Friday, April 27, 2012

An Impulse to Soar

Since taking Tim Holtz' Creative Chemistry 101 class a couple weeks ago, his Marbled Stains technique has become one of my favorites, so I was very excited to see that it was the featured technique for this week's Compendium of Curiosities challenge!

It also gave me an excuse to try out my new Sizzix Embossing Diffusers - let me tell you, they are pretty cool! I knew I wanted to stamp this sentiment from the new Quote and Quotables stamp collection from Artistic Outpost, but I also wanted a little embossing around the edges. Enter the Diffusers! After inking my tag, I ran in through my Vagabond using the oval Diffuser and the Springtime Texture Fade. After it was embossed, I stamped the sentiment and then highlighted the raised portion withe Brushed Corduroy ink. LOVE this look so much! I can't wait to play around with these some more.


I had a strip of black Kraft Core'dinations from my last project that I decided to add to the bottom. To add a little interest, I put a piece of German text behind it and then filled the openings with Glossy Accents. Since I'm still more than a little enamoured with the Faux Verdigris technique, I used my Sizzix Tattered Flower Garland die to make a cool little flower as an accent.

You can find everything I used at Inspiration Emporium via the links below. Don't forget to use my coupon code - stamptramp - to score 10% off your order! They have the new Spring Distress colors too - can't wait to get my hands on those!! You also have a few more days to participate in the IE monthly challenge over at the Inspiration Journal blog. This month the theme is 'watercoloring' and there are some fantastic entries. I hope you can join us!


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As always, thanks to the lovely Linda Ledbetter for hosting this challenge, and to this week's sponsor, Eclectic Paperie. Thanks so much for stopping by!

32 comments:

  1. Another stunning tag, Shelly! Thanks for showing a close-up of the flower...it's incredibly beautiful!

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  2. I learned something new! I must get my hands on those diffusers! I have been wanting something like that for awhile now! Your tag is awesome! Great job!

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  3. Another fab piece, lovethe colours onthis!!! Hugs trace x

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  4. Such lovely and elegant tag!

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  5. What an elegant tag, Shelly...wow, love the vintage colors, the embossed sides, the great shabby ribbon, the text...grinzzz...I love the total package!
    Very inspiring.

    Greetings and a nice weekend, Alie :-)

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  6. Shelly, this is fabulous! Oh my goodness...I love the colors and all of the amazing texture you have on this small tag! :) I love your shabby flower and the way you used the harlequin pattern behind it. Way cool! I also love that quote. I think I have to have that stamp set! :) <3 Candy

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  7. Fabulous tag Shelly and loving those words. x

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  8. I LOVE that quote! The tag is absolutely stunning to match it - well done!

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  9. Love this! Blues and greens are so appealing to me. Love that Helen Keller quote too.

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  10. Wow! I have to go watch the video on using the diffusers now so I can play! I love his look!

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  11. Fabulous tag Shelly
    Love the colors and the Quote

    Greetings Janny

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  12. what a gorgeous tag! the flower is just wonderful, so is the quote.

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  13. A gorgeous creation, love the quote and the colours in your flower - really stunning.

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  14. I have an impulse to soar too - so when the impulse strikes, I head for your blog. I love your style and techniques. It is a joy to see your creations!
    Sandy

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  15. Gorgeous, love the use of the diffuser in your tag

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  16. Stunning tag! your work is stunning. I have followed your blog for awhile as you are a great source of creative inspiration.

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  17. Love it!! I am curious about the diffusers - they weren't on my radar yet. ;-)

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  18. Absolutely beautiful your work is amazing x Hilda

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  19. Thanks for the inspiration ! this is gorgeous texture and colours. I just picked up my diffusers yesterday. So much easier than try to make your own.

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  20. Fabulous, Shelly! You may have given me an excuse to go buy some diffusers! Those are some of my favorite color combos!

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  21. You know what? You arts gives me a serious case of "Wayne and Garth." By that, I mean, "I'M NOT WORTHY!!!" I mean that in a good way-- you inspire me so much, Shelly, and everything you create really is amazing.

    I'm so glad you used the diffuser-- mine are still backordered and it's fun to be reminded just how cool they are. You used it perfectly, and the marbled stain is GEEE-orgeous! Fab sentiment, too.

    You SO rock!

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  22. Stunning tag Shelly, beautiful composition & colours. Your work is soooo inspirational!!
    Hugs Ann-R x

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  23. Totally amazing...but I'm sure I've said that before, Shelly! (To be honest, I haven't done anything in the CC challenge, probably because I just am blown away by creations such as yours! GREAT, girl!

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  24. Love your tag! I see you are addicted to those diffusers too!

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  25. I LOVE this so much & can't thank you enough for posting the items used. I'm going to have to make a purchase as I'm in LOVE with your tag. Just FABULOUS!!!

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  26. Love your tag! I forgot all about the diffusers, I heard so little about it and haven't seen it in the shops yet. Now I've seen it in action by you, I'm off to look for them! It looks amazing!

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  27. Stunning tag, beautiful flower!

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  28. Gorgeous tag, Shelly! Love your flower, too.

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  29. This is beautiful Shelly, those defuses are to die for. I love what you did with them.

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