Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Gift from Barbara Gift Tags from a Recent Crop!

I wanted to share a gorgeous piece of artwork that Barbara Stewart gave to me at the Circle Mania crop.  It is one of her multi-media canvases.

I love the hanging hearts and dimensional flowers!  The blue sky and stylized sun have a folk art feeling that juxtaposes with the painterly surfaces perfectly.  I love the letter tiles... and the message!  It makes my heart sing!

Barbara uses Decou-page and magic to make these.  I love the lacy ruffle on the sun!  The layers of paint and pattern mystify me.  I love it and it is a beautiful piece of art that I love having in my home!  Thank you so much, Barbara, for this beautiful canvas!  (And I loved that you signed the back!)

Barbara made tags for everyone!  They were all different and perfect.  This is the one I received:

I know at least one crafter who was there who was so inspired that she worked on her own tags after getting one from Barbara.  They are truly inspiring.  I LOVE this look and it is a mystery to me how she does this!

Circle Mania was so much fun!  I thought I would share with you a few silly tags and gift wraps for Circle Mania gifties that I took....with cut info.

For the mini lunch boxes, I cut the text from vinyl using Cricut Everyday at 2-1/2".  Under the text is a Circle logo, also from Cricut Everyday, cut at 3-1/2" from vinyl.  The pink tags were cut from Artiste at 1-3/4".  I backed them in black.

This is a tag I made to go on a gift for the hostess with the mostest that weekend.  The base was cut from Wrap It Up (page 56) at 6" (tag blackout).  I cut part of a cloud from Serenade so I could use the negative space of the cloud.  Then I cut the tag again in white and backed the blue tag with it and popped it up.  The bird on the branch was cut from Live Simply at 2-1/2" and inked.  I added details by hand.  The white cloud on top was cut from Serenade at 1-3/4".  The hearts were cut from a punch.  The letters were cut from Hannah Montana at 1/2".

This tag was made for a traveler from far away who I knew would not be headed through Kentucky so I brought a bit of Kentucky to her and wanted a tag to match.  The base is from Mickey Font (page 134) cut at 5".  I cut the center from a map that I misted with Glimmer Mist and embossed with a chevron embossing folder.  Kentucky was cut cut from 50 States (page 29) at 7".  (I cut one from red and one from blue and attached them with pop dots after using a heart punch on the blue layer).  I hand-cut the banner after running the paper through my printer to add text.  The scattered hearts were cut with a punch.

The base of this tag is from Artiste (page 32), cut at 4".  The bug head was cut from Cricut Everyday at 3.5".  The body and outfit were cut from Teddy Bear Parade at 4".  The sign was something I printed from my computer.

The base of this tag is from Artiste (page 32), cut at 4".  The bug head was cut from Cricut Everyday at 3.5".  The body and outfit were cut from Teddy Bear Parade at 4". Because I think the Bug Guy is a guy, I didn't cut the shell bra, rather, I made the shell something to hold.  The base and fish body were embossed on the Cuttlebug.

These tags were cut from Everyday Cricut at 3".

These were simple picture frames that I packaged to look 'Cricut-y'.  I used Greeting Cards Inside and Out, printing and cutting on the Imagine at 9.7".  I added a little message on the back that I printed from my computer.

It was a really fun event!  So thankful that I was able to go and meet, in-person, so many of my friends that I talk to daily on the message boards.  I think this was the fourth Circle event I have traveled to.  These friendships that I have made are a blessing to me-- such an unexpected joy!  What a  fantastic group of ladies!

Thank you for visiting my blog today!  You can see many of my previous projects by visiting My Project Gallery.  My next blog post will be Sunday and I will be showcasing a Boxed Card with a tutorial.


Life and Knits said...

Nadia, these are just absolutely beautiful, cute and fun!! It was such a pleasure meeting you!


Elizabeth said...

Thank you for this fabulous post. I was absolutely blown away by Circle Mania. The creative talent of these circle members is unlike anything I've ever seen. I came home full of inspiration as well as new techniques to try out.
Looking forward to seeing you in the spring.

Missy said...

My word, your friend did an incredible piece of work, that's for sure. And, all of your cricut projects are absolutely darling!! So full of detail, as always!! Great job!!

Sis Patterson said...

Nadia -

Your gift from Barbara is so beautiful. Love her details and layers of color and texture! It's a beautiful and lovely piece of art.

Thank you so much for sharing the tags and goodies you created for the crop. They are all so different and so fun! What a treasure to see them all - I'm sure they will be treasured!

Diane Hodrick said...

will be laughing about the chicken comment all night....absolutely fabulous and fun. lol.

Juliana Michaels 17turtles said...

WOW! This looks & sounds like it was a fantastic crop! I feel so inspired by the gifts you shared here!!!

Narelle said...

I loved your gift Nadia! I did get some strange looks from the people in customs when I was declaring my packet of dill! But as it didn't set the drug dogs off I was safe!!!

I need to find somewhere to hang the horseshoe. And needless to say, anything that was sweet in your package was eaten tout suite!!

So sad I didn't get a photo taken with you on Friday. Thanks again for your company. I was so thrilled to meet you and thanks for bringing along your box of sample cuts. They are so amazing in real life!!!

Hugs from Narelle! (The non-crafty crafter.)

Hrvatica said...

Your gift from Barbara is incredibly beautiful. Truly aa piece of art.

Your tags and goodies are fantastic. Wish I could have attended Mania.

Kim B. said...

I love it all!!! But that little Cricut guy or gal is too funny all dressed up!!! You rock as always!!!

Sara Andrews said...

Nadia, you always tickle me with your projects. I think I will be giggling all day over the hope for a better world for chickens! Too funny!!

Fabulous projects!! All of them.

paperANDi - Stephanie Dang said...

These are all so cute and super adorable...

Absolutely love what Barbara made for ya! She is quite talented in that department of creative media!

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