Monday, May 30, 2011

Tagalicious Tuesday

This tag I guess qualifies for "steampunk" as a theme--I liked the quote (from Tim Holtz stamp set) and I think the images illustrate. I like to think of the Tennyson poem "Flower in a Crannied Wall" as I am adding images of all the metal and "confining" materials that structure our world. In this tag neither the bird nor the flowers can be confined, as our spirits and dreams cannot be confined. However, our physical world is dependent on technology and therefore, gears and metal and enclosures must exist as a substrate for building toward our dreams and hopes, which always remain spiritual and heaven-reaching.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Tagalicious Tuesday

I kind of like this little tag, after all the trouble it caused me (sigh!). You can see the little squares still trying to lift up, even after I've adhered them twice with two different adhesives. That's the Distress Crackle paint, rock candy. It does give a really nice shimmery look, though. I made the inchies with Hero Arts set Antique Engravings, some Marvy ink and a text stamp from Hero. I then carried out the "square" idea by using the Japanese newspaper print paper, which I embellished further with tiny punched squares of inchies I didn't use on the tag--who would have thought that inchies could be used as a "parent" sheet!
The other tag for Tagalicious Tuesday will have to wait to be posted when I get a better picture--too many shiny objects (it's crowns, and I used every shiny thing I could find in my craft room!)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Tagalicious Tuesday

Hello, friend! I thought I'd share some pretty flowers on a tag with you today! Now where did you see something like this, I wonder? Yes, check the back cover of the Hero Arts 2011 Spring catalog and you will see my inspiration for this project. Simple stamping with Clearsnap chalk inks (except for the lime--my chalk lime "died" so I used pigment lime instead.) I love this shabby chic look! The paper is from the "Sweet Threads" paper pad from Basic Grey. Participants in the tag class will choose a paper from the collection to use for the background and the "applique" flower. So many to choose from! And they all look like antique fabric!

This tag features fairies, the second fairy card in our tag card series. This tag was achieved with multiple steps, beginning with inking and misting, then adding a laminate transfer of a Graphic 45 postcard, and it goes from there! The glass slide uses the "ghosting" technique with Ranger archival ink. The side stamping on the card uses Psychedelic embossing powder from Judikins, which really shines on the black pigment ink. And thank you, Ruth, for the lovely ribbon embellishment! It is perfect for this tag.

Friday, May 6, 2011

I love inchies! Well, these are actually 1 1/4" square, because they fit the card better. But still, they are fun! I got the idea for this card after making the little bird tag card, in the post below. I am presenting this card at Card Factory this Saturday at Stamp Antonio, along with some others. I really like the look of colored pencil on kraft paper, and I hope each participant will embellish her "inchies" in her own personal manner.
It is of course better always to use a punch for repeated shapes, so they are all perfect, but I knew I would wear out my punch for this many squares (24 signed up for class!) So instead, I wore out my arm using my Cutterpede! Actually, I did break a punch trying to punch the square out of heavy corrugated paper. Look closely and you can see some of the squares are made from the new Tim Holtz Kraft Resist paper. I am really liking this paper! I am looking forward to class--I hope everyone has a good time. I know I will!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Tagalicious Tuesday

I call this tag "Memory Garden". The background is the stamp "kissing" method using a solid flower stamp. I wanted this to be a Mother's Day tag so I incorporated a picture of me and my mom (many years ago of course!) into a fragment charm. (Do they still make these?) I also used a bit of tissue tape, a flower punch, and some old, old buttons. I kind of like, how about you?