10 October 2012

A Friend Indeed

Hi all and welcome to my new followers. I feel honoured that you have chosen to keep up to date with my crafting addiction. I also feel blessed to have some very special existing followers, including my crafting BFF Anne who's box of goodies transformed this project (see last post HERE).
Now, a few challenges have come along at once, namely;

I also saw the wonderful DT creation by the uber-talented Sue C HERE.
Thoughts of these themes sent me on a journey in my head (I know, it's a worry) to stories of a former seamstress in the autumn of her years reminiscing about her life and looking at her rusting scissors...


OK, so the ladies at F&F are thinking "where's the tag then"? Ah ha!


Take six small tags.


Die cut the flat ends.


(apologies that this is a tad blurry) so, colour with inks/mica, emboss - my new Impressabilities stencil was essential here as I needed a delicate pattern and something that wouldn't push through the tags. Inked raised areas clear embossed, and hey presto, you have the start of a flower!


Just add guilded kraft glassine (courtesy of Compendium of Curiosities 2 and my friend Anne!) a died piece of netting and an inked brad.


As well as kraft leaves and stash buttons I added a wooden button and scissors courtesy of Crafty-emblies (links above) and two grungepaper buttons. These got a rusty makeover (ink and roughed-up embossing powder a la Tim Holtz (videos on his website). The seam binding (Anne again!) was inked too.


To round up the rest, the tape measure border was inked and covered in Cosmic Shimmer Dark Bronze mica powder, the tissue pattern was stamped in Ranger Coffee Archival Ink, and the other images were stamped onto cardstock that was smooched in an inky/mica puddle on my craft mat - very Anita Houston stylee! There's a fair amount of shine on this but that big orange ball in the sky has done a disappearing act:(
Hope you enjoyed my little lady's story, hugs Buttons x

39 comments:

  1. Oooh its great - love the tag flower.

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  2. Oooh fantastic Buttons

    Sam xxx

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  3. Lovely piece - I like the combination of the the sewing theme and the autumnal colourings. And clever work with the tags too - the flower is gorgeous. Elizabeth xx

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  4. I'm loving that you used tags to make that flower!! This is a really gorgeous card - I like the button variety and those cute scissors!

    Thanks for sharing your creativity at the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!!!
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  5. Absolutely delicious, Buttons! I'm following you round... just uploaded to Frilly and Funkie behind you, and having read this, I'm betting I'm going to find you over at SSSaS now!! I love every element of this, and your tag flower is inspired. Gorgeous texture, depth and layers!
    Alison x

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  6. Buttons this is stunning. Sewing (vintage) is one of my all time favourite themes. Love your colour choice, really a gorgeous card.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  7. Me again!
    This time to say that we have a Shades of Autumn challenge at FSC this fortnight if you would like to join us.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  8. This is stunning Buttons. On my favourite subject (having a fashion designer daughter) and you tag flower is awesome - what a clever idea!
    Loved your write up too.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  9. Hi Buttons, you have done so much more than I could ever have done with those bits and pieces - what a triumph! I love it. The idea with the tags is a genius one. I have done my piece for F&F and will upload it for tomorrow, I think you might be shocked by it, tis very macabre....Crafty hugs, Anne x

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  10. Buttons, what a beautiful make..the colours are fab and you have created and embellished to perfection!!! fab make! hugs trace x

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  11. Hi Buttons. You've done such a beautiful job of creating this little haberdashery masterpiece full of gorgeous sewing ephemera. From little scissors, stamped sewing images to buttons...all in the rust tones, this is beautiful! I really love your layered flower and leaves, too! Thanks for sharing your work with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

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  12. I was looking for the tag before scrolling down...lol!!! Oh my gosh, I am amazed!!! I love that flower!!! I have a million of those tiny tags, and would never think of doing this! You are brilliant lady!!! Great theme and so many elements to make this perfect! I love this project!!!! Oh, and Thank you so much for playing along with us at Frilly & Funkie this fortnight!!!

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  13. Your card is terrific, especially love the cleverness of the tag flowers, brill, x

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  14. Hi Buttons, what a clever idea to use the mini tags to create a flower. Love the rusty looking sewing machine and your flower is stunning. Fabulous collage. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

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  15. Genius use of the tag Buttons. You really thought outside the craft room with this .....:-)

    Good luck in the challenges

    Hugs Annie x

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  16. So pleased that I've helped to inspire you Buttons ! Beautiful card and the flower is inspirational !

    Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

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  17. What a lovely autumn card and I love the tag flowers as well! Very clever! Fabulous! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

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  18. What a great card and such a clever way to use tags. The whole piece loosa fantastic. Love it! Cheers, Di

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  19. Such a creative use of tags!!! I love the clear embossing on the dry embossing~ fabulous effect! So glad you could join us at the F & F challenge!! Hugs, Rebecca

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  20. Love the idea of the ageing seamstress in the Autumn of her years--how inspiring is that!

    The tag flower is beautiful as is the whole piece of art.

    Love Chrissie xxx

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  21. Oh I love this! and I love the 'back-story' behind the project. thaks for the idea about using the tags to make the flower.

    Thanks for sharing and taking part in the Crafty Emblies Dressmaker challenge with us.
    Ax

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  22. Thank you so much for your lovely comment - was seeking an email to respond more privately, but this will just have to do! I think it happens to us all... I visit blogs and get hugely inspired, but then sometimes I see extraordinary creations which just make me think I might as well not bother (and I can assure you it's happened to me right here!) - but then I go back to the table and just let what happens happen again... and it's only in those moments of just being there, making, that self-esteem issues, and outside world nonsense etc drifts away - that to me is one of the joys of being immersed in creativity.

    Can't tell you how much inspiration I find here, and in your wonderful warm support too... Am hoping to make it to Birmingham NEC (as I'll be working in Stratford by then) - any chance you're going? Would so love to make this ethernet connection into a real one...
    Alison xx

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  23. Amazing Buttons...your card looks creative, has an autumn feel, as well as vintage.
    Your flower is great!
    Love the collage!

    greetings, Alie :-)

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  24. I am sure that Anne will be delighted when she sees what her gift inspired you to do Buttons.
    What a terrific ide with the tags. Your flower looks so shiny and pretty
    too.

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  25. Buttons, this is gorgeous! I can't believe how clever you are with the "tag" flower! Love the rusty and vintage goodness! Thank you for playing along with both Frilly and Funkie and FSC! Hugs!

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  26. Hi Buttons, This is a fabulous piece, and such an amazing flower!
    would never have thought it started live as - tags.
    Beautiful colour and great details.
    Thanks for joining us at FSC
    Avril xx

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  27. Ohh love your rusty bits on your scissors and buttons! Beautiful design and the tag flower is brilliant! Lovely card! Glad you joined us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

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  28. wauuuw så beautiful card and thanks for tutorial
    hugs Pia

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  29. Talk about transforming a tag.... incredible! When I first was admiring your project I wondered how you'd done the flower, but never in a million years did I recognize the small tags. Amazing! Thanks so much for joining us at Frilly & Funkie, Buttons.

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  30. Hi Buttons, This a Fabulous creation... Boy how you made that Beautiful flower is Fantastic... Love all the elements great design & detail... Simply Perfect!!! Hugs May x x x

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  31. Beautiful pinky autumnal colours Buttons and great effects for your card. The flower made from tags is sooooo clever and looks perfect with the other elements.
    Thanks for sharing this at FSC, shades of Autumn.
    hugs {brenda} xox

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  32. What a fabulous card. Just love the tag flower, actually, I love all of it.

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  33. Now I'm not sure how I missed this! This is creativity at its best Buttons and I love your card. Making the tags into a flower is something I would never have thought of - the flower is gorgeous and you know how much I love flowers. Love the rusty sewing machine too! A totally gorgeous make.
    Thanks for your warm wishes for my SSS&S win - I only had one comment from them and assumed that they didn't like the piece!
    Have a great week,
    Juliaxx

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  34. Wow, how fantastic, that's a wonderful piece of art. Love all the details especially the flower. Thanks for joining us at FSC.

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  35. oh this is one brilliant card the detail is simply stunning, bless you for playing at crafty-emblies this month hugs Cherylxxxxxx

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  36. Love the colour palette you have chosen for this piece, it fits the theme well.
    Apologies for not having commented sooner my system would not let me on here at the weekend!!!

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  37. A real work of art here.Adore the colour choice and how you have toned all the embellishments. Great tip re the tags...they certainly make a stunning flower.

    Thank you for playing along in our challenge at Crafty-Emblies.

    Sandie x

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  38. Hi Buttons, so gorgeous, fantastic idea behind your card, (don't know if you watch the paradise! but reminds me of Miss Audrey LOL!) Thanks so much for sharing with us at FSC. XX

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  39. Gorgeous Button, a true feast for the eyes x

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