Year 2013 & Year 2014 2

Year 2013 & Year 2014 2

Thursday, September 29, 2016

SEPTEMBER TAG; The 12 Tags of 2016

Another month crosses off the 2016 calendar and we are into the last 3 of the year. Please, don't start telling me how many "days left until CHRISTmas" because it is NOT my fave time of the year. We just closed the pool this week, and it actually made me CRY! But, I still have the new sailboat to work with! (More on that coming later.) So life goes on, and Summer 2016 has passed along with it.
  Tim's YUPO paper is just to die for!! But alas, I was not able to get my hands on any and, as you can tell by the date of this posting, I was not going to have time to. I do hope to get some on my next shopping trip, but THAT is a ways off also since we have things and travels still to catch up with. Chelsea, Michigan next week for my first visit (I hope of more, but have to see how it goes) to The Purple Rose Theater of Jeff Daniels ! Randy Mantooth is perfowe'll rming again onstage there in "Morning After Grace" and we have tix in hand for October 6th. I am so excited as I LOVE stage plays! But to see my fave is a Bucket List scratchoff! I hope to get to see Kevin Tighe onstage one of these days. also. In the meantime....
      While the YUPO didn't make it's much-wanted appearance in my craft studio, I did follow the rest of the techniques as closely as possible. I was rewarded with my efforts in a set of 4 Tags that was pleasing to my eye as well as a smile-maker for 3 of my Besties-all who had me skipping over their recent special dates. This was my make-up to them.
One of the first things I did was to experiment with some colors. I knew I wanted Red, White/Tan. or Blue- the September 11th reminders. Pardon the rounded photos as I ended up using my waterproof panoramic cam since I had my phone cam go on the blink- along with my PHONE! ARGH!!!
The coloring of the pc here makes it look more yellow than tan.. to me anyway. But you can clearly see from the first 3 Tags way over on the left= how my colorings improved as I experimented. The final 8 on the Craftsheet became the backs and fronts for the four Sept Tags.
While Tim said "Hello, YUPO!", I was crying "NO YUPO!!!"  So I busted a brain vein trying to come up with a way to make something SIMILAR & this is what I started with: Remnane Rubs in words and odd-whatever numbers to describe each of the 3 Besties I chose out of the almost dozen I have. For paper- I grabbed a couple sheets of Glossy Photo Paper... just to see where it went... starting with a smaller piece then going ahead with the other four as it turned out workable.
Added some Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink on my fave sets of Tim Holtz stamps...and then used a couple diff shades of darker Distress Inks to give them a shadowy look, and edging as wel (last two steps not shown here).
Got the Tim Book out just for a refresher on that tech and some ideas on color to make it look like I wasnted.
Sewing is getting to be FUN with these- as long as they have LAYERS because single cardstocking is hard for me to sew and not leave mistakes EMBRACE!! lol!
Front Sides of all 4 Tags...

Back Sides of all 4 Tags. The following photos below show the Tags with their cooresponding pics I chose to put onto the backsides for each Bestie...

           This was for Sandy- the Bestie who shared with me her horses and fulfilled my dream of having one for my own! THANK YOU, SANDY, for sharing WINGS with me!! I will treasure our time together (the FOUR of us!) for always!!! ILU!

Chuck & Debb in rental boat...
...Wendy and Mark reeling one in.
Another beautiful MICHIGAN sunset on Lake Lilly !
        The other two were for Wendy and Debb- we shared a trip with them to Michigan early in September to a place where I found my BucketList Sailboat!!! Maybe you guys didn't catch much in the way of fish, but it was still a fun trip! ILU2!!

September is always a month of conflicting emotions for me. Having been right there tuning in just as the first plane hit.... my sons in a neighboring town north of us, and my CheifHubby at work 45 minutes away.... I was alone. Being deaf was never more serious than in that moment. And then, in the days, weeks, months, and yes, 15 yrs later... it still remains clearly in my mind. Even while all three of my guys are now retired from the Fire Service along with their Dad before each of them (3 Generations; Buck Larimore, Grandpa... David - my Chief...and both our Sons, Brian and Brett.... I will always be PROUD of the job they did.  And I will always keep PRAYING for those still answering those tones when they go off to serve and save in the unknown situations.
Thanks for checking in, once again!

A TimTag NOT For September...A Family Thing.

    Back in June when Tim Holtz debuted his monthly Tag, he used one of his newest dies that recently hit the market. I was absolutely thrilled with this die, and both the positive and the negative cuts can be used in so many ways!! The die itself reminds me of the old classic movies of "The Invisible Man".  I immediately put this die onto my Wish List, but found it on sale via The Funkie Junkie Boutique and thought it would make a cool Tag gift for the "Daugherty Rocketeers" aka my older Brother & Sister remaining on the Daugherty side of my family. They'd been trying to make a gathering since the spring that we could all attend. With the third try hoping to be a charm- it was not so for me. We had already committed to a cabin stay up in Michigan with 2 other sets of friends. There was no other date to change the gathering to, this late in the year, but I seem to run into this kind of quandry quite a bit these last ten yrs. We used to scramble dates bk & forth until we satisfied every event with our presence. But even then, it would somehow let someone down in the end. We have tried to keep along the lines of whatever 'firm' commitments were set to the calendar (with the exceptions that come along in life; births, weddings, illnesses, deaths, and more often- the celebration of life itself in gathering together). Ultimately; you do what you gotta do, even when it hurts. So we missed this gathering and while I am often thinking "What if that turns out to be the very last chance I had to be with that person?", and indeed we did lose one older Sister to both us younger Sisters this past Spring whom I had never yet met as an adult. She was almost adult herself when I was born, and while I do remember being at one brother's house (I was told he and his wife babysat me) who died before I got the chance to remeet him again either....I keep trust in The LORD's perfect timing and the fact that ANY time could be the last time we see a person - ANY person we know. That leaves me with one sister and one brother from our father Lyle (from whom I get my first and maiden last names).
           That all said, I chose to do a Tag for both of them in honor of the earthly father (and Heavenly Father as well) we share. I was able to get them to my Sister at church before the event/our leaving for Michigan. I wasn't getting the story out in a timely fashion though- as per my usual. So there you have it, guys... with LOVE!!!

All Front Sides: The lapels on each "gentleman" show a rose for us girls, and a star for the oldest brother... as shown in the following photo below:.

I chose the Chit Chat Sticker "family"...

...and a Type Charm "D" for Daughterty- the family name handed down from our father, Lyle Audrey.

The backsides with the "positive cut" from the die... shown closeup below:

The stitching was fun but I am NOT a sewing person (as in clothes, etc.).
David and I were both humbled and very HAPPY to finally meet that side of my family in 2011 for the first time since I was a baby around 2 or 3 yrs old. I last remember seeing my Father, Lyle, just before my Dad (Don Rush Sr) married my mother the summer I was 7 yrs old. My Dad told me as I was getting married in 1984 that he had sat across the table from Lyle during a school dinner/play at Lake Cicott Elem School (torn down old Elem School in Lake Cicott, IN, that was part of the Pioneer Regional School Corp 3 of our 4 kids went on to graduate from). I was a Narrator of that play and my Dad said that Lyle seemed to enjoy watching me that night - both fathers were able to meet each other then. For some reason, everyone thought it was best not to tell me Lyle was there and I don't remember getting the time to run into him as I was onstage in front of the curtain all evening.
Our boys get the Dougherty nose from ChiefHubby's Mother's Dougherty side of the family (her maiden name from Grandma and Grandpa Doughtery spelled with an O). And they get their frizzy hair from my Daugherty (spelled with an A) side of the famiy.
Love you, Topper, Pam, and the rest of the family !!! Maybe 2017 is a charm??

Thanks for checking in to read this post, everyone!
Next post is the late-as-usual posting of the SEPTEMBER TAG; The 12 Tags of 2016...
Coming right up on the heels of this post!