Frilly & Funkie Challenge: Hide It

Crowned Tag with Distress Inks & More

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Crowned Tag with Distress Inks - crown closed - Marjie Kemper

This week’s challenge

Our new challenge at Frilly & Funkie is Anything but a Card ~ With a Twist… you need to hide something somewhere on your piece.  I’ll admit, that gave me pause. However, I like it when challenges do that! Wendy Vecchi is the focus at Simon Says Stamp & Show this week, and her funky crowned lady stamp came right to mind. I double stamped the crown and used a brad to make it a moving part to reveal my hidden word:

Crowned Tag with Distress Inks - crown open - Marjie Kemper

Products Used

I’ve colored the tag with Distress Inks and Distress Stains, and used lots of Wendy’s background stamps and stencils on it.  After it was dry, I attached Tim Holtz’s Idea-ology word band to the bottom (colored with paint). A tiny Chitchat sticker provides my word on her crown.

I stamped the face/crown on Ranger’s Specialty Stamping Paper and colored it with Distress Inks.  I sprayed Linda’s jute mesh with Dylusions Ink Sprays, as well as the seam binding serving as ribbon on top.  The blue flowers are oldies from my stash that now match my tag thanks to dusty concord Distress Ink.

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Please pop on over to Frilly and Funkie and see what the other design team members have been up to and the jump in and join us… there’s a random $25 merchandise credit to Linda’s Funkie Junkie Boutique for a random winner, and a blog badge for the design team favorite.

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  2. Such deep, gorgeous colors!! Congrats over at SSS!

  3. Gorgeous tag, Marjie! Congrats on being one of the Top Three entries in that challenge!!!

  4. Congrats on being chosen for the top 3! You deserve it, this is beautiful.

  5. That is so pretty, and I love the way the crown lifts up. Don’t you love that beautiful face?

  6. Judy Cantrell says:

    Congratulations! Your tag is gorgeous!!

  7. Marjie…Congrats on your Top Three selection for Simon Says Stamp. Your Wendy Vecchi piece was awesome! <3 Candy

  8. Marjie, Congrats on wining the SSS. I ADORE this tag…once again your use and love of color is outrageous and amazing. I have that stamp and haven’t used to in forever..maybe time to get that out again. Great use of texture and depth of color- really a very striking tag.

  9. What glorious intensity – in the colours and in her gaze! Amazing piece… sorry it’s taken me so long to get round with this challenge… life gets in the way! Hope you’re safely tucked up away from Sandy.
    Alison x

  10. Yep, this is WAY cool! Love the vibrancy of color too…and I’m not normally a gal that leans toward purple. But this is great!

  11. Beautiful tag! Love the colours and how you used that focal stamp. Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  12. I love the colors on this and that stamp! I didn’t even notice the brad until you showed the trick. Clever girl!

  13. I love this lady… I love your piece – your vibrant colours and crown look magnificent – she’s gorgeous! Thanks also for joining in with Simon Says Stamp & Show. Sarah.

  14. Tracey Kuzniak says:

    Marie this is so fabulous in so many ways!! LOVE the colours and that secret hinge reveal is so cool! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show 🙂

  15. That is just beautiful, one of my favourite Wendy stamps, and I love the colour, also the flowers at the base.

  16. Lynn Stevens says:

    WOW WOW WOW!!!!

  17. now this is clever!

  18. love this! the colors are gorgeous and the concept amazing – true Marjie awesomeness!

  19. Gorgeous design and colour Marjie x

  20. Alexandra says:

    Gorgeous tag Marjie, I love the rich texture and purple colour.
    The saying “keep it under your hat” now is visual too, lol
    Enjoy your weekend. Alexandra x

  21. I’m in love with yor colorful artistic tag!It’s really so beautiful, I must look ever and ever:-)
    Have a nice weekend,
    hugs Anja

  22. This is really pretty and love the hidden message idea!

  23. Quirky and beautiful, as ever.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

  24. Shazam! That is one awesome take! Such a cool way to hide the word!

  25. kathy/NorthCarolina says:

    How fantastic is this? I love the blues and purples…very dreamy. And all the background stamping/stenciling adds so much visual interest. Then, there’s that great texture from the flowers and the mesh behind the focal image. Top it off with a wonderful hidden surprise…fun, fun, fun!

  26. AND…Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show! Hugs, Sandra

  27. Ohh this is so beautiful! Love it! You’re so good at using these rich and bright colors! And the crown as a lever is so cool! Hugs, Sandra

  28. Very rich and such a whimsical design–gonna have to think on this one, what a great challenge!

  29. oh wow so beautiful beyond words love the fibers,colors ,of course the stamp..sooo beautiful.
    hugs susan s.

  30. The colors on this tag are amazing! So rich and layered. I’ve always loved those purples and you use them well!

  31. Love those colors!!

  32. A great hidden place, fantastic tag in wonderful colors.

  33. Gorgeous colour – she’s really lovely and the crown is such a clever idea! x

  34. Just gorgeous, Marjie! I LOVE the purple and that stately lady. Very cool hiding spot! She’s a winner!

  35. Wow this is gorgeous – love the rivh colour – great image and love the flowers at the bottom.

  36. Marjie, she is an absolute stunner of a lady. The background colour and the jute mesh colour are so rich and sumptuous and the way you have coloured her face is wonderful. Loving that secret door element and the flowers and seam binding are perfect to finish your tag off. I really, really love this! Crafty hugs, Anne x

  37. So clever Marjie, and a seriously good rich mix of colours. Great place for hiding your sentiment. Hugs, Buttons x

  38. Oh this is so very clever! Fabulous design. The colours are beautifully deep, even the mesh took the colour so well – brilliant. What a chic, classy tag Marjie! Nicola x

  39. Gorgeous tag Marjie ! I love the colour scheme and main stamp really is fabulous and your hidden word is perfect ! Sue C x

  40. Just AMAZING’!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THIS TAG
    What a great colour combination…..
    Shamela 😉

  41. Judy Cantrell says:

    Love what you did with this gorgeous tag!!

  42. Beautiful colours & design! x

  43. Love it! So pretty – and fiendishly clever, too! Hugs…

  44. Loving your gorgeous tag Marjie and great hidden element, x

  45. Wow Marjie, this is very interesting and so creative…gorgeous stamping and colours! Great tag!!
    greetings, Alie 🙂

  46. So eye catching, Marjie! Gorgeous colors and I so love that design and your hidden “word.” Not that is using your head! Hugs!

  47. Fabulous colors!! I love your hiding place, I’m still trying to come up with mine. Love the jute mesh, too!

  48. Oh Margie! This is gorgeous! I love her, and her hidden thinking cap…lol! She is so bold and surrounded by fabulous color!!!! What a beauty!

  49. Hey there Marjie, here’s the Queen of Crackle LMAO, thank you so much for your ever sooo sweet comment on my blog, I am LOVING your TAG, wowwzersss so much Wendy in it and the Purple colors I AM LOVING THOSE TOO…wohooo what a fabulous Tag, thank you so much for sharing your creation witht he Design Team from Simon Says Stamp and SHow….hugs terry xxx

  50. Corrine – it’s called jute mesh – there’s a link at the bottom of the post

  51. Gorgeous rich colors and I adore the sentiment and your hidden message!! Beautiful Marjie!

  52. Marjie…wow! What a beautiful Wendy inspired tag you have created! I love the colors and the design! That face stamp you used is one of my favorites! Thank you so much for the very kind comments you left on my blog about my house that Wendy built! Hugs, Candy

  53. A fab make and I lovevthe yummy colours! Trace x
    The hidden bit is great too….

  54. You really just keep getting better. This blows me away.

  55. LOVE LOVE LOVE her!!!

  56. VERY clever, Marjie. Your piece is so fresh and original. The color is wonderful and I love how you dyed the burlap and the flowers. Super cool tag!
    Hope you are having a great week!

  57. Oh great hiding spot, never would have guessed it. I love these deep blues and purple tones together. Is that a brush like trim around your image? xox