Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Sunday stamper: 194. Life.

My goodness is this getting to be a habit? ANOTHER second post of the day! However I had some time between work and didn't want to waste it! This tag is a bit different from what I usually do as it is only in black and white.
Sunday stamper: Life
 I tore black card and stuck it to a white tag. Then I stamped Dina Wakley's silhouette in white embossing powder and then cut it out. The next one was black ink on white card. I then adhered (such a lovely word) them to the tag. The negative border was die cut from black card and a bar removed so that the sentiment fitted.  A black photo corner, a black and white brad and gingham ribbon was added to the top. Simples - but any more would have been too much. Ah well, work calls again. Bye peeps x

Tim's tags of 2012

Managed it, by the skin of my teeth! Here is Tim's first tag of  2012.
February Tim tag
Didn't have all the right stuff. No embossing folder with matching stamp so I embossed hearts in the background and coloured with the distress ink. the cherub is of the larger variety and so is the honeycomb paper, but such fun to do! I loved doing the tags of Christmas but I think this was so right of Tim to change his format. Looking forward to the next one now! x

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

A month of Tag Tuesdays!

As I mentioned last month I am taking part in the weekly challenge hosted by the talented Carolyn Saxby. I have decided not to show them every week on this blog but put them into my large sketch book each month.
February's tag tuesday

The first week was on the theme of hearts and I used my new embellishing machine to make the base of this layered offering.

Tag Tuesday Hearts

The second one was a piece of shabby chic for Valentine,
tag tuesday valentiine

The third was Poetry and I for me it had to be a quote from the Bard!

tag tuesday poems

The last one is under the theme of 'books' and so I chose one of my favourites, Miss Garnet's Angel.

tag tuesday Book

Carolyn has invited us to try different mediums and experiment. I am loving being part of this group, do have a peep at the lovely tags posted every week. Off now to finish Tim's tag of 2012 and to think up something for the Sunday Stamper! xx

Monday, 20 February 2012

Sunday Stamper:193. Stitch in Time.

Well, did I ever give myself a task here! I thought I would have a go at a shadow box as I had some cheap swedish ones on the shelf waiting for the moment. Then I found a vintage advert for sewing machines and printed it off my cd, and left it in the colour blue for the background. Then came the first challenge, as I got carried away in the blue moment and was worried that it would be too monotone! The box was painted with blue distress inks, tissue was stamped with the Tim sewing stamps in, yes you've guessed it blue, then stuck around the frame. Then I  die cut the dress form and the needle paper. I made a dress out of some blue material and found some blue pearls. I made the skirt stand out by sticking some sellotape on the hem, stops it fraying too much. Then I wanted a pair of scissors, but no such stamp in my stash, so I drew a pair and stuck the drawing to grunge paper and coloured the blades with  silver acrylic and the handles blue. I then needed a sewing machine, so I found a drawing and adhered it to more grunge and made a table with a matchbox and some pieces from an old wooden fan that I  coloured. The button pelmet was in my stash, K&Co I think but I've had it ages and forgotten! I added tissue tape to a wooden reel with a top from the Tim set and distressed an old tape measure in my sewing box. The tab at the top is one of Wendy  Vecchi's. Phew, got there! Just as long as you don't think it's a bit, well Blue?

sewing room

Have a good week everyone, don't work too hard! x

Saturday, 18 February 2012

After my saturday bath!

I love having a deep hot bath on a Saturday morning to start the weekend off and I often read through some of my Craft Stamper magazines for ideas which is why most of my mags have curly edges and bubble bath stains on the covers! This morning I found again a lovely project by Rachel Emilie Jackson in which she used a masterboard of old scraps and watercolour paint, stamps and gesso. As I have the stamps she used by CRESCENDOh I thought I would make a few. Now I stress these are her ideas not mine. I will not copy another artists work unless the instructions are given in a book or magazine, but I find that working to their ideas often lets the old mojo have a fling! So thank you Rachel, lovely project, but mine are not as exquisite as yours!
masterboard cards

masterboard cards

masterboard cards

Hope you are all having a lovely Saturday? Not too much of the old 'H' word? (Housework? what's that?) x

Friday, 17 February 2012

Sunday Stamper 192: I will always love you.

Dear Hubby and I have been together for 45 years this year, can't believe it but then I can mislay a week very easily! I'm showing the tag I attached to his Valentine pressie, which was a jar of his fav. caramelised onion marmalade.
sunday stamper Love
I took a Tim tag and covered it with some red plaid cotton. Then I cut a slightly smaller tag and put some paper from my stash over it and edged with a faux stitching line. At the top I stamped a festoon from Paperartsy's Lynne Perrella range and added the face from the same set underneath. I guess you all know where the cupid came from, had to have him, he's gorgeous, another Tim winner! I distressed him with spun sugar and victorian velvet distress ink with some gold and silver acrylic dabber. The pink paper ribbon at the bottom is offset with one of three little roses and the 'soul mate' was another part of a Paperartsy set. The little gold hearts at the bottom are from a ribbon strip. The chiffon at the top was a find, in a pound shop on a long strip of things for a little girls hair!
No more hearts for a while I think, but aint love grand!

Saturday, 11 February 2012

The second post!

Well, this is a first, second blog of the day! Just wanted to put my cardigan on as I have just sat in the conservatory enjoying the sun and have finished it! I am not very good at knitting and do it in sporadic bouts, but this cardigan was only started at Christmas so it is a record for me.
jumper finished!
It is super chunky wool and very cosy, like being wrapped in a blanket. Just the job if the snow returns. I bet we have warm weather now I have made it, like it rains when you wash the car, why does that happen? So, if the sun continues to shine you know who to thank! x

Sally's Card!

My dear friend Sally and I are back to exchanging cards every month, as I have now posted hers I can safely post it here. I took a trip to last week and succumbed (along with other things I can't live without) to a set of Claudine Hellmuth flower stamps that I have had my eye on for ages.
Sally's Card
I picket fence dabbered (such literacy!) over a sheet from an old book and then stamped and layered up the flowers using distress inks. The centre of the flowers are made with some flower soft that I had in my stash. I'm off to play now with some of my other purchases, as it is too cold to go out! Whooppee! See you all soon. x

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Sunday Stamper 191: Heart on my sleeve.

My dear Dad came and stayed for a week following a cataract operation and my Mum spent  a lovely week in our beautiful local hospice where they looked after her grandly, so I have not had a lot of time to play. As they are back safely at home now I managed to make a tag for Hels challenge.
Sunday stamper Hearts
The background is printed paper slooshed over with spun sugar dabber and edged with aged mahogany. The heart stamp has been coloured with sakura pens overlayed with a heart out of music paper and a little wooden heart coloured with gold acrylic dabber. I had a little square text about love which I stamped at the top and garnished with a rose and some punched leaves.  A tattered banner at the bottom and a jewellery finding  in which I placed a part of a cupid stamp and filled in with tinted glossy accents. Lace at the bottom and chiffon at the top. What a romantic type of year, brings out the fluffy bunny in me! Cheers everyone! x