I had an idea brewing.... So after working on various ideas/elements for the past couple of days.... I am now ready to show you my latest tag!
I coloured the tag with peeled paint, crushed olive & spiced marmalade distress stains then did my distressed edges with black soot ink. Some "blood" runs & splats using stamps from Recollections - festive berries for those :-)
I've stamped bats & cauldron (Martha Stewart) in black archival
I've used TH Branch Tree die inked with walnut stain - the branches that hung off the edge have been used on the opposite edge, after sticking these down I added a crow from the same set of stamps.
I stamped a spider web over the paper reinforcer
The silver cage came off eBay & the orange bat was part off a set of Halloween trinkets from a trip to the Dollar Store last year. I used foam pads to raise the cage so that the bat would look trapped.
A couple of cuttlebug pumpkins & skull (die-cuts) sit at the foot of the tree and a Spellbinders shrink plastic pumpkin (coloured with promarkers) sits in the tree branches
The storm has not been near north east Scotland so it's not been an issue up here but some of you that read this may have been affected :-( so I do hope that you are all safe.
Over at every inchie Monday the theme this week is thunderstorm so I thought id see what I could come up with....
I had a little inky remnant that was dark blues on one side & plain-ish on the other half, the blue became the sky the the pale had some trees stamped on in 2 shades of green + some sepia Pitt pen added to give a little definition. I've added some fork lightning with a gold Sharpie.
TIOT - the current challenge is all about Halloween, of course! But the amazing coincidence is that I made this tag before I read what the challenge was to be :-)
So here is my entry:
Purple (dusty concord)& silver(brushed pewter) distress stains with a little DI in seedless preserves. Some cobwebs (Martha Stewart) Tim Holtz skull on cream card with white teeth thanks to a Gelly Roll pen, the glass & 'tash are this months freebie from Craft Stamper and his hat is from Paper Artsy's Lynn Perella stamp sheet 003. A few gems & a Jolees Boutique skull finish this party invite off!
Over at 'less is more' the subject is trees and I got rather carried away....
A case of "can't see the wood for the trees"? Well, it seems I have quite a few tree stamps of one sort or another! And that's before we even look at christmas ones although 1 did creep in as I was itching to ink up my new mini blueprint one!
I've used a free Craft Stamper stamp for my entry, used some left over inkiness as a background ( shades of copper & metallic) added a little extra colour to the leaves with various pens, edged the images with a copper Sharpie that I picked up in the USA & also used it to extend some lines. I can't decided which I prefer but 1 will be making its way to a friends house next week when she turns 65! SHSSSS!!!
Whilst I was at it I made a few autumnal ATCs
Top row I've used Kanban trees on inky leftovers, bottom left is Tim's blueprint inks, a Woodware freebie, Kanban tree with pearlescent dots as gems!
I've kept this one very simple & seasonal....a piece of inky blue paper, a Chocolate Baroque Halloween stamp that's been stamped onto the background & some white paper. The image has been fussy cut, the moon coloured with an ivory Promarker & then stuck down to the blue. How scary are those bats!
No distress paints (got stains though), none of the dies but I had bought a couple of Spellbinders (vintage lace motifs will kind of work for the frame and witches brew for cat, witch etc). I also picked up a QuickKutz spider in the bargain bucket. I have a cuttlebug die with bats that I got last year so something should be feasible!!! And finally... None of the glitter. I'm not big on glitter and what I do have has come as freebies.
I played with the stains....Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade & a touch of Picket Fence. I dragged & I spritzed, added some Antiqued Bronze & spritzed some more....I managed to get 2 tags out of the inkiness that seemed OK. The rest will get recycled!
The lace frames have had the glue & purple glitter treatment followed by glossy accents to seal. Thank goodness the edges needed inking with Soot as I did have a few bare patches. The crescent moon is part of a circle off cut, more glue, gold glitter & glossy accents :-( whilst the full moon is a circle inked with Mustard Seed then Covered with Versamark & some iridescent glitter. I die cut a witch on her broomstick, cat, spider & 2 bats from black card. They then got the versamark treatment but this time I had some Anita's Art EP in Midnight Sparkle (black n glittery!)
I've used a Chocolate Baroque Halloween stamp for the script
Here are my 2 tags!
Up close you can see the little stars found in my stash :-)
My witch is mounted on foam pads.
the cat has had green gems added for eyes!
I don't think I will be trying to get my hands on any of the TH glitter....even if it is a blast to work with.
The holidays are over & I am back in the dreary Scottish weather :-( so I thought I'd cheer myself up by sharing last week-end's activity!
Bill & I cooked up a plan to keep the grandchildren amused over Columbus day, first we got some pumpkins that Emily & Lucas painted on Sunday afternoon - 3 faces per pumpkin no less!
We sprayed them them with some clear sealant so that the paint would not run in the rain (when it happens, as it no doubt will)
On the Monday, summer wardrobes were swapped out for winter ones and we managed to salvage some clothes that were heading to goodwill - charity shops to some of us :-).
I got the kids raking up leaves in the garden whilst I set to putting drawstrings through hems and attaching bottoms to tops by various methods. We filled the pants/tops with the leaves, put hoodies over the top as these were destined to hold the "heads" on to the guys. Lucas insisted on covering a ball with duck tape before adding the features and Emily used a pumpkin candy bucket as her head.
All in all it was a successful days activity with no arguments & a small fraction of the gardens leaves got raked up!
The challenge cross at Try it on Tuesday is all about texture. So, although I am away on holiday, I actually have some photos of some ATCs that I made before coming away using scraps from the September Tim Holtz tag challenge where I used texture paste.
This second one is the one for the challenge, you can see more of the texture on this one :-)
I've been shopping again....and I m really itching to get back to play with my goodies!
Finally got some TH dies I've been after for ages, also some distress stains....but none of this is related to the title of the post so enough with the waffle & on with the pictures!
Q is for Queen, she comes on holiday to Balmoral every summer and it's only 45 minutes away from where we live. I've used Paper Artsy stamps, some stencils, royal mail stamps, made my own rosettes (no fancy die cutter for those!) and some brads.
R is for rose
I've used paper from my stash, an Anita Art stamp & a couple of bling flower shapes.
S is sea shore, shells, sand dollars & seagulls
here I've used a paper scrap for the tag top & bottom, the beach scene is a Michael Powell stamp, the shells, sand dollar & seagull are Inkadinkadoo.