Saturday, February 6, 2010

Snowpocalypse?

Yeah, we've got a lot of snow out there.  But I'm one of the lucky ones.  We've got electricity (knock on wood) and no need to go anywhere.  So this has been a great opportunity to play along with Michelle Ward, which I haven't done in months! 

This month's GPP Street Team Crusade encourages using letters.  Preferably those particularly affectionate ones, X and O.  Well, I needed to make Valentines.  And I happen to be snowed in.  Soooo, perfect timing, right?  Pooling my inspirations from Michelle, Tim Holtz, the Scarlet Pimpernel, and, well, my own pure brain, I came up with a couple of well-lettered tags.

This one, I can only show part of, lest its recipient happen to check my blog this week...
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I made my own shimmer mist (End of Time pt 1, anybody?  warning, spoilers...) with Perfect Pearls and reinker ink, diluted with water.  Got a little heavy handed on that first tag...
I've been rereading the Scarlet Pimpernel books.  I honestly don't think there's a more romantic story, anywhere.  And Tim's flourish stamp strikes me as somewhat 18th Century, somewhat romantic, definitely cool.  Aside from an initial wash of a neutral ink, I did every layer of this in the same Fired Brick Distress Ink.  No, I am not shilling for Ranger.
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These next two were originally one tag, but then I decided the two elements didn't go together physically or stylistically, so I cut them into two tags.  One hang tag and one little rectangular one.  The Dymo label on the top one came after the cut.
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Michelle did say to do letters any way we wanted, and when I sat down at the work counter and saw my Dymo labeler, I knew it just needed to be involved.

Sometime I'll have to catch up and post stuff that I've started and finished since the last time I posted.  But for now this post is just dedicated to the Crusade.  Tune in later for yarny goodness.

14 comments:

michelle ward said...

Yay! Carrie came to play! Gorgeous tags missy. So happy to hear you made so many cool connections...you know I love that. The techniques, the book, the crusade. Thanks for sharing with the team. xoxo and Happy album release week to you *wink*

Maryanne said...

Love these tags. And I love the homemade glimmer mist! Too coool!!!

jgr said...

Hi Carrie,
This is gorgeous!! Glimmer mist! yea baaabeee.
The whole piece has richness and depth, glad you joined us.

Chris said...

Don't you XO that glimmer mist?! Your reds are stunners. Great work, you.

cathsheard said...

Love the shimmer and the Dymo tape. Put together the look is very cool. Lucky recipient!

goudenregen said...

Love your tags, what a good idea to make your own glimmer mist, I'll try that. Thanks!

Aimeslee said...

Nice work on the tags! LOL, I thoroughly enjoyed your shilling for Ranger comment. It's really a common problem, I think. Between the distress inks and Tim's stamps, it's hard NOT to feel like you oughta be earning a commission at least, huh? LOLOL winkwink

xoxo

runningonink said...

Nothing better than Dyno tape! Love that stuff! Your tags are awesome! Love the glimmer mist!

Jackie Wood said...

Love all of that shimmer!

inge said...

hello Carrie,

I love the details on the secret tag : you can very easily see that there are several layers.
I love glimmer mist too... you should see my fingers for the moment... pewter perfect pearls and black soot distress ink : great effect on my tags, but I can't get my fingers clean ! LOL

greetings from belgium
Inge

Shonna said...

Great work and I just love the shimmer and colors!!

Janet said...

Your tags are gorgeous! I, too, love The Scarlet Pimpernel. I first read it in high school....very romantic story.

Marilyn said...

Great idea to use the label machine. Love your tags!

Susan Sager Brown said...

Wow, really cool tags!! I love the deep colors and the swirls and of course the shimmer! Really beautiful. xoSusan