Tuesday, April 11, 2017

SOS: Momma said knock you out!

 This week at Shopping Our Stash, we are encouraging you to use your punches and dies!

Here is my offering this week... a tag!

...click to see the detail... you won't be disappointed!

I am relatively new to the die-cutting world.  Autumn at Sew-Paper-Paint got wind about a year and a half ago that I did not have a die-cutting machine and-- get this -- sent me her Cuttlebug!!!  Since then,  I am slowly accumulating dies, but none are truly hoarded stash items yet... I use the dies I have fairly evenly...

Then last month I bought a Cricut Explore Air 2... holy Toledo. Geez.  I'm slowly learning how to use that.

And of course I have a small stash of punches... mostly boring and practical,  haha!

  • Library catalog card base coated with a layer of Teresa Collins modeling paste through a stencil made from a Tim Holtz Mixed Media die (those spots), and coated roughly with Weathered Wood Distress Paint... then it sat in my stash for months...
  • Fast-forward: I cut the card wth a Tim Holtz arch die
  • Card sprayed with Dylusions in Vibrant Turquoise 
  • Card then smooshed in some Broken China DOx
  • Bundled Sage Distress Paint used initially to highlight the center,  but that did not provide the brightness I was looking for, so I went wth some Liquitex gesso in white and further brightened the center,  and also rubbed some on the edges.  You can see my drying wasn't fast enough in between stages and the gesso really drew up the Vibrant Turquoise. 
  • Finally,  for the background,  I sanded the spots a bit to help them stand out.
  • The gal is from one of Tim's pads.  I splotched some Adirondack gold mixative on her and around the edges to make it appear old. I mounted the picture on a scrap piece of heavy packing kraft, cut to look like the base of an old photo.  The kraft was inked with Frayed Burlap DO and misted for spots (though you can't see...).  I snipped the edges with a Fiskars corner punch and wrote Debaser on it... what can I say... the song was on Modest Mouse radio.  It's a song by The Pixies, and up until I included the link above,  I had no idea what the song was about.  Well, the girl *is* so groovy...
  • The flowers were already cut in my stash from a few weeks ago, and I added Color Burst to them.  Yum.
  • The heart was also in my stash.  It was cut with a Fiskars punch from a rejected watercolor panel. 
  • Fiber was laying on my desk and it just matched the tag perfectly... originally from Andrea, thanks!
Here is the stash math: four dies used and two punches used.   Not bad...

Join us!  C'mon... it is beyond amazing to use stashed items,  and it feels even better to share at Shopping Our Stash


  1. Mimi, this is gorgeous! the colors and texture are so rich! I love that you turned your Mixed Media die into a stencil--how clever! Isn't Autumn such a generous soul? Oh, my goodness, I don't even want to think of the shipping on that Cuttlebug! Sending hugs your way!

    1. Can you say FLAT RATE SHIPPING! ;0 LOL!

    2. And... I believe it was Autumn who inspired me to make a stencil from a die!!!

  2. Sweetie, you never cease to amaze me at the fact that you DON'T hoard your supplies. You are always using the stash and amazing us all. This is THE coolest and makes me drool! Love the vivid turquoise and the vintage combo of the found relative photo. Tremendously cool and modern. Before long you are gonna be an expert at that new machine. I look forward to seeing all that you come up with! Happy belated birthday. Hugs, Autumn

  3. Awesome, you do mixed media so well. I've not explored much of that.

  4. Mimi!! This is just the most gorgeous tag!! Fabulous work!!!

  5. woooww looks VINTAGE
    and adorable punch or DIES you have added Mimi
    this is so artsy
    I want to do Catch up now
    and ppssst I was turning 44 at 10 April
    did not see you on my blog so long
    hope you are okay miss Mimi
    PS: now catch up some of your lovely post

  6. Such a wonderful and detailed tag. The colors are so well done here, like there's light in the center and from there it goes darker and darker, lovely effect!

  7. Oh Mimi, as always, you amaze me with your mixed media talents!! this tag is one of the most beautiful and creative I've seen from you. That photo looks awesome the way you aged it, love the bright and bold colors around it.
    Beautifully done!!