Thursday, 30 May 2013

Tag No. 5

Hello sweet friends and welcome to my blog.
I'm back to share with you Tag No. 5.   I was actually intending to make 8 of these tags for my little journal but I might have to restrict myself  to 6 because otherwise I feel the journal will be way too bulky.  Then again I might do two journals, who knows?
The doily was cut from kraft card with my Silhouette Portrait, I then inked it with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and edged it with Walnut Stain.  I also stamped it lightly with a script stamp from Kaisercraft.
 The paper doll and her dress were cut out with my Silhouette (Looove that machine)   It was a bit fidly because I had to resize the doll and then had to resize the dress as well to fit her, but it worked thank goodness.  The shading on the pleats and petticoat was done with a felt pen.  I also put some stickles on the waist band and the shoes for a bit of bling.
 The quote is, again, from the net and I thought how true it is.  We all pass on our own little bit of creativity through our blogs and, hopefully, someone will get some inspiration or benefit from it.
 The large flower is one I made myself although it wasn't quite the right shade, so I sprayed it lightly with Sugar Plum Fairy Glimmer Mist.  The small roses are Kaisercraft and the leaves were also cut with my Silhouette.  One reason I love this machine is because you can easily change the size of  the item you're cutting which you can't do with die cuts or punches.
 The clock was printed on my computer, glued onto a couple of pieces of cardstock and then fussy cut.  I edged it with copper Versa Color and then ran a thin line of Glossy Accents around the edge.
The light beige cotton lace is from my stash and the darker one is from Bo Bunny.  
So, tag number 5 is done.  If I'm only doing 6 then I only have one more to make, but I'm really enjoying the process of making these tags so I may not be able to stop at that but, we'll see.

Once again, thank you so much for visiting and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
I also wish to thank again all the lovely people who have left such kind comments for me, I really appreciate your support.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart, I love you all.
Take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg

Monday, 27 May 2013

A Bit of Grunge .... and a Tag Revisited

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog.
First up I've got a card to show you.
The inspiration for this card came from a layout by Heather Jacob.  HERE is the link to her blog.  You'll have to go back as far as March to find the actual layout.   I loved the colors and the arrangement  of the elements on this page and felt it would be very adaptable for a male card.
I'm pretty sure that the papers are all from Kaisercraft but I can't remember which collection.
 I creased the papers up a bit  and lightly painted with gesso for extra interest, then cut a Prima Nature Garden tag in half and placed a piece underneath each side so that just the edges are showing.  The clock below was a print out from my computer.
This clock was cut with my Silhouette Portrait.  I did some doodling and lots of distressing.
The small brad is from Kaisercraft.
 The chipboard penny farthing is from Scrapmatts.  I coloured it with black chalk ink and then brushed over it with silver Versa Color.  The tag underneath the bike was traced from a G45 Curiosity shoppe tag.  Using kraft card, I drew around the edges and then it was simply fussy cut and edged with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and covered with a piece of designer paper.
 Made a little tag for the greeting which is tucked underneath.

I enjoyed making this card, and I really appreciate the inspiration and the ideas that I get from visiting other people's blogs.  Not just from Heather but from everyone out there.  Love it!!!

Now for my second item.
If you've been here before you'll know that I've been making some tags for a journal I'm putting together.  This idea came from AstridMaclean.  HERE is the link to her blog, you'll find lots of wonderful inspiration there as well.
I've made four tags so far but changed my mind size wise after making the first one so decided to re-do that one to match it with the others.
Here is the original tag ...
... and here is the new.

 As you can see, they are basically the same with just a few small changes.  I am supposed to be taking a break from making these tags because I have lots of cards I need to make but, I enjoy it so much that I'm still sneaking in a bit of time on them now and then.  (I have the tag making bug)  LOL

Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Tag No. 4

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog.
So, here I am with another tag to share.  I'm really enjoying the making of these tags but unfortunately I need to catch up on my card making so I'll have to leave the rest until a later date.  Boo Hoo :(  
This tag is one of the few I rescued from my attempt at spraying the backgrounds and is a little more 'grunge' or more male oriented than the others I've made, although it still has a flower on it.

 I used a Tim Holtz Alterations die for the embossing and distressed the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  The cabochon was in my stash and I glued it onto a brad from Kaisercraft.  The small piece of heavy mesh is actually a piece cut from a roll of gutter guard which I swiped with silver and gold Versa Color.  Some of the cogs are from Dusty Attic and some from Imaginarium.

I love this quote.  It is so true.  We get so caught up in being 'mature' and 'acting our age' that we neglect our inner child and forget to have fun.   We need more 'fun' in this world.

   I placed a piece of corrugated cardstock at the bottom of the tag and then decided I needed a metal flower.  Well, of course I didn't have any but I did have some paper petals that I had cut out ages ago when I was putting some other projects together and decided to use those instead.  I just inked them with  bronze and gold Versa Color and they almost look like the real thing.  The brad in the centre is from Graphic 45. 
I added some gauze which I coloured with Tea Stain Distress Ink and the cogs which are again coloured with silver and gold Versa Colour.
So that is tag No. 4.  I want to make at least 8 of these tags but, as I said at the beginning of this post, I have to leave the rest for a later date.  We have lots of Birthdays and Anniversaries coming up so I need to make the cards for those or my friends and family will be upset with me and I can't have that.  Too much hassle.  LOL
Once again, thank you so much for visiting and enjoy the rest of your day.
Please take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Tag No. 3

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog.  
I didn't think I would be back with another tag so soon but I've got the 'bug' now and I'm actually enjoying the process so I'll  keep going with it.
This is one of the Tags I actually kept when I threw out all the others that I had sprayed and didn't like.  I was quite happy with this background.

 The chippy in the corner is from Make it Crafty.  I coloured it with Versa Color Lapislazuu, edged it with Distress Ink Walnut Stain and then coated it in Crackle Accents.  When it was dry I rubbed over it with Versa Color Royal Blue and wiped off the excess with a paper towel.  The seam binding is from a piece I won in a prize from Sandie Edwards at Delightfully Crazy.  It was already coloured when I received it and was perfect for this tag.  Thank you Sandie.

 The flowers are all from Kaisercraft and I just dry brushed them a little with gesso.  The lace is from my stash.
 As I mentioned in my previous post, the quotes and sayings I'm using are all from different sites on the net.  I really love this one.  I printed it onto cardstock and made it into another little tag and then tucked it under the flower cluster.
In my previous post, I mentioned that when I started this project I really wasn't happy with it because I wanted to create my own backgrounds with paints and sprays, etc. and it just wasn't working out for me, but I'm in more familiar territory now and I'm really enjoying making these tags so, be prepared, there will be more!!  LOL
Thank you so much for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg

Wednesday, 15 May 2013


Hello everyone and a very warm welcome to my blog.
I'd like to share a couple of tags I made.  
Those of you who follow Astrid Maclean (you can find her blog HERE ) will know that she has  created quite a few tags lately.  She felt she'd lost her 'mojo' and was making tags using different techniques in the hopes of reviving said mojo.  Now believe me when I say that Astrid's work, even without her 'mojo' ( although I never thought it was missing ), is phenominal and in no way at all do I want to compare anything I've made with her projects.  I would be the loser every time.  She is such a talented lady, I could never aspire to get anywhere close, but she did inspire me to try my hand at making some tags myself.  Astrid is putting hers into a little booklet and I thought I would do the same.  I found some quotes and sayings that I liked and thought I could have these on hand whenever I felt the need.
This first one is very simple.  Just a bit of stamping, a few flowers, a couple of butterflies and the quote " Until you spread your wings you'll never know how far you can fly".
This tag was made with kraft cardstock and I used a couple of kaisercraft stamps for the background.
 I added a small piece of corrugated cardstock, a couple of small kaisercraft roses, printed the quote onto some paper, then cut out the words, inked them with Walnut stain Distress Ink and edged them with gold Versacolor.  The butterflies are stamps from Kaisercraft which I coloured (not good at this ) and then fussy cut and edged with gold.
I liked this quote because I was trying something new ( for me anyway ).  I was going to create some mixed media backgrounds but unfortunately I just don't have the nouse or the talent for that.  I made about seven but only kept three that I actually liked and two of those I had to emboss before I liked them.
So, no shimmery loveliness here I'm afraid.  I just have to be happy with what I can do.
This next tag was also made with kraft cardstock.  I again did some stamping and a little bit of masking, lightly brushed on some gesso and then added some Washi Tape.  

 The mini plaque is from Kaisercraft and the brad which I glued on the top of it is from Graphic 45.  I coloured the plaque with a homemade spray paint and edged it with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
 The quotes I've used are all from the internet.
 The small roses and the large brad are from Kaisercraft and I believe the larger flowers are from Prima.
I think this tag is more 'me'.  I like it a lot better than the first one and I feel the quote is quite apt too.  I now know I'm not much good at the mixed media thing, but having said that, I am going to keep trying and you never know, one day I might surprise myself.  

Thank you so much for visiting.  
Please take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg

Monday, 6 May 2013

A Quick Male Card

Hello everyone and a very warm welcome to my blog.
Just a quick share with you today of a card I put together for a friend who lives interstate  (Don't tell him but I almost forgot his Birthday).  I needed this in a bit of a hurry but I think it came together fairly well.   
I can't remember which paper I used for the base, ( I should get a little notebook and write these things down as I'm using them)  but the rest of the papers are from Prima's Craftsman Collection ...
 ... distressed all the edges of course and swiped with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  I also did a little bit of doodling (although I should have done a bit more I think). 
 The wooden globe is from Kaisercraft.  I basically left it bare except for the same Distress Ink around the edges.
 The clock was a print out on my computer which I fussy cut and stuck onto a chipboard button and the cog was cut out of black cardstock with my Silhouette Portrait and then swiped with a little Bronze and Silver Versa Color.
 I used Walnut Stain Distress Ink here with a mini Basketweave Template from
The Crafter's Workshop just to add a little bit of extra interest.
Here is just a close-up of the layered strips.    It wasn't until I was ready to post it off that I realised I hadn't placed a greeting on the front but decide that it really wasn't necessary because it's on the inside anyway.
As I said, just a quick, short post but, hopefully you enjoyed it.

Thank you so much for visiting and a Big Thank You to all the lovely people who have left me comments.  I really love to hear from you and I do appreciate you taking the time. 
Take care, enjoy the rest of your day and God Bless.
oxox Marg