12 Tags of 2013 – August

Hello friends. Today I have finally got around to posting something for my 12 Tags Wall. Tims tag for August used an old technique which happens to be one of my favourites – masking. I got a bit carried away during the month and made several tags using the masking technique, but I only have room on the board for one and this is what made the cut.


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I bought this Tim Holtz Wild West stamp set when I saw it on sale one day. I liked that it was so different in theme to a lot of what I already own so I decided to add it to my collection. It’s one of those sets that I love to get out and just mess about with, so I’m pleased it finally got an airing on the blog. I used all but one of the images from the set, masking each layer as I stamped further into the background. Once all the stamping was done I then worked in the reverse direction, sponging from the background to the foreground, peeling away the masks as I went. The final piece of masking was a freehand cut edge to create extra clouds of dust under the horses feet.


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I totally forgot to take a photo of the tag wall for last month. Duh! First two rows are now full of inky goodness, And it won’t seem to take too long before the last row is full too.

Yesterday I could have used a real horse man, instead I had to rely on shanks pony. I was rounding up some loose cattle on a steep bit of country. I started out using 4WD but decided I’d have more luck if I just legged it up and down the slope. Got a great workout. On a more serious note though, I had to be self reliant doing this job as there was noone else around to help and I was so proud of myself for achieving what I did. Of course I rang my partner to let him know what I was up to and took advise from him before I set out. And in all reality it was probably a small job for any woman bought up on a farm, but I’m still kind of new to a lot of this action. Go me!!!


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Brookfield Stamp Camp 2013

Hello friends. Last weekend I attended another wonderful Stamp Camp hosted by Southside Stampers Inc. I went to my first Stamp Camp three years ago and was immediately hooked by the fun, creative atmosphere and a shared enthusiasm for stamping and papercrafting with a room full of lively ladies. And this year was no different. I might even go so far as to say it was even better! And the Brookfield venue and staff are a big part of what makes the camp an experience to remember. Especially the kitchen staff. Yummy, edible food at every meal. I wanted for nothing.


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Sorry folks, blurry people photos. They just don’t stay still like my other subjects do, lol. I know I took photos towards the latter part of the camp and I’m now looking at their table and wondering how they kept themselves so organized. Next year I’ll have to take a comparison photo of my desk next year as I’m sure mine look like a giant rat had moved in and made nesting material out of all my stuff.


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More fun being had on the other side of the room. I took some time during the weekend to go and have a peek at what everyone gets up to at their desks. There are some seriously talented women in this craft group and it was a real treat to be able to talk with them about what they were making. Most of my interactions are via the web, so to have this opportunity to connect with crafters like this was a blessing.


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The camp organizers arrange for two workshops over the weekend, and this liitle concertina fold note book by Linda, was the first project. I got to work with actetate sheets for this one which was a first for me. I used my booklet as a memory/autograph record of those who attended this year. A treasured keepsake of the weekend.


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The second workshop, by Ness, was making this fun Christmas canvas. I have it sitting on small easel which I see as soon as I walk in my room. I’m not going to wait til Christmas to put it out. This was my first time at creating on a canvas, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. The crazy randomness of using the edge punches for a tattered look was right up my inspiration ally. And I got to have a play with a selection of embellishments. Long time readers will know that those tricky things are quite a challenge for me, but I gave it my best shot.


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The Lucky Door Prize table looked amazing with all the gifts decorated with a handmade flower from Evie. I fell in love with this pretty one which was attached to this die.


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This year the camp shop was run by Photo Continental. Thanks to Tina and Linda for putting together a great shop. I found a couple of things I needed. The shop was very generous with showbags for everyone who made a purchase as well as putting together some great prize packages for our challenge.


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I was asked to do a demo of gelatin printing. I bought to camp my own homemade gelatin plate to do my demo and then afterwards we had a little play with the commercially purchased Gelli Arts Plate. It was interesting to see and feel the difference between the two. (I tried to take photos for a step thru but I missed some keys photos of the process so I’ll try again another day). Amanda also did a couple of demos thru out the weekend which are always great to see.


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I tried my hand at the challenge pack which required us to use these chipboard coasters in some way along with a selection of embellishments and papers. I turned mine into a calender and I decided to make it into a gift for my mother. I had a go at using charms and pins for this creation and it was fun adding these tiny bits of decoration. And it seems a lot of others liked what I made as I won the veiwers choise vote with this challenge and took home a fantastic prize package of goodies from Photo Continental.

Sadly I didn’t get any photos of our Nursery Rhyme dress-up night, Some of the costumes were very well thought out and there was a lot of cheering and laughter at our silliness. I went as Mary Mary Quite Contrary.

Thankyou to the committee organizers, Evie, Kay and Amanda for pulling together another wonderful Stamp Camp. And thankyou to all who came up and said they loved their little name tags I made. It was a pleasure for me to be able to give back to something that gives so much to me. I thoroughly enjoyed my whole weekend experience reconnecting with you all.

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Stamp Camp 2013 Name Tags

It’s that time of the year for Stamp Camp. A weekend getaway to indulge in ink and paper. I went to my first Stamp Camp three years ago and I was hooked. You can read more about that first one here. Each year the camp has a different theme for dress up night and this year the theme is Nursery Rhymes. And each year I volunteer to make the name tags related to the theme.


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I had several months to come up with an idea, and at first I was stumped. Last year I overheard someone say that they keep the name tags as a keepsake so I put some extra pressure on myself to come up with something interesting and inspiring. Then in  June as I was googling Mother Goose images I came up with an idea to make a mini book!


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So this is what the assembled tag looks like.  The cut lace edging reminds me of broderie anglaise that you would sometimes see odorning bassinets of old.


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I die cut the pocket tag using a Marianne Designs die and stamped the mini alphabet with A-Z stamp by Stampin’Up! The names where printed off using the Baby Blocks alpha by Lettering Delights


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I found this downloadable inchie sheet of Mother Goose images. There were quite a number of collage sheetsto choose from across the internet and I settled on this one as it had the right number of images across the page so I could make a simple concertina fold book. The images were enlarged from 1″ to 1.5 ” to fit my requirement. The other thing I Iiked about this sheet was the wide variety on images which meant by the time I assembled them all they were all finished up a bit different.


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And last but not least was the name of the camp.

I’m all packed and ready to go. Hopefully I’ll remember to take some photos while I’m there. I’ll be doing a demo of my gelatin printin while I’m there and I’ll enlist the help of one of the attendees to take the photos I need to get a step-thru tutorial done. Cross fingers this’ll work out as I’m a bit stumped about how to get the photos I need while I have both hands full, lol. See ya soon.



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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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12 Tags of 2013 – July

Hello dear readers. Time for another tag for 12 Tags of 2013. When I first saw the tag that Tim had demonstrated I had an immediate vision of what I would create using some of the same techniques. But the reality of bringing it to life eluded me, lol. I always trust that my muse will be with me when the time is right. And that time was today and I made my tag with no vision at all this time. It was just some creative play time prompted by ideas that Tim Holtz used for his tag.


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The background was brayed with  Antique Linen and Scattered Straw Distress Stains. Footsteps and text were then stamped onto the background using Archival Ink colours Aquamarine and Saffron.


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My starting point for this months tag however, was these die cut alphas. During the month I’ve been messing about with my gelatin plate, experimenting with different ideas for a step thru tutorial and demo I’ll be doing soon. Out of curiosity I wondered what one of the prints would look like cut up with my Word Play Sizzix die. As I rearranged the letters to make different words and phrases I settled on an idea to use ‘style’ as my inspirtaion for the rest of the tag. I recut the letters I needed with grunge paper, glued the paper print on top and covered them with Rock Candy Distress Crackle.


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I departed from Tims tags and went my own way with adding my ‘style icon’. I ‘dressed’ my Dance Card lady in some offcuts from the gelatin print scrap heap. I must admit I had a bit of fun trying different outfits for her to wear.


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In a nod to Tim I did pull out the washi tape. And I also found a label from a  sticker book to use as an embellishment. Two items I’m sure I’d never use without a prompt. And note to self – wear glasses when working with small stuff, lol. And true to my usual form I completely omitted any other form of embellishment of the metal and ribbon variety.

I will let you in a small personall challenge I have set myself. I’m not really an embellishment Grinch. They just don’t look right on my stuff, if you know what I mean. So…..I recently bought a couple of charms that I’m determined to find a use for on one of these tags in the near future. Certainly before the end of the year. It can’t be that hard!

As I used my gelatin prints for the making of this tag I’ll also be linking up with Gelli Print Party.

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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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Simon Says Add A Button

This weeks challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show is to use buttons in some way in our creation. That gave me the perfect excuse to try something that I’ve had on my crafty bucket list for a while – to make my own mini buttons with shrink plastic.


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Since I was using buttons I went with a dressmakers theme for my tag. I diecut a dressform from the Sewing Room Sizzix die and ‘dressed’ it with patterned paper. The skirt was cut freehand and scored to create pleats. The ‘lace’ trims where trimmed away from a diecut doiley by Cheery Lynn, and the left over pieces were used to decorate the tag. I added some stamped elements as embellishments and background collage stamping. Stamps are by Tim Holtz and Inspired By Stamping.


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But this post is all about the buttons, right? On the Sewing Room die with the dressform is also a button shape, which I cut out of my shrink plastic film. I used the heat gun to shrink it down and it was fun to see it shrivel and curl before it regained its flattened state. These were so easy to do! I coloured them with a quick dab of alcohol ink before gluing them onto my paper dress. As an afterthought I smeared on some Distress Stickles in Rock Candy, and then liberally sprinkled some more clear glitter over the top.

Haven’t we all wished for a pretty sparkly dress!

Have fun.

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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 – May

Oh happy day, dear readers.

After much perserverance, trial and error, I have finally produced a tag for the May edition of Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013. This month Tim demoed a rub-on resist technique which I had a fair go at recreating. But for one reason or another none of the tags really gelled with me by the time I had something resembling a finished item. The backgrounds usually looked good, great even, but  I couldn’t get a cohesive look by the time I added some stamping and embellishments. But art time is never wasted even if nothing immediately tangible comes from it, because with patience, out of the choas comes something that I eventually find pleasing.


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Something bold and colourful!


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This is how the background looked after the first steps of adding rub-ons, stains and watermarks. I just love the effect of stamping with water onto an inked surface


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Next comes the stamping with Archival ink. I love stamping in colour, and used Deep Purple here to stamp the ‘weeds’ from the Urban Tapestry set. Simon Says Stamp and Show set a challenge this week to go Into The Woods, and I liked this image to create a tangled undergrowth.


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As I was looking through my stash for something appropiately woody I found instead something completely non-woody! A long forgotten peice of printed acetate, which I now deemed as perfect for background for my embellishment. I cut out a section that had the number 5 on it……….


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……………. and layered my number 5 embellishment on top. I covered a chipboard piece with a piece of adhesive foil sheet, ran it thru an embossing folder, applied alcohol inks and lastly added some rub-ons.


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Now back to my undergrowth In The Woods. You know how I make multiple Stamp2Cut images in one session so I have something ready made to add to my projects? Well this is another one of those. Who would have thought that an orange bird on an orange branch would be just what I need to finsh off this tag? Okay, so it might not rock everyones boat, but it sure floats mine!!


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Oops, terrible photo, but the  weather has turned foul and I’m on a mission to get this posted. Can’t leave without a shot of the line up so far for the year.

May is always a great month for me. I have my birthday early in the month, Mother’s Day and this year a special treat from Tim when my name was randomly selected from participants of last months tag to win a gift voucher. I was able to pool some of my good fortune together and purchase a couple of crafty items. Thank you Tim, family and friends for being a part of making this month special for me. Love you all!

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12 Tags of 2013 – April

Hello readers and a big welcome to all my new followers who have joined me here. Whoa, it has been weeks since I last posted and I know some of you have noticed the gap. My work load looks set to stay in overdrive for months to come as some major flood reconstruction projects have only just begun. This week I managed to ‘book’ myself a few indulgent hours in my craftroom on one of my days off, so I was able to get a tag done for my tag wall. Yay! But before I get onto that I must give a shout out to Simon Says Stamp for the $50 gift voucher I won for linking my last post up to one of their recent challenges. Woo hoo!

So here I am at last with something made for this months 12 Tags of 2013 inspired by Tim Holtz. This month Tim focused a lot on using his new paint collection, of which I have none. And I still only own two colours of acrylic paint, white and turquoise, so my alternatives where pretty slim when it came to making a tag with similar techniques that Tim used for his tag. But it was doable!


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Following Tims process as described for his tag I made a background with a base of acrylic paints, layered dye ink over the top and lastly randomly flicked on water spots to react with the ink. This technique gives a whole different way of layering and removing colour which I’d love to experiment more on.


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I lacked ideas for alternatives for many of the techniques and embellishments Tim used this time around, so it was paper and stamping all the way for me. The winged insects was a theme I could work with and my trio of butterflies were a combo of stamping and tissue paper prints.


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I treated the twigs in much the same way Tim did with his dragonfly by stamping the image in the background and layering a cut out of the same over the top. I used Stamp2Cut to get the intricate cutting details with the twig. When I cut these twigs I do a whole bunch at one time and this particular one was deemed by me to be dud since the stamping didn’t seem to be quite right, but I like the faded washed out look as it adds a a great contrast against the background. Love it when a fail turns into a save!


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Since I only had paper and stamps to work with I decided to create ephemera-like embellishments in the form of tickets, journal notes and text. I die cut my tickets from a previously made background tag. It was originally made for a Christmas theme but I figured if I flipped the ticket upside down the original ‘Christmas’ stamping would become less apparent. I never discount anything in my stash for use on a project.


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First row of the Tag Wall 2013 is now complete.


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Looking very colourful indeed. I love to create through applying colour. Much more vibrant than my real life, lol. This week Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge asks us to focus on colour, so I’ll be linking in with them this week.

Not sure when I’ll be back with another post. I’ve got some choises to make with some upcoming work that could see me living away from home for up to two weeks at a time or working 12 hour shifts six days a week. I can see that I’ll have to book another appointment with myself in the craftroom if I want to get anything done, lol. And all this work is cutting deep into my social interaction thru blogging and forums so I’m feeling like I’m having a one sided relationship and some wonderful connections are getting short changed from my side. Thank you for all your support during this time. And in the meantime happy crafting to all you lucky people who are still carrying on. I miss you!


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