Thursday, April 9, 2015

Vintage, shabby chic encouragement tags and envie

I've been busy this week and have so much to share but not enough time to share it all so here is one of my favorite projects of the week, some distressed tags and a matching envie using some of my favorite Unity stamps, distress inks, a sheet of Prima rub-ons, and some Melody Ross chipboard stickers.

This post is picture heavy because I wanted to show you all of the details on each of the tags as well as the front and back of the envelope.

I started by using Antique Linen distress ink on the tags and envelope front and back and then used some Walnut Stain ink on the edges and blended it in.
 I used walnut stain again to stamp the images which are all from Unity. I used a few different sets here. This first tag is a little different because I used Worn Lipstick distress ink instead of the walnut stain for the hearts which are from Unity's SMAK November 2014. I made this tag special for my hubby just because. It's even extra special because I used what tiny bit of silk ribbon I had left from when I made our wedding invites years ago and used this pretty sunset colored ribbon.
 This next tag is from an older Melody Ross kit All Worth It, which is on sale at Unity this weekend. Don't you just love their weekly sales!?!
 This tag was actually the first one I made and uses my new favorite Unity kit Vintage Era Backgrounds. It is a gorgeous kit and I am so happy I picked it up during their huge 60% off sale. I almost passed on it but it has been one I've come back to over and over!
This tag uses another Melody Ross Unity set called She Sprouted Wings which is also on sale this weekend. I think all of the gorgeous Melody Ross Unity stamps might be on sale and I just adore all of her lovely stamps! I love how this chipboard sticker coordinates so wonderfully with the Be Brave mantra because aren't we all So Much Stronger Than We Think We Are?
This next tag uses another SMAK kit (Dec 2014) and one of my favorite background images from Unity. I just love these Moroccan tiles!
The envelope uses stamps from the Vintage Era background kit. All of the colored images are actually from one sheet of rub-ons from Prima that I've been hoarding for the longest time and finally decided to just use and am super happy that I did!
I hand wrote the Please Deliver To with my Walnut Stain distress marker. I am still crossing my fingers each Thursday in the hopes that Unity will finally release some stamps that say this as well as a few others for decorated envelopes. Please, Please, Please Unity!!! I really need a few of these as I don't care for my hand writing at all.

I am linking this up with Unity's Friends With Flair and if I get a chance I may try to post a few of my other projects from this week as well. Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments each week, I truly appreciate them all and look forward to reading them all as well as visiting your blogs to see what you've been creating!

Have a wonderful weekend and happy crafting!



Teresa Doyle said...

Crystal, I DO love a pretty tag and these are GORGEOUS! Great work.

Donna K said...

You already know that I absolutely LOVE this set! Happy weekend to you crafty girl! xxDonna K

Gaylynn said...

Wow, Crystal, these tags are gorgeous. Beautiful work and so meaningful with pieces of memories in there. You inspired me to use my tags more. :)

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Wow - this whole set is just stunning. Your work is just beautiful. I am truly inspired.

Ruby said...

The entire collection is stunning. Beautiful work.

Linda said...

what a lovely tags. They are so pretty!

Janis said...

Oh, inspiration muse!!!! Where do I start on commenting about your incredible tag set and exquisite envelope??? I can't think of a phrase that conveys how much I totally LOVE what you did here! You already know how much adore your envelopes...and I think your handwriting is keep it up!!!

Your tags are a complete eye-opener for me. I never know how to adequately cover up what I always thought was the unpleasant manilla color......but why do that??? Run with it and make it a vital part of the tag!!! LOVE the colors, stamps, and shading you did that goes PERFECTLY with the manilla color. Thank you so much!!! Pinned? Oh, yesssssss!
Saw you on FWF!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

ionabunny said...

Gorgeous tags. Hugz

Carol said...

These are gorgeous tags for FWF Crystal.

Brandi R said...

These are STUNNING! I love tags, and these just take the cake! Great job ♥

D- said...

Your tags are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
I saw your entry at FWF.
Crafty hugs,
DesignsByDragonfly {blogspot}

Leanne said...

Fabulous tags.

Dawn Louise said...

Wow amazing collection of tags and envelopes. they've all so beautiful and full of detail. hello from FWF

Kim Rippere said...

Gorgeous set of tags and a wonderful matching envelope! Saw you on FWF.

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Laura Turcotte said...

What a gorgeous set of tags! You did a great job.

Dawn Fields said...

These tags are gorgeous! Beautiful stamping...I love how you arranged the various stamps!

Bananastamper said...

Hi Crystal,
Beautiful set of tags and I adore your fab envelope! I love sending mail and making/decorating my own envelopes so I love when I see others taking the time to do the same. I don't make the envelopes for everything I send, but it is so fun to do when I have the time. It goes back to my nerdy pen-pals days, but it never wore off, lol! (that feels like a long time ago now that I have a teen and a pre-teen in my house!)
Anyhow, thanks for sharing and thanks for your visit by my blog!
Happy Weekend!
Shanna :)
p.s. I would also love "please deliver to" in a stamp as I often write it on my envelopes. In fact, they could do a set that has it in a few different fonts and include others that say "snail mail," etc.

Lagene said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS! WOLW!