Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Cut Above: Family Tag

The new challenge at the Scrapalicious blog is "A Cut Above".  For this theme, we had to use a diecut somewhere on our project.  I created this "Family" tag with lots of yummy papers and stamps, an edger punch, and a cool chipboard key.

Now, envision a rustic farmhouse that's been in the family for generations.  Its walls covered in faded floral wallpaper, an old ladder-back chair with worn upholstery sits in the corner.  The doors still have the old locks that use rusty skeleton keys.  The daily regimen of a farmer's family...Sunday-church, Monday-wash, Tuesday-ironing... can you see it?

A Couple Details:
  • I played with some of my favorite My Mind's Eye Lost & Found papers again on this tag...they are just so pretty!
  • The stamps are also MME...this time from the Stella and Rose "Memories" collection.
  • The first diecut I used was the EK Success "donut chain" edger punch.  I actually used it in three different ways on this tag:
      • Way #1 - standard border, but off course, I also had to dig out the sewing machine and run a stitch down the center for that extra "something".  Please don't judge the quality of the sewing (or lack thereof)...that craft is my mom's forte, not mine!
      • Way #2 - once I covered the tag with patterned paper, the hole at the top looked boring, so I decided to liven it up by punching a short length of donut chain from the plaid paper used at the bottom.  I trimmed a single donut from the chain and used it as a reinforcer. 
      • Way #3 - an eyelet effect on the bottom of the tag.  With only 1/2 of the donut chain showing, it creates a pretty scallop design.  I can see using this a lot! I also ran a stitch along the bottom edge.
  • The other diecut I used is this wonderful chipboard key from Bazzill.  They come in three great designs / sizes.  To accomplish the rusty distressed finish, I used Distress Stains, Snow Cap Adirondack Paint Dabber, and Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.
I hope you take the chance to play along with could win a $10 gift certificate to the Scrapalicious USA store!

Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! ‘Sage Shadow’; kraft tag
Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found ‘Market Street’ 6x6 pad
Inks: Distress Ink ‘Old Paper’; Distress Stain ‘Old Paper’, ‘Brushed Corduroy’, ‘Pumice Stone’, ‘Bundled Sage’; Adirondack Paint Dabber ‘Snow Cap’; Alcohol Ink ‘Latte’, ‘Blending Solution’; StazOn ‘Timber Brown’; SU! classic ‘Cameo Coral’; SU! craft ‘Cameo Coral’, ‘Close to Cocoa’
Embellishments: Zing embossing powder ‘Clear’; Hug Snug seam binding ‘Ivory’; lace; ribbon; Papertrey Ink rustic button twine; buttons; Crackle Accents; Distress Crackle Paint ‘Rock Candy’
Tools:  Foam and felt ink blenders; sewing machine; water pen; scallop scissors; foam tape; Tim Holtz paper distresser; Wondertape


  1. Love the color palette. Great tag.

  2. This is such a great tag...very "country chic"!

  3. Love all of the Tags you have made!

  4. Love this tag. Just seen it and it does look like old farmhouse, washday, been there forever. Great Job. Love ALL your work, Vicky!!


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