Monday, 30 May 2016

12 TAGS OF 2016 - MAY

Running close to the wind this month but I managed to make my May tag this morning. 
I really enjoy revisiting past tags because they jog your memory into fabulous techniques learnt ages ago and sometimes forgotten. So #timholtz worked his magic once more and gave us a lovely combination to play with.
To be honest this was the first time I have used the heads stamp and I expect it won't be the last. Can't believe I've never tried it because the detail is superb and the expressions are mesmerising.
Chances are  I may not get to make June's tag until late in the month because after far too long, I am off on my jollies next week for a fortnight. Cannot wait.

Sunday, 29 May 2016


I decided to change my door wreath today. There doesn't appear to be a bare wreath in my stash so I simply made a bouquet. What do you think?

Thursday, 26 May 2016


This first picture is of release #1 of the blocks I am making in the FB group.

Very simple if you cut accurately and sew perfectly. Not bad I suppose. However, this next photo is of the second release and I've messed up with my choice of pattern for the fabric.

I'd hoped that cutting the side panels randomly wouldn't matter, but I think I should have fussy cut them or used something else. Anyway, I'll continue for now and when I've made all 99(!!!) I will re-visit the wonky ones.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016


Today would have been Toby's 26th birthday.
My how the years have flown. It's almost 8 years since we said goodbye. I miss him like you wouldn't believe and so wish he could have been the first immortal cat.
I made his page a little while ago and although it's different I'm not really happy with it. 
It started off ok. I used embossing paste through a couple of stencils over a pre- gesso'd page.
I played around with some pieces of Tim Holtz papers which I glued and stapled together before adding them to the page. The bit I'm not happy with is the green mixture top and bottom. I mixed some gold chunks with Matt medium and aged some mica powder to it then just used a palette knife to randomly spread it. Once it had dried I decided that, although a gorgeous colour, it just didn't look right so I dry brushed white gesso over the top to knock it back.
A few bits of this and that and it was done. It doesn't look as bad when next to the adjoining page.
All 4 photos show Toby enjoying the sunshine so I'm writing this post doing just the same.