February 16, 2016


Recycle/upcycle is this week's Monday blog challenge at Simon Says Stamp. So, I used a paper bag Valentine's Day luminary that was marked down after the holiday for the background of this tag.

(You can click on the photos for a larger, lightbox view.)

This was a chance to use my very first mini-Distress inks--I purchased Group #13 and think it is a great color combo. The darker brown at the bottom was made by combining the two complimentary colors, Abandoned Coral and Cracked Pistachio.

The flowers are from the Wallflower paper stash and the sun face was cut from an image of a Tarot Card.

You might notice in the pre-paste photo above that there are white strips attached to various flower parts. These are intentionally cut to hold the delicate parts of the flower together and I remove them immediately after I paste it down (before the glue fully dries).

The best glue to use when pasting something this intricate is an aerosol spray adhesive and I never, ever, ever use it indoors!

The portrait is of my grandfather who passed away several years before I was born.


  1. Fantastic tag made extra special with your Grandfather's picture!

  2. The scripty kraft background is awesome for your cool collage! Looking great!

  3. Holy cow, Bee!! I LOVE this tag.... the images are fantastic, as is your background, and your colors!!! A favorite for sure!! xxx Lynn

  4. What a great idea of using this bag! The tag is beautiful with its retro look. Love it. Thank you for sharing it in the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!

  5. Another amazing project...and an awesome reading! Love the fact you used your grandfather photo <3

  6. Congratulations on being selected as our Designer Spotlight!
    You already know I absolutely love this TAG but...here I am again to say it...I LOVE IT!
    X Zoey

  7. Oh my goodness how thrilled am I to see your project featured at SSS! This is stunning!