Saturday, January 15, 2011

A Tag creation - MMSC#86

Greetings to my guests - I have been a long time between posts and it is not because I have not been crafting, but we are in summer here and there always seems to be "things to do" outside ....  I actually have four or five cards photographed ready to blog, and have made at least one card for a challenge that has expired before I got to blogging it!!  Maybe I should use my Splitcoast Stampers gallery a bit more....

Never mind, enough of my prattle :-).

This tag started years ago, and was abandoned (for good reason when I first resurrected it - it was very, very basic). What has eventuated is far from the original, which is the orange layer you can just see the edge of!!  I was inspired to 'have another go' by Gunn when she did a 12 days of Christmas tag challenge and shared it on her blog.
I started to revamp the original by cutting a white layer, stamping a bird from the Royal Bird stamp set from Layers of Color and embossing it in  white. The  background was then sponged in a couple of shades of blues from the Tsukineko  Kaleidacolor Rainbow pad Blue Breeze.

Not satisfied I then painted the bird with twinkling H2O's and added Crystal Kindy Glitz, and then  painted it again.  Next the bird was masked and a Crazed background stamped using Tsukineko Platinum Planet ink.  The flowers and beads were from my stash, as were the rhinestones and thread of glitter.

After the edges were rubbed on an orange ink pad, and mounted on the orange layer it languished on the desk for another month as I was not pleased with it.

Then my mojo returned and it was layered onto the cream card, which had had the base edge punched with a Fiskars border punch and the edges distressed and sponged with Tim Holtz Tea Stain distress ink.

The 'thread' was replaced several times before I settled on the cord and lace combo.

Then along came the Midnight Madness Challenge which meant using a tag, and presto I have one ready!!

I selected my dp from a pack from The Warehouse (USA readers think Michaels), sprayed it with silver spray (Luminarte Shimmering Mist)  ran it through the CB in the fleur de lise folder and mounted it on an aqua coloured card.

As the folder does not quite go the length I require, I added some ribbon to cover the 'blank' end.

I then used some organza to form a fancy bow with some silver reflective ribbon I have on hand, and glued a full bow on top of that.
I suspect I have broken all the 'colour rules' in this, but I am satisfied with the outcome - finally.

Thank you for visiting and being patient with my 'womblings'  on this entry.
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May your day be blessed - as mine has been, by good news!


  1. Very pretty. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.

  2. Lovely! I love the treatment you gave the fleur de lise panel and the crackle finish on your tag! :)

  3. Beautiful. Love the tag! Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


  4. great tag, love what you done with it, looks very nice
    thanks for joining the DYSU challenge


  5. WOW! I have been waiting for this and it is GORGEOUS Maxine! I am so glad you decided to give this another go! It made a striking beautiful card!

    Midnight Madness Design Team

  6. My favourite Kiwi - I am so glad you resurrected that tag - just look at all those fabulous elements of your creation! Thanks for joining us on the MMSC DT this week. I always love seeing what you create.

  7. what a wonderful tag, great colors

    thanks for joining us at the Fairy Tale



  8. Gorgoeus
    Thanks for playing with us at

  9. Hello a very beautiful card and a great design.

    Thanks for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge
    Hugs Karla

  10. The embossing really adds so much to your pretty creation! Thanks for playing with Some Odd Girl! Robin

  11. Hello Maxine - what a fabulous tale on the sketch! I love the embossing - the Fleur de Lis is divine and you KNOW I love the Layers of Color Royal Bird - it is perfect for tags! Nice to see you bloggin my friend! Love it! Thanks for joining us at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week - we appreciate your support and LOVE to see YOU! {{{hugs}}}
    Linda MMSC Design Team

  12. How pretty! There is so much detail on your tag! I love the sponged look and how you crackled it. The embossing is wonderful on the bird as well as the dry embossing on the background paper. The shimmer is a great touch.
    Very pretty! I love all of that sparkle! The silver swirl is so pretty and the bow is just darling. I like how you doubled it.
    Hope to see you again for the next challenge.
    Keep crafting!
    Midnight Madness Design Team

  13. That's such a pretty image

    kitten DYSU team

  14. hi maxine! thanks for sharing this lovely and detailled project with us at DYSU! janna

  15. Just love the background for the bird Maxine, love the crackled look. Beautiful design and the embossing folder is just perfect with this. Great job!!

  16. Stunning creations!!! I love all the elements you used they all turned out spectacular. Thank you for joining us for this weeks sketch challenge at Midnight Madness.
    Hugs Bonnie

  17. Maxine...what a wonderful card. I all the details in the close up. It is very artsy. Great take on the sketch. Thank you so much for joining in the fun this week at the Midnight Madness sketch challenge.
    MMSC Hostess

  18. this is really beautiful.. Way to STACK UP and NOT STRESS but to DISTESS IT!! :) Can't wait to see what you create next week..

    Owner DYSU

  19. This looks fantastic! I love the pritty tiny details! Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge! xx Bianca

  20. Wowweeee!! Awesome card and a beautiful tag!
    Thank You for joining us at Mami Doodles

  21. Maxine, what a stunner! This is just so beautiful, the birds are exceptional as well as the colors you used. The white is such a perfect background with that embossing and shows off your tag so well. Thanks for joining us this week and hope you will come back and join us next week!

  22. Super creative and beautiful! I love all the details you put in your creation.
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at DYSU.

  23. Gorgeous! thanks for playing along with SSD!

  24. What beautiful colours so very striking, thank you so much for joining us over at Stamp Something this week - Hugs Alex x

  25. What a pretty tag in it!
    Thanks for joining us at FTC, hope to see you again.:)
    ~hugs~darling Ho~

  26. Oh sigh...this is a beeeyoootiful card, Maxine. It went through a lot of TLC but the end result was worth it!

  27. Maxine I feel your pain. I often have to sit something to the side for a while, because it's just not working for me. I LOVE the "craze stamp" crackle look you added to the background and the variation in shades of blue is beautiful!!

    Well come inside out of the heat every now and then and get crafty chick!

  28. Check out that bird, and I must get that folder! Thanks so much for playing with Some odd Girl!

  29. It looks beautiful.
    Thanks for joining us at the Fairy Tale Challenge.
    Hugs Sandra

  30. Gorgeous texture! Thanks for taking part in the Mami Doodles challenge.


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