Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Have you got IT? Crafty Individuals 'Tag you're It' Challenge.

Hello and welcome to Magpieheaven! The other day, despite the glorious weather, I felt a little bit down for various reasons. I decided to have a good old self-indulgent play. I found some lovely little Crafty Individuals stamps I bought when I started to create - I think I had the idea of making a card with them! I had also bought a new CI stamp set of lace designs recently and I just had a great time day-dreaming and experimenting, which is what I love to do! Soon the only blues were on my tag! Here is what I came up with! As it took shape I decided I should like to enter it for the Crafty Individuals June Challenge 'Tag You're It'.
  
This is the first time I have entered a CI challenge! My entry is simply a jumbo manila tag and the theme - well - a really escapist one: IT Girls!
I believe that it was Clara Bow, the silent movie actress who was the original 'IT Girl'. The film in which she rose to fame was just called that 'It'! It was about a feisty shop-girl who possessed that certain something that set her apart - extrovert, fun-loving, charismatic and effervescent, she epitomized the exuberance and freedom that women could begin to enjoy in the 'roaring twenties'. I think the lady at the top of my tag bears a striking resemblance to Clara!
My background for this tag was a blend of PaperArtsy Fresco blues: Lake Wanaka, Antarctic, Mermaid, South Pacific and Inky Pool. The stencils are a Rebekah Meir doily and a Prima Flourish. I used some Chocolate Pudding on the doily and used Leandra Franich's 'bumping' technique to create an impression of 3D. Although an It girl is vivacious she is also very feminine! I stamped these beautiful Crafty Individuals 'Super Stars' of the Silent Screen onto tissue in Onyx Black Versafine painted with a little Stone Fresco and touches of Claret and then stuck them onto the tag with Matte Medium. I then used the masking technique to 'wind' the lacy stamp images across the tag. In places the lace took flight and fluttered into the form of social butterflies - thanks to a Martha Stewart punch! I used some script from a PaperArtsy stamp in a variety of Wendy Vecchi Archivals: Cobalt, Potting Shed and Forget-me-not to suggest celebrity autographs! Clara Bow was probably one of the first movie stars to ensure that a film would be a huge box-office success and she received sack-loads of fan mail!
I covered some pearls with Sapphire Treasure Gold, which gave them a silvery blue tinge for these ladies from the Silver Screen! Two little wooden letters were painted with PA Antarctic and given their own mini butterfly.
I stamped another of the pretty lacy CI designs onto blue Fresco painted card in Potting Soil Archival and combined this with real tea-stained and slightly blue tinted lace. This is something I once saw on the wonderful Lynne Moncrief's 'Adorn' blog! It is probably what inspired me to buy this Crafty Individuals Lace set in the first place! By the time my 'It Girls' tag was complete, edged with some Little Black Dress Fresco and a touch of Sapphire Treasure Gold, my problems seemed far away! I should like to link this tag to the Crafty Individuals June Challenge 'Tag You're It' here. Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a peek into Magpieheaven today! May your skies be blue and your days full of fun and joy!

24 comments:

  1. It's gorgeous Julie Ann,I find getting crafty is the best cure for chasing the blues away,you go into your own little world and it's great : )

    Hugs,Donna.x

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  2. I craft to distract from constant pain etc so understand how your blue mood went from you into your Tag.

    Stunning colours, stamps and techniques, thank you for sharing how you created such a beautiful project:-) xxx

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  3. It's a fabulous and great idea, I'm always surprised that your fantastic abstract work. I inspired by those xx

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  4. So glad that you managed to transfer the blues Julie Ann. Gorgeous piece. Xx

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  5. Perfect way to get rid of the blues!! The results are stunning.

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  6. That's a wonderful female tag, great use of the lace and beautiful images.

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  7. Lovely story behind this very pretty tag! Glad it helped to chase away the blues - great to get lost in your creation. Thanks for joining in the Crafty Individuals June Challenge. Jean x

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  8. You were right to have a try on our CI challenge Julie Ann, thank you for playing with Jean and us and sharing your tag with everyone! This tag is absolutely GORGEOUS. Fantastic use of the lace stamps!! and your background is stunning too. Hugs, Coco xx

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  9. Fab tag Julie Ann, it looks very strokable.

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  10. You surely injected femininity into this stunning tag. The use of the stencil is so realistic, I actually thought it was a piece of vintage doily incorporated into the background of the tag.
    I cannot imagine I would inspire anyone but dear Julie Ann, thank you so much for saying it was seeing me use the lace stamp set that made you purchase it. It is a beautiful set, even for adding the smallest touch to a project and how wonderful that you paired the stamped lace with real lace, isn't it a fun way of using the lace stamp.
    Creating can be so much more than the artful results, it can be a place of solace, whether from pain or from a touch of the blues, thankfully once you started to creating, your mood swiftly altered. I hope whatever it was has moved on and life is well with you.
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful tag at Crafty Individuals. So lovely that you found the time to participate in the challenge (and thank you for your sweet shout out!)
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  11. A striking tag. I always find crafting helps me unwind and de-stress.

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  12. Sorry you've been feeling a bit down loveky lady but so glad you managed to lift yourself up by creating something as pretty as this. Fabulous layers in the background and wonderful shades of blue,

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  13. Hello you brilliant little Magpie, I'm feeling your pain, I'm was felling the same, after visiting Miss Alison now you, I feel so much better, creating is a wonderful therapy, yes you day dreamed and experimented AS YOU DO, you can enter any challenge and create brilliantly, and I sooooooooo enjoyed this tag, it was like beautiful game, I love how some of the butterfly's blended in to that exquisite background, the lace took flight, it certainly did, that was brilliant, then others stand out beautifully, there is 12 of them. I loooooooove the lace stamp, and that small piece of lace peeking out on top of the stamped lace, beautiful, love the die cut blended in there, Miss Lynne is a HUGE inspiration to me too, I could see her inspiration on your tag, oh, then the wonderful story, THANK YOU , you always teach me something new and wonderful, love all the lovely faces, all I can say is another BRILLIANT PRODUCTION, the Parliament is giving you a standing ovation, (((( HUGE HUGS )))), Cuzzzzzzzzz....

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  14. This is such a delightful feminine tag Julie Ann, I love the lace effects you have achieved and those gorgeous girls adorn it beautifully. Perfect for the CI challenge, thanks for joining us x x

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  15. I think some self-indulgent playtime is good for the soul... so happy to hear it worked for you! Love your It Girls, and the beautiful, feminine setting you've given them (without being remotely "girly"). The lace winding down the card is a gorgeous touch, and I love the "bumped" doily... great tag!
    Alison xx

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  16. no...tag- you're it! Julie- Ann! You are so clever- love the way you have used your laces here! Beautiful my friend! xo

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  17. This is gorgeous, Julie Ann! I love the criss-crossing of the lace! The lady bottom right is Alison and my Tracy Emin stamp!

    Lucy x

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  18. So beautiful...I love your tag Julie Ann!
    It's great to lose yourself in creating & forget your worries.
    Hugs,
    Alison xxx

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  19. Totally agree with you - a little playtime can give just the lift you need usually! This must surely have made you feel better it's such a wonderful creation! Just love that lacy look and those lovely ladies! Chrisx ps don't know how I managed to miss this!

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  20. Crafting is a very good way to lift one's spirits or at least put the bad thoughts at bay... I love the lacy stamps & doilies (I had to look the Rebekah Meir doily and now I want one of course!) which complement perfectly the images of those ladies from another time.

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  21. Beautiful tag Julie-Ann I love the colours & fabulous stamps...getting lost in creating is a great healer of the soul...Love how you have used the lace stamp....Hugs May x x

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  22. Stunning feminine piece and so Vintage looking. Beautiful.
    Julie x

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  23. Great background! lovely feminine tag!!!!!
    Bizz
    Sylvie

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  24. Wow wow absolutely awesome fantastic tag, I have never seen the production. I hope your feeling a bit more happier, I think looking at the date what it was. It must be so hard sometimes but if your like me art helps to lift your soul and feeligs. I so love that doily stencil, still not managed to get it yet lol. I love your blues and browns, stunning. Hugs :-) Kezzy xxx

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