Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Romance - Tag Tuesday and Lilybean Style

 
Yesterday I had the luxury of surfing around some of my very favorite blogs and soaking up tons of inspiration.  I also sneaked away to my craft room for a while in the wee hours and had some fun.  My inspiration came from many sources: the Chestnut Challenge at Gingersnap Creations is "Romance" - some fabulous artwork is posted over there, featuring some wonderful stamps from The Artistic Stamper (blog candy, anyone?).  I'll have some creations using their luscious new sets in the coming days.
  
At Kard Krazy this week, the Tag Tuesday challenge is "A Touch of Red."  I am just loving the color combo of cream, brown, and red, so I had a go at that one.
 
And finally, Melissa at Lilybean Paperie posted this fabulous photo as an inspiration challenge. I was off and running!
For the Lilybean inspir- ation challenge, I made a postcard using my favorite Cornish Heritage Farms single, Tree Swallows.  I added some Making Memories vintage findings, some old K and Co. rub-ons, a vintage button, a Stampin' Up! stamp.  I sanded the red heart in the background to make it more shabby.

For the Tag Tuesday Touch of Red Challenge, I used the same Tree Swallows stamp, this time on a tag that had been stamped first with Vintage Chintz in Tattered Rose Distress Ink, then with the French Script backgrounder in red. For the script, I lightly tapped a Memento Rhubarb Stalk dew drop ink pad over the backgrounder, making sure I did NOT have full coverage of the stamp. I then placed the tag face down onto the stamp, and pressed it with my fingers in random spots (again, not all over). This gave the script a very faded and shabby appearance. I added some vintage buttons, a LOVE stamp from Stampington, a label from Making Memories, and a tiny chipboard heart.

The kids are home from school again tomorrow.... it's going to be 51 degrees outside, but the district is afraid there might be some ice.  I tell ya, things are just so different here in the south!  It wouldn't be so bad, but my kids go to a year-round calendar school, which means we are now looking at 3 Saturdays of make-up days.  That is NOT fun.... we miss so many activities.  Ah well.  They're happy, for now. :)

25 comments:

Sharon Sams said...

The color combo is yummy and love the vintage look of both tag and postcard.

Louise (KardKrazy) said...

Jean, you really rocked this challenge as I absolutely adore your romantic tag! Perfect little touch of red!
(I can't believe how different things are in the south -- really, the schools close at 51 degrees?)

Yvonne said...

Whoa, these are absolutely gorgeous!

Debby said...

Beautiful. Very shabby vintage ;-) You have amazing scissor skills too.

Faye said...

Wow, both entries are great. I love the touch of red. We are also having snow, snow, snow. We got the last bunch from down your way, I think. More expected this weekend.

joy said...

What beautiful creations - I love the colors together and all the little details are wonderful!

Evelyn S. said...

I LOVE your brown and red combo creations! Both are romantic....beautiful.

Kris Dickinson said...

Absolutely gorgeous in every way!

Kathy said...

WOW this is just gorgeous!!! I love what inspired you from that photo!! Love the vintagey look and all your beautiful details!!
:)Kathy

Jacqueline said...

OH my, fell in love at first sight with the tag and the card is just gorgeous too! Beautiful work!!

Char said...

Both of these are lovely. Love the vintage flair.

Nancy said...

Oh, I just love these two gorgeous works of art!! Thanks for the beautiful inspiration.
Thinking "warm" thoughts for you!

Nancy said...

Both the postcard and the tag are exquisite. The muted red along with the cream and touch of brown are just so inviting. I'm curious, which do you prefer, being inspired or challenged?

Cindy (Letters From Midlife) said...

I love looking at your cards and am always inspired by them. I spent today making some utilizing my printer and scanner and while they are plain by comparison, they suit my mood today. Maybe tomorrow I'll try something more adventurous!

Hels said...

WOW....totally AMAZING art hun...love them loads x

Sarah said...

Your tag is just vintagey goodness. I especially like the button accents.

Oh, how I remember the schools in NC closing at the fall of the first snowflake. Safety first:)

ScrappyPam said...

Beautiful pieces, I love them both!

Shar said...

I am in love with your beautiful creations! Those birds are deliciously sweet!

Melissa said...

Ohhhhh my....sigh....I am completely smitten...these beautiful projects leave me speechless and inspired...beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing them and for participating.
Melis

Linda said...

WOW! These are georgeous. I just love the vintage feel they have!

Lynn Stevens said...

Wow Jean, quick hand me a towel I'm drooling! seriously awesome work here!!!!The muted red and browns and tan well I just Love it all!!!!!!

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Just luvin' the tones...and romance here...I'm a bird person, have this sweet little parrot that I luv so much! thanks....

Ellen said...

beautiful tags so vintage and that swallow stamp is so useful whatever cards we make. love it

Athena said...

This is such wonderful work and i love the colour scheme,

Heavens2Betsy said...

These are divine. I love all of them!