vintage feel. Really wonderful piece, love it!

  5. Love this time tag! Great colors and images!

  6. Fab tag love the vintage feel and the technique looks great.


  7. Love this tag. Great design and colours.


  8. Fabulous tag, now I gotta get that clock stamp!

    Thanks for entering my giveaway and best of luck!
    hugs Lynn

  9. Terrific tag and love the stamps you've used. Annette x

  10. I know what you mean-- October lasted about five minutes! And now we're nearly halfway through November. EEK! But, I love that you used the "Time" theme for this gorgeous work of art! This is a fabulous design, Susan! The misty clock and the winged text truly make the perfect visual representation of the phrase "Time Flies." Plus, it's just really wonderful to look at!

    And, thanks for the tip about Forest Moss and Mandarin! I have to try that right away!

  11. hmmmmm...VERY NICE!!
    LOVE the new color combo!