Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag

Frilly & Funkie Challenge: Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly & Funkie Blog.  Linda is our hostess this go round, and the theme is “The Sound of Music.”  I’ve created a very fun Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag to share with you, but before we get into that, let’s see what Linda has to say about this challenge.

“When this challenge goes live, I will be in Key West for the annual Songwriters’ Festival. I thought it would be fun to create something vintage or shabby chic that tells what music means to you and/or to depict a favorite song.”

Our House is a Very, Very, Very Fine House

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 1

I’ve created this shabby chic vignette on a Tim Holtz Medium Sized Etcetera tag.  Don’t be fooled by the word “medium” .  This tag measures a whopping 6.5″ wide x 12″ tall.  It’s made of what Tim calls “thickboard” which the package says is made to be “collaged, altered, and embellished.”  In other words,it can handle anything you throw at it or on it!

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 2

I dug deep into all my TH supplies for this shabby chic crafting adventure, and you can find the links to all those items in the Thumblinky below.

The Story Behind Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag

(This is a personal story, and if you’d rather not read it, just skip below and look at the pretty pictures.  I won’t mind one bit! )

I’ve always loved the music of Crosby, Stills & Nash, and the song “Our House” was definitely a favorite.  But in 2013 an event took place that moved it right to the top of my list.

A few of you know that my darling husband Dale had emergency quadruple bypass surgery in November 2013.  The main artery to his heart was 99% blocked, and every nurse, physician and medical professional during our stay in the hospital told me that he was a walking miracle.  Not only did he NOT die (Thank you Dear Lord) but he suffered no heart damage and came through the surgery like a champ.

He did, however, develop some complications after surgery that led to a 10 day hospital stay. These were some of the most stressful, scary,  difficult days of our 40+ year marriage.  When we were finally released to come home, it was a glad and joyous day.

A few days after getting home, we were sitting in my old studio.  The sun was shining through the double windows, and I was playing the radio while I worked and Dale rested.  Our House by Crosby, Stills & Nash began to play, and we both spontaneously got out of our chairs and began to slow dance with the golden sunbeams shining on us.  In no time, we were both weeping tears of gratitude and love because we were so aware of how close we had come to losing one another.   So, this song has deep meaning for the two of us.   When Linda issued this challenge, it took me about 10 seconds to create a project that would include the lyrics of this song.

If you’re not familiar with it or if you’d just like to hear it again, have a listen on me!

On with the Show: The Details

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 3

First, I covered the tag with Tim’s “Dapper” paper collection, then sanded and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Stain.  To create a ledge for my Paper Dolls and Tiny House to rest on, I stained and cut a wooden ruler.  Dapper Brads are inserted into the ruler’s round holes.

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 4

After covering the larger Tiny House with designer paper, i brushed on Picket Fence Distress Paint to give it a weathered look.  Next I created gingerbread trim by cutting cream cardstock with Tim’s Lace Thinlits Die.  The house was so light in color that it seemed to “float” off the tag, so I added some black accents with various Idea-Ology Rub Ons.

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 5

I stained a wooden picket fence with Vintage Photo, then brushed it with Picket Fence and Weathered Wood Distress Paint.  This was glued onto the base of the house. To reflect the “two cats in the yard” line from the song, I added this cute novelty button.  Next, because the song mentions putting flowers in a vase, I added these Petaloo blossoms to the vignette. My round “window” is actually a wooden button topped with another novelty button.

A Beautiful, Abundant Life

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 6

Meet Mr. & Mrs. Happy.  This darling couple is one of Tim’s Paper Dolls.  I colored in their clothing with alcohol ink markers.  The next step was running a Glassine Paper Bag through a texture fade to create some texture. Then I sponged the raised edges with Vintage Photo.

To give Mr. & Mrs. Happy a lift, I popped them up on foam tabs and added them to the distressed pinstripe paper panel.  Next, I added a ticket, a rusty house, novelty buttons and more rub ons.  I especially love the one I added below the ruler that reads “a beautiful, abundant life.”

A Song in my Pocket

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 7The glassine envelope opens to reveal a little art tag that reinforces the challenge theme.

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 8

I printed out the lyrics and added them to the back of the tag.

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 9

The other ruler piece sits at the top of the tag along with some inked up Scrabble tiles, and other bits and bobs from Tim.

Now It’s Your Turn

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 10Now that I’ve shared my Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag with you, I’d like to invite you to share your own “Sound of Music” project with us over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. Simply link your project up on the F&F blog before 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, May 9th.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  You can find all the details HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you make.

I hope this Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag project contains some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!



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12 thoughts on “Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag

  1. Jenny Marples

    You brought tears to my eyes when reflecting on the story behind this art Kathy. You’ve captured all those special elements and memories perfectly in this. May you and Dale have many long happy years to enjoy it’s beauty and the wonderful time you share together xx

  2. stampersuzz

    Kathy this art and the story are both touching and inspiring. What a lovely story and the tag reflects it truly.

  3. Dara Hale

    Firstly, thank you for sharing the inspiration behind this gorgeous mixed media piece. Currently, my husband has been battling illness and after 23 years together, I too love those days where gratitude and love are the only things that matter in our home. Thank you again 🙂

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Hello, Dara! I’m so glad that this piece “spoke” to you in your situation. I pray your husband is strengthened and that your love for one another will carry the day. Sending you a hug and all my best wishes for a full recovery! xo

  4. Carol Edwards

    Hi Kathy a lovely memory from a time of gratitude and love. The song really did fit the moment for you and Dale. I always love how you take memories and life events and use them through your beautiful pieces. The tag is just wonderful and the 2 happy cats say it all. Hugs x

  5. Helen

    What an incredible story your shared, Kathy. I haven’t heard that song in so many years so thanks for bringing it back to me. What you did with your project inspired by this song is so special, so touching. Thanks for sharing it all.

  6. soozyb2013

    Yes, life is precious and so are moments like the one you and your sweet Dale shared with that song. It’s one of my favourites as well. My thought and prayer are that you both never go through anything like that again.
    Love this project Kathy, really do enjoy Tim Holtz I just wish his products were easier to get ahold of here. It’s quite the wait still for the Oxide Inks!!!!
    Love all the details, as usual my friend. You have knocked this one out of the park. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  7. Sara Emily Barker

    Wow, Kathy! What a powerful post and tag you have put together for us this morning! I was both saddened and encouraged by your story…I did not know that you and Dale went through this horrible time–what a time of Divine intervention! So happy with the outcome and the fact that it brought the two of you even closer. I love hearing why you love this song so much…it is one of my favorites by one of my favorite bands (although so sad about some of the history with this group). My favorite line in this ballad is “With two cats in the yard”, which I am reminded of every time I see my kitties together (I’ve never had 2 cats before). And of course, that is the first thing I saw when I glanced at your project on F& F, and knew exactly which song you were depicting!

    You have nailed this project, made contact with the ball, and hit it out of the park! I ADORE all the details, and am squealing with delight over the tag in the pocket! I could go on and on here, but just know that I love, love, LOVE this and may just top the list of my favorites! Hugs!

  8. Jenny L

    Hi Kathy,
    I agree this health problem can be a very trying and stressful time as I have been through this myself.with my DH.
    It is so lovely that all turned out well as it did with myself, and that you are both still enjoying the music that you both love.
    Love your tag it is so wonderful and such avery super design too.
    Your work is always outstanding and very well thought out.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  9. Jan Isaacs-Wade

    Dear Kathy,

    What a perfectly lovely moment that you and Dale had regarding your slow dance to one of my favorite songs. I am truly sorry about your ordeal and Dale’s extreme illness. I’m so glad that he came through with flying colors. Your testament to this time manifested in a gorgeous work of art. It shows how much loving care you brought to the work. It is one of your best pieces!

    I am so happy when I look at your work. It brings a lot of sunshine to my day!

    All the best,

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