Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Artsy "Beauty" Tag

Hi Crafty Buddies,
I have an artsy tag for you today. But, first here is a
Publication Update

I have two cards in "Just Cards! Birthdays!". One uses a Sweet N Sassy Cocoa stamp. I also have two cards in "Take Ten". They both use Artistic Outpost stamps.

Okay, now let's get to today's project. I used lots of different stamps to make this tag. The script, face, beauty, and bug are from "ATC Stamps - Years Ago" by Blockheads Stamps. [Next week I will post another installment of "Adding Texture with Embossing Folders" over at the Blockheads Design Blog. I will post a sneaky peek here on this blog to remind you.] The background stamps, at the top of the tag and on the base layer, are from Sweet N Sassy. The leaf is from Stampin' Up.

Cs: Cream from Staples, Really Rust from SU. Inks: Really Rust, Crushed Curry, and Chocolate Chip from SU; Vintage Photo and Tattered Rose from Ranger.

I used a cool technique  discovered sort of by accident. When you distress with the Ranger Distress Inks and than sprinkle on embossing powder - the ink is wet enough to hold the embossing powder. Heat it with a heat gun and you end up with this great shinny surface. Love it!!   I am hoping you can see the finish in the detail photos.

I used a Martha Stewart punch set. I wove the Organdy ribbon thru the punched edge. I added a lot of gold seed beads by smoothing on some Fabri Tac glue and sprinkling on the beads.

I also added a ribbon loop at the top. I think I will hang this piece somewhere in my house. It looks nice on an easel too, but I think I will use the ribbon hanger and hang it.

A few fun Challenges for Beauty Tag:
Simon Says Stamp and Show: Tags
ABC- Challenge: Old Fashioned- max 4 other challenges
A Spoon Full Of Sugar: Anything but a card
Desert Island: Itinerary- use three. My three are: Border Punch, No Flowers, and Sparkle
Sir Stamp a lot: All creatures great and small- I went with the small- the small bugs on my tag. max 6 challenges
Well, that's it for me tonight. We had a lovely warm and sunny day today. 50 degrees!! I know it won't last, but it sure is nice. Sleep well my lovelies.


  1. So beautiful and quite unique as well. Thanks for all the tips and tricks as well

  2. This is outstandingly beautiful!!

    Thank you for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!

  3. Such a beautiful tag! Love the beads, the seambinding...everything! Thanks for joining us at The ABC Challenge this week!

  4. This is a really gorgeous tag. The beads looks amazing.
    Thank you for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month.
    Clare x

  5. Congrats on your cards being published .... how exciting. I love your tag...wonderful colours and love the way you have used the ribbon and beads.

  6. Congrats on your publications Karen! You did a fabulous tag on your tag, totally cool!!

  7. This is beautiful...I love it! Thanks for joining us at Desert Island Crafts challenge.

  8. This tag is so pretty! I love the beads and the ribbon! Thank you for joining us over at ABC Challenge.

    Hugs x
    Cecelia B

  9. What a beautiful tag, love all the detail and the gorgeous tones of colour. Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month.

  10. Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Sir Stampalot’s challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  11. Okay, you are a ribbon master too!!! I love what you did with both tags and did I say I am in love with the ribbon!

  12. Wow! Stunning tag, Karen. Love the beads! Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month and good luck!

  13. Beautiful tag Karen, love the stamping and the seed beads are a gorgeous embellishment!
    The Design Team and I loved that you joined us for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge this week!
    Thank you!
    HuGs Kim :)

  14. So nice! Thank you for playing The Desert Islands Crafts Challenge :)


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