Monday, 10 September 2018

Peace

Hi Everybody!

On Tuesday we are starting a new challenge, chosen by our lovely and very talented Wilma, and she has chosen 'peace' as her theme. Now enjoy her wonderful tags and read what she has to say:



When I heard that 11 September was the date for me to nominate a Tag Tuesday theme,  I immediately remembered that fateful day in 2001 when the whole world seemed to stop and change with the terrorist attacks in USA. And so my theme is PEACE. I am usually trying to gather my thoughts at the last minute, but this time, I prepared three tags which I hope will encourage you to create a  "Peace" tag yourself. The first is hand drawn with felt tip marker and coloured pencils and  depicts some images of peace for me. This tag is inspired by the totem paintings of Sandra Silberzweig, but my tag drawing is not as refined or as detailed as hers. This was just like a children's colouring-in exercise! 


 The second is  simpler - a photo transfer with a stitched paper and white-washed collage foreground on top of a magazine page . An alphabet stamp was used to create the word.  I hope you think it looks like a peaceful scene?


And the third is really, really simple. I cut out an image from a magazine advertisement. I wrote the message with pen and ink, and cut out a "peace symbol' to paste onto her sunglasses lens . Literally, a five minute tag!  I am looking forward to seeing all your tags, and if I don't leave a message for you, it's not that I don't appreciate  your contribution to Tag Tuesday,  I will have just not had the time. I am travelling to Tasmania tomorrow. Peace to all!'

I hope Wilma's words and tags inspire you to create a tag to promote peace, something we all need if our world is to prosper. As always, tags of all formats are welcome, and you have 2 weeks to join us. Thanks to all who joined in Joan's last challenge of time/clocks. Have fun, stay creative, and I'm looking forward to seeing what you create for this wonderful theme.

Valerie



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Monday, 27 August 2018

Time - clocks

Hi Everybody!
Today we are starting a new challenge, chosen by our lovely Joan, whose theme is Time /clocks.  This is one of my fave themes, and I'm hoping lots of people will join in. Tags of all formats are allowed. Joan will tell you all about her ideas:

I chose the new theme for Tag Tuesday - "Time/Clocks". There are lots of ways to use this theme: favorite time of the day, time flies, clocks, best time of your life, etc.

My first tag was sprayed with Tim Holtz distress sprays and then embossed with a clocks embossing folder. I stamped and fussy cut a steampunk man and added him to the tag, along with a word sticker that says "live in the moment".


The second tag I made was from scraps I had on my table. I added other bits from my stash and finished it with a rub on that says "enjoy today".


I am sure that Joan's gorgeous tags will inspire you to create a tag, too.
Thanks to all who entered such lovely tags in our last challenge.
You have 2 weeks to enter, as always.
Have a great time!

Valerie



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Monday, 13 August 2018

Landmarks

Hi Everybody!

Time has flown by these past 2 weeks, and it's time for another challenge here.
Our lovely Wendy is hosting this time and has chosen 'landmarks' as her theme. I think this is great, as it gives a lot of choice. Here is Wendy to tell you all about it:

'It's my turn for this fortnights theme on Tag Tuesday.  I have chosen landmarks, and you can choose a landmark near you, or one that is not quite so well known, or one that reminds you of a holiday. It will be interesting to see what you all choose for your landmarks.
 I have done a water-colour of Stonehenge as my first one. My second one is the Angel of the North. The picture shows how large it is by the size of the people in front of it.'



Thanks a lot Wendy!

Thanks, too, to those who entered our last challenge - much appreciated!
As always, you have 2 weeks to enter, and tags of all formats are allowed. Hope to see you here!

Have a fun week, and thanks a lot for coming by,

Valerie



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Monday, 30 July 2018

Bingo

Hi Everybody!

Thanks to all who entered Sandie's challenge last week, and hope to see you again this time round playing along in our dear Michele's 'Bingo' challenge. Here she is to tell you all about it:


'for our theme of "bingo!" please make a tag involving the bingo game.  this could include using bingo cards, using numbers, a layout resembling the game -- have fun with it!  here's my tag to get us started:



our last challenge theme was seaside/nautical and i'm still stuck on that theme too i guess!  for this tag the background paper, vintage ladies, bingo card and seafish are all from gecko galz.  the dragonfly washi tape and seashell are from my stash.  the words are from a tim holtz word sticker set.

remember to play!'

As always, tags of all formats are welcome, and you have 2 weeks to link to us.
Hope to see you linking! Have fun being creative!

Valerie







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Monday, 16 July 2018

Nautical / Seaside

Hi Everybody!

It's time for a new challenge here and this time our wonderful Sandie is hosting,
so hope to see lots of you joining in. Tags of all formats are welcome. Here she is to tell you all about it:

'Hello..it's Sandie here and I am hosting this fortnight's challenge.
My theme is close to my heart as this time of year in the UK it is the school holidays and I fondly remember myself as a child....and my own family when they were young, spending such long lazy days at the seaside.
We live very close to the coast and as such the beach was and still is easy to get to...sadly now I am older, I can't seem to tolerate too much sun.
I do hope you like my theme and come on in and join in with the challenge...details about my tags can be found on my  blog.....
                                Sandie  '   
   

I just couldn't resist using my Betty Grable stamp for my skinny tag..isn't she great....


I am sure you will admire Sandie's wonderful tags as much as I do.
As always, you have 2 weeks to join in our challenge.

And the winner of last week's challenge, whose name was pulled from the proverbial hat, is #12, Aimeslee. Please contact me with your  personal details so that I can get your prize to you.

Have a great time!

Valerie


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Monday, 2 July 2018

Floral

Hi Everybody!

We are starting a new theme today, and this time I am hosting. My theme is

🌺FLORAL🌺

Tags of all formats are welcome, and as always you have 2 weeks to link your creations to us.  I will be giving away a little prize again to one lucky winner.
I made 2 tags. The first one was made using a hand-carved flower stamp. I stamped it in various colours, emulating the summer flowers all around just now, and fussy cut the flowers. I used an 8" tag, which I covered with some hand-printed paper from Thailand, and sewed it down. The flowers were added with foam dots. This was quick and simple:



The second tag was digitally assembled using a hand-painted background, the lady I made some years back and some elements from Serif:


For more images please see my blog, Bastelmania

Have fun creating, enjoy summer, and good luck in the draw for the prize.

Valerie





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Monday, 18 June 2018

Gemini

Hi Everybody!

Thanks to all who entered our last challenge hosted by Joan. On Tuesday we are starting a new challenge hosted by our lovely Wilma, who has chosen the theme of 'Gemini'. Here she is to tell you all about it:



 'I chose the theme "Gemini" because  if you were born under this astrological sign  your birthday has been recent or will be soon - 21 May and 21 June.  I also thought it might be fun to see how all of the talented taggers who follow this blog might interpret a theme with a symbol of "twins".  I prepared two tags - both have book page backgrounds and I could hardly believe it when I pulled out an old book I keep for "text" and  the title  happened to be "The Gemini Contenders"!
The paper tag was made by transferring images from a laser print directly onto the background page, with the foreground of the twins transferred onto photocopy paper. I tried to glue stars in the shape of "Gemini", but that failed, so the stars are glued on randomly with a brush of gold Perfect Pearls over the top . The second tag is made from two machine stitched goddess shapes cut from felt with a few bead embellishments. I did try to make them twins, but as you can see, while the shape is the same, they do differ quite a bit, so I guess they are not identical twins...
Hope you enjoy creating a tag or two this fortnight  exploring the "Gemini" theme.
Best wishes, Wilma'




I am sure that Wilma's lovely tags will inspire you to join in, and I am looking forward to seeing what you create.
Have a great week!
Valerie




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Monday, 4 June 2018

A night at the movies with Joan

Hi Everybody !

It's time for a new challenge again. This time our lovely Joan is hosting. Thanks for all who made such gorgeous tags last time around

"I've chosen the next theme for Tag Tuesday. It's called "A Night at the Movies". You can make tags featuring old movies, favorite movies or even the new summer releases for 2018."
My first tag has a strip of old movie images and stickers. I layered two tags, so I could fit on all the movie stickers that I wanted to use.


My second tag is based on one of my favorite movies: Gone with the Wind. The background paper and Scarlett image are from Gecko Galz.


Grab some popcorn and join us!

Hope to see lots of you joining in, have fun!

Valerie





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Monday, 21 May 2018

Locks and keys

Hi Everybody!

Time has flown by again, and on Tuesday we are starting another new challenge, this time hosted by our lovely Wendy, who chose the theme.
Here she is to tell you about it:

"For my theme this time I have chosen locks and keys, which should give you plenty of ideas. My two both have distress ink backgrounds, with the second one having some gold embossing around the edges and on some of the keys. Both have key and keyhole charms. All the images are stamped with Archival coffee coloured ink.
I am extremely busy trying to get my garden ready for the National Garden Scheme, as we open ours during the first two weeks in June. Perhaps I should have chosen garden for my theme !!!"


I hope Wendy's gorgeous tags will inspire you to make something with locks and/or keys. As always, you have 2 weeks to join us, and we are looking forward to seeing your creations. Thanks, too, for the lovely tags entered into the last challenge - much appreciated!
Have a great time!

Valerie


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Monday, 7 May 2018

Baby Love

Hi Everybody!

We are starting a new challenge here, and this time our lovely Michele is hosting, and has chosen 'baby love' as her theme. Here she is to tell you all about it:

"for my turn picking the challenge theme for the next two weeks, and with mother's day right around the corner i chose "baby love."  but really the theme can be about mothers and babies or just babies, human babies, animal babies whatever you like!  here are two tags to get this started.


i used lunagirl images on the first piece, with a beautiful little girl reading a book (from the african american CD) and her wings from the "fly away home" collage sheet.  the background paper is from jodie lee designs.  the washi tape, die cuts and stickers are from my stash.

for this piece i chose an image and paper from gecko galz.  the mother and babe are from the "mum's the word" collage sheet and the paper is from the mori girl paper pack.  the paper flower, enamel dot and lace are from my stash.



i hope you will have fun with this challenge!"

Thanks to all who entered our last challenge. You have two weeks to link our creations to us, and we are all looking forward to seeing what you make.

Valerie







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Monday, 23 April 2018

Steampunk /Mechanical

Hi Everybody!

Today we are starting a new challenge, and our lovely Sandie is hosting with a theme which will surely inspire many of you. Here she is to tell you all about it:

"I have always enjoyed creating anything related to Steampunk or Mechanical, so I thought I would choose it as my theme for this fortnight's tag challenge.
Steampunk and Mechanical covers such a wide spectrum, so I am looking forward to seeing your tags.
I created my tags using mount board as I wanted to use lots of paints and texture paste.
I hope my two Tags will inspire you to join in with our challenge....."



Thanks, Sandie, for these wonderful tags!

Thanks, too,  to all who entered our last challenge with wonderful black and white tags. I pulled a name out of the hat and the winner is:


Congratulations! Please contact me using the contact form on the blog to send me your snail-mail addy and then I will get the prize off to you!

Hope to see lots of you joining in again!

Valerie



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Monday, 9 April 2018

Black, white and a spot of colour

Hi Everybody!

Thanks to all who entered our last challenge. This week I am hosting here, and have chosen black, white and a spot of colour for my theme. Tags of all formats are welcome, and as always, you have 2 weeks to link to us. I have a very simple tag as inspiration today. These days I mostly dress in baggy blue jeans, so it's a long time since I got dressed up in a little black dress, but at least I can do it on a tag:



I will be offering a little prize again for one lucky participant whose name will be pulled out of hat.

We are all looking forward to seeing what you make for this challenge!

Valerie




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Monday, 26 March 2018

Diamonds are forever

Hi Everybody!

Thanks to all who entered our last challenge, much appreciated.
Our new challenge this week  is being hosted by by our very talented Wilma who has chosen a fun theme.
Here she is to tell you all about it:


"When I chose this theme, "Diamonds are Forever", I was thinking of a wedding anniversary soon. My first tag is of a couple of barn owls, who I believe, choose a mate for life. The tag has been made by transferring a photo of the owls onto text with a blender marker, with added "diamonds", a water-colour moon and the word forever". 


My second tag interprets the theme in a more traditional way. I read in a magazine a lot of quotes from people who had been married for a long time, and I wanted to use some of those words.


On this tag I included a fun vintage couple obviously "in love" - perhaps he is just about to "pop the question". The card frame is decorated with those same stick on "diamonds"


I apologise that these tags are such simple ones, as I was a bit rushed for time. I only returned home yesterday from a week of teaching workshops in Victoria (about 1200 km from home)
I am sure you will all create much more exciting tags for this theme - an opportunity to play with  bling! Have fun!"

I am sure we all love a bit of bling. So grab those glittering gem-stones
and let your creative juices flow. As always, tags of all formats are allowed, and we look forward to visiting your blogs and seeing your creations.

Valerie



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Monday, 12 March 2018

Spring / Easter

Hi Everybody!

Today we are starting a new challenge  and our lovely and talented Joan is hosting. She has made some great, inspirational tags to get you going,
so here she is to tell you all about it.

"Hello and welcome to a new theme at Tag Tuesday! I have chosen Spring/Easter for the next two weeks. One of the things I like to see in Spring is birds building nests. We have a nest right outside our kitchen window that a pair of robins rebuild each year.

My first tag is called Nesting. I used paint & inks to add color to a manila tag. Then I stenciled the tag with ink. The bird was stamped onto a small white tag and the egg was stamped onto a scalloped tag. I added textured papers, a wooden heart button and wooden letters.


My second tag features a darling Easter image from Gecko Galz. This was originally a card I made, which I -into a tag.


I look forward to seeing your Spring and Easter tags!"

As always you have 2 weeks to get inspired and link to us. Tags of all formats
are allowed, and we look forward to seeing your makes.

Have fun!

Valerie



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Monday, 26 February 2018

Spring Flowers

Hi Everybody!
Today we are beginning a new challenge  which will run for the next 2 weeks -

🌺spring flowers🌼

and our lovely and talented Wendy is hosting.
So without further ado, here she is to tell you all about it:

"As Spring is just around the corner the theme for the next fortnight is Spring Flowers.
I always feel that as soon as I see the snowdrops it is the start of new growth and Spring. They were my grandmothers favourite flowers and I am trying to get as many as possible in my garden.
The next cheerful flower is the daffodil. I have painted some of them for the second tag, and used a stamp for the first one.
What is your favourite Spring flower, I look forward to seeing what it is."


I am sure Wendy's beautiful tags will inspire you to create your own
spring flower tags, and look forward to visiting you all.
Thanks to all who entered the last challenge and showed such beautiful and varied creations.

Have fun!

Valerie

😎P.S. Michele just contacted me with the winner of her last challenge.
Congratulations to Linda K,  number 16. Please contact me with your snail-mail addy so I can send it to Michele, who will get your prize off to you.


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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Use a quote

Hi Everybody!

Thanks to all who entered our last challenge, and welcome to the current one,
'Use a quote', hosted by our lovely Michele.  She is also offering a prize,
so without further ado, here she is:

"i love quotes and sayings so i chose "use a quote" as our theme for the next two weeks.


the beautiful woman is matilda sissieretta joyner jones, an american opera soprano from the 1800s. the image is from the lunagirl african american CD; the wings are also from lunagirl, the rainbow wings collage sheet; the background of clouds is from a retired tumblefish studios kit.  i also used a french script rubber stamp (company unknown), paper tape and ribbon.  the quote is by maya angelou.




here we have the very famous and glamorous josephine baker, an american born entertainer, intellectual and activist.  the image is from the lunagirl african american CD; the wings are also from lunagirl, the rainbow wings collage sheet; the background is from twisted papers (i think their store is now closed); the enamel dots, felt leaf and ribbon are from my stash.  the saying come from a tim holtz ideology "small talk" sticker set. 



speaking of stickers, because of my enormous sticker stash i'm giving another sticker stash prize for this challenge, i'll mail anywhere so no problem.  have fun with this challenge!"


Thanks Michele! As always, you have 2 weeks to link to us, and I am very much looking forward to seeing
your entries. Have fun!

And Sandie has chosen a winner from the 'have a heart' entries.
The lucky girl this time is 💗Fraenzi Firlefanz💗 with tag no 15 - congratulations! Please contact Sandie at the following address:
sandie.w@live.co.uk


Valerie



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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Have a Heart

Hi Everybody!
Today we are starting a new challenge,
hosted by our lovely and talented Sandie.
So without more ado I'll let her tell you all about it:

"Hello Everyone, it's Sandie here...I am hosting this fortnight's challenge and the theme is   
   "Have a Heart"
Not only is February my birth month, it is also the month for Love & Romance...but you definitely don't need to make Romantic Tags, anything that shows a heart or hearts is acceptable.
So get cracking and lets see your fabulous Tags and I will even throw in a little prize for the winner.....here are mine.
Have fun..x

  Sandie"




And talking of prizes, I have a winner to announce from 
the last challenge -

No 17 - aNNie.

Congratulations!
Please contact me with your snail-mail addy
and I will get your prize off to you ASAP.

Hope to see lots of you having a heart and linking to us again
this fortnight!

Valerie





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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Anything goes

Hi Everybody!

Today we are starting a new challenge, and this time
it's my turn to be hosting. My theme is
*** Anything goes ***

Tags of all formats are welcome, real, digital
or hybrid, so hope to see you linking up to us here.

And there will be a prize this month for one participant
whose name will be pulled out of the hat - a surprise
package of crafting goodies /embellishments.

I'm starting off with a very simple tag. I used some
printed kraft paper for the BG, which I sewed
onto some recycled card to give it more
stability. I then added some coordinating feathers
 and a stamped quote (Tim Holtz) - done! It doesn't have to 
be anything complicated....




Looking forward to visiting your blogs in the 
next 2 weeks, have fun and be creative!

Valerie




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Monday, 1 January 2018

New Beginnings

Hi Everybody!
Happy New Year to you all!

Today we are beginning a new challenge here and the
lovely and talented Wilma is hosting.

I am posting the challenge a day earlier this time to
welcome in the new year!
But now, over to Wilma:




'Happy New Year to all... I feel very excited to be starting off another year of Tag Tuesday. It's a time of new beginnings, reflection on the past, looking forward and counting our blessings.  My intention was to present a series of tags for display. This didn't quite work out with so much happening in our household during the festive season.

So, for my only tag so far for this theme, I used an old broken zipper to  reveal something different from the background. This comparison between the two sections of the tag signifies the beginning of a new year... as if brightness and happiness are bursting forth. Some snippets of the past are still visible and to be remembered, but the future is looking promising  - to enjoy!

 I used no special techniques for this tag - just various papers cut into strips or torn and pasted down onto a luggage tag. I printed out the 'years' on an inkjet printer and some of the background is made from sticky tape transfers of newspaper. The tag is finished off with a gold ribbon hanger.
 I wish you all a creative, positive and happy year and I am looking forward to all your beautiful tags this fortnight. '

The challenge will run for 2 weeks, as always, and the next challenge
will start on Tuesday in 2 weeks.

Happy 2018 to you and yours!

Valerie



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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Christmas memories

Hi Everybody!

Today we are beginning a new challenge, and our lovely Joan 
is hosting. This time the challenge will run for three weeks,
and the next challenge will be on 
January 2nd 2018.
As always, tags of all formats are allowed, 
and we look forward to seeing your creations. 
Now I'll let Joan tell you all about it:

"The challenge I picked is Christmas Memories. I have always loved Christmas! My mother made sure we had a wonderful holiday. One of my favorite things was visiting Santa Claus. My first tag features a Gecko Galz Santa image.
Another thing I loved about Christmas was the boxes and boxes of ornaments my mother had. Decorating the tree took several days. We had a live tree and the house smelled of pine. My mother made a big snowman out of paper maché that we put by the tree each year. My second tag has a pine tree background with a snowman die cut.

Happy Holidays to everyone!"



Thanks to all who entered the last challenge!

Seasonal greetings to you all!

Hope to see you back here in 2018!

Valerie



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