Thursday, January 26, 2012

I'll Be Watching You...

I should be be doing a bit of house-wifey stuff but sometimes a creative diversion is just too good to resist. I really fancied joining in with a couple of challenges, just for my own arty(ish) fun and rustled up a tag for both Linda's Grungy Monday and Sunday Stampers from Hels. 

Linda asked us to get cracking with crackle resist, all explained by Mr. H here and over at Hel's it's all about the windows of the soul, the eyes! For some reason I could feel the blues calling me, so I went for a shabby pallet throwing in the darker tones. I swooshed on Weathered Wood Crackle Paint, dried, and then rough strokes with my Pool Dabber for the background.
I over-stamped my tag with various Wendy Vecchi stamps, gave it a good inking with Weathered Wood, Brushed Corduroy and touches of Black Soot inks before distressing the edges and adding some machine stitching. Then I went for some Wendy leaves and flowers, Grungy stylie, made from old French book pages and given a good crumpling!


The eyeful damsel is from Art it For a Queen and I thought her lovely gaze would look good set in an Idea-ology Book Plate which has been coated in layers of UTEE and Alcohol Inks. I stapled a strip of vintage ruler behind and then added wire thread and a button.
I always like to add a few words and these few taken from a longer sentiment and stamped onto a Mica scrap seemed to fit the mood perfectly. All in all, a bit quirky but I do rather kind of like her!
Sometimes it's good to just sit, create and let things happen - and then just let them be what they are! So that's my crafty philosophy...well, for this week. Back to reality and alas, onto the washing up! Thanks for taking a peek. Sarah.

15 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Lovely tag with some of my favourite things, lace, flowers, book pages,leaves, and umbellifers - perfect :) Elizabeth x

Barbara said...

This tag is just gorgeous. Definitely pinning this one on Pinterest. Thanks for Sharing! (from ATT group)

Hels Sheridan said...

well I reckon you should give up the housework all the time Sarah, this is totes-amazeballs... LOVE that face in the Ornate Plate... how clever.. and all the elements look fabulous! thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper... have a great rest of the week x

Sue said...

Love your philosophy Sarah, this card has a touch Grunge, but the blue palette give it a warmth that is unexpected. I love the touch of Shabby too along with your elements which create interest and dimension, a gorgeous piece of work.
Smiles:)

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Wonderful tag.

Heidi said...

This is a great tag! I like the wim (Wendy/Tim ) style!

Marjie Kemper said...

Unbelievably beautiful! LOVE your color pallette and how inspired to put the lovely gal's face peeking out from Tim's ornate plate! (Which btw, you've altered magically). Love this!

Stephanie said...

That tag is absolutely gorgeous! And to top it off, anything blue is wonderful for me.

Anita Houston said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! Color, detail, amazing!

Claudine C. said...

The color is great! and the flowers, gorg!! This is just amazing!!

bohemiannie! art said...

Absolutely gorgeous...and those dust bunnies will be there when you get to them.

Wanda H said...

A fabulous tag!!!!

Gillian .... said...

The colour & design is amazing Sarah, you MUST give up the domestic goddess duties immediately. x

Minxy said...

As always your work is first class, and it gets extra marks from me today as its in my fav colours

Sam said...

Beautiful Darling and Crafting is better than housework any day! Especially when you create something like this gorgeous piece. The dust will still be there when the craftwork is finished ey!!