Friday, February 14, 2014

2014 Queen of Hearts Blog Hop - You Are Amazing


Welcome to the final day of  the 5th Annual Queen of Hearts Blog Hop and challenge.  If you've been following along, I hope you've had a good time and are filled with inspiration from the wonderful projects that have been shared!!!  If you just found out about it, look down at the end of this post and go visit everyone you've missed.  There are prizes to be won but comments must be made by midnight PST tonight.  And don't forget the challenge part of all this... link your Queen of Hearts project on the Quietfire Creations blog (all details below).

Now for my tag.  I've just recently started playing with crackle paste and it is sooooooo much fun.  You can use either Dreamweaver's or Wendy Vecchi's paste.  I put a very thin layer of gold paste over the whole tag using a pallet knife and let it dry.  Next came the crackle paste and again I applied it with a pallet knife.  If does not have to be an even coat, mine is not.  After the paste was dry I inked over it with worn lipstick, then fired brick keeping to the outer area and finally brushed corduroy by the edges.  The 3 hearts along the bottom were stamped with red geranium.  The I Love You Alphabet is stamped randomly over the tag with brushed corduroy.  love you forever is stamped with jet black.  The mini dotted harlequin border is stamped repeatedly around the edge with jet black.  At this point I was wishing I hadn't used black and so to tone it down a bit I dabbed picket fence stain around the edged blotting some up if it was too white.  Then to define my edge again I went around with red geranium.  

Now for the big heart.  I stamped You Are Amazing onto vellum using jet black, dried it and then die cut the heart.  Next come the sewing.  I thought for sure I'd mess it up... get it majorly crooked or something but, yay, it came out great!!!  Then I inked the backside of the vellum with red geranium leaving some of the center without ink.  To make the edges curl up I laid the heart on foam and worked a stylus just in the area between the stitching and the edge.  I decided there was too much red and I needed and the heart blended in too much so I put picket fence stain on the back between the stitching and the edge and inked the edge from the front first with brushed corduroy (hmm... needs to be darker because of the dark border on the tag) and then with jet black.   

The ribbon was colored with fired brick.  Gold embroidery floss on the heart and key charms.  




Embossing Paste - gold, crackle
Spellbinders nestabilities - scalloped hearts 
Distress Ink - worn lipstick, fired brick, brushed corduroy
Ranger Archival Ink - jet black, red geranium
Distress Stains - picket fence
Charms - heart, key
Sewing machine, white thread, gold embroidery floss

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Now for the Nitty Gritty of the Blog Hop and Challenge... Quietfire Creations Blog is HERE.  


Welcome to the 5th Annual Queen of Hearts Blog Hop and Challenge!

There are a whopping ten designers sharing their artwork with you during this Queen of Hearts Blog Hop and you will be visiting each one, two per day. They won't all be Valentine projects, but love will be in the air!

You can win prizes!! On each participating blog, the owner will randomly choose  a winner from the comments left on their Queen of Hearts Blog post.   The blog owner will post the winner after Feb. 14.  Please check for your name on each blog and contact the blog owner privately with your name and snailmail address.
Winners from each blog will receive sets or a collection of Quietfire rubber stamps valued at approximately $15. You may only win once!!  Sorry!
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTSMidnight PST February 14, 2014.  Winners will be chosen on the 15th and posted shortly after.

However, you can also win on the Challenge portion of our event.
Create some artwork, add it to your blog (or wherever you post online) and  link your artwork on the Quietfire Creations Blog.  DEADLINE FOR Your Artwork ENTRIESMidnight PST February 14, 2014.   See more details below.


Here is our Blog Hop Schedule and the dates each designer will be posting (Click on each person's name to go to their blog):

Feb 10 - Holly and Teresa - setting the bar!
Feb 11- Sherry and Jutta
Feb 12 - Wendy and Terre
Feb 13 - Yogi and Robyn 

Feb 14 - Suzanne and Wanda 
   
Now it's your turn!  (All linking is done on the Quietfire Creations Blog)

You're going to create artwork to share with all of us. You don't have to use Quietfire stamps, but we'll love it if you do. You'll post your artwork on your blog (or other online spot) and share the link on this special post . On February 14th we'll close the submissions and then we'll allow voting! So make sure you tell your friends to make art and come visit! Get out your crafting supplies!

This is the blog post where you will post your artwork using the Inlinkz Linkup from now until February 14th, 2014 at midnight. If you have questions, please email Suzanne (email link is in the sidebar! >>>>>>>>>

Voting begins Feb.15 right here. The top two entries will win $50 worth of Quietfire Rubber Stamps. Another $50 prize will go to the Judges Choice. You may only win once in this category.

Good luck and happy creating!

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44 comments:

Linda Carson said...

Wanda, love your tag! That background is awesome! I'm really impressed w/your stitching on vellum! Great job! Happy Valentine's Day!

Christine Harrop said...

This is a great tag. I keep promising myself I will try using crackle paste but so far not done so. Maybe this will be the push I need! Christine xx

CraftyJo said...

Very nice - I have some crackle 'stuff' in the house, you've inspired me to try it :)

Colleen Howell said...

Very pretty, hearts are my favorite! Love the tag, and the crackling is awesome.

Eileen Lucas said...

Beautiful tag, love the coloring you did. I never used crackle but I do love embossing paste, will have to try it.

christi said...

adorable tag. I love all of the layers.

Debbie K. said...

Very pretty card. Love the sentiment too!

Janet L. said...

Terrific tag! I've not used the crackle paste, but I sure like how you did!

Christine shields said...

I love tags and this is so pretty thank you for sharing

Anne said...

This is so pretty and so detailed! I could look at it for ages! Truly beautiful work! Bravo!

Lafinsol said...

Wanda, I love tags and this is one that i want to rush into my craft room to recreate, the colors and the techniques look like they will be exciting to reproduce, thanks for sharing.

Saundra A. said...

I just Love this tag. Thanks for the idea. You can apply this
in many different ways. Very creative and lovely.

Judy McKay said...

Love the tag and all of the textures and layering. Beautiful project. Just love it. Happy Valentines Day. Judy

SherylH said...

Beautiful tag! I am going to have to dig out my crackle paste as this makes such a great background.

Karen Wilson said...

I love the effect you get with your crackle done on this tag. I must try crackle again. I haven't done a crackle technique since mt tole painting days. I remember waiting to see the magic of the crackle was like the excitement of waiting for Christmas morning. Well done.

Pat said...

Great tag design for Valentine's Day.

bonnielynnsblog said...

The crackle effect really adds to it. That is the same stamp I used on the inside of my daughters' valentines!

Yogi said...

what a great tag. I can see you're loving crackling BIG GRIN. Looks great. Have a great day and Happy Valentine's

Linda T said...

What a beautiful tag Wanda! How creative. I've never tried the crackling but I would love too after seeing how lovely it looks. Thank you for sharing you're great ideas.
Happy Valentines Day!

Lori said...

Love this Wanda! That big heart is lovely!

Louise H. said...

This is a great tag and very creative. I love trying new products and the crackle paste looks fun. Thanks.

Holly Eastabrook said...

Beautiful tag Wanda- love the crackle effect. What a great hop!

Jutta said...

Love your beautiful tag Wanda, especially that sweet sewn vellum heart! Happy Valentines Day!

Peter Clapton said...

really pretty tag!

Nautolan said...

I love the border on this tag, and the crackle effect is great!

I'm a Little Teapot said...

That is an "amazing" tag! I have never used crackle paste before...it looks really neat. What a wonderful effect on your tag.

Thanks for sharing your lovely tag!

June said...

I love the color palette you used here. Your heart shape is just wonderful. Great project all around.

Sandy Leigh said...

Completely in love with this tag!

Rena Sawatski said...

Love your tag! The crackle over the gold is such a nice effect.

Joni said...

Such a pretty tag, and I love the idea of lightening up the center of the vellum heart using the white on the back - genius! Thanks!

Carole Hodgins said...

I have never tried crackle but after seeing your tag you have inspired me to "have a go". Thanks so much for sharing your talent with everyone.
Warm hugs Carole

Kathy Eddy said...

Great tag Wanda but then, I love all your art!

Carmen G. said...

Wonderful tag. so creative. Carmen G.

Froggietalks said...

This is a FABULOUS tag Wanda! I just love your art work :)

Christina said...

A beautiful tag that can be used as a bookmark! Great job!

Teresa said...

I love all the neat things that you did with the papers. It is really beautiful, especially the crackle effect. Happy Valentines Day!

Robyn said...

Love the colors, the vellum, the stitching, the quote.
thanks Wanda!

Jan Castle said...

Wonderful collection of design work in your card!!!
Jan

Heather Thompson said...

Wanda, this is so beautiful, such detail, it is just amazing. Thank you so much for sharing. You give me inspiration.

Crafty Aunt Dee said...

Love your tutorial on making the heart. Lots of work making that beautiful tag. Great job!

Jo4Him said...

Beautiful tag; love the details. Thanks for sharing

C. M. Taylor said...

I love your art! I have gotten so many beautiful ideas and tips from you. Thank you.

seau said...

Wanda, I love how you layered the crackle paste on top of the gold. I will have to try this technique. TFS.

Marianne C said...

A very inspirational piece of art. I think tags are so cool. Love that crackle effect and the colours that you chose work beautifully together.