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Friday, January 31, 2014

Looking Ahead with Tim ... Holtz January 2014 Tag

I am going to just make it under the wire for Tim's January 2014 Tag.  If you haven't taken part in any of Tim Holtz's 12 Tags Challenges, you really should give it a shot.   I've learned so much and have been so inspired by his creativity.  This month's tag was no exception.  In fact, it has to be my favorite tag to date.  Tim started off the year with a "time" theme.  He reminded us to "remember the now".  Thanks Tim!!!  What a fabulous theme and amazing vintage-techniques tutorial.  I'm not going to go into all the steps.  You can see it all here on his January 2014 Tag Tutorial.




As you can see, my tag has some bonus features :)  My take on Tim's January tag took a detour to the future.  After extended illness and a trip to the Chiari Institute right before Christmas ended with another surgery on my agenda, I thought about taking another look at 2014 through a different lens.  Instead of bemoaning the trials, I wanted to bask in the treasures that 2014 can bring to me.  So here is my very own Steampunk "Pre-ViewMaster" and the tag containing my personal 2014 futureview disc. 


As you can see from January tag, I see hope (a brand new surgical procedure that can help my symptoms), courage (for the hard months of work before my surgery and the hard months of healing after), laughter ( life always has its silly moments), and inspiration (because I know I can always count on this community's creativity to inspire me).  This year looks pretty good to me.

Here are a few closeups:









 I wish this post could be a little longer, but I am pretty tired tonight.  So I will leave you with this thought .... "what will you see" in your own 2014 futuredisc?  -- Mary Elizabeth







28 comments:

Dagmar said...

Wow wow wow - it's fantastic!!!!! Such a great artwork!

barbarayaya62 said...

Mary you are a person very special! I admire both your courage and your strength to look towards positively the future! I always enjoy the personal way that you use to get inspired by the tags of the month! this time came out a job that strikes at the heart! ( my english is always bad!!!!!) Hugs BArbarayaya

Paula Cheney said...

amazing, amazing, amazing...so glad you are back to creating. This piece is beautiful.

Tincan Crafter said...

I saw this the other day in ly bloglovin feed and I thought to myself - I bet she's going to win. Congratulations - I knew you would - your piece was my favourite favourite!

Kathryn said...

WOW!! This is amazing:)

sally said...

great make & congratulations on making the blogworthy list

sally

Jamie Cox said...

Wow! Great job, very creative, love the view finder! TFS

Ruby Craft said...

Love your Steampunk "Pre-ViewMaster" tag. All the little details are amazing. I especially love the way you wrapped the wire around the words to make them spring off the page. I can see why Tim selected your tag as a winner! Congrats!

Hope 2014 brings all you wish for and a wonderful recovery.

Diane Krause said...

Wow! That's all I can say and it kind of says it all. Absolutely stunning. Congrats on your win. Well deserved. :)

JansArtyJunk said...

WOWSER, your Timmy inspired tag is AMAZING!!!! Such fabulous details!! LOVE what you did with the Pre-ViewMaster and the futureview disc...inspiring!!
...A worthy winner!!..and Thank you so much for the lovely comment that you left on my blog ...Jan x x

hazel said...

Wow! This is amazing, I love it - congratulations on your win.
xxx Hazel.

Shaunery Wharton said...

HOLY COW.. this is by far my all time fav! Your work is STUNNING and leaves me speechless! WOW WOW WOW!

Congrats and your work demands being picked! GORGEOUS!

Paper Profusion said...

Congratulations on your win Mary Elizabeth! This is AWESOME! I'm so sorry to hear that you had regressed (I'd missed your posts). Looking forward positively is the only way to go. Your creative thinking is amazing and fabulous! Wishing much better health in store for you. Nicola x

Maureen said...

Great tag - love how you created something meaningful to YOU. Best of luck with your surgery and healing; and congrats on winning in January!

sara j said...

Lately it seems the word awesome is over used, but I was completely blown away by this. I love the unexpected of it! The Viewmaster attached to the tag, the eye, and all that texture which I find captivating. Just a great make. Congrats on the recognition from Tim - well deserved. Really. It's fabulous.

Christy - www.hokiecoyote.com said...

I am totally blown away by your tag...simply amazing. Congrats on your well deserved win.

Karen Garrard said...

WHAT MORE CAN I SAY BUT WOW WOW WOW MARY ELIZABETH. I AM SO INSPIRED BY YOUR CREATION THAT I HAVE TO TRY IT MYSELF....CONGRATULATIONS ON WINNING!!! I'M YOUR NEWEST FOLLOWER TOO. HAPPY DAYS!!! I WILL BE BACK TO VISIT. KAREN.X

butterfly said...

Oh, yay!! How fabulous... congratulations on your hugely deserved win, Mary Elizabeth. So thrilled to see your name there - and this creation is certainly well worthy of the honour!
Alison xx

die amelie said...

OMG, this is some brilliant stuff, Mary Elizabeth!

Such an earned win on the January tag of Tim's 2014 tags! I couldn't imagine a more brilliant make! This is fantastic! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

Big hug and hooray,
Claudia x

Dodie said...

Wow! This is amazing! I love these parts in particular: the wire wound around the words and the nut with words attached.

Candy C said...

Mary Elizabeth...all I can say about your "pre-ViewMaster" is WOW! That is such a stunning piece. Oh my goodness!! The attention for detail that you have given to this just blows me away! I truly love it! I am very hopeful that you are feeling better and that a surgery will relieve your symptoms. "Hope" is a very powerful word, isn't it? Your very inspirational piece is really a labor of love, I can tell. Simply stunning! I also wanted to thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my blog and leave such a sweet comment. You have no idea how much you lift me up and make me smile. <3 Candy

Meihsia Liu said...

Wow.. this is such an amazing creation, Mary Elizabeth. Love all the beautiful details you created. Wonderful design! :)

Veronica Reilly said...

FANTASTIC!!! I'm jealous of this gorgeous creation. WOW! WOW! WOW! Great job!

Anita Houston said...

BEYOND COOL!!!! I've even seen this pinned by a special person! COOL design and just plain FUN!!!

cardsetalia said...

What a fantastic tag, congratulations on being one the the January winners. Best wishes for your surgery this year. And thanks for your lovely comment on my blog, Geraldine.

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

This is so cool (for lack of a more sophisticated adjective)! It is more like an amazing sculpture than just a tag. It invites me to just want to hop behind that viewmaster. I love work that pulls in the audience and I am definitely pulled in to this piece! So creative and you are never limited by the confines of the "edges" of papers or pages or tags. Way to think...and create...outside of the box!

Marci said...

I'm a little late seeing this, but congratulations! So wonderfully creative, and as someone else said, you can tell it is heartfelt.

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

GASP!!! This is seriously GORGEOUS!!!! Thanks for the link as well, I will go watch the tutorial....you are one talented lady Mary Elizabeth! WOW!!xo