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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Back to crafting!

Hello and good morning!

The Great Fall Garden Cleanup is finally over and I can get back to normal and back to crafting, especially playing in paper and glitter!  Yippee!  And no more worrying about the garden for at least 3 more months, though that doesn't include starting hundreds of annuals from seed in January.  That doesn't take days, though, so it doesn't count.

Today's card isn't a card at all, it's a gift tag.  There are challenges out in blogland which frequently feature tags as their theme - either gift tags themselves or tags on cards.  I've never really made a gift tag per se, and time was limited yesterday, so I decided to make a tag rather than a card since it was so late in the day, figuring I could knock a tag out in less than an hour.  NOT.  But it was still quicker than my typical cards, and very fun.  AND...if I choose to make any more like it, I'll know what I'm doing and they WILL go more quickly.  That being said, here 'tis.

It's a simple tag, really, but it still has layers and bling.  I made it out of two layers of cereal box die cut with a tag die, glued together, then painted with Ivory Creative Inspirations paints.  I discovered after the paint dried that dye ink doesn't really stick to it all that well.  The words kept smearing, so I used it to ink up the edges a little bit and then I watered some refill down and spattered it with a toothbrush.  The watered down ink dried and stayed.  Strange, right? 

I wound up heat embossing the words with my own mixture of brown and metallic gold embossing powders mixed with a little SU Iridescent Ice from a previous project.  You can see the glimmer a little bit in the picture, but it glimmers more IRL.  The little charm is of my own making, which I attached to the seam binding ribbon which I dyed with Evergreen CI paint.  The tiny little jingle bells even tinkle a little bit!

I made the flower with the two smallest SB Layered Poinsettia dies, painted them with Rustic Red CI paints and applied a bit of gold glitter to the petals once assembled.  I took a bit of botanical license with the leaves and used one of the SB Foliage dies, plus the MS pine branch punch.  I painted the larger leaves with CI Evergreen paints.  I do love the subtle shimmer that CI paints give.  The milliner's stamens are from my stash.

And lest you think I left the cereal box tag plain on the back side...

I did not.  As a good friend of mine often says, a lady must look as good leaving as she does coming.  So the back side was finished with dp, also cut with the tag die.

Thank you so much for visiting me today, and I hope you enjoyed today's project.  Until tomorrow, happy crafting!

Ingredients used:

Stamp: MFT Seasonal Sentiments
Ink: SU Soft Suede, Versamark
Paper: Cereal box, SU Garden Green, red from stash, KaiserCraft December 25th
Accessories: SB Foliage and Layered Poinsettia dies, Sissix Scalloped Tags 2 die, MS pine branch punch, custom charm, gold glitter, CI Paints (Ivory, Rustic Red, Evergreen), milliner's stamens, seam binding.

Challenges Entered:

Paper Playtime #89 - Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant TPE176 - Pretty Packaging (the tag is going ON a package to make it pretty - that counts, right?)
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday 197 - Gold or Silver
Tuesday Throwdown #125 - Lots of Layers
Anything Goes Challenge 81 - Tags
Creative Card Crew Challenge 24 - Anything Goes
Simon Says ...Anything Goes 
Divas By Design Challenge 63 - Glitter and Sparkle
Pause Dream Enjoy Challenge #47 - Anything Goes
Drunken Stampers Challenge #107 - Not Too Shabby
Allsorts Week 182 - Bring On the Bling 
My Sheri Crafts Challenge #99 - 'Tis the Season
CI Paints Inspired By...Anything Goes


Sudha said...

This is pretty gorgeous. I love this.


Mum of 4 said...

WOW! Amazing tag, Shea! Everything looks so perfect. I can't get over how real the leaves look in the photo! Whoever receives this on their package is one lucky duck! Mwah!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your sweet words. It made my day!!

Your tag is STUNNING!! I just love all the texture and dimension. A gift in itself!!


Dawn said...

Absolutely gorgeous tag. Thanks for joining us at Divas this week x

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the Poinsettia tag which I have & now am inpsired to use. The heat embossing is very nice. Thanks for entering Pause Dream Enjoy Anything Goes challenge.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Sandy Palmer said...

Beautiful tag! Love everything about it! Thanks for sharing it with us at My Sheri Crafts! :)

Donna said...

Great tag! Thanks for posting another project for the "not too shabby" challenge this week at Drunken Stampers!

Laine Kammeraad said...

A gorgeous tag Shea. Your work is so amazing and I absolutely love visiting your blog. Your work inspires me in so many ways.

Hugs and smiles


Karen W said...

So pretty, love all the glitz and thank you for sharing this with us at Flourishes!

Ellapu said...

Fabulous creation ... love it, Thank you for sharing over @ Creative Card Crew this time
Elaine DT

Pia S said...

It's a bautiful tag, and I love the traditional Christmas feel of it, with the lovely poinsettias and leaves and the little bells.

Jackie said...

What a fabulous tag! I love your touches of die cuts and punches...amazing! Thank you for joining us this week at the Drunken Stampers Challenge. I hope to see you play along with us again soon!

Jackie, Drunken Stampers DT

Deanette said...

Very nice! Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew!

Christine L said...

Beautiful tag... I love that poinsettia!

Thanks for sharing with us at Anything Goes this time.. hope to see you again soon!

Christine x

Wendy said...

So gorgeous, love your sparkly poinsettia....Thanks for playing along with us at Divas by Design this week.
Wendy xx

Broni said...

What a beautiful tag! I love all the sparkle! I'm so glad you could join us for the Timeless Tuesday challenge!

Sarah said...

Beautiful tag! Thanks for joining us at My Sheri Crafts!