Roses, Lace and ‘Shabby Chic’ . . . a handmade, uplifting card.

A 'Shabby Chic' look to a warm, uplifting, loved filled card with a nod to spirituality.
A ‘Shabby Chic’ look to a warm, uplifting, loved filled card with a nod to spirituality.

Shabby Chic – anywhere –  can sometimes go too far or in the wrong direction and end up looking a miserable mess of things which don’t have any relation to each other – but this card, I feel, found the right place and it almost made itself.

I started purely with that bit of rambling rose backing paper which I had left over from a scrapbooking project.  I decided that I’d make a card with what was left over.  This pretty, uplifting, warm hug feeling card was the result.  I love this card and actually wish that someone else had made it and sent it to me.

 

For those who wish to read the details of how to make something like this, here’s the ‘recipe’:-

Ingredients  (I used):- 

  • Craft Card, cut to the right size, scored and corners rounded off.
  • Red/brown ink pad – but any colour you want would be fine
  • A little square of creamy white card
  • Sheena Douglass  “Your Wings Exist – Fly” unmounted stamp (from the ‘Divine Inspiration’ set)
  • A scrap of creamy coloured lace
  • A length of rayon seam binding – but any ribbon you choose to tone with your own card
  • Creamy white paper rose and paper rose leaves
  • One large(ish) pearl for the centre of the rose (and some glitter, to drawn attention to the pearl.)
  • A die cut frame (behind the rose, but you don’t necessarily need if you don’t have one)
  • Two flat back pearls for either side of the die cut frame

Method

In a large mixing bowl ...  oops,  wrong type of recipe.  Let’s start again  . . . .

1.  The first thing I did was to distress the edges of the paper by scraping down the edges with a scalpel to rough them up and make that lovely ‘furry’ edge which I love. 

2.  I then used a rosy pink ink pad and a cheap make up sponge to further distress the paper but this time by blending in some ink around the outside edges, as I wanted to ‘antique’ them a little, but not using the usual browny shades.  I wanted to really warm the card up and make it blush.

3.  Choose your cardstock:  Although I have tons of white cardstock, I felt that I wanted a more vintage feel so used Craft Card to make the card itself;  Cut it to size; scored it; rounded the corners and then gathered together some Rayon seam binding, a bit of left over lace, a rose and some leaves.

4.  I attached a bit of the lace to the bottom of the card.

5.  Rayon Seam Binding.  It was the right colour but I felt it lacked something – so decided upon using the word stamp saying  ‘Strength’ from the same Divine Inspiration.  Using a reddy brown ink pad, I stamped the word onto the rayon seam binding, and then fixed the ribbon to the backing paper.

6.  I then stitched the background paper (with the attached lace and ribbon)  to the card, using my cheap little £12.99 sewing machine which I think is meant as a childs introduction to sewing machines – which I bought a few years ago specifically for sewing paper and card stock (didn’t want to use my big sewing machine as I a) didn’t want to have to drag it out every five minutes to sew a card, and b) didn’t want to mess up the mechanism of my big machine with paper and card ‘fluff’).  It’s the same as –> this one <– from Hobbycraft – but I bought mine from Aldi (one of their Thursday special offers) about three or four years ago so was cheaper.  Works brilliantly for sewing on cards.

7.  I stamped the Sheena Douglass words stamp saying  “Your Wings Exist, FLY” onto a square of creamy white card and then ‘aged’ the card by using the same reddy brown ink pad that I’d used on the roses backing paper.  using the sewing machine again, I fixed the sentiment to the card front.

8.  Distressed and then, using foam dimensional tape, I mounted the die cut frame to the centre of the card, and added the flat back pearls to each side.

9.  Using the hot glue gun, I fixed the rose into the centre of the frame, and once dry, I added the rose leaves, which I tucked under the lowest petals of the rose.

10.  The PVA came into use next, and I used it to add a large brown pearl to the centre of the rose, then sprinkled a tiny pinch of brown glitter into the glue where it had risen up the sides of the pearl – so that it helped to drawn attention to the pearl.

11.  Finally, I used a glue pen and added a few curves of glue here and there and added a tiny pinch of glitter to the glue, just to make the card catch the light and sparkle.  Added an insert, cord tassel and ‘signed’ the back.

It was a really easy, quick card to make.  Tapping out the steps to making it to share with anyone else who wants to make one the same as or similar to it, makes it look complicated.  But take another look at the photo, and you’ll see that it really wasn’t difficult at all.

I really like this card.

Thanks for coming to visit.  Have a look around the other categories while you’re here – you might like some of my other stuff.

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Have a truly lovely rest of your day!

Cobs siggy sml

Fairy Shoes ~ Peapody’s Slippers ~ they’re his Sunday Best, don’t you know!

Peapody's Sunday Best Slippers handmade by Cobweb the Fairy Cobbler
Peapody’s Sunday Best Slippers
handmade by
Cobweb the Fairy Cobbler

Peapody is a fabulous rascal in the land of Fae. He’s tall – in fact quite the lankiest of the male fairies that I ever did see – and wears long-legged brown woollen trousers with turn ups – which, he tells me, are there to catch seeds!;  an old (but still very serviceable) white with the faintest of line checks,  collar-less shirt – with the sleeves rolled up;  and braces which hold his trousers up and are attached to them with white bone buttons.

He’s a gardener in Fairy Land and has been around for a gazillion years. Well – that’s what he tells me, but I’m not entirely certain I believe him.  To me he looks around his late eighties / early nineties – but hey, what do I know.  I’m only a ”whipper-snapper” according to Peapody!

He gardens every single day. He says that no one else is going to take care of that forest so he has to work every day!   To be honest, I think he just likes to garden – but he also likes to have people tell him he’s doing a wonderful job – so I did, and still do, often!

He used to wear boots. Brown, wrinkled, crinkled, cracked, leathery looking boots with laces, but he said that he’s far too busy and can’t be bothered with boots now and so decided a while ago that he was going to retire his boots and instead wear something more comfy.  He asked Cobwebs the Cobbler to come up with something which he didn’t have to fuss with.  He wantedcomfy with no laces;  no zippers; no doodly uppy bits; no hobnails; no rivets and no holes.  He said he just wanted to push his feet in and walk.  And this is what Cobwebs the Fairy Cobbler came up with.

Fairy Peapody's Slippers
Fairy Peapody’s Slippers

They look, to all intents and purposes, like they’ve been crafted from the pods of the peas which Peapody grows to make Pea Pod Soup, and they’re even adorned with peas!

Peapody was thrilled with them when he saw them, and, I’m told, hasn’t taken them off since because they’re sooo comfortable. One satisfied customer I think!

If you’re now wondering what Pea Pod Soup tastes like, Peapody very kindly shared his recipe, scroll down to find it!

Peapody's Sunday Best Slippers copy

Pea Pod Soup

Ingredients:

  • A colander full of freshly emptied pea pods, rinsed
  • 1 onion or a handful of spring onions, chopped
  • A generous handful of fresh mint
  • Light vegetable stock
  • Seasoning:  a little salt, a little pepper, a little sugar, a little lemon juice
  • To garnish: more chopped spring onions and chopped fresh herbs of your choice
  • Optional: a little yoghurt or cream (use vegan varieties for vegan soup!)

Method:

  1. In a large saucepan, gently fry the chopped onion or spring onions in a little olive oil for about 3 minutes.  Put the pea pods and mint into the pan – discard any very woody stems but there’s no need to chop everything up, this soup will be going into the food processor later on.  Add enough light vegetable stock to allow the pea pods to float about happily. Bring to the boil, then turn to a low heat, cover and simmer for 25 minutes. Check the water level and top up if you need to.
  2. Allow the mixture to cool a little and then transfer to a food processor or liquidiser and whizz until smooth. Pea pods can be stringy, so be prepared to run the machine for several minutes and taste as you go so that you can be sure that the consistency is right for you. If all else fails and the consistency is still a bit too fibrous you can put the soup through a sieve.
  3. Return the soup to the pan, check the consistency and thin it down with a little more stock if you like. Check the taste and adjust it to suit your own preference using salt, pepper, sugar or lemon juice. This soup can be served warm or chilled. Top with finely chopped spring onions and fresh herbs, or a swirl of cream or yoghurt.

Yes, it’s a genuine recipe.  You really can make and eat it.

Thanks for coming to read and take a peep at Peapody’s Slippers.  I love them.  What do you think?

Have a truly beautiful rest of your day all.  ~ 

Cobs siggy sml

Tag Art – Part 3.

In part three of this ongoing ‘explanation’ of Tag Art, I’m hoping to show you not to be discouraged by some of the fabulous pictures of Tag Art which you’ll find on the internet, particularly on Pinterest.  The Tags I showed you last time (in part two) were simple enough to bring together without breaking out in a sweat or giving you the feeling that you could never achieve anything like the little flower tags which I produced last time.  This tag, which you’ve had a glimpse of (above) is just as simple as the flower tags!  There are just a few extra bits and pieces on it and a couple of ‘techniques’ which are so easy that I know a child could cope with them.  Aw, enough talk, let’s get going shall we?  ….

If you decide to create along with these photo’s then remember that the theme of your tag doesn’t have to be ‘Alice in Wonderland’, it could be any thing you want.  Rabbits … Cats… Dogs… Travel … Balloons … even colours!  But to start with you might find it easier to get the results you’re after if you start off with an idea or subject in mind where you can find up to roughly five or six different things about it which will pull the whole thing together and make the tag have some sort of ‘dialogue’.   A kind of ‘story’.  Things which relate to each other in some way.

I started with ...  a few tiny cards and some tags ...
I started with … a few tiny cards and some tags …

I’d had these little cards for a while, given to me by another crafter, but I’d never had a chance to use them.  The Tag itself was from a pack of cheap tags which I’d bought on impulse for about 60p from  The Works (UK cheapy book & stationery store).  The tags were a little too thin individually, so in order to ensure that they would take the weight of some embellishments I glued three tags together with Collall glue – which I love for crafting as it dries quickly.

Three tags glued and ready … time to dress this tag up!

Let's get our finger tips mucky!
Let’s get our finger tips mucky!

Because I knew I wanted to have a gentle Steampunk look to the tag I ‘distressed’ the edges of the tag with some die from my quick drying ink pads.  I started off with a warm, rich brown (which you can see in the photo above), and using a make up sponge (yes – just cheap make up sponges that you can buy in the £ shops – I just use them and throw them away), I fold over the sponge and dabbing it onto the ink pad to pick up some ink, then  gently blend it around the edges of the Tag.  At this point I should advise that the best place to do this blending is either on a blending mat (see mine in the photograph above) OR on a glass mat.

I know you can buy expensive glass mats for crafting (I even have one) but you don’t need to pay the prices that they charge for those.  One of those glass kitchen chopping boards that they sell for just a few pounds work in exactly the same way.

After blending the brown, I then changed to a black ink pad and very lightly blended a narrow pale smudge of the black ink around the edges.  It just gives it a depth.

Shall we stamp?
Shall we stamp?

I’ve got an assortment of different stamps and chose one which said ‘Believe’, mounted it onto a rocker block (but a mount of your choice is fine) and using a cheap ‘Ink it Up’ embossing pad, I stamped the word out onto the Tag –  but because I wanted a distressed look to the stamping I didn’t press too hard, so that the eventually embossed image would be a little bit patchy.  I then chose a teal/navy type colour to emboss the word with, went to work with the heat gun!

Well would you Believe it!
Well would you Believe it!

… and this was the result.  Because the word was a tiny bit patchy, I made sure that you could read what the word was by inking around the word using a very fine tipped Staedtler pen.

Alice Tag 3a

A close up so that you can see the pen lines.

Now at this point I’ll just interrupt proceedings to say … you should ‘tag’ your Tag Art just as a fine painter would sign his signature on an oil painting.  You don’t want someone else telling folks that they’ve made that incredible tag when it was really your sweat and tears which made it, do you!

Here’s what I use to ‘tag’ my Tag Art:

Tag the Tag Art!
Tag the Tag Art!

I bought this as an unmounted rubber stamp about six years ago – I think through Ebay.  But you really don’t need a specialised stamp.  You could either just sign your name on the reverse of your tag – or if you want a stamped image, there’s a plethora of general stamps which have a variety of different tag shapes – and you could choose one of those, which would give you the opportunity of naming your tag and signing it inside the frame of the stamped image, which would give it the importance it deserves!

You could, if you wanted, get a stamp made for yourself with your own design.  (But check ebay for cheaper alternatives!)
You could, if you wanted, get a stamp made for yourself with your own design. (But check Ebay for cheaper alternatives!)

Right, we’ve glued, blended and generally got the tag all ready for some decorations.  Let’s get going on those shall we?

My ‘theme’ for this tag was to be decided by those little playing cards. 

I could have done a tag about magic tricks … perhaps some white gloves to go with the cards?  … or hmm.. what ‘thing’ has playing cards featured in it?  I wondered….  ahh… Alice in Wonderland!  Ok..  I found my theme.  What did Alice in W.  have in the film?  A mirror (both in AiW and in Alice through the Looking Glass) …  Roses!  – the song: “we’re painting the roses red …”  …  A bottle with a tag saying  ‘Drink Me’!  Ohhh… now we’re getting somewhere!

The Mad Hatter!  The White Rabbit!   

The ideas came thick and fast… I had to write them down because my memory is shot to pieces!

Ok … got the ideas.. now I had to come up with the goods from the stock I had in my craft room:

I'll make the mirror ... and the little bottle which Alice drinks from!
I’ll make the mirror … and the little bottle which Alice drinks from!

Initially I thought I would use a little glass bottle on the tag, to represent the bottle Alice drinks from, but I didn’t have a bottle small enough .. (well no, actually that’s not true.  I do have some, I just couldn’t find the darn things!).  I got out my  cauldron  melt-pot and some supplies:-  Silicon moulds – one in the shape of a little bottle, and the other in the shape of a mirror.  Pearl Ex Powders to give some gentle, shimmering colour to the mirror and bottle, (you can use general Mica powders if that’s what you personally use).  Cosmic Shimmers Clear Ultra Thick embossing powder.  Cosmic Shimmer Melt Pot Ink in red.  And some Pearl Ultra Thick embossing powder.  I set to work:

Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble.  Fillet of a Fenny snake, In the caldron boil and bake; Eye of newt, and toe of frog . . . . “ etc etc etc (words courtesy of Shakespeare)

A peep into the Cauldron - I mean - the Melt Pot!
A peep into the Cauldron – I mean – the Melt Pot!

You know what the best thing is about the Melt Pot?  If you ever don’t like what you’ve made you simply throw it back into the pot, melt it and start again!

See that little pink blob in the well at the wide end of the melt pot?  It was a bottle which over-flowed the mould, so when it had cooled – just a minute or two – I put it back and did it again!

The cauldron has done it's work.  Aw, don't you just love magic spells? (lol)
The cauldron has done its work. Aw, don’t you just love magic spells? (lol)

The little rose that you see in the photograph above was one which I made when I last had my melt pot out.  I’d got some extra cream/white coloured liquid left so I used it up making a few flowers.  Originally the Rose was actually this creamy white colour:

Alice Tag 11a

I should have taken a photograph of the rose(s) before I coloured them but got craft happy and totally forgot!   tsk tsk!   I used some Creative Expressions gilding wax on the roses and then brushed some lovely rose-red and warm rose-pink mica powders onto them to change them from their original creamy colour to the red.  (sings:)  “Painting the roses red,  yes painting the roses red.  Not pink   Not green.  Not aquamarine . . . ”  etc etc etc

The Mad Hatter has visited and loaned me his hat!
The Mad Hatter has visited and loaned me his hat!

Next was the Mad Hatters hat.  Quite a distinctive hat.  Now I’ve recently been bought a gift of a Tonic Die which cuts a Top Hat … so I was lucky with this.  BUT … you don’t need to have a die which will cut a hat.  The hat is a simple enough shape but if you’re not confident with drawing one then just find an image on the internet and print it out onto cheap printer paper and you can then just draw around it onto your black card stock and cut it out.  Simples.   I cut the matte black part of the hat above on my die cutting machine, and then I drew around the actual hat die itself onto some dark mirror board, (which I then cut out with scissors)  so that I could sit (glue) the matte black top hat on top of it and give the top hat a bit of ‘life’, where the light caught on the edges of the mirror card.

10/6 ?  -  cheap at half the price!
10/6 ? – cheap at half the price!

I added a little dark ruby-red rayon seam binding (regular ribbon would work just as well), made the 10/6 price tag & added it to the hat band with a dab of glue.

The hat pin is made from the cut off end of a cocktail stick,  which I coloured in silver paint, added a black round bead to the end and then tucked it behind the ribbon with a little glue to keep it in place.  For a bit of twinkly sparkle, I added the ultra twinkling flat backed embellishment.  But … although the hat looked the part, I felt it looked too ‘new’.  It needed to look dusty or a bit old and shambles  sort of thing … so in order to get a look of ‘dusty’  –  I dribbled a very light line of white pva glue and sprinkled a little Flower Soft onto the glue and left it to dry.  It was the nearest thing to dust that I could manage in a crafty way.

So ..  We’ve now got the Mad Hatters Hat … but where should we put this?  It’s big, so I want it to go in the right place – but I don’t want it to shout louder than the other things on the tag … so where shall I put it?  How about here?   … or Here?   …

…  or should I put it here?  …

... or do I think this way looks right?  Yup ... The Mad Hatters Hat should be at the top there.
… or do I think this way looks right? Yup … The Mad Hatters Hat should be at the top there. (oh.. see what I mean about it looking too ‘new’ without the ‘dust’? This photo was taken before I’d added the The Flower Soft, which gave it that certain ‘thing’ which it was missing)

Yes … right there.  That’s exactly where it should be!

SO:  ––  We’ve got the mini playing cards …. for the Queen of Hearts  playing card soldiers

mini playing cards
mini playing cards

The Red Roses from the song: Painting the Roses Red …

"painting the roses red, we're painting the roses red!"
“painting the roses red, we’re painting the roses red!”

…  The little bottle with the tag on it saying:  Drink Me! Which I made in the Melting Pot …

Drink Me ... oh do Drink Me!
Drink Me … oh do Drink Me!

And … hmm…  well I made a little hand mirror but somehow it doesn’t look right.  It’s too showy.  Too (almost) bossy.  It’s trying to be the star of the show and that just isn’t right.  No.  I decided that the mirror just wasn’t right … so I had a bit of a search round the craft room and came up with the very thing which was missing ….

The White Rabbits Watch! I'm late, I'm late, I'm late, I'm late, I'm .... over-due, I'm in a rabbit stew ...." eeek!
The White Rabbits Watch!
I’m late, I’m late, I’m late, I’m late, I’m …. over-due, I’m in a rabbit stew ….” eeek!

Aw, of course!  It was the White Rabbits fob watch which was missing! 

I played around with things until I felt they were in their rightful places and then one at a time I fixed them into place.  Some with good old PVA glue,  others with foam pads, and the rest with my faithful friend:  hot glue from my trusty glue gun.

The Alice Tag - May 2014
The Alice Tag – May 2014

I added a aubergine coloured ribbon and VOILA!  One almost Steampunk (but not quite), Alice in Wonderland Tag.

The Tag could now be used as a fancy gift tag on a gift to someone special.  It could be framed in one of those box frames.  Mounted to the front of a card and given for someone’s birthday.  Put into a box just for you to look at.  Put into an album or folder which you keep all your tags in.  Or anything that your imagination can come up with.  You could even sell it on Etsy;  Ebay;  Facebook;  Craft Fair…  or any other place which you might sell your art work.

Or you could do what I do …  I have a huge clothes peg (the type you use to pin your clothes to the washing line, but huge) – which is meant as a memo holder or photograph holder.  I use two of them in my craft room and pin bits of artwork to them.  I use one of them to pin the latest bit of something which I’ve just made, and that way I get a moving bit of artwork which never stands still!

This is it,  pinched in the pincers of the peg … on my craft desk.  (yes that’s all my junk  specialist, important equipment behind it which I’ve blurred out so that you can see the tag rather than the junk gorgeous, crafting stash stuff.)

Alice in a Tag made  by Cobwebs
Alice in a Tag
made
by
Cobwebs

And ..  shall I tell you a secret?  …  This tag was made totally from stash in my craft room that I already had.  Most of it I’d had for ages.  The newest thing (apart from the Tonic Die I used – which was a gift) has to be that little fob watch.  I’ve had that about nine months (roughly).  It was a cheap and cheerful pack of four different watches for 99p.  See … you really don’t have to go to any big expense to make Tag Art.  They pretty much make themselves!

Well, there endeth Part 3 of  Tag Art – right from the beginning’.   I hope you’re not asleep across your keyboard!  But if you are ….

WAKE UP AND GO AND CRAFT SOMETHING!

Tsk tsk … can’t have you sleeping when you could be crafting, now, can we?

Thanks for taking the time to come, visit and have a read.   Have a really great rest of your day. ~

Cobs siggy sml

P.S.  Don’t forget to leave me a comment.  Let me know if you have a go at making a tag,  or,  if you have any questions at all,  please ask away!  I’m not one of those crafters who won’t share information.  I’m more than happy to help other folks with their craft projects.

 

Once Upon a Time Sunday.

The 'Make a Wish' Faerie Dress card handmade by Cobwebs @ The Cobweborium Emporium
The ‘Make a Wish’ Faerie Dress card
handmade by
Cobwebs @
The Cobweborium Emporium

‘Once Upon a Time Sunday’ is a very special day in the Faerie calendar, for it is a day when all the young-lady faeries come out at sunset for a late evening picnic with her parents and friends, ~  and when all the young gentlemen faeries make themselves useful by showing how attentive they can be by being very helpful and waiting to fulfill the lady Faeries every wish.  Some will be waiters who serve up the very finest nectar.  Others will bring food offerings to fairy toadstool tables,  which are meant to impress the young lady faeries and hopefully make them flutter their wings at them – a sure sign that the lady likes what she is being fed and likes the young male faerie who is serving it to her.

Naturally all the girl faeries want to dress up in their very best and finest faerie gowns.  Some will even go shopping especially for outfits which will draw attention to them.   The Make a Wish’ Faerie dress is exactly one of those dresses.

The Make a Wish Faery Dress for 'Once Upon a Time Sunday'
The Make a Wish Faery Dress
for
‘Once Upon a Time Sunday’

You cannot fail to notice: 

  • The Bodice  of shimmering Cabric, – (a magical, mirrored type textile known only to the Land of Fae)  all sewn  and embroidered with the rarest golden thread.
  • The braided shoulder straps –  there not to hold up the dress, but more to draw attention to a flirtatious shoulder.
  • The delicate,  almost gauze-like,  gossamer skirt, made from the finest spider silk,  (spun by spiderlings known for their ballooning skills) .  Only the most sparkling golden of these delicate strands are collected by Faery Weavers and made into a breathtaking faerie fabric so light that you and I can only feel it gently tickle our skin as we walk unknowingly into the silk strands and feel it catch upon our faces and bodies.

Last but certainly not least are the incredible ‘Once Upon a Time Sunday’ Faerie Wings.  Although they ‘look’  like they’re butterfly wings, they actually aren’t.    The wings are made from  . . .  bird feathers!    The feathers are collected by the  Flights of Fantasy Faeries  who dye, cut, colour, adorn,  and bring to life the feathers in such a way that you cannot fail to be mesmerised by them.  Enchanting, aren’t they!

  • As the Flights of Fantasy Faeries say:   “Feathers aren’t just for birds to wear!”
'Make a Wish Faery Dress' as worn on  'Once Upon a Time Sunday' in the Land of the Fae.
‘Make a Wish Faery Dress’
as worn on
‘Once Upon a Time Sunday’
in the Land of the Fae.

Welcome to the ‘Make a Wish’ Faery Dress handmade card.  I hope you’ve enjoyed a glimpse into the world of  ‘Once Upon a Time Sunday’.

Have a blessed day all  ~  

Cobs siggy sml

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We’ll start with a Basic (little) Tag … with a (little) basic art

Let’s pretend that you’ve never done anything other than written on a tag and added it to the gift you’re giving to someone.  If you’ve read the post about ‘Rules of Tag Art’ and ‘Starting at the very Beginning’ (below) then you’ll know that there are actually no rules to Tag Art.   But, that being said, it can be a bit daunting if you’ve seen some of the fabulous bits of Tag Art that are knocking around the internet – or on Pinterest!   Now I’m not here to daunt anyone, I’m hoping to perhaps get one or two folks making their own types of Tag Art, so I thought I’d start with something which isn’t at all daunting.

Basic Tag Art Yellow Flower

A small tag,  on which I used some coloured pens and a crocheted flower!     The plant pot with the stalk and leaves growing out of it are drawn onto a small flower shaped (or scalloped) tag with coloured pens, using my left hand,  (I’m right-handed but my right wrist and hand is out of [proper] action at the moment as I have tendonitis and can’t hold a pen properly) and I simply added that crocheted flower by gluing it onto the tag at the end of the stalk.

Ok … I can see you aren’t daunted – so let’s take it a bit further …

Basic Tag Art blue flower-1

A new tag, this time with a blue flower, but I’ve added a bumble bee bzzzzzzing his way to his date with some pollen!  We could leave it right there and simply add the tag to a scrapbook or maybe to the front of a handmade card.  Or … we could do something on that other little tag that you can see peeping out at the top of the photo …

Basic Tag Art blue flower 3

Awww …  he’s brought a couple of friends to join him for a spot of pollen collection!   …   they’re a little late  and they’re on another tag,  ….  but hey, that’s Sat Nav’s for you,  and … besides,  better late than never, eh?!

Basic Tag Art blue flower 4

These two tags,  teamed together,  ‘speak’ to each other, and to the person looking at them.  They kind of make you smile a little, don’t they.

You could use these in a scrapbook as part of the page – maybe a photograph of a picnic and these would fit the story being told in the photo.  Or you could use these on the front of a card – or even inside a card as a surprise.  You could pop these into your childs lunchbox so that they get a surprise at lunchtime when they’re at school, and get a little love with a message written on the back of them.  There are a million and one things you can do with Tag Art.  You’re only limited by your imagination.

This tag … is destined for a gift.  It’s going to a young lady who lives in Birmingham (England), and I’m pretty sure that when she receives it, it won’t be thrown away like the normal gift tags, but it will be removed from her package and put to use in some other way.  Maybe in one of her scrapbooks.  Maybe even popped into a box frame and used as a bit of wall art.   See ..  that’s the thing with Tag Art;   It’s so fabulously versatile.  And so fabulously fantastic too – both to make and to receive!

Basic Tag Art blue flower 2

So … how about you make yourself a little Tag Art.  I dares ya!

Cobs siggy smlp.s. … I’m right handed, but both these tags were drawn/made with my left hand because of Tendonitis in my right hand and fingers, so please forgive any ‘artistic license’   x

Tag Art. Let’s start at the very beginning …

…  uhmm . . . wasn’t there a song that started like that?

Ohhh, yes I remember it  . . .  from the Sound of Music:  [sings] …   “Let’s start at the very beginning.  A very good place to start.  When you read you begin with ABC  . . .”    …  . . .  and when you want to know about Tag Art  – then here’s as good a place as any to start!    🙂

Originally, when I added this category to my blog I did so with the idea of just posting various bits of Tag Art that I’d done myself … that was until someone asked me   ‘What actually is Tag Art?’.   Until that moment I’d not given Tag Art that kind of thought.  I just took it for granted that Tag Art was, well,   ..  ‘Tag Art’.   But, after asking around a few folks,  I soon realised that my friend wasn’t the only person who didn’t know what Tag Art was.  So with that in mind I thought I’d start right at the very beginning and open this category with an explanation about art which is all done on a Tag!

  Tag Art  

  • Size … doesn’t matter diddly squat.  You can make a tag as small as you like or as big as you can handle.
  • Shape …  can be anything from a triangle ∇  to a flower ∗You could have a tag in the shape of a heart  ♥  or an arrow  ⇒, or maybe a diamond ♦.  Basically you can have any shape of tag that you want.
  • Decoration  …  can be anything you want.  You can draw, paint, glue, stamp, print, die cut, or emboss, and your embellishments can be made from tissue paper through to metal or even pasta!  (but dried pasta would be better than cooked or fresh. lol)
  • What’s it for?  …  ah … well you can make Tag Art and keep it in a box just for you to look at.  Or you can put it in a scrapbook as an embellishment on a page.  Or perhaps even make several Tags with art on them which kind of speak to each other, maybe a theme or particular colour – and then make a (scrap)book out of them themselves.  Or you can use them on presents and gifts to others, by adding their name to the tag either in the design, or on the back, or even on another tag.  The choice of what you ‘use’ it for is totally up to you!  You’re the artist so the art is yours … unless you sell it or give it away obviously!
  • Summing up …  there are no rules.  Tag Art is something which you find pleasing and pleasurable to make or do.  It’s art on a small scale, so it doesn’t feel quite so daunting,  and because it’s  ‘only a tag’  if you make a mistake or mess up,  or even knock your cup of coffee over it,  then you aren’t going to be totally devastated.
Right … now you know that there are no rules and that you can do anything you want to a tag without the Art Police coming round and removing your crayons  .. .  let’s start making art,  shall we?

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An invitation to: Tea and Cakes with Tilda

An Invitation to: Tea and Cakes with Tilda
An Invitation to:
Tea and Cakes with Tilda

I’ve had some Tilda images knocking around my stash for about the last two years, and although I loved them (very much) I hadn’t actually done anything with them.  (more I think because I didn’t want to – because if I used them, then I wouldn’t have them anymore … fellow crafters will probably ‘get’ what I mean).

But I’m trying to cut down on my stash and use up some of the things I’m hanging onto because I’m fast running out of space in the Emporium  (aka ‘the craftroom’).  So in an effort to at least look as if I’m cutting down, I’m using some of those Tilda images.

It’s an Easel Card, so meant to be displayed ‘open’ so that the suprise interior is on show.   But when closed, the card looks like this:

an invitation to: Tea and Cakes with Tilda
an invitation to:
Tea and Cakes with Tilda

The blue gingham paper was something I’ve had around the Emporium for a time, ditto the teeny tiny buttons and the padded gingham star.  But the interior paper – the pink roses & polka dots – was from a pad of pretty paper which I bought about four months ago. The ‘stitching’ was all done by hand using a very fine nib pen.

Thanks for visiting!  Have a blessed rest of your day, all.

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Fairy Dust … and it actually works!

Fairy Dust made by Cobwebs
Fairy Dust
made by Cobwebs

I totally adored making this little card and had such a lot of fun making it.   It was something I’d wanted to make in order to send to one of the younger members of my family (a 6-year-old little girl) as a surprise through the post.  She’s completely dotty about Fairies, bless her heart.

A handful of Fairy Dust was carefully decanted into a teeny tiny glass bottle.  I popped in the cork,  added a label and then tied it up with ribbon.

The picture for the front was printed out onto cardstock. Thick enough to take the dark colours but still thin enough to cut and hold the curl, where the bottle of Fairy Dust bursts through the page.   I measured and cut the picture and curled back the centre sections, then I stuck the picture to the card which I’d already cut and made to size, and already done and decorated the inside.

Once the bottle of magical Fairy Dust was tied onto the card …. ‘Voila’!  – one magical, very special, Fairy Dust card.

Just to accent the card and give it a bit of a magical twinkle, I used a very fine nib glue pen and sprinkled a little glitter dust in all the right places.

My six years old relative totally loved the card,  and I loved the way it turned out!

hand made Fairy Dust card ~ made by Cobwebs ~

Thanks for visiting and reading!

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Angels are Watching Over You

An all handmade card made by Cobwebs at The Cobweborium Emporium https://thecobweboriumemporium.wordpress.com/
An all handmade card made by Cobwebs at The Cobweborium Emporium
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An all handmade card, made by Cobwebs at The Cobweborium Emporium.  (Side view showing a little of the inside) https://thecobweboriumemporium.wordpress.com/
An all handmade card, made by Cobwebs at The Cobweborium Emporium. (Side view showing a little of the inside)
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Two views of the same card (the colour difference is one photograph was taken with a flash, and the other was without the flash).

I had to use a high graded gsm card stock for this card in order to take the weight of the Angel wings which I mounted to the front. (The wings are all handmade by me too).

There is a little silver tone Angel hanging from the bottom of the wings, which has a skirt covered with AB crystals and they catch the light and make the whole card twinkle.   The wording:  “Angels are Watching Over You” – was made using a stamp which I’ve had for aaages, and then embossed with a little gold and silver embossing powders, which I mixed a little to get a great effect.

There’s an Angel Feather inside the card … and a little pink bow.  The decorative black trellis type decoration to the front of the card was made using a Tonic Die, and I also used a die cut tag, again cut using a Tonic Die, to stamp the words onto.

I loved making this card and am so happy to be able to share it with you all.

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