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Saturday 13 April 2019

Borrowing the Dream

Hello all!  I'm here with a CASEing today - not something I do very often.

The moment I saw the glorious tag created by my fellow Creative Guide, Jennie of Live the Dream, for the most recent Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey, I fell in love with it.  So today, I'm "borrowing the dream". 

Seeing the tag made me want to play right away, and I then checked in with the lovely Jennie to make sure she was okay with me sharing the result here on the blog.

If you want to see the beautiful original, it's right here, and you'll also be able to see how to make your own version.

Mine's really very close to Jennie's - not quite the same Infusions colour, and slightly different finishing touches, but other than that I'm deeply indebted to her for the inspiration and for the lovely time I had at my craft table playing.

I adored the light, ethereal quality of the tag - so typical of Jennie's work - and that wonderful background crackle, as well as the tall, elegant shape.  I'm sure I did order some of those long thin tags before I went to NYC, but I'm blowed if I can find them in my somewhat chaotic craft room.  So I grabbed a jumbo MDF tag and off I went.

I wasn't very successful with keeping my design tape strips showing through, but it gives such a great texture to the crackle - all sealed in with DecoArt Ultra Matte Varnish, so it's going nowhere - that I really don't mind.

Instead, I used some script stamping for additional detail.  (It's a PaperArtsy stamp which came as a freebie extra and has become a firm favourite.)

In any case, some more design tapes get pride of place as backing to the quote I've used from my PaperArtsy EAB09 Love Edition stamp set.

That was probably one of my main reasons for wanting to re-create Jennie's look... I really wanted to combine it with this particular quote.

My love for her tag certainly blossomed suddenly and unexpectedly!

The flower stems are coloured with Indigo Infusions powder - the same powder which provides the shaded colour in the background over the white crackle.

Some Idea-ology accents add a touch of metal...

... accented with just a sweep of white acrylic paint.

And I've dotted around some of my ivory sequins.

They catch the light beautifully.

Some linen ribbon at the top, and that's pretty much that. 

Creating my own version of an inspiration tag reminded me how much I've missed Tim's fabulous 12 Tags challenge.  It's so lovely not to have to do your own thinking sometimes! 

So thank you, Jennie, for providing me with a carefree hour or so at the craft table, and also for reminding me that I really should play with the Infusions powders more often.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you're all having a great weekend, and I'll be round for a catch up soon.

I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.
Herman Hesse


Dorthe said...

This is amazingly beautiful, Alison.
I also fell in love with Jennies, beautiful, tag, but surely I`m not less in love with this.
Oh my, your gorgeous background, the wild crackle , and lovely tones you chose , I love it all !! the soft stamped text and the quote , so very awsome all together .
Thank you for a special experience here . Hugs, Dorthe

Amanda said...

A beautiful interpretation of Jenny’s tag which you’ve given your butterfly touches, lovely
Amanda x

Valerie-Jael said...

Gorgeous tag, love everything about it. Hugs, Valerie

Helen said...

that's really beautiful Alison!

Meggymay said...

Its a gorgeous tag, the crackle texture looks lovely and the sentiment says it all.
Yvonne xx

Tamara said...

Such gorgeous colors an textures and the sentiment is lovely.

Tamara X

My name is Erika. said...

Gorgeous tag Alison. I love the crackled background. The blue looks great against the neutral background. Happy rest of your weekend. Hugs-Erika

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Most impressive, Alison. What got me was the crackle technique that reminded me of an old house that needed painting. It's a beautiful way to show texture and I can actually envision the flowers are growing next to an old house that has been abandoned for years. I know, I always let my imagination take flight at times. Still, it's a gem, and I always say imitation is the greatest form of flattery!!!

Craftyfield said...

I can see Jennie's inspiration behind your tag, but the colours are pure Butterfly! Yours and Jennie's are equally fabulous, makes me want to try too! xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is absolutely dreamy, Alison,

Lucy x

A Pink said...

Just like you Alison I was enamoured by Jennies stunningly beautiful tag that she shared with us for our AVJ Tag Friday .
Its wonderful to see you creating your own version which holds its own stunning beauty too .

hugs x

Jackie PN said...

What a beautiful tag Alison!! And your words, go along perfectly with your blossoms. I was going to ask about the peeling, but you answered the question already,so note to myself,seal peeling paint!
Hope all is well in your world- hope to be around more soon!
Much love to you and Easter blessings,Jackie xoxo

suzyb said...

Love the tag. The crackle paste, perfect touch as well as the few bits of sequence. Really a love piece of work. :)

Marci said...

Such a pretty tag, the crackle is wonderful!

Mrs.B said...

A beautiful interpretation of Jennie's tag, your crackle background looks fabulous and I love the quote.
Avril xx

Jennie Atkinson said...

I am absolutely honoured Alison that my tag inspired you so much! I love what you did with yours ..... beautiful subtle colouring and yes that crackle does look good over the tissue tape! what a great play time we have both had x

froebelsternchen said...

This is so utterly pretty!!! Gorgeous Alison!

Redanne said...

I must admit to loving Jennie's gorgeous tag too and you have CASEd it beautifully Alison. The crackle is superb! Anne xx

Candy C said...

Soooo elegant and beautifully done, Alison.

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

I always think it brings an extra special touch when we have been encouraged and inspired by a friend the project holds that memory each time it's looked at. A beautiful piece Alison washi is a marvellous way of making your words pop. Those sequins are like april showers.
Creative Hugs Tracey x

Patty O'Malley said...

Beautiful tag, Alison! I miss Tim's tags, too.

Mac Mable said...

You've taken Jennie's beautiful tag and made it your own. Love all the cracks, the colours, the way the light hit it and your design and layout is striking and beautiful x.

craftytrog said...

So beautiful Alison, I'm off to see Jennie's inspiration.

Katie said...

Stunning tag

Roosterhead Designs said...

Dear Alison this tag is so enchanting~ The crackle and cream sequins pulled me right in, and then the words and flower drew my eye closer!
I love the background too; the bits of fading text there and white-wash feel.
I'm intrigued at how the stamped letters have that raised quality! (are those letters actually 'raised'?) So cool~
And the tape layers are subtle and brilliant <3 Another favorite for me! Thanks for sharing. I learn something new every time I visit you.
I will be looking in on Jennie's blog in the future! Have a wonderful weekend ahead~ karen o

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I came to give you a heads up. For reasons I won't go into, I have been locked out of blogger. This is a devastating problem for me, especially since I am in the middle of my recycle campaign. However, I have set up a HOPEFULLY temporary blog to get me through until I can reclaim mine. Please tell everyone you know, and please visit me starting tomorrow (April 20) at:


Even if you don't normally visit me daily, I could use the support right now.

Have a very happy Easter, dear Alison.

Neet said...

Well, I haven't seen Jenny's blog post as yet, probably will go now, but I do admire her work.I love this of yours, cased or not. Love the crackle effect you have got, completely awesome, and I love 5the effect of the sequins (bet irl they really do catch the light).
A beautiful quote, beautiful background and great embellishments finish this off to perfection.
Hugs, Neet xx

Roosterhead Designs said...

*Thank you Alison, for the adtl' info <3 I appreciate you~
I thought perhaps that was embossed and not just 'stamped', but had to ask to be sure ; )
I have experimented w/it - but (again) I always forget to use it! *sigh* It's a wonderful touch here~ TFS & have a nice week. Hugs, karen o

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, what a stunning tag! The colours look so elegant together and I love the grungy distressed look that you created 😁. Wishing you a wonderful week! J 😊 x

Brenda Brown said...

So beautiful and yes so Jennie like. I love how you bought the wonderful textures together xxx

pearshapedcrafting said...

This really is a wonderful tag! I shall have to pop and see Jennie's Hugs, Chrisx

Etsuko said...

This is really beautiful and I love the way you have used crackle. xx