Sunday, August 5, 2012

fickel: noun

 describes persons or things that are not firm or steady in affection, behavior, opinion, or loyalty

My favorite?...why the one I am currently working on, of course. At least that's the way I feel when working on any project. This one is no different, although some things have to grow on you a bit in order to become a favorite, take this tag for instance.It started off in a normal fashion, cutting the tag base and embossing it. I did get to use one of my new embossing folders which is just beautiful. I then used regular paint to cover the raised areas using my blending tool as Timmy advised. Then followed up with the 2 brown inks.

Cricut - tag- Don Juan cartridge ( 6" )
embossing folder- Sheena, heavy swirls
paint - Delta, Forest Green
Ranger - Distress inks- Antique Linen
Ranger's - Distress Ink ( reinker )- Brushed Corduroy

I really was not looking forward to making any flowers. As a rule, I don't like making them at all, and I have 2 cartridges just for flower making. You can imagine my disappointment when I learned that I stunk at flower making. :( Hoping that TH could change my flower making; I dutifully watched the the video, wishing it would spur on that moment of flower creativity and I admit I was intrigued about using the toothpick to base the flower's structure on. I still may not be a superb flower maker but the process was enjoyable anyway, and I will use this trick again, although I do confess that when I made my first one, I had to laugh because I thought.."oh,look, a tiny cute pink pine cone.."

flowers - Cricut - Flower Shoppe cartridge ( 3", 2.5", and 2" )
branches - French Manor cartridge ( 3" )
Ranger's - Distress inks - Worn Lipstick, Mowed Lawn
Tattered Angels - glimmer mist, Pearl
I altered the sentiment because I thought this one went better with my butterfly, and I made the butterfly dimensional along with the saying. I didn't have a frame stamp ( that wouldn't involve masking ) so I cut out my frame on the Cricut using a 2 sided tape applied to the card stock before I cut the image so that I could still emboss it easily. I also probably ruined the flowers by adding the inside color with alcohol inks, but lesson learned as they ended up being so bright.

butterfly stamp - Hero Arts
Cricut - frame - Happy Hauntings cartridge
sentiment - Karen Foster
Tim Holtz - alcohol inks - Watermelon, Citrus, and Sailboat Blue
embossing powder - American Crafts
I did substitute the pearls with a clear and black crystal, the pearls just looked too white. I also used a green ribbon because I think it balanced the color of the tag well.

crystals - old necklace from stash
key charm - Cousin
ribbon - stash

Really Reasonable Ribbon - #53 - Bling and Ribbon
Divas by design - Challenge 46 - Flowers

So I learned a few things, not to drop bright colors inside a muted toned flower! along with a new technique for making flowers. It's still my favorite, but then I am a fickle crafter and I know my next favorite is always right around the corner! ;)

And in my continuing endeavor to increase my TH stash I made my monthly purchase:
 And my goodies that Sheena sent me..because I was... and I am quoting her:  "being my first non UK commenter" was such a treat and I love her products too. I am looking forward to playing with all this treasure as soon as I can! She was very generous! :)


Beulah Bee said...

Your flowers look just fine and I like the bright centers! If you care to try an alternate way of making flowers, here's another way Tim has demonstrated how to make them. I don't have the die so I just fashioned a six petal pattern on my own. Here's the link -

Julie S said...

Yowza! Gorgeous tag! I see why you chose that EF - now I've added it to my wish list too. Get outta here with that flower talk. I think yours look spectacular. Obviously Tim's lesson stuck. Nicely done.

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...Sandee this is a super take on the August Tag, loVing your flowers they are gorgeous and your adornments, very pretty too...superb...Mel :)
Nice to see your stash coming along, I really want those idea-ology bottles too...x

Redanne said...

Hi Sandee, you need to do more tags like this, you need to do more flowers like this - why? Because you are brilliant at it!! This tag is stunning, I absolutely love it......well done on winning Sheena's stuff, she is a wonderful and talented artist, look forward to seeing what you do with them. Crafty hugs, Anne xx

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Sandee,

I've actually been doing some paper crafting today too! August 8 is my one year blog anniversary so watch out for my post on Wednesday. There will be candy!!

I love your tag. Funny, I got my cuttlebug out of the closet today for the first time in months and months.


Gillian R said...

Your flowers look wonderful, I have to admit that I don't have the patience to make paper flowers. Yea how cute was the little boy at the tennis. Just a pity Andy Murray couldn't get the gold in the doubles, but a great afternoons viewing.

Brenda Brown said...

A great tag Sandee and your fliers worked out beautifully. Thanks for linking to PanPastel UK. Hugs Brenda xxx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Lucky you in the win AND on your latest purchase. I'm sure you will love everything.

Those are really adorable flowers. After all, we are our own worst critic. If I made flowers that good, I'd be pleased as punch.

Julia S-W said...

I think your flowers are wonderful - I have NEVER made one of these type of flowers yet and I'm with Elizabeth in thinking that if I'd made them I'd be a very happy bunny!
I really love the embossed background and the way you've applied colour.
What a brilliant gift to receive - how lucky are you??!! Look forward to seeing what you produce with them.

Maureen Hayes said...

I LOVE this tag! You did a beautiful job on it, flowers and all, despite what you think! I have never seen distress inks in a three pack, how cool is that? I also have been wanting those mini bottles. . . Congrats on winning all the swag from Sheena, can't wait to see what you create with it!

Craftychris said...

Your tag is fabulous and I really like the flowers. Loving your new goodies - how nice to win the lovely Sheena stash! xx

Katie said...

I think the flowers look great! I am not a great flower maker either, but I think yours are amazing!

Kristin said...

Beautiful tag! I love the embossed swirls and the crystals hanging from it. AND agree with the others that your flowers are just perfect - bold centers and all ;)
Thank you for your visit and have a great week, Kristin xo

Kalea Wavedancer said...

But your flowers are so pretty.

Unknown said...

What a beautiful tag . Thanks for joining us at Divas this week x

Wendy said...

Fabulous tag, your flowers are absolutely gorgeous....Thanks for joining us at Divas by Design this week.
Wendy xx

boulderdamcottage said...

wow you are so very talented! i have so many stamps, now i best get busy and learn how to make some fab things with them! gee whiz! the tag is a beauty! love it..........hugs kat =^.^=