Saturday, 31 August 2013

Autumn Serenity

Hello everyone and lovely to have you visiting here today!
After a very hectic week, I needed to find a bit of peace in my soul, and what better way than to get out some inks, paints and stamps and have a little play.
The background to this stamp was created with the help of Distress Stains and then toned down a bit with Dylusion Spray in White Linen. Love that stuff, it can tone down anything that has gone too bright. When I was happy with the background, I stamped around the edges with a back ground stamp from Stempel Glede in  Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. The vocal image was stamped in Jet Black Archival and is a stamp I have had for years and years, I thought it was an Oxford Impression one, but I can't find it on their current list. If anyone knows who made it, I'd be happy to know.
The leaves were cut from some papers I made with various inks and sprays and then added salt, to give the lovely salt effect, but you cant see that very much any more.
I diecut them with Spellbinder and Sizzix dies. The idea for this came from the lovely Maria of Maria's Knutsel Plezier. If you don't know her blog, go check it out, she makes the most wonderful cards with amazing backgrounds!

The tag was finished with a little Autumn Quote, stamped on a scrap of paper, some twine,  a charm and button rusted with Rusting powder by Crafty Notions and a hand died ribbon.


I certainly felt a whole lot better after having a little play like this. I'm sure we all know that really, crafting in many ways is therapy for our hectic lives....

Thank you for visiting and hope you get some creative time too!!

46 comments:

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

Wow, your tag is gorgeous, Astrid.

Have a wonderful weekend

Sylvia Blum said...

Wow, Astrid, this is an amazing tag! It totally makes me feel like Autumn is just around the corner :-)
I always love how you incorporate so many beautiful and thoughtful details on your projects!
Ohhhh and I totally adore this hand died seam binding...sooooo beautiful..just the right finishing touch for this gorgeous tag!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend, my dear!
{{{hugs}}}
Sylvia

maria's knutselplezier said...

What an amazing tog dear Astrid , the women looks so wise in her beautiful landshape,.it seems she regrets that summer is gone, I love your lovely details en the lovely leaves, I think you took other paper than I did but nevertheless they look great, thank for mention my blog!!!Have a nice pieceful weeken, and try to relax!!!

Greetings and a big hugg

Maria

Deb Ochs-LaGrone said...

An absolutely beautiful woman reflecting on life in this tag Astrid. The colors are peaceful and the elements add just a touch of whimsy. Lovely!
~Deb~
The Bling Chronicles DT
CDAC DT Member
A Look Through My Eyes

Stamps and Paper said...

Another stunning Tag Astrid, love your rich colours and lovely image

Anne

chrissies said...

A wonderful and soothing tag to have made Astrid and I am so pleased it made you feel better.

Have a lovely weekend

Chrissie x

Aquarius said...

Sounds like you had a great time winding down and this tag is a beautiful result. Love the lady but afraid I can't identify her for you.

Redanne said...

Wonderful therapy Astrid and a totally gorgeous result. I adore Autumn and you have really captured it's beauty with your beautiful tag. Hugs, Anne x

Paula Whittaker said...

just wonderful

Marianne said...

Beautiful tag with these autumn colours and your story matches the quote of the day on top of your blog: Either you run the day or the day runs you. Lovely way to relax with a beatiful result.
xxx Marianne

Buttons said...

Love this Astrid. Thanks for the link to Maria's blog too - now following! You have both pushed us towards Autumn (however reluctant I am to let go of Summer). Hope you have the best weekend, Jenny x

annekescardart said...

Love this tag. Love the design and the colours. Looks very vintage. Have a good weekend Anneke.
www.annekescardart.blogspot.com

Annie said...

Stunning tag Astrid....gorgeous background and the embellies are beautiful.

Off to check out Maria's blog.

Have the most wonderful weekend

Annie x

Anne (cornucopia) said...

This is beautiful Astrid! Great artwork, as always.

Carol Q said...

just beautiful Astrid.

Caroline said...

I love the woman looking pensive & maybe a little forlorn... Don't have a clue who's stamp it is though.
Absolutely beautiful tag but yours always are, seems everything you touch comes out so magically!!
My crafting is a therapy for definite, that is if it's going well? Not so much right not but hope this will pass... TFS :)))

Sandie Edwards said...

Hope next week is a little more calmer for you Astrid. Such a beautiful tag, the colours are so exquisite.... and that image, is adorable.

Heather Jacob said...

you always create such rich and detailed projects my friend . loving the deep colors and texture x

Maryanne said...

Lovely tag, Astrid! Fall is just around the corner and this is a beautiful was to ease into it. I love the background you created.

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Great and beautiful tag Astrid.
Fantastic colors and details.
Greetings Janny

Sarah said...

What a lovely creation, Astrid!

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

So gorgeous, the background is stunning as is that image.
If it is OI it is certainly from many years ago. It reminds me of a similar image I have from Loast Coast.
Wishes
Lynne

Paper Profusion said...

The post title is so apt Astrid - this is beautifully calming and serene. Really stunning with a lot of soul! Nicola x

Martina2801 said...

How incredibly beautiful! I love this tag, dear Astrid! So great!

Klaudia/Kszp said...

Fabulous tag. Love the autumnal atmosphere :)

Dorthe said...

Dear Astrid,- it is so very beautiful,- just the colours you made, are amazing beautiful, especially in that gorgeous flower - and love the rusted button with that bee -wonderful.
The stamp is so lovely too, and it is an amazing tag, dear.
Saturday hugs from Dorthe

Meggymay said...

Gorgeous Autumn tag, loving the colour shades. Sounds like you enjoyed your craft time.
Yvonne x

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous Astrid. A lovely 'romance' feel to it too.

Terry said...

Such a wonderful background for that lovely face! The leaves look so realistic and I also love the effect of salt! Hope you have a peaceful weekend! Hugs!

Shirley Chillman said...

Not sure who she is Astrid but you have made her look adorable.

Crafty hugs from Shirl x x

Marci said...

Love the stamp and your tag. Has a very serene feeling. Lovely.

inkypinkycraft said...

full of a richness that is so wonderful! A gorgeous autumnal make hugs trace x hope you are having funxx hugs trace x

Margaret Mifsud said...

Gorgeous Astrid!! Love the rich autumn colours and the pretty stamp. Such a lot of detail in such a small project. Love it!! ox

Ros Crawford said...

Creating certainly takes you to another place doesn't it ... Beautiful tag ... have a lovely Sunday!

Maryann Laursen said...

It sure must be teraphy for the soul, it sure is for mine to look at your gorgeous work. Sorry I can´t help with, who made the stamp, as I´m not the most known stamper, but I sure love, what I see here. Stunning work.

Margie said...

A beautiful autumnal tag Astrid and I really like the image - it reminds me of a Leonardo da Vince drawing but I don't know whose stamp it is unfortunately. She looks wonderful amongst those lovely colours though. Margie x

Jennie Atkinson said...

Fabulous Astrid - those colours are just so rich and autumnal and such a feeling of peace as well. Jennie x

May said...

Fabulous tag Astrid, Love the background & stamping... Love the autumn colours... Hugs May x x x

Tracie Dean said...

I enjoy how you "play"!!
Beautiful tag. The elements and layers are gorgeous. I love how you were able to do the leaves. They came out beautifully!!

Happy Crafting
Tracie

Anita Houston said...

LOVE this Astrid! She is gorgeous, and the vintage old world feel is incredible!

sharon said...

This is simply beautiful Astrid and the color palette is gorgeous, as well as your embellishments! Perfection!

Fandhmum said...

Gorgeous colours and beautiful little details
Rosie x

Dianne said...

A beautiful stamp, a beautiful quote and most of all, a beautiful tag.

Dianne.

butterfly said...

Utterly lovely - the serenity of that beautiful face complemented by the beautiful, but just slightly melancholy autumnal colours - this gives peace to my soul too, just by looking at it... thank you.
Alison xx

Daniella said...

Astrid, my very creative friendd! I am always in awe of your creations!! I haven't heard of the "salt effect" before. Is it like using coarse medium? I'd love to hear all about it!! If you have an extra second that is! You can email me, blog me or send me a PM on Facebook.
Keep making awesome things!!
xxDaniella

rkramadh said...

You certainly are the best when it comes to mixing and matching colors/textures. I am amazed by how many million ideas you have in your head. Each tag/card/project is so unique and unlike any other or any one else's! I want to request if you could please share some techniques for the backgrounds you create. Hope you don't mind, I look forward to learning from you. Beginners like me don't know if we will end up with mud background if we mix all sorts of colors :)

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