Sunday, June 01, 2014

Believe in Tomorrow ~ TEW Challenge #8

It's the beginning of a new month and that means that it's also the beginning of a new challenge at The East Wind. I find the first challenge of the month fascinating because the DT and many of the participants use the same image, the newsletter freebie. It always amazes me how we all start with the same image and theme and yet each project is unique and emphasizes our different styles. I love that! Our theme for this challenge is Embossing...easy peasy, right? The image we are playing with is this sweet Aurora Gardening.

I coloured Aurora with Prismacolor pencils using vibrant summery colours. She was then fussy cut and matted in black before being popped up on foam tape.

I chose to create a tag this time, using a manila #10 size as my base so I would have lots of real estate (pun intended) for the background. If you have ever been in a plane and looked down on farmers' fields, you'll have a sense of the look I was going for. I love how the fields are different colours and patterns depending upon how they were ploughed and what is growing. I chose three different cardstock pieces: blue for the sky and two shades of brown for the soil. Each was embossed with a different folder and the high spots were hit with  a darker Distress ink to accentuate the pattern. These layers were torn along the top edge, adhered to the tag, and then trimmed evenly on the edges.Aurora's little yellow boots were tucked between the two brown layers creating greater depth in the scene.

The clouds were cut with an MFT die, embossed with yet another folder, and then inked along the bottom edge with Salty Ocean Distress ink. They were adhered to the sky area with foam tape but an extra layer was placed in the middle to make that higher and create greater puffiness. The sentiment was computer generated using an open font to allow the letters to be coloured in with Sharpies in colours from the image. This makes them stand out more and creates flow by repeating the colours. Two little felted buttons were stacked with a blue button as a center. The tiny leaf was cut from a larger leaf and tucked under the flower.

The dotty kraft butterfly from Recollections is layered and has a wooden bead body. The topper uses the same three colours as the flower and the image which again creates flow and repetition moving the eye from top to bottom on the tag.

Thanks so much for visiting today. Aurora and I are so happy to have you here. When you get a chance, pop over to The East Wind Challenge blog to see the absolutely delightful creations from the rest of our talented DT. We'd love to have you play along with this Embossing challenge. Can't wait to see what you create!
I am entering this tag in the following challenges:
My Time to Craft ~ #250 No Design Paper
Crazy 4 Challenges ~ #238 School's Out (more time to garden)
Fussy & Fancy ~ # 115 Outdoors
A Gem of a Challenge ~ #120 Use Felt or Fabric (flowers are felt)
The Stamping Boutique ~ #19 Use Dots
Crafts 4 Eternity ~ Recipe #178 TicTacToe (Ribbon, Yellow, Buttons)

Life is good; so is art.


Hazel (Didos) said...

Oh I love this tag its brilliant, what a great image. Thanks for playing on My Time to Craft this week, Love Hazelxox

michele said...

Lovely tag Bonnie :) Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week hugs x

Debs said...

Fabulous tag - love the felt flowers.
Thanks for playing along at AGOAC this time.
Good luck.
Debs xx

Mary Lou said...

Holy Moly what a creatively wonderful tag!! My eye was drawn to every detail you captured here!! Lovely choices of embossing folders, Superb coloring of Aurora, and Great wording!!! Amazing how alittle tag can be so full of CREATIVITY--Well Done! So glad you shared with us at Fussy and Fancy.....Good luck!!!

ParkNSlide said...

Love all the different textures of the embossing folders. Here's a cute sentiment you can use with this stamp: I'm so excited about my garden, I wet my plants!