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Hi, I'm Debbie and welcome to my blog. I'm a mom to two amazing kids, and wife to a wonderful Husband. I thrive on being creative - thanks to my incredible Mom. She is talented in so many areas; she taught me to sew, enjoy baking and creating from experiences. I enjoy many forms of creativity: Graphic design (my newest venture), sewing, paper crafting and even cake decorating. I am constantly evolving and thus, an avid Pinner! The world and its array of wonderful people, will forever be inspiration. I hope you find something here that will inspire you to find your inner creativity. I love to learn new things and hear about my readers. Please leave a comment if a post has inspired you or just made you smile.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - May

Hi there and thanks for stopping by. 

This month's tag has been inspired by the many I have seen on Pinterest. Spring is in the air, and what better way to celebrate, than pay homage to the cheerful and beautiful birds that are perking up my spirits with their songs.

This is a subdued interpretation of spring, no bold and vibrant colours - just waking from the winter and hints of colour.

The tag was embossed with the Sizzix Birdcages #2- I used the de- bossed side.

The birds in the cages were coloured in with my copics- BV00, BG32,RV32 and V12. I then used crackle glaze on them just to add some interest.

The bird cage is a Marianne Designs die, LR0147, cut on textured cream card stock. I added some sparkle with Crafters Companion Spray and Sparkle ( I really LOVE this product)!

Once the cage was dried, I used the crackle medium on the base and the top of the cage. 
3 feathers were cut from glitter card, using the My Favourite things "feather and arrows" die. These were stuck flat and the cage was mounted using foam tape.

The "washi" tape was handmade from Madeline Floyd/ Penny Kennedy Birds tissue paper.
The tag was then distressed using the memory makers distressing tool, and edged with Oasis Green versa magic chalk ink.

Bakers twine and a patterned button complete the tag.

I love the softness of the tag, and the almost lazy simplicity........

Close-up of the crackle glaze- I had forgotten how much fun it is to use! 

Take care and hope you have fun with your tag creations.....

Thursday, 1 May 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - April

Hi there - thanks for stopping by.

Today I am posting my April tag - I wanted to do something more masculine. I really battle when it comes to "male" cards etc. I had my eye on the Tim Holtz, Sizzix Weathered clock for a while. My wonderful SIL sent me an Amazon voucher for my birthday and I had so much fun spending it!

This month I also played around with backgrounds. Firstly I made a mask using acetate and the Tim Holtz weathered clock.  Once sprayed with re-positionable glue, I placed it on my tag. 

I started with The Ranger Adirondack colour washes - Butterscotch and Espresso and then used the Tsukineko Java Walnut ink. Before the inks were dry, I blotted them with a tissue and it looked a little like leather.
Once those were dry and the mask removed, I sprayed the tag with Perfect pearls mists in forever red, forever blue and forever green.
The Umbrella man is also a Tim Holtz die (cut from brown textured card stock and mounted on foam tape). Here again, I made masks with Tim Holtz Gadget gears and then spritzed a gold shimmer mist. I unfortunately don't have a brand for this.
The leaves are all Marianne Designs, cut in Matt gold card stock and then spritzed with the perfect Pearl mists again (forever red and forever green). The Bee embellishment is from my stash.

The tab at the top is from My Favourite Things - mini tabs foursome, cut in craft card stock. The wording is stamped using the "Dear Lizzy" word stamps (the ones that look like dates stamps and you turn the dials until you get the phrase you want......gosh, if I could only find the proper name for them......). This is then finished off with two bronze brads. The tag was distressed using my making memories distresser.

I am feeling a bird theme for the next tag - Just seen a lovely one on Tim Holtz's blog....

Take care and thanks for joining me.

12 tags of 2014 - March

1st of May - looks like a good time to post March's tag........I must be the worlds worst blogger, hence my hoards of follwers...hee hee hee. For those who do read my blog and follow me, thanks for sticking with me xoxox

I had SO MUCH FUN creating March's tag. You know how sometimes things just fall into place?
Well....ta dah

The background was made using the Ranger Dylusions inks in Lemon zest, Bubblegum pink and Vibrant Turquoise. Once dried I used an iridescent spray and then the Crafters Companion Sparkle spray
The doll is a 2014 Julie Nutting Prima doll called Mindy. I stamped her with versafine in black ink onto card stock and paper from an old book. She was coloured in with my copics.
The dies used were My Favourite Things - Eiffel Tower and mini rolled roses.
The fence is Memory Box Estate fence cut using craft paper. The two stamps are Script from Nikki Zipp and Stampin up - Doodle this.
I think she is my favourite so far - just love her.
April is complete also and hope to post that in a few days.......when you are by yourself with a 2yr and 4yr old, finding a moment to blog is a little difficult for me.
Thanks for stopping by and I would love to hear your comments.
Take care