Thursday, October 29, 2015

Last two tags!

Thanks to all who are looking at these posts!
I had fun creating these tags for my girlfriend Judith for her birthday this past July and I hope you've enjoyed seeing how I created them. 
November and December needed to be created custom as these months have come up yet as part of the tag swap I am a part of at a local stamp store.

We both like Tim Holtz and the Steampunk style so I attempted this look for November:
A Hancock Park Prima tag was used as the base. I then stamped the Cornish Heritage Farms 6x6 Newspaper Ads background with Stampin' Up Basic Brown ink.

I gathered all the steampunk stuff I've been hording and started with  an old watch part glued down on Tim Holtz Components Camera Collage and then accented with Tim's Ideaology Film Strip Ribbon.

This bulb from Prima Junkyard Findings was glues down on the top right.

Add in a couple gears, word band and Ruler tape from Tim Holtz...

And finish it off with a piece of vintage sewing measuring tape!

December's tag was not photo documented.  Sorry!
  • I stamped this adorable image from Crafter's Companion on the tags and also on a large sticky note to create a mask.
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang Caribbean Blue was sprayed to make the sky once the image was masked
  • I ran the tag through a snowflake embossing folder then sanded the raised edges a bit to make them more visible
  • The image was coloured in using regular markers and accented by stickles for the snowflakes
  • The quote is from Ranger Dylusions Christmas Words (DMR35831) stamped out and individually cut out then pop dotted to give more dimension.
Now maybe YOU can go and make something similar for a nice Christmas/Hanukka gift or stocking stuffer?

Sunday, October 25, 2015

September and October Tags

Almost there!

The September tag I sent Judith was the swap tag I created for June.  I posted the step by step here.

The October tag was created for Judith's love of butterflies. I am embarrassed to say I hadn't used this stamp before this project and I bought it 10 years ago! 
  • I stamped this image from Heather's Stampers Haven and coloured it in with Wink of Luna and Wink of Stella pens by Tsukineko. 
  • Dollar store adhesive pearls were added along the body of the butterflies. 
  • The quote plaque is an old one from my stash and was sold by Making Memories I think.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

July and August Tags

Hi there!

Half way there now!
Mu girlfriend's birthday is in July and we are both crafty ladies.  I tried this year to make her something for her birthday that might be useful and decorative... a tag a month on a ring she could display.  Here is July and August:
I've always like the collage look and decided to do so with the July tag.  I went through all my Canadian themed stamps and played around until I came to this combination:
I used Stampin' Up Cranberry Crisp to stamp all the images on the background:
Then I stamped High Hopes Rubber Stamps Mountie, colored him in with watercolour crayons and fussy cut him out.  Finished off the look with white twill tape I had stamped with StazOn Blazing Red and a maple leaf wheel (I cannot remember the maker)
The August tag was also made as part of the monthly tag swap but Judith was it's inspiration.  Paper piecing was the name of the game for this tag :) I stamped the Prima Mermaid doll on several pieces of paper: orange/red for her hair, green washi paper for she shimmery skin, Best Creations Pear Gem Glitter cardstock for her tail. StazOn black ink was used.
Once all cut out, I pieced the doll together.  Wink of Luna Gold pen was used to fill in her bra and her hairband.
The tag was embossed with a Spellbinders MBossabilities Reversible folder: Sea Beauty then rubbed over with metallic blue, green and silver Gelatos.  The 'seaweed' is Rangers Dylusions doodle parts stamped then sprayed with Tattered Angels Turquoise Blue Glimmer Mist and cut out.
The finishing touch is a Magenta quote stamped on a Vertigo Taffeta sheet by Imagine Crafts.
Whew!  This was a long one!  Hope I didn't lose you!


Sunday, October 18, 2015

May and June Tags

Nín hǎo!

In recognising my fellow oriental stamp artists on OSA, translation is Hello!
Here's the next two tags for your enjoyment!

May was part of the tag sap at the local store:
  • I used the Rose tag from the Hancock Park stack for a background
  • The Magenta May Flowers Irish Blessing (C07.476.L) was stamped on pink scrap paper and cut out using my Spellbinder Labels die.  The larger die from the same set was used for the gray mat.
  • The rest is stickers left over from doing my wedding scrapbook album 21 years ago! They are Heritage Tints Stickers and Borders from Me + My Big Ideas.  (HSR-03 & HBR-03)  I guess they're still classic looking as I still see them from time to time in stores!
June was made JUST for Judith:
  • Just a plain Prima tag was used- cannot remember the stack name
  • I used my different Asian coin stamps all over the background
  • I cut a piece of oriental washi paper as a large mat for my panda image
  • I believe the panda image and happiness kanji are both by Art Neko. 
  • The white parts of the panda were coloured in with a white out pen!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

More year round tags!

Hi there!

So as promised, here are two more of the tags I sent to my girlfriend for her birthday in July:

All these tags are using the Prima printed tags sold in stacks of about 40.
  • Used an Aquarelle green tag as the base and stamped the tag with the Magenta Clocks Stamp (C95.255.R) in Timber Brown StazOn Ink. 
  • Layered the Crafters Workshop Script stencil on the diagonal and sprayed with Tsukineko Eucalyptus Walnut Ink
  • Cut two of the Cheery Lynn Designs Hearts 'n Gears die and trimmed the hearts off.  One green brad placed through the bottom of the hearts and into the tag held them in place.
  • The greeting in from Heathers Stamping Haven 'I wish for you...' (CHS#193G)
  • Used an Aquarelle yellow tag for the base and punched the bottom with the Martha Stewart Large Flower border punch.
  • The tag was run through my newest toy: Cut N' Boss with its Herringbone embossing folder.
  • I ran a Butterscotch Adirondack pad over the raised portions to emphasise the pattern.
  • The egg is cut using Spellbinders Filigree Egg die
  • The top tag is also by Spellbinders: Fancy Tags
  • 'Happy Easter' is an old stamp by Stampin' Up and the bunny is Harvy Hare by Comotion Rubber Stamps

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Where is she?

One of the annoying things about being creative is that once in a while you lose your mojo, your ambition, your courage... Big changes tend to do that to me and I haven't been motivated much lately.  I finally sat down to checking my Bloglovin account and getting caught up and noticed a few that are no longer posting for various reasons and decided to unfollow them.  Then I realised Hey!  That could be me!  I do love to share and blog and this epiphany was the kick in the pants I needed.  Thank you to the ladies I do follow!

So Here is a project I completed at the end of June for a girlfriend I care for very much.
I have been participating in a tag challenge at a local store this year and some of the tags were sent to my girlfriend as a birthday present.  I created some more to add to them and made a year round hanging decoration...  Here are the January and February tags:
The February tag was described in my post here.
The January tag was truly made just for her...

I started with a spraying ink through a snowflake stencil.  Let dry.
Took a second stencil and used clear embossing paste over top the first pattern. Let dry.
StazOn ink was used to stamp the greeting in the bottom right.
I stamped two copies of the mandala image by Outlines Rubber Stamps in StazOn and accented with silver pen.  I cut off the last three layers off one stamped image then layered the rest at an angle over a whole mandala.  I then took the cut off edges, flipped them and attached to the outside edge to look more snowflake-like. I used pop dots to adhere the centre portion.

I'll be posting more of her tags in the next couple weeks.
Hope you enjoy and hope you still wish to follow me!
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