29 Mar 2011

Butterflies and more Butterflies

Hi everyone,

Firstly I must say thank you for all of the messages and comments left for me on my last post, I really do appreciate them.  It has been a terrible time and we are starting to get back into everyday life again.  For me crafting helps, and   after suffering withdrawal symptoms on a Monday after the CC finished I couldn't wait for  Monday Morning to come around this week - Yeah Grungy Monday has started and the lovely Linda  over at Studio L3 has given us our first Challenge, phew I felt I had been holding my breath all morning and as always it was worth the wait.  The idea is that Linda will set us a challenge every week for us to be inspired by the work of Tim Holtz.  The first challenge is to be inspired by one of Tim's 12 days of Christmas  Tags 2008 Day 10   not sure what I 'm rambling about click on the link to Studio L3 and be transported to the the details and to see some amazing work, come on over and join the fun.

 Here's mine
I have made my tag using my New Tim Holtz stamps Papillon, I love this set and knew as soon as I saw it they were destined to live with me as I love butterflies.

I used DI's, as I don't have any reinkers to make spray, I cut a tag from card and attached paper from TH Paper Stash Vintage Shabby - you are truly honored as this is the first time I have cut into these fabulous papers, only managing to stroke and admire them until today!! I chose a grey spotted page option and this was cut with TH Tag Die,  using the flourish mask I followed the instructions on the link, then I used the  big stamp in the set to stamp over everything  in pumice,  the butterflies were stamped on a strip of a different paper from same pad in pumice and  the edges cut with on the edge postage die, and I also used the strip - at bottom of tag - that is cut at same time oooo I love these edgy dies.  My Butterfly is a grungeboard die cut which I stamped with the large stamp again and embossed in black before painting with Cosmic Shimmer Paint which has given a subtle pink tint - so subtle you can hardly see it in the photo but it's there!  My flower is inked with Victorian Velvet and scrunched while wet. I also added some stickles glitter to the edges and petals.
Not sure why but the photo shows the flower looking quite brown, in real live it is shabby pink - honest.  Lastly I heated some ribbon with my heat gun and added to tag.

Hope you like my take on this weeks challenge, here is a close up of the butterfly.
Thank you Linda for leading us in these challenges I feel we are in for Fun Fun Fun on Grundgy Monday.
Items used TH Paper Stash Vintage Shabby, Stamps Papillon, Alterations Dies, Tag, On The Edge postage and tattered flowers (small flower used), DI's Victorian Velvet and Pumice, Ribbon Stampin Up!


It's raining so I had better rescue the washing and then introduce myself to the hoover and do a bit of H********k!!!

Ooops in my excitment to get the h*******k done (not) I forgot to link this tag with the Stampman Challenge - Anything Tim! 2 in 1 means I manage to play over there this time too, time usually runs out before I get to play!

Bye for now

36 comments:

  1. Such a pretty tag for Grungy Monday.
    Love the butterfly and colours you used.

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous tag Maggie - love the colours and the butterflies. Glad that crafting has helped you over the last few days. Jennie x

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  3. This is really beautiful Maggie. So love the soft colours and the gorgeous butterfly.
    I managed to miss your last post and am so sorry about your friend - life really does throw lemons sometimes.
    Fliss xx

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  4. Fabulous tag Maggie, am so loving what you did with the butterfly. Its all beautiful, Annette x

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  5. Gorgeous tag! I love that paper too!

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  6. Your tag is gorgeous!! Love the way you used the flower with the butterfly. Really beautiful!

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  7. Oooh, Maggie! This is just lovely!! So feminine, yet still grungy! Love the colors you've used and your details are amazing! :)

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  8. Oh my goodness! This is so very pretty! Love the use of your butterfly! Amazing!

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  9. Just adore the butterfly Maggie! Gorgeous tag! xxx

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  10. Oh Maggie this is lovely and I have also now fell in love with the butterfly stamps this is a gorgeous tag

    love Dawn xx

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  11. How pretty is that - lovely soft delicate colours - lovely

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  12. I love that paper too... your tag all fits so nicely together
    Frankie
    xx

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  13. This is special to me....a 'pretty' grunge! I much prefer it to 'dirty' grunge. ;-) The way you used the butterflies is just wonderful. As for that paper....I'm now on my third pack of it. LOVE IT!

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  14. Absolutely beautiful! I love everyting you chose to make this a soft and subtle beauty.

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  15. So very pretty!! Excellent work with all the details you put into it!! I used to be like that with my papers! Now anything new I get, I use it all up, and must get more!!
    Pam

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  16. Your tag is absolutely stunning!

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  17. Oh this is stunning! I just love the colours you used. This shows you can create a grungy tag and make it look so pretty. Awesome job!
    Smiles
    Jen

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  18. Gorgeous tag. I love the butterfly with the flower on top.

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  19. Oh Wow! What a pretty tag! I absolutely love everything about it! This is a great way to start Grungy Mondays!

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  20. Love your tag--the colors are great, and it's very cohesive. TFS

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  21. Maggie, this is beautiful! thanks for the masking tip!

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  22. Maggie...this tag is beautiful! I totally love the butterfly! Just so amazing!! This tag is so soft and delicate. Just love it! <3 Candy

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  23. I never do get 'round to everyone's blogs as much as I'd like, so this is the first I'm hearing of your friend: I'm so sorry for your loss.

    We've lost a friend ourselves this week to cancer. No adequate words exist. Hopefully each of us are giving and getting from this life every bit of joy we can before it's finished.

    As for your tag, it's inspired! I love the translucent, dreamy quality and the colors. Really, a fantastic take on the first ever Grungy Monday technique!

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  24. Love your tag Maggie lovely colours.Must get those stamps.

    Becky x

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  25. HI again Maggie! I didn't have an email address for you...so I thought I would reply here; to be sure you see it. I thank you for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog. I am so sorry about your friend. I find so much comfort in my crafting when I am "blue" about the curve balls life throws at us. It seems that we can really find some sort of inner peace when we get lost in our creativity, doesn't it? At any rate, I thank you for leaving a sweet comment and I truly do LOVE your tag! It is wonderful!!! <3 Candy

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  26. How fantastic, love your grungy butterfly.

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  27. Love your tag, the butterfly is gorgeous.

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  28. that is beautiful!! and i as well love this new stamp set!!!!

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  29. Maggie, I'm truly sorry for the loss of your friend, and i wish you all peace and comfort. What a lucky man he was to have a friend like you.

    I'm glad you were able to focus on your artwork and find some joy there, and as always, you created something truly special, truly gorgeous and heartwarming. You've made that Papillon stamp set SING!

    In times like these, it's best to avoid H*******k at all costs and create, create, create! That's my advice, anyway... ;-)

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  30. Hi Maggie, Sorry to hear of your loss. Yor tag is gorgeous, love everyting about it, epsecially the butterfly, take care.

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  31. A beautiful tag. I love that background.

    Marilyn

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  32. Love the colors and the pretty butterfly it's all very pretty.

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  33. This is beautiful x Thanks for joining in at The Stamp Man challenge x

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