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Saturday, 30 July 2016

July Tag Time

For this month's tag we go to the beach - literally, since I added sand and shells
I found on the beach when I was on holiday on the Isle of Eriska!
To make this tag you will need the July collective and July Montage papers, a 4" x 8" tag, shells and sand, some co-ordinating ribbon, foam pads and pva glue.

Start by covering your tag with paper from the July Montage as shown...
From elsewhere on the July Montage paper cut out the children so that you can add them to the tag with foam pads to create a decoupage 3D effect...

Add a piece of driftwood to the bottom of the tag and start to attach shells using strong glue (like hot glue or glossy accents)...
Mix your sand with some pva glue until it is a thick paste then spread the glue-sand mixture over the bottom of the tag... I also cut out a couple of pictures of other children from the July collective papers and added them at this stage...


Finally cut out some of the poppies to add to the top of the tag and staple on some co-ordinating ribbon...
And you have a tag which is a lovely reminder of a day at the beach.
Happy crafting!
Jane x

Thursday, 30 June 2016

A June Tag at last...

So for me today... school's out for summer which means I finally get a chance to blog about my June tag...just in time before July tomorrow!
Here it is...
As usual you will need the two Graphic 45 Children's Hour papers for this month and a 4" x 8" tag made from any cardstock. You will also need: some florists' wire, green card, co-ordinating ribbons, a piece of thick card or chipboard and a leaf/frond punch.

Start by colouring the florist wire green - I used distress ink..,.
Set the wire aside to dry and begin covering your tag. I covered the whole tag with paper from the bottom left of the June montage paper - I drew round the tag then cut it out and stuck the paper on...


I then inked the edges of the tag and stuck a piece of thick card to the right hand side of the tag to raise up the panel I planned on sticking on (you could just use foam pads but I find this method quicker!)...

Next I cut the panel from the June Collective paper (cutting round the flowers) I stuck it on to green card to give a thin border and add strength... 
 I cut the border round the panel - I also cut the 'Oh what a beautiful day' sentiment and the little girl holding a bouquet (also from the Collective paper)...
 I added the panel and the sentiment to my tag...

Next I used hot glue to attach the green wires to the bottom left of my tag...

I then hid this by sticking the bouquet holding girl over it... I then watched some TV and cut out a load of flowers and leaves and punched some fronds using my Martha Stewart frond punch...

I stuck the flowers and leaves onto my tag - some to the wires with my hot glue gun (though glossy accents also works well for this) and some to the tag using foam pads...

Here are some close ups...


 I punched a hole and added my ribbons and the tag was done!


I hope you give this a go - It's my favourite tag so far.
Happy crafting and enjoy July!
Jane x

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Let's play tag in May!


Hello again to those who are following this series of tag tutorials. For the May tag you will need the two May Children's Hour papers, a 4" x 8" tag, some white card, foam pads, co-ordinating ribbon, a piece of floral wire and a thin skewer or similar stick to wind the wire round.

As usual I started by looking at the papers and cutting out the images I wanted to use on the tag - it should be noted that I didn't end up using all the bits I'd cut out and did cut out more butterflies and the boy looking out of the window (with the window) later on! The pic of the woman with all the children is the larger version in the frame from the May Collective sheet.

Taking my inspiration from the boy looking out of the window I then cut out a white window frame, 11cm x 14cm with a 1.5cm thick frame...
I cut two strips 13cm x 2cm to make the window sill and trimmed them as shown in the photos below...



Now to start adding things to the tag. I cut out some of the pink paper (leaving the strip on because I knew the frame would cover it)...
I checked the frame would fit over the top...
I then added the brown spotted paper as though this was the house wall...
Then I added the frame (with inked edges now) using foam pads...
I then added another sill on top... more foam pads...

Next I started to stick the cut out people into my window...(notice the boy looking out of the window in the background!) Have a play around with the placement before you start gluing down!
Now to decorate outside the window. I added the groups of cut out flowers and the birds nest (and bird!)...
Then I added the quote at the bottom and I decided I needed to make my window look more frame-like so I added thin strips of card vertically and horizontally like bars on the window - it would have been easier to do this earlier!!...
Next I wanted to add the butterflies and make it look like they were flying - so I used a florist wire...
Wrapped round a skewer to give it a curl...

Then bent the end over to give more surface to glue the butterfly to...

I added my butterflies to the tag and added some ribbons...
And that was my tag finished.
June's tag is almost done and ready to go - so I'll be back soon!

Jane

Sunday, 1 May 2016

31st April??

Ok, ok! I know its 1st May, but if it had been 31st April my tag post wouldn't be late!! What with the ATDML retreat, my trip to India then being off at school camp I haven't been home much in April so I'm a bit behind. April this year (for me at least) has been a bizarre combination of bright sunshine and 40degree heat and then lately...snow! But April is best known for April showers so my April tag had to feature an umbrella. I call this tag 'showers and flowers'...the little boy and some flower fairies are taking shelter from the seasonal rain amongst the spring flowers...


As usual I started with a 4" x 8" plain card tag, and the two sheets of Graphic 45 Children's Hour papers for the current month. You'll also need a scrap of yellow card, a wooden skewer, 4" of lace and some co-ordinating ribbon.

The first stage for me was the fussy cutting. I cut out the little boy (getting rid of the bouquet he is holding), some daffodils and crocuses, the orangey coloured flower with the face in the centre and one of each of the flower fairies from the April Montage. Then I cut the 'April Showers' the 5" orange decorative piece and the green strip with the poem on from the 'April Collective' paper. Once that was done I could begin decorating the tag... 

1. Add blue striped paper to the top of the paper so that it looks like rain...

2. Make the umbrella - I found a glass that was almost as wide as the tag and drew round it on yellow card. Then I folded it to make 8 sections.

3.I cut the curve off each section to make it into an octagon. Next I cut out 3 whole sections or triangles and part of a section to leave 4 sections and a 'tab'...


4. I then folded over part of the triangle on the opposite side to where the tab was (you can see the crease in the top triangle on the picture below)...

5. I attached the half umbrella using this small triangle - DO NOT STICK DOWN THE OTHER TAB!...

(so the right hand side is not stuck down - this allows you to make this a tab that enables you to fold the umbrella flat)
6. I made a scrap paper template then used it to cut a piece of the green paper  to fill the tag below the umbrella (the rain has to stop at the umbrella!!)
7. When I glued it on I did not glue over the right hand tab but instead left it like a pocket so that the tab can slide in and out.

8. I used one of the discarded triangles from earlier to cut out some random triangles from the Montage paper - I trimmed them a little smaller then added them to the inside and outside of the umbrella - inking all my edges...

9. I stuck the little boy on with double thickness of foam pads - I positioned him so that his hand could be holding the umbrella...

10. I added the orange strip and the April showers strip on foam pads...

11. Next I added, the orange flower to look like a sun, and started to stick on flower fairies and cut out flowers...

12. I cut down a wooden skewer to make an umbrella handle and stuck it on with glossy accents...

13. I cut up and inked the poem strips and added them on foam pads...

14. I added some lace to the edges of the umbrella...

15. I finished off my tag by adding some ribbon...


You can see here how the tab pulls out in case you want to fold the umbrella flat (eg. if you are putting it in a book or sending it somewhere by post!)...

I hope you liked this tag - back soon with my offering for May.

Happy crafting!
Jane x