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Saturday, 4 September 2010

A new challenge at Let's Ink It Up

Wow, what a fab response to our first challenge Let's Ink It Up!

Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to the winner of the challenge, our fab Top3, Guest designer and winners of the blog candy too! We were blown away by all your beautiful creations. I can't wait to see what you come up with this time, our challenge is to make a tag, with a twist - use a vintage theme!

We have another generous sponsor lined up too, our winner will receive these fabulous stamps 

Close to my Heart have the most gorgeous stamps as well as inks, papers, markers and embellies!! You don't want to miss out on a chance to win such a great prize! We will also be awarding a badge to our top 3 who are chosen by the DT!
Here are my tags for our second challenge:

I had 2 ideas for this challenge and couldn't decide between them so I ended up making 2 tags, 'His and Hers' .
Both are using large manilla tags from Graphicus.
His Tag: I made a bp using steampunk images from the Graphics Fairy and added a couple of watches (tanda stamps on vellum backed with gold leaf), a vellum scroll stamped with a text stamp from the Stampman. I triple embossed some mountboard with gold and moonshadow EPs and stamped into it with a border stamp from Elusive Images for the bottom of the tag. The focal image is a stamp from Joanna Sheen stamped with Vintage photo DI and framed with a watch Glimmer chip from my stash. To finish the tag off I added some button and wire embellishments I made with bits from my stash, some steampunky watchparts from the Altered Element and a bow tie/collar embellie made with a scrap of white card and some black velvet ribbon

Her Tag: I stamped a lot of vintage lady images from a set of See D's stamps directly on the tag with dusty concorde DI and misted with water. I distressed the edges with the same ink, then vintage photo and then a little black soot. I made a ribbon and feather embellishment (inspired by a pin my friend was wearing lol) by getting lots of scraps of ribbon in shades of purple, gold and beige and attatching them to some card - I then heated them with my heat gun till they all crinkled and curled. This was a bit like extreme crafting for me so I did this next to the kitchen sink just incase. I added a couple of feathers and some ribbon flowers I made using sheer organza ribbon. The focal image is again from Joanna Sheen and is framed with a butterfly glimmer chip which was inked with DI and embossed with gold EP. I also added a band of plum ribbon and made an embellie with an old earring from the scrap store - I filled it with silicone glue, sprinkled on some purple glitter and then covered with with glossy accents. I found a tassel in just the right shade to finish off.

I'm entering my tags in the following challenges:

Sir Stampalot: All distressed
Play Date Cafe: a gorgeous colour combo of plum, gold and beige
Totally Stampalicious: Anything but a card

Thanks for visiting today, I hope you're going to pop over to Lets Ink It Up and join our  challenge. Check out the rest of the DTs fabulous work too if you need some inspiration!!
Claire xx


  1. They are both gorgeous Claire. x

  2. Hi Claire

    Your creations are absolutely stunning, and I love them.

    Hugs Ali x

  3. Wow these are stunning, love everything about them.
    thanks for joining us in the Sir Stampalot Challenge. hugs chris xx

  4. Stunning tags with lovely distressing! Wonderful! Thanks for sharing with us at Sir Stampalot this month and good luck!

  5. Both of these are stunning!!Fabulous vintage look, love the colors and all the wonderful dimension!

  6. OMG Claire these are out of this world amazing and so talent and creativity...these I love so much...thank you for sharing them with us at Sir Stampalot
    Lorraine x

  7. Hi Claire

    Absolutely stunnign work

    I love vintage and with that touch of purple with the flower just adorable.

    Thank you for joining in at Penny Black at Allsorts this week and good luck.

    B x

  8. Wrong hat on Claire, I meant thank you for joining us at Stampalot Challenge this mont !!!!!

    B x

  9. Beautiful tags, wonderful mix of collage elements. Thanks for playing at the PDCC.

  10. Wow Claire excellent work!! These tags are so gorgeous, so much to see and so much texture, love them. Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot.

  11. Wow, how victorian and vintage-y! Both tags are beautiful...I can't decide which one I like more. Fab job with the colors also, thanks so much for playing along with us this week at the Play Date Cafe!

  12. Two very inventive tags. Lots and lots and lots going on!!
    Sue xx

  13. Wow, these are stunning!
    Thank you for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month.
    Clare x

  14. Beautiful tags - love the steampunk! :)

  15. I love your choice of image and the design and finishing touches, thanks for joining Sir Stampalot’s challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  16. The tags have such a wealth of beautiful details! Love the butterfly 'frame'!

  17. Gorgeous tags! Love all the details. Thanks for joining us at the PDCC this week!

  18. OHHHHHHHHHHHH! Talk about gorgeous! LOOOOOOOOVE these tags--all the details and the vintage feel! LOVE THEM! Thanks for playing along and joining in the fun at the PDCC:)

  19. Absolutely stunning Claire, your work always is, so no surprise there. Hugs xx

  20. Both gorgeous as usual Claire.


  21. Stunning tags, I love the his and hers idea. Thanks for joining in at Sir Stampalot this month and good luck!

  22. I am without words Claire!! Wowzers!!!!!!!!

    Tammy xox

  23. just wonderful and awesome, what you created!
    GREAT job!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

  24. Woo hooo...these tags are gorgeous!! Super fine...I love them both!!!
    Thank you for sharing this lovelly artwork over at Sir Stampalot this motnh and good luck!
    Lina xxx


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