Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Anything Goes at Emerald Creek Dares!

Anything Goes - one of my favourite challenge themes to be honest! lol

The perfect occasion to use stamps and other goodies that you have been hoarding for what feels like ages.... ;)

Emerald Creek Dares are open for "Anything Goes" projects this month - so don't miss that chance to dust off some of your older treasures ...or something you have only recently bought and cannot wait to use on a project! Everything's possible! Yay!

The lovely "Fishing Boat" stamp from Emerald Creek has been in my stash for quite some time yet - but then there were always other ideas for projects that got in the way...but finally this was the time for it to enter the stage on a summer-splashy ocean waves tag!

I found the ribbon (with - what I think of as - a wave pattern) in a dollar shop lately and thought it would make great waves on a tag! I also had a waves die in my stash that I had almost forgotten I decided to build the stage for my fishing boat using both - the ribbon and some die cut waves. 

But first I gathered all the other Emerald Creek goodies I wanted to use: the Prize Cameo charms, the lovely Anchor charms, some chipboard frames from Southern Ridge and - of course - some of my beloved Emerald Creek embossing powerds. This time I used Mercury Rising (which is a dark, deep black-ish blue), Winter's Mistake (which melts to a matte and gritty finish with tiny sparkling turquoise inclusions) and Ultra Puff White (which does what its name to make the white cresps with it. 

The large tag was die cut from heavy (packaging) cardboard using the Tim Holtz "Tag and Bookplates" die. 

I picked one of the frames that matched the size of the boat's image. I had the idea of placing it a bit aslope (as if it was floating on the waves) on top of all the layers of the stamped image and die cut waves. 

The waves were die cut from white cardboard...

...and then heat embossed with Emerald Creek embossing powders. 

I scraped on salty ocean, weathered wood and broken china Distress paint with a palette knife for my background. I repeated this step on a piece of card. Once that was dry I stamped the boat's image onto it with black archival stamping ink. 

I used red and white acrylic paint and a fine tip brush to paint the fishing boat. Then I tore the finished image to size. The chipboard frame was heat embossed too before I scraped on some red and white acrylic paint to fuse it with the tag's design. 

Then I scraped on some white Gesso (for the clouds) and attached the anchor charm to the frame before I glued all my finished layers to the tag. I used sticky foam pads to fix the frame to the tag - so it "floated" even more. 

I cut some word stickers to size to glue them to the tag and used a small glass cabochon to finish off the hanging device that I made from one of the lovely Prize Cameo Charms. I used Glossy accents to glue the cabochon to the cameo frame charm.  

Some rough cord was attached to the loop and a thin white border was drawn freehand with a white gel pen - done!

I hope you like my ocean tag and how I used the ribbon for the waves! 

I would love to see you play along with us over at Emerald Creek Dares! There's - as always - the chance to win a fab $50 voucher to spend at the online store! 

So don't miss it! Over at the Emerald Creek Dares blog you can find more inspiration  being shared by the DT throughout the month! Check it out! 
Happy summer!


  1. Fab Tag love all your embellishments x

  2. It just astounds me how you always put things together so perfectly Claudia. This is wonderful. Love the anchor - looks like it's ready to be cast into the sea! Silly as it seems - the stitching on the fabric at the edges - reminds me of more waves. Your sky is super and the grungy frame is awesome. Really great creativity! Xj.

  3. Oh my Claudia...I'm in love with this tag! Just beautiful and filled with so many yummy details...perfect! Huge hugs xxx Simona


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