Monday, October 1

Tag It with Tim Holtz!

Hello Monday my friends! We have a new challenge for you this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - TAG IT! We are showcasing Tim Holtz products this week, and he has so many amazing Halloween goodies, I just had to make something "spooktacular"!

 Honored to have this chosen as a Splitcoast Favorite for the week of October 20th!

Please join me in welcoming Tenia Nelson at Jazzy Paper Designs as our guest designer for the month of October! She is one creative artist, both on paper and music! We are so happy to have you with us this month, Tenia! 


When you start mixing up potions and lotions, you'd better be careful! Label everything you are working with or making. Don't get enticed over to the darker side of magic, or you may end up like the apothecary who stepped off the healing path.

I pulled out some old, yes, very old Distress Crackle paints to paint my background on the tombstone etcetera tag. 

I waited patiently for it to crackle....then, oh heck, grab the heat gun and let's get this baby done!

Once dry, I went over it with black soot to bring out the crackle.

crackle detail...

I worked on distressing and embellishing my die cuts and words. 

Layering on the skeleton, bottles, and witch, then adding in some infusions and distress spray. Looking dark and mysterious now!

I dug deep in my stash and used up some of those Halloween bits I'd been hoarding. I bet if you look, you will find some too!
Happy Halloween!

It's October and that means it's the spooky season! Tim Holtz has many wonderful products for this holiday, as well as many others. If you have your Tim stuff, we would love to see you use it on a tag, and join us this week! One lucky participant will be drawn at random to win a $50 voucher!


 A great place to shop!!

Simon is on Instagram - use hashtag #sssmchallenge.

I have to say, the Monday design team are brilliant at creating with Tim Holtz products, so be sure to head on over there!


  1. Fabulous tag Maura :-) the whole design of this is awesome! Love the witch and the potions, very spooky :-)

    Hope you have a lovely week
    Lols x x x

  2. Wow! The thick crackled background is just amazing! I also have still some jars of this oldies but some of them are dried and turned into stones :P I love the scene and the bottles are so perfect here. Hugs, Macarena

  3. Fabulous crackled background, and great use of all those dies.
    Alison x

  4. The textures on this are amazing and I love all that crackle and detail, it's stunning ~ a really fabulous tag Maura, so very spooky and mysterious! <3

  5. love love love this tag Maura, the texture and colours are amazing and I had to giggle at your impatience waiting for that stuff to crackle, sounds familiar, hugs kath xxx

  6. This is such a fabulous Halloween tag, Maura. The colors and texture on the background are awesome. Love those beautiful layered embellishments, too. :)

  7. This is so cool Maura and I love the crackles!! I always loved the effect of that crackle paint. You used such a fun mix of die cuts here.

  8. This is fabulous, Maura! That texture is so rusty-dusty-perfect! And I laughed at your write-up and how you grabbed the heat gun to get the crackle going. Sound like you and I rank at the same level on the "crafting patience meter." This was a great piece and I especially liked how you combined so many different elements so effectively.

  9. MAURA--- this is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!! you outdid your self!!! Well done!!! I am at loss of words!!!!

  10. This is really fabulous, Maura! Love it! The crackle and the colors of it is stunning! Hugs, Sandra

  11. Wow!!!!Crackle and rust together are so fabulous! I adore everything about this project! great piece my ffriend! barbara

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