Sunday, 12 December 2010


The last of the challenge tags, so what could be more appropriate than time to say bye.

I googled some clock face images, down loaded several different ones in different sizes, cut them out and mounted on my tag like a collage.
I washed them over with weak solutions of sunshine yellow and dried marigold inks and brushed courdory at the edges
I then stamped, in orange, an honesty seed stamp over the top.
I die cut in black paper some clock hands and affixed them using 2 tiny brads.
Simple, but I'm pleased with the results

I hope you have enjoyed browsing my blog of the 12 day Christmas challenge and will visit again.

Saturday, 11 December 2010


A tag inspired by the game playing that goes on in our house!

The tag was covered using a wash of dried marigold and vanilla, and left to dry.

Two bingo cards were ripped and also stained with dried marigold.

Small game pieces were added, computer printed words added

Day 10

the background was made using a weak solution of weathered wood and zig zagged to form the ice cube lay- out, two other pieces of paper were torn and those edges inked also. More of the solution was puddled where the penguin's feet would sit and to give depth to the iceburgs.

I die cut the penguins and edged each piece with the weathered wood ink solution, assembled them and stuck them on.

The tiles were added as an accent and textured liquid snow glistened at various points.

A fun tag for the kids

Thursday, 9 December 2010


The background tag was made by firstly washing the whole area with peralised pale blue and pink acrylic paint. the I sprayed stream and cranberry washes very lightly all over.

I stamped a bare tree using olive green stayzon, both heavy and lightly for distance, then added opaque stckles to the branches.

Using mashed tissue in warm water and 1 teaspoon of pva, I squashed the mixutre into a chocolate church mould and left to dry.

I painted the church with distressed tea ink watered down, when dry I chalked yellow and orange into the window and top of church. I used dark brown chalk and went around the door and the window frame, add various other shades of brown to the walls to give a feeling of depth. I sprayed the whole thing with firm hold hairspray.

I took a strip of paper and cut the angle of the roof followed by some thin iceicles, these I covered in stickles. After letting the first coat dry I added another and let that dry. When the paper was finally dry i trimmed the edge and length of paper to fit. I attached it to the top of the church using PVA.

I stuck the church to the tag with PVA, added more PVA to the roof and bottom of the tag, then dipped it in fake snow


Firstly I stamped this wonderful stamp, given to me by my special friend Vonxy, in magenta. Using waterdown distressed inks of weathered wood, dried marigold and moss green I dabbed paint into the various sections, i was not aiming to keep to the lines, just to colourise a general area. Will be doing this technique again as the results were fabby!!

Next I die cut a couple of stockings out of watercolour paper.

For the right hand stocking I used good old mahogany again, using my craft knife, attacked the edges for a 'fluffy' effect only on the main body of the sock. I overstamped with the magenta a highly patterned background, masking the top, toe and heel. Then I added a small strip of pearly flowers.I finished by edging the whole thing with neat mahogany ink, the fluffy areas absorbing more ink

For the next sock, I again attacked the main body of the sock with my craft knife, as I was going to attempt to make a knitted line effect I needed to do this first. with a sponge I used dried marigold on the top, heel and toe of the sock. Using the edge only of the sponge I made small lines going down the body, whilst this was still wet iI repeated the process using the mahogany and allowed these to seep into each othe, when dry I went back over with the marigold. I didn't do a complete coverage of colour, because i liked some of the white showing through.
I topped this sock with some furry wool. This time I went around the edges with the dried marigold.

Using some gold cord wrapped around a couple of brads, to act as hangers, I over stuck the socks down.
Three wooden geese finished this project.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010


Here is todays gold plated effort
My first background was made by placing bamboo on to white card and spraying pesto and denim leaving white leaves. The second torn paper was created by me in a computer programe and printed off. both papers were stuck down to the tag

I then overstamped using royal blue ink a flourish twice

I die cut some musical notes in black card and added them

Finally I mashed up some tissue paper in warm water untill i had a mash i added a tablespoon of PVA and squash a mixture into a musical chocolate mould and left to dry out completely.

I then painted over a watered down distressed tea ink and watered down marrigold. I allowed this to dry

Next I washed a thin coat of PVA over the top, waited for it to go tacky then guilded the banjo using a sheet of 24 crt gold, brushed off the excess, buffed for a fine finish, the under colour shows through the cracks in the gold.

Unfortunately the scanner has shown it as being silver!!

Day 6

Today's tag, what a beauty

Firstly I stamped the stag in terracotta brown and a second time in olive green on waste from the christmas tree background. The second stage was cut out, minus the antlers.

I die cut a fren from paper which had been prepare using cranbrry, pesto, butterscotch,distressed copper/turquiose shimmer and lemon sherbet. Thes srprays were randon and layered up.

After deciding where the die cut was going I stamped the mistletoe in leaf green and the leaves on the right were stamped with leaf green, sage green and olive green.

Next I chalked the tag, yellow over the first stamped stag, greens where the die cut was going and darker greens down over the leaves and lastly a brown for the stag to stand on.

I stuck down the second stag over the top of the tagged stag, added the die cut and finished by adding stickel dota of ruby to the antlers, and opaque stickels to the mistletoe


Inspired by the freezing ice!

Firstly I partially inked up the crazy stamp with royal blue and placed centrally, next the snowman and falling flakes. the text was a bit more awkward, because if its length. I stamped sprigs of holly to accentuate

The whole background was chalked with blues and greens.

The skates were stamped on waste from behind the christmas tree, cut out and two threads added to each, the blades had opaque stickles glue added

Dots of stickles glue were scattered around and clear/silver jems added randomly


A funky tag this.
The background was made using a lemon wash, sprayed with butterscotch , cranberry inks and topped with lemon glimmer mist.
Using green sequine waste I cut a triangular tree shape. Various buttons were added to make a tree.
Thin strips of gold sequine waste were zig zagged back and forth over the buttons
Coloured polystyrene balls were added and dots of ruby and silver stickles added


I stamped the globe first with royal blue and leaf green inks. The background was chalked with shades of green and blue

Next I used the waste from stamping the leaves from Day1's tag and stuck that to the edge.

I stained a coffee stirrer with distressed denim and hand printed the sign, wich is 1/2 a banner die cut, with a silver glitter gel pen

The ticket was stamped using royal blue ink as was the compass. The ticket then had a green chalk over lay and edges were distressed

A die cut letter was distressed using olive green inks and added.

A text card was mat and layered using the same card as the compass, distressed with stazon olive green and mahogany inks

Day 2

A gentle and subtle tag this one. The text stamp was done first in a stazon olive gree and masked, so that the angle could be stamped in tea brown, again it was masked and final the text was stamped using a royal blue.

The tag was then chalked using various shades of blues, purples and pinks. Finally the angel was challed using bright yellow.

The tag edge was distressed using the olive green stazon and tiny cream stars added randomly

Well here is my attempt for day 1

I took 2 shades of peach and mat and layered them to make the door structure, before assembling i used distressed mahogany to create the shading.
I used chalk to create the light in the window and red jewels for coloured panes
The letter box and key hole are made from a coke can, die cut and aged with butterscotch and marigold alcohol inks.
The wreath is made from card that has had a light pesto wash and sprayed with neat pesto and lemon glimer mist, I allowed this to dry fully before using a punch and assembly. I finished with small ruby stickle dots and a red bow