Friday, January 7, 2011

All (Well, Some) About Me, and a Sketchbook Project Request

It's snowing again.  As much as I love to look at the stuff, living with it in NY is not for the weak.  I have no idea why we have so much trouble with it; it's not like we don't know we'll get some every winter.  Our mayor is in trouble with the public after last week's blizzard, and he promises to be out there with his shovel today.   But, I digress.....

I'm in a tag swap where I'm to create a tag that showcases me, who I am, my personality.  Tall order.  My problem wasn't what to include, but more, what to omit.  Don't want the tag to be too busy now, do we?  Anyway......what I decided on, was to include some photos that tell a bit about me, (BIG thanks to Lori who helped me out with this idea) to include some embossing, since I love the look, and most definitely to include a bit of machine stitching, since I am very proud of my new found ability to thread and then actually use, a sewing machine.  Because of my recent eye surgeries, I also needed to say something about that (without actually saying anything about it at all), and I'm pretty sure I managed to do so.  And no work about me would be complete if I didn't include Tim. I'm quite sure he can talk about himself without a nod to me, but the reverse is not true.  So, before I put you to sleep with all this blah blah blah......


The embossing folder is Clockworks from Cuttlebug.  First I sprayed the tag with lettuce color wash and heirloom gold perfect pearls mist, blotted it with a paper towel, and when dry, highlighted the raised areas with  walnut stain distress ink. 

The eyeglasses are a rub-on recently snagged in the 50c bin at Michael's.  I cut the filmstrip with Tim's die, just using some random pieces of scrapbook paper.  In the strips:  Tim and I on the Mexico cruise, me on a boat approaching the Statue of Liberty (which didn't fit in the frame),  me, all dressed up with my finest devil horns, Halloween '09, at my friend Heidi's place, and finally, Pat and I, artfully sketched by Pat herself,  from the sign adorning our cabin door on last year's cruise to Canada and New England.  (And notice the near perfect zig zag stitching on the left.  Gratuitious, I admit, but I needed to showcase my enviable sewing skills).

I used a fragment charm for the ribbon embellishment.  That's a Red Lead stamp on a scrap of Tim's paper.   As for the tickets on the bottom.....the top one is from the Lost and Found salvage stickers pack.  The bottom one I did on the computer (with the fabulous bleeding cowboys font), then cut out and distressed.  Both are stapled with Tim's tiny attacher.

And now, for my request....many of you are participating in The Sketchbook Project, (the link is one my sidebar if you'd like more information) and I've read several comments on blogs and in groups, that some of you are sad that you won't be able to see any of the books in person.  Well, I'd like to be your representative in NYC.  I plan to visit the library in Brooklyn when the tour begins, and I'd love to pick up your book, hold it in my hands and enjoy each and every page.  If photography is allowed, I'll take pictures too.  So, if you're reading this, and you're in the project, please email me with whatever information will help be locate your book amongst the 28,000+ others that will be on display.  I'm thinking, your name, the name of your theme, and the ID number we were given will be all I'll need.   Please click on the "email me" logo on my sidebar and send this information so I don't miss your book.  Thanks!


21 comments:

Jason said...

in the details. . . love your tag, so I noticed on your ticket hence the in the details. . . So. Dakota, so I am curious, where is this ticket from and where did you get it??
~Jason

Dorothy said...

Love your tag Eileen!!

shari said...

What a great tag! I love the photo's in the film strip. I'm following you now. Shari (cricutrookie)

SusanK said...

Lovely tag that really is YOU!

Elaine A said...

Eileen -

I love how this tag turned out! It is perfect, I love all the attention to detail Eillen. Love your sewing stitches also. This is just fabulous! Awesome, awesome job.

Elaine Allen

Nancy Lynn said...

Love the tag Eileen. Another masterpiece. Love the pictures you included.

Kathy Eddy said...

Love this Eileen! Especially the pic of you and Pat. So cool!

Tammy D said...

I love the tag. What a great idea to use photos.

inge said...

Hello Eileen,

really nice tag ! I like the photos you used in the photostrip ( reminds me to use mine more often...).Well, they DO say something about you, just like the rest of the tag :)
Colorful, adventurous, creative, fun, an angel with a little devil inside, a good friend,...

How are your eyes now after the surgery ? Do you notice they are much better or are they still in the healing stage ?

And the sketchbookproject... you know I'm there too !
greetings from belgium
Inge

usmc_honey said...

Great tag, Eileen.
You did a great job showcasing some wonderful bits about yourself. And I must commend your enviable sewing abilities. Perfect!
{{Hugs}}

Vic said...

It tells your story very well. Fantastic as always.

Elaine Akers said...

Eileen...your tag is fantastic. Great job.

Dawn-Marie said...

I love your tag! :)

Kerry said...

Eileen - awesome job! I just love your work - thank you so much for sharing.

Angie Hall Haviland said...

oh WOW...Love YOUR YOU Tag...it's WONDERFUL (just like YOU)!! :)

Karen said...

Wonderful tag: A hard topic to do but you have pulled it off brilliantly.

Tami Roth said...

ADORABLE!!! Love your personality tag, Eileen!

Hugs,
Tami

teri said...

Congrats on the new eyes my friend. It will be swell to see you making art without acting like Mrs Magoo!

Diann said...

An AWESOME piece of ART, Eileen, and so YOU! I love every single thought and element you put into your design - you go girl! Diann

Lori said...

This turned out FABULOUS! And it does totally scream YOU...Love those particular pics, great stuff. And I must get that Cuttlebug folder, I must. Everything is just awesome, and you were so kind to mention me..how cool is that? Hope you're shoveled out by now, but honestly, when you have to truck out over a foot of snow, how fast can it be done in a city that size? What do people really expect? lol!

papillon said...

where did my comment go? oh well, i'll just leave another one! this tag is awesome 'cause it really gives us an idea of who you are. makes me wish we could meet!