12 Tags of 2012 – June

Well, I think it’s safe to say I’m close to the wire this month.. In fact, there’s only four hours of June left here in the UK! Still, I’ve finally found time to compete my version of Tim’s 12 Tags of 2012.

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My tag uses all the same things as Tim’s but mine is very, very different! I decided to go for a pop art/comic book style with this tag, using bright colours throughout.

I started out by cutting a Manila tag using Tim’s Tag and Bookplate die. I then followed Tim’s instructions to colour the tag using Picket Fence, Wild Honey, Dried Marigold and Spiced Marmalade distress stains.

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I then stamped Tim’s Retro Circles stamp with Black Archival ink and pressed it randomly across the tag, using light pressure to ensure an uneven stamp.

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I inked a photograph of myself and my baby daughter, following Tim’s instructions. I used Festive Berries, Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers and Shaded Lilac Distress Inks.

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I glued the photo to a piece of Ticket paper from one of Tim’s paper sets (It was a scrap so I’m not sure which it came from) I distressed the edges and then dipped them into a small puddle of Broken China Distress Stain.

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I used the lightbulb Sticker from the File Tabs Idea-Ology and used a permanent marker to change the filament into a heart. I affixed it according to Tim’s instructions.

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I colorised some of the remaining Idea-Ology pieces with Raspberry, Purple Twilight and Clover alcohol inks and affixed all onto the tag following Tim.

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I coloured the Crinkle Ribbon with Fired Brick Distress Stain, and the flowers with Broken China and attached them as stated on Tim’s blog.

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See you next time!

WOYWW time again.

I know I say this every week, but sheesh where do the weeks go? It’s time again to become a nosy Parker and to ogle all the desks you can find over at the lovely Julia’s place

I’m cheating a little this week, as I’m currently writing this on Tuesday evening. Tomorrow will be more of a what’s in your kitchen Wednesday rather than what’s on your work desk Wednesday much like today was. I’m currently in the throes of a two tier cake, covered with home made marshmallow fondant. I promise pictures next week.

Anyway, last week I had me a good moan about my bridezilla and her unreasonable demands, but I’m delighted to report that I’m all done and they’re winging their way to her as we speak. Thank you for all of the lovely comments and support, it really helped perk me up.

What’s on my work desk is pretty much the remnants of the invites, plus the usual rubbish I never seem to find time to put away.

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I also made good use of my new K-mix and made these Raspberry Trifle Cupcakes, vanilla sponge filled with Raspberry compote and topped with a real vanilla custard, edible glitter and sprinkles. My husband took them into work to test drive the new recipe on his colleagues, and I’m pleased to say they were a resounding success!

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The black speckles are vanilla seeds, not dirt. Haha!

I think I managed to get around all of the desks last week too, yay me!

See you next week!

Organised Chaos.. WOYWW

I’m sure that Wednesday’s are popping up every fourth day lately. Surely it cannot be a whole week between them..

Here’s my desk as of ten minutes ago. It’s not exactly tidy, but it’s a darn sight better than it was!

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Currently drying (on a baking tray!) are 90+ silver hearts coated in the first coat of glossy accents. Around 50 invite envelopes in the first stage of assembly, and a myriad of other crap useful items.

I’m supposed to have all 100 invites completed by the end of the month. The new delivery date was a complete surprise to be honest, and I’m not overly impressed. Surely when you’re getting something done for free, you smile and say thank you, not I need them in two weeks but you need to change EVERYTHING from what you originally agreed to do! She’s not getting married until late October! Sigh.

In brighter news, I have goodies!

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I also have a brand new K-Mix stand mixer, thanks to my hubby, so I imagine my desk shots may include cakes.. Or crumbs at least! Cake making and baking in general has always been my first love so it’s wonderful to have a good excuse to get back to it. I’m sure that’s why my cake loving husband bought me the mixer!

Finally, some amazing news! My beautiful baby girl started walking! She walked the length of our living room to reach her daddy.. On Fathers day! What an amazing gift for him!
Anyhoo, head on over to Julia’s place to see lots of creative spaces.

See you next week.

Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge – Week 9

This year is truly flying by, I swear I must be losing days in my sleep. Although, that would involve the baby actually letting me sleep..

It’s time again for the lovely Linda Ledbetter’s CC2C. As usual the challenge is to use one of Tim’s techniques shown in his 2nd compendium of curiosities book.

This weeks challenge is to use an Idea-ology Pocket Watch found on page 35. This weeks challenge is sponsored by the generous folks over at Simon Says Stamp

I decided to do another photo frame this week, simply because my husband loves them and I needed a gift for fathers day!

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I started out by being a bit naughty and smashing the glass out of the Pocket Watch. I then filled it following Tim’s instructions.

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I took some floristry wire, painted it with Silver and Pitch Black Paint Dabbers, and once dry, curled them into tight spirals. I then used hot glue to affix Idea-Ology mini Gears and game spinners. I then used hot glue to glue them into the watch.

Next, I needed to recreate the glass I has smashed out so I poured a pile of UTTE onto my craft sheet and melted it using my Heat Tool.

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Once set, but still warm, I trimmed it into a tough ouch circle approximately the size of the watch and let it cool completely.

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Once completely cooled, I shattered it into shards and hot glued it onto the inner edges of the watch.

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I took a large scrap of paper from Tim’s Lost and Found stash (I think!) and affixed it into my frame. The frame was originally a faux gold but I painted it with Pitch Black and Silver Paint Dabbers. I then dabbed Tim’s Ransom Letters with Silver Paint Dabber and glued the words ‘Tick Tick’ onto the paper insert.

I used hot glue to glue the Watch and Key Chain into the frame.

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I then glued the word ‘Boom!’ into the frame. I’m not sure exactly what I used to create these, as they were just in my stash, but I expect it was Platinum UTEE onto Grunge, with a coat of clear UTEE.

Finally I hot glued the remaining ‘glass’ shards around the frame to simulate the exploding watch.

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My husband adores it, and it currently resides on his desk in his office at work.

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Mess, mess, messy!

Oh yeah.. This is my desk!

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It’s under there, I promise. I’ve been making 100 embossed wedding invites, complete with faux glass hearts. Also a birthday card. And this weeks cc2c. Still, my awesome hubby has bought me storage.. Lots and lots of new storage. Now if I could find time to build it all..

If you want to see desks infinitely better than mine, head on over to Julia’s place.

Finally, I must apologise to the recipients of my ATC’s. It seems, mentioning no names, someone forgot to pop them into the post as promised. So they only went into the post last Friday. I’m ever so sorry.

See you next week

Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge – Week 8

It’s Thursday again, and I’m running late again! Its time for compendium of curiosities challenge hosted by the lovely Linda Ledbetter This weeks challenge is Repurposed Packaging found on page 62 of Tim Holt’s Compendium of Curiosities 2.

This post is both text and picture heavy, so grab a drink.. And maybe a cookie..

This challenge was perfect for me because I always save anything that I might be able to utilise in crafting. Anything that might be altered, upcycled, stashed like a serial hoarder.. Well, you can guarantee it’s somewhere in my craft room, no doubt in a place that could be a risk of avalanche should I try to free it. Still.. Yay! Using crap useful saved items and freeing up space for more.. Perfect!

I decided to make roses. Oh yeah, adventurous! Let me confess, here and now, I will NEVER make these again! I wish I had decided to make something easier.. Like a scale model of the Eiffel tower or something.. Still, the end result is quite fun I think.

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I’ve always loved the quote ‘God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December’ and I’ve always wanted to use it within a piece of art so thought it’d be perfect for this challenge.

I started out by painting a plastic photo frame with Gold and Pitch Black Paint Dabbers and setting it aside to dry.

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Next I made several roses, some using Tim’s packaging technique and some paper and grunge. They were all cut using the Tattered Floral die, and put together using Tim’s technique from one of the 12 tags of Christmas. I also cut several leaves.

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I used hot glue to make the roses. This was a huge mistake for someone as clumsy as I. Both of my thumbs now sport blisters. I’m showing the pictures for sympathy to show the dangers of hot glue. Haha!

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I made a back ground for the frame by cutting floral designs from Tim’s Lost & Found paper stash, cutting them into random shapes and gluing them onto a piece of chipboard. I added a little sparkly white embossing powder into the gaps, and heat set it with my heat tool.

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I affixed the background into the frame, and hot glued the packaging roses and leaves directly onto the background.

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I cut a piece of grunge using the Movers & Shapers Mini Labels, painted it with Snow Cap and Pitch Black Paint Dabbers and used Pitch Black Archival Ink to stamp the sentiment ‘Roses In December’. I then gave it three coats of UTEE and once cool, inked the edges with Gold Alcohol Ink. I hot glued this directly onto the frame.

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I then took the handmade grunge and paper roses and hot glued them randomly into the frame. Adding a few Prima roses to fill any gaps and add interest.

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Finally I squirted a little Diamond Stickles onto my Craft Sheet and used a paint brush to dab it onto the edges of the roses.

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See you next week!

Creatively messy.. Ahem.

So, the bank holiday weekend is over. (*insert sad face here) and the whole diamond jubilee fiasco is also over (*insert happy face here) Don’t get me wrong, I’ve nothing against the royal family. I’m just hugely against our government spending millions and millions to celebrate the jubilee when our country is in recession! Still, my rant is not for Wednesday reading.. Sorry! Here’s my desk..

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And here’s the fabulous ATC’s I received last week. Thank you ever so much Zoe Ann and Jo I love them!

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I got most of mine into the post on Friday, but I had make more and those ones will be posted today.