Thursday, January 2, 2014

Love is In the Air

I refuse to let the winter blahs get to me.  Several inches of snow fell last night.  But the snow fairy sent a snow shoveling angel to us this morning.  This is important because our walk is a block long from the house to the garage.  Bless you!

Instead of snow and frigid temps, I'm focusing on love.....our upcoming wedding anniversary, Valentine's Day, and our daughter's wedding...

And what better way to get in the mood than by helping launch Heather Hudson's first challenge at My Artistic Adventures with ---  what else---- a Valentine challenge!  Challenge #1  Love or Valentines

First things first....

Here's a link to Heather's blog where you can get the straight scoop about her challenge directly from her:

And here's a link to Heather's Etsy Shop where you will find her amazing, vintage style collage sheets:
My Artistic Adventures Etsy Shop 

Here is what I made for my first challenge inspiration:

Here are her wonderful collage sheets that I chose to use for my first challenge inspiration along with a mini tutorial or recipe:

Pink Roses Victorian Boys Girls VintageValentine's Day Valentinel tags Ornament  Digital Collage sheet Printable
Pink Roses Victorian Boys Girls

I fussy cut one girl and one boy, edged them with marker, and used pop dots (dimensional adhesive foam) behind them.
Use sparkle gel pen to highlight grapes.

Romantic Roses Birds Victorian Vintage Collage Set--I used something from all 3 sheets. 
(Endless possibilities here.....)

Fussy cut the 2 plain hearts from the centers of the larger tags from this page.  Use a dark brown ink to edge the hearts.  Crumple the hearts and distress the creases with the brown ink.
Position the girl and boy behind the hearts, draping arms over the front of the hearts; adhere  pop dots to the back of the hearts.
An option would be to skip the pop dots and instead create a pocket by adhering with glue only along the edges of the heart.  You could then put a little Valentine treat in the pocket which would create the same 3-D effect!

Cut word labels of choice, edge and distress with marker.   Use  pop dots on the back of these.

Cut an extra rose from one of the sheets to place in the girl's hand.

Romantic Roses Birds Victorian Vintage Valentine's Day Valentine tags Digital Collage sheet PrintablePrint this page twice.  Cut out the two tags that have the plain heart centers.  Edge with glue and dip into glitter.

From the same tags on the duplicate page, fussy cut the bird/rose.  Edge with marker and use pop dots to adhere to tag for a nice dimension.

Adhere the smaller heart/girl to center of heart on aqua tag. Add a matching glitter bow.  Repeat with boy on other tag.  Add a matching glitter ribbon in the shape of a V (for Valentine). 

Add word labels.
Use glitter gel pen to highlight petals on all roses.

I'm looking forward to seeing what you make for Heather's challenge.
Don't forget to use your discount code for 15% off a $5.00 or more purchase:  MYARTISTICADVENTURES

And of course there's a badge to display on your blog to let your visitors know you've found a great new challenge!  You can snag the html code when you're visiting Heather's blog.

My Artistic Adventures

I'm linking this to Make It Monday MIM#172, a blog where it's anything goes to share with others and leave comments for others. And you just might win a prize for being nice and leaving others comments about their crafting!   Or as they say over at Make It Monday:   Create, Share, Inspire....


Shea said...

Absolutely darling tags, Helene! Love all the glittery details!

Heather said...

The tags are adorable!! I just love them Helene!! Thank you so much for creating your inspiration pieces!!

Kate M said...

Beautiful glitsy tags - love those sweet images.

Carol S said...

Beautiful tags Helene!
Hey can you send that shovel fairy up here? I made a path last night, on my way to the garage, by kicking the snow out of my way! LOL

Starr said...

Helene your tags are just adorable. I love the sparkling edges and the heart holding the little boy and girl is a great idea! I can't wait to see more of your work at My Artistic Adventures Challenge!

Anita Houston said...

Gorgeous images...thanks! Love that you are already gearing up for V Day! These are both gorgeous, sparkly, fun, and loved filled! Happy new year to you, and may it bring you many blessings of health and happiness!

Sandi McLean said...

Adorable tags! It is so easy to create some sweetness with Heather's images. Hugs,

Laine said...

Stunning vintage style tags.

Sugar Lump Studios said...

Awwwww so sweet! Can't believe it is January already! Happy New Year!

Michele said...

Helene these are gorgeous and so cleverly done. love! xo

Holley (Tondre) Barnhart said...

How fun to already start seeing beautiful valentines projects out there. Cheers, Holley

Brenda Brown said...

Beautiful tags.
hugs {brenda} xox

Billie A said...

Great tags. I saw you on MIM.

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