Thursday, 4 August 2011

Show a tag!

As some of you know there was a crafting tweet meet this week in the Shires, myself, Gabrielle, Hels and Gillian descended on Lin and Karen (Karen  - you NEED to get a blog!) at LB Crafts to meet in person and spend our pocket money on new stash - namely distress stains!

It was such fun meeting everyone even if I was beginning to panic I wouldn't get there in time due to roadworks. I very nearly just left the car parked on the verge with the hazards on and run the last 500 yards to LB, but figured I didn't really want the girls having to phone for an ambulance as I collapsed in a heap gasping "give me picket fence stain now"!

I think we all agreed a great success and plan to do another one - SOON!!!!

Anyway given that I was able to ask calmly for a picket fence stain (along with a few others as well - of course) I thought I'd better use and try them out. So as I'm home alone this week (husband is still acting) I thought I'd do a tag and enter for the Simon Says challenge this week, show a tag - so I am!

Started off putting picket fence down and then going over with aged mahogany and pumice stain.  Flicked some water on to give it that water stained look. Like a lot.

Stamped some Wendy flowers in aged mahogany distress ink along the right hand edge and embossed with some vintage photo powder. On the other side I die cut a strip of paper with a Tim die inked with picket fence and vintage paper and stamped the ruler on top in black and attached with staples.

Inked some spare card with various distress inks and stains (there were rather a lot on my work desk so I was sort of randomly using all of them) and ran through the an embossing folder to get the numbers and then further inked and distressed. Layered that over a Tim label again distressed and inked to age. 

I was also "told" to buy some Wendy Vecchi art parts on Monday by the above mentioned tweeters so I wanted to use one of the flowers in the tag. PaperArtsy Toad Hall base, crackle  glaze and honeydew over the top and finally some antique photo lightly added to show up the cracks a bit more.  Used a hitch fastener for the centre and the stalk is a bit of florist wire wrapped in tissue tape.

So I'll add this post to the Simon Says blog and hey who knows - I might win!



  1. Ahhh, I had absolutely nothing to do with the telling you to get Art Parts..nope, not me, t'was my evil twin sister rofl Anyhoo, love love love your tag hun... the crackle looks amazing on the flower! Twas grand to meet up... see ya soon x

  2. Tee hee! "Told" to buy!!! Genius! I'll use the excuse on David next time I purchase! We were right though... This is lush! You clearly have enjoyed your enforced purchase!!!

  3. Yay Jo, you succumbed to the Art Parts after all lol, loving the crackle on the flower and the distressed stain tag (woop woop). So enjoyed meeting you, here's till next time. x

  4. It's all very well buying them but I'll have to make myself use them, tend to have a philosophy of "saving for best - in case I use them all up and run out" when really I should just work to the mantra, If you use them all up - JUST BUY SOME MORE NUMPTY!

  5. who says simple can't be beautiful? and simple means often a lot of layers to get there. love it!


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