Thursday, March 28, 2019

Good Stuff for Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey

Hello friends! It's that special time at A Vintage Journey when we get free crafty play to make a tag for our Tag Friday feature. 

I was inspired by how beautiful things are starting to look in our yard on these first days of spring, in spite of the hurricane damage from last September. The landscape has changed so much with many  trees missing, and the ones that remain twisted and broken. The fences that have been long overgrown with trees and shrubs are now exposed and are crumpled from the fallen trees. But new growth is emerging, and I see the beauty of God's grace and renewal.

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lam. 3:22-23

This was one of my first plays with my new Distress Oxide Sprays, and I really didn't take note of what I was doing. I used Picked Raspberry, and I'm pretty sure that's Cracked Pistachio, even though it appears blue. I like how it turned out, but I'm not a big fan of pink, so I thought of how I could make it more palatable to me with a rusty trellis and a few flicks of watery Rusty Hinge oxide ink.

The Wildflowers Stems and Tattered Butterfly from Tim Holtz are colored with Cracked Pistachio oxide spray with a little Rusty Hinge oxide ink,  brushed straight from the ink pad or watered down and flicked on. The seam binding ribbon was a product of the leftover inks.

The trellis is a die cut I had in my bin that didn't quite cut right. I dabbed on some black metallic texture paste I recently picked up at Tuesday Morning, some Distress Grit Paste and a mix of embossing powders I've had sitting in the embossing powder drawer for a while. I heated all that until it bubbled, and then painted with watery DecoArt Fluid paints -- Q. Gold and Raw Umber, and a drop or two of Caramel alcohol ink. I tore the edges and painted them with Distress Black Soot paint. I brushed the trellis with Prima Sculpture medium, shaped it and allowed it to dry. No matter how I pointed my camera, I couldn't pick up on the dimension of this crumpled rusted 'fence'. I gave the same treatment to the hole reinforcer.

Tim Holtz' Small Talk stickers always have the perfect words.

That's it for me--just a little fun play with my new sprays and some paints. My talented fellow Creative Guides have some wonderful tag inspiration you won't want to miss on the blog. Hope to see you there! Hugs and Blessings! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Play With Paint The trellis and hole reinforcer were colored with paint.
Scrapy Land Challenge #110 Anything Goes I used two Sizzix dies and an old Cherry Lynn die.

Links to products used available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. What a lovely theme for your bright tag Sara Emily! Time and nature do move on and I hope your neighbors are able to rebuild both their homes and their lives - your sentiment is perfect! xx

  2. This is gorgeous Sara. I love the sentiment and isn't it always so amazing to see the regrowth after the storm has passed. God's Grace certainly is amazing and beautiful.
    Even though you're not into pink, you certainly did it proud here. The background is fabulous and you can actually pick out some of the dimension on the trellis in a couple of the shots .. it looks awesome!! Stunning piece!! Have a fabulous day! hugs xx

  3. You are so right Sara, it always amazes me how Nature can recover and points no finger of blame... just lifts it's head to start a new day. The Beauty of the Butterfly against the rusted lattice fence is a great contrast of old meets new all teamed up with those inspiring words makes for a fabulous tag.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
    Hugs Tracey xx

  4. Oh my I love your gorgeous pink tag Sara Emily especially with the splatters of orange, a combination I love using when I want to use brighter colours. The fabulous trellis, butterfly and wildflower stems bring the spirit of Spring and new life together just like your landscape going through a metamorphosis of
    change and restoration. Your words finish the tag off beautifully.
    Have a wonderful weekend my friend xxx

  5. Oh that is so cute, feel the Spring already ☺☺

  6. This is so stunning, Sara Emily!! The colors are amazing!! I love the details you added and the gorgeous butterfly!!

    The view of one side of the woods surrounding my house sounds the same as yours, but mine was caused by man, not nature :( The man who owns the hillside sold off all the trees for money and some company came in and just destroyed everything. The trees they didn't want they knocked over and left to just lie on the ground. It really looks like a tornado whipped through and left devastation in it's wake. To know it was caused by humans is heartbreaking. I'm just praying that when the leaves return to the trees on my property, they hide some of the carnage. And on that note...have a great weekend, my friend!! Big hugs :)

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  7. A Gorgeous tag, Sara. The oxide backdrop is lush and makes for a wonderful contrast to your rusty trellis. Your flutterby is a beauty - loving those minty tones. Definitely seeing good stuff here :)
    Have a lovely weekend
    Hugs x

  8. What a great way to play - love how the sprays look. May have to get some. Hugs, S@ndy

  9. It does sound like your yard is slowly recovering, it never ceases to amaze me how nature regains her strength! Your tag is gorgeous, I do love the pink and the rusty trellis looks fabulous on top. Of course, the butterfly is beautiful too! Hugs, Anne xx

  10. Gorgeous creation! The rusted trellis is awesome! looks like real rust!

  11. Gorgeously bright and sumptuous - what a wonderful combination of colours and details on your stunning tag Sara Emily. So glad to hear that things are slowly improving and may the growth in your yard continue to flourish ! xxx

  12. Your tag certainly conjures up a spring mind-set! It is nice to see the vibrant oxide sprays and a whole new color palette. I'd like to get one but can't decide on which flavor! Now Pistachio and Raspberry are my new favorites! :)

  13. Hello lovely lady! What a beauty - so lovely to see some colour! Not purchased any oxide sprays - but they look fab! Will add to the 'one day' list. Love your sentiment of growth and renewal - beautiful and positive. xxxx

  14. Such a fabulous tag Sarah Emily, love those glorious Spring colour portraying the message of hope and new growth. The bible saying expresses the message so well, beauty, renewal and wonder for what nature can give us all, - what better message than that! Wonderful work!

  15. This is lovely! I adore the pastel colors, which are vibrant and elegant at the same time. I also love how you created layers of pattern and design. The splatters are perfect, too! I really enjoyed seeing this and am so glad you took the time to share your talents with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  16. Beautiful tag with lovely details ! Thanks to joining us at scrapyland challenge

  17. This is wonderful, Sara Emily!!! I like pink :) That rusty trellis, wow!!! Looks fabulous!!!!

  18. Beautiful! Love the pinks and teal together...😊

  19. This is such a fun, fresh tag - I just love the rusty wire fence in amongst the bold spring colours.
    Alison x


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