Hinged Tags and Great Outdoors Challenge


This week at Frilly and Funkie we’re looking for projects that focus on the outdoors or nature, and include a quote about either topic.  I’ve combined my design team piece for F&F with the Compendium of Curiosites challenge over at Studio L3, which is Enameled Stamping. My technique for CofC is on the second, larger tag.

I started by stamping the skinny Hero Arts butterfly stamp repeatedly on the smaller tag and coloring in the butterflies with Distress Markers.  Then I swiped bundled sage and antique linen distress inks over it, pressed the whole thing into a Versamark pad, and heat embossed with clear powder. I repeated the embossing several times to build up a thick gloss. I did the same to the butterflies and the diecut mini label (which I ran through my printer):

You can find the how-to of the Enameled Stamping technique on page 44 of Tim Holtz’s book, The Compendium of Curiosities, Vol 2.  I used Tim’s Papillon stamps for the background and some of the butterflies, as well as others by Stampers Anonymous, Wendy Vecchi and Hero Arts.

The hinges are from Linda Coughlin’s shop (The Funkie Junkie Boutique) and I distressed them with Vintaj inks to match my tags. I used tiny Basic Grey magnets to hold the weight of the top tag evenly onto the jumbo tag. I enjoyed stacking the butterflies above and between the tags, with some coming off the paper and some grounded:


I hope you’ll join us at Frilly and Funkie for the Great Outdoors challenge!  There’s a $25 gift certificate to Linda’s shop for a random winner, as well as a blog badge for the design team favorite. Linda has nearly 700 items in the shop, with loads of Ranger and Sizzix goodies, too. The challenge is open through midnight Eastern time on Tuesday, September 18.

Thanks so much for the visit!



Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. This is an awesomely amazing tag!! Love the bright color with the crisp images.

  2. Wow, that’s a fantastic tag, love all the details.

  3. Ooooooh! Love this one Marjie! Awesome idea with the hinge! Love butterflies and this is beautiful! So vibrant and love the sentiment!

  4. I LOVE this piece!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is gorgeous!!! πŸ™‚

  5. This is stunning, the butterflies are gorgeous and I love your choice of colours, I love this make! Trace. X

  6. Fabulous colours and stunning butterflies. Love the stacking and use of hinges. beautiful!!! Annie x

  7. Absolutely gorgeous work Marjie, the explosion of colours is just fabulous and your stamping is stunning ! Sue C x

  8. This is glorious. I am sure I can feel the flutter of their wings.
    Quite incredible the way you have such clarity to all those colours.
    Did I mention how stunning this is?

  9. Gorgeous!

  10. wow Marjie! This is gorgeous! love the color combo and the butterflies simply look amazing! And so cool that you’ve used a hinge on it! Stunning! Hugs, Sandra

  11. I love this vibrant tag!!! So very clever…

  12. Totally gorgeous..in your style with all gorgeous colours! LOVE it!

  13. Beautiful project love the colours absolutely lovely x

  14. Oh my, Marjie! This tag is….stunning! The butterflies, vibrant colors, everthing about it speaks beauty! I LOVE it.

  15. Gorgeous tags, with the great butterflies but the most amazing is the use of great colours Marjie…love it!
    greetings, Alie πŸ™‚

  16. completely amazing and lovely Marjie. another gorgeous piece – wow, I love your work!

  17. This is one beautiful piece of art! I love all of the colors!

  18. So beautiful Marjie! Love this one!! Amazing what goes into it – so much product!

  19. Stunning tag! I love everything including the images, color palette as well as the repeat of the butterfly. Beautiful!

  20. A gorgeous kaleidescope of butterflies (I have always wanted to see a group of them so I could use that word!!) and your tag is full of them, how wonderful. Love how you have hinged the piece and all the colours you have used, perfect for such gorgeous butterflies. I have that skinny HA stamp and am now off to find it……..love it all! Crafty hugs, Anne x

  21. Stunning! Love those colors and the hinge.

  22. This is just superb, Marjie! I love it!

  23. Wow, Marjie, this is outstandingly fabulous! What a glorious tag – the hingeing is a fantastic idea, executed with all your usual amazing style and huge skill! WOW again!
    Alison x

  24. Love this one, and it has all of my fave colours in it! Valerie

  25. Beautiful tag Marjie, the colours are really lovely! x

  26. Thanks, ladies! @ Anita – the largest one is a Stampers Anonymous stamp called Art Wings Butterfly

  27. Now this is what I’m talk’n bout!!!! WOWZER!!! Totally digging the hinge!!! Love stuff that opens! The BG rocks and so do all those flutterers! Where did you find the stamp on the big one…the one with all the words ‘art’???? Gorgeous work Marjie!

  28. I have never seen so many butterflies on a tag before. This is outrageously GORGEOUS!!. I love the hinge, will it open like a window? That would be FUN. Amazing deep warm colors :). You make me smile again :).

  29. Oh my goodness Marjie, this is one stunning work of art and truly inspirational. The butterflies look amazing, the colours are rich and vibrant and your ideas and techniques are so effective. I love it.
    Hugs Brenda xox

  30. Absolutely beautiful Marjie! Love all the color, perfect for the butterflies!

  31. Well, I can’t stop staring at this, trying to grasp all the dimension and color. This definitely goes in my “TO TRY” folder, but I don’t think I could ever come up with anything quite this stunning!

  32. Stunning project! colors are so bright and beautiful! Simply gorgeous!

  33. This is gorgeous!!! Love your hinged butterflies!! Gorgeous colors!
    Thanks for your kind comment in my blog πŸ™‚

  34. Marjie, I love butterflies and this hinged tag is spectacular! Very unique design and the tag is bursting with Fall color! Love this, GF!

  35. Beautiful tag, Marjie. Love how the butterflies come to life almost.

  36. Shelly Schmidt says:

    Just fabulous!!! Wow- love the vibrant colors, love the butterflies!

  37. Stunning, Marjie – lovely work and I love those butterflies all over the piece! I’ve been meaning to comment for a couple of days – I enjoyed catching up on your blog and all the scrummy work you’ve been creating – real eye candy and wonderfully inspiring. Thank you so much – I’ll be back soon xxx

  38. An extraordinary tag Marjie. Love that hinge idea and as for the colours and butterflies… be still my beating heart! Just AmAZing! Hugs, Buttons x

  39. Holy One Hundred and One Butterflies Girl!!! Outstanding Tag!!!
    Love This Marjie.
    Hugs Vada

  40. WOW! This is absolutely gorgeous! Your colors are so rich and vibrant. Beautiful!