Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Maldives Memories

Hiya for the last time of 2013.

Well first of all a Happy New Year to  you all.

I thought I would end this year with a little old piece of wall art.  Since moving I so miss having all my wall art around me that I thought I know I will combine my love of crafting with my obsession The Maldives................... 

I have been lucky enough in my life to have been to this amazing place on earth a few times and would go back in a heart beat.  So I have created my little piece of Maldives Magic to hang up and make me smile and also to believe that the good times to come are just around the corner of 2014. Every time I look at it I am transported back to that particular beach, in that particular moment of time.

The majority of the products are Tim Holtz from rub on's, distress paint, ideaology to his material.  Gotta love a bit of Tim.  I did sneak in a wee bit of Wendy, the Heart is a Blossom Bucket wooden one.

So here we go .......

There are three different blues paints on the burlap panels

Bit of UTEE coming into the mix

A real Maldives Postage stamp

A little wish bone to help me on my way back to paradise.

Lots of different products being used on these three burlap panels.  My mantra for 2014 is going to be use it or lose it.  Having put 3 big boxes into storage and brought to many boxes to admit to on here to the new house I have to start using what I have........

Thank you for stopping by

Take Care and see you in 2014.


Sunday, 22 December 2013

How many products???????????


This week I finished my last Christmas home décor piece for this year. 

At the beginning of the year I was given as a present a Tim Holtz Printers Tray by the lovely Hels Sheridan.  My full intention was to create a Christmas decoration with it.  Each year I like to make something to put around my home that is not shop brought and massed produced.  This was the just the right size for what I wanted.  As it has to be my main feature this year as unfortunately all my other Christmas decorations are in a storage container somewhere in the North East.

I spent all of last weekend making it happen and I am really pleased with the result to be honest. 

I used the December Technique from 12 Tags Of 2013 again, but this time I coloured the CFA and not the FF as I only had white CFA.

I seriously cannot believe how many products went into the making of this piece of art. 

The Tray in it's full glory

Close up's

How cute is that little santa sack

Love my WV and TH flowers

Tiny music sheets

Thank you for looking and for staying with me this year and I hope you all have a fab Christmas and a wonderful 2014.

Take Care Sue

Products used That I can remember

Tim Holtz Printer tray
Festive Berries, Forest Moss, Picket Fence  Distress Paint
Brushed corduroy Distress ink
Merriment paper stash/Ribbon/Tissue Tape
Frosted Film
Glitter Tarnished Brass, Festive Berries, clear Rock candy
Festive Rub on's
Red Tinsel
Corked Domes & Vials
Christmas Muse Token
Wish bones and Jar
Ornate Plate
Woodlands Tree
Mini Holidays Stamp
Sizzixs - Tattered Pine Cone. Vintage Noel (25), Mini Old Jalopy and Pine Tree, Holiday lamppost
Crackle paint clear rock candy

Wendy Vecchi
Clearly for Art White
Archival Inks Fern Green and Red Geranium
Blossom Bucket Bingo Chip

Cosmic Shimmer
Treasure Gold
Christmas baubles/clock/tassel/gold ball

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Frosted Film and Clearly For Art Flowers

I promised myself I would be a better blogger, so check me out, blogging again so soon.
My reason for starting to blog nearly 2 years ago was to enter more challenges and be more confident in my art.  Somehow life has got in the way of me keeping that promise.........................BUT I vow to change that and do better.
Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi, two of my favourite designers collaborated in combining two of their own products Frosted Film (TH) and Clearly for Art (WV)  and they both shared their results on the 1st December.  I was blown away with the results.  I needed to make a few festive art décor projects for our temporary home, as all of my Christmas décor is in storage along with 75 % of our belongs.
I knew I had some CFA and FF somewhere in the stash I brought with me to the new home.  So with a bit of hunting I tracked down both products.  Unfortunately I only have the white CFA so my take on Tim's  flowers has come out slightly different, but pretty stunning none the less. 
When I am in a creative block I always revert to paper blocking, I love it, there is no right or wrong, you just do it.
I am going to enter this art project in 12 Tags of 2013.  Now I know technically it isn't a tag, but I  did use a tag for the stamped verse, so not going to Freak my Freak, its creative and uses the technique, so it fits........................................
First up
The flowers ...................
I adore how they have shape and form
 Next up the small canvas on the canvas..........

How cute is this mini wonder
Next up the bundle of joy...................................

I so like how this little bundle came together
Finally the finished piece..........................

The finished piece. 

Products used
TH Merriment papers & ribbon
TH Grungeboard
TH Christmas rub on
TH Distress Paints
Gold Paint Dabber
Brushed Corduroy Distress ink
TH SA - Joyful song mini version
Sizzix: TH Cones, Noel, various greenery
WV Clearly For Art White
TH Frosted Film
TH Film strip/paper string
WV Archival Inks
Glue and Seal
TH Distress Glitter
TH Memo pin/ Brads/Christmas token/Bottle
Manila Tag
Various Pins

Thanks for stopping by Tuck Towers and I hope you have like what you have seen and may be it has given you the inspiration to try one of the techniques.............
Take Care Sue