31 July 2012

Make Life Special

Right, it's been 'lets play with tag backgrounds' time and I was determind to join in the fun at Linda Ledbetter's challenge - Enamelled Metals this week, as it is one of the balls I have had to drop recently due to other commitments. By coincidence (OK, semi-planned) this one also fits the bill for the first challenge at the Crafty-Emblies blog - Flora and Fauna, and the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge - What Do You Say? This one was so much fun and took inspiration from the Arts and Crafts movement era (my fav).


Now if you've got T!m Holtz' CC2 book you'll know how to do this (I mixed the acrylic paint colour myself) and if not why not!!! Seriously, it is an investment, as it is hard to keep lots of techniques in your head and T!m makes it so easy to learn some of his genius ways).


The flower extravagantly used every layer of the Rose Creations dies (which I believe Christine Emberson will be demo'ing on the TV soon) cut from strong brown parcel paper and stamped with DI Fired Brick. The leaves were stamped in DI Pine Needles and came from a Creative Expressions set. Don't you just love that button centre? Believe it or not it is a glass one!


I also added wooden buttons from Crafty-emblies and decided they looked beautiful without being coloured this time (that's right missus, you're learning that sometimes less is more!!!) The string is just cheap stuff from Tesco died with DI Fired Brick and water - isn't it amazing how these inks make everything look good.


Finally the sentiment element - a Sam Poole Art Phrase on a little tag covered in metal tape and Copper Mixative alcohol ink (thanks Anne, it got a coat of Glue n Seal to protect it - see I do listen sometimes!!) Don't forget those of you in the UK can buy chain by the metre from DIY stores and it doesn't take much to cut off small chunks to attach to a paperclip, or whatever else you fancy really! Now it's away to work for me before I rush to get home to execute an idea I had at 5 o'clock this morning. Take care of yourselves and wherever you are, keep crafting! Hugs, Buttons x

26 comments:

  1. I can definitely see the William Morris influence in your beautiful tag. The brown paper flowers and leaves look amazing.

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  2. ...beautiful work Buttons...the embossing gives such a great dimension, your Tag looks solid, like metal, the rich background colour adds to this & wowzers that flower is just amazing, loVe the crumpled petals...this Tag oozes excellence...Mel :)

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  3. wow this is just amazing, love the flowers, the colours and the tech you have used, I suppose the buttons are okay lol, well I did make them lol, thank you so much for entering our challenge at Crafty-emblies

    Hugs
    Judie xx

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  4. Hi Buttons, well I think this has to be number one on my list of favourites by you - it is stunning, love the background, the flower is just gorgeous (looking forward to seeing CE on TV) and the embellies are all perfect. I really, really love this, it is a masterpiece! Crafty hugs, Anne x

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  5. Such a beautiful Tag, the textures,the flowers, the colours are all just perfect...and of course those super little buttons are delightful.

    Sandie at Crafty-Emblies :)

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  6. Fabulous! The embossing looks great with the mini tag and chains. Those wooden buttons are perfect for this tag, and the flower..... wow... pure and simple wow!

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  7. That is a truely beautiful flower & love the background. I do love your work & tried to follow you last week but some hiccup stopped me but I am a follower now! Sx

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  8. WOW... This is a winner in my book... Gorgeous background.. and that flower is BEAUTIFUL... the colours are just perfect... love the buttons---Buttons x x x Hugs May x x x

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  9. A beautiful tag Buttons and RIGHT up my street with the use of the metal! Love the brown paper flower and colours all work very well together.
    Thanks for the kind things you say on my blog - it really does make a difference, particularly when it seems that my work isn't hitting the mark and I can't quite get it right! Your comments pick me up, dust me off and send me on my way - really they do!!
    Juliax

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  10. Buttons...I really like your gorgeous vintage/shabby chic style tag. The colors are amazing. Love the embossing background and the shabby flower. The added buttons are such a perfect touch! And...I really like your sentiment, too. Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

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  11. Thank you so much for entering our first ever challenge 'flora and fauna' over on the Crafty-Emblies site.
    Wow weeeee what an absolutely stunning tag! I love the fact that you have actually used crafty-emblies buttons on the tag, and you are right, they look wonderful with nothing done to them.
    I love all the elements and embelliahments you have used to make this a real masterpiece!
    I hope to see you entering future challenges over on the site :-)
    Love Lisa xxxx

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  12. Awesome tag, Buttons! Love the way you put the sentiment on the tiny tag and clustered all those embellies.

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  13. What a totally perfect creation Buttons. The colours, textures and the wonderful natural tones of your added buttons works so well. I can see this dressing up a brown paper package for a special gift so perfectly.

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  14. Oh I love that background! The flower and all the embellishments are so fantastic! I will so have to check out that die! Beautiful flower!

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  15. Great tag, love the buttons!!

    Pun intended - lol

    Sam xxx

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  16. Absolutely stunning background...the whole tag as well! The color and texture are fab...and then the flower...wow!!! Love your sentiment and embellies...what a grand tag!

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  17. oh wow this is one stunning tag I adore,the the fab detail you have added to this,and just love love that flower, finished off with those lush,buttons, bless you for playing at crafty-emblies this month Hun,hugs Cherylxx

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  18. NICE tag!!! Love the textures of the flower and the background together, very sumptuous!!

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  19. WOW one of the most beautiful tags I have ever seen, love the textures, truly stunning x

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  20. What a very creative tag! Love all the details on it!

    greetings, Alie :-)

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  21. This is such a super tag. I'm a big fan of Tim Holtz and I can see the influence here. Lovely distrssing effects and the tattered flower is beautiful. Just Lovely.

    Thanks for taking part in the Crafty-Embellies 1st ever challenge. Hope you join us for more chellenges in future.
    Ax

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  22. This is a fabulous tag, lovely background colour!
    Love your flower.
    Avril xx

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  23. Love your tag, the contrast of your embellishments with your background is fab!

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  24. Stunning !!!! love everything about it !! Good Luck in the Crafty-Emblies Challenge xx

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  25. Oh this is stunning I really really love it. So many different textures and techniques love it, beautiful.

    Thank you for joining in with our first ever challenge at Crafty-Emblies, look forward to seeing more of your creations.

    Great Big Huge Hugs

    Becca xxx

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  26. Hello there-Beautiful tag you have created -very pretty :) x

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