I just love these underwater stamps – I think the hot weather is what’s making me think longingly of snorkelling around a subtropical sea floor. Well this is as close as I’m going to get right now. The tag is coloured with Distress inks (Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass, with Brushed Corduroy around the edges), the pots are stamped and masked with seaweed stamped over the masked image to make it appear in the background. The images are coloured with Copics, then stickles has been used to enhance the treasure and ice stickles on the word and the body of the seadragon. I also added glossy accents to the wings of the seadragon. I may add some dewdrops or similar for bubbles.
The word is one of the new sizzix ‘Frames & Phrases‘ dies which we have featured on the home page of the Graphicus website at the moment. They just came in on Thursday and I love them all so much I made a new web banner featuring them. As soon as I saw the word Treasure, I knew I had to do another tag with the treasure pot, so this time I chose one of the jumbo tags that comes in our mixed tag pack. I just realised that we haven’t uploaded the image for that product yet, but I have one here, so this is what you get:
I also couldn’t resist doing something with the scraps of the Essence of Nature papers that were lying around on my desk, so here’s a super simple card made with one of the papers.
The word Friend is cut from Enviro Card (an absolute dream to die cut) then stamped with the leaf stamp from the Breath of Spring stamp set. I drew around the edge of the frame die cut (Sizzix call it a frame, I’d call it a shape or label to be honest) with a black Copic multiliner pen then doodled some circles around the edge too. I stuck it all onto a scalloped card and embellished with an organza bow and rosette. The butterfly is from my trusty old K&Co sticker set.
We made a start on decluttering the front bedroom this morning and ran out of steam by about 1 o’clock. I fell asleep on the sofa and Adrian also ended up going for a nap. Talk about part timers! It’s going to take months at this rate. We did do some good stuff though and have filled a couple of bin bags, and generated a fair bit for the charity shops, including two suit carriers, two suitcases, a double airbed (seriously when are we going to have visitors staying who would be happy to sleep on an air mattress?), a single camp bed (ditto), at least three bags of clothes and one bag of teddies and soft toys which we’ll offer to my nephews at some point.
When we discovered the box of soft toys, we both found an old childhood friend, in my case a scruffy battered yellow teddy bear called Tina, who was my second favourite after Teddy Susan. Is that too much information …? Am I sharing too much here? Well I am not saying a word about Adrian’s pink rabbit…
Instead, here are some photos of today’s visitors. Not one of them pink.
PS – Copic colour YG95 – Pale Olive, is a very good match to Peeled Paint Distress ink – useful if your masking leaves slight gaps that you need to touch up.