Friday, October 1, 2010

Three is the Number!

Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply Challenge has us thinking in 3’s. Our creations should incorporate THREE somethings, such as panels (as in background panels) or THREE images (as in the focal point). Things always look pleasing to the eye when grouped in THREES! For my creation I chose to make THREE holiday tags!
As a starting point, I selected my Clearly Wordsworth Classic Christmas set by RubberSoul. What did I discover? A THREE holly leaf & berry stamp and a THREE hanging ornament stamp! PERFECT for today's challenge! Reaching outside my comfort zone, I decided to use distress inks, spritzed with water, and laying the white cardstock tag onto the ink, pressing somewhat to create a tag background and dried with a heat embossing gun. Joan from Joan's Gardens demonstrated this technique at her gathering in August. I admit I've a hard time starting out with this type of base to build a creation! I LOVE how it turned out, talk about simple, easy and fun! All distress inks and supplies are listed at the end of this post!
I think this is my favorite tag of the trio. At first look, I would not have picked this tag base as a favorite, but after stamping the THREE holly leaf & berry stamp THREE times, I knew this was a going to have a great feel. The "to" and "from" stamps a perfect size, and being individual stamps allows the ability to move them around on your creations. I moved "from" over more to the left of the tag on this one! Gotta love that!
For this particular tag, I only pressed the base into one color distressed ink. Using the ends of the holly stamp to create a top stamped edge created the perfect hanging point for the THREE hanging ornament stamp!
I stamped the THREE hanging ornament stamp THREE times for this tag. Each tag sports a snowflake with buttons and adhesive gems. This helps tie the colors together. Plus a simple embellishment adds that extra dimensional charm to the tags. Each snowflake has stickles for a little shine. So there you have it! THREE tags, using a THREE holly leaves & berries stamp, a THREE hanging ornament stamp, and two of the tags are stamped THREE times! I think I got the challenge down this week! How about you giving it a try? You can play along, as many times as you want, whenever you want! Just use keyword ssnotime159 if you upload to a public forum, and remember to upload over on Sharon's Mr Linky!
Thank YOU, Thank YOU, Thank YOU for stopping by! (I couldn't resist thanking in THREES!) I appreciate your visits and comments! It makes my day! Take good care!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ STAMPS: Cleary Wordsworth "Classic Christmas" by Rubbersoul (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store) PAPER: October Afternoo Report Card & Road Map, Pink Paislee Bayberry Cottage, Basic Grey Cappella (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store) INK: Memento Tuxedo Black (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Tim Holtz Tattered Rose, Old Paper, Faded Jeans, Frayed Burlap, Shabby Shutters Distress Inks (Joan's Gardens) OTHER: Kaiser Adhesive Rhinestones (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), MarveyUchida Mega Scallop Circle punch, Martha Stewart Snowflake punch, Copic Markers, Misc buttons, Mini Spritzer (Joan's Gardens), Silk Ribbon (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)

16 comments:

Jerri Jimenez said...

I love your tags Barb, oh my gosh, their so adorable and perfect for Christmas gifts, very creative and original . . . so sweet!

Janine said...

Barb I love your threesome!! Isn't this technique an absolute blast to do!! I love it!!

Shelia said...

I am a follower, but have never commented. These tags are awesome. I love your bows. They are perfect.

Lori C said...

These are fantastic! So cute and colorful! Thanks for sharing!

lisa808 said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! Your tags are gorgeous.

Susie said...

Your tags are SO pretty! You've given me so many ideas for gift tags. I've been concentrating on making Christmas cards, and had forgotten about tags.
Thanks for sharing!

Joan Fricker said...

Barb, how adorable!!! What a great job you did on these tags. I am so glad you love the technique you learned and learn it you did. I love your tags!

Kathy Martin said...

These are gorgeous, love those big bows!

Emily Painter-Davis said...

Coming to your blog is always so worth it. You are so talented.

Em

Pati said...

Very pretty tags!! Thanks for describing the technique you used with the distress inks, it does look great on your tags. Those stamps are so cute and versatile as you've shown. Very cool!!

AJ said...

Barb- the tags are gorgeous! they will make the present they are used on that much more amazing!

Conniecrafter said...

Love how your backgrounds came out, I have also tried this technique but with not quite the same good ending, will have to give it another try, love all the tags they are just too cute!

Jenny Gropp said...

FAB FAB FAB! All three are fantastic! Love your take on this challenge!!!!

Barbara said...

Ohmygosh! Forget the gifts, I'll just take the tags, thank you! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, Barb!!

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

Barb -- these are SO yummy -- LOVE each and every one!!!!

imastampin said...

Oh I love these tags you created! Gorgeous. They would be reserved for very special gifts, that's for sure - and then I would take the tag back! lol