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12 Tags Of 2013 – September

Hello readers. I’m back to posting the next tag in my 12 Tags of 2013 series and the next in the sequence is this September tag. Tim Holtz’s focus for that month was using stencils for layering pattern using different mediums. It was an interesting technique and I jumped right into experimenting with it as soon as it was posted. I had a finished tag which I then duly hung on my tag board….but…..it just wasn’t gelling with me. So last week I tried again.
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And this makes me happy. All previous attempts at making something turned out muddied and dull, which is why I had to walk away.  When I start out on my backgrounds I usually colour several tags at a time and pick out the one I like the best. This time around I was spoilt for choice as they all looked right. No muddy colours, yay!

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I started out stencilling Distress Paint thru a dot pattern. In the top right corner I layered a different section of the stencil over the top of the first to get spots on my dots. I then coloured the tag with Distress Stains using bright pinks and yellows. Some more stencilling is added but this time with  Distress Inks, to create the wavy lines.

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By now I’ve already decided that I want to use my  umbrella man stamp as my focal image, and he gets stamped with a permanent Archival ink in Manganese Blue. Somehow this image, when it was all set and dry, looked like there was sunshine on his shoulder while his head was still shadowed by the umbrella. Gotta love those happen chance moments. I then finished off with the radial stencil, deliberately placing the centre over the mans head. Oh and I should mention (for those that notice these things) that the pale wavy lines in this part of the tag are part of the first layering with the paints, not a top layer with inks.

I wonder, how do you choose the words to stamp onto your cards and tags? I nearly always choose mine by what ever I have that fits in the space I want it to go. If I find a sentiment with the right shape then I’ll read it to see that it is appropriate. I picked this one because it’s shape closely resembles the shape of the man. Do you make choices like that as you create with stamped images?

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And lastly a look at what the September Tag Wall looks like. I have a completed tag for October so keep an eye out for that one in the coming week. Happy crafting to all.

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My Stamping All Star

This week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge we were asked to consider what our stamping all star was. Is it a stamp or a colour? I was a bit stumped about what my all star stamping go-to was. I had a look over my room to see what image or colour kept making a predominate appearance. I try to  make a point of combining my older and newer stamps on most everything I make. However, some of my all time favourite stamps have not been inked in months. When I find myself reaching for the same colours over and over again I turn my attention to the colours that have made it to the botton of the stack. So what was my all star?
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Looking around my room there is one thing that sticks out more than anything else. TAGS. Lots and lots of tags made with my Sizzix Tag and Bookplate die. And not just tags, but the bookplates are very useful too. This is the place where I do 90% of my crafting. I did tidy up the great mess before I took the pics, so for all the normal messy crafters out there don’t feel intimidated by the clear space you see on the desk top. It won’t last, lol. Besides the tags in this corner of the room I also have them pinned to a bicycle wheel behind me, framed on the wall and my corkboard Tag Wall to the left. Am I a little obsessed?

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I use the tags to make technique samples. I limit myself to using just two baskets for samples and I will go to this collection to look for a tag base as a starting point or I may die cut them into other shapes when assembling another tag. Some tag swaps sit in the back for furthur inspiration. I also cut tag shapes out of that thick plastic used for kitchen cutting surfaces as they make good little pallets when I’m mixing acrylic paints and other media. So handy.

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I’m always looking out for new ways to display my tags. I found this metal peacock decor piece in the local discount store last week. I knew I wanted his fanned tail to hold the tags and I counted out his feathers to make sure I’d get a full set of Tim Tags on there. It was originally an uninspiring dingy green and brown but a quick spray paint in cream made him more suitable to my needs. His tail holds the tags I made for 12 Days of Christmas 2011. As you can see I’m not a stickler for conventions or seasons, but I love the colour. While I was cleaning up the desk I also made a new arrangemnet with my vintage collection of bric-a-brac on top of the old pianola I need to share my space with. Love the shabby look.

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My other project for this week was to finally start labelling my growing collection of ever so useful wire baskets. When I made the big decision to purge and functionally organise my craft room last year I trialed a couple of small wire baskets to see if they would be suitable. I love them! I really disliked the tote that I had my most used tools in so I converted the items out to these baskets. As I tend to throw things willy-nilly about I deemed it wise to label the containers to keep me on track.

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I die cut aluminium drink cans with the square bookplate design from the Sizzix die. The labels where stamped with my old Just Rite alpha stamps and embossed in silver onto black cardstock. They dont make these stamps anymore but I find them so useful for making my own custom words. The finish labels were then easily attached with a couple of black brads thru the wire holes. I’ve been living with this new tool organization arrangment for about a month now and it is so easy for me to use. I can now see everything I need right within reach.

I apologize that my photos are very ordinary. . My little point and shoot camera suits me well for a lot of my normal blog shots which I always take outside in daylight hours. Not so good at the indoor shots. My next photography assignment thankfully will be outdoors as I try once again to get the neccessary shots for my Gelatin Print Tutorial. Crossing fingers!

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Air Mail Love Letters

I’ve been pondering the latest Simon Says Stamp Monday Airmail Challenge all week, wondering how to capture the vibe of the ‘air’ part of the theme. Apart from butterflies and birds I have no other winged or flightly images that I could think of.  As I was rumaging through a package of KaiserKraft diecuts I found just what I needed to make my tag fit the challenge.

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Enter my little single winged vintage plane to deliver my imaginary love letters home from abroad. I used elements from some of my first stamps sets I ever purchased from Oxford Impressions and Stamp Francisco. Love going back to use some of those classic images in my new projects.

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I started this tag by using a Tim Holtz embossing folder to create my note paper lines. The stamped images on the background are from La Bella Vita by Oxfrod Impressions. The Kaiser Kraft die cut edges where lightly sponged before poppong up with dimensional foam.

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My little collage of correspondence was fun to make. I have a small envelope die from Marianne Designs which I used with 7 Gypsies Postale paper to make the envelope. I them stamped the script from my Stampin’Up! French Foliage set onto some line printed paper, for my letters. The postcard was another KaiserKraft diecut element, and the blue stamped postage stamp is another image from La Bella Vita. The nib pen is an oldie from Stamp Francisco.

Love letters are so romantic! Sigh.

Gotta love creative freedom. *wink*

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Gelatin Print Tag Swap

Hello friends. I’ve been very productive in the craft room these past couple of weeks, mostly getting stuff made for the annual stamp camp I like to treat myself to in August. Today I’ll be showing some of the tags I made for the camp Tag Swap. This is the only swap I participate in each year, and with 40 tags to prepare I need something that will hopefully inspire the recipient, but also keep me engaged and interested enough to the end. This year I tried something new to me.

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A couple of months ago I began  my first experienments with a process called gelatin printing, which is a form of mono-printing with acrylic paints. It reminded me of some mono-printing I had done back at school, which I loved. Gelatin printing, or gelli printing, has been gaining quite a following in the arty crafty world, so with a little google research I was able to find a couple of suggestions for how to make my own gelatin plate for printing.

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As I mentioned earlier I’ve been experimenting for a couple of months now. The first attempts were pretty wild and erratic as I tried to get a handle on understanding how to get my colours and patterns to layer in a way that was pleasing to me. With perserverance I finally started to get results I was very happy with. Love the colour….. the layers …… the patterns.  I’ve been making masks and stencils cut from my Sizzix eClips electronic cutter, to compliment the commercial stencils I already own, as well as experimenting with other ways of adding pattern and texture to the printing surface.

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I made my prints onto manilla folders, which I then cut down into tags with my Sizzix Tag and Bookplate die. No two tags are ever alike and I’m pretty certain I’d not be able to replicate any of them either. I’ve shown a couple of folks my efforts and everyone picks out something different as their favourites.

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Some of my personal favs.

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But I also find these hard to resist. Sigh!

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But a Stamp Camp Swap needs some stamping, right? I went for the simple white embossed image with this Donna Downey stamp. I think I’ll have to keep that one on the far left for me. Or maybe that one in the middle right? Then again…..maybe…..lol. Now when it come to swaps I’m pretty realistic in thinking that this isn’t going to rock the boat of all 40 swappers, with their own peculiar and varying styles and skills, but I know there has to be someone in the room who will ‘get it’.

Today I just wanted to get a post up about what I’ve been doing and I’d like to do a more indepth post on the actual process of what I do someday soon. While the process of making a print is very simple, I did find working with acrylic paints to be a very different beast to the inks I’m use to working with. I’ll be linking this post up with Simon Says Stamp and show which this week is Anything Goes.

Edit – Thanks for the suggestion Marjie Kemper – I’ll also link up with Gelli Print Party.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all find some inspiration in your day to get creative.

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12 Tags of 2013 – June

Hello friends and welcome to my new subscribers.

It was a pleasant change of pace to have some extra time during the week for some creative pursuits, so I got stuck into doing my June tag inspired by Tim Holtz. Interestingly enough he chose to work with a couple of mediums that I have no great affinity with – markers and paint. Ha! And there is a reason why most of  my stamp collection is devoid of line art images. Hmmm! I did however, despite my apparent aversions, have a go at colouring several images with my Stampin’Up! markers. I’ve done it before and got good results…..but meh….. I just wasn’t loving it. And if it’s going to go on my wall I’ve got to love it, right. So I went back to Tims Tag to find my inspiration.

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And this is the end result. Definitely worthy of a place on my wall.

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The base tag was coloured very much as Tim demonstrated with paints and stains. As usual most of it gets covered up with stamping and other stuff, but before that occured I had a very pleasing background to work with. The backgound was then over stamped with several images to match my theme. This time I used a Cobalt Archival ink. You know how I don’t like to use black, and I thought the Cobalt was a good match for the blueprint theme I had going on. I embellished this theme with a collection of ‘ephemera’, some of which are Kaiswercraft diecuts and the other a stamped piece of vellum.

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I bought this little stamp in a sale bin a long time ago, never used it, and in spite of several interim purges I always kept it. Just love the look of it I guess. So I stamped it off with the Colbalt ink onto watercolour paper and coloured it with my waterbrush and Distress Inks. I liked the splatter that Tim used on his tag and I had a practice at doing it on some scraps first. I like the results I got from pooling some Distress Stains onto the end of a pallet knike and then flicking, and when I went to commit some splatter to my image I had a little spill and got big splotches, lol. I quickly mopped up what I could, and loved it it even better than my original intention. So this week I’m going to enter into Simon Says Stamp and Show with at Splatter and a Splotch, which both begin with the letter S. Got to love those little mishaps!

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Ah… another one of those stamps from long ago, never used and always kept. The border detail stamp is an Anna Griffin treasure. A piece of decorative stonework for a building maybe? And I had to find a way to use my new stamp set, Going Somewhere, from my winnings from Tim, and this little phase was perfect in sentiment and size for this little scrap.

Last month when I went to the city, I took a guided tour around Brisbane. I worked right in the heart Brisbane many years ago, and you think you know your city pretty well, but doing a tour reveals all those treasures I had brushed passed everyday without ever ‘seeing’. I loved hearing the stories about the old buildings and what was left behind for future generations. Do you know about the treasures in your city or town?

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And I leave you with a pic of the ‘Wall’. See you back here again for the next round. Get creative!

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12 Tags of 2013 March

So here we are, racing towards the end of another month and that means I need to get cracking with my tag wall post. Mr Tim Holtz has once again inspired us to get creative with this months tag installment. I must admit that the soft colour palette and the abscence of inking manilla for this months tag had me stumbling at the starting block and I think I just kept coming back to look at it for the first two weeks trying to figure out what to do. In the end, with time running out I eventually resorted to making most of this tag much like the last, in my work breaks with a small stash of supplies.

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Considering I had to make do with whatever I took with me for the two days it took to make this I’m well pleased with the end result. There were several moments of frustration for lack of supplies that I was ready to scrap it, but knowing I’d probably not get time to start again challenged me to salvage what I could from my meager stash and just keep at it. My tag was already prepared with stencilled moulding paste and I added Twinkling H2O watercolour paints to the background for colour. Lucky I had a mostly sunny day that day and I was able to get it dry, eventually, since I couldn’t use a heat gun, lol.

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Tim used a banner on his tag and I decided I wanted that feature on my tag so a couple of banner die cuts made it into my box of tricks. I end up tossing the first since I messed it up and crossed my fingers the next, and last, banner would be more pleasing. It was a close call. After I committed to attaching it firmly with glue I just wasn’t that thrilled about it. My tag by this time was all but complete but I was out of ideas in my craft box. I eventually figured out what needed to be done though and once I was back in my craft room I was able to add the finishing touches with the mini floral arrangment.

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There were some elements from Tim tag I wanted to adapt to my tag including the rabbit, the die cut aperture, some sparkle and the ribbon. I own a grand total of one rabbity thing, so that stamp made it into my box. I was going to forego the die cut aperture but as I was searching through  my tag stash I found one solitary tag with a ticket window cut out of it. Seriously! WOW, so glad I saved that reject and put it back into my tag basket. I cut it down to make a frame out of it, made a mess out of the front side, flipped it over to the back side and stamped right over the top of the stains to be found there. And call me crazy, but I did take a couple of pots of glitter with me to work that day and miraculaously I didn’t make a awful mess with it. Then there was the ribbon. The seam binding was smooshed with ink, wetted down and left to dry in the open air while I did other things. I was just going to use it for the tag hole but it occured to me I could use it for the rabbits cravat too, so I did.

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The other inspired element I want to add was the paper grass. Once again I go to my stash of inked up tags and find what I need and  cut a tapered fringe. And for good measure I add some extra embellishments with flowers and fronds left over from the banner.

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And the tag wall for March 2013 is finally updated, with a lot of determination and perserverance.

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March 2013 Crafting

Thought some of you might be interested in my seeing my ‘make do’ crafting station for the week. Lucky for me I had a quiet job that week and the weather was fine most of the time. I left the cropping tote at home and used a plastic storage unit instead since it would be more dust proof and I could use the lid for wetter crafting. With a vague idea about what I wanted to do I could keep my supply selection down to  what I thought would be most useful. On the ute tray you can see my art journal, ink pads, pre-inked tags, adhesives and spray bottle and inside the box are my stamps. paints and other tools. I wouldn’t want to craft like this too often but in a pinch it worked out. Having a selection of pre-inked background tags really extended my options with adding colour and layers to my finished tag.

This weekend will be Easter and we will be heading off to see family in other parts. All previous planned trips over the last few months have had to be aborted due to inclement weather so we are crossing our fingers we get lucky this time. See you all in the new month and until then, happy crafting.

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Tattered Spring Blossoms

Hello my dear reader friends. And a big welcome to all my new followers over the past few months. It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve been here, but more about that later. A couple of weeks ago Tim Holtz posted a fun challenge to use one of his most favoutrite sizzix dies, Tattered Florals. It was the first ever Sizzix die I had in my collection and one of my most used. The fact that it can cut so many layers of paper in one pass is a definite bonus when making flowers with multiple petals. So would you like to see what I’ve made for his challenge?

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I’ve been challenged with finding time these past two weeks to do any recreational activity, so I’ve resorted to taking a small box of supplies with me to work and use my breaks to get something done. Where there is a will there is a way! I packed my box with some ready made inked tags from my sample stash, cut a stack of small flowers with the Tattered Florals die from some previously ink sprayed papers and threw in some extra die cuts that I thought would be handy.

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I made the blossom branch with the Branch Tree die and the leaves are a die cut of ‘daisy’ from Tattered Florals. I ripped the individual petals off the ‘daisy’ and glued them to the branch ends, the layered some pink petals up for the blossoms. To get the look of the branch almost growing right out of the tag I bent and twisted the branch. I was then able to carefully layer the flowers in between the leaves and at interesting angles. I had a couple of spare flat petals which I used in the far background for fill. Love the crinkle effect of the rumpled paper flowers. I glued the branch down onto the tag but I felt it needed something that I didn’t have with me so I had to wait til I got home.

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The next day I packed my crafty work box with some bird die cuts and the letters to spell out SPRING. My photo is being let down by the permanement blur which is getting progressively worse as the weeks wear on, but you can get the general idea of what he looks like with his colourful wings.

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And the word was cut from the bird scraps using the Typeset die.

This week I’m also entering this post into the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge which is all about using water. My Twinkling H2O’s are great in my travel box because a quick spritz of water gets them activated and I used them to add splatters to my background. My bird and word were cut from a sample tag using the water flick technique and the background was made using the wrinkle free distress technique. Lots of fun ways to use water when crafting. Hope you like!

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An update since the last post about the recent floods here. Our crossing to get out of the farm is nearly complete and we no longer have to wade or 4WD across the creek. (Gosh! We’re almost civilized! LOL) But what is keeping me away from hearth and home is all the extra work the floods has created for the likes of me who works with road construction. In the last three weeks I think I’ve only had one day off and I’m sure I slept most of it. The push is on to get the major roads open again for Easter break.

And if I’m lucky enough to get home while the sky is still light I then have another responsibility to a new fellow in my life. Stanley, a 14 week old puppy! He’s at the awkward stage now where a lot of disipline, training and attention is required, but he is such a delight and watching him play is a great way to unwind and be entertained.

So now you know why it’s been a while between posts. Thanks for bearing with me.

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12 Tags Of 2013 – February

It’s getting close to the end of the month and I still haven’t posted my version of this months tag for 12 Tags of 2013 by Tim Holtz. Eek! I kept a lot of things similar to Tim tag this time around, even to the point of using more black in my work. I think black is starting to grow on me since it’s the second time this month it has had a prominent presence in my work.

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I started the tag by colouring it very much the same way Tim did with Distress Stains (Barn Door and Fired Brick) and water spritzing. I used  images from Tim Hotlz’s Dance Card rubber stamp set as the man and woman as a couple would be the closest thing I could come up with for a valentine theme.

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Just as Tim had done, I stamped them out onto water colour paper and with rough brush stokes I coloured them with my Distress Inks. I liked the way the brushstrokes turned out on the man but the woman looked quite dull beside him. Not being too keen to redo her I brainstormed to come up with an idea to improve what I had. Would it surprise anyone that my remedy would involve more stamping? I stamped patterns into her clothes with Tim Holtz Bitty Grunge rubber stamp set, selectively masking off areas to achieve this. I also stamped the dance steps from Dance Card into the background.

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I had bought some Tim Holtz Kraft Core sheets several months ago and hadn’t used any of it yet, so I go to fish it out to see if I had a colour that would be suitable. I was quite surprised to see I had added a black sheet to my purchases that day. I must have had an idea that black could be a useful colour to have on hand someday, which turned out to be entirely correct. I ran a scrap of it through a Cuttlebug folder and  sanded the raised parts to reveal the Kraft Core. Simon Says Stamp and Show’s challenge this week is to add some metal element to our project, so I die cut some Ranger Foil Tape Sheets with a Cheery Lynn Anastasia border die to add some shine to the tag. As I looked at all the parts of the tag in front of me I was hard pressed to think what else I should add to finish it off. It looked complete as it was so I decided to leave it as it is. No further embellishment was neccessary.

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And this is what the tag looks like on the Tag Wall. I think we’re in for another colourful year!

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Inspired By Stamping #41

Last week I was very happy to find out I was selected as overall winner for the Inspired By Stamping Inspiration Challenge #40, and also the blog candy winner. A double win!! Joanne, the challenge hostess, always find nice photos for our inspiration. This week is no exception.

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In Challenge #41 we are working with another soft palette with a very feminine influence.

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I’m pleased with how this turned out, bearing in mind my restaint from wanting to apply more colour and deeper tones. I’ve done a step through of my process showing how this tag came together, so read on if  you have an interest in seeing how I create with paper, ink and rubber stamps.

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First I went to my altered tag stash to find something that might interest me there. I found this one with molding paste applied through a stencil, ready to be inked. The stripes at the top refected the louvered doors in the photo, in my mind at least.

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I splash on some Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst colours and rub in with my fingers. A quick spritz with water to blend the colours helps too. Love how this turned out.

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I go to my stash of diecuts and find this doiley cut by Cheery Lynn Designs. I have an idea to back it with a brown layer, so I cut one out with some Spellbinder dies.

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I grab another tag from my stash to cut this Cheery Lynn Designs Vine. It doesn’t quite fit but I can work wiht that. I often tear the vines into pieces anyway.

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I cut extra pieces out of the waste. What I don’t use today will get used on another day. Having premade elements ready to go is very handy.

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Now I layer my elements I’ve collected so far and ponder how it is all coming together. Um…… I’m not loving it. This is where I think adding deeper colours will help. I try it. Still don’t like it. I’m determined to keep what I already have, I just need to rethink about how I’ll use it. I’m also thinking I like all those ruffles in the inspiration photo.

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I’ve already glued the doiley diecut to the backing circle so I carefully remove it. Some of it gets torn, but with what I have in mind it won’t matter. I cut the doiley in half and concertina fold the half circle. I made the second one for demo purposes so you could see what I did. I glue down the shorter edge in a straight line to achieve a ruffled effect.

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From the outset of making this tag I pulled out my Graphic 45 ‘A Lady’s Diary’ paper line as it had colours to match this challenge. I cut away the print of the hand written paper from one of the corners where it was printed, and I made use of it’s odd shape in my design. I layered another piece by cutting out another printed letter. I now also have a theme to work with – Letter writing!

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Did you all think I knew where I was going with this from the start? HA!! Now it’s time to look at what I’ve got and how it’s looking. I even flip my vines over to see what the other side looks like. Since I work with wet media a lot of the time, and I’m generally a messy crafter, the backs of nearly everything get stained up pretty well too. But that for me is a bonus.

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I need some pretty soft pink flowers. You can barely see from this photo, but I have stamped a screen pattern onto my cardstock so I wouldn’t have a flat colour. I used an Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card called, appropriately, Screen. I cut some petals with more Cheery Lynn Designs dies, and shaped and stacked them to make my blooms.

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While I was making the blooms I remembered I had this long forgotten stamp of a fountain pen. I gold embossed two of them onto the scraps of my diecutting. (By the way, you can notice the screen stamping much better here.) I cut both out, taking one and rolling the sides over a skewer to get a rounded shape like a real pen. I filled the hollow cavity with hot glue and layered on top of the other cut out.

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I assemble all my pieces onto my tag, adding some more little accents as I go.

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I have a few printed images of postage stamps and I thought this one from Kaisercraft worked well in this instance.

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The fountain pen image is a Stamp Fransciso stamp that been part of my collection almost from the very beginning of my stamping hobby. Love how this turned out! Some golden brown rhinstones add some sparkle.

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One of the first things I noticed in the inspiration photo was the sawtooth lace edging on one of the shelves. I had a piece of lace that mimicked that design and I wanted to find a way to add it to this tag. I tea dyed it and used it as a topper for my paper ruffle.

If you have any questions about something I have done don’t hesitate to ask. And thank you for all the feed back I’ve had that these posts are helpful, useful or interesting enough as you watch someone else play.

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Inspired To Stamp #40

I’ve really enjoyed these past few weeks of crafting and blogging. And it would seem that readers are also liking what they see when they come here too. Thanks for the feedback and comments everyone. I’ve also found some wonderful opportunitites to lose myself in my creative space over the holiday period.

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This week I revisited a new-to-me challenge blog, Inspired by Stamping, and this week they are asking us to create something with colours inspired by this photograph. But I was also very much taken with the overall compositon of the image and used that as inspiration too.

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I just had to recreate the scene of the blue bird sitting on the post. This was a fun little tag to make with bits and pieces gathered from all over my room.  I started with some Core-Dination cardstock in pastel shades of purple and green, for my tag base. I covered the joining seam with a piece of ribbon given to me as Secret Santa gift. When you consider I don’t use ribbon much I found it very handy to have in this instance as the join looked positively ugly ’til I covered it up.

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Inspired By Stamping #40 b

My bird and post are made from the same inked up tag, a reject from stamping session that wasn’t working out for me. Would you believe the tag was stamped all over in snowflake images? I liked the colours of it and knew by the time I was finished with it you’d not notice the snowflakes anyway.

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Inspired By Stamping #40 c

For my flora I used a combo of stamped images and die cuts. The stamped flowers are from an old Stampin’ Up! (SU!) hostess set Echoes of Kindness. I stamped a leaf image from SU!’s French Foliage onto the Spellbinder leaf die cuts for some added pattern and texture.  I found two little paper flowers I’d made with the Spellbinders Carnation Creation dies nearly two years ago that fitted in just right with their colouring. All together a real mish mash of papercraft and stamping that somehow looks happy next to each other.

I’d also like to say thanks to Kim from Inspiration Avenue for selecting a tag I had posted several months ago to use as part of their inspiration this week. The challenge she set was to make a tag, any tag. With a challenge like that I’ll have to join in too!

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