Friday, 29 June 2012

12 tags of 2012 - June

June has been a great month, I have almost finished the Aprils 'To Do List'.  New stock has been coming into the shop including the new colours of the summer seasonal Distress Inks along with the re-inkers.  The e-commerce site is on the May To Do List, really it was on Aprils, but sometimes in Life it is time to learn that everything will take its turn when it is ready.

This month the Tim Holtz challenge tag, (full details can be found on his site here), was to tint a black and white photo, plus a few other techniques for the background.

The item that took the longest was selecting a photo, out came the family photo tin, trying to remember who is who, as the generations who know are no longer there to ask. A few giggles of past memories, then a little time spent at the scanner, turning some of them black and white in the process.  Tinted a few of them, tried different types of photo paper that was on the shelve.  Then another look at more recent photos, put them into a scrapbook programme to turn into black and white, in the end I chose one of Tally, she was not quite 3, in Epcot (Disney) listening to the Japanese Drums, she was just dancing away in her own world.  Notice the lack of shoes, where else in the world can a little one walk around with no shoes on for most of the day, and the adults not have to worry about rubbish and sharp items on the ground.  I intend to use the finished tag as part of a scrapbook page.

I mainly used the summer colours, unusually bright for the Tim Holtz pallet but they make a good addition to the range. picked raspberry, salty ocean, mowed lawn, plus ripe persimmon and vintage photo.

As normal with my photo taking skills you can not read the words, that say 'live life to the beat of your own drum'.  The flowers I coloured with distress ink, then misted them to blend the ink. The tags that are layered below the photo one is just blending the colours the other is using the marbling technique Tim showed with Picked fence distress stain and salty ocean ink pad, I have used my version of the technique a lot on different back grounds. The music patterned paper was originally black and white, I used the same distress colours on it as the rest of the tag.

I put minimal colour back in the photo, using lots of colour around it.

This one made me happy and was great fun to do.

Happy crafting and thank you for visiting.


Sunday, 17 June 2012

Birthday card time again.

My goodness the Jubilee celebrations have come and gone along with school half term and before we blink its mid June.

I needed another quick birthday card back in May so I thought it was about time I shared it with you. Having had not much time for finishing items, I did say I am great at backgrounds, there is not much else new to show.  The office and craft store are slow returning to normal, after it became the storage area for empting A39 (old trip boat),  The new craft e-commerce site is reaching the end of the planning stage and ready to go into build.  2012 trip boat leaflet has been finished.  It sounds like I might have just finished the to do list for April!

Tim Holtz has released his summer distress inks, wonderful bright colours, which are on there way to the shop, (which was also a good excuse for buying a few other items of stock), can't wait for them to arrive.  When Tally was helping us to unpack new stock a few years ago, she gave us a much used quote, 'We need one in ever colour mum', but it does mean I make a few more back grounds

Back to the crafting in hand here is the card I did for Georgie's Birthday.

 I was playing with stamping on material, then I used Distress Inks to colour the material, as normal I think it looks better in real life.  The words were printed on glossy paper that had been alcohol inked.  The blue card was one on my play tags using Picket Fence Distress Stain and Distress Inks.  The learning curve is trying not to have a reflection on the gloss card when taking a photo!

On a different subject but one much talked about - the good news is the BBC weather predicts no rain in Sheffield tomorrow, which a high chance of sun.

Thanks for stopping by, happy crafting.