May 04, 2017


Ah, the merry, merry month of May...

The high temp today in my neck of the woods was 104°F.  A bit warmer than normal, to be sure, but pleasant just the same as May means the crowds are thinning out and the pace is beginning to slow--a precursor of the quiet peace that comes with the heat.

My tag was made to celebrate the great outdoors which is the theme this week for the Monday challenge blog at Simon Says Stamp.

It was an opportunity to use a new Tim Holtz stencil called Floral which I fell in love with after seeing Paula Cheney's Instagram post and was the inspiration for the colors I used.

Rather than use a monoprint technique as she did, I opted to use texture medium over a text background then sanded it down before tinting with Distress inks. The medium helped to resist the ink and retain the stencil pattern.

The moths were cut from a discontinued Tim Holtz paper stash called Kraft Resist which I tinted with Distress markers and a white gel pen. The text is from the new Idea-ology Clippings stickers.

I didn't use machine stitching for the accents because the texture medium just didn't want to feed through smoothly. So, I opted for my backup method which is a good technique for those who don't have a machine.

I use a piece of cardboard placed under the tag and punch holes for my hand stitching with a "pin tool." It's a leftover from my days making pottery but I think it would be easy enough to find a substitute to punch the tiny holes needed. Pre-punching makes the stitching so much easier and it's a curiously pleasant task!

It's also a great method when accuracy is a must as I have more control punching than I do keeping my foot steady on the sewing machine pedal. A simple backstitch is all it takes to complete it.


  1. This is such a gorgeous tag! The background colors and the stitching are fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  2. As always I learn so much when I visit your blog! Love love love this tag and all techniques you used! The stitches are FABULOUS! Thanks for joining us this week on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! Barbara

  3. Gorgeous tag Cathie :-) I love the background and the butterflies are beautiful, I especially LOVE your stitching too! I will have to CASE this ;-)
    Lols x x x

  4. Wow I love it, I like a lot the colours you've used and the stitching gives it a special touch. Hugs.

  5. I love this. Pre-punching your holes for sewing is a great idea. It probably makes the sewing less likely to tear the paper. The butterflies are beautiful as well.

  6. I just discovered you through Pinterest and I just ADORE your art! I am an experienced stamper and mixed media crafter and have already learned some great technique from just two of your posts. Thank you for your inspiration and beautiful tags. Okay I'm off to peruse your blog for more great ideas. Have a blessed day and KNOW that someone else out here in blogland thinks you are GREAT!