Monday, 11 January 2021

Faery garden

Hi Everybody!

Thanks to all who entered our last challenge, and many thanks to Pinky for hosting. As always in our chellenges, tags of all formats are welcome, and I'm looking forward to seeing your creations.

Today we are starting a new challenge and this time our lovely and talented Michele is hosting with the theme 'faery garden'.

Here she is to tell you all about it!

hello all! it is my turn to select the theme for the next two week challenge  and i've chosen the theme of "faery gardens."

i hope friends will share tags featuring faeries and their garden playgrounds. make something lovely, spring-feeling, and full of fantasy to brighten our days.

here are two tags to get this started!


the background paper, faery, and sentiment in this first tag both come from gecko galz. the wings and border are items from my stash.



for this second tag the background paper and sentiment are again from gecko galz but the rubber stamp is from 100 proof press, and was a holiday gift i received this year!

i hope you will be inspired to play along! "

Have a great week, stay safe,
and thanks for joining us!

Valerie


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Monday, 28 December 2020

Numbers

Hi Everybody!

It's time for a new challenge here and this time our lovely and talented PINKY is hosting. Thanks to all who entered our last challenge hosted by Sandie, it was good to see so many people joining in! Thanks for all the lovely creations you linked to us this past year, hope to see more in 2021! As always, you have 2 weeks to join us and tags of all formats are welcome. Here's Piky to tell you all about it!

 'Hi everyone! Hope you all had a lovely Christmas!

It's my turn to host the theme this time and I have gone with

NUMBERS!

Just use and lot or a few or even just one number on your tag!

For mine I have gone with one for the New Year

and one for a Big Birthday!'



Thanks for the beautiful inspiration Pinky! Now it's over to you, so hope to see lots of people joining in.
Happy New Year!
Let's hope it will be healthier and happier than this past one! Stay safe!

Valerie



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Monday, 30 November 2020

Christmas or anything goes

 Hi Everybody!

Thanks to all who joined in my pets challenge last time round, much appreciated, and I enjoyed visiting your lovely creations. This time our dear Sandie is hosting. As we are nearing the end of the year our next new challenge will be after Christmas, and you have lots of time to link your tags to us. Tags of all formats are welcome. Here's Sandie to tell you all about it:

 'Hello, it's Sandie here and it's my turn to bring this fortnight's theme to you. I wasn't sure at the time if it was too early for a Christmas theme, so I thought I would do an Anything Goes theme. In the end I decided that Christmas isn't really that far off, so decided to go with both themes. Sadly my Christmas won't be as cheerful this year as I will be missing my daughter who passed away in May, but I will be seeing grandchildren and great grand children if the Covid restrictions allow us all to be together in my area...fingers crossed. Have fun everyone, I will pop over and leave you some love on your blogs...xx'


Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!
I'm sure you'll all join with me in wishing Sandie a happy Christmas, even though things will be different for her this time. And I want to wish you all seasons greetings and hope that you will be able to get together with some family members in spite of the Covid restrictions.

Have fun!

Valerie


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Monday, 16 November 2020

Pets

Hi Everybody!

Today we are starting a new challenge. I am hosting, and have chosen 'pets' as my theme. But first I would like to thanks Wendy for hosting her texture' theme last time, and all those who linked their beautiful tags.

I know lots of us have pets at home - cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and many more. I had cats and dogs as my companions for many years, and never forget them. So I would like to see pets on your tags. Tags of all formats are welcome, large or small, real or digital. I will be posting more tags every couple of days on my blog Bastelmania



Whatever you make, have fun, and please link your tags to us  here.
Stay well and safe in these difficult times, and stay creative!
Valerie



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Monday, 2 November 2020

Texture

Hi Everybody!

Today we are starting a new challenge here, and our wonderful Wendy is hosting. Thanks to Michele who hosted the last post and to all who entered such lovely tags for Halloween. It was a pleasure to visit them. As always, tags of all formats, including digital ones are welcome, and I'm looking forward again to seeing what you make. Here's Wendy to tell you all about it:

"For my theme for the next two weeks I have chosen Texture. I work a lot with various different mediums and love the textures you can achieve with these, stencils and various embellishments. The first one has a background of kitchen paper that I used to mop up some dye. Texture paste through a stencil and some flowers and a friendly plastic butterfly for the embellishments.


This one has a distress inked background with texture paste through a stencil. Sequin waste, plasterers tape, yarn, scrunched up foil and some friendly plastic to finish it off.


Have fun with your textures and I look forward to seeing your tags. "

Thanks for these gorgeous and inspirational tags, Wendy!

So, now it's up to you! Stay creative, and above all, have fun!

Valerie


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Monday, 19 October 2020

All Hallow's Eve

 Hi Everybody!

Today we are staring a new challenge at Tag Tuesday, and this time our wonderful Michele is hosting, and has chosen a seasonal theme which will be a hit with many of you. Thanks to all who joined in Pinky's theme in the last round, it was wonderful seeing all the great creations which you made. All formats are permitted, large or small, 'real' or digital or hybrid - just get creative and have fun! And here is Michele to tell you all about her challenge!

 'when i got assigned this two week period (October 20-November 3) for my DT challenge week there was only one legitimate theme i could choose: all hallow's eve! although i am not one for the costumes or parties, i love to create on this theme! here are three tags to get things started:




all images are from various gecko galz collage sheets and paper packs, with a few embellishments from stash.


enjoy creating some tricks and treats!'

Thanks for these inspiring creations, Michele!
Now it's over to you.
Have fun and stay creative!

Valerie
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Monday, 5 October 2020

Trees

Hi Everybody!

It's time for a new challenge here at Tag Tuesday. Thanks to all who made so man wonderfu creations for Sandie's challenge last time, it was a pleasure to visit you all.  As always all formats and sizes of tags are welcome, just do your thing, and be creative!

This time It's Pinky's turn, so here she is to tell you all about it!

 ' Hi everyone, Pinky here.

I have chosen TREES for this fortnight's challenge theme.

I have a bit of a fascination when it comes to trees, especially stamping them.

I love making scenes and tags are the perfect size to work with.

Hope you get time to join in the fun and I look forward to getting lots of inspiration from you all.

My first tag is a Christmas one! I stamped the tree onto kraft card and added flicks of paint for snow.

The second has a more Autumnal theme.'



Both tags are gorgeous, so thanks for the inspiration, Pinky, and now it's over to YOU!
Have fun and stay creative!

Valerie

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Monday, 21 September 2020

Book Print

 Hi Everybody!

Today we are starting a new challenge here at Tag Tuesday, and our lovely and talented Sandie is hosting. Before she tells you all about it, I would like to thank all who joined in my 'down on the farm' challenge and made such lovely tags. 

' Hello Everyone...it's Sandie here and I am bringing you the theme for this fortnights challenge.

Book pages offer so much choice in our art, I love using it for journals and mixed media. It doesn't even have to be old paper either, any book pages will do, paste them complete or torn, stamp over them, die cut them, whatever you choose. As you can see I have use torn book pages to build up the background on my tags.

I shall look forward to seeing what you come up with and will pop along to your blogs and leave some love...'

Thanks for these gorgeous tags Sandie. Tags of all formats and styles are welcome, and as always, you have 2 weeks to join in.

I put the names of last week's participants in a hat, and my neighbour pulled a name out of it - drumroll!

The winner is...........

No. 4 - Karen M!

Karen, please  mail me at

bastelmania(at)gmx.net

with your snail-mail addy and I will send your little prize!

Have a great week, stay creative and have fun!

Valerie


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Monday, 7 September 2020

Down on the farm

Hi Everybody!

Today we are staring a new challenge, and I am hosting. But first of all I would like to thank all who joined in Wendy's ladybird challenge. I enjoyed visiting your blogs and seeing your creations.

My theme this week is 'Down on the Farm', and anything and everything farm related is welcome - sheep, cows, horses, chickens, geese, ducks, fields of grain, haystacks, people, stables, barns, the people who work there, farming implements, the people who work there - you name it, it will be right! As always, tags of all formats are welcome, real, hybrid and digital, large or small.
And this time I will be giving a little prize for one, randomly drawn participant. 

My first tag is with a handsome rooster, and was made from collaged pieces of a napkin. When the paste had dried I sewed it to a dark background and added some feathers for embellishment. I will be showing more tags regularly in the next 2 weeks on my blog Bastelmania.




I'm looking forward to seeing what you make!
Stay creative and have fun!

Valerie


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Monday, 24 August 2020

Ladybirds

Hi Everybody!

First of all a big thank you to Michele and to  all who joined in her 'Alice in Wonderland' challenge, we enjoyed visiting your blogs to see the lovely tags you made. This week we are starting a new challenge and this time our wonderful Wendy is hosting and has chosen 'ladybirds' as her theme. As always, tags of all formats, real, hybrid and digital are welcome, and you have 2 weeks to link to us.  Here's Wendy to tell you all about it:

' As we don't seem to have had ladybirds as a theme  before, and there seem to be quite a lot around this year, I thought it would be a challenge. You can draw them or use a stamp or use a picture from a magazine, it's up to you. I have used some oddments of card that were in my stash, with some die cuts and stamped images. I even found a wooden flower with a ladybird on it. Have fun, I look forward to see what you do.'

 

Thanks for the lovely inspiration, Wendy, and I hope to see lots of you joining in and showing your ladybird / ladybug tags. Have fun!

Valerie


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Monday, 10 August 2020

Tags of Wonderland

 Hi Everybody!

Thanks to all who joined in Pinky's Christmas challenge last time, I had fun seeing your tags, and I now have a handful of tags ready for my neighbours for
December - if I manage to find them then!  This week our lovely Michele has chosen the theme of 'Alice in Wonderland', so I hope to see lots of people joining in. As always, you have 2 weeks to join us and tags of all formats, digital, hybrid, physical are welcome. Here's Michele to tell you all about it:

'for the next two weeks i'm asking everyone to make their tags on the theme of alice in wonderland. here are a few tags to get your creative juices flowing:

this tag has a variety of images from various gecko galz collage sheets and kits.


mostly gecko galz images here as well, with a background from itKuPiLLi imagenarium "celestial backgrounds."

this last one is mostly gecko galz with a central image from the octopode factory, that i colored in with colored pencils.

hope you enjoy and make time to play!'

Thanks Michele for these wonderful, inspirational tags!

Have a great week, take care,
and above all; have fun being creative!

Valerie


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Monday, 27 July 2020

Christmas

Hi Everybody!

Thanks to all who joined in Sandie's 'Sea' challenge this past fortnight. I enjoyed visiting your blogs to see the beautiful and varied creations you made, and am hoping to see lots of people joining in the new challenge. This time our lovely and talented PINKY has chosen the theme, and here she is to tell you all about it:

"Pinky here.
No hate mail please lol!!!
 My challenge for you this fortnight is Christmas related tags!
We all like to get a start on Christmas so why not in July and August!

For my first tag I have gone with a snowman and a nice snowy scene.
The second one is more traditional, using Christmas Baubles with a bit of sparkle.
I hope you get time to join the Christmas fun!!'



Thanks for these gorgeous and inspiring tags Pinky. 
As always, tags of all formats and sizes are allowed, so whether you create digitally or physically, you're very welcome here.
Whatever you do - just have fun!
Stay creative,

Valerie


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Monday, 13 July 2020

The sea

Hi Everybody!

Thanks to all who entered my 'Put a sentiment on it' challenge last time, much appreciated. This fortnight our lovely Sandie is back with us, and has chosen a seasonal theme. Here she is to tell you all about it:

'Hi Everyone, it's Sandie here and I am bringing you the theme for this fortnight's challenge.
I chose this theme because there is so much scope to create, basically anything involving the sea, think Beaches, Quays, Lighthouses, Ships etc.
I love the sea and I am very fortunate to live right on the coast, I love to watch the sea, rough or calm, it just gives me such a calmness, I love the smell of it too when the sea is rough, you can even taste the salt on your tongue.
Pop along to my blog to see how I created my tags.
I do hope you will play along in this challenge, I shall look forward to seeing your Tags...have fun xx'



Thanks for these beautiful and inspirational tags Sandie!

Now it's over to YOU! You have 2 weeks to create and upload your tag. Tags of all formats, hybrid, digital, physical, large or small are all welcome!

Have fun!

Valerie

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Monday, 29 June 2020

Put a sentiment on it

Hi Everybody!

We are beginning a new challenge at Tag Tuesday, and this time I am hosting.
First of all I would like to thank Wendy for hosting last time and for the lovely tags she made.

'Put a sentiment on it' can be interpreted in different ways, It doesn't have to be a long quote. One word like 'hello' or 'smile' is also a sentiment! You could make a tag with a sentiment as subject, or just add a word or 2 - it's up to you!

I am showing two tags I have made today, and will be posting others regularly on my blog and linking them here if you want to see them. Tags of all formats  - digital, hybrid, real, and of all sizes are welcome, and you can choose your own theme, as long as it has a sentiment on it;

I made a masterboard which was painted with turquoise, white and gold. and then chopped up into three parts to make three tags. Each tag was sewn onto a recycled card background before adding the elements. The 'hello' was die-cut from a piece of card coloured with alcohol inks, as was the leaf. The little girl in the moon, feathers and other bits and bobs were from my stash:


This was made more or less the same. The flowers were painted, scribbled and fussy cut before being assembled. 'Smile' was cut from the alcohol-ink died paper and the little girl is from TH:



Hope to see you joining in soon. As always you have 2 weeks to join us.

Whatever you do, have fun!

Valerie






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Monday, 15 June 2020

Feathers

Hi Everybody!

First I would like to thank Michele for hosting our last challenge, and to say thanks to all who linked their beautiful creations to us, much appreciated!

Today we are starting a new challenge and our wonderful Wendy is hosting. As always you have 2 weeks to link to us and tags of all formats are welcome.  Wendy has chosen feathers as her theme. Here she is to tell you about it:

"For my theme for the next two weeks I have chosen Feathers. With the nesting season and baby birds around, my lawn always seem to have small white feathers on it. They are probably from the pigeons who are far too numerous for my liking.
 Any style of tag is welcome and I have made three, one normal size one bird shape and one long and thinnish:


 This one has a background made from a master-board, made long ago. I added a dictionary derivation of 'bird' and stamped a bird and feathers on the background.


This bird shaped one was painted and stamped with feather images, and a wooden bird added. A real feather adhered to the main bird's tail. This one will be added to my bird shaped tag book.


The background on the last one is sprayed with ink and stamped with feather images. I added two birds, die cuts, and some of the small feathers from the lawn."

Thanks so much for these wonderful, inspirational pieces, Wendy. 

Now it's your turn to get your creative juices flowing and to link to us -

Have fun!

Valerie
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Monday, 1 June 2020

Dance- dancers - dancing

Hi Everybody!

Thanks to all who entered our last challenge, and to Pinky who hosted it so well. Today we are starting a new month, and our lovely Michele is hosting. This time it's all about dance!
As always, you have 2 weeks to link your tag to us, and tags of all formats are welcome. I am looking forward to your interpretations of this theme! Here is Michele to tell you all about it!



"i've chosen the theme of dance -- dancers -- dancing. dancing is so beautiful and is good for every body.




background is from itKuPiLLi imagenarium "celestial backgrounds." woman and butterfly from lunagirlwords are from a tim holtz sticker kit.




background is from itKuPiLLi imagenarium "celestial backgrounds." couple is from songbirdy. words are from a tim holtz sticker kit. dragonfly brad is from eyelet outlet.



background is from itKuPiLLi imagenarium "celestial backgrounds." couple and moon are from lunagirl. words are from a tim holtz sticker kit. butterfly brad is from eyelet outlet.




background is from itKuPiLLi imagenarium "celestial backgrounds." dancer, butterfly and moon are from lunagirl. words are from a tim holtz sticker kit. 

have fun! stay safe and well."

Thanks for these wonderful and inspiring tags, Michele.
Now it's YOUR turn- hope to see you soon!

Have fun!

Valerie



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Monday, 18 May 2020

Animals

Hi Everyone!

Today we are starting a new challenge, and our lovely  Pinky is hosting.
Thanks to all who joined in Michele's haberdashery challenge, we had some wonderful entries. As always, you have 2 weeks to enter our challenge, and tags of all formats, digital or physical, large or small are welcome. So, her is Pinky to tell you all about it:

'Hello everyone, Pinky here.

 My challenge theme for the next two weeks is ANIMALS.
Any shape, sort or size! For my tags I have used two different stamps sets.
The first one is the cutest little lamb and I went crazy with the masking
and colouring but it was so relaxing! I thought the sentiment was perfect
for a family of lambs!!


The second one uses this adorable giraffe
but he has a bit of a sore throat!
Perfect for a get well soon idea!'


Thanks for these adorable, inspirational tags, this is a great theme and I hope to see lot of people joining in.

Let your creative juices flow, and I'm looking forward to seeing which animals you will be showing!

Take care, and have fun!

Valerie






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Monday, 4 May 2020

Haberdashery

Hi Everybody!

Hope you are all keeping safe and well! 
Thanks to all who joined in my  'anything goes' challenge, I had a lot of fun  visiting your blogs and admiring your lovely creations.

Our new challenge today was chosen by our lovely Sandie. She is unfortunately still fully occupied looking after her daughter, who is very ill. Please keep them both in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time!

But I'm happy to say that our lovely Michele has taken over and is now hosting the challenge for the next 2 weeks. Thanks for this Michele! As always tags of all formats are welcome, and we are looking forward to seeing your tags.

Here is Michele to tell you all about it:

'our newest theme is haberdashery. i'm hosting this challenge and will send a sticker prize to a randomly selected winner, anywhere in the world (fair warning: things are slow given these days of quarantine and my schedule, but i will send the prize when safe and able...). so, what is haberdashery you might ask? i

hab·er·dash·er·y
/ˈhabərˌdaSHərē/
noun
  1. 1.
    NORTH AMERICAN
    men's clothing and accessories.
  2. 2.
    BRITISH
    small items used in sewing, such as buttons, zippers, and thread; notions.




i've gone with the British meaning for my tags today -- these first two are my haberdashery fairies!








the fairies are from gecko galz; the background paper is from dreamzetc. other little bits, washi tapes, flowers and such are from my stash.





i also have this charming lady as well:






the woman is from gecko galz; the background paper is from dreamzetc. other little bits, borders, button brads, etc. are from my stash.






enjoy; be safe, and love to all.'

Thanks for the wonderful inspiration Michele!

Now it's your turn, your let your creative juices flow and link
to us here.

Have fun!







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Monday, 20 April 2020

Anything goes

Hi Everybody!

Thanks for all the lovely entries for Wendy's 'gold and silver' challenge, I enjoyed visiting your blogs to see the wonderful creations.

Now we are beginning a new challenge, and this time I am hosting. My theme is anything goes, so tags of all formats and themes are welcome, and as always you have 2 weeks to link to our blog.

I started off with an A3 sheet of heavy paper which I painted with leftover acrylics and textured with a comb. When it was dry I chopped it into 4 pieces, and sewed each piece onto a purple background, using different styles of stitching. Then I stenciled each tag using structure paste. I am showing one tag today, the others will be shown on my blog, Bastelmania, during the course of the next 2 weeks. Each finished tag measures 12" x 5":





This shows the 4 tags before they got decorated:


Hope to see lots of you joining in the challenge!

Have fun, stay safe!

Valerie

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Monday, 6 April 2020

Gold and silver

Hi Everybody!

It's time for another new challenge at Tag Tuesday, and this time our lovely and talented Wendy is hosting. Thanks to all who joined in Michele's last challenge, it was great to see so many beautiful entries. As always, you have 2 weeks to enter our challenges, and tags of all formats are welcome. 
Here is Wendy to tell you all about it:

"For the next two weeks I have chosen Gold and silver for my theme. I love texture and this gave me the opportunity to try different ones.
The first one I painted silver and added a thicker bumpy layer of gold and silver paint in various parts Gold I added through a stencil and then four patches of micro beads. The tag was finished off with a gold butterfly and gold thread.
The second one went through a similar process with the addition of gold wire, beads, gold ribbon and a silver embellishment.
I hope these give you some inspiration. You can use any medium you like, and I look forward to seeing your tags.

 Keep safe everyone."




Thanks for the inspiration, Wendy! Now it's your turn!
Stay safe, have fun!

Valerie

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