Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Thank You Tammy Blog Hop

Hi everyone and welcome to a special surprise blog hop for the Sizzix Design Team Coordinator Tammy Tutterow. Tiffany suggested that we would do a little blog hop to thank Tammy for everything she does for us on a daily basis and I thought it was a great idea.

One of my best ever emails came from Tammy, about a year and a half ago, when she asked me if I wanted to join the first ever Sizzix (US) design team. I didn't even think one second before I said yes, and I love being on this great team. Tammy does a wonderful job running the team, she is always there to listen and takes such good care of all the design team members, and has created an environment where our creativity is free to roam around. Thank you so much Tammy!

Thank you Tammy Blog Hop - Layers of ink
Tammy's 'quotes for art' board on Pinterest is full of wonderful quotes and I picked one as inspiration for this tag. Like Tammy, I also love birds and fun techniques, and this tag has a little bit of both.

The tag was die cut from watercolour paper and randomly stamped with the Darkroom Door Gazette background stamp using Archival Jet Black ink. It was embossed with the English Botanical folder and I did the wax crayon resist technique that I shared in this tutorial. After applying the crayon, the tag was inked with Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet and Frayed Burlap Distress Stains. When dry, I inked the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.

The little tag is a Vintaj blank and it was embossed in the Lowercase Typewriter folder, with a 't' for 'Tammy'. I painted it with two patina inks for an almost marble effect and burnished it when it was dry. The second tag was die cut with the Tiny Tabs & Tags die, from a leftover piece from the scroll (see below). I attached them to the ribbon with a Tim Holtz Wire Pin.

The butterfly was a leftover from my burlap panel tutorial from earlier this week. Modeling Film was covered with natural sticky-back canvas, die cut, embossed, heated and shaped. Then it was inked with Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs.

I really liked this quote that I found in Tammy's Pinterest board. It was printed on manila cardstock and cut into strips.

I used the pretty Bird Scroll die by Brenda Walton and die cut the bird and wing from grungeboard. To give the bird texture, I covered it with Coarse Molding Paste, using a palette knife. It gives a great texture with lots of tooth. After it dried, I painted it with Distress and Adirondack paints, adding gold highlights with Tarnished Brass.

Vintage dictionary paper from Bazzill was glued on top of grungeboard and the scroll was die cut from it. The edges were inked with Frayed Burlap. I also added a little nest made from cheesecloth which had been dyed with Antique Linen Distress Stain and a pen nib, slightly coloured with patina ink.
Don't forget to visit the blogs of the other design team members participating in the hop, for some great inspiration:
Thank you for the visit!
Happy crafting!
Surfaces: Canson Montval watercolour paper; Ranger Manila cardstock; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grungboard; Bazzill Antique 6 x 6; Wendy Vecchi Whiteout Modeling Film; Claudine Hellmuth Natural Sticky-Back canvas
Stamps: Darkroom Door: Gazette Background stamp
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black; Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs; Ranger Patina Ink: Marine, Verdigris
Stain: Distress Stain: Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet, Frayed Burlap
Paint: Distress Paint: Antique Linen, Walnut Stain, Tarnished Brass; Adirondack: Aqua, Pool
Medium: Golden Artist Paint Coarse Molding Paste
Crayon: Caran d'Ache Neocolor wax oil pastel white
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Pen Nibs, Chit Chat stickers, Wire Pins, Jump Rings; Vintaj: Blank Circle Tag; lace trim; cheesecloth


  1. this is so beautiful, I know she will love it!

  2. Very pretty! I was just saying in Aida's blog if it's a hop in honor of Tammy, I'll gladly hop along. :D

  3. This is an absolutely gorgeous tag! just love it! Hugs ,so many special details x

  4. Beautiful tag to honor a beautiful person. This is really gorgeous Anna-Karin! Great way to thank Tammy. She is such an inspiration to us all :) - Mary Elizabeth

  5. how beautiful! Tammy is going to love it!
    Sandra ltb

  6. Fabulous tag ..I loved the base and the bird a lot and of course the quote !

  7. What a beautiful way to honor Tammy!
    Huge applause to all of the DT for giving so much to the crafting community!

  8. Thank you for the turorial! I love the outcome!

  9. Gorgeous job.

    Be blessed, Beckie
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  10. Beautiful tag! Wonder tribute to Tammy!

  11. Just stunning, Anna-Karin. Love the colour palette, beautiful textures, and I'm off to locate myself that embossing folder - you temptress!
    Alison x

  12. This is stunning! I love the textures, colors, composition, everything! Tammy is sure to love it as well!

  13. Absolutely stunning! Bet Tammy is floored. What a lovely tribute you are all doing for her!

  14. Oh AK! I love it! That is one of my very favorite quotes and with a bluebird too! I can not tell you how thrilled I was that you said yes to my invitation. I am so blessed to call you a team mate and friend!

  15. Anna, You must get some of your talent and inspiration from Tammy! This looks as beautiful as something she might have create her self. I love what you have done with the birdie; absolutely gorgeous! I know she cherishes you all.

  16. Charming. The tag looks like it is made out of a thin peel of bark to me, and I love that. Great quote.

  17. Thanks for the detailed explaination of that beautiful tag. I know how long it takes to put in all those photos and comments. I never thought of making a tag out of watercolor paper. thanks again, i loved so many parts of your tag. I am going to try and use wendi's embossing paste on a bird. Do you think it will work? :)

  18. Love the whole tag, but I really love that Bird. What a great idea.
    It looks like 'wood' in the photo.
    Excellent. TFS.

  19. Love Tammy too and all that she does and I think this is a wonderful way to say thank you to her. Love your tag.... will got check out the blog hop.


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