Monday, 7 March 2011

Tags, Bags and Tangles

My dear friend Paulien began making a tag a month at the beginning of the year, she was inspired by Tim Holtz's 12 tags of christmas and decided to carry the idea through the year. I asked if myself and a few friends could join her and also make tags each month.

So at the moment I am playing catch up. Here is my tag for the month of January. I created the background by blending Bundled Sage, Victorian Velvet and Old Paper distress inks, which I then over stamped in Frayed Burlap, the edges were distressed with scissors and then inked in Frayed Burlap.

I swiped gesso over the center of the tag to create a background to stamp my sentiment onto and then set to adding pretties.

You can see Paulien's January tag HERE
and Anita's January tag HERE
I believe Nicki is going to be joining us too so I will share her link once she has completed her tag.

Remember the ATC's I created a few posts ago ? Well this is what I did with them, I made a frame from some spare chipboard - from my friend Anita - thanks hon, painted it and covered it in Picket fence distress crackle paint before smearing it with Rock Candy stickles.

I also made this mini-book this week out of paper bags.

The bags were a gift from my friend Nicki - thanks hon

I used papers from the Making Memories Je t'adore range. The hearts on the front cover were cut from the patterned paper and embossed using UTEE , I froze them and cracked them and then rubbed them with white ink to accentuate the cracks.

Each page contains either a pocket with tags or a folder that opens to reveal a photo.

I made four of these larger tags to tuck into the open ends of the paper bags - for extra photos or journalling. I created the tabs simply by punching out two heart shapes and gluing them back to back on the edge of the tag.

I have also been creating more zentangles, well to be precise zentangles are only 3.5 inches square and are contained within four corner dots. So these are classed as Zentangle inspired art - mine have all been A4 in size so far ( which will explain why my pens keep running out lol)

This first one was just an organic pattern that evolved of its own accord, I started with the big woven circle and worked outwards.

And this particular zentangle is for Amy, I drew it especially for her ( being that she won't mind me revealing that she is totally obsessed with all things Dr Who and the Tardis)

I have been busy with other projects, but won't bore you all with more photos tonight, I will be back to share them later in the week.


  1. I know my comments sound boring don't they .. but oh my word, beautiful, beautiful art you've produced. I adore the tag, it's gorgeous - I love the crumpled calendar, the atc frame, the album are again STUNNING - but I have to say, I'm blown away with your zentangle - to me, it shows what an artist you are.

  2. Oh gosh what gorgeous makes the tag is my favourite its beautiful!

  3. I don't know where to start, everything is so gorgeous, can't choose a favourite, all very inspirational, thanks xx

  4. Very inspirational Tracey!! you are a very talented lady and you must let me know when you have an all day class on a saturday so I can come down and hopefully let some of your talent rub off on me!!!!

    Beautiful work Chanelle xxx

  5. Fabulous work Tracey, I shall have to try the tag a month too. Just been making some ATCs for later in the week.
    Thanks for all your inspiration.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

  6. Fabulous dahling, lol. Love 'em all. xxxx

  7. O M G !!! Tracy all your work is amazing and the pink album is stunning
    Hugz Fleur xXx

  8. Oh such fabulous pieces of art ! love the tag,the book is just gorgeous and I'm totally amazed at the zentangle especially the tardis one!

  9. oh wow hun what a stuning post,gosh you are so super talented hun,adore the tag,great idea,but as for your book wow that is one,amazing piece of work hun,hugs cheryl xxx

  10. Oh my! What GORGEOUS projects! Love the tag, the wall hanging and the mini! So much detail and love wrapped up in all your projects Tracey! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  11. Awww! Tracey everything is so scrummy!!,

    I love the tag, and the papers go so well with the paper bags:~).

    I also love your Zentangles, I bet Amy loves the tardis.

    Love ya.xx

    P.s I will hopully get my tags done this

  12. Tracey, what a lovely blog you have! Very inspiring! Thank you for stopping by mine today. I hope to see you again.
    XO from across the pond,

  13. WOWSERS, Tracey! I am now a follower, your work is spectacular!!

  14. Tracy your work is so amazing ! Love it so bright and refreshing, and your shop looks fantastic . You definitely are living the dream. Marie

  15. you hav been busy lovely work with sweet details and yes tags making is so cool to do.

  16. oh wow honey.... so many gorgeous projects!!!!!
    I just totally love how your january tag came out. Love that wall-atc board and I love your drawings. You must be the most creative person I know.

  17. Love the altered book! Your tags are just beautiful!

  18. Tracey, very inspiring pieces, all of them.

  19. Wow! Such Beautiful creations!! I really wish your shop was in my area ~ I'd love to take one ~ make that all ~ of your classes!!
    Nancy xx :D

  20. oh wow, you have some wonderful creation here, from tags to mini album, simply amazing!

  21. I don't know where to begin! Thanks so much for choosing to be a follower of my blog! I've scrolled through several of your posts and am speechless--totally in awe of your amazing art. I just took my first Zentangle workshop and appreciate the beauty of your creations. Your tags and mini albums are stunning. And I love the idea of a frame for ATCs.

  22. Hi Tracey,

    Thank you so much for popping into my blog and leaving such a lovely comment. Much appreciated.

    Here, sipping my coffee, I've had a lovely time feasting my eyes on your gorgeous creations. Just lovely. Especially the Zentagle inspired art, particularly the one where you've drawn a needle and stitching - just fabulous.


  23. Am going back for a real good nosey around. In the meantime, love your tag - what a fabulous idea and so pretty. Love your paper bag book - in fact everything that is on this blogpost is scrummy.
    Now to look at past ones - can't wait.

  24. Oh my ... what a fabulous blog! Where do I start? The tag is gorgeous, the mini book divine & the first zentangle totally awesome (& no that's not a phrase I use often!).

    Have bookmarked your blog to pop back & wander through at my leisure.

    So pleased to have found you ...

  25. Hey sweetie what have you very wonderful work made the tags very beautiful done and the frame ATC ..Love album so very amazing,so fabulous details and the drawings so awesome

    Hugs Carla

  26. Oh Tracey they are all so gorgoeus, wonderful work and so pretty. Annette x

  27. Hello there Tracey, Wow what a lot of wonderful creativity, you have so much in this post, I haven't checked out any further.......yet.
    Love your tag, very pretty. Your mini album is gorgeous, a post in it's own right and then all your beautiful zentangle drawings, as I said WoW!
    Thank you for your lovely comments and I'm off to have a real good look around your inspirational blog :0) xxx

  28. Thank you for the Zentangle mum, I love it, wish mine looked as good as yours ;) xx

  29. Oh wow, what a stunning array of creations on your blog today, your tag is so beautiful and the swipe of gesso just perfect. I love your doodling pics, how clever are you. MElxx

  30. Just got directed here from another site on my Google Reader. You do such effortlessly beautiful work. Now you are on my Google Reader!
    Thank you!


  31. Tracy, I love all your works!
    They are great!
    Hugs Gisela

  32. OMG everything is beautiful . Your zentagles are amazing!! My son would LOVE the tardis one LOL.
    Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog

  33. Not sure how I missed this post, love the cards and the mini book. Your drawings are stunning!!

  34. OMG! Tracey, these are amazing! I love everything here, you're so creative! Thank you for sharing!
    Hugs, Rleen


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