Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Double Tuesday and a little Devil

Hi everybody!
Today it's time for new work at Tag Tuesday and at Try it on Tuesday.
At Try it on Tuesday our theme for the next 2 weeks is 'an explosion of colour'-
I decided on a journal page for my DT piece. The background has been painted with acyrylics in red, yellow and orange, and I added extra colours with pastels. The fire-lady is a digi-stamp from Gecko Galz.
I added more colours with gel pens, felt-tips and prismalos. I hope you will have a great and colourful idea to join our challenge.






At Tag Tuesday the theme this week is Proverbs. This is my take - a bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush. Not very original, but I was tired after the fight with the little devil....(will be explained!)
I distressed a tag cut from speciality stamping paper with gradient colours in tumbled glass, Victorian velvet, wild honey and Forest Moss. The background stamp is from LaBlanche, the sentiment has been hand-written. The birds were cut with a MS punch. I mounted the tag onto some lace and a second tag made of black card.




And now to the fight with the little devil....
I have a Dirt Devil vaccuum cleaner, and some weeks back it went on strike. In the meantime I have been using my Swiffer mop to clean the floor, but wanted my little devil back. Today I took it apart. I washed all the filters and put them back in again. The motor was making the right noises, but it refused to suck up the dirt. Now, that sucks! So I took it apart again. And put it back together again. Same result. Then I said some words which I will not repeat here, and decided it was a write off. I went shopping, and whilst walking home, it occurred to me that perhaps there was something blocking one of the tubes or the hose. So, I took it all apart again, and looked through each piece with a torch. There was nothing in the first part, nor in the second. But the light did not go through the third one - something was definitely stuck there. I found a wooden cane and pushed and pushed till something fell out. And here is the culprit:

Now my Dirt Devil is working again like new, and my apartment is squeaky clean,
and I can say it  sucks.....all the dirt off the floor.

I am still wondering how that bottle of Stickles got in there!

Have a great day you all, take care, and thanks a lot for coming by!

35 comments:

  1. Love the tag, and the journal page is just magnificent. I don't know why you aren't happy with your tags this week, they have all been lovely. Hugs, Sarah

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  2. Gorgeous artwork Valerie and your cleaner blockage made me smile and I'd have no idea how a Stickle bottle got stuck there either!
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  3. Zwei ganz tolle Arbeiten! Die Fire-Lady ist wunderschön mit diesem Leuchtfeuer als Hintergrund! Dein Tag mit den Vögelchen ist zauberhaft!

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  4. Amazing work with the wonderful colours Valerie and such a pretty contrast on the beautiful tag you created.

    What great resolved to stick at the Dirt Devil until you fixed it. I am in awe as it would have been replaced if I had done it even twice. Clever girl :)

    Have a great day

    Love Chrissie x

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  5. First of all the Stickles .... How on earth!. Now to the fire lady ... Wow! absolutely stunning! And the birdie tag ... so pretty, love the golden hand. Have a nice Tuesday, it's absolutely freezing here! Xx

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  6. Boah Valerie, deine Feuerlady hat aber wirklich Feuer! Das sieht total stark aus!
    Auch das Tag ist schön geworden mit den Vögeln und dem Spruch.

    Und deine Staubsaugeraktion hat mich zum Lachen gebracht. Das hätte mir genauso passieren können. Aber super, dass nun wieder alles funktioniert!

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  7. What a wonderful colour explosion, love it. Hugs Bee

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  8. Gorgeous explosion of colour for your AJ page love the image Valerie, and your tag is beautiful one of my favourite sayings. LOL at the "lost" stickles pot!!

    MaggieH

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  9. Lovely pieces today, the proverb tag is so cute! You are amazing, I would never even try to fix an appliance...genius repair!

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    1. Sheer desperation, I can't afford a new one!

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  10. Die Feuerdame ist wunderschön und das Tag ist zauberhaft gestaltet Valerie..
    Selbst ist die Frau..immerhin hast Du die schöne Flasche Stickles so auch wieder..die hattest Du sicher schon vermisst ---lol!

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  11. Wow that is a gorgeous design. The colours are fantastic and I like the sheen in some of the paints that you used. The tag is also beautiful, a real contrast to the top one (colour contrast). Love them both. Have a great day, Shirleyx

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  12. Wonderful pieces, the colours on the first piece are absolutely amazing!

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  13. Journal and tag are gorgeous! Sounds like something I would do trying to do a quick clean up in my craft room, just suck it all up and out of sight, ha ha! ~Diane

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  14. Valerie, you are not only the Queen of Tags but now qualify for repairman status. Love it when we can fix something ourselves which saves oodles of money. Good work, both artistic and mechanically.

    Hugs,
    C

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  15. ROFL I cannot imagine how the devil (!!!) that would get stuck in there, that is so funny and I love the manner you persisted - you sound like what my family tell me, that I can be like a dog with a bone!
    I was mesmerised by the GG fire lady - how you went to town bringing that image to life, astonishing piece.
    Your tags are wonderful as well but it is the GG piece that really captivated me.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  16. Wow,die Feuerlady sieht jaa irre aus,es leuchtet alles so schön, genial.
    dein tag ist auch sehr schön geworden.

    GLG Jeannette

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  17. Beautiful work, especially the first one, Annette x

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  18. Wonderful fire-lady card with the explosions of colour.
    Your bird tag is just perfect and beautiful, with your clever artistic interpretation of the theme, top tag marks, Valerie.
    And I am so impressed by your engineering activities with the vacuum cleaner, how very satisfying to finally fix the problem.

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  19. Only a crafter could have a bottle of Stickles stuck in their Dirt Devil! The Fire Lady is amazing with those rich, hot colors!

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  20. Fantastic projects, love the fire dancer, the colours are amazing and so vibrant.
    Had to laugh at the saga of the Stickles, I would have given up long before you did. Hope you have put the culprit some where safe.
    Yvonne x

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    1. You bet, I don't want that happening again!

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  21. Gorgeous artwork! I really love the fire lady and the amazing bold orange. Really pretty! The tag is gorgeous as always. You make awesome tags :)

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  22. Hi Valerie, Oh I am still lol over the dirt devil. How funny but at least the culprit was something related to creating. LOL Love your tag and the verse. Gorgeous work on the fire lady. The explosion of color is stunning. You are so talented and now a mechanic too.
    Great post!!
    Hugs

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  23. Have to giggle at your stickles tehe
    Two gorgeous tags Valerie love both of them :)
    Von ♥

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  24. You had me laughing with the Stickles! I was wondering if you sucked it up with an attachment if Dirt Devils have those. Stunning journal page and I love the added shimmery goodness to her hair and the tags are fabulous! Hugs!

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  25. HAH! Who'd have figured that Stickles could cause so much hassle?! Awesome post - and I LOVE the colours especially on your journal page. A pleasure to visit your blog, as always. Thank you for sharing- Shroo :)xxx

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  26. Your colourful lady is amazing. Great bird tag. So happy that the stickles was the stickler so to speak, and you are back up and running. hugs, Donna

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  27. Enjoyable post to read in the middle of the night - made me laugh. And of course I'm lost, as always, in admiration of your artistic skills. Your stamping is perfect and you integrate the stamp into a whole image so beautifully. Definitely an explosion of colour. Every detail of the birds tag is lovely.
    Thank you for your very nice comment on my 'Hearts' post, very much appreciated.

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  28. Zwei wunderschöne Werke, ganz besonders hat es mir das leuchtende angetan. Diese Farben tun gut in diesen trüben Tagen.

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  29. Wow, love this color combo and image is great, too. Great take on the challenge to show those vibrant colors. Love it.
    Hugz, Zandra DT

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  30. GORGEOUS!, I especially like the Art Journal page, it looks as if everything is on fire... funny storey about your vacuum cleaner.

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  31. Fabulous page Valerie, colours are fabulous.
    Great story about the vacuum cleaner!
    Avril xx

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  32. Your Dirt Devil has darn good suction to have picked up that Stickles bottle! That would make a good commercial!
    Your journal page is smashing Valerie - love the image but most of all I love the way you painted this creation. Do you paint behind the image and then over the image? However you did it all, you really made a work of art.
    Pretty tag but I must admit - I am really taken with your journal page!
    sandy
    sandy

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  33. The background was painted first, then I printed the image onto it, and worked on it with pastels and other colours.

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