Thursday, 20 September 2012

Waterfall Tag

Hi! I don't regularly make tags, but have enjoyed making them at the odd time. For something different for the ABAC challenge, I've made an interpretative waterfall tag, using a black background.
For the texture component. I firstly dry embossed one side of the tag. This was then versamarked and heat embossed using one of my favourite products, Pipe Dreamink Opals embossing enamels. Other sections of the tag were treated to a free form of  marking, again using Opals.

Russell Falls Tasmania

I ruched up some blue organza, added some open weave wool in variegated tans/ browns, to represent water and rocks, then sewed on some strips of green and silver fibre wools to represent vegetation and sparkles on the water.
Some sewn on pearl shell discs in olive green, aquamarine and bronze colours and sparkly brad, completed the background. Also swooshed a bit of Marvy Markers around the tag edge.
Topping off the layering, I added some mini-photos of Russell Falls and Horseshoe Falls found in Mt Fields National Park, Tasmania. I had fun doing this, and I've had an Aha moment about a layout I want to do.

Thank you for dropping by, Di.

Friday, 14 September 2012


I was looking for a photo that would perhaps fit into some sort of geometrical framework for the ARTastic challenge and came across an old black and white taken in 1974 by one of my friends (and a bridesmaid the previous year) at her 21st birthday.
This was the year after the Aquarius Festival in the village of Nimbin, a time of "Peace" and "Love" symbolising a freedom of spirit.  Mixed designs: paisleys, florals, swirls and bright, vivid colours bordering on psychedelic were "in".
In remembering all of this, the paisley idea came about.

What was I thinking of! ....

The design on the skirt and the colours used, changed down its length.... featuring bright greens, tans, blue/purples, yellows and oranges. These are reflected in the layout with use of fabric, mesh ribbon, metallic gel pens, stamping and embossing with Opals, Viva Decor pens and Lumiere acrylics.
I may have been carried away a little!!  with the doodled swirls and feathering effects... but hey! it's how I remembered the time and I had a real retro blast, doing this page. Hope this brings back some interesting memories for those who were around then.
Thanks for visiting, cheers, Di

Friday, 7 September 2012

Look up

Hi! Today I'm showing a layout with photos taken, again from one of our Tassie trips, this time from the Hastings Caves. These were the first caves I'd been to and I found them quite amazing, with the wonderful formations and colours highlighted by strategically placed lighting. Our guide was very friendly and informative, so it was a great visit. We were also lucky enough to be able to spot some cave spiders... very long, spindly legs on them.

I've used some marbled background paper, because it resembled some of the rocks we saw in the caves. The rest of the papers were also inked with Distress Inks. Spider and web embellishments were painted with white acrylic and glittered while still wet, and I used a fine metallic thread to link the two. I'm going to attempt to flick this over to the Anything But A Card Challenge. The first one for them with an anything goes! This is also my first challenge attempt for quite some time.
Thanks for dropping by, Di