Sizzling Summer ..........

Sizzling and Summer are two words which we would rarely put together in Shetland!  but what a great theme for this month's challenge over at Country View Crafts.  I do hope you will join us in this lovely challenge theme.

We may not get sizzling temperatures but when the sun shines here in Shetland there is nothing as blue as the sea, the white of the beaches or the green of the hills.  So as today I start my sailing holiday my tag is "sizzling sea shore"!   

So grab a cuppa as there are alot of photos!

I covered my tag with bits and pieces of scrim, net, muslin and lace (all stuck down with Claudine Hellmuth Mixed Medium) and then I covered the whole lot with gesso.

When it had dried (I left it overnight) I sprayed it first with Gingersnap Smooch Spritz (in places as this is very strong colour!).

Then I sprayed with Glimmer Mist Seven Seas and a little Sprout - the Shetland colours of the sea, beaches and hills!

I dry brushed a bit of gesso over the top once it had all dried to tone it down a bit.

The texture on the tag is amazing, but no good for stamping, so I stamped these lovely Tim Holtz stamps (they are now on holiday with me!) onto tissue paper with Staz On Midnight Blue Ink and layered the pieces carefully over the top with Claudine Hellmuth Mixed Medium.

And the background of my tag was finished.  So then it was down to decorating.

A Dusty Attic anchor with a bit of copper embossing powder and these wonderful turquoise shells I picked up in our children's toy shop.  The other shells are all gathered from beaches here and in Orkney.  

A few seed beads, jade eyelash ribbon and some treasure!  

Hopefully when you are reading this I will be somewhere reminiscent of these colours in sizzling sunshine - maybe! the West Coast of Scotland can be as cold as here in Shetland!  

There is a great video HERE by Simon King - only a minute long but it really sums up life here in Shetland - on a sunny day!


...stunning work Jennie, you've captured Summer in a tag, oh I do love those blues, simply lush!...Mel:)xx
Brenda Brown said…
A very beautiful collection of sea shells and embellishments to make this fabulous tag Jennie. I love the colours and that it is so tactile.
Shetland looks stunning in the video with lots of wonderful scenery, wildlife and history. What a fabulous place to live.
Have the most wonderful holiday.
hugs {brenda} x0x
Astrid Maclean said…
The shells really make this tag so special Jennie, love the way you have added them, such wonderful colours too!

Off to look at the video now and I hope you have the most amazing trip!!
Astrid Maclean said…
What an amazing tag Jennie, love the textural background with the addition of the shells! It gives it a real Shetland kind of feel! Absolutely gorgeous. Just watched the video and I am starting to thing maybe we should have this Scottish get together on Shetland lol, - what an amazing looking place. I've made it to Orkney but not to Shetland yet, but it is now firmly on my bucket list...
Unknown said…
This is awesome Jennie, what a beautiful piece. Great colour work and a strong design. Am loving that anchor! A beautiful DT piece. Chris xxx
Jackie said…
A lovely post. May your sea be a as blue as the blue in your tag....have fun. The video looks very seductive but
having spent a week in Lewis I think I know there will be no sizzling!
Bonnie said…
Jennie, you have inspired me with this tag! I really want to try more with gesso and multi textures and you have given great instruction here, thanks! Loved the video of Shetland too. Have a great holiday
Netty said…
wow this is one fabulous tag Jennie, hugs Annette x
Wonderful tag, Jennie - such beautiful, fresh turquoise sea spray colours, and great texture from the netting, and the anchor and shells are the perfect embellishments, brilliantly arranged.
Alison x
Off to have a look at Shetland now...
Jennie - I just love the texture and colors of this tag. Simply gorgeous!
Jennie, a stunning tag. The colours and embellishments are perfect foils for each other and the theme of the tag. Love it! Have a fabulous holiday. Cheers, Di
Inkypinkycraft said…
this is absolutely gorgeous, layers, colours and just gorgeous x sorry about lack of comments , playing catch up..trace x hugs x
Artyjen said…
Another stunner! xoxo Sioux
Margaret said…
Jennie, this is so beautiful! I love all of the wonderful shades of blue and the shells are so fun!
Tracy said…
Just found your beautiful blog and have enjoyed my time on this rainy day browsing through your lovely art. This tag (among others) is absolutely stunning! Love your textured backgrounds and I am inspired to spend the rest of my day at play :) Thanks for sharing
Cindy - FL said…
Oh my, your tag is absolutely stunning! I just love everything about it and can't wait to try to make something similar. THANK YOU for the inspiration!