14 March 2014

An Olympic take on Tim's March Tags

Hi everyone. Over at A Vintage Journey the Design Team are sharing some 'bonus' Tim Holtz inspired projects, filling the spot which in future will be given over to winners and Guest Creative Travellers.
Many of us have chosen to take this opportunity to share our March 2014 Tim Tag takes, including me!


This month it's all about a technique called smudge stamping (find the details HERE) which gives projects a very soft, vintage feel. As soon as I saw the way Tim's tags looked they put me in mind of the fabulous quilted jackets worn by the Team US snowboarders, designed by Burton Snowboards.


You won't find me hopping on a snowboard any time soon I'm afraid, but watching all those on the Sochi slopes at the 2014 Olympics (and now at the Paralymics) was so exciting. One of the best things for me? The way competitors applauded the achievements of all those around them regardless of any political or geographical borders... there's a lesson for us all.


And so my homage; I used the patchwork idea but made it distinctly British with linen textured  manilla card as a base.


As many of these stamps required more detailed ink application I made use of Distress Markers alongside my Distress Ink Pads - colours included Fired Brick, Frayed Burlap, Stormy Sky and Faded Jeans.


As each element was stamped/smudged I used an embossing board to create a distinct border around it.


It made a change not to worry about getting a crisp and clear image when stamping!


Some areas were stencilled with the new Doily stencil (LOVE this one). Then I hand stitched along the borders to add to that fabric feel.


Detailed background = simple embellishments, just like Tim. So my umbrella men had tissue tape, inked die cuts and linen ribbon layered behind them.


You can just see that the embossed metal men were covered in Sandal Alcohol Ink to give them a gilt appearance. And stapling is always an easy and effective method for adding interest. Finally the sentiment, and of course Sticky Back Canvas was an obvious choice with Archival Ink stamping.


These will now be entered into Tim's March 2014 challenge alongside those of my amazing team mates. And as there is a Distress theme over at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge I'm going to enter it there too.

Make sure you pop over to A Vintage Journey and see what they've been up to. It's one of the best places to get your regular 'Distress fix'!

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. They are very much appreciated.
Take care of yourselves and enjoy the weekend, Jenny xxx

76 comments:

  1. Jenny...you are so clever! Once again, you've created some of the coolest cards ever! Love the inspiration behind your cards and I love how you took that inspiration to make them come alive! <3 Candy

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  2. Great tag Jenny. Love the idea of the patchwork. And the umbrella man looks right at home. Like you I thought those jackets were wonderful. Enjoy the weekend. Hugs Rita xxx

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  3. I always look forward to your takes on Tim's tag via the card route! Love that patchwork background and softer color palette! Mr. Umbrella Guy is right at home and singing in the rain! Lovely! Hugs!

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  4. Well my friend these are just the most amazing backgrounds which you have used to create two beautiful cards. The whole design concept is unique and inspiring and how incredible that your inspiration was those jackets, such a brilliant idea and final outcome. I just love the way the blocks are sewn together and the simple embellishments. TFS xx

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  5. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant, love all the wonderful textures and interest you have created on this masterpiece.
    Have a fantastic weekend, you might just decide to try "snowboarding" knowing how you love to do something different!!!!!! If you lived in this neck of the woods there is plenty snow on the hills I see out my kitchen window for you to have a go.
    Hugs

    Patricia xxx

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  6. Wow,the patchwork effect with the soft smudged stamping looks amazing, Jenny!

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  7. I feel honoured to have seen the backgrounds IRL, your hand stitching in particular, is just incredible. Your backgrounds are masterpieces Jenny and the addition of umbrella man over the British theme did make me smile (with all the rain we get). I love these beautiful cards. Anne xx

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  8. Wonderful and unusual ideas on this beautiful piece

    Love Chrissie x

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  9. What a great inspiration...the card looks stunning Jenny!

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  10. A great take on tims tag using the jacket as inspiration! Another fab card Jenny x hugs x trace x

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  11. WOW Jenny! beautiful cards and fabulous take on Tim's tag love the metal umbrella man!

    MaggieH

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  12. Brilliant Jenny, love your very original take on the March tag! I never watch telly so all of this totally passed me by, but it certainly seems like a great homage and the effect on the cards is brilliant for sure!

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  13. Love the soft background colours, great design & Umbrella Man looks great.

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  14. Brilliant! A fab take on Tim's inspiration wih a most definite genius twist from you Jenny - fab, fab, fab! Chris xxx

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  15. The soft smudged backgrounds look beautiful Jenny! And your equation makes sense lol. I love seeing what you come up with next...always fun and inspiring!
    Dot x

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  16. What a wonderful patchwork you have created Jenny! Such a clever idea and just so beautifully put together. And that is your hand stitiching!! Even my machine stitch doesn't look that good! And what a fabulous take on this month's Tim Tag.

    You always come up with something different! Just fabulous x

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  17. What a fabulous double take on the double inspiration of the March tags and those fantastic jackets! Brilliant layered patchwork - so gloriously faded and shabby, and I love metallic Umbrella Man taking pride of place... gorgeous!
    Alison xx

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  18. Holy Cow! You nailed the pattern perfectly and all the stitching is amazing! Umbrella Man never looked better! Awesome tag and take!

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  19. I sure would like to know where you get your inspiration! Your creation is wonderful. I particularly love the way you did Mr.Umbrella Man and of course your background is fantastic!
    sandy xx

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  20. Fabulous and a great tribute to the Winter Olympics... absolutely stunning background.....Love it my friend xx

    Hugs Annie xx

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  21. Oh WOW! LOVe how you was inspired by Tim's March Tag!!..I just adore your patchwork backgrounds....stunning cards!! x

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  22. How cool - such a great idea and a wonderful tag. Love the textured umbrella man.

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  23. This is brilliant! I love that background. I think it's wonderful that you were inspired by those jackets. Beautiful cards! Thank you for joining us this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. ~Michelle

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  24. I'd like to talk about every detail but I will not bore you! I'm just saying that you do the work always beautiful and I love your style! BArbarayaya

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  25. Fabulous background Jenny ! must have taken some time to do :)
    Take care
    Von ♥

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  26. Those backgrounds are amazing Jenny! What a great idea and the effect is fantastic. Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

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  27. Fabulous card, Jenny! Love them!The stitching is perfect and love that you stamped on fabric! Hugs, Sandra

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  28. Hi Jenny, As always you have produced very original and wonderful cards here. The stitching detail is lovely it must have taken ages to do by hand. I also love the staple detail on your embossed rain man. Hugs Mo x

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  29. I just love this Jenny - you really did manage to capture the spirit and the Snowboarder Jacket theme perfectly!

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  30. Absolutely fabulous!! Umbrella man looks like he's come from the terminator film, all shiny & ready for action, haha. Awesome. The 'quilted' background is inspired & inspirational. You're so clever to think outside the box so frequently.
    Have a great weekend Jenny. :o) Mo x

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  31. Wow! I saw this on FB but didn't know the story behind the inspiration. Super! Love the way you've stitched the pieces and of course, the wonderfully textured and always impeccable Umbrella Man.

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  32. Fabulous tags - I love your take on this and the quilted effect you have achieved. x

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  33. Woohoo! Well done on winning on Tim's tags again Jenny with your gorgeous cards. Brilliant news! Anne xx

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  34. Congratulations on the win..... great take on Tim's challenge! xxx

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  35. What an AWESOME interpretation on the March Tag! So well done! Congratulations on your Win at Tim Holtz! :)

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  36. Thanks for the heads up Jenny! Congrats to you too! Your cards are stunning!
    Alison xxx

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  37. CONGRATULATIONS! and I am not one bit surprised!!
    Sandy xx

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  38. Hey Jenny! Your cards are awesome and I'm so happy that you've received recognition from Tim for the March tags. Well deserved! <3 Candy

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  39. Congratulations Jenny! Your tags are great!!

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  40. Congratulations Jenny on your Tim win love your cards well done,thank you for your lovely comment, I am still so excited I keep pinching myself lol.

    MaggieH

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  41. Congratulations Jenny! Fabulous take on Tim's tag! Nicola x

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  42. WOW these cards are amazing! I love the backgrounds but the Umbrella Men blew me away! Love!!! Congratulations!!!

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  43. CongratulTions Jenny ! this is superb! A really creative take on the challenge xx

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  44. Great Card! Congrats on your win!

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  45. HUGE Congratulations Jenny for your win with these very original cards. Mo x

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  46. Massive congratulations on a very well deserved win, great take on Tim's tag. Love the patchwork. MMx

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  47. I have to say I totally dug those Olympic uniforms and was inspired by them too! Your tags are amazing! Glad you received the well earned recognition! Well done!

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  48. This is just a great rendition of the techniques...way cool. Congrats on the shout out from Tim! Well deserved.

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  49. Yay, got here at last to say congratulations on your Tim win, so well deserved xx

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  50. Congratulations! The detail is just stunning.

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  51. Sending congrats at long last! A very worthy winner - I just loved this xxx

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  52. Another special accolade for these wonderful masterpieces. Congratulations on your Tim Blogworthy link.
    hugs Brenda xx

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  53. Jenny...I guess you can never get enough of a good thing, right!?!? Huge congrats on being named to Tim's Spring Blogworthy Links for this brilliant Olympic piece. I have loved it from the second I saw it the first time. I'm happy that I got to revisit it again! <3 Candy

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  54. What a lot of creative ideas you have wrapped yp in this project.

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  55. Love the technique you used with the umbrella man! Great job!

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  56. Yay Jenny, big congrats of course, I am so delighted for us all. This card was so fabulous and creative, no wonder it got picked!!! Have a super, duper weekend and I just know you will now!! Hugs!!

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  57. Hooray! Congrats on being blogworthy. These cards rock :)

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  58. Great techniques very very creative!!

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  59. CONGRATULATIONS on making Tim's blog worthy list. Jenny your a great artist! Karen.x

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  60. Интересное решение - стиль пэчворка в скрапе ! Мне понравилась открытка !!

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  61. Its fabulous, love the muted theme and everything- congrats on being blogworthy by tim again - its a huge buzz isn't it 😊

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  62. Huge, huge congratulations my friend on being one of Tim's Blogworthy Links! So well deserved, I feel so proud to know you! Hugs, Anne xx

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  63. Jenny I am very happy to see your name on Tim’s blog again! Congratulations!

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  64. Congrats on receiving a well deserved shout out on tim's blogworthy links 2014-04-25

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  65. Your cards are amazing - I love all your layering and special techniques. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  66. Your card is wonderful. I love the embossed metal umbrella man against the soft background. Congratulations on the blogworthy link. :)

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  67. Different in a good way. You inspired me to read about the technique and now I'm rarin to try it.

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  68. I was so happy to see this project picked as Blogworthy Jenny. It is a favourite of mine too. So clever! Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog.

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  69. Completely and utterly cool! Nice work! Thank you for sharing :)

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  70. Yay, yay, and yay again!!
    Alison xx

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  71. I'm happy to see your name on blogworthy linkks! Well deserved! you are an artist! BArbarayaya

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  72. OMG love your "quilted" smudge work and the umbrella man is brilliant !! Congratulations on making Blogworthy... Blogworthy it is !!

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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