Tuesday, August 28, 2012

You Make Me Smile

 I can't believe the summer has moved into the school year...already.  And I just don't feel ready.  My youngest son is now a senior and before I know it, he will be moved out and into college dorms.  Where have the past 17 years gone? 

Today I'm sharing the tag I made for Tim Holtz' 12 Tags of 2012 -- for August (what's left of it).  I just used similar type products that I happened to have on hand.  And you can too...he shares his ideas for putting together a variety of techniques, and it's all in how you're inspired to create.  My creation is a reminder of our past visit to The Louvre, in Paris, France -- while we were stationed in England.  The actual Mona Lisa by daVinci is really much smaller than I had envisioned (30" x 21"), and is encased by photo resistant glass -- yet still quite amazing to see in person...if you're actually able to get close enough to gaze at it.  =)

My tag recipe includes:  TH Sketch stamps (frame), SU Classic Captions stamps (Mona Lisa & sentiment), TH Damask embossing folder, Clare Ultimo poetry dog tags (inked w/caramel alcohol ink & black paint dabber), TH Ribbon Roses (colored w/weathered wood, vintage photo & fired brick (distress stains) DS), Pool paint dabber, Zing black EP, black Archival ink, white seam binding colored with Broken China DS, and Distress Inks:  antique linen, tea dye, & vintage photo.  And finally...misted with Sunflower Sparkle perfect pearl mist (my favorite)!

Not a great photo, but you can see the reflection of the people waiting in line to see that famous smile. The picture is encased in a much larger glass -- which is what you are looking through. This was back in 2000, but shortly after that photo was taken they declared no more photography.  You can find quick facts on the Mona Lisa painting on Wikipedia.

Thanks for stopping by...
Don't forget to smile today!  Lisa


  1. Awesome tag! I got to Paris a few years ago and was so surprised the Mona Lisa was so small. I love your picture with the reflection of the guests in it. Very cool. I fell in love with Paris and so I love your tag. I hope to get back there one day! I am currently making my stamp room. It will have a Paris theme...Hubby is working on it with me and is glad I will have a place to keep all my Paris stuff contained..(I don't even notice all my "towers" as he calls them..

  2. Love this tag, great interpretation of Tim's tag, and also love how you have photographed it.

  3. Beautiful tag, Lisa! Love the embossing with the enamel, and that 'attitude' charm really finishes her off well. Love it!


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