Friday, 5 August 2016

Flowers on String, UpCycling, Female

A new challenge starts today at what I now like to unofficially call 'Tag You're It' Friday.
(I can't help it.  I like the way it sounds).

My design for this challenge started off with every intention of being quite true to our Featured Artist's inspiration tag...  but then it digressed into something quite different.


Let me show you my tag...




...  and at a different angle...




...  and the tag created just for us by Michele Ferguson.





The similarities are there...


I focused on those pretty blue flowers, decided to upcycle some cardboard packaging from my Gorjuss patterned papers collection to create more flowers (there are two kinds on Michele's tag) and then stretched out my design on to a piece of string instead of keeping it quite compact on the leaves.
Don't ask me why.  
 (I may have mentioned this before, but my brain often takes 'interesting' detours when I'm crafting)!
I will say that the original intention was to use a branch in place of the leaves, but I decided against that as I felt the design would get too busy.
So string it was!
And I have used two tags (just like Michele) - it's just that one was cut and embossed from acetate before being partially glued into place over the other one.

I even managed to include dark centres on my flowers - just like the dark centres on Michele's blue flowers.
So all in all I didn't digress that far off track...  although I did sneak in one final sparkly touch before gluing everything into place!


Here's a close up so you can see it...







Supplies Used:


Die:
Sizzix/Framelits 'Tag Collection'
Memory Box 'Fabulous Phlox'
Memory Box 'Flower Mound'

Stamp:
SugarPea Designs 'Funky Wreath - Spring Edition'

Ink:
Tim Holtz Distress 'Stormy Sky'
Tim Holtz Distress 'Broken China'

Embossing Folder:
Crafter's Companion/Textures Elements 'Snow' (8x8)

Other:
Ranger/Stickles 'Sprinkled Sugar'
String




Challenges I'm Entering...



Challenge #153   'Gift Tags'


Fabulous Florals


Week #374   'A Touch Of Sparkle'






We would love to see how Michele inspires you to play along, so why not join us?
Have a happy weekend.

Donna. x

30 comments:

  1. This is just stunning - I think I'd have to frame this tag if it was given to me. The sparkle all over it is so pretty and I love the vivid blue against the stark white. Gorgeous! Thanks for playing along at CAS-ual Fridays!

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    1. Thank you, Claire. Part of the illusion is from the embossed acetate - it compliments the Stickles glue really well.
      Thank you for your kind words...
      Donna. x





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  2. Stunning Donna my friend! LOVE the Stickles, it does look like sugar (I was trying to work out what it was in the picture, before I read the list of supplies). Well done you for upcycling some packaging - I do that very often, it's a shame to throw all that pretty packaging away - I love your take on Michele's tag! My projects also, very often, take a turn in another direction (sometimes for the worse, I must admit), but sometimes, I am more pleased with what I end up with, than what I had imagined I'd do! Have a wonderful weekend my friend! Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

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    1. Hello, Hazel :)
      I'm glad I'm not the only one who goes off on a tangent - but that's all part of the fun, isn't it?
      Hope you have some sunshine where you are today.
      'Bye for now... X

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  3. Donna!!! Acetate+embossing ... new to me ... gorgeous!!!! Gorgeous tag - let me not go on about my crafting tangents!
    =] Michele

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    1. LOL... Thank you, Michele! You must try acetate embossing. It's one of my absolute favourite's - especially at Christmas time.
      Have a lovely weekend. X

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  4. I love that you made this your own Donna - I see how you were inspired by Michele - the flowers, and colors - I love all the sparkle and shine!

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    1. Thank you, Jeanne.
      Happy Friday. x

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  5. Wowser Donna! What a stunning tag - love the effect of the acetate, magical!

    Hugs

    Di xx

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    1. Thanks, Di.
      Have a good weekend. x

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  6. Me again Donna! Sparkles and acetate rang a bell with me - here's a slightly different technique you might like: http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/technique-time-tuesday-caught-in-crystal.html

    Hugs

    Di xx

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    1. Ooo....That looks amazing, Di. And your card linked up to this is absolutely gorgeous. If I get stuck, I may have to get back to you.
      Have a good weekend. x

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  7. WOW - love this pretty tag Donna. xxx

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    1. Thank you, Sarn.
      Happy Friday. x

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  8. Gorgeous tag you have created Donna, love the flowers on your string! also love embossed acetate and sparkle..
    Hope you had a lovely day!.
    Pam x

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    1. Thank you, Pam.
      Have a good weekend. X

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  9. Stunning bookmark and gorgeous blooms, Donna ! The branch looks real and the detail on each petal is beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Marybeth.
      Hope you have a good weekend. x

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  10. Donna, the sparkle on your tag is mesmerizing! I love the way your flowers meander along the string! Gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you, Kara.
      Have a good weekend. x

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  11. So creative to "stretch" out your design with string ... very beautiful. Love the acetate layer. I never think to do that and it looks so beautiful with the Stickles. Definitely need to give that a try. xx

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    1. Thank you, Loll.
      I was surprised at how well they went together - especially given the fact that my choice of Stickles doesn't look very attractive in the bottle (trust me, if you have this colour you will know what I mean)! I think that having some flowers above and some below the acetate just adds to the whole illusion - I balanced the ones above on dew drops when messing around and deciding what would go where, etc!
      Have a good Sunday :)
      Donna. x

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  12. You certainly do make the most beautiful tags Donna. The design work is amazing. Barbxx

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    1. Thank you, Barb :)
      Hope you're enjoying some sunshine today...
      Donna. X

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  13. I love the touch of sparkle and that fabulous blue and white color scheme. So very pretty.

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. Glad you liked the tag :)
      Have a lovely week...
      Donna. X

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  14. Pretty and delicate tag. LOVE the flowers and the sparkly background. Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Simon Says Stamp Fabulous Floral Challenge. Gayatri xx

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    1. Thank you, Gayatri :)
      Appreciate you stopping by.
      Have a lovely day.mx

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  15. Another beautiful tag, Donna! Love the acetate layer and those beautiful flowers!

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    1. Thanks, Bonnie.
      Acetate is one of my favourite things to play with )

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