Tuesday, 29 June 2010

GPPS Street Challenge No. 41!

When I first popped in to Michelle's to see what this month's challenge was, I was really excited by this grid idea.  My immediate thought was to use small tags in some way (I love tags) but how could I push my own boundaries a little and do something different which I haven't done before?  I decided to dye the tags using herbal/fruit teas.


I had green tea, blackcurrent and raspberry and elderflower in the cupboard and let the tags soak overnight then dry on a tray.  The colours were muted and there wasn't a great difference between the blackcurrent and the raspberry but it was fun to see what would happen.
I then drew my grid using some of my favourite tape from pretty tapes and then followed the colourway for the background using my distress ink pads and a blending tool.  The tags needed a little something so I got out all my small rubber stamps and did a different stamping design on each one.  Quite a fun result which I like a lot.



Time to 'play' has been a bit scarce again this month but I did just want to do another one!!


This time a simple design using some lovely scrapbook papers I had on hand and some of my even more favourite script tape to bring out the grid design.
Thanks again Michelle for organising this.  I am really loving these challenges.

15 comments:

michelle ward said...

Sheila - fabulous pages! Love the look of them, and love that you explained how you got that great color on the tags. Dying in tea - who knew? (I show easter egg dyed tags on my main blog yesterday!) LOVE the tape. It really is a cool "gutter" for both of these grids. Thanks for participating, and sharing your work with the team!!

Brigitte aka Scrappassie said...

Beautiful grids, and what a fun idea, to dye teabags. Love it, thank you for sharing !

jgr said...

These are really beautiful! What an original approach too, tea-dying. I also LOVE the tape!
Thank you for the inspiration!

whollyafool said...

dying the tags in tea is such an amazing idea! it's interesting how the tea was red/pink but the tags turned blue. weird!
i'm definitely going to try this though. your pages look great :)

daisy said...

Luv the muted colours you achieved by the tea dyes & the pretty tapes.

Lay Hoon aka mescrap said...

Those squares and tags are such beautiful !!
I gonna to love the smell of the tea..

Beverley Baird said...

I lovw both your grids. Thanks for sharing the how-tos!

goudenregen said...

Love your pages and what a great idea to use tea to dye the teabags. Really inspiring.

Tracy said...

What FANTASTIC results, Sheila... I just love the soft, vintage-like, muted shades... Wonderful ideas--thanks for sharing what you've been up to! :o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

susan greene said...

Sheila, I love the amazing colors of your tags from using tea. I have some ribbon I want to dye....I am going to to search for tea.

Dawn said...

great ideas on these pages :) I especially like the simpleness of the second page.

allmimsey said...

Beautiful pages...I'm a great Japanese tape fan myself. Where did you get the script tape, what fun!

fabricfan said...

The tag colours are delicate, love the grid. and I'll follow your link to the tapes. Thanks for posting that.

Joan said...

Both grids are just lovely! I have dyed lace and tags using regular brown tea (and coffee), but never tried the colored tea - what a great idea - thanks for sharing!!

cathsheard said...

I love that you used herbal teas to dye with - that is such a neat idea, and the final page looks great. The second one is very pretty too, I suspect you might have a wee stash of papers like I do LOL