Sunday, 9 September 2012


...each morning we are born again, what we do today is what matters most...
-Buddha -
...hello I'm sharing with you a swap I've had the pleasure of doing with the loVely Trace Metcalfe, Trace & I did a swap recently and both had such fun we decided to do another, the theme chosen by Trace was the DressForm...
...well Trace pulled out all the stops & this is what she made for me...

...this gorgeous steampunk tag, Trace's blog will have all the method on this but you can see the shimmering embossing on the background paper...
...the dressform has gone through the embossing folder (I don't recognise this one) and the gorgeous plump metal heart in silver stands proud in 3D...
...this loVely sentiment is attached to the cute metal hanger (a genious idea from Tim) with a twist of fine wire...
...these stunning metal flowers are awesome with their screw brad centers...the steampuck theme has been carried through every elements, even down to the soft grey flower ribbon...I have been blown away by this gorgeous tag & what is clear is Trace's unique style, super crisp stamping, superb attention to detail & perfect choice of ingredients...
...Trace's blog is full of amazing creations that will inspire your imagination & delight your senses... ...
...& here is what I made for Trace...
...I have been inspired by Halloween...
...I painted a manilla tag with PaterArtsy honeydew fresco paint & dripped ink in coffee in random splodges, then embossed with the treebranch and grunged it up a bit with charcole...
...the dressform was first embossed with the random dots folder, then inked with chipped sapphire & wild honey then given a heavy dosing of distress crackle...
...a gorgeous glass bobbled heart completes the form...
...a little crooked tombstone cross with a skull added to the theme...
...and lastley I attempted to make a wire cobwebb to drape across, it went a bit wrong but I added it anyway with some glass beads for dew drops and some coffee ink as rusty spots...
...I do hope you have enjoyed looking at the tag swap piccy's...
...thank you so much for taking the time to drop by today, your thoughts and comments mean a lot and are very much appreciated...



  1. WOW Mel, they are both SOOOOOOOO BEAUTIFULL!
    Love all the GEORGEOUS details!
    Well done the two of you!
    Greetz Patricia

  2. Mel , I loved your tag and doing this swap again...your creativity is amazing and I have your tags in pride of place, they will be treasured! You are. Truly creative and lovely person and heres to more swaps soon! Much love trace. X

  3. Two gorgeous tags from 2 very talented ladies. Love them both. The colours are fab and the attention to detail from both of you is amazing. The dress form is one of my favourites so how could I not be blown away by these. Enjoy you Sunday xx

  4. Fab tags Mels

    I love your wire assembly

    Sam xxx

  5. 2 amazing tags Mel. I love both equally. The details are amazing. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

    Sarah x

  6. two gorgeous tags the metal rivetted look and also your beautiful sparkly blue look...enjoy the rest of your weekend hugs kath xxx

  7. Hi Mel, you are two very talented and lovely ladies and your tags are both beautiful. You may think the cobweb went wrong but to me it looks perfect. The dressform is one of my all time favourites and you have both done it proud. Crafty hugs, Anne x

  8. Both fabulous tags. Annette x

  9. O M G !!!!!!!!!!!
    Mel these are unbelievable.
    Fantastic Tags.
    These rock.
    I love them both.

  10. Hi Mel, just doing a catch up. 2 fabulous tags, and such details on both!
    Avril xx

  11. They are both just grand!!! What a fun idea and a wonderful theme!!!!

  12. Two outstanding tags... can't believe the texture you got onto your dressform, and the colour combo is fab. And I think the wire cage/cobweb is both brilliant and beautiful. Trace's is also amazing - but I'll go and tell her that of course!! Great swap...
    Alison x

  13. Super, super, super cool. Love all your wire thingy creations. Very creative and unique. (:o)

  14. They are both equally awesome Mel! I love the colours & crackle on your dress form, & the metal web looks fab! xx

  15. Jaw-droppingly brilliant tags you guys. Love the effort that has gone into completing each detail, including dripping ink on the metalwork, using the glass beads, and the oh so wonderful distress crackle. Trace's metal flowers are also a triumph. Please keep showing us these. Hugs, Buttons x

  16. Two Gorgeous tags from two very talented lovely ladies...outstanding work from the both of you.. Hugs May x x x

  17. Looks like a wonderful swap, both of you created fantastic tags.

  18. Hi Mel

    What amazing tags you have swapped. Both are stunning!!!

    Loving all the metal.

    I hope you have had a lovely weekend.

    Love Jules xx

  19. When you decide to do a swap - OMG - you do a swap. I would take either tag. They are both FANGdangTAStic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Two completely stNNing pieces! I am in awe of such beauty and the talent that created them :0)

  21. These were two tags well worth swapping Mel. Yours and your friends are extremely creative pieces of work and look fantastic. Hope you have had a good weeknd
    x catherine

  22. After watching the brilliant closing ceremony of the Paralympics, you two are right on the button with your steampunk theme. Both great tags - such delicious detail and gorgeous textures.

  23. Wow! Both tags are STUNNING! I love the colours you have both used and the creative way you have used the dress form (my favourite die of course). Such creative and talented work from both of you.

  24. I love both tags and always love details like the hearts, which BOTH of you incorporated, how awesome is that? Y'all are thinking alike! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

  25. What a fab swap Mel, love them both, what fab takes on the theme, the little skull on yours is very cool - love it! Thanks for the congrats comments on my blog :) Have a great creative week. Kim

  26. Wow, Mel. Both these tags are fantastic. You both did fantastic work, and I was super impressed that both of you decided to include a heart on the dress forms. They are both beautiful.

    Sorry I haven't been around. My computer just doesn't want to stay focused (grin). Truthfully, I think I got a virus from a blog I visited.

  27. Oh, the dress-form is still one of my favourite dies...and both tags are stunningly gorgeous!! What an awesome talented swap!! x

  28. I can't begin to tell you how much I love both of these tags. Your tag Mel is so yummy I can't stop looking at it, I really love the colour and the crackle over the top of the dress-form and the organza just accents the same colour so well. I love all your creations, you have an eye for detail, and it's just wonderful to look at. Michelle x

  29. Gorgeous tag, Mel.
    I am just back from a glorious week in France & everyone is blogging about christmas!! :( It was lovely to find something more autumnal here. :0)

  30. Both these tags are stunning - I particularly love the colour and crackle effect on the dress - what a beautiful colour scheme and the matching ribbon just perfects it. You have a wonderful eye for colour and detail, and I am always so impressed with the high quality of your work - I can't see anything at all wrong with the cobweb, but I'll take your word for it that it went wrong!!! Once again, a lovely, inspiring visit to your blog - thank you.

  31. Both these tags are really inspiring. I wouldn't have thought to use the colours on the first tag, but it looks terrific. Helen (Sydney)


...thank you so much for taking the time to drop by my blog...Mel :)