be an original...

'If you want to be original, be yourself. God never made two people exactly alike!'
I really love to work on tags. They're a great size for using up all the little bits you've been saving. You know what I'm talking about, right? Those last little inches of trim you just couldn't toss, the odd piece of paper ephemera, a broken earring or scrap of ribbon. Too pretty to toss but too small to use for something, right? Wrong!
It's hard to believe a plain old piece of manilla tag could be made so beautiful just by running it through a die cutting machine with an embossing folder but it's so easy and oh, so pretty. Every time.  
I used the Rose Tablecloth embossing folder from Tammy Tutterow and some Nuvo Embellishing Mousse from Tonic; the mousse is a great texture- it just glides on with your fingertip. I LOVE how it highlights the embossed design here.
One of the little scraps I can never throw away are the tiny strips from the edge of Authentique paper. I love those quotes- I've been know to dive into the trash can when scrapping with friends if they carelessly tossed those edges... what were they thinking??? 
Sequins are a bit of a recent discovery for me- of course I've used them for crafting but when looking for a "flat-ish" embellishment for art journaling they had just the right amount of flash.
Lastly, these velvet leaves made great wings for my girl. I think she looks pretty original!



Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Honestly...your designs make me sigh with delight. This is such a gloriously composted tag!I love the soft shimmer in the background, the gorgeous stitching, the wonderful quote (I save those too! LOL)) and the velvet "wings" on your vintage girl. This is magical! Just magical!

Catherine said...

I just purchased some of the Nuvo mousse and can't wait to give it a try after seeing your beautiful tag. Love the image and sentiment and entire design. It's so pretty!

Cathie ♥

Oti said...

Love your tag.

Lin said...

Terri, this is darling! What a wonderful mix!!

Unknown said...

So so pretty! I just discovered your stunning blog - please could you tell me where you get your vintage photo's, / collage people and fairies from etc? Do you sell them in an Etsy store or?

Many Thanks :)

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