Tuesday, February 21, 2017

SOS: Mardi Gras!!!

I welcome you to join me for another week at Shopping Our Stash, the craft challenge where we revel in using items that we already have on hand!

This week, we are encouraging you to  create something (a card, tag, sign... anything, really) inspired by Mardi Gras!  Think revelry, drinking, partying, eating, bright colors... Celebrating Fat Tuesday, chere!

I straight up went into Mardi Gras mode, New Orleans style:

  • Started with a 7 Gypsies tag base-- trying to use these up. 
  • Used a Sizzix EF that has peacocks on it... very pretty, but I seldom use it. 
  • I sprayed the background with Dylusions in Cut Grass then wiped the relief with DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Gold Rush 
  • Made a boo-boo by trying to use a Pebeo Relief Liner for a sentiment... ended up coating much of the base with Distress Crackle Paint in Black Soot  (which is almost out.  I had to water it down!)
  • Then I sprayed with Lindy's Stamp Gang in Ethereal Emerald (I never use this because I think it has walnut strain in it, and my daughter has a severe tree nut allergy... I know: she's but going to ingest it... but I'm a total freak about her allergy.  Bodies are so weird, and her reactions are getting worse...)
  • After that, I sprayed the top half of the tag with Elmer's spray adhesive and added some awesome Stampendous glitter that's been in my stash for years. 
  • The mask was cut from scrap papers and outlined with Stickles in Black Diamond 
  • The feathers came from Pia... love them!  I colored one with Colorbursts prior to this project-- it was my inspiration for this tag!
  • The seam binding at top was pre-dyed and sent with a Halloween shipment from The Funkie Junkie Boutique
  • Sequin trim from my stash... relatively new.
  • Had to add beads!  Dyed some Darice pearls with Purple Twilight Adirondack alcohol ink, and as I laid them down to loosen the seam binding in order you add the beads, I decided I liked the "tossed" look... so I added a few dots of Glossy Accents and set a jar on top of it to dry as it lay!
Happy Fat Tuesday... what's for dinner???

...and when you're in your food-coma, grab a cocktail and get crafting in the spirit of Mardi Gras! Have some fun, huh?   For more inspiration, go see what my fellow revelers have fried up for you this week at Shopping Our Stash!


  1. Oh Mimi, this is totally awesome!!! from the colors to all of the glittery goodness, fabulous and gorgeous!!
    Love all the steps you took to create this festive tag, this made me realize I don't have much glitter in my craft room, must remedy that at once!!
    Beautiful take on our challenge.
    Big Hugs,
    PS. My link worked!! ;)

  2. wooooooooooohoooooooooo! this is as "mardi gras" as it gets outside the NOLA city limits, cherie! laissez le bon temps roulez!!!! :) :) :)

  3. Wow Wow Wow!!! Mimi, did you deliver on the Mardi Gras theme!! This tag is AMAZING!!!!

  4. Gorgeous tag, What an awesome job of Mardi Gras. looking forward to Fat Tuesday, I make German potato latkes. YUM

  5. Ohhhh gorgeous tag Mimi! You totally went all out New Orleans / Mardi Gras!
    Fat Tuesday = pancakes with REAL maple syrup!!!!

  6. The sparkle here looks amazing. Really. And look at those feathers, love how you transformed them to fit with this fantastic, fun, elegant design! New Orleans is one of those places I'd love to visit...

  7. Oh WOW! Mimi this piece of art is fantabulous. So creative and so much to look at in awe here. Love it...

  8. wooowwwzaaa that sparkle area Mimi
    woooowww I never achieve similar like this
    you are an artist Mimi
    i am only a lady who colored Image and made it to be a card
    but you always play with supplies like inks and the sparkle
    this is STUNNING again what you made my friend