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Friday, 31 May 2013

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Hello everyone, and a warm welcome to a wet and chilly (and slightly sad - as you'll see at the end) Words and Pictures today.

I'm here with a gift tag which was used as a "promissory note" recently for one of my brother's birthday presents (a remote-controlled helicopter - what can I say? - with the dollshouses and all the crafting... we're all overgrown kids round here!).

When we ordered it, we didn't realise it was coming from China, so unfortunately it hadn't arrived on the day we wanted to present it.

I went into action with some rapid stencilling, stamping and embossing with some of my eclectic Paperie goodies, and came up with this...

The background was created with the Crafter's Workshop Mini Numbers Collage stencil and Dylusions sprays, including the yummy opaque White Linen, which softens all the other vivid colours when you mix them together.

I blended a bit of Pumice Stone Distress Ink around the edges for definition.









I don't have a helicopter stamp, sadly; the Tim Holtz aeroplane was the closest I could get.

It's embossed in the fabulous Ranger Liquid Platinum powder.
















I added the compass - embossed in SuperFine Black...












... and lots of hands pointing in various directions (the new Idea-ology tissue tape: Elements) to symbolise the long journey on which the present had gone astray!














The calendar stamp is there to offer an estimate of how many days he might still have to wait for it to arrive...











... so the sentiment was an obvious choice (in Liquid Platinum again).














I left plenty of room on the back of the large tag to write out the explanation that the helicopter was on its way, but on a "slowboat from China"!















And I was delighted that the mushroom-coloured ribbon I had in my stash toned in perfectly with the platinum embossing.  I tied it together using some of the fab Tim Holtz paper string.










Thank you so much for stopping by today.

You're in at the closing chapter of one of my adventures.  I'm very sad to say that this will be my last official post for eclectic Paperie.

There's just too much going on in life at the moment (craftily and otherwise) for me to continue trying to squeeze everything in.

I've had an absolutely wonderful time working with the lovely Kim, and the fabulous Design Team there over the last six months.  

I do hope you'll all continue to pop over to the eclectic Paperie blog to see what my incredibly creative team-mates are getting up to there, and to join in with the fabulous challenges.

I know I will!






Don't be dismayed at goodbyes.  A farewell is necessary before you can meet again.  And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.
Richard Bach

So, for one last time, you can click on the links to go straight to the eP store:




52 comments:

maria's knutselplezier said...

What a great tag n, Alison, especially for a man , love the airplain, and al the pretty details!!!

Greetings
Maria

Brenda Brown said...

Beautifully designed with meaningful images Alison and perfect using the blues and greys together. I hope the helicopter arrives soon, if it hasn't a,ready. EP will miss you greatly.
Have a great day.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Buttons said...

Love that you can 'throw' something so elegant together at top speed! Beautiful colours and a great idea to get round your predicament(bet we've all had pressies that have been delayed and felt awkward).
EP will definitely miss you. 6 months has flown by. Hugs, Jenny x

Helen said...

what a gorgeous tag,hope your brother doesn't have to wait too long for the helicopter. I shall miss your makes for EP but quite understand how life gets in the way!

chrissies said...

What a very lucky brother to have you make this tag for him and the promise of a helicopter as well. The tag would have been enough for me :)

You have made some wonderful things for EP and we have all enjoyed seeing them so no need to feel sad.

Have a good day

Love Chrissie xx

May said...

Beautiful tag Alison, Love the embossing... Lucky brother getting a helicopter & such a fantastic tag...you will be so missed over at EP....Hugs May x x x

Redanne said...

Gosh, is it 6 months already? Time just flies past. Your work at EP has been so beautiful, they will have a big gap to fill. Love your Brother's tag, the colours are wonderful. I really hope the helicopter arrives soon but it must be fun for him just anticipating it's arrival. Hugs, Anne x

Astrid Maclean said...

Great tag and cleverly put together to explain your predicament, I bet it was appreciated. Hopefully the "toy" will arrive soon. I'm guessing it was a wise decision re EP, though I am sure they will miss you!

Deborah said...

Cool tag, Alison. It makes a great promissary note.

Carol Q said...

we have a whole squadron of RC planes in our house Alison. gorgeous tag for a man. I can imagine your life is very busy at the moment!

Dagmar said...

wow - this is again compiled so great and I like it very much! Great artwork - as always!!

Netty said...

Terrific tag Alison and hope the 'copter arrives soon. Have a great weekend, Hugs Annette x


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House of Bears said...

What a great idea, we love the way you've combined all the elements to depict the journey his present is on, as well as him enjoying journeys once it arrives. Btw, we thought this was an entry for dragons dream, have you seen it? Your tag appears to fit.

Rita said...

Good Morning Alison. What a Fabulous tag. I love everything about it too. Hugs Rita xxx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Hi Alison, gorgeous tag, love the blue and the numbered backdrop. Love the aeroplane, looks fabulous in silver. Lovely stamping . Sorry to hear this is your last post. I am sure you will be missed. Tracy x

Francesca said...

Hi Alison, great tag, love the colour combination. Xxx

Paper Profusion said...

Super tag Alison - may the heli arrive v soon. EP will miss you greatly I am sure. Lovely quote to finish. I LOVE your beach hut below too. Happy Weekend - its a bank holiday over here and a mini heatwave is forecast! Nicola x

Dianne said...

I would have like to have seen you in action:), stunning tag you created so much thoughtfulness went into to it, it's brilliant. I'm sure you will be greatly missed on the team,it is a fantastic design team. I never knew where you got all the energy to produce all the the fantastic work all over blog land. Big hugs sweet Butterfly and have a wonderful weekend..

Lisa S. said...

Love the embossing on your tag Alison. That powder is a must have and on my shopping list now. ;) I love the stamped elements and I'm sure he appreciates how busy you are helping your mom. Hope he had a very happy birthday!

Sorry for being scarce, I too am in overdrive with b'day's, holidays, graduations, life lol. Plan to catch up very soon, I miss W & P's! Hugs

Lisa M said...

Humor also runs rampant in your family as this promissory tag gave me a great laugh. Slow boat from China, indeed! Your alternate airplane works perfectly and I love all the symbolism of the journey you've included. Terrific job Alison :)

Jennie Atkinson said...

Wonderful tag with a wonderful message. We have llittle teasers in our family like that sometimes, especially living on an island when things can take an age to get here!

We are all enjoying your wonderful journey but I am sure you will be missed at EP. Have a lovely weekend x

Sandy said...

What a fun tag - I keep looking for a helicopter with the words made in China on it - or made in China at the bottom of your tag. Your aeroplane (don't you just love that word) looks great.
Alison, I am so tickled that you made your blog into a way of keeping your notes on what you have done. Now we all can keep your notes!!! I am sorry to see you leave eclectic Paperie - they have lost a tremendous talent! I love the blog and shopping in the store. Hope all is going well in your world Sugar!
sandy

Sandy said...

What a fun tag - I keep looking for a helicopter with the words made in China on it - or made in China at the bottom of your tag. Your aeroplane (don't you just love that word) looks great.
Alison, I am so tickled that you made your blog into a way of keeping your notes on what you have done. Now we all can keep your notes!!! I am sorry to see you leave eclectic Paperie - they have lost a tremendous talent! I love the blog and shopping in the store. Hope all is going well in your world Sugar!
sandy

Terry said...

My hubby would love a "helicopter" as well and has a birthday on the 3rd! Happy Birthday to your brother and he will so love this manly tag! Enjoy the weekend! Terry

craftytrog said...

What a fabulous tag Alison! I'm sure it made up a little for the late helicopter.
Brenda tells me you'll be at The Craft Barn Extravaganza tomorrow. I'll be there too, will look out for you. Hope we don't miss each other again.
Alison xx

sam21ski said...

Fabulous tag Alison

Have a great day tomorrow

Sam xxx

Chrissy said...

Fabulous tag for a male Alison..love the embossed plane and sentiment, fabulous details.Love the colours too..my eldest Son has one of those little helicopters,and we fly it around inside the house..[he has a large lounge] and his dog came flying inside, leapt in the air,caught it, and chomped on it..lol..so funny..needless to say my Son was not impressed.

Luv CHRISSYxx

Kate said...

Love your awesome masculine tag. The embossing is fabulous. The perfect addition to a birthday gift.
Kate

Dorthe said...

A wonderful idea, when the real thing did not arrive in time:-)
I love the platinum aeroplane and text ,-looks fantastic Alison!
And so much meaning in the whole tag!!
You will surely be missed in Eclectic Paperie blog- but life can be just too stressed !!!!
xx-Dorthe

Sue C said...

Fab tag Alison, the embossing is gorgeous and love all the pointing hands ! Sue C x

Bonnie Irvine said...

Alison, this is a fabulous tag both in terms of content for your brother and artistically. I love the variety of images and finishes...wonderfully thought out. It has been a privilege to be on the eP design team with you. I look forward to continuing to enjoy your artistic journey.

Unni A said...

What a fabulous tag! I love the colors and the embossing and all the wonderful details!
Have a great weekend!
hugs, Unni

Annie said...

A fabulous tag Alison x love the colours and the embossed plane is wonderful.

Hugs
Annie x

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Hello Alison
I've missed my visits so very much.
This tag is full of not only wonderful stamping but I love the thought process and such care to include elements that related not only to the gift but to the fact the gift was taking longer to arrive than estimated. Fabulous.
Wishes
Lynne

Ria Gall said...

Hi Alison
What a fantastic tag and I love the story behind it and how you used the tag to tell the tale.
Great colours and I love all the heat embossing.
Ria

catherine said...

This looks fabulous Alison. great colour and imagery. I am sure you will be sadly missed over at the challenge blog but I am sure they so enjoyed having you on the team
x catherine

Victoria said...

Another butterfly masterpiece! Love the blues and the silver embossed aeroplane. The birdhouse on your previous post is adorable too. You are so talented, my blogland friend and I've really enjoyed browsing through your recent creations :)

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A gorgeous tag, great colors and images.

Lucy Edmondson said...

What a great tag! Bet your Bro will love the helicopter when it arrives! I am sure you will be missed at EP. Hope you had a good time yesterday and that your journey improved,

Lucy x

Margaret said...

Now this is one fantastic tag! The embossing looks amazing! I'm sure that your wonderful tag made the waiting a little easier.

Nan G said...

Love the muted tones of this one!

Anita Houston said...

Gorgeous tag...love the silvery tones!

Hettie said...

Good grief girl! Another stunning tag. Do you ever run out of ideas? Whatever you do DON'T!!
Hugs
xx

Annette Green said...

What a fantastic tag, Alison. We'll surely miss you over at eP, but I'll still be "seeing" you here.

Sue said...

I love your tag Alison, and I'm sure your brother did too. I hope his helicopter has arrived xx

mark gould said...

Stunning, and good byes are always hard, Im sure you will be missed but on to new ventures etc is always fun and exciting.

Kjersti said...

A gorgeous tag Alison - beautiful colours!
Have a nice day!
Hugs Kjersti:)

Nicecrane Designs said...

Abslutely my favorite Tag Alison, love the composition,,,,it is perfect my friend and I am falling in love with the silver touches.

siljanskreativeck said...

Das Flugzeug mit diesem Embossingpulver sieht genial aus!! Mir gefällt auch der Hintergrund supergut!!

Anke said...

FANTASTIC !

Chris Warner said...

A beautiful tag for a great idea. I hope your brother likes his pressie.

I'm sure your DT mates will miss you but they will understand that we all have to make changes. Good Luck! Chris xxx

Kezzy said...

Wow a gorgeous tag, bet you're brother loved it. Hugs :-) Kezzy xxx