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Tom Holtz 12 Tags — Marjorie Towers

Tom Holtz 12 Tags

March 2016 tag

March 28, 2016

in Tom Holtz 12 Tags

Hello fellow paper crafters!

Time for my version of the Tim Holtz March 2016 tag.

March 2016 tag

While last month I was all about using what I had available in my stash of crafting supplies, this month I found it impossible to not just use what Tim had used. It was perfection and I loved it!

It was my first time using the new Distress Crayons and I thought they were every bit as wonderful as everyone has said. Very smooth and creamy, super easy to blend just using your finger. Can’t wait to play with these some more.

I also love the contrast between the super grunge look of the cardboard and the bright spring background. We are finally having a no-rain week up here in northern Oregon. I am so excited to see the sun. And this tag just reminded me of what is just around the bend – another gorgeous spring.

By the way, I was finally a winner of Tim’s monthly giveaway (February 12 tags of 2016). I got that email while I was waiting in the airport on one of my layovers on my trip to Israel. Even though it is just by chance, it was fun to win.

Blessings to everyone whether spring has come to your little part of this planet or you are still waiting.




February 2016 Tags

February 19, 2016

in Tom Holtz 12 Tags

IMG_5578So instead of the one, I made 3 tags this time, all the same except the photos and some of the details, like the sayings. I love using personal photos. Who needs “found” relatives when you’ve got so many of your own?

Using Tim’s February 2016 tag as my inspiration, I followed along using the supplies that I had.

First step: quickly cover your tag with Antique Linen distress stain. Flick with water and dry. Super easy way to make tags and paper look vintage.



Next, grab a stencil. I chose a rather intricate floral design by Memory Box since I didn’t have the mini-lace one that Tim used. Press Frayed Burlap distress ink directly on the stencil, mist slightly and press on the tag. The technique is called mono printing. Add some Walnut Stain to the edges of your tag.


Next we’re going to use some texture paste. Again, I found a stencil that would work. It’s by Crafters Warehouse and has a nice big LOVE on it. Spread the paste through the stencil then sprinkle with gold embossing powder.


Now the hard part. You must wait for the paste to dry before you heat emboss. (I hate waiting!!!) But it looks so great when it’s done and if you don’t wait the paste will bubble up and you won’t like that look most likely. So nice and shimmery; I love it.


While you are waiting, go find your photos. I printed some I had on file, reducing them to about 2×2. After embossing I found a heart stencil and added 3 areas of hearts using Candy Apple distress ink. Think about where your photo will be. While you have the Candy Apple ink out, color some rayon. ribbon.


Sand your photos just a bit around the edges and bend a corner or two to make them look older. Gather some embellishments – use what you have. I punched the hearts from card stock and covered with some music paper, then made a little collage with a stamp, a bow and an heirloom rose. Chose words (charm, phrase and rub on) that fit the photo you are using. How do the photos make you feel? Mainly I thought about what an incredible heritage I have received and then was able to pass on. I’m seriously thinking of using these tags to do a 12×12 layout about that.


It makes me happy to look at these tags. I would wish the same for you if you get a chance to make one too.





Here is my version of Tim’s tag for July.  Just about exactly like his, only I was out of star charms so I found one in my stash from Vintaj Brass.

July TH tag

And here is some news for those who haven’t heard yet.  I’m working at Peddler’s Pack in Beaverton, OR.  I didn’t go in there looking for a job.  I WAS enjoying being retired. But when Joyce offered me a position, I thought it would be fun to be teaching classes again. And I miss being with like-minded paper crafters. So if you’re ever up my way, stop by and say, “Hi.”  I work Monday, Wednesday and Saturday for now. And I’ll be teaching this tag in a class August 3rd.

I just finished up Ali Edwards’ TYPE class. I so enjoyed her inspiration and teaching. Here was my Type as Art layout:

Type as artThe Type “Art” was the gigantic Copic colored pumpkin. I added Fall words to the pumpkin sections. Of course the best part of this layout is the photos of Eva.

I hope you are all finding time to take some classes and to tell your stories.


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March tag

March 22, 2015

in Tom Holtz 12 Tags

Are you following along with Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2015? Here is my version for March:

March tag

Love the colors in this tag.  There’s nothing that makes more unique, never-to-be-repeated backgrounds than distress paint. Embossing texture paste through a stencil was a fun technique. I didn’t have the butterfly stamped image so I used the feather. It’s not quite as open and airy but I still think it came out pretty nice. And certainly fits the “found objects” theme. I love finding feathers.


So much fun…so exhausting…can’t wait to do it again!

It was an incredible two weeks and I thought I’d share all the tags with you.

tags 2012 1

2012 tags 2

2012 tags 3

2012 tags 4

And here we are on the last day showing off the amazing tag designed by Trisha which actually included a wearable piece of jewelry.

2012 tags girls

Thanks to everyone who participated.  It was great!



It was another super fun two weeks (or 6 days or way more than 12 hours) of creating fun.  Some people call it a class, some may call it art and some even call it therapy.  Whatever you want to call it, it was definitely inspiring and so much fun to hang out with these gals and make Tim Holtz style Christmas tags.  And we even survived the experience with our sanity intact!

Wanted to post some pictures from the final day.  The last tag we made was New Year themed using the clock die cut.

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The wonderful Trisha designed and taught this one.

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This is Bev and Dotty hard at work.  And they are still smiling even on day 6.

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Jacki, Loye and Carole having fun too.  Check out the Tim Holtz cargo case Jacki got for her birthday from some friends. Lucky! She must have some really nice friends. We discovered that it works really well as an easel (lean the sample tag against the handle and everyone on that side of the table can see it).

And when we finished, we celebrated!

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Thanks everyone who came, who taught and who made me smile.  You are awesome.



The 12 tags of Christmas starts tomorrow at Creating Lasting Memories.  As we did last December, I will be sharing the teaching responsibility with the super talented Trisha Easley.  Trisha will start off class tomorrow, Monday, December 5, at 1:30.  Here’s the tag she will be showing us how to create:

tag 1

Lots of Cuttlebug work here.  We plan on having a couple machines available.  But if you want to bring yours, we would not be turning it away! Trisha did say she will be pre-cutting some of the items. I love those little acorns – that’s a Memory Box die.

Then, our second tag, that yours truly will be teaching, features the cardinal stamp and die by Heartfelt Creations. I love this stamp!

tag 2

If you haven’t heard already, our product that will be used on every tag, is PAPER TAPE.  Not just those by Tim, but also those by 7 Gypsies and others.

I’ll be suggesting the following Tim Holtz Tag Basic Kit (in addition to our usual Basic Kit):

craft mat, 3-in-1 Beacon adhesive or Glossy Accents, distressor, ink blending tool and foam pads, distress inks, sanding block, tonic scissors, paper piercer, & mini mister.

Class size is limited but we do have room for 2 more in Monday’s class.  There will be more fabulous tags on Tuesday and Wednesday (classes begin at 10:30 a.m.) and then the schedule repeats the following week. Please call and sign up. Tags for the next day will be posted the day before.  Looking forward to sharing this time with all of you.

Some have asked, “What do you do with the tags?”  First, you can easily make them in to a card (3 1/2 x 7)  which fits perfectly into a legal size envelope.  Then you can hang them on your tree, or a wreath or a swag. Like this:


Last, but certainly not least, if you want some more inspiration, check out Tim’s blog for his 2011 Tags.



Tags 6-11

December 12, 2010

in Tom Holtz 12 Tags, Uncategorized

Hello to all my CLM Tim Holtz fans.  Here are the other tags we will be creating this week in class. I still haven’t seen Trisha’s final offering.  It will be a surprise for all of us!!  I know it uses TH’s ornament die.

On Monday, Trisha will show us how to make this tree tag:

tree 2

And I will be teaching this tag:


Then on Tuesday, we will be making the awesome looking Santa/Stocking tag by Trisha that is shown on this week’s email contact.  The second tag will be this snowman:


Lastly, on Wednesday I will be teaching you how to create this Partridge in a Pear Tree tag:


I’m sure it will be a I’m sad it’s over/I’m glad it’s over kind of day!!  But we will be cheered by the knowledge that we don’t have to wait a whole year to make Xmas tags again.  We will definitely be doing the 2010 12 Tags of Christmas in July, 2011. And remember, it’s not too late to sign up for Tuesday’s or Wednesday’s class.  So call the store at 541-469-2187 before these classes are gone.


It’s time again for our 12 Tags class.  This year Trisha Easley and I are team-teaching.  Each of us has designed 6 tags.  Below you will see the second tag for Monday’s class. It features lots of metal and some very cool colored and heated plastic leaves.


Tuesday will be really special.  We’ll be doing a tag featuring a reindeer (no more cutting grunge board for this one – it is  cut with Tim’s new die).


The other tag on Tuesday features that wonderful little bird that we all love:


Wednesday we will make a winter snowflake tag.  Really liking this one by Trisha:


And our second offering on Wednesday is another bird, this time with a nice pine bough.

pine branch

Well there they all are.  As I said, these classes are filling quickly.  If you did not sign up last week, then please call the store to check and see if there are any available spots.  Next Sunday I will share with you the final 6 tags.