When my Head is in the Sky by Bev Hilton


Hello everyone. I'm back here again with this week's blog post. As I love making my own tags, I have made one today using the fabulous Bentley by Donna Gray. I started out with the intention of Bentley being a girl for my piece but now I'm not so sure. I will leave that for you to decide :-)

Here's what I used...

That's Crafty! Stamp Set - Bentley
That's Crafty! Stamp Set - Lynne's Affirmations Set 2
Rubber Dance Stamp Set - Textured Flowers
That's Crafty! 8 x 8 Stenci - Big Floral
That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils - Distressed Harlequin and Bubbles
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints - Toad Hall, Tinned Peas, Granny Smith, Teresa Green, Snowflake, Wisteria and Purple Rain
Distress Inks - Spun Sugar, Mowed Lawn and Pine Needles
Distress Oxide Ink - Wilted Violet
Memento Ink - Tuxedo Black
Versafine Ink - Onyx Black
Ribbon from stash
Pinflair Glue Gel

Here's what I did...

I began with a piece of smooth white card measuring 5 x 8. Brayer over the with the Teresa Green, Granny Smith and Toad Hall paints using the Snowflake to soften where needed until happy. Take another piece of card and do the same using the Wisteria and Purple Rain, again using the Snowflake to soften until happy. Take another piece of card and do the same with just the Tinned Peas and Granny Smith paints until happy. Stamp the flowers onto the purple card and the leaves onto the green card and cut out all the pieces. Put these aside for later. 

Stamp Bentley onto smooth white card. Do the same with the butterflies and the dreamy cloud. Colour all the images with the Spectrum Noir markers and cut them out. 
Take the 5 x 8 tag and the 8 x 8 stencil and brush over with the Mowed Lawn Distress ink. Stamp Bentley and the dreamy cloud onto the tag. I always like to do this so that any tricky parts that are difficult to cut out will be there once the image is glued into place, it also allows you to work out where you need to stamp or place other elements. Take the Dinky Circles and blend through randomly with spun sugar. Take the Dinky Distressed Harlequin stencil and blend through randomly with Pine Needles. Take the word happy and stamp randomly using the Wilted Violet Distress Oxide. The background is now complete and ready to glue Bentley and all the flowers, leaves and butterflies into place.

Glue Bentley into place using the multi purpose adhesive. Stamp the word dreamy onto the cloud and glue into place. Mount the card onto a piece of black card and then mount onto a piece of green card. The piece can now be mounted to a piece of strong white card leaving an inch at the top. Round off the corners and punch a hole for the ribbon. It's best to do this before gluing on the flowers as they will overlap the edge of the finished piece.

Use the glue gel to glue all the flowers, leaves and butterflies into place. Stamp the wording using a mask to stamp the two lines separately. Cut them out and glue into place. Die cut the reinforcement holes and glue into place and thread the ribbon through. Using another piece of ribbon, make a bow and glue into place. 

All for now.

Much love, 

Bev. x

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  1. Summery delights from start to finish Bev, I don't think it really matters whether Boy or Girl, i'm sure they would both enjoy the pleasure of being amongst and smelling those flowers. A beautiful handmade tag.. Hugs Tracey xx

    1. Thank you Tracey. Bentley sure has better weather than us right now. x

  2. A really gorgeous tag Bev and your background looks amazing, so much lovely detail. The flowers are fabulous and love the purple contrast with the green and the lovely ginger Bentley of course.
    Fliss xx

    1. Thank you Fliss. Two colours I don't often use so thought I'd put them together. Glad you like it. xxx

  3. Super tag with Bentley taking centre stage
    Amanda x

  4. Oh, Bev, so wonderful, -I love your fussy cut flowers, and the enjoyment of sweet Misses Cat , a really happy summer card, as we have had here the last 2 days . Hugs to you. Dorthe

    1. Thank you so much Dorthe. I do love those flowers and don't actually mind cutting them out. Our weather is dreadful right now. x

  5. Love the combination of TC and RD stamps. Wonderful design Bev xxx

  6. Ha ha brilliant Bev, love how happy Bentley looks just chilling amongst the lush flowers. Funny how everyone always want to colour him ginger....I always do too!
    Donna xx

    1. Thank you Donna. Oh dear, I feel a challenge coming on lol. Watch out Bentley haha. x


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