In an octopus’s garden in the shade

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.

I see bunneh ears - four of them!
MY dandelion!
Mind if I join you?
Basking Bunnehs

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.

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21 thoughts on “In an octopus’s garden in the shade

  1. wow – that tag is just something else Glenda – the ice stickles really making the word pop – its superb.

    LOL at you both falling to sleep – thats exactly what i would have done – also laugh at your teddy story – I still have Mrs Pinky LOL – she is never going in the loft or being suffacated in a black bin bag…

    love the pic of the bunnehs sunbathing. aaawwww bless!!!

    Paula x x x

  2. Really love the glittery tag – and the tag pack (nice to see what I will be getting when my order comes!). Well done on the clear-up – and I hope Tina and the pink rabbit get a reprieve from the bin bag

  3. Thank you so much for sharing and I’m glad to see you have made some time for creativity and bunneh watching as well as the decluttering. The secret when doing this kind of thing (the tidying stuff) is not to sit down and then with a bit of luck you won’t fall asleep LOL!!!

  4. am having those stamps the water bill can wait i’ll be too busy crafting to bathe anyway !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Oh don’t worry – all the teddies are safe. Teddy Susan has been shacked up with Adrian’s Big Ted for the last ten years. They have a little top floor apartment flat with Lillian the rag doll and Trafalgar Bear. Tina and Pinkie moved in with them this afternoon and they’re having a riotous reunion party as I speak!


  5. Sounds like you’re doing really well with the decluttering to me Glenda. I’ve been going to do the same for the last two years and I’ve yet to make a start. Somehow I just keep collecting more.

    The treasure tag is an absolute Treasure! It’s beautiful and the seadragon looks gorgeous.

    Those little bunnehs are a dose of delight. Love your photos of them.

    Lesley Xx

  6. Oh I love your treasure tag (I think I will be adding some tags to my next order) the stickles and glossy accents really make the dragon and the words stand out.
    The sunbathing bunnehs are cute and I’m glad you had time to craft as well as to make a start at your decluttering

    Hugs Jackie x

  7. Absolutely love that photo of the “basking bunnehs” they look so comfy and at home there. Really cheekly pic of that little character by the dandelion too!

    Your seadragon tag is stunning Glenda, love everything about it….epecially the colours and shading of his wings.

    Ali S x

  8. Fab tag Glenda!!!Must admit to sitting on my hands for this new under sea set.The more you show me the more I am tempted[how cruel you are!!!!!!!]
    I can only spot one set of ears in the first bunneh pic,must be well camouflaged. Our bunnehs are fond of clover and fresh willow shoots.[They haven’t yet discovered the young lettuce leaves-won’t be long before they ,do then it’s curtains for the salad stuff]
    x Joyce

  9. Love your tag and as I now have the stamp sets just need the time to play. Your de clutter sounds like ours with running out of steam. Those new papers are lovely as well on the card . Have to say your newsletter coincided nicely with my birthday so I was lucky on getting the stamps which were on my wish list and the Tim Holtz Birdcage die so have lots to play with , just need that little thing called time.

  10. Scrummy tag, sparkly, I can never resist sparkles! Love those new themeplates especially the seadragonhorse.

    Those bunnehs are very cute, and doesn’t that one posing by the dandelion just know it!

  11. That Seadragons stamp is just lovely..and with the ice stickles he is just gorgeous – almost as gorgeous as those cute bunnehs! We don’t have a garden so am enjoying seeing those pics, though we do have a fox that visits and makes a right racket at night !! Good luck with the clearing ! …Esther

  12. what a lovely tag, the stamping is brilliant, just the right amount of bling too:) The stamp sets must really go onto my wish list (or perhaps Christmas list?) x

  13. Beautiful artwork as usual. I am trying to resist the stamps ( more stamps will interfere with my attempts to get organised) but I feel them flying into my basket. I did warn you about the de-cluttering. It has to be one of the hardest tasks of all. It’s important to take a crafting break at regular intervals.

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