Tags Of Inspiration | April 2013

I didn’t get to fit in much crafting this week. My work schedule is so unpredictable. There just is no crafty fun to be had when you have to work marathon 12 hour shifts several days in a row. But I finished two tags, with two more in the wings. Not exactly a roll, but you have to start somewhere!

And can I just say how fun this is? I’ve barely started but I can already see the potential. My head is spinning with ways to update older techniques and to remind myself to get more of these ideas on my pages. And I haven’t even talked about the bonuses…like using up scrap paper, using up 2 pieces of leftover embellishments that have been sitting there, using all of my punches and dies, using all of my ink colors and glitter colors. I’m starting to see this project not only as idea jump starters (or finishers!) but also as a kind of inventory of what’s in my stash. (I know…so much potential!)

So here are the first two…

I used three colors of distress inks in fun colors (Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry and Chipped Sapphire). I used one of Ranger’s #8 tags here, but I plan to vary the sizes a bit. Not all the tags I create will be the same size. The tag itself is really simple but here is the list of ideas I can get just from looking at this one tag:

  • Flicking water drops on a distress ink background
  • Teal/Pink/Navy color combination
  • Using gold embellishments
  • Martha Stewart butterfly punches
  • Outlining with a gold pen
  • Adding three brads to a corner

When I started, I just thought I’d combine a technique with a random embellishing idea. But I didn’t realize that so many ideas could come out of one tag. Here’s another one.

I cut this tag out of scrap pattern paper. (Yeah, I’m already going through all my scraps to pull out my very favorite patterns!) Here, I used the idea I had the other day, folding back corners to reveal the pattern on the back and the pattern underneath. To update the look, I added stickles to the polka dot paper underneath. For the embellishment idea, I used one of my older Hero Arts flower stamps and punched them out with a circle punch. Something I haven’t done in forever. Ideas from this tag:

  • Fold back a corner with a brad to reveal something behind
  • Wrap jute (or crochet thread or twine) around something
  • Use stickles to emphasize something on pattern paper
  • Use this flower stamp
  • Stamp something, then punch it out and use it as an embellishment
  • Stamp with distress stains to get a cool watercolor, abstract effect
  • Distress stain colors of Mustard Seed, Victorian Velvet and Tumbled Glass

I’m not really after a work of art so the tags will be fairly simple. I just want something to look at, to see a technique or see a quick embellishing idea.

Two more tags are on my desk, ready to be filled with even more inspiration.

If I can swing it, I’ll whip up more tags this weekend! And I’ll continue to share my progress as I fill up my boxes with inspiration.

Do you have anything fun planned for the upcoming weekend?

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. These are so pretty, Tammy! I love the background on the first one combined with the gold butterflies.

  2. Gorgeous tags! The gold accents against the deep colors on that first tag make it really stunning!

  3. Beautiful Tammy! The first tag reminds me of stained glass.

  4. These are gorgeous and I loved that you are so excited about them and the new/old techniques πŸ™‚

  5. I haven’t had much time to craft this week either – and I miss it. Your tags are pretty – I really like that stamp you used on the second one.

  6. that first tag is absolutely stunning!! i havent seen those new colors before and i love them!!! loving the tags!!

    have a great weekend

  7. Fabulous tags!!! Love the first one, it’s so beautiful!!

  8. Great tags,love the first one with the colors and the butterflies – beautiful πŸ™‚

  9. wow love these tags, especially the first shiny one!!

  10. Very cool tags, Tammy!
    Wow! 12 hour shifts are not easy!

  11. Beautiful tags! You’re making me want to create some!

  12. Great idea to create tags while you are adjusting to a new work schedule! These are lovely and I hope satisfy the creative urge for now.

  13. These are gorgeous! Love how you listed out all of the techniques and ideas you used on each one πŸ™‚



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