Monday, August 1, 2011

Story Time

This week over at Simon Says Stamp and Show the challenge for the week was to create a tag.  I made this little tag in no time at all, which is what I love about tags and ATC's.

I started with Tim's new tag die, what a great resource to have. The background is fancy paper from a specialty store in Ann Arbor, MI called Hollanders.  I have only shopped there once and it was amazing.  They carry the most interesting book making supplies and tons of giant rolled pieces of really pretty paper.  The bit of paper I had from my scrap box was run through the die, unfortunately the piece was not large enough, so the advertising banner was present on the edge of the tag.  I solved this little dilemma with a bit of tissue tape which was colored with Vintage Photo distress stain.  I also did all the edges with the stain.

The flower was made with the tattered floral die.  I alternated layers of color washed ephemera and embossed, alcohol inked vintage Spriofoil.  In the center an old marquesite button was fixed with heavy duty glue.  I then cut a bird from the caged bird die from a metal sheet from Ten Second Studio.  The bird was embossed and sanded to show off the spiral design.  A metal washer from Tim Holtz and a tiny watch part finished out the bird I perched in the flower. 

A memo pin and altered adage ticket, both courtesy of Tim, were added for interest.  I used my first Ideology pen nib (I have been hording these since I finally purchased them a few weeks ago...) This tag lacked movement, which is something I always strive for in my work, so to this end I added a really cool charm from Industrial Chic.  I can't wait until Tim releases his birdcage embellishment, I am dying for this!  To finish the tag and add a bit of texture, I raided my stash of ribbons and found this piece of vintage lace.  I love how the age really shows on this bit of lace.

Thanks for stopping by!




  1. So many beautiful elements... Love your layered flower and that cool lace trim as a bow/frame.

  2. Wow thank you for sharing your fab Tag with the DT from Simon Says Stamp and Show, I really love it and all the pretty detaills thank you for sharing. Hugs Terry xxx

  3. Love the pop of color your lovely flower brings! Great tag!

  4. Oh I know that hording feeling. I too buy stuff and sit on it cos it is too precious to use...then my hubby asks why I bought it so then I get over myslf and use it! LOL

  5. Beautiful tag. I hope you had a good birthday.

  6. Great tag Rhea. The flower just pops right out!

  7. Thank you for joining the DT from Simon Says Stamp and Show with your fabulous Tag, wowzerssss love the colors and the embellies that you have used, absolutely fabulous. Hugs Terry xxxx


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