Monday, June 6, 2011


Good Monday morning!  This week's Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge is "A TAG".  I thought I would do something a little different ... so I went for a "girlie" Summery kind of look this time.

 This is a basic #8 Manila Tag that is stamped and colored with some of Ranger's NEW Archival Ink colors: Magenta Hue, Monarch Orange, Saffron, Sap Green, and Aquamarine.
The background of the tag is the natural color of the manila tag.  I spritzed the tag and then stamped the background design with multiple colors of ink on the stamp.  The foliage design is from Tim Holtz' Fairytale Frenzy stamp set.  LOVE that set!  Next I lightly inked around the edges of the tag with the Magenta Hue and Black Soot Distress Ink.  Then I rubbed Rock Candy Stickles all over the tag for the fine crystal glittery look. 

I multiple stamped the butterflies out of cardstock white cardstock colored with Magenta Hue and Monarch Orange inks.  I made three butterflies for each one and stacked them on top of each other so that the wings would look as if they were fluttering.  The larger butterflies are from Tim Holtz' Spring Sprung stamp set.  I added Pen Nibs for the bodies of the butterflies.  

The scroll was made out of cream colored cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment from Tim Holtz' Fairytale Frenzy onto the cardstock.  Then I tore around all of the edges, leaving more cardstock at the stop and bottom so I could roll them inward.  I lightly distressed the perimeter of the scroll with Vintage Photo and touched the edges with Black Soot Distress Inks.  Next, I completely covered the scroll and the portions of the scroll that would show with Crackle Accents.   I love the aged, yet gleaming porcelain type of cracking that it produced.  I added the smaller multiple stamped butterfly to the top of the scroll as if she was delicately balancing herself on it. 

The multi-layered flowers adorning the lower portion of the tag were cut from crinoline using the middle flower from Tim Holtz' Tattered Flowers die.  I colored them using Magenta Hue and Monarch Orange inks.  I put them together using a small copper brad and garnished the edges of the flowers with Tropical Tangerine and Waterfall Stickles.  When dry, I attached them to the bottom of the tag along with a piece of white Hug Snug Seam tape that I colored that beautiful shade of teal using the Aquamarine Ink. 
Easy peasy...A TAG!

If you haven't already, I encourage you to visit the Design Team's amazing samples made just for YOU!  They are all unique...very creative and use all sorts of different elements.  Go to SIMON SAYS STAMP AND SHOW CHALLENGE and check them out.  Then, create your very special tag and link it to our blog.  You could be the winner of our generous sponsor's gift of a:

How's THAT for a nice prize just for entering our challenge if you're chosen as the randomly selected winner?  And...if your work is chosen by our Design Team as one of the TOP 3 entries, you will receive our coveted BLINKIE AWARD to proudly display on your blog!

Thanks for stopping by my blog.  I can't wait to see YOUR tag!


  1. Cool tag, Candy. I love the butterfly's "body"!

  2. As always Candy you rock !!! I love the summer colours, so fresh and vibrant fantastic work ! I just LOVE it!!



  3. Fabulous tag Candy and loving the scroll. Annette x

  4. Candy the colors are amazing on this! I just love those little tattered darling! :)

  5. So many great details, Candy. Loving that scroll especially!

  6. Hi Candy,
    Your tag is beautiful Candy. And I love that you tell how you made it! Great idea to use pen nibs for the bodies! And the scrolled paper with the crackle accents is fabulous. You are so so talented!
    Have a great week.

  7. Wow, this is a gorgeous tag, love all the details!

  8. Brilliant to use the pen nibs for butterfly bodies Candy, just fyi, I'm totally casing that idea, here's hoping I remember it. lol. Fantastic tag, love the bright colors!

  9. Hi Candy,
    Hope you're well. Your tag is looking fab and summery indeed. I love the vibrant colours and floral flourishes...and that scroll is just so glossy. It's good to be girly!

  10. Hey Candy, loving your summer inspired DT project this week, the colour combo is striking, can't wait to try the new Archival's. Love the scroll it's too cool for words:) x

  11. What absolutely gorgeous summer colors. Your tag just glows with life and joy. I have always love that quote and how cool it is with the scroll treatment and the Crackle Accents. The butterflies and the crinoline flowers are a perfect finishing touch for this lovely piece!

    Thanks for the sweet comment you left me about my tag yesterday! Hope you are having a great week.


  12. Candy thanks for sharing your tag, it is awesome. I love you used pen nibs for the butterfly body.


  13. Beautiful tag, Candy! I really love the pretty summery colors and the butterflies are amazing!

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  14. gorgeous the use of the pen nibs for the butterfly bodies. Brillant Idea. The colors are dreamy too. take care, gerri

  15. Hi Candy, thanks so much for popping by my blog earlier. The wax crayon tutorial that Helen Chilton had in the magazine showed 3 or 4 different techniques and they all had fab results. I followed the easiest one where you heat up the card stock you are working with (she used an iron but a heat gun works just as well) and then immediately colour with the crayon. The heat from the card will melt the crayon as it goes on. She left hers as is which has a streaky effect but I wanted the colours to blend in which is why I rubbed the cardstock with kitchen towel. The more you rub, the more the image shows through and the colours merge into each other. The other techniques she showed involved melting the crayon directly over the card to make drips....I tried this but I didn'd like it. You can also stamp into the melted wax to make a seal. The wax makes a lovely sheen on the card and when you crinkle it it cracks....fab and messy!
    Hope this helps, and thanks again for your kind comments on my blog.


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