Monday, September 26, 2011

Dragons Dream Tag It On # 97

This week AJ set the the theme at Dragons Dream and the Song chosen is Mother from Pink Floyd.

The challenge is to dedicated the tag to our Mother and to incorporate some embroidery.


I sprayed my tag with home-made mists using Mustard Seed and Walnut Ink Distress Inks. I stamped the border in Archival Sepia using my new MME Lost and Found Christmas Stamp Set.

I added a piece of hand tatted lace that was made by my Mum (she is just a bit clever!)


The embroidery pattern came from Silhouette and I added the file to my tag before I cut it out.


This was fun tag to make considering my first reaction to the challenge was – “OMG! What the heck I am I supposed to do for that!”  LOL


Retreat Layouts + Tags

As promised, here are the layouts from the Scrapbook Dreams Retreat.

Class One:


Class Two:


Class 3:


All the papers were from new collections and of the best quality. I know Shell makes a real effort in this area and everyone found the classes and the techniques we used to be very inspiring.

I also made tags using “scraps” from each of the three classes.

Class One:


Class Two:


Class Three:


Thanks for stopping in to take a look.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Scrapbook Dreams Retreat

OMG! This weekend should have been re-labelled Re-Treat (for those of us who have been before).

What an awesome weekend!  Held from 4pm Friday to 2pm Sunday with meals and accommodation included.  The venue was awesome and we had 30 VERY talented ladies in the one space with oodles of room to spare.  The shopping was full of quality products and a fabulous variety.  I have to admit, I did indulge more than a little. Hehe.


We had a general get together/meet & greet on Friday night to catch up with those whom we had meet before and to get to know those we hadn’t.  There were several scrappers new to the Scrapbook Dreams  Retreat which is just fantastic.

We each received a Challenge Pack too. 4 x brand new to NZ papers, to use.  I love that Shell is so generous!  She rocks!

Saturday saw 3 classes in all.  Shell provides each attendee with a full kit and fantastic step by step instructions for each class.  Her instructions are so good that one of our ladies, who is completely deaf, had no trouble at all following what was going on.

One thing that Shell is very insistent on is that the layouts we make are OUR layouts!  If we want to use the other side of the paper or change the position of elements then just do it, for goodness sake!

The classes were so relaxed.  Everyone worked at their own pace and were very happy with the work they produced.

I will post the class layouts later as I have yet to take photos of them.  I also made a tag with the “scraps” from each class and will post those as well so be prepared for a heavy photo post coming your way.


A Dedicated Follower of Fashion

This weeks theme at Dragons Dream Tag It On is inspired by the song “Dedicated Follower Of Fashion” by The Kinks.

I spent the weekend at the Scrapbook Dreams Retreat in Rotorua (more about that in the next post) and made my tag while I was there.

Dedicated Follower Of Fashion

My background is inked using Chipped Sapphire and Stormy Skies Distress Inks. My sentiment stamp is from Tim Holtz, as are the wings stamped onto transparency.  I die-cut the dress form from TH sewing pattern paper using the silhouette.  The additional element comes from the 8x8 Graphic45 Steampunk paper pad.  To finish off, I used charms and a blue ball-chain from my stash.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Red, Red Wine

No! Drinking it is not what this post is about (I will save that for another day, lol)

The song to inspire this weeks tag at Dragons Dream Tag It On is an oldie but a goodie – Red, Red Wine by UB40.

The challenge was to use mostly red and, as usual, at least one real stamp.

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I coloured my tag with Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Barn Door, Fired Brick and a touch of Aged Mahogany.  My stamps are again from Craft Secrets.  I took to them with metallic gel pens and added a die cut phrase from my Silhouette Library, using silver pearlised cardstock.

I topped it off with the gorgeous corkscrew charm that I have had for a wee while.

It’s a bit “flat” for my liking but I couldn’t figure out how to add more texture/3-d/touchy-feely to it so I am hoping the gel pen does enough to give it some life.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Another Challenge Site

I have talked myself into joining the current fortnightly challenge at The Stamp Man.  It was hard twisting my own arm so far up my back!  Haven’t been able to do that since I was about 3! LOL

Frankie set the theme as travel here too and I had a tag that I had been playing with, technique wise, but it was never “finished” as such.

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The tag was inked with distress inks then the stamps of the hand were done in Archival. I then literally slapped on some petroleum jelly where I wanted a resist (ie over the stamping and a few other random places) and then covered the tag with white acrylic paint.  When the paint was dry, I took a paper towel and wiped off the areas that had the PJ on them and there you have a “peeling” paint kind of look.

I then added a bit of glitter paint here and there and added the balloons.  The Stamps are from Crafty Secrets and the phrase is a cutting file from the very talented Kerri Bradford.

Photo Shoot

I have so few opportunities to get decent photos of myself to scrap.  Like most scrappers, I am always behind the camera.

Shell kindly took some fantastic photos for me back in July while I was in Rotorua. (Yay, I will be back there in less than two weeks for the Scrapbook Dreams Retreat!)

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Whew! Made just in time!

How did it happen that I missed the latest post at Dragons Dream Tag It On? Blowed if I know but I have managed to make my tag for the theme of Roses and Light Metal. This theme was inspired by the lyrics of “Bed of Roses” by Bon Jovi.

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My stamp is from Stampington & Company and I have coloured the tag with Wild Honey, Aged Mahogany and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. I moulded a Paper-Mache rose and embellished it with multi coloured foil leaf for my metal element. I printed tiny photos of roses and popped them behind Tim Holtz film strip.