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Friday, 29 July 2016

Carte Postale



Hello all!  Before we start, just a quick shout-out... There are just two more days to get your name in the hat for my Birthday Blog Candy so don't miss out on your chance to win!

Okay, back to business. It's one of those months with an extra Friday in it so over at A Vintage Journey it's time to play with tags.

Our Tag Friday posts are a chance for the Creative Guides to just have fun getting some ideas together on a tag, and there's always a fabulous variety on offer.  Do hop over to see what my lovely team-mates have been creating but, before you go, here's my Tag Friday offering for you.

It's a pretty simple affair, in one of my favourite colour combinations.  With my crafting time severely limited this year, I've found myself sticking to what I know and love when I have managed to get to the craft table.

And of course, as I was creating, stories started bubbling up.










I started with an Andy Skinner stencil and some texture paste.

















And then moved on to a Tim Holtz stencil and some Distress Inks, and a TH stamp too.














The young woman is from the Photobooth strips.  I love searching through the faces until I find one that "speaks" to me.















Here, she is full of the joys of life, having just received a 'carte postale' from the man she loves.  He just wanted her to know he's thinking of her.
















On their most recent weekend together, spent wandering the streets of Paris, he bought this small doll for her when she saw it in an antique shop window.














He said the doll looked as she must have done when she was a child, before he knew her.

(I should mention that the gorgeous flourishes are, of course, Calico Craft Parts.)













And now he's asked for a photograph so that he has a memento to hold on to when he can't be with her.














See how carefully she's dressed for this special photo, and the light in her eyes is that of a young woman who knows she is loved.














She'd like to hold on to the feeling of this moment and keep it forever - a happy memory to keep her warm when she is old.








Do hop over to A Vintage Journey and see what delights my fantastic team-mates have created for this Tag Friday, and we'll be back very soon for the beginning of a new challenge.  Have a great weekend, everybody!

The world before us is a postcard, and I imagine the story we are writing on it.
From The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson

44 comments:

Laura said...

Alison, your tag is just gorgeous! On seeing the photo, I immediately thought it was a family member of yours! Thought it isn't, I just love the story you created to go along with the photo and the doll! Love the blue and brown colors with the white accents! A very dreamy tag that puts one in a mood to remember our ancestors!! Thanks so much!

Julia Aston said...

Wonderful textures and colors on this lovely tag Alison! Love the background and beautiful splatter! Julia xx

Vintagehandmade said...

Your tag is so artistic, so vintage and so beautiful, Alison! I enjoyed reading your wonderful post with the story related to your amazing tag! I adore your color combo and those white splatters! Oh, it's simply fantastic! Big hugs! Branka xx

Barbara Schiassi said...

Alison is always a pleasure to see your project! this is so beautiful, love so much your attention to details! Fantastic! barbara

Helen said...

As always a great story to go with a glorious tag!

Amanda said...

A truly Alison tag, beautiful and love how you build your stories.
Love
Amanda x

chrissie said...

A stunning tag and always good to have a story to tell as well. The colours you have chosen for this are definitely 'Alison' and look like the right choice for this project for sure.

Love Chrissie xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is wonderful, I love all the little details and the story you have created,

Lucy x

Hazel Agnew said...

This tag feels very satisfying to me....maybe there is medication for this.......but seriously Alison, the tag feels like it evolved naturally. You have such a talent for capturing moments in time. Love it! Xx

Lauren Hatwell said...

A beautiful little snapshop of a life. Love it! Lx

A Pink said...

Such a beautiful tag! Alison and a heartwarming narrative. Loved seeing it come together. Gorgeous colours and wonderful design x
Apologies I haven't stopped by recently I have gotten behind with my blog visits all round ( Life gets that way sometimes I guess) so I am now on catch up - just hoping nothng else stops me in my tracks .
Hope you are ok and having a lovely time
take care
hugs x

Mrs.B said...

A lovely tag Alison and I love all the details to create your story.
Avril xx

Kath Stewart said...

stunning tag Alison...love the colour palette and all those fabulous details....congrats on your blog anniversary too...have a great weekend...hugs kath xxx

Nikki Acton said...

elegant, eloquent, enchanting..... xxx

Inky and Quirky said...

Wow such a gorgeous tag Alison, absolutely adore the splattery effect and that cute little frozen Charlotte doll, really effective touch
Hugs
Donna xx

Mary Elizabeth said...

Oh ... Thank you for taking us along on this journey with you and this young lady. It is amazing how art speak to each of us such different ways. I love how you are able to share that with us in such cathartic way. Gorgeous "mood" for the tag with your colors and imagery. It so fits your story. Gorgeous tag! -- Mary Elizabeth

Meggymay said...

I love your beautiful tag Alison. But I do love a good story and the one that you have with this piece, is wonderful, it speaks to me as well.
Yvonne xx

Chrissy said...

Beautiful story Alison and a beautiful tag..I love all the details and splatters of paint and that little doll is gorgeous.

luv CHRISSYxx

Redanne said...

It is anything but simple in my mind, I love the layering, the colours are superb and the story you tell makes the tag seem even more special! Anne xx

Lys Scrap said...

Such an harmony in this tag! I love your story, the photo really speaks indeed.

rachel said...

aw alison - a stunning tag and a wonderful story to go with it - fantastic! Hugs rachel x

Paper Profusion said...

A charming tag and post Alison. The lady in photo reminds me strongly of someone i knew long ago, how surreal. Anyway, love your beautiful tag background and all the fabby embellishments. Here's hoping we all grow old with many many happy memories! Have a lovely weekend. Nicola x

Team Clark said...

Such a stunning tag, Alison! Glad to see you using your "Alison" palette, which I know must feel good and comforting! I adore it!

Anita Houston said...

Completely gorgeous! I love the background, and love the addition of the charlotte! Fabulous!

Karen P said...

Your layering of colours and texture is just exceptional. I think I need to practice this, thanks for sharing the how to, something I may well try to do this weekend Karen x

Dorthe said...

So love her story, dear Alison , it is a beautiful romantic little part of this lovely lady`s youth :-) .
Love your stenciling, and the word sign ,telling wise worThs,-the splatter is amazing ,lightens up, with the doll, with the wonderful story of the woman and her love`s Paris trip .
Thank you.
Dorthe,m XOxo

craftimamma said...

Hi Alison, Sorry I've not been able to drop by for such a long time... anxious family times while my Son in Law made a slow recovery from his accident and subsequent very scary illness (sepsis as a result of the accident so needs to take care for some months yet) and then the happy arrival of a new Grandson two weeks ago. Hopefully things will start to calm down a little soon.

As for your tag.......WOW! It is beautiful! Love the little story and the girl has such a soft glow to her face....definitely a woman loved and in love! The white splatters look great and tie in beautifully with the white elements on the tag. Beautiful lazer cut flourish too!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Tina Z. said...

wow, stunning tag, I love the story ..

Margik said...

Lovely design and fabulous details! I love your gorgeous tag.
Hugs, Mar

craftytrog said...

Absolutely stunning Alison!!! xxx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

What a WONDERFUl tag Alison! Fantastic!
oxo Susi

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh Alison! What a gorgeous tag and what a lovely tale to go along with it! Hugs, Chrisx

Corrie Herriman said...

Beautiful as usual !
Corrie x

Annie said...

I love your tag details Alison x Wonderful background and then that fabulous photograph.

TFS
Annie xx

maj. said...

A fantastic tag Alison. I love every single detail of them!

Dee Adams said...

Alison this is fabulous absolutely love the colours, in fact I love every thing a perfect Tag! x

Etsuko Noguchi said...

Lovely story. Fabulous tag, beautiful the vintage colours and great composition. I love the flourishes position. xx

Lynn Price said...

Fabulous tag and charming story - and a wonderful re-entry for me back into blogland now that I am back in Connecticut and beginning to resume the usual routine!! I always love your blue and brown combos.... and the detailed layering via stencils and textures here is exquisite! Hope all is well - have you more travel ahead? xxx Lynn

Anke said...

FANTASTIC !!!

Hugs
Anke

Anneke said...

What a wonderful story. It makes your tag more special!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Gorgeous as always Alison, fabulous background and the picture is so perfect! Deb xo

toni said...

Beautiful tag which really expresses the story you have woven through it! Maybe we'll be seeing 'him' at some point ! Lovely work as always Alison xx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

You capture so much on one mere tag. I love it. I like the splatters that came from the tag and went to her photo, just an added touch to make it all blend in.

Jackie P Neal said...

I love your storytelling!!
Such a beautiful tag and of course those stunning craft parts are from calico!! Love them!!
xo