Friday, 10 February 2017

Bird/Heart Tag Card, Missing You, Female

I have noticed that many in Blogland are suffering from what I'm going to refer to as 'Lost Mojo-Itus'.
It does seem to be reaching pandemic proportions, doesn't it?
I think that the cold and a lack of sunlight affect many of us far more than we realise.

So with that in mind, perhaps my tag card for today's new Tag You're It challenge is paying homage to what so many of us seem to be missing...

It's a simple offering that shows just how easy it can be to make a tag into a card.

A bird stamped on vellum, some sparkle from the ink used (and a pen) plus a tiny gem and clear embossed sentiment just give this a little something extra to add visual interest whilst still keeping to a clean look.

Where did my inspiration come from?
Let me show you...

I was inspired by the colour scheme but wanted softer, gentler colour tones for my design.  As you can see, I also stuck with the heart and animal theme but swapped out the cute critter for a bird.
And for those of you who haven't seen it (inspiration can be a funny thing like that.  For some it's obvious, yet for others it's anything but) Lisa's 'tag on a tag' has become a 'tag on a card'.

Supplies Used:

Paper Smooches 'Gift Tags'
Memory Box 'Heart Delights'

Creative Expressions 'Birch Tree'

Inkadinkado 'Luv Ya'

Holtz/Distress 'Pumice Stone'
Brilliance 'Starlite Black'
Tsukineko/Memento 'Gray Flannel'
Ranger 'Perfect Medium'

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen - Clear Overlay
Emboosing Powder - Clear
Raffia - White
Tiny Gem - Clear
Sentiment stamp from stash

Challenges I'm Entering...

(I Heart You)

(Tag, hearts and vellum bird all from Snippets)

(Inspired By Words...  Friends are connected heart to heart, distance and time can't break them apart').

(Young at Heart)

(Challenge #39    'Shimmer and  Shine')

Wherever they may be hiding, I hope that Mo and Jo come back soon for those of you who can't seem to find them! 

Stay warm...

Donna. x

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

The Unfolding (Penny Black),Easel Backed Card w/Acetate,Female

I'm showing you something very different for me today.
Do you want to see it?
Well, here goes nothing...

That's a lot of colour for lil' old me, isn't it?
Did you think you'd gone to somebody else's blog by mistake?

Here's the card from a different angle...

And just look at what I've done with the back...

I stumbled across this 'find' (Sizzix/Holtz 'Small Easel') and just knew that I had to have one...  and I plan to have a lot of fun using it this year - just so you know!

Now...  if you were on FB yesterday you may have noticed just how 'over the top' happy I was to find out that Penny Black had released some more Brushstroke stamps to their range.
When I tell you that this was my first ever go with a Brushstroke stamp you'll understand why I was so elated.
You do understand, don't you?

I mean seriously, I am not a stamper and I know that this card isn't perfect...
but when my husband saw it for the first time he thought I'd painted it!
(I wish.  I'm no artist, either)!

Now if this style of stamp can make me look far more talented than I actually am then it's a no-brainer for me.  
More Penny Black Brushstroke stamps coming my way.  And they are natured themed to boot.
Woo hoo!!!
(You did cotton on to the fact that virtually everything I make is nature themed, didn't you)?

So that's me very, very happy...
And I may as well spend my pennies on that, hadn't I?

As I'm not sure about just how much detail you can actually see in the photo, I'll do a very brief 'How To'...

Stamp image using MISTI (or similar).
Ink around edges.
Cover flower stamped image with scrap paper, then wet hands and 'clap' over inked edges.
Blot to dry and 'lift' some ink.
When dry, use a score board and 'draw on' some random, broken lines.
Cut a piece of acetate to size, emboss it and attach with screw brads.
Cut a bigger piece of brown card to size, emboss it, then add some gilding wax.
Glue acetate fronted image to card back.
Cut a larger green piece of card to size, slightly sand it and distress the edges.
Cut a slightly larger white piece of card to size and distress the edges.
Glue all layers into place.
Add cut, glued and stacked word die cuts.

Now I glued several pieces of card together to create a sturdy base for all of this - which is why I needed to use the easel.

Supplies Used:

Penny Black 'The Unfolding'

Tsukineko/Memento Inks:
Lady Bug
Rich Cocoa
Bamboo Leaves
Stormy Sky
Broken China

Embossing Folders:
Sheena Douglass 'Snowfall'
Sizzix/Holtz Texture Fades 'Woodgrain'

Memory Box (Sketchbook) 'Create Art'
Sizzix/Holtz 'Small Easel'

Pebeo Giling Wax -  Silver
Screw Brads

Challenges I'm Entering...

(Your Favourite Flower and Why)
My favourite flower is the Magnolia - a stunningly beautiful flower.  Mine flowers right on the cusp of Spring...  which makes me happy as I hate Winter!!!

(Use Your Favourite Stamp)

(Try Something New)

I may look super duper inactive online right now, but I have been busy beavering away.
Honestly I have!

Have a good week...

...  and thanks for stopping by...

Donna. x

Friday, 13 January 2017

Bookmark Tag, Flowers, Female

To those of you who were kind enough to stop by after reading my last blog post - and the mini blog attached to it, I want to say, 'thank you'.  It's people like you who help me on the bad days...

Just one quick update to those of you that had the time to read the whole thing...  
I made contact with a researcher who works for the BBC just yesterday.  I'm not holding my breath, but I'm hoping that somehow what I've written will help others some day.  
If I get any news worth mentioning I'll let you know, but either way...
at least I've tried.


Well...  It's 'Tag You're It Friday' time today, and I wanted to take a little twist to my tag by making it 'bookmark' shaped...

What do you think?
I've elongated the shape of the tag by adding a 'skirt' and I've made a tassel - my first one ever! 
(Don't you just love it when an idea in your head actually works)?

 I just love making tags.  
There's none of that effort involved in lining up score lines or trying to cut straight  (Do not get me started on shop bought card blanks as they are never cut properly either)...  
Simply cut out a tag shape and then straight to the fun part of choosing a design.
(Okay, I confess that sometimes it's the other way 'round for me and I know the design before I know which tag shape I want to pair it up with.  But you get the idea, don't you)?

But you see, I hate the thought of tags being thrown away...  or anything handmade for that matter.
I mean seriously, have you ever seen some of the breathtaking works of art that sneak their way into our challenge?  And I'm not just talking about our Featured Artist or the DT, you know.  

So my tag is bookmark 'shaped and styled' today.
Because it gives the recipient the option to repurpose it...  (plus hopefully it's an idea you might like to try out someday, too). x

So be encouraged to play along, and then maybe use your tag to make a card, or a bookmark...  or leave it just as a tag.  It's good to have options :)
As long as you're following our guidelines and include how you were inspired (that's the important part that some of you forget to mention) we would love to see your creations.
Plus the winner gets the chance to come back and play along as our Guest Designer if they so wish.
So what are you waiting for? 

 Karin Ã…kesdotter (our Featured Artist) has put together this oh so incredibly cute little tag for us to use as our inspiration for this challenge - the first of 2017.

I loved the gentle tones of her colour palette as soon as I saw this tag and immediately knew that that would be my focus, but I have also included a bow and a spotty, dotty background of sorts.

How will you be inspired, I wonder?

Supplies Used:

Mama Elephant 'Tags A Lot'

Embossing Folder:
Sheena Douglass 'Snowfall'

Uniko 'Pure Florals/Cosmos'

Stazon 'Black'
Holtz/Distress 'Pumice Stone'
Holtz/Distress 'Broken China'
Holtz/Distress 'Stormy Sky'

Enamel dots from stash
Crafter's Companion/Spray and Sparkle 'Pearl Diamond'

Challenge I'm Entering...

(It's another 'all snippets' make from me)!

Have a good weekend...
and stay warm and well if you possibly can.

'Bye for now...

Donna. x

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Engagement Card, Photography Enthusiast, Male/Female

I haven't posted for a while, have I?
There is a reason why, and for those of you that have been on my Facebook page today you may have already seen and clicked on the link...  so you will know.

But for those of you that may not use Facebook, you can click 'here' if you want.
At least then you'll understand why I disappear from time to time...


I wasn't planning on making anything for a few days yet, but on Tuesday of this week at around midday my husband messaged me to ask if I had an engagement card to hand for one of his work colleagues.

I did not, but being a 'crafter' meant that the need to make one couldn't be dismissed - even if time constraints meant it would be dark in a matter of four hours max.

And I can't craft in the dark.

Believe me, I've tried...

Even with decent 'daylight' bulbs and lamps I can't get past the fact that I'm not seeing colours in their 'true' form.

So this was a quick 'make' for me that took about three hours - 
at least half an hour of which was used just on trying to get this card blank 'square'.
I still haven't figured out why I can't manage this feat which is why I'm not even attempting to cut and score my cards from scratch as yet - except for the odd exception when I have no choice, of course!

Here's the card...

It's not my best work, but it's ok...  especially as the main recipient was for a man and a suck at making cards for men!
(Should I 'say' that out loud?  Oh well, I just did)!

At least it's not overtly girly!

As this photograph was taken in the dark (it went straight off to work with my husband the following morning), the colours may look a little 'off', but I've messed around with the White Balance (thankfully my editing app now supports this), so hopefully you will see that you are looking at a white, black, red and grey colour combination.

Supplies Used:

Simon Says Stamp! 'Sketch Heart'
Marianne Designs 'Filmstrip'
Memory Box 'Heart Delights'

Embossing Folder:
Sizzix Texture Fades 'Notebook'

Tim Holtz Distress 'Black Soot'
Ranger 'Perfect Medium'
Memento/Tsukineko 'Tuxedo Black'

Embossing Powder:
WOW 'clear'

Tonic/Holtz 'Paper Distresser'
Stamp from stash
Padded fabric heart from stash

Challenges I'm Entering...

Pixies Crafty Snippets Challenge
A card made entirely from scraps/snippets

Simon Says/Wednesday
'Something New'
(Hopefully an engagement counts)!

Now that November and December are finally over with (I completely ignored Christmas just to be able to cope with it - but I did at least make a batch of last minute Christmas cards that hopefully made their way to those of you whose address I have),  I'm hoping to get back into the swing of craft making.
I haven't wasted my time away from Blogland, though...
Sometimes tidying and sorting is just as therapeutic as 'making'.

Thanks for stopping by...

Donna. x

Monday, 28 November 2016

Fir Trees and Snow Tag, Textured, Male/Female

My unofficial title for this tag is 'left over surprise'!
Because I had a surprise when I found out an extra day had snuck its way into 

So...  feeling very tired but not wanting to be defeated, I took a look at the tags for inspiration and chose one that meant I could use bits left over from other projects.
I'm not sure I had it in me that day to start a tag from scratch!

Here's my last tag for this challenge...

As you can see when you look at the tag below, I took the Tree with the Wood Panel background quite literally for my design project.

Supplies Used:

Sizzix/Holtz Framelits 'Tag Collection'
Impression Obsession 'Fir Trees'
Poppystamps 'Oval Frame background'

Martha Stewart/All Over The Page 'Aspen Flurry'

Altenew Woodgrain Bark Paper
Acrylic Paint - White
Bells - Silver and Gold
Ribbon - Red

It has been a huge accomplishment for me to do this - one tag for each day of the challenge.
To some of you I know this may come easily, but I'm still learning...
I'm hoping it gets easier and easier with time!

...  And if you've stuck by me through this marathon of tags I have nothing but a huge, heartfelt 'Thank You' to give to you.
Your kindness, support and feedback is always appreciated...
and it generally brings a smile to my day  :)

Donna. x

Deer In Mini Snow Globe Tag, For a Child, Female

I've opted to make a tag for a child for Day 25 of

Here it is...

My idea came from seeing this tag (below) with the cute image inside the snow globe.
Did you notice that I had a snow globe mounted on my star shaped tag? 
My husband didn't! 

Supplies Used:

MFT/Die-namics 'Stitched Star STAX'
Memory Box 'Small Snow Globe' 
Open Studio 'Snow Globe Bases'
Marianne Design/Craftables 'Tiny's Pine Trees'
Impression Obsession 'Wreath'

Stampin' Up 'Forest Friends'

Memento/Tsukineko Marker Pens:
Gray Flannel
Tuxedo Black
Bamboo Leaves
New Sprout

Crafter's Companion 'Spray and Shine' Varnish
Twine - Gray
Gems - Pink

Although Tracey's challenge clearly states 25 Days, she snuck in an extra day!
So that's one more tag for me to show you on my next post...

Just one more tag to go...

Donna. x

Star STAX Christmas Tag, Pink, Female

I've had another go at playing with layers for Day 24 of

I hope you like this one...

I took my inspiration from this tag (below).  

As you can hopefully see, the star shape is what I chose to use as my design focus...  although I did also get in plenty of sparkle and shine  :)

Supplies Used:

Memory Box 'Distressed Tag'
MFT/Die-namics 'Sitched Star STAX'

Embossing Folder:
Darice 'Snowflake'

Silver Cord
Dew Drops - Blue
Crafter's Companion 'Spray and Sparkle' - Pearl Diamond

Hope you enjoy/enjoyed your day...

Donna. x