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December 25th, 2013

tag with reindeer and holly theme This is one of two tags that I made for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind. The theme was Reindeer and Holly.  We were also supposed to use a background that involved reinkers and a spry mist bottle. We were permitted to use a substitute product if we did not have reinkers on hand.
Since I do not own any reinkers, I opted to use Tattered Rose Distress Ink and a spray mister bottle.

The results was a subtle rose coloured background. I rubbed some extra colour along the borders.

I was in the mood for humor and I thought of the song, Grandma got Run Over by a Reindeer.

Instead of Grandma, I went with Grandpa. I had a vintage picture of a gentleman, which I believe had been on a Tim Holtz paper.

The frame is a stamped image that I heat embossed using a pale pink Distress powder. It is applied with 3D tape for dimension.

The reindeer and the holly are both made with stamps. The red berries and the red nose are glitter glue. The text is computer generated.

Finally, the row of holly along the bottom was cut from some scrap paper in my stash.

I added a length of red and cream coloured string for hanging.

December 22nd, 2013

christmas card with steampunk tree This steampunk Christmas card is my favorite one for this year.

The steampunk holiday tree stamp is by Inkadinkadoo. I heat embossed it using silver embossing powder.

The background is blueish-green card stock which I have dry embossed using the clock embossing folder from Tim Holtz. I did some heat embossing around the edges using the silver powder.

The tag is cut with a punch, and is stamped and heat embossed with a stamp from Quietfire Deisgn. The stamped sentiment reads,”Christmas waves a magic wand over this world and behold, everything is soft and more beautiful– by Norman Vincent Peale.”

Other little doo dads added include a  silver coloured charm, a rhinestone bead, and blue and cream colored string.

December 16th, 2013

front of tag calendar book
inside of tag calendar book
back of tag calendar book
cat looking at tag calendar book

My ragdoll cat, el Gordo, appreciates my tag book calendar. I made this project for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind, in December of 2013.

The calendar was swapped. The cat stayed with me.

I used a square of scrapbook paper that had 12 calendar pages. The pages were blank, so I used a marking pencil to write in the days and the year.

On the front, the year 2014 is made with stickers. The vintage girl is cut from scrapbook paper and the swirls are stamped images.

The pages are tags, although a little on the wide side. I punched holes on the top and fastened the book together with a binder ring. There are six double sided pages, plus a front and back cover.

November 5th, 2013

tag with Paris theme This is the second tag I made with the theme of Paris. This time, I did something a little different.

I used a couple of free images made available on Graphics Fairy Blog. One image is of a Parisienne lady in dance costume. The second image, above and framed, is of four red necked young males.

The text reads, “It’s hard to keep them down home on the farm…“.

I added a small tag as an embellishment, with a French theme and attached it with blue fibre.  I also put a row of blue rhinestones along the edge of the femme.



July 21st, 2013

grunge tag with distressed metal flowers This grunge tag with distressed metal flowers was for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind.

I used a standard shipping tag and coloured it green with one of the Rangers distress inks.

To give it the grunge look, I mixed together two or three colours of embossing powders and applied them using a background stamp, watermark ink and a heat gun.

I did the same thing on the metal flowers. The flowers were received as a RAK. I believe they are made from tin foil and a TH Tattered Floral die.

For embellishments, I added a metallic button with copper dangly wires and some ordinary paper clips that I had coated with the mixture of embossing powders that I used for the tag itself.

Some fibre and a metallic button finished the look.

May 26th, 2013

tag with crackle background This is the second tag that I made with a crackle background.

I cut a tag shape out of a light cardboard, such as a cereal box.

First, I painted the tag green, using Acrylic craft paint. When that was dry, I applied a layer of crackle medium.  When the medium reached the tacky stage, I painted over top with a muslin coloured acrylic paint. You can see the results here.

I decorated with a metallic frame found in my stash. Inside the frame is a square of scrapbook paper, and the words, “My Art”.

Some white lace, a metallic brad and some matching green fiber finished the tag off.

May 21st, 2013

This tag with its crackle background was designed for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind.

I made the tag from some light weight card board.

I painted the tag a salmon colour and allowed that to dry. Then, I applied a crackle medium and when that was tacky, I applied the second layer of paint. I chose a cream colour for the second layer. It crackled as shown.

I decorated with some scrapbook paper that matched the colours, and also with a ticket embellishment from my stash.

Beads strung on wire completed the project, along with a small metallic circular thing that probably came from a plumbing store at one point.


April 10th, 2013

green and gold tag I made this green and gold tag for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind swap group. The theme was “Green and Gold”.

I used green Bazzill card stock for the tag itself.

The vintage child is cut from scrapbook paper and bordered with gold elastic ribbon.

I centered the image on green Mulberry paper, which I then shredded with water and my fingers.

I cut a small mini tag and covered it with gold mesh and a gold metal leaf shape. I trimmed this with green rick rack and also used the rickrack to make a tie for hanging.  I attached the mini tag to the rickrack using a small green and gold safety pin.

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February 19th, 2013

art tag with stained, embossed background This art tag is made for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind swap group.

The theme of the tag was to make a tag that incorporated staining and dry embossing.

I made the tag itself out of a delicate peachy colored card stock.

The top layer is glossy card stock onto which I brayered various colors of dye inks.

When the inks were dry, I stamped two stamps. The white background stamp is by Stampers Anonymous. The face stamp is by Stampabilities.

At that point, I put the glossy card stock through the Big Shot using the Mary Anne embossing folder.

I trimmed with yellow-gold fibre and three blue buttons.

February 18th, 2013

tag with staining and dry embossing This monochromatic green tag is stained with green and  blue Distress Ink. The background is stamped in dark blue with a stamp from Stampers Anonymous. The word LAUGHTER is a Hero Arts stamp.

The entire tag is dry embossed using a Rose embossing folder and the Big Shot.

I have entered this tag in the Playing in Paradise Challenge #104.  The challenge requires you to use something that glitters.

I have added some paper flowers, in green, and used a large coloured rhinestone as the centerpiece for the flowers. It doesn’t glitter much in the picture but it glitters brilliantly in “real life”.

I have also added some organza ribbon in a very pale green.

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