Friday, 1 November 2013

Ranger Inspired Altered Art Tag Book

Hi there lovely friends x

Another little - well i say little (hee hee hee) post for you to peep at x

Hope you enjoy x

I have been playing around with various mediums and oh boy having a ball - that's why no posts as I've dabbled in this 'n' that and gone straight onto the next idea - its time to start creating now.
A new Tim Holtz 'Tattered Floral' bloom I've created - post to follow soon x

And I went to a fabulous workshop at Art from the heart - the tutor for the 2 days (lucky me and the lovely ladies who also attended) was the amazing Kaz Hall.  Click the lilac* font (to follow) if you would like to peep at Kaz's *all-things-Ranger kaz-style* truly beautiful Tag book - such a clever idea and her front cover with the Dragonfly is gorgeous x
Thank you Kaz

(the weekend was full of tips, techniques, fun and laughter - met and made some lovely new friends and not to mention the good old fashioned brew in a tea pot with cup and saucer, never-ending choccy supplies and Ali (thank you) is one mean cook - dinner was fab - what more can I say a wonderful weekend!)

So here is my tag book.....
.....and close-up's too!!
A 'Trio of Autumnal Olde English Roses'  - fallen because of the late Autumnal nip in the air, battered, bruised but always beautiful. (I took inspiration from the last few roses that were still in bloom in my garden - only sorry you can's smell them too!)

I love using Chitchat stickers to add - well chitchat to my work.

I assembled all my ribbons, findings, chitchat, rub-ons, Autumnal Rose leaves and Autumnal Roses onto a # 8 Ranger craft tag - before adhering to my finished  (thoroughly inked-up tag book)

Look at how plump my tag book is - we created sooooo many tags that have soooo many fabulous Ranger-inspired Kaz style tips and Techniques x
I covered my tag in clear gesso - placed the strip of tiny metal blooms on the edge and covered the whole tag including the metal blooms with kraft coloured tissue paper - applying more gesso as required.
When dried  - I used a mixture of  Dylusions-inks-by-Dyan-ReaveleyTim-Holtz-Distress-ink-pads,  Tim-Holtz-Distress-stains  and Tim-Holtz-Distress-paints to cover the tissue paper - again when dried i rubbed off a little of the paint/inks from the metal blooms so you can spy a tiny sparkle from the metal.
I created the background for the tag book useing the above products plus one of the fabulous new Tim Holtz stencils-'stripes' 

The Water marks you can spy on the spine of the tag book were created after I had assembled my 'inky' book - I just sprayed a little water onto my craft mat and held the spine in it - it soaked up the water a real treat and pushed all my lovely inkiness outwards. I have used Tim-Holtz Remnant-Rubs-numbers on the spine of my book, distressed and scratched them a little once they were firmly rubbed in x

Now I've completed my first Tag book and so thoroughly enjoyed it so much i can't tell you!
.......I have decided to carry on and create more tag books filled with tags of inspiration as I craft.

This above book i have dated October 2013 on the front cover (used the rub-on's Tim Holtz)
And on the spine Tag Book No. 1
It's called 'Autumnal Rose' (written in the Tim Holtz Chitchat stickers)

Well putting this post together today has been hard work (but my pleasure) - blogger is proper playing up today and 'Trick or Treat' night has gone! Or so I thought!

So if you think my order of piccys and blurb is disjointed its down to the gremlins - only letting me insert where they see fit - Arrggghhhh!  (hee hee hee) i've got to laugh to stay sane - whatever that is...


I will be back soon to give a mini tute on how I created the blooms - lots of step by step piccys x

Thank you for stopping by today and taking the time to peep....
.....have a lovely weekend.

And I really do appreciate all of your lovely comments, questions and giggles - thank you from the bottom of my heart x



  1. This is absolutely stunning Kassa, a true work of art! Love everything about it and can't wait to see the mini tut either ;-) Can we see a few pics of the tags you made too please? Hugs, Ali xxxx

  2. Wow, this is gorgeous honey! I love the delicious shabby chicness of it and can't wait to see the tut in 'big' format! hugs xxx ♡

  3. This is absolutely stunning! I love everything about it, the blooms are gorgeous, the colours are just delicious and the shabby chic feel to the whole project is fabulous. Looks like it was a great workshop - would love to see some of the tags too. xx

  4. Hi Karen wow!!! Love how your book turned out!! Stunning and totally gorgeous xxxx it was such a lovely weekend xxx thanks for the shout out xx

    Kaz xxx

  5. stunning as usual Mrs H, must have taken you ages to create, the finished book is wonderful, you should be so proud of yourself. Love the autumnal roses, I love having them in my garden, although i dont have many left, they are such beautiful flowers.
    have a good weekend xx

  6. This is absolutely one of the most gorgeous things I have seen! I love it! Thanks for sharing.
    Gail in Oklahoma

  7. And so say all of us Gail!!! Now that's what I call vintage shabby chic gorgeousness. You have gone to town on every single element and it is all the better for it. LOVE the idea of using kraft coloured tissue as a base and the way the metal and superb blooms blend in seamlessly. I'll be drooling over this for some long time yet. Jenny x

  8. This is fantastic - I LOVE how you have done your own thing with Kaz's tag book and made it yours. Just gorgeous - cannot wait to see more just like this xx

  9. Oh Wow! Such fab book. Loving the lace and the vintage look, and the big overblown roses. Making me think of the old lady who always had her wedding dress on - Miss Haversham (??) The tags are something to keep going back and looking at and seeing something new. Axxx

  10. Really pretty, I love vintage floral and this is just so lovely
    Sounds like a really good weekend


    Jools x

  11. Love it Karen that's my type of crafting,it's a shame I don't grit to do any lol

  12. Oh my! just stunning - I keep looking and looking at all the details Karen. I can't wait to see how you made the flowers.


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