Today, I am posting my finished tag for the Tag It Tuesday Tag Challenge over on Sheri Whitfield's blog Cards and More By Sheri and also on her Facebook Group. I love doing her challenge. Mainly because it pushes me to create, but also because tags are one of my fave things to do! Sheri always has a cute theme and this month is no different. She required us to use the Pantone color Limpet Shell and include some kind of "beachy" theme! I don't have exact Pantone colors, so I mix to match! Nothing like improvising! :) And I was stoked about the "beachy" theme because I actually had "beachy" stuff in my stash! I am usually struggling to come up with stash to make my challenge items with because I have a small art space and not enough places to put stash! LOLOL So yay for me this month!
I was over the moon at how it turned out! It's not epic I realize, but I thought it turned out so cute! All you crafters know what I am talking about! You have this vision in your head, you go feet first into it, and then you finish thinking.......things that make you go hmmmmm? LOLOL But I was happy with this guy! What's even more funny is this is another month that myself and another crafter were on the same wave length! Two months ago Sheri and I nearly had the same style tag and then this month, I noticed that Peg, after she posted hers, and I have nearly the same style! I say, great minds think alike! LOLOL
I started this tag with gesso as I always do because you never "really" know what's coming next, even though you think you do! Because I had in mind that I wanted to do an under the water scene I pulled out this cool embossing folder that I had forgotten I had in my stash and embossed my tag which totally looked like bubbles and grass under water when I got done. I then pulled out several of my acrylics, nothing fancy just the cheap kind (all I can afford, hee hee) and mixed and matched until I got close to the color that Sheri requested. And then, of course, I added like minded colors to shade and enhance.
I played up the bubble and greenery in the embossing folder with other acrylics and then did some shading with Distress Ink in Salty Ocean. Last year, I had a friend of mine that knows I love to craft, give me this big bag of shells thinking I could use them sometime! If that's not God looking out for me, I don't know what is! LOLOL so I hot glued them to the bottom along with some bits and bobbles in my bead stash that I thought would look like coral and underwater flowers. And then I added some of Finnabair's Art Ingredients Mica Flakes in Frosted to the bottom to look like sand. I then added some ribbon I had in my stash that I thought looked like seaweed grass to be the foreground seaweed grass.
Everybody in my family KNOWS that I LOVE, LOVE Hobby Lobby. When I go, I spend NO LESS than two hours at a time in there and sometimes more! Eeeeeeek!!! So when we go on shopping trips and I tell them I want to go by there, they are like GULP!!!!!!!! LOLOL So last year I went with my sister and niece and as a joke they started putting stuff in my buggy, unbeknownst to me, and when I got up to the counter to pay, I had all this extra hoo haw appearing on the checkout belt! I was like, where the heck did this come from, as they slyly looked on!!!!!! Well needless to say they both got a big laugh and I got a BIG BILL! LOLOL Cuteness of it all is that I didn't "really" mind because we can all justify possibly "needing" those items in the future "for something!" LOLOL Once again, I was being looked out for! LOLOLOL All that said, the cute little seahorse and the cute little crab are two of the items she threw in my buggy!! They were little charms that I simply gessoed and sprayed with Dylusions and some Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays.
I finished off with my sentiment, some bling to enhance some bubbles and some twine! Voila, my friends! "Beachy" theme it is! :) Thanks Sheri for the challenge this month, it was so fun!
There are soooooo many things going on in our nation right now! It's usually sadness of some sort every time I turn on the TV. That being said, I don't do it much because, although I know it's "real," I don't like having anything other than a positive spirit to drive me through each day. We are a nation in desperate need of prayer on so many levels!
My friends, I want to leave you today with thoughts of no matter what the goings on around us are, God is STILL God! He NEVER changes, although we continually do! My heart is that we stand together and pray for all those in authority over this great nation today! May we all stand in agreement for God's supernatural intervention for our nation and that the blind eyes would be opened that they see the power of our true ONE living God! God is in control and has a plan for this nation, but He's looking for the faithful to stand in the gap! God's purpose, will prevail!
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chron. 7:14
God bless you today as you stand in the gap! :)