Hello! We have a new challenge this week at Our Creative Corner hosted by the talented Vicki Burdick, and Simon Says Stamp and Show has a travel theme. I decided to combine the two for today's project. Here's Vicki's color prompt:

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At first I had a hard time imagining what I would do with just those three colors, but then I realized I wasn't limited to them. I had to use all of them but could also use white or vanilla. Here's what I did with it:


I started with a bright white oversized (8 and 1/2 X 4 and 1/4) tag. I pulled out my stash of travel themed stuff and my binders of Tim Holtz stamps since (a) gotta love him, and (b) he has a lot of journey-related stuff!

First things first, I had to tone down that bright white tag. I inked it with a combo of Antique Linen, Old Paper, and Frayed Burlap distress inks. I chose an All Night Media map stamp and inked it with grey Antiquities pigment ink. I haven't reached for grey ink in awhile – I think that pad must be 6 years old – so I have to give them credit for a quality product because it was totally thick and wet.

Next I stamped over the map layer with lots of Tim stamps in grey, red, and black. I added a B&W train image from my collage stash and a few stickers from 7 Gypsies and October Afternoon. I've distressed the edges of the train card and inked it lightly with Brushed Corduroy.

The large tag on the right with the plane is actually covering a major stamping gaffe. When that happened I had put too much time in to start over. I decided the cover-up would work if I made it look intentional, and then added several additional ‘off the edge' parts to other areas. I popped up the tiny tag and car on foam tape, and ran a thin meshy ribbon across the top. Little bits of brads and metal for added texture.

I hope you like it. I'm pleased with the way it came out. Please join us this week at Our Creative Corner… check out what all the design team members have made and then jump right in… all are welcome!



  1. Kristin Tierney on September 3, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    How do you do it!? THis is so awesome! I love the travel imaged and the details are perfection. I just love your style! Sorry it took a while to get my comments here – crazy week!

  2. Linda Coughlin on September 1, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Super piece of work, Marjie! I love travel themed art and yes, TH has some great stuff. I love how this is so different from the rest of the group’s samples this week. The travel theme works so well with the gray/black combo and that pop of red really livens it up! Wonderful collage piece!
    Hope you are having a great week.

  3. lynnef on August 31, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Marjie…..what a GREAT use of the color palette!!! You TOTALLLLLY pulled it off!!
    Thanks bunches for playin’ along with the Teamies and Simon Says Stamp and Show!!!

  4. Holly on August 29, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Marjie, this is a wonderful take on the color challenge! I really enjoyed this collage-y, vintage-y, distress-y look of this card. Really great!

  5. Sarah (Sasa) on August 29, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    this is really great – you’ve used the CCC challenge colours brilliantly. Love all the layers and details – a fab tag!
    Thanks for sharing with Simon says Stamp & Show!

  6. Lori on August 29, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Awesome Marjie! Love the colors you worked with…very cool!

  7. Jen R on August 29, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I love the depth of color and all the detail in your (huge!) tag! I could never even dream of pulling off shabby the way you do! Hope you have a wonderful week :)

  8. Jingle on August 29, 2011 at 6:57 am

    This is a great tag! I love the various elements and how you used the images!

  9. Anne Marie on August 28, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Margie, I just love all of the shabby-details you shared! You really have such an awesome eye for detail. You showcased the color combo beautifully! Hugs! :)

  10. Silvia on August 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Fantastic tag, love these images.

  11. Vicki on August 28, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Gorgeous vintage tag!!! Love this!

  12. Candy Colwell on August 28, 2011 at 4:28 am

    Marjie…your travel tag is such a wonderful vintage masterpiece! I love everything about it! The trains, planes and automobiles are used to perfection! Love the colors you chose to use on this piece and the red you added really makes the entire piece. This seriously is a wonderful piece that looks like something you found up in an old attic. Love it! Thanks for sharing your wonderful art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. <3 Candy

  13. Terry on August 27, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Marjie, love your sideways tag! Love the pop of red you added, such a fabulous design! Wonderful as always!

  14. Debbie on August 27, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Fabulous tag! Love, love, love those colours! Great design

  15. sharon wheet on August 27, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Marjie, I just LOVE your work. I was really looking forward to see what you created, as you have this wonderfully unique eye for paper crafting! And, I wasn’t disappointed, again! yahoo! I will admit, that I too, am a big TH fan. But, you really DO know how to showcase his products! Fabulous card, and I love the travel theme. How clever, creative, and inventive!
    Have a wonderful weekend! and keep crafting!
    hugs, sharon

  16. Lynne M on August 27, 2011 at 8:09 am

    The touch of red makes such a difference. I would never have thought to use those colours together. Why I especially love it, I would normally have associated those colours with contemporary artwork yet you still achieved a vintage feel to this tag.

  17. Valerie-Jael on August 27, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Lovely tag with great colours! Valerie