June 24, 2014

Cat Bird

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I must credit Julie J. who posted this image from a school reader published in 1896 called Our Little Book for Little Folks. I found the link on Pinterest and it was just what I needed to complete this tag.

It began with this week's theme at Simon's Monday blog challenge where participants were asked to dust-off those craft products that haven't been used in awhile and put them to work.

I was very inspired by Design Team member Andrea Ockey Parr, who used Glossy Accents as a faux resin to create a lovely charm bracelet, and decided to use my bottle of Crackle Accents (provided it hadn't dried up) and one of the first stamps I purchased when I began my journey into paper crafting, a very large flourish from the Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz collection. It's one of my favorites and, yes, I really should use it more!

I stamped the flourish on to a page from a old book, used watercolor to fill it in, covered it with Crackle Accents (still good!) and after it dried I knocked-back some of the text with acrylic paint then tinted the background with Faded Jeans, Broken China, and Bundled Sage distress inks. After I found the kitty, he was cut-out and pasted along with some tiny stamped butterflies.

The Crackle Accents helped to pop the stamped image and while the cracks are there, they are very fine and didn't show up in my photograph.

This was another great challenge and a good reminder to revisit some old favorites and give them new life.

I'm also linking to a craft challenge called Try It On Tuesday's where the theme is Just a Tag.


  1. A very beautiful tag with some wonderful ideas. Love the swirl on the book page.

    Thank you for joining in at Try it on Tuesday

    Love Chrissie x

  2. What a fantastic tag and I'm so glad you were inspired to whip out the crackle accents! I am always impressed at the layers you are able to create within your art and I was awed at how the text turned out on this one. I love how the text is more accentuated along the flourish and think it's brilliant how you did that. You are a woman of a billion skills and techniques- no doubt about it! I do really love the cat image, too, but was completely blown away by all of the work you put into the background on this one. Your pieces always make me think...and they always tell a story. I always look forward to what you create!

  3. Your tag is really fabulous, love the flourish stamp and the soft colours!

  4. this is just beautiful, so stylish and vintage, thank you for joining us at TIOT.EE

  5. Ah! Such a wonderful tag! The kitty is vintage bliss. And that flourish is gorgeous. I love visiting your blog. You create such lovely things. Thank you for sharing your tag with us for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. ~Michelle

  6. I love how you used the flourish stamp here! What a great idea and the cat is wonderful. Fantastic tag! Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  7. Wow!!!!!! That flourish is my favorite stamp of all time. I love how you have the cat sitting on it. Just perfect!! Pinned! -- Mary Elizabeth