Friday, May 22, 2015

FOCUS on Tags - Friends with Flair 5-22 (maybe...)





"Cats, by means of their whiskers, seem to possess something like an additional sense; these have, perhaps, some analogy to the antennae of moths and butterflies."                                                                                        -----------Reverend W. Bingley


Hi, Friends......
I am here with another project for Jennifer Grace's Focus Your Craft and Soul blog event.  There are still a couple of days to get your comments in for the giveaways and your projects in for the challenges.  The deadline is 10 pm BST (British Summer Time) on Sunday, May 24, 2015.  That is 3 pm Mountain Daylight Time on Sunday for those of us who think better in USA time zones.  (THANKS, Em!!)

I gathered inspiration from two of Jennifer's projects involving tags:  Tags that Draw Attention and Art in Miniature.  I also wanted to combine this challenge with this week's Unity - Friends with Flair Link-up, but they seem to have closed early for some reason.  Maybe they are on British Summer Time, too, today!!  lol...


For these tags, I used a wonderful product called Brusho.... concentrated water color crystals. It was new to me when I first heard about it on Faith, Hope, & Crafts.  Mandi made some gorgeous projects using Brusho for her backgrounds (Squeeeeeal....You know how I LOVE backgrounds!!) and I was IN LOVE!!  Then, guess what....she had a giveaway (that included a pot of Brusho) and I WON!!!!  Talk about being thrilled!!!  So I wanted to use them for my FWF project today, since that's how I met Mandi....but now FWF is closed early...oh, bother!  (Anyway....THANKS A MILLION, Mandi!!)

Here's how I made my tag backgrounds.  First I completely drenched a piece of watercolor paper (under the faucet in my kitchen!!) and then set it on a flat surface.  While it was still wet, I sprinkled Brusho crystals on it.  This product is super-concentrated and I used way too much.  It looked too "undersea" for this project.  After it was dry, I got a second sheet of watercolor paper wet and laid the first one face-down on top to transfer some of the excess pigment.  LOVE!!!!  The pebbly look is from the two textured surfaces only partially contacting each other.  Love that, too!!!  Then I needed to make the paper into tags....it was kind of scary, but I cut these shapes all by myself.  lol....  (You don't know how much I depend on pre-cut tags and die-cuts for making things end up the right shape!!!  This was a big step for me!!!  Ha.)



The butterfly is from a Unity - Antique Butterfly Itty Bitty.  I stamped it on a scrap of glossy paper background I had in my stash. (YES, it was from this whipped cream experiment!!!  Hahahaha!!!  I still have some pieces of those backgrounds, but I slowly am getting them used.  lol...)  I stamped two images with Smokey Gray Tsukineko - Versafine Ink and then fussy cut them out.  I mounted them on foam squares and lifted the wings a bit for dimension. 

The sentiments are from Unity grab bags.  :)  I stamped them each with the same ink as the butterflies. 

I finished the tags with some ribbon and thrift store yarn...that I just got yesterday!!  On one of them, I loosely braided the ties for some variation and on the other I left them loose.  I had to fight the urge to add more "stuff" to these tags, but I am trying to follow Jennifer's theme of Focus....so I kept them simple.  With the artsy background and butterflies, they seem busy enough, anyway.  What do you think?

Hope you like my project!!  I had so much fun playing with my new Brusho and trying some new things with old stash.  :)  

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NEW FOLLOWER INTRODUCTION TIME!!!!
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I would like to welcome Em Louise Fairley of Creative Em.  She's a Stampin' Up gal, so you know her work is going to showcase some amazing products!!!  I love the project she has up front and center right now with the gorgeous card and coordinating envelope.  I need to try doing that!!!  Thank you so much, Em, for becoming a follower.  This ginormous new-follower smile is what spreads all over my face when I see a new person on my sidebar:

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Hey, I am another step closer to that 100 mark on my Google Friend Connect followers.  I better get ready for a giveaway!!!!  Woohoo!!


Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I appreciate all your wonderfully supportive comments.  Have a lovely weekend!!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering these tags in the following challenges:
1.  Jennifer Grace Creates - Challenge to be Inspired Linky Party  Inspired by the Tag Projects
2.  Unity - Friends with Flair Link-up Except link-up closed early!  lol...
3.  Pixie's Snippets Playground Week #177  Just playing for fun this week.  :)
4.  City Crafter Challenge Week #262 - Inky-nes"S" - Use one or more inky techniques listed.
5.  Craft Stamper Take It Make It May Challenge - Take a Stamp

22 comments:

Di said...

Absolutely beautiful tags Janis! Well done with the Brushos and the butterflies are just beautiful!

Hugs

Di xx

Em Louise Fairley said...

Awwwww Janis. I'm so honored to be your newest follower and to be featured!!! Thank you!!! I love butterflies and these are both so beautiful!

Hugs!

ionabunny said...

Hi Janis, love these. I am still learning my brusho's too. I really like your backgrounds. Hugz

Cybil Hart said...

Sooo lovely! Beautiful work!

Janis said...

Thank you so much, Di!! The Brusho is such a fun product. I might have to get some more colors of it now that I have gotten a chance to play with this turquoise!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Em, you are too sweet!!! Thank you so much for your kind words!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks so much, Gail!! Brusho is sure fun to use, isn't it?! I totally love doing backgrounds, which is why my craft table is full of them waiting to be made into cards. Hehehehe... I have an idea that Brusho is going to be making my collection increase even more!!! Yippee!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you for your visit and very nice comment, Cybil!!!

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Janis

Bananastamper said...

Such fun tags - I love your background and that beautiful butterfly! Apparently, I need to get my hands on some Brusho! I too first saw it on Mandi's blog. Congrats on winning her awesome giveaway!
Shanna :)

Ros Crawford said...

Beautiful tags!! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!!

Janis said...

Thanks, Shanna!!! I was just thrilled to win Mandi's prize, esp because of the Brusho....although it was packed with lots of other wonderful goodies, too!!! Brusho is sooooo super-fun. I definitely recommend it!! Thanks for your sweet comment!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks so much, Ros. Your visit and nice words are much appreciated!!!

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Janis

Mandi said...

Wonderful Janis!!! I love what you created and I am glad you are enjoying the Brusho :)

Janis said...

Oh, Mandi.....this is the best way I could think of to thank you....by using this wonderful Brusho prize on my FWF project. :) So much fun!! Thank you for your lovely comment AND for becoming a follower!!! Watch for your introduction when I post next!!

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Janis

Stella said...

Your tags are stunning! Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB this week!

Samra Leshinski said...

Gorgeous creations!!! Thank you for joining us at CCCB this week!
Samra DT

Janis said...

Thanks, Stella!! I appreciate your sweet comment so much!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Samra: Thanks so much for your visit and for leaving such a nice comment!!

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Janis

Ellie Knol said...

gorgeous stamping ! Thanks for joining in the TIMI challenge at the Craft Stamper!
xxx Ellie xxx

Janis said...

Thanks so much for your nice comments and helpful suggestions!!

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Janis

Jennifer Grace said...

These look so pretty. I had never heard of brushos before either so thank you for introducing me to them! I am so pleased you linked up to the FYC&S challenge, x

Karenladd said...

How in the world did I miss this post?! There are so many "firsts" in this project! My first look at Brusho, my first look at tags that you cut all by yourself (lol), and the first time you used your thrift store yarn! What is not new is that these are just gorgeous!! The Brusho background is so pretty and I love the way you got two backgrounds out of one sitting by transferring some of the color between them. Those butterflies are the perfect use for your infamous whipped cream background and look beautifully distressed. I am going to have to try stamping in gray instead of black more often because the softer look is really appealing! Thanks for inspiring me and for sharing some of your Brusho!!!