Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Is it Friday YET?!

Morning People!! I cannot believe it is only Tuesday!! I feel as if it should be at LEAST late Thursday, LOL!!

I spent Sunday touring the Pasadena Design House with my mother-in-law (sorry, no pictures allowed!).  The design house is a fundraiser for the arts.  The committee decides on a local historic house, mansion or new construction to "design" with the lastest and best.  A group of designers are chosen given their presentations on what they would do with a given color scheme and somewhat a theme to a certain room. Each chosen designer is then assigned a room (or hallway, ceiling, garden area) to redecorate.  There are some WAAAY over the top designs as no surface is left untreated!!  This year the house was not quite as over the top as it is used by the Red Cross as offices, so the "homeowners" won't be purchasing the upgrades or home decor.  Still, it is always fun to get some new ideas (this year will probably cost the Toad the patio cover!)

Yesterday I REALLY needed to put something together for Teacher Appreciation Day (which is today).  But as luck would have it, my allergies decided to kick in with the light winds and the blooming flora.  Let's just say that Mojo decided to go into hiding somewhere in the stuffed up cranium!! With the help of come cyber friends, I finally decided to quit fighting the fact that I would not end up in the papercrafters hot spot if I went a bought teacher gifts versus made them. I ended up buying some Herb Window Sill plants that came with three different herbs, the biodegradable pots and the wooden crate to hold them.  I even gave serious thought of buying the cards (GASP!!), a sure way to end up burning, but I kind of redeemed myself by finding enough mojo late last night to make the tags for the gifts. 

The original idea was to use the Faux Bleach technique with distress inks.  So I embossed my tags, picked out distress inks in Crushed Olive, Tumbled Glass and Rusty Hinge and discovered that it is possible to have colors that will not show up the Faux Bleaching!! No big deal. Didn't really care for the shade of Crushed Olive for what I had in mind. Got out three more tags, and switched out the Crushed Olive for Peeled paint and went with the wrinkle free distress technique instead.  I was applying two to three different layers of color when I got interrupted on the last tag and discovered that I liked ONE layer of color better!! Sooooo, repeat the first two tags until I FINALLY got the three tags with a background of color I liked! I then spritzed the required (hehe) Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Antique Linen over the background.

The Brushed Wildflowers is from Just for Fun Stamps®.  This image is one of my favorite images in my stamp collection! I love the lines and it just lends itself for tags or those CAS projects!  I stamped the image with distress Walnut Stain.  I then inked up the Background Block script from Just for Fun Stamps® with distress Stormy Sky, stamped off once and randomly stamped portions of the image on the tag. The edges of the tags were then sponged with distress Vintage Photo and the entire tag was adhered to a piece of SU's Cool Carribean cardstock.  The cool fibers were a RAK from my friend Melody.   Here are some close up pictures of the two different style of tags.

My oldest son is soon to be 13.  He was not sure about the butterfly as being masculine enough for his male teacher so I swapped out the CUTE butterfly for the simple Thanks (SU's Much Appreciated) and stamped it on a scrap piece of SU's Cool Caribbean with distress Stormy Sky.  The edges were sponged with more Stormy Sky and the sentiment was adhered with dimensionals. 

The butterfly was punched with Martha Stewart's butterfly punch from Cool Caribbean and was spritzed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Frost.  I then added the rhinestone accents to the body and used a rolled up glue dot to adhere just the body to the front of the tag. 

The herb sets were wrapped in kraft wrapping paper and had more of the fibers winding around it.  The tags really popped off the craft with this color combo. 

Ok....I need to head back to the school to make sure the catered lunch for the teachers gets set up in the right place!!

Hope you all have a wonderful, creative day and thanks for dropping by again!!


Glenda said...

I just love these! Thanks for sharing!!

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

1) stop wishing your life away
2) you could make ANYTHING with your eyes closed and it would still be gorgeous!!!!
3) these are fabulous and your stories are always fun!

Anonymous said...

I can't get the links to work. I would love to know more about the stamps used. I will google them. These are amazing! Thanks for sharing.

kaiandkristi said...

Again I will say that the teachers are SO lucky!! I miss all your creative little treasures, so it's still fun for me to peek and your new creative ideas. LOVE the tags and know they will as well! I will definitely have to check out that Pasadena Design House! That sounds amazing!!

Riet said...

What a beautiful labels, wonderful colours.

Broni said...

BEAUTIFUL tags, Starla!

Rachel D said...

These are beautiful! I'm off to read about these techniques. Thanks for so much detail in your descriptions.

Carla aka scrappypug said...

these are just gorgeous!