24 July 2012

Time for a redo

Welcome one and all to this neck of the woods. You meet me mid-squeal (a loud and extended one at that) as I have just found out that lucky ole me won Trace's one-year blog birthday candy draw!!!!! She has an outstanding crafting talent and her blog, inkypinkycraft, is a joy to follow. I promise to do my best to do justice to the Indigo Blu stamp sets (that have been on my wishlist for some time).

Now my turn to share. Reading Anita Houston's blog (as I know many of you do) a few nights ago she introduced the latest challenge at Our Creative Corner (which has a who's who lineup of designers). Their challenge is to 'makeover' a project you have been unhappy with.

Some may remember the project on the left - one created for the yellow/purple Make My Monday challenge and then discounted due to the lack of yellow. I mentioned at the time that it was inspired by the artwork of John Atkinson Grimshaw. He used some beautiful, soft, blended, muted colours to achieve an ethereal look on so many of his paintings, and this didn't come across in that first attempt. So it was time for a redo - hence the latest effort on right (created whilst watching Hels on the telebox).

In fairness there were no colour constraints this time, so I started with a layer of Memento London Fog on Ranger specialty paper. Then I blended layers of blue, purple and sage and more Fog (that's the great thing about this paper - it doesn't muddy no matter how much ink you throw at it). Next, add water with a thin brush and up comes some of the ink so that Wild Honey and a white gel pen can be used to create the moon and lit windows. I liked the moon last time and loved it this time.

A few elements got picked out with more of the same ink and this time a sentiment was added.

Although I liked the idea of vines/branches trailing across the original image, I decided to use the same dies in a more muted way with Coredinations cardstock, London Fog ink and some punched and blackened flowers. Having mounted the tag on More cardstock I used a SB Banner die to trim the bottom. A piece of died seam binding and a small UTEE embossed/distressed metal tassel was used to trim the top.

Overall I'm so much happier with this version and will be entering it for the Our Creative Corner challenge. I will also put it into the Fashionable Stamping Challenge - Let's Get Messy and Inky (you wanna see my fingers!) Right, way past my bedtime but it was important to get round to visit everyone's blogs as there have been some stunning creations on display over the past few days. Hugs to you all and thanks for dropping by, Buttons x


  1. ...firstly congratulations on your super win from Trace, looking forward to your creations from it...& secondly the Tag looked great first time round but I know what you mean sometimes your just not happy yourself...well it looks gorgeous now with a little tweeking, your attention to detail is superb loVe the glow from the windows...Mel :)

  2. well done on the win, happy stamping!!!
    i liked the tag before..but the makeover and tweaking is beautiful! i love all the elements and details...a beautiful piece.x
    lv trace x
    thanks for the lovely comments...

  3. congrats on your win Buttons... I also liked the the tag first time round.. but a little tweaking has worked just fine..Gorgeous tag.. love the moon and the elements... Hugs May x x x

  4. I think they are both lovely - that challenge looks interesting too so might give it a go if I get chance. Have just caught up with your blog - you have been very busy! love all the artwork on the previous posts too (I seem to have missed the last five what with all the chaos that has been going on here!). Congratulations on your win too - Indigo Blu are my favourites at the moment.

  5. Well done on the blog candy win. And wow what a transformation, love the look of the new tag much better than the old one.

    Sam xxx

  6. I liked the tag the first time, but I must say these colours are absolutely perfect with this stamp! A real moonlight moment! Congratulations on your win.

  7. Hi Buttons, so excited for you on winning Trace's candy!! I did love your tag first time round but understand that sometimes we are just not happy with what we do. Love the second one too, mainly, I think, because of the moon - it looks so realistic and the colours do seem to work better somehow. Anyway, I love it......Crafty hugs, Anne xx

  8. Woo Hoo Craft Candy Yes!
    I love your second version of your tag. It is soft pretty and works a treat.

  9. I liked to before but you've made it even better - fabulous!

  10. I certainly enjoyed reading your post and understanding more the goal you were aiming to achieve. The first tag, albeit very detailed with a wonderful image seems to focus more on the flower flourish whereas the remake, WOW..the gorgeous flourishes are still there, but your eye is really drawn to the image. The moon looks fantastic and the white gel in the windows giving light and depth are perfect! Most excellent makeover! The triple layering and new border punch also are wonderful new touches.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to join in our challenge at Our Creative Corner. Best of luck to you and we hope you can join us again next week!
    Lisa :)

  11. Congratulations on your win - brilliant!! I love both of these although I can see that the first doesn't meet the colour requirements for MMM. Great work and it was good watching Hels yesterday (and again today).

  12. Congratulations for your win of those yummy stamps!
    I really did like this project the first time round. . . now I think it's soooo much better - how clever are you?? I saw what Anita did and it was in my mind to re-visit one or two things that are just laying there all sad and forgotten. . . . . trouble is there aren't enough hours in the day are there?

  13. Beautiful makeover! You really made that image shine with the texture and color you added. It's gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining in the OCC challenge this week!

  14. Congratulation's Buttons, how fab to win such great candy :-) I really liked your first tag, particularly the vines. This one is equally stunning. I have a few changes to make to one if my recycling pieces.........some day!!!! X crafty hugs Annie x

  15. Congratulations on the wonderful win - lucky you :)
    Your tags are fantastic, love the colors. Thanks for joining us at FSC this fortnight.

  16. Fabulous makeover Buttons ! Congrats too on your win, I look forward to seeing what gorgeous projects you come up with ! Sue C x

    P.S. Thanks for joining us at FSC too !

  17. To me both tags are quite fabulous, but I know if we aren't happey, we keep right on going! I do love the softer touches you added to the do-over! Congrats on your win and enjoy! Thank you for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges!

  18. Hi Buttons- well done on your win.I thought I'd better crop that bride photo on my blog as it did look a bit weird !!!!!Your tags are beautiful - gorgeous colurs x

  19. Well...thanks for the shout out!!! This is super gorgeous...I like them both, but all the extras on the new one are fabulous! The purple is so vivid and fun, and I just love the feminine feel to it! Great sentiment as well! Thank you so much for joining us at Our Creative Corner this week!!!

  20. Hello
    I am looking at both Tags and trying to see where your old one fails compared to your re-make, because I think they are both stunning!
    Your first tag has a wonderful 3D effect with the vine, I really like it. I agree you have more depth in your re-make and it does attain a softer finis; which is pleasing to the eye, adding the layers and your punched out border along with the embellishments certainly creates more interest.
    To me both are beautiful, and I am so pleased you joined in this week at Our Creative Corner, it has been a delight to see your work.

  21. Hi Buttons...wow, both versions are great! Sometimes when this happens what it shows is a change of moods, this tag change is great in that each one makes me feel different feelings. The new one has more depth and a calmness about it. Amazing!
    Thanks so much for joining us in our inky and messy challenge this fortnight at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
    Dot x

  22. Congrats Buttons on your blog candy win! Like many of he others, I find both of your projects to be intriguing. I imagine we could tinker with every project on a redo! Hope all is well. Best, Yvonne

  23. Oh my goodness, Buttons. I think these are both absolutely wonderful, but I do like your makeover better. Such an interesting image and I love the variations on the colors with the new one. The detail you have achieved with the coloring is really lovely. The sentiment is wonderful and the seam binding and embossed fan are perfect finishers!

    Congrats on winning Trace's candy and thanks so much for joining us in this fun challenge this week at Our Creative Corner.


  24. Hi
    Both are beautiful, the colouring is so pretty.
    Thank you for sharing with us at FSC.

  25. Both are wonderful, but I like your makeover much better. The variations of the colors, the shape of the tag, the ribbon, the sentiment make the new card more appealing to the eye. Thanks for playing along with us at the Our Creative Corner this week!

  26. Both these tags are wonderful, but your remake really POPS! The sage green really works well with those gorgeous purple tones and really lift your project to another level. Just beautiful! Love this!

    Thanks for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner this week, hope to see you again!

  27. Only just realised I managed to miss this!
    Fabulous creations and love the stunning purple, a real favourite of mine.
    Thanks for getting inky with FSC, lovely to see you there.
    Hugs, Fliss xx


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