27 August 2012

Grrrrrreen!!!!

Hello all. For those in the UK hope this bank holiday finds you knee deep in something you enjoy, and for those across the rest of the World with the Monday 'blues', it's not far now 'til Friday! Thank you to everyone who has left such lovely comments and welcome to my new followers. I am chuffed that you have decided to tag along for the ride :) Hope you continue to enjoy your time here.

Another tag today - this one is for Son 1 to celebrate his fab GCSE results (despite the current controversy!!) His favourite colour is green - how convenient! There are two challenges requiring you to be/go green this week :)))
Over at Sunday Stampers Hels Sheridan wants a little green and some stamping
At Our Creative Corner Kim Price wants recycling with a pop of green
Who am I to refuse? And so...


The two stamp sets used for this were Autumn Foliage (great variety of leaves) and African Wildlife (sentiment and lion) both available from Creative Expressions stockists.


Thought I'd show you the background as it disappears under the foliage! The resist has been done using Ranger Glue n Seal (thanks for the tip Hels) and a touch of spritz/flick afterwards. The eagle-eyed amongst you may notice the lion has changed - originally he was stamped with gold foil on black, but once he dived into the undergrowth he seemed a bit lost, so a makeover was required (black on sand cardstock).


The recycling element was definitely in the leaves: there are maple leaves and oak leaves made from acetate packaging (stamped in black and coloured in a mix of Stonewashed and Butterscotch alcohol ink); ivy leaves made from corrugated cardboard carton packaging (painted with DS Picket Fence and DI Peeled Paint, covered in Ranger Distress Crackle Paint and highlighted with DI Walnut Stain); and 'cheese plant' leaves (stamped on linen and backed with more acetate). The acetate was great because it buckled and was easy to reshape when heated - hence the reason for putting it on the back of the linen leaves.


The finishing touches included twine and seam binding from the Funkie Junkie Boutique and string. I also learned from the last lot of spritzing with CS Shimmer Mist - in this case Golden Mint) and protected the areas that didn't need colour with some of the spare acetate (it wipes clean afterwards! hurrah!!)

Son 1 loves it, so that's good. Hope you do too. Time to disappear now as there are a ton of blog posts to catch up on and the odd domestic duty to attend to! Hugs to you all, Buttons x

29 comments:

  1. ...a gorgeous array of leaves standing proud and green, super techniques Buttons and loVe your Lion nestling amongst the foilage...a VERY eye catching piece...Mel :)

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  2. Looks GRRRREAT! Sorry, couldn't resist - thought I'd get it in before someone else does! Fab tag and really clever to get the recycled element in there. How creative are you!

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  3. This is really gorgeous buttons. Love your background, all the fabulous texture and the stunning foliage.
    Just about catching up now and thanks for your much appreciated comments.
    All your recent creations look amazing and sorry not to have left you some love on each one.
    Have a great bank holiday.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  4. I'm not surprised he loves it! Fabulous!

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  5. Wow can't believe those leaves are made from acetate, they are fab, well the whole thing is really, what with green being my favourite colour, well how could it not be.

    But glad your son likes it and well done for the fab GCSE results he achieved.

    Sam xxx

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  6. A gorgeous green creation Buttons...it looks alive! Great!

    greetings, Alie :-)

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  7. oooo thats some good work going on there buttons! Very lush and does give the feel of a jungle - bit like my back lawn at the moment - in fact that escaped Lion could very well be in there at the mo! Cx

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  8. Hi Buttons, it looks as though you had as much fun with the Green challenge as I did, I was green nearly up to my elbows! Love what you have done, just showed it to DH and said 'Great Jungle' - praise indeed. The lion is perfect in the middle of your gorgeous green leaves too. Crafty hugs, Anne x

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  9. wauuuuw like it, fantastic colours
    hugs Pia

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  10. Of course your son loves this - it's terrific and such an appropriate sentiment. Well done for going green both with the colours and of course the recycling. ope you had a good weekend despite the unpleasant weather today

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  11. What a great green make, I am not a green person but love crafting with it!!! you have rocked the green here! Trace. X

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  12. Gorgeousness in green, love it loads... thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

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  13. Great tag! Love all the green and the jungle leaves! That lion looks like his is king of the jungle! Gorgeous!

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  14. grrrrrrrrrrrrrr Brill tag Love that Lion and the greenery is AmAzing.. fabulous creation.. A Big congrats to your wonderful son...Hugs May x x x

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  15. Wow! Buttons this is stunning!! Love it. The background looks amazing, thanks for sharing how you created it.
    Hugs
    Sandra x

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  16. I wont do all the GRRR comments - Oh oops I just did! Great Tag and it is so good for your son to get the results he obviously deserved. Love all the shimmering and texture on your tag by the way!

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  17. How fabulous! Love those leaves and the sentiment is perfect!

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  18. Gorgeous creation in green, love all the leaves and fabulous texture and dimension. Love your background and image too and the sentiment is perfect. I would also like to say thank you for your kind comments on my blog, much appreciated. Tracy x x

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  19. I just hate it when you have to hide a beautiful background, however, the end result is stunning Buttons. Very very creative.. Off again on my travels, stole some time to craft and must now get to bed. Catch up soon x

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  20. what a mane you have my dear! lol this is just great for the Our Creative Corner challenge... thanks for joining the fun!

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  21. Completely fabulous, this tag! Amazing textures and techniques amongst that foliage, and the background is luscious too, despite being a little buried! Love it!
    Alison x

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  22. Hi Buttons
    What a special idea behind the creation of this tag - lucky son to have a Mum who creates a celebration tag.
    Great use of the DI and the dimension you achieved.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  23. Love the 3-D effect of those glorious leaves! Beautiful tag and texture! Enjoy!

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  24. Man...it's as if a jungle wants to bursts forth from this tag! Fabulous juxtaposition!!! The background is gorgeous as well! Love this...different and unique...like you!

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  25. Ooooo gorgeous! What a fantastic job on those leaves, they look fabulous. What a lush and lovely jungle! Thanks for joining us at Our Creative Corner this week.
    Chris

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  26. What a wonderful tag Buttons. I just love it. Big congratulations to your son as well. Please share the Glue & Seal technique as I must have missed it when I was ill. Hugs Rita xx

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  27. This is truly sensational, Buttons! It's just bursting with life - such fantastic color and texture. I'm in love with your leaves. I haven't tried linen, but am so crazy about using textiles in my crafting - I must give linen a try! What a gorgeous piece of work - thanks so much for sharing it with us this week at Our Creative Corner!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  28. How did I miss this?? Sorry. The colour is gorgeous; I love the acetate, linen and cardboard leaves - so clever.Just love everything particularly all the texture. Thanks for the heads up on Hels post too - it came at the right time for many reasons!
    Congrats to your Son for his exam results too.
    Juliaxx

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  29. Great tag. The background is beautiful and I love those leaves. I would love to invite you to join us at The Lollipop Ladies if you are looking for a new challenge blog - http://thelollipopladies.blogspot.com.au/

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