Tuesday 26 May 2015

Tim's May tag

Tim's tag this month is right up my street, vintage, ephemera and collage with hessian and some texture paste - a match made in heaven methinks.

Here's our little starlet, Nancy, who has travelled from England to the good ole US of A to find stardom. 

She arrived in New York but the small part she had in a short running play didn't lead to any further opportunities so she has decided to travel by train across to the west coast and to Los Angeles to see if she can get her name up in Hollywood lights. This is my good luck tag, hoping she will find the fame and fortune she is seeking.

I don't have Tim's adhesive backed canvas so I used watered down pva and adhered some to kraft card and then cut the tag using his tag and bookplates die. (I merged two photos together here).

The bookplate was cut at the same time as the tag from kraft card and sat calling me to use it, so I slathered over some rock candy crackle paint and when dry I dipped it in walnut stain distress stain, spritzed it with water and heat dried it. It now looks a bit like worn leather. As you can see I got the sewing machine out too. As I don't have the new thinlits mini flowers die I used my good old faithful tattered flower garland strip die.

Before I go I would like to share a couple of photos from our recent trip to California. One of our visits was to a wolf sanctuary out in the wilds of the desert. Here they have rescued a number of wolves over the years which are cared for and looked after and live happily away from man's harm. These were the wolves that were filmed and appeared in the movie and the series of Twilight. One particular one is very friendly and loves to be out of his pen, he is very happy to be rubbed and fussed and will lie down by your feet. Here are Ken and I enjoying some time with him with our friends Joni and Leo.

I also wanted to share a photo of my dear friend Terry and I. We were able to meet up again and go shopping together for crafty things and as we take our hubbies with us too we all had lunch together. It was such a special day with time to chat and catch up as well as spend some of those dollars I had taken with me lol.

Well I hope your day is going to be full of possibilities.

Take care.

hugs Brenda xxxx


Vintagehandmade said...

Woow, fantastic take on Tim's May tag, Brenda! That one is my favorite! I love everything about your tag! Thank you so much for sharing your idea with burlap! I am so inspired! Have a great day!
Hugs :)
Branka xxx

Claudia N. said...

A beautiful take on Tim's tag, Brenda!
I especially love that your tag isn't too crammed with stuff - so all the elements you have combined create good visual "tension" and focal points. The bookplate looks fab!

Claudia x

sally said...

Love your tag Brenda & the little storyline that goes with it! I envy you your trip to the wolf sanctuary, someone in France that I know has a female wolf/dog mix & she is beautiful.


Patty O'Malley said...

Love you take on Tim's tag, Brenda, and the story that goes with it! I didn't know of the wolf sanctuary--sounds like a wonderful place.

S@ndy Diller said...

Love your tag Brenda, this one is in your wheelhouse for sure. Also love the photos, TFS

Paula Cheney said...

lovely tag Brenda. Glad you had such great weather and good friends in CA!!

Terry said...

Yes I do love your take on Tim's May tag! Nancy's travel story is such fun! Wow, that wolf is amazing and I did not even know that place existed! It was great fun to empty our wallets a bit for sure and I really did like the place we ended up for lunch! I want to go back!!!! Hugs!

Scrumplescrunch said...

Hello Brenda,
Love your tag and I love the story that went with it.
It is a very attractive looking design this month and I am enjoying seeing them all. Glad you had a great time in California,

Redanne said...

A brilliant take on Tim's tag, I love the Union Jack! Great photos too, that wolf is just beautiful. Looks like you had a great time with Terry and her hubby too. Hugs, Anne xx

Unknown said...

Nancy is such a pretty girl and her story is wonderful. You were so very kind to make her a lovely keepsake tag with some of her special memories attached. What a great idea to go with red, white and blue - matches the flag famously! I bet she was over the moon happy when you gave it to her Brenda. It is really a FABULOUS creation and perfect for the challenge. You did great with your substitutions too. I'm sure Nancy's friend Tim won't mind in the least because it's totally stunning in every way.

Looks like when you were returning from your trip in the time machine to see her you found the perfect place to land... in California. What a great time you must have had. Thanks bunches for capturing and sharing the pictures. :) j.

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

LOVE Nancy!!! Great pics too! Gorgeous tag!

mamablitger said...

Brenda you did it again : made an awesome tag !! Gosh I love the burlap, the pic, the embellishment and the way you did put it all together. You are so talented !!!!
Thank you also for the photos from your trip. Oh what a lovely wolf. And how nice there are people out there who make a difference for these animals.
Thanks for sharing. Love your art !!! Hugs from Monica... Spain

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Anonymous said...

A wonderful tag Brenda and a great little story too. How wonderful being so close to wolves, reminds me of a holiday we went on last year where I held an eagle, it was an experience I will never forget. Thanks for sharing your lovely holidays pics too. Karen.x

barbarayaya62 said...

I'm in love with your interpretation of Tim's tag! so beautiful! BArbaraya

Roxanne said...

Wow! Love your tag (tags!) There's a reason why you win!
I stopped doing the tags a long time ago when I realized I just don't have the supplies and also noticed that many of the people who do win many times....Now seeing tags don't make me sad. :)

Deb said...

Beautiful take on Tim's tag Brenda, love your treatment on the book plate, looks very much like leather. And love your back story, I hope she made it big in Hollywood! Thanks for sharing your pictures of your trip to California, what a beautiful wolf (they are such magnificent animals!) and glad you were able to meet up with Terry and get in some retail therapy! Deb xo

Unknown said...

Fab Tag, Fab Pictures! Love the wolf & Terry :) :) So glad that you had some pretty good weather during your California trip, Brenda :) Do I spy a bit of a tan?! :) Gotta love that California sunshine :) :) XOXO-Shari

Words and Pictures said...

Brilliant collage work as always, and I love your weathered ornate label frame - so cool. Great to see some photos of your US trip too... how fabulous to play with wolves, and with Terry too, of course!
Alison xx