Tuesday 29 June 2010

Wonderful Weddings at Tuesday Taggers

Here is my DT card for this week's Tuesday Taggers where the theme is Weddings. I made this with a colleague in mind who likes simple and elegant cards, and often buys cards from me with trees and leaves on them. I'm hoping she likes it.
I began by stamping the fern (Rubber Stampede) in versamark onto the base card and around the nestie (labels 1) .I embossed it with clear EP. The left half of the base card was covered in a patterned velum and the edge was punched with Martha Stewart Doily lace. Around the fern leaves I sponged a bit of Bundled sage distress ink. The sentiment is from a clear set by American Crafts. I added a white ribbon too (it hid the adhesive!).
This week we are being sponsored by the Craft Barn and there is a fab £15 voucher up for grabs. Do pop over to the Tuesday Taggers blog and look at some of the fab creations from my lovely teamies! Thanks for looking!

Saturday 26 June 2010

Very late Tag you're it!

Here is my entry for this week's Tag you're it! With only five minutes to go before the next one starts I've finally made my ribbon embellishment. The stamped background it using a penny black stamp that I won on the Allsorts blog hop, and the swirl and flower centre are Marianne design dies bought on my last trip to sir stampalot. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday 22 June 2010

Footwear at Tuesday Taggers

Good morning, and I hope you are having flip flop weather too! I have chosen the theme at Tuesday Taggers this week and I chose footwear. Not that I'm an Imelda Markos or anything, but I do like flip flops and sandals! For Tuesday Taggers though it can be anything that goes on your feet - boots, wellies, heels- anything. For my tag I cut a couple of flip flop shaped pieces of card that I stamped with a clear Hero Arts stamp. I used some wire and seed beads to make the straps and mounted on some gold glitter paper, adding a bit of cuttlebugged pearlised blue card for the sea. I finished it off with a couple of real shells saved from a holiday.
Now if only my feet would fit in them...

Pop over to the Tuesday Taggers site to have a look at what my lovely teamies have created. I hope you can join us this week!

Friday 18 June 2010

Tag you're it - Who inspires you?

The challenge on Tag you're it this week is to create a tag in the style of someone who inspires you. I really struggled to choose between several people for this. Eventually I decided on Michelle Zindorf. I have spent many an hour looking at her wonderful creations and tutorials, and it was her blog that encouraged me to get my brayer out (after many failed attempts) and have another go. I'm still learning, but I throw a lot less away these days!
For this tag I used a big and juicy ink pad (Spice), Leaf flourish stamp (Hero Arts), tree stamp (stampin' up), Bullrushes stamp (Stampscapes) and butterscotch Adirondack ink for the moon and a white gel pen

I have also picked up a few tips along the way from Brenda, Tracey Dutton and Barbara Gray. I can recommend watching all of them demonstrating!
Told you I was in the mood to get inky! Thanks for looking!

Wednesday 16 June 2010

Vintage bookmarks at Tuesday Taggers

Whoops, I'm a day late posting my Tuesday Taggers DT work. This week the theme is Vintage bookmark, chosen by our lovely teamie, Ildiko. The 'hers' one has been on my desk for a while, but without the vintage finishing touches. The stamp is from the Wild meadow themeplate by Elusive Images. The 'his' bookmark features three stamps from Hero arts and a photo I found on the internet. I used distress inks for both.
Sorry I'm not getting time to visit you all at the moment. The eyes are much better, but I've also been writing reports and my allowance of computer time was devoted to that.... until tonight! I've finished them, yay! I'm itching to get inky, but I think I'd better get an earlier night and have a bit of craft time tomorrow. Thanks for visiting, and I really do appreciate you all!

Thursday 10 June 2010

Tag You're it Challenge - Needle and thread

It's taken me a few days to get round to it, but this is my tag for Tag you're it this week, where the theme is needle and thread. I decided it was time to get my sewing box out and inside I found a bag of bits that my dad had passed on to me a few months ago. He had been having a sort out and come across some sewing things that had been my Mum's many moons ago. Inside were various freebies from the Woman and Home magazine - press studs, buttons, hooks and eyes and a couple of packets of needles. Judging by the packaging they must be from the seventies! The buttons are probably even older, and haven't aged very well! I added some K and co paper, stamped lace, daisy trim and some real stitching. After much deliberation I took the needles out of this packet, added a little wild honey distress ink and attached it to the front. Not my usual thing and definitely out of my comfort zone, but I think it looks okay.
I will be posting this off to Janet with three more at the end of the month for a swap the Tag you're it team are hosting. Thanks for looking.

Tuesday 8 June 2010

All that blooms at Tueday Taggers

Here is my card for this week's Tuesday Taggers where the challenge is All That Blooms. I used a penny black stamp and lots of punched flowers, so it would fit with the Sir stampalot challenge too - shame I can't enter!

The papers are Kaisercraft and I added a bit of gold tulip paint and some stickles too. Thanks for visiting and for your lovely comments.

Sunday 6 June 2010

Didn't we have a lovely day the day we went to Sir Stampalot!

Has that title made you sing?! Our Day at Sir Stampalot was fantastic! Chris and Brenda had created some amazing projects for us to have a go at. We assembled, we stuck, we brayered, we sponged, we distressed. In fact we had a fabulous time! We also ate some wonderful food and chatted and laughed lots! Here is the lovely album we created during Chris's wonderful workshop.
Inside it looks like this...
and it fastened with a really cool little magnet. I'm definitely going to make more of these. They could be for tags, ATCs, recipes, photos, and are great for using up scraps of beautiful papers.
The distressing project we did with Brenda was also wonderful, but I'm afraid mine isn't finished yet. I've got to admit I went for a wander around the shop at that point as I wanted to see if they had the things on my shopping list plus a few extras! Anyway, my next picture is of the brayering we did. I brought it home to do the stamping on it and finished it last night.
I also came home with three big and juicy pads including this soothing sunset one! I didn't spend all of my Birthday money... just most of it, and I'm sure you will be seeing the result of some of my purchases soon. Finally I'll share a picture of  some of the girls. Looking forward to doing it again!
A quick eye update: having not spent more than half an hour per day at the computer since Tuesday my eyes are feeling much better, but I'm still going to be good and carry on following orders until my next appointment at the end of the month. Thanks for all your lovely comments and support - I really do appreciate it!

Friday 4 June 2010

By the Cute and Girly - something old, something new...

Here is my entry for this months By the Cute and Girly challenge, where the theme is something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. I have used an old music stamp I've had for about ten years, I made my shutter card on my score - pal that I had for my Birthday in May and I used tumbled glass distress ink which is blue. Didn't manage the borrowed bit though!
I must apologise in advance that I'm not going to be visiting blogs quite so often as I'm having a few problems with my eyes at the moment and need to spend less time in front of a computer screen. I'm sure it will all get sorted out before too long, but bear with me. Tomorrow Lynne, Meg and I are off to Sir stampalot armed with a couple of cakes for a day of getting messy with our blogging mates. I am really looking forward to it and I've saved up quite a bit of my birthday money to take with me too. Shopping, cake and friends - what more can we ask for?

Tuesday 1 June 2010

Punches for Sir Stampalot !

Good morning and welcome to the June Challenge for Sir Stampalot! The theme this month is 'Punch it' , so you will need to get those punches out! My card this month uses a Martha Stewart punch around the page set, doily lace and an EK success border as well as two mini flowers and a leaf punch. The main image is from Penny Black, the Script is Hero Arts and the flourish is from Crafty Individuals. I coloured the poppy with watercolours and distress inks. The paper is from the Papermania Capsule collection. I used Antique linen, Tea dye and Wild Honey distress inks. Now then, the prize...

Isn't it wonderful? All those fabulous punches, and a few I've not seen before that are on my shopping list for my next visit to Sir Stampalot
Can we remind everyone that we do have a few rules on the sidebar and especially that you can combine your Stampalot entry with a maximum of five other challenges. Nobody likes rules, but we hate to get to your blogs and find a super piece of work that can't be included because it has been combined with a long list of other challenges. And most of all we so dislike having to be the the baddies who tell peeps that they are not eligible for the prize on offer. Try to remember  to pop in a link back to the Sir Stampalot challenge too, please. 
Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the wonderful cards the DT have made, and then get out those punches and join in! Thanks for looking!

Texture at Tuesday Taggers

Here is my Card for Tuesday Taggers this week where the theme is Texture, chosen by my lovely teamie, Zoe and sponsored by Tanda Stamps. I was a bit lost for inspiration at first, but I'm quite pleased with the result. It started off as a cardboard frame for a twinchie which I covered in a thin layer of embossing paste and stamped into. I can't say it was very good, so when it was dry I rubbed some turquoise paint and chalk ink over it (slight improvement). Then I used 3d copper paint to draw some leaves around it, but they looked a bit messy, so I tipped copper micro beads on top. The flowers (Crafty Notions) were stamped on to tracing paper that had been coloured on both sides with broken china distress inks. I used a range of craft notions creative colour sprays over scrunched paper to make the paper on the left, bordering it with more 3d paint and micro beads to disguise the uneven cutting! The swirl (Paper Artsy) is also stamped in Broken china onto the base card.  It nearly went in the bin at least 3 times, but I'm glad I didn't. I've had to get the vacuum cleaner out though, as my tidy tray and the micro beads had rather a lot of static and they kept leaping out of the tray and onto the carpet! Thanks for looking!