Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Love Makes The Heart Fly!

 Hello crafty people! I am back home from Dallas, after a colonoscopy (all is well) and my son's hockey tournament (they lost)...fun times...NOT!!! It's been full speed ahead since my return and I am busier than ever trying to play catch up.  I have decided not to revamp Friday's post, as I said I would, because I am very proud of my daughter for helping me out, but if you would like to see more photos or a step out for the ATC, email me and I'll fix you up. 
After several loads of laundry, tidying up, and unpacking, I finished creating a jumbo sized tag that I began while on my trip, to take part in a few challenges this week.  I wanted to combine an Everything Wendy Vecchi Yahoo Group challenge, which is "craft resist background", with the Ranger Ink Link Yahoo Group challenge "organized stickles". Instantly, I thought of a butterfly Tim had created in A Compendium of Curiosities, page 46, on Distress Stickles.  I had never used Stickles in this way, and I really like the results. I choose two background stamped designs of Wendy's to do a resist, although after embossing them, they really look quite different, but I like it as well. I am very much in Valentine mode, so I had to incorporate a little lovey dovey-ness, and  I was creating this butterfly and trying to lovify this tag, I was singing the Dolly Parton song "Love Is Like A Butterfly", in my head. Over and over it has played for the past two days, to the point of mental anguish. I tried changing it to Iron Butterfly's "In a Gadda Da Vida", still keeping with my theme...well sort of...but Dolly kept bowing her chest up...pun intended...and ultimately she won and my Valium supply is waning.  So imagine my surprise when I read the challenge at Simon Says Stamp And Show, to "show a song title". Well that was a no brainer for me, and I was thrilled I already had something perfect that I was working on presently, which saves me some creative time. Just read the lyrics from the chorus...no better song can there be for this tag!
 Love is like a butterfly,
As soft and gentle as a sigh.
The multicolored moods of love are like it's satin wings.
Love makes your heart feel strange inside,
It flutters like soft wings in flight.
Love is like a butterfly, a rare and gentle thing.
Each of the four wings were inked in a somewhat organized pattern with Festive Berries, Worn Lipstick, and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks.
Christmas Red Stickles and Worn Lipstick and Fired Brick Distress Stickles were added on top of the coordinated ink colors.
The wing outlines and body were coated with Diamond Stickles and Brushed Pewter Distress Stickles.
Art Parts (heart, lace, mini heart) were coated in Distress Ink and then stickles.
The background was created by embossing a background image (leafs and swirls) from Wendy's Sentimental Art Stamp Set with Clear UTEE, and the dots from Wendy's Seriously Art Stamp Set with Black UTEE. A strip of  butterfly tissue tape was added as well, and the whole tag was inked with all three Distress Inks mentioned above.
A rhinestone heart and heart paperclip were added to the butterfly, as well as charms to the tulle ribbon.
The "love" was a leftover from some embossed metal I had, and I coated it with the stickles and then Crackle Accents. The sentiment was computer generated and distressed with Black Soot Distress Ink. Film Ribbon, tulle, and the spinner were added. Metal lace was adhered to lace Art Parts and fixed to the tag.

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 I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Wow Anita, this is gorgeous! Love the grunge valentine! Very stunning!

  2. Fabulous! Love the heart and butterfly... how very cool to use the stickles on the b'fly frame. And your tag background is just gorgeous itself!

  3. Ahhh, I love Miss Dolly. And I love this tag! So much to look at.

  4. Fabulous tag, love the hearts, beautifully embellished. Tracy x

  5. Hi Anita. Wow...what a really cool tag! I love your background...it's fabulous! So much beautiful color and texture! The tissue tape running off center is a wonderful contrast to your Tim butterfly embellishment. I love your collage of hearts and film strip ribbon at the bottom of your tag! Thanks for sharing your beautiful tag with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  6. Oh Hon, it's just gorgeous!! Now you have me humming that song LOL

  7. Wonderful in every way - the colours, textures and details are beautiful. I really love the cluster of embellishments and make your tag a stunning piece! Thanks so much for joining in The Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge. Sarah.

  8. Totally Fabulous Tag!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Gorgeous! So full of colour, texture and technique! Fabulous tag!

  10. Работа просто ПОТРЯСАЮЩАЯ!!! Вот действительно, где и нужно вдохновляться-так это ЗДЕСЬ! Я в шоке! Идея, материалы, техника-всё просто шикарно! Моё восхищение автору!
    In English: The work is simply amazing! That's really where to get inspired, so it's HERE! I'm shocked! The idea, materials, equipment, all just gorgeous! My admiration for the author!

  11. SO pretty--wonderful colors and textures!


  12. Hi Anita - Your tag is gorgeous! Your butterfly turned out absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing it with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

    Ellen :)

  13. Oh Yum ... the textures and colours to your tag is awesome.

  14. This is crazy wonderful, Anita! I really love your background and your colors are terrific. Great work with the stickles and butterfly too!


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