Sunday, June 26, 2011

Letters to My Love GM 12

The first fun step of any of these challenges is to brainstorm what I have on hand to create my piece.  The guest artists do a fabulous job of demonstrating that it’s meant to be inspiration not emulation.
My biggest product limitation is the paint daubers that I have.  I was pretty sure that it would have to be either black or red.  What I saw in my head was something made from my 7 Gypsies Lille stash.  I love this paper and thought it would be great.  BUT, another big product void was a large area stamp.  Got nothing’there.   Without that, I didn’t think I could do the paper justice.  {My 12 yo loves all phobia words and is on a mission to learn as many as possible….what do you call the fear of breaking out the good paper?}.  So, playing it safe, I used the stamp from last week’s challenge because that worked really well for masking and a piece of K&Company Life’s journey (old correspondence in sepia/cream).  I used the same paper for the tags, pocket, “ribbon” and tab. 
A lot of the red dauber came away but I liked the script showing through.  I used the same background stamp with barn door on the pocket, stamped over it in aged mahagony using a stamp from Tim’s mini classic collect.  It’s attached  with 7 Gypsies Lille tape.  I also used the mini classic collection on the little tag.  I stamped “Love letters” on another strip of paper and strung it through a brad from my stash.  The brad was an awful color so most of the paint was removed with steel wool and I colored it with Cranberry and Rust alcohol inks.  The tab has “To my Dearly beloved” stamped on it with Sepia Archival.  I think this stamp is Hampton Arts.  I used flourishes from the same set on the top of the mini-tag. 
The charms come from the clearance section at Joann’s, Michaels or AC Moore.  The pins used to attach come with the tags on my favorite clothes bought at Kohl’s.

12 comments:

  1. SO lovely! I love the theme, the choice of stamps and the beautiful and rich red color.

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  2. This is so LUSH absolutely love it :)

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  3. This is fantastic! Your background came out great!! I wondered what a finer stamp would do. The pins at Kohls, eh? I really need to learn to recycle! LOL!

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  4. The chain through the tag with the charms is brilliant! I love it.

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  5. This is brilliant - love the theme!!

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  6. This is fantastic! I love your colors and the pocket with the nibs. And thanks for reminding me that I have several of those Kohls pins *somewhere* that I saved for just this very reason!

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  7. Just gorgeous! Love the metal charms and all your pretty accents.Thanks for visiting me this weekend...take care, gerri

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  8. Fabulous tag, love the rich colours and the charms.

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  9. ohhh I'm lovin' your gorgeous tag
    hugs

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