Monday, 13 January 2020

Winter Scenes

Hi Everybody!

Thanks to all who enterede Pinky's 'celebrations' challenge, there were some beautiful entries which I enjoyed viewing.
Today it's our lovely Michele's turn to host, and she has chosen 
☃ winter scenes ☃
as her theme.
As always, you have 2 weeks to link to us, and I hope to see lots joining in. Here is Michele to tell you all about it:

'in my hemisphere it is winter so i've chosen "winter scenes" for my theme for the next two weeks. where i live, it doesn't always snow but this very week we are expected to have our first downfall so i guess my theme is right on time!



here is a digital tag i made with images from various artists at mischief circus:



here is a collaged tag featuring a woman in winter, with images by gecko galz:


and here are some snow fairies, also with images by gecko galz:



i hope you will be inspired to play along!'

Thanks for the wonderful and inspirational tags Michele!

Stay creative and have fun!

Valerie

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Monday, 30 December 2019

Celebrations

Hi Everybody!
The end of the year is very near as I write this, but an end can also mean a new beginning, and this time we have our lovely, new DT team member, Pinky, here with her first challenge. That's worth celebrating! Thanks to those who joined our last challenge, and hope to see lots joining in this time to welcome Pinky. Here she is to tell you all about it:

'Hi everyone. It's Pinky here with my very first challenge!
The theme I have chosen is
CELEBRATIONS!
Nice easy theme for the new year, birthdays, anniversaries etc. Limitless really!
I'm hoping you all get time to join in and I look forward to
stopping by your blogs and leaving some love!'



Thanks for these beautiful and inspirational tags, Pinky. 
You have 2 weeks to join in our celebrations theme, so hope to see you here!

Have fun!

Valerie

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Monday, 16 December 2019

Shabby Chic or Vintage

Hi everybody!

It's time for a new challenge here at Tag Tuesday, and this time Sandie is hosting. But before she tells you about her theme, I have some news. Our dear Joan has left the DT due to family commitments, and we will miss her. Thanks for all the lovely tags you made for us, Joan, and I wish you and your family well. Hope we will still see you around! And I have some good news. The lovely and talented PINKY is joining our team, and I am very happy. She will be an asset to our team, so welcome Pinky, make yourself at home! She will be hosting her first challenge here on December 31st.
As always, all tag formats are welcome - large or small, digital, 'real' or hybrid, we like them all! And you have 2 weeks to link to us, so hope you will find a few minutes in spite of holiday preparations etc. Crafting is good for the soul!
But now here is Sandie to tell you about her challenge:

'Hello, it's teamie Sandie here and I am bringing you the theme for this challenge.
I couldn't decide whether to go all Shabby Chic ( I'm not very good with that theme, lol ) or go Vintage..so decided to go with both.
So you can use either theme, or both, the choice is yours, just have fun.
I'll pop along and leave some love on your blogs...x
                                  Sandie'
                                                     



Thanks for these gorgeous and inspirational tags, Sandie!

Here's wishing you all seasons greetings, have a great time, and stay safe!

Hope to see Your tag here soon!

Have fun,

Valerie


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Monday, 2 December 2019

White Christmas

Hi Everybody!

It's December already, and we are starting a new challenge here. Thanks to all who entered Wendy's lovely cat challenge, there were some fabulous entries.
This time our lovely Joan is hosting and has chosen the theme of 
White Christmas.
Here she is to tell you all about it:

'Hello to everyone! My theme for the next two weeks is White Christmas. Every year I hope for snow on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!
I made two tags for this challenge. For the first one, I cut a tag from snowflake patterned paper. I inked the edges with brown chalk ink. Then I added three Tim Holtz children wearing their winter finery, tinting the coats and hats with gelatos. Finally I added a word sticker and snowflakes from Crate Paper.


I cut my second tag out of patterned paper and then added doilies and stickers. I also layered in a transparency (the flourish).


I hope you will join us at Tag Tuesday. I'm looking forward to seeing your tag creations!'

Thanks for these wonderful tags Joan, they are both very inspiring, and I hope you get your wish for White Christmas fulfilled, but that it stays dry over here!

As always you have 2 weeks to link to us. Have fun, and hope to see your snowy tags here.

Valerie



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Monday, 18 November 2019

Cats

Hi Everybody!

Thanks to all who entered the last challenge of seeds and plants, your tags were all so lovely.
Today we are starting a new challenge and this time our lovely Wendy has chosen the theme of Cats. Here she is to tell you all about it:

'For my theme this week I have chosen cats. I have three two ginger and white and one black who has a deep seated grudge against ginger and white. I also seem to have a lot of cat stamps. You can choose any type of cats, large or small and in any medium you like. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.'



Thanks for these very inspirational and gorgeous tags Wendy! Now it's YOUR turn! As always, you have 2 weeks to link to our challenge, so hoping to see you there!
Have fun!

Valerie

STOP PRESS!

Michele just sent a message. She pulled no. 18 out of the hat, which means the prize goes to our very own Sandie! Enjoy! Please contact Michele directly to claim your prize!


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Monday, 4 November 2019

Seeds and plants

Hi Everybody!

Today we are beginning a new challenge here, and this time our lovely Michele is hosting. Thanks to all who entered my last challenge, I will put the winner at the end of this post. Here's Michele to tell you about her theme:

'for my turn to host our challenge i've chosen "seeds and plants." i wanted to use some seed packet images i had and i had some fun with it. 




the seed packets and charming lady are all from various gecko galz collage sheets.



these seed packets are from lunagirl; the frog, toadstool and crown are from a retired tumblefish studios collage sheet.


i hope you will play along and link your tag to our challenge! i'm giving a prize of stickers and other goodies to the challenge winner!'

Thanks for the beautiful inspiration Michele, and for the chance to win a prize.

My neighbour once again pulled a name out of the hat with the participants from my last theme. And the winner is:

Number 13 - Butterfly -  AKA Alison who made a gorgeous autumnal tag. Please contact me at 

bastelmania(at)gmx.net 
with your postal details.

Hope to see lots joining in, have fun!

Valerie



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Monday, 21 October 2019

Anything goes and a prize

Hi Everybody!

Thanks to all who made such lovely tags for the 'autumn' challenge. I loved visiting your blogs. We had entries from Flickr which I was not able to comment on, sorry, but they were gorgeous.

Today is my turn to host and I have chosen 'anything goes' as my theme. All tags are welcome, whatever the theme, colour or size, handcrafted, stamped, digital or hybrid. Perhaps you want to get started on Christmas tags, or Halloween, which is round the corner. Or perhaps a birthday tag? Or have a try at making a digital one? Your tags can be simple or elaborate, the choice is yours! The choice is yours. Hope to see you linking up soon.

I made 2 tags to post here, and will be posting more on my blog at regular intervals over the next 2 weeks. The first tag is a hybrid tag. The head here is one I made from home made marbled paper , and the moon is one of my photos. They have been put together in my graphics programme using some elements from Serif to complete it:


This tag was made using a leftover scrap from a master-board made some time back, which was painted, textured with tissue paper, and collaged with gold leafing and scraps of old letters and books. I didn't want to cover it up completely, so just added a dried and sparkly-glazed leaf, some small feathers and a a dried berry - I love using natural goodies when possible:



Hope to see you linking any and all of your beautiful tags. You can enter as often as you want in the next 2 weeks, and there will be a little prize for one random winner.
Have fun!

Valerie



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Monday, 7 October 2019

Autumn

Hi Everybody!

Thanks to all who made tree tags for Joan's last challenge, they were all wonderful and so full of ideas and beauty. Today I am happy to welcome our lovely  Sandie back after her knee operation, and would like to wish her all the best. Great to have you back with us, Sandie, we missed you!
 As always, you have 2 weeks to link your creations to us, so I'm hoping to see lots of you joining in again. 
And now, here's Sandie to tell you all about it:

"Hello Everyone, it's teamie Sandie here bringing you the theme for this fortnights challenge.
The theme I have chosen is Autumn, it's actually my favourite time of the year, the colour changes in nature are spectacular, reds, browns, golds, orange, rust, just glorious.
You can design your tag in any way you wish, so long as you use Autumn colours.
I have created 2 Tags for inspiration, check out how I created them on my blog, just click on my name above the tags.
I look forward to leaving some love on your blogs...x"

                                             Sandie



Thanks for these wonderful tags, Sandie, and now it's up to you - I'm looking forward to visiting your blogs to see what loveliness you create!

Have fun!

Valerie




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Monday, 23 September 2019

Trees

Hi Everybody!

Thanks to all who created apple and pear tags for Wendy's challenge, I loved visiting them all and was, as always, amazed at the quality and variety of tags submitted. This time round our lovely Joan is hosting and has chosen trees as her theme - another theme which fits very well to the autumn season. Here is Joan to tell you about it:

"I have chosen the theme of Trees for the next two weeks. You may interpret this however you wish.
My first tag has more the feel of a tree because of the wood looking items I used.   I cut the tag from wood patterned paper, used an embossing folder to make a tree trunk and then stamped a part of a tree behind a chipboard owl sitting on a branch.


For my second tag, I used an image from Gecko Galz of a tree playing a violin. The tag was sprayed with Dylusions sprays and I added stamped leaves to the tag, chipboard music hearts and a word sticker."


Thanks for these gorgeous and inspirational tags, Joan. 
Now it's over to you! As always you have 2 weeks to join us and 'real', hybrid and digital tags, large or small, are welcome.

Have fun!

Valerie


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Monday, 9 September 2019

Apples and Pears

Hi Everybody!

It's time for a new challenge here, and this time our wonderful Wendy is hosting.  Thanks to all who joined in Michele's 'purple' challenge last time. 
Here's Wendy to tell you all about her challenge:

"I don't think we have had this theme before, so a bit of a challenge. The apple and pear season is upon us now so your tag could be a photo of the fruit on the trees, a drawn one or anything that take your fancy, Mine are both pears but when I come back from an art retreat I am on this week I intend to take a photo of my trees and make one with apples on.
All the pears are stamped on separate card and coloured before adhering to the coloured tag."




Thanks for these gorgeous, inspirational tags, Wendy. Now it's up to you. You have 2 weeks to bite into apples and pears and to make a tag, so hope to see you soon -  have fun!

Valerie

P.S. Aimeslee won Michele's stickers from the last  'Purple' challenge. Please contact Michele to claim them. I have mailed you! Congratulations!

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Monday, 26 August 2019

Purple

Hi Everybody!

We are starting a new challenge here, and this time our lovely Michele is hosting. She has chosen the theme 'Purple', and has made lots of wonderful inspiration for you. As always, you have 2 weeks to join us, and tags of all formats are welcome. Here's Michele to tell you all about it:

"hello all! it is my turn to host the challenge for the next two weeks and i've chosen my favorite color as the theme: "purple." i love purple so much that i made 6 tags one afternoon and here they all are! 















all the backgrounds are from songbirdy "mauveine" with other images from songbirdy "mauveine" and "hanky panky" kits and various lunagirl collage sheets. the words are from a tim holtz sticker set. all tags were made the old fashioned way: cutting and gluing!





PRIZE ALERT!!! i still have an abundance of fun stickers in my collection so i'm offering a sticker prize again to a randomly selected winner. i hope everyone will have fun with the challenge! "



Thanks Michele! This must be the only time that we have had SIX tags for inspiration, applause for Michele! And one lucky winner will get a prize again. Could it get better?

The tags made for my last challenge were all wonderful, so thanks to all who joined in and made such a variety of beautiful work -  there is so much talent out there! I put all of the names of those who joined in  in a hat, except for the name of one lady who didn't want to be included, and the name that got pulled out is:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth!!!! (Entry 25)

And as it was so much fun, I pulled a second name - 

Anesha!!!! (Entry 12)

Congrats ladies!

Please contact me with your postal address details at 

bastelmania(a)gmx.net

Have fun, stay creative and have a great week! And remember, being creative is always better than doing the dreaded housewo**


Valerie







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Monday, 12 August 2019

Anything goes and a prize

Hi Everybody!

Thanks to all who entered our last challenge hosted by Joan. I enjoyed visiting all of your varied and beautiful tags. This time it's my turn to host for the next 2 weeks. I have 2 tags to get you going, and will be posting more on my blog  Bastelmania in the next 2 weeks. I will also be giving a prize, a packet of crafty stamps and embellishments etc to one person whose name will be pulled out of the hat at the end of the 2 weeks, so hope to see YOU joining in! If you join in more than once you get more chances! I have called my first tag 'Lost and found' because I recently cleared and cleaned my workspace and found piles of things which had been lost for a long time. The background is recycled cardboard embossed in a TH folder. The key is a grunge-board shape, also from TH, and the heart and anchor were plastic bits which I had removed from cards sometime in the distant past. I used lots of embossing powder and perfect pearls in gold, silver and various other hues to give the metallic look.  If you try embossing plastic, be careful, it might melt!






And this tag is a summery one using rose transfers on a large (8") tag, adding some cut outs and stickers, and sewing it all to a contrasting piece of matting. The text was hand-written - quick and easy to make.




I hope you will be inspired to join us in these next 2 weeks, and am looking forward, as always, to your interpretations.

Have fun!

Valerie


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Monday, 29 July 2019

Summer Fun

Hi Everybody!

Today  we are starting a new challenge at Tag Tuesday, and this time our lovely Joan is hosting. As usual, you have 2 weeks  to join us, and tags of all formats are welcome. Thanks to all who joined in Wendy's challenge last time round, we had some wonderful tags. So without more ado, here's Joan to tell you about her challenge:

'For the next two weeks, I've chosen the theme "Summer Fun". There are so many ways to interpret this! Here are two tags I made to share with you.
My first tag is about packing your suitcases and heading to the beach. All the products I used are from Cocoa Daisy, except the flower at the top.


For my second tag, I used an image from Gecko Galz. I loved eating watermelon as a child and still do!'


Yummy, who doesn't love watermelon?!

Thanks for these gorgeous and inspirational tags, Joan. Now it's up to you.
Have fun, be creative, and join us for some summer fun!

Valerie


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Monday, 15 July 2019

Circles

Hi Everybody!

On Tuesday we are beginning a new theme, and Wendy is hosting. Thanks to Michele, for her lovely theme of 'here comes the sun' last time round, and to all who joined in.
As always, tags of all formats are welcome, 'real' or digital, just have fun and come and join us! You have 2 weeks to link to us.
Wendy has chose 'circles' as her theme, so here she is to tell you all about it:

"I have chosen the theme of circles for my fortnight hosting, it is a fairly easy subject and gives you all lots of scope. Any size or shape of tag, with any media are fine  They can be simple like my last tag or as complicated as you feel like. Mine are all distress ink backgrounds with much reduced paintings of my own, cut in circles. I have written circle saying around the shapes. The last one is stamped and circles drawn on the inside of the circles on a stencil."




Thanks for all the inspiration Wendy, the tags are gorgeous. Now it's YOUR turn!

Have fun!

Valerie

STOP PRESS!!!

The winner of Michele's sticker packet prize is #5 from the previous challenge, Elektra. Please contact me with your address so that Michele can send you your prize.  Congrats and thanks!



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Monday, 1 July 2019

Here comes the sun

Hi Everybody!

Happy July. Today we are beginning a new challenge, and this time our lovely and talented Michele is hosting. As always, you have 2 weeks to join us and tags of all formats are allowed. Here's Michele to tell you all about it:

'because i am so grateful summer has come to my hemisphere i've chosen the theme "here comes the sun!" i live in the pacific northwest USA where it can stay pretty grey for many months of the year so the arrival of sunshine feels extra wonderful.





all images cut from jpgsheets by tumblefish studios (retired) placed on giant lovely julie nutting tag bases.




oh the sun does make me so happy! PRIZE ALERT!!! i'll send some summery stickers and whatnots (anywhere in the world) to a randomly selected winner of this two week challenge! '


Now that's good news - so join us, and you might be the lucky winner! And here I would like to send best wishes to our dear DT member Sandie, who is in hospital for an operation, and hope to see her back on her legs very soon.

Have fun!

Valerie



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Monday, 17 June 2019

Wings

Hi Everybody!

On Tuesday we are starting a new challenge and our talented Sandie is hosting.  Thanks to the few people who entered the last challenge - I enjoyed visiting you. As always, tags of all formats are welcome and you have 2 weeks to join us. Here's Sandie 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 the theme "Wings" because it has so much scope to be creative...from planes to insects, fairies, angels...even winged prehistoric creatures.
So I am hoping to see lots of entries and I will be looking forward to leaving some love on your blogs. Below are my Tags, I hope they will inspire you.'



Hoping to see your tags soon! Have fun,
Valerie

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Monday, 3 June 2019

Beverages

Hi Everybody!

On Tuesday we are starting a new challenge here at Tag Tuesday, and this time I am hosting. My theme is beverages. Any sort of drink, cup, glass, tea-pot, coffee-pot, kettle etc would make a good tag.  Think milk shakes, summer cocktails, whatever you like drinking. Tags of all formats are welcome, and as always, you have 2 weeks to join us.

I started off with a coffee tag - what else? This is definitely my fave beverage. I made a stamped and collaged card. The background was repeatedly stamped with the words 'Is there really a life before coffee' using Espresso ink from Ranger on a sprayed card. I matted the tag with brown and blue and rounded the edges. The bird was printed onto canvas and cut from a Gecko Galz image. The little tea-cups were made using a freebie stamp which was painted and fussy cut. The milk-foam was made with puff paint. The little blue cup is a button.





I will be posting more tags in the course of the 2 weeks on my blog, Bastelmania

Hope to see lots of people joining in. Have fun!

Valerie


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Monday, 20 May 2019

Gardening

Hi Everybody!

It's time for a new challenge here and this time our lovely Joan is hosting and has chosen 'Gardening' as her theme. Here she is to tell you all about it:

"Hi, the theme I've chosen for the next two weeks is Gardening. Flowers, plants and even vegetables - anything garden related is fine. I made two flower tags to share with you. The first tag features watercolor stamping, a technique I learned from Tim Holtz.


This is called brushless watercolor technique, which is done using Tim's Distress Inks. Ink your stamp, mist with water and stamp onto watercolor paper. It's easy and fun!
My second tag has a Tim Holtz background made with Distress stains. I added die-cuts for a pretty bouquet of flowers.

I also found a blog which you may enjoy. It's called gardenlady.com. She has lots of flower and gardening information she shares, along with beautiful photos. Enjoy!"

Thanks for the intro and the inspiration, Joan, and I hope all of our garden lovers will join in. Tags of all formats are welcome, and you have 2 weeks to get creative!

Thanks to all who made such beautiful 'sea-world' tags for Wendy's challenge.
Have a great time, and have fun!

Valerie


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