Friday, 29 July 2016

CAS Tag, Vase and Flower, Female

Have you been playing along with the current challenge at 'Tag You're It'?
 There's less than a week to go but that's still plenty of time to get those creative juices flowing! 

For those of you who may not have had a chance to stop by at Tag You're It lately...  You may not know that we now have a 'Featured Artist' for each new challenge, bringing us their own design to work with and giving us and you even more inspiration to play along with.  
Yay!!!
So if you have the time, why not give it a go?


My tag for this challenge is probably the most CAS thing I have ever made...  and boy did I struggle leaving all that white space.
I have to confess I tried many, many ways to incorporate some colour into the background...  but not one of them looked right.  And yes, I did consider Embossing Folders...  but then I would have lost the definition of the 'flight path' stitched detail.   
So in the end I resigned myself to the fact that, in this instance, lots of white space was the way to go...   but to make myself feel better I did spray the whole background with glitter varnish before adding the vase, flower and butterfly.  (And yes, it really did make me feel better)!



Here's my tag...




...  and here's a close up so you can hopefully see the glitter varnish...


  




I'm always trying to find ways to sneak in a little dimension with my CAS projects.
How did I achieve that on this design?
Well, firstly I chose a die that I could emboss and add colour to. Then I cut a bottom flower head in red and the top overlapping in a deep pink colour.   
Then I chose a stitched detail that adds to the scene without adding any colour whatsoever...  and added a butterfly that's glued only at the centre - so I can raise the wings a little. 
Cutting the vase from vellum and then inking around the edges meant that any glue that would normally show through was now hidden - I just spot glued behind the inked edges only.
Even my glitter varnish base gives added texture - how's that for a happy coincidence?

I will never be a one layer girl and I'm ok with that.  It's simply not in my skill set.
Why worry about what I cannot change?  We can't all be good at everything, after all!




The Featured Artist for this challenge is a lady by the name of Amy Tsuruta.
Here's her tag on a card...





It's easy to see where I got my inspiration from this time, isn't it?!




Supplies Used:

Dies:
Sizzix Thinlits 'Flower Vases'
Marianne Designs (Creatables) 'Tiny's Tulip'
Memory Box 'Peaceful Butterfly Wings'
Memory Box/Open Studio 'Busy As A Bee'

Ink:
Tim Holtz Distress 'Walnut Stain'
Tim Holtz Distress 'Forest Moss'
ColorBox Pigment Ink 'Frost White'

Other:
Crafter's Companion 'Spray and Sparkle'  (Pearl Diamond)
Vellum
Ribbon



Challenges I'm Entering...

Simon Says/Wednesday 
Anything Goes


(Made entirely from Snippets)


Challenge #262   'A Stitch In Time'


Week #373   'Anything But A Card'


Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge #14
(Add Dimensional, Intricate Dies, Ribbon)


Challenge #153   'Gift tags'


Cardz 4 Galz
Challenge #27   'No Patterned Paper'







Wishing you the happiest of weekends...

Donna. x







34 comments:

  1. You did it again, Donna! Incredible tag! So very minimalist but vintage and feminine at the same time.

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    1. Thank you, Olga. 'White Space' is a struggle for me... but I'm learning!
      Have a lovely weekend. x

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  2. Lovely CAS tag. Very pretty indeed xxx

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    1. Good morning, Sarn :)
      Thank you. x

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  3. Wowser - Donna, this is absolutely stunning! And I keep meaning to say that I do love how you 'stage' your cards so beautifully!

    Hugs
    Di xx

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    1. Thanks, Di :)
      I go out and buy props - sad or what! But I'm hankering after a particular DT spot and 'good photo's are a must... so I'm practising with every card/tag I post!

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  4. Beautiful Donna. Just beautiful. hugs Mrs A.

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    1. Thank you :)
      I hope those feathered friends of yours are behaving themselves!
      Donna. x

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  5. An absolutely gorgeous CAS tagDonna and the dimension looks great. Barbxx

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    1. Thank you, Barb.
      How's the keep fit coming along?
      I'll pop by now (before I forget) and see if there's an update on your blog. x

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  6. Very nicely done! Glad the shimmer made you feel better-- it usually does :) thank you for sharing at SOS!

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  7. Hello Donna: What a beautiful tag, love the dimension you gave to the Vellum vase with your awesome shading, just stunning effect.
    For someone who doesn't do CAS cards, you really rocked this one!!
    I too struggle sometimes with leaving all of that white, empty space when I make CAS cards but in the end, I like the way they turned out. Thank you for sharing this gorgeous tag with us at Shopping Our Stash, hope you play along again soon.
    Hugs,
    Maria Rodriguez.

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    1. Hello Maria.
      Thank you for taking the time to stop by :)
      I think CAS is all about getting the dies/stamp (or whatever) to do all the work for you - which means you need a strong focal image to begin with. For me, that's often easier said than done... but I'm learning!
      Have a lovely weekend. x

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  8. CAS and simply stunning Donna. Such attention to detail with the stitching and amazing vellum vase xx

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    1. Thank you, Andrea.
      I missed you last Sunday - was looking forward to saying a proper 'hello' :)
      Hope you've had some good news with your results. x

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  9. LOVE this tag Donna! wish I was this clever, to make CAS Cards/Tags, just cannot stop adding.. love this..
    Forgot to say saw your photo on that ladies blog post who`s been visiting the UK..something beginning with D (My memory)
    Lovely photo too.. why are you hiding behind lemon/orange.
    Hugs Pam x

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    1. I hate my photo being taken - and I know how worn out I look. That photo is me half a stone heavier than I was in January! Currently about 6st, 9lb.
      The 'D' lady? That's Darnell - she's just as lovely as people say she is.
      Thanks for the kind words, Pam.
      Get some rest this weekend. X

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  10. Aaw now Donna! You just know I'm gonna have to go off and get me some of that 'Spray and Sparkle' doncha? LOL Such a fabulous tag, I love the idea that you cut the vase from vellum and gave it that 3D look with the sponging! . . . Inspired! So beautiful, so delicate . . . LOVE it! Have a wonderful weekend my friend! Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

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    1. It's a subtle glitter finish, Hazel... but I LOVE it. I'll be posting a dark coloured panel that I sprayed it on quite soon and you'll see a real difference. I love the fact that it's a built in varnish, too :)
      Do you buy from Crafter's Companion? You can buy it elsewhere but cheaper if you'd a CC buyer with benefits - I'm on the Silver tier this year!
      Thanks for stopping by, my very lovely friend. You'll have to send me a FB message with your birthday and address - Christmas is coming, you know. X

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  11. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz, good luck!!! Amy DT

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  12. stunning card, the tulip is gorgeous! I am so glad you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

    blog-paperie blooms
    ig-2klines

    sparkle & shine, kindness *~*

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    1. Thank you for your kind words :)

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  13. Donna, I'm so glad you stuck with all that white space...it really lets the gorgeous vase and flower stand out! Great little stitched flight path for the butterfly, too...so many gorgeous elements to your tag! I'm a big fan of CAS so this right up my alley! Thanks for joining us at Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge #14!

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    1. Thank you, Judy. CAS is growing on me - it just doesn't always do what I want it to do! Have a lovely week. X

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  14. This is stunning Donna - love everything about it...the vellum vase looks so soft and pretty - what a great idea gluing under the inked edges. CAS perfection! Thanks for playing along at CAS-ual Fridays!

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    1. Thank you, Claire :)
      Glad you like it.
      Have a lovely day. X

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  15. Gorgeous CAS design Donna. You did an amazing job and I LOVE all that white space. That allows us to focus on your beautiful elements ... the shading of the gorgeous flower, the dimension from the butterfly, and the vase that is so elegant with the vellum layer. The shading on the vase really gives it a lot of dimension as well. And the shimmer makes everything sparkle. Great job! xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Loll.
      I'm still wrapping my head around CAS - and I'm determined to get better at it.
      I absolutely LOVE the CAS Mix Up challenge. Thank you for all the effort you and Bonnie put into it. It's like my own fun training ground :)

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  16. An amazing simplistic CAS card. Thanks for playing along with us at Cardz 4 Galz. Hope we see you again. Caz DT.

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  17. You make the most amazing tags, Donna! This is no exception! Wonderful dimension and perfectly CAS!

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    1. Thank you, Bonnie.
      Have a lovely day. X

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