Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Fly High

Hello friends and followers!  My apologies for being absent for almost a month.  I've been on vacation.  The DH and I were gone two and a half weeks, enjoying a cruise on the Baltic Sea and visiting such exciting ports of call as Tallin, Estonia, Keil, Germany, Stockholm, Sweden, St. Petersburg, Russia, Helsinki, Finland and Copenhagen, Denmark.  It was an incredible trip and we loved every minute of it.  But now it's time to get back into the swing of things.

I didn't have a lot of time, but I wanted to join in my Funkie design team over at Frilly and Funkie and make a project for Cec's Things with Wings challenge.  I didn't have a plan when I sat down at my craft table so I just started playing around.  I started with a jumbo manila tag fro the shop, stamped it using Jet Black Archival and Wendy Vecchi's Script stamp.  Next I cut a couple of strips of white CS with one of my favorite dies - the Butterfly Frenzy die and glue them randomly over the entire card.  Squeezed Lemon distress stain was then swiped across the entire tag and when that was dry, I brushed on gesso to knock back some of the brightness of the Squeezed Lemon.  Of course, all the edges needed a bit of sponging with Vintage Photo to age it a bit.

I had printed the little tag from Meghan Berry's Lilac and Lavender blog for another project awhile back but never used it.  A small circle was cut from it and used for the bronze bow cabochon (which is actually a brooch, but I ripped the pin back off with pliers).  I layered the cabochon on the tag over the exact spot that the circle was cut from.

Next I got busy with Botanical Remnant Rubs.  They didn't want to stick to the gesso surface.  I had to rub really hard and lift the plastic very carefully when checking to see if they had adhered, going back over them numerous times.  But I finally got them adhered to the tag surface.

My butterfly is from Tim Holtz's Reflections set.  Stamped on white CS with Jet Black archival ink and sponged with Tattered Rose DI, then sprayed with Lindy's Stamp Gang Wild Honeysuckle Coral.  It didn't give enough shine so I applied Inka Gold Old Gold with my fingertip.  Now it really shines :)

The black filigree piece at the bottom is black craft foam that was cut with the Spellbinders Garden Weave die.  The crinkle ribbon was dyed with a combination of Squeezed Lemonade and Vintage Photo Distress Stains.

That will do it for this challenge.  I hope you will drop by Frilly and Funkie to check out the team's inspiration samples.  And please do think about joining in our challenge.  It's a judged challenge and you could win a badge for your blog or be our random winner with a $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

The supplies to make this project can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique were name brand products such as Tim Holtz, Ranger, Wendy Vecchi and others are always 20% belowMSRP.


Patty O'Malley said...

Love this tag, Linda! So beautiful! Your trip sounds wonderful!

Unknown said...

Oh YAY! Welcome back, Linda!! I bet your cruise was wonderful and the history you must have seen--COOL :) :)
Now, this tag--Discover Your Wings, indeed!! You've got your creative wings firmly beating, Linda :) I love that foam scrolly piece at the bottom--it's totally stunning and reading that you die cut it from foam--that's so neat!!
TFS!! XOXO-Shari

Redanne said...

Your tag is beautiful Linda, I just adore the beautiful large butterfly and the scroll at the bottom is very striking! So pleased you had a wonderful holiday too. Anne xx

experiments in paper said...

Oh, Linda - this is just stunning!! Wonderful colors and details everywhere - very inspirational! And I am so happy to hear you and DH had a nice getaway - sounds fabulous!! Welcome home! xx Lynn

Deb Riddell said...

Beautiful tag Linda, love your butterfly and the cabochon is perfect, love how it highlights the sentiment. Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday, welcome home!

craftytrog said...

Beautiful tag Linda! X

Suzanne C said...

What a great vacation! I bet you are happy to be back at your crafty table if only to play around a bit. Beautiful tag!

Darlene G said...

Beautiful tag and welcome home. Glad you had a great time. Vacations are so wonderful.

Cec said...

Welcome back and I am so glad you managed to find some time to make something for this challenge because the result is fabulous. I love the colours you used and all the elements work together so nicely. I am especially loving the brooch transformation.

butterfly said...

So glad to hear you've been having such a wonderful time - what an amazing itinerary - I'm pretty envious! Lovely to have you back though, and with such a treat of a tag. I love the shabby chic look of the background and the warm honey tones, and the layered little tag is a delight!
Alison xx

Garden Girl Digs in Dirt said...

I really love this tag, Linda. It is so beautiful.

Nancy Dynes said...

Hi Linda!
I wanted to stop by and admire your tag close up! Wow!! I love the color palette and design. Your breathtaking butterfly pulls everything together perfectly! I can't stop looking at it!

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