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Tea Cup Dreams–Sail Away

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Tea Cup Dreams–Sail Away

Good morning!

My big girl job is pretty challenging right now.  I like challenges and overall really like my big girl job but right now there are a lot of ugly issues taking much of my time.  I would really like to focus on going forward and am instead spending all my time on issues created by my predecessor.  AAh challenges.  Well when I found a little time to post and nurture my soul I found this great art journal piece I created while taking Lifebook 2013 with Tamara LaPorte. She is amazing!  Take Lifebook if you haven’t.  This is piece I very much enjoyed creating then and so enjoy looking at now.  I am ready to sail away even if I am only in a tea-cup.  A girl has got to “dreame…”

Cheers,

Trish

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Scrapped North Carolina Family Tag

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Scrapped North Carolina Family Tag

We had a big family reunion in North Carolina a couple of summers ago.  Below is a tag I scrapped for the trip.  The tag is made with scrap paper, embellishments, ribbon , glitter (I am especially fond of that Martha Stewart blue glitter–I don’t thin she makes it anymore) and ink.  No paint.  It’s been a long time since I have created without acrylic paint and molding paste as initial go-tos.  Maybe I need to spend some time creating like we did during all those scrapbooking years.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the simplicity of the shapes and the color play from this festive summer tag.

Cheers,

Trish

Family Tag

6 Projects, 1 Creative Blitz

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Hi. My boys including the big boy went for a winter weekend away. I stayed home and worked through a creative blitz. I dropped them off at their meeting point at 6 AM, I designed and created all day and night.   I finally called it quits at 12:08 am. I just love creative days, don’t you?

It was one long glorious day of crafting, creativeness and art. I worked on eight projects.  I started six new projects. And I finished six projects. Two of the new projects I started aren’t finished, but that’s a-okay.  They will be finished by the end of this week.  Yippee!  Nothing like completing a project unless its starting a project.  Below are some images of what my day looked like! I loved my day!  Thank you!  It was a blast!

Cheers,

Trish

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag Valentine’s Day

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag Valentine’s Day

Hi.  Happy Valentine’s (week).  Hey, so today I want to walk you through my Valentine’s Day tag creations.  I created not one but nine tags as I was just so inspired, my creative juices were flowing.  I was inspired by none other than the amazing Tim Holtz.  On his blog he hosts a 12 Tags of the Year.  He posted his February 2015 Tag earlier this month.  Check out his step by step instructions on his blog post: http://timholtz.com/12-tags-of-2015-february/

So as I collected my supplies I quickly realized that I had a lot of “left-over” ephemera, stickers, scrapbook paper and embellishments.  So I decided to create a stash tag.  And since I was saving my $$ for the Rose Bowl Flea Market on February 8 (more on that fabulous adventure next week), I decided no new purchases; though I think Tim Holtz’s metal arrows are awesome.

I began my first tag using mostly stickers and really liked the outcome.  I noticed I had a ton (maybe a bit of an overstatement) of stickers and decided to continue with tags.  Hence the nine tags.  I probably could have kept going but really.  So after I stuck all my stickers on my two sizes of tags (#5 & #8) I added some scrapbook and book paper.  Covered everything with a coat of Mod Podge and let them dry. See my 9 beauties below before any highlighting or lowlighting.

Valentine's Day 9 drying tags

As you can see some of the colors are a little strong.  I followed Tim Holtz’s step by step instructions and added some “white” paint.  His steps are easy to follow.  I followed his steps until he started adding ephemera pretty closely.  Sometimes, I don’t follow steps very closely but this time I did.  Back to the unifying “white” paint.  I used Distress Paint in “Antique Linen.” I liked the softer “white” as my tags were already stickered in “old” papers/stickers.

Once the tags were softened with Antique Linen I highlighted the tags with Black Soot Distress Marker. Then I began adding my ephemera.  Below are the tags with the ephemera laid out but not yet attached.

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I attached (Thanks Jen Cushman for always “attaching”)  the ephemera using hot glue, Tombo adhesive, and metal wire.  And finally, I used the shipping twine that was originally on the small tags.  I wanted to de-emphasize the top of the tag as the tags themselves were so interesting and sort of strong and masculine.  I did age the twine with scattered straw.  And when I thought they were all done I decided to edge the tags.  I added some ColorBox Terracotta ink and some Scattered Straw Distress Ink around the tags.

These fast and easy tags added to the Valentine’s Day holiday decorating theme that I inadvertently started.  My Valentine’s decorations this year are red and black, with a dash of book paper.  I have a final three that I liked best–but really I am pleased with all of my tag designs.   I love the results!

Valentine's Day Final three

Cheers,

Trish

P.S. I forgot to share all the supplies I used.  Below is a picture of the supplies minus the stickers and book paper.

Valentine's Day Tags Supplies