10 September 2014

Journal on a tag

The theme at DraginsDream Tag It On this fortnight is the letter J and Die Cuts which gives me a wonderful excuse to get out my very favourite Wendy Vecchi stamps! I chose 'journal' as my 'J' and then used lots of stamps based on inks!
I used my pointy finger die which I know I have the matching stamp for - can I find it?! Nope! Suspect I need a tidy up! When I find it I'll update the tag!
Hope you'll join in with us - just make sure you include a stamp and a tag and your interpretation of the theme! If you need more inspiration - my team mates have created a really fabulous variety of ideas - why not pop over and see?

3 September 2014

Good luck!

Today is a pretty big day in our house, and I know it's repeated everywhere else! Our son, Tom, starts Secondary School today - the nervous energy has been palpable all summer so it's a bit of relief that that the day has dawned! My daughter, Freya, returns to school tomorrow! I wanted to mark this momentous occasion and the new Clare Lloyd, for PaperArtsy, stamps were begging to be used! I created two tags, one for each of my children, using the stamps and they are just terrific to use!
On Tom's tag I sprayed the tag with Dirty Martini Dylusions spray and used one of the background stamps and the centre of the frame for my balloon. The chap is stamped on to the tag and again onto tissue paper so I didn't lose any of the detail when I cut him out. He is painted with Fresco Finish paints. The sentiment is one of six in the set - I love the typeface they chose!
For Freya's tag I used both background stamps and the frame and sentiment as before. The head is a Lynne Perrella stamp and the 'legs' are from Jofy's new stamp set - it's a wiggly line that I cut in two! I think it looks like her knees are knocking together!
Well, I'll spend today thinking how Tom's getting on - I hope you enjoy your day, whatever you get up to!

1 September 2014

...But I can see Su!

This month at Country View Crafts Challenges the theme is 'Nautical'. I must confess that my heart sank like an anchor (see what I did there?!) as I don't have any nautical themed stamps until I remembered this one! Then I remembered my parents saying 'I see no ships' pretty much every time we visited the seaside! The background to the saying, which is a famous misquote, is here (towards the bottom) and my hanging was born!
I was quite amused by the idea of Su (the name for my Phrenology head) being unable to see the ships because they are balanced on her glasses! Sometimes it's hard to spot what's right in front of us! I do hope you'll join in with us this month - there's lots of incredible inspiration on the blog this month so please do pop by and see it!

29 August 2014

Use every colour...

Over at Country View Crafts Challenges is a 'Magpie' day with a postcard theme. For mine I thought about my 'baby' Tom who starts Secondary school in September. I guess that doesn't really mean he's a baby anymore! 
I started by cutting a large tag to size and stamping the Postcard stamp (Tim Holtz) and the  writing lines (Wendy Vecchi) as a base. The line stamp is incredibly useful for journalling as well as a whole host of other ideas!
I then stamped lots and lots of my most favourite Wendy Vecchi images onto tissue paper (and a jar onto Clearly for Art) and painted the reverse of the stamps and cut them out. The eagle eyed will spot I didn't have room on the finished postcard for the paintbrush at the bottom of the picture above! I stamped onto tissue paper so the finished postcard is very flat so I could post it easily if the recipient didn't live with me!
I used brighter Fresco paints so they would stand out and I cut a slit in the jar so I could feed the pencils and paintbrushes through so they looked like they were in the jar.
I hope you like my postcard - if you would like to see the other DT member's postcards, which are pretty fabulous, then dod pop over here!

27 August 2014


For this fortnight's DragonsDream Tag the theme is the letter Y and Transport - this had me scratching my head as I didn't really know what to do and then I remembered that to travel is to go 'yonder'!
I used my Tim Holtz travel stamps on tissue paper and used Fresco Finish paints to colour them. Then I had a lovely time trying to fit the jigsaw of images together! I included a plane, hot air balloon and motorbike to make sure I had the transport part of the theme covered!
Hope you'll join in with us - just make sure you include a stamp and a tag and your interpretation of the theme! If you need more inspiration - my team mates have created a really fabulous variety of ideas - why not pop over and see?