Wednesday, April 18, 2012


     Although I managed to make a huge dent in returning emails and comments yesterday, I'm still a bit behind so some of you will hear from me today.  Better late than never huh.  LOL  I'm still coughing a bit, but feeling better.  Thank you for all your well wishes.  :-)
     Our challenge this week at Papercraft Star is to do something "French".  I had gone back and forth for I don't know how long before I broke down and purchased Elizabeth J. from Make It Crafty.  She's a bit out of my usual style, but those ruffles!  I wanted to color those ruffles so badly.  LOL  The camera didn't pick up the shading as well as I would have liked and I think I needed to go in with another darker red layer before calling it quits, but here she is in all her ruffled glory.  She's far from perfect, but she was fun to experiment with.
     I used a Ranger manila tag for my base.  I put some Tea Dye distress ink on  my craft sheet and drug the tag through it.  I used some TH stamps with Fired Brick and Vintage Photo inks to create a background on the tag and brushed gold Perfect Pearls over the wet inks for a bit of sparkle.
     The next layer is a vintage postcard digital image created by my friend, Dawn at LilyPinkScraps.  She had offered this as a freebie over at The Outlawz and I thought it was perfect for my tag.  I changed the color a bit and printed it out on some Light Kraft Text Weight paper from Kraft Outlet.  The paper is really cool and after I crumbled it up it kind of felt like soft leather. I inked it with Old Paper and Vintage photo, then tore the upper right corner and threaded some waxed linen thread across the tear.  I added a brad and fan charm also.
     The little heart is a chipboard piece from Michaels that I covered in Perfect Medium and more of the gold Perfect Pearls.  I dyed some white seam binding with Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany Distress inks and colored a snippet of lace with the Vintage Photo.
     Last but not least is Miss Elizabeth in all her Copic colored glory.  Like I said, not perfect, but oh so fun to color.  :-)
     Our sweet Jinny is showcasing images from our sponsor, The House Across the Bay, this week so make sure you check out her card along with the rest of the DT creations over at the PCS blog and come play along with our "French " challenge.  Oui!
     I'd like to enter my tag into the following challenges:

Anything Goes--time or steampunk
Digital Tuesday--distressed
Craft Your Days Away--metal
Sweet Stampin--girly but no pink

     Happy Wednesday!


  • Paper:  Ranger Manila Tag, Kraft Outlet Light Kraft Text Weight, Copic XPress-it Blending card
  • Stamps:  Make It Crafty "Elizabeth J.", Tim Holtz "Urban" and "Flights of Fancy"
  • Ink:  Copics, Prismacolor pencils and OMS, Distress inks, Perfect Medium
  • Miscellaneous:  Black Waxed Linen thread, Hug Snug seam binding, Michaels $1 bin chipboard piece, Spare Parts brad, charm, chain, and lace from my stash, Gold Perfect Pearls


  1. Words fail me ... this is stunning!

  2. Hi Tracy,
    This is stunning!Love it :) x

  3. Tracy
    I will make this fast as I have to leave for work but needed you to know I absolutely love this and she is perfect - your coloring of the dress etc was making me drool! I love red - my favorite color;) Hugs

  4. Ooh, la la! This is amazing, Tracy! Fabulous coloring! Fabulous design. The amount of detail you have on this is just jaw dropping!

  5. What a gorgeous tag, Tracy! I love all the different elements and distressing! You've colored Elizabeth to perfection - fabulous! Glad to hear you are feeling a little better.

  6. Well, I'd say she can-can! Especially in those stockings! This is colored beautifully, but I know what you mean about cameras/photos...frustrating sometimes. No complaints here, though--she's gorgeous! Glad to hear you're feeling better! And did you see...Nancy's back! ;) Have a great day!

  7. Hey, Tracy I find the reds hard to color with but I'll keep trying! You did a beautiful job on this and your composition is just stunning! Love the lacing.
    Hope you feel better

  8. This is just stunning ,love the image .xxx

  9. Glad your feeling better today Tracy!
    This tag is really awesome!
    Hugs Heidy

  10. Tracy this is just stunning! I am glad you jumped in and grabbed her because you have done a great job! Amazing amazing. It is hard to get the shading just right sometimes though...especially with dark reds but she does look super beautiful :) Great tag too!

  11. Absolutely gorgeous tag, Tracy, your coloring is fabulous, I can see the folds! Love the images you used to surround, "the new age French girl", love the colors as well. Have a wonderful Wednesday.

  12. What a stunning tag! Your colouring is amazing, particularly on her dress! Thank you for the challenge tip, by the way! I must take a look at the French challenge, too! Hugs, Tracey x

  13. This is more than just ooh-la-la Tracy! I think you may have just outdone the French themselves with your gorgeous tag!!! You and your copics work absolute miracles!! Hugs, Ira

  14. The WOW n' the sexy n' then the tear with the string n' the laced up look n' all with the charm n' the crinkles n' stuff's all over.....
    This is my brain on your cards! Barely able to transmit function to the fingers to process the overwhelming thoughts it's producing.
    I'll be in the corner drooling...
    Glad you're feeling better!

  15. I love the vintage feel to this...

  16. As always Tracy beautiful coloring but I have to say I love the wrinkled paper leather look! I wish I could reach over a touch it! I like the way you've laced up to corner too!


  17. This is amazing, brilliant work.
    Thank you for joining us at Digital Tuesday Challenge, good luck and hope to see you again soon.
    Suzie xx

  18. Ooh-La-La.. She is stunning. Looks fabulous..

    Hugs, Linda

  19. Tres, tres chic!!! Love the sexy red ruffles and such fabulous colouring! I was so very happy to see you used my freebie :D It looks so wonderful on this beautiful tag. Glad to hear you're on the mend :)

  20. oh la la!! This is great. Love the lacing in the top right corner!!

  21. That is a great image, and did you color that? WOW!!!

  22. Ohh La La. She is smokin in that red dress.
    Lovely tag.

    Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Days Away.


  23. Oh LaLa!!! I like, I like!!!


  24. OMG Tracy this is just so wonderful I'm in awe of your colouring once again its just fabby!!! Chanelle xx

  25. Aw, I just LOVE how you said "our sweet Jinny". You guys are the BEST!

    And your tag is oooh, la, la! LOVE how well that metal charm fits the theme, too! And don't you wish Perfect Pearls photographed better?! Grrrr! I bet it's even more stunning in real life.

  26. WOW! what a gorgeous project! Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week! Helen :) x

  27. amazing tag - amazing image. Love it
    Many thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week

  28. Wow!! Again ))) So delicious!!! )) Gorgeous tag!!
    Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin` “Girlie but NO pink” Challenge and we hope to see you again soon.

  29. There's so many reasons why I just love your tag! Great image and colors, go perfect with the red ribbon and the black thread, the distressed paper, the charms.... It's like all the bits and pieces take up a detail found on the image. Wonderful attention to details!

  30. After I got over the stunning coloring, picked my jaw up from the floor, I got a big huge laugh !! What total fun this is !! She made me think of the Pointer Sisters singing "I know we can make it, oh yes we can-can, we can-can, I know we can-can," and about 70 more can-cans, lol ....

  31. Wow Girl! I don't know how I missed this tag! It is beautiful! Love all of the distressing, lacing, the vintage postcard, charms...........I just love it all! Great job!
    Happy Huggies ~

  32. Tracy your coloring is always superb! This is just fabulous! I love the stiching in the tear!
    kindest regards,

  33. A stunning tag and such a great image and your colouring is amazing.

    Thanks for joining us this fortnight in our metal challenge at Craft Your Days Away.

    Hugs Sarahxx


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