Friday, 30 May 2014

Happy Summer Garden Tag

Hi Everyone,

Firstly Thank you so much for popping over today for a visit to my crafty world, and welcome to my new followers great to have you with me.
Today I have my May tag for you. You can find Tim's tag HERE with all the step by step instructions. The first thought that came in to my head was, oh this is going to be easy this month,  How wrong was I.  So many decisions, which trinkets, what colour background etc. Here is my tag.
I chose yellow tone as my background as we are heading toward summer and this is a nice bright summer colour which makes me feel Happy. The yellow background is a mix of Squeezed Lemonade and Scattered  Straw, and then we have Mustard seed inked through the Latticework stencil.  All the tiles are made from chipboard and are decorated with the wallflower papers. 
 My Inspiration came from my garden where we have just had two beautiful fledgling blackbirds came to say Hello with their proud parents whom we have been feeding for the past few weeks.
The blackbird on my tag is made from shrink plastic die-cut from Tim's Caged Bird die and painted with acrylics.  He was just the right size to sit in the ornate frame.  He did not show up too well against the wallflower paper on the tile and so I gave him a burlap background which seemed to do the trick.     
 Also in the garden last week we noticed the swallows flying high above us.  I just love to watch them swooping down to catch the flies they are amazing acrobats.  It is so nice to say Hello to them when they arrive from abroad every year, I feel so sad when they migrate back to warmer climates.  This little swallow is a remnant rub from the Botanical collection.  The little heart I have to own up is not one of Tim's but is very similar and I discovered it at the bottom of my trinket stash.  I put a flower in it and filled it with glossy accents to capture its beauty forever.  I love the colour of the flowers in my garden, and it seems every day I discover a new bloom.
I used one of the shadow press plates to spell my Hello, the arrow points inwards to the tag towards the pen nib one of my favourite of Tim's trinkets, and, which also enables us to say Hello in another way of course by means of words, letters, or in this case notes.
Those who follow my blog know of course that I am doing a little atc to match each months tag for my wall hanging, and here it is.  My atc has taken on more of an industrial feel although I have kept the yellow background to keep it bright. I have put a few small watch parts in the bottle, The pretty frame is an old broken belt buckle but acts as a lovely frame.  The tile on the bottom looks a little bit like a camera, this was not intentional it was just a scrap left over from my metal box which you can find HERE if you missed it. With the addition of a cog and remnant rub. 
 As you can see here the collection is building up nicely. 
Thank you once again for dropping in, and all your lovely comments I really appreciate them.
Mo xx


  1. I love your garden inspired tag and ATC!

  2. hi mo! i love your tag. the yellow is beautiful and i lovr that it has been inspired by your beautiful garden. the shrink plastic bird is inspired! love it to bits! love the atc too. the feel of it is so different from the tag yet the yelliw and metal link them together beautifully xx hugs rachel xx

  3. Your tag is so beautiful Mo, it has such an uplifting feel to it with the yellow background and the embellishments all have lovely meanings. I love your take on Tim's tag and the ATC is gorgeous! Hugs, Anne xx

  4. Wonderful take on the original Mo, love that bright gorgeous background! Your ATC board is starting to look fantastic too!!

  5. Yep, I thought that too Mo, he makes it look so easy doesn't he? You've chosen some lovely treasures and I love that you've gone for a really different background colour, me too, am loving the yellow. Fab, fab, fab! Chris xxx

  6. Love your tag Mo! Your ATC collection is looking good too! Like you - I love watching the swallows, I often worry that they will bang in to each other - silly me!! Chrisx

  7. Love your design, colour and the trinkets you have chosen, a brilliant take on Tim's May tag Mo, love it. xxxx

  8. Love your take on Tims tag with that fresh yellow background and your atc's are fabulous, what a wonderful idea! Also wanted to say thank you for leaving a lovely comment on my blog Ruth x

  9. Wow, this is so gorgeous!! I love the yellow background - it makes all of the elements pop!! The shrink plastic bird is so creative!! What a fabulous tag!! I love your idea of the ATC's as well!!

    Thanks so much for the sweet comments on my blog!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  10. Great take on Tim's tag Mo - love the fresh yellow - and I adore the ATC with it's metal embellishments. Jenny x

  11. It's a lovely sunshine yellow - so full of good cheer. Like you, I was surprised how much of a struggle it was to get the panels and the background to work together, but I think you've really cracked it here. Love the bird in the Ornate plate, and gorgeous metallic textures on the ATC - fantastic take(s) on the May tag!!
    Alison xx

  12. Gorgeous tag and ATC. Thanks for sharing. Love that you can tell all your ATCs are definitely by the same my book, that means you have your own personal style and it shows.