TH 12 Tags of 2016 – August Scaredy-Cat


Hello, time for another Tim tag!  First of all, I apologize that my text and pics don’t always match in this post.  I don’t know what the problem was, but I kept rearranging and then something else was mismatched.  Time to move on.

Last August was the first time I participated in the Tim tag challenge and my tag had a Christmas theme because I love Christmas (and Halloween!).  When I finished, I couldn’t believe how ugly that tag was and I almost threw it away.  I decided that since I went to the trouble, I’d be brave and enter the challenge.  I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to have my tag as one of the 12 selected – wow, must have been a pity win – LOL!  Seriously, though, having Tim choose my tag gave me the inspiration to keep trying every month. 

I really enjoyed this month’s techniques – here’s Tim’s awesome tag:


I came up with my idea for a Halloween tag right away and was finally able to get it done.  Here’s my take this month:cat1




For my tag background, I used Wilted Violet spray  stain and forgot to take a pic before I added the other colors because it wasn’t the only tag I made…after coloring the other tags, when it was time to spritz them with water, I grabbed the Wilted Violet spray instead, so you can imagine.  Always an adventure.  For this tag, I blended in Carved Pumpkin, then Vintage Photo and Black Soot around the edges.


I used Grungeboard for my frameworks because I wanted some depth to put those crazy eyes in, along with embossed (Poison embossing folder) metallic Kraft-core paper for the top layer to add some texture.  I cut and colored silver deco sheets with Wilted Violet, though sometimes the color doesn’t show up in pics.

The crazy eyes are actually two layers – the first time around, I used a Versamarker pen around the eyes and it looked sloppy.  So I re-did them all and used the embossing pad on a bigger area before embossing and it turned out much better.  Here’s the eyes I didn’t use (sorry it’s not the best pic).  When I added the eyes, I put them in whatever direction they needed to be to be looking at the cat.


I wanted to use a Crazy Cat for my silhouette, and the broom from the Crazy Things set.  I thought the broom would need more detail, so I stamped in black and embossed with clear embossing powder.  


Originally,  I was going to have the cat sitting on the broom the correct way and on the right side of my tag.  I was thinking about putting my bow somewhere on the left side of the tag so that I didn’t have to punch a hole on the top, but then I messed up.

cat11It had been a few months since I got the sewing machine out, and this was only my second time using it.  After doing a few practice runs on scrap fabric, I ran my tag through and thought I’d do a few different stitches.  I glanced at the tag and put my sewing machine away.  Then I noticed that not only was the stitching crooked, I had sewed on the wrong side of the tag!  It would have been so easy to cover up with the arrangement above, but I decided to “embrace imperfection” by removing the bottom stitches and adding a spider rub-on.  I was able to put him on and cover up all of the holes. Much better!  At that point, I decided he was so freaked out by the eyes and spiders, that he ended up getting on the broom in the wrong direction.  

cat10cat5I added some more rub-ons, then looked through some of my chitchat stickers but couldn’t find what I was looking for and made my own.  

My tulle bow is simple – I cut it here and there to try and give it a tattered  look, then added another set of eyes, some orange jute and a scaredy-cat charm.


Sorry for the long post.  Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave comments  🙂














I would also like to enter the following challenge:

(must have stitches which are behind the cat)

(furrything goes as long as there’s a cat)







7 thoughts on “TH 12 Tags of 2016 – August Scaredy-Cat

  1. Oh My! This is just FANTASTIC!!! I LOVE how you stitched the spider’s web…..soooooo clever!!! The spooky eyes are a super cool accent….again CLEVER!!! So many wonderful elements and accents on your Halloween Tag, the cat, the broom, the eyes, the spiders, and stitching…..all = FABULOUS!!! I always have loved tags….making them….putting them on cards…..and now I can say looking at them on your Blog too! Well done! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Mod Squad Challenge Donna, Challenge Host.


  2. Marty, you know I LOVE Halloween, so your tag captured my eye right away! I Your background is amazing and I love all the elements you’ve added! Very clever to use the eyes in this way–I’m gong to have to borrow that idea! Now I’m not going to be able to get that MJ song out of my head! You have the most awesome collection of charms! Big hugs!


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