Monday 8 April 2013

Articulated Tag .......... Finnabair style?

Good Morning and welcome to all,

Over on the Snazzy's DT Blog this week we have a challenge for you (details on the DT Blog) to replace our lovely Astrid's usual beautiful inspiration.  She is having a wonderful time in Australia this month getting to know her beautiful new Granddaugher :D!  As the DT kit this month is goodies from the Prima Sunrise/Sunset Collection designed by the uber talented Anna Dabrowska (aka Finnabair), the DT, minus Astrid, have all produced an extra creation using Anna's style as our inspiration and today I have an articulated tag to share with you on which I've attempted to emulate this.  I'll leave it to you to decide if I have in any measure succeeded, lol! 

If you follow the link on Anna's blog to her videos or search on YouTube ( she has one showing how she created two gorgeous tags and I took the first one as the inspiration for my tag today.

I don't know the actual tag size number but I started with two cream 10.5 x 21.5 cm tags, cutting a piece 8 cm deep from the second one.  I inked the edges of the tag and the smaller piece with Adirondack Peach Bellini and then blended Walnut Stain Distress Ink through the checkerboard mask from the Sunrise/Sunset collection and also inked the edges.  I then chose two different papers from the A4 pad  in our DT kit and cut pieces to layer onto the tag leaving a border of 0.5 cm for the bottom layer and approx 1cm for the top layer.  On the top layer for the main tag I inked Peach Bellini through the small petal mask (again from the collection) and then distressed all the edges and inked with Peach Bellini before adhering to the tag slightly offset to the right.

I stamped the quote from a Tim Holtz set using Sepia Archival ink, punched holes and set eyelets with my Crop-o-dile and tied the co-ordinating cotton cord round the tag.

I layered and inked the small tag piece in the same way and then found an image that colour co-ordinated with the papers and fitted beautifully into an Ideology ornate frame.  After gluing it to the back with Cosmic Shimmer Glue I filled in the front with Glossy Accents.  Before attaching it to the hanging piece I punched the holes and set the eyelets and then used small lengths of chain and jump rings to hang the piece from the main tag.  I attached the frame with brads and then used a little glue underneath to attach the pieces of film strip.

I then set about choosing and arranging all the embellishments.  This always takes  me the looooooongest time, lol!  On here there are more goodies from the collection, like the gorgeous metal flower at the top, flowers from last month's DT kit plus some from my own stash but still Prima products.  There are charms, Ideology bits and pieces, cheap jewellery bought for the purpose of breaking up and buttons.

Finally, I got the sprays out ............. Eeek!  I used Tattered Angles Glimmer Mists mainly because I have loads of colours in those but also they seem to be slightly more muted than say the gorgeous Dylusions which I love but haven't got over my fear of using yet, lol!   For instance I have the Dylusions Black Marble but it is ................ BLACK!!!!!   ;D! ....... so I used GM Black/Gold instead.  Even so, I still found spraying those inks very scary and I'm not sure I'm totally happy with the result.  I love it when Anna does the same thing so either it's something I have to get used to or more likely a technique I have some way to go to perfect. 

At the end of August I am so excited to be attending the Anna Dabrowska weekend of workshops at Snazzy's in Swindon and I'm hoping that will get me over the fear of squirting those sprays, lol, not to mention learning lots of other techniques.  I have to admit to being rather nervous though because there are quite a few very talented and well known crafters going to the workshops too, :o\!  I hope I can keep up!

Anyway, in the meantime, we'd love people to join in our challenge which is to create something which has been inspired by Anna's work.  The winner of the challenge will receive the stunning journal the DT were sent as part of their kit this month ... see below .  It is fabulous so I do hope you will join in!  Pop over to Snazzy's DT Blog to see all our creations (leave a little love) and find out the details of the challenge.

960209 Mixed Media Journal 

I've made another piece using items from the lovely Sunrise/Sunset collection which I'll show you in a couple of days so I hope you get chance to pop back.  Till then ..............

Lesley  Xx


Astrid Maclean said...

Well I think you succeeded very well Lesley, your tag is a stunner from beginning to end! I adore all the little details, specially that wonderful bee!

You guys are all the best covering for me, thanks sooo much!

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous! Jealous that you are getting to go to that workshop! Wish I could hop over in a plane and join in! This is stunning and love the bottom piece added on!

Helen said...

You are right, that spraying with the black IS scary!! I love your tag though, looks like you've cracked it to me!!

Inkypinkycraft said...

This is gorgeous and you have made a wonderful piece ere and really captured the style hugs trace. X

Minxy said...

Your inspired by tag is just gorgeous, i love the colours xo

Aquarius said...

Wow, this tasg is beautiful and thanks for putting on so many detailed photos and explaining how it all came about. I'm envious of you attending what sounds to be a great workshop.

Elaine said...

This tag is a stunner Lesley, I love Anna's work as you know and hope to learn much more about it first hand later in the year! I love the warmth of the colour scheme with the darker touches. The red touches in those leaves are gorgeous, I love the bee in the frame and I fully understand your anxiety about the spraying and will be feeling the same myself! Great work my lovely friend and I hope your crafting has made you feel restored! Elaine xxx

lisa said...

Morning Lesley
I hope you are keeping well in this chilly weather!!
It seems ages since I came by, don't know where the time goes.
Your tag is absolutely gorgeous. I love all the details you've included and all those beautiful embellishments are yummy. I am trying to build up my stash of bits and pieces for my scrapping.
I had to laugh at your fear of the dylusions. I haven't given in to temptation yet with those but the colours are amazing aren't they. I can't wait to hear how your workshop goes with them.
Have a good week.
hugs Lisax

Paula (PEP) said...

How wonderful to be able to attend the workshop at Snazzy's - once our move to Exeter is achieved I hope to be able to travel to such things too since there is this magical wondrous item a railway station at Exeter......but I digress.. I certainly think you achieved the 'look' required & I love that bee in the articulated section. The warmth of the Peach Bellini is delightful with your red accenting bringing the tones out in a manner which is quite magical to observe - especially with the sentiment stamped in the sepia.
I long for the day when someone can actually show me how to tame my Croc-o-dile which insists on being a reptile in my hands.
In my recent rehoming of half my stash it remained domiciled with me as I am not going to be defeated by it's snapping jaws.
Much love & thank you for a treat this morning.
Paula (PEP)

Michelle said...

Utterly stunning Lesley like the idea of an articulated tag - might I pinch it?
Wish I could join you at your crafty weekend
X Michelle

Gillian .... said...

Loving this Finn inspired tag, love that style and the colours/embellishments look great. xx

Words and Pictures said...

What a completely fabulous project, Lesley... its roots in Anna's work are so clear, but it also has a fantastic life all of its own. I LOVE the bee in a bookplate on the attachment, and the floral embellishment arrangement is glorious... my favourite looking Tim quote too!
Alison x
(Looking forward to getting to play alongside you!)

Beryl said...

This is sooo beautiful Lesley. Love the background and all those fab embellishments - which couldn't have been placed better.
Beryl xx

judith@poppy cottage said...

Fabulous articulated tag Lesley. I love the peach tones in contrast to the deep green and metal accents. The bee in the frame is lovely. Anna's influence is clear in the style of your tag and the spraying looks great. Judith cx

judith@poppy cottage said...

Fabulous articulated tag Lesley. I love the peach tones in contrast to the deep green and metal accents. The bee in the frame is lovely. Anna's influence is clear in the style of your tag and the spraying looks great. Judith cx