Spots, Dots and Circles

Circlesspotsdots It’s time for Grungy Monday #13 at Linda Ledbetter’s StudioL3 blog… this week we’re playing with Ranger’s Alcohol Inks.  You can see Tim Holtz demo these inks here.  

I used a clear acrylic flower for the project and inked with a combo of caramel, watermelon, and sunset orange alcohol inks.  I stamped a large alpha stamp (Hampton Arts) on top with black archival ink.

I pulled out my Chatterbox brad maker and a Hero Arts definition stamp to make the brad in the center of the flower.  I love it when I use just a part of a stamp!  That part will qualify for the “Show us a Word” theme at Simon Says Stamp & Show this week.  It was very hard to decide what word to choose and when I thought of that for the flower, I was glad to be able to check it off my list.

Why all those circles, you might ask?  They are for my Aussie friends at Inkurable StampersTheir theme for the month of June is “Spots, Dots and Circles.”  I pulled out a pack of Bazzill circle chips and embossed several using Tim Holtz’s dot matrix texture fade folder.  I went over the raised parts with different color distress inks and stamped the rest in a combo of Tim Holtz stamps and Paul Best face stamps.   Loads of distress inks.  The tag itself is colored with a vintage photo distress stain. Even the brad holder has dots, which made me smile.

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Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. AWESOME! super fun!

  2. This is totally fabulous, Marji! I love what you did with the chipboard circles -so very cool. Great color palette too! Always a pleasure to have you join our challenges at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  3. Great tag – the circles are a fab idea!

  4. Just fabulous – loving the colour the shapes, the composition and the flower is a beauty! Great creation and design…

  5. such a great tag!!
    Love the colors

  6. Marlene Moore says:

    Wow! I love this, the circles are fabulous and you have now given me an idea of what to do with those Bazzill chips i have laying around.

  7. Marjie – That is just the coolest thing ever. Dots just have to make you smile!

  8. shirley says:

    Love all the circles and those yummy distress colours!

  9. Your tag’s great, Marjie!!

  10. This is stunning.

  11. Awesome tag

  12. Beautiful! I love all those circles – so different but work together so effectively. And the acrylic flower is the perfect accent. It’s an inspiration.

  13. Hi Marjie! Great tag. Love what you did with all the circles and the flower! Thanks for joining the challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show.

  14. Compelling

  15. as always .. totally wonderful tag!!! it is so different from anything i’ve seen. i must try that !!!

  16. WOW! I am impressed!This piece is a jewel! You just gave me the urge to make brads with my tool and to make circles using my embossing folders! Great inspiration and great job with this weeks challenge!

  17. I like that each circle is different and the clear flower at the top! So much great texture on this!
    Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!!!

  18. This is so incredibly creative and just plain cool! Love the circles!

  19. Great tag, just love that flower.
    Sue 🙂

  20. Fun tag.

  21. This is really pretty and I love the art brad ;0)
    Love Dawn xx

  22. Marjie, this is such an awesome tag! Love all the circles of interest! Wonderful GM tag! I have got to get cracking on mine! Have a wonderful evening!

  23. Very cool! Your flower & brad set your tag off brilliantly. Funny, I just pulled out my chatterbox brad maker this weekend too! I haven’t had a chance to blog it yet though. TFS

  24. Fantastic tag! Love all your details and doodads! Great colours, grungy look! Awesome

  25. Hi Marjie! Your tag is fabulous! LOVE the circles! They are way cool with all of their detail. Love all the colors you used and how you distressed everything. Great job! Thanks for sharing it with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. <3 Candy

  26. How cool, great use of the flower.

  27. WOW, your tag is fabulous Marjie! I love all the circles, such attention to detail and the flower is spectacular. 😀

  28. Fab tag, Marjie, love it!

  29. Adorable Marjie! Love all those dots and circles and the flower is Fab!

  30. Hi there ! This is stunning you have achieves such beautiful colours and love the stamping on all those circles , clever you !

  31. Fun tag! Love the circles too.

  32. Great tag, love the circles and the flower and brad are a lovely touch. Tracy x

  33. gorgeous…love your tag and the dimension with the embossed paper, great idea

  34. Hi Marjie
    Another wonderful tag from you and you made your own brad, that is something I’ve never heard of before.

  35. Brilliant tag! Love all the circles! x

  36. I love the circles! Great tag!

  37. Oh wow Marjie this tag is fabulous, love your terrific design. Annette x

  38. dearest Marjie,
    Beautiful tag today!Those circles are each so beautiful, will have to look at each one closely! take care, gerri

  39. Great tag, love the colours! Valerie