Thursday, 2 June 2011

Challenges Galore

Good morning you all. I have woken up feeling like the lady at the post office - grumpy! And that in spite of lovely weather. Today is a holiday here in Germany, it's Ascension Day, and also Father's Day. This means that nearly every able bodied man goes out with his friends, mostly pulling a *Bollerwagen*, a little cart with a handle. I think they were really made for kids; kids who don't like sitting in a pram any more love being pulled along in a little cart! But on *Father's Day* the carts get loaded with *refreshments* - barrels and/or crates of beer and a picnic, and the men all go off somewhere to enjoy the countryside. I don't know if they are all capable of enjoying it after partaking of the *refreshments*, but that's the tradition here.....
Yesterday I had a crafty day. First I tidied my working space. Sorry, but I had to, when my AWS (Available Working Space) is less than the size of an ATC, I do it. And yesterday I managed some tags and a canvas.
The first tag is for 2 challenges, Dragon's Dream TIO and the Blog Challenge Garden. The Dragon wants to see timepieces and the Challenge Garden soft pinks and greens, so here is my tag:




















The Tag has been made from a piece of corrugated card from a box. I distressed the background with bundled sage and Victorian velvet, and then sprayed it in walnut green using a TH clock template. I stamped a part of a clock (LaBlanche) and some flourishes before embellishing with some floral rub ons, two halves of a clock (pieces of time) and a few cogs. The clock faces were also sprayed and brushed with perfect pearls. I coloured a white rose to match, and added *time* cut from a package and glazed with glossy accents. Then I gave it my last remnant of pink lace, a bow, and a time quote, and it was finished.
Then I made another tag with a matching pocket for the Dragon, as time and time pieces are favourite themes of mine.



















I made the tag from a 6" square of coredinations paper which has been sprayed using TH templates and moonlight spray from My tattered angels, as has the tag. I also used some home made spray using spiced marmalade ink to make a contrast to the blue, which I used on the reverse of the tag and pocket. They have been stamped with various motives (maker not known) using Stazon timber brown. The back of the tag has been stamped to match the back of the pocket. For embellishments I added a TH disc, a piece of ball chain and some beads from an old necklace.

Then I made a canvas which I am also entering into 2 challenges; *Passion for Fashion* at Daring Cardmakers,who are being sponsored by
*Imagine that*
and
*Anything goes* at the Craft Room Challenge and *At the Mall* GC105 at Gingersnaps. Oooooooooops, that makes three!




















The canvas has been covered with a page from one of my old fashion magazines from 1899 and painted with diluted gesso. I used the TH dress form, cut from an old box, as a template and sprayed it with *Juneberry wine*. Then I added some tissue tape, the dress form, some images and a piece of lace, and that was it.

Okay, I think I have rambled on for long enough for the time being, now I just need to enter the correct link at the correct blog! Here's wishing you all a great day, take care and thanks a lot for visiting!

51 comments:

  1. I too like the subject of time so watch and clock parts always intrigue me. Great tags! Wow, so many challenges today. And, your antique magazines intrigue me as well ... always so interesting. I adore the fashion piece with all the different elements. So well designed and love the colours. Hope the grumps don't last too long! I strongly dislike waking up out of sorts. Take care, sending hugs, Donna

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  2. These are gorgeous Valerie. I love the time theme too and find it so useful for men's stuff.
    The canvas is just fabulous. Really love the soft colours and the images and flowers are so pretty.
    Hope you have a lovely day too.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  3. Beautiful Canvas, lovely soft colours that fit the images perfectly...great tags too! Thanks for joining us for our first Craft-Room Challenge..Esther xx

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  4. These are some beautiful tags to brighten any day! :-)

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  5. Wow Valerie, these are all just gorgeous. Beautiful colours in the tags, and I love the idea of the pocket. The canvas is pretty & serene. Hope the grumpies wear off quickly! :o)

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  6. Gosh you had a great time once the dreaded was done! Hoping to get my Tag Tuesday done for Saturday we'll see how that goes! LOL

    OK With my TIO hat on first. Thank you for two wonderful time themed tags love all the details and elements you have put into these the way you played with colour as well so imaginative. thank you for joining us at Dragon's Dream TIO this week.

    Switching to my Craft-Room Challenge hat. love your Canvas beautiful dreamy images, clever masking it's lovely. Thank you for sharing this with us at our first Craft-Room Challenge. XOXO Zoe

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  7. These are stunning i love the vintage bits,And the colours are perfect!
    Hugs Adam

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  8. Such a stunning canvas, and put together in such a clever way, I love it. Thanks for entering the very 1st CRC and good luck.
    Julia xx

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  9. Lovely work, as always Val. I am "enjoying" my holiday - P. can't find his socks, the kids are fighting, and the soup boiled over- aaaaarg! Hugs, Sarah

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  10. Such beautiful tags, Valerie! You have been busy with your challenges :)

    I love your canvas piece. Luck you, having a 1899 mag!

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  11. Love the tags but your last project ran away with my heart!!! Gorgeous!

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  12. Seems like the weather wants me to keep away from the beach ! torrential rain all day how's that for summer !! Lovely tags, the time piece ones are terrific and fab masking on the others but just love the last girlie one perfect images and lovely subtle colours.

    Marie

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  13. Wait...so you have a holiday where it is cool to walk around tugging a wagon filled with beer? I think I need to move. HA! Love your tags and the canvas, too! The first tag is my favorite!

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  14. Hi
    Lovely Steampunk vibe going on with the tags.
    As for that drop dead fabulous canvas - stunning.
    Good luck with the challenge.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  15. Hello there, I love your creations today all wonderfully creative but I do have a favourite, it's the first. It's brilliant:0) xxx

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  16. Oh Valerie! So Creative! My Fave of course is the Dress Form Canvas Piece you did! You couldn't put prettier colors together if you tried! Just Beautiful!! Love Ya Hugs,Tee

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  17. Your comment about your AWS being smaller than an ATC made me laugh - welcome to my world (why do you think I started making inchies?!).

    Beautiful tags and I love the muted colours of the canvas. Very pretty.

    xx

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  18. Jo, you've saved me! Next time I will be able to put off clearing up for another few centimetres!

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  19. Oh my gosh, Valerie, this is all so beautiful, but the fashion one--unbelievably stunning!!! WOW!

    And I love your story about Father's Day...Ours is in a couple of weeks. I love hearing how the men celebrate--too fun! My husband wants to come celebrate, I'm sure! lol

    XO
    Cindy

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  20. the pink and green timepieces meet both challenges perfectly! Nice job.

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  21. and Happy Father's Day in Germany, it's jun 19 in Canada.

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  22. Valerie, your canvas is beautiful and so feminine. I love the colours. Your tags are fabulous as well, I especially like the first one. Thank you for entering the first Craft Room Challenge.
    xxx Hazel.

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  23. Ohhhhhh wow,this is very georgus,ilove yuor art work to,the canvas and the the tag is very beautifull,i love,love it.


    Hugs jeannette

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  24. Your work is beautiful. I really love the first "soft pinks" tag.

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  25. Absolutely beautiful colour on the first tag... so pretty and really chic... both are great but that is my fave... thanks for a fab dream
    Frankie
    xx

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  26. Beautiful canvas. Thank you for sharing it with us at CRC this week. Nikki DT

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  27. It all turned out so beautifully!

    Rebecca

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  28. Wonderful work Valerie but I totally adore your canvas. Annette

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  29. Brilliant work and i adore the canvas Luv Sue x

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  30. Beautiful canvas!
    Enjoy seeing all you create!

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  31. Fantastic canvas and your other work is great too. Just wanted to say hello and thanks for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge. Hugs, Kim

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  32. More gorgeous tags, Valerie. Your canvas is a winner!

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  33. Love your pieces, and your canvas is stunning. Good luck in the Craft-Room Challenge and thanks for joining us. Maria x

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  34. Wow, where do you get all these ideas?? Excellent tags. I love your work, thanks for sharing. Have a great Friday.

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  35. These are all lovely - your time pieces especially, thank you for dreaming in time with us this week.

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  36. Wow, you have created a couple of fabulous "time" tags. Like Frankie,the first is my favourite but I like both. The canvas is absolutely stunning too. Thanks for joining in with us over on the TIO challenge this week.
    Wanda xx

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  37. I must say fabulous work! Both time tags are lovely but the first is definately my favourite. Beautiful colours and composition and I like folk who use cardboard! Thanks so much for joining us this week at DragonsDream TIO.

    Janet xx

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  38. Oh my gosh.. I can't keep UP with you here! All your work is BEAUTIFUL!!!.. And I had to laugh at some of the things you said today. I too know of a grumpy woman at the post office!.. And I TOO, have been working on my own vanishing crafting/scrapbooking work space!.. Love your very pretty, and inspiring pink and green tag today! Have a great weekend! ~tina

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  39. I'm here from Tag Tuesday.....your soft pink and green tag with the clock features.....fabulous! Love all those wonderful details.

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  40. Wow these are fantastic, you are so creative!
    I really, really, like the embellishments on your tags.
    Take care :]

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  41. I love how versatile you are with your work. Lush x

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  42. WOW!! These are all such beautiful projects.. All of them.. You are very talented.. I am stopping over from tag Tuesday and have enjoyed your my visit..

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  43. Fabulous tags and canvas,love your colours on your projects
    Janet x

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  44. what lovely tags and canvas your have created, I do especially like all the details on your canvas and the colours are devine, thansk for joining us at CRC for our first challenge and at Gingersnappers for our theme At the Mallx Debi x

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  45. Hi,
    gorgeous projects, beautiful colours choices, love them.

    Thank you for sharing this with us at Craft-Room Challenge, welcome again, good luck;-))m

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  46. Fantastic tag! You have been busy this week. Thanks for sharing your dream with us at the TIO. Elizabeth x

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  47. You've been very creative, such fantastic pieces.

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  48. Hi, just poped in to see what you have been up to. I LOVE the self portraits! Your whole site is always fun to sit and look at all the pretty things you have made. Wish I had your talent!
    Hugs & Love
    Narda

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  49. This is so beautiful! So delicate! Love the colours you used! Awesome!

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