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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Monday, 6 May 2019

Sea world

Hi Everybody!

Thanks to all who made so many fun and beautiful tags for Michele's 'faces' challenge. This time it's dear Wendy's turn to host, and she has chosen  'sea world' as her theme. Here she is to tell you all about it:

"For my theme for the next two weeks I have chosen 'sea world', this should give you plenty of scope. They can be realistic or mythical and in any medium you like. Hopefully it will make us think of Summer and the clear blue seas. I have marine and tropical tanks at home, so am lucky enough to see colourful sea fish every day. They are not big enough to get a mermaid in though, the fish would have to move out."



Wendy's tags are a beautiful inspiration for us all, so hope to see lots of you joining in. As always, tags of all formats and sizes are welcome, and you have 2 weeks to join us. I am looking forward to seeing what you make and visiting your blogs.

Have fun!

Valerie

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Monday, 22 April 2019

Faces

Hi Everybody!

Hope you have all had a happy holiday weekend. Thanks to all who made such lovely tags for Sandie's 'industrial' challenge, much appreciated. This time our lovely Michele is hosting, and has chosen 'faces' as her theme, a topic I love, too! So here she is to tell you all about it:


"for my turn choosing our theme i've decided on "faces." faces are so fascinating. and i own so many face stamps that i could have made 30 or more tags (embarrassing but true)! in fact i did make several but will just share 3 today. i hope you will have fun being creative with this challenge! 




stamp by technique junkies; sentiment is from tim holtz ideology; washi tape from pipsticks and the rest are items from my stash.


face stamp by rubber stampede; sentiment stamp by 100 proof press; the rest are items from my stash of supplies.


just so you know that all the faces do not have to be human! this lovely cat face is from lost coast designs and the sentiment is from leavenworth jackson stamps. background paper is gecko galz and the rest are stash items.

enjoy!"

Thanks for this wonderful inspiration Michele, I am just a bit envious that you have so many wonderful face stamps! As always, our challenges run for 2 weeks, and projects of all tag formats are welcome, 'real' or digital. Just have fun, and show your face(s) here!

Valerie


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Monday, 8 April 2019

Anything Industrial

Hi Everybody!

It's time for another new challenge. Thanks to all who made lovely tags for my birds, nests and eggs challenge, much appreciated, and hope to see you joining in this fortnight when our lovely Sandie is hosting. Here she is to tell you all about it:

"Hiya, it's Sandie here and I am bringing you the theme for this fortnights challenge. I like anything that relates to industrial themes, for me they are predominately male themes and its so nice to throw something in to the mix occasionally.
Think Steampunk, Railways, Buildings, Machines etc
I hope my Tags will inspire you enough to join in with our challenge...and I shall enjoy visiting your blogs and leaving you some love.


My second tag was inspired by the iconic photo of the workers sat high up on steel girders of a skyscraper many moons ago in the USA...it was a good excuse to use my stamp that I've had for ages.


Have fun Everyone."

Thanks for these inspiring tags, Sandie. As always you have 2 weeks to join us, and tags of all formats and techniques are allowed. Hope to see you here!

Valerie



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Monday, 25 March 2019

Birds, nests and eggs

Hi Everybody!

Thanks to all who entered Wilma's challenge, we had some beautiful entries. This time it's my time to host, and my chosen theme is 'Birds, nests and eggs'. Spring time is nesting time, and our feathered friends are busy hatching and looking after their eggs and new families. The tag I am sharing today was given a background painted with acrylics, a nest made from grass and twigs, a chipboard heart which was painted and stamped, some eggs and lots of German scrap birds bringing home nesting material. I will be showing more in the course of the next 2 weeks on my blog.  The eggs were from the Euro shop, the twigs and feathers were found outside on my walks. Hope to see you creating some tags and linking here, too:




As always, you have 2 weeks to link your creations here, and tags of all formats are very welcome! 
Have fun,

Valerie




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Monday, 11 March 2019

Hares and rabbits

Hi Everybody!

Thanks to all who joined in Joan's challenge in the past fortnight - I loved seeing all of the wonderful tags you made. This time our very talented Wilma is hosting, sadly for the last time, as she is leaving the team because of all of the things she has to do in real life. I am sure you will all join with me in wishing her all the best, and hope that she will  make a tag for us occasionally when she has time. Thanks for all of the beautiful tags you made for us, Wilma!

As always, tags of all formats are welcome, and you have 2 weeks to join in this fun theme. Here is Wilma to tell you all about it:

"As it is March, I immediately thought of the saying "Mad as a March hare", so I decided on this theme. I have prepared three tags and hopefully, that will encourage you to create a themed tag in your own style. I had lots of fun making these tags. The first is a fabric collage made by using iron -on double sided adhesive webbing on the fabric and  then overstitching the appliqued pieces. The print is one  from  Loralie Designs fabrics and I added the rabbit ear , nose and whiskers. I thought the "dotty" fabric just added to the madness! 


The second has a more classic feel to it.  The feature is the cut out white rabbit from Graphics 45 "Halloween in Wonderland" paper. The background is a page of text, with a cut out photocopy of Alice from my own childhood  volume of the Illustrated Alice in Wonderland, now about 60 years old. This has been layered with a photo of grass I took and printed onto vellum.


 The third tag is a very simple  layered one, but I think it is rather sweet. A paper napkin/serviette layered over the top of  text with gel medium, and then a clip art image pasted over the top, with a leaf cut from the same napkin/serviette over the top, and then the stamped message.


I hope you enjoy creating your own 'hare and rabbit" inspired tags over the next fortnight and join us in the fun here at Tag Tuesday... Best wishes,  Wilma"

Hoping to see lots of creative tags, have fun, and come and play along with us. If anyone is interested in joining our design team, please contact me by mail or in a comment and I will get in touch with you.

Valerie


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Monday, 25 February 2019

My favourite stamp

Hi Everybody!

Thanks to all who entered Wendy's challenge. This time  our lovely and talented Joan is the host, and has chosen a wonderful theme for us. Here she is to tell you all about it:

"Hi, my challenge for the next two weeks is to use a favorite stamp on the tag you create. My first tag features a "new favorite" stamp. I love all things celestial and found this stamp in my sister's stamp cabinet. I stamped it in four different colors, cut out the layers, pop dotted the pieces together and added it to a sprayed tag. Finally I used some Tim Holtz word stickers to make a poem of sorts.


On my second tag, I used an "old favorite" stamp. There's nothing better than a good background and I love this text stamp! It's stamped on a sprayed tag and then I added a simple die cut."


Thanks for these beautiful and inspiring tags Joan.  Tags of all formats are welcome, and I am looking forward to seeing what you create for this challenge. As always, you have 2 weeks to join us.

Have fun!

Valerie


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