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Welcome! This is the place where I share my artsy and crafty projects. I am an evolving artist these days ... finding myself enjoying less of the cards and mini albums that I have made for years, and turning to art journaling and more artistic endeavors. I have always enjoyed some craft or other, and some of my earliest memories of my mother helping me make paper dolls and other crafts. I am now in my 60's and finding myself more passionately enjoying creating beautiful things and learning new skills and techniques and products.

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New Tag Tuesday Challenge ~ Theme is Strawberry

Happy Tuesday, folks!  I always look forward to the Tag Tuesday Challenge that Rebecca hosts over at the Blog Challenge Garden!  As you might know, making tags is one of my favorite things to do, and I love making them to use as note cards and greeting cards . . . I truly think tags are under-rated!  Anyway, I got up this morning, checked my email and facebook and then went to check out what this week's challenge might be, and immediately LOVED it!!!  The theme this week is Strawberry (or strawberries) and as soon as I saw that, I thought of an image I got from The Graphics Fairy website.   It's a kind of flash card, with a single strawberry and the number '51', and I love the vintage feel of the image.  So, here's my tag based on this week's theme . . .

I know, I know - the lace is covering up part of the tag, but I love the feel of the tag with the vintage lace!  Here's another copy of the tag with the lace pulled back . . .

Now, that's better!  Here are the details . . .

The Blueprint:  Create a tag with the theme of 'Strawberries'

The Supply List:

  • One #5 manila tag (2 3/4" x 4 7/8")
  • Movie themed paper from K&Company's Cut'N Paste Designer Paper Pad
  • Clipart image from The Graphics Fairy - printed (2 copies) using computer, Picasa, and ink jet printer
  • Sentiment 'many thanks' from SRM Stickers #51006 Thinking of You
  • Sentiment 'You're So Sweet' printed using ink jet printer
  • Stickles 'platinum'
  • Ribbon and Lace from my stash
  • Brown ink pad from Stampabilities
  • Foam squares - can't remember brand

The Tools:
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • computer and ink jet printer
  • ruler
  • 1/4" hole punch

The Construction:
  • Using a craft knife and the tag as a template, cut patterned paper to fit the tag
  • Glue paper to the tag
  • Punch hole in patterned paper
  • Ink edges with brown ink pad
  • Cut out strawberry image, back on scrap of cardstock and ink edges with brown ink
  • Trim strawberry from the second copy of the image
  • Using foam squares, place over the strawberry in the base image
  • Glue image to the tag
  • Print sentiment on white cardstock
  • Cut out words and edge with brown ink
  • Glue words to tag
  • Place 'many thanks' sentiment onto bottom of tag
  • Pull lace through hole in tag and tie in single knot
  • Thread ribbon through the loop of lace and tie in a simple bow
  • Add Stickles 'platinum' to edges of strawberry

And then you are done!  This came together very quickly (except for choosing which ribbon to use) and I really love it!  This will definitely make a sweet thank you note!

Thanks for visiting today!  Now I'm off to do some cleaning {sigh}!  You can't play in your studio ALL the time, though I definitely try!  Have a great day, and Blessings, friends!!!  Becky


Cindy Adkins said...

Oh, I absolutely LOVE your tag!!!

The Altered Paper said...

Very Pretty!

woodandfabric said...

Beautiful tag! I love the background too!

Rachel B said...

Ha ha! I think we used the same strawberry graphic! Your tag is so pretty!

Faye said...

What a fabulously sweet tag, Becky. I love it.

Linda M. said...

Hi Becky, Your tag is great. I love the lace. Linda

Beansieleigh said...

Hi Becky! I think this is my first time here! LOVE your tag, and how you made it! I'm fairly new to scrapbooking and paper-crafting, having only just started this past Christmas.. and being on a budget, I can only build my collection of tools, supplies, and embellishments a little at a time.. But I LOVE it, and I agree, tags are a LOT of fun to make! Nice to meet you today! ~tina

BelleSouth said...

Very nicely done!


Diane said...

Oh I love this tag and the vintage feel to it!!

Hellemor said...

That a beautiful tag. Love the strawberry.

JannaStamps said...

Your tag is really pretty. Love the colors in the background and the blue ribbon pulling it all together. Very nice!