We have a WINNER!

A few days ago I shared  a Tag Card I’d made and thought we could have a bit of fun by doing a ‘give away’ of that actual Tag Card which you see in the photo.  If anyone wanted to join in all they had to do was to comment with the word  GIVEAWAY  in their comment, and I’d include them as being one of the people who might like to be the owner of this card.

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Shown here without the easel, but the easel is included as part of the Tag Card Give Away.

Using the word GIVEAWAY typed as all one word, to enter the Give Away – meant that I could find entries easily by just searching for that work on the page.

Earlier on I closed the entries, and made a list of all the names of the people who’d entered, giving each name a number, as I went down the list of people.  These are the people who entered GIVEAWAY into their comment, along with their numbers …

  1.    marijo1245 (can’t find a link for your blog Marijo – sorry)
  2.    Florence
  3.    PaperPuff
  4.    Mrs P
  5.    ChickenGrandma
  6.    Artisan Duck

Then, I went to the Random Number Generator website and asked it to do it’s job and pick us a winner for the Tag Card.  . . . .  [drumroll] . . . .

And the winner is:

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In case you’re not Lee Majors and don’t have Bionic Man/Woman eyes … here’s a close up of the number which was generated:

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The winning number is NUMBER 4 … which means  . . .  [drumroll] . . . .  THE WINNER IS ….  Mrs P!

Many congratulations Mrs. P.  I’m absolutely chuffed to pieces for you.  I’ll contact you and let you know about sending me your snail mail address so that I can send this to you.

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Well that’s our second Give Away and I don’t know about you but.. I loved it!

It’s a lovely bit of fun between us blogging friends.  . . .   and because there aren’t that many people entering, the law of chances tells us that you’re bound to win at some stage – you just have to enter.  (. . . And if you’ve seen my other post today, you can see what happens when you put your name into the mix and hope to win!) So what d’ya think?  Shall we do it again soon?

Congratulations again to Mrs.P.

Sending squidges to all of you in your corners, from me here in mine ~

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Happiness, the greatest gift.

Ten days ago I was nominated for an award for this ‘ere blog of mine ours ’cause it’s not just mine, it’s yours too.  (Yes, you have to take the blame also).

The incredible Mrs. P from The Cottage on the Green (aka Craft Odyssey)  who I absolutely love to pieces,   –  (Mrs.P is someone like me, she too has very funny bones)  –  nominated me for the Happiness Tag – because, she says, I make her happy.  I’m funny?!  HA!  Who knew?!  I thought I kept that part of me well hidden, but it obviously creeps out when I’m not looking and makes folks happy.  (or is it that people laugh  at  me?  Hmmm… I might have to think about that one.  Sadly my one brain cell is busy typing this post at the moment so I don’t have any available memory.  I’ll have to think about it another day).

So .. as I was saying before I rudely interrupted myself ... I’ve been nominated for the Happiness Tag and in order to officially accept the award I am to tell you 5 things which make me happy.  5?  FIVE??  Only FIVE???  Oh.  My.  Dog!  How on earth am I going to be able to pick just FIVE?

Well, lets see…  I’ll start with the obvious – Mr. Cobs, Little Cobs (Grandson), Being Alive, My Dog, My Cats,   ….  oh, but that’s 5 already and I haven’t even got started yet.

Let me try a different 5:  My blog.  My Blogging Friends (aw they certainly make me happy.  Half the time I’m sat on my side of the ‘puter screen hooting with laughter and trying not to leak! My eyes people, my EYES!  [sigh].  Some folk!,  in the gutter, looking up at the stars!). Shopping.  Crafting. Living by the Sea.  Oh heck…. there’s another 5!

Lemme try this again FIVE, COBS, JUST FIVE GOOD ONES!:   My Faith.  My Memories.  Old Photographs.  My Wedding Dress and Wedding Album.  No, that’s five.

Try againMy Children –  before they turned into teenagers because before that ‘teenager’ time,  I was a Super-Hero in my children’s eyes.  I could cook;  bake;  make;  teach;  love;  cure;  befriend;  solve problems;   read the best stories;  make stories up from nothing;  paint;  create;  juggle;  do magic;  make a wish come true;  Google has nothing on me, for I was The Oracle and knew the answer to every question they asked.  I could organise a party within hours;  make costumes for the school play out of apparently no supplies,   and  .. oh all manner of Super-Hero Mom stuff.

Darn it  … see my brain went off on  journey of memories there.   CONCENTRATE COBS!

Let’s see if I  can do it with the aid of pictures …

 This next picture with its caption comes remarkably close to the truth regarding what I saw Himself doing on Saturday morning (Saturday 24th Sept.) . . . .

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...  as I made my way to the bathroom to take a shower, his last words to me were:  “I’m going to garden vac all those pine needles which have fallen in the garden”.  And he did.  Well done that man!

However … when I returned some minutes later after taking a shower and getting dressed,  …  he’d finished in the garden and was so happy doing his ‘job’ that obviously felt he hadn’t played nearly enough with his power tool so he’d moved into the conservatory with that same Garden Vacuum,  and was sucking up the pine needles he’d walked into the house, …  the mat at the door …  and the rug in the middle, which he’d complained about the price of when I bought it… and yet, here he was, using the Garden Vac on the darn thing!  (I cross my heart – he really did Garden Vac the conservatory!).

One down, four to go ..

NUMBER 2   …  FUNNY TEXT MESSAGES FROM DOGS … and CATS.

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And from the cat …

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NUMBER THREE  ….   CRAFTING:  Ohhhh I LOVE LOVE LOVE to craft!

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NUMBER 4….  THE NAUGHTY ‘ME’ WHICH WANTS TO DO  *STUFF*

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NUMBER 5    …  Little Cobs ~ My GRANDSON.

I know I could sit here and tap out a gazillion words about Little Cobs, but most of you have heard them all before and you know that inside this little boy is a spark which ignites a flame of pure, unadulterated love and happiness within me, which makes my heart sing and my mind explode into symphony of musical flowers.  Little Cobs is just 5 years old and has Cerebral Palsy and Autism.  For a little dot of a child, he’s a massive blessing in my life. 

I have already blogged about some of the albums I’ve made for him, but there is one album which I’m making just for him, which has some ‘magic’ about it, – because he loves magical wonderment.  He loves that I can make up stories on the spur of the moment which have their own characters and some built-in wonderment which make his eyes twinkle and sparkle with delight.  The book/album I’m putting together has a theme to it of “Wishes”.  Wishes I make for him, (which you’ll see in this short video of delight from Duirwaigh), and these wishes are all there in a mix which includes dragons and fairies and things which delight and entrance him.  Yes, Little Cobs is absolutely my biggest Happy of all.

If you’re still reading and haven’t wandered off yet, then here’s where it gets interesting.

I have to now pass this award onto 5 other bloggers, but they have to be bloggers which make me happy.  It’s taken me days to manage to get this down to five, because all of the blogs I follow make me so happy that I’m impossible to deal with after visiting them.  Apparently, Mr. Cobs says, that it’s like I’ve been on E numbers for 24 hours.   But the rules say only 5 – so here goes….

The Chicken Grandma

Mollie and Claire

Kim Styles Cards

Paper Puff

Artisan Duck

I’ve nominated these blogs because the ‘owners’ are wonderful people who bring me much joy.  But – nominated people:  … if you’ve had too many nominations and don’t want to take part then there is absolutely no requirement to do so.

If however, you do want to take part … then you just have to tell your readers 5 things which make you happy.  You don’t have to go round fishing for pictures, or anything like that.  You can just make a list of five simple things (eg:  Biscuits/Cake/Partner/Climbing Mountains/Bungee Jumping)  … and that’s it.  Then you have to name five  other blogs to pass the tag to also  … and ... once you’re done, you get to display the very wonderful (well ok’ish’) Happiness Tag (below) on your blog, which I made specially for everyone because I couldn’t find the right link to the tag, so I made a whole new, exclusive tag just for us to use.  (you can size it down to fit in the side bar on your blog. I just left it big so that you could see it).

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Thank you for coming and spending some time with me.  I so enjoy your company – more than you’ll ever realise.  And … when you comment, it really is like having my friends round the kitchen table for a coffee and giggle.  I so love talking to you all and have got to know many of you as if you were here with me.  It’s amazing what chatting in blog land can do.  I’ve found it to be a very happy place with wonderful readers who have turned into friends.

Have a wonderful day out there…  and …  be good to yourself,   and each other.

Sending my love to you in your corner, from me here in mine.

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Just for you … if you’d like it.

I had a card making day  …. and made a card with a sort of cottage, country feel to it.  The card and papers used are all by Docrafts, who, by a remarkable coincidence, are based here in Dorset, where I live!  (No I haven’t been and raided the warehouse in the dead of night  … yet.  But only because I think I’d need several helpers to bring home all the stash I’d want! lol)

The blue flower and green crochet doily (under the flower) are Prima and the feather … is from Edna.

No Edna isn’t a new craft producerat least, she’s not a big time producer of craft items…  she’s one of our chickens.

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 Edna is a big old bird who lays mahoosive brown eggs of roughly 3″ tall – (too big to  fit into egg boxes – even the egg boxes from supermarkets which claim the enclosed eggs are ‘extra large’).  We only have two chickens now,  Edna, and Dorothy, and it’s a case of from the sublime to the ridiculous!

While Edna is the big, noisy old bird whose a rich, warm rusty colour,  Dorothy, on the other hand,  is a quiet, delicate looking, little thing, whose feathers are paler,  mottled, and fluffy, and she has feathered feet, so she looks like she’s wearing feathered slippers.  She’s a beautiful colour, and her eggs are darling and so little too – anything from half an inch to roughly an inch tall – and they’re a pretty blue colourTheyre very rich eggs, a little too rich for me.   She follows  dear Edna around as if Edna has her on a lead.  She also copies Edna…  When Edna does the BIG LOUD  “QUAAawwww, qwaw, qwaw, ack, ack, ack.” letting the world know that she’s about to lay an egg the size of a planet,  Dotty tries to copy her, but the noises she makes come out like a creaky little whisper:  “paw wah wah waah“.  You couldn’t get two more extreme birds.  But they do seem to love each other. Bless them.

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When Edna goes into the hen house to lay her egg in one of the nest boxes,  Dorothy goes in with her and more often than not we can find them both snuggled together in a nest box,  keeping each other company while Edna lays her egg.  However … Mr. Cobs went looking for the two darlings a few days ago and found them in one nest box, but … Edna (big bird) was sat ON TOP of Dorothy!  Dotty must have gone into that particular nest box first, and Edna either went in to keep her company, or … she wanted to lay at the same time, and instead of choosing the nest box right next to Dotty, she clambered in and sat on top of her!  We were quite frankly suprised that Dotty wasn’t squished!

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Edna, like all birds, loses feathers every now and again.  When she goes through a moult, she looks like a Mrs. Shabby Chic Clucker, than like a World Champion Sized Eggs Layer!  Any feathers she drops I squirrel away and use them when I know that something needs one of her feathery gifts.  This card needed a gift from Edna.  I did toy with putting one of her eggs on it but didn’t think the Post Office would approve of a scrambled egg letter ~ so you have the little spotted egg you see in the photo above.  (no, it’s not a real egg). lol.

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A teeny tiny metal spoon,  so that you can eat your boiled egg with it.

 The title of this post isJust for You, …  if you’d like it  and what I meant by that is that you could be the receiver of this card if you’d like to be.

I’ve never done a ‘give-away’ on my blog  (I’ve never been sure anyone would want anything to be honest, – and I’m still not now) …  but in the last few days I’ve seen a few blogs doing ‘give-aways’.  Not of cards, but rather knitted things like mug sleeves or sewn items like a make up bag etc, but it made me wonder if bloggers who made cards ever did a give-away for a handmade card.   I’d never seen any …  and this led me to think that maybe it might be something fun and something to make someone smile so my mind was made up.  I’d do a card ‘Give-Away!’

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If you’re a follower of The Cobweborium Emporium blog, and would like to have your name ‘thrown into the hat’ and be in with a chance of receiving this card then please just leave a comment below with the word:  GIVEAWAY  – either at the start or the end of your comment.

To make sure that all is fairI’ll get the Random Number Generator to choose the number, and I’ll also do a screen shot of the R.N.G and post it so that you can all see which number was generated.

If you’re the ‘winner’, then you have a choice.  You can choose to have the card for yourself, in which case I’ll write the card to you, sign it and send it with love. Or …  you can choose to receive the card un-written, so that you can write it and send it to someone else.

But … If you don’t want to enter but still want to leave a comment or have a ‘coffee chat’ , then please do.  You really don’t have to get involved in a give-away.  It’s just a bit of September fun.  🙂  Any comment which doesn’t have the word ‘GIVEAWAY’ at the beginning or end of a comment won’t be entered and you must be a follower of the blog here to enter.

This give-away is open to anyone who is a follower of The Cobweborium Emporium blog – no matter where you live.  It’s not just for UK folks.  I’ll close the ‘give-away’ entries on Wednesday 21st September 2016, at 6pm UK time.  Only followers who have commented by that date and time, with the word ‘GIVEAWAY’ somewhere in their comment,  will be included.

NB:  Please  DON’T  put your real name or address in the comments box.  I need to look after your privacy and security.

Well it’s Sunday and I’m not normally a poster on Sundays, so this is something which feels kind of odd to me.  A nice odd though.  It feels kind of warm and fuzzy.  Friendly.  Fabulous.  Like I should be doing something normal, and instead I’ve been given time off to go and have a coffee with friends somewhere lovely. 

Thank you so much for coming and having a coffee with me. I love seeing you here and love chatting with you in comments too.  I’m so very blessed to know you all.

Have a wonderful day, whatever you’re doing.

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I’d swim oceans for you.

I dedicate this tag to my wonderful husband – because  I’d swim oceans for him.

As some of you know (from my last blog post) I had a divil of a job photographing this tag.  (Many thanks go to Kim Styles for her helpful suggestions!).  I’ve chosen a selection of photos from the two and a half million that I took, and hope that they give you even a little ‘feel’ of this tag, which has an under the sea theme to it.  (how strange is it Kim that you and I both chose an under the sea theme for our latest projects?!)

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There are various bits and pieces on this tag …

  • the fishing net – I made myself out of white string, because I didn’t have any proper net.
  • Two metal charms  – the smaller of the two star fish (caught in the fishing net), and the little silver sea-horse.
  • The two-tone shell,  purple and silver,  is actually a real shell which I coloured up using Sharpies.
  • Sequins – in four colours
  • A tiny plastic shell
  • The pearl (in the clam shell – bottom left of the tag) – is from a broken necklace.
  • The Ammonite, the Anchor, Conch Shell, large silvery Star Fish and the Clam Shell – are all made from die cuts.
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I’ve taken photographs using different lighting, or without lighting at all, in order to try to give you a hint of what this tag looks like when seen with the naked eye.

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The ammonite (close up in the above photo) was stamped with embossing ink, then embossed with silver powder from Tonic and finally coloured using Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Markers.  It looks gold in this photograph above – but that’s because (I think) it’s picking up those peach, warm yellow and soft brown colours I used to colour up the ammonite.

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The greeny brown looking smudges in the background are actually gold.  I coloured up the tag with the teal you see, then sprayed a little misting spray in gold, to just add a kind of  warm twinkle to the look of the ‘sea’.

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The Clam Shell was cut from a die (top photo, above),  backed with some card and then manipulated into the shape I wanted it to be.  I used a variety of different coloured embossing powders then, sprinkled into different places,  to give it that wonderful, ‘mother of pearl’ look to the inside of the shell.

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This (in the above photo) shows the original die cut next to the end result – so that you can see how it’s been shaped to look like a ‘real’ clam.

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The photo above shows the two different colours of card I used to actually make the base of the shell, along with the finished shell.  The pearl I fixed in place using Glue Gel.

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I’ve included this ↑ – out of focus photo in the hope that you might get a rough idea of what this looks like in ‘real life’.  If you squint at the picture and wait a second until your focus corrects itself through your squinted eyes, you might get a different ‘look’ and show you what I was aiming for.  (if you right-click on the photo, then chose ‘open in new tab’ – you should get a slightly bigger picture to make things easier for you).

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You know when you’re stood on a beach and the waves come in and lap round your feet … then just as the water slips back again, there is that magical moment when the wet sand twinkles magically in the sunlight?   Well I was after getting that magical twinkle … and at the same time I wanted things to look like they were floating beneath the sea, being pulled gently by that fishing net.  When you’re holding the tag in your hand you get this sort of fuzziness around the net and because it’s all higgeldy piggeldy, it kinda looks like it’s floating beneath the sea.

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The ‘Recipe’:

  • Stamps and Dies used on this tag are all by Couture Creations, from their Sea Breeze collection.
  • Various colours of Tonic Embossing Powders
  • Twinkle Embossing Powder by Personal Impressions, in Turquoise Sparkle
  • Colouring Pens used are Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Markers.
  • Card stock used for die cuts was all from off-cuts.
  • All the rest of the ‘stuff’, is all from stash.

Thank you so much for coming and sharing this tag with me.  I cannot explain how much it means to have you here.  If you’d like to leave a comment, about this tag or anything else: asking a question, to introduce yourself, or even just to say hello – I’d be thrilled to pieces to hear from you.  Comments are such a genuine pleasure to me as I look on them as your way of leaving a footprint behind so that I know who you are, can say hello to you, and it’s just such a lovely way to get us all talking to each other.  So please feel very welcome to say hello.

Well, that’s me done and dusted for another day.  All that’s left for me to say is …  Have a wonderful Monday.  May it be the beginning of a lovely week for you.  Be safe out there and … if you’re old enough to remember Sgt Stan Jablonski:  “Let’s do it to them before they do it to us!”.  (I know Sgt Jablonski meant something else,  but by that I mean … let’s be nice to other people before they get the chance to be nice to us.  Somehow,  I’ve found,  it makes me feel like I’m walking on air when I’ve made someone else smile.  Try it.  It’s a wonderful feeling).

Have a truly great week all. 

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With Love in Powder Blue ~ an elegant handmade card.

 

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I have this love affair going on with the colour Teal at the moment, and when I saw this beautiful, teal, velvet ribbon on sale at a haberdashery local to where I live I was shocked to find that some just jumped into my basket – where it promptly held me to ransom until I’d bought 5 metres of it.  [tsk tsk.  what an absolutely shocking way for ribbon to behave!]

Made on white cardstock which has a very slightly hammered texture to it.  The powder blue edge strip along the fold line, was made using a Spellbinders Classic Petal Edgeabilities die; and the central circular, lacey type die cut, which includes the sentiment  ‘With Love’, was made using a Tonic Indulgence Semi Circle (item number: 471e).  The powder blue  card which I used for the die cuts was a huge sized piece of random card which I’ve had for ever!

Of course me being me  . . there had to be a little surprise waiting on the inside. . .

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I made an insert from papers which had a sort of heavenly, cloudy effect – added another Spellbinders Edgeabilities die cut (from the same set) and made the little tag from some printed papers which I think I got free with a magazine a while ago, which I mounted onto a piece of the powder blue cardstock which all the die cuts were cut from.  But this time, instead of the velvet ribbon (which would have been too thick and substantial to use on this tag) I used a short length of teal Rayon Seam Binding. (American Seam Binding).

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I don’t normally make ‘elegant’ cards.  I’m more the fun, shabby chic, steam punk, vintage type of card maker, so this card really was a step out of my comfort zone.  But I like the way it turned out.  Less is more really worked for this card.

Whoops – nearly forgot  … the flowers on the front are all from Anna Marie Designs, who you can find on this clickable link:  http://www.annamariedesigns.co.uk/

Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to have a read.  Please have a look around while you’re here.  There are lots of categories (see the menu over to the right – you might have to scroll up to see all the categories) where I hope you’ll find something you like.

Have a really lovely rest of your day all.

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In order to enter the Land of the Fae, you must come with the RIGHT KEY. ~ Tag Art part 4 ~ a Pictorial Tutorial!

The finished Tag. This one is really easy and the steps to make it are all done in photographs. (yes - it's THAT easy!)

The finished Tag.
This one is so easy that the steps to make it are all done in photographs.
(yes – it’s THAT easy!)

Another tag art tutorial,  – and this one is so easy that I’ve done all the ‘instructions’ by photographs, and just adding a note or two if I felt I needed to.

Remember … your own finished tag might look totally different to mine:  you might not have butterflies in mind, but baking or tool sheds.  You might want to do a tag about caravans or sewing, or fishing or cooking … or just about anything.  It’s not the things I’m using or the colours or even the tag shape or size.  This is more about how to pull a tag together.  The steps.  The ideas.  Sort of like a flow chart.

If, after seeing the picture tutorial you feel that you want to make a tag with the same ‘feel’ or similar colours etc etc – then you can get your own stuff together and come back and look at the pictures again as you make your own tag if it helps you to put things in order.  However – I’ll tell you the things I’ve used to make this tag, as we go along, so that if you want to make one like it, or like a particular colour or ‘thing’, then you’ll have the information to get that ‘thing’.

Shall we start?  OH... and rememberit’s Tag Art – it’s not brain surgery.  No one is going to test you on it, or even mark your results to see if you’ve passed the test.  It’s just a bit of fun,  . . .  and you might make something you love so much that you’ll want to frame it and put it on your wall.  Or make it the main attraction on the front of your next handmade card!   (Who knows … you might end up being the next big mixed media artist of the art world!)

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A NOTE ABOUT PINFLAIR GENTLE BLENDS:     If you haven’t used  Gentle Blends before –  I can highly recommend them.  But .. don’t ‘dab’ up too much paint as it goes a long way with just a little medium.  The open pots (see the top right for an open one) have the medium in the base and a sponge on the top which soaks up the medium and that’s where you gently and sparingly dab your sponge to pick up the medium and put it on your project.

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I coloured the whole of the tag in Teal.      The little off white patches that you see on the tag are where the tag picked up some glue off my glass mat.  Don’t worry about things like thatthey kind of add to the charm of a tag.  But .. if you hate it, then you could gently rub the area where the glue is with an emery board to remove the glue.  Failing that .. stick something on top of the glue and hide it.  No one will ever know it was there!

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More Gentle Blends:  this time in ‘Denim’.  It’s a lovely colour,  and a little darker, and slightly warmer than the two other colours.  The idea here (all the different colours)  is that you’re drawing the eye into the centre.  You’re giving the ‘view’ of looking into somewhere lovelysomewhere like … a woodland fairy glade.

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Now remember … although I’ve embossed using a Sheena Douglass embossing folder (shown here with a bit of dark card inside it so that you can see the whole of the embossing ‘picture’ that’s available on this folder) you might not have that particular folder, so use something which will ‘go’ with your own project.  A tree.  A fish.  A window.  Some flowers.  Whatever you have, use that.

BUT .. if you don’t have an embossing machine then that’s fine too!  You could use stickers.  Add some stickers in the right places – but don’t go crazy with them.  You don’t want to over-crowd your tag.  Three/four/five stickers would probably be fine.

OR…  if you don’t have stickers  –  then use  pencil/pens/markers – and draw something which ‘goes’ with the theme of your tag.

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Be very sparing with black on your tag (Unless your tag is a dark, deep looking tag which you’re going to put brighter colours on top of).

Black can turn a card into something way different from you started out making.  So keep stopping and checking.  Pick up your tag and hold it at arm’s length.  Squint at it (half close your eyes)  if it helps you to see it in a sort of ‘detached’ view.

Land of the Fae 6aA photo looking ‘across’ the tag so that you can see a little of the depth to the embossing.

 

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But, I hear you ask… What if I don’t have any gilding wax?” 

No problem.    Find some paints or ink pads or even water-colour pencils – anything which will allow you to pick up colour on your finger – and put a tiny bit of either paint, or chosen colour of ink pad, or water-colour pencil (which you’ve added the water from a barely damp brush to),  on a glass mat, or blending mat, or heat/glue resistant mat – …   – and then using your ring finger (ring finger because it gives the lightest ‘tap’), tap a little of your coloured medium onto your finger and gently either dab or stroke it onto the tag where you want the colour to be.

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Land of the Fae 8‘Metal’  –    I missed the word ‘metal’  from the above – it should have read ‘with a larger, vintage looking, metal butterfly’.

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Another reminder:  If you’re doing a tag about golf or fishing or baking or sewing orwell whatever your tag is themed around – then use the eyelet hole to attach a fishing rod; golf club (mini one not a big one silly! lol);  rolling-pin or something bakery themed; sewing machine embellishment etc etc etc.

A close up of the key and the brad holding the key in place.

A close up of the key and the brad holding the key in place.

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The two extra tags … I’d printed out some words which I die cut with a free set of three dies which I’d got with a magazine about a year or so ago.  I die cut the words on the white paper,  using the medium sized die;  and then cut a tag in brown card using the largest die.

I blended some of the teal Pinflair Gentle Blends – this was from the teal remaining on the sponge (I didn’t add any extra), around the outside of the white tag and then glued the white tag to the larger brown.

I worked out where the hole for the brad and key had to go and once I’d ‘threaded’ the key onto the brad and pushed it through the star eyelet hole, I then popped the glued together tags onto the back and opened the ‘wings’ of the brad behind them so that everything was held together, but the tags were able to move freely and so could be opened and closed behind the big tag.

close up of the tags, so that you can read the words.

close up of the tags, so that you can read the words.

Almost finished!  . . . 

twit twoo!

twit twoo!

Finished!

Finished!

I’ve taken this last photograph without the flash so that you could see the details all together ‘as one’.

If you saw it with the naked eye, it glints and twinkles and actually does have something magical about it, which kind of makes your eye dance across the tag from one place to another.

I so hope that these ‘pointers’ are helping anyone who has some doubts about making tag art.  There really isn’t anything to it.  You just have to remind yourself that it’s only a tag and if you make a mistake … it’s not a mistake.  It’s a happy accident which happened because something is trying to tell you to use that ‘happy accident’ as a kind of road sign and telling you to go ‘this’ way.

Thank you so much for coming and for having a read.  Take a look around while you’re here!

Have a truly fabulous rest of your day.  Happy Crafting 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.