Dec 30, 2010

Card scraps for a Tag

Tag Tuesday once more and Louise (Kard krazy) wanted us to use left over scraps from our cards.
So seeing as I have quite a bit (like many of you) I thought I would see if I could put one together, it is more of a challenge than you first think.

  I had some vintage paper over with this Santa face, I thought it was too big a image for a card, but a Tag well it could work!

 I also had left over circles, they were not the right size but a little bit of imagination never stopped the creativeness, so I used two different ones for the background.
Added a snowflake that was lying in the tools tray as was the holly, found a bit of tulle, and a pearl. Have to own up to making the Greetings text though, but I suddenly had a brain wave, more like an tsunami really. It is New Years Eve tomorrow for us (you do realise that NZ is the first to see the New Year in.!) So it was very appropriate to see out the old and let in the new on this Tag.
Very clever of me don't you think? I will add that it is first thing in the morning here, and a glorious day, all conducive to good brain waves.

 It may also be that I have had a few days break from making cards, I did post my 5 favourite Xmas cards which was no work, but I have to tell you that while I was sorting out what 5 to post (which was really difficult. Like Dawn I could have picked 10 easily.)
I found it was better than being in therapy to look back on what one has created over the past year. You look at the cards in a different way; critically for sure, but you also realise how good you are at this Art!!! So one should never be afraid of acknowledging and recognising one's talent and to feel good about it.
Sharing and giving of the creations is the icing on the cake, as there is always a positive reaction, it may only be one comment, but that is all it takes to inspire once more and lift one's spirits. So to all who do take the time to comment know that it is always, always received gratefully.
And with that I will leave you and wish you all,
Smiles :) as always.

Dec 28, 2010

Five special christmas cards

Favourite Cards.

                         I loved the way the beads worked on the Candle.
                        This one because I did not use Traditional colours,
                              and I made my own background paper.                    
                         I love the colours that I made the rose out of, I have tried to
                          recreate the paper but alas to no avail, I must get into the
                            habit of recording the colours I use when painted. 
This one because it is so vintage.

Have a great Day.
Smiles as always:)

Dec 23, 2010

Quick Vintage card.

This is definitely the last Tag for me for 2010.
I used an image from the Pink Paislee paper, which I dye cut into a circle.
The Tag has been distressed with  forest moss and faded jeans as has the sentiment.
The flourish has been covered with Glossy Accents, I seem to like using this product!

This was the quickest Tag I made as hubby needed it like yesterday!.
The craft room is going to have a break for the next couple of days.
 It is Christmas Eve for us in 4 hours, so it is prep time in the Kitchen,
I have no room in the big fridge, no room in the small fridge, same old same old, nothing seems to change.
I have finished all the shopping today as I really did not want to go anywhere near a Mall tomorrow. I, like most, have experienced the worst driving ever, (cars and Trollies)! everyone appears to be in a panic, the humidity and hot days are not helping ones temperament I can tell you!  Sleep deprivation makes one do odd things.
This is a wonderful time of year, and I love it, but it does bring the worst out of some people.
Anyway, onwards and upwards as they say, and plan for the magical day,
and it will be as I have a great family, I am lucky and I know it. We are spending Christmas morning together with a sumptuous Brunch.
Then everyone has to do their in-law visits. For Rob and I it is to our neighbours for a full on Turkey/Ham lunch with their family.
My wish to you is to be happy and count your blessings.
Happy, happy Christmas day everyone.
Smiles :) as always,

Dec 22, 2010

Gold Tag

Hello my friends.... 
I made a Tag for Louise' Tag Tuesday.
Pop and have a browse there are some great Tags on show.
This is the first time for me to participate in this Challenge.
I do not know if I will keep up with making one every Tues but I will try!  
This weeks challenge was to use either Silver or Gold, as you can see I used Gold.

I have used scraps of paper that was left over from cards etc, I  stamped and gold embossed on the green paper you can just about pick it up.
Used rub-ons for the text.
The numbers  were passed through the CB, then painted with rich gold Acrylic.
 Once this was dry I covered them with Glossy Accents as they were not bold enough.
There are some gold stars on the top left and the bottom.

I thought this was my last project before Christmas day, but my dear hubbie Rob, who never asks me to do very much for him, (he is such a sweetheart), thought his girls at work NEED some Christmas Cheer, he bought the wine,
and asks,
"darling have you got some tags or something to put on these bottles!" unquote.
I only had two left so I have to make another very quickly.

Not long now before we can open some presents, can't wait.

Smiles :) as always.

Dec 21, 2010

Mixed Media Box

Seasons Greetings Everyone.
 I have made the Box for little Precious to hold her fob ornaments.
First one was made this year, there is an image below for those who have not viewed last posts. 

I started off with a plain shallow box. Gave it two coats of Gesso, then applied
Rich Gold, Rose gold and Burnished copper and Blue Acrylics randomly over the whole box including the bottom and insides.
I added Tulle, buttons and sand mortar to the top of the Box.
Letters were painted with same colours and stamped with black stazon ink lightly, and finished off with Glossy Accents. I then sealed the whole thing by covering with a gloss varnish. I want it too last a long time!
 Image of Santa is from the page that I have made the ornaments out of, I also used some rub on words in Black. I have just placed the ornament I made for this year on the left, for you to see.

I am not a photographer (obviously), which is a pity as the box is really lovely and I am so pleased with the way it has turned out, as with any random painting technique you never know how it will look in the finish, you just cross your fingers and pray!

Dec 5, 2010

I have got the Tag Bug

You have no doubt seen all the Tags everyone has been making since his Worship started his 12 tags for Christmas, and posting one each day for us to drool over.
Well I have been blown away by them and how you are all interpreting his designs has been very inspiring, so I sat down today and made one myself.
And this is what I came up with, I did not follow any of the designs that have been posted to date as I am an individualist and I like to do my own creation, it has a definite vintage look because it is all distressed, I added elements to create interest and to add form. I do hope you like what I have made.

It has been a wonderful weekend in N.Z. It is a little piece of paradise that I am so happy to have found, along with Rob and the girls I could not ask for much more.

Dec 4, 2010

Traditional it is not!

 Hello to you all,

It is a Sunflower stamp by Lucy's stamps, as you can see I have gold embossed the image and placed them free form within the circle. Added some Prima embellishments for the centre and stamped a sentiment. The background paper I made. Gold wash onto watercolour paper, you can just pick up the shimmer, then I  printed a music sheet onto this via computer.
.Have a great weekend.
Smiles :)