Friday, June 24, 2011

Metamorphosis...

Hello again,
Time is sure racing along, but I am a happy lady when the weekend rolls in. Especially when I've done all the housework, finished my DT project, new stash has arrived, watched Glee and can lounge at leisure in Blogdom.

I'm still enjoying the ride over at Grungy Monday. Week 12! What does a lass do with 52 tags at the end of the year??? Methinks I must consult Hels Sheridan on that one. This week we delve into paint and resist techniques on show here by the fair and dapper Timotheus Holtz. I originally planned some wild colours and no butterflies but my musings had other plans. I choose vivid Cosmo Cricket paper, rusty paint and the Grunge Alphabet stamp. I've opted for a more distressed version of the technique to allow the paper to show through more and I'm really liking the results.

I stamped just one of the moths from the Papillon set, even snipping around the antenna (OCD of the scissor kind) and layered it up with a paper lace scrap onto a stitched mini-tag - also stamped with the Alphabet in black. I used a chain scrap from a candy tin to hang the tag, ran a paper strip through my Dynamo embossing the word metamorphosis and added Distress ink for extra emphasis. It's a great idea as the Dynamo tape can look a bit too glossy. I thought some black lace worked well with the tag too by adding a touch of black glamour.

I made my flower using a brad and patterns cut from the design paper. It looked a bit too modern at first, but sorted that with ink, distressing and some therapeutic scrunching. Now I really like it and feel like hacking into all my flowery papers! Didn't go for the pocket but decided on more black machine stitching, antique gold ribbon and a rusty ribbon holder. The tag edges needed some roughing up, along with a liberal dose of Black Soot, swooshes of Viva Gold and some rusty staples to finish things off. Not at all what I thought I might do, but a tag that created itself very easily.

That's me all done. I'm having a day off from creating tomorrow. I've been married to my best friend for 14 years, so we're off on a Steam Train! Do wave if you see us chug by...

Happy Weekending!
Sarah.

18 comments:

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Lovely lovely tag, great background, the technique worked beautifully. Tracy x

minnie_mac said...

Great tag. Love the way you've allowed more of the paper to show through. Fab embellies.

Marilyn

Debbie said...

Oh WOW Sarah! This is gorgeous! I LOVE the colours! Great technique and love all the doodads!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Gorgeous tag. I love the bright background and the little bits you have attached.

Lisa Somerville said...

Beautiful tag - love your colors!

craftytrog said...

Wonderful rusty grungyness Sarah! What a perfect stamp to use too!
Alison x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Fantastic tag, love the colors and all the wondeful elements.

Peggy Alborn said...

Not only the colors, but the theme really grabs me with this one! I love it!

art-from-the-heart said...

So very beautiful. I love the colors, the stitching and all the techniques you used on this tag. Gorgeous!

Crafty Chick Designs said...

The shades on the background are wonderful. I had to study it for a while before I realized that it was an alpha stamp! Your butterfly is fantastic, too. I love it when art has a mind of it's own & leads the creation! Beautiful.

Debbie C

PsyPenguin said...

Beautiful tag! I love the bright background colours and the mini tag with the butterfly on. x

Kathy Eddy said...

Oh my, this is the most gorgeous piece I have seen yet! Wow, look at the colors! Amazing piece!

Gabrielle said...

Loved this! The colours and embellishments etc are really gorgeous! Hope you had fun on the steam train! It's our 14th anniversary this year too - knowing my luck I'll just get to go to Sainsburys!!!

papillon said...

wow, i love your colorfull interpretation of Lord Tim's technique! and that butterfly is a very nice touch! yummi!

Sam said...

This is gorgeous! I have had new goodies this week - the TH butterfly stamps as I had some pennies from my mum in law for my birthday!!
Happy Anniversary tomorrow - I always say I married by best friend!!
Looking forward to 1 July!!
Hugs
xx

The Craft Cupboard Under the Stairs said...

Sarah - beautiful as always. Your details are inspiring. Congratulations on you anniversary! I'l bet the train was wonderful

Linda R. said...

Oh WOW your tag is wonderful.. Your details are perfect..

Juls said...

gorgeous!! Love the dimension and colours!!! Hugs juls