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Friday, 14 March 2014

Bonus Butterflies



Hello and welcome all!  

It's absolutely brilliant how excited everyone is about A Vintage Journey (me too), and we've a little bonus over there for you all today.  

Every other Friday will usually be our winner's post, but since we haven't even completed the first challenge (Anything Tim, as if you needed reminding), there obviously isn't a winner to announce yet.

So Brenda thought it would be nice to offer you some "bonus tags", Tim-influenced of course - so you'll find offerings from some of my team-mates over at A Vintage Journey today, and here's mine.  

Before we start, though, I just wanted to put in a quick plug for my PaperHeartsy canvas over at PaperArtsy last night.  Busy schedules meant the sneak peek put in only a very brief appearance here at Words and Pictures - so if you blinked you might have missed it!








I love getting messy with mixed media, lots of texture and techniques, and I sometimes forget the pure joy that comes from just some simple inking and stamping - especially when that inking is Distress.


So for this tag, I simply got inky and stampy... 









It was a chance to play with some of my new goodies - stamps from the new Classics #17 release, and one of the new Tim Holtz stencils, the Latticework.

I inked up the tag with Scattered Straw, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint and Peacock Feathers, layering them up until I was happy.











Then some spritzing and flicking to create that lovely water drop texture...







More inking, this time using the Latticework stencil as well as the Dot Fade.












I stamped the large butterfly stamp in Olive Archival, and then again on some leftover packaging acetate using Staz-On Olive, in an echo of one of my favourite Tim tags from last year.




 







I cut around that second one, and used a heat-tool to give some shape to the wings.  An Idea-ology pen nib, with a touch of Antique Linen Distress Paint, got pressed into use as the body.












I used one of my favourite TH flourishes along the bottom, and added the sentiment embossed in Vanilla White.  











And I flicked some Antique Linen Distress Paint around the place too...















And then, since I had them sitting there anyway, I decided to cut out the two tiny butterflies from the acetate stamping too, and after a little heat-gun moulding action I glued them down around the quote.













Crinkle Ribbon and Paper String finish the whole thing off at the top...












... and the Paper Distresser has been in action around the edges.

Pretty simple, but oh so much fun to make, and I really like the dappled sunlit look of the end result.

Do hop over to A Vintage Journey to see the tags my team-mates have been creating - you won't be disappointed! - and a fortnight from now we'll be back to reveal the very first A Vintage Journey winner...  You've got to be in it to win it, so come and play Anything Tim!  

And don't forget we're looking for one more DT member to make up a Travelling Twelve... all details are in the challenge post.

Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.
From The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry





I'd like to enter this in D is for Distress over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.
And they're looking for A Splash of Colour at the Inspiration Journal sponsored by the Inspiration Emporium.
Over at the Stampotique Designers Challenge they're playing with Green so I'm off to play there too.

72 comments:

brenda said...

Spring summed up on a beautiful tag Alison.

B x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Love the Spring fresh colours on this piece Alison and the fantastic dimension on the wings. Lovely piece. Tracy x

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Lovely background Alison and again a great tag in total. Love that pen nib as the body of the Alison, uhhh the butterfly :-)))

Maggie said...

Such a fresh colour making a fabulous spring Tag Alison as always the details are many Love it!
Enjoyed playing along and I hope many journeys to come.

MaggieH

chrissies said...

Wonderful Spring colours for this terrific tag Alison. Just when you think you have seen everything you get to see a pen nib used for a butterfly's body--amazing idea:)

Love Chrissie x

Redanne said...

'Dappled sunlit look' describes this tag beautifully Alison, I just love that beautiful big butterfly with it's acetate overlay which gives lovely movement to it. I love the gorgeous Spring colours in the background and your use of the splatters is a wonderful finishing touch. Anne xx

die amelie said...

It's lovely!
Claudia x

Astrid Maclean said...

Great inking and stamping on this one Alison, love the fresh Spring colours, so suited to the butterfly!

Buttons said...

A beautifully layered background and those butterflies are about to fly! Love it. Jenny x

Inkypinkycraft said...

Beautiful fresh colours Alison and what beautiful bonus butterflies they are ! A gorgeous tag ....hugs x trace x

Kaz said...

Beautiful tag as always Alison. Thanks for joining our Stampotique challenge again this week..

R.Maria Sabina said...

such a sweet tag! Thanks for sharing your creation over at SDC!

Netty said...

Love your pretty tag Alison. Am sure you will have loads of entries for the new blog as there are loads of Tim Holtz fans. Annette x

http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

maria's knutselplezier said...

What a beautiful , green & yellow(my favorite colours) butterfly tag!!! So pretty , love all the details a lot!!!
Super!!

Greetings
Maria

Paper Profusion said...

This looks fabulously alive Alison - it may well actually take off! Gorgeous work indeed. Have a lovely weekend. Nicola x

Smile_Art said...

lovely, spring tag. and i really like this sentence :)

Chris Warner said...

A beautiful tag with a bright, light and airy feel, the sentiment is so apt too! Love it! Chris xxx

*Arwen* said...

Another great artwork Alison.
It's awesome!!
Thanks for joining us at Stampotique DC

xx Arwen

rachel said...

this is stunning Alison - I love everything about it and what joy it has been seeing all of these marvellous Tim tags today - brilliant xx

craftytrog said...

This is beautiful Alison! So lovely to see the butterflies in the garden again!
Have a lovely weekend,
Alison xxx

cardsetalia said...

Gorgeous tag, love the inking and stamping. The butterfly is stunning in acetate and the pen nib is a perfect body for it. I was just thinking this week that I don't use green enough and that I should attempt something with it. Thanks for the inspiration.

Alrik Gerlach said...

Very nice tag.

Kelly Neis said...

Oh do I love the richness of the greens and love the scrolls and butterfly! This one is stunning!
Hugs Kelly

Sophie said...

Wow!
So sieht der Frühling aus, Alison :-)
Ein wunderschönes Tag ist dir wieder gelungen.
Herrliche Farben und ein toller Hintergrund.
CHAPEAU!

Terry said...

Love the bright and springtime colors, Alison! So much interest and gorgeous layers of mediums! I think this will also be one of my favorites stamps sets and it is about to get inked! Hugs!

PetraB said...

This is absolutely beautiful, love the wings, they look so delicate.

Mona Pendleton said...

So beautiful Alison! Love the pretty color palette and beautiful butterflies!

Candy C said...

Alison...this tag is stunning! I live your blended greens in the background. What a WOW factor! I also really love your large butterfly and the beautiful wings you have given him! As always, such lovely work! Hugs, Candy

annekescardart said...

Beautiful tag. Love the fresh green. Thank you for your explanation Anneke.
www.annekescardart.blogspot.com

Jennie Atkinson said...

Gorgeous gorgeous background and just fabulous colours. Just a wonderful tag all round!!! x

Anita Houston said...

Love Love Love the green! Perfect for this time of year too! Your tag is fabulous! Love every bit!

ElizabethR said...

Gorgeous zingy tag, Hugs Elizabeth x

Kay Wallace said...
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Kay Wallace said...

Green, green, it's green they say! But, your tag, at the same time is definitely art. I couldn't help but think SPRING when I saw this today! Well received in Boston! Thanks so much for participating in the Stampotique Designers' Challenge this week, Alison!

Renee said...

Wow! I love this.

Sue said...

A beautiful tag Alison, full of promises of Spring xx

Shari Trumbull said...

Fabulously Lovely Tag, Alison! Love your mix of colors and I have to say, I'm partial to the paint flicks :) Love flicking paint all over the place :) Thank you for sharing! I think I'll spend today in my craft dungeon being inspired :) XOXO-Shari

Brenda Brown said...

Now I want to sit and take in more and more of the seasonal colour inspiration from your glorious tag. You have created the epitome of Spring with this gorgeous design and that wonderful butterfly. Have a great weekend xx

Sandy said...

Gee I must have blinked -- I have to go see what I missed.
Your tag is delightful and as I told Anne, between you and A Vintage Journey and the Tim Holtz tags, I just have to learn something!
Green and yellow are so pretty together and I just have to learn how to do multiple things. I have never been able to chew gum and walk at the same time!
sandy xx

cathylynn said...

Your tag is a picture of spring soon arriving. Beautiful and full of life. Lovely techniques here too! As always you've created another beauty!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Unni A said...

Absolutely stunning! I love the green colors, it givs me the feeling of summer :) How creative to use a pen nib as the butterfly body! You ar amazing Alison!
hugs, Unni

Mrs.B said...

Fabulous tag Alison and sounds like you did have messy fun.
Avril xx

Sue OConnell said...

Fab colours and the whole tag a work of art

Meggymay said...

Wonderful spring colours, its a fabulous inky tag.
Yvonne

Julie Ann Lee said...

This tag is full of good things! I love the colours, the water droplets, the beautiful nib and the stenciling. It's a beauty! Julie Ann xxx

Lisa S. said...

The colors just grab you and I love the Tim influences on this tag. The world of crafting would not be the same without this creative genius. So glad you always include how you create your masterpieces Alison. :) Amazing inspiration!! Hugs, Lisa

Coco said...

Love the distress colours you have used on this tag that blend so well together... the background is so shiny! And your butterfly using acetate on top of the first stamped image is just fabulous!!! Hugs, have a lovely week-end Alison. Coco xxx

isisimaginings.com said...

Stunning tag, I love the acetate butterfly. And your PA canvas is gorgeous.

Annie said...

HI Alison......gorgeous inky layers of stunning Distress ink Colours.>>>I love it and the butterfly looks wonderful too

Have fun

Annie xx

Dorthe said...

Hello dear,
Gorgeous, Alison, I love the splashes the white wing (last photo ) ,whish makes the butterfly allive,- all the layers of stamping and painting , your tag is a beautiful, summerly artpiece.
Hugs,Dorthe

Julia said...

Lovely, lovely greens and white. The pen nib body on the butterfly is just perfect. I have some catching up to do looking at all your blog posts as I have been away for a while, it may take me all day! X

Kasia said...

Oh wow! Amazing tag, Alison! Love this butterfly :)

Silvia(Barnie) said...

That's an amazing tag in great colors - fabulous fresh green. Love the use of the pen nib.

Samantha Read said...

So delicate and beautiful. Stunning.
Thanks for joining in with us at Stampotique this week :)

Emma Dawson said...

Wow, stunning! I love the idea of using the pen nib as the centre of the butterfly!

Emma x

Dianne said...

Hello Miss Butterfly, well would we expect with a butterfly here but PERFECTION and that's what we got, those beautifully blended colors created some glorious greens, that butterfly is SUPERB,love all the flicking with the linen, the beautiful seam binding with the white curly cues, like I said, PERFECTION, thanks for sharing, your THE BOMB Miss Bomber...

craftimamma said...

Absolutely stunning tag Alison. Love the shades of green and would love to join in the challenge but time is very much at a premium this next few weeks (some things never change, lol)!

I just wanted to say I loved your PaperArtsy design this week and was disappointed I didn't get chance to use your wonderful inspiration. Might just make one for fun if real life doesn't get in the way, lol!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Marci said...

Love this! The stamping and embossing, the colors. Did you see that this is another of Michelle Ward's designs'? The butterfly, that is. Like the gorgeous dragonfly and others. A beautiful tag.

Debi said...

Alison, just the love the freshness of your tag, but I especially love the pen nib body of the butterfly, Debi x

barbarayaya62 said...

Beautiful tag! This stamp is one of my fav , I love the body of your butterfly! A tag that takes us into the spring! BArbarayaya

sara j said...

Another beautiful piece Alison....it does look like sunlight...and I adore that flourish too! A Vintage Journey looks like lots of fun....

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I just adore the pen nib for the big butterfly's body. I love that the butterflies are done up in acetate too. I can't get that Staz On to work worth a darn so I'm always impressed to see that others can. I love the sunny feel to your tag too.

Sue said...

This is so beautiful, your acetate butterfly looks perfect, and those paint spatters are the perfect finishing touch xx

Jools Robertson said...

Lovely spring colours, great inky textures and watermarks

Lovely words topped off with gorgeous ribbons

Jools x

pearshapedcrafting said...

Love those Spring colours and the great layers you've got there! Chrisx

Julie Richards said...

Your tag is beautiful. I also love your blog and all your other things you have made They are truly inspirational. Thank you for sharing
Happy Crafting
Julie

Marjie Kemper said...

What a dreamy tag, Alison. The colors are so rich, and those spare wings are fantastic!

Gio said...

Wow, this is so you!! And you rock!

Lisa H said...

I love this tag, especially the butterfly! Thanks so much for joining us at Inspiration Journal.

Basement Stamper said...

Wow, this is absolutely stunning! I love the acetate butterfly (thought it was glossy accent) and the fountain pen as the body is genious! Thanks for joining us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge.

Buttons said...

A gorgeous tag where the butterflies truly grab the attention. I think limiting the tag to shades of green makes it all work so well. Another winner here. Jenny x

Kezzy said...

Wow wow wow absolutely gorgeous stunning tag, I love the way distress works and I never seem to use them enough. Such simple techniques but such a pop of wow :-) Kezzy xxx