Friday, September 2, 2016

Tag, You're It! #55 with Melissa Bickford!

I can't believe it's been a month since I blogged last!  I knew this would be a crazy summer, but not this crazy.  Aside from starting my new job and having the kids on summer break, we are also renovating our basement.  It's been a slow process since we're tackling the project ourselves.  The best part for me is that I will have my own craft room!  I cannot wait, but in the meantime, please excuse my absence.  I seem to be using my free time hauling drywall down the stairs, staining wood trim, hanging doors and painting walls.  I hope it won't be too much longer.  I will share some photos when it's finished.

Thankfully, I got the chance to create a tag CASE-ing the very sweet and talented Melissa Bickford!  She is our featured artist for the latest challenge at TYI!  I had so much fun following her amazing design:

Here is Melissa's wonderful tag:

This tag came along in stages.  First, I knew I wanted to create a tag in the same shape as Melissa's, so I used a SSS Basic Banners die and a Spellbinders circle die to create my tags.  Next, I thought it would be fun to use leaves from my new stamp set from WPlus9, All Year Cheer, to replicate Melissa's cascade of flowers.  I used the MISTI so I could use various layers of color on each leaf.  Last, I found a word die cut that conveyed a similar meaning, and some twine that had multiple strands in order to round out the look.

Supplies Used:
Stamps - WPlus9 All Year Cheer
Dies - PTI Big Hugs, SSS Basic Banners, Spellbinders Circles
Paper - PTI Pure Poppy, The Paper Company Gold Shimmer, gold glitter cs scrap, white cs scrap
Ink - DI Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Ground Espresso, Tea Dye, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Crushed Olive, Rusty Hinge, Squeezed Lemonade, Scattered Straw, Fired Brick, and Aged Mahogany
Embellishments - Nuvo Crystal Drops Bright Gold

Thanks for sticking with me during my absence.  I do hope to see you over in the TYI gallery.  Hop on over to the Tag, You're It! challenge blog to see much more inspiration.

This tag is also going over to play in Darnell's wildly popular (did I say Darnell is wildly popular, well, read it that way) NBUS challenge #7.
Thanks for coming over to visit.  I hope you have a wonderful day!
Kara Lynne


  1. Such a pretty tag Kara and it reminds my that autumn, my favourite season, will be upon us before too long. Good luck with your renovations!

  2. Fabulous Fall tag Kara Lynne! Love your blended colors on your leaves and the big, bold Hugs with the strip of gold grounding it! Great job!! Sounds like you've had a really busy Summer...hopefully once the renovations are done you'll have more time to play in your new craft room! :0)

  3. Cute fall tag! Love the leaves, die cut and strip of sparkling gold! Good luck with renovating your basement! I'm sure the hard work will be worth it once it's all done!

  4. Beautiful tag, Kara. I mean amazingly beautiful...
    So sparkly, stylish and pretty. Love it :)

  5. Beautiful tag! I love the colors and sparkle.

  6. What a pretty tag Kara Lynne!! I like the sweet little leaves and acorns!

  7. Sweet tag!!!Love the little acorns!! Good luck with the renovations and yay for a craft room!!!

  8. Absolutely beautiful!! Love the stamping!

  9. Gorgeous tag, Kara Lynne. The colors are simply and fantastically Fall. Love your take on Melissa's tag. Can't wait to see the photos of your new basement/craftroom. Having a dedicated space is dreamy. We'll be here when you get back in the swing of things, don't worry! Have a great weekend. Bev

  10. wow... your tag is absolutely gorgeous, kara!! hope you get more crafting time soon!

  11. You made an awesome fall rendition of Melissa's sweet tag, Kara! Each detail is spot on!! I can't even imagine trying to renovate a basement by yourselves with kids and all their summer activities! But how great is that going to feel when you have accomplished it? Especially since you are getting a dedicated craft room in the bargain!! Can't wait to see the photos!! Thank you so much for playing in my NBUS Challenge #7! Hugs, Darnell

  12. Gorgeous, Kara ... those cascading autumn images are so sweet ... love the gold shimmer! I can so relate to all the hard work you're putting in renovating ... it'll be worth it when it's done and you have your own craft studio! Hugs, Anita :)

  13. Hope you can crafting much more Kara
    I miss your creation
    that Sentiment in red is adorable
    and the Gold line is great added
    lovely tiny stamp leaves
    Luv this much Kara
    I always love your creation..they are all fabulous