Thursday, May 28, 2015

TAG ALONG CHALLENGE BLOG #90: FAIRYTALES

Donna is hosting the Tag Along Challenge Blog this week and she has chosen the theme of fairy tales!  I suppose my favorite fairy tale has always been Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs! Everyone loves a good love story, right?  But, creating a tag with Snow White was just so...well, expected, and I love the UN-expected!  So, meet Dopey!  Other than the prince, of course, Dopey has always been my favorite.

I used a #8 tag from Ranger and covered it with some bluish-greenish-yellowish paper from my stash.  To add a bit of interest to that background, I used a new stamp I received from my friend Barbara (thanks again!), but rather than inking it up, I painted it up with DecoArt's Green Gold fluid acrylic.  Since I still had paint on my foam brush and I hate to waste anything, I used the brush to ink up the edges of my tag, paying particular attention to creating a wider border on the bottom to "ground" my image.  

I also used the remaining paint on my foam brush to ink up my Stampotique text stamp for my sentiment.  I thought it was the perfect sentiment as Dopey doesn't speak, yet communicates just the same!

There was still a bit of paint on my craft sheet, so I spritzed it with water and let my Ranger crinkle ribbon absorb it.  I crumbled it and set it aside to dry.  It got quite stiff, but I love having the matching ribbon!



I hope you will join in on our fun at the Tag Along Challenge Blog this week.  Thanks for your visit and your comments; both are important to me!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

DREAM GIRL

A young friend of mine needs a bit of encouragement from time to time.  To keep her motivated and to help in replacing some lost self-confidence, I make and send a card or other piece of art to her now and again.  

The background for my card was created in a class I took with Seth Apter at the Art-Is-You Conference in Stamford, CT, last Fall.  It is a painted background upon which I used a piece of a wallpaper sample as a stamp.  For my focal image, I used a Unity Stamp called Dream Girl.  The text stamp is from the same set.

I will be entering my card in the Craft Stamper Magazine's Take It, Make It Challenge.


Thanks for stopping by today!  I appreciate both your visits and your comments.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

12 TAGS OF 2015: MAY

I have been pondering the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 this month and decided yesterday to jump in!  Using Tim's tag for inspiration and his list of supplies as guidance, I have created a tag not unlike his, but in my own style.  I hope you will feel inspired to play along (details in the link above) this month.

Here's my tag:

And a bit of detail:




I am so happy that you came by today.  Both your visits and your comments inspire me!  If you have not already done so, I hope you will join as a follower today.  If you would like to receive an e-mail when I update my blog, you can also sign up to follow by e-mail.  Both options are in the top right-hand sidebar.

Cheers!



Friday, May 15, 2015

FEELING SKETCHY CHALLENGE BLOG #121

A new sketch challenge has been posted on the Feeling Sketchy Challenge Blog, and it is a fun one!  Take a look:



I love rick rack, but I have only white, so that, along with my background papers, set the color palette for my card.  I hope you like it:



You can see that I remained pretty true to the sketch, so it was a simple card to make, but with impressive results, I think!  I used scraps of paper, plus

  • rick rack from Wrights
  • adhesive sticker sentiment from Recollections
  • heart was cut on my Cricut using the George & Basic Shapes cartridge
Our prize sponsor for this challenge is Bugaboo Stamps.  I hope you will take a few minutes and pay them a visit!  I hope, too, that you will find some time to create something (doesn't have to be a card) using this sketch.  To be eligible for the prize donated by Bugaboo, you can submit your work here.  






Wednesday, May 13, 2015

TAG ALONG CHALLENGE BLOG #89: METALLIC

Years ago, my daughter worked for a roofing company and had the opportunity to buy 5" x 7" pieces of aluminum flashing--but by the dozen.  She and I shared a dozen and over the years I had used one of them on a card.  It took a while, but I was able to find the remaining flashing and decided to make my tag out of metal as opposed to using metal as just one element.  

I used my Sizzix Big Kick to emboss the piece of metal using a Tim Holtz Alterations die called "Eiffel Tower."  I trimmed the embossed piece of metal to the size of #8 tag.  



I began by using a Tim Holtz distress paint dauber and applied "Rusty Hinge" to the entire surface.  Over the top, I added Ranger's patina in Lapis and Verdigris.  



Next, I lightly sanded the raised portions to bring back the metal.


Now, I believe this next step was a chemistry experiment gone bad.  The metal sealer I "painted" over the top as a finish seems to have actually removed much of the color.  



Undaunted, I reached for my alcohol inks in Clover, Stream and Pool along with the blending solution.  I applied these inks and the solution directly to my metal tag, then moved them around by using a blending tool.  It certainly was not the look I had envisioned, but I cannot say that I am unhappy with the result.



I added a bit of ribbon from my stash and called it done.  



I hope you will take some time this week to play along with the Tag Along Challenge Blog "metallic" challenge.  You can do anything you want as long as there is a metal component and it's a tag!  

Thanks for stopping by today and for taking a moment to leave a comment.  Both are appreciated!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

TAG ALONG CHALLENGE BLOG #88: FROGS

The Tag Along Challenge Blog this week is turning our attention to frogs.  I usually think of green and slimy when I think of frogs, but there is a fun and frolicky side to them, too.  It is that second side that I will address in my tag art today!

I recently invited a friend for a playdate in my studio and she came bearing gifts (thanks, Barbara!).  One of the items in my goody bag was a sheet of lime green polka dot tissue paper.  As you will see, it is perfect for my tag.  Here's a pictorial on how the tag came together:






A great tag for my grandson's birthday--with more green stuff attached to the back.  He loved it! 

I hope you will carve out some time this week to do something crafty.  Playing along with the Tag Along challenge would be a fun way to start!  Come on!  Get froggy!



Friday, May 1, 2015

FEELING SKETCHY CHALLENGE BLOG #120

The new challenge at the Feeling Sketchy Challenge Blog is up! Each time I see ribbon in one of the sketches, I must admit to groaning a bit.  You see, I don't "do" ribbons and bows!  If there is a way NOT to use a ribbon and tie a bow, I will find it! But, first, let me share today's super challenge sketch:

Groan!  

One of my New Year's resolutions is to use what I have, and I have...
  • a box of DCWV cards called The Linen Collection
  • white card stock
  • a Cricut and an Elegant Edges cartridge  
  • Melissa Frances' Trinkets & Baubles (pearls)
  • Trim from my stash
  • Recollections foam adhesive mini dots
  • Stampotique Originals' sentiment
Here's my card for this challenge:



I hope you will find some crafty time during May to build up your card stash using this Feeling Sketchy sketch!  Be sure to post what you create on the Feeling Sketchy challenge blog.  It doesn't need to be a card, so bring what you have! You can post it here.

PolkaDoodle is sponsoring the prize for this challenge.  I hope you will pay them a visit!

Happy Spring to most of you; Happy Autumn to my friends "down under!"


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

TAG ALONG CHALLENGE BLOG #87: EGYPTIAN

A new challenge has been posted on the Tag Along Challenge Blog, and it is a doozie! Mandy Chilvers is the owner and author of the Tag Along Challenge Blog, and this week has invited Anne to post the challenge theme.  Anne has chosen "Egyptian!"

Having no Egyptian-themed stamps, the first thing I did was go shopping!  I came up empty at my local scrap store, at Michael's, at Jo-Ann's, even at Hobby Lobby.  I did manage to pick up a few things at each store, however, so the trips were not wasted!  Ha!  I was finally successful when I went to my stack of magazines and found the image I have used on the cover (and inside) of the National Geographic from October of 2002!

I used a Ranger #10 tag and adhered my image to it.  I also punched out circles from other patterned bits from the same article, then mounted them on scalloped black cardstock.  I cut these in half, then adhered them to the left side and bottom edge of my tag to create a border.  I was definitely still at a loss as to what to use for a sentiment or quote.  Everything I found was just way to serious--until I found one by Mark Twain.  Take a look:


Thanks, Anne, for what ended up being a super fun challenge this week!  

I hope you will find some time this week to join us at the Tag Along Challenge Blog.  Thanks for your visit and for your comments.  Both are important to me!

Friday, April 24, 2015

12 TAGS OF 2015: APRIL

I decided to play along with Tim Holtz again this month and have made my April tag.  I found it not nearly as exciting as the March tag, but I do like it and was able to use two of my neglected Stampotique stamps, Sunflower Large and Sunflower Medium.  I probably had about half of the recommended supplies from Tim's list and improvised on the second half.

I hope you like it:


Thanks for coming by today and for your comment!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

TAG ALONG BLOG CHALLENGE #86: IT'S A GIRL THING!

This week's Tag Along Challenge Blog is hosted by Audrey, and her challenge is "It's a Girl Thing!"  You already know that I am not a frills and lace kind of girl, so, indeed, this was a challenge for me.  I had, however, recently purchased a stamp set by Unity called "Be Amazing," which is kind of "girly," so I decided to use that.


The background was created on Ranger specialty paper using re-inkers and alcohol.  You can see Wendy Vecci's tutorial using this technique here.  Both the image and the sentiment came from the same Unity stamp set (above).  The lace fringe is from Prima.  I used Sharpies to color the flowers and leaves of the young woman's tattoo.  A bit of ribbon from my stash and done!

I hope you will take some time this week to create a tag for this challenge.  You can interpret this challenge any way you like, as long as it's on a tag!

I appreciate both your visit and your comment.  Both are appreciated.