Stuck In “Tag Land”

 

 

Newsprint #117166

Newsprint #117166

Yesterday was going to be a day of getting a few cards started and working on the mini album I keep alluding to.

 

I’ve used the Newsprint paper over the scrap pieces of file folders from the Greeting Card Holder I made.  Since it is such a dark combination of papers I’ve added bits of Tempting Turquoise in places to liven it up a bit.

In the process of adding the tags and embellishments I’ve made is a trial in and of itself.  Choosing which item to put where.  These pages are not very big and I am having to curb my tendency of  over doing it with the embellishments.

 

What a MESS!

What a MESS!

 

I’ve kind of boxed myself into a small area to work because of all the stuff I have out.

I think I know know why Tracy has that beautiful brown fabric in her crafting area.  To cover up the evidence 🙂

While I’m in the creative spirit, putting things away after I’ve used them is not one of my virtues.  I may  need that item(s) in just the next few minutes.

The orange and turquoise stuff to the right in the photo are sticker and border  pieces from a long discontinued Simply Scrappin’ set from a couple years ago and I hate throwing stuff out just because it is no longer available.  I keep telling myself I can make them work but just haven’t found the right application just yet.  Keep dreaming girl….

 

Artistic Etchings #120573 and Trinket Keys #121892

Artistic Etchings #120573 and Trinket Keys #121892

 

Someday, I’m going to get the Tim Holtz tag thing figured out.  Why I have such a block on this I don’t know, but I’ll keep trying.

This time I stamped the images from Artistic Etchings with VersaMark and then used my stash of Perfect Pearls to color the images.  I tried to make the colors darker at the bottom of the Eiffel tower and lighter at the top with the copper, bronze, and pearl powders.  It sort of worked…at least until I added the key and the crown images and colored them with the Perfect Pearls which got mixed up with the previous applications on the tower.

Oh well, I’ll keep trying.

The key is small and fits well on this smaller sized tag.  I like that it is by itself on the ribbon and has a reference to it in the stamped image.  What I’ll do with it next I don’t know but maybe it will find its way on something.

I had lofty ambitions of making a whole lot of tags and sending them out to my friends.  This should be really easy, I told myself….well it is a bit harder than I had anticipated.  Being over critical of my own work and holding it up to a standard (with practice) I want to reach some day.  I’m getting there though and still plan on sending out a batch of tags to my friends before I have to go back to work 😦

 

Eat Chocolate #122006

Eat Chocolate #122006

 

Casting my thought to cards while the creative spirit is working, I took a whack at the Eat Chocolate stamp set using the die cuts and tags.

A little more thought and practice stamping and these items would be good for maybe a 3″ x 3″ note card or something.

After working on Reilee’s box for a couple hours yesterday then setting it aside to dry I wanted to see how other stamps could be used on these tags, thus the chocolate set.

Speaking of chocolate…I received a package from my daughter in Arizona.  The Easter Bunny arrived early at our house with Joe’s and my most favorite candies….Queen Anne Chocolate Covered Cherries.   Complete with Easter Grass 🙂

I had to call and thank her for her thoughtfulness.  That call lasted for nearly two hours.  AT&T Wireless has some problems but I love FREE and since my daughter is with AT&T also then we talk for a long time and I just love it.

 

With All My Heart #118623

With All My Heart #118623

 

After having played with the Window Sheets day before yesterday and having good results with it I had to try something else.

The Window Sheets cut very well with the dies.  I cut a piece from the sheet large enough to cover the die and ran it through my Big Shot.  Cuts wonderfully well.

With two of the same die cut I poked out the center of the “red” one and attached it with my ATG adhesive behind the “frame” to the window sheet die cut.  The red paper is on the outside with the acetate behind it.  Then I used VersaMark and black embossing powder (my stash) on the Thank You sentiment.  Then I layered the “frame” and acetate over the full die cut beneath.  Looks like I’m going to have to make a card now.

So off to work on Reilee’s box and then work at getting stuff used on my table so I can get it cleared off for the next round of projects 🙂

Attempting To Color

 

Window Sheets #114323

Window Sheets #114323

I haven’t colored in such a long time so those skills are really rusty.

After watching videos of so many others coloring I thought I’d give it a try on a small scale.  Tracy, of TracysTreasures, has been showing her skill and has enticed me to give it a try.

I stamped the All A Flutter (discontinued) stamp with Staz On to the Window Sheet three times.  The first time I twisted the stamp and smeared the image.  The second time was a bit better and the third was just right.  I was going for a “stained glass” effect by coloring with Stampin’ Write Markers on the back side of the window sheet.

This worked fairly well, although I don’t remember seeing a butterfly in these colors before 🙂  TIP:  Allow the markers to fully dry before turning the Window Sheet over.  Contact with the paper below, once turned over, allowed the wet marker to wick into the paper.  The bright colors became muted then later faded almost totally away.

Butterfly Tag

Butterfly Tag

I stamped the butterfly image with Basic Black ink on a piece of Whisper White card stock, allowed for quite a long drying time, then colored the image with Stampin’ Write Markers.

I cut the image out with the Wide Oval punch and then used the punch on the stamped image on the Window Sheet – the “Good Stamped” image.  I placed the punched Window Sheet piece over the card stock.

Using some special adhesive, meant only for translucent papers like Vellum, I attached the acetate to the card stock.  Then I mounted both pieces to one of the die cuts done day before yesterday.  A dot of gold gel ink (my stash) at the edges softened the starkness of the deep brown of the Chocolate Chip Textured card stock.

Fun and Fast Notes #113500

Fun and Fast Notes #113500

Thought I’d try my hand at coloring once again.  Light source shading is a bit tricky for me since I don’t know what I’m doing here.

The Fun and Fast Notes is a wood mount set I’ve had since I joined SU a few years ago.  The sentiment is pretty close to the bottom of the image.  I’ve taken the stamp off the block, I think I’ll cut the sentiment off and have it as a separate image so I don’t get the wonky bit using the Word Window Punch.

Maybe I’ll have to try the “masking technique” next time for the sentiment before I do totally whack it off the stamp.

Once again, I used the merchandise tag from the office supply store for the main image then mounted the sentiment to one of the die cut tags.

Joe has come to the “Bockenstette Hotel” for the night.  He arrived at about 2:30 yesterday afternoon so I spent the remainder of the day with him.  He’ll be leaving in a couple hours to make his delivery by Friday to Greensboro, North Carolina.

After he has gone I’m going to work on Reilee’s wooden box.  While the glue is drying I’ll play some more with the tags and flower die cuts.

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