This year, I swore to myself that I would be more daring, more original, more versatile and thinner.
I realize I might as well as sworn to be a billionaire and President, as they're just as likely to happen as the other four.
But hey! I can always try!!
AND buy lottery tickets.
I've never done Tim's tags in their entirety before...this year, I'm going for it. I'm really digging mixed media and want to incorporate a lot of it into the 3D work I'm currently NOT doing at the moment. And with that non-existent 3D work, I'd like to transfer the texture ideas to the jewelry that I'm also NOT making. By the end of this year, I suspect I'm going to be an absolute genius in all of these areas in which I'm doing nothing.
I'm telling you...I'm TOTALLY rocking the nothing this year!!
Anyway...I cut self-adhesive foil into sections and attached it to the top and bottom of the tag. After running it through an embossing folder, I covered it with distress paint and wiped some off to show the pattern. I stamped the robot in versamark and used winter white antiquities ep. I covered it all in chalk and wiped it off. The best part was finding the gears and little compass to 'assemble' him with. His eyes are the little dew drops, of which I have a couple million.
Side note...dew drops are something you MUST be careful with. Not because the kids or pets might swallow a few, but because they secretly mate when you're not looking. Then, several weeks after you've purchased a small bottle of 100 or so, you have 10k of them spilling over the containers, onto the floor and ready to give you a heart attack when you vacuum over the suckers and they make a racket loud enough to make you think you've taken out a wall or something.
Sorry. Back on topic.
I found this lightweight chain in the trim dept. of Hobby Lobby and sloshed some black alcohol ink to damp down the bright silver and, using a gear and long brad, attached them to the top. That'll look cute on a kid's birthday gift, don't you think??
Dang. I totally JUST broke my vow to not lie. Because I would NEVER put this in the hands of a child who will throw (what ends up being about 20 bucks and 5-6 agonizing hours of work to put together, photo, upload and write about) in the trash. No way. Not even my OWN kids will get something like this.
I finished off with some gears on the legs and taking a wooden embellie that I embossed with silver ep, I took the sentiment from Tim's Small talk book, cut it in half and flipped the word 'original' upside down. Because leaving it intact made me feel that it would look like I TOTALLY did NOT get the message to begin with.
I glued a small wrench charm to the edge and called it done.
And no...you cannot ask WHY I would have a wrench charm in my stash. Mostly because I have no idea.
Although, I wouldn't put it past those %$&#*(&$( DEW DROPS having something to do with it.
LOVE this! All the wonderful embellishment and texture- that robot is just fabulous! The grunge background is so perfect for this! I know I'm going to have to try it! Thanks again for the laughs at your description!ReplyDelete
Love your tag and your writing. So funny. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
What fun! I really think the robot/industrial feel of your tag is terrific!ReplyDelete
That's it...you're by BFF from now on. TY so much! It means a lot for you guys to take the time and comment. Coming from all of you, I can tell you that it makes my day/week/month/year!!!Delete
I absolutely adore your post. Well done on being more daring this year. You are off to a great start. Love this take on Tim's tag. The robot with the gears is marvelous!! Love the tag tie and the absolutely perfect sentiment :) Congrats on your win over on Tim's blog. Well done!!! -- Mary ElizabethReplyDelete
I can promise you that, as I continue NOT doing most of these things, I will appreciate your support more than you'll know. heh heh ;) TY!!!Delete
I love your tag!ReplyDelete
...and I love YOU!!!! TYTYTYTYTYTY! I feel like I won an Oscar or something...seriously...this is HUGE! ;)Delete
I LOVE your fun and funky tag! Great job on the Win!! It's very inspiring!ReplyDelete
I appreciate it so much!!! TYTYTY! I'm doing the cabbage patch around the craft room as we speak. Well, it's SUPPOSED to be the cabbage patch dance. I might have modified it a bit...I just don't want to break a hip.Delete
Congrats on your win! Love your robot & gears!!ReplyDelete
Coming from you, that's a HUGE compliment!! TY so much!!!Delete
I haven't laughed this hard since I've laughed at my own jokes, and that's a lot! congrats on your Time win; so well deserved, and I'll be sure to stay away from dew drops! :)ReplyDelete
You JUST met your evil twin!! I'm ALWAYS the only one laughing at my jokes! But don't worry...that just means you and I have spectacular senses of humor and the intelligence to get our own wit. AT least, that's what I'm going with. ;) TY for the compliment! I'm trying to be cool about it but I think I've pretty much messaged everybody about this! LOLDelete
Congratulations Carmen, a lovely tag and such a funny narative, it had me in stitches. Carol. XReplyDelete
Carol, I'm just sorry you obviously haven't had the chance to read really GOOD humor if you think the aforementioned is funny. Total win for me! ;) TY so much!!!Delete
Funny funny funny! Can you believe that I have NO IDEA WHATSOEVER what a Dew Drop is? I do know what do drop is, though, because I once had a puppy!ReplyDelete
Congrats on your win! I think you are very lanigiro.
So you got a huge LOL with the 'do drop'...I can only add that I know that well too. Not that I had a puppy, but a toddler boy is pretty much the same. HAH! Ty!!!!Delete
Carmen, this is the first time I have ever read anyone's post from start to finish and it was fantastic. I even read it to my husband and we both couldn't stop laughing. I was first drawn in by your "At 45 I picked up my first stamp...." and I couldn't stop reading. You are so funny!!!!! Congratulations on your win!! Your tag is so cute and your description of it and your process is even better. You should write a book - it would be a best seller (then you would make some REAL money)! I agree with you - you can't give that tag away. Absolutely no one will appreciate it - except one of us!!!! Please keep up the good work.ReplyDelete
Wonderful Tag, Congrats! Maria ;-)ReplyDelete
Ok I don't think I have had a good laugh in a long time so thank you :D I have to agree with Carol I NEVER read posts :O but yours I did from start to finish and now I am looking for the sign up button to get your posts regularly. I have also just started doing his tags and I am loving them... not this year though... doing the tags I mean not not loving them. :D :D :D I wouldn't give that tag away to some kid either :D In fact I maybe wouldn't give it to an adult either unless I knew they were going to frame it :D :P I love this tag and a win on your first go - EPIC! Looking forward to seeing much more from you <3ReplyDelete
Oh, Val...after that compliment, I can assure you that there's no better person with whom I'd love to serve time for misdemeanor criminal mischief...Delete