Sunday, February 19, 2012

Hello Robot Tags

Humour me, will you? ;) I thought yesterday's card would've helped bring back the mojo but, after I finished it, I spent several hours sitting at my desk staring into space! I admired my stamps and flipped through my inspiration book and still nothing came. Today, I decided to do something fun regardless. For the Hero Arts February Contest, I used Sketch #3 to make a set of tags that could go on gifts or serve as embellishments when attached to cards. I thought these would come in handy for my son's friends when he starts school this fall.

A sentiment like 'Have fun!' or 'You're cool!' would've made more sense but because I am in a funk, my mind was thinking that I had to make this fit all three categories. After I stamped the 'hello' sentiment, I thought I rendered these tags unusable because I didn't think there would be an occasion to send a simple hello card to a little boy. Then I remembered that several of my friends made cards for a little boy named Sebastian so I slightly modified one of the tags and turned it into a card for him. Now I'm thinking, I may have to convert the other two to cards as well!

I just got Echo Park's A Boy's Life so I wanted to cut it up immediately and I'd only used the MFT Die-namics Layered Label Die once since I got it for Christmas. Since a couple of the dies matched the sketch perfectly, I decided to use that as the shape of my tag. I stamped off (or second generation stamped) the Friend Definition on the centre labels directly on patterned paper. Then I stamped the same robot from Robot Trio in three different colours and fussy cut them. I hadn't fussy cut 120lb cardstock in a while and I'd forgotten how painful it was or maybe it was because I'm so out of practice! LOL I punched holes for the burlap string, looped them through and stapled it in place before stamping the sentiment from Essential Messages and adhering the robots with foam tape. Lastly, I added some Stickles to the stars on their chests.

Some of you were shocked that I used a sketch for my last card so I'll explain. I will very rarely use a sketch if it speaks to me and sometimes they do. The Hero Arts February Contest sketches inspire me but I'm not saying the mojo is flowing out from my fingertips the way ideas normally have in the past. I do hope that feeling will return quickly otherwise I will be in a panic soon enough with design team projects and publication calls looming. So now I will go and try to make a different theme of card for the last sketch. ;)

Sources: Echo Park A Boy's Life paper pad; Gina K Designs pure luxury white cardstock; Hero Arts Friend Definition, Robot Trio & Essential Messages; Ranger Distress Inks in Wild Honey, Fired Brick & Broken China; SU Dye Ink in Tangerine Tango, Real Red, Wild Wasabi & Night of Navy; Marvy-Uchida 1/8" long reach circle punch; May Arts burlap string in Natural, Bittersweet & Navy; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Ranger Stickles in Yellow, Orange Peel & Turquoise; foam tape

23 comments:

Kelley Eubanks said...

I think these are great Emily! I don't see a lack of mojo!! :)

Ujjwal said...

These are so fun and great, Emily! You will get back to it soon :)

melania deasy said...

I Love it Emily!!! this is so adorable!! I hope you win with this card and tag...so cute :)

Lynn said...

These are awesome! And will be perfect for your son's friends!

Vicky Hayes said...

I can't imagine you do much staring into space Emily! I love your robot tags and they work perfectly for cards too.

Lisa said...

Whether it's tags or tags turned into a card- they are sooo cute! These papers are so perfect for a little boy along with such fun colors! ps: if this is what it's like at your house when the mojo is missing- I WANT SOME!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Cute, cute, cute! I loooooove that robot! It's perfect! Amd that paper is just amazing for with this robot! Love these!
Hugs, Wendy

AnitaRex said...

Such cute tags! :> love that you changed it into a card! And I think you could have still used the tags for gifts, if not you could also add a banner with a sentiment over the hello! :>

onecraftymama said...

I think 'hello' works for anything, since you can then put the boy's name on, and write 'happy birthday' or what have you on the inside. Kids LOVE having their names on stuff. LOVE IT. It's a little crazy how much they love it. I love the subtle touch of the friendship definition :)

Jen W. said...

Super super cute. Love the Stickles on the stars and the fun colourful layers.
Sorry you're struggling with your mojo. Mine hasn't been particularly cooperative lately either. These are pretty darn cool though for someone with limited mojo! :)

Lindsey said...

I was just admiring the A Boy's Life papers today, and here you are using it! (Hmmm, to pick it up digitally, or wait till I can get m hands on the real thing? Decisions...) Love these fun tags, and how they can effortlessly transform into a card!

Angie said...

Sorry to hear that you're in a funk. :(. I think these tags are adorable. That paper works really well with that robot.

Brenda said...

These are super cute Emily! I think we put too much pressure on ourselves sometimes and are just never satisfied enough to enjoy what is! I think you are fabulously creative, I hope that counts!

Emily Keaton said...

Oh, I think these tags are SO adorable, Emily! I'm sure that Sebastian will love his card. Good luck on finding your mojo!! Lassie, come home!!

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

They're fabulous , you are so hard on yourself, I absolutely adore the card, hugs Gay xxx

Karin (PeppermintPatty) said...

These are super cool Emily!

Angela said...

I love that started out planning ahead for next FALL with these tags. That's hilarious. Also, really cute -- the tags, I mean! Any kiddo would love a card made with one.

Lisa Arana said...

Even in a funk you rock! I think your tags are awesome and can be used for anyone.

PS... your mojo was lost, so I gave it a hug and sent it home to you. ;)

~amy~ said...

CUTE robots:)

Bee's hive said...

O! I love Robots! Well my son loves them so I HAVE to love them too! Thanks for sharing such fantastic BOY themed cards:)

kasia c. said...

These are aesome little tags!
I love how you added it to make the card too. Such fun papers and that robot is too cute.

I hope you get to feeling your mojo has returned soon. (although to us it never seems as though it left!)

:)

Scrapalajen aka Jen said...

Seems like you have your mojo on now!!! I so wish mine was like yours...LOL! Your robots rock Em!

Annette said...

Emily those little robots are just so cute..love these fun tags and such a cute card...