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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Monday, 11 February 2019

Mushrooms / fungi

Hi Everybody!

It was great to see so many people joining in with Michele's 'hearts' theme last time round, and I am hoping for lots of entries for our new theme, too. This time our talented Wendy is hosting, and has chosen  'Mushrooms / fungi' as her theme. Wendy has made some beautiful, inspirational tags, and here she is to tell you all about it:

'My theme for the next two weeks is Mushrooms/Fungi, not only because I love the shapes of them, but I like eating them as well. They come in so many shapes and sizes, so it should give you plenty of scope. You can use authentic type ones, or make up some of your own. Some of you might find fairies under them, or fancy patterns on them. Any media can be used, and I look forward to seeing what you come up with.'



I am also very much looking forward to seeing your ideas and creations in the next 2 weeks. Tags of all formats are welcome. Have fun!

Valerie



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Monday, 28 January 2019

Hearts-hearts-hearts

Hi Everybody!
This Tuesday we are starting another new challenge and our lovely and talented  Michele is hosting, and has chosen the theme of 'hearts'. Here she is to tell you all about it:

'as we are getting close to valentine's day and it is my turn to set the theme for the tag tuesday challenge i have chosen "hearts" as my theme. i've always liked making valentines (last year i made and gave more than 40!) so this theme is to give a jump start to those who share my love of hearts and doilies and all things lovey-dovey.





i made all of these with the sweet girls from the crowabout studio b "love the world" digital kit (although for these i printed the images for my cut and glue collages). background papers are from "my artistic adventures" and the words, bingo, and heart on third tag are from various gecko galz kits and collage sheets. ribbons, flowers and heart punches from my stash.'

So now it's your turn to show your heart and make a tag to show someone that you care about them.  I'm sure you will all be inspired by Michele's gorgeous tags. As always, tags of all formats are welcome, and you have 2 weeks to join us. Hope to see lots of you joining in and thanks to all who joined us for the mail fun last time - it's always great to see you here!

Have fun!


Valerie


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Monday, 14 January 2019

Mail, postmarks or postage stamps

Hi Everybody!

Thanks to all who entered the last challenge, all of the tags were gorgeous. Today we are beginning a new challenge and this time our wonderful Sandie is hosting. Here she is to tell you all about it:

"Hello Everyone..it's Sandie here, bringing you this fortnights challenge.
So the theme is Mail, Postmarks or Postage Stamps..a good selection of items to use..so get those creative juices going and enter the challenge..and I'll pop along to your blogs and leave some love..Have Fun...
Here are my Tags..."




Sandy has made two wonderful  tags to inspire us, so hope to see lots of you joining this fun challenge  in the next fortnight.

Have a great time, and stay creative,

Valerie


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Monday, 31 December 2018

New Beginnings

Hi Everybody!

First of all I would like to wish you all a very happy, prosperous and healthy new year 2019:


Our theme to begin the year is 'New Beginnings', which is more a less an invitation to make anything you like, as long as it's new, and I am hosting! You could be using new stash, or trying new techniques, or just making a new tag - the possibilities are endless, so hope to see lots of you joining in. I used my fave cup stencil to make this, a piece of recycled card, black acrylic paint and my new white pen. I sewed around the edges, and did some sewing o the cups and saucers. And drinking a nice cup of coffee is what makes every new day get off to a great start for me:




Thanks to all who entered last year, hope to see you all again this time round. As usual, you have two weeks to join us.

Thanks again, and make 2019 a great year!

Valerie





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Monday, 3 December 2018

Hearth and Home

Hi Everybody!

We have reached the last month of the year, and this time our challenge will run for a whole month, with a fresh start  and a new challenge at the beginning of January. Today our lovely and talented Wilma is hosting, so over to her and her wonderful, homely tags:

It's December! I chose the theme "Hearth and Home" because I have always liked the Christmas card images of a warm welcoming fire with a beautifully decorated Christmas tree  in a cosy living room. So different from the real life experience of Christmas in summer in Australia! I made two tags with the same background and with a  photocopied window cut out, coloured with water-colour pencils.  ( I used to own a stamp like this, but couldn't find it when I needed it today)  Through the window cut out on the first tag, I made a simple collage from two magazine pages. It looked rather dull, not welcoming at all, so I added a simple paper bunting to give it a more festive look. I sealed everything with matte gel medium and cold wax to create a more vintage look. The "Home for Christmas" was added digitally. 


The second tag was inspired by the Hans Christian Anderson story, The Little Match Girl . A sad but beautiful seasonal story which always reminds me how fortunate we are to have a home to welcome family and friends.    The approach was exactly the same as the first one, with a magazine page placed behind the window cut out. I drew the girl with pen and water-colours and cut the drawing out and placed it over the top of the cut out. The stars and text were added digitally.
I wish all Tag Tuesday followers and the Design Team a season of peace and joy with people you love. And to all who celebrate Christmas - Merry Christmas.

I am sure Wilma's beautiful tags will inspire you to create something beautiful for this festive season. Thanks to all who entered our last challenge.
Enjoy the  season!

Valerie



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Monday, 19 November 2018

Tic Tac Toe

Hi Everybody!

Today we are starting a new challenge and our lovely and talented Joan is hosting. Before she tells you all about it, I would like to thank all who joined in the last challenge 'poppies', and for the beautiful tags they linked.
Here is Joan to tell you all about her theme:

"Hi, everyone! For the challenge this time I created a tic tac toe board. You need to use all 3 items in a row (across, down or diagonally) on your tag. But of course, you can use other items also. Here's the board:


The first tag I made used items from the middle row, going down: stamped leaves, a silver brad on the mushroom cap and the banner and mushrooms die cuts.


For my second tag, I used the row on the right side of the board: piece of cardboard & tissue paper (reused items), lady image and lace."


Thanks a lot Joan. There are lots of possibilities to have creative fun in this challenge, and perhaps use up some of those scraps that are always flying about!
Have fun, and as always, you have 2 weeks to link us. I'm looking forward to seeing what you create!

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Monday, 5 November 2018

Poppies

Hi Everybody!
Welcome to a new challenge  hosted by our lovely and talented Wendy, who has chosen the theme of poppies. As always, tags of all formats are welcome, and you have 2 weeks to link  to us. And thanks to all who joined in Michele's 'Edgar Allan Poe' challenge for the super and scary tags you showed. Here is Wendy to tell you all about her challenge:

'This fortnight it's my turn to host the swap on Tag Tuesday. As it is the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, I have chosen poppies as my theme. My Grandfather fought at Gallipoli and the North African desert, so it's a theme close to my heart. I also love poppies, and have ended up with a garden that won't grow them.

You don't have to go down that road, painted, collaged, die cut poppies will be great. Do your own thing, mine are just to give you some inspiration.
The bottom one is made up with die cuts on a distress inked background. The top one is printed images with some die cuts to break up the straight lines of the images.'





Thanks for this challenge, Wendy, and I'm looking forward to seeing your tags when I visit your blogs. Have a great week, have fun!

Valerie



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Monday, 22 October 2018

Edgar Allan Poe

Hi Everybody!

Today we are starting a new challenge, and this time our lovely and talented Michele is hosting with her chosen theme of Edgar Allan Poe. Here she is to tell you all about it:


'i have chosen edgar allan poe, author of many a chilling tale, as our theme for the next two weeks! i made two tags featuring this iconic and mysterious looking man.






most images by gecko galz. i hope you'll have fun creating on this theme!'

I'm sure we will have fun. I am looking forward to seeing your creations, and as always, you have 2 weeks to link to us and tags of all formats are welcome.

Valerie



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Monday, 8 October 2018

Bunting / Flags

Hi Everybody!

Thanks for all the lovely entries for the last challenge. On Tuesday we are starting a new challenge, hosted by dear Sandie. All formats are permitted, and as always,  you have 2 weeks to link to us. Here's Sandie to tell you all about it:

'Hello Everyone...it's Sandie here bringing you this fortnights Tag Challenge.
My theme is Bunting or Flags...I am pretty sure we've not had this theme, or if we have it was quite some time ago.
My first Tag features some bunting and a sweet image of  little girl and my second Tag is a collage of images that I cut from some G45 papers...and it includes 2 flags and some flags in one of the images.
I hope you will join in with the fun...enter as many times as you wish.'



I am sure you will be inspired by Sandie's wonderful tags, and look forward to seeing what you create. Have fun!

Valerie


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Monday, 24 September 2018

Autumn / Halloween

Hi Everybody!

Thanks to those who entered Wilma's 'peace' challenge, although I was disappointed that not more joined us. On Tuesday we are starting a new challenge,  Autumn /Halloween, and I am hosting. As always, tags of all formats are welcome, and I'm looking forward to seeing your interpretations of the theme. I have 2 mixed media tags as inspiration. The first one was made using a piece of vintage canvas which I fringed. I added an image from Gecko Galz and some golden, corrugated card and   sewed the layers together. I then used some natural embellishments and ribbon. The dried twigs and flowers are from the bush in front of where I live. I sat the TH little girl in the tree. The sentiment is also from TH. I liked the shadows cast by the morning sun when I made the photo:


This time I cut a square tag from some DP in my stash. I sewed an acetate overlay onto it. My decorations are once again scraps of natural materials, burlap etc all tied together with straw. I cut 2 leaves from some hand-painted paper and sat the little boy on them, after giving him some fairy wings. I added some decorative apples:


I hope some of you will enjoy joining in this seasonal challenge.
Have fun,
Valerie




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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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