Thursday, June 28, 2018

God Bless America, Land That I Love


Sara Emily Barker http://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ God Bless America, Land That I Love tag #timholtz #ideaology #rangerdistress #sizzixalterations

Welcome! It's almost the 4th of July in the USA, and it just happens to be one of my favorite holidays. It also happens to be the 5th Friday of the month in the UK, so that means it's Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey. Any time there are 5 Fridays in a month, the Creative Guides get to create a tag with no constraints of themes or products--yippee! If you haven't been over to the blog yet, I urge you to--there are some amazing creative tags created by my talented teamies! You can see another 4th of July card I made here.

Sara Emily Barker http://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ God Bless America, Land That I Love tag #timholtz #ideaology #rangerdistress #sizzixalterations

I started with a black #8 tag and trimmed out the edges with star themed Industrious Stickers. Some were colored with Heavy Metals and then Distress crayon, and some with just crayon.

I had just trashed a panel I embossed with my new Mechanics 3D Texture Fade. I made it for another project, but absolutely hated it after throwing way too many mixed media products at it. When I saw it laying there on top of the trash, I thought it looked like fireworks, so I found a way to salvage it just for this tag.

Sara Emily Barker http://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ God Bless America, Land That I Love tag #timholtz #ideaology #rangerdistress #sizzixalterations

I really can't remember what products I originally used on the panel, and now I can't even remember what it looked like. I just know there were embossing powders involved, and I think Distress oxides and crayons.  Anyway, I gave it a couple of thin coats of cheapo gesso and allowed that to dry while I worked out my collage. I actually  started to like it! Thinking it needed some color to tie all the bits together, I swiped the raised areas with Faded Jeans oxide, and I loved it. I cut the panel to size and layered with a downsized Pocket Card, Labels die cut, and Paper Doll. 

Sara Emily Barker http://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ God Bless America, Land That I Love tag #timholtz #ideaology #rangerdistress #sizzixalterations

I used  one of Tim Holtz' Christmas Cling Foam stamps and Picket Fence ink for the 'fireworks' in the background. Some vintage seam binding, dyed seam binding ribbon, and Jute String, a gift from my good buddie, Autumn remind me of a tattered flag.

Sara Emily Barker http://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ God Bless America, Land That I Love tag #timholtz #ideaology #rangerdistress #sizzixalterations

I am very proud to be an American and so thankful for this wonderful country and the freedoms we still have. I do pray that God will bless America, this land that I do so love.

Sara Emily Barker http://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ God Bless America, Land That I Love tag #timholtz #ideaology #rangerdistress #sizzixalterations

Challenge shares:
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #49 – "Wrap it Up!" I've wrapped my tag's edges in stars! My Paper Doll has a wrap of some sort around her.
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These products were used on this project and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

25 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous, colourful celebratory tag! Wonderful you were able to salvage your panel and reuse it to create something so perfect. Wishing yourself, your family and all of your blog visitors a very happy 4 th of July. Xx

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  2. This is so stunning!! I love the vintage image and the details!! The design is so patriotic and beautiful!! Wow!! Love, love this!! It's spectacular!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  3. Oh my Sara Emily this is just beautiful. I adore the collection of ephemeral pieces over your salvaged background and the finished composition is wonderful. Happy 4th Of July for next week xxx

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  4. What a fantastic rescue for your discarded panel - it looks simply brilliant as a firework background here. Love the vintage styling and colour palette -a fabulous tag! Thanks for your lovely visit recently - I hope to be repaying the favour very soon...
    Alison x

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  5. Oh Sara, I live visiting blog to see your lovely creations. You always include lots of fun elements, textures, and details in your work! Love this patriotic tag .... So happy you linked it up to Cropstop!

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  6. Absolutely LOVE your tag, Sara Emily. Fabulous layers, terrific composition, brilliant 'rescue' ( though I'm not convinced it was 'bin worthy' it looks that good) and a wonderful tribute to your country , a land that I love even though I'm across the pond.
    Happy 4th of July
    Hugs x

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  7. What a beautiful patriotic tag, Sara!!! I love it!!! xx

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  8. Fabulous tag, Sara Emily! Love it!

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  9. Fabulous tag, Sara Emily! Love it!

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  10. Oh Sara Emily, your tags and the way you have put it together is just stunning!! Your salvaged bit of embossed card and all the other ephemera you so cleverly collaged together, make for the perfect background to that lovely girl!

    I pray daily for my American friends at the moment, may your freedom indeed be preserved.... Following what his happening in your country right at the moment, all I can say is, you all need to be wide awake!!!

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  11. AMERICAN PROUD!! Love every bit of it Sara Emily. Hugs, Sandy

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  12. Bravo! This looks pretty neat but I have to admit that I like the previous post better!
    Sandy xx

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  13. Well, you certainly did a great salvage job Sara, your tag is fantastic, the collage looks wonderful - the little girl is perfect image to celebrate the occasion for sure! Hugs, Anne xx

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  14. I just love looking at this tag Sara Emily! The design is perfectly layered - and so fun with that reclaimed background and your wonderful vintage image proudly holding her flag! Julia xx

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  15. This is gorgeous Sara Emily! I love the vintage feel and adorable image! Your layers and details are amazing as always!
    Hope you and your family have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!
    Hugs,
    Sherrie K

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  16. I don't get here as often as I would like but I can bet that every time I do I am thrilled to see what you are making! This is a fabulous tag and love all those bits and pieces that you used to make it! Hugs, Chrisxx

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  17. I love that you created this vintage tag for The Journey challenge! It’s what our society is all about, growing and evolving, hopefully for the better, as we celebrate the uniqueness of the US. Love it!

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  18. Such a cool tag Sara Emily.Thanks so much for joining in with our June challenge over at COuntry View.Our new In the summer garden challenge starts today too! Hugs xx

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  19. Your card is AMAZING - LOVE it!!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge! /Karin

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  20. Your tag turned out amazing, Sara Emily! I'm so glad you salvaged that background and altered it, because it's perfect and now it's one I want to add to my collection. Love how you colored the flag on your paper doll and I also love those beautiful stars and colored ribbon. Great tag, Sara Emily! Hugs!! P.S. I'm working on my project for F&F and hope to get it finished in time!!

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  21. I am glad you "actually" like it because I actually love it! Good for you to pull from the trash and make good! heehee Your tag is beautiful and so are you Sara Emily! xoxo

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  22. My fingers and toes are crossed that you win the EH wrap journal with this beauty! Wow! What a beautiful tag. I love every layered, vintage detail of this. Hugs, Autumn

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  23. Stunning! Such a wonderful design and such creative placement of all your ephemera. Gorgeously layered! I love it! Hope you had a wonder celebration on the 4th. Jennie x

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  24. How wonderful that you were able to salvage the panel and re-use it in this gorgeous tag! I absolutely love this Sara! So beautifully designed and executed!! Hope you had a fabulous 4th of July!! hugs xx

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  25. Loving your patriotic makes xoxo

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