Monday, 7 July 2014

A seaside adventure with Tim's July tag

I was delighted to see that Tim's tag for this month has a real seaside feel and features my favourite sea creature, the sea horse. This is his tag below and you can see how he made it on his blog here
It also linked in with my seaside adventure I had with my daughter and Daisy on Tuesday. We met in Southsea and had a brilliant day by the sea. I will write a post about the day very soon, as we found an amazing cafe with cakes you would not believe. I saw gorgeous blue skies, saw the seagulls soaring in the sky and heard the waves rolling in.

These colours inspired the colours I used on my version of Tim's tag.
Tim created an amazing bubble embossed sheet using plastic from packaging. Again I don't have many embossing folders but I do have a swirl one by Sizzix which reminded me of waves.
 how cool is the effect it made

I don't have a seahorse die but I recently bought a great seahorse stamp from an American company called Red Lead. I stamped it onto grunge paper and also cut out some shells with a Marianne die.
I then coloured my pieces with acrylic paints
the shells on the left I had heat embossed adding some gold embossing powder.
I then added Rock candy distress crackle paint to the coloured pieces. At that point I left them overnight in my studio to see it do its magic.
When I went back the next day I was delighted to see the end result. Just look at the cool crackle effect you get .

I also cut out some foliage and also made up some "sand". On Tim's blog he gives a recipe using clear UT embossing powder. I don't have clear so I again improvised. I used a mixture of white UT embossing powder, fine gold glitter, antique gold embossing powder and micro beads all mixed together with Glossy Accents as a binder.
Here is my fun mix
I coloured my base tag with different acrylics, some DIs dribbled down and a puff of DI marker using my TH spritzer. I distressed the edges too.

I then spend time deciding on my layout and over the next day put my tag it is
I was really pleased with the end are some close ups

and I finished it off with some twine

I would like to enter my tag into the following challenges;

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2014 July
Natalie and Amy summertime
Live and Love Crafts by the sea
Artistic Stamper By the seaside my seahorse was stamped
Creative Inspirations anything goes
Crafting musketeers summertime
Anything but a card anything goes
Simon Says Monday start from scratch
Love to Create fussy and fancy or clean and layered mine is most definitely on the fussy side ;0)
Crafting from the heart anything goes

I had already been making some other seaside themed cards using my seahorse on before Tim showed his tag, I will share those too soon.

As you can see my day at the seaside really inspired my creativity as did my darling Daisy Jane

She  makes me smile every minute I spend with her, such a precious girlie and so very loved.

Thanks for coming to the seaside today with me. 

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. OMG Jane,,,,,,what a stunning tag,,,,,love it, love it,, especially these unique 3d ornaments,,, and your seaside images are gorgeusss....

  2. Hi,your work is fantastic,I love this tag!And the baby is very beautiful!!!

  3. Gorgeous tag!!
    Thanks for playing along with us at Artistic stamper July challenge!!

  4. wow an amazing tag so creative and super photo's as always hun
    hugs Kate xx

  5. oh Jane - this is inspired - I love this to bits - if you don't win this month I want to know why! Brilliant xx

  6. I love your seaside themed tag, Jane! Such lovely effects, the crackle effect is especially amazing on the crab shells and the sea horse! How lovely that you had a day at the seaside too with your girlies.....Daisy is growing so fast....and she looks so cute :)
    Helen xox

  7. Oh my Jane your little sea creatures and shells turned out beautifully, I love the effect! 'Whispering', I prefer your tag! ;)
    Glad your had a lovely girlie day at the seaside, Daisy is growing up so quickly!
    Happy new week my friend,
    V x

  8. Wow! That is seriously cool!!!

  9. Your tag is so beautiful Jane, it is simply magical!
    Incredible effects there. I would love to know how to do that!
    Thanks for the beautiful pictures also.
    Daisy is glowing!

  10. Jane, your tag is simply stunning! And I love all the seaside photos.. you lucky lady, you! Daisy is growing so beautifully, healthy little darling, she is. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  11. This tag is really remarkable! There were so many clever details and techniques to it. I especially loved the slick/crackly texture you gave to your sea creatures and shells. Brilliant! The background you made was also just perfect and I love the texture of the embossing plastic. Gorgeous work and I'm so glad you shared it here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  12. Love, love, love this tag Jane with all it's fabulous seaside inspiration and brilliant techniques. You really did a great job with the images and sand. Daisy is growing so quickly and obviously loves being out and about with you both, such a gorgeous girl xx

  13. Hi Jane! What a great post! Yur photos are fantastic! In the photo with the yellow kiosk, I see something in the sea on the left - what that could be? Your card is amazing! Wow that crackle paint really makes magic! Have a great week! x Teje

  14. Good morning lovely Jane,
    Your seaside themed tag is beautiful...I especially love the crackle effect...I think in all honesty I would have to put it into a frame!
    Such a lovely day you must have had with your dear girls too and your darling Daisy Jane....she is just adorable!
    I've just had a wonderful read about your hotel in Seville Jane..absolutely stunning...I'm off to dream now...x
    Happy Tuesday!
    Susan x

  15. This is a gorgeous creation! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations xxx

  16. Wow what a gorgeous tag!! Thanks for joining us at Crafting From The Heart! Angie-DT

  17. Wonderful post, love all the pictures, technique and design.

    Hugs Diane

  18. Your Tag is so fantastic - the gorgeus colours - it's great!
    Your litle girl is so cute and the photos beautiful. Hugs, Dagmar

  19. Your seahorse tag is AWESOME, Jane! I love the crackle effect on the die cuts, the embossed acetate, clever sand effect, brilliantly inked backrgound...heck I love it all! A great piece of artwork!
    Daisy Jane is getting so big - it won't be long before you turn around and she'll be one! She seems to have such a lovely nature and I'm sure is a pleasure to be with! Hugs, Lisa x

  20. Wow!! What a gorgeous, gorgeous tag, Jane. It's simply not just a tag, it's a work of art. You're amazing!! And gosh, Daisy Jane..what a sweetie pie. I can only imagine how much your heart fills up when you are with your daughter and granddaughter. It is wonderful and I can feel it wayyy over here. Lovely to see your fabulous pictures!! Have a wonderful rest of July!

  21. Gorgeous tag! Love how you showed the steps for creating this amazing tag, and all of the elements used in creating your tag! Thank you for joining our "Fussy & Fancy OR Clean & Layered" Challenge at Love to Create this week.
    Ruza ~ LTC Admin/Designer

    Ruza's Craft Corner

  22. What a gorgeous tag with so much wonderful detail and's fabulous! Thank you for sharing your project and for joining us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog... :)

  23. I love the textures on this tag, it's really rather lovely :)

  24. Hi Jane,
    A lot of work has gone in to this tag, and it was surely worth it! Brilliant textures. Thanks for sharing with us at LLC and thanks also for sharing the photos from your day at the seaside; looks like you had fantastic weather!

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts

  25. This is gorgeous! I rather like the white mixed in with the 'sand'! Your photos are amazing too! Thanks so much for joining us at Anything But a Card!


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