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Monday, 13 May 2013


..... I feel like throwing my hands up in the air, often with pleasure, but often in despair, and that's how I felt trying to make a tag for the challenge over at the Dragons Blog. The recipe this fortnight was Brown, Vellum and Hands. 'Ooh, that sounds good, said I' and promptly left my sick bed to start creating. I don't know if my bear flu affected my creativity but at first I just couldn't get started, despite loving the theme. I thought a small snack might help get my creative paws in action...

Coupled with a slightly alternative method of stamping...

I felt an idea stirring in my furry brain, so I foraged in the basket of inks....

I dabbed some distress inks - Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw and a little Vintage photo - onto an acrylic block, and spritzed them with water.

I pressed my tag into the inkyness, ooh, it curled up, neat!

After drying my tag, I added several splats of distress stain, in gathered Twigs and erm, ooh, I can't actually remember the other one's name, a reddish brown anyway! I then stamped a lamppost in brown Stayzon, and rubbed some of the erm, reddish brown stain onto a bottle cap, which I then dabbed randomly over the tag. I thought I ought to stop with the background effects then, I do tend to go for overkill sometimes!

I remembered we needed to include vellum, so I cut a small Tim Holtz Tattered floral, and scrunched it to make it even more distressed (it was so distressed by this point, it almost cried)!

After cutting some Dylusions hands, and snipping the original hands from my poor dancing lady image, I adhered the elements to the tag with 3d stickies, for a popping effect. The title comes not only from my frustration at the start of the tag, but also from the pop song that includes these lyrics, as I thought my lady looked like she might want to break into modern dance!

Here's a close up, the song will be in my head all day now.

Brown - Kraft tag and various brown inks
Vellum - tattered florals flower
Hands - stamped Dulusions hands

With love from the bears


  1. the bear flu has not dampened your tag making skills, youve made a great job of it.
    Wishing you back to full health soon x

  2. This is an absolutely fantastic tag and your photo story bears simply sweet

  3. That's a gorgeous tag and a great story behind. Thanks for dreaming with us at Dragons Dream TIO.

  4. What a fantastic tag... and I'm so glad you were able to leave your sick bed to share your creativity with us!! Hope you all feel better soon...
    Alison x

  5. We must all be smitten at the same time :-(
    As at yours, we are all getting a bit better now. Thanks for the well wishes.
    Love the tag, love that song too. It's a real ear worm!

  6. Love the "hands up in air" - very witty! I think your whole tag is great, but the background is magificent!

  7. That songs in my head now too! Great tag you've created :) x x x


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