Monday, March 28, 2011

And so it begins *insert applause*: Grungy Monday

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I'm sure all of you remember our Lovely Linda at Studio L3 promising us that something wonderful was already in the works to replace the Compendium Challenges which ended March 13, 2011.

And here we are at ... dah dah DUM ... Grungy Monday! Whistle! Cheer! Clap! Another excellent challenge series focusing on our friend Tim Holtz!

Of course, I'll admit that best of all for me is that Linda asked Terry and I to be her first ever Grungy Monday guest designers!

Color me tickled freakin' PINK people! Or, as you can see, blue. Tickled blue and purple and pearly perfect. With a feather even.

This first ever Grungy Monday challenge is a fun one focused on Tim's 2008 12 Tags of Christmas Day 10. This also fits another first: The first time I've participated in any way in the 12 Tags techniques! Shhh. Don't tell.

Alright, so I've reworked Tim's fun reindeer tag with some of his Stamper's Anonymous wings, new colors and a "Fly" theme rather than Ho Ho Ho (actually I reworked it three times and this is the one that I finally liked).

His inspiration and beautiful techniques on this piece are wonderful! I love Step 22, add perfect pearls to a pool of water, the most.

Why is this? Because it's like playing with a puddle of mercury minus the possibility of a trip to the emergency room! Honestly after you finish this step come back here and try to tell me it wasn't fun as hell glooping your brush around in the pearly goodness that always returns to itself.

Plus, those wings! Isn't that a supremely cool-looking set of wings? I know you're going to create your very own embossed grunge papery bit, so I don't need to emote so much.

In fact, take only a second or two more here with me (I'm about to provide a Products Used list with links where available), then get out of here and start creating your own non-Christmas version of Tim's tag!

Products Used:
Stamp: Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous (wings); Close to my Heart Delightful Alphabet (FLY){product retired}.
Ink: Distress Ink reinker chipped sapphire; Distress Ink broken china and embossing; Color Box Black.
Additives: Perfect Pearls Forever Blue; Perfect Pearls Forever Violet; unknown brand black embossing powder.
Embellishment: Vintage paper strip 1950s California middle school music book; JoAnn Craft Essentials alpha brads {product retired}; Close to my Heart Mini-Medley in pewter; Feather from some sad featherless bird.
Various: Tim Holtz flourish mask; Mini misters (for pearlized mist and water pool).

p.s. have you ever wished you could stalk Tim Holtz? Well, he's nothing if not accomodating: You can see what he's up to by clicking here and visiting his blog!


  1. Congratulations and its a terrific grungy tag. Annette x

  2. Brilliant tag and I just love this creation! Love those wings and the feather is so fun! Your background is simply amazing and then you added the perfect "fly" letters! So glad that we go to do this together my friend. You rock!

  3. Congratulations! Wonderful grungy tag!

  4. Tracy, I actually AM applauding, right now, because your tag is MAGNIFICENT! I love how your re-visioned Tim's holiday piece into something so spring-like and... wait for it... "UPLIFTING!" Those colors are gorgeous, and yes, I do want a set of those wings now.

    I love visiting your blog. Every single time, I get to see something gorgeous *and* I get to laugh at your clever, smart humor. I'm so honored that you agreed to help launch Grungy Monday, and you did an absolutely sensational job of it!

    Thanks for everything, my friend! I can't wait to finally meet you in person this summer!


  5. Well done and so much fun, thanks for the inkspiration, just luv the wings and feather thing you have going on, and I love how you write your blog! Congrats on being part of the #1 team.

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  7. BEAUTIFUL! Time to get started on my own...

  8. Congratulations on being one of our inspriring leaders for our new challenge!! I love your feathery tag..and now I can't wait to give step 22 a go! (I never will forget playing w/mercury in chem lab!)

  9. Absolutely gorgeous!! Love the wings and the colors you used. Thanks so much for hosting this week - I had a blast making my tag!!

  10. Congratulations Tracy! I was so thrilled to see you as the first guest artist! Your tag is wonderful! Bravo!

  11. Congratulations Tracy, your tag is fantastic, love those wings.

  12. Wow! I just love what you did with the wings! Gorgeous tag.

  13. Ha ha...I love your comment about the perfect pearls, never thought about it that way =)(thankfully it wasn't a puddle of mercury).
    Great tag--and love that bit of feather at the top, and congrats on being a guest designer!

  14. Tracy your tag is so beautiful! i love the intense blue and the flying theme. i adore the feather! Just gorgous!

  15. Congrats on helping lead the pack for inspiration this week... Awesome job on your tag... I love those stamped wings. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and to answer your question regarding UTEE...once I start to heat it I just wait till it looks like a thick wet puddle of wonderfulness and it cools pretty darn fast. And Waa Laa!!!! The embossing powder I struggle with is Distressed powders. I never really get the effect like Tim does. I guess I just need to keep practicing...

  16. Hi, Tracy! Love your Grungy Monday tag!!! Gorgeous colors and truly inspiring! :)

  17. Beautiful tag,Tracy! Have a lovely day.

  18. Congrats Tracy.
    That's a wonderful tag, love the feather and the wings, really inspiring.