Thursday, 26 June 2014

A Hopping Art Journey to the Darkroom Door...

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Welcome to the Art Journey and Darkroom Door blog hop! All 23 members of the Darkroom Door and Art Journey design teams have joined together to bring you a 5 day creative extravaganza! Each artist will inspire you with a project using stamps from both of these fabulous companies.
 



I was so excited to hear the news that Darkroom Door and Art Journey were joining forces and putting on this fabulous blog hop... and I am very honoured to be a part of it too.  I was sent some gorgeous Art Journey stamps to play with and this is what I made...

 
 I used three Size 5 manila tags for the base of my project, colouring each with Antique Linen and Crushed Olive DI's and edging them with Gathered Twigs DI.  I wanted a really natural and rustic look to my project to compliment the beautiful grasses stamp set from Art Journey.  I used most of the stamps on this set, stamping them in Tree Branch, Fern Green and Potting Soil Archival Inks, starting with the largest grass stamp in the palest colour and layering them up along the bottom of the tags.  I also added a few sprigs using Potting Soil so they hang down from the top of the tags.


 I was squealing with glee when I saw the other stamp set that was sent to me... Butterflies!!!  A gal can never have too many butterflies and these two little smashers are perfect... one big one, one small one... so they were stamped onto cream card, coloured with Distress Markers in Tea Dye, Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge (to go with the rustic effect) and then curled and popped onto the tags.  The sentiment is from Darkroom Door... Art Words, stamped in Jet Black Archival and embossed with Crystal Antiquities Embossing Powder.  Bits of string to finish and then popped onto a piece of black mountboard to display the tags.

 


Giveaway!! Darkroom Door and Art Journey will be giving away a few prize packs, with winners randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received by Sunday, June 29th. Lots of chances to win some goodies, just leave a comment on this post to enter!

Your next stop on the blog hop is Anneke de Clerck



Remember, if you find a link that doesn't work, you can always hop back to the Darkroom Door blog for a complete list to all the blogs in the hop!

Thanks for looking, have a goodly day!  TTFN

Hels x 


 

86 comments:

Connie Mercer said...

I love butterflies too. Awesome creativity:)

Ruth said...

Stunning...just beautiful Hels. x

shellpole said...

A girl can never have too many butterflies! I so agree. Lovely work Hels. You created an awesome depth of field.

Kathy Eddy said...

Love all of your tags Hels! Great images too.

Angela Young said...

This is really lovely Hels, I just love those butterflies xx

Marci said...

I love the grasses stamp and how you have used it here. Pretty tags!

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous tags! Such pretty tags full of sunshine and butterflies!

barbara macaskill said...

I am in love! What a wonderful trio of tags! LOVE the depth and your coloring is perfect! Lucky you to have these stamps sent to you! TFS!

riliska said...

So adorable. Love everything about these tags.

Rachel Greig said...

Beautiful tags Hels! The colours are so warm and inviting (especially on this cold day in Australia!) Thanks so much for being a part of the blog hop!

Peta Cave said...

Oh wow. I just adore this set of tags. Thank you.

Hlora said...

very beautiful tags and the stamping is fantastic!

cosie said...

Love the way you told a story with the Tags. Such lovely colours.

Hermine said...

its gorgeous

joukje S said...

Butterfly's tags WAUW lovely....

BridgetCG said...

Hi Hels, gorgeous art work, love the words. Bx

Helen said...

What fabulous tags, Hels and gorgeous butterflies.

Carole Z said...

Hi Hels, these tags are just stunning! Hugs Carole Z X

Godelieve said...

Wonderful tags Hels! Love those butterflies too. Love the words you added. Perfect!

Jane said...

Hi Hels what gorgeous tags you made, the colours work so well and the butterflies are fab. It was great to meet you on Saturday, I had a super day. Hope you got home with no delays ;0) Jane x

Renje said...

Butterflies always work well..nothing is ugly with these stamps! these tags are beautiful

Joanne said...

Your newly formed 'green fingers' have come in useful for this incredible work of art. I love it to bits and would have that on my wall any day.
Xx

Claire Boyd said...

The colouring on the butterflies is exquisite, so realistic. Beautiful, co-ordinating tags that make best use of the selection of stamps. You never fail to impress

Willy said...

What a beautiful tags, love the warm colors and the way you stamped the grases. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

Elaine said...

Wow, what a smashing project Hels. I love your colouring and the way each tag frames the image but has continuity across the panel too. Your butterflies are beautifully coloured. I love it! Elaine

Mrs B said...

Hi Hels. wow, what a gorgeous project, it is simply beautiful. What wonderful stamps and I quite agree hat you can never have too many butterflies, especially ones as beautiful as these! Take care.

Louise said...

Hels I always have admired your work and am so pleased that you now have made such lovely work with the Art Journey butterflies and grasses. They are stunning!!! Thanks so much for your work, effort but most of all inspiration!
take care

Louise Kolker
Art Journey

Dianne said...

What a wonderfull display of nature.. You'be done an amazing job.. Outstandig.. The colours are so beautiful.. so refined.. I just LOVE your project..

gr. Dianne

Sid said...

Your tag trio look fantastic Hels !!

carol edwards said...

Stunning Hels, love butterflies and the sentiment is great x

Katy Leitch said...

Beautiful Hels - awesome stamping and the design flows beautifully from one tag to the next.

Regina said...

Wow what a lovely tags. I like the colors. The sun is shining in your tags. Beautiful!!

Dots Dabbles said...

Hi Hels. I looove how you have used this grass set...thanks! it is now on my wish list lol. Your tags look fantastic and make a great set.
Dot x

Linda said...

wonderful card. Love the bits of string and the muted colors!

Lynn said...

Oh, these are just too gorgeous for words! You can never have too many butterflies and these show them off to perfection :)

butterfly said...

So gorgeous - the grassy stamps are so lovely, and those dimensional butterflies are utterly fabulous!
Alison x

Alle mooie dingen said...

This is....just great love the colours love love everything
Greetings
Anita

Anneke said...

Saw these tags on pinterst. Now I can see them even beter. Wonderfull work of ART. Anneke.

Robin said...

Lovely tags Hels!

whyducks said...

Oh this is beautiful Hels, so pretty. Love the little Alfiecat showing his face. Hope you are having a wonderful holiday. xx

Cardgenie said...

Hels, fab tags - lovin the butterflies. Thanks for the link-up to the blog hop, have found some fantastic new blogs to follow - more inspiration!! Jean.x

LyndallA said...

Absolutely love the tags trio!! Love the colours and as you say no one can have too many butterflies!!

rachel said...

ooo Hels - much prettiness - i love this - gorgeous xx

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Hels, I adore your project, gorgeous stamping and colours, I'm loving the grasses at the bottom of the tags, gorgeous !!
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Pat said...

I love this project. The colour is wonderful and who doesn't love butterflies
Pat xx

Gill said...

Fabulous Hels!
I love the text

stampdiva said...

The butterflies are glorious - adore what you created Hels.
Wishes
Lynne
(http://lynnesbowsandbelles.wordpress.com)

Jan Sharp said...

Goodness, what a lot of comments today!!! And no wonder-these tags are gorgeous. I love the natural feel to them. Looking forward to the bloghop. Thank you, Jan

Redanne said...

Oh Hels, your tags are so, so beautiful, love the background colour and the gorgeous butterflies... beautiful! Hugs, Anne xx

catherine said...

As usual Hels such fabulous stunning work from you. thanks for the blog hop
x catherine

Shari Trumbull said...

Oh, Hels--You are soooo clever!!! Love the fun you have with words and LOVE your creation for this DD & AJ blog hop!! The butterflies are gorgeous and the sentiment you've used is very uplifting...Ah...butterflies--uplifting...I did it too :) XOXO-Shari

Bryan Evans said...

The colour combinations are just stunning, the ferns are very effective and give lots of depth.Fantastic creation.
Bryan.

Ellen said...

Wonderful tags! I really love the way you stamped the grasses, so much depth!

jusaweecatnap said...

I always love butterflies, and I love the way you've showcased them. Beautifully done.

Annemiek said...

Wauw... they are lovely. Think you for this beautifull inspiration. I love the colours of your tags. The words you used fits perfectly

Karen R said...

Butterflies, my favourite and love the colours you have used x

Ros Gavan said...

Wow!!!! My fav so far!!!!!

Jan Hill said...

Sooo beautiful,I just love those butterflies and the colours you used x

Jane Castle said...

Gorgeous tags, the colours are so warm and natural, and the grasses work so lovely together. X

bluelesley said...

Lovely tags and what wonderful stamps.... I love that you kept a natural feel to the tags and wish I had your talent In blending the inks so smoothly.....more practice needed!!!! lol off now to hop to the next place :-)

bluelesley said...

Lovely tags and what wonderful stamps.... I love that you kept a natural feel to the tags and wish I had your talent In blending the inks so smoothly.....more practice needed!!!! lol off now to hop to the next place :-)

Denise Bryant said...

Gorgeous set of tags! The butterflies are awesome and the grasses look fabulous in those colors!

Julie Steed said...

I am so inspired by your tags - they are gorgeous. I want to go get my fingers all inky right now!

Pat said...

What lovely stamps you have used and I just adore the butterflies and with a great mix of colours. x

Juut said...

Beautiful!

Lis Kervill said...

Oh, Hels, this is a Master Piece!
I could lie in this meadow forever, soaking up the warmth of the sun, the hues of the grass
and the butterflies...
Art IS the Window of the Soul.
Thank you.
Lis x

Gerrina said...

Just beautiful! You gave me another idea to use that beautiful grassstampset; thanks! Inky greetings, Gerrina

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Alida said...

I love your tags, nice stamp of the butterfly.

Scrapbookdoll said...

Just love the tags...
Marie-Ane Raeman

Gerrittina said...

Gorgeous. It looks so serene. I really love it.

Jenni said...

Oooh, these are so pretty. I love butterflies and these are gorgeous. Lovely colours too, they look so pretty and delicate. A great piece!
Jenni

Jeannette v.D. said...

Beautifull ! Love the butterfly !

Lillian Child said...

Oh my good gravy but your tag creations are so very lovely! Truly! Thanks so much for sharing them with us!

Miranda said...

These tags are so lovely! Dreamy and I love butterflies! great work, Miranda

JPScraps said...

These are gorgeous! I love the butterflies.

JackieP Neal said...

Hels, you always manage to make the butterflies even more beautiful than they were!

Francine said...

Stunning tags Hels. Beautifully done.

Macarena said...

Oh no! This is so beautiful! You have me with those cute butterflies!

Lieve said...

BEAUTIFUL tags, and to display them on the black mountboard is a great idea !

Annie said...

Wow Hels.....totally love your project. Such fabulous stamps and the design amazing
TFS Annie x

Craftychris said...

This is so wonderful! Love those butterflies, they are gorgeous xx

Lisette Baker said...

T'internet will only show me one picture but I can see that this is gorgeous. Love the colour scheme.

ang said...

Gorgeous project love butterflies angxx

Kezzy said...

Wow stunning array of tags and butterflies, I so love the butterfly image and the background is awesome. Kezzy :-) xxx

janna'scraftingattic said...

Truly scrumptious , the layering of the grasses is beautiful
Colours right up my street & butterflies beautiful

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