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Tuesday, 18 December 2012


I decided to go for an oversized tag for my DT entry at Try it on Tuesday.   The challenge this fortnight is a Lucky Dip so you can choose four items out of the following:  Die Cuts, Ribbons, Pearls, Sentiment, Stamped image.

We are being very generously sponsored by Delicious Doodles who are offering 4 digi stamps of your choice to the winner of December's challenges.  So, if you get a crafty moment during your festive time, why not see if you can get lucky in the Lucky Dip?!!!


This challenge left me a bit spoilt for choice ... too many options for an indecisive like me! As its still the Christmas season, I was really tempted to go with a Christmas project.  But I am about to head to sunnier climes (can't wait - UK weather is not to be recommended lately!) and all my Christmas activities are behind me, so I have focused on 2013 and my up and coming wedding anniversary.  

Cards for men ... don't we all struggle with them?  My hubcap is not a fisherman, golfer or tennis nut so images along those lines are pretty much closed.  I have found that my best plan is to go for hearts and a suitable colour palette.

I started with a manila tag which I gave a couple of coats of gesso to.  I added some vintage music and book pages and gave it another swish over with the gesso.  Once dry, I stamped the border, heart wings and keys before attaching the die cut card hearts which were painted with red acrylic.  
I left if to dry before coating the entire tag with matte Mod Podge and attaching scrunched up white tissue over it all.  

The dreams pane was cut from card and gessoed.  I dry brushed pitch black acrylic and used a skewer dipped in black to add depth.  It was 3D mounted onto an identically sized piece of card which I had covered with vintage book pages.  The panel is finished with pleated tissue tape along one edge.

I gave the hearts a lift with some Dylusions red acrylic and rock candy distress which I applied with a spatuls to give loads of texture.

The key is made from Ten Second Studio metal.

My favourite flourish (Lost Coast Designs) and a little Black Soot distress kept the monochrome style true and I just had to bravely take hold of my pen and write my sentiment.  It's a little hard to read in the photo but it says:

"When two hearts meet
and fly together
the key to your dreams
has been found."

I guess after nearly 20 years, this must be true.  We got engaged after 6 weeks and married a year later.  He's not always my soulmate (Man ARE from Mars!) but our hearts are definitely joined ...

Have a fantastic time whatever you get up to this December ... x


  1. Hi Alexa, just popping by to say 'hi' and what a fabulous tag.
    Enjoy your holiday.
    Avril xx

  2. So love your tag, Alexa,

    AND the wonderful story to it! :)

    Claudia xx

  3. A beautiful tag, its a lovely sentiment. Hope you have a good holiday.
    Yvonne x

  4. Dropping in and loving what you are up to! On my bucket list for next year is to learn to gesso and layer and add dimension. I love your bright red heart and sentiment- perfect for your hubby! Mine is into anything sports, but would still enjoy a gift like this- he is a sentimental one.....!

  5. I had a big smile when I read "he's not always my soul mate", lol Couldn't have put it any better, I love your outlook. I also think you can't go wrong with hearts, it's a great tag, love the sentiment! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

  6. Love your tag. I've been thinking about hearts for Valentines already.
    Hugs Lynn

  7. A gorgeous tag Alexa with wonderful textural layers. Love the hearts they really pop.
    Hugs Brenda xox

  8. Love this tag and those red bold hearts are amazing! Great texture and design! Have a great evening!

  9. Love your take on the challenge.
    Hugz, Z

  10. Such a beautiful tag, love the hearts.
    Wishing you a happy and creative year 2013.


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