Think Spring Blog Hop and Celebrations of the Heart Winners!

Good Morning everyone! Welcome to the “Think Spring” blog hop hosted by the sweet Jessica and her friend and fellow blogger, Nancy! If you’ve just popped over here from Jessica @ Denim Glitter Creations, then you are right where you should be. :) If not, don’t worry, I’ll have the full list posted at the end of this entry so you can start from the very beginning. I can’t wait to show you what I’ve created for you today!

My favorite season is autumn, but I love what comes after the Spring best. Spring is the quintessential symbol of renewal, hope, and growth. When all the snow melts, and perennials start poking out from the thawed Earth, that is a joyous sight to see. I don’t even complain when the birds fly home from their winter vacations and start chirping outside my window at 6 a.m. It just means warmer weather is near.

Speaking of growth, I have been thinking a lot lately about how to grow as an artist, but further more, just as a person. I’ve been trying to think of all the things that my creative spirit is looking for, and one of the things I have wanted to do for awhile is more mixed media art. So, I dug out the palette of water colors my mom gave me a few months back, and got to work. What I found was a whole new world of exciting possibilities. I made about 10 tags last night, but I have my two favorites to show you today.

My manilla tag was first stamped with my Bit of Burlap background stamp in London Fog Memento Ink. Then I did a wash of yellow watercolor and Spun Sugar Distress Stain. You can’t see it, but I also spritzed the entire tag with Pearl Glimmer Mist {so pretty in person!}. This bird was stamped first onto Natural Sticky Back Canvas by Claudine Hellmuth {LOVE this stuff!!}. I stamped my bird in Versafine (Onyx Black) and touched in areas with a bright blue and pink. I accented the eyes with yellow and the beak in orange. I then did an all-over grey wash and went back in with some yellow and accented the edges with Spun Sugar Distress Stain. The sentiment is from Springtime Minis by Peachy Keen Stamps {they are having a ONE day sale today!!!}.

Don’t you just love that bright, cheery twine? I used Pink Sorbet, Lemondrop, and Blossom, all from The Twinery.

This tag was layered with Broken China and Peeled Paint Distress Stains, then sponged with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink around the edges. I like the really vintage look – it almost looks like some sort of chemical reaction took place. The birds’ nest stamp was also stamped in Versafine (Onyx Black) and I touched in a yellow-brown and darker brown for the nest. The robin’s eggs were painted with the same blues as the bird, just a little more aqua was used to make that true “Robin’s Egg Blue”.

I added in some Rustic Twine from Papertrey Ink to bring out the natural feel of the canvas and portray the birds’ nest a bit. I sponged the edges of my circle (both were cut with Spellbinders’ Nestabilities) with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink as well.

These were SO fun to make and honestly, not really difficult at all. The Distress Stains are awesome for tags because in one swoop, you get a full, transparent wash of color, but you can layer in more colors or simply  layer the same color over again.

Before I send you off to your next stop, I want to announce the TWO winners from the Celebrations of the Heart blog hop! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your sweet comments, they always give me the inspiration and encouragement to keep going and keep pursuing new creative paths!

The winner of the Peachy Keen Stamps’ Duck Dolls stamp set was…

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

The winner of the Market Street Stamps’ Enjoy Today stamp set was…


Congratulations, Ladies! Please contact me with your address so I can get your prizes out right away. :)

Alright guys, thanks again for stopping by, please head on over to your next stop, the wonderful Jessica @ Thatz Uneek! I’ve also included the full hop list below – Happy Spring!!

Martha ~
Amanda –
jennifer –
Nadia –
Jessica –
Angelica –
Jessica Baker
Anita –
Laura –
About Angelica

I'm Angelica - a young mom, business owner, coffee lover, mind wanderer and mess maker with too many interests to count. Although I lead a busy life, I still find time to create everyday. If my hands aren't stained with ink, I'm cruising along in Illustrator or doodling in a sketch book. Visit me on Twitter or Facebook to follow my latest obsession. I'd love to get to know you!


  1. ADORABLE! I absolutely love the bird, always makes me think of my father-in-law because he loves blue birds. Thanks so much for participating in our hop!

  2. These turned out beautiful lady! You will have to show me how to use watercolors!!

  3. I love the tags… and that you watercolored them….. wowie… I love watercolors! I haven’t watercolored in years…. since art classes. Must get back to it. :)

  4. Love the Tag…wow!!!

  5. I love your tags! The bird theme, vintage look and twine!
    I am a follower, now!
    You can find me at

  6. Love the tags!!

    phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

  7. I love the coloring! you did a great job

  8. Angelica, These are blowing me away, I just love the colors and how the brighter colors pop on the paper.
    Thanks so, so much for hopping with us and also sponsoring this hop!! You are the best!

  9. These are fabulous!

    I just looked up Distress Stains last night and I think I might have to give it a try! Looks fun!

  10. Wow!!! These tags are absolutely beautiful. The bird and birds nest look so realistic. I LOVE them! Hugs- Glora

  11. What adorable tags! I just love the bird and bird nest! The twine was a perfect touch! Thanks for sharing!!

  12. Great tags! I love them because they remind me of all the beautiful birds that come to visit us in the Spring.

  13. Jennifer B says:

    Your tags are great! Thanks for describing how you did them. I’ve got some tags but have never tried anything with them and now I think I’m going to! Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Totally love it Angelica!! Very very cute!!! Love the touch of twine!

  15. Your tags are gorgeous.
    Katsews at gmail dotcom

  16. So cute—-I love these tags!!!! Great work.Thanks,

  17. kathleen schriber says:

    i really like your tags and twine. i can’t wait to get some of the twine too.


  18. Your tags are fabulous!! I’m just starting to try my hand at coloring stamped images, I enjoy it but need more practice, thanks!!

  19. Shannon Leffew says:

    Great job!

  20. Pretty tag.

    Smiles Sher

  21. pretty tag, I don’t think my last one went through if so, just delete this one please.

    Smiles Sher

  22. You tags are sooooo pretty! I love the nest one… the colors are awesome!!!!

  23. Kathleen says:

    Very cool tags. Love them :)

    pruttybird at comcast dot net

  24. Kathleen says:

    Absolutely adorable :) TFS

    pruttybird at comcast dot net

  25. Beautiful. I love the vintage look:) Thanks for sharing!
    Sherrie K

  26. These tags are so beautiful! And I love the twine!

  27. Brandy Corona says:

    These are so beautiful!!

  28. Love it!!! So sweet and thanks for sharing your lovely talent!!

  29. Love the tags! I got a watercolor kit for Christmas but haven’t had the guts or the time to try it out. Now I want to!
    craftycardgallery at gmail dot com

  30. Wow you did a great job painting these, I like the old vintage look. thanks for sharing.

  31. How TRULY lovely your watercolored tags are. I absolutely love the think spring bird’s nest with the twine wrapped around it, in particular. I am a watercolorist from waaaaaay back (dark ages!) but haven’t touched a brush since picking up and focusing non my papercrafting. You’ve shown me that I can combine these two media with a beautiful outcome. Thank you! Lovely!!!

    …and I am DELIGHTED to have won your PKS Duck Dolls stamp set. I’ve sent you a private message with my postal information. Again, THANK YOU!!!

    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

  32. Percilla G says:

    THey all are beautiful. My daughter is really into mixed media these days so I have the material. Now I just need to create. Your projects opened up the possibilities within – thanks for sharing your wonderful creations

  33. Very Nice.

    vndlewis at rocketmail dot com

  34. Love your tag the colors are beautiful.
    debbie_craine at hot mail dot com

  35. Love the tags! Awesome job!

  36. Beautiful. Just wonderful.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    I am a follower.
    annadowdy at gmail dot com

  37. great tags,love them,joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

  38. those tags rock!!!

  39. Great tags. Your watercoloring came out beautifully. TFS and I am a follower. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

  40. …. these are ** tag-a-riffic ** such a wonderful job you did creating them.. wtg…

  41. iluvkatie74 says:

    I think this is so cute. I love the twine.

  42. I love these tags. Thanks for sharing!

  43. WOW! Your tags are beautiful, Angelica! The stamping and watercoloring looks awesome on the canvas, and I love that distressing stain you’re using! They’re just gorgeous, and I love them both!!!!!

  44. these tags are just gorgeous!

  45. Love your project. TFS, I am already a follower.

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