Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Tag number two and a girl's day out

Hello all and thank you for your visit today, always so much appreciated.
Today I am sharing a second tag and some photos of a crafty get together I had while over in Australia.
Here first of all, is my tag. If you missed number 1, just scroll down.
The base of this one was done with the help of some extra thick gesso and a mix of acrylic paints.
I dabbed some kitchen roll over the centre bit just before the gesso and paint had dried. That lifted the paint and gave it the shabby effect. Not really what I had planned, but I quite like the result, one to remember...
The next layer was created by dry brushing some paint over the textures. I also did some background stamping with white gesso and a crackle stamp and a small text stamp stamped in black archival.
Here's a close up of some of the textures and below the finished tag, embellished again with some Calico Craft Parts and a flower and some strips of tissue tape..
Now, as mentioned yesterday already, I had a wonderful day meeting up with crafty friends. These kind ladies took me out for a wonderful day exploring Hahndorf, shopping, eating, lots of laughter and we all exchanged some crafty gifts we had made for one another.
Below a photo of the 5 of us together
From left to right: Margaret, Heather, me, Helen and Adriana. I will show you the gifts I received below, but here are some photos still of each of us writing messages in the gifts we received, - such a lovely memory and keepsake.


And here finally the wonderful gifts I received:
A stunning, multi layered tag from Heather. You can see many more photos of this beauty on her blog
This beautiful textured card was from Adriana, I just love the vibrant colours and pretty embellishments
And finally, this amazing little folder was made by Margaret, she did one for each of us, just incredible. It is her own design, but a bit like Tim Holtz's file folders, just smaller and with loads of pockets and photo mats. Below a picture of one of the inside pages:
She made it specially so that we could keep the photos of this special day. I am completely in awe of the clever design of this. Margaret has promised she will do a post one day of how she made it. Meanwhile she did a beautiful description of our special day with extensive photos of our projects. She is a much better photographer than I am, so if you are interested, do check it out, - just click HERE

Well, that's it for today, thanks for dropping by and happy crafting!!

33 comments:

  1. Another totally delightful creation Astrid and what beautiful pieces of artwork you received from your friends.

    B x

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  2. Such a lovely post Astrid - I do love your gorgeous tag, it is so full of wonderful texture and I loved seeing how you brought it all together! The photos of you with your friends are delightful and the gifts you exchanged are beautiful - I do love the folder that Margaret made for you - blog friends really are the best! Hugs, Anne xx

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  3. Love the wonderful texture you have created on your tag Astrid, rich colours and beautiful embellishments too.
    Looks like you had an amazing day together with crafty friends in Oz and your gifts are real treasures.
    I agree with Anne......crafty friends are just the best

    See you soon
    Annie xx

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  4. Ireally love your amazing tag, it is so full of wonderful details and the texture is great and thank you for showing how you brought it all together! The folder Margaret made for you is beautiful !
    So inspiring and a pleasure to meet blogfriends! I fly to Valerie to Duesseldorf tomorrow and we are going to visit the German Stempelmekka on Saturday - meeting other blogfriends there..so excited.

    oxo Susi

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  5. What a lovely day indeed topped off with trading art! Beautiful tags and I love the paint mishap as it created a fabulous distressing to your gorgeous tag!

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  6. A beautiful tag, and glad you had a happy time meeting up with blog-friends, my 'meeting' week starts tomorrow! Hugs, Valerie

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  7. Oh my! I love the texture here - another fabulous tag! Love your gifts too! Hugs, Chrisx

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  8. Fantastic tag and fabulous gifts you received!

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  9. A really happy post today with your beautiful tag and the gifts from the other ladies. Looks like really good meet-up

    Love Chrissie xx

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  10. Your tag is beautiful! Love the flowers! The gifts you received are great!!

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  11. Another gorgeous project, Astrid, and your gifts from your friends are also amazing. TFS

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  12. Oh, what a lovely post - from your gorgeous tag (so much lovely texture - what would we do without paper towel?! - and subtle neutral tones) to the lovely gifts exchanged to all those warm smiles. How fantastic that you managed such a great get-together of crafting friends while you were out there.
    Alison x

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  13. Absolutely gorgeous artwork, Astrid, as usual

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  14. amazing tag Astrid - beautiful layering and wow - your crafty get together looked amazing - such fabulous gifts! Hugs rachel x

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  15. Fabulous tag Astrid, love the texture from the paper towel, and as always it's beautifully embellished.
    How wonderful for you to meet up with friends while you were away and it sounds like a great day. Lovely gifts to treasure too.
    Avril xx

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  16. A beautiful tag Astrid, sometimes things work out when we don;t think they will, the texture is again gorgeous.
    Lovely photos and memories of you get together.
    Yvonne xx

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  17. WOW!!! A gorgeous tag with fabulous texture. Fabulous! Love the gifts you received too...awesome!

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  18. Lovely to see you back Astrid and lovely to see some more creations. I adore the background on this one and I love the vintage colour palette. Absolutely gorgeous. Hoping to see some more of your drawings too, I love them. Hugs x X

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  19. How fun to see your talented friends and their makes! Just one of the wonderful offshoots of Blog Land :-) Loving this tag as well - the textures are amazing, and I love all of your beautiful, shiny embellishments! xxx Lynn

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  20. A beautiful tag Astrid and wonderful photos of you and your friends, I love your gift exchanges too. How lovely to meet up with crafty friends on another continent and create and keep such amazing memories xxx

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  21. Really love this tag Astrid. Beautiful colours once again and such amazing textures. Isn't it wonderful when little accidents turn out to be just what was needed!! Paper towels are a fabulous tool!! Thank you for the kind words about the gifts we all made, I know I will treasure yours forever and hoping that one day we can do it all again! hugs xx

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  22. Yet another gorgeous tag here Astrid. Really beautiful and perfect made as usual. You really are a master in mixed media, and boy would I love to be able to see you at work some day, doing your magic, that´s for sure.
    Also some truly amazing work from your friends here, I loved the tag and fell completely in love with the filefolder too, it really looks amazing and is perfect for such a one day treat like yours here, but it´ll also be perfect for a little bragbook. Thanks for sharing these wonderful memories with all of us here, and I hope, you´ll get many many more over the years to come.

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  23. Wow Astrid! Your tag is fabulous! Full of so much inspiration! Love all the techniques you feature! Great photos and what wonderful gifts! TFS :)

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  24. Beautiful works, all of them! You always inspire me, even on days that I can't work on my own projects.

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  25. Such wonderful gifts to have received and such wonderful memories you have made! Isn't getting together with like minded craft souls,just the best?! It nourishes us in a way that is hard to explain,but is so good for the soul! Thanks so much for sharing! xoxo

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  26. First off, let me say your tag is gorgeous, and I so appreciate your sharing your steps with us! That texture in the background is a genius happy discovery, and reminds me of Tim's eroded metallic technique. Your embellishments all look so yummy with their texture and colors.

    I really enjoyed looking at your photos and your beautiful heartwarming gifts--each of them a treasure! What a special time shared by 5 beautiful women! Hugs!

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  27. Your tags are inspiring Astrid, especially love the experiment with the paper towel and the splendid texture you achieved. The muted colours look stunning. It was lovely to meet you and have a gals day out sharing our passion for paper craft and drooling over hand made gifts. Scrappy friends are the best.

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  28. I am always in awe of the wonderful texture and layers you create on your work Astrid. This tag is beautiful!

    Looks like you had a fabulous day with your friends and the gifts you exchanged are lovely. Such a nice idea!

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  29. What a wonderful post Astrid! I love your wonderful tag with all that texture and fabulous layers. But oh so wonderful reading about your lovely time with your friends and the exchanged gifts. They are all lovely but I adore the little wallet book! What a wonderful time you must have had. Jennie x

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  30. I loved reading your post Astrid. It is like the top layers on the tag blend into the background through the texture of it...so beautifully done. It is good to see pics of your holiday. Swapping crafty gifts is like give a little piece of your heart away and getting a piece of someone else's...very special.
    Dot x

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  31. I loved reading your post Astrid. It is like the top layers on the tag blend into the background through the texture of it...so beautifully done. It is good to see pics of your holiday. Swapping crafty gifts is like give a little piece of your heart away and getting a piece of someone else's...very special.
    Dot x

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  32. That gorgeous tag screams Astrid to me - it encapsulates your wonderful style and favoured colours. And your presents from down under are so special! I'm a big fan of Margaret's make and love your folder. Lovely to see you all together xx

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  33. Oh I do LOVE this tag! Astrid . Even more so ( I'm working backwards) now I've seen it up close and step by step . All that fabulous texture and detail in such lush colour tones. Stunning!
    Wonderful to see all you ladies together and what lovely gifts you were given . You are a talented bunch .
    x

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