Sunday, January 12, 2014

Cherish & Forevermore

Sorry it has been a little quiet around my blog this week... I have been a bit under the weather.  I am pleased that I had the chance to create something for the Anything Goes Challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge before I started feeling poorly.

This week I am sad to say is Candy Colwell's last week on the design team.   I am a huge fan of her work and always look forward to what she shares on her blog.  Candy you will definitely be missed!

My inspiration this week started with the Hero Arts Acetate Tags.   

 I wanted to create something that was translucent and airy for a wedding.  I decided to start with the tag and a few other pieces:
  1. Emboss Acetate tag with embossing folder. 
  2. Smear surface with white acrylic paint. 
  3. Die cut butterfly from white cardstock. 
  4. Cover butterfly with glue pen and sprinkle with crystal glitter.
  5. Die Cut Circle from white cardstock. Emboss with embossing folder.
  6. Layer circle on tag and attach butterfly to circle. 
  7. Attach trim to bottom of tag. 
  8. Attach flower to center of butterfly. 
  9. Attach stickers to tag. 
  10. Tie crinoline, pearls, and twine to top of tag.

I then moved onto a wood grain effect.

 To create this snowy scene:
  1. Emboss tag with wood grain embossing folder.
  2. Paint surface of wood grain with a mix of Ranger Distress Stain and paints. 
  3. Die cut deer from Map Pattern Paper. Sponge Edges of reindeer with brown dye ink. 
  4. Paint burlap with white paint. Let dry. 
  5. Paint twine with gold paint. 
  6. Punch snowflakes from white cardstock. Accent with gem and sparkle with glitter. 
  7. Tape burlap strips to tag. 
  8. Tie  twine with buttons around burlap. 
  9. Attach snowflakes to tag randomly with glue dots. 
  10. Wrap scarf around the deer and pop dot and attach to tag. 
  11. Tie burlap to top of tag with twine and gold pine cones. 
 My final tag was an experimentation with paint and distress stains.

 For this one I wanted to use the embossing and paint but mix in some stamping and stains.

  1. Emboss tag using snowflake embossing folder. 
  2. Paint flowers and branches with gold paint. 
  3. Paint backside of acetate tag with gold paint. 
  4. Smear front of tag with a mix of bronze paint and white paint. 
  5. Stamp script using brown ink over surface. 
  6. Attach lace trim and flowers to front. 
  7. Tie lace trims and twine on top of tag.
  Products: Hero Arts Acetate Tags, white paintAnna Griffen Ancanthus Embossing Folder  Memory Box Chloe Butterfly,  Ranger Distress Paint - Antiqued Bronze, Ranger Distress Paint - GoldStampers Anonymous - Attic Treasures, Prima Flowers, Prima Flowers, Lace Trim, Idea-Ology - Lavish Trimming, Snowflake Punch,     Wood Grain Embossing Folder
The Simon Says Stamp Team is away this week at CHA doing a little shopping for the store so you know there will be fantastic new things available coming soon! If you play along with us this week you will have an opportunity to win a  Simon Says Stamp $50 Gift Voucher.
Thanks for stopping by! 



  1. both are stunning Suzz. I hope you are feeling better.

  2. Beautiful projects Suzanne! Love the embossed acetate! Each tag is so gorgeous! I love your mix of color with golden accents! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. These tags are fabulous! I really like the acetate tag with the white butterfly! Pure perfection! Thank you for the inspiration! Great idea. Best wishes, Ingrid

  4. What a delight your trio of tags are Suzz, I love the delicacy of the design the acetate gives, the embossing and painting looks amazing. Your designs are so eye catching and work so beautifully. These are a feast for the eyes, so creative. Hope you are feeling a little better. Tracy x

  5. These are gorgeous!! Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Each is truly exquisite. Feel much better soon. Nicola x

  7. Beautiful, beautiful!!!!

  8. Love the feminine feel to the first one, so lovely and delicate. So much cool texture on the second, love the details, love the colors in the last, gives it a great vintage feel to it! All wonderful projects

  9. These are all gorgeous and I'm glad you're feeling better!

  10. Wow, these are all stunning Sue and all so different! The wedding one is so beautiful and delicate looking. Whoever receives that is going to make sure it's stored away very carefully. Love the reindeer's little scarf, lol!

    Sorry you've not been too well and I do hope you are on the mend now. Things haven't been too good in my neck of the woods either but I'll email you.

    Take care.

    Lesley Xx

  11. All 3 tags are so beautiful love the reindeer one especially
    Dr Sonia

  12. WOW! 3 such diverse effects, I love them all! The clear tag is so elegant and airy, I guess I have to say I do like it the best!

  13. Wow, this is a stunning piece, I am in love with the acetate one! ~Diane

  14. All your tags are fabolous!!! BArbarayaya

  15. Oh Suzz, Love the three tags! What a great idea to emboss tag shaped acetate! Gives it a whole other look! Love it! Hugs, Sandra

  16. Wow! What a beautiful trio of tags! I love how each one has a special touch to it, but they all are very pretty & feminine :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  17. Wow... all these three tags are stunning! I love the beautiful textures and gorgeous embellishments. Thank you for the great inspiration! :)

  18. I love your acetate tag. It is so beautiful.

  19. Whoa! I adore this "light and airy" tag you created, but it was also fascinating to see all the clever variations you came up with! Loved the different looks you gave each tag and you've made me view acetate with whole new eyes. Beautiful work, as always!

  20. Suzz...first of all, thank you so much for the kind words you posted about me on your blog. The feeling is very mutual. I think your work is always such quality and I so love your vintage style. I'm a huge fan of your work and will continue to follow you. :) Your three tags are amazing! Love your techniques and your three very different results. <3 Candy

  21. I am in awe, Suzz! These tags are stunning works of art!


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