Sunday, July 7, 2013

Collector, hoarder, or recycler?

This week, the lovely ladies over at the Stampotique Challenge Blog challenged us to Recycle It. Well, I don't know about you, but since I caught this crafting bug 13 years ago, I've looked at the world through different eyes eventhough they're still the same eyes I was born with (though my sight has deteriorated and I have glaucoma now).

What I mean is that I'll be driving along and I'll notice the color of the sky and wonder what the Copic marker equivalent would be. Or I'll visit my parents' house and abscond with some old cigar boxes. Or I'll cut off the buttons off a shirt that I inadvertently bleached while doing that ghastly thing called housework, even knowing that I rarely, if ever, use buttons on my stuff. Or I'll keep packaging (boxes, blisterpack, etc.) because I might want to use it some day. So is this collecting, hoarding, or recycling?

So, when this challenge came up, it was dead easy for me. Actually, it wasn't that easy. I couldn't decide whether to use the clear pillow boxes from Alterations Texture Fades or the coasters I cadged from Chili's, or this thick chipboard tag that was on a pair of jeans.

The tag won.

Here's the before:

And here's what I made:

The first thing that I did was to coat the tag with a layer of Claudine Helmuth Studios Gesso, which I heat set because I was impatient. I sponged on several different colors of Paper Artsy Fresco paint (which is awesome stuff and I'm still at the beginning of the learning curve), blended 'em together, and heat set again. Then I repeated the process using slightly darker colors.  When I was happy with the coverage. I sponged paint through the Pattern Strip, Sunburst, and Cornflower stencils by The Crafters Workshop.  Then I heat set again.

The sentiment was created with Ideology Chit Chat stickers, which I colored with Copic markers. I put a layer of Fresco Gloss Glaze over the painted tag and moved onto the next step.

Girl with Heart Purse by Stampotique Originals was stamped with Jet Black StazOn onto watercolor paper then colored with Distress markers. I took some liberties with her hair because her neck is soooo skinny that I would have decapitated her when I fussy cut the image. Whereas that might be a cool idea for the future, (and I have cut some heads before) it didn't really fit this specific challenge.

When I was done coloring her, I fussy cut her, ran her through my Xyron X, and adhered her. Once I saw where she was placed, I colored the white areas that were left between her limbs and the handle of her heart bag. The final step was to add a ribbon to the top of the tag!

Thanks for visiting today.

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:
Stampotique Designers Challenge #107: Recycle It
Make It Monday #147: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show: Anything Goes
Oozak Challenge Blog #17: Anything Goes with a Girlie Theme


  1. Hoarder here. But love everything I collect. Hmmmm. Loved your card and saw you on MIM.

    Come and see what I've done lately!

  2. Very sweet project and great altering. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  3. Love your tag! Sweet colors and an even sweeter image!

  4. Thank goodness for gesso when it comes to recycling! Thanks for joining in with us at Stampotique this week.

  5. I love this tag! Great colours and textures and a fab image. Spotted this on MIM xx

  6. That is an awesome idea to reuse the tag and what a lovely tag it is! Oh, it isn't hoarding until I have to come dig you out, just so you know.

  7. What a great improvement. Nicely done- Thank you for sharing your talents with us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge.

  8. I'd never call you a hoarder--that has such a negative connotation! You are either a collector or a recycler. Take your pick.
    Your tag is flat-out adorable! I so love the scene you created! The bg is fabulous! And your image and sentiment are just darling! My goodness, it must have been hard to fussy-cut her! Kudos to you! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  9. This is fabulous Kathi, I love your bright happy colours and great choice of stencil. You're definitely just a collector a true hoarder would never have used the tag lol.
    Thanks for playing along with us again at Stampotique Designers Challenge. Sue xx

  10. It's called craft archiving - that's what I tell my hubby anyway! I love Stampotique so this is a winner for me, especially with the great background. Love getting messy with backgrounds!!

  11. This is so darling; thanks so much for joining us for the Oozak Challenge! :0)

  12. Wow!! These look so cool! Amazing job! Thanks for joining us for the Oozak Challenge!


  13. Gorgeous tag ♥ Love the summery colours. Thank you for joining Stampotique Designer's Challenge. Gez