Monday, 5 April 2021

Bees

Hi Everybody!

Today we are starting a new challenge at Tag Tuesday, and this time our lovely and talented Wendy is hosting. Thanks to all who joined in Michele's challenge last time, it was great to see your beautiful entries. Our challenges always run for 2 weeks, and tags of all formats are welcome. Here is Wendy to tell you all about it:

 ' For my theme I have chosen bees. Bees are so necessary for the future of the planet and many things are needed to ensure their future.  My first one's background is distress inked with a darker shade through a stencil. The largest bee is stamped on acrylic. The second one also has a background of distress inks and a separate piece of card put through an embossing folder. The bees are stamped with glitter on their wings.   I look forward to seeing what you do.'



Thanks for these beautiful and inspirational tags Wendy, and for such an important theme. Hope to see lots of you joining in!
Have fun!
Valerie

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Monday, 22 March 2021

Mostly monochrome

Hi Everybody!

Thanks to all who joined in Pinky's challenge last time, it was great to see your creations. This time our lovely Michele is hosting, so here she is to tell you all about her challenge:

 'it is my turn to pick the challenge theme  and i've chosen "mostly monochrome." what does that mean?

                     mon·o·chrome
                                       /ˈmänəˌkrōm/
                             noun
                                                noun: monochrome; plural noun: monochromes
  1. a photograph or picture developed or executed in black and white or in varying tones of only one color.
    • representation or reproduction in black and white or in varying tones of only one color.
                                                                                   adjective
                                                                   adjective: monochrome
  1. (of a photograph or picture, or a television screen) consisting of or displaying images in black and white or in varying tones of only one color.

you are invited to create a tag using primarily varying tones of one color (or black and white), here are some to get you started thinking about this theme! 




my background papers, words, and central images are all from gecko galz, except the last which has a background paper from itKuPiLLi imagenarium. i hope you will have fun with this challenge! '

Thanks for these inspirational tags, Michele!
As always, you have 2 weeks to join us, and tags of all formats are welcome.

Hope to see YOU here!
Have fun,

Valerie


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Monday, 8 March 2021

Things with wings!

 Hi Everybody!

Thanks to all who joined in Sandra's Steampunk challenge last time, and thanks for all of the beautiful entries.  Our challenges run for 2 weeks, and tags of all formats are welcome. This week our lovely and talented Pinky is hosting and has a new challenge for us - here she is to tell you all about it:

"Hi there, it's Pinky here and my theme is WINGS!

So basically anything you like that has wings i.e. butterflies, dragonflies, bees, birds, fairies, aeroplanes etc!

I have gone with birds for my first tag. Creating a little Spring theme and they are just saying hello to each other high up in the trees.


For my second tag I have gone with dragonflies!
I made an inky background for them and
coloured them in with my blending brushes.
I did add extra sparkle with my wink of stella pen
but it's not showing up in photo.


Can't wait to see what all you talented tag makers come up with!!"

Thanks for these wonderful and inspirational tags, Pinky!

Have fun, and stay creative!
Valerie

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Monday, 22 February 2021

A little bit of steampunk

Hi Everybody!

It's time to start another challenge, and this time our lovely and talented Sandie is hosting with the theme 'A little bit of steampunk'. Thanks to all who entered my challenge last time, there were some beautiful entries! I enjoyed visiting you all. So here's Sandie to tell you all about her challenge:

 "Hello Everyone, it's Sandie here and I am bringing you the theme for the next 2 weeks.

As every design team member knows, we have chosen our themes in advance and at the time of choosing my theme my head was full of ideas...but life gets in the way at times and when I got around to creating my tags my mind went completely blank, lol. I literally  made my tags at the last minute.

I do hope you enjoy my "Steampunk" theme, have fun with it and I'll pop around to your blog and leave some love..xx"




Thanks for these gorgeous and inspirational tags Sandie, I hope to see lots of people having fun and joining in!

Have a great time, stay safe, and stay creative!

Valerie 


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Monday, 8 February 2021

Black, white and one other colour

Hi Everybody!

Today we are starting a new challenge here, and this time I am hosting with the theme of black, white and one other colour. First of all I would like to thank Wendy for hosting last time, and all of you who joined in with such beautiful creations. As always, you have 2 weeks to link to us and tags of all formats are welcome!

I made a tag using my fave Frida Kahlo stamp. The sentiment, flowers and heart were added digitally: 



I will be posting more tags on my blog at intervals over the next 2 weeks. Stay safe, take care, and have fun creating!
Valerie



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Monday, 25 January 2021

Use a photograph or part of one

Hi Everybody!

Thanks to all who joined in Michele's 'faery garden ' challenge. Today we are starting a new challenge and this time our lovely and talented Wendy  is hosting. As always, tags of all formats are welcome. Here's Wendy to tell you all about it:

 For my theme for the next two weeks I have chosen 'Use a photograph or part of one'  on your tag. It can be a photograph of anything you like in what ever medium you choose.   I have chosen two family ones to add to my family tag book. The first one is my mum as a young girl, and the second one my dad's sister, her husband, my young cousin Robert, my brother Richard, and myself.    . I am the one left now and this is my favourite photo from the 1940's.
I look forward to seeing how you tackle this challenge'

Hope to see lots of you joining in!
Have a great week and have fun!

Valerie


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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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