Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Birds In Waiting Tag Set

I had a Aha! moment this morning. I started an Etsy Shop, Scrapping With Sherry, not with the expectation of getting rich, I just wanted to fund my crafting a bit. I am sure some of you can relate to how much it costs to craft, especially when you are a self professed craft supply collector! Well, I have been going into this with the goal of making items that I can make a profit on. Something that can be made repeatedly with craft supplies on hand. Sounds like a descent business plan right? So, whats the problem? My creativity and inspiration have been smothered. 

This morning I decided, no more! I am going to make what I am inspired to make... I am going to go back to having fun... I am going to be me! I will list the things that I make and if they sell and I decide to or even have the stuff to make another one great. If I don't, that's OK too. Creating is such a big part of who I am that if I can't do that freely I am not complete. Maybe it isn't even in the cards for me to have My Etsy Shop, and you know what, that's OK too. 

Ready to take a look at what I was inspired to create today?

I have decided to call them "Birds in Waiting Tag Set" I decided to make each one a different  monochromatic color scheme. Besides the fibers and two of the images, everything else that I used to make this tag set are craft supplies by Tim Holtz. I am currently having a great time playing with his products. Here are a few close ups.

All three of the tags have decorated tiles attached. I just love the way you can altar these to look like anything that you want. Very fun!

Stuck a couple little blue birds on the blue monochromatic tag. I forgot to mention that the little birds are not Tim Holtz products either. They are actually made by Jolee's. I ran a swivel clasp from the top of the birdcage image and up through the fibers to give the look of the birdhouse hanging from a chain. I even finally got to use my new texture hammer, even if it was just to give a brad a few whacks!


This bird was hand stamped and then embossed with the distress embossing powder. Love this stuff. It adds a whole new look and feel to embossing! And what's even better is you can't overheat it... Something I tend to do with regular embossing powder. 

Tip: When you use the distress embossing powder make sure that after you apply the heat to let the powder cool off completely before you wipe off the releasing crystals. It bonds to the paper as it cools and if you don't wait the embossing powder will come off.

I hand stamped and applied the distress embossing ink to this bird image as well. All the tags have a metal embellishment attached. I love how all the trinket pins and the muse tokens have fun and inspirational words on them. The color of the green tile didn't photograph well and doesn't look like the true green color that it is.  

I also sprayed each one of the tags lightly with a coordinating color of perfect pearls and a mixture of water with my mini misters. Unfortunately the photos didn't pick up the light shimmer.  

Well, what do you think? I'm happy with the set and I had fun. I would be lying if I said I didn't care whether anyone likes my stuff or not, but if not, that's OK too...

Well I am off to list this set in my Etsy Shop. Thanks for stopping by, and thanks to everyone for all the support. Everyone has been awesome!

Until Next time... Take Care~


  1. Sherry,

    First of all I LOVE the new banner you have! I don't know if I've told you that or not, but it's just gorgeous.

    Secondly you're right, the main goal is to have fun while creating, if one becomes money oriented then it's to much like a "job" and that isn't any fun. So you've definately got the right frame of mind.

    Now these tags here are just brilliant. I have yet to make a tag and with everyone creating them lately, I am itching to try to make one myself. I try to do something different that I have not tried and I am really wanting to learn to do this. Seeing all that you do truely inspires me as I see it inspiring others.

    You continue doing what you do best and love to do and you will certainly be happier for it!

    Your friend and sister!

  2. Sherry,
    These are wonderful. I love the dimension to the tags. Definately do it for fun and the sales will come.
    Hugs, Kim

  3. I don't do much scrapping because I'm so busy doing other things I love more, but those tags are absolutely stunning, sugar. Just gorgeous.

    My favorite word is "crisp" because it sounds like it IS. CRISP. Ooooh, chickee, I have so many favorite words but that is the bestest favorite word to me. ;-)

    Happy to meet you, sweets!


  4. Hi Sherry. Nice to meet you. I'm so glad you're able to stay at home and finally do what you enjoy. Me, too! My favorite hobby is gardening, but with temps at 100, I'm staying inside where it's cool. Your tags are beautiful.

  5. Hi Sherry! Thanks for the suppor over at my page. I came over this morning and I'm now a followers of your.

    I love your page banner, it's beautiful. And, the tags you made are so pretty. I look forward to watching your blog!


  6. Hi Sherry..
    Welcome to Blogland!!
    I too missed the RUSH..
    but joined anyway..
    am still working on my contribution using the photo..
    am not as much of a crafter as I'd like to be..love making photo scrapbooks..
    but more of an avid amateur photographer.
    I'm now a follower of yours..and would love to keep in touch. You live in such a beautiful part of the world!
    again Welcome!!
    warm sandy hugs..

  7. PS..
    Your work is beautiful!!

  8. Hi Sherry!

    It's so nice to meet you! Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment. Congratulations on joining blogland. Isn't it fun? I love blogging and cannot imagine not sharing with others. Also congrats on etsy. It's a great way to sell your products. My friend Gail of Gail Friend Designs is the one who linked all our shops together. I don't know how she did it,but it is such a brilliant idea. If you want feel free to ask her any questions. I am sure she won't mind helping you. I need to add more product asap. I am now a follower. I will be sure to visit you again and again. Hope you will do the same.
    Have a great day!
    Janets Creative Pillows

  9. Sherry,

    I forgot to compliment your tags! lol They are gorgeous. They really are. Love the colors. You are talented. And I am just like you. I have a passion for creating. So enjoy every minute. I'm happy to be in the Bloggerette Society with you and many others.
    Bye now!'xo

    Janet's Creative Pillows

  10. Hi Sherry,
    Your tags are gorgeous!!! And the colors are exquisite!!
    I just love them, and I say, "Create because you were given amazing talent!"

  11. Beautiful work! Welcome to blogs!

  12. Thanks for stopping by my blog. You still have time to enter a idea for mini albums
    Go to older blog you will see free mini albums ideas leave your idea under comment.
    Since I posted this morning it went to second page. You can enter every week. I pick a winner every thurs and send it off tues. after I do a instructional on it.

  13. Hi Sherry, Thank you so much for your compliment on my blog http://kuntrycharms.blogspot.com/ Thank you so much for dropping by.
    I'm in central Oklahoma a small town called Blanchard. I have two grandies with another on the way should be here this month so please keep watch on my blog for the announcement and pics.
    Love your blog too and so crafty you are. I am becoming a follower so I can keep track of your items.
    Hugs from one okie to another *insert giggles*

  14. Hi Sherry,
    Love your blog - your tags are so rich in color and detail! I am one of your Bloggerette sisters. Thank you for visiting my blog. I am now one of your followers. Hugs, Sylvia Smith

  15. Hi, Sister! Darling tags and MUCH work involved, but they were worth it!!


Thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment. Each and every one is like finding a gift in my mailbox. ~Sherry

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