Happy Thursday and St. Patrick's Day all my crafty friends!! I actually forgot today was St. Patrick's Day, can you believe it??? LOL That being said, I wore NOTHING green to work!! Uh, oh!! Fortunately, I work for a municipality where our City pin has a green shamrock on it!! Yay me, right? So I was saved by the shamrock!!! LOL What's really sad about it all is I work for the City of Dublin...Georgia that is, and we have St. Patrick's celebrations allllll month long! LOL, isn't that a hoot? I used to be all big into the festivities, but as time has marched on, I have gotten myself out of it all and it's just another month to me!! Erin Go Braugh to you all today! :))))
Well, it's Tag it Tuesday time hosted by Sheri over at Cards and More by Sheri. I love doing tags, so when Sheri started doing this a few months ago, I was all excited! Thanks for the fun Sheri!! :))) This months theme is Steampunk! What a stretch and challenge for me! I love Steampunk, but have never given it a go! So, no time like the present!! LOL!! Hope you like my version of it!
My husband has a shop behind our home, so I said "honey, I need some junk!" Junk??? He didn't know what to make of that! I tried to explain why, but he couldn't fathom the outcome until I showed him. He got it then. Well, long story short, we searched high and low and out of that whole shop, all I got was a handful of "junk!" Is that crazy or what? He has everything in its place, spic and span and it doesn't include junk!! That's what I call one clean shop! Now, if I can get him to work on his closet so he knows exactly where his shoes are supposed to go!! LOL
Well I thought I would take some pictures of what I started with so you could see my beginning chaos to a somewhat happy ending!! I began my tag with placing Finnabair's Heavy Gesso through Jaime Echt's MIni Gears Stencil and also through a cheapo stencil that I got in a bargain bin that had these little squares on it. I then put a few pieces of drywall tape here and there. I fiddled till I got my placing and then adhered my junk pieces down with Aleene's and the heavier ones got the glue gun! Along with the junk I also added some buttons, cogs from Paper Studio, die cuts from Sizzix Sizzlits Scroll Set, a cute owl from Lara's Crafts, some basic prima flowers that I stacked and a homemade flower that I made out of book page. I then went over it all except the flowers with some gesso.
I love ink sprays! If I had boat loads of money, I would buy them all! I decided to start spraying this tag with Heidi Swapp's Color Shine in Tinsel and spraying a little water and then heat setting. I repeated the process until it looked like I wanted. I did the same with Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays in Ponderosa Pines and Tibetan Poppy Teal and then finished up with Heidi Swapp's Color Shine in Gold and Lindy's in Cattail Copper Brown.
I love, love Viva Inka Golds! They just are awesome to work with! So I highlighted the edges and the pieces with Steel Blue and Gold. To finish up the piece I added some gems from Paper Studio, some of Finnabair's Glass Beads in Plum and a cute clock piece from Paper Studio as well.
I had so much fun doing this tag! I want to do a canvas now!!! We shall see!! I will have to start on small scale to be sure!! That being said I ordered what will be an AWESOME Mixed Media Kit from over on Kraaft Shaak! Heather has put together a selection of different boxes to choose from and I picked one that has some canvas in it, so I can't wait till it arrives and get started!!! The boxes also contain some great samples of Finnabair products for you to try! So much easier than buying whole tubs of product and discovering it's not your favorite!! You should go check out Heather's shop I am sure you will find something you just can't live without! LOL
Thanks Sheri for the challenge! I know there will be more Steampunk for me in the future!!
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Here's an Irish Blessing for you! :))))