Thursday, 21 February 2013

Three tags for Stitches

I was asked by Jane at The Art of Craft if I would do some samples for the 'Crafts Too' stand at Stitches last weekend. I was very happy to do so, but I ended up with some Marianne dies - and those of you who know me can imagine what I thought. But not to be defeated I set about making these three tags with the new bird die. Cute aren't they? LOL.

I wanted to include texture, colour and metal to make them a bit more 'me'. So these were the result.


Distress inks, masking, tape, stamp and key and the good old mini stapler. Yep, I could live with that, in fact I really quite liked it.


More distress inks, Tim Holtz riveted metal technique, alcohol inks, cogs and gears and a steampunk hat. Yep, pleased with the makeover of this one too.


More distress inks (of course), more tape, a ribbed bird and some flowers and a gold crown. Quite shabby chic I thought!!

So although I would never have chosen this die for myself I had great fun working with it and it really did challenge me to think outside of my comfort zone which has to be good once in a while don't you think?

I have used numerous bits of metal on the tags so I am entering these into the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge this week which is 'Metal-ology'.

Also Sugar Creek Hollow also has a Metal Mania challenge.
(I was very lucky to be the winner of the last challenge with my bird canvas.)

Bloggers Challenge is to use die-cuts.

Alphabet challenge is Anything with wings.

Stampotique want to see a bit of Text on your project.



What have you done lately that is different from what you would normally choose to do? 
Answers on a postcard ...................

Thanks for visiting, I hope you will say a quick hello so that I know you stopped by.

hugs {brenda} x0x

By the way - I know so many people are like me when it comes to blogging, I want to get round and see my friends and all your inspiration as often as I can, but long comments take alot of time to make. I will still be popping by as regularly as possible but in future I hope you don't mind if I leave a very short hello or comment as sometimes I can spend four hours or more on my visits. I hope you too will do the same with me. Thanks.

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46 comments:

Yvonne Garner said...

Hi Brenda! Great tags and great inspiration! Hope all is well for you. Hugs, Yvonne

inkypinkycraft said...

Great makes, even if they are not totally your product you ave produced great tags, love mr steam punk birdie! Hugs trace x

Juls said...

Always great to have to challenge yourself out of your comfort zone! The results are amazing!! Love all your tags, hugs Juls

Suzi B said...

Great tags ... the second one is my favourte... love that steampunk bird.
Suzi B x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabu,ous Brenda, I love love those birds and the metal one is fantastic, I love metal. Love his hat too. So good to have you joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Thank you. Tracy x

Fandhmum said...

Hi Brenda,
Love tag no.2 especially,
Rosie x

Helen said...

I think you did very well with the die, all things considered!! I too spend ages looking at blogs, it can get very time consuming!! Hope to bump into you again soon somewhere!!

Terry said...

Brenda, I can tell that bird die would not be your choice, but look at the end result! All three of these just rock! #2 especially sings out to me with all that steampunk goodness! Love them all and I do understand what you mean about all the commenting and the time it takes! Big Hugs!

Margreet said...

Happened to have made a card with the same bird today...but love your take more!
xxx Margreet

Rita said...

Hell Brenda, What fabulous tags and I bet Art of Craft were delighted with them too. Hugs Rita xxx

Shelly Schmidt said...

Fabulous tags! I love the different ways you used the bird- love the pink w/the border, love the Steampunk (alot) and how cool is the textured bird- awesome work!

Kathyk said...

FAB projects - all very lovely.

I'm on borrowed broadband (from a neighbour .... but with their permission) so no idea when I'll be back on-line. I'm off to craftathon this weekend (with five fellow crafters, met on-line) so hope to have some pix next week ..... and broadband of my own too!

Have a fabulous weekend whatever you have planned

Kathyk

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Brenda,

GREAT tags - even though you wouldn't choose that die for yourself.

I agree with you - leaving just a quick hello on a blog sounds perfect. Do you mind if I steal your words???

Peace,
Kay

Basement Stamper said...

I love the bird die cut! Thanks for joining us at Blogger's Challenge this week.

Redanne said...

All the tags are beautiful and definitely your style, love Steampunk birdie. What you say about commenting is so true, it does take time and I guess some people have more time than others...... Anne x

Fliss said...

These are all gorgeous Brenda and beautifully grunged up too.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Dagmar said...

The Tags are fantastic!

Netty said...

All three are very pretty tags Brenda. Where would we be if we stayed in our comfort zone all the time...........life is all about challenges. Annette x

froebelsternchen Susi said...

adorable tags Brenda! fab-- such pretty details... gorgeous!

butterfly said...

I LOVE your trio of bird tags... the textures are so cool moving from one to the next, and each tag design perfect for that particular bird - wonderful, Brenda! Wish I'd seen them IRL...
Alison x

Sue said...

Brenda these are Wonderful, love the texture and the steampunk background. It may not be your usual thing but you have made them your own. Thanks for joining in with us this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge. Sue x

Sue C said...

Fab tags Brenda, love the different ways you've used the bird. Sue C x

Buttons said...

These are such great tags - love your versions (no cuteness!) Great idea for comments - must try it too (next time:) Huge hugs to you, Jenny x

Anita Houston said...

So glad you entered with the metal bird! Love all three! The abc's made me happy! Love love love the metal steam punky birdie! Fabulous makes for the show! Thank you so much for showing us your metals at Simon Says Stamp & Show this week!

Rebekah said...

Such gorgeous tags Brenda! I love the steampunk one so fab! Hope you are well hugs rebekah xx

catherine said...

These look fantastic Brenda and a great job in making them into your style. Brilliant. My last card was decoupage which was the oldest thing in my box but needed for the occassion
x catherine

Tammy said...

WOW Brenda, your tags are fabulous!! I love all of them and that adorable bird! Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenge Blog!
Tammy x

2amscrapper said...

Love "your outside the box" birds!

debby4000 said...

Absolutely brilliant tags Brenda.
luv
Debby

Karin said...

great tags, i love the one with the steampunk bird! have a great weekend!

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Hi
Wonderfully whimsical.
Wishes
Lynne
P.S. Completely understand as I am feeling slightly overwhelmed myself at the moment with my own Blog and the wish to comment on friends' blogs.

Sue said...

Fab tags Brenda xx Sue

Pat said...

Great tags, lovely colours and designs. Thanks for sharing with us at Alphabet challenge this week.

Pat xx

scrappymo! said...

I love them...i think they all do a great job of combining a bit of our style with the styles of others...each one would appeal to everyone!


my fave is the first...I am longing for spring so the colours grabbed me right away!

Reflective Art Studio said...

Nicely done...
Thanks you for sharing your talents with us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge this week.
Warmly-
Sarinda

Von said...

Love how you have used them Brenda :)
Von ♥

June Macfarlane said...

Hi Brenda, wow i absolutely am amazed at these gorgeous tags, I love them all but the second one is incredible. Beautiful work my friend. Thanks too for your kind comment on mine x

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

So beautiful and special Brenda. LOVE IT. Wonderful work
lovely greet and nice weekend
Marja

Heather said...

Beautiful tags!! Thank you for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow :0)
Hugs
Heather

Gillian .... said...

You've done a fab job with these quirky tag design, love how they turned out. xx

Marjie Kemper said...

I love how you were able to spin these your way... the birds each have a personality and such fun traits. The one with the gear feat is my fave!

Lynn Stevens said...

Three totally different looks and all WONDERFUL in their own way! Your such an inspiration Brenda!

Hugs Lynn

P.s. Thanks for entering my giveaway and bets of luck.

soapHOUSEmama said...

These are stunning! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week! - Ashli :)

Libby Hickson said...

Love your gorgeous tags! Thanks so much for playing along with the Stampotique Designers Challenge!

Mrs.B said...

Hi Brenda, 3 Fab Tags and all so different. Think you've really made this die look good.
Thanks for sharing with us at Alphabet Challenge
Avril xx

Samantha Read said...

Totally gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining in with us at Stampotique :) xxx