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Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Creativity Happens: Quickly Collage a Tag

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Creativity Happens: Quickly Collage a Tag

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So sometimes creativity just happens.  Actually, creativity is like a muscle the more often you use it the stronger it gets.  So, when I am in my groove creativity just happens.  The above tag took all of ten minutes.  I love it for its easy home décor charm and its ease.  All the embellishments, ribbon and even the tag is all premade.  So, see anyone can create.  I didn’t draw, stamp or ink a thing.  I just collaged the pieces.

I fell in love with the ribbon and had to have some but had no idea what I was going to do with it just knew it looked like me.  The same goes with the little hanger. I mean when you see one of those in the store how can you say, “no.”

The dimensional heart , banner and globe stickers (The stickers were part of a dimensional embellishment packet from Simple Stories) and the metal butterfly were in my stash as was the black chipboard tag.  Layer it up ladies then call it done and Done.

Cheers,

TRish

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DLP 2015 Inspired Art Journal Page with Bird Tag

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DLP 2015 Inspired Art Journal Page with Bird Tag

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Hi.  I am excited to share this Documented Life Art Journal Page.  It is the first spread in what was then my new art journal.  The challenge was posted on January 1, 2015.  I got to work immediately.  I wasn’t thrilled with it when I finished it but 15 weeks later I like it very much.  Time relaxes so many anxieties.

I used a tag I had created in 2014 (horror to be used in 2015) as an element in the layout.  I liked the juxtaposition of layering a tag on top of a pocket that holds tags with my goals for this year.  So far, I am doing okay with my goals.  Some I have achieved others not so much.  Luckily I have 37 weeks left.

Check out Art to the Fifth or Documented Life Project (DLP) to join the weekly art journal challenges.  They have been great springboards into my creativity and art journaling.

Cheers,

TRish

Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Oversized Spring Tag with Fabric and String

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Hi.  So, I still know you don’t know what the BIG announcement this week is but you can see a tag inspired by it.  Once you read tomorrows post come back and check out today’s tag post.  It will all make sense.  In the meantime enjoy the spring tag created using fabric, embossing, string, collage, and an oversize tag.

Cheers,

Trish

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Building the layers of the tag

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embossing the tag

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Detail of layers including rosette and fabric.  you can see the string winding throughout the tag.

Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Easter Egg Resin Resist Tag

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Easter Egg Resin Resist Tag

Hiya.  So I know there is going to be a big announcement tomorrow but I am super excited about today’s tag.  Maybe almost as excited as I am for tomorrows post.

So today is all about an egg shaped tag–It is a total “green” craft.  What I mean is that the tag came as a tag attached to a recent spring home décor purchase.  I know if I were the one reading this blog post and not writing it I would want to see what the purchase was–well be patient you will get to see the item that was attached to the tag.  I promise I did NOT purchase the bunny (ha! now you know) just for the tag.  Those of you who are collagers or mixed media mavens will appreciate that I didn’t pick the item just for the tag.  Okay onward…

So, I discovered the fab egg tag while removing the tags from my bunny and thought, “hmmm.  I should make an Easter egg shaped tag since it is indeed an egg shaped tag.  Then I promptly forgot all about it.  Fast forward a few weeks.  I was working on a new technique and thought wow this resin resist technique would make a really cool speckled egg.  So, then I had to dig around and find the tag because of course I didn’t put it in my tag bin as I knew I was going to do something cool with it.

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So, because this is my blog and I get to do what I want I am not going to share the technique with you here and now.  I am making a video with my boy sharing the technique.  He created a youTube channel for me.  You can find my new channel at youTube/Trishcreates.  There is even one video already posted.  This video will appear in due course.  You will be the first to know when this technique is posted.  In any case, enjoy the images.  Love the tag!

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I think the tag looks a little like a misshapen planet Earth but just you wait…It looks like an Easter Egg in no time! A little ribbon, a little embellishment and it’s a beauty.  Also, you can partially see the bunny it was originally attached to “holding” the egg tag!

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Hope you are getting into the spring holiday spirit.

Enjoy!

Trish

Trish’s Tuesday Tag: A Glittered Blue Bird Tag and a Little Gift Pouch Tag

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag: A Glittered Blue Bird Tag and a Little Gift Pouch Tag

Love today’s tags!  There is a great tag with a glittered blue bird and a great tag with a little gift pouch.  I created them at the same time and love how each of them stands on their own but are even more fun when photographed together.

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The gift pouch tag is sophisticated mix of art and function.  As so often in art or in creating anything, I didn’t set out to create a functional piece, I set out to create a piece using my leftover Cricut die cuts and a tag from my stash.  The tag was created from the cardstock that is behind the ephemera in those fun little creative embellishment packets). I had a few itty-bitty craft paper shopping bags and some glitter.   What I got was a beautiful gift tag with the perfect mix of rustic and glittery.

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The glittered bluebird was more intentional.  I was experimenting with Tim Holt’s Distress Glitter and wanted to create something that was seasonal and earthy but also with a little celebratory bling to it.  I cannot decide which tag I like better. Can you?

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Enjoy your spring-like (I hope) days!

Cheers,

Tricia

March 23: What’s Up This Week?

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag: A springy (that is a word), sweet gift tag or really a tag with a pocket for a little gift.  Whaat? a tag with a  gift pouch? Check it out on Tuesday.

Throwback Thursday, March 26, you are going to meet Mr. & Mrs. Bunny.  They are a darling couple; check them out for a little Easter craft inspiration. Hint: they might be Easter eggs.

Friday, March 27 brings us an art journal page provided I get some decent photos;-) I guess we will call it a surprise!

Saturday: It’s An Easter banner kind of post.  Elegant meets burlap with cool blue accents, glitter and the perfect plaid ribbon.

Have a great week!

Trish

Trish’s Tuesday Tag: St Patrick’s Day Ginormous Tag

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag: St Patrick’s Day Ginormous Tag

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Hope your wearing your green!

When I think of tags I most often think of small pieces of art. I know that often I use tags to learn or teach a new technique or when I want to create a piece of art that, in theory, will be less time consuming than if I were creating a journal page, a canvas or a banner.

However in this case, I created a ginormous tag–okay maybe not ginormous, but the tag is 71/2 inches tall without the pretty green ribbon.

A while back, as in a few years ago, I purchased some ephemera in a packet that was backed with a cool tag with a scalloped top. I put the tag in my tag bin (yes I have a bin o’tags). For this project since it was St. Patrick’s Day and all about good fun I decided to alter the ginormous tag.

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I was inspired by the lush, ubiquitous green fields of Ireland.

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But then I decided I liked the back side of the tag better. It was more cohesive and the green glittered “IRISH” letters stood out better.  I also transferred a magazine image of three “pints” of beer.  I thought that was very appropriate.

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If you haven’t transferred an image yet–fear not!  It’s as easy as 1,2,3.  First you locate and image and trim it up (or not); then you smear some gel medium ( I use Golden’s Gel Medium) onto the image.  Then, you place the image, image side down onto the paper or in this case tag that you want to transfer the image to.  Then you do something else for about an hour while you are waiting for the gel medium to dry and the transfer to take place.  In this case I glittered letters.

Then as a final step you squirt water onto the gel medium and rub the paper away.  I will do a time lapse video of such so that you can see it.  Super easy.  Super fun.  You just need a little courage because even though it seems highly implausible, it will work.

After the beers transferred, I decided that the tag needed something different than I was planning.  I liked the door knocker(which I acquired while shopping at the Rose Bowl Flea a few weeks back) at the top of the tag–Super cool–super tarnished brass piece fit perfectly under the scalloped edges of the top of the tag.  I wanted to tie the brass into the tag more.  So I added gold embossing.  I had been working on Tim Holtz’s March 12 Tags of 2015 “enameled” tag and still had the embossing powder on my desk.  So I stamped script over the entire tag and embossed it gold.  I like the tie into the brass knocker and the idea of Leprechaun’s pots of gold.

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Now what?  I didn’t like the lettering laid out as planned.  So I bunched it up and added a quick “posy” of stick pins.  Covered the gluey part with a lovely brass shield and a bit of ribbon that matched the tie top ribbon.  Glued down a green striped grosgrain ribbon and called it a focal point.  I love the whole embellishment.  Rich, stylish, silly and pretty (just how I like my men-j).

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Now, that the letters were bunched up I had to decide how to finish the tag.  I let the tag hang on my wall for a few days (sometimes quick art aint so quick). I was putting up my shamrock garland when I came across the perfect sized little shamrock.  I attached it to the tag and called it done and done.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Slainte,

Trish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Tim Holtz “Enameled” Tag

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Tim Holtz “Enameled” Tag

You win some, you lose some and sometimes it’s a draw. I was initially thinking this was a “lose” but I’ve decided to cut myself some slack–I’m calling it a “draw.” There are design elements that make areas of the tag work and I like the feel of the tag, but I just can’t call it a “love.”

For example, I really like how the “enameled arrows” work with the metal arrows and the saying, “Be careful going in search of adventure, it is ridiculously easy to find.”  Arrows just seem to work with the quote.  Adventurous.  I also like the way the black ribbon, the black shiny embossing and the black woven vertical ribbon tie the tag together.  I also like how the vintage glass embellishment fits into the piece.  I like the texture that the “enameling” created.  I like the background colors.  I like most of the parts of the tag.  I think I should love this tag–I guess what I am dissatisfied with is the sum of all those parts.

I also enjoyed learning a new technique.  The “enameling” really creates a cool texture. And the gold is so of the moment.  So on trend. You can learn exactly how to do it on the Tim Holtz Blog, here is his link: http://timholtz.com/12-tags-of-2015-march/

Thanks to Tim Holtz for his March Tag of his 12 Tags of 2015 series.

Cheers,

Trish

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag

Good Morning!  It’s starting to feel like a regular occurrence here.  It’s my Tuesday Tag.  As you may remember I was on a creative blitz last Sunday.  It was one of those rare magical days where I accomplished so much I was pleased with.  One of my creative successes was the tag below.  It was an unseasonably warm weekend in So Cal and I had just purchased a Fiskars flower stamp set that was pretty, flowery and fun but not too cutsey (at least that is my opinion–pretty stamp). so I was inspired to invoke spring–I know that much of the US is currently suffering from unprecedented snow and cold so please use this tag as a bright spot in your cold winter day.

Creative Details: First I stenciled the tag in various citrusy colors with craft acrylic paint.  Then  I added black ink to the tag.  Then it felt a little “hot” so I added so gesso and dabbed it off with a baby wipe.  While the tag was drying I stamped my pretty new flower stamps onto a piece of book paper with black archival ink.  I fussy cut the flowers out.  I messed around with arrangement and added a green geometric shaped scrap on top of the stenciled tag so it wasn’t so busy.  I modpodged the flowers to the stamp and doodled with a black ballpoint pen and a black acrylic Sharpie.  Then since the tag was so spring like and citrusy I added more green in the form of ribbon.  I added a charm from a broken necklace and called my tag, “done.”

Enjoy,

Trish

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag–It Feels Like Spring

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag–It Feels Like Spring

Hi.  So this weekend I worked on some great creative pieces.  One of these creative endeavors resulted in this very pretty tag.  It is inspired by the beautiful, warm spring-like weather we are enjoying in Southern Cal.  It may be snowing elsewhere but here it is 80.  So, here is a tag that is part spring like and pink.  A pinky spring tag!

Enjoy!

Trish's Tuesday Tag 2/17/15

Creative Details : It’s all about the layers…I first stenciled a back ground using a circle stencil, polka dot stencil and a diagonal line stencil with various acrylic paints including Liquitex, Distress, Golden and assorted craft acrylics in bright pink, bright green and orange .  Then I added black Distress and Golden acrylic as an accent.

As the paint was drying, I stamped a torn piece of muslin with “gorgeous” in black ink.  I made sure to fray all sides of the muslin.  I glued down the pink ball embellishment with hot glue.  Then I added the ivory crochet ribbon under the balls.  I hot glued the muslin to the top of the pink ribbon.  I mod podged the pink flower to the tag being careful not to get any gluey stuff on the muslin.  While the tag was drying I dug through my embellishments stash and found the perfect metallic silver leaves.  I attached the leaves with hot glue under the muslin.  I found a little fabric butterfly and added it to the top of the muslin.  I tucked in a homemade embellishment I made– a flower I stamped on top  book paper, fussy cut and covered in glossy accents.

The tag still needed something so I added a ruffle of pink crepe paper.  I ruffled it without concern for exact ruffles or even spacing on the back of the tag using hot-glue.  I trimmed up the bottom of the ruffle so it was even.  Then finally I added black rub-ons and polka-dotted the entire tag except the flower and embellishments with a white acrylic Sharpie Paint Pen.  And finally I added a piece of ivory binding ribbon I stained with Distress Stain through the top hole of the tag.  A perfectly pink spring tag.