Happy Wednesday, all!  Would you believe 99% of the products on this desk are for making one little card?


It can be a bit much for us crafters, but if you’re Tim Holtz and Ranger, it’s nothing less than brilliant marketing. 🙂


The result of this messy desk is my card based on Tim’s February 2014 tag.

I was determined not to spend more than an hour, but it probably took closer to an hour 20 mins.  It came together this quickly because I just grabbed the closest thing that would kinda work for the technique and refused to agonize over any one step.

Yes, his layering stencils are cool, but I don’t have any so I used a brass stencil.  I needed sponge daubers to get into some of the small areas rather than shred my ink applicators, and it worked out well.   The clear embossing over the distress inking makes the colors much more vivid.

I’d tried his chalking technique before, but didn’t care for it, so I just silver embossed the sentiment.

A clear embossed background stamp on the kraft card base gives some interest.


I only own one Distress Glitter, Pumice Stone, and I bought only that neutral color for a reason, so I could color it with any color alcohol inks I need.  In this case the glitters for the flowers were colored with Purple Twilight and Wild Plum alcohol inks.  Just two drops in about a teaspoon of the glitter made these soft colors.  Need more brilliant colors?  Add more ink! (If you try this don’t get worried if when you first stir it looks like a clumpy mess. Keep on stirring and it will smooth out perfectly.)


And, on my other workdesk, here are the brothers napping together.  Actually, Cheech was on my other workdesk last week, hanging out with me while I did the hand stitching on the velvet jacket.  What are a few light cat hairs on a black jacket compared to such good company?

So, that’s what’s on my desk this week. Want to see what other creative people are up to? Check out the blog link party over at Julia’s What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday.

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56 thoughts on “WOYWW – Butterfly Card -February Tim Tag

  1. Your boys look very content. Even when Bleubeard is sleeping, he knows when I get the camera and he wakes and turns away.

    Tim’s tags are always fabulous, but I don’t own any Ranger products so I’ve never tried to make one. In fact, I don’t even have any tags (grin). Yours is truly lovely.

    Happy WOYWW from #1.

    1. I know exactly what you mean, Elizabeth. There have been lots more photo ops that have been ruined because I went to get the camera and they heard me & moved.

  2. Lovely tag.. I used to think one can get by with a few things to make a beautiful card, not anymore…I find it mind boggling at times the amount of product we use and just how often. Enjoy your week and happy crafting.
    DeDe #14

  3. I don’t know which I love more, the beautiful tag or the beautiful yellow boys! I used to have a yellow boy just like that…we sure do miss him. Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #7

    1. Thanks, Kay! Yes, I got tired of feeling like I had to go out and buy yet another product. Now I only pick up something if I’m pretty sure I’ll use it on more than one project.

    1. It’s true, Claire. I wish I was half as good at marketing as they are. Glad you liked the jacket, too. It was quite a project.

  4. What a great idea to colour the distress glitter with alcohol ink! I love your tag card, well done you! (not done mine yet – again!) Helen 16

    1. I think I got that idea from Tim, back before he had a line of glitters. Bet he doesn’t share it anymore now. 😉

  5. Love the tag card, I might do that next month. Thanks for the glitter colouring advice. I’m one for buying neutral too but never thought to colour, Thanks BJ#31

    1. I do that with most everything, BJ. Ribbon in spools of white, gemstones in clear. Most everything, porous or non can be permanently colored with alcohol inks.

  6. I love the brilliant colors on the butterfly…they are just gorgeous!!! I also had to laugh about ranger’s marketing prowess as I came home tonight with several new paint colors. Oh well, they make me happy too.And I just love the picture of the brothers…they are awesomely handsome. And lazy. Which seems about right to me! Hope you have a good week ahead! Sara j #43

    1. Oh, I have nothing against buying new products. ***grin*** I just like to be aware when I’m being marketed to.

      Cats are excellent at conserving energy, dintcha know?

    1. The chalk worked ok when I tried it. I just really hated chalk grit all over my desk and didn’t love the look enough to endure it.

  7. Very nice tag indeed…I love the mess on your desk though! I do that when I’m sewing and me desk is covered with stuff just for a length of bunting or something!!
    My ginger cat is the image of the one on the right..they could be twins!
    Hugs, LLJ 44 xx

    1. Orange kitties are my favorite. We had two pass away several years ago and I’ve missed them every since. It’s so nice to have these guys around.

  8. First of all Sandie – your velvet ribbon jacket is a beauty – I hope you’re pleased with it – it’s really gorgeous! Actually so is your Tim tag and I love that you determined not to agonise – so much more of a crafting experience when you just do it! I agree about the marketing bit…son’t even add up the cost of making that tag if you came to it unequipped!

    1. Thanks so much, Julia. I really am enjoying the jacket.

      No, there’s no way I want to know the real cost of any of the cards I make, lol.

  9. I love making tags and find that they can take as much time as a card. But if you need beauty in a small space a tag is the way to go. Your tag is wonderful; I think I have that stencil as well. Happy WOYWW!
    Glenda #76

  10. I love making tags and find that they can take as much time as a card. But if you need beauty in a small space a tag is the way to go. Your tag is wonderful; I think I have that stencil as well. Happy WOYWW!
    Glenda #76

  11. I am sorry the boys have stolen the show this week they are beautiful and orange. Good for you with the Tim’s tag, I think you did a brilliant job.

    Hugs Eliza & Yoda 52
    Happy WOYWW

  12. That’s BEAUTIFUL. I love the butterflies, as you well know. I also appreciate that you crafted a card with the tag so that it can be sent to someone across the country. Nicely done!

  13. A very pretty card – what would we do without Tim Holtz?! Thanks for stopping by my desk and thanks for the correct technical term for the cord I made! Hope you have a good week,
    Diana #64

  14. Hi Sandy, I can well believe that all those materials were required for the one project … it happens to me all the time. And your label is absolutely stunning – well worth all that inking, etc. And how do you get your boys to stick around long enough to get their photo taken … my Bonnie would have been off like a shot the minute I reached for the camera! Elizabeth xx #72

    1. Lol, Elizabeth, I think they stayed because I had the camera right next to me for woyww and didn’t have to get up to go find it. The sneak attack. 🙂

  15. What cute brothers!!!! I’d love one but would take two if as cute as these two! You’re so lucky! Who cares about cat hairs if you have double the kitty love! Happy WOYWW! Karen 82 x

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