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Friday, April 22, 2011

Latest Inspirational Tags

This first tag is the reverse of the Butterflies tag a few posts below.


I made the background using Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Inks. I inked the very edges with Bundled Sage DI, then over sprayed the whole piece with Broken China re-inker mixed with Perfect Pearl, perfect pearls. The whole piece has a gorgeous shimmery quality that I doubt the camera really picked up. I then ran it through my texture embossing folder. Sometimes simple is really the best!!


The second tag is the reverse of the floral tag below.


This was made simply by applying Spun Sugar DI mainly to the centre of the tag & building darker layers of colour outwards towards the edges, using Worn Lipstick & Fired Brick. I then spritzed it with water & quickly mopped up the excess with kitchen towel to give the mottled look. I stamped the Heidi Swapp Heart in Fired Brick DI for impact & I particularly love how the open pattern shows through in paler pink.

I especially love this quote!!!

Well, I hope you have all begun your Easter Weekend on a good note. I am home today, but travel first thing tomorrow to Morpeth, outside Newcastle to stay with my big sister, Tracy.
I will look forward to a break, but its back to work Tuesday for 3 days and then a long weekend at home to do some creating.

My printer is still not sorted out and I seriously think i might have to look at purchasing another :((( Expense I could do without, but I have been a week without the printer and it is hindering my creative process!!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

More Inspirational Tags

This first one is the reverse of tag number one with the trees (post further down the blog). This is not really a quote it is a definition of the Law of Attraction.

The background is created using Shabby Shutters & Crushed Olive Distress Inks.

The stamp is Heidi Swapp, I first stamped in Crushed Olive then overstamped in Rangers Black Archival slightly to the side to give a shadowed appearance.

This second tag is the reverse of the second tag, with the TH cracked Embossing. This has been created using Spun Sugar & Milled Lavendar Distress Inks. The image is Elusive Designs & was stamped in Dusty Concorde then dusted with Inteference Violet Perfect Pearls.


I think this is the most important thing to remember. Life is now, not one of us can go back & change what has been, but tell me, do you really want to? After all, you are the person you are today because of what you have done, good or bad. I have screwed up in the past, done things I'm ashamed of, but I can tell you this for free, I'm very proud of who I am now, because I have worked damn hard to get from there to here.


Disaster has kind of struck, my printer is saying no I'm not certain if it is broken beyond repair or whether it can be sorted but right now it is the very last thing I need. I can see the need for a new one on the horizon but I love this one sooooo much, how rude!!!



Sunday, April 10, 2011

Inspirational Tags, Part Two

Here are tags Three and Four. To prevent bulk I have decided to create 8 tags & then add quotes to the reverse of them all to make a total of 16 quotes.



Tag Three is made with Tumbled Glass & China Blue distress inks with a touch of Dusty Concorde.

I then overstamped with TH Splatter Butterfly.

I picked up ink on a cotton bud to colour them in.



Tag Four is made with Victorian Velvet, Spun Sugar & Fired Brick distress inks.

The image is another TH from the Fairytale Frenzy set.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Inspirational Quotes, Tag Book

Here are the first two tags in my book. I've uploaded them the wrong way round the second one is actually going to be the first in the book!

The tags are chipboard covered in thin white card. Once they are all complete, they will be punched & attached together I'm thinking a ball chain rather than book ring for the closure.


Tag 2, is inked in 3 shades of distress inks; Victorian Velvet, Spun Sugar & Worn lipstick.

I used the Cracked TH embossing folder. I think I inked the edges with Weathered Wood to give a bit of depth to the pinks.

Tag 1 is inked in 4 shades of distress inks; Broken China, Dusty Concorde, Tumbled Glass & a touch of weathered Wood. It is also gessoed to give a faded look to the trees in the background. My main tree CI209 is then stamped in Rangers Black Archival ink.

I will share some more in a few days time. I'm hoping to create at least 12 of these tags for all the really important quotes I have.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Crafty Indivduals No.1 Challenge

The very first Crafty Individuals Challenge is "Simply Square". Having been a huge fan of these stamps, & own half the shop I was thrilled to see a challenge go up :0)

I coveted these trees for ages but as my creativity took a serious nosedive in September, I decided to wait until I felt up to cracking open the inks again. I bought these a couple of weeks ago & thought they would be perfect for this challenge.

I created my square on gloss cardstock using 4 shades of my favourite Adirondack Dye inks; Stonewashed, Denim, Lettuce & Pesto. I blended these to create a third green shade & then stamped my trees in black Rangers Archival Ink.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

A Touch of Red

I like to make tags for bookmarks. Especially thin tags such as this one below as they are perfect for reference books where you want to mark several places without the book getting bulked out. Whilst surfing some blogs late last night i came upon this challenge blog Less is More & the challenge was Touch of Red. So I thought my Gorjuss girl would fit the bill.


I was very lucky to be bought a fabulous Gorjuss Organiser by my work secret santa & I fell in love! I decided to purchase a few gorjuss girls to stamp inside it & this one called Foxy, really jumped out. This image is very similar to one in the book. My favourite in the book is Ruby, & I have a mug with her on, heading my way in the post, for my morning tea :0)

Back to the tag! It is created on white thin card which is 140gsm. This card while being thin, is still sturdy enough to stamp on & colour using distress inks. For this design I have simply stamped her in Black Rangers Archival ink & the touches of red are dark red wax crayon (I tidied up my craft stuff over the winter months & can not locate my pencil crayons!!)

In the winter months I just can not craft. The artificial light is poor & I fail to match shades of colour. I grew tired of throwing poor quality work away, wasting precious materials, so decided to put everything away until the lighter days got here. In the meantime, I have done a lot of reading & self discovery. But, I will be back soon. I am currently working on a mini tag book of inspirational quotes to keep me positive minded. I have not done too well with positive thoughts over the gloom of the snow & dark winter days.