Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Alphatag Swap ............. it's getting harder, lol!

Hi Everyone,

Well it's time for our June Chocolate Baroque Alphatag Swaps and this month we have three letters, L, M & N.  I have to say it's getting harder now to find stamps from my CB arsenal to match up with themes for the letters........ or maybe it's subjects to match the letters that I'm having trouble with, lol, because the little lists of ideas in my book get shorter for each letter now, lol!  Anyway, here we go with my offerings for this month.

L is for Lemon & Lime/Lovebirds





 I covered the whole tag with the nearest ink I had to Lime Green and then blended Black Soot Distress Ink round the edges.  I stamped the pretty scroll corners with Versafine Onyx Black and heat embossed with clear EP and then stamped the little love birds. 


I blended Lemonade Distress Ink over white card before stamping the fancy heart with Onyx Black Versafine and cut it out.  I shaped it a little with my fingers and adhered it to the tag with Pinflair Glue. I stamped the words 'Love Birds' onto a piece of the lemonade coloured card with Versamark and clear embossed before rubbing black ink over it and then buffing to reveal the words again.  I cut the words out and adhered them to the centre of the heart with 3D foam pads.

M is for Music/Masks




My apologies for this photo as it seems to have turned out a bit blurred.  The actual elements on the tag are more defined but anyway, here's the how to.  I blended Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet and Pumice Stone Distress Inks over the tag.  I then used a Tando Creative music mask in some areas and added more Victorian Velvet ink.  I followed this with stamping the music score randomly over the tag using Pumice Stone DI. 






Using Onyx Black Versafine ink I stamped the main image onto the tag and again onto cream card and then the uppermost flowers yet again.  I coloured all the images with Coloursoft pencils, cut the ones out of the cream card and decoupaged them onto the tag with Pinflair glue.





I die cut the music symbols from black card, using a Crealies die and then triple embossed with clear EP, adhered them to the tag and added the trim.

N is for Night/Night Owls




This is the first of my tags that I've designed in landscape format and first of all I created the hills using a torn paper mask and a punched circle for the moon.  I used a combination of Distress Inks - Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord, Black Soot and Iced Spruce.



I then stamped the leafy branches with Onyx Black Versafine ink using just a small section of a much larger CB stamp and then blasted with the heat gun to ensure it was dry.  I stamped the owls on the swirly branch and heat embossed with clear EP and finally added highlights with a white pen and the little owl charm.

Well, those are my offerings for this month and I have to say I was quite chuffed with them.  I just hope the recipients like them, lol! 

As always, thank you for your much appreciated visit and any comments you are kind enough to leave.

Hugs
Lesley  Xx

34 comments:

Netty said...

wow Lesley they are all terrific tags, you have been working hard. xx

Suzanne C said...

Fabulous! I don't think you are having any trouble at all with the letters! Beautiful lime green and that gold heart is gorgeous! Love the sooty gray night scene. Beautiful soft music tag!

Paula Whittaker said...

really like the vibrant colour of the first tag and the nightowl tag is stunning too.

Astrid Maclean said...

Gorgeous tags Lesley, I looked at them for ages and just can't decide which one is my favourite.... I guess I just love them all. Such beautiful stamping and colours!

Aquarius said...

These are all gorgeous and you are right to feel chuffed with them and there will be three very lucky recipients. Interesting that we chose the same theme for two of them but they are so different. You are right that each month seems to be a double challenge of coming up with something for the letters and then of course marrying it up with appropriate stamps. All I can say is that I'm glad CB stock DI's and other qualifying materials!!

Beryl said...

Chuffed you should be. Three amazing pieces of art work - they are so much more than tags I think. There is so much work in each one - each so different from the others - and each one something to treasure.
Beryl xx

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

All really beautiful tags, I especially love the night time one it's just gorgeous and so striking
Lindsay xx

lisa said...

You've certainly come up trumps with them, Lesley, they are gorgeous. I love the lime green of the first one, now that's a colour!!!
The flowers on the second one are so pretty and I love how you've picked out bits in white on the last one. Those owls are great.
Hope all is OK with you and yours.
Hugs Lisax

judith@poppy cottage said...

Fabulous tags Buddy, all very different. It's amazing how everyone's minds think in different ways with these letters, even with the same stamp plates, isn't it? Love the Lime and Lemon combo, and the Night owl tag is fabulous. Hugs, Judith xx

Zoe said...

These are gorgeous tags, can't pick a fave, love em all! Xxx I'm now following

jane stillman said...

Oh wow! they are all amazing, love the first one - such a zany colour! x

ju said...

Love these tag, stunning !

Paula (PEP) said...

These are all rather spectacular & it's hard to choose a favourite but I think it has to be the first one for me. The combination of black with the lemon & lime is so effective & I love the careful cutting your did of that heart - it really glows against the deeper green.
The aged soft dimensional appearance of the violin is gorgeous in the second & I like your decadent touch of those roses & netting.
Maybe I have to change my mind & pick the last as my favourite - your inclusion of the little charm is delightful & I love the way you highlighted everything.
Paula (PEP)

Jean Straw said...

Fabulous tags Lesley, I can't pick a favourite as they are all so diferent and such gorgeous colours.Jean x

Chris said...

WOW they are all Fabulous. Chris xx

Linda said...

WOWSERS Lesley this is my first visit to your blog and I am just loving your tags. They are all stunning and I have to say my favourite is the one with the owls.

Hugs
Linda xxxx

Rebecca said...

You don't seem to be suffering from lack of ideas if you ask me Lesley, I'd be chuffed to receive any of them, lovely work :)
Happy craftin
Rebecca

Barbara said...

Stunning....love them all. Now following too x

Cumbrianlass said...

Wow Lesley these are super, such rich colours and the images are great.
Janet

she3655 said...

WOW Lesley, I love your tags, the lime and lemon love birda is my fave, I love them all but I love that zingy lime xx

I'm a new follower x

Kate M said...

These are all fan-bloomin-tastic!!
Love all three of them - can't decide which one I like best.
Now following too.
Kate
x

Danie May said...

Your alphabet tags are just beautiful! I love seeing what people think of for letters etc. Thank you so much for the lovely comments left on my blog. I look forward to following your lovely work also. xx

Dawn said...

Great set of tags! Love every one!
Hugs
Dawn xx

Judie savage-lovell said...

You should be chuffed they are gorjuss, love the owl one though, now that is lush xx

Doreen said...

Stunning tags,gorgeous colours.xxx

Jo Davies said...

Beautiful tags Lesley, love all the detail and colours! Jo xxx

Sally H said...

Totally stunning tags, Lesley! I love them all, but especially the owls. Gorgeous!

fatmonica said...

These are gorgeous!

WeirdCat said...

3 amazing tags, so pretty, love the night owls one best as I am a member of a yahoo group called night owls!
Ruth x

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

WOW Gorgeous tags, what lovely vibrant colours, xxx

Debbie said...

Lovely tags Lesley. The colours are fab. I tink the recipients will be over the moon. Hope you and the family are well. Debbie

Michelle said...

Oh wow!! I love ALL those Tags:)
michelle x

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Hi Lesley, I just wanted to thank you for your lovely comments on my card:0) You're very kind! I hope you had a great weekend, Gay xxx

Carol Q said...

what a beautiful tag Lesley. the white outlining really makes it pop (as they say!)