California Dreaming


When I was thinking about the new challenge, Home Sweet Home, over at A Vintage a Journey I had the song “California Dreaming” swirling round my head. That started some thoughts about a tag for the Destinations folder!

My Found Relative is dreaming of her home in California, living across the world she wonders if she will ever see her Home Sweet Home?

I die cut Tim’s tag from white stamping card then stamped the map across the top using Archival because I wanted to put elements of the USA flag over it. I used Tim’s Stars layering stencil with Distress Embossing ink and then used clear powder to heat emboss.



Faded Jeans DI was the perfect colour to reveal the stars! Love this technique!


Next I used a zigzag stencil to represent the lines on the flag. Clear heat embossed again and then used Festive Berries DI.


I stamped with Stazon black using other stamps from the world set.


I was going to use the sailor as my Found Relative but thought this girl was wistful and her blue dress matched the tag. She is thinking of her home in California, across the world. She fits into a photo slot punch in the corner. Some silver stars, tissue tape and map charm finish the tag with some chit chat stickers.

I used DI markers to colour the ribbon, spritzed and crinkle dried. A quick blast of Picket Fence marker highlighted the red.

I hope you like my take on Home Sweet Home, I enjoyed making the tag. Always inspired by Tim’s techniques and products.

Jan x

7 thoughts on “California Dreaming

  1. What a great tag! I love the stars and stripes stenciling – the embossed stars look wonderful over that super world map stamping (another stamp set I need apparently!!!) Love the found relative you chose as well!!! thanks for joining us in the AVJ Home Sweet Home challenge! Julia xx

  2. Love your tag Jan..wonderful details and i too love those stencilled stars n stripes. In fact I am currently in California and the song you mentioned is a favourite of mine. I am sure your gorgeous lady will love her home sweet hoe when she gets here, so many fabulous homes to choose from…………….i would definitely settle for Carmel !!

    Great to have you on board with us at AVJ this month

    Best wishes
    Annie x

  3. This is such a fabulous tag and what a gorgeous background. Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey for our Home Sweet Home challenge. And my apologies for such a late comment – so many broadband problems here in Shetland! Jennie x

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