12 Tags of 2013 – September Tag

Here’s my rendition of the September tag for the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013.  I used some new stamps called  Timeless by Hot off the Press as well as a metal embossing plate called Gears by Dreamweaver (for the white textured gears in background).  I used spun sugar and pumice stone distress inks for this tag & ribbon.


 My tag will be sent overseas to a swap partner in France.  So bon voyage to you, September tag!!!

The Holtz version below made extensive use of stencils, along with embossing paste, paint and dye.

I can’t say I enjoyed the new techniques this month.  I splurged and bought a few metal stencils since I couldn’t find the holtz ones anywhere.  Not sure I liked the stencil techniques with the paste, but using them with ink was OK.  I like how my tag turned out in the end, but I had to deviate quite a bit from Tim’s techniques to get something I was happy with.  Oh well – I guess you can’t love all his tutorials, right?





12 Tags of 2013 – August

It’s been months since I crafted.  My craft supplies are now in a rolling tool cart rather than a big craft room.

But today is the last day to post the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 for the month of August, so I got my booty in gear and created a tag.


This month’s tag was a fairly simple one with rubber stamps, masking, and stains.  The ringleader and curtain stamps are from Oxford Impressions on Etsy, and the Circus quote is from graphics 45.

I wish I had time to write more, but with moving and the new job – my time is very limited right now.  I think in another month I will have much more free time for crafting and blogging.  I hope so.  I really miss my virtual crafty friends.  (that’s you)



Big BIG changes

Follow your bliss.  That’s what I’ve been saying all along.

Sometimes you don’t even know what your bliss is.  It just comes knocking and you recognize it when it arrives.

So when an opportunity to own and operate a beautiful bed and breakfast arrived at my door step, I welcomed it with open arms!  My family and I are so ecstatic about this new adventure.  We can’t wait to pour our creativity into this new endeavor.

But with every change, there is a downside.  I will no longer be able to devote my time to Ballyhoo Bath and give it the full attention it deserves.  So I’m putting the Ballyhoo Bath shop on hiatus for now.  Many of the shampoos and conditioners will continue to be available through my friend Shannon at her Scenter Square shop.  She also has a full selection of soaps, lotions, haircare and candles in her shop so customers should find plenty of goodies.

I will continue to blog about crafts and swaps on this DuhBe blog, but I will definitely be slowing down on crafting while I’m in full “prepare the B&B” mode.  I will also have a blog for the Bed & Breakfast, so hopefully some of you will follow me over there and keep up with the new adventures!

I just wanted to let my dear readers and friends know why this blog is slowing down, because some of you have worried about me when I slow down on posting (you are SO sweet for that!)

And I also want everybody to know that patience and good karma really DO payoff.

I started this blog 5 years ago not knowing how I could financially survive in a creative field.  Now I know it can all work out.

Follow your bliss.

It’s not an easy road to follow, and there will be bumps that make you want to turn back.  But stay on your path and you will be OK.  Ignore the naysayers.  Follow YOUR dreams.  And PLEASE share your stories on how things work out in your story.  Other people need to hear it and know it can be done!  Leave a comment below if you want to share your dreams, your bliss, and how you’re getting to where you want to be.




Junker Jane Inspired rag dolls

I love those junky, raggedy rag dolls in the Junker Jane style.  When the Fantastic Art Dolls group on swap-bot hosted a Junker Jane inspired doll swap – I was all in!  I played around with all the vintage fabrics in my stash and some free motion embroidery.  I liked how these 2 turned out.





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12 Tags of 2013 – June (and May and more!)

Darn it!  I missed the deadline for posting my tags to the Tim Holtz site 2 months in a row.  But at least my tag swaps are being sent to my partners on time.

Here’s the tag I made for June.  This month the focus was using distress markers to watercolor a stamped image.  There is also a mottled and stamped background on the tag.  The big man stamp is from Graphics 45 “le cirque” and the other stamps are from Oxford Impressions.  I just got the new circus stamps last week so I was excited to use them.



Close up of the rubber stamped image that was water colored with distress markers….



Here is the tag from Tim Holtz that I was emulating…




And since I never posted my tag for May, here’s what THAT looked like.


I suspect I will not be making the July tag because (#1) I’m moving and don’t have much crafting time and (#2) it’s a Patriotic theme and I don’t have most of the supplies used so I will probably just skip that July tag altogether.

How about one more tag?  I made this one for the May Encouragement tag swap where the theme was purple and green.  So I broke out of the Tim Holtz style, but used almost ALL Tim HOltz supplies.  I really like how it turned out.




12 Tags of 2013 – April

Another month, another tag for the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 challenge.  I made 3 similar tags this month.  Two were sent to swap partners on swap-bot and one is staying with me for now.


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Tiny Matchbox keepsake

It’s no secret.  I like tiny things.

So when I saw a swap on Swap-bot for a tiny keepsake matchbox, I was inspired to join and create this for my partner.

keepsake matchbox

Outside of the matchbox

keepsake matchbox-2

Inside of the box

I wrote my partner a letter about the Steampunk adventure we can take with this tiny kit.  Of course, we can enlarge the items with our handy-dandy shrink-o-matic ray gun whenever needed.  The kit includes a tiny pair of goggles, a few extra gears in case we breakdown, some laughter, and a light bulb to always light our way.  The skeleton key on the outside is good for sneaking into interesting places.

Gotta admit – I enjoyed putting this little guy together.  For details on how to make your own keepsake matchbox – hop over to the Pixie Hill blog for her Lovers Memento matchbox tutorial.  And I want to thank Mar1|1ze on Swap-bot for hosting this swap, otherwise I would never have known about this craft.


12 Tags of 2013 – March

Another Month, another Tim Holtz tag.  Yay!

Actually, I made 3 tags this month.  Here are the first two:

march 2013 altered tags

The two above had purple and green for my swap partners.  The 3rd one was more green, and I added a word stick for an inspirational quote since that was the theme for that particular tag swap.  The one below is probably my favorite.

march encouragement tag

And here’s the Tim version that I was trying to emulate:


I didn’t like the tinsel behind the bunny, so I tried some glitter stickles instead.  I didn’t quite like that either, so the 3rd tag used some chocolate colored craft-core – I prefer that look the most.  Now I wish I had sanded and inked the craft core of that bunny.  Oh well, there’s always the next time.

And there were no metal foilage flowers to be found in my town, nor distress paints!  No worries, I just made some fabric flowers using canvas, distress stains, and the smallest of the tattered floral die to make my flowers.

What else did I improvise?  Oh yeah, the die cuts.  I didn’t have that grass one, so I hand-cut my grass.  And I don’t have the bunny die, so I just cut out the bunnies using my Silhouette electronic cutter instead.  That’s why I have a left and right bunny in the top photo.   My other improv was the background paper.  Since I didn’t have the Tim Holtz paper, I made my own Spring themed digital collage using graphics found at The Graphics Fairy and the Tammy Tutterow vintage images.  (Have I mentioned how much I love, love, LOVE the Tammy Tutterow blog?  She’s my favorite blog right now.)

So that’s my tags for March.  Drop me a comment and say “hi” if you’re reading this.  It’s nice to know I’m not just typing to empty ethers over here.



Quick little typewriter ATC

I haven’t been making many ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) anymore.  I find their size kind of limiting and I prefer a little bit more room like a #8 shipping tag works better for my style.  But I recently made an easy little ATC for the Tim Holtz Addicts group on Swap-bot that I would like to share…

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2 dollhouses in progress – 1 shabby cottage and 1 Tim Holtz styled trailer

I’m putting my papercrafting and altered arts on the backburner for a few weeks so I can catch up on some dollhouse work.  My little puki dolls are getting restless so I need homes to keep them happy.  (I’m not sure if this was playing or fighting with clothespins…looks like somebody is about to get smacked upside the head.)

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