Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Spots 'n Dots

I LOVE polka dots but you probably already knew that.  I went a little dotty on this one :)  It seemed like I got on a roll with them and couldn't stop myself from adding more and more.  This is my sample for the Frilly week of a new challenge over at Frilly and Funkie.  It's Rebecca's turn to host and her challenge is for us to use a neglected die and try to think out of the box when using it.  I used my rosette and mini rosette dies.  (After I had the tag all made I realized that I used a rosette cut from the rosette die on my scraps project a couple of weeks ago. But I didn't actually use the die then.  That rosette had been in my scraps box for probably a year.)  I used the die to cut crinoline rather than paper or CS.  After I had cut the crinoline strips for the rosette, I stamped them with Wendy Vecchi's Live and Make Art script stamp in Jet Black Archival then sponged the tops with Worn Lipstick DI.  The rosettes were then misted with Biscotti Perfect Pearls mist which softened them.  I like how the tops of the folds now look like stripes and sort of mimic the stenciled stripes.

For the tag, I started with a jumbo manila tag, used the Wendy Vecchi Dots and Strips Borders stencil to create the strips and then used her Polka Dotty stencil for the polka dots.  They were stenciled with Worn Lipstick DI.  I also lightly stamped the script stamp with Jet Black archival ink.  I had that much of the tag done when I misted the rosettes with the Biscotti Perfect Pearls.  I turned the rosettes face down and gently rubbed them around in it on my craft sheet.   Then I took the tag and blotted up the excess spots of Perfect Pearls that we then tinted with Worn Lipstick.   

The whimsical flourishes are from an older Wendy Vecchi stamp set called The Art of Making it Merry.  I saw Wendy use it on a piece she posted on her blog recently and left her a comment asking what the name of the stamp set was.  She emailed me that she had an extra stamp and offered to mail it to me.  Talk about RAKs, wow, how sweet was that?  (thanks again, Wendy!) This is the first time I have had a chance to use it.  I stamped it in Worn Lipstick and then clear embossed it.  

The pieces from the new Spring Greenery die were cut from kraft CS, edged with Vintage Photo and then the polka dots stamp from Wendy's Seriously Art set was used to stamp the dots in Vintage Photo DI.  I couldn't resist adding some tiny polka dotted butterflies cut with the new Butterfly Frenzy decorative strip die.  They were sponged with Worn Lipstick and then stamped with Worn Lipstick polka dots and clear embossed.  The sentiments are also from the same Seriously Art set.  I finished it all off with some doodle dots and squiggles.  

Thanks for stopping by today!  Please be sure to stop by Frilly and Funkie to see the wonderful work the rest of the DT has to share.  I hope you will be inspired to dust off some old dies and play along with us.  You might win the votes of the DT and receive our Funkie Favorite badge for your blog or you could be our random winner of a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.


 The products below were used to make this tag and are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, where most name brand products are always 20% below MSRP.

17 comments:

Brenda Brown said...

Love the crinoline rosette Linda, using the fabric rather than cs softens it so much. The dotty backdrop is perfect for the whimsical flowers and greenery xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Fabulous! Love the polka dots, but to my eyes the little butterflies just finish it off to perfection!

rachel said...

just adore your tag Linda - it reminds me of a candy store in a beautiful garden - lovely xx

Buttons said...

Another fantastic tag Linda. Such a great idea to use the crinoline for the rosettes and I love the polka dots. How generous of Wendy too! What a lovely lady she is. Jenny x

Inkypinkycraft said...

This is beautiful Linda, I love the fresh colours and the die looks fab..and the little spotty butterflies finish it off beautifully, this is gorgeous x trace x hugs x

Maryanne said...

This tag is so cheerful! It just makes me smile. Polka dots are such a fun motif and I love the way you carried them through all the embellishments. I just used a polka dot stamp on some greenery I cut from the strip die, too. They just perk up everything! Such a great tag, Linda!

Claudine Criner said...

This is beautiful Linda, I love your dotty tag!!

Sue Fraser said...

I love dotty things too and recently bought a whole pack of dotted, coloured card. This is very pretty and definitely not too many dots.

isisimaginings.com said...

Very pretty, I love the dots.

Cec said...

Wonderful tag - love the bright polka dots and the fabulous crinoline rosettes. Your doodling is such a fun finish to this terrific project.
Hugs!
Cec

Pam said...

Fabulous, Linda! I love those crinoline rosettes, and all those polka dots make me happy.

Lisa M said...

It's a combo of some of my favorite things...the circus, Spring and polka dots and WOW that sentiment is truly the best. Love the font on that very much. I know I said Circus tent, but the lines make me think of the fabulous lines on the tent and the rest, well it's just sensational together and by the by...you can never have enough dots.
Thank you so much Linda for the visit and comment. I posted another today of items from your store. They never fail me...
hugs to you,
Lisa x

Anita Houston said...

What a wonderful Spring feeling here! Love the rosettes and sprawling vine! Gorgeous!

butterfly said...

Brilliantly dotty! I love the polka dot ivy, and the delicious butterfly rosettes. A delight of a tag, that really lifts the spirits!
Alison xx

Leigh Pogue said...

I loved your tag Linda. I don't think you can have too many dots or circles. There's so much you can do with them. At first glance I really didn't even notice how many times you used them. Then I just lol!!! Have a blessed day and TFS!

Kathy Eddy said...

What a fun piece Linda! love it!

Terry said...

Linda, I am in love with this tag. The crinoline flowers are delicate little delights with the spotty background! So pretty is this in pink! Hope you have a fabulous weekend! Hugs!

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