Thursday, 21 April 2011

Spiders, Tags and Dolls

Good morning everybody! Well, everything seems to be bright and sunny this morning except for me. Can't seem to wake up properly, think I was reading too long last night!
Had a nice day out yesterday, came home and wanted to relax....And then I had an unexpected and unwanted visitor. A big spider walked from my balcony into my living room. I HATE spiders. I can tackle a lot of things, but when these hairy legged monsters walk through my door all I can do is screech! Not that screeching helped - it didn't impress the spider, and nobody came to save me. So I tipped the paper out of my paper basket and up-ended it over the spider. Pushed a sheet of card underneath it, and then tipped it out into the big outdoors again. And as punishment for not having splatted the spider, had to pick up all the bits of paper that had been in the bin before I tipped them out! In case you haven't noticed, I do not like spiders!!
After that I needed to do something to come down again, so sat in my arty kitchen and made 2 tags, using all the bits and bobs that were still flying around there after making my mini books.

Both tags have been made using ceramic paper, which has been distressed with gradient colours of TH inks. They have both been stamped with a background of script and flourishes, before adding some rub ons.
The first one has TH heart, wings and crown die cuts added, cut from my *special* paper. And then I added a cameo, some lace, a little branch of roses and an image from Crafty Individuals. And my fave leo is there, too.


This one has also been stamped with parts of my lovely leopard stamp. I added a little scrap angel, gave her some extra wings made from paper which has been painted, stamped and die cut, and sat her on the leo's head. The text at the top says, *Music charms the wildest beast*. Added some lace and beads at the bottom and that was it.


The little dolls I offered on my blog yesterday will be going out to five ladies next week. I had 2 more that I made, so didn't have to draw. So Joanna, 2am scrapper, Barb, Suze & Donna will be getting them. I will get them ready to post over Easter and then go to our wonderful post office on Tuesday to send them off....
Thanks for looking in today. Have a great day today, whatever you are up to, and take care!

25 comments:

  1. Thanks a lot, I will be looking forward to my book mark doll. Love your new tags, too! Hugs, Barb

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  2. Beautiful tags. I hoped they helped you settle after the spider interlude. What is ceramic paper? I haven't come across it.

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  3. Ceramic paper is a specially coated paper for stamping, very smooth, gives lovely results. I have no ide what it's called in other countries, that's the name here in Germany!

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  4. Ah .. I was going to ask about ceramic paper as well .. will have to investigate on line in the US. Love the colours you used in these tags -- you definitely have a knack for colour. Oddly enough, I was chasing a big spider around my kitchen tonight - he is still at large ... not a very calming feeling. hugs from Mexico, Donna

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  5. These are lovely tags, you had me intrigued with the ceramic paper too. I'm not too bad with spiders, but moths uuuggghh!! x

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  6. Lovely tags, so pretty and romantic! Hugs, Sarah

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  7. Oh thanks Valerie, you really are an angel. (can I sent you some scottish bits & pieces in return - tartan ribbon or something?) Your tags are (of course) beautiful, the text on the second one so perfect. Have a great easter weekend (I'm sure you'll be out in the woods rolling your egg! Lol). Suze xx

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  8. Gorgeous tags, Valerie! Spiders, YUCK!

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  9. Beautiful tags Valerie. I've not heard of ceramic paper either, will have to google it.
    xxx Hazel.

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  10. Gorgeous tags, I just love what your bits and bobs end up as.

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  11. Hello there, WOW I love the range of colour that you've worked into your tags, they are stunning. Sounds like I might need some of that ceramic paper, soon:0)
    I'm totally with you on the spider thing, I grew up with a Mum who was even more frightened than me and a Father with total disregard for us weaklings and he would threaten to chase us with the darn things. I'm a bit better now and can actually deal with them, from a distance:0) xxx

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  12. Love the tags! As for spiders...I totally relate. I have arachnophobia like nobodies business! The worst ones are the big, hairy wolf spiders that come in from the woods...I'm getting chills just writing this. Oh well haven't seen any for a while so that is a good things. I catch and release as well, either that or get my husband to catch and release.

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  13. oh la la, I love the smooth background and te lovely trim!

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  14. Your tags are beautiful, as for the 8 legged visitor, I understand fully hoeew you feel about them.

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  15. Valerie I love your Tag and the stamped leopard is neat! I agree.. one thing that will get me up is seeing a creepy spider! Hugs Tee
    Oh and thanks for joining the egg swap,I knew I could count on you! Super Hugs Tee

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  16. You were a very brave Spider-Woman, well done for not splatting it! I too will be looking up ceramic paper! Loving your tags, such pretty colours. Thank you for sending me one of your lovely bookmark dolls, I shall look forward to receiving her.

    I hope the spider's dad doesn't come knocking on your door.....!

    xxxx

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  17. Hope your OK after your Spider Scare, no wonder your not right today ;0) but the tags now there brill

    Love Dawn xx

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  18. I don't mind spiders---as long as they are OUTDOORS!!!

    Your tags are fabulous!

    :)

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  19. Beautiful tags Valerie. Since I put conkers on the window sills and around the front door, spiders no longer visit me........Annette x

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  20. Love your tags, they are so pretty and delicate. And who likes spiders? Not me! Hugs, T

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  21. lovely tags, you've been so creative today. Sorry about the spider!

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  22. Wow, these are gorgeous! I love your colors and blending, and all the lush layering!

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  23. Such really lovely pretty work, Valerie, that spider incident hasnt affected your creativity at all! just love the colours, lacy touches and images on these. glad you explained about ceramic paper, i was at a loss to know what that might be. CoB

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  24. Beautiful tags!! Love the color combination :)

    hugs,
    Jen

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  25. Wow I am so glad you visited my blog so that I could discover you. Superb creations. Each one is so well thought out and crafted.
    Sonia
    http://cardsandschoolprojects.blogspot.com

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