Monday, August 13, 2012

A bit of what you fancy...!

Well, that sounds like a good thing on a Monday morning. A bit of what you fancy! I just don't know where the week went to. One hundred nappies, seven sleepless nights and a few gold medals later and here we are again. It's time for the new challenge theme over at Simon Says Stamp & Show! We're indulging in our favourite techniques and so can you! So you just have to join in the fun this week. l found it hard to pin it down one fave so I created a tag where I could revel in the joys of Grungy blues, flowers and metal. Those three always make me happy.
I love Weathered Wood Distress Ink, so I created my background using Tim's rusted enamel technique which always produces a great effect. I also used a bit of Broken China too. Just make sure your ink pad is nice and juicy when inking up your tag before you scatter on the embossing powder so it can cling well to the ink. Also use ordinary embossing powder, not extra fine or thick for the best result and texture.
I edged my tag with Walnut Stain and also added stitching around the edges which I do a lot, I know, but I can't resist! My Grungepaper roses are created used the great die from Paper Artsy. I used three flowers for each rose. I cut them out, inked them up in Weathered Wood and then thought a few dots would give a bit of texture so I embossed them with this dotty folder. Then I lightly swiped the surface and edges with my blending tool which had a little Walnut Stain left on it.

I also cut three Grungepaper leaves which are similar to these dies. You can never have enough flower and leaf dies! Whilst the flowers were drying I went digging in my Idea-ology tray and found some ball chain, a number and my Chit Chat stickers and thought of the Three Little Wishes idea. The wishes was stamped with my ever faithful peg stamps. I bashed up the number a little and added drops of pool and Espresso Alcohol ink to give it that aged look.
l hand stitched the chain at the top and bottom to secure it to the tag and glued the roses on top with Glossy Accents to really cement it in place! I felt the tag was still a bit under-dressed so I added a bit more Idea-ology with a clip, swivel clasp and muse token to the side.
There was a lone die-cut butterfly on my desk from last weeks project so I thought I would give it a good home after a bit of ink and Rock Candy Crackle paint! Then, I knew I was done...

So there you go - a bit of this and that and all of it on a tag. I hope you feel inspired to get busy and crafty with your favourite goodies and techniques,.. and then show them off over at the Design Team Blog. We're on the look for the Top Three Artists and there is a fabulous $50 prize to be won. So come on - off you go!
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN CALLING BY! I am still very, very busy indeed as a new mum, so I'm not around so much at the moment. But I'm getting there slowly, Ruby is doing brilliantly and these fingers are itching to get going again... Until we meet again!
Sarah.

39 comments:

Chris Arlington said...

A girl after my own heart ! I just love everything about this, the colour, texture, flowers and bling. All my fave.

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...Sarah this is just awesome, from start to finish this tag gets a gold medal from me...Mel :)

Julia S-W said...

Just beautiful Sarah. The flowers are divine and the colour totally yummy. I love the ' 3 little wishes' sentiment.
Juliax

Anna-Karin said...

Beautiful tag and sentiment! I love the weathered wood ink too. Wonderful details and techniques.

Alie said...

What a great tag Sarah! The flowers are so amazing as well as the other details!

greetings, Alie :-)

Peggy Parker said...

Absolutely lovely, Sarah! And my favorite colors - shades of blue!

Suzanne C said...

I had to chuckle at your description of motherhood for a baby.. It feels like the lack of sleep multiplies the number of diapers being changed. All is forgotten when the baby snuggles with you. :) Gorgeous patina finish to your tag. Beautiful blues and grays mixed with the metals. Lovely!

Kate said...

my favorite color!! I love it! Those flowers are gorgeous as well. The whole thing is wonderful!
Kate

Michelle Gregory said...

the roses are lovely.

Candy C said...

Love your tag, Sarah. I always love Tim's rusted enamel technique. Your tag background looks amazing! I also love the layers and stitching! Love the flower and other embellishments, too! <3 Candy

Lori said...

Beautiful tag Sarah, I love blue, so.. I love it! lol! Glad life is going well for you and your little Ruby...don't know how you make time for art, but I'm glad you do!

france papillon said...

that's gorgeous: the colors, the embellishments you combined, the flowers... wow! you never fail to impress me!
xoxo france

Kaz said...

Totally gorgeous, colours are soooo vibrant love xox
Have yourself a great break and I will be in touch very soon xxx
Kaz

Redanne said...

Loving the look of that rusted enamel technique Sarah and the colours you have achieved on this brilliant tag are just gorgeous. Take care. A x

Twiglet said...

Beautiful - lovely rich colours. Glad Ruby is doing well! x Jo

Sandra said...

Oh my, what a yummie tag! I'm so loving the blue (it's my fav color), and those grungy flowers look amazing! The enamal background is stunning! Hugs, Sandra

Netty said...

wow this is a fabulous creation from start to finish, x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

The colour on your tag is stunning Sarah, very striking when combined with stitching, dimensional flowers and aged metal. This is one gorgeous tag beautifully put together. Tracy x

butterfly said...

Scrumptious! Bluesy metals are just a great combination - your number 3 is just gorgeous! Wonderful, wonderful tag!
Alison x

Samantha Elliott said...

Oooo! Liking this one Sarah. But what don't I like of yours ey!
The colours are gorgeous and those flowers are exquisite.
xxx

Rebecca said...

This 'spoke' to me today, lovely work :)
Happy craftin
Rebecca

Anita Houston said...

Fab monochromatic color! Love your florals!!! What a super gorgeous tag!!!

soapHOUSEmama said...

complete gorgeousness!

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Wowwwwwwwwww awhat a beautiful tag and i love the color.

Very very nice and love it.

Greetings Janny

bastelengel said...

Absolutely amazing! I love the color and it's fantastic how you worked out all the details of this tag. Thanks for sharing!
Eva

JoZart said...

You are excelling as a newbie Mum and as a crafter too. It's amazing that you fit it all in and sooooo well!
Love JoZarty x

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Stunning tag, Sarah! I just really love these beautiful blue polka dot embossed roses!!

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Terry said...

Hey there Sarah, amazingly made as allways sweetie, love your beautifull color and your roses mmmm complete yummieness wow Hugs Terry xxx

butlersabroad said...

Just beautiful Sarah and I'm so happy to see that you're creating again. Haven't seen you at WOYWW for a couple of weeks so I've just popped in to see how you're doing!! And the little one of course, hope all is well.

Hugs
Brenda

Marjie Kemper said...

Ooooooh... Ms Mojo's Rising!!!!! Hooray and so glad you were able to get inky and grungy again. Hugs to you and Miss Ruby. This tag is divine!

toni said...

Absolutely gorgeous tag love all the. Different elements and techniques, i'm asking myself why i haven't got that glorious weathered wood DI , Iwill have to do something about that! Glad to hear Ruby is doing really well She'll soon have. Inky fingers x

Judy Cantrell said...

Sarah, this is gorgeous!!!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I really like the strong monochromatic scheme and all the detailing in your tag. Blessings!

Cathy said...

This is beautiful! I love the colours and hadn't heard of the technique you used so will definitely be trying it! Thankyou :)

Tone M. said...

WOW rally and truly beautiful

Sophie said...

Ein Traum von einem Tag.
Dieses herrliche Blau!
Ich bin entzückt...
und nun dein großer Fan :-)

Liebe Grüße

Juls said...

Hi Sarah


I have been M.I.A in blogland recently, so I am on a major catch up. Hopefully life has settled down a little now and I can be a more regular visitor. I have enjoyed having a good look round your blog to check out all that I have missed. You have so many gorgeous creations here thanks for all your inspirations!

Hugs Juls

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Stunning work, love this creation, the colours & textures. Found your blog through another bloggers link to a photo on Pinterest. (very round-about). Anyway, love your creations, will become a follower. Greetings, Shirleyx

die amelie said...

Well... I see...I have to become a follower too ;)

So many awesome projects to find at your site, Sarah!!!

Hugs,
die amelie xx