Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Grungy Monday 14 - Just go with the Flow!

Good evening Peeps!

Well, what a shame that the British Summer is not up to much this year so far.  Raining again!!!  But at least Hubby does not have to go out to water the garden tonight!!  Always trying to see the silver lining but sometimes it is soooo hard.

Last night in between ironing, cooking tea, helping Hubby draw off some more honey and hunting the naughty chooks, I did manage to squeeze in my Grungy Monday tag.  The lovely LINDA sent us HERE where we to to see a technique by the lovely TIM HOLTZ

I really liked the tag which Tim made and wanted to recreate something similar and in some way using my new Papillion stamps.  So I gathered together my stamps, white paint dabber (I only have the one - so a big "aw" now" please!), my reinkers (again not got that many so was a little limited as to colours!), perfect pearls (now I have a good few of those) and decided I would use a Kraft card from Papermania which had a 5mm square grid printed on it.  I thought if I didn't like it I could just use the reverse side.

I printed the background stamp with the dabber and loved how it turned out, sprayed the reinker with perfect pearls in the mini misters and then dried with my heat gun.  I was extremely pleased with the grid showing through and it kinda reminded me of privacy windows and those of bars you sometimes see or dont'!!   I wish you could see the effect as the pictures never do the perfect pearls justice!  The colours I used were Fired Brick with Perfect Rust, Antique Linen with Perfect Bronze and Forest Moss with Heirloom Gold.

Well after the tag was dry things went in a new direction.  I pushed the stamps I was originally intending to work with and got out my TH Paris stamps and decided to make a Parisian themed tag, having been to Paris in 2008 for our wedding anniversary (no, I am not telling you how many years!!)

After I stamped the Eiffel Tower with Forest Green DI I did not think it showed too well so dug out some black embossing powder which I have had for absolute yonks which does make the stamping pop.  I stamped the Memories across it on the wonk and stamped Post Card at the top.  Made a little tag from the excess cardstock but on the reverse, which I had swooshed across the craft mat after I had sprayed the tag - waste not, want not!

I distressed the edges with a distresser (well I never!) and Walnut Stain DI, and drew freehand around the edges of both tags.  I added some danglers (which were on a pair of earrings from Claire's until last Friday - the girls in there must think I like wearing lots of jewellery with charms on!), a little ribbon, including red for lurrve and hey presto my tag was complete. 

As my title says sometimes it is best to "just go with the flow"!

I hope you like my tag and please leave me a comment so that I know you have been.

Crafting Hugs


P.S.  Just to let you know the chooks are all tucked up safely in their coup tonight and no antics up a tree have happened again!!  The wheelbarrow now has a new home at the base of the tree to crush any further ideas they may have of sleeping in the Walnut Tree!!!   Please read the post below to see what I am talking about!!


Robyn Phelan Sharp said...

Hettie - I do love all the layers. Beautiful.

Shelann said...

Nice colors and stamping, and I enjoyed reading about your process.

Anonymous said...

Lovely tag you have made! I love how the grid shows through and the sentiment is so beautiful. The Parisian theme is PERFECT!! Creativity flows so yes, yes, yes...go with it!!

Karin said...

Great tag, I love the layout.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sam, Great idea to use the grid paper for the tag, awesome effect. The colors are beautiful. You lucky girl, Paris for your anniverary.

Linda Ledbetter @ Studio L3 said...

Hi Hettie! Our summer has been pretty lackluster so far, too, but I hope we both get to enjoy some lovely weather soon!

You did a fabulous job on the GM14 technique-- I absolutely LOVE the grid pattern and the awesome imagery, and the colors are beautiful. The little earring embellishment is perfect!

Jane said...

Your choice of tag, stamps and colors are prefect for this technique. I love the way the words and the grid show up. Great creativity.

sasa said...

love these muted colours - perfect for the Eiffel tower - great tag.

PsyPenguin said...

Beautiful tag! I love the effects from this technique - would have loved to have joined in with the GM challenge this week but I don't even have one paint dabber or any reinkers :-(

SannaS said...

WOW!!! this is awesome!!! brilliant tag!! =)
hugs, SannaS