Monday, August 7, 2017


Today I'm starting with three handmade tags.

The two on the left were cut from used file folders, while the one on the right is from 110 lb. cardstock.  I chose these because I often see people brushing color on cards, journal pages, or tags, then wiping the excess on a paper (kitchen) towel.  I hate waste of any kind, therefore the white cardstock for cleaning my brush.

Painting, rather than spritzing my handmade shimmering mists on the two left tags gave me the one on the right.  The middle one has very pale (too pale for my taste) blue mist.   The splatters were made when I flicked my brush over the middle tag.

My dear friend Chrissie is hosting "My Favorite Color Combination" at Tag Tuesday.   For some reason, links no longer work in HTML.   Chrissie can be found at .    Looks like I can't decide what my favorite color is, but I know it's shimmering!

I chose to decorate the tag with this darling cat (stamped it on the correct side this time) because Moo-Mania and More has "Cats" as their theme this fortnight.

I finally figured a way to join Jo's theme of "Poetry in Motion" at Art Journal Journey.    For someone who prides herself in reading every word, Jo's
For this month’s challenge you are invited to use your favourite poems, quotes and sayings to inspire your designs
words were lost on me.  It took awhile to figure out what she actually meant by this.  Jo can be found at .

So today I give you "JUMP!"  Yes, the lyrics were stolen from Van Halen.  And although Jo didn't say anything about lyrics, at least the "poem" rhymed, which is better than a haiku (which makes no sense to me).

In addition to adding the darling cat, I included "words of encouragement for Squiggles" in a tag to which I also added some of Valerie's beautiful ribbon.  Valerie's blog is .

My dear friend Chris (whose blog is )  sent me this stencil and I used the first of my handmade texture paste (shown in a tutorial under "Recipes (2) for making texture paste").  I wrote the tutorial in February, 2015, and the paste was still as good as the day I created it.  I was both surprised and thrilled, since I hadn't thought about it since I made it.

I tried to go over it with some rub-n-buff, but I think that product has dried up.

Here are the three tags together, which lead to


And most cat owners know that cats DO like to Jump!

Materials for this spread include a used file folder, three handmade tags, handmade shimmering mists, part of a tissue box, and computer generated text.

While I was photographing this page,

look who joined us.  He's definitely not a jumper, but then, neither is Bleubeard.  They both learned early not to jump on anything except my bed.

For those of you who were here yesterday and concerned that the "boys" might eat the lilies, both are now indoor only cats.  Squiggles has NEVER been outside and Bleubeard prefers to lounge in the AC (or heat in winter).  He went out once with me in early spring, and was only too happy to return to the comforts inside.

And even though I can't get links to work, if you right click on the icons on the right side of my blog, you will be taken to

Tag Tuesday,

Moo-Mania & More,

and Art Journal Journey.

Hope to see you at each of these places, too.  Thanks, too, for understanding my inability to get my links to work, because I really love linking people and challenges.    I really appreciate your visit, too.

20 thoughtful remarks:

chrissie said...

Well now you have been a busy girl. All of these are terrific Elizabeth and I loved hearing all about them. Such a cuddle cat to help you with your crafting.

Thank you for joining in my colours challenge at Tag Tuesday. The draw is later today GMT time that is. Good luck with that.

Love Chrissie xx

Valerie-Jael said...

What a fun post, love your tags and how you made them into a journal page. And thanks so much for joining us at TT! Nice that Squiggles kept you company, too. My Kitty never went out. She sometimes went onto the balcony, but preferred to see the world from the safety of 'her' window. Have a nice day, hugs, Valerie

froebelsternchen Susi said...

I love your selfmade mists so much - these tags turned out so beautiful and I love how you used them on a page! GREAT!
I am really happy to see you at Art Journal Joureny with the wonderful entry and that you combined with Moo Mania & More as well! You made me happy! And I have jump as an earworm now in my head!
Squiggles is such a handsome boy - better for cats to live inside -
Our best friends have a tomcat of 14 years - and he has to be inside as well- but my hubby made him a wonderful big barred "cat sun outside house" that he can reach from the basement- even with real rolled turf in it ."Strolchi" loves his outdoor cell and enjoys it nearly every day and even manages to catch mice there.
Have a happy start of the week dear Elizabeth and good luck with getting this bad blogger things fixed.
That's annoying - I feel with you!
oxo Susi

geistige_Schritte said...

What for wonderful art, i love this works .. tags backgrounds are beautiful!!!
Have a happy Week

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, what a wonderful page for Art Journal Journey! Your tags are amazing with the shimmer mists you used and I love that you dedicated your page to the adorable Squiggles and Bleubeard 😀. The song lyrics that you quoted from Van Halen are perfect and you have gone one step further adapting them for your page - you rock! I'm loving the paw prints too and Squiggles looks very happy and content in the photos. Thanks for joining in the fun and wishing you a happy start to the week! J 😊

Barbara Fisher said...

I had no idea it was possible to make such beautiful things using paint splatters. I’m not a bit artistic, but you are really encouraging me to have a go. I also like the fact you used an old file folder. I know there are some of those around the house. I might even have a go at making some tags for Christmas. I’m intrigued about by how well you cut the tags out. I'm guessing you must use a knife and perhaps a ruler? You can tell I have no idea!

Darla said...

Hi there! I'm back in blogland and rushed right over here to see what you are doing these days. The tags are great. I don't remember your recipe for texture paste but I'm certainly going to look it up. It adds a lot of... um... texture, LOL!

Happy to be back my friend.

CJ Kennedy said...

The tags are so fun. Hard to decide which I like best. The cat stamp, the tape or ribbon or the pawprints. I love seeing Squiggles. Too cute. Give him a cuddle for me.

My name is Erika. said...

Glad you made these cheery colorful tags and this spectacular cat page. I love the way you can lift the tags and discover more fun. :) This one is really a winner Elizabeth. :) Glad to see Squiggles thought so too. Happy new week. Hugs-Erika

Anonymous said...

On little cat feet, so cute! xox

Cindy McMath said...

Wonderful page Elizabeth! I love the tags and your mists really show up sparkly in the pictures. Your poem is a hoot! I guess Squiggles knew you were working on a page just for him (although cats like to 'help' with everything don't they?). You got a couple of great pics of him. Your texture paste really held up over time. I have had such things dry up on me that I've paid a small fortune for, so this is great to know.

Dortesjs said...

Whiii what a wonderful page for Art Journal, great work

Sandra Cox said...

Aww, I loved these, Elizabeth.
And the black kitty reminded me of CJ's Ink.

Meggymay said...

This is a fabulous post to read and see your great art. The tags ate fantastic with the adorable cat stamp you used , the colours mists are great with the lovely shine. The page looks awesome and I think you must have enjoyed making it.
Squiggles looks so comfy and relaxed and I know how home loving a cat can be.
Your two, live in a loving happy home.
Yvonne xx

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

Great tags and journal page, Elizabeth. Your poetry is just perfect for the challenge and also to bring smiles :D

Rosie said...

Gorgeous pieces of art.

Thank you for joining us at MOO MANIA & MORE

*Vicki* said...

Wonderful post her Elizabeth!! Love your tags with the shimmery colors! The little paw prints are full of fun texture too!! Great idea to use them for your AJ page!! Thanks for sharing! :)

pearshapedcrafting said...

I love your tags so it was good to see how you incorporated them into your journal page! I must say I have been planning a song lyrics page too! Great to see Squiggles too! Hugs, Chrisx

pearshapedcrafting said...

I love your tags so it was good to see how you incorporated them into your journal page! I must say I have been planning a song lyrics page too! Great to see Squiggles too! Hugs, Chrisx

Sharon Fritchman said...

Hi Elizabeth! I absolutely LOVE your beautiful page! I really like how you made it using your amazing and creative tags! And the fact that you had a kitty visitor while you were creating makes it even more special! I loved reading your fabulous post! Thank you!!!!