Go for the gold!

I love creative people. I myself often feel like I don’t quite fit in or like some ideas are just too crazy… but I carry on anyhow. It takes a lot of guts to do what we do, sharing our ideas, our lives, and making ourselves vulnerable through posts and videos and all. I’ve been wanting for a long time now to create space here in the studio to create inspired by other people. Majorly impressed and inspired by a new FREE class and event, I figure now is the time.


I’m talking about Sandy Allnock and her “gold” class. I just finished watching day 1 & 2 and went shopping in my stash and am inspired to create and share with you here today. At the end of this post I’ve got link ups that you need for her class.

Note that this post, like all my posts, is 100% all me/my idea. Also? I am not a part of  this event, and also as always I must let you know that any links to supplies are affiliate links. That just means should any lovely blog readers click and purchase based off my link, a small % comes back this way to help offset costs and keep the blog running.

Here is a link to YouTube and my video about this project.

So creative friends, whether big or small I would love to hear from you when you have made something that has you excited, when you have a success, or when you just want someone to see something you’ve done. Jewelry to cards, scrapbooking to altered arts – it’s all amazing, wonderful, and I want to hear about it. I’m inspired to do more “shout out” and inspired by type posts. I also in general just want to discover more creative people, support what they’re doing, and say hey. This great big world of ours isn’t so big, and I always love to give encouragement and support to my fellow creatives.

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Project how-to:

1. Spray Distress Spray stains (blueprint, pistachio, and tumbled glass) onto a manila tag. Let dry, then tape down a stencil over the tag and apply Prima gold crackle paste.

Tip: Once you remove and clean your stencil, allow the piece to fully dry. I discourage you from trying to speed this part along – it only makes a wrinkle vs true cracks.

2. Stitch around the edges of your tag, and add green trim and gold tape to the bottom (the stitches will help hold this down.

3. Stamp Prima butterflies with Delicata ink pad and heat set clear embossing powder over. Stitch these to your tag base as well.

4. All the stitching done and the gold paste dry, it’s time to assemble! Add your buttons and Tim Holtz phrase strips.

5. Use Perfect Pearls mist in Sunflower Sparkle lightly to add an all over sparkle. Then use Heidi Swapp gold mist and Tim Holtz blueprint sketch to “flick” a few droplets that are more bold.

6. As a finishing touch, add a white ribbon to the top and edge the tag with black archival ink for added contrast.


I used Prima gold paste, as well as Sunflower sparkle mist. I don’t believe either of these items are in the ‘gold’ class or sale – but they’re worth mentioning here and Ellen Huston does carry them. Now here’s some linkage- for the shopping with Ellen Hutson (get 15% off this category if you use the code goforthegold) and many of the supplies Sandy uses including my beloved Heidi Swapp gold mist, here is the link to Ellen Hutson “gold” category.

Ready to see the class that inspired my post today? Here is a link to Sandy’s blog and the first/main “gold” post that will be updated as lessons are added.

6 thoughts on “Go for the gold!”

  1. This is a beautiful tag, May. So pretty. I don’t have a way or know how to share, I’m just plugging along doing layouts and a little art journaling. Michelle t

  2. I love your tag, especially the beautiful butterflies!! you’ve used so many techniques that I need to remember! Thanks for sharing!

  3. So pretty! Love this combination of distress colors. And all your different gold accents are beautiful.

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