Saturday, April 1, 2017

Tag, You're It #68 with Gayatri Murali and a Blooper!

Have you seen the challenge going on over at Tag, You're It?  It's the midway point, so there is still plenty of time to play along.  Gayatri Murali gave us a fun tag, and I immediately wanted to CASE it!

Here is Gayatri's super fun tag:
It's pretty obvious that I was inspired by the brick background and the sweet dog.  I also took note of her sentiment banner, and the curly dog leash at the top.

Stamps:  Katzelkraft Les Chiens, SSS You Matter, Penny Black Brick Wall
Dies:  MFT Stiched Cloud Borders, PTI Tag Sale #10
Inks/Paint:  DI Tumbled Glass, Hickory Smoke, Fired Brick,  Making Memories acrylic paint - Steel, Chocolate
Copics: C00, 1, 3, 5, 7, 100, R24, 27, 29, 59, 20, 81, 83, RV000, Y
Other:  SSS Fine detail white embossing powder, coated wire of unknown origin

You also probably know that Darnell has a fun challenge going on at her blog which is a combination of an April Fools Hop and NBUS Challenge #11.

Coming April 1-11, 2017

This is the first time I've used this particular dog from the Les Chiens set, but I have used the set before, so let's move on to the Boo Boos, shall we?

Since I had some snippets left over from the tag, I planned on making my brother's 50th birthday card using the same materials.  I like the look of die cutting and layering a background, so I decided to do that with the brick wall.  As card designs usually take on a life of their own, the design went far away from the circle focal, and it ended looking like a glaring random element to the design.  Then I wanted to make some balloons out of the number 50, so I partial cut the numerals out of acetate, leaving space for balloon nubs on the bottom.  I tried to color them with Copics.  I hoped to find a method to smooth out the streaky lines, but nothing really worked.  I moved onto vellum, but that wasn't great either.  As you will see in the photo, I even lost the bottom border of grass that was cut with the stitched lines. 
I did salvage the card, as it is for my brother, and even though he cares about me, my card making skills will not be critically evaluated:
I just used the circle portion of the brick wall, and ink blended regular white cardstock for the balloons with Mowed Lawn and Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink.  I also used a smaller kraft card base to narrow the focus a bit.

Supplies not listed from the tag:
Dies:  MFT Pierced Circle Frames, Grassy Hills, By the Numbers, SSS Stitched Rectangles

Thanks for coming over to visit.  I hope you get a chance to play along over at Tag, You're It! and maybe you'll even have cause to link up with the April Fools hop too!  Have a wonderful day!
Kara Lynne


  1. your tag is amazing, kara!! great save on your brother's birthday card!! that little balloon wrapped pup is too cute!

  2. Your tag is beautiful. Great save on the 50 card. I love those numbers done in vellum.

  3. Love, love, LOVE that fabulous tag Kara, now there is a stamp set I didn't know existed, and now I NEED it! LOL Great save with that second card! Looks fabulous! It's a good job we can laugh at ourselves sometimes, isn't it? Have a great weekend my friend! Luv n’ Hugs. Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

  4. Oh I LOVE your tag but your fix of the card is FANTASTIC!! LOVE that fun dog and the 50 balloons. Great design!!

  5. LOVE your tag Kara Lynne! That dog is just priceless and absolutely adore the expression on his face! Love how you put a bow and bone at the end of his leash too...SO cute and funny!! And your card and struggles did make me chuckle...been there, done that MANY times! However, I think the dog is the star of the show on that card, so I don't think you had to worry about the balloons that much! But anyway, cute, cute card and I'm sure your brother is going to love it!! :0)

  6. That tag is really impeccably done, Kara, and photographed so professionally! I can't stop staring at that doggie who can't stop staring at that bone!! As for brother's card, what a hoot! You are a sweet sister to have worked it out and turned it into a really awesome birthday card for him! (I would have just sent my bro the first version and he never would have noticed, lol!) I do love how the balloons ended up and, of course, had a good snigger over them tied around the foot-long doxie dog!! (Is it just me or does the grass cut line make it look like doxie is a nursing mama?! Slap me!) Thank you so much for being a good sport and playing with me! Love ya, Darnell

  7. Uuh Kara
    the TAG wooohooo looks so STUNNING
    the dog looks so outside the Brick and ooh yeah I love your coloring STUNNING
    and looveee much
    the card second one with Balloon extra is also Stunning
    I love the look and he will love his 50 years old card from you
    may I ask you how old are you
    I will be 44 at 10 April Kara woohoo nearly same like your brother an old Mommy hehe
    hugs hugs
    Miss you
    PS: try to catch up now see you on your next post

  8. Your birthday card is adorable Kara! But OH...MY...GOSH is your tag ever spectacular!!!

  9. Well, an awesome save on the boo boo card and you ended up with a fabulous design. I hope your brother appreciated all your hard work to achieve it.

  10. Oh, your tag is so creative and fun!! And, the bday card for your brother is awesome! He'll love it! Happy Birthday to him!

  11. Great save on your card and an awesome tag too! You make me want to play with my Katzelkraft stamps too.....

  12. These are just awesome, and such a great save!

  13. Wow, what an amazing save! Your creations are so 3D~love them!

  14. Love your tag and great save on the 50th card!!

  15. Both your card and tag are fab! Your dogs are so stinkin'cute and gorgeous!

  16. Your tag was my favourite from the challenge, just love it. And your card for your brother and your save- fabulous. At one stage I was looking at the sausage dog and thinking 'my goodness they gave her a long line of teats' then realised it was the negative die cut, sorry had to share that. Looked so good in the end.