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Friday 27 March 2015

Happy is as happy does !

I have spent lots of time playing....and just making for me and for pleasure...and here is a tag made to play with abandoned coral... When I saw this colour it wasn't one that I thought was very me ..but I have to say I like it ...
I started with a tag and applied some texture paste through this fab floral stencil from the crafty master Tim Holtz no less!

I then smooshed (technical term!) some distress paint in antique linen, picket fence and abandoned coral onto the craft sheet, spritzed with water and then swiped my tag through and plenty more spritzing!

 I just love those gorgeous marbled colours!

I dried with mt heat tool and ended up with this scrummy background... and its not brown!!!

I scuffed the edges of the tag and then added walnut stain distress ink which looks good with anything!

Now to get playing and adding the detail... I am loving collaging elements and have realised that my stamps have been somewhat neglected...but they will be back

I tend to collect lots of pieces and fiddle about until I am happy and only glue / staple on at the last minute when I am happy. As you know I have a bit of  thing for vintage photos , especially found relatives and the new photo booth and this one seemed to call out to go here...plenty of other Tim Holtz goodies too x

And finally to finish one of Tim Holtz handwritten sentiments on a journaling tag to the bottom...

To tie off the top I added some dyed seam binding using leftover paint from my kraft sheet.

Well hope you like my make...I will be a happy Mummy today as Oliver has been away all week and we have all missed him so much...cannot wait to get my hands on him! I am so proud of him and seems like they have had an action packed and fun filled week but will be so glad to have him home ...so will James and Lucy who have missed him loads...well and daddy too !


  1. Fabulous Trace and such a stunning background. CC growing on me too! Jennie x

  2. So pleased you are having 'ME' time Trace and this tag is a very happy one for sure

    Love Chrissie xx

  3. Good Morning Trace. Stunning Tag and I love all the smooshing and textures. Enjoy your time with the family . Hugs Rita xxx

  4. wow, a gorgeous tag, Trace

    Have a wonderful weekend

  5. The texture is lovely as allways and great to see you work in red! Beautiful tag! Have a good weekend, Gerrina

  6. This tag is lovely and I especially like the little details like how you've crossed the staples at the side of the picture - genius!! x

  7. I felt the same way about the Abandoned Coral until I used it.... isn't it just lush?? I love your gorgeous tag, the embossing looks wonderful and that girl is one of my favourite of Tim's Found Relatives, she looks so happy. Love all the elements you have added Trace, your tag is beautiful! Hugs, Anne xx

    PS - Enjoy your reunion with Oliver!

  8. Beautiful, Trace--love the "happy" sentiment, with that pretty school girl image. Perfect combination with the upbeat coral color!


  9. The Abandoned Coral looks wonderful here, earthed by the vintage neutrals and especially that Walnut Stain edging. Love the textured background and beautiful collaged elements - a really cracking tag!
    Alison xx

  10. Another stunner from you, Trace! This tag is so vintage and girly! I love the texture and all the fabulous embellishments there! The Tim's lace stencil perfectly match the theme! Brilliant!
    Branka xxx

  11. Gorgeous tag and love the colour combo - I've ordered ths Coral DI and the Pistachio but they are on wait- list but can't wait to play xx enjoy your weekend xx GailT xx

  12. Lovely, Trace! Just Lovely and Yes--Happy is as Happy Does!! :) :) I've just started using my new Abandoned Coral colors, too, using the smooshing technique as well :) :) Quite technical indeed :) LOL!! XOXO-Shari

  13. A gorgeous tag Trace, love the Abandoned Coral with the Antique Linen and Picket Fence!

  14. That's a wonderful tag, great vintage feeling.

  15. Gorgeous Trace!! Love your use of the lace stencil, it's my newest favourite, and the marbling technique makes such a brilliant background! Love your colours and the wonderful vintage elements!! hugs :)

  16. I LOVE Abandoned Coral...and it's so gorgeous here on your background! Beautiful tag!


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