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Friday, 30 June 2017

A Single Flower





Hello all!  Thank you so much for your lovely response to my new stamps at PaperArtsy.  If you missed the announcement, you can catch up with the exciting news here.

It's Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey today, and I've pressed another of my quote stamps into action for my tag.

Tag Friday happens when we have an extra Friday in the challenge month, and the Creative Guides get to simply play however they like, as long as it's on a tag.  

I've been playing with Oxides as well as the word stamps to create a summery tag, full of dappled sunshine through leaves.

I thought we could all do with the leafy shade after the steaming weather (we had the same thing here in New York, though it's now settled into slightly gentler temperatures for a while, thankfully).






For the background I carried on with my explorations mixing Distress Inks and Distress Oxides.  It's a constant delight seeing how they play together.

The first sweep laid down the blues for the sky.  I think it's Faded Jeans and Broken China in both DI and Oxide formulations, with maybe some Salty Ocean DI thrown in.








Then I added a layer of leafy greens... Peeled Paint Oxide and Mowed Lawn DI, dipping and dabbing and spritzing with water.













I think I then went back in with touches of Broken China again, but by this point my memory's a bit fuzzy as I was just in the moment, playing.















What I do remember is really enjoying stamping with the Broken China Oxide.  This is the vintage ledger from Tim's recent Etcetera set.  And you can see I've added some scraps of tissue tape too.














Next step was the stamping.  First of all the quote at the foot of the tag, stamped in Versamark and embossed with Wow Bright White SuperFine powder.











There's a simplicity and clarity to the idea expressed in these words which meant I just had to have it in the EAB01 Trees and Flowers stamp set.

I love this vintage typewriter font, with just that touch of imperfection about it.











I stamped one of Tim's Illustrated Garden flowers the same way.  It has many flower heads, but all on one stem, so I think it works for the "single flower" of the quote!














I considered colouring in the petals, but in the end I decided I liked seeing the dappled background as much as possible.















I rather like how the tissue tape caught and held some of the embossing powder.  I did notice before I heated it, but decided against brushing it away, and I'm so glad I didn't.












There's some white paint spatter, and a simple topping of cheesecloth and fine twine.














And I mounted the whole tag onto some white card to frame it, all nicely distressed around the edges, of course.












So that's your lot from me today.  I hope you'll hop over to A Vintage Journey see the wonderful tags created by my lovely team-mates.

I'm not the only Creative Guide using my PaperArtsy quotes for this Tag Friday, so keep your eyes peeled!

And if I've tempted you with the word stamp, you can find out much more over at PaperArtsy...

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I'll see you again soon.

Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven't time, and to see takes time - like to have a friend takes time.
Georgia O'Keeffe







I'd like to enter this tag at Stamps and Stencils where they are looking for Words with Meaning.  These ones mean a lot to me - the need to clear away the complications of life and find simplicity and clarity.  It's ongoing work...

41 comments:

Margaret said...

I have missed seeing your beautifully distressed and inky tags! The simplicity of the white embossing works so well with the beautiful background!

Julia Aston said...

First - I am just SO pleased for you that you have designed your own sentiment stamps! How very exciting! I hope they are available in the US - I'll be searching for them! Your tag is lovely with (no surprise!) your blues and greens - but no browns??!! the white embossing and text strips look lovely along with that wonderful quote! Big Congrats Alison!! Julia xx

Brenda Brown said...

Oh what a wonderful dappled background for the gorgeous flower image and the fabulous quote you chose to use. I am so pleased and excited that you have collected so many beautiful words together for your fabulous sets of stamps and I've already been shopping lol. Huge congratulations and well done on showcasing them so beautifully on your gorgeous tag. Xxx

Helen said...

What fabulous tags, love the blue/green tones. I have (you knew I would) ordered your stamp sets and can't wait! Just need time to play (got rather a lot of new PA stamps lately!!)

Anke said...

WOW WOW WOW Alison your tag is so beautiful, I love the wonderful quote.

Hugs
Anke

chrissie said...

A very beautiful tag Alison.So many great ideas, I see it as an exquisite fabric design for a summer blouse.

'Nobody sees a flower really'. I think I do I love all of the plants in our little garden so get to know them one by one as they grow and burst into flower. Your 'words' always make me think so that has to be good.

Have a great day

Love Chrissie xx

Monika Gulyas said...

This tag is so beautiful!!! You created a magnificent background with the oxides and the spatters!!! And it's so cool that you can use your own stamp to put a text on your tag!!! Big hugs

craftytrog said...

Beautiful! I love the background and the white embossing!
Alison x

Astrid Maclean said...

Super background on this wonderful tag, the white embossing really sets it off, perfect of course for your wonderful quote stamps! Again, big congrats on that and I look forward to many more beautiful creations using them!

Marci said...

Beautiful tag with the white on the blues and greens.

Team Clark said...

Oh Alison, you always use my favorite and go to colors and remind me how I never tire of them! :) I love that your new stamps fit the tag perfectly. Sometimes I wish designers would consider sizing more. The flower image is perfect and the use of white so refreshing. I love this so much, tfs! Hugs, Autumn

Sandy said...

What a gorgeous background - thanks for the tutorial - the tag is perfect of you sentiment stamp!!
sandy xx

Lys Scrap said...

So fresh and gorgeous tags! I love the background, and of course the quote!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Beyonf beautiful dear Alsion! I am thrilled about your fantastic tag!
Happy weekend!

Lynn Price said...

Another beautiful creation, Allison - I so love your background here! The lacey feel to your stamping and other touches is wonderfully refreshing on this hot and humid day, and of course your wonderful words.... quite enchanting! xxx Lynn

Sue said...

Really beautiful Alison, white embossing is always on my favourites list, and your new quote stamp is perfect. Have a lovely weekend. Sue xx

S@ndy Diller said...

Great tag Alison and Congrats on the stamps!!! Way to go girl. Hugs, S@ndy

rachel said...

a really beautiful background Alison and a fabulous use of that stamp too. Loving the distressed edges - gorgeous! Hugs rachel x

Meggymay said...

The white image, looks beautiful against the inky background you created. It is a fantastic tag.
Yvonne xx

Paper Profusion said...

I'm still smiling for you Alison! Really wonderful tag, Tim's inks and your words look fab together! I shall do a ker'ching over at Country View ... Nx

Etsuko Noguchi said...

This tag is simply beautiful with your coloring. The fabulous quote is one of your new stamps. xx

____Thank you so much for your warm word, now I am completely refreshed and starting happy crafting.

Etsuko xx



Sara Barker said...

Alison, your tag is so refreshing in it's color--you have worked your magic with your inks and Oxides and inspires me to get to work with mine! The bright white of the embossing works perfectly to really let that background shine and your quote works so well with Tim's flower. Congratulations to you on your stamps! I will certainly be checking these out at PA! Well done, you! And your quote at the end of your post rings so true! Hugs!

Julia said...

I love the illustrated garden set and love what you have done with it. Mixing oxides and DI is such good fun and I like the way the oxide stamping of the text sits on top of the lovely background. x

Redanne said...

The background you created is totally delightful and very soothing. I love the embossed florals and the font of your sentiment is wonderful. Huge congratulations on your stamp release, both sets are brilliant! Anne xx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

First of all a huge huge congratulations on your stamps, so thrilled for you. I adore the co,our palette on this tag and the white really pops against the backdrop, love it and love your sentiment . Tracy x

A Pink said...

I just LOVE the colours of your tag and the backgrounds you have created mixing the DOX with the DI's.The dox stamping adds a lovely extra touch of subtle detail Your embossed floral image and your embossed words(wahoo- love them) sit so perfectly, complimenting each other to create a really gorgeous tag Alison .

I'm off know to visit your post announcing your stamp release so I will take my congrats with me and leave it there - so so happy for you.
take care
hugs x

Mrs.B said...

The background of the tags looks fabulous with the white stamping - love the quote - off to catch up as I've been missing and out of action!
Avril xx

Mary Elizabeth said...

Hi -- So glad I did not miss this set of tags. They are absolutely fantastic. Love the play of shades and tints. Stunning backdrop for that lovely quote. Love the AB stamps!! I've ordered my own set of Distress Oxides. Hope to have them for my travel stash before setting of to South Africa. Heading off to see the reveal of your Paper Artsy stamps. This is so exciting!! Hugs -- ME

maj. said...

Your tag is amazing! Beautiful background!!!!

pearshapedcrafting said...

What a fabulous blend of distress inks and oxides! Love the embossing - which stands out so well! A beautiful tag! Hugs, Chrisx

Joan said...

Beautiful tag and thanks for letting us share the journey of how you made it

Julie Ann Lee said...

Such a beautiful, cool,leafy tag with the perfect sentiment. xx

Pamellia Johnson said...

Such a gorgeous tag Alison! Your background is just amazing, wow! Loving those colours and splashy design. The white flower is beautiful, but I think my favourite part is that sentiment. What a true quote, if only everyone in the world would see it to be true! Happy 5th anniversary by the way, time sure does go fast! Hope all is well with you and yours, sending hugs :)

Nikki Acton said...

Another stunner - your oxide / DI work creates so much depth and of course I love the blue / green hues! With a background like this who needs more but of course there are your amazing stamps to add! YAY. Happy weekend, whatever you are doing. Nikki xxx

Diana Taylor said...

I haven't been around as much I would like and I nearly missed this - so glad I didn't and huge congratulations on your stamp set at PA, very well deserved and I'm so very pleased for you. The tag is stunning and your use of the Oxides is fabulous - what wonderful backgrounds, and beautiful words too.
I'm off to follow your link to PA in a minute to have a closer look at your new stamps!
Diana x

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

You are SOoOOoO talented! Each time I swing past your blog, my jaw drops and I start to drool (in the absolute best way possible). I always feel inspired and am amazed at your wide range of techniques and knowledge. You have SKILLS my friend (all in caps) and I just want you to know what a positive difference you're making in this crafty world!!

Neet said...

Simply beautiful Alison.
For health reasons I have got out of the habit of crafting, blog reading - in fact, so unlike me, I have no Oxides. Now most of my friends would find that hard to believe. However, your post today has spurred me on and I am going to get some. Love the colours you have used so they will be top of my list.
Thank you.
Hugs, Neet xx

Gio said...

Such a beauty, as always, Alison. And congrats on the stamps release , you really deserve it! :-)

Annie said...

Love the colours on this amazing tag Alison and huge congratulations on your stamp releases. Your collection of quotes are fabulous for cards/journalling etc.

Take care and huge hugs
Annie xx

Coco said...

Love this tag, absolutely gorgeous!!!
Hugs again, and happy Sunday Alison.
Corinne xx

Jackie P Neal said...

Absolutely stunning my friend! xx