Good Ole USA

29th April, 2016

I really do love the techniques used in this month’s 12 tags of 2016 by mix master Tim Holtz! So much so, that I had a third go at making something using the remixed techniques.

iGirlZoe: Good Ole USA
Something a friend said about the “good ole usa” inspired this post. There’s clues about this person on the project! It’s someone you’ll know! 😉

iGirlZoe: Good Ole USA
I die cut a sheet of Americana images from the seasonal paper stash with the United States thinlits die.

iGirlZoe: Good Ole USA
When you have run your die through the die cutter, keep the cutting plates together and flip over and slide the die off the plate. The individual states remain in the die which will make it easier later.

iGirlZoe: Good Ole USA
I used the leftover paper which I die cut the USA from, as a stencil. Spread the grout from the mosaic kit through with a palette knife onto chipboard.

iGirlZoe: Good Ole USA
I carefully placed each state onto the dried grout using the distress mosaic kit. I worked in sections leaving small gaps between each piece. Once completely dry, I fussy cut around the USA map and put 3D foam on the back ready to mount onto my background.

iGirlZoe: Good Ole USA
I embossed two pieces of distress watercolor cardstock with one of Tim Holtz’s texture fades folders and taped together at the back. I followed the techniques on Tim’s blog as with the woodgrain cardstock. I die cut shape strip stars into the side and under-mounted metallic kraft core. I mounted onto chipboard backed kraft cardstock and covered in walnut stain distress stain.

iGirlZoe: Good Ole USA
I added a vial label, remnant rubs and an adornment arrow covered in picket fence distress paint.

iGirlZoe: Good Ole USA
Finally, I added “USA” which I die cut from the new alphanumeric marquee die set from distress watercolor cardstock and covered with distress inks.

iGirlZoe: Good Ole USA
Thanks for stopping by, you can see all the techniques for this months tag on Tim’s blog.



  1. Nicole says:


  2. Deb L says:

    Wow, this is amazing Zoe!

  3. A NEW FAVORITE!!!! This is beyond fabulous!!! I LOVE it!!!

  4. Marchelle says:

    Zoe, I love this tribute. It is awesome. I have most of the products except the Mosaic Kit, which I have been thinking about purchasing. This has inspired me to give it a try. Thanks for sharing your wonderful work. Have a great weekend.

  5. Elena says:

    It’s fabulous!!

  6. What a brilliant technique Zoe, fabulous! You’ve inspired me to get to work on my tag, thanks so much for the inspiration! Deb xo

  7. Anne R says:

    Sensational !!! x

  8. paula says:

    beyond fabulous!(drop mic)

  9. marci piraro says:

    Stunning! Just beautiful and creative. P.S. Is it Mario?

  10. Lou Ann says:

    Congrats!! Very cool tag!!

  11. Amy says:


  12. I thought this was so cool when I saw it on Facebook. Congrats on your win!

  13. Congrats on your WIN!!!!! Your tag is really ReaLLy REALLY
    AMAZING,,,,LOVE it!

  14. Dodie says:

    Wow! Amazing! Incredible! I love it when participants make the project “their own” instead of copycat ting Tim’s, and you have certainly done that. Congrats on your win!

  15. Michele says:

    Congrats on your win – awesome project! Saw this on Instagram the other day and I have become a follower!! Love your projects.

  16. Anne R says:

    Just came back to say congratulations on your win!! Yay! x

  17. Amanda Pink says:

    Absolutely Superb! Zoe You rocked this one! Gonna have to have another scroll up before and I leave …..
    A very well deserved winner ! Congrats
    Now to scroll again……..

  18. catherine says:

    Congrats to you Zoe and I love how you made your tag for this challenge – It’s great.

  19. Lucy says:

    Brilliant use the of mosaic technique. The states are absolutely perfect for this. Certainly worth the wait.

  20. Just popping back to say congratulations on your Tim win Zoe, any one of your beautiful April creations were prime candidates I’m sure but bet Tim had a soft spot in his heart for this one! Congrats! Deb xo

  21. Kathy Manna says:

    Hi Zoe, Your twist on the Mosaic technique is brilliant! Round of applause for your stunning creation – well done!

  22. abzappel says:

    Congrats on your win!! I love your project!!

  23. Mimi says:

    Omg, I bow down. This is awesome. I’m off to go look at your other stuff… Thumbs up! Congrats on May win!

  24. Sara Emily says:

    Oh, my! Zoe–you rocked this month’s tag with your clever mosaic and awesome background! Wow! And HUGE congratulations on being chosen as a winner! This is my favorite! Hugs!

  25. Carol says:

    This is fantastic!! You absolutely deserve to win…….

  26. Sally says:

    Wow! Love your take on the TH tag…well done on nomination


  27. Beth Perry says:

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING!!!

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