Monday, October 29, 2012

Pearls of wisdom...

Hello again fellow Blogodians and welcome to my regular Monday post for Simon Says Stamp & Show! The world keeps turning, Ruby's nappies need changing and Monday is here again... Three things I'm sure of at the moment if nothing else and I have only got glittery pearls of wisdom to share today. This week's challenge theme is all about Pearls and that can take you down many a road.
The weather has become decidedly dark and dreary so I thought a bright tag and a touch of the shiny stuff would be a good start to the week. Like me, you probably have a few pots of Perfect Pearls lurking in your stash. I always forget how they can add such a great effect to so many projects. I really need to dig them out more often!
I'm not usually one for lots of sparkle but I remembered my great 'bubbly circle' stamp by Wendy Vecchi and thought it would look cool in shades of blue. Even on a tag I love to create dimension so I plucked an Art Part flower and my paint and set to work. Just one flower can really perk up a tag or a card and they are so quick and easy to paint or colour.
Here I used yellow and white paint on the flower and Distress Stain on the stem. Job done! My background tag had been coloured with Distress Stains, then dried thoroughty before stamping the circles in embossing ink. You must dry well beforehand so that the Perfect Pearls powder will only adhere to the stamping and not the whole tag.
I followed with the stamping of the letters and flowers in Cobalt Archival ink...yes, more Wendy goodies and then I added the stitching and distressing the edges. I used the same stamps on the bigger tag with a touch of Vermilion Archival ink for contrast.
The butterflies are created by stamping onto Grungepaper, cutting out and then applying a rough coat of gesso. I over-stamped the dots and edged them in Distress ink. I just wanted the shape of the butterfly and like to do this with a lot of my other stamps when the outline is simple...get more mileage out of your stash! I layered it all up added some rustic string and touches of Idea-ology before finishing off with my stamped thought for the day!

I might end up mounting it onto a card base (if I ever find time...) as I think it would make a great greeting card... and I really need to do something with all those tags. Know what I mean????
Anyway, that's my creation for today. Please hop over to Simon says Stamp & Show Design Team Blog and see all the fabulous ideas my teamies came up with. Then start on your own beauty, link it up and make a play for this oh so generous prize!!!
Hasta...uhm...whenever!
Sarah.

19 comments:

Helen said...

This is just gorgeous!! Hope you find time to fix it to a card. I have the same trouble with my tags too...!!

maria f. said...

Bright and fun and love the circles in the BG and those adorable butterflies.

wendy vecchi said...

this looks FAB!
love the colors you chose!
wendy

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Hi Sarah, hope you, Ruby and the family are keeping well. I always love love your use of colour Sarah, you always achieve such a great depth of colour. Love the dimension from your vibrant flower. Love the circles in the background and your added stitching. A beauty. Tracy x

Candy C said...

Sarah, your tag is beautiful! It would definitely brighten up any dark and dreary day! Love your design and all of the wonderful Wendy elements you've incorporated on it! Give that sweet little Ruby a kiss for me. <3 Candy

Annie said...

Stunning tag Sarah love the colours

Hugs Annie x

Claudine C. said...

Love, Love, Love this tag!! It's colors are amazing and I love the Wendy Vecchi touches. Thank you for the inspiration for the next SSS and Show challenge!!

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Very very beautiful Sarah.
Love the bright colors and every detail on it very much.

Greetings Janny

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Beautiful tag, Sarah! I love the stitching and the bright bold colors!

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp

Anita Houston said...

I love this Sarah..more Parts!!! Fab color and I can see hints of sheen! Love the tag on tag!!!

NathOuest said...

bright colors for this tag , I like that !

butterfly said...

Wow - the sunflower really pops against the ocean blues... what a wonderful layered tag - love the stitching too!
Alison x

Kate said...

Such a lovely burst of color! Love that flower and those butterflies. That background is awesome! Beautiful! Many wishes that Ruby's naptime becomes more consistant.
Kate

soapHOUSEmama said...

love this and the colors!

Sandra said...

Really beautiful tag! Love the bright bold colors! The sentiment is wonderful! Hugs, Sandra

Samantha Elliott said...

Gorgeous tag there Sarah. So bright and cheerful which is something we need in these dark dreary days.
Hugs to you and Ruby
xx

Tracey said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this bright and cheerful tag!!! I so know what you mean by the tags :)

Sophie said...

Ich bin zurück, und kann endlich wieder deine wunderschönen Werke bewundern.
Du machst traumhafte Sachen, ich bin mal wieder total begeistert.

Liebe Grüße

Kim Dellow said...

Totally love! Gorgeous colours :) kxx