Wednesday, 16 November 2011


TIO #105 - Chinatown (Asian Theme)

Wow, don't the weeks just fly by. I have done absolutely nothing in readiness for Christmas, apart from the toppers for half a dozen cards. I am a bit of a bah humbug abour it all anyway. It will be my son's birthday on Friday, and it would have been my eldest daughter's birthday on Monday 14th, so I like to get these birthdays out of the way then I just go full throttle in my preparations for the BIG day.  Anyway, I digress.

On to this weeks' challenge over on Dragon's Dream tag it on. The theme this week is set by Silvia (Barnie), and the film title she has chosen is "Chinatown" (an Asian theme). I decided to use a plate of stamps by The Stamp Man Non Sequitur - Samurai, for my main image. This is a fairly new set for me. The grasses are from another plate by The Stamp Man - Summer in the Orient. The blossom is a Clarity Stamp.

I have decided to keep it fairly mono in colour, so have inked the tag with Adirondack Butterscotch, having first stamped a screen stamp from the same stamp plate with versa mark, then the inked was brayered over.I know, it is hard (if not impossble) to see the resist stamping! The background images are also inked with butterscotch.

I tried stamping the sitting lady with a new glue ink from Indigo Blue then applying gold leaf, but it just didn't show up very well against the background, so I stamped her again on another tag, using black versafine, cut her out then mounted her over the original image. If you look very closely you can possibly see some of the gold leaf peeping through around the edges. I stamped her again on a piece of patterned paper, cut out the robes and paper pieced. I then coloured in the flowers on her robe with a green polycolour pencil. I also added a bit of colour to her face, neck and arms.

Lastly, I added an oriental coin, dragonfly brad and ribbons from my stash. Oh, and I mounted the tag onto a slightly larger black tag.

So there you have it. Fairly clean and simple this week.

I do hope you will check out the other samples over on the TIO blog, feel inspired then decide to join in with us dreaming "Asian".

I love checking out your work and I try to get round to each and every one of you.

Please feel free to leave a comment. I love reading them all.

Bye for now.

Wanda xx

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Letters to Juliet

TIO #104 - Letters to Juliet

The theme, in the series of film titles, is set this week by my fellow design team buddy, AJ. She has chosen for her film "Letters to Juliet". A lovely romantic choice. Plenty of inspiration in the title, don't you think?

I decided to use a plate of stamps from Rubber Stamp Concept entitled "Venezia" (a lovely set), plus a lady from Sirius Hobby and script from Stamp Camp.

I decided to use my new winter distress inks on this one, so the colours are Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough and Festive Berries, plus old paper and spun sugar. I have also used vintage sepia archival, on the small tag, and stazon cotton white on the black tag.

I inked the main tag with iced spruce with evergreen bough anf festive berries around the edges. I stamped the script on the main tag using iced spruce then stamped over it in evergreen bough with the balcony and gondola.

I inked the small tag with spun sugar then around the edges with festive berries. Then I stamped the lady using vintage sepia. I attached the scroll, a TH pen nib and a vellum rose (made with a spellbinders spiral blossom one die and festive berries ink).

I made a little vellum scroll, inking it with old paper and stamping on it with vintage sepia, then tied it up with narriw red ribbon.

Lastly, I attached the three tags together with the same narrow red ribbon as used around the vellum scroll.

And I think that is it!

We had a terrific response to last weeks' TIO challenge. You all seemed to love steampunk. So hows about a bit of romance this week for a complete change? How does that grab you? 

We hope you will pop over to the TIO blog for a bit more inspiration then that you decide to join us with your version of "Letters to Juliet". Please join in, have fun and remember to use at least one real stamp in your creations.

Now I had better get back to the kitchen. Jacket potatoes are in the oven but  I still need to prepare steak, onions, mushrooms and vegetables!

Please feel free to leave a comment (about my creation, not the steak, etc). I love to read all your comments and I will try and get to all your blogs and check out your work.

Bye for now.

Wanda xx

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

TIO #103 - Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium


It is my turn to set the theme over on Dragons Dream tag it on  challenge. This round we are chosing film titles and I have decided upon "Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium" as my film title, with the emphasis on steampunk. Do you remember the film? So full of steampunk and old fashioned toys. I loved it!

Do you ever struggle with something, then suddenly get that "lightbulb" moment? Well, this range4of stamps from Creative Expressions (a wonderful set of 3 plates) has a light bulb then a saying that I thought just fits in with that lightbulb moment, so decided I must use it on my tag this week.

So my stamps are all from Creative Expressions, some stamped straight onto the tag and some stamped onto separate card, cut out and mounted, either flat or 3D. My tag has been embossed with a TH Sizzix folder, and inked with faded jeans distress stain, with a litttle black soot to give the raised design definition.

I have used scattered straw and antique linen as well on some elements. I have glazed the light bulb and clock face.

So that is my tag, short and sweet. Pop on over to the TIO challenge and check out the work of my fabulous design team buddies, then give it a go. Just have fun and remember to use at least one real stamp in your creations.

Bye for now. Love your comments, please keep them coming, and I will try my best to check out all your wonderful entries.

Wanda  xx