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Thursday, 4 July 2013

A twist of lime...




Hello everyone, Alison here with a change from my usual look!  Sometimes it's fun to just let rip a bit! And many of you are celebrating, aren't you?  
Happy 4th July!


And I'm celebrating - because, thanks to the lovely Annie of Curious and Crafty Treasures, I'm one of the lucky ones who gets to go to Tim's workshop here in August.


We did a deal to both be on the phones, but thanks to my dodgy signal (on the train en route to Stratford upon Avon) I had to call it a day before she did; but her persistence paid off - whoop, whoop! - so it seems like it's time for some colour.


I used Distress Inks and Stains in some, for me, unusually bright colours to create the background, and used my favourite (I think) stencil to add some more layered colour.












Then I layered up stamps from the Whimsical Melange plate, stamped in Distress Paint, to build up texture.

The grid is stamped in Picket Fence Distress Paint, and the circles are in a combination of Broken China and Peeled Paint, blended onto the stamp.













The real centrepiece is the fabulous sentiment from the Typography plate - embossed for glossy dimensionality so that it pops against that vivid background.










I added some tissue tape, and a bottle top that came in a job lot of Idea-ology bits and pieces, and has been waiting for a day when I was feeling colourful.













I also used Distress Paints to alter the Idea-ology cogs and add contrasting colours to the tag. 

I gave them a coat of clear embossing powder after the paint, and love the glossy dimensionality this gives them.










There's more of the blue-green end of the spectrum from the dyed crinkle ribbon at the top.  

Can't believe I didn't notice the trinket pin was the wrong way round when I was taking the pictures - tsk!







Ah, look... here it is!

So, I hope you like this hop out of kin creation - I certainly had fun making it - think I probably need to keep adding colour into my life and crafting... it can give you such a lift.

Thanks so much for stopping by... and I hope you'll be able to play along with the brand new Artistic Outpost Referral Program this month.  Use at least one AO image to enter, and you'll be entered in the prize draw at the end of July.

Happy Crafting!

Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.
Oscar Wilde


I'd like to enter this into the following:
Anything Goes at Simon Says Stamp and Show
At Try It On Tuesday, they're asking us to Show Us Your Metal - some of mine's unadorned and some has been altered

53 comments:

House of Bears said...

Wow, we love the colour, and the way the lime soda 'pops' out of the tag. Well done on TH success, lucky you.

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely tag, and have fun at that workshop! Valerie

Gio said...

Hello Alison! I love your 'unusual' tag. But you're good at everything! Still...you can't resist about putting the green and blue ribbon :-)

About the Coventry event...oh I wished to live not so far! Have fun!

barbarayaya62 said...

Really beautiful!!!! Your unusual colors are new and beautiful color combo! BArbarayaya

Brenda Brown said...

A beautiful splash of colour in a week that's beginning to warm up. So looking forward to that lunchtime rendezvous in Coventry.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Hettie said...

GREAT tag Alison. Love the pops of colour and your reliable blue and green did have to sneak in there I see!
Have fun at the workshop!
Hugs
xx

mark gould said...

Im loving the bright warm colours and the splash of lime green really pops. I bet you will have fun with Tim x

Candy C said...

Alison...this is so pretty. Love the deeper orange tones and then the pop of lime green! And the added Lime Soda bottle cap is such a great embellishment! You will LOVE Tim's classes. He's an amazing teacher and just keeps spewing ideas as your work. Really...soak it all in! :) Thanks for sharing your lovely tag with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Rita said...

Fabulous tag Alison. What a flurry of wonderful colour. I'm so looking forward to our class with Sir Tim. We'll have a such a fun time. Hugs Rita xxx

Kjersti said...

Wow! A fabulous tag Alison, love the colors and beautiful details! Have been looking around for a while, and you have posted a lot of gorgeous creations lately - love them all!
Hope you have a wonderful summertime!
Hugs Kjersti:)

Sandy said...

Love Lime Soda!!!!! Delightful and colorful tag Alison.
Sandy

Krisha said...

Bright, cheerful tag....LOVE it!

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Those colours are positively popping, so zingy. Definitely different colour palette for you but you pulled it off.
Wonderful details.
Wishes
Lynne

froebelsternchen Susi said...

such a happy piece dear Alison! fabulous!

Redanne said...

Wonderful colours Alison, love this tag! Hugs, Anne x

Shelby said...

How great for you that you get to go to one of his workshops! Awesome tag as always and just love how you've changed up the colors.

Shelby

Meggymay said...

Fabulous tag, love the colours. Lucky you getting to one of Sir Tim's workshops. Thank you for joining us at TioT's this time.
Yvonne

Carol Q said...

lovely to see hot tropical colours Alison - hope it goes with the weather we're about to get!
enjoy your TH class!!!

Dagmar said...

wow - such a great artwork - a fantastic tag!!!

Helen said...

This is a gorgeous looking tag, Alison! Am just a "little" bit jealous you're going to the workshop, one of my friends got into the afternoon one. I know you will have a wonderful time.

sam21ski said...

Love the cog and bottle top combo - great tag

Sam xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A great tag, love the color combination.

Chris said...

Fantastic tag Alison, I ADORE the colours!! Love your design and your layers of gorgeous stamping and embellishing, the sentiment I agree is superb and so is the bottle cap! Hugs, Chris xx

Dorthe said...

How lucky you are being able to attent to the Tim Holz`s workshop -
Sometimes I envy all you out in the big world having so many opertunyties!!! Not nice I know-lol!!
Your tag is gorgeous, love the fantastic colours you used, and the text and embossed pieces.
xo,Dorthe

Cinderella Moments said...

It's gorgeous. I love the teal with the orange. Amazing!!!
hugs♥,
Caroline

Claire said...

Hi Allison, wow I can't believe you're going to meet Tim Holtz! How lucky are you??!! Your tag is fab - and such different colours for you - I love that little bottle top. Take care, Claire x

Monique said...

That sentiment just makes me smile, lovely. Your tag is wonderful, I love the colors and especialy the Lime soda bottle cap.
xx

Mary Elizabeth said...

Fabulous color ... love the Twist of Lime. And yes ... this is the perfect piece to celebrate going to meet Tim. Congrats!! Definitely an occasion for very happy colors:) Great tag Alison!!

-- Mary Elizabeth


chrissies said...

How wonderful to be going to the TH workshop.

This is a fine tag with its wonderful colours and the embossed lettering.

Have a good day

Love Chrissie xx

die amelie said...

I love your colourful tag, Alison, and all the loads of great texture on it! The green looks fantastic with the warm red and orange and gives it a fresh look indeed.

A fun and vivid tag!

Hugs,
Claudia x

die amelie said...

Forgot to say: thank you so much for sharing this with us at TIOT! :)

Claudia x

Buttons said...

Adore the colours on this Alison. May need to pay homage to this tag as it is incredibly inspirational. So glad I'll get to see you in August. Hugs, Jenny x

hazel said...

A fabulous tag Alison - great colour, embellishments and I love the sentiment.
xxx Hazel.

Tincan Crafter said...

Hi Allison - thanks for stopping by my blog today. I loved your post today - I actually read it earlier this morning - my morning routine involves coffee and the daily blog news. I was going to comment on the Lime Soda Bottlecap because it is the exact shade of lime green sweater I wore yesterday, but I got distracted and then didnt. Beyond the really cool bottle cap, I loved the whole tag - these colours together are gorgeous. I loved the glossy gears too. Dont worry too much about watching the soldering video, on review I realise that it is out of focus because it is shot off an old webcam and it doesnt really say or give any real information about anything other than the fact that I soldered for the first time.

craftytrog said...

Wonderful inkyness Alison! And, congrats on your workshop place, you'll have a ball with Tim!
Alison xxx

cathylynn said...

Great colors Alison! Wonderful layers and textures too! Another fabulous tag!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Neet said...

Ooh! Fabby colours - real juicy on a lovely sunny day! Great tag.
Hugs, Neet xx

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Gotta' say, lol....didn't know you owned that color!....lol...suits you well! Altho I see that turquoise popping thru! Love your use of color, what a fun tag.

toni said...

Hi Alison great results stepping outside your colour comfort zone! So great to hear you got tickets for Tim . My friend and i tried so hard but the line was permanently engaged. Maybe next time ! X

Anita Houston said...

LOVE the lime soda button...reminds me of the wonderful grape soda one on the movie UP! This tag has gorgeous color! Love the tissue tape too! Wonderful! Thank you for sharing your wonderful work with us here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

Paper Profusion said...

So so glad you were 'feeling colourful' Alison! This is fizzy wonderful. Oh you lucky ladies meeting up with Tim! Nicola x

coco said...

I love your tag !!! And for me, you used a perfect set of nice colours !!.. :) Have a lovely we, Coco x

Lucy Edmondson said...

Wonderful! I am definitely liking you in colourful mode! I like that saying too; it reminds me of something my Dad used to say to me,

Lucy x

Julia S-W said...

Delicious colour and love the background you've created Alison.
Juliaxx

Keren Tamir said...

Another beautiful card and love the quote!!!

Marjie Kemper said...

Aaah, loving all the glorious details! Just saw this on the AO site from your teaser in your prior post. It's wonderful! (As is Annie..... WOW! Congrats and have a blast with Tim!)

Sandra said...

What a stunning colorful tag! Annie is gonna love this one! Love the bright cheerful colors! And all the metal embellies!
Really cool that you're going to the workshop of Tim in August! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

Margaret said...

Oh, I love the lime green! This tag is so fun and vibrant, perfect for celebrating!!

Mrs.B said...

Fabulous tag Alison, love the bright colours and the embellishments really 'pop'.
Thanks for sharing with us at TioT
Avril xx

Nicecrane Designs said...

amazing Tag Alison,,,,so colorful, so bright colors,,,so vibrant and all over love your sentiment,,,,,,,,.You are Rock.

Bonnie Irvine said...

Gorgeous use of colour, Alison. I especially love the pops of blue/green on the gears and seam binding. They provide lovely contrast to the colours of the tag. The shiny bits are lovely, making the colours more intense and adding great play of light. Congrats on getting a seat for Tim's workshop. I will enjoy vicariously through you :)

My name is Cindy said...

Fantastic tag, justlove the colour and the sentiment and of course, the metal!! Thanks for sharing with us at TioT

Cindy

Kezzy said...

Wow wow so loving the bright tag, I have to admit oranges, reds and yellows seem to be my favourite at the moment across the distress, dylusions and frescos lol. I love the cogs painted and embossed and the lime bottle cap is awesome. Happy Crafting :-) hugs Kezzy xxx