I Am Exhausted….

HAPPY 2014!!!  Oh, sorry–did I say that too loudly?  I’ll try to keep it down for today’s post then :)  But seriously–

Happy New Year!!  I hope 2014 brings you all moments of “Well, Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy” as well as finding inspiration any where and every where to create your own Artsy Fartsiness, in whatever form it may take!!  So, without further ado, my first posting of the New Year!  Enjoy!!

Ain't she sweet?

Ain’t she sweet?

Disclaimer:  The comment made on this tag, may not necessarily reflect the opinion of the designer/blogger.  Or, does it? :)  Talk about SNARKY!! :)  LOVE IT!!  This girl is another image that just seems to speak for herself!

Oh, does someone need a hug?

Oh, does someone need a hug?

I’m using a couple of different stamp plates from Artistic Outpost on this tag–Kudzu Cafe and The Outpost.  Let’s call my friend here “angry girl” and she’s from the Kudzu plate.  She’s stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink onto water color paper and “painted” with Aged Mahogany, Tattered Roses & Victorian Velvet DM’s and my water brush.  I fussy cut her out and inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI and my ink blending tool.

Outpost and KudzuThe background of my #8 manila tag is Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed and Vintage Photo DI’s, nicely applied with my ink blending tools and then given a spritz of water and dried with my heat tool.  I then stamped the windmill image with Jet Black Archival Ink and the barbed wire with Sepia Archival Ink and gave the edges an inking with Walnut Stain DI.

I'm Exhausted Back

Since this is a tag I’m making for someone, I stamped the back side, too.

The backside of my tag is a simpler version of the front–inked in the same colors as the front and spritzed with water; Angry Girl is stamped with Jet Black Archival; the barbed wire is Sepia Archival Ink.

I randomly added some Tim Holtz/Idea-ology paper tape here and there on the front and back.  I had some bare spaces and the tapes just add that certain nostalgic quality that angry girl needed to soften her up a bit.  Did it help?

The attitude is courtesy of Dylusions-Say It How It Is set.

The attitude is courtesy of Dylusions-Say It How It Is set.

One of my favorite quote plates is the Say It How It Is set from Dylusions.  I just love Dyan Reaveley’s style and this quote just fits with Angry Girl perfectly!!

I improvised the rust look with DCP Clear Rock Candy and Barn Door DS.

I improvised the rust look with DCP Clear Rock Candy and Barn Door DS.

I really like the look of rust and rusted things.  While anxiously awaiting for the arrival of a new product (that I’ll be talking about in future posts), I wanted to add something rusty to this tag.  So, I used my Cricut machine with the Cricut Sampler cartridge and die-cut hinges out of manila stock, then inked with Tea Dye & Vintage Photo DI’s, then layered with a smudging of Picket Fence & Black Soot DP’s finished with a spritz of water and heat dried.

The  hinges on the backside aren't coated with Clear Rock Candy.

The hinges on the backside aren’t coated with Clear Rock Candy.

I left the hinge on the backside of the tag raw, so to speak, because I really like the effect the DP’s & DI’s made after being spritzed with water–Almost looks like rust!!

I improvised the rust look with DCP Clear Rock Candy and Barn Door DS.

I improvised the rust look with DCP Clear Rock Candy and Barn Door DS.

When the Clear Rock Candy DCP was dry, I applied Barn Door DS right on top of the crackle finish and heat dried.  I think my experiment with improvising a rust-like finish looks pretty cool!

You can't help but laugh out loud with this one!

You can’t help but laugh out loud with this one!

And There you have it–Angry Girl strikes again and she’s EXHAUSTED!!  Too funny!!  I hope you’re laughing with me because this won’t be the last you see of her–this is only the beginning!!

Thank You soooo much for stopping by today, on this 1st day of the New Year!  Cheers to an Artsy Fartsy kind of year!!

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4 thoughts on “I Am Exhausted….

  1. Ohhhhhh more snarky crafty goodness!!! Love it!!! Best way to start the new year hee hee
    Where did you get that image of me?? That is TOTALLY my snarky face.
    Your tag is beautiful!! You did the back too???? You are a total rockstar!!!

    • Thank You, Kate!! This girl from the Kudzu Cafe plate is one of my fav’s! It’s that expression on her face…I let her tell me what to do :) Thank you sooo much for visiting my blog! XOXO-Shari

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