Monday, 1 June 2015

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 May

Hello fellow bloggers, well here I am with my May tag for Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2015 and as usual I am scraping in at the last minute. So I had better not waffle on too long or I will miss the bus.
So here it is 

I followed Tim's great tutorial but used some alternative elements as I did not have all of the items he used.
My tag is a tribute to a significant chapter in my mum's life and indeed mine.

The picture I've used is a photo of my mum aged about 20. The year was 1953 and she was about to travel to South Africa to marry the man who had written to her and asked her to marry him, my dad. 
They were going out with each other when my dad's work took him to South Africa and I guess it was a case of "absence makes the heart grow fonder."

The picture of the ship is an actual poster that I managed to find via the internet of the ship Sterling Castle that my mum traveled on. The All Aboard card is a docrafts Urban stamp as is the ticket at the bottom. I used the same quote as Tim because it does describe my mum, she was kind hearted.
The trinkets I used belonged to my mum the little flower  came from a pair of large clip on earrings that I can remember from when I was a little girl, and then found, still in her jewelry box after she died. The little bell is also one of a pair of earrings which my mum really liked and wore often.
I used  the word love from  Tim's special delivery remnant rubs on the token, the tattered garland die for two of my flowers and the Gothic stencil for the pink decoration.

I think my mum was very brave to travel by ship on her own to South Africa at twenty, I really don't think I would have dared when I was that age. But not only that, she also made the return trip back to England on her own with two small children. I was born in 1955 then my brother in 1958. In 1959 they decided that my mum my brother and I would return to England as I would be starting school the following year,  My dad stayed there to work another few years before coming back to join us in England. 

So thank you Tim for the inspiration to make this tag personal to me, and thank you mum for being my inspiration, love and miss you    

Thank you for stopping by
Happy Art making 
Hugs Lottie x


  1. Lottie...I loved reading the meaning behind your tag....It really made it special.
    Your tag had some details that I fell in love with ....esp the pink flourish...It really stands out...I enjoyed visiting!

  2. Not only is your tag beautiful, the story behind you creating it is too! The picture of your Mum is lovely and I love that you added personal items to it too.

    I can so relate to your Mum as I travelled to England by ship in the late 60's as a 20 year old, married with a child. It was tough but I have never regretted a single day! Hope all is well with you. Hugs, Anne xx

  3. This brought tears to my eyes, Lottie! I'm so glad I came to see if you had posted and that I didn't miss this precious and beautiful tag and the heartwarming and adventurous love story that came with it! Holy cow, I would NOT have ever done anything as brave as your mother did. Not now and certainly not at 20!! What a blessing for you to have had her as your mum and to come from such a strong woman!! Thank you for sharing! Hugs, Darnell


Thank you for paying me a visit today and leaving your comment and a little crafty happiness. Hugs Lottie x