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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Shiny Shimmery Soldier

Today is December 1st!  The kids are opening day one in our advent calendar.  My youngest is 11 and my oldest 17.  Next year he won't be here for the opening of the advent calender as he will be off at college.  YIKES!   Being the first day of December, also means a new tag from Tim. I was happy to see Tim's tag this morning as it gave me much needed inspiration. 

Tim's December tags are here.   The only problem for me was I was missing the key ingredients.  I had to improvise... 

I do love my new Sizzix Tin Soldier die.  I didn't feel like I had done him justice the last time I put him on a tag.  So he came back out to replace the snowman on Tim's tag.

The background is a mix of Broken China & Tarnished Pewter Distress Stains.  I never seem to get the same effect as Tim and this was about my 4th try to replicate the effect.   I die cut my soldier from a scrap of the same background.  I die cut the soldier again in Metallic Tape Foil.  I also die cut him from a book and a map.  They both look very cool. Just need to use the rest of my army on future projects.

I stamped text over the background using grey versafine ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  I added the Postcard stamp using black Stazon over the embossed background along the right edge.  The silver pieces on the soldier also received some text stamped in black Stazon.   The Joy is also a stamp stamped on the metallic tap and cut out.

Products: Ranger - Metal Foil Sheets, Sizzix Tin Soldier  
Ranger Tinsel Twine, Stampers Anonymous Attic Treasures, Tinsel Silver Embossing powder, 
Memory Box Vintage Dreams StampStampers Anonymous - Postcard, Memory Box Joy Die, (Wish I had it would have made it easier when cutting out. :)


I was pleased with my shimmery soldier and tag. Now off to finish up some more holiday projects!  I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!

Suzz


47 comments:

  1. It's beautiful!! Love that you used the soldier, he's perfect for this!

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  2. This is so beautiful the layout and colours are gorgeous. Caroline xxx

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  3. Wow! I just love this soldier, he looks fab.

    Sally

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  4. Beautiful tag. Love the all the silver and shine!!

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  5. LOVE the black, silver and soft blue combo, Suzz! JUST GORGEOUS!

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  6. I looooove your improv!! :-) The tin soldier is just fantastic! And the colors are beautiful!

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  7. What a stunner Suzz. Your tag is just incredible.

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  8. I never seem to have the right items for Tim's projects either (despite having loads!!). You've improvised very well here and the soldier is great - another die I'd not spotted and might need. I like the effect on the background and of course no two will ever come out the same which is part of the fun. Great tag.

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  9. I don't think I would ever have looked at that soldier die and thought 'I need that' but I liked him the first time you used it Sue and you said you wanted to make him again using book pages and he looks fabulous. The whole tag is wonderful and you are so clever with your improvisations.

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  10. This is so cool! I was immediately drawn to your tag with that awesome toy soldier and the cool background. Thanks so much for sharing him with us!

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  11. Oh your soldier is wonderful!!!! Yikes on your oldest leaving the nest next year - enjoy each moment, eh?
    ps. I sent you an email, needing some technical assistance:)

    Have a great day!

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  12. What a wonderful tag my crafty friend.

    Hugs~

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  13. Your version of Tim's tag is GORGEOUS and you did justice to every single piece!! So lovely!

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  14. Totally cool soldier in his metallic text uniform, and your background is simply stunning - love the music and the PostCard stamp is perfect - wow!
    Alison x

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  15. He's very shimmery and handsome. Boo on the going off to college, times fly by with the kids!

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  16. Oh wow Suzz! I LOVE the blue and silver. So shimmery!! I think you improvised very well!

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  17. Great alternative to the snowman. I don't have the snowman stamp either. But I do have the toy soldier and he was on my alternative list;).

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  18. Beautiful Suzanne! Love the tin soldier and fancy trimmings!

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  19. Ohh i think I need one of those soldiers. He's wonderful!
    hugs Lynn

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  20. Wow, what a BEAUTIFUL and STUNNING tag, Suzanne! Congrats on the shout out over Tim Holtz Blog! Way to go!

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  21. Fabulous tag - I love the tin soldier die - must see if I can find that one!

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  22. Found your blog by way of Tim Holtz - isn't that a fabulous sentence? Love your take on the tag. Isn't improvisation part of the journey?

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  23. Wow! This is absolutely breathtaking! I love everything about it. Congrats on the shout-out from Tim!

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  24. Congrats on the Tim Holtz Blogworthy Links mention! I love how you layered the Tin Soldier die. I don't have this die yet but it might be necessary now!! Very nice tag!

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  25. Totally stunning!! Can't wait to see the rest of your "army"! lol

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  26. Saw you on Tim's blog today! LOVE this tin soldier tag! The colors, stamping, use of techniques. :)

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  27. Suzanne...GORGEOUS!!!! Amazing alterations and fab color palette! Congrats on the shout out!

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  28. Love your tag! Your colors are wonderful. The soldier is perfect.

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  29. I love it! Congrats to you on your blog worthy link as well!
    LaVon Hall

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  30. Tim sent me! After seeing your gorgeous tag, I must agree with Tim. Bravo!

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  31. This tag is simply amazing! I'm so glad I followed Tim's advice and checked it out! What a unique way to use the toy soldier.

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  32. This tag blows me away, the colors are perfect!!! I just got this die...actually your tag inspired me to get it, I had been on the fence about it!

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  33. Stunning holiday tag! Your so good at keeping up with the Tags, I'm so far behind! Love that die!

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  34. Wow, that is so beautiful! I love the background with all the fun details. I have never seen that die before and am drooling over what you did with it.

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  35. Your shimmery soldier is just gorgeous. I love the shiny details and the beautiful color of this great project!

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  36. I think this is one of the best uses of this die I've ever seen! I also wanted to tell you I love the samples you did with the newest AO stamps - incredible!!

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  37. Love the silvery effect on the soldier! I agree with a previous post, This is the prettiest use of the soldier die I have seen. (Dont tell Tim.)

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  38. there is not one thing that i dont love about this tag! the colors are amazing and i must say, the teal and the silver look simply fantastic together:)

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  39. Beautiful tag Suzzanne. Love everything about it.

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  40. Love the sparkle. Love the color palette. Love the soldier. Love what you created. Love

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  41. Tim sent me over here - you make me want to go play with metallic foil right now. This is so cool.

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