Monday, July 3

Red, White and Blue!

It's Monday, and welcome friends to a new challenge for the week! We are celebrating the Red, White and Blue this week and also showcasing Sizzix! For those of you celebrating the Fourth of July, I hope you have a wonderful day. My childhood memories are of fireworks, waving flags, parades, and making homemade ice cream, using strawberries from our garden. I also remember making desserts that looked like a flag, using rows of blueberries and strawberries and some whipped cream - yum! Hmmm....maybe I have to make something yummy like that this year! 

Please join me in welcoming back the talented Beulah Bee as our guest designer for the month of July - it's great to have you with us this month, Beulah!

I jumped right in to the Red, White and Blue theme by using the Sweet Freedom paper pack to die cut all my buildings and cars and plane. I also used it to create the background for the tag. 

Once I had die cut the images I wanted and pieced them together, I tried laying everything out on the tag to get an idea of what I wanted to create. For some reason, this part really took me a long time as I just wasn't sure how I could pull all of the elements together. As you can see too, it doesn't match up with the final tag. 

I ripped and folded down the top edges of the pieces to add some dimension before I adhered them to the tag. 

I added some stamped images and then toned it down a bit with the Buff paint. 

Once the paint was dry, I wiped the faded jeans Distress Oxide on my craft sheet, spritzed it, and laid the top section down into it a couple of times. Then I dried that and did the same with the fired brick, repeating these steps all the way down the tag. 

Time to add another layer with paint and stencils.

A bit of the detail...I will admit, I find working with these detailed die cuts a real challenge and test of my patience, but I plugged on through. 
I also chose to add in some people, because no matter where you go, country or city, there are people to meet!

See the World, enjoy the journey!

Are you ready to join us in the Red, White and Blue challenge this week? I hope so!! And if you have any Sizzix, we would love to see you create with it.

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  1. I love love love this tag Maura!! It is absolutely fantastic and what a wonderful idea. All those layers, and all the perfect little details of life.

  2. Amazing! Those washed out colors are so pretty! I love the layers/mountains you made with distressed paper and all the small dolls sitting/laying on each of them are so cool. LOVELY! Hugs, Macarena

  3. This is such a stunning tag, Maura. The collaged background and vintage effect you made are fantastic! :)

  4. What a clever design, Maura, an awesome use of patterned paper. Love it!

    Cathie ♥

  5. what a great idea to use the layers in the background. I love how you matched up the tiny Paper Dolls to the buildings!

  6. wow- so much detail packed into this super looking tag-lovely layers and story it holds!

  7. Awesome layering! I love the way this came together :)

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  8. What a fabulous tag, Maura and I love all the layering and how you've created this gorgeous scene to tell the story of a's just gorgeous and I adore every single element! <3

  9. this is so beautiful the faded look you created on the background and all the gorgeous layers..hugs kath xxx

  10. I think this is one of your best tags Maura!!!! The way you layered your backrgound is FANTASTIC!!!!

  11. Wow! What a masterful job you did of creating an entire landscape. I especially like the way you made the tears folded up to look like ridges. This is a beautiful combo of all sorts of goodies that made me smile to look at.

  12. This is so appealing! It has a nostalgic folk art vibe and my favorite part are the buffalos! Was this a shout-out to the natives? Just brilliant! And thank-you for the welcome to this month's spotlight.

  13. I think you are one of the most original artist! This tag is absoluetly stunning! So clever, the layers in the background and every detail of your work are incredible! Fanbulous!

  14. This is so pretty, Maura! Love the muted colors! And all the layers you did in the background with the pattern papers. Love the paper dolls and the cute city scape pieces too! Hugs, Sandra


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