Friday, 18 March 2016

Tag Card, May the Hand of A Friend, Female

I don't often put my 'make' right at the top of my blog entry...
Well, by 'don't often' I actually mean never.


I fell in love with this Penny Black sentiment as soon as I saw it on eBay.  I'm presuming it's an old stamp design  (never used, so yay!) and I wanted it to capture your attention.

After all...  if it's 'speaking' to me, it may 'speak' to you...


Tag You're It! have their new challenge starting today and it's my turn to share my DT creation with you all...  
(You did see it, didn't you)?

As much as I love making tags into cards, sometimes it's out of necessity.  I just couldn't see an application for this tag as a standalone attached to a gift, so instead it's been made into a CAS(ish) style card that I think works well as a 'thinking of you' card or just a simple 'note' card maybe?
What do you think?

Supplies Used:

Penny Black '... Near You'
Inkylicious 'Whispering Winds'

Papertrey Ink 'Library Card Tag'
Memory Box 'Grape Vine'
Memory Box 'Butterfly Heart'
Impression Obsession 'Tied Line'

Tim Holtz Distress Marker 'Tumbled Glass'
Tim Holtz Distress Marker 'Stormy Sky'
Tim Holtz Distress Marker 'Forest Moss'
Tim Holtz Distress Marker 'Peeled Paint'
Memento (Tsukineko) 'Bamboo Leaves'
Ranger 'Perfect Medium' Embossing Ink

Stampendous 'Detail Black' Embossing Powder
White Sequins
Glossy Black Card
Judikins Color Duster

Here's a quick rundown of how this card was made...

Scribble Distress Inks on to a stamping block, spritz with water and stamp onto watercolour card.
(Repeat until happy with the overall look).
Once dry, run it through a die cutting machine with the tag die AND cut an additional tag out of plain white cardstock.  
Glue the two tags together.
Stamp on the grass.
Leave to dry.
Stamp on the sentiment in clear ink, add embossing powder and heat set.
Cut 2 'Tied Line' dies to size, trim off the unwanted bow portion and glue into place.
Cut and attach butterflies (gluing centres only) so that the wings can be folded up a little.
Leave tag to one side to dry.
Cut 2 'Grape Vine' dies and glue into place.  (As so little of this die is actually visible, trim to size and keep the offcuts for another card or to decorate the inside).
Attach tag using foam pads.
Use stippling brushes and ink to add a slight 'grunge' feel to parts of the outer edge of the card.
Add sequins.

You can't tell from this photo, but the Grape Vine die has been cut from glossy black card to mirror the shine from the black embossed text.  I just couldn't get a good image with the shine showing, but I did manage to make full use of the natural daylight that produced some lovely shadows for me!

Challenges I'm Entering...

CAS Mix Up
(I've chosen to go with Stamping, Watercolouring and Die Cuts...
but I did sneek in a little stippling, too! )

Pixies Crafty Snippets Challenge
(Butterflies, frame and vine all cut from snippets)

Allsorts Challenge
(Spring Is In The Air)

Addicted to Stamps and More
(Photo challenge week - I took inspiration from the stamp)

City Crafter
(Week #303 'Make it Green')

Dragonfly Journeys
(Challenge #48 'Go Green')

Unicorn Challenge
(Challenge #7 'Clean and Simple")

Craft Rocket Challenges
(Challenge #11 'Anything Goes')

Some of you may have noticed that I haven't been blogging much lately.
Pretty much every cupboard and drawer in my house has had a major tidy and sort through...  and it's taken me months to complete.
This was not the result of a New Year's Resolution (I personally don't believe in those), but the fact that two whole room's have had to have a major overhaul.  One needed decorating and new furniture...  and the other simply had far too much 'stuff' in it.
So craft time has been pretty much non existent as of late...  except for sorting through my craft stuff and trying to tidy that up, too...
And then I decided that if I had come this far I may as well do the entire house...  so no cupboard or drawer has been spared!

Thankfully, I'm pretty much done now.
Except for the huge pile of stuff that needs to go to charity or to be sold.
But that's another story...

I would really encourage you to pop on over to the Tag You're It challenge blog and take a look at what my team mates have come up with based on my design.  I may well be biased...  but they've all knocked my socks off with their talent.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone...
...  and if you have the time, let me know if the stamp on my tag 'spoke' to you, too.

Take care...  and come and play along if you can...

Donna. x


  1. Morning Donna, What a fantastic tag card you've made with that lovely stamp. I really like how you've used it. Barbxx

    1. Thank you, Barb :)
      I shall come on over to your blog and play 'catch up' with my comments. x


  2. this is a very creative piece of art TFS
    unicorn Ch Lis DT

  3. Oh, I've one of those piles too and I can't seem to get up the energy to deal with it... Good luck. As to your card, it is so lovely. I love the understated nature of your elements. That wispy frame is perfect as are the tiny red butterflies.

    1. Hi Maria. I put off my sorting for 5 years (except for trying to keep on top of my craft stuff)... That's why it took me so very, very long to get on top of things and get organised. So believe me when I say 'I hear you'... I still have a few piles of paperwork left to sort through and file - I just need a small break for a few days first!
      Thank you for your very kind words re: my card :)
      Donna. x

  4. I love this card Donna - and the sentiment on the tag is a real find! Clever you.

    Come and do my cupboards and drawers next please - although in fairness I do have regular blitzes. Apart from the craft room, sigh :(

    Lovely to see you in the Playground!


    Di xx

    1. It's taken me far too long to sort through my own 'stuff', Di. I may well be scarred for life! I'm actually better at sorting my craft stuff than anything else. A case of necessity when space is always at a premium, I guess...
      Yep... I LOVE that sentiment stamp.
      Hope all is well with you.
      No news here. Things exactly as they were last time we 'spoke'.
      Take care...
      Donna. x

  5. This is beautiful Donna! The tag certainly makes a great card and I think it would be suitable for almost any occasion. I often leave a sentiment off a card until an occasion arises where I can use it and then all I have to do is add a suitable sentiment. Or, I will put a sentiment on that would be suitable for almost any occasion, like, 'Just for you', 'Thinking of you', 'Best Wishes' . . . and so on. I also give a lot of my cards away to people so that they can send handmade cards to others, so I like to add sentiments that they can use for any occasion. Anyway, I've 'waffled' long enough, thanks for the details on how you made this. Have a lovely weekend my friend! Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

    1. My brain works so differently to yours, Hazel! My card has to be 'finished' before I can put it away... Plus I'm a 'sentiment stamper worrier' - you know, the type who fusses over the sentiment being stamped 'just so'. Lack of practice, I guess. But I do have a Misti now. Not used yet, though!
      It's good to hear what you like to do with your cards when they are finished. Your friend's must love you :)
      Have a lovely weekend. x

  6. Oh Wow I get to see this beauty twice TFS Craft Rocket Ch Lis DT

    1. You are too kind, Lis.. and a busy lady by the looks of things!
      Happy crafting :)

  7. Gorgeous tag card, Donna. Love the layers and dimension on this beauty! And the sentiment is fantastic ... I can see why you love it. Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! xx

    1. Thanks, Loll. Glad you like it :)
      We all have different ideas when it comes to CAS. I think mine often dance around the edges with a CAS 'feel' to them rather than being true CAS creations.
      That's why I'm such a fan of your work. You inspire me to do better in terms of incorporating new techniques that don't compromise on the look I am going for. In short, YOU ROCK! Thanks for sharing your creativity :)

  8. Fantastic tag! Thank you for playing along with us at Allsorts with your creation.

  9. It sure is a great sentiment and a good buy! You've made a super card with it.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  10. Hi Donna! Your card is just gorgeous and this is a beautiful sentiment too. Thanks so much for joining my challenge this week :)

    Jeannie T.
    Dragonfly Journeys

    1. Hi Jeannie. It's always fun to play along in new challenges. Many thanks for your kind words :)

  11. LOVE this card with the sweet tag. The sentiment is truly lovely. So glad to be given the opportunity to be GD on TYI and honoured to be inspired by your creation. Thanks, Donna! Have a lovely weekend. :)
    x Asha

    1. Thank you, Asha.
      Hope you have a lovely weekend, too :)

  12. Lovely tag card, very nice sentiment and love the stitching. Thank for joining our challenge and good luck in the draw. Jennifer DT member Unicorn challenge. x

  13. This is an awesome tag, Donna! Love that sentiment! You are lucky to have found it! Love that stitching too! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!

    1. Thank you, Bonnie. I'd been working on adding to my Penny Black stamps when I saw this online. Can you believe no one else put a single bid on it? It wasn't cheap... but I would have paid more!

  14. Gorgeous tag on your card Donna, love that beautiful stamped sentiment, sounds like you have been so very busy..
    Hugs Pam x

    1. Yes to being busy... but it's kept me distracted, Pam.
      Have a good weekend :)

  15. Oh this is a great card! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!!

  16. Your entire card "spoke" to me, Donna! The look of your sponging, stamping, and die cuts really blend well and enhance that wonderful sentiment. I loved CASEing it. Good for you to give your entire home an overhaul. I bet there's a lot of peace without the clutter.

    1. Glad to read your road to recovery is going well, Kara.
      Thank you for your kind words...

  17. This is lovely, Donna. I really like the offset tag, the soft colors and the bright red butterflies. Great sentiment too. Thanks for playing along at ATSM's Photo Inspiration Challenge.

    1. Hello Melissa :)
      Happy to gave found a new challenge to play along to.
      Thank you for stopping by...

  18. You should always put your make at the top and draw people in because your card art is excellent, Donna! This tag DOES speak volumes and I am so in love with your design! I only hope I have a chance to play along. And way to go using NBUS and snippets!!

    Way to go getting the entire house spring-cleaned already! Nothing feels better and it's worth all the work!! Hugs, Darnell

    1. Thank you, Darnell.
      Appreciate your very kind words :)
      Hope you and the Hammies are all doing ok. X

  19. Donna, this gorgeous, heart-warming tag/card warrants star billing at the top of your blog. From the sentiment (what a fabulous find!), to your showcase of it with the framing, the 'whispering winds', the wee butterflies and the leaves, this is a work of art! Can you tell that I LOVE x LOVE this! Thank you for the inspiration that encouraged me to step outside my comfort zone in creating my tag/card! Your cleaning and tidying is giving me ideas...but I'm going to stall until spring break. Fortunately, my crafting zone is postage-stamp sized, so it's easy to clean, although I do have some 'not used' stuff that needs to be stashed out-of-sight. And the wardrobe is calling for a purge, too! Wishing you a fabulous Sunday!

    1. Thank you, Carol :)
      Your tag/card with that gorgeous red butterfly is a real stunner - I bet Loll and Bonnie loved it, too.
      Take care. X

  20. Lovely design! Thanks for joining us at Craft Rocket, Claire DT x

  21. Such a great and lovely design Donna and a great quote too.

    1. Thank you, Anja :)
      Hope you have a good week. X

  22. It spoke to me enough that I'm going to case it! Super job. Thanks for sharing at Unicorn Challenges. Barbara DT

    1. If you are CASing it, I am honoured :)
      Thanks for stopping by...

  23. Oh, here I am again. Love the vintage look to the tag and all the detail! Thanks for sharing at Craft Rocket Challenges. Barbara DT

  24. Wow, I really love your card. The design really stands out, the sentiment is touchy, the colours great! Thank you so much for playing with our challenge at ATSM. Creative regards from stempelfrida

    1. Thank you, Nicole. Enjoying playing along with a new challenge to me :)

  25. Gorgeous tag and design Donna! So beautiful! I have some PB sentiments for Christmas in this font. Love Penny Black!

    1. Thanks, Pam :)
      I'm working on my Penny Black collection right now. I love them, too!