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lovepug2
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Posted: 3/25/2014 3:37:38 PM
Hi All! Here we are for month 4 of your 2014 tag swap.

This month's theme is... April Showers bring May flowers!
Think Spring! Think Spring! Maybe our tags will make winter go away!
So think, rain, galoshes, umbrellas, watering cans, melting snow for some of ya!

and for technique requirement-- Watercoloring.
You can do a small element on your tag or the whole thing can be watercolored. Just as long as you have used a watercolor technique somewhere on your tag.

AND-----
If you have signed up for the April KIAE swap, you'll see that one of the project requirements is to make a tag for your kit. So that might be something to think about if you've joined in on that swap when making up your kit. And if you haven't joined in on the fun with the kit swap, you totally should! It's a barrel of fun.

So here's a general rundown of details for the tag-
April showers bring May flowers theme
Technique- watercoloring
Must have image stamping
Must be a rectangular hanging tag
Please include a description of how you made the tag when you send it off.

Sign ups are through the 29th. I will post the blog and partners on the 30th.
Mail by date is April 18th.

Here's the list of swappers for the month:
Rutabagapie and howdyheidi
CraftNerd and CaribbeanGirl
lovepug2 and looser
lovepug2 and Counselor58
GeorgiaMolly and JoeScrapper
Neyw and LickeyAn

Just PM your partner if you need an address!

Here's the blog

Happy creating, any questions just post them here.
Please check in from time to time to chat about your progress and when you mail it. Once your partner has it please upload it here.

Also if you signed up for the KIAE swap and you create a tag with your kit and it fits the theme, please feel free to upload it here too so we can see!


LeighAnn

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Posted: 3/25/2014 3:56:51 PM
I'm in


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Posted: 3/25/2014 4:45:28 PM
Watercoloring is my favorite and I love spring. I am in.

Is there a mail by date?


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 3/25/2014 5:21:08 PM
I want to play too.



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Posted: 3/25/2014 5:37:31 PM
Me also



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Posted: 3/25/2014 8:45:26 PM
Whoops! Sorry, Heidi! It's April 18th. I added that to the OP just now too..


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Posted: 3/26/2014 12:26:18 AM
Count me in!
Shannon


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Posted: 3/26/2014 3:21:54 AM
Think I'm going to sit this one out guys. Been really busy and its only going to get worse. Cant wait to see what you come up with.

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Posted: 3/26/2014 10:49:17 AM
I like 'wet & wild', so count me in, LeighAnn!

Thanks for the KIAE plug, Pug. Now it can be told... The hosts of both KIAE & Tag swaps decided to collaborate for this month. However. Each swap is totally separate. You do not need to join both.

Haven't done watercolor in quite awhile. I'm thinking of a few Expressionist works I like, but I may have to "work hard for the Monet" (couldn't resist, folks)


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 3/26/2014 11:00:43 AM
Count me in! I like to water colour. Can you use watercolour pencils? Just want to make sure,lol.


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Posted: 3/26/2014 11:00:46 AM
Count me in! I like to water colour. Can you use watercolour pencils? Just want to make sure,lol.


Joan-Anne

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Posted: 3/27/2014 8:33:39 AM
No problem, Daniel!

Sarbear, thanks for letting me know. You'll be missed!

Joe, watercolor pencils are fine with me!


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Posted: 3/27/2014 8:52:14 AM

Haven't done watercolor in quite awhile. I'm thinking of a few Expressionist works I like, but I may have to "work hard for the Monet" (couldn't resist, folks)


I think you most definitely CAN resist with watercolors. I'm thinking of embossed resist, specifically...


~~Heidi~~

looser
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Posted: 3/27/2014 12:52:05 PM
I did one index card with inks & water yesterday. Liked the results, but made a huge goof! After couching* the card so it would dry flat, I decided to 'vellumize' it by rubbing petroleum jelly on both sides of the card to make it transluscent--dumb move!!! Can't get my regular glues/tapes to adhere to the paper. 'Sok. I'm doing another piece & may try the first one again--without using the 'vasoline'.

*couching (cooshing) is a paper-making technique. You place the wet paper between absorbant material--paper towels, felt, etc.--& weight it. It drys without buckling (usually). Reguires patience but the results are worth it.

Another 'watercolor' technique that's fun? Salt work. Apply inks to your paper/cs & mist with water. Then sprinkle with salt (coarse to fine). The salt will absorb some of the ink (like bleaching) & produce interesting results.


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Posted: 3/27/2014 3:05:25 PM
Count on me, too. I've done the background and all of the stamping, but now comes the more tedious stuff. My tag is going to be pretty straight forward...no alcohol drips, no spritzing, and no salt. Using my favorite coloring supplies (not going to tell you now what they are). I did discover after several attempts, that I did not like the stamping on watercolor paper, so have used a nice smooth heavy card stock.

Molly

looser
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Posted: 3/27/2014 3:52:06 PM
WTG, Molly! Guess that means you won't be do 'watercolor bubbles'?

'WB' can be messy, but fun! You buy/make bubble solution & color it with ink (reinkers are great) or liguid color--food or fabric dye. You blow the colored bubbles onto your paper/cs & let them 'pop'. Makes really interesting effects. Great for doing with kids or kids-at-heart like all of us.


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Posted: 3/27/2014 5:32:11 PM
LOL, Daniel - you're trying to make me do 'other stuff?' I have to admit I'm not real pleased with my finished tag. DH says "It looks juvenile."

Molly

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Posted: 3/27/2014 6:33:13 PM
Molly, did you smack DH?

Daniel - your giving me ideas. This could be trouble.

I know what image I'm planning to use, but I haven't decided what I want to do with the background yet.



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Posted: 3/27/2014 8:01:58 PM
Count me in. Looking forward to it.

Thanks,
Neysa


Happy Scrapping

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Posted: 3/27/2014 8:01:59 PM
Count me in. Looking forward to it.

Thanks,
Neysa


Happy Scrapping

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Posted: 3/28/2014 10:12:22 AM
LOL, Molly! I'm sure DH's critique was well-meant. I'm my own harsh critic for my work. Gets in the way sometimes, but I have managed to less concerned with something being 'perfect'. Far as 'juvenile'? Depends on what that means. Being able to produce a project that is 'childlike' without being sloppy or messy is a real challange & one I've tried on several occasions. Betting your tag is a good one, pal.

I'm currently 'reviewing' the one I'm doing. I like 90% of it, but have the feeling it 'needs' a spark I'm not seeing...yet.

LOL, Sarah! I love playing with 'process'. That's one reason I'm enjoying Pug's version of this year's tags. She adds just enough challenge to allow us to do it 'our' way. I'm still interested in doing an 'oil & water' something, but probably not for a tag here. Might try it for a KIAE piece, tho'.


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Posted: 3/28/2014 12:18:29 PM
Yes, DH meant my tag was "childlike." The stamps I chose tend to be thought of as such...NOW, I've made a whole new design with the same type of stamps and wasted some very good card stock. Learned some things along the way, including how different watercolor tools react, and that less water is better.

Molly

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Posted: 3/28/2014 4:59:50 PM
I will sign up this month Pug


AJ ~ Wife of Rob, Mama to Bo, Daphne, Trixie and Dalilah


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Posted: 3/29/2014 4:24:48 PM
Great, AJ! We've missed ya the last couple of months

Last day of sign ups! I will post the list of partners tomorrow


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Posted: 3/30/2014 10:22:00 AM
Looks good, Pug. Fun to be swapping with you this month--been awhile since we've done that.

I'll have your tag in the mail soon. And... Since we're paired for April KIAE, I want to do make a tag from the kit you send me. Gonna be fun!


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 3/30/2014 10:41:42 AM
For those of you still working on your tag, I saw a video for the coolest technique:

Stencil Reflection

I have an idea for incorporating this into my tag. I can't wait to give it a try.

CG - I will peamail you my address shortly, and please send me yours.



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Posted: 3/30/2014 10:41:48 AM
For those of you still working on your tag, I saw a video for the coolest technique:

Stencil Reflection

I have an idea for incorporating this into my tag. I can't wait to give it a try.

CG - I will peamail you my address shortly, and please send me yours.



GeorgiaMolly
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Posted: 3/30/2014 11:10:28 AM
JoeScrapper - I'll be peamailing you for your address...

Molly

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Posted: 3/30/2014 11:55:46 AM
Molly, I PM'd you back. Can't wait to get started on a tag for you. Sounds like you are ahead of the game!!


Joan-Anne

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Posted: 3/30/2014 12:30:51 PM
Dang... I missed it! Oh well, there is always next month!



Kathy in WI


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Posted: 3/30/2014 12:33:07 PM
SWLady, I will swap with you


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Posted: 3/30/2014 2:56:55 PM
That would be awesome CaribbeanGirl! Thanks so much!



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Posted: 3/30/2014 3:49:48 PM
I love these swaps, however, I am always one with questions, because this is another out of my comfort zone. I am have a little difficulty, thinking small. The tags are less area than a card.

Now for the big questions, watercoloring - that seems to be a large grouping of techniques - is there one you are suggesting or is this part of the challenge.

Thanks - Ann



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Posted: 3/30/2014 9:41:04 PM
Heidi, looks like you and I are partners this month, yay!!! I have your address from long ago, let me know if you need mine


AJ ~ Wife of Rob, Mama to Bo, Daphne, Trixie and Dalilah


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Posted: 3/31/2014 8:54:15 AM
I am having working on my tag. I created a background using watercolors. It is not fancy but I had fun "painting". Looking forward to getting this done this week and the tag in the mail to Ann.

Sincerely,
Neysa


Happy Scrapping

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Posted: 3/31/2014 9:46:52 AM
AJ, I do not seem to have it anymore, I will peamail you.


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 3/31/2014 11:11:53 AM
Looks like a lot are either done or their tags in the works! WTG everyone!

Ann, as long as you have some water coloring on the tag that's fine. You can do the entire tag or just an image.

Any type of water coloring techniques work for me.
Just a few examples-
Smooshing distress ink onto a craft sheet to color your tag or image
Using watercolors, gelatos, pencils, watercolor markers, crayons, inks to color an image or diecut

Don't feel bad about asking questions, I think they're great and can help get everyone's creative juices flowing.

As Daniel has mentioned, this years tag swaps are a bit different and more focused on techniques. I've got some on store for the coming months that I haven't ever done before but I think its fun to see how we all interpret different ideas and mediums when doing these


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Posted: 3/31/2014 1:52:05 PM
April, thanks for swapping with Kathy! I was suprised when she didn't sign up, then remembered she had been out of town. Glad your on board Kathy! You haven't missed a tag swap yet .


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Posted: 4/1/2014 11:20:31 AM
My tag is on its way to LeighAnn. Since it was done so quickly, I'm hoping to do a 2nd tag following the swap's guidelines & may send it to another swapper in this month's group--just for fun. I have a lot of addresses...


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Posted: 4/1/2014 1:46:28 PM
Mailed my tag to Joan-Anne this aft. A week or more(?) to Canada. This tag is completely different than the first one I made, and I have to say, that while I love water coloring, it's not really "my thing."

Molly

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Posted: 4/1/2014 3:16:43 PM
LOL, Molly! I'm kind of in your corner with 'watercolor's not my thing', but... I'm working on my 2nd tag & exploring the idea that 'oil & water don't mix'. The results have been 'interesting' thus far.

I'm using 'regular' water (can't find a source for 'hard water' without getting on the FBI's radar), but my 'oil' has been crayons.

Loving this month's challenge/swap!


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 4/3/2014 1:54:51 PM
Finished my 2nd tag & I've picked my 'target' Watch your mailboxes fellow tag-swappers!

And Pug got her tag today! Hooray!

ETA: The person who gets my 2nd tag is under no obligation to send me a tag. I just wanted to keep the fun going.


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 4/4/2014 12:06:43 PM
Pug took great pix of the tag I made.

For the watercolor requirement I went 'simple'. I dampened the index card before stamping with teardrop (appropriate) inkpads. The water diffused the colors nicely.

As I share on my upload, I made my own raindrop stamp from punched craftfoam. This was fun!!!


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 4/4/2014 12:36:37 PM
I started a tag before life got complicated this week. I did something that may have messed up the whole thing. I need to dig around and find it to see if I need to redo it.

Daniel, I love your tag. The folded idea is very cute.


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 4/4/2014 1:43:53 PM
Thanx, Heidi. I hearya on the 'life complicated', pal. I have faith in you--and your talent. I'm sure you'll come up with a 'fix' if you need to.



Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 4/4/2014 2:27:49 PM
Daniel, this tag is so much better in person. DS also loves your tag and I've had to photocopy the images in the kit for him to color.


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Posted: 4/4/2014 2:55:16 PM
LOL, Pug! DS has excellent taste! When I did pro-work, several editors kept at me to do 'kid crafts'. My answer to them? I consider all crafters (including myself) kids-at-heart.

Looks like y'all like the raindrop stamp. Although I got all my handgrip punches as designer samples from Fiskars & McGill, they are worth a bit of investment. The craftfoam 'pencil' stamps were going to be a feature article in StampIT!magazine, but didn't happen.

Would anyone like me to start a thread on making/using them? (sorry for the hijack Pug).

Can't wait to see the rest of this month's tags!


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 4/5/2014 1:18:20 PM
Molly, I got your tag done today and will be mailing it tomorrow. It is to rainy and yucky out so I don't want to go out today, lol. Will post after I mail it.


Joan-Anne

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Posted: 4/6/2014 9:26:06 AM
My tag was mailed out on Saturday. It was fun creating this tag. I really liked the soft effect it created. I will use this technique again. It was fun to paint.

I created a watercolor background by painting with blue watercolors on cream cardstock. I then let it dry. I stamped the tulip image onto the same cream cardstock. I used colored pencils and stickles to color in the tulip image. Once the tulip image had dried, I hand tore it and then adhered the image to blue cardstock with blue brads. This was then adhered to a kraft cardstock tag. I then hand tore the watercolor background into pieces and added a strip above the tulip image and one below. They were adhered to the tag with light blue brads. I added a blue ribbon.

Tulip Tag

Thanks,
Neysa


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Posted: 4/6/2014 10:36:30 AM
My tag is postal to Molly! Hope she likes it!


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