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Sunday, 6 January 2013

A Vintage Beauty




I dusted off my inks as they have been sorely neglected of late, partly due to my sewing obsession, but mainly my inkiness seemed to have deserted me. I struggle when I know I have to make specific pieces and I certainly craft better when I am more relaxed and can make something just because!

I rarely make tags and I really enjoyed creating this one. Lots of stamping and inks and a touch of stencilling using ferro. The main stamp is from B line designs and  another of my favourites, she is coloured using a combination of prismacolor pencils and distress inks. I dyed a small piece of muslin and added lace and a small flower. The embossed heart is recycled from an old project.

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Have a great Sunday & Happy Crafting xx






38 comments:

Dots Dabbles said...

Wow Paula...this is sooooo beautiful!
I Love it
Dot x

Buttons said...

OK, officially IN LOVE with this. Such a stunning way to blend that beautiful lady with the background, and then the added elements at the bottom bring the whole piece together. Love that you have taken the tag background around the lady too rather than just leaving her hanging off the edge unsupported. No lady should be unsupported methinks!!! Well done you. Hugs, Jenny x

Daniele said...

seriously lush Paula, love the texture on the background tag with the pretty embellishments
hugs

Paula Whittaker said...

Your blog title sums this piece up - I hear you about finding it hard to create when you 'have' to....if I just play, things happen more easily.

Astrid Maclean said...

Great to see you return to some inky happiness Paula, this tag is just gorgeous! The colour combo and lovely added texture make is just perfect to my eyes, LOVE IT!!

Deborah said...

It's a beauty, Paula. Such a shame you are leaving the TC design team, but you must follow your muse.

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is lovely. Glad you are being inky. I loved your sewing items but as I don't have a sewing machine I didn't feel I could even aspire to them. Now you can inspire me with your inkiness again!

Lucy x

Candy C said...

Paula...this is amazingly beautiful! I so love your combination of the greens and pink-ish tones. Your background is beautiful! I love the textured harlequin! That really pops! I also love all of the stamping and the lovely image of your victorian lady that you have so beautifully colored. Lovely combinations of color, texture and design! Thanks for sharing your tag with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Sophie said...

Was für ein fantastisches Tag.
Ein wunderschönes Werk in Farben und Stil.
Mir fehlen die weiteren Worte, so gut gefällt mir das...

Herzlichst Sophie

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Yes, this definitely is a vintage beauty - this one stopped me in my tracks! LOVE that stamp and you have colored her beautifully. Your background is outstanding. A really beautiful piece of work!

Samantha Read said...

Hi Paula, bet your're loving having inky fingers again! This is so beautiful lovely lady, Happy New Year to you all from Poppy and I xxx

Brenda Brown said...

This rocks Paula, such a gorgeous background for the lovely lady. So much detail and texture, a great piece.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Katie K said...

Gorgeous tag Paula. So much details and the coloring is amazing. Love your new blog header.
Have a wonderful week.
Hugs,
Katie

Sue said...

This tag is beautiful Paula. I'm glad you dusted off your inks.

Paper Profusion said...

Exquisite!! Stunning background, truly beautiful main image, wonderful embellies and perefectly balanced top and bottom. Sooo impressive Paula.

(Thanks too for becoming a follower).

Nicola x

Titbelsoeur toute seule said...

Your tag is just amazing ! I love it ! Thanks for participating in the Artistic Stamper's challenge.

Debi said...

surely is pretty, and i can def. relate to creating with no pressure, just where the flow takes you, Debi x

Dorthe said...

A most beautiful tag, Paula,-
Your colour mix is wonderful, and your adds of lace and flower, makes it a gorgeous piece.
XO,Dorthe

Tracie Dean said...

I think your tag is beautiful!! I love all the colors and the image is perfect.

Happy Crafting
Tracie
http://homeofthepurskey.blogspot.com

Sandra said...

This is one amazing tag! The background is stunning with all the soft and beautiful tones and with the texture. The victorian lady is gorgeous! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

Kim Dellow said...

Wow wonderful! Love your tag and such fabulous colours. Kim

Netty said...

oooh gorgeous tag with so much vintage beauty. x

annemarks said...

Lovely tag, i love the image, the heart and gorgeous vintage feel :)

Anna-Karin said...

Beautiful tag! The background is great and the tag has a wonderful vintage feeling. Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

florenceandfreddie said...

It definately is a beauty. Gorgeous tag Paula.
Regards Florence x

lynne said...

Inky or Stitchy it doesn't matter as you always never fail to inspire.
Dreamy colours and vintage loveliness.
Wishes
Lynne

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Not only a vintage beauty, but also a beautiful tag, it looks really WONDERFUL.

Fliss said...

Just gorgeous Paula! Such a beautiful image and your embellishing is amazing.
I seem to have pinched your place on That's Crafty too and so sorry to see you go.
A rather excited Fliss. xx

hazel said...

This is such a beautiful tag.
xxx Hazel.

Maria said...

Hi Paula, better late than never, but Happy New Year! This is gorgeous, and the colours show through so beautifully. I love how you've added a little piece of dyed muslin at the bottom, a perfect finishing touch.

So many apologies for not visiting recently, I haven't been very active full stop due to various things, but you have made some stunning creations, I sooo love your bag (I was very kindly treated to one of your lovely little bags as a gift for Xmas!), and your masking creation is stunning. I hope you enjoyed the festive break and have recovered from all the bugs.

Maria x

Terry said...

Drooling is so not attractive! Paula, this is inking perfection and the stamped image is colored so beautifully. Have a great rest of the week!

craft-roomjulia said...

Stunning Paula, your tag is so rich and beautiful with so many different elements and textures. I can definitely relate to being under pressure and struggling to produce. My best creations come when I'm having real fun. Happy New Year. xxx

misstreez said...

Lovely soft colouring of your tag and image. I like the pretty little arrangements os snippets of trims and the stenciling looks amazing with the added texture.

Maura said...

Congratulations at SSS!

Barb King said...

What a lovely tag, such a beautiful vintage image, and I love all the details!

butterfly said...

Huge congrats on your SSSaS win... what a glorious tag it is - glowing with vintage colours, just beautiful!
Alison x

Sue said...

A lovely tag with such rich colours.

Alexa said...

Well deserved win at SSS - beautiful tag!