Saturday, February 25, 2012

Not All Who Wander Are Lost

...I love this phrase, mostly because I am a wanderer, and love to get off the beaten path. That's how discoveries are made and knowledge is gained. I think it fits perfectly with the Stamper's Anonymous image of the directional map. I have not had a chance to use this stamp before or the quote stamp, so I was excited to use them for Our Creative Corner's challenge this week of "Over the Edge"  hosted by Tui Nathan. You are to create a card or paper craft item with a design element that flows off the edge of your card. If you have time, please visit the other OCC designers blogs and see their gorgeous creations as well on this theme.
Linda Coughlin- The Funkie Junkie
Vicki Burdick- It's a Stamp Thing
Sue Butler- Scrumplescrunch
Ann Marie Hile- Stampin' Anne
Wendy Janson-  It's All About Stamping
Marcy Kaminski - En Papillote Arts
Holly Kean- Kean On Paper
Irena Kowalczyk (aka Rudlis) - Love, Life and Crafts
Meihsia Liu- Simply Paper Crafts
Tui Nathan- Stampin Time
Lori Rider- The Diva Stamper
Kristin Tierney- Lilly Beth Boutique
Sharon Wheet- Designs by Sharon
I had not gotten to use this stamp before, and I see so many possibilities for it.
After I stamped the image on Grunge, I inked each arrow a different color, then stamped the wood grain image on the whole this in Pumice Stone.
For the background, I used Alcohol Ink on Glossy Cardstock to create an abstract looking sky and sun.

I stamped the foliage images in various colors of StazOn randomly, and added a few dots of red to mimic wild flowers. I used Artist Outpost's image of the pigeon, and stamped the flock of birds as well. I stamped the sentiment on cardstock and applied Rock Candy Distress Crackle to it, then adhered it to the post and added a mini fastener. I wanted to do something else with the ribbon besides the typical tie to the tag hole, and instead added brads with attached holes and added the ribbon to those, so the tag could still be hung.
As luck would have it, I am also participating in a tag swap at the Creative Block - Stamper's Anonymous Yahoo Group, where you have to create tag with a stamp you haven't used before and half images of other stamps. I think I managed to do both on this tag.

Stamper's Anonymous: Wood Post Sign Stamp
Uchida Marvy: Artist Pigmented Marker (red)
From My Stash: ribbon, eyelet brads, white cardstock

I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Beautiful tags, the image looks great against that fab background.

  2. a really fun tag Anita :) love that image!! lainey x

  3. Wow ... this is brilliant Anita ... I really like that stamp image and I love what you have done with it ... your styling and creativity is fantastic ... thanks for the tutorial on your creation and thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Very beautiful and colorful tag! Think the theme and the story behind it, is awesome!

  5. Oh. My. Goodness! This is amazing, Anita. I LOVE that wood post stamp...may need to add that to my arsenal! I can think of many great uses for it.

  6. Beautiful tag! The background with the foliage is just gorgeous, great idea! TFS


  7. I LOVE how FUN this tag is and how you creatively use stamps........I'm trying really hard to get the passion you and so many others have for stamping the old fashioned way...I LOVE this!!!!!

  8. Fantastic combination of stamps, Anita, and I just love your coloring!

  9. Your awesome chick!! Now I need that sign stamp. haha! I love this one and I love the way you did that amazing background.

  10. Hello Anita
    I am so pleased you made up a tutorial as I only noticed the Pigeon when I followed through the steps, how obtuse am I!!!
    What you have constructed here illustrates to me that you are one imaginative soul, and I am so pleased that I have the opportunity to view you work each week, this Tag is very appealing and artistic, I just love it.

  11. how beautiful anita i hope i get one:)

    susan s.

  12. Wow...these tags are just so beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. Love the theme here, and love your work, always!

  14. WoWzA, I'm blown away by this fabulous tag, Anita!! LOVE that gorgeous background ... you are the Queen of the Background!

  15. This is absolutely wonderful. I loved it when I saw it on the OCC blog and am so glad you shared all the tips and techniques. That's a terrific stamp and I really like the way you stamped over it with the wood grain. Your background and the flowers are awesome too. Super job on this week's challenge!


  16. A wonderful quote from one of my favorite authors! This is gorgeous, Anita! So much fantastic detail that you do SO well! You are a true inspiration. Hope you enjoted your weekend! Hugs sent your way! :)

  17. Totally over the top amazing!! I love that quote and I especially love that BG and the cute road signs with the bird!!!


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