Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year to you and the Tagtastic Winners!

I know you have been waiting for me to announce the winners of my little ( actually rather large) giveaway for those who made Tim's Tags, and using Random org, I went through all the names and have picked out 12 winners from the comments and from those of you who emailed me too. I loved looking at all the tags, all of which were just brilliant and innovative , and oh my there are such talented artists out there. So here are the winners..... drum roll please.....
Gloria Lansford
Tammy Newger
Inge Bekaert
Please email me your snail mail addresses so I can get your goodies off to you :))
Have a wonderful, happy, merry New Year and see you in 2010!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

3 Little canvases went to market....

My Husband's three children were due to visit over Christmas, and I thought I would make them a little canvas each, as I couldn't think what else to give them, so I took 3 7 x 5 cm canvases and created different things with them.
The first is my tame version of "steampunk", and I just painted the background with Claudine's studio paints, and then added a little strip of Tim's film strip ribbon, and then added some PaperArtsy clock stamps and one of my own. I love the watch face as it still had a  hand on it. I feel a lot of steampunk (when I get time) coming on. Should I stick my neck out and say it will be 2010's biggest craft influence, or do you think flowers and pretty things will be?? Love to know what you think 2010 will bring...

The second mini canvas was one I had done before , but in minature, using Terra paint, with The Artistic Stamper star stamps stamped into it, and coloured using a mixture of Glimmer Mists and Crafty Notions Sprays.

Finally a rose canvas. Now this is using Tim's Flourish stamp, stamped into Terra, and then spray misted with Crafty Notions and a little bit of gold Glimmer Mist. The grungepaper rose is part of a video I have done which I will post at the end of the week (still editing it, especially the sneeze, that Mr Stig did just as I finished a section!!)

The final day for getting your entry in to The Tagtastic blog candy is today, so if you have made one or two or all twelve leave a comment here, and you have to be in it to win it! These are just fab prizes and just waiting patiently to be won!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Angel Winners!

I do hope you had a very Merry Christmas, and enjoyed your time with family and friends.
I know you want to know the winners of the Angel giveaway and here is the winner of the stamps and angel. Please step up to the podium....
Stephanie , please email me your address so I can get your goodies into the post :)
I promised to giveaway 2 more of the heavenly angels, and so if
can email me, a little angel will be on its way to you :)
Thank you to everyyone who joined in, and please don't forget if you have made ANY of Tim's Twelve Tags of Christmas I am giving away candy here in the next couple of days!
Have a great day!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas to all my blog readers and followers. I am a happy bunny as my DD is home for Christmas Day only! Yah! So, I have actually made the mince pies , even made chocolates, wrapped the pressies before midnight ( oh joy!), and finished the cards!. One of my favourite things about Christmas is the tree, and this year I thought I would be frugal and use twisted willow sticks... BIG mistake! They looked awful, no matter what I did with them! While I was having a rant ( the artistic mojo had flown off with Santa), a friend phoned up, and I happened to tell her my predicament, and she, in the spirit of Christmas ( which is what it is all about) said would I like a tree, as her husband who sells them had a couple left! Oh boy! my day was made, ooh yes please, and it is a beauty! The old decorations are up on it, the lights are twinkling, and by this evening I will be collapsed with a glass of tipple and a chocolate in my hand in front of a roaring fire!

So in the spirit of giving please have my heartfelt wishes for a great Christmas, be merry and full of food and good cheer! P.S don't forget the candy in the post below..:)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hark The Herald Angels Sing!

I did say in my previous post today that I would post more candy, and I had the most wonderful find in my local charity shop this afternoon, and thought I would share it with you. I was rummaging through a box of Christmas decorations, and there peeping out at me was a whole bag full of these gorgoeus angels. They are minute, about 1 1//4 inch high, and were hanging on a gold bauble chain. I am not sure if you are like me, but if I see something I can alter I grab it, and these little ANGELS were in my grubby inky paws before you could blink. I have altered one with gold Precious Metal Colour, and the other is how it comes.

So to share my good fortune, and because it is Christmas, I am giving 1 of them away to you., along with another set of Christmas mini stamps.

I used the Merry Christmas from this set on some tags I made for pressies for the family and friends. I distress inked the tags, stamped with distress ink , and the words in Black Archival, and then used Rock candy crackle paint on one of them. I then brushed gold Perfect Pearls over the crackle.  I left the other one plain.

So, if you would like the stamps and the angel, all you have to do is post a comment, and for another chance add the candy to your blog, and Bob's your uncle! Well, if you have an Uncle Bob please wish him Happy Christmas from me!
I will leave this post up until Monday 28th, and because I love giving stuff away, I will even give a angel to two more bloggers. . They are just divine.. litle cupies, I think!
A very MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and yours,

Blog Candy Winner!

I hope you have wrapped those presents, made the pudding, bought the turkey, hung the decorations, and sent out those cards,because if you have can you come round to mine, as I have done none of those! ok, I lie i did get a turkey, but am still making the cards, and as for wrapping the presents, well that will be as usual , on Christmas Eve!
I know you would like to know if you have won the blog candy, (done by random org).... so drum roll please for
Please email me your snail mail address, so I can send you your goodies. If you made Tim's Tags I am not choosing the blog candy winner until just before New Year, so you have plenty of time to enter.
I may be back later with more goodies, so stand by your reindeer!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas comes but once a year

and I love giving stuff away, so today is no exception! Yesterday a few people commented on the card that was on my desk, and I thought I would show you a couple of versions of it, and giveaway BLOG CANDY too!
I used the small Father Christmas on the Mini Christmas Plate 1, and stamped him in Black Archival ink on a piece of chipboard or mountboard. . Then I carefully inked him and the surrounding card in Distress inks. The actual card was stamped using Gold Dabber on Tim Holtz's Fabulous Flourishes, allowed to dry and then distress inked over the gold. Make sure that you clean your stamp off thoroughly after using dabber as it dries and then is impossible to remove! I then carefully dabbed off the distress ink off the gold paint. It gives a great subtle effect. You should try it, so simple.

I would love to give someone the chance to use the Mini Christmas Plate
from all the comments I get between now and Monday. If you post it on your blog too, you can get an extra go in the draw! I will even trow in some gold dabber , some Kling-On cushioning and a Christmas Card too from me!
Don't forget the Tagtastic Blog Candy too , but you have to have done at least one tag!
Good luck to everyone, and I will post worldwide too!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas WOYWW

Today is WOYWW and true to form here is my workspace, (actually there are 3 piccies). The first one is a of a pile of card some stamped , some not, ready for Christmas card making . I am actually making them this year,( unlike last year when I ran out of time!), the second is of a great big mess, and the third is of a piece Hels made yesterday while messing with some new paints I had received samples of.....

The desk always looks relatively the same as usual, as some stuff never gets moved!
Thank you Julia, for the challenge..
oh and for the eagle eyed of you.. the Christmas card is in a pic! lol

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Tagtastic Blog Candy!

I have had the most wonderful fun, joining in with Tim's Tags, and making a new one everyday. Oh, the joys of getting up early, seeing the tag, and making it in the day to blog on the same day! I am absolutely exhausted!! lol
 I have made some wonderful friends through this, and seen some gorgeous tags worldwide! I am absolutely positive that I have not seen them all, so this post is for you to tell your friends to come and visit me, and show me their tags! I said tags!! lol
I thought, it being Christmas, and the season of goodwill to all men, and women, of course, that I would give away blog candy! Tim's blog candy to be exact!
This was quite difficult to work out, as I wanted to give away to as many people as I could who had done the tags, be it one or the twelve, so I have
12 giveaways, and they will all be chosen after Christmas. So, if you have made any tags, be it the complete twelve or just one in Tim style , you can enter. To have a 2nd entry, post the link to this on your blog too, (don't forget to comment to let me know).

You have until December 30th midnight to email me a pic or post a comment with a link,  to be able to enter. You do not have to have a blog either!
I hope I have chosen goodies you will like (in fact I know I have!)
We will choose the winners by Random integer on New Year's Eve.
This is open to anyone worldwide, so get out your inks, stamps and tags, if you haven't done so already and CREATE!
Happy Tag Creating!

Saturday, December 12, 2009


The day has come for the last of Tim's Tags,( what will we do every day now?) and of course it is none other than my favourite, grungepaper roses! It has been one of those days, where I saw the post this morning, got out all the supplies... went to work ( ugh on a weekend!), thought....I will do the errands after work, and get back while it is still light to make the roses. They do take time to glue on the tag, especially with glossy accents. But.....the best laid plans never work.. DH asked me to go for quick trip to get a electric switch, and the shop didn't have them, so muggins here went off in the other direction to another branch of the shop to get one, while he attempts to finish one corner of the kitchen. Will it be ready for Christmas I ask myself?...
Anyway I finally sat down late this afternoon, and did the tag. You might ask what I used on the grungepaper? I was very lucky this week to get some samples of Crafty Notions Creative Colour Sprays ( similar to Glimmer Mists) and boy are they gorgeous colours. I used Orange Lustre and Poppy on one flower, and Delphinium and Kingfisher on the other. The most concentrated colours and they are just are fab! They will be in the shop in the new year.

Don't forget to pop back tomorrow for a BIG and amazing giveaway, probably the biggest I have ever done! getting excited about it.....
hugs from a very inky fingered

Friday, December 11, 2009

Tag-a-long with me!

and you will find a tag inspired by Tim, and made extremely quickly by myself! I don't have a brad maker (guess a few of us don't!) , so I covered some Laura Ashley big brads in distress ink, and then stamped on top of them,(the ink hadn't dried so may redo them tomorrow, and used a small reindeer instead of the big one, but I do have them as they will be in the shop in the morning!.

 I have had a very busy day,with an even busier weekend, so will leave you with the promise of a HUGE give-away on Sunday on this blog, for those of you who have been taking part in Tim's Twelve Tags, so if you have thought about it, have done a few, have done them all (well almost, last one tomorrow), get out your inks and stamps, and pop back and watch out for the blog post on Sunday, as you are in for treat!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

On the tenth Day of Christmas..

my true love gave to me... a T!m tag!! This probably is my favourite tag so far, simple easy to make, no stamping! lol
I do have the pens, but then I am a Ranger Educator :), so should have at least one! I now have three! I didn't add the black dabber as I didn't feel it needed it, and the scan really doesn't do it justice.

I can't wait to see what everyone else has done today!
Happy Creating!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

WOYWW? Tags of course!

What a silly question Julia is asking! A tag of course, but in this case, I am just going to show a very bad , bit out of focus pile of stamps amid all the other "stuff" I gather on my desk, including my glasses, which sadly I need more and more so I can see the little stuff!!!

Will be round soon to see what you have on yours:)
As for Mr Tim's Tag , I managed to start it before I went out, and finish when I got back. I am quick driving to London these days!!
Here is Tag no 9. ooh only 3 more tags to go, and I am amazed I have kept up!
This one features a photo of my dear (now departed) dog, Summer and my DD who dressed her up for a doggie party many years ago! I darkened the picture down, and really am not totally sure about this tag....However if you want the elements to make it I have them all in the shop. Instructions to make all the tags are on T!m's blog.

Have fun!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Key to my Heart!

Today Tim's Tag, contained a stamp I definitely don't have and I didn't have time to draw anything, so I used a door from Architecture Plate 3 , and all the elements are the same except the Music which also comes from The Artistic Stamper. The little wreath came from a glass bauble found in a junk shop, and as I clumsily broke the bauble, the wreath was perfect for the door.

Think this qualifies for the"Splinter" group!
Roll on tomorrow, and as I am off up to London, hoping I get time to make the tag before I leave or when I get home.
Happy Tagging!

Monday, December 07, 2009

Whoops..there goes a Tag!

Today's tag, or should I say tags did not go according to plan! I may be tired, after all keeping up with them is hard I followed all Tim's instructions, substituting the Father Christmas with one of The Artistic Stamper's, and the music and snowflakes, the same. The first tag I did, I forgot to use black distress ink for the  overstamping..whoops! That archival ink just seems to fall into my hands when I don't need it! Then for the second tag, I really didn't like the gold embossing, and the stamp was not straight, and by the time I got to the third one, I was tired!!! This is by far the best, and felt it didn't need the Merry Christmas! So, hopefully tomorrow I will get my stuff together and do better!

Looking forward to yours....

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Jolly Old Tag!

As part of the Tim 12 Tags of Christmas splinter group*grin*, I have duly made an alternative, almost the same, as a Tim tag! All the elements are there, perhaps not exzactly the same, but with the same techniques! I have used a "Jolly Day out" for the car, and resurrected an old stamp of mine ( the Fir Tree, available if you email me ) as the tree. Oh, and the Season's Greetings comes from one of The Artistic Stamper Christmas plates.  I used snow writer as the snow (and heated it to get a better effect ( mine has dried up in the tube!)

I have spent a very pleasant hour or so, following instructions, and making tag 6!
Looking forward to seeing yours...

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Living in a Box

Well actually as it says on the box this is for my Stickles, and I have made it to enter into Hel's Sunday Stamper. I like living on the edge and this entry is close to the deadline! I have had this box for yonks,  and it has been sitting there waiting to be decorated. I painted it black using Claudine's Studio paints, and the middle is Ten Seconds Studio metal with chipboard letters underneath and then I decorated the surface with wheels, and put stickles all over it! Most of the time this piece has been waiting to dry. I stamped in gold Dabber one of The Artistic Stamper calligraphic backgrounds, and where the stamp didn't quite touch the box, I have left it black. It is very hard stamping a box with no way of holding the back of it so it all stamps, especially a box that has bendy sides!

Thank you Hels for the challenge, at least now I have a box for my stickles!

On the fifth day...

of Tagmas, Tim gave to me...5 gold baubles!! lol well not really , but I have to say I enjoyed making this tag, and because my chipboard tags are slightly smaller than the ones Tim is using, I missed out an element and didn't have any German Scrap, so imporvised with a Martha Stewart Drippy doo Edge punch, and gold card. I think that improviastion has become the name of the game for some of us taking part, and I am loving what I am seeing out there. I really liked the way the gold dabber on the background worked too.

It is liking taking a mini workshop everyday!
Hugs till tomorow,

Friday, December 04, 2009


Today's Tag by Tim has elements in it I have never done, and I loved the custom felt inkpad for the stamp. I actually have this stamp set , and so was able to use it. However when it came to making the memory capsule piece, although I have the 3 x1 pieces ( all avavilable in the shop),I do not have the small 1 x 1 frames, so I had to ask DH to solder on another ring to the top for me! He did it perfectly. Actually you need two hands to do it, so I helped!
I don't have the glass shards, so substituted Glass fibres, I have had for ages and never got round to using.

I now have all the elements online with links to each tag, with permission from Mr Tim himself, so if you would like to make them you can buy each element, if you don't have them.
It is rather challenging trying to make each tag everyday, and I am absolutely loving everyone who is doing them too. I am trying to get round to everyone's and commenting, so if you are making them please leave me a comment so I can come and visit.
Till tomorrow...

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Two tags!

Over on Tim's blog he is continuing the Tags of Christmas. Today he has used my favourite Ranger medium, alcohol inks! These are my version of them, and I have used The Artistic Stamper Christmas stamps to decorate. We have all the alcohol inks , and all the ideaology used too!

More tomorrow...
Happy Tagging!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009


You must be wondering 2 posts in a day! but it's that day again...WOYWW over on Julia's blog, and I though I would share with you what was on my desk this morning. I am working on a project for finishing later this week, if I get time! Time seems to be of an essence at the moment, and DH is doing up the kitchen too, which means cooking round a pile of tools and wood, just like my desk .. although it does look a little neat for me! Same pile of goodies on the desk with a couple of extras in there, namely rock candy and picket fence stickles, from yesterday's Christmas Tag.

Happy Creating!