I was surfing the net looking at other people's tags – really talented people – and some of their tags were truly spectacular! There was soooo much "stuff" on them but they didn't look cluttered at all! I was so inspired that I had to run and make one! Of course, mine doesn't look like theirs – but maybe someday!! So, I used my second-to-last pre-made flower. I have been saving these forever because they're too beautiful to use! I think I'm a little bit of a hoarder! Some days, my challenge is to use "stuff" I have in my Craft Room. Again, I forgot to take a photo of the background before I started! (I made a few backgrounds yesterday and photographed them for next time!) I started with a basic manila tag (again!) and embossed it with "my boyfriend," T!m's Eiffel Tower Embossing Folder. I applied several different color Distress Inks – Weathered Wood, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo and Old Paper. I spritz and reapplied and then spritzed again. Put a few water droplets on and heat set. Then, I stamped the greeting on Very Vanilla Cardstock. I really like this greeting. I had a friend who was asked if she could be anyone in the world, who would she choose. Her answer was: "A better version of myself." I thought that was such a great response! I look at young women today and they just have no idea how fabulous they are until they're 40! As I get older, I realize we need to be kinder to ourselves. I recently started doing Yoga. (Like REMEDIAL Yoga!) They're all about you being positive in your own mind. My "Yogi" says I should talk to myself as if I were speaking to one of my children. I am so crazy about those kids that that suggestion seems funny to me because I am WAY nicer to everyone than I am to myself! So – I'm trying to stop "negative self talk" and I hope you will too! So – I chose this sentiment because it's a positive one and I wanted to share it!
Okay – enough of the therapy session and on to the tag! I stamped the greeting in Vintage Paper Ink and then sponged some of the same colors onto the piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock. I applied a couple of rub ons and the little mini photo which a bubble over it. (Love that!) The tulle peeking out from behind it is a scrap from forever ago! It's difficult to make something look as if it is randomly placed! LOL!
The "medallion" was aged using Distress Paints – Broken China – Shabby Shutters – Rusty Hinge. It was backed with a little scallop of Gold Glimmer Paper.
Enough just didn't seem to be enough and the bottom corner was looking a little lonely so I tied a double bow using Very Vanilla Seam Binding and an Antique Brad. I still don't know if I should have dyed this ribbon. Believe it or not, I didn't want to go WAY over the top. What do you think???? The metal corners are favorites so I add them to most of my bookmarks!
Look at the crazy dimension on this baby! I love it but I'm not sure where the heck I'm gonna put it! LOL! I'm not sure what categories this fits in – Shabby Chic, Vintage, Steam Punk – Lots of neat Paper Crafting Labels. ;-)
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