Saturday, 11 June 2011

A tale of two tags

Ooops, realised yesterday that I could have entered my winged things tag into the Simon Says Stamp and Show ('a tag') and Sunday Stampers challenges! The Sunday Stampers theme is 'stash that makes you happy' - steampunk and the Tim Holtz papillon stamps definitely do that (what more could I want!)

Question is, is it ok to edit posts to add in challenges I'd forgotten about and will Blogger mess up my links if I do? Not knowing the answers, I just had to make something new (as if I need an excuse ;-))

I started off making one background by adding stormy sky and dusty concord distress inks to my craft sheet and smooching a cream coloured tag through them. It gave it a wonderful grungy distressed look that I really liked. I then stamped the papillon background stamp in stormy sky. Looked okay but I wanted a crisper look for the butterflies so I used a Whispers dye ink pad in fresh eggplant. That didn't show up very well so I stamped the butterflies again in Whispers azure seas ink, which made it look like it should be viewed through 3d glasses :-( ...  gave up and started again!

the original background
Did pretty much the same thing again, but only stamping the butterflies once. I wrapped some multi-coloured thread around the tag and added a flower made from die cutting Tim Holtz tattered florals from metal and colouring with alcohol inks (my first attempt with alcohol inks!). Then I stamped and cut out the butterflies, distressed with a bit more dusty concord and stormy sky, and attached them with sticky pads.

I tried and failed miserably to take a decent photo as it was getting dark so I decided to leave it til the morning. Glad I did... when I looked at it this afternoon I didn't really like it. So I moved the metal flower onto the original tag (having decided I actually like the slight offset of the two lots of butterflies) and added a sentiment. On the other tag I replaced the flower with another cut-out butterfly and added a few crystals for interest.

So, I've ended up with two simple tags, both of which I like better than the original one :0)

I'd like to enter these in the following challenges:
Grungy monday - 'distress-o-rama' (a homage to the king of distress, Tim Holtz - check out his website here!)
Simon Says Stamp and Show - 'a tag'
Sunday stampers - 'stash that makes you happy'

Hope everyone's having an enjoyable and inky weekend!



  1. You are too hard on yourself. All the tags have their own separate charm. The color combo is gorgeous together. Those are also 2 of my favorite stamp sets. Keep more ideas coming - I love your art.

  2. STUNNING!!!! Thanks for joining in with the SS... as far as I am aware you can edit your posts that already published and the link stays the same... am not an expert though... in fact, am as thick as a badgers bum rofl

  3. Love the double stamping it is a great effect so glad you rescued it, fabulous pair. I have edited published posts in the past and added links without ill effects but do any of us know what will happen with Blogger these days! XOXO Zoe

  4. Love the effects of the background.....fab!

  5. Your tags are beautiful and the background is gorgeous, super colours. Yvonne x

  6. Beautiful job with the distress inks - the colors are so pretty. Both tags are lovely and your metal flower is just terrific! To answer your question, yes it is perfectly fine to edit your post to add challanges along the way and no, it won't mess up your blogger links either. Happy blogging! So glad you joined in our fun this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show.

  7. Fabby tags - lovely colours!! Like you I often go back to things and 'have another go!' Everything is always a 'happy accident' in my case!!
    Love them both but extra-love the metal flower! Right up my street! Great work.
    TonyR xx

  8. Sarah, these are stunning! You made such great choices with your Distress Ink colors for the Grungy Monday challenge, and your designs are sophisticated and completely lovely! I'm so happy you joined in and am inspired by these gorgeous creations!

    Eddie is beautiful!

  9. Here having a wander, hope you don't mind. These are gorgeous beautiful colours and of course, Butterflies!!


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