Welcome! I started this blog because I love to craft. I dabble with scrap booking, and card making. I love bending, folding and tweaking paper. I try other crafts, too. I hope to share some projects with you.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

June Tag "Garden Party"

   June is such a lovely time of year. I love watching my flowers bloom and I often think about how lovely the old gardens must have been. After all once upon a time people actually had garden parties where they dressed in their finest attire to attend. My garden will never be close to anything like those gardens, but I thought it might be nice to pretend. So I choose Garden Party for the June Tag theme. I thought maybe others might like to dream, too.


   For the front of this tag I made the background paper with my gelli plate using acrylic paints. I wanted to give the impression of filtered sunlight. Then using my Silhouette cutting machine I cut out first the two little girls from black card stock then I spritzed them with gold Perfect Pearls and set them aside. Then using a leafy frame and after re-sizing it and using the cut tool I cut sections out and re-joined them repeatedly until I got the leaves where I wanted them to fall. I cut four of these before I got it right. Then I painted it using a couple shades of green. I then mounted it on the tag using foam strips that I made with my sticker maker. Then it was time to make the tree frame. Once again I re-sized, stretched, and re-sized. This was even harder because it had to be made so that the back layer would not be completely covered by it. I cut it apart and re-joined again and again. This layer took seven tries before it was right. Then I painted it and using foam strips I applied it to the tag. Then using a tiny leaf punch I punched the leaves out of double sided vellum. I glued them onto the tree branches framing the top of the tag. Now it was time to stick the little girls in place. Then I went back and used my cutting machine to cut out the grassy knolls. I used a tiny flower punch to cut out the yellow flowers. I used glitter glue in the center of each flower. When they were dry I glued the into place.
   Now it was time to make the back of my tag. The background is made from paste paper that I made a while ago. This was the perfect place to use some of it. I then cut out the little tea set with double sided yellow card stock. I glued a paper doily in place as a tablecloth. Then I glued the tea set in place. I used a marker to give it some dimension. Then I carefully cut little flowers from another paper doily and glued them onto the tea set as decorations. Lastly I added the ribbon ties.    
I worked so hard on the front of the tag and wasted so much paper but in the end I was so happy with the way it turned out. After working so hard on the front I was happy that the back went together so easy.


 Lori Otto

 Sandie Hamel

 Kathy Keller

 Marna Bennett

 Kathy Scholl

Barbara Hahn

 Judy Lawson

 Carol Kirkland

Gabriele Haider

   I love the way that there are so many interpretations of this theme. I really expected a lot of flowers. These were a pleasant surprise. Thanks to all the talented artists that joined the tag swap. It was a real pleasure to see these arrive in the mail. They were the best part of a really bad month.

Take Care 

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