Monday, 30 June 2014

TIm Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 June

Hey, Happy  Monday to you, hope you had a great weekend.
I am so last minute (again) posting my June T!m tag, good job there is the difference in time zones is all I can say.
I followed T!m's tutorial  here  but I must say getting a result that I was happy with from the water colour monoprint technique took me 3 attempts. I used the speckles stencil first but thought the colours were  too muddy so I tried the doily stencil (twice) and didn't like those either. I decided to stamp up my first attempt thinking the butterflies would cover most of the muddy part and see how it looked. I thought it wasn't too bad so carried on and finished it off.
I really enjoyed making this months tag and realise I definitely need those mini Distress inks, it would have  been much easier to  apply smaller amounts of ink to the stencil.
I love the Paula Cheney bow, so easy when you know how eh.
So  am I happy with this tag?
Yes I am!  and the funny thing is, is that the thing I love most about my tag
is that area of muddy inking at the bottom of the tag.
Ahh well alls well that ends well, as they say.
Have a great week
Happy Art making
Hugs Lottie x

Friday, 27 June 2014

NBUS Challenge # 1

I am here with a card today to join in with Darnells brand new NBUS challenge, Darnell coined the acronym heself, which by the way means  "never-before-used schtuff"  as a way to motivate herself  to use products that she had bought, won or received as a gift that had been put away and forgotten about.
 I think most of us will be a tad guilty of that.
 So when she reached the awesome target of 500 followers she wanted to mark the occasion with something different and came up with the "I love to play at NBUS" challenge.
 If you click on the link bellow it will take you to Darnell's blog where you can find out all the information you need to take part.

                                                              NBUS Challenge # 1

Challenge # 1 is 
"ANYTHING GOES" and the theme is Friendship.

For my card I have used my NBUS Chocolate Baroque Home Sweet Home stamp set ( I think I've only had them for about two years (eek, slap my wrist)
I coloured the image using distress markers also NBUS and a water brush, I used Tim Holtz Rays embossing folder with distress inks for the background and the sentiment was a digital freebie from' t tinterweb ( bit of Yorkshire speak ). I am unusually quite pleased how it turned out.
So  I must dash I am so last minute I think I will prolly be the last person to use Mr Linky
Thank you Darnell for having this super idea and encouraging us to play along I think it's gonna be a great success. Mwahhh
Happy Art making
Hugs Lottie x

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

WOYWW # 264

It's Wednesday and that means it's WOYWW  which stands for .......
'What's On Your Work desk Wednesday'.
If you too would like to join in the fun then, take a picture of your work desk, table, etc. and share it with lots of other like minded people.
Hop on over to Julia's blog   Stamping Ground  for more info. Hope to see you there

Hello desk hoppers.
I hope everyone is tickety boo today, I am feeling somewhat less frazzled as it is a little cooler today so I feel less like a wet dishcloth!  Why do we get such horrid humid and muggy days for our summer? 
I haven't been too busy in the craft room department either, but I have managed to photograph the ATC's that I received from the WOYWW anniversary swap.
It is so exciting finding one of these little beauties behind the door.
From the left

Darnell @ djkardkreations

In the foreground are 6 cutlery pouches that Bella sent me, aren't they great and I love the elephant card, as I told Bella I was born in Africa but don't remember much as we returned to the UK just before my 5th birthday, but I do feel I have a connection with the country and would love to one day go back.
Thank you again ladies for your gorgeous mini works of art x
Looking forward to receiving yours Kay I see it is in the post :))
So, also on my desk are are some NBUS stamps, hi Darnell ;) from Chocolate Baroque a T!m Holtz embossing folder and my circle dies that I am trying to create a card with.
You know when you get an idea for creating something in your head, only it doesn't work when you actually try it out ? well I am at that stage at the mo. Ah well, back to the drawing board as they say.  
I will leave you with a pic of the ATC's I made for the swap, 

 and hope my swapee's received a colour they liked and are not looking and wishing, "Ooo I wish I got the  yellow, blue, plum, pink, purple one" !!!!! lol

Enjoy your desk hopping
Happy Art making
Lottie x

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

WOYWW #261

It's Wednesday and that means it's WOYWW  which stands for .......
'What's On Your Work desk Wednesday'.
If you too would like to join in the fun then, take a picture of your work desk, table, etc. and share it with lots of other like minded people.
Hop on over to Julia's blog   Stamping Ground  for more info. Hope to see you there.
Hello desk hoppers,
So, are all you organised ATC swappers sitting back and breathing a satisfied sigh after the  flurry of  what to make, what to use, what colour, what style etc. etc. is finally achieved, accomplished and posted. I know some ladies actually posted their ATC swaps in time for their recipients to actually receive them on or even before the actual swap date................ or, are there others out there who like me are playing catchup, I hope I am not alone! Any way I have finally finished mine and they are on there way (sigh). 
Thank you BJ for your perfect ATC love it, yours should be with you soon.
Better get down to business, here is my desk.
My desk is still as it was yesterday, apart from the new goodies at the back that Malcolm the DPD delivery man brought me today. I know what you must be thinking, that I must get a lot of parcels if I am on fist name terms with the delivery man, but no, with DPD you can track your parcel on line and they tell you who your delivery man will be, what number parcel you are, where he is on his route and what time he will arrive, Malcolm arrived within a minute of the expected time. Brilliant!
The butterflies and wink of stella are from a birthday card I made for my friends birthday (see pic below). 
My T!m tag is still on show as................. I only went and "bloomin" got picked as a WINNER on his blog! I couldn't believe it, Woohoo, THE MILKY BARS ARE ON ME!!!  :-)))
That's pretty much it really, the plastic box has card scraps in for using with the butterfly die and the other box has all the waste bits from the die cut which I keep to use on future cards, like this one.

Hopefully next week I will be able to show the ATC cards I made and the swaps I'm looking forward to  receiving.
I'm off now to have a play with my new goodies and make a cuppa to have with my Milky Bar! Seriously, I really want, no make that neeeed one of those bars of chocolate. nom nom! 
Have a happy desk hopping Wednesday and
Happy Art making
Hugs Lottie x