Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Mardi Gras

Good morning everyone!

Fat Tuesday was yesterday for New Orleans' Mardi Gras celebration and I'm celebrating too! I'm happy to report that my FIL's heart surgery went well and he will be discharged from the hospital tomorrow and on his way back home (a 6 hour drive). King Mufasa wanted to come home but I reminded him he needed to stay to ensure his father's respite at home would be without complications. This will give me a trip to San Diego this weekend to see Markus and go to the Indie Festival! YAY! :-)

I signed up for a tag swap at Stampin' Dymonz's Scrap Shack and the theme for March was Mardi Gras, hosted by the fabulous April Dawn. At first, I was daunted because when I was an Executive Assistant, I "replicated" Mardi Gras parties but how does one put that on a tag? Well, I ink distressed the edges, stamped and embossed a swirly stamped image and added a crown.

To the crown, I added dots of gold stickles to resemble jewels.

But I still needed stuff; the right color scheme, feathers, beads and the invitation to the party which was part of the challenge!

I used MS clip art gallery for the green and purple masks, added crystal effects to make them shine and give them a deeper hue. I colored the strand of pearls to match the color scheme. I printed the invitation in French.

I added a clay mask to really give it a 3D feel along with the feathers for texture. The mask was made out of Crayola air-dry clay. I broke three (of seven that I had to make) trying to color them with the Copic marker. I hadn't expected them to be so fragile.

I've sent these off in the mail and hope the recipients will enjoy them. I'm entering these tags into the following challenges:

**Craft your Passion** - Anything Goes
**Happileigh Scrappin'** - Purple
**Ally's Sunday Challenge** - Anything Goes
**Papertake Weekly** - Lemon Zingy

Have a great rest of the week and Happy Crafting! :~)


Rose Petal said...

WOW Terry. These are just amazing. Such bright gorgeous colours, lots of fabulous detail. You have put so much time and effort into these wonderful creations.
Happy crafting my friend.
Lots of love, Sandra xxx

1CardCreator said...

These tags are awesome Terry! I love the crown, the stickles add the perfect jewels to it. And you printed the invite in French! How cool is that! I love it, the beads, masks and feathers really set the mood.

Angie said...

hi Terry love the tags great colours thanks for joining us at papertake weekly
Angie x

Donna said...

Wow Terry, I so love your interpretation of Mardi Gras...the colours are amazing bright and colourful! You have put so much thought and care into making these tags and I think the recipients will be delighted to receive them! Thank you so much for the beautiful comments you have left on my blog recently...they are so encouraging and supportive and always brighten my day when I read them...hugz :) Donna x

Mrs A. said...

Firstly let me say these tags are gorgeously gorgeous Terry.
Confession. Erm I wasn't actually getting up I was going to bed!!
No no no Terry my gift to you for being such a super follower was to make anything you like as long as it wasn't quilt size!! A monkey is what you asked for so one monkey coming up. The one on my desk came with a packet of tea bags so no pattern but we won't let a little detail like that spoil the fun. There is always a first. Lets just say I have drawn a pattern whether you get a monkey at the other end remains to be seen!!!!Lol. I just get such immense pleasure from creating an item so really there is no need sending me anything. (I had fun felting the cardi up to cut the pattern pieces from.) Hugs Mrs A.

Georgia Ehrmann said...

very creative! Quite lovely! I wish I could be at Mardi Gras!!Your tags make me imagine all of the wonderful colors that I would see there! Thanks for playing at Happileigh Scrappin' this week!

Scrappychick said...

Super fun! LOVE the little masks and feathers!!! Makes me want to go to the Big Easy :)
Thanks for visiting my blog today and for your wonderful comments!

Joynana said...

Gorgeous Terry, your are really rocking the craft world with all of your projects. Love it.

Audrey Frelx said...

Wow, Terry!!! You've got Mardi Gras down with this project -- the colors are fantastic!!! Looks like you put some work in this and it turned out fabulous!

Happileigh Scrappin' said...

Wonderful invitations! So much thought shows. Thanks for joining us at Happileigh Scrappin' this week.

Monica said...

Amazing tag... Terry, I love the warm colours and the swirly design looks perfect. The crown is out of this world and look at that mask. You are SO VERY CREATIVE.

Very impressive!

xxx Monica

Monica said...

Relieved that the surgery went off well. Enjoy your weekend!

xxx Monica

Happileigh Scrappin' said...

Thanks for playing along with us at Happileigh Scrappin'. To be eligible to win be sure to become a follower of the challenge blog

Jan said...

Great tag and love the little crown!

Susan's crafty chaos said...

Wow Terry, these are absolutely stunning! And that's great news about your FIL, enjoy your trip this weekend to see Markus and have a wonderful time at the festival :D

Marilyn said...

How creative.. I love it.. I'm Marilyn visiting from - hope you can stop by sometime :)) LOVE your blog/officially following you..

Irene (Ivy Swan Cards) said...

Amazing tags! Such pretty details! I'm glad your FIL's surgery went well!

Audrey Frelx said...

Terry, I just wanted to drop in to say "hi" and I was thinking about you. I wanted you to know too, I very much appreciate your friendship!

mulberry station said...

What gorgeous tags. I love your project. I am glad that your father in law is doing better. I just got back from California and was thinking about you while I was there. have a great week Terry!
Hugs, Nancy

Irene (Ivy Swan Cards) said...

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! There’s a blog award for you at :) Have a wonderful day!

Beebeebabs said...

Love love love thanks for sharing!