Thursday, 9 June 2011

More Tags, Challenges and a lot of fun....

Good morning, just managed to drag myself out of bed and stagger to the coffee machine, I know if I manage that then the rest will be easy. Now I am sitting here with a large cup of frothy coffee with chocolate sprinkles on top and beginning to wake up.
Looks like it will be another hot day here, the cool air from yesterday has disappeared, and the birds seem to be having a who-can-sing-the -loudest competition.
I had a another crafty day yesterday, doing some tags for challenges,
First I made something like I like, so it's made of cardboard and grungy, and it's going to be ny entry into Simon Says Stamp and Show a tag and Dragon's Dream TIO where the dragon wants to see things with wings, so here is it:






















I made 3 cardboard tags and some wings which I painted with gesso and then distressed with TH inks. The heads have been stamped onto speciality card from LaBlanche using forest moss, and then cut out and fixed to the tags. I have kept the embellishments minimal, as I want the beautiful faces to be in focus. Just added a few small flowers, and two leopards, who are strolling through all three tags. I joined the tags with twine to make them into a tryptich, and added the wings. I very much enjoyed making it, and like it the way it is.

And then I made another card for *Less is More* where it's still monochrome week. Here my new try:


I like this card better than I did the other 2 I made at the beginning of the week. The sheep have been stamped with archval ink in black, and then the middle one has been watercoloured black, and the grass and sentiment have been added with black ink.

And I'm still not finished....I made a tag for the Three muses challenge, where the theme this week is exotic birds.
I used a cardboard tag again, painted it with gesso in white and a splodge of gold left over from something else, bubble dried it, distressed it and used one of my birds cut from my own painted and stamped papers. Added a few flowers, and it was finished, too.
I'm not really sure that I like this one, so perhaps I will alter it later.














And then our grumpy parcel postman came yesterday, and brought me a packet that Tee (Creations by Tee) had sent off to me in April....They had been examining it at the customs and have such a lot of work to do, that they needed almost 2 months to check out that my present from Tee was not a lethal weapon or stuffed with contraband....Tee, thank you soooooooooo much for my lovely present!

Tee had packed the torso into a pretty envelope decorated with butterflies, and sent me a beautiful pink tag with it. The second picture shows the torso getting some fresh air on my balcony after beein locked up in an envelope and handled by customs officials for nearly 2 months! I wonder what they thought it was???


Anyway, now she has landed at my place and will have a good home, and I am looking forward to getting her dolled up - any ideas?
So, here's wishing you all a great day, take care, and thanks a lot for visiting!

51 comments:

  1. Morning Valerie, can't wait to see what you do with the torso, I know it's going to be fab! Love the sheep with their little beady eyes, very clever and your tag trio is stunning, gorgeous colours and images. Wishing you another productive day! xx

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  2. Good Morning, Still sunny with showers here why were the neighbours watering their garden yesterday?

    Love your Dragon's Dream tag the idea of those three beauties flying of tickles me. Great make thank you for sharing it with us at Dragon's Dream TIO

    Then your sheep well had to LOL at that such a fun card perfect for any occasion.

    then your exotic bird magical

    Congratulations on finally getting your win from Tee. We need to know that customs around the world are doing their job but 2 months! wonder if they cut it open and had to replace it for you? Or maybe your local Post Dragon has been sending out messages to get her revenge LOL Have a good day XOXO Zoe

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  3. Oh how nice to Mona getting an airing wonderful trio :)and a gift worth the wait from your friend
    Von x

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  4. Love the tryptich! The little sheep are adorable .. made me smile. Everything you do, Valarie, turns out so great. You have the touch! Take care .. enjoy your day. See you tomorrow. hugs from Mexico, Donna

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  5. I really like what you do with the corrugated cardboard. The tags look great. I can only imagine the size of your stamp stash!

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  6. Hmmm, my stamp stash has reached a point where I have problems to remember what I have, but I do love playing with stamps, you can do so much with them!

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  7. Great work, as always, love thr tryptich especially! Hugs, Sarah

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  8. Hi Valerie
    Another wonderful collection of artwork.
    I especially love the tryptich.
    Any plans for the torso? I altered one last year for DT artwork, my first altering a torso and I had great fun making a jewellery stand. In the meantime I am sure it is enjoying a bit of fresh air LOL Do you think they gave it a squeeze and a bit of a prod at Customs?!!!!
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  9. Those sheep are adorable!
    Cute card
    Visiting your blog is such a treat, you are so talented and unique

    Thank you so much
    Diva LIM mandi
    "Less is More"

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  10. Good Morning Valerie, You've been very busy again, LOL I love your beautiful, colourful creations and my favourite today is your stunning tag for the Three Muses Challenge, wowzers that's gorgeous. Hugs Gay xx

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  11. LOL! I'm picturing the customs people x-raying Tee's package and thinking that a serial murderer has sent you something! Seriously - gorgeous work you have done here!

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  12. Fabulous trio, Valerie! The exotic bird tag is wonderful and your less is more card is perfection!

    Have a super day!

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  13. Great work, all of it! Thanks for dreaming with wings.

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  14. Morning Valerie. Sipping coffee with you here sans choco:) You have been busy! Especially love your "grungy" creations! The texture and ladies are wonderful. The torso is cool! Will be fun to see you transform her. I'm thinking I would do lots of collaging with flowery napkins, french text...

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  15. I just love those sheep!
    Fabulous!
    I think I have that stamp somewhere, I must dig it out, your card has inspired me!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    Lady LIM
    "Less is More"

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  16. Very cool tag trio. I love the corrugated background! The colors are pretty and the stamped cheetahs are really cool. Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge! <3 Candy

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  17. Love your tags they are great but have to say the sheep have me. They are adorable.

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  18. Good afternoon Valerie. What wonderful work you have done again. I love the tags they're right up my street and your sheep are so cute.
    xxx Hazel.

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  19. I like the sheep too, all of your tags are awesome. That torso is great. I bet when you get done with it, it will just shine. Have a great rest of the week.

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  20. Those tags are awesome. Beautiful work! I LOVE the grungy look. You nailed it. Loved the card, too! Your torso story made me laugh. 2 months! I'm glad you finally got your package. :)

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  21. I love your rusty bird tag. Thanks for joining our challenge this week.

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  22. Oh wow, all of this work is so gorgeous!!! And I love what you received from Tee--isn't she wonderful? 2 months! Unbelievable!!!

    With my Etsy shop, I'm always afraid to ship out of the U.S. because it takes so long--Now, I guess I was right because I'd be so worried that people wouldn't get their items on time.

    Well, I sure am glad your wonderful gift arrived from Tee at last!!!
    XO
    Cindy

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  23. Some wonderful work Valerie and especially love those two leopards on the tryptich. Your sheep are a blast....lol and love your bird tag. Now a torso for lady who has done a lot of work on bottoms should be no problem. Oooh I so loved those bottoms, did you sell them all? Annette x

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  24. Netty! You want me to sell my bottom?? Never!

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  25. Sorry You got stung hun ;0) you did make me laugh I am off to watch Nadal and leave the flies to it. loving you work as always hun ;0)

    Dxx

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  26. Fab card, Valerie! Such a great sheep stamp!

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  27. I really love the sheep - made me smile. Your artwork is fabulous. Lynn x

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  28. Wow, I have had such fun looking through your creations! Love your tag entry for TIO Winged Things, so much texture. Thanks for joining in with us this week on the TIO challenge.
    Wanda xx

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  29. Fab sheep, great idea for the challenge :)
    Jenny x

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  30. Wonderful work! Love your three beauties tag for TIO - so refreshingly different! Thank you so much for joining us at DragonsDream TIO this week.

    Janet xx

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  31. Your bird tag is beautiful!

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  32. Awesome pieces again, love your wings tag. Looking forward to seeing what you do to the torso as well. Yvonne xx

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  33. WHAT a splendid take on the dragon's dream this week... I LOVED your triptych with wings... great sheep and that birdie tag is fab too... thanks for your TIO dreaming
    Frankie
    xx

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  34. your coffee sounds good! I really like your'less is more' line.

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  35. Today was a hot day (100° F). It's amazing what you have accomplished here today, Valerie. I see the amazing gift you received 2 months late. The tag with wings is so creative. The sheep are adorable, but that bird tag is so very gorgeous.

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  36. I get HOT, it's been 100-104 here. Fires raging all over the state of AZ. Your tags are AMAZING. I love the stamps, colors, and details. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  37. Love the tags and the little sheep are adorable! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with on your new blank canvas! :)

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  38. Darling tags, you should also enter them in Gingersnaps. they have a challenge using used things or something like that.
    The torso, how fun, Can't believe they held her captive for two months. poor dear. How about collaging her with strip of torn music paper, then thin washes of gesso. I did that on a steampunk head awhile ago. Have fun whatever you decide to do.
    hugs Lynn

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  39. The Torso-They definitely prodded her she has indents that weren't there before! Lol. Valerie I love the corrugated cardboard tags with wings! You are so creative! And your little sheep in wool sweaters is too cute! I like their little eyes. Hugs,Tee

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  40. Absolutely love your sheep - so fun. Your other projects are wonderful too! x

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  41. I love all of your creations. Those sheep are too cute! And the tag for the exotic bird challenge is beautiful--vivid colors and lots of texture!

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  42. Love those sheep! Made me smile :-)

    Gorgeous work all round :-)

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  43. Three fantastic pieces. I love the tryptich expecially the leopards! The sheep are fab too - sheep always make me smile! xx

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  44. Love your tags and how you tied them together with the stamping and the twine... fabulous! Can't wait to see what you do with the torso.

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  45. Wow, all I can say is Wow! These are all so gorgeous and detailed and so interesting! I can barely imagine what you will make of your torso, I'm sure it will be awesome.

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  46. Valerie, your tags are great...LOVE The sheep card..and got a chuckle about the torso! Can't wait to see what you do with it!
    Susan@Keeping in Touch

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  47. Your exotic bird is gorgeous, thank you so much for joining in at the Three Muses.

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  48. You have been busy this week! Thanks for creating three beautiful tags to share with us here at the TIO. Love Elizabeth x

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  49. Love it all! Too gorgeous!

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