Monday, September 22, 2014

Curtain Call: Tag It

 Hello Crafters! 

Good morning! 

So this evening I''m going to take a Civil Service test for another city just in case something falls through with my new job at the state. I am not looking forward to it at all. You know why? It's a general knowledge test. You know what's included in general knowledge? Math. Math, people. I'm lucky I can get 2+2 =4. Some days it might be 5. It happens. Math leads to crying in my little world. Hopefully, I'll be able to keep the sobbing down to a dull roar during the test. It might disturb the other test takers. They'll have the excuse "that sobbing girl was so distracting I have to retake the test." 

Let's talk about stuff that makes me smile shall we? I'll tell you a secret. It's cards ;)

Today I'm playing along with another new to me challenge. It's Curtain Call. They have been up and running for quite awhile I just never made it over to play along. I'm so glad I did because I love the inspiration photo tons!!

I'm also playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge to create a tag. 

**Warning** this card is a little busier than I usually do but I feel like it's alright. Just this one time. 

Kelly Latevola You and Your Big Dreams

Okay. I realize in the scheme of shabby chic to CAS this is definitely more CAS. It's just not as CAS as usual. 

I started by creating my tag.  I know I should break down and get a tag die but I just want too many stamps dang it. I love the rounded edges of the dies that are out there so I usually just use whatever to get my edge and then trim it out by hand. This one was created with the edge of a toilet paper roll. I'm not kidding. I was at work and there wasn't much round hanging out to trace so I used a new toilet paper roll. Fortunately, the toilet paper we have at work is the equivalent of notebook paper so I didn't have soft fluffy toilet paper getting in my way. I knew that cheap stuff was good for something. 

Once I had my water color paper tag I stamped the roses from Hero Arts Pattern Hearts and Flowers using distress markers. I didn't clean the stamp in between inkings because I wanted the colors to blend together. After the whole tag was colored I went in with my paintbrush and pulled the colors out. Once it was dry I added a simple black frame around it. Yes, I used the toilet paper roll again. Don't judge me. 

I used a sentiment from Hero Arts set Night and Day Flowers. The wood veneer hearts were covered and stickles before being adhered. I kind of wanted to make these black but one of the guys I worked with looked at me like I just said "I think I'll shave my head today right after I dye my eyebrows green." instead of "Hey maybe I'll make these hearts black." Whatever. Like he knows cards. Yes, I realize I took his advice but only because I wanted to and not because he looked at me like a crazy person. 

The background was created by using the Background Wall chipboard from Wycinanka. It's me being inspired by the well in the photo. Instead of using the whole piece I decided to use it as a stencil with embossing paste. I did it twice and the chipboard survived both applications. Pretty cool eh? You'll see it on another card soon. My original intention was to watercolor over the embossing paste like Jennifer McGuire did here. It came out pretty cool but it was way too much as a background for this tag. Again maybe you'll see it on another card.  

Alright that's it. 
Thanks for stopping by! 
It really means so much when you stop by to visit little ole' me !!



  1. Beautiful! Love the embossed brick wall, behind that colorful tag!

  2. Wow, Kelly, your water-colored tag is absolutely gorgeous! I love the seamless color-blending in each flower... that toilet paper roll must do all the magic ( I must try that!!). Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Tag It Challenge!

  3. Gorgeous tag!

    Oh, and math is easy. As a card-maker you use it ALL THE TIME. Half of a sheet of card stock is what? 4 1/4 x 5 1/2, right? MATH!!! Need a layer for that? It's 4 x 5 1/4. You just subtracted 1/4 from another number. MATH! And that border you'll get? It's half of 1/4, which is 1/8. MATH!!! You just didn't know it. And it didn't hurt one bit, now did it? :D

  4. Kelly, this is gorgeous! Love the textured background and your watercolor flower is simply amazing.

  5. Kelly, your card is marvelous! The bg stenciling is perfect for the lovely watercolored roses!

  6. love that embossed background. I hear ya on the math. I am a Language Arts teacher hired as a tutor and was placed in 8th grade math classes to help. EEK! I am doing equations. I have not done this since 1983! The kids crack up at my fist pumps when I get stuff right, lol!!!

  7. Gorgeous card Kelly. Love those roses and the pretty colors. The textured background looks great. Nice take on the inspiration photo. Thanks for playing along with us at Curtain Call.

  8. Kelly, your card is perfect, so beautiful. Love your flowers they are so eye catching, all together the colours just so perfect. Your background is just right, no colour needed at all. Your very talented.

  9. LOVE, LOVE this colour combo Kelly - FAB tag & FAB card :)

  10. I get hives just thinking about math. Thank the Lord my DH teaches that subject in our homeschool!
    Your tag from tp roll looks amazing:) Totally digging that wishingwell BG too.

  11. Fabulous tag Kelly :-) the colours and whole design of this is fantastic ,,, LOVE it :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Lols x x x

  12. OHMYGAWD!!!!! OK, I changed my mind... I'm coming to the crop on Saturday after all to force you to show me how you did those flowers!!!!!!! Kelly, this is stunnnnnnnninng!

  13. Wow! I love how you do color! This tag is beautiful!

  14. so so pretty! that stenciled wall is amazing! it adds such great dimension and is a fabulous backdrop to your gorgeous tag! thanks for playing along with Curtain call.

  15. CONGRATS on your win at Curtain Call with this gorgeous card - love it!!!

  16. An absolutely gorgeous card, Congrats on your win. I'ts well deserved.