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A couple of tags...

Sundays seem to be a good day for updating the old blog. It gives me a chance to sum up what I've decluttered for the week, show you what I have made, and get everything fresh for the new week. So, with that in mind, here are this weeks updates.Decluttering first.

Can of Batiste. To be honest this doesn't seem to do anything to my hair. Used up anyway so bin.

Soap and Glory spray. The day I run out of Soap and Glory stuff is the day the world will end. Used up so bin.

Here's me thinking £9 for a pair of work trousers is a bargain. The zip split, then the seams did. Bin.

Pair of brogues. Got these as a birthday present. Unfortunately the soles have come away from the rest of the shoe so I've got a kind of Flinstone thing going on when I walk. Bin.
 A Macy's tote bag. First foreign holiday, ended up buying stuff everywhere I went almost as proof that I'd been to these famous places. Don't need it now so it's going to charity.

Pair of Jane Norman shoes with a chain on the back. I've got similar looking shoes that are more 'thirty something' and less 'twenty something' so they've gone to the charity shop. 
Pair of Dorothy Perkins shoes. Same thing as above so they've gone to the charity shop.

Finally finished another page of my Middle Earth stitch.

I can see the beginning of a map! You can see mountains on the side (Mountains Gandalf)

Finally I've been making a couple of tags this week. I'm actually loving the small tags, which surprises me cos I was disappointed with the size when I first got them.

This is the first one. Simple thing really. Start with a tag, add texture paste through a heart stencil, then add lots of ephemera. Lace is on the bottom, then there are some beads, a paint brush, keyhole, some flowers, a metal bird, mask, a peg and some other stuff. The branch is actually some beads on a wire that I twisted round. When that's done paint the whole thing with white gesso, then get the Lindy's sprays out! One thing you have to remember is to dry one spray before you spray again, as otherwise you get a muddy colour.

The second one was painted black, then I mixed some magicals with embossing paste, and put that through a stencil. When that was dry I die cut an alarm clock from cardboard. One thing to note - the Movers and Shapers dies do not work with the cutting pads you get with a Sizzix big shot. You are supposed to buy additional things for it. Or, you could do what I did - fold a magazine in half, then stick that below the bottom cutting pad. Then put the cardboard and the die on top, and finally the top cutting pad. Easy as pie, and no forking out for an extra cutting pad. The alarm clock is embossed with Lindy's embossing powder. I then stamped a balloon stamp on white card, and two patterned cards, and cut them out. Some balloons were attached with foam pads to give it a more dimensional quality. Finally I added a Time Flies sentiment from the Steampunk Spells G45 set.

So that's this week. Next week will be stitching related as I have a few days to work on the Middle Earth stitch before I go back to the Disney stitch and have to learn the dreaded French knot.

Until next time rat fans


  1. Fabulous tags Ems.

    Just a thought ... maybe try photographing on a A4 sheet of white paper, as the current background you're using is kind of draining the colours out of the 'main item'.

    With the tags it sort of dulls down the colours, but I know if the were on a bit of A4 white, the colours would POP. (and it would probably do the same for your other things too).

    Hope all is well in your world and life is treating you well.~ Cobs. x

    1. Thanks for the tip Cobs - gotta admit I never thought of using white paper. So simple!
      Been loving your stuff on your blog, as always of course! Hope everything is good for you :)


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