Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Rhapsody in Green

Hello everyone and welcome! Thank you so much for joining me today. As some of you know I was invited to join Nicecrane  Design Team a while back and I thought it was high time to share a project using one of their wonderful images. This particular image comes from the Children Paintings 2 collection of gorgeous Vernon paintings.
As you can see I made a tag, it's a Ranger size 10 one. The background was created with some Distress Paints, Weathered Wood, Salty Ocean, and Bundled Sage. I don't have many colours yet, so I played around further with some Distress Stains, - Picket Fence and Vintage Photo and then to match the colours of the image I was going to use, I also added some Distress Inks,  in various green tones. To add some more interest to the background I decoupaged part of a paper serviette (just the very thin top layer) over the background with Ranger Glue and Seal. Here is some detail:
Then I added my image, cut with a Spellbinder die and matted onto some black card.

And finally the whole thing was embellished with some lace, a Dusty Attic chipboard piece (treated with two colours of treasure gold), some flowers and a ribbon etc. I also added some crackle (hard to see from the photos).
Here are a few close ups still:

Hope you like it. But just before I leave you, as some of you know I have just returned from Australia where I met my new grand daughter for the first time, so as some of you asked, - here are a couple of photos
With daddy on the beach

smiling at granny

Well, that's it, thank you for visiting and indulging me with some personal picks:o)Finally,here is a thumbnail to the Nicecrane image


Sophie said...

Oh, Astrid, was für ein herrliches Tag.
Wunderschön, auch die vielen herrlichen Details sind so schön anzusehen.

Deine Enkelin ist so süß, und man könnte so ein kleines Wesen immer wieder umarmen und abschmusen.
Ich freue mich mit dir.
Meine Enkelin ist auch erst 3 Jahre und eine Freude für mein Herz.

LIebe Grüße und Umarmung von Sophie xx

Sandie Edwards said...

Stunning tag Astrid, the colours in the image meld beautifully into the tag background you created....stunning!! What a cute little cherub your grand-daughter is!!! Hope you had a wonderful time....x

Jennie Atkinson said...

Such a stunning tag Astrid - I love the way the picture just hovers over the background, the colours just match so perfectly.

So pleased you had a wonderful time - your grand daughter is gorgeous!

Amor said...

Beautiful as always Astrid. Looks like you had a lovely visit, and that little angel face is too cute!! Love the pics


Que bebé tan bonito!!! y que precioso trabajo,

Maryann said...

Such an awesome tag here, I just love the color on it, and the image is so cute too. Wonderful work as always hun.
And what a little darling cutie your granddaughter is. She´s soooooooo beautiful and so cute. You must be so proud of her, but also sad, she´s living so far, and now even more, when you´ve met her, I´m sure. I can´t even imagine, not to have my girls around all the time.

Lorraine said...

Fabulous tag and your GD is beautiful.

Fliss said...

A really stunning tag Astrid with the most amazingly beautiful background for the gorgeous image.
Your little granddaughter is very cute and looks adorable. Glad you had a lovely trip.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Rita said...

Absolutely Stunning Astrid, I love your choice of colours too. I'm afraid I don't have any of the paints yet, but I know Annie has, so maybe if I'm good she let me borrow them. What a little cutie your Grand-Daughter is Astrid, I bet she'll break many hearts. Hugs Rita xx

Marisa Job said...

Beautiful tag! Love the background and the image, they blend together perfectly! Your baby granddaughter is so cute!!

Robin said...

This is a beautiful tag, the colors, textures and image are just wonderful. And what a cutey pie you have for a Grand Daughter!


1CardCreator said...

Lovely tag, gorgeous colors too! Sweet little grand daughter, congrats! ~Diane

firstnightdesign said...

Gorgeous! (Both your creation and your granddaughter)

Fandhmum said...

Hi Astrid, what a beautiful tag, I have just received some images from Nicecrane and have been inspired.
Your granddaughter is lovely, clearly a happy little girl,
Rosie x

Michelle said...

This is a beautiful tag Astrid and your little granddaughter is a wee darling. Glad you had a good time.

Michelle E xx

chrissies said...

Beautiful photographs of your granddughter and a wonderful tag . The way you have added the ribbon is wonderful

Chrissie x

Dorthe said...

Dear Astrid, welcome back home,
I`m sure you have had wonderful time with your little family over there-
What a little darling she is!
Your new tag is a very beautiful piece, with the different layers of green, the napkin, and the lovely Nice crane image, the texture is amazing, and yes I do see the crackle somewhere, such a gorgeous tag!
Hugs from Dorthe

butterfly said...

Glorious greens... what a stunningly pretty vintage tag, using the image so well. But I'm afraid your new granddaughter has completely stolen the show... she's utterly adorable!! Thanks so much for sharing the pictures.
Alison x

Dianne said...

WOW STUNNING... All of it is fabulous loooove the background, greens my fav. color so it's moving me:):)Now that sweet little princess is PRICELESS and such a doll, with beautiful big blue eyes, you have been blessed, Have a wonderful day..

Izzwizz said...

Now that's a smile to treasure! So beautiful, and love the tag too :-) I adore your background, the colours are gorgeous and I love the extra detail you've added wi the napkin. Wonderful creation. Maddy x

Kelly Neis said...

Look at her eyes so bright and the smile at you! just love it. Thanks for sharing them.
Your tag is so gorgeous in the greens and blues with the earthy tones, so very rich. I love the texture. Your embellishments are so pretty and compliments the image.
Hugs Kelly

Fuchsia said...

Stunning work Astrid and what a beautiful Granddaughter you must have really enjoyed yourself meeting her for the first time x

sharon said...

Your granddaughter is an angel...how lucky you are!

Your tag is super gorgeous, I adore those green colors the image of the girl is so sweet. When you describe your process I am amazed, it's all so complicated to me, but you do it all so beautifully!

inkypinkycraft said...

Thisnis yummy! I love the background and the gorgeous details you have added! The photos look great too! Hugs trace x

Gitte said...

Beautiful Tag. Great photoes.

marda said...

What a sweetie, your little grand daughter is just pecious. Your tag is beautiful. Love it.

Brenda Brown said...

The background you have created Astrid is amazing, such wonderful colours and the added napkin provides great texture. It is the perfect backdrop for your image.
Lovely to see your photos, how proud you must be of your family.
Hugs Brenda xox

froebelsternchen Susi said...

this tag is simply GORGEOUS Astrid!
a beautiful piece!
And congrats on your sweet granddaughter.. she is an amazing little girl too!

so sweet!

Rein said...

Beautiful tag!
your granddaughter is lovely!

Ephemera said...

Hi Astrid, such a beautiful tag, the background is gorgeous and perfect for the beautiful girl. Your grand daughter is a real cutie too. xx

Ros Crawford said...

What a lovely tag... I love the textured effect that the decoupage gives ... and what lovely photos .. she's gorgeous!!

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Sugar Lump Studios said...

Gorgeous project Astrid and I love the green.
Your grand daughter is so precious!

Kim Dellow said...

Gorgeous work Astrid and gorgeous Grand daughter too! Kim

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Both the tag and your granddaughter are absolute delights! Love the green palette you worked with and the wonderful vintage appeal.


Buttons said...

That background is a triumph Astrid - it is the perfect accompaniment to the gorgeous focal image.
And as for that adorable grand daughter of yours, well I agree with everyone else when they say she steals the show. Hugs, Jenny x

Nicecrane Designs said...

Amazing Tag Astrid,,,,,waht a stunning vintage effect and incredible spellbinder die cut,,,, you did a great work,,,,,, and your grand daughter is soooo,,sooo,soooo adorable,,,,,,,wowwwwww,,, thanks again Astrid

Bärbel said...

Liebe Astrid,
eine bezaubernde kleine Schönheit ist deine Enkelin. Ich denke, dass du sehr stolz auf sie bist und jedes Wiedersehen herbeisehnen wirst.

Die Box ist wunderschön gestaltet, ich bin begeistert!

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