Tuesday, 25 November 2014


firstly dear friends i am sorry to not have been playing along this month -- things have been brutally busy.  i've popped in to comment a few times but not much of that either so i'll hope to do better through the end of the year and into the new one.

for our prompt this week i thought of using any number of patriotic images as i have so many of them.  i also considered doing something related to thanksgiving as that is a holiday originating in the US. but then i thought of taking a different approach and i thought of what things are distinctly american,  which then got me thinking of the many things one could cover on the theme "america" as there is north america, south america, central america, the united states of america... ultimately i directed my focus to the united states which is where i live.  and i decided my tag would be a tribute to jazz music which emerged out of african-american culture in the united states.

i have a wonderful stampsmith stamp of louis armstrong which i decided would be my focus point.  i stamped it and lightly colored it with colored pencils and cut it out.  for the tag background i used a couple different designer digital papers from gecko galz on which i printed some sheet music -- the famous "what a wonderful world" which i grabbed off the internet and also the word "jazz" which is a digital stamp from the stitchy bear "all that jazz" collection of digital stamps.  i added some musical notes stickers and a stamped a few stars.

i hope you enjoy.  love to all, and for those who celebrate, a happy thanksgiving to you. or regardless, wishing you things to be grateful for daily.


  1. Great idea, I love jazz and your tag is beautiful! Hugs, Valerie

  2. Wonderful stamp for this tag--what a great musician he was

    Love Chrissie x

  3. What a great idea Michele, love that stamp and you've created such a fun background for the image, perfect! :o)

  4. Great tag, with a lovely image.

  5. Nice to see you again here, Michele!
    Love your tag - my Dad was mad about Louis Armstrong!
    Carolyn xx


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